xQc hits the jackpot TWICE with ridiculously lucky CS:GO case openings - Dexerto
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xQc hits the jackpot TWICE with ridiculously lucky CS:GO case openings

Published: 29/Jan/2019 15:08 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 16:02

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO case openings may seem like a thing of the past on Twitch, but if anyone can bring them back into fashion, it would be popular streamer Felix ‘Overwatch player, has been trying his hand at a variety of games, and despite being unbanned from Overwatch, CS:GO is a recurring title on his stream.

CS:GO cases are notoriously difficult to actually win something desirable and valuable from, with odds of less than 1% for some of the rarest items.

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The real money values of these items can be astronomical though, with an AWP skin once selling for over $61,000.

This means that streamers trying their luck with these cases can make for some thrilling content – but also resulted in numerous controversies with misleading (to put it mildly) case openings causing Twitch to crack down on the ever-growing phenomenon.

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xQc has given it a shot though, and remarkably landed on an extremely rare set of gloves – worth over $200 – on only his second opening.

This was lucky enough, but it didn’t stop there. On a hot streak, Lengyel opened another three cases, before hitting the jackpot yet again on his fourth roll of the dice.

Unlocking yet another pair of very rare gloves, this time valued at $113, xQc had used up enough luck to last most people several years, and captured it all on stream in front of tens of thousands.

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The odds for these kind of items are likely in the 0.1 – 0.2% region, so the chances of hitting two in the space of minutes is next to absolute zero – but xQc somehow pulled it off.

Typically, the rare items contained in CS:GO cases are various knives, but xQc had opted for special ‘glove’ cases instead which, as the name suggests, have gloves as the rare items.

A smart gambler, xQc quit while he was ahead, and stopped opening cases shortly after. The money he will make by selling the gloves is negligible compared to what he likely earns from his massively popular streams, but with this kind of luck, the money is extra sweet.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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