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Autimatic leaves CSGO and rejoins Skadoodle on T1 Valorant

Published: 4/Feb/2021 23:06 Updated: 4/Feb/2021 23:08

by Alan Bernal


North American CSGO star Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta has left CSGO and will rejoin his former Cloud9 teammate Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham, this time on T1’s Valorant roster.

  • Autimatic joins Ska, DaZeD, AZK, swag, and Spyder on T1
  • A CSGO team w/ autimatic, flusha and suNny reportedly fell through
  • Autimatic last played CSGO for Gen.G

Autimatic joins T1 Valorant

T1 revealed autimatic as their latest signee to the Valorant roster, though it’s still unknown who the 24-year-old  will replace on the team.

At the time of signing, T1 still have Ha ‘Spyder’ Jung-woo, Sam ‘DaZeD’ Marine, Keven ‘AZK’ Larivière, Braxton ‘brax’ Pierce, and Skadoodle listed on their roster. In the org’s announcement video, fans noticed that neither AZK or brax were featured throughout.

Autimatic and Skadoodle were both on the 2018 Cloud9 CSGO team that captured North America’s first and only Major.

Autimatic leaves CSGO

Valve’s tier one esport lost another big North American name as autimatic will now represent T1 in Valorant.

As one of the last premier NA talents not on Team Liquid or Evil Geniuses, autimatic’s decision to retire comes on the heels of rumors that he was prepared to create a team alongside Miikka ‘⁠suNny’ Kemppi and Robin ‘flusha⁠’ Rönnquist.

His last trophy was at the DeamHack Open Anaheim 2020 with Gen.G where they won $50,000 for overcoming FURIA. He was HLTV’s 17th best player in 2018.

What’s next for T1?

T1 fell short of qualification at the Valorant Champions Tour Challengers 1. They placed 9th-16th after losing to AndBox 1-2.

The org will have another chance to qualify at Challengers 2 on February 10.

T1 Valorant Roster

Braxton ‘brax’ Pierce
Keven ‘AZK’ Larivière
Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham
Sam ‘DaZeD’ Marine
Ha ‘Spyder’ Jung-woo
Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta

IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos


IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

Natus Vincere Socios s1mple

Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

Visit Thrive vs Astralis and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear., on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.

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