MiBR sign ex-SK Gaming and other changes (9 June - 23 June) MiBR sign ex-SK Gaming and other changes (9 June - 23 June)

MiBR sign ex-SK Gaming and other changes (9 June - 23 June)

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We're reviving an old column in light of this year's rather volatile roster changes. This will be done weekly, but only in weeks where relevant roster changes have taken place. This week's installment will be a special covering the last 2 weeks.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: ESL Belo Horizonte, CSGO Asia Champs & DreamHack Summer CSGO Tier Rankings: ESL Belo Horizonte, CSGO Asia Champs & DreamHack Summer

CSGO Tier Rankings: ESL Belo Horizonte, CSGO Asia Champs & DreamHack Summer

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It was a big weekend of Counter-Strike with three huge top-tier LANs all going on at once. We had ESL over in Belo Horizonte, Perfect World in Asia for the CSGO Asia Championships and DreamHack in Jönköping for DreamHack Open Summer 2018 - so there has been a lot of movement on our tier rankings.
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GODSENT Roster Sold to Red Reserve GODSENT Roster Sold to Red Reserve

GODSENT Roster Sold to Red Reserve

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Red Reserve, a team that dissolved their previous roster last month, has purchased the entire roster of GODSENT. The team was being sold by owners Markus Wallsten and Tomas Oropesa. RFRSH Entertainment, while not owners, operated and managed the team for the pair of owners.
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CZ-75, M4A1-S, Mirage and Canals changed in new CSGO update CZ-75, M4A1-S, Mirage and Canals changed in new CSGO update

CZ-75, M4A1-S, Mirage and Canals changed in new CSGO update

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Just now a new update dropped for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that contains changes to both the CZ-75 and M4A1-S weapons, as well as changes for the Mirage and Canals maps.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: ECS Season 5 & Moche XL Esports CSGO Tier Rankings: ECS Season 5 & Moche XL Esports

CSGO Tier Rankings: ECS Season 5 & Moche XL Esports

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This past week included two tournaments that had top teams; the ECS Season 5 Finals with the top four teams from each of the EU and NA conferences going head-to-head and a smaller tournament held in Lisbon called Moche XL Esports that featured HellRaisers and SK Gaming as well as major legends Quantum Bellator Fire.
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IEM Sydney online viewership up 75% IEM Sydney online viewership up 75%

IEM Sydney online viewership up 75%

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ESL have announced that IEM Sydney's online viewership has seen a massive increase of 75% from last year with 13.5 million unique viewers tuning in and that over 7,500 people attended the live event each day.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: StarSeries i-League & DreamHack Austin CSGO Tier Rankings: StarSeries i-League & DreamHack Austin

CSGO Tier Rankings: StarSeries i-League & DreamHack Austin

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This is the first in what will become a regular segment on Esports Kingdom. Grady and James get together after every major LAN and instead of ranking the teams based on their recent performance, they place their top 30 teams into tiers with other teams at their skill-level.
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Gfinity Elite Series AU CSGO kicks off this weekend Gfinity Elite Series AU CSGO kicks off this weekend

Gfinity Elite Series AU CSGO kicks off this weekend

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This weekend is the first round of play for the brand new Gfinity Elite Series AU league. It will be streamed live on Twitch each weekend for 6 weeks from the Gfinity Arena in Sydney with 6 of the top Australian teams going head-to-head each week. First up, lets look at the six teams that you see play in the league.
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Astralis Magisk: "There is no reason to fix something that is not broken" Astralis Magisk: "There is no reason to fix something that is not broken"

Astralis Magisk: "There is no reason to fix something that is not broken"

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Esport Kingdom's first interview from Dallas came with Astralis' Emil "Magisk" Reif. James Wert sat down with him on Friday to ask a few short questions. Astralis qualified for the Semifinals by winning the Upper Bracket Final in Group Red over Team Liquid on Day 3 of Groups.
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Legacy LONS: "I think [Grayhound] are better than Renegades to be honest" Legacy LONS: "I think [Grayhound] are better than Renegades to be honest"

