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Signs JUGi, Snappi, and coach huggah
April 24, 2018
OpTic and Heroic have announced the transfers of Snappi and JUGi to the North American organization.
ANALYSIS
Settling the rumors and reports, the two organization have made it official with Snappi and JUGi joining the Green Wall as OpTic have also signed former North coach huggah all for an undisclosed deal. The two new Danish players will be replacing the North American figures of stanislaw and ShahZaM for an all-Danish line-up, including the coach. The OpTic team prior never saw offline action but did participate in the qualification for DreamHack Masters Marseille and IEM Sydney, although without success. However, OpTic have secured their third place spot in the ESL Pro League North American division in the Finals' in Dallas, which is set to start May 14th -20th. It is unclear whether or not the team will be based out of the United States, Europe or both as they have no set their obligations in ECS and ESL Pro League.
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Luminosity makes last-min change; will compete in Belo qualifier
April 23, 2018
Luminosity has recalled their decision to skip the South American Closed qualifier for ESL One Belo Horizonte, ESPN Esports Brazil has revealed.
ANALYSIS
Over the weekend, SHOOWTiME announced on Twitter that the organization would not be competing in the online qualifier due to their focus set on ESL Pro League, ECS and the StarSeries qualifier. However, everything changed when Luminosity made headlines Sunday by signing former Liquid member steel and zakk from Immortals, while VNS Sushi Rao, Wild, and INTZ were ready to fill their void but a last-minute decision ended the speculation. Eight teams will take part in the closed qualifier set to start April 24th through May 9th.
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Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 23, 2018
The Danes' of Astralis have been invited to ESL One Cologne, the tournament organizers have revealed.
ANALYSIS
Astralis is the sixth team invited to the $300,000 event behind Cloud9, SK, G2, FaZe, and Fnatic, who has also been confirmed by ESL. Last year, Astralis decided to skip the German event to have more time to prepare for the PGL Major Krakow, which took place on the following week. The announcement comes as the Danes' best Na'Vi 2-0 in the grand final at DreamHack Masters Marseille in less than 24-hours ago, lifting the team's first title since IEM Katowice 2017. ESL One Cologne will take place from July 3-8, with the LANXESS Arena hosting the playoffs in front of a live audience.
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Extends contracts with zonic
April 23, 2018
Just 24-hours later after winner DreamHack Masters Marseille, Astralis has announced that they have signed a new two-year contract with their coach, zonic, according to a report from HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
zonic has been a notable name around the Counter-Strike community after spending much of his career during the 1.6 eras under the mTw banner and has been a part of Astralis since the organization first formed in January 2016 alongside the players. zonic believes the that it was "natural to continue the cooperation" as "some really good results" were achieved. The team will continue their offline stretch down under at IEM Sydney hoping to add another Intel Grand Slam victory to tie SK.
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Withdraws from ESL LA League
April 22, 2018
Virtue will also withdraw from ESL's Latin American League due to visa issues, according to a report from ESPN Esports Brazil.
ANALYSIS
The tournament rules requested that all teams secure their visas to enter the United States by the end of the round robin stage, on April 28, however, Virtue failed to do so after signing ex-Tempo Storm trio after contacting ESL. According to the report from ESPN Esports Brazil, the team's results will also be expunged as Virtue was sitting in third place, with a 5-1-2 record.
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Withdraws from ESL LA League
April 22, 2018
YeaH! have withdrawn from ESL's LA League due to visa issues, according to a report from ESPN Esports Brazil.
ANALYSIS
The announcement comes as the tournament rules are standard that all teams were requested to secure visas to enter the United States by the end of the round robin stage, as a winner will earn a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, in Dallas. YeaH! hoped to postpone their deadline as three of their members were returning to Brazil from the ESEA MDL Global Challenge from May 9-10 in Leicester, Germany, but their request was rejected by ESL. According to ESPN Esports Brazil, the results in the league will also be expunged.
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Confirmed for ESL One New York
April 22, 2018
Cloud9 are the second team revealed by ESL for the tournament in the Big Apple alongside FaZe Clan.
ANALYSIS
Cloud9 will join FaZe Clan at the $250,000 tournament in New York, which is set to return to the Barclays Center on September 26th-30th. Last year, Cloud9 made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to FaZe Clan, who dominated the tournament to eventually claim the title. Eight teams will take part in the event, with Cloud9 and FaZe Clan securing the first two invite splots, leaving three invitees remaining as well as three qualifiers, who have yet to be announced.
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Invited to ESL One New York
April 22, 2018
ESL has revealed that FaZe Clan will return to defend their title at ELS One New York.
