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NA in Lower Brackets: IEM Katowice 2023 Day 5 - Group B Recap

Katowice day 5 brought the remainder of the matches from Group B, with Outsiders taking on Fnatic, and Heroic taking on Complexity. Game 1: Outsiders vs Fnatic Outsiders and Fnatic went through a grueling 3 map ordeal to avoid going into the lower bracket. Vertigo was picked by Fnatic, where they made the most of their pick. They ended the first half 12-3, including a 1v3 clutch from FASHR in round 13. However, Outsiders did not take this kindly, as<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
16h
Kaustavmani Choudhury

G2 Conquer Faze: IEM Katowice 2023 Group A - Day 5 Recap

Katowice Day 5 brought us the remainder of the Group A games, and also saw 2 teams getting eliminated from the tournament. Group A: Upper Bracket Game 1: Faze vs G2 In what can only be described as the highlight match of the day, G2 took on former champions Faze in a commanding way. First map was Nuke, where G2 took an early lead in the first half, and maintained it to end the half 9-6. Faze managed to equalize<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
17h
Kaustavmani Choudhury

JMR Luna steps down as CEO of OG Esports

OG Esports, one of the biggest esports organizations, announced major news regarding its management. The organization’s current CEO (Chief Executive Officer) JMR Luna has officially stepped down from the role, making the position vacant. Luna’s contribution to OG Before taking his position in OG, Luna was the Head of Content at Evil Geniuses, he was also the Vice President Of Content and Production at Immortals Gaming Club. He also took a step back from the esports scene to pursue his<span class="read-more">more</span>

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Harrison Htet

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NaVi shut down Cloud9: IEM Katowice 2023 Day 4 Recap

Day 4 of IEM Katowice was quite eventful, as the teams from the Upper Brackets of Groups A and B took each other on. Group A: Game 1: NaVi vs Cloud9: NaVi absolutely dominated Cloud9, taking the series 2-0. First map was Ancient, where Cloud9 put up quite a fight, but NaVi took the win 16-13. Second map was Inferno, where NaVi coasted through. They won the map 16-6. Electronic, b1t and s1mple had a stellar game with 42, 41,<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
1d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

dev1ce 's Climb Back to Form: A Statistical Performance Review

With the closure of Blast Premier Spring Groups, the eyes of many fans were glued to one particular Danish superstar. Dev1ce had been on a long break, citing mental health issues, after his move to Ninjas In Pyjamas. Finally, the Dane decided to move back to his home in Astralis. This Blast tournament, even though a qualifier, was the first major or S-tier tournament played by Astralis with dev1ce in the active roster. Many fans were curious to see how<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
2d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

IHC Eliminate Furia in a Surprise Upset - IEM Katowice 2023 Day 3 Recap

On the final day of the Play-In stage at Katowice, we saw the final 4 teams qualify to the Group Stage. Lower Bracket Round 2: Game 1: Fnatic vs MIBR Fnatic had a clean 2-0 sweep against the Brazilian powerhouse, with amazing performances from Krimz, nicodoz and roeJ. Map 1 was Vertigo. Even though MIBR had the better first half, Fnatic had a better T-side. They won the map 16-11, with nicodoz at the top of the table with23 kills<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
2d
Kaustavmani Choudhury
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Sprout upsets EG: IEM Katowice 2023 Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of IEM Katowice had the 8 teams from the lower bracket go head-to-head for a shot at survival in the tournament. Lower Bracket Round 1: Game 1: paiN Gaming vs IHC Esports paiN and IHC were both quite evenly matched in both the maps, trading rounds with each other. But IHC had a better CT side overall, allowing them to take the upper hand. Map 1 was Inferno, where IHC won 16-12. Annihilation topped the table with 24<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
3d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

Four Teams Qualified - IEM Katowice 2023 Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of IEM Katowice kicked off with quite a bang as all 16 teams from the Play-In stage had a go at each other at the Spodek Arena. All of the opening matches were BO1s, meaning a loss here would mean a fight for survival in the lower brackets. Upper Bracket Round 1: Furia, Fnatic, Team Spirit, ENCE and Cloud9 all won their opening games dominantly, not allowing the other teams to even get at double digit round wins.<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
4d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

IEM Katowice 2023 - Everything You Need to Know

Today we go back to the Esports Capital of the world as Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023 kicks off. For those not in the know, IEM is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. This tiny little mining town in Poland has captivated the hearts of all CSGO fanatics because of the prestige and historic importance it holds in the scene. Although not a Valve-sanctioned Major event, IEM Katowice is still regarded highly by players and fans<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
6d
Kaustavmani Choudhury
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Astralis' Rise Back to Form: Blast Premier Spring Groups Day 11 Recap

