Esports

New Fnatic logo leaked ahead of rebrand

Published: 23/Jan/2020 17:41 Updated: 7/Mar/2020 15:05

by Scott Robertson

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The legendary esports organization Fnatic donned the color orange on their social media accounts, teasing a new look that’s set to come out the day before LEC begins. But the LEC went ahead and accidentally included the new logo in their promo video, and now a high-res image of it has appeared as well.

To rebrand in the esports scene is to take a massive risk with your fanbase. In recent memory, most rebrands hope to, at best, achieve a mixed response while others have been met with a very negative reaction.

On January 20th, Fnatic scrubbed their Twitter profile picture and banner, filling them with the color orange and tweeting out “the future is Fnatic.” Fnatic’s founder and CEO Sam Mathews oranged out his pictures too.

Fnatic orange

Immediately sensing an imminent rebrand, fans went into panic mode, with several emploring the organization not to change their iconic logo. Even other teams and brands got in on the drama, including the recently rebranded North who replied with “Phnatic,” and former EU LCS team Unicorns of Love.

The potential rebrand appears to coincide with opening weekend of the 2020 LEC Spring Split, where the team is scheduled to play Origen and Misfits. However, the LEC did not appear interested in making fans wait, as in their Jan 22 hype video shared on Twitter, the new logo can be seen on the Fnatic players’ jerseys.

Higher quality stills from the video appear to hint toward a sleeker, “modern” touchup of the logo as opposed to full-on change to it, and just a day later a full, high resolution of the image appeared online.

New Fnatic logo leaked ahead of rebrand
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The new Fnatic logo.

The new logo features sharper, less rounded edges, removes the growth from one of the side wings as well as the upper dot, and slices a portion of the center line off. As Don ‘FishiestDude’ Constantin so eloquently put on Twitter, it “no longer looks like a man with a giant dong between his legs.”

Others expressed their appreciation for the simple, sleek adjustment. Reactions to the new logo on the CS:GO Reddit r/GlobalOffensive ranged from positive to tolerant. Some said they liked the “minimal” and “tidied up” take on the iconic crest, compared to the more drastic rebrands performed by the likes of North, Evil Geniuses, and Virtus.Pro.

The image retains the original Fnatic orange, which is much lighter than the orange currently dominating the organization’s social media pages, indicating that they’re not doing away with the original color.

A version of the new logo in the new dark orange has also been leaked, so perhaps it will be used for alternate jerseys or new merch.

Nothing is officially confirmed yet regarding the new logo, but it’s likely fans will see it make its on-stage debut this weekend at LEC as Fnatic look to add another European LoL title to their trophy case.

CS:GO

BLAST Premier Global Final – Liquid surprise and EG survive

Published: 20/Jan/2021 22:02

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 


  • Complexity vs Na’Vi scheduled for 1:30pm (CET)
  • Evil Geniuses eliminate FURIA 2-1
  • Vitality sweep Complexity 2-0, Team Liquid upsets Na’Vi 2-0

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity vs Na’Vi 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality vs Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against Na’Vi, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9) Furia fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. The North Americans followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6)


Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
TBD
7-8 TBD $15,000
FURIA