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Exclusive: XSET signs worlds-best female CSGO squad Originem for 2021

Published: 20/Nov/2020 15:00

by Andrew Amos

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American esports organization XSET has signed the worlds best all-female CSGO squad, Europe’s Team Originem, as they look to become one of the best CSGO teams in the world, period.

XSET is continuing their global expansion. It started with Valorant and Fortnite, and now they’re taking the reigns in CS:GO, picking up the worlds-best female roster in Team Originem.

The roster is made up of veteran talent across CS:GO. The five members ⁠— Zainab ‘zAAz’ Turkie, Michaela ‘mimi’ Lintrup, Petra ‘Petra’ Stoker, Julia ‘juliano’ Kiran, and Anastasia ‘kr4sy’ Khlobystina ⁠— have been together since the start of 2020, and are looking to break barriers come 2021.

Bridging the gap between male and female players

Team Originem are one of the most decorated female CS:GO rosters of all time. In 2020, they have managed to take out pretty much every major all-female event, including the Ambush Invitational, the Galaxy Racer Invitational, and DreamHack Showdown Summer.

However, the team still hasn’t reached their ambitions and goals of competing right at the very top of Counter-Strike against the worlds best.

CSGO player mimi in XSET jersey
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mimi (pictured) joined the Originem roster at the start of 2020 after a stint on Copenhagen Flames FE.

“I’m not really satisfied yet because we have so much more to prove, and I feel like we will be able to do that together with XSET. We’re really looking forward to starting the journey,” zAAz told Dexerto.

“Us as female gamers, we have to prove a lot more. It’s even small things like practice games ⁠— decent teams don’t want to play against us because we’re females. We have to prove a lot more to get the respect from the other teams,” mimi added.

The support is coming through in the scene though. With more tournament organizers and teams jumping on board, the future is bright for the female esports scene, not just CS:GO.

“Compared to back in the day there is more support. DreamHack is coming in to support us with more tournaments. We also have ESL Katowice, so it’s growing,” zAAz said.

From best female squad, to one of the world’s best

However, that’s not the ultimate goal of this squad. They don’t want to be defined as the best all-female CS:GO team. They want their name in the hat alongside the world’s best. Full stop.

“One of the biggest steps everyone is dreaming of is competing against males in tournaments. We have to work really hard to get there though,” Petra said. “[At DreamHack Rotterdam], we went to compete against the male squads. We had some good games, but we didn’t win anything. If you play against the best, you’ll get better.”

zAAz playing for Besiktas Esports at DreamHack Rotterdam 2019 CS:GO
Adela Sznajder for DreamHack
zAAz (pictured), juliano, Petra, and kr4sy played at DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019 together against top-level CS:GO squads.

“We were pretty excited with this lineup when Mimi came, so we have a lot more to prove. We are way stronger as a team now than we were. We hope to get more results in the male tournaments and to prove that we are a better team and that we can compete with the male teams ⁠— maybe not like Tier 1, but Tier 2 and 3,” kr4sy said.

The team is moving to North America to take advantage of more opportunities cropping up in the space. As to who they’ll want to topple down the line? There’s one name on their lips.

“Liquid,” zAAz said. “I want to beat Stewie. That would be amazing. Imagine,” mimi added.

Becoming role models in the esports scene

XSET’s journey to the top isn’t just a huge move for the five players. With their names being pushed further into the spotlight, they have the opportunity to become role models for the next generation of girls looking to step into the esports space.

“Zainab, Michaela, and Julia have been in the scene for so long. Sometimes we get some messages from girls who look up to us and want to be in our shoes and become a pro. It’s pretty great that we can have an influence on them,” Petra said.

Cloud9 White Valorant
Cloud9
More orgs are picking up all-female rosters, like the Cloud9 White Valorant squad.

XSET are looking to build that brand for their players as well.

“We’ve been working on this for a long time behind the scenes. CS:GO is obviously still a Tier 1 esport and we were looking at getting into the space. We had a look at the team and realized these were very talented players that had been playing together for a long time. It was an opportunity to work with a top team that was all-female, and that really fit into what we’re all about,” XSET co-founder Marco Mereu said.

“The team is pretty well known in Europe, but in North America it’s not as widely known and understood, and there’s going to be some real opportunities to introduce the squad to North America.”

The XSET CS:GO roster is as follows.

  • Zainab ‘zAAz’ Turkie
  • Michaela ‘mimi’ Lintrup
  • Petra ‘Petra’ Stoker
  • Julia ‘juliano’ Kiran
  • Anastasia ‘kr4sy’ Khlobystina
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How to watch IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020: Streams, Schedules and Teams

Published: 20/Nov/2020 20:50 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 21:18

by Marco Rizzo

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There is more CSGO on the horizon, with Intel Extreme Masters Beijing-Haidian 2020 starting on November 6, pitting together the best teams in North America and Europe for a spot in the IEM Global Challenge.

Two regional tournaments will take place and both promise to deliver some great Counter-Strike, Europe is looking to provide the majority of the top-quality gameplay while North America will provide a really interesting look at new teams and their up-and-coming talent.

The prize pools that teams will be looking to take home are $150,000 (EU) and $70.000 (NA) with the winners securing a spot for the IEM Global Challenge.

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 stream

All games will be streamed on ESL’s Twitch account. There will be only one match playing at any time so it will be easy to keep up with.

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe preview

The European branch is hosting the continent’s elite teams with the Heroic, Vitality, and Astralis looking like the favorites but we cannot ignore the potential challenge from OG and a NiKo-powered G2 Esports; especially after the great form showed at last Premier: Fall Series, with both teams topping their respective groups.

