Latest News
Read the latest news about CS:GO players

Led NiP to another Oakland win
November 19, 2017
f0rest posted a solid 99/81 KD on Sunday in the grand finals of IEM Oakland with a 3-2 win over FaZe Clan.
ANALYSIS
f0rest started the best-of-five series on Cobblestone where he had a contested first half on the defense but several retakes earned the team some rounds won and eventually a lead going into the second. He then continued to shut down the defense of FaZe with several entry-kills and perfect trade kills to grant his team the Game 1 win. However, a hiccup in performance on Inferno would put the team back in an even series. The third map of the series came down to Train where f0rest had a rather slow start but picked up the pace in the late rounds of the first half to edge the 8-7 lead. Although the defense from f0rest was impossible to break as he shut down the second half to pick up the series 2-1 lead. Again f0rest didn't fare so well on FaZe Clan's map pick, Overpass, as the veteran took a massive 16-6 loss, forcing Game 5. Another slow start to cache put FaZe up early but f0rest rallied back on the offense to secure the first half 9-6. In the second half, f0rest traded rounds early on but kept the lead alive against a tough offense. Although the frags from f0rest began to be contested, the veteran still continued to win his duels to help win another IEM Oakland championship with a win on Cache.
MVP of Oakland
November 19, 2017
REZ dominated with an 86/81 KD on Sunday with a 3-2 win over FaZe Clan in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
REZ has been dominant throughout the group stage, semifinals and now the grand finals. The series kicked off on Cobblestone where REZ shutdown FaZe on the defense to round up the first half with a 9-6 lead. The second half was nothing but aggressive and quick offense from REZ to gain control of the map to run away with the Game 1 win. However, in Game 2 REZ continued to make a big impact, the team couldn't pull it together to win on Inferno, which is a map REZ has not performed well as of late. Train was the map that turned the tides with the series tied 1-1 but REZ had a slow start on the offense but the momentum changed. The offense of REZ began to pick apart the defense of FaZe one-by-one in a close first half 8-7 lead. The second half was all defense from REZ as he wouldn't let FaZe win more than three rounds to take the series 2-1 lead. Another FaZe favored map, Overpass, resulted in the same as Inferno with FaZe Clan coming out swinging for a quick win and a series tie to force Game 5. A contested start resulted in REZ trading rounds for the most part of the half, struggling to find frags to get the early advantage. In the end, REZ came out on top 9-6 but a few hiccups in the second half gave FaZe some light of opportunity. Although the FaZe offense only won four rounds in scattered fashion through the second half as REZ took home his first IEM trophy.
Finally wins a best-of-five
November 19, 2017
Xizt went 64/98 Sunday in a 3-2 win over FaZe Clan in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Xizt started the series on NiP's map pick, Cobblestone, where the defense had a very composed first-half performance over FaZe. With a 9-6 lead going into the second, Xizt led the offense for seven rounds over Faze, only giving up four rounds for a Game 1 win. Although going into the map pick for FaZe, Xizt was prepared for a tough series on Inferno, however, it doesn't help as the team has already struggled with Inferno going into the game. FaZe dominated in the first half on the least favored offensive side and then close it out in the second half to even the series 1-1. Xizt had another tough task on Train as he started the third map on the offense. The first half was a bit slow but Xizt, later on, got the economy in full swing and began to pick apart the defense one-by-one. The first half was a tight contest but the second half was all defense from Xizt to close Train 16-10 and the series 2-1 lead. Overpass was no question a map that belonged to FaZe Clan as Xizt could only put up six rounds against in the tough 16-6 loss. However, an excellent Game 5 performance from Xizt helped the team overcome the emotions to win in Oakland once more.
