Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut burst onto the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene in 2018, and just over a year later, the Frenchman is already being discussed as a candidate to become the game’s best player of all time.
At just 19 years old, ZywOo is still a relative newcomer to the upper echelons of CS:GO, bursting into the spotlight in late 2018 when he joined French squad Team Vitality, and has remained with the organization ever since.
ZywOo’s talent was well known to online players, and while being thrust into the limelight as a young man can sometimes be a tough burden to bear, the French superstar has thrived, showing off the true extent of his talents with dominating displays that have catapulted him to the top of the game.
Team Vitality’s Zywoo is widely considered the best all-round player in the game currently.
After an incredible 2019, the Vitality star is now being compared to legends of the game like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, and while he claims he is uninterested in these comparisons, it shows how highly he is already rated by the Counter-Strike community.
ZywOo openly admits that 2019 was his season, but knows he’ll need to work hard if he wants to stay at the top of the mountain. If he keeps up his jaw-dropping form from 2019 though, he may just cement himself as the greatest of all time.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.