What's next for OpTic Gaming after disappointing performance at the IEM Katowice CS:GO EU Minor? - Dexerto

What’s next for OpTic Gaming after disappointing performance at the IEM Katowice CS:GO EU Minor?

Published: 17/Jan/2019 19:40 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 20:19

by Wyatt Donigan


The IEM Katowice Major might still be a few weeks away, but the Minor has begun for the EU region and already some big names have been eliminated from the CS:GO tournament.

With plenty of talent present at the Minor, there was sure to plenty of close matches and surprising results from start to finish.

With that being said, however, OpTic Gaming came into the Minor with a ton of high expectations after adding Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali to their ranks just a couple of weeks ago.

Despite this new addition, they couldn’t manage to get much done during the group stage, suffering two fairly lopsided losses.

They opened up with a match against Team Vitality, but only managed eight rounds in the 16-8 loss that sent them directly to the Elimination Match of Group A.

Up against mousesports in that match, things didn’t improve much at all. Playing on Train and Nuke, OpTic lost 16-14 and 16-11, respectively, to end their hopes at making it to the Major.

StarLadderEven the recent addition of Refrezh wasn’t enough to give OpTic Gaming a chance to advance at the IEM Katowice EU Minor.

Now that their time in Katowice is over so soon, it’s quite likely that they will start looking towards the future to figure out what’s next.

While certainly nothing is confirmed just yet, all eyes will certainly be on the former in-game leader of FaZe Clan, Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen.

He’s currently playing with Team Envy for the Americas Minor on loan, but it was made very clear that his time with them would be temporary.

Could karrigan be the answer to OpTic Gaming’s struggles?

This, along with the fact that he’d already been benched by FaZe Clan, certainly gives credence to the possibility that he could be on his way to the Green Wall before long.

The entire CS:GO world will no doubt be on the lookout for any news on this front once the dust has settled after the Major.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.