Almost everything has already been said and written about MIBR sports problems. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo’s team is in the biggest hole since it restored at the end of 2018. As if that was not enough, the South American five swapped their current coach Wilton “zews” Prado, who stepped down from his position.
The 32-year-old’s decision is a big surprise, even if we take into account the poor results of the team in recent months — currently MIBR is only 25th in the world ranking. The answer why zews decided to take this step can be found in the extensive statement he published.
An experienced trainer feels somewhat responsible for the failure of the project and the results of the team, he also says that he is tormented by far more complex problems than the players might think. Problems which, according to Prado, can be solved only through deeper changes within the staff and work culture. As for the outsider, he is not thinking about withdrawing from the professional stage yet and is waiting for offers from organizations interested in his services.
Prado came to MIBR in December 2018 as part of the exchange with Team Liquid. Together with him, the club managed by Immortals Gaming Club also hit Epitácio “TACO” de Melo, and Jake “Stewie2K” Yip went in the opposite direction. In retrospect, it should be said that it was the American who came out best on the entire transaction, because last year, despite the successful opening to Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, was completely unsuccessful for MIBR. Already in June, the team moved to the bench João “Felps” Vasconcellos, in mid-July at his own request Marcelo “coldzera” David, which allowed Zews to perform at the last Major. New players were supposed to come to the team’s help, but one could get the impression that each transfer only added stones to the garden.
Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo announced that at the moment Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, former manager of the formation, will be the coach of the team. The team is not looking for a new trainer.
The front wings were flying, penalties for irregular driving were pouring and the race leader changed several times. Like the virtual Bahrain Grand Prix, it had everything that fans of the motorsport would like, but it is difficult to say that this form of competition in any way reflects the emotions associated with real racing. The potential of the whole enterprise was not used to the maximum, and again, unfortunately, problems of a technical nature made themselves felt.
The idea of replacing canceled or postponed Formula 1 races with struggles in the game from the beginning gained my approval. Gaming, however bad this may sound, is after all the beneficiary of the current situation prevailing in the world, and the temporary replacement of real struggles with those virtual, primarily in the form of fun, is of course a natural movement, perfectly matching the slogan #stayhome.
Of course, in the case of F1 everything was wanted to be organized from a thick tube — racing followed the studio, celebrities came to fight on the track in Sakhir, and even sports TV channels got interested in the action.
Up to a point, it seemed that the whole initiative would be a hit. However, the first problems appeared when the players checked in to the server to start the 18-minute qualification. However, not everyone finally got the opportunity to unscrew the measuring wheel, because three drivers were kicked from the game out of the session. One of them was Lando Norris, a professional F1 driver, whom many treated as the main favorite of the struggle. After all, except for performances on the real track, the driver from McLaren often sat at the controls of the car in the comfort of home. The British driver, moreover, fired up a stream on Twitch, which gathered over 100,000 concurrent spectators at peak times. Fans of the 20-year-old talent, however, must have felt disappointed, because due to game problems he was only granted 19th place on the grid and in the race he was to break through from the last lane.
Well — he had, but finally it did not appear at the start, because the game showed its unpleasant side and during the formation lap it happened again.
F1 fans following the online competition demanded a session restart, but this did not happen. Anyway, we had to wait longer than planned for the GP start — the race didn’t start until around 10:00 PM, even though the red lights were supposed to go out half an hour earlier. In addition, instead of 50% of the real distance, drivers were only allowed to race through 14 laps, which is 25% of the real race.
Unfortunately, the bizarre situation was not over yet. Those who chose the broadcast even at Sky Sports only after a few laps learned that Norris was not in the session. The consternation was so great that Lando stuck in the racing classification, but it was only after some time that information arrived that his car was driven by … a bot.
It was also chaotic on the track. One of the drivers, Johnny Herbert, decided to cut the first corner through the grass, advancing from the back of the grid straight to the position of GP leader. The game punished the 55-year-old for this incident by a penalty of 10 seconds added at the end of the race. Of course, it goes without saying that the British quickly lost his position, but his maneuver will definitely go into the F1 esports history.
Behind him were miracles: most of the drivers went to the side of the Bahrain track, and lost parts of the vehicle forced them to visit their mechanics at the pit. The situation changed as in a kaleidoscope, and the ubiquitous chaos unfortunately did not intensify emotions, on the contrary — it made it difficult to understand all events, which hindered the reception of virtual GP.
Enough to complain, because not everything was so bad. It must be said that the initiative itself was quite well thought out. Online races are to take place every weekend, which was originally scheduled for one of the rounds of this year’s World Cup. Given yesterday’s announcement about the postponement of the Azerbaijan GP, the inauguration of the 2020 season will not take place before June 14. So far, fans have to settle for racing in the game, and this is of course a great opportunity to promote the production of Codemasters and convince esports to those who still do not accept the competition online. The world of electronic sports can only benefit from it.
Interest in this form of competition is confirmed by the number of viewers of the broadcast on the Internet. The stream from the competition on three platforms was watched by as many as 395,000 viewers during its peak. To this, of course, add the fans gathered on the streamer channels, who presented the race from their perspective. Sky Sports did not provide the data yet, but I am convinced that the popular TV channel added at the very least tens of thousands of viewers to the overall result.
For a fun race, these are definitely impressive numbers. Perhaps a large part of the viewers came into contact with the production of Codemasters for the first time in their lives. Perhaps some percent of them will fire Steam and buy the game. Perhaps, thanks to the actions of the F1 leadership, the esports series will be more popular.
But for the idea of playing virtual races to have far-reaching effects, organizers must make a number of changes. Of course, the whole project has the form of fun but can not take it at the expense of competition. In addition to funny situations, we also want to watch the fight round in and round out from the first to the last lap.