Fatigued in Game 5 loss
November 19, 2017
rain posted a solid 103/82 KD on Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
rain picked up a few offensive rounds early on Cobblestone but the NiP defense was quick to reply and held the line for a lead at the half. rain then opened up the second half with a defense standpoint but the quick and aggressive offense of NiP stole the show. Going into FaZe's Inferno pick, the team shut down NiP on one of their less-confident maps in the map pool for an easy 16-7 affair. Going into Train, rain held off the NiP offense on the A-bombsite for several rounds but once the economy of NiP got stable, the rounds began to turn sides. rain went into the second half with an 8-7 deficit and couldn't break NiP for more than three rounds in the Game 3 loss. However, rain reigned supreme in Game 4 of Overpass with a perfect defensive first half for a 13-2 score. Although the second half was a bit more contested, he managed to force the extra rounds. Game 5 was a bit of a drag to the start as both teams were contested early on keeping the score close. However, NiP came out on top and then stole the show as rain couldn't win his trade kills or pick up more entry frags in the 16-10 loss on Cache.
Couldn't overcome the veterans
November 19, 2017
NiKo posted a 97/75 KD in the 3-2 loss on Sunday against the Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 of the grand finals, NiKo got the entry-kills but some rounds wouldn't transfer over into wins. After a frustrating first half, NiKo went into the second half with a deficit that never went positive as his individual plays weren't enough to take Game 1. NiKo went into Inferno with confidence as he picked up a team-leading 101.5 ADR in the 16-7 win. A smooth start to Train really got the ball rolling in Game 3 but NiP rallied back to steal the lead late. However, the second half was nothing for the offense of NiKo could do to help the team win more than three rounds to go down 2-1 in the series. Luckily, NiKo's playing grounds of Overpass were lined up for an easy win, despite his low number in frags with a 16/11 KD and 67.5 ADR in the 16-6 win, forcing Game 5 on Cache. The first half of Cache was tight early on but NiKo couldn't muscle to hold off the offense for a 9-6 deficit.
Stumped in best-of-rive
November 19, 2017
karrigan went 47/85 on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
The series started on Cobblestone where karrigan's offense struggled to win rounds early. The defense of NiP held off for a 9-6 lead going into the second half. The second half was quick and easy after the offense of NiP, who took Game 1 with ease. A less-favored Inferno would go in the way of karrigan with a strong start on the offense to take the 11-4 lead. The second half was a little more contested with karrigan on the favored defense but karrigan evened the series with the third and final Inferno win. The series shifted on Train where karrigan started smooth and almost ended with a defensive first half lead but NiP edged with an 8-7 score. The second half was all defense from NiP as karrigan couldn't get anything going for the offense in the game loss. karrigan made it look easy on Overpass with the massive first-half lead and the contested second-half start to end with a series going to Game 5. The start of Cache was close but NiP ran away with the first half lead and never looked back as karrigan tried to save the game late in the second half but NiP had too much momentum in their favor.
Comes up short in loss
November 16, 2017
mixwell ended OpTic Gaming's 0-2 loss to SK Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland with a 25/39 KD.
ANALYSIS
The lone surviving member of OpTic Gaming didn't manage to give his team a major boost against the Brazilian juggernauts in this series. The first game was one to forget for all parties involved, as no one on OpTic failed to record more than eight kills. Even in Game 2, mixwell managed just a 19/22 KD. He had a few nice rounds, but it wasn't enough to stop SK from running away with a 16-12 win. While the team managed to qualify for the ESL Pro League Finals as the number one seed from NA, they are still struggling with offline events and Oakland was no different.
Struggles in loss to SK
November 16, 2017
friberg managed just a 20/38 KD in OpTic Gaming's sweep at the hands of SK Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Despite being one of the best IGL's in the world, friberg seemed to struggle with both fragging and leading his team to victory in this series. While the first map was abysmal from everyone on the team, friberg didn't bounce back at all in the second game of the series. He was at the bottom of the barrel with a 12/22 KD and subpar 54.2 ADR. This team certainly needs a bit of a spark at some point soon or they could find themselves drifting into obscurity.
Unable to bring OpTic the win
November 16, 2017
Magisk tallied a 33/34 KD in OpTic Gaming's rough 0-2 loss at the hands of SK Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Magisk has consistently been the best player for OpTic since this roster was put together a few months ago. This series was no different. The only problem this time around was that the rest of his team was stumbling along behind him. The first game was a miscue by all five members of the Green Wall, Magisk included. They ended up losing 16-2, as he finished with just an 8/16 KD. He bounced back in the second game on Inferno with a 25/18 KD, but the rest of team pretty much stayed on the ground. While they made it a bit interesting late in the second half, they still were easily handled 16-12 to get sent home packing.
