What is Ascent? See the new VALORANT map

What is Ascent? See the new VALORANT map

One of the novelties that were included in the premiere update of VALORANT is the fourth map. During the closed beta, there were only three arenas in rotation, which after some time could lead to some kind of monotony. This is to be counteracted by the emergence of a new area of ​​activity, which, according to rumors that have been appearing for some time, has been placed … in the clouds. 

Significantly, we again received a typically urban area, as was already the case with Split. The first thing to pay attention to is the minimap, and it looks like this:

Again, we get two bombsites at our disposal, which is the same as for Split and Bind. Nevertheless, this arena has its own specific property. On some maps we had climbing links, on other one-sided teleports, on Ascent we will find bulletproof doors, which when closed, cut off one of the paths to the site — then you have to destroy them, at the same time alerting your rivals where you are coming from, or look for a roundabout, losing precious time.

And what does the map look visually? Italian inspirations are visible to the naked eye — anyway, references to Venice have already been mentioned. A Venice in the skies, if you would.


Importantly, VALORANT still doesn’t have an option to select specific maps when startint the game. In the case of Ascent, however, an exception was made so that players could learn more about the new arena, without having to wait until it falls in rotation. 

The legendary NiP quartet together again!

The legendary NiP quartet together again!

There was a time when the Counter-Strike scene belonged to Ninjas in Pyjamas. The legendary Swedish formation dominated the Global Offensive version in the first years of its existence, reaching the finals of Major five times. With time, however, this dominance came to an end, and the Scandinavian monolith began to crumble.

The inviolable, seemingly, quartet began to crumble in July 2017, when Adam “Friberg” Friberg left NiP. In the following months, more players said goodbye to the team — in 2018 it was Richard “Xizt” Landström, in 2019 Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund, and now Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg left the ranks of the formation. For the last time, the aforementioned four were together on the server on May 28, 2017, beating Poles from Virtus.pro twice during the ECS Season 3. However, there is no point in crying, because today the Swedes are meeting again under the new flag, which is not Ninjas in Pyjamas. Legendary players decided to unite as new representatives of Dignitas, which after a break of nearly a year and a half returned to the scene of the male CS.

In addition to the above-mentioned four veterans of the American organization, 19-year-old Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli, who has not yet had the opportunity to regularly compete at the highest European level, will also be joining the team. Over the past two years, the Norwegian has been associated with Nordavind and has developed a patch of great talent there. And it’s big enough that at the beginning of 2019 the famous Håvard “rain” Nygaard tipped him as one of the future candidates for HLTV’s ranking of the best CS: GO players in the world. 

“I had the opportunity to watch this Norwegian kid, hallzer, and it looks like he is another talent from Norway. Let’s hope that in 2019 he gets a chance to show his skills among the best,” FaZe’s rain wrote then, however, it seems that his wish will come true only in 2020.

A big surprise is the person who took the position of the coach. For some time it seemed that it would be Faruk “pita” Pita, who had already had the opportunity to cooperate with four members of the new team in NiP, but ultimately, the focus was on Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson. The 32-year-old is a former club mate of Friberg, Xizt, GeT_RiGhT and f0rest, with whom he reached the championship and became the runner-up at the Major twice. So far, however, he has not yet had the opportunity to work as a coach.

“I am extremely excited to join the DIG family. It was important for me to find an organization that values ​​players and respects the entire process. I believe we found that in DIG,” said Johansson, who in addition to training work will also support his new employer in aspects related to management. “I look forward to the wonderful things we will achieve together. Let’s write history again!”

The new DIG composition is as follows:

  • Adam “Friberg” Friberg
  • Richard “Xizt” Landström
  • Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund
  • Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg
  • Håkon ‘hallzerk’ by Fjærli
  • Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson – coach
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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After a series of disappointing results, Timo “Spiidi” Richter and the rest of Sprout find themselves in a struggle to close out their games.

It’s been a tough few months for the German team. A much-needed roster change failed to deliver the kind of improvement the team was hoping for. The team let go Dennis “sycrone” Nielsen and brought in Josef “faveN” Baumann — an 18-year-old star from EURONICS Gaming.

However, that didn’t help by much in Kiev, where Sprout finished dead last at StarSeries i-League Season 6 finals. They suffered three straight losses against mousesports, Vega Squadron, and HellRaisers. Interestingly, every match ended with a round difference of less than 4 for the German team.

One of the founding members of the team, Timo “Spiidi” Richter, explained their situation within the team and talked about his past with mousesports.

Vie: The tournament didn’t go so well for you. What thoughts come to mind after such a loss?

Spiidi: It went horribly. We are like a new team, we didn’t practice that much, but this is obviously not the result we expected. Every game was really close, 16:14, 16:12, even over-time. So I don’t think we had no shot at the playoffs. We just lost. And that’s the worst feeling in the world.

Sprout. Photo via HLTV.org

Vie: In every match, you came really close to winning. But then you just couldn’t go all the way and lost. Do games like these bring your team down?

Spiidi: In our last tournament, in Poland, we lost in a very similar fashion. It was 0-2, with scorelines like 14:16. And this was a repeat of that. When everything comes down to the small things it becomes really important. You have to learn to overcome your issues and to fix these mistakes. We can’t keep making the same mistakes.

Because every game comes down to the wire it doesn’t mean that we have to change the whole system. People have to understand that. We have to motivate each other. We have a good structure, we just have to give it our all. It’s something we have to overcome.

Vie: You lost your game against mousesports 14:16 too. Was that a grudge match for you in any way?

Spiidi: I was really itching for this game. It felt like I never had an opportunity to play against mousesports ever since I left. I knew we could beat them. Even if all the odds were against us. It’s the kind of thought that appears when you play against your old teammates. Even if it’s just subconsciously. Plus, we were somewhat of a dark horse in this match.

Spiidi. Photo via HLTV.org

Vie: Did that help you at all?

Spiidi: It’s possible. Maybe in a few rounds that they played in the same style. But in general, it wasn’t that helpful. They have three new members, it’s a completely different team. It mostly came down to motivation.

Vie: What’s the next goal for the team?

Spiidi: After we return home, first things first — win MDL and qualify for ESL Pro League. That’s our main goal right now.

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