This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 5 This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 5

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 5

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Never a dull week a in the LetsPlayLive CS:GO ANZ Championship, after the departure of Tainted Minds last week, we see a huge game-changing update this week that affect some of the guns as well as how the losing bonus is calculated.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 4 This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 4

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 4

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This week in the LetsPlayLive CS:GO ANZ Championship we see ICON (fka. Tainted Minds) officially withdraw from the league and the fallout from that involving points being handed around and teams to have 2 matches in one day.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Katowice 2019 Major CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Katowice 2019 Major

CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Katowice 2019 Major

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The IEM Katowice 2019 Major just took place and thats it is time for another tier rankings. This time we see only our second ever double-rank-jump as well as some new faces popping into high-tiers and some fan favorites falling down the table.
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Dignitas milk: "We’re the best team here" Dignitas milk: "We’re the best team here"

Dignitas milk: "We’re the best team here"

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Jamie got to interview Kiara ‘milk’ Makua from the Intel Challenge Katowice winning Dignitas. They covered the tournament, the female professional scene and what is next for Dignitas.
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Renegades Gratisfaction: "We thought we’d just throw [Dust2] in as a curve ball" Renegades Gratisfaction: "We thought we’d just throw [Dust2] in as a curve ball"

Renegades Gratisfaction: "We thought we’d just throw [Dust2] in as a curve ball"

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Our Interview Series from Katowice continues with a short chat with Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai about their stay in Poland, the tournament, and the future.
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FaZe rain: "Right now our map pool is kind of weird" FaZe rain: "Right now our map pool is kind of weird"

FaZe rain: "Right now our map pool is kind of weird"

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For our first interview of the IEM Katowice 2019 Major, Jamie sat down with Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard of FaZe Clan to discuss the Major, the team, and the upcoming schedule.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 3 This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 3

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 3

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This week we saw 2 more Mirage games and yet another overtime on Inferno involving Breakaway Esports, but we also had the first forfeit in the tournament dropping us down to only three games as well as some roster shuffles.
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IEM Katowice 2019 - Quarterfinals Day 1 Preview IEM Katowice 2019 - Quarterfinals Day 1 Preview

IEM Katowice 2019 - Quarterfinals Day 1 Preview

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The first day of the IEM Katowice Champions Stage is here, and we have two wonderful matches today. We will see three of the top teams in the world and a team well-known for their upsets go head-to-head for only two spots in the Semifinals of the IEM Katowice Major 2019.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 2 This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 2

This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 2

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LetsPlay.Live's CS:GO ANZ Championship continued along this week with some overtime and some stomping. Also, we see Tainted Minds be acquired and re-branded to ICON Esports, just before their match against AVANT this week.
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NRG Brehze: "Not making the major was a huge blow to us" NRG Brehze: "Not making the major was a huge blow to us"

NRG Brehze: "Not making the major was a huge blow to us"

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NRG Esports had mixed results; failing to qualify for the FACEIT London Major, winning IEM Shanghai and then making it to the semi-finals of ESL One New York. James talks to star player Brehze about possible reasons for this and how it felt to miss the major.
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fnatic JW: "[We] had nothing to blame really except ourselves" fnatic JW: "[We] had nothing to blame really except ourselves"

fnatic JW: "[We] had nothing to blame really except ourselves"

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After bombing out in the group stages at ESL One New York, James sat down with JW from fnatic to talk about their recent struggles with roster changes, player roles and their performance at the major.
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This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 1 This Week In... LPL CS:GO ANZ Championship Season 1 - Week 1

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

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LetsPlay.Live kicked off their CSGO ANZ Championship yesterday staring 8 of the best teams across Australia and New Zealand. The first week of competition saw a rematch of the 2018 grand final with the champions Chiefs taking on the runner-ups Tainted Minds.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - ViCi Gaming Road to the Major: Katowice - ViCi Gaming

Road to the Major: Katowice - ViCi Gaming

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The final installation of our Road to the Major series is ViCi Gaming. This team underwent a large number of changes over the course of the last half of the year. ViCi split from Flash Gaming to reform ViCi Gaming. They announced their full roster on September 3rd.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - Winstrike Team Road to the Major: Katowice - Winstrike Team

Road to the Major: Katowice - Winstrike Team

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We continue our series of articles with Winstrike Team, a primarily Russian org. In 2018 the team went through huge changes. They acquired the entire Quantum Bellator Fire roster in June before benching all but Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov due to the team's poor performance at the FACEIT London Major in September.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - FURIA Esports Road to the Major: Katowice - FURIA Esports

Road to the Major: Katowice - FURIA Esports

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With today's installation of the Road to the Major series, we head back to the Americas and follow FURIA eSports. After the London Americas Minor Championship, FURIA moved to Miami.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - Grayhound Gaming Road to the Major: Katowice - Grayhound Gaming

Road to the Major: Katowice - Grayhound Gaming

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Back to the Asia Minor Championship, we continue with another team from Australia and New Zealand, Grayhound Gaming. The team only had one significant change between London and Katowice.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - NRG Esports Road to the Major: Katowice - NRG Esports

Road to the Major: Katowice - NRG Esports

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After a short break, we return to our Road to the Major series with a look at the first qualifiers out of the Americas Minor, NRG Esports. Since the last Major in London, NRG has had no significant changes to the roster, their last player change happening January 15th of 2018 when Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold replaced Allan 'AnJ' Jensen.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - Renegades Road to the Major: Katowice - Renegades

Road to the Major: Katowice - Renegades

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We switch regions with this entry in the series, heading over to the Asia Minor for our first team to qualify out of the region, Renegades! After struggles at the London Major, Renegades had a number of changes.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Katowice Minors, iBuyPower Masters and ELEAGUE Invitational CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Katowice Minors, iBuyPower Masters and ELEAGUE Invitational

CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Katowice Minors, iBuyPower Masters and ELEAGUE Invitational

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In our first rankings for over a month we see a large amount of movement in every single tier. 7 new teams join the rankings with 6 dropping off the bottom and even the A-Tier is starting to get a little thin with the IEM Katowice Major on the horizon.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - Team Spirit Road to the Major: Katowice - Team Spirit

Road to the Major: Katowice - Team Spirit

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Nearing the halfway mark of the Road to the Major series, we return to CIS to take a look at Team Spirit. The primarily Russian team has had no changes to the roster since their run to the Challenger's Stage in London.
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