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.
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:
Up to a point, we knew almost nothing about VALORANT, but the last weeks have already been a real flood of information about the upcoming tactical FPS from Riot Games. Which, according to many who have already had the opportunity to play, can become a serious competitor to CS:GO.
However, the upcoming production from the old, honest Counter-Strike is distinguished primarily by one thing — agents. As in Overwatch or Rainbow Six: Siege, they are to have their own individual skills, useful on the battlefield, and each of them is to be different in some respects. And how many heroes will Valorant have on launch, exactly?
“Of the ten agents available at the start, five will be fully unlocked and free for everyone,” Anna Donlon, executive producer of VALORANT explained in an interview with IGN. “Others will be able to be unlocked by players.”
What does this mean in practice?Well, it means that the other five heroes can be unlocked by playing and filling the levels of the battle pass.
The more impatient, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to get agents right away, though of course for a fee. The aforementioned pass is to have both regular and premium levels, although the developers ensure that players supporting real money will not have an advantage over those who do not want to use micropayments.
So far we’ve met eight out of ten heroes who will appear in VALORANT. A detailed discussion of their skills and visual presentation can be found at this address.
Recent days have brought us a real earthquake on the French CS:GO scene. Alex “ALEX” McMeekin, who was undoubtedly a very important part of the Bee puzzle, left team Vitality of his own free will. The crew from the Seine quickly had to start looking for a successor to McMeekin, and their gaze allegedly first focused on Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss.
Only a 17-year-old player has for some time been considered one of the greatest talents in France, although of course, he has not yet had the opportunity to prove himself in the competition with one of the world’s leading teams.
Fans can associate Rabier, among others, with his performance at ASUS ROG Join The Republic Challenge 2019, where the team of the young shooter competed with the formation of Piotr “izak” Skowyrski. In addition, Misutaaa has also participated in the national championships, and at the end of last year he helped Viva Algeria advance to the next World Finals of the World Electronic Sports Games.
According to Guillaume “neL” Canelo, Vitality’s leaders allowed Rabier to combine the game in the team with further education. This does not mean, however, that all Bee’s problems have disappeared. The team will still have to choose a new leader and probably also change the structure of their game. And there is not much time — the ESL Pro League Season 11 starts on March 16, although the detailed schedule of these games is not yet known.
If the above reports are confirmed, the composition of Vitality will look like this:
From Monday, the gaming community is lively discussing the potential of VALORANT, a new tactical shooter produced by League of Legends’ Riot Games. One of the main topics of all conversations and questions are the skills of individual heroes, through which the game began to be compared more to Overwatch than to Counter-Strike. Riot activists, however, ensure that all character talents will be only strategic assistants that are there to help on the battlefield, not to eliminate opponents. In this article, you will find all the information about the characters and their skills we currently know, that will be hosted in VALORANT on the day of the beta release.
Incindiary – Throw an incendiary grenade that inflicts area-of-fire damage.
Stim Beacon – Track a nearby location to summon a beacon that gives all nearby players speed.
Signature Ability: Sky Smoke – Use your map to summon an orbital smoke screen that limits vision. Click to select the location and confirm to fire.
Ultimate: Orbital Strike – Use your map to mark the location by shooting a devastating orbital impact that pulsates, dealing high damage in a matter of seconds.
Cloudburst – Throw a cloud of fog that obstructs vision after a collision. Hold the skill button to change the cloud trajectory.
Updraft – Bounce up after a short load
Signature Ability: Tailwind – Instantly jump a short distance in the direction you are moving.
Ultimate: Blade Storm – Get some killer flying knives that deal moderate damage and kill on headshots. Conquest kills all knives. The left button throws a single knife. Right click throws all remaining knives in quick succession.
Free Ability: Trapwire – Place a hidden wire between two walls. The opponents will be immobilized and revealed for a short time. If the trap is not destroyed, it activates, stunning the imprisoned victim. Can be raised.
Cyber Cage – Throw away the remotely activated trap. Activate again to create a cage that slows down enemies who pass through it. Look at the trap and press USE to detonate it or hold ACTIVATE to detonate all.
Signature Ability: Spycam – Create a remote camera. After creating it, use it again to see the camera view. When you use the camera preview, you can use the left mouse button to launch the tracking arrow. It renews when you pick up a camera or kill a rival with it.
