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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Road to the Major: Katowice - Team Vitality Road to the Major: Katowice - Team Vitality

Road to the Major: Katowice - Team Vitality

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We return to Europe for our next entry in the series. Formed primarily from the ashes of the late 2018 French shuffle, Team Vitality replaced Team Envy as one of the two great hopes of French Counter-Strike.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - ENCE Road to the Major: Katowice - ENCE

Road to the Major: Katowice - ENCE

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We continue our series in Europe, with ENCE, the Finnish org that has embraced the EZ 4 ENCE meme. ENCE signed a fully new roster in 2018, starting with former OpTic Gaming player, Aleksi 'allu' Jalli in March. The rest of the team was announced in April, and then in August they hired Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen as coach.
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Road to the Major: Katowice - AVANGAR Road to the Major: Katowice - AVANGAR

Road to the Major: Katowice - AVANGAR

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Last year, Esports Kingdom introduced our Road to the Major series for the FACEIT London Major. In it we gave a brief explanation of how each team qualified for the Major, from open qualifier all the way through the Minor. This year it returns, by popular demand, for the IEM Katowice Major.
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Chasing Astralis | Roster Changes Among Top Teams Chasing Astralis | Roster Changes Among Top Teams

Chasing Astralis | Roster Changes Among Top Teams

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Since 2018's last big tournament, the Counter-Strike world has seen quite an impressive number of roster changes. Of these changes, none of them could have quite as big an impact on the upcoming Major as the changes seen within 3 of the 5 A-Tier teams' active rosters.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: EPL Season 8 Finals, DreamHack Winter and SuperNova Malta CSGO Tier Rankings: EPL Season 8 Finals, DreamHack Winter and SuperNova Malta

CSGO Tier Rankings: EPL Season 8 Finals, DreamHack Winter and SuperNova Malta

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This week we saw Astralis win $1,000,000 for the Intel Grand Slam to continue their dominance on top of the mountain. We also had another DreamHack event as well as SuperNova Malta over in St Julian's. This week we also see for the first time only 29 teams entering the tier list.
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