Despite complicated times, Astralis won the twelfth edition of the European ESL Pro League. The win is vindication for the best team in the world, after critics questioned the viability of a 7-player roster model.
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In a move set to shake up the scene, the Esports Integrity Commission have announced the suspensions of 37 coaches from all over the world. The reason: exploiting a bug that allowed them to cheat, leading to a wave of temporary exclusions from the biggest tournaments in Counter-Strike.
Cloud 9 signed Mezii and woxic, joining Alex in their new CS:GO roster.
The Brazilian CS:GO team is in a tough spot with only two active players left and three weeks before the IEM in New York.
In a huge coup for the North American organization, Cloud 9 have signed Alex "ALEX" McMeekin from Team Vitality to assume the role of captain and in-game leader of their rebuilt CS:GO roster.
Originally scheduled for May 11-14, then postponed to November, the ESL One Rio Major 2020 has now been cancelled. The $2m tournament becomes the latest in a long line to be affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
After a six-year career as a widely respected commentator, Henry 'HenryG' Greer has hung up the mic for a new role in reshaping Cloud9's CS:GO operations.
Caught with their hands in the jar, or there abouts, ESL has banned three coaches from its CS:GO events. This move puts additional strain on a professional scene still struggling with player burnout, a lack of lan events, and the impacts of a global pandemic.
Finn Andersen has played Counter-Strike competitively for more than 15 years. Having represented some of the biggest orgs in the scene — Fnatic, Astralis, FaZe Clan — he currently plies his trade in mousesports. The 30-year old Dane has seen it all, but Covid-19 has caught him off-guard
Although there are almost as many systems for ranking CS:GO teams as there are players, the CSPPA unveiled it's own unique ranking format last weekend. This new system calculates its rankings differently to other ranking formats.
100 Thieves has decided to change its Valorant team by freeing up four players and recruiting former Team Liquid CS:GO player nitr0.
Although it was only announced on July 28th, BLAST's partnership with NEOM, the Saudi futuristic megacity project, has been come to an end. This decision comes off the back of widespread criticism and protests from CS:GO's competitive scene.
With Olofmeister still inactive, FaZe Clan have acquired Kjaerbye to round out their 5-man roster. The Danish player was best known for his time on Astralis and North and is returning from a short medical break.
Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras is a 17-year-old Lithuanian player who made a name for himself as a stand-in in FaZe Clan. Not tied at the end of his interim mission, he became the sixth player of mousesports.
As more tournament organisers are drawn towards the vast riches on offer through sponsorships, the Saudi NEOM megacity project is rapidly becoming deeply ingrained in the esports landscape. Now it's BLAST's turn in the spotlight, as their controversial partnership with Neom faces heavy criticism
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, IEM New York 2020 will gather the best CS:GO teams online for a three-region tournament.