MK is back!

Mortal Kombat has announced their return to activity with four players from the ESEA Global Premier Challenge winning squad.

dream3r is one of the players who will finally be able to compete in ESL tournaments under this new rule since his VAC ban dates back to October 2014. He will, however, remain ineligible for the Minors and the Majors, where nkl will step into his shoes.

“We are very motivated after the announcement about ESL changing its VAC rules,” Dyankov said in a statement.

“Our main goals are to qualify for the ESL Pro League, all IEM tournaments, ESL One Cologne and the Minor, where we will try to qualify for the Major.

“We want to become a top team, keep the same lineup and earn more achievements than ever. We want to make Bulgarian fans happy once again.

“We are open to any offers, and we can be reached atvitqn4i@gmail.com.”

MK’s new lineup consists of:

Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov
 Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov
 Emiliyan “spyleadeR” Dimitrov
 Simeon “dream3r” Ganev
 Hristian “shEMETA” Spasov

 Nikolay “nkl” Krastev (Minor/Major stand-in)

 

Cloud9 winners of the iBP Spring 2017

Cloud9 won iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2017 after defeating OpTic 2-0 in the grand final (16-8 on Cobblestone and 22-18 on Mirage).

The $16,000 online tournament kicked off with an eight-team single elimination bracket. OpTic, who used Jason “jasonR” Ruchelski as a stand-in, beat Misfits 2-0 in the quarter-finals whileCloud9 eased past Selfless with the same scoreline.

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The full standings at iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2017:

1. Cloud9 – $10,000
2. OpTic – $4,000
3. Liquid – $1,000
4. Luminosity – $1,000
5-8. compLexity
5-8. NRG
5-8. Selfless
5-8. Misfits

HellRaisers and Misfuts qualify for DreamHack Tours

HellRaisers have secured a spot at DreamHack Open Tours after defeating Tricked 2-0 in the grand final of the European qualifier (16-13 on Nuke and 16-9 on Mirage).

At the same time – Misfits have picked up the final spot at DreamHack Open Tours following their 2-0 victory against NRG in the North America closed qualifier (16-7 on Mirage and 16-12 on Cache).

Here is the full team list for DH Open Tours 2017 which will take place in Tours, France from May 6-8 with a $100,000 prize pool:

mousesports Natus Vincere Heroic EnVyUs
Gambit G2 HellRaisers Misfits

NaVi Guardian interview by HLTV

The Slovakian sniper discussed numerous topics, including his team’s bootcamp ahead of the event in Kiev, their goals for the tournament and in the long-term, as well as the Asian teams in attendance:

Recently the team removed starix as the team’s coach, who has been replaced by Andi. What led you to that decision and what can Andi bring to the table? How do the two differ in their style of coaching?

The team felt that the work between the players and the coach was not complete and because of that we decided that starix has nothing more to give us in the future as coach. Meanwhile, we are using Andi as our coach, he used to be our analyst for two years if I’m right… He initiated this himself, he said that he wants to become coach and he knows where the problem comes from. The work he is doing is amazing, in the past days he spent more than 15 hours in game looking for new things for us. Simply dedicated 200%!

Will we see any significant changes happening in-game, be it in the individual roles or the team’s playstyle as a whole? What have you focused on since IEM Katowice?

I am pretty sure you will see a lot of changes, that we will show at the event. We fixed a lot of issues in the team, we became closer, that means we used this bootcamp to become a real team with spirit. It works perfectly at the moment and I am pretty sure we will continue being this way. We understand that CS is a high-stake game and some of us are old enough to know that CS is not infinite and we have this team to become a formidable opponent to the best teams in the world.

In a number of interviews, you mentioned the team was arguing a lot and that you needed a long bootcamp again to fix those issues. Have you been able to do that? Can you tell us more about your bootcamp?

