On January 22–26 a new series of
Brazil conquers North America
Just a year ago, even sophisticated Counter-Strike fans could hardly have named at least two Brazilian teams besides SK Gaming or 100Thieves. Now local teams began to slowly move to North America and create real competition there.
The year 2018 has become a landmark for the Brazilian scene — it has begun to actively declare itself. It’s hard to say why this happened. But tracking key milestones is easy. First, the team 100 Thieves breaks up, and its players fly away to perform at home, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo revives YeaH! Gaming and Immortals redeem the rights to the MIBR brand and seriously invest in Brazilian esports.
Apparently, infrastructure has finally begun to appear in the region, but there has always been a desire to express themselves among local players and teams. At the same time, organizations in the region are well aware that their players need to improve their level, and the United States for them is the best option for professional growth. FalleN proved it a long time ago.
Just think: only three teams from the USA will perform at Americas Minor Championship Katowice 2019, but four will represent Brazil! Moreover, they have real chances to get through to the Major — there are no obvious favorites, except NRG Esports, at the tournament. Moreover, the best-of-1 factor in opening matches cannot be ruled out — as is well known, it is always helpful for the underdogs.
Who can upset? The greatest chances of the two teams — INTZ eSports and Team One. The first moderately successfully
The question of life and death for Bravado
There is no doubt that the South African team of Bravado Gaming is now just praying for a minor. So far, the team has no means to settle in North America, and if they can’t collect the needed funds, the team will return home, where, for obvious reasons, it will not be able to develop.
To settle in the States at least temporarily, Bravado needs to raise $ 30,000 USD. Half of this amount is already there, but it’s impossible to get another $15,000 in the remaining five days, no matter how much pro players like
In November, Bravado surprised everyone at DreamHack Winter
What can karrigan show in Team Envy?
In June, Team Envy lost patience: after long torment of the French team, the organization closed the European CS
Team Envy completely failed the ninth season of the ESL Pro League and ingloriously flew out of the DreamHack Open Atlanta 2018. At the same time, the question of the captain rose sharply: at the end of October, the main team left Corey “
The other day the Dane admitted: he did not want to stay at home and stream FPL, he felt that he wanted to lead the team. And Envy is perfect for him. He noted that the team has enough problems, but it is quite capable of winning the Major. But if Andersen had enough time to fix everything was a big question.
Does the drama at eUnited justify itself?
The second team from the USA — eUnited — is also very reeling. The history of this team over the past couple of months resembles an unfortunate tragicomedy.
In search of a better life, on November 1st, the club signed the captain of Swole Patrol of Austin “Cooper-”
“I do not know who will leave. The only thing that is known for sure: Cooper- will play. All laid out at 110%, because no one wants to fly out of the team or become a substitute.”
At the end of November, it seemed clear: the team would leave Will “dazzLe” Lofman behind. But the story did not end there: in early January, the organization changed its mind, returned dazzLe, and transferred another player to the reserve — Skyler “Relyks” Weaver.
In what state eUnited will approach the tournament — is yet to be seen, but it is extremely interesting to watch them
With the New Challengers stage at the IEM Katowice Major 2019 well underway, Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov’s HellRaisers are waiting for their time to shine, while keeping an eye out on all the teams battling for survival.
More and more professional teams bet on the young talent, we take a look at the five youngest stars of the IEM Katowice Major 2019 and what can we expect from them.
After almost two years of playing together, the old mousesports roster is no more. Released team’s coach, Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov, weighs in on the decision.