BIG and the Complexity juggernaut will also be at the event, with both teams having proved their capacity to win tournaments in the online era.

The top teams from earlier in the year will also attend the event with Fnatic, NaVi, and Mousesports looking to regain form and consistency.

FaZe Clan will also be attending, with the international roster not yet announcing a replacement for Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer, it is likely that the former world number one will remain with the team.

NIP, Spirit, North, ENCE, and MAD Lions complete the European line-up.

The 16 teams have been divided into two, double-elimination groups with every match being a best-of-three set. The top four teams from each group will then advance into playoffs, also with a double-elimination component and the now traditional BO5 final.

IEM:B-H Europe Group A
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IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Group A
IEM:B-H Europe Group B
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IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe Group B

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 North America preview

The two teams to watch out for in NA are obviously Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid. With Furia and MiBr currently residing in Europe, it is up to the two NA giants to conquers this event.

Chaos Esports Club, Triumph, Team One, and New England Whalers have upset opponents in the past meaning we should be keeping an eye out for them to take a map or two off the big teams.

Rebirth and Rugratz are the two teams joining the event through the closed qualifiers.

The North American tournament will use a scaled-back version of the European one with double-elimination groups and playoffs before a BO5 final.

IEM:B-H Group A
Twitter: @IEM
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 NA Group A
IEM:B-H Group B
Twitter: @IEM
IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 NA Group B

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe schedule and results

Group A Results Group B Results
Complexity 2-0 Astralis 2-0
FaZe Clan 2-0 Heroic 2-0
NaVi 2-1 BIG 2-1
Vitality 2-1 G2 Esports 2-1
MAD Lions 1-2 NiP 1-2
Spirit 1-2 Mousesports 1-2
OG 0-2 North 0-2
Fnatic 0-2 ENCE 0-2

Friday, November 6

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Vitality 2 – 0 Spirit 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A FaZe 2 – 1 OG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Saturday, November 7

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Na’Vi 2 – 1 MAD 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A Complexity 2 – 0 Fnatic 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 8

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Vitality 0 – 2 FaZe 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A NaVI 1 – 2 Complexity 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Tuesday, November 10

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Spirit 2 – 0 OG 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group A MAD 2 – 1 Fnatic 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Na’Vi 2 – 0 Spirit 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Vitality 2 – 0 MAD 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B Heroic 2 – 0 North 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B G2 1 – 2 NiP 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Friday, November 13

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Astralis 2 – 0 ENCE 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B BIG 1 – 2 Mousesports 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Heroic 2 – 1 NiP 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B Astralis 2 – 1 Mousesports 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B North 1 – 2 G2 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B ENCE 0-2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Monday, November 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Mousesports 1-2 G2 6AM 9AM 2PM
Group B NiP 1-2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Thursday, November 19

Group Game PT ET GMT
Quarterfinal 1  Faze 0-2 G2 6AM 9AM 2PM
Quarterfinal 2 NaVi 2-0 Astralis 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Friday, November 20

Group Game PT ET GMT
Quarterfinal 3 COL 2-0 BIG 6AM 9AM 2PM
Quarterfinal 4  Heroic 1-2 Vitality 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 G2 vs NaVi 6AM 9AM 2PM
Semifinal 2 COL vs Vitality 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 22

Stage Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 7AM 10AM 3PM

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 Europe final placements

Place Team Pro Tour Points Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD 400 $60,000
2 TBD 265 $30,000
3-4 TBD 160 $12,000
3-4 TBD 160 $12,000
5-8 Heroic 75 $5,000
5-8 BIG 75 $5,000
5-8 Astralis 75 $5,000
5-8 FaZe Clan 75 $5,000
9-12 Team Spirit 45 $2,500
9-12 MAD Lions 45 $2,500
9-12 Mousesports 45 $2,500
9-12 NiP 45 $2,500
13-16 OG 0 $1,500
13-16 Fnatic 0 $1,500
13-16 ENCE 0 $1,500
13-16 North 0 $1,500

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 NA schedule and results

Group stage results

Group A Results Group B Results
Team Liquid 2-0 Evil Geniuses 2-0
Chaos Esports Club 2-1 Triumph 2-1
Rugratz 1-2 Team One 1-2
New England Whalers 0-2 Rebirth 0-2

Friday, November 6

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Liquid 2 – 0 Rugratz 1PM 4PM 9PM

Saturday, November 7

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A New England Whalers 0 – 2 Chaos 1PM 4PM 9PM

Sunday, November 8

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Liquid 2 – 0 Chaos 1PM 4PM 9PM

Tuesday, November 10

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Rugratz 2 – 1 New England Whalers 1PM 4PM 9PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Chaos 2 – 1 Rugratz 1PM 4PM 9PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B EG 2 – 1 Rebirth 1PM 4PM 9PM

Friday, November 13

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Triumph 2 – 1 Team One 1PM 4PM 9PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A EG 2 – 0 Triumph 1PM 4PM 9PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Rebirth 0-2 Team One 1PM 4PM 9PM

Monday, November 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Triumph 2-0 Team One 1PM 4PM 9PM

Friday, November 20

Group Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 Liquid vs Triumph 1PM 4PM 9PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 2 EG vs Chaos 1PM 4PM 9PM

Sunday, November 22

Stage Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 7AM 10AM 3PM

IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 North America final placements

Place Team Pro Tour Points Prize Money (USD)
1 TBD 320 $35,000
2 TBD 190 $15,000
3-4 TBD 105 $6,000
3-4 TBD 105 $6,000
5-6 Rugratz 55 $2,500
5-6 Team One 55 $2,500
7-8 New England Whalers 0 $1,500
7-8 Rebirth 0 $1,500