Struggling to find his place
November 16, 2017
boltz finished SK Gaming's 2-0 win over OpTic Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
While boltz still isn't an official member of SK Gaming, he's still seeming to struggle with finding his spot on this high-powered roster. Even though SK was torching OpTic on Overpass to open the series, boltz was lagging behind his teammates. He only managed a paltry 8/9 KD in the 16-2 win. He seemed to just be in the wrong place and found himself dead a few too many times without finding a kill. boltz bounced back a bit on the second map, however. He was second on his team with a 20/18 KD and he even came up with a big triple kill hold in Round 14 to keep OpTic bogged down in the eventual 16-12 win.
Surprises no one with big performance
November 16, 2017
fer popped off with a 46/29 KD in SK Gaming's 2-0 sweep of OpTic Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
While he sometimes lets FalleN and coldzera take the lead, fer always has the propensity to show up with some monster performances. This quarterfinal was one of those times. From start to finish, he was the top man for SK and did his best to really push his team ahead at every moment. He didn't have a ton of flashy plays, but he was incredibly consistent the whole time to come away with this 2-0 win that pushed the team into the semifinals against Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Shows up when it counts
November 16, 2017
TACO put up a 36/28 KD in SK Gaming's 2-0 win over OpTic Gaming in the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Before Thursday's series, FalleN told the players in the game lobby that TACO was going to have a big day. He wasn't wrong in the slightest. While TACO sometimes gets a bad wrap for some less than stellar performances on this team, he put that behind him in this series to help SK come up with a big win. This was especially true on Overpass in Game 1 where he posted an 18/8 KD that included a big triple kill in ROund 7 that put SK on the road to their eventual 16-2 win. He had a more average 18/20 KD on Inferno in Game 2, but it was still more than enough for the 16-12 win that sealed the 2-0 sweep. They'll now move on to face Ninjas in Pyjamas in the semifinals on Saturday.
Rain and thunder over OpTic
November 15, 2017
rain posted a firm 16/9 KD on Tuesday with a staggering 16-3 win over OpTic Gaming in Group B of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
rain started Overpass with an aggressive approach as he picked up a quick 3-0 start. In Round 4, OpTic managed to hold out on the B-bombsite to earn their first round of the half; however, rain then responded with a seven-round streak. Finally, OpTic broke out for a few rounds, but rain would sustain the lead going into the second half with a 12-3 score. A smooth start on the defense would eventually coast through the second half as rain picked up map point with a triple kill hold on the aggressive push in middle. From there, rain would tally up a team-leading 108.0 ADR in the 16-3 win.
Composed in OpTic stomping
November 15, 2017
olofmeister went 20/9 on Tuesday with a 16-3 win over OpTic Gaming in Group B of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
olofmeister opened up the offense of Overpass with several key entry kills to pick up a quick 3-0 lead. OpTic was quick to take a round back, but olofmeister continued to apply pressure on the defense and pick up more frags along the way. Seven consecutive rounds won made a mark in the first half as OpTic could only pick up a few more rounds before olofmeister would shut the door 12-3. The second half was a breeze on the defense, as olofmeister held off four straight rounds to take Mirage 16-3, posting a 96.6 ADR.
Silences OpTic in win
November 15, 2017
NiKo posted a 16/8 KD on Tuesday in a 16-3 win over OpTic Gaming in Group B of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
NiKo started the best-of-one series with a quad entry kill on the A-bombsite to secure the pistol round. He then picked up two more rounds before OpTic got on the board, but that didn't phase him as he pounced on the defense to win seven consecutive rounds and take the 10-1 lead. NiKo consistently picked up an entry kill as more rounds would go his way for a 12-3 lead at the half. Going into the second half, NiKo cruised past the OpTic offense despite everything his opponents could throw at him. After sweeping the second half by four rounds, NiKo would conclude the game with a 79.7 ADR in the 16-3 win.