At the end of this year, there is going to be special CS:GO championship in UAE (Dubai) organizing by the largest tournament operator BLAST. Information about this unveiled by the well-known journalist Guillaume neL Canelo, who represents the Federation of Electronic Sports of Finland. The championship itself have not officially announced yet.
Finnish Federation of Computer Sports unveiled calendar of upcoming e-sport events, including BLAST Dubai. Previously, there was no information about this tournament. This is definitely good news!
Nearest BLAST’s championship is BLAST Pro Series – Istanbul 2018, which is scheduled for the autumn. Total prize pool of the tournament is $230,000. Dates were postponed twice due to political events in Turkey. The ambiguity of the schedule of BLAST Pro Series – Istanbul 2018 excluded FaZe Clan and MIBR from the member list.
E-sports organization G2 announced the prices for the players of the main roster. According to the management of G2, contracts of Nathan NBK Schmitt and Dana apEX cost $800,000 for each player. This is reported by Flickshot.fr. Previously, many e-sports squads engaged in dialogue with the management of G2, but the deal did not take place because of the inconsistency in the amount of money price.
According to neL, apEX almost signed new contract with mousesports last year, but the management of the team was not ready to pay $800,000. Last year, NBK was on the verge of transition to Cloud9 after the exclusion of FNS. If there are no payment for these players, both of them in the winter of 2019 will get free agent status.
NBK and apex are in G2 since last winter. Together with the team, the players managed to win DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017. Their previous team was EnVyUs, where they became champions of Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015.
Immortals’ management recently announced the signing of a contract with SK Gaming for the transfer of their main players to the new team. New lineup will perform as MiBR, which is decoded as Made In Brazil. Representatives of Immortals officially purchased MiBR.
Presentation of MiBR happened on June 23 in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. Event was attended by former representatives of MiBR, as well as their new members. Individual speech was delivered by the general manager of Immortals Tomi ‘lurppis’ Cowanen. Noah Winston, CEO of the organization, said that Immortals plans to fully promote electronic sports in Brazil through active infrastructure development. The organization will intensively open cybersport academies in the country.
Rumors about the possible transfer of SK Gaming’s players in the new lineup appeared in the winter of 2018, within players’ displeasure relative to the leadership of the organization. SK signed Luminosity Gaming in the summer of 2016. After minor permutations, SK won most of the largest CS: GO championships.
Markus ‘pronax‘ Wallsten and Oropesaannounced the termination of the the well-known e-sports organization GODSENT. Information about this appeared on the TwitLonger. GODSENT now does not exist, but its founders have not denied the possibility of creating a new team in some other cyber-discipline in the near future.
In a special message from GODSENT’s press service it is said that all members of the organization took confident decision to disband the squad. Pronax and Oropesa declared team’s high performance, as evidenced by the participation of its former players in the strongest CS:GO squads. GODSENT’s previous lineup moved to Red Reserve.
GODSENT appeared at the arena of CS:GO in 2016. Best results were achieved by the team last year, taking TOP places in Qi Invitational and European Minor Championship 2017 – Atlanta. Team also managed to show a good quality of gaming in ELEAGUE Major 2017, finishing 9th.
Management of ESL One New York 2018 issued an official invitation to the Kazakhstan e-sports team Gambit to participate the European closed qualifier. Information about this appeared on the official website of the championship. Gambit got an invite along with Heroic, North and OpTic Gaming.
Open qualifiers phase is scheduled for June 23-24 within European and North American regions. Closed stage is scheduled for June 25-26. ESL One New York 2018 is going to happen in September with a total prize pool of $250,000.
G2 Esports received an official invite to large championship ESL One New York 2018. Similar invitations were previously given to FaZe, Liquid, Fnatic, mousesports and NaVi. Information about the participation of G2 in ESL’s tournament appeared in the official twitter account of the organization.
Along with invited teams, two tournament spots will be given to winners of regional qualifications (Europe and North America). Matches of the qualifying stage are scheduled for June 25-26. At each qualifying round will perform six professional squads. For now, it is not known which teams will receive invites for the qualifiers.
