ScreaM officially joins Team Liquid Valorant with fish123 roster - Dexerto
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ScreaM officially joins Team Liquid Valorant with fish123 roster

Published: 7/Aug/2020 20:03 Updated: 8/Aug/2020 13:19

by Calum Patterson

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Team Liquid have finalized their Valorant roster, headlined by former CS:GO pro Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benriltom, and the rest of the ‘fish123’ squad.

Though the fish123 roster previously played alongside Ardis ‘ardiis’ Svarenieks, another former CS:GO player, ScreaM took his spot on the lineup when the Latvian joined Mixwell and Co on G2 Esports.

Since the Belgian headshot machine himself joined fish123, they’ve had some stellar results, finishing 2nd at the WePlay! Invitational (where they lost to G2 in the final). Although they fell short at the most recent event, the Mandatory.GG Cup, bowing out in only the top 16.

Again, it was G2 who went on to win this tournament, but Liquid are now hoping that this lineup has what it takes to knock Mixwell’s team off their perch.

ScreaM with Envy
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After his time on Envy, ScreaM struggled to stay on a top CSGO team for long.

The rest of the fish123 lineup remains unchanged from its all-British cast, led by captain Adam ‘ec1s’ Eccles.

On their choice to field a European Valorant squad, Team Liquid co-owner Victor Goosens told Dexerto: “The first reason is actually because, between Valorant and League of Legends, we’re already in the LCS, and we felt that between the two Riot games, we like the spread. We like one being in North America and one being in Europe.”

Goosens also explained that they feel that the talent pool is “a little bit deeper in Europe,” similar to Counter-Strike. “ScreaM, obviously one of the best players in the world in Valorant, legend from Counter-Strike, we like him as a corner-stone for our roster.”

ScreaM’s legacy in Counter-Strike needs little explanation: he was the king of the one tap. Over his CS:GO career, he has a 68.1 headshot percentage. Known for his time on teams such as Epsilon, Titan, VeryGames, G2 and Envy, this is his first time on Team Liquid.

However, he has been criticized as somewhat of a one-trick pony, as his inhuman aiming ability wasn’t enough on it’s own. In Valorant, he has already proven himself a top player, and an asset to any roster.

This roster hasn’t won anything since ardiis left, however, and there is a conspicuous gap left in the AWP role. ScreaM has also been dabbling in CS:GO again, but presumably only just for variety’s sake on his streams.

Team Liquid Valorant roster

  • Adam ‘ec1s’ Eccles (CAP)
  • Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom
  • Dom ‘soulcas’ Sulcas
  • James ‘Kryptix’ Affleck
  • Travis ‘L1NK’ Mendoza
  • Connor ‘Sliggy’ Blomfield (COACH)

You can keep track of all Valorant teams, players and roster moves on our dedicated Rostermania hub.

The first event for this Liquid roster is the Allied Esports Odyssey, part of the Valorant Ignition Series, on August 11. Here, they will once again face off against G2, as well as NiP and Giants Gaming.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.