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Thorin: How GuardiaN became a CSGO legend

Published: 17/Jun/2020 10:35 Updated: 17/Jun/2020 10:55

by Shane King

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Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács is one of the most legendary snipers in CS:GO history. Known for incredible consistency and lightning-fast flicks in equal measure, in his prime he was one of the deadliest players in the world with an AWP in hand.

Hailing from Slovakia, a country not exactly known for producing elite Counter-Strike players, GuardiaN had to forge his path to the top through CIS teams, working in a second language long before international line-ups were commonplace.

He joined Natus Vincere, where he would be built around as the superstar AWPer, with IGL Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko forging a competitive roster around him.

The Ukrainian org would later sign young prodigy Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev and fans were excited to witness a sizzling dual AWP combo – but this didn’t quite work out as expected.

Unfortunately, this incarnation of Na’Vi would not impress in the playoffs when it really mattered, despite looking unstoppable in the group stages.

After leaving Na’Vi, GuardiaN moved onto FaZe where he would come excruciatingly close to winning the Boston ELEAGUE Major, only to lose out to Cloud9, in one of the greatest CSGO matches of all time. After that, GuardiaN would go onto win some minor titles before returning to s1mple’s side.

Despite being benched not long after returning, GuardiaN will always be remembered as someone who changed the way the game is played to this day.

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How to watch BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Showdown: Stream, schedule, results

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:57

by Marco Rizzo

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BLAST Premier is back! Kicking off on the 24th of November, the Fall Showdown will be the last chance for teams to qualify for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event will host sixteen teams from around the world and will include invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-2 in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams will earn $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Blast Premier Fall Showdown Stream

You will be able to catch all games on the BLASTPremier Twitch channel. Only one game will be streamed at any time, meaning you’ll be able to catch all the action quite easily.

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown includes a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which will be traveling to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity find themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups.

Heroic took Evil Geniuses ‘spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus. pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event.

While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown bracket

The tournament will consist of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games include FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants return to international competition.

Viewers should also keep an eye out for the last match of the Round of 16, featuring young and exciting NiP taking on the Cloud9. The “juggernaut” will be seeking redemption after a disappointing finish at Flashpoint.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match schedule 

The tables below will be updated with results as soon as the matches get played.

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 COL vs Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit vs VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA vs Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz vs Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP vs Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe vs MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid vs MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 EG vs Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final TBD vs TBD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final TBD vs TBD  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 TBD $25,000
1-2 TBD $25,000
3-4 TBD $15,000
3-4 TBD $15,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
5-8 TBD $10,000
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750
9-16 TBD $3,750