ANALYSIS
FaZe Clan has been confirmed for the 2018 edition of ESL One's New York $250,000 tournament, which will take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 26th-30th. FaZe, having won last year's tournament after dominating Team Liquid in the grand final 3-0, will have another chance to defend their title and secure another win toward their already one point in the Intel Grand Slam, with SK Gaming leading the way with two wins. It is uncertain if Olofmeister will return to the lineup, following his leave of absence with Xizt to fill the void, at least temporarily. FaZe is the first team invited out of the five who will receive an invite, while the remaining three slots will go to the qualifiers, which has yet been determined.
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Finalizes Qi Invitational list
April 21, 2018
Valiance will join Imperial as the final two teams to finalize the eight-team list for the Qi Invitational, according to a report from HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
Valiance will attend the Qi Invitational shortly after competing at DreamHack Masters Marseille, where they went out after just two matches following defeats to mousesports and SK Gaming. The news comes as the tournament organizers were looking ot invite a fourth Asian team but due to Flash and VICI Gaming forming a new roster, the tournament organizers were forced to fill the void with a last-minute replacement in Europe. The Serbian-based team will be playing on home soil at a studio in Belgrade, Serbia where the Qi Invitational will take place from April 24-26.
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Finalizes QI Invitational list
April 21, 2018
Imperial alongside Valiance has been invited to compete at the Qi Invitational, according to a report from HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
The report states that the tournament organizers wanted to invite a fourth Asian team but they were forced to find a last-minute replacement in Europe, due to VICI and Flash forming a new roster. Imperial gets the call after they lifted the Copenhagen Games 2018 trophy, which the team then broke into the top 20 in the world ranking. The Qi Invitational is set to take place from April 24-26 at a studio in Belgrade, Serbia.
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Invited to StarSeries Season 5
April 21, 2018
Starladder has announced that they have invited mousesports to the StarSeries Season 5 event.
ANALYSIS
mousesports are the second team confirmed for the Ukrainian event, who previously won the fourth edition of the tournament after beating Natus Vincere 2-1 in the grand final. mousesports announcement will now leave eight invites lefts as the remaining six spot will be filled through online qualifiers held in Europe, North America, Asia and the CIS.
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Invited to CS:GO Asia Championships 2018
April 21, 2018
Perfect World has announced that they have added Virtus.pro to the team list for CS:GO Asia Championship 2018
ANALYSIS
The Chinese organization has revealed the fifth invited team to the event, with two more invited slots still remaining. Virtus.pro recently finished runners-up to mouesports at V4 Future Sports Festival but did not qualify for the upcoming StarSeries i-League Season 5 with a fourth-place finish at Bests.net. Virtus.pro looks to make some positive progress go into the event as they have had a rather dismal year with the chances of returning to Pro League was crushed due to a fourth-place exit, following HellRaisers knocking them out of the GG:Origin qualifier for IEM Sydney.
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To miss ESL One Belo Horizonte
April 21, 2018
The organization has decided to withdraw from the online qualifier for ESL One Belo Horizonte, according to a report from HLTV.org.
ANALYSIS
SHOOWTiME explained on social media that the Luminosity management decided to withdraw from the ESL One Belo Horizonte closed qualifier as the organization is still searching for qualification for the Pro League, ECS Finals, and for the next StarSeries event. The 21-year-old admitted that the team took it rather hard as they were looking to return to their country to play in front of a home crowd. However, Luminosity is currently still in search for a new fifth as chelo is close to signing with Nao Tem Como.
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Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 10, 2018
ESL has announced that the mixed European giants have received a direct invite to ESL One Cologne.
ANALYSIS
FaZe Clan is the fourth team invited to ESL One Cologne with a $300,000 prize pool that will take place from July 3-8. The start of 2018 has been rather lackluster for FaZe Clan as Olofmeister decided to take a leave of absence, which saw the former in-game leader, Xizt, take his place until Olofneister's undetermined return. FaZe Clan finished runner-up to Cloud9 at the ELEAGUE Major Boston, then a Month later Fnatic would best FaZe at IEM Katowice to hand karrigan and co. another teasing runner-up finish.
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Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 4, 2018
ESL has revealed that the Swedish giants are headed to ESL One Cologne.
ANALYSIS
Fnatic is the third team invited to the annual event held at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. The organizers have previously invited SK Gaming and Cloud9 as the first invited teams to the fifth year of the ESL tournament. Fnatic has been the recent buzz after claiming their title at IEM Katowice after a two-year drought and then going back-to-back at the WESG 2017 World Finals over Space Soldiers in the grand final. ESL One Cologne will take place from July 3-8 as 16 teams will compete for the $300,000 prize pool up for grabs.