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Who is the CS:GOAT? CSGO community debates the greatest player ever

Published: 3/Nov/2019 18:09 Updated: 3/Nov/2019 18:30

by Scott Robertson

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After Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer Gustafsson claimed his 25th championship with CS:GO teams in the world at IEM Beijing: who’s the GOAT?

Following olof’s latest addition to his trophy case, CSGO caster Jason ‘moses’ O’Toole made his declaration short and simple. Olofmeister is the “CS:GOAT.

But like in any sport when a GOAT is declared, especially by a well known personality, there is sure to be a debate.

Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer

ELEAGUE

The quickest way to the top of GOAT contention is to win an precedented number of championships, and no one has stacked hardware like the meister.

Since joining Fnatic in 2014, and then joining FaZe Clan in 2017, olofmeister has claimed 25 championship trophies. The majority of those came with his tenure with Fnatic, which included two major championships.

While moses clearly pointed out a difference between the greatest CSGO player and the current best CSGO player, back in 2015, olofmeister was unquestionably the best, as he was the driving force for a Fnatic team that dominated the entire calendar year. Even Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell had to give the nod to his former teammate.

Success on two teams. Titles every year. An incredible comeback from injury. Untouchable at times. The case for olofmeister is strong, but he does not lack competition…

Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz

StarLadder

The star amongst the stars, Dev1ce has played at the highest level for a number of years, and has never fallen off the pedestal of players considered the best, even if the trophies themselves fall apart.

Dev1ce’s resume has only gotten more impressive over time, from Copenhagen Wolves to Dignitas to TSM to Astralis. While some may consider dev1ce’s accomplishment a byproduct of being on a superior team, and Astralis is indeed a superior team, there’s been no question that he’s the star.

Across the last four years, he’s been a top five player on HLTV’s best player lists, set the record with his Astralis teammates for most major victories, and his picked up a plethora of hardware on the way.

Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo

ESL

While FalleN and MIBR’s recent track record hasn’t been ideal, the Brazilian captain deserves a nod for his past periods of dominance, and his overall impact on the scene.

For two years, Luminosity/SK Gaming was untouchable under FalleN’s leadership. He was also one of, if not the best AWPer in the entire scene across 2016 and 2017. Back-to-back majors in 2016, and in the second half of 2017, SK Gaming won six titles from June onwards.

Yes, Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David was the star, but everyone knows that a star without leadership doesn’t shine the brightest, and FalleN was why those teams signed.

FalleN has been instrumental in inspiring and cultivating young Brazilian talent, resulting in an entire region that could compete with the world. Even if his GOAT status isn’t certain, he’s the GOAT of Brazilian CS:GO without question.

Other candidates

Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s name has emerged a couple times, but there’s a catch. When it comes to ability and playmaking there’s no questioning how great he is. But s1mple’s trophycase isn’t as impressive as some other names, and his struggles at majors have been glaring. At only 22, he’s the most likely to improve his resume, so perhaps one day he will be the definitive GOAT.

Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg gets a nod for the sake of longevity, and how great he’s been across multiple titles. Not only has he succeeded in CSGO with Ninjas in Pyjamas, but is perhaps the greatest 1.6 player ever. While his status as the CS:GOAT might be questionable, he’s got a great case for the greatest Counter-Strike player ever.

So who’s the CS:GOAT? Hopefully, we haven’t even met them yet, because CSGO should never die.

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How to watch Flashpoint Season 2: stream, schedule, teams

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:00 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 1:37

by Bill Cooney

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Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.

The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.

This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.

So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.

Flashpoint Season 2 matches
Flashpoint
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.

Stream

The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.

Participating teams

Group A

  • Fnatic
  • c0ntact
  • Dignitas
  • MAD Lions

Group B

  • BIG
  • Team Envy
  • forZe
  • MIBR

Group C

  • OG
  • Cloud9
  • Gen.G
  • Virtus.Pro

Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.

In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.

Flashpoint Season 2
Flashpoint
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.

Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule

FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.

Teams who finish 7th-10th will compete in Last Chance matches for the final two Playoff berths. Flashpoint’s Playoffs will consist of an 8 team, double-elimination bracket.

Flashpoint Season 2 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money Blast Points
1 TBD $500,000 3000
2 TBD $250,000 1500
3 TBD $100,000 1125
4 TBD $50,000 750
5-6 TBD $35,000 375
5-6 TBD $35,000 375
7-8 TBD $15,000 188
7-8 TBD $15,000 188
9-10 Gen.G $0 0
9-10 forZe $0 0
11-12 c0ntact $0 0
11-12 Cloud9 $0 0

Flashpoint Season 2 playoffs schedule

Monday, November 30

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket QF MAD Lions vs Virtus.pro 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket QF BIG vs Envy 8AM 11AM 4PM

Tuesday, December 1

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket QF Fnatic vs Dignitas 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket QF OG vs MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Wednesday, December 2

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, December 3

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, December 4

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, December 5

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Sunday, December 6

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Flashpoint Season 2 groups results

Tuesday, November 10

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A UB Round 1 Dignitas 0 – 2 MAD Lions 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A UB Round 1 Fnatic 2 – 1 c0ntact 8AM 11AM 4PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B UB Round 1 Envy 1 – 2 forZe 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B UB Round 1 BIG 2 – 1 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C UB Round 1 Cloud9 0 – 2 Virtus.pro 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C UB Round 1 OG 0 – 2 Gen.G 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, November 13

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B UB Final forZe 0 – 2 BIG 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B LBRound 1 Envy 1 – 2 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A UB Final Fnatic 1 – 2 MAD Lions 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A LB Round 1 c0ntact 1 – 2 Dignitas 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C UB Final Virtus.pro 2 – 1 Gen.G 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C LB Round 1 Cloud9 0 – 2 OG 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, November 19

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A LB Final Fnatic 2 – 0 Dignitas 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B LB Final forZe 0 – 2 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, November 20

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C LB Final Gen.G 0 – 2 OG 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A Grand Final MAD Lions 0 – 2 Fnatic 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Grand Final BIG 2 – 1 MIBR 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C Grand Final Virtus.pro 1 – 2 OG 8AM 11AM 4PM

Sunday, November 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Last Chance Match 1 Gen.G 1 – 2 Envy 5AM 8AM 1PM
Last Chance Match 2 Dignitas 2 – 1 forZe 8AM 11AM 4PM