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Team Liquid’s Zews Reveals How They’ll Beat NRG in the ECS Season 5 Semi-Finals

Published: 9/Jun/2018 21:23 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Mike Kent

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Team Liquid’s shock defeat to NRG Esports at the Starladder Invitational on June 2nd came as a surprise to Liquid coach, Wilton “zews” Prado.

The two North American sides will now face off again just a week later in the ECS Season 5 live finals playoffs.

The $660,000 competition hosted at the SSE Wembley Arena is the culmination of an online league that started back in March. On Sunday June 10th, a winner will be crowned.

North American squad Team Liquid will be looking to secure their first piece of silverware with Epitácio “TACO” de Melo in the squad.

They started the ECS S5 live finals strong with a win over Fnatic, but a loss to Astralis forced them into a decider match on day two, facing off against Fnatic again.

The Swedish squad was quickly dispatched 2-0, setting Liquid up with a rematch with NRG in the semi-finals.

We grabbed TL coach, Zews, to discuss the matchup following the second win over Fnatic. He explained that they had simply underestimated NRG at Starladder.

“NRG have proved in this tournament and the last one that they are a team to be reckoned with and that you shouldn’t take lightly. I think last tournament we did underestimate them. That’s not a blow to them, just as it was a domestic rivalry and they had a bit of the LAN jitters, right, it’s normal and I think they proved that they’ve evolved already to get past this.

So I think it’s going to be a really good match, it’s domestic but we don’t play that much. We played a lot online season but now it’s time to show who’s more prepared, and we will for sure come in way more prepared for this match.”

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.