I myself initiated to become the captain of the team outside the game and I initiated things to change in our team and told our manager about it. He agreed with me completely and beside the game we are having some movement exercises like running, jogas, mediations and everything that is needed to improve our focus in-game. I think we are at our highest peaks skill wise, that means we have to fix everything besides it. This boot camp is probably the best we had so far in our careers I feel.

Read full interview here

News of the CSGO day

The broadcast crew for SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals has been announced by the organizers.

Here is the full talent lineup:

Alex “Machine” Richardson – Desk Host

 Duncan “Thorin” Shields – Analyst
Jason “moses” O’Toole – Analyst
Janko “YNk” Paunović – Analyst

Anders Blume – Commentator
Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat – Commentator
 Henry “HenryG” Greer – Commentator
Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett – Commentator
 Tom “TomBizz” Bissmire – Commentator


eFuture have announced that former Copenhagen Wolves and Tricked member Martin “PERCY” Wessel has joined their Danish team on a trial basis.

eFuture currently have the following roster:

Christian “rezex” Bjerregaard
 Rasmus “SandeN” Sanden
 Dennis “sycrone” Nielsen
 Niels-Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen (trial)
 Martin “PERCY” Wessel (trial)


WESA have announced that SK and Renegades joined the association as full members.

The full members of WESA can be found below:

fnatic Natus Vincere EnVyUs
G2 Virtus.pro mousesports
Ninjas in Pyjamas SK Renegades

 


mousesports and Gambit are the latest teams confirmed for DreamHack ASTRO Open Tours, the event’s organizers have revealed.

The list of teams confirmed for the $100,000 tournament now looks as follows:

G2 EnVyUs
Natus Vincere Heroic
Gambit mousesports
EU qualifier NA qualifier

 


With a 2-1 win over TyLoo in the grand final, ViCi topped the China and Mongolia qualifier for IEM Sydney, securing their spot at the ~$200,000 event.

ViCi will be joining the following list of teams from May 3-7 at the 18,000-seater Qudos Bank Arena:

SK Renegades
OpTic North
Astralis FaZe
ViCi ANZ qualifier

 


Team Spirit have announced that they have parted ways with Anton “kibaken” Kolesnikov with immediate effect.

With kibaken’s departure, Spirit currently have:

Vadim “DavCost” Vasilyev
Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka
Dmitry “S0tF1k” Forostyanko
Pavel “COLDYY1” Veklenko

 

 

DH qualifiers announced

Details regarding qualification for the 3rd stop of the DreamHack Astro Open circuit have been released, with the action set to start on April 1st in both EU and NA.

As is usual with DreamHack Open events, DreamHack Tours will feature eight teams, six which will be invited and two that will earn their spot through the qualification cycle.

The action will take place on April 1-2 in both Europe and North America, with the first day being reserved for the 128-team open qualifier and the closed qualifier following on the second day. Only the best team from each region will earn a spot at the $100,000 LAN that will take place on May 6-8th.

The full schedule is as follows:

1st April – 15:00 CET – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April – 15:00 CET – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours
1st April – 4pm EST – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April- 4pm EST – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours

EU qualifier:

1st April – 15:00 CET – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April – 15:00 CET – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours

NA qualifier:

1st April – 4pm EST – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April – 4pm EST – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours

To sign up for the qualifier, a player representative must log in to the ESEA website and open a support ticket, providing information that is lined out here.

The qualifiers will be cast by Vince “Metuz” Hill on DreamHack’s Twitch channel.

North goes to Sydney

North is the last invited team to confirm their attendance to the IEM event down under.

The ~$200,000 ($260k AUD) tournament will take place from May 3-7 with the final two days being played in front of a live audience at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Following a top four finish at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and a 5th-6th placement at IEM Katowice recently, North will be the second team from Denmark to compete at the IEM event. They will join their countrymen, Astralis and four other invited teams in Sydney.

The list of participants is as followed:

SK Renegades
Astralis OpTic
FaZe North
China qual. ANZ qual.