Vamos! ESL is bringing the CS:GO Major to Brazil

No more guesses, no more rumors — we’ve finally got to know the place where the first CS:GO Major of 2020 will be played. This one will take place in Brazil, and more specifically in Rio de Janeiro, while ESL will be responsible for its organization.

Thus, for the first time in history, this event will take place in South America. After four years, however, the Major will be played out under the ESL One tournament series banner. This was the last time the status of this series was held in mid-2016 during ESL One Cologne 2016. “Intel is excited to bring such an important ESL tournament to Brazil,” admitted in an official statement Carlos Augusto, director of marketing at Intel’s Brazilian branch. “The gaming and esports market has grown steadily in recent years, not only in Brazil, but also around the world. However, we are continuing our mission of investing and developing the best gaming products focused precisely on this industry.”

Significantly, ESL One Rio 2020 will be the key stop of the ESL Pro Tours cycle and one of the installments of the Intel Grand Slam series, whose prize is a round one million dollars. “We’re extremely excited and proud to organize the next Major in Brazil,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “Our goal is to provide pure esports moments to the most engaged fans from around the world and reward them for creating a unique experience on many levels. Bands from every corner of the globe have a chance to get promoted and reach the finals, so we hope that the meetings will be amazing and the audience as loud as never before.”

Everything will start between April 26 and May 3. This is when regional Minors will take place, in which 32 teams will perform in total — eight for each of the four regions, i.e. Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, North and South America and Asia. These teams will be selected on the way of online eliminations and during the LAN struggle in Rio they will fight for the pass to the Major. Eventually, two teams from each of the Minors will get a promotion, and two more, which will have to compete for the ticket during the play-in tournament from the third place.

ESL One Rio 2020 will take place between 11 and 24 May and will provide its participants with a total prize pool of $ 1 million.


s0m joins the North American Gen.G CS:GO squad

The Gen.G Esports officials are not idle and continue completing their CS:GO squad. Today, the team which had three players so far, was joined by Sam “s0m” Oh, who spent the last nine months under the flag of Team Envy.

The 17-year-old player is considered an up-and-coming talent in the US. That is why at the beginning of 2018 he signed a contract offered to him by Complexity Gaming, making him its streamer. The teenager, however, was also treated as a potential successor to one of the players, but the subsequent staff revolution in the CoL ranks thwarted these plans, which made Oh decide to look for happiness elsewhere. Eventually, in March 2019 he came to Envy, with which he performed, among others at Intel Extreme Masters Chicago 2019 and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, and also competed in the ESL Pro League.

Now s0m will have the opportunity to gain experience under the watchful eye of players such as Timothy “autimatic” Ta or Damian “daps” Steele, who joined the Korean organization earlier this month from Cloud9. In addition, in the near future he will also cooperate with Hunter “SicK” Mimes. The American, who spent most of the ending year in Complexity, unlike Oh, however, was not permanently involved. His task is different — he is to support Gen.G representatives during the forthcoming elimination for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 as a substitute.

In this situation, the roster of Gen.G Esports is as follows:

  • Damian “daps” Steele
  • Timothy “autimatic” Ta
  • Kenneth “koosta” Suen
  • Sam “s0m” Oh
  • Hunter “SicK” Mims – substitute
  • Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit – trainer


mousesports triumph in the EPL final over Fnatic

Those who were expecting a fierce five-map duel in the ESL Pro League Season 10 final may feel unsatisfied. However, this is nothing compared to what CS: GO Fnatic players are currently feeling. Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson and company must swallow a very bitter pill in the form of a defeat against mousesports without getting a single map. Thus, mouz secured not only a cash prize of $250,000 but also a place for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020.

The first blow was taken by Fnatic, but mousesports responded quickly and after a few minutes the score was 5: 2 in favor of Mouse. Then the initiative was taken over by orange-blacks, collecting six points in a row and ensuring victory in the first half. It wasn’t that impressive, because the advantage was only three points. The problem is that over time Fnatic actually held “nothing” — after switching sides, mousesports did not hesitate to make up for losses, and soon both formations had nine points to their account. After another glimpse of the Swedes, mouz came forward, surprisingly taking the lead. Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin and colleagues (although the 17-year-old definitely played the first violin) were still trying to get back to the game.

After a few minutes, the action moved to Train, where Fnatic once again took the early lead. After a few minutes, the five under the leadership of Allan “Rejin” Petersen took the initiative, but not for long. The end belonged to Fnatic and for the second time in a row, players representing the orange and black, led the break by three points. This time they even managed to win the pistol round after switching sides although it did little good, because mouz won not only the next skirmish but also the next three, thus leading to a draw. We watched the full domination of the Mousesports to the very end, which was proved best by Finn “Karrigan” Andersen by dealing with all rivals alone in the 23rd round.

If the first two maps taught us something, then the fact that a successful start by Fnatic does not matter much at a later stage. Once again the JW team opened the scoreboard, but mousesports not only managed to equalize early but also won the first half by a score of 10:5 in the lead. At this point, Fnatic’s chances for the 10th season of the ESL Pro League title were hanging in the balance. The fans’ hope re-ignited after the two rounds of winning just after the change of sides, but then mouz came to the forefront putting the end in sight. The orange-blacks once again gathered for the break-up — first JW got rid of four rivals singlehandedly, and in the next round we saw an ace from Brollan. The Swedes came within to two round distance of their rivals before they ran out of steam. Mousesports won 16:11 becoming ESL Pro League champions and securing a spot at IEM Katowice 2020 to held in February.


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


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.


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.