Astralis secure the fourth ECS title in history

The 8th season of the Esports Championship Series has ended! For the fourth time in history, the Astralis players reached the championship title of these struggles, having dealt with the Team Liquid guys 2:1 in the grand final.

The final skirmish began with Vertigo, where both halves were quite one-sided. First, Team Liquid presented an unbelievable first half, which was followed by the one just as impressive from Astralis, which resulted in the overtime. There Danes did not win a single round and the North American five took the lead in maps, winning 19:15 on Vertigo.

The clash looked slightly different on the Nuke, a map choice by Astralis. The team from Scandinavia started in the attack and managed to break TL by 7 points there. After changing sides, Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken and the company won three rounds, and the Danes came to the spotlight, scoring nine points in a row, triumphing and paving the way to map number three, with the score 16:11 for Astralis.

Eventually, there was a skirmish on Dust 2, where players from the Old Continent were leading the battle from the beginning to the end. Nicolai “device” Reedtz and company in the attack were almost unstoppable — in the first half Liquid entered the word of their rivals only three times. After changing sides, Astralis won pistols, but later representatives of the NA scene began to threaten their opponents. It did not last long, however, because the TL comeback stopped at 8 rounds — then Astralis entered the game again and sealed the victory in ECS Season 8, winning four out of eight possible Esports Championship Series titles.

This is the final classification of the ECS Season 8 finals:

1. Astralis $ 225,000
2. Team Liquid $ 100,000
3-4. Fnatic, Evil Geniuses $ 50,000
5-6. MIBR, Ninjas in Pajamas $ 25,000
7-8. AVANGAR, Sharks Esports $ 12,500

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DreamHack Open Winter starts today. CR4ZY, FURIA, Heroic and more to battle

The turn of November and December is a period full of CS: GO lan tournaments. The next to last stop of this year’s DreamHack Open series is planned for this weekend – in Jönköping, FURIA Esports and CR4ZY will try to get the best result.

It is the Brazilians who will be the first to come out to the server, and their rival will be unknown to the wider Marskalk audience. The Swedish formation won the pass for the main tournament in their native qualifying rounds, and the performance in Jönköping will be the greatest success in its history.

A little later, Heroic, the defender of the Atlanta title, will appear on the battlefield. SJ Gaming will stand on the Danes’ road, which also owes its triumph in regional competitions to come to Sweden. In the third meeting, there will also be no battle of two invited teams, because forZe will take the best composition of European qualifications in the form of ex-Tricked.

The first round of games will end with the very interesting promising CR4ZY battle from GODSENT. Participants of the Berlin Major, despite losing their two stars, maintain more than a decent form, while Mikail “Maikelele” Bill and company recently triumphed in WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2. The day will end with duels won in both groups.

The opening matches for the day are the following:

12:00 FURIA Esports vs Marskalk BO1

13:30 Heroic vs SJ Gaming BO1

15:00 forZe vs ex tricked BO1

16:30 CR4ZY vs Godsent BO1

English broadcast of all meetings will be available on the organizer’s official Twitch channel.

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Astralis and Liquid move on to the ECS semi-final

For now, the Esports Championship Series Season 8 finals have had no surprises. As a result, Astralis and Team Liquid were the first to secure a promotion to the semi-finals of the American event and today they will be able to calmly watch the continuation of the group’s struggle.

In the case of the Danes, however, it was not so far from the surprise, because the winners of the last three Majoras inaugurated had considerable problems with defeating Sharks Esports. At one point it was even thought that Brazilians would get a full set of points, but finally there was extra time, in which Astralis tipped the scales of victory on his side. A few hours later, however, Danny’s “wife” Sørensen’s charges cracked down on Fnatic, although while the first map was under their dictation, on the second the Swedes strongly resisted and died only at 14:16.

Liquid had far fewer problems. The players of the North American organization defeated Ninjas in Pajamas from the very beginning, giving their opponents only four points. We also watched the show of strength of Keith “NAFA” Markovic and the company during the match against Evil Geniuses – there on the first map the result was 16: 4 in favor of the horse team. It wasn’t until Dust2 that EG tried to take the glove and did a good job for a long time, but at the last moment he stumbled, losing 14:16 and as a result in the whole meeting 0:2.

Today we will meet the teams that will win the other two passes to the semi-finals. The closest to this achievement are Fnatic and Evil Geniuses, who only need one victory in a BO3 duel. At the moment, however, it is not known who they will face – in the game there are AVANGAR, MIBR, Ninjas in Pajamas and Sharks Esports.

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The second week of Operation Shattered Web is upon us

The second week of Operation Shattered Web is upon us

A little over a week ago Valve finally presented us with the first CS: GO operation, i.e. Shattered Web, in over two years. This standard has already introduced a number of interesting changes to the game, such as, for example, skins for agents. However, in addition to visual additions, CS: GO also includes weekly missions that some of them were able to complete even in a few hours. If you couldn’t wait for the next tasks to be completed, we have great news for you – today the second rotation of the Shattered Web mission has appeared.