ESL One New York 2018 is scheduled for September 26-30 with a total prize pool of $250,000. Main sponsorship is provided by Intel, MSI and Alienware. All matches will go offline at the Barclays Center in New York.
According to Flickshot, Team EnVyUs in the near future will terminate the contracts with the players of the two basic CS:GO rosters – youth and main. The portal refers to its own sources. To date, it is not known whether EnVyUs will continue to perform in CS:GO. Current players of the main and youth squads will receive the status of free agents.
List of released players:
Vincent Happy Schopenhauer;
Cedric RpK of Goipuye;
Adil ScreaM Benrilith;
Fabien kioShiMa Fie;
Ali hAdji Hainus;
Alexander xms Forte;
Christophe SIXER Xia;
Lambert Lambert Prigent;
Julien PetitSkel Marconitti;
Audrey JACKZ Jug;
Valentin VKLL Bartholomew.
Flickshot reports that the leadership of EnVyUs does not intend to make a new squad from French players. Current EnVyUs’ roster was signed in the winter of 2015. Within three years, team’s management initiated the replacement of more than ten players. All this time, the constant member of the team was Happy. EnVyUs took first place in Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015 and WESG 2016 CS:GO tournaments. In addition, the team performed quite well at Gfinity and DreamHack events.
Former NiP player from the times of popularity of Counter-Strike 1.6 Abdisamad ‘SpawN‘ Mohamed along with former Fnatic’s captain Jonatan ‘Devilwalk‘ Lundberg are going to be analysts for the upcoming ZOTAC Cup Master 2018. Official information about commentators and broadcast analysts appeared on HLTV.org. VikingPlays will be the host.
Commentators of Zotac Cup Masters 2018:
Dustin ‘dusT‘ Mouret
John BLU Mullen
Tom Tombizz Bismeire
Abdisamad ‘SpawN‘ Mohamed
Jonatan ‘Devilwalk‘ Lundberg
European qualifier of Zotac Cup Masters 2018 will happen on June 22-24 with 8 official participants. Total prize pool of the event is $300,000. Champion will get $200,000, and second finalist’s reward is $60,000. Competition belongs to Premier category. General sponsor is Nvidia. Matches of the final stage will happen on June 24-26 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Invitations owners: TyLoo, VG.FlashGaming, MVP PK.
FaZe Clan yesterday on June 17 outplayed the strongest opponent mousesportswithin the Grand Final of ESL Championship One Belo Horizonte 2018. karrigan’s team managed to beat opponents within the game for three wins. Result score is 3-2 in favor of FaZe Clan. Gaming maps: Inferno, Cahce, Train, Mirage and Dust2.
Four squads FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, mousesports and SK Gaming came to the playoffs. FaZe defeated the favorite of the tournament race – SK Gaming, while mousesports won Liquid. Thus, in the final of ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 there were two organizations from European region.
Group stage of ESL Championship One Belo Horizonte 2018 started on June 13th. As a result of the group stage, teams Space Soldiers, Ghost Gaming, BIG and Não Tem Como were left behind. Total prize pool of the event was $200,000. FaZe received $100,000, and mousesports’ reward is $40,000. Matches were held at Mineirinho Arena in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
Strongest Brazilian e-sport squad SK Gaming lost in the semi-final match to mousesports, despite analysts’ expectations. In a parallel match, Liquid could not outplay FaZe Clan. As a result, in the Grand Final of ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 teams FaZe and mousesports are going to meet for the right to become champions.
Fight mousesports vs SK ended with a score of 2-0 in favor of Europeans. Squads met on Dust2 and Train. mousesports looked much confident and got a ticket to the final. Battle of FaZe vs Liquid was more intense. FaZe took leadership on Nuke, but Liquid managed to win Dust2. Final confrontation happened on Mirage. As a result, the victory went to FaZe.
Grand Final of ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 will happen on June 17 at 22:30 EET. Format of the meeting is Bo5. Competition started on June 13 among 8 official participants. Total prize pool of the event is $200,000. Winner will get $100,000, and the silver medalist’s reward is $40,000.