Alphari reportedly set to make LCS switch after Team Liquid table $1m deal for 2021 - Dexerto
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Team Liquid reportedly set to make Alphari next LCS million-dollar man

Published: 26/Oct/2020 0:32

by Isaac McIntyre


Team Liquid are reportedly on the verge of signing European top lane star Barney “Alphari” Morris on a multi-million dollar deal spanning at least two years after beating out Rogue and Fnatic for the former Origen star’s signature.

Alphari’s contract with Astralis ⁠— recently rebranded from Origen ⁠— ends on Nov. 16, at which time the Englishman, 21, becomes available to sign. The top laner, who played 171 games for Origen from 2018 to 2020, is one of 2021’s hottest free agents.

It appears four-time LCS champs Team Liquid will win the race for his signature, according to ESPN. Alphari’s transatlantic switch would see him replace Jung “Impact” Eon-yeung, who was the highest-paid player in North America last season.

Liquid, Rogue, and Fnatic were reportedly among Morris’ prospective suitors.

Fnatic, who exited Worlds 2020 in the quarterfinals, are believed to have pulled out of the race after Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau shone in groups and against Top Esports.

Impact is set to become one of the hottest free agents on the LCS market.
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Impact is set to become one of the hottest free agents on the LCS market.

As Dexerto understands, Liquid has already tabled the multi-year deal for Alphari, and now the LCS org is waiting for the League of Legends free agency window to open. LoL’s global transfer window opens on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11pm GMT.

Alphari joining the North American competition is the second big shift in the LCS top lane pool heading into the 2021 season. Cloud9 has already made a swap, promoting Australian talent Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to the starting roster over Worlds semifinalist Eric “Licorice” Ritchie.

Liquid is reportedly also set to make more changes ahead of next season too. The team’s first step will be to tie up Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, who is off-contract in November. The org will not, however, retain jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen.

Edward “Tactical” Ra (2021) and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in (2022) remain under contract for now. The LCS heavyweights are believed to be building future plans around AD carry Tactical, who was a standout in Shanghai.

ESPN also suggested Liquid are eyeing FlyQuest jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larssen to fill out their 2021 roster. The Danish shotcaller has not been given permission to talk to other teams ahead of his upcoming Nov. 17 free agency, however.

Tactical will be Team Liquid's focal point in the LCS heading into 2021.
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Tactical will be Team Liquid’s focal point in the LCS heading into 2021.

The lineups of all ten LCS rosters are likely set to change drastically heading into 2021. North America’s struggles at Worlds, and roster moves like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg’s shock retirement have already set the wheels in motion.

In Shanghai, G2 Esports were punted out of Worlds contention by Damwon Gaming after suffering the fastest defeat in the event’s history. On the other side of the bracket, Suning upset Top Esports to book their spot in the Oct. 31 decider.


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