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Shroud explains his main concern with Valorant compared to CSGO

Published: 4/Mar/2020 11:06

by Calum Patterson

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The reveal of Riot’s upcoming FPS game Valorant has caused a stir among the community, especially players from other competitive shooters. Former CS:GO professional Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has reacted positively to the game, but thinks a crucial problem will prevent it from “surpassing” Counter-Strike.

Valorant is certainly aiming to take a shot at Valve’s game, which still stands as the most popular tactical FPS title on PC. Those who have played the game explain that its movement and gun mechanics are nearly identical, and it borrows the economy system.

But, Valorant also has hero-like characters, called Agents, each with their own special abilities to use in a match, similar to something like Overwatch. This is where shroud believes it may suffer to compete with CS:GO, at least on a spectatorship level.

Brimstone in Valorant.
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Kills count towards Signature abilities, which can turn the round’s tide in your team’s favor.

One of Counter-Strike’s strengths as an esport is its simplicity. You don’t need intricate knowledge of the game to understand the 5v5, gun vs gun action. One team attacks, one defends, and there are no unexplained superpowers taking place on the map.

A game like Overwatch, on the other hand, has been criticized for being difficult for newcomers to understand, due to the abundance of abilities, many of which are completely alien unless you’ve actually played the game.

“That’s part of the reason why I don’t know how huge [Valorant] will be on a viewing perspective,” shroud explained. “Put CS for an example, ‘flashbang goes off, ok, smoke goes off, ok, guns are being bought.’ Here, it’s like another level; guns are being bought, abilities are being bought, utilities being bought, and, characters do stuff.”

“So, I don’t know if this game can surpass CS, but, I think it’ll be successful,” the former Cloud9 pro continued. “The fact that there are so many questions will make it a harder viewing experience than Counter-Strike – Counter-Strike is easy.”

Shroud did also compliment Valorant too, though, saying he was particularly fond of the map design. However, he also thought that their choice of footage for the reveal could have been better. By having raw gameplay, rather than an edited teaser, he believes they may have made it look worse.

He also acknowledged that not many people watch esports for a game they have never played, meaning his concerns about not being able to understand abilities may not be such a major issue.

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BLAST Premier Global Final – G2 Esports and Astralis come out on top

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 23:55

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 


  • G2 Esports close out the series against the Brazilians 2-1
  • honda shines on his debut, delivering three aces for his team
  • Astralis defeats Evil Geniuses 2-1 on the opening game

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality vs Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

The opening game saw Astralis take on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with an incredibly close first map going the way of EG 14-16. The North American team’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, with both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) being taken by the Danes. 

FURIA vs G2 Esports was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (12-16) taking FURIA’s map pick but felt short on their own one with a crushing 14-16 defeat on Mirage. Nuke (10-16) decided the series in favour of G2 following a brilliant offence in the second half. 

Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Watch Now: Can Anyone Beat Astralis @ BLAST Global Finals?


Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

With this competition featuring a total prize pool of $1 million, all 8 teams that have made it this far will be earning a nice chunk of cash, regardless of the outcomes.

That said, however, there will be an extraordinary amount of money awarded to the higher placers, including a massive $400,000 gap between the first and second-place teams.

Addtionally, BLAST announced the champions will receive exlusive TW Steel watches alongside their $600,000.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
TBD
7-8 TBD $15,000
TBD