Twistzz is holding Team Liquid back | Richard Lewis reacts at IEM Global Challenge

Published: 18/Dec/2020 16:32 Updated: 21/Dec/2020 11:04

by Ava Thompson-Powell


During IEM Global Challenge, it’s clear that Team Liquid faces ongoing issues. 
An eventful day kicked off with FURIA besting Heroic, despite the Danish lineup’s best efforts to fend of the feisty Brazilians.

S1mple and co. proved too strong for Team Liquid, as Navi swept them in convincing fashion. Are Liquid’s problems deep-rooted in 2019? Lewis discusses why he thinks looking to North America’s pool of talent might be the solution.

The expectation of Liquid continuing their blaze of glory, was upset when they dropped to their current position of 17th. If the IEM tournament continues to not do them any favors, what else are we likely to see?

Players like Jason “moses” O’Toole — who came into the team in 2020 as an ex-player expected to boost the team’s performance — are a far cry from the #1 rank of 2019. Perhaps Jake “Stewie2k” Yip isn’t the leader he’s attempting to be, with that affecting his overall play; or maybe Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken is holding the team back from its full potential.

At an overtime Mirage map, he only managed to grab nine kills. Unfortunately, we’re seeing this happen more and more with this once-great player. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the issue with the adrift star is – whether the rumors concerning rival esport Valorant are true, or if it’s something more personal.

Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that something has got to give. Without a change, Team Liquid’s days are numbered.




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


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.

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
ENCE TV, YouTube
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.