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WarOwl reveals all the ways Riot’s Project A is targeting CSGO players

Published: 1/Nov/2019 19:01 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 20:21

by Scott Robertson


Counter-Strike YouTuber WarOwl reveals how the new tactical shooter in development at Riot Games, Project A, can challenge CS:GO and potentially spur improvement from the classic Valve shooter.

WarOwl has been making popular Counter-Strike videos on YouTube for years. He’s dived deep into the game’s future and past analyzed some of the biggest changes and even reviewed 50 Overwatch cases in a row to discover a massive amount of cheaters in play.

In his newest video, he entertains the idea of a new challenger coming to take players away from CS:GO, in Riot Games’ Project A that was announced during their 10th-anniversary stream. This game joined a bevy of other announcements from the Tencent owned company, including a fighting game project, a card game, and more. 

When the game was first revealed, fans were split on whether Project A was more of a direct competitor to Overwatch or Counter-Strike. According to WarOwl, Project A is certainly more of a competitor to Counter-Strike, and their marketing reflects that.

Riot GamesA barrier summon from the first footage from Project A

The first gameplay and behind-the-scenes footage feature lots of appearance by Sal ‘Volcano’ Garozzo, a veteran map developer well known in CS:GO, who most recently completed the re-work of Cache alongside Shawn ‘FMPONE’ Snelling.

WarOwl contends that the frequent usage of Volcano, along with the wordage used by the project’s executive producer Anna ‘Supercakes’ Donlon, is purposely done to draw comparisons to Counter-Strike. In the video, Donlon says of Project A:

“It’s competitive. It has precise gunplay. With Project A, we’re staying true to the high consequence gameplay of tap shooters.”

Even the abilities, which many compared to Overwatch, are more comparable to utility grenades and mechanics from Counter-Strike, says WarOwl. The abilities shown in the preview can create walls to help players peak and cut off angles, and create a vortex that imitates the cover that a smoke grenade would make.

WarOwl cites a tweet from Riot’s VP of IP/Entertainment Greg ‘Ghostcrawler’ Street, that says gunplay and map control are key to Project A, and that the abilities are more about utility.

WarOwl closed by saying he wants Project A to be a success, and while he doesn’t believe it will be a Counter-Strike killer, he does believe it will be a Counter-Strike contender.

The next bit of new information regarding Project A won’t be available until 2020.


Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo


The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

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

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted 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 included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

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

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found 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.