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Astralis CS:GO coach zonic defends skipping events after losing #1 ranking

Published: 5/Jun/2019 12:00 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 12:39

by Joe O'Brien


Astralis CS:GO coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen has released a statement regarding the recent controversy surrounding the team’s prioritization of events.

The Danish team have come under criticism lately for their prioritization of BLAST Pro Series events while opting to skip more prestigious tournaments like IEM Sydney, StarSeries Season 7, and DreamHack Masters Dallas.

BLAST, who are also owned by Astralis parent company RFRSH Entertainment, have themselves come under criticism for a weak format and what are seen as attempts to push for soft exclusivity as well as devaluing other premier tournaments by organizing their own events such that all of the top teams rarely compete simultaneously outside of BLAST Pro Series.

In a lengthy statement, zonic highlighted that Astralis’ selection of events in recent months came as a result of a number of considerations, such as the “standard of the tournament, possibilities to prepare, prestige, how the geography fits into our general travel plans, our previous results in the tournament, seeing the fans and our experience with relevant [tournament organizers].”

With regards to particular events they’ve skipped, zonic highlighted that the reason they were absent from DreamHack Masters Dallas was its proximity to the upcoming ECS Season 7 and ESL Pro League Season 9 finals, stating “we are back to back champions of both ECS and EPL and would love to give ourselves the best option of trying to defend those titles.”

ESLSince winning the IEM Katowice Major, Astralis have only competed offline at BLAST Pro Series events and the EPL Season 9 group stage.

Astralis’ absence from prestigious events in recent months recently resulted in their being knocked off of the number one spot on the HLTV rankings, with Team Liquid’s victory at DreamHack Masters Dallas carrying them over the Danes.

The change marks the end of Astralis’ record-breaking streak at number one, having held the position since April 2018, becoming the first team ever to maintain the spot for over a year. According to zonic, however, the ranking is not a primary motivator for Astralis, as “our mission is not the world rankings, but to do all we can to win the biggest and the right tournaments.”

For many, the loss of their top ranking also marks the end of the Astralis era, for now at least, with fans frustrated that a team many consider the greatest in CS:GO history relinquished their era through inactivity, simply failing to defend their title rather than actually being defeated.

Fortunately for fans of Astralis, the team are now heading into a series of premier events, kicking off with the ECS Season 7 finals on June 6-9. They’ll then be attempting to defend their title at the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals on June 18-23, before competing at ESL One Cologne on July 2-7.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


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.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

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.