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Team Vitality crowned champions at CSGO EPICENTER 2019 – Full results

Published: 23/Dec/2019 0:58

by Brad Norton

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Closing out the year with a bang, French organization Team Vitality has walked away as EPICENTER 2019’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive champions after an intense six-day tournament.

With a prize pool of $500,000 up for grabs, a number of the world’s best Counter-Strike teams descended upon Moscow, Russia on December 17 to partake in the EPICENTER 2019 tournament.

One of the final competitions of the calendar year, the initial group stages featured the likes of North America’s Evil Geniuses, and hometown challengers in the Russian forZe lineup. With the Grand Finals now settled, here are the full results from EPICENTER 2019.

EPICENTEREPICENTER 2019 featured eight of the best CS:GO teams around the world in a six-day frenzy of competition.

Dropping a mere two maps throughout the entire six-day tournament, Team Vitality were crowned champions on December 22 after toppling the veteran European roster of mousesports.

While mouz claimed a narrow 19-16 overtime victory on Inferno to open the explosive series, Vitality reversed the momentum and claimed back to back wins on Mirage and Nuke, 16-12 and 16-9 respectively. 

Marking the organizations second premier tournament championship of the year after besting FURIA Esports on June 9 at the Esports Championship Series Season 7 Finals, the predominantly French roster has rounded out 2019 with its biggest prize of the year at $250,000 for first place.

Predominantly a showcase for European talent, the end of year event saw the likes of Ukraine based organization Natus Vincere squaring off with the full Danish squad under the Heroic banners.

Failing to make it out of the group stages of play, Chinese roster EHOME and Russian organization Virtus.pro will be looking to rebound in the new year after dropping all of their respective maps throughout EPICENTER 2019.

The complete results for EPICENTER 2019 can be seen below as the conclusion of the Russian event marks the final competition of the year for many Counter-Strike rosters.

Final Placing Team Prize Money (USD)
1 Team Vitality $250,000
2 mousesports $120,000
3-4 Heroic $40,000
3-4 Evil Geniuses $40,000
5-6 forZe $15,000
5-6 Natus Vincere $15,000
7-8 EHOME $10,000
7-8 Virtus.pro $10,000
EPICENTER photobank - http://media.epicenter.gg/en/79/Team Vitality claimed victory in Russia and took home the lions share of a $500,000 prize pool.

Rosters around the world will be looking to take a short break following the conclusion of the final significant event of 2019. 

While the next landmark competition in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season will not be kicking off until January 31, teams will still be hard at work behind the scenes practicing for another busy year of regular tournaments to come.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.