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Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: ESL One Cologne (and more!) Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: ESL One Cologne (and more!)

Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: ESL One Cologne (and more!)

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The Esports Kingdom team
One of the biggest tournaments of the Counter-Strike year, ESL One Cologne, has come to an end and it has been awhile since our last Tier Rankings. It seems like the perfect time to dust them off and try to place the teams based on where they stack up in their region.
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CSGO introduces the Fracture Case with 17 brand new weapon skins CSGO introduces the Fracture Case with 17 brand new weapon skins

CSGO introduces the Fracture Case with 17 brand new weapon skins

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Grady Hooker
Alongside the brand new weapon case, called the Fracture Case, we also have some other stuff. There is networking improvements and updates to all three of Swamp, Mutiny, and Anubis.
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CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters Spring CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters Spring

CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters Spring

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The Esports Kingdom team
DreamHack Masters Spring has come to a close and we have a better idea about how the Counter-Strike teams all stack up in their respective regions. So Grady and Phoebe got together for another edition of the CSGO Tier Rankings!
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BLAST Premier Spring American Showdown - Playoffs Preview BLAST Premier Spring American Showdown - Playoffs Preview

BLAST Premier Spring American Showdown - Playoffs Preview

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Grady Hooker
The BLAST Premier Spring Regular Season has concluded and we saw Team Liquid being the only American team to place high and earn a spot in the American Finals. Now it is time for the American Showdown with 6 remaining teams fighting for 3 spots alongside Team Liquid.
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Chiefs zewsy & ofnu: "We wanted to to start new, start something different" Chiefs zewsy & ofnu: "We wanted to to start new, start something different"

Chiefs zewsy & ofnu: "We wanted to to start new, start something different"

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Grady Hooker
From the Vault - IEM Sydney 2019. Back when the dynamic Kiwi duo of zewsy & ofnu were both on Chiefs, Grady got some time to sit down and talk to both of them about what happened with Tainted Minds/ICON, how horrible the Australian internet infrastructure is, and the dream of once walking out onto the stage.
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Road to Rio CIS - Playoffs Preview Road to Rio CIS - Playoffs Preview

Road to Rio CIS - Playoffs Preview

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Grady Hooker
Natus Vincere didn't make it out of the Group Stages - that is the biggest shocker of the CIS leg on the Road to Rio. To be fair, forZe also failed to make it out of the Group Stages, so the six teams we profile heading into the Playoffs is full of dark horses.
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Road to Rio Europe - Playoffs Preview Road to Rio Europe - Playoffs Preview

Road to Rio Europe - Playoffs Preview

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Grady Hooker
The most hotly contest region for Counter-Strike has just finished the Group Stages of their European leg of the Road to Rio. It saw some big name teams miss out on the Playoffs and some unknown teams get a chance in the spotlight.
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Road to Rio Asia - Playoffs Preview Road to Rio Asia - Playoffs Preview

Road to Rio Asia - Playoffs Preview

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The top eight teams from across China, East Asia, SouthEast Asia, and the Middle East came together to see who would reign supreme in the Asia region on the Road to Rio. We are down to four and Esports Kingdom takes a look at who has the best chance to get the victory.
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Road to Rio Oceania - Playoffs Preview Road to Rio Oceania - Playoffs Preview

Road to Rio Oceania - Playoffs Preview

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Grady Hooker
There was only four teams playing in the Oceania division on the Road to Rio, but that doesn't mean the competition wasn't strong. We know which team advances straight into the Grand Finals and which two have to fight once more for the other slot.
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Road to Rio North America - Playoffs Preview Road to Rio North America - Playoffs Preview

Road to Rio North America - Playoffs Preview

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Grady Hooker
After the group stages that saw one team disband and drop out entirely, and two of the stronger teams in Evil Geniuses and MIBR fail to make the top 3 in the group - we take a look at the six teams that made it to the playoffs of the North American Road to Rio.
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16 teams invited to €30,000 BLAST Rising tournament 16 teams invited to €30,000 BLAST Rising tournament

16 teams invited to €30,000 BLAST Rising tournament

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Grady Hooker
BLAST Rising is a 16-team online tournament, based out of Europe, that is aimed at the up-and-coming teams trying to make a splash. These teams will play 55 matches across two weeks for the chance to win their chunk of the €30,000 prizepool.
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Counter-Strike coach kassad leaves 100 Thieves Counter-Strike coach kassad leaves 100 Thieves

Counter-Strike coach kassad leaves 100 Thieves

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Grady Hooker
The coach of 100 Thieves' Counter-Strike roster, kassad, has left the organisation after being with the Australian squad since 2017. kassad has released a statement and listed his reasons for departing 100 Thieves and leaving the boys coach-less.
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HellRaisers assemble new squad, Flarich returns HellRaisers assemble new squad, Flarich returns

HellRaisers assemble new squad, Flarich returns

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Grady Hooker
Today HellRaisers, who had benched their entire roster back in April, announce their new 5-man team that they will use as early as tomorrow for ESEA MDL Season 34. It includes Flarich coming back off the bench, a Major veteran, 2 Russians, and a Lithuanian.
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CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: EPL Season 11 & Flashpoint Season 1 CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: EPL Season 11 & Flashpoint Season 1

CSGO Regional Tier Rankings: EPL Season 11 & Flashpoint Season 1

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The Esports Kingdom team
Continuing the trend with our Tier Rankings, we have now shifted into region-based rankings for the meantime while the esports world is also moving to more separate divisions. Come and see who the best Counter-Strike teams in Europe, the Americas, CIS, and Asia-Pacific are!
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Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL" Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL"

Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL"

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Grady Hooker
From the Vault - IEM Sydney 2017. Back in 2017 nexa wasn't on G2 Esports like he is now, he was on the Australian team Renegades. Grady got some time to talk to him about how he got into Counter-Strike, what it is like fitting into a new team, and what he does outside of the game.
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges

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"Time To Take Out The Trash" - Finally after 16 weeks of waiting, Valve give the players another co-op mission. This time you must destroy a Phoenix production facility and eliminate Franz Kriegeld. You can also get the Diamond Coin now if you get all possible stars.
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges

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"Light Buy" - As the name would suggest, you are not going to be using any rifles this week. The missions revolve around holding on to money, spending as little as possible, and getting kills with cheaper guns like the UMP-45.
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CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing

CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing

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Grady Hooker
Valve just pushed a major update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that has added 21 patches to the game that you can equip to your agents in one of three spots. They also changed how the buy menu looks and feels, along with making it easier to customize and share your crosshair settings with a visual editor.
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FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized

FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized

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Grady Hooker
The final qualifier spot has been filled and we now know which eight teams will be going head-to-head in March to earn one of the two spots in FLASHPOINT's first season. They will join the 10 founding team members of FLASHPOINT, which already includes; Cloud9, c0ntact, Dignitas, Gen.G, MAD Lions and MIBR.
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ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj" ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj"

ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj"

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Grady Hooker
After the announcement of IEM Melbourne 2020 we got to have a quick chat with ESL Australia's Head Account Manager, Ben Green. We talked about the motivations of moving away from Sydney, logistics of the IEM Melbourne 2020 group stages and playoffs, and the possibility of a Caches IV show match.
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