It would be nice if the willingness to participate in this venture proved to be a greater representation of professional drivers, not just individuals. Celebrities like Liam Payne probably increase the media value of such an event, but I am convinced that every F1 fan would prefer to see Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Max Verstappen in action.
It’s time for an optimistic ending — Formula 1 officials now have two weeks to refine their project. The next racing Sunday I would like to see that someone actually took the community’s attention to heart and polished the imperfections of this event. There is still a big niche to be developed, but the idea is certainly on the right track.
Astralis is a team that has undoubtedly left the biggest mark on the international CS:GO scene in recent years. The Danes repeatedly made their mark on the pages of history, winning, among others, three Majors in a row or reaching for the triumph in the first installment of the Intel Grand Slam series.
And now the time has come for the next stage of evolution — the Scandinavian formation has announced that in the beginning of July its ranks will be joined by Patrick “es3tag” Hansen, currently representing FunPlus Phoenix. Thus, for the first time in the CS:GO era, one of the top teams in the world will build their game around a permanent 6-person squad.
The general public learned about the interest of Astralis in es3tag’s services yesterday, when journalists from HLTV.org and 1pv.fr shared their reports with the world. The transfer of a 24-year-old is not a surprise, so you can talk about surprise in the context of the date of Hansen’s move to a new formation. The Dane will change club colors only on July 1, when the contract binding him with Heroic expires — at least so says Nikolaj Nyholm, CEO of Astralis Group. This is the result of a disagreement between the organizations regarding the transfer amount.
Therefore, the backstage and the sales status of the Heroic’s CS:GO division to FunPlus Phoenix is still a puzzling issue. We remind you that the Chinese organization recently announced the successful finalization of negotiations, and the Danes debuted in its colors during the first stage of Flashpoint. Heroic social channels, however, have been silent since March 10, and media news circulating on the network suggests that, in fact, not all formalities have been done to the last button. What future awaits both organizations? For the meanwhile, FunPlus has withdrawn from the competition.
In this situation, it seems that at least in the near futureAstralis will appear with the same lineup known to us from recent weeks. es3tag and company are currently in Los Angeles, and therefore, having the coronavirus pandemic in mind, any changes might be unlikely. It is worth mentioning, however, that according to Danish journalists, Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen has already found himself in the crosshairs of the 15th world team, currently still representing Heroic.
At the beginning of July, the composition of Astralis will look like this:
The premiere of Call of Duty: Warzone, a battle royale set in the realities of the legendary FPS, took place on March 10, and the game has already become a hit. After a few days, it could boast of 15 million players, which can best testify to the scale of the success of this free production. It didn’t take long for the appearance of esports tournaments for this title.
Two of them will take place this week. Today, Code Green is scheduled to start for prizes from the $ 50,000 prize pool, with participants being primarily from North America’s well-known streamers, personalities and professional Call of Duty players. On March 20, tomorrow, there will be a tournament prepared by 100Thieves: Warzone from Home with a prize pool of $100,000 dollars.
Interestingly, these prizes will not go to the participants themselves, after all the organizers decided that half the amount will be allocated to the charity goal indicated by the winners, and the second part will be distributed among people watching the competition on the stream. Little is known about the list of participants at the moment, but the 100T CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag announced that he will be taking part in the competition as well.
And what awaits us next week? Next Tuesday (although the name of the competition suggests Wednesday) there will also be the first competition from the #WarZoneWednesdays cycle organized by Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem, in which participation was already confirmed by Félix “xQc” Lengyel, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar and Ali “Myth” Kabbani. The stake will be worth $20,000. In turn, on March 25-26, the first CoD tournament will be held: Warzone at Twitch Rivals in three regions, including Europe.
On the first day, there will be solo struggles, and on the second day there will be a team tournament. At the moment no official list of participants has been presented, but intuition suggests that it will not lack the biggest stars on Twitch.
Call of Duty: Warzone was released on March 10 on personal computers and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game from the very beginning was completely free and used many solutions known from the last part of the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
More information about Warzone can be found at this address. However, it is worth remembering that if you do not have Modern Warfare, then you’ll need to download about 80-100 GB of data.
Yesterday, a short trailer on Fiddlesticks’ rework appeared on YouTube’s League of Legends channel, which could have suggested that Riot Games will soon officially present its skills. And in fact — exactly 24 hours after the trailer appeared on the network, the creators of LoL released another video, this time presenting Fiddle from a more specific perspective, i.e. as characters in the game.
Although today’s film lasts a little over a minute, it already partly reveals what we can expect from Ancient Fear — as Fiddlesticks will now be called — and to what extent the new range of abilities differs from what we have seen so far.
Answering this second question – it seems that not so much. It is true that the very beginning reveals the new possibilities of Fiddle, but the further into the forest, the less visible changes. Under the Q key, the skill will still be available to cause terror to enemies, under the sucking of the opponent’s life energy (now it will cover more than one opponent), under E, the silence will continue, and the final skill will have changed in the least, except for its visual update.
However, it is not that absolutely nothing has changed. The third ability will look completely different, because instead of releasing a ghost that will bounce off enemies, Fiddlesticks will strike with their weapon, while slowing down the opponents hit. You cannot pass by indifferently to the passive skills that have changed the most … and probably will no longer be “passive” anymore.
Instead of the usual bonuses to the movement speed, Fiddlesticks will be able to put scarecrows looking like himself, which will have the ability to discover invisible objects. In today’s video only the discovery of Warding Totems is shown, but it is possible that this skill hides — and in fact discovers — more.
The whole video presenting the possibilities of the new Fiddlesticks can be seen above.