Ultimate: Neural Theft – Get information from the opponent’s body, showing the location of all living rivals.
Paranoia – Send an ethereal shadow in a straight line, limiting the visibility of everyone it touches.
Shadow Walk – After a short time, dematerialize and teleport over a short distance.
Signature Ability: Dark Cover – Create a hidden ethereal sphere that becomes an obscuring shadow circle at your destination. Charging will increase the distance.
Ultimate: From the Shadows – Choose anywhere on the map to teleport and reform. Upon arrival, you will appear as a shadow that will return to your original location if killed. When the teleport ends, become immaterial for a short time.
Hot Hands – Ejects a ball of fire that explodes after a short time or collision with the ground. The circle of fire damages opponents and heals you.
Blaze – Creates a wall of fire that blocks vision and deals damage to anyone who passes through it. You can bend the wall while casting by holding down the left mouse button.
Signature Ability: Curveball – Throws a flare that explodes after a short time, temporarily blinding everyone who looks at it. The left mouse button bends the trajectory to the left, right analogously to the right.
Ultimate Ability: Run it Back – Marks your current location. If you die during the skill or its duration ends, you will be reborn in the marked location in full health.
Snakebite – Launch a projectile that explodes, creating a stain of the damaging acid.
Posion Cloud – Cast a gas emitter that you can reactivate to create a poison cloud at the expense of fuel. The emitter can be raised and cast again after a short wait.
Signature Ability: Toxic Screen – Arrange a long line of gas emitters that can be reactivated to create a high wall of toxic gas at the expense of fuel.
Ultimate Viper’s Pit – Create a huge toxic cloud in a large area that floats as long as Viper is in it. Opponents inside the cloud are highlighted for Viper.
Slow Orb – Eject a radiant ball that explodes when collided with the ground, creating a slowing area.
Barrier Orb – Construct a large, solid wall. Use the right button to rotate the wall before use.
Signature Ability: Healing Orb – Heal your ally or yourself to full health in a matter of seconds.
Ultimage: Resurrection – Select the ally’s body. After a short time, resurrect them.
Shock Bolt – Launch an exploding arrow that emits a shocking pulse of static energy on impact.
Owl Drone – Place a remote-controlled drone that can fire an arrow to reveal hit rivals.
Signature Ability: Recon Bolt – Launch the arrow that applies the sonar. It, in turn, pings upcoming enemies, revealing them. It can be destroyed.
Ultimate: Hunter’s Fury – Launch up to three deadly energetic explosions that spread throughout the map. Each enemy hit takes considerable damage and is marked.
Let us remind you that the premiere of VALORANT will take place in the summer of 2020. At the moment, we also don’t know when exactly we can expect beta testing to start.
As per earlier leaks, this morning the American studio Riot Games flooded us with information about their first game in the genre of First Person Shooter. The title, which until now was called Project A, will now be called VALORANT. The creators also revealed further details.
It is certain that the game will take place in teams of 5, and the producers themselves characterize VALORANT as a shooter based on various characters. The competition on each map will take place in the MR12 system, i.e. up to 13 rounds won by a given team, i.e. it will probably be shorter than in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where the MR15 rule applies (up to 16 rounds won).
As was known before, in VALORANT players choose heroes, and each of them will have a different set of skills, but accurate shooting is to be the most important aspect. According to Twitter user Slasher, eight characters are initially expected to be available: Sage, Cypher, Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Viper, Sova and Omen. However, it can be assumed that this group will grow over time.
VALORANT is also to offer a lot of different weapons, which seems to confirm the trailer published today, in which we can see the following buying menu.
From the beginning, Riot intends to counteract all people who will want to cheat in the game by introducing appropriate anti-social security measures. The developers clearly care about the players’ comfort, which is also indicated by the fact that they have already announced the presence of 128 tickrate servers, which Valve has been asked for for a long time from those who play matchmaking in CS:GO.
VALORANT will be a free game, and the manufacturer ensures that thanks to the appropriate optimization, everyone will be able to enjoy the game, even those whose equipment is not the latest. The premiere of the PC game in most regions of the world is scheduled for summer 2020.
Finally, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the gameplay presented today, which comes from the alpha version of the game.