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CS:GO Reporter Pala With the Most Awkward Handshake Moment in Interview History

Published: 29/May/2018 16:46 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:00

by Ross Deason

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Pala ‘Pala’ Gilroy Sen took awkward handshake fails to a whole new level during the StarLadder i-League Season 5 finals while interviewing a professional CS:GO player.

Pala, formerly known as Mantrousse, is a gaming YouTuber with a heavy focus on comedy and is well known for his various skits, let’s plays, and vlogs.

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He also does a variety of work in the esports scene as a presenter, host, and interviewer, predominantly for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events.

He has worked at CS:GO Majors, like DreamHack Cluj-Napoca and PGL Kraków, as well as a number of other premier tournaments like the ECS finals, DreamHack Masters competitions, and StarLadder events.

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The Brit is currently working at the StarLadder i-League Season 5 Finals in Kiev as an interviewer but on May 28th he met his match when attempting to get a handshake from Mateusz ‘TOAO’ Zawistowski.

Pala spoke to the AGO Esports player prior to their match against their Polish rivals Virtus.Pro. Unfortunately the handshake at the beginning, or lack of it, was enough to distract anyone that tuned in to listen to it.

The history of esports is littered with hilarious handshake fails and there is something oddly satisfying about watching it happen to someone and imagining how you would deal with it yourself.

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Perhaps TOAO was just too focused on the match ahead of him as AGO toppled Virtus.Pro 2-0 and proved that they deserve to be thought of as the current number one team in Poland (or perhaps he was stunned by the horrific heads, shoulders, knees and TOAO joke).

Luckily for Pala, the handshake did finally happen at the conclusion of the interview. However, something tells us that he won’t be living this one down any time soon if the rest of the broadcast team has anything to say about it.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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