During his time with Ninjas in Pyjamas, Adam ‘Friberg’ Friberg became known as the “King of Banana” for his mastery of the position on CS:GO map Inferno.
Since then, though, the map has seen a complete overhaul, with the new version of Inferno being reintroduced to the competitive map pool in 2017.
Though the banana area was reworked, its basic shape remains the same – but for this new version of banana, should there be a new king?
Friberg earned his crown for a series of legendary plays in banana, shutting down opposing teams single-handedly. Surely, then, the modern monarch must earn the title the same way – with big plays, and bigger sprays.
We’ve taken a look at which players have produced the most highlight-worthy plays in banana over the last two years to see if there’s an obvious heir to the throne, or whether the line of succession can be contested by multiple players.
Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.
The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.
For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”
College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.
FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.
CSGO & Valorant leagues
From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.
Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.
Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.
State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.
The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.
Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”
To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.