Legacy LONS: "I think [Grayhound] are better than Renegades to be honest"

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They were a last minute invite but Legacy's Kiwi boy LONS took some time to talk to us. We chatted about being from New Zealand, getting to scrim against the international teams after the tournament and the best teams in the Australian scene right now.
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SK boltz: "I know I am not playing the best I can" SK boltz: "I know I am not playing the best I can"

SK boltz: "I know I am not playing the best I can"

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After a disappointing result at IEM Sydney, SK Gaming's player boltz talks to us about the surprise that was the Australian teams, the internet hate directed towards him and adapting to Stewie2K and using English for the calls.
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MVP XigN: "I realized that strategy and tactics were not everything" MVP XigN: "I realized that strategy and tactics were not everything"

MVP XigN: "I realized that strategy and tactics were not everything"

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MVP PK attended IEM Sydney and were heading to Dallas for ESL Pro League right after, but we got some time with XigN and with the help of MPV's coach termi were able to have a short interview.
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Astralis Magisk: "Our map pool is probably the best in the world right now" Astralis Magisk: "Our map pool is probably the best in the world right now"

Astralis Magisk: "Our map pool is probably the best in the world right now"

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Fresh off their IEM Sydney dominance and just before their semifinal against mousesports we got to talk to Astralis' MVP of the tournament, Magisk. We chat about; coming into a top team, Astralis' current wave of momentum and their huge map pool.
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Chiefs sterling: "It sucks that we wont be able to play in Valve majors" Chiefs sterling: "It sucks that we wont be able to play in Valve majors"

Chiefs sterling: "It sucks that we wont be able to play in Valve majors"

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At IEM Sydney we got to talk to sterling from the Chiefs ESC, sadly the video died...but we will make do! sterling and I chatted about the Australian scene, professional players with VAC bans and the new LetsPlay.Live arena inside the SkyTower.
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ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Day 5 (Semifinals) ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Day 5 (Semifinals)

ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Day 5 (Semifinals)

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The Grand Final teams are set, but first let's review what happened over the course of Day 5 during the Semifinals!
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Fnatic Lekr0: "We dont help each other ingame if we play a bad game before" Fnatic Lekr0: "We dont help each other ingame if we play a bad game before"

Fnatic Lekr0: "We dont help each other ingame if we play a bad game before"

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At IEM Sydney Fnatic's Lekr0 took some time out of the weekend to sit down (actually stand up) and have a chat to us about their performance in the tournament, the false reports around replacing Golden and what their plans are heading into the ECS Finals.
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ORDER aliStair: "Australia is not a joke, we can compete with everybody" ORDER aliStair: "Australia is not a joke, we can compete with everybody"

ORDER aliStair: "Australia is not a joke, we can compete with everybody"

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ORDER only entered the Counter-Strike scene in January, they have already competed in two international LANS with IEM Katowice and IEM Sydney. We sat down with one their players aliStair to talk about the Australian scene, the rapid rise to success and an infamous tweet that he sent from INS' account.
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ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Day 4 (Quarterfinals) ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Day 4 (Quarterfinals)

ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Day 4 (Quarterfinals)

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The fourth day in the scorching Texas heat has been wrapped up, so let's recap the day to get you ready for the Semifinals!
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Grayhound Gratisfaction: "Now we know we can compete with the worlds best" Grayhound Gratisfaction: "Now we know we can compete with the worlds best"

Grayhound Gratisfaction: "Now we know we can compete with the worlds best"

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"Grat woulda hit that" and Gratisfaction did have a chat with us at IEM Sydney about his team, the rise of the Australian scene in Counter-Strike and Grayhound Gaming's surprise upsets against SK Gaming and FaZe Clan.
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ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Group Stage Day 3 ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Group Stage Day 3

ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Group Stage Day 3

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And here is the second part of the mega-article, this time covering Day 3 and everything you need to know before the playoffs tomorrow!
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