League of Legends

Doublelift laughs off rumors Team SoloMid won’t scrim LCS rivals Cloud9

Published: 28/Jul/2020 7:49 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:25

by Isaac McIntyre


Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has rebuked rumors his team Team SoloMid and fourth-placed squad FlyQuest have agreed to stop scrimming defending LCS champions Cloud9, adding he thought that suggestion was “so crazy.”

The rumor that TSM and FlyQuest had put a “no scrim” order on the Spring champions was first mentioned by Cloud9’s star AD carry Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen during an interview with LCS insider Travis Gafford on July 26.

He said, “I don’t scrim TSM anymore, we don’t have scrims with TSM or FlyQuest ever again… we just aren’t. They just tell us they don’t want to”. The Danish star was allegedly told there would be “no more blocks” with either org anymore.

Team Liquid star Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen ⁠— who won two domestic titles with Doublelift in 2019 ⁠— seemingly validated the rumor soon after too. He suggested TSM had chalked Cloud9’s name for scrim schedules last week.

Gafford raised the rumor with Peng during a July 27 co-stream on Twitch, suggesting TSM had led the apparent block-order on Cloud9. Doublelift was visibly surprised by the news TSM may be avoiding C9 in training, and rebuked the idea.

Zven has one an LCS title with Cloud9 since joining last year.
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Cloud9 star bot laner Zven is under the impression TSM is avoiding the LCS champions in scrims.

“Wait, what? I… what? I have no… what the f**k? Literally no way that’s true, maybe FlyQuest, I don’t know anything about them, but no way that’s true for us,” he said. “I have no idea what to say to that other than it’s so crazy.” The ADC star did add, however, that he’d have to “ask [his] coaches” before confirming anything.

His reasoning? There’s absolutely “no way” anyone wants to miss out on a scrim block with the runaway Spring champions. Cloud9 was head and shoulders above the rest of the North American pack last split, and are leading in Summer too.

If there is any muzzle-order from TSM regarding their long-standing LCS rivals, which FlyQuest may have joined in on, Doublelift wasn’t aware of it. He added, “Everyone wants to scrim C9… what is the downside? I don’t really understand.”

Doublelift wasn’t the only TSM star to address Zven’s allegations either. During a Twitch stream on July 27, breakout rookie Erik ‘Wessén’ Treatz also weighed in; he said he “wasn’t sure what he could comment,” but said he knew “it’s not true.”

Doublelift is now bracing for Summer playoffs with Team SoloMid, who currently sit in third place in the LCS. The veteran NA organization has found themselves behind Doublelift’s old org Team Liquid and C9 in recent weeks.

Beyond that lies Worlds, which ⁠— for the moment⁠ — is still going ahead. C9, TSM, and TL are currently favorites to represent the LCS on the international stage. All three teams have already locked their places in Summer playoffs too.

Team SoloMid and Cloud9 actually face off this weekend too, in a Week 8 clash. The two NA heavyweights will meet on the Rift at 2pm on Sunday; apparently bereft of any practice sets against each other in the past week.


How to watch IEM Global Challenge 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:52

by Andrew Amos


CS:GO is back on LAN, baby. The IEM Global Challenge 2020 marks the long-awaited return to offline events, and we’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.

CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.

However, after months of waiting, a safe LAN is now on the menu, and it feels like Counter-Strike is back. The IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.

If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020 on LAN, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream

The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams

Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. While there won’t be any crowds, the promise of LAN action is tantalizing enough for most fans watching along at home.

The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.

That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.

Group A Group B
Team Vitality Heroic
Complexity FURIA
Astralis Natus Vincere
Chaos Team Liquid

IEM Global Challenge 2020 schedule & results

Tuesday, December 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Match Chaos vs Vitality 3am 6am 11am
Group A Opening Match Astralis vs Complexity 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group B Opening Match Na’Vi vs FURIA 10am 1pm 6pm

Wednesday, December 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Match Liquid vs Heroic 3am 6am 11am
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Thursday, December 17

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 18

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, December 19

Match Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Sunday, December 20

Match Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8am 11am 4pm

IEM Global Challenge 2020 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD) BLAST Points
1 TBD $200,000 3000
2 TBD $100,000 1500
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
7-8 TBD $20,000 188
7-8 TBD $20,000 188