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Here Are All the Big Winners from the Stockholm International Esport Awards

Published: 4/Sep/2018 10:34 Updated: 4/Sep/2018 11:32

by Ross Deason

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The Stockholm International Esport Awards took place last night. Here are all of this year’s big winners!

Hosted by Metro Esports, and presented by Auguste ‘Semmler’ Massonet and Frankie Ward, the Stockholm International Esports Awards took place in association with DreamHack at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm and is branded as “the first esport gala in Sweden”.

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On Camera Talent Of The Year – Uber

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The main event started with the Overwatch League’s Australian commentator Mitch ‘Uber’ Leslie taking home gold in “On Camera Talent Of The Year”.

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Tournament Of The Year – The International 2017

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The “Tournament Of The Year” award followed shortly after, with Valve’s TI7 (The International 2017) claiming the top spot.

The $24,787,916 tournament featured the biggest prize pool in the history of esports until it was dethroned by 2018’s TI8.

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Moment Of The Year – Team Liquid’s TI7 win

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The “Moment Of The Year” award also came from TI7, as Team Liquid’s incredible run to win the tournament was given the nod.

Liquid lost in the first round of the upper bracket and had to make a sensational losers bracket run to eventually make it to the Grand Finals, where they defeated Newbee 3-0.

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Breakthrough Of The Year – ropz

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Estonian CS:GO prodigy Robin ‘ropz’ Kool was crowned “Breakthrough Of The Year”. The 18 year old has been a revelation since joining Mousesports in April of 2017, helping the international roster on its way to becoming one of the best teams on Earth.

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Ropz actually traveled to the FACEIT offices to prove that he was a legit player before his professional career truly took off, as many believed he was too good to be true!

Team Of The Year – Astralis

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The CS:GO theme continued in the following award as Astralis took home “Team Of The Year”. The Danes have looked untouchable for much of 2018 and are widely regarded as the favorites heading into the FACEIT London Major.

A slight blip at DreamHack Masters Stockholm saw Astralis lose out to local rivals North in the Grand Final, but their status as the number one team is still far from in doubt.

Player Of The Year – s1mple

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He might not have taken home as many trophies as Astralis this year, but Natus Vincere’s Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has been the consensus number one player for the majority of the year, so it was no surprise when the CS:GO star was crowned “Player Of The Year”.

S1mple’s form in 2018 has been nothing short of remarkable, and he continues to defy logic by hitting shots that simply shouldn’t be possible.

Profile Of The Year – Ninja

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The “Profile Of The Year” award was a fan voted contest and, surprise surprise, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was the winner. The Twitch sensation and Fortnite master has easily become the biggest name in online entertainment and gaming in 2018.

Ninja beat out the likes of Richard Lewis, Scott ‘SirScoots’ Smith, Jorien ‘Sheever’ van der Heijden and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek to take home the trophy.

The Stockholm International Esport Awards also featured some nordic-specific ceremonies for “Nordic team of the year”, “Nordic player of the year”, and “Nordic broadcaster of the year” prior to the start of the main event.

Unsurprisingly, the number one team in CS:GO, Astralis, took the title for Nordic esport team of the year, while Team Liquid’s Lasse Aukusti ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen grabbed the reward for Nordic player of the year and the ever-popular Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg was chosen as Nordic broadcaster of the year.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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