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Super syrsoN: BIG shock Vitality & Astralis I Richard Lewis reacts at IEM Global Challenge

Published: 17/Dec/2020 18:30 Updated: 18/Dec/2020 11:43

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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With the IEM Global Challenge well underway, there’s much to unpack. Seeing the top teams in the world scrambling for that $500,000 prize pool is some of the fiercest, most intense competition yet.

Richard Lewis reacts to the second day of action at IEM’s Global Challenge, which saw Team Liquid book their spot in Group B’s Winners’ Match, while Vitality cruised to a do-or-die Decider Match in Group A after brushing Complexity aside.

But BIG’s Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische was the star of the show, leading the troops to a convincing 2-0 win over Astralis, who will now meet Vitality in Group A’s sudden deathmatch.

There’s so much to talk about, from Team Liquid’s win against Heroic, or Vitality crushing Complexity. The former is a huge upset due to their current world rankings in comparison, and Vitality’s easy defeat of Complexity due to their stand-in surprised no-one. But these are all expected outcomes. There’s something much more interesting to talk about – BIG’s performance, and one player in particular.

In the summer, BIG was considered to be the number one team in the world. With the ongoing current global affairs bringing about LAN issues, teams aren’t quite at the top of their game as they once were, and BIG was no exception. Watching the demo of the second map, though, it’s clear syrsoN is an absolute star, with some incredibly showstopping talent on display. His skill brought the team right through to the very end, bagging them a phenomenal win. His skill only further proves that greatness awaits on the horizon for this fantastic team.

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GODSENT leak their own CS:GO roster with TACO on job listing

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:44 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:56

by Connor Bennett

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Swedish esports organization GODSENT have confirmed their new Counter-Strike roster, featuring Epitácio ‘TACO’ de Melo – with a job listing for someone to edit their reveal video. 

Roster and player announcements have become big business in esports, especially at the highest level.  A lot of time and effort goes into getting everything right – sometimes even weeks before the actual announcements are made.

Organizations will, at times, drop hints about what moves they’re making, especially if an insider – or even a player – manages to accidentally reveal things ahead of time.

However, this time, it wasn’t an insider or new player who dropped the ball on an announcement, but rather the organization themselves.

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TACO had been rumored to be leading the new GODDSENT team.

The Swedish organization, which has typically had European Counter-Strike rosters, uploaded the files for their roster announcement to a job listing. They were asking for someone to edit the videos, removing the green screen behind their new players.

Front and center of the video is former SK Gaming and MiBR star TACO, who had been rumored to be leading the new GODSENT project. He’s flanked by former teammate João ‘felps’ Vasconcellos, Bruno ‘latto’ Rebelatto, Eduardo ‘dumau’ Wolkmer, and Bruno ‘b4rtiN’ Câmara.

Twitter user NoOne_CSGO spotted the video totally revealing the whole roster on January 16, which went under the radar before RushBMedia’s Ryan Friend boosted it.

After the hilarious ‘leak’ made the rounds on Twitter, the listing was removed from the Upwork website, and the videos were taken down.

However, GODSENT and Taco decided to have a little fun with things. “FAKE NEWS,” they tweeted, while Taco claimed “it’s not me,” in the videos.

Before it was removed, the listing asked for the work to be completed by 6PM on Monday, January 18, pointing at an announcement coming soon.

Seeing as they’ve now taken it down, and quite a decent number of CS:GO fans have seen the videos, GODSENT might move that forward and announce their new line-up sooner.

It’s either a spectacular blunder that will be talked about while the lineup is together, or a superb piece of hype-building.