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Team Liquid enter Valorant with ScreaM and Fish123

Published: 13/Jul/2020 20:10 Updated: 13/Jul/2020 21:06

by Alan Bernal

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Team Liquid have entered the Valorant competitive landscape by signing Counter-Strike legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom, along with up-and-coming team ‘fish123,’ per ESPN Esports.

Earlier reports suggested that TL was in serious talks with the cluster of players, but new information now points to the deal being “more formalized,” according to ESPN.

Since the Ignition series started, more top tier-orgs have been jumping into Riot’s emerging esport with plenty of speculation on who Team Liquid would find to represent their banner throughout early tournaments and the like.

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ScreaM and fish123 are reportedly signing to become Team Liquid’s Valorant roster.

ScreaM has already shown that his aptitude for headshots are alive as ever in Valorant, with the former CS:GO pro finding early success in competitive events both in the beta and in matchmaking. The 26-year-old Belgian was a consistent highlight reel throughout his career and, at the individual level, hasn’t shown much sign of slowing down.

Meanwhile, the collective of fish123 were steadily becoming household names for fans who paid close attention to their rise. Fish123 managed to qualify for the $2,000 COOLER Cup and win out with the top prize against the likes of the Ninjas in Pyjamas as well as Prodigy, which included Scream at the time.

It wasn’t until Take The Throne #6 where fish123 had ScreaM as a stand-in and Team Liquid’s future roster first entered a competitive setting as a unit.

Though the three-team event ended with a 0-2 loss to French squad ‘HypHypHyp,’ the makeshift 5-stack of fish123 still put out a strong showing.

WePlay Valorant invitational scream with fish123, new Team Liquid roster.
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The five players were already set to play in the WePlay VALORANT Invitational.

That’s something Team Liquid are going to look to build upon, since ScreaM and the formerly-amateur British team are about to represent one of the biggest names in esports.

Fish123 and ScreaM were expected to play together in the WePlay! VALORANT Invitational before news broke that the team was signing with TL.

While it’s unclear if they will still go into that event as ‘fish123,’ if the NA org confirms the reports, this collective will play under the blue-and-white Team Liquid colors in the foreseeable future.

Team Liquid’s reported Valorant roster:

  • Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom
  • Adam ‘ec1s’ Eccles
  • Dom ‘soulcas’ Sulcas
  • James ‘Kryptix’ Affleck
  • Travis ‘L1NK’ Mendoza
Smash

Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
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Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.