On the final day of the Blast Premier Spring Groups, we saw big matches in Heroic vs BIG, and Astralis vs OG, to see which two teams will claim the remaining spots for the Blast Premier Spring Finals. Game 1: Heroic vs BIG BIG picked Vertigo for Map 1, but they had poor form in the first half, managing to only win 2 rounds on their T side. Their CT side was not much better, only managing to win the<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
7d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

NaVi through to Spring Finals - Blast Premier Spring Groups: Day 10 Recap

On day 10 of the Blast Premier Spring Groups, NIP took on Astralis, and NaVi went head-to-head with Complexity. Game 1: NIP vs Astralis Map 1 was Overpass, picked by Astralis. NIP had a dominant first half at 11-4, with Aleksib getting a 4k on the pistol. Headtr1ck had a stellar showing in the half, with 18 kills. Second pistol round again went the way of NIP. But Astralis had a show of dominance themselves, winning 7 rounds in a<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
8d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

North America Eliminated: Blast Premier Spring Groups Day 9 Recap

After a crazy Group Stage where Vitality, Faze and G2 qualified for the spring finals, the Play-in stage of Blast Premier Spring Groups commenced yesterday. The play-in stage follows a single elimination bracket, with the lower seeds from the group stage taking on each other to clinch the final three spots in the Spring Finals. The first day of the play-in stage featured Evil Geniuses taking on Complexity, followed by Team Liquid taking on BIG. Two of the four playing<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
9d
Ganesh Jadhav

Blast Premier Spring Groups: Day 8 Recap

On Day 8 of the Blast Premier Spring Group, we had a repeat of the Upper Bracket Finals, with OG taking on Faze, and NaVi taking on G2. Game 1: OG vs Faze Map 1 was Mirage, where both teams were quite evenly matched. Faze took the lead in the first half 9-6. The second half started off with degster getting an amazing 1v4 on the pistols. Both teams had an incredible back and forth, however, Faze refused to give<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
10d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

New Ninja enters the dojo: K0nfig joins Ninjas in Pyjamas

The Swedish eSports organization Ninjas in pyjamas announced the addition of Kristen "K0nfig" Winneche to the roster. This news comes after Hampus "Hampus" Poser's absence from the team after the Lower Round #1 victory over BIG. Hampus missed the team's elimination matchup against Natus Vincere. The team played with Young Ninjas Maxtern. After a third map loss, Ninjas in Pyjamas lost the series 1-2. Today, Ninjas in Pyjamas took it to Twitter to shed light on the Hampus situation. In<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
10d
Ganesh Jadhav

FURIA Esports Will Delight Their Fans at IEM Rio Once More

Last year, IEM Rio Major was one of the most successful CS:GO events of the season. And part of the reason was the participation of the local fans’ favorite, FURIA Esports. This organization has worked really hard to bring its CS:GO team to the current level of skill and almost the entire roster has been here from the first few years of the project. This is what gives FURIA both strength and a loyal fan base. The players have been<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
10d
Radu Muresan

Why s1mple and ZywOo Won Again

For the past four years, two players have dominated CS:GO. One of them is Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and the other is Mathiew “ZywOo” Herbaut. S1mple won the race for the best CS:GO player of the season twice in these years, in 2022 and 2021. ZywOo won in 2019 and 2020. A quick look at their stats immediately reveals why that happened. What Makes s1mple so Amazing S1mple is the definition of a complete CS:GO player. He often plays with the<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
11d
Radu Muresan

Blast Premier Spring Groups: Day 7 recap

Blast Premier Spring Groups day 7 brings us the first Grand Finals of the series, with Vitality taking on Heroic, while NaVi and NIP fight again for a spot at the Grand Finals of group C. Game 1: NaVi vs NIP. For Game 1, NaVi took on NIP once again, but this time with the absence of hampus.  Map 1 was Inferno, picked by NIP. They had a good start, winning 5 rounds straight. But NaVi bounce back, ending the<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
11d
Kaustavmani Choudhury

Blizzard shuts down gaming services in China

Millions of gamers in China have to say goodbye to their beloved games as Blizzard decided to shut down services for some of their most popular games, including big titles such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch 2. The Situation: Under Chinese law, foreign developers are required to partner with domestic companies to have a game launch in the Chinese market, and even then, they are launched with much scrutiny and censorship. Blizzard decided to partner with NetEase Interactive Entertainment<span class="read-more">more</span>

11d
Kaustavmani Choudhury
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G2 Esports Confirm Their Strength at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups

G2 Esports had a very interesting season in 2022. They started on a high note and ended on a high note. Everything in between was a pure struggle. At times, it looked as though they would fall apart and need to rebuild from scratch. But they made it work. Both Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov and Nikola “NiKo” Kovac were ranked among the top 20 CS:GO players of 2022. NiKo was given the 5th position while m0NESY was given the 7th. By<span class="read-more">more</span>

CS:GO
12d
Radu Muresan