ESL One Cologne Preview - FURIA ESL One Cologne Preview - FURIA

ESL One Cologne Preview - FURIA

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The series marches on, this time to follow the upstart Brazilian squad, FURIA. Jamie takes a look at their form coming into ESL One Cologne, as well as some highlight players and ones to keep an eye on.
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NRG Ethan: "I feel like I’ve definitely matured more as a player over the years" NRG Ethan: "I feel like I’ve definitely matured more as a player over the years"

NRG Ethan: "I feel like I’ve definitely matured more as a player over the years"

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Grady had a quick chat with the young-gun from NRG Esports, Ethan. They hit all of the hard topics including; starting off as a young player and maturing, what it was like to add tarik to the roster, and what it is like to play in front of a loud crowd.
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mousesports chrisJ: "I still tried to see it as a job in situations like that" mousesports chrisJ: "I still tried to see it as a job in situations like that"

mousesports chrisJ: "I still tried to see it as a job in situations like that"

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Back at IEM Sydney this year Grady got the chance to sit down with chrisJ from mousesports, just as that lineup was beginning. They talked about always being the villains with the crowd, seeing the numerous mousesports rosters grow and the importance of the player break.
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ESL One Cologne Preview - Team Liquid ESL One Cologne Preview - Team Liquid

ESL One Cologne Preview - Team Liquid

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Starting the second half of our previews, we have the current top team, Liquid. Since Katowice, Team Liquid has looked nearly unstoppable. They have won 3 of the required 4 tournaments of the Intel Grand Slam.
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ESL One Cologne Preview - ENCE ESL One Cologne Preview - ENCE

ESL One Cologne Preview - ENCE

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The next team in our series is the people's champion, ENCE. Made up of the best 5 Finnish players in Counter-Strike, they have made quite a splash recently - but can they continue on their trip to the top? or will the bubble burst?
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ESL One Cologne Preview - Natus Vincere ESL One Cologne Preview - Natus Vincere

ESL One Cologne Preview - Natus Vincere

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We continue the series going to our unknown among the top teams, Natus Vincere. For the first time since 2013, NaVi will be without Edward, instead replacing him with Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov, the 20 year old Russian previously of Winstrike.
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ESL One Cologne Preview - Astralis ESL One Cologne Preview - Astralis

ESL One Cologne Preview - Astralis

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This series will look at some of the teams of ESL One Cologne, their performance since the Katowice Major, important stats, and things to watch in Cologne.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: ESL Pro League Season 9 and ECS Season 7 Finals CSGO Tier Rankings: ESL Pro League Season 9 and ECS Season 7 Finals

CSGO Tier Rankings: ESL Pro League Season 9 and ECS Season 7 Finals

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Both of the big leagues came to a close and had massive LAN Grand Finals showing exactly what teams are ready to bring it just before the major. There were a lot of teams that underperformed and that is reflected in a number of down-ranks in this edition of the Tier Rankings.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters, DreamHack Tours and BLAST Madrid CSGO Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters, DreamHack Tours and BLAST Madrid

CSGO Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters, DreamHack Tours and BLAST Madrid

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The premier event this month was DreamHack Masters in Dallas which saw Team Liquid pick up another trophy for the case, ENCE proving to everyone again that they can go toe-to-toe with the big boys, and Astralis no-showing. What has that done to this edition of the tier rankings?
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FaZe AdreN: "[The travel] is affecting my body and my mental health" FaZe AdreN: "[The travel] is affecting my body and my mental health"

FaZe AdreN: "[The travel] is affecting my body and my mental health"

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Grady got a chance to talk to AdreN during IEM Sydney when he was still with FaZe Clan about the intensive travel schedule, which teams they are targeting at the next tournament, and what the inside of his hotel room is like.
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BOOT Benkai: "Our issues lie within our bad habits" BOOT Benkai: "Our issues lie within our bad habits"

BOOT Benkai: "Our issues lie within our bad habits"

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At IEM Sydney, up in the media room, Grady sat down to have a chat with B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape’s Benkai about the Asian Counter-Strike scene, how he got into esports and which other players he would like to play with.
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MIBR FalleN: "The [IEM Sydney] crowd is kind of having its own show" MIBR FalleN: "The [IEM Sydney] crowd is kind of having its own show"

MIBR FalleN: "The [IEM Sydney] crowd is kind of having its own show"

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Although they didn’t make the grand finals, falling just short against Team Liquid, MIBR’s FalleN was happy to sit down with Grady and have a chat about the crowd and the country in Australia, the recent roster shuffles that failed and playing in the showmatch as ‘Bad FalleN’.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Sydney, DreamHack Rio de Janeiro and BLAST Miami CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Sydney, DreamHack Rio de Janeiro and BLAST Miami

CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Sydney, DreamHack Rio de Janeiro and BLAST Miami

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Grady has returned home from IEM Sydney and that means it is time for the team to sit down and try to figure out a new set of tier rankings. We have 2 teams dropping out of the rankings and three debuts, one of which is the highest debut of all time.
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Liquid EliGE: "I felt confident that we were going to win the whole time" Liquid EliGE: "I felt confident that we were going to win the whole time"

Liquid EliGE: "I felt confident that we were going to win the whole time"

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After their win against Fnatic in the grand final of IEM Sydney, Team Liquid sat down with the press and we got the chance to talk to EliGE about feeling the glory of winning, the long best-of-five and the first thing he did after winning and lifting the trophy.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: StarSeries Season 7, WESG 2018 and BLAST São Paulo CSGO Tier Rankings: StarSeries Season 7, WESG 2018 and BLAST São Paulo

CSGO Tier Rankings: StarSeries Season 7, WESG 2018 and BLAST São Paulo

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Post-Major is always an interesting time and right now we have a whole lot of shuffles, for some teams changing the roster core. There has also been a long period where some teams haven't played any tournaments, because of these reasons we have dropped this edition of the rankings down to 25 teams.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Grand Final This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Grand Final

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Grand Final

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That is all she wrote as the LPL CSGO ANZ Championship Season 1 comes to an end with a nail-biting grand final between AVANT and Ground Zero. Some technical issues plagued Ground Zero, but they still put up a great fight against the top-seed from the round robin stage.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Grand Final (Pre-Game) This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Grand Final (Pre-Game)

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Grand Final (Pre-Game)

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This week Ground Zero pulled out a victory and managed to defeat Breakaway Esports - now they head to the grand finals of the LPL CSGO ANZ Championship to take on AVANT, who were the top team from the round robin stage.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Semifinal This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Semifinal

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Semifinal

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Last night Ground Zero took on Breakaway Esports to determine which of them will face AVANT in the Grand Finals of the LPL CSGO ANZ Championship. How well did my predictions for the semifinal go? Spoilers: Not great.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Semifinal (Pre-Game) This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Semifinal (Pre-Game)

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Semifinal (Pre-Game)

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Before the semifinal between Ground Zero and Breakaway Esports tonight, we take a look at who is the favourite and who has the advantage in the best-of-three to determine who faces AVANT in the grand finals later this week.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 6 This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 6

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 6

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There were some delays due to events within New Zealand, but the final few games of LetsPlayLive's CSGO ANZ Championship were played out over the past few weeks and we now know what three teams will be competing in the playoffs.
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