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Valve’s John McDonald Comments On New Skin Trading Restrictions and Possibility of Reverting the Decision

Published: 10/May/2018 11:32 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Ross Deason

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Valve’s John McDonald has commented on the recent decision to introduce a seven day trade ban for new items in CS:GO and made it clear that it is unlikely to ever be reverted.

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community is able to openly ask questions to a Valve developer and get a public response within days rather than months (or never).

Valve’s John McDonald has made it his personal mission to improve the developers’ community interaction and regularly answers questions on Twitter, explaining Valve’s thought processes and plans.

One of the biggest concerns within the community in recent months has been the introduction of the new seven day trading ban on new skins and items in CS:GO – a ban that has changed the face of skin trading forever.

Most community members, including current and former professional players, have spoken out against the decision, saying that it is punishing the many in an attempt to tackle the minority of people that take advantage of the system in order to create scams.

However, McDonald has now made it clear that it is “exceedingly unlikely” that we will see the developers revert the decision as there has been a “70% decrease in the number of scamming tickets filed” since the trade ban was implemented.

Of course, the obvious counter-argument to McDonald’s statistic is that this is due to the fact that nobody is able to trade like they once could and that the scamming aspect is still there, just broken up slightly due to the wait time.

There’s probably a fairly good chance that we would also see similar percentage drops in trading of all sorts and this will potentially do nothing but hurt a game that has relied heavily on  the skin trading ecosystem in recent years.

Whether you agree or disagree with John McDonald and Valve’s decisions, it cannot be understated how refreshing it is to see some communication finally.

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How to watch BLAST Premier Fall 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 24/Oct/2020 6:55

by Andrew Amos

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The world’s best Counter-Strike is taking place in Europe right now. BLAST Premier Fall 2020 is set to kick off on October 26, featuring 12 top teams from around the world duking it out for $150,000 USD.

BLAST have condensed their Premier Fall series from two regions to one. North America has been left on the sidelines as the world’s best teams move over to Europe to compete.

That doesn’t mean the competition is going to be any less fierce though. 12 top squads from across the globe are converging on the region to duke it out over $150,000, as well as points towards the BLAST Premier Global Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 streams

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 will be streamed live on the Blast Twitch and YouTube channels. The action is expected to kick off on October 26 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT. Most days will have the same start time.

For your convenience, we’ve embedded the stream below.

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 teams

12 top teams from across Europe and North America are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall 2020. Most notably is obviously the four-time Major winners Astralis, although the competition will be hot on their heels.

North American champions FURIA have flown across the Atlantic to make their presence known in Europe. The new-look Complexity and MIBR rosters will also be taking to the stage for the first time.

IEM New York winners FaZe Clan are in attendance too, as well as numerous other top 10 teams.

Group A Group B Group C
Natus Vincere Vitality Astralis
Ninjas in Pyjamas Complexity MIBR
Evil Geniuses BIG FURIA
OG FaZe Clan G2 Esports

BLAST Premier Fall 2020 schedule

Monday, October 26

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Round Na’Vi vs NiP 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Opening Round Evil Geniuses vs OG 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 27

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Upper Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Lower Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 28

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group A Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Thursday, October 29

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Round Vitality vs Complexity 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Opening Round BIG vs FaZe 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, October 30

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, October 31

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group B Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm

Monday, November 2

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Opening Round Astralis vs MIBR 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Opening Round FURIA vs G2 11:30am 2:30pm 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 3

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Winners Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Losers Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C Losers Final TBD vs TBD 8:30am 11:30am 3:30pm
Group C Grand Final TBD vs TBD 12:30pm 3:30pm 7:30pm