A few days ago, the community of players reached the information contained in the game files, among which they found all the missions that were planned for the next three weeks. Valve apparently realized that mission data from Operation Shattered Web had leaked, and decided to change some of them a bit. Below is the complete list of missions for the next week:

  • Where you least expect
    Paint 5 graffiti in hostile territory. Mode: Simplified. Map: Nuke.  – 1 star
  • Follow the leader
    Kill 5 enemy leaders in the Arms Race mode.  – 1 star
  • We enter and exit silently.
    Kill 15 enemies using: MP5-SD. Mode: Defender. Map: Nuke.  – 2 stars
  • What does the dosimeter indicate?
    Win in 10 rounds. Mode: Tournament. Map: Nuke.  – 2 stars
  • Did you hear that?
    Win in 4 pistol rounds. Mode: Winger. Map: Nuke.  – 3 stars
  • Silent but deadly
    Kill 30 enemies in a single match using MP5-SD. Mode: Deathmatch. Maps from the Delta group  – 3 stars

It is also worth mentioning that Operation Shattered Web is expected to last at least 16 weeks, however CS: GO producers did not provide any more specific deadline for its completion.

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ESL and DreamHack Announce CS:GO Tournament Series with $5 Million in prizes

In 2020, ESL and DreamHack will host a series of CS: GO tournaments called ESL Pro Tour, with a total prize pool of $5 million. Representatives of organizations believe that this will help novice players show their full potential and break into the professional stage, esports calendar site Entowr announced on Monday.

ESL Pro Tour includes 20 championships from ESL and DreamHack. Participants will be divided into two categories – Challenger and Masters. The first consists of DreamHack Open, ESEA MDL and ESL National Championships and will help players break into the Masters category, where they will play for $250,000 in tournaments.

Masters include such championships as ESL One, IEM and DreamHack Masters, and ESL Pro League.

By participating in the ESL Pro Tour, players will earn points and slots in two major championships — the Masters Championship, which will be held in Katowice and Cologne. The organizers promise to announce more details on September 28th. 

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Magnus Leppäniemi: “We don’t want to split them up but we feel that we have to start somewhere”

On Tuesday, DreamHack has announced that in an effort to create opportunities for aspiring female esports competitors, it will host a female Counter-Strike tournament as part of the upcoming Valencia event with $100,000 on offer.

DreamHack Showdown will be held from July 5-7 and will represent the “first large-scale collaboration” between the Swedish tournament organizer, ZOWIE and Esport-Management aimed to “elevate ambitious women CS:GO players in the global esports scene and provide a dedicated platform to support their professional growth.”

“This is the first time that an all-female event is getting the same terms and conditions that male players have,” Magnus Leppäniemi, Sales Director Brand Partnerships for DreamHack told Vie Esports. “This is not just a sideshow. It will be the main event at DreamHack Valencia, not something that happens on the second or third stage.”

Participating CS:GO players and teams will have access to dedicated player support, professional event facilities, practice rooms and promotion throughout the event. The tournament will have eight slots, two of which will be filled through invites. Esport-Management will run the European and North American online qualifiers on June 8-9, while ZOWIE will host the Asian qualifiers, which will culminate with a LAN stage in Shanghai from June 20-23.

In addition to that, DreamHack will be taking care of all the travel, lodging, and similar expenses for all the teams and players participating in the event.

Left to right: Allan Phang, Frank Ericson, Magnus Leppäniemi

“This is the first time that all-women tournament will have that center-focus as an all-male tournament would, and it’s not something that really happened before,” Leppäniemi added.

As one would expect, the announcement was met with varying levels of support to the initiative from the community. Some were happy to see women get the same level of recognition that male players do, others, however, were less than happy about it.

“Esports is one of the few sports where men and women can actually compete at the same level, but the focus has always been on the male teams. We wanted to provide a platform for all female players to compete. Because we know they are playing, but we wanted to offer them a safe environment to do that,” Leppäniemi said.

“We wanted to open them the same possibilities that male players get, offer the same access to competitive support. But at the same time, it was also about creating role models for up-and-coming female players to look up to.”

One of the biggest issues that DreamHack wanted to address with their Showdown event, was the differences in skill between the female players in the current environment.

“There are definitely women out there who can play at the highest level already but they can’t do it alone. We need more female players to come in and they need a platform that would let them do just that — start competing and get them out of their bedrooms and onto the main stage.”

According to Leppäniemi, helping the female scene grow was something that DreamHack wanted to do for a while. They recognized early on that in order for the scene to grow and for women to be able to stand on the same footing with their male counterparts, the female scene would need some help to get off the ground.

“We’ve been trying to find ways how to do this. DreamHack never was a male-only event, but at the same time, we never saw female teams qualify for it either. We don’t want to split them up but we feel that we have to start somewhere. It’s going to take a while but we’re going to build something here.”

Team Russia at WESG Female. Photo via HLTV.org

More female events are in the books for DreamHack, Magnus Leppäniemi assured us, possibly even during this competitive season.

“This is just the first step but we’re in it for the long run with our partners Esport-Management and ZOWIE. We feel very strongly about it and we’re very passionate about this project too,” Leppäniemi continued. “This is not just one event in 2019, we have a whole plan. We want to see a longer commitment and more tournaments in the scene.”

According to Magnus Leppäniemi, public backlash and the potential drop in viewership is well within the expectations for the tournament organizer, but their promise to build something great here isn’t wavering. “We can build the storylines on the teams and the players and show everyone how good they are. It might take a while but we have to start somewhere and if the viewership is lower because of that it’s fine.”

Earlier today, DreamHack confirmed the two directly invited teams — Dignitas.female and Besiktas. Esport-Management will run the European and North American online qualifiers starting June 8th, where both qualifiers will have two slots at the main event up for grabs. All female teams can sign-up and participate for a chance to compete at DreamHack Valencia on the biggest stage.

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