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Pyth interview: From CSGO to Valorant & taking G2 Esports to the top

Published: 11/Sep/2020 18:21 Updated: 12/Sep/2020 14:01

by Andy Williams

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G2 Esports’ Jacob ‘pyth’ Mourujärvi has been to the very top in CS:GO, but now he’s taken his talents to Valorant, where the European outfit have a 100% win record in Ignition Series events.

Pyth has reached the very top of CS:GO. After devoting the vast majority of his playing career to Valve’s first-person shooter, the Swede bagged himself two notable wins with Ninjas in Pyjamas — the Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland and DreamHack Masters in Malmö.

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But after reaching the top of Counter-Strike, pyth jumped ship over to Riot’s tactical shooter. Having placed competitive integrity at the forefront of their priorities, there’s an obvious appeal for the casual gamer and professional alike.

And it was Riot’s involvement in the growth of their esports scene that attracted the 26-year-old (and likely many others) over to Valorant. We spoke with pyth ahead of this weekend’s final European Ignition Series event, the BLAST Twitch Invitational.

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pyth playing for Ninjas in Pyjamas.
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Pyth left behind a successful career in CS:GO to play Valorant professionally.

Pyth: “Valorant will be bigger than CSGO”

Moving from Counter-Strike will have no doubt been hard for pyth. Having devoted much of his life to the game, the decision to jump ship will not be one that he took lightly. But when asked about the rationale behind his move, the Cypher Main simply emphasized on the “spark” which it ignited for him.

“It was a new spark of motivation and like a new fire that ignited with this game. I felt like something new would be good for me, to get some new motivation.”

But aside from an intrinsic spark, pyth believes that Riot’s shooter will be “bigger than [Counter-Strike] in a couple of years,” and this, according to him, is largely down to the lack of direct support for CS:GO’s esports scene from Valve — an issue discussed at length by Dexerto columnist, Stephanie ‘missharvery’ Harvey in her debut column.

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Valorant is tipped to be the ‘Counter-Strike’ killer… And pyth certainly agrees.

G2’s Valorant dominance

It’s no secret that G2 has had the dream start in Valorant. Five Ignition Series wins out of five events played as a team has rendered many tipping them to be the world’s best once international competition starts.

Pyth thinks that being the first “super team” in the region is the primary reason behind their early success. Together with Oscar ‘mixwell’ Cañellas, the pair bring a plethora of tier-one experience to the roster. Combine that with the breadth of talent which will naturally transition from CS:GO with the rest of the roster, and it’s no wonder why the squad are the ones to beat.

As for their stiffest competition, pyth believes that FunPlus Phoenix will be their closest rivals on this side of the pond. Led by Counter-Strike veteran, Kirill ‘ANGE1’ Karasiow, FPX have shown significant improvement since their first outing in the Allied Esports Odyssey.

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Mixwell for G2 Esports.
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Both mixwell and pyth have led G2’s Valorant roster to the very top of the European ranks.

Naturally, the FPX vs G2 rivalry will transition across from Riot’s other premier esport, League of Legends, where the organizations have a storied (albeit one-sided) history. That’s not to discount the threat from the other teams on show during the EU Ignition Series curtain caller. Both Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Liquid will be looking to cause an upset throughout the course of the weekend.

Pyth also touched on a range of topics during his interview, from how G2’s adaptive approach will lend itself to countering the North American teams, to how they look to implement more structure in the coming months with a new coach.

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Catch the full 21-minute interview in the header of this article.

CS:GO

Flashpoint Season 2 details revealed: $1 million prize pool, teams, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 2:50

by Andrew Amos

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Flashpoint is returning for Season 2 on November 9, featuring 12 top CS:GO teams playing online duking it out over a $1 million prize pool. Seven teams from Season 1 have been confirmed to return.

After an up-and-down first season, Flashpoint is looking at making things right in Season 2. They are bringing the big guns too, retaining their $1 million prize pool, while also looking to up the competition with new teams.

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The CS:GO league, which is a rival to ESL Pro League, will be returning to your screens on November 9. The competition this time will be hosted in Europe, taking place online with a studio broadcast.

Flashpoint Season 2 to boast $1 million prize pool

The big selling point of Flashpoint is its $1 million prize pool. With $500,000 going to the winner, winning Flashpoint can set teams up for the rest of the year.

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There will be no format changes for Flashpoint Season 2. The three-phase points system, including three double-elimination groups of four, will remain as the format of choice. The top eight teams in the regular season will then progress to the double-elimination playoffs.

The tournament will still be held online, however. They are aiming to get all teams over to Europe to play, while also having the broadcast hosted out of the B Site studio in London.

“We’re eager to give our fans a raw and unfiltered CS:GO tournament series while still taking necessary precautions to keep players safe,” commissioner Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles said in a statement.

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Flashpoint Season 1 champions MAD Lions will be returning to defend their title.

Flashpoint Season 2 teams

12 teams will compete in Flashpoint Season 2. Of those, 10 will be directly invited, while the remaining squads will make it in through two Open Qualifiers. The top four teams from each qualifier will then duke it out in a double-elimination bracket to decide the final two teams.

Seven squads from Season 1 are returning to the online competition, including Season 1 champions MAD Lions, finalist MIBR, and the new-look Cloud9. One notable omission is partner team FunPlus Phoenix, who are instead working on building for 2021 after their Season 1 disaster.

“Our plan is to take our time and focus on 2021. We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster. We are currently in talks with several orgs and individual players,” general manager Petar Markovic said on October 6.

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The list of confirmed teams are:

  • Cloud9
  • c0ntact
  • Dignitas
  • Envy
  • Gen.G
  • MAD Lions
  • MIBR

Flashpoint Season 2 will kick off on November 9.

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