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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CSGO Tier Rankings: ECS Season 6 Finals, DreamHack Atlanta and Toyota Masters CSGO Tier Rankings: ECS Season 6 Finals, DreamHack Atlanta and Toyota Masters

CSGO Tier Rankings: ECS Season 6 Finals, DreamHack Atlanta and Toyota Masters

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Astralis got to show once again why they are the undisputed, reigning, defending champions of Counter-Strike right now by taking out the ECS Season 6 finals this past weekend. That wasn't the only tournament effecting the rankings this edition as we also had DreamHack Atlanta and the Toyota Masters in Bangkok.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Chicago, BLAST Copenhagen and cs_summit CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Chicago, BLAST Copenhagen and cs_summit

CSGO Tier Rankings: IEM Chicago, BLAST Copenhagen and cs_summit

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Three huge events happened these past few weeks with IEM taking a visit to Chicago, BLAST hosting an event in Copenhagen and finally cs_summit having the third iteration of their local-feeling event. We saw two new teams emerge onto the playing field and our rankings.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: EPICENTER and StarSeries i-League Season 6 CSGO Tier Rankings: EPICENTER and StarSeries i-League Season 6

CSGO Tier Rankings: EPICENTER and StarSeries i-League Season 6

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We missed the last ranking so there was a lot to be taken into consideration for this one. Post-major events are always interesting as we see a lot of teams falling off the charts and others jumping to take the open spots, but how much did that shift out tiers? Spoilers: A lot.
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mousesports Oskar: "I am just trying to play my old game" mousesports Oskar: "I am just trying to play my old game"

mousesports Oskar: "I am just trying to play my old game"

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We were able to catch up with Tomas 'oskar' Stastny from mousesports after the team's 2-0 sweep of NRG in the semifinals here at ESL One New York in the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn.
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Astralis zonic: "We are heavily inspired by some of the things from traditional sports" Astralis zonic: "We are heavily inspired by some of the things from traditional sports"

Astralis zonic: "We are heavily inspired by some of the things from traditional sports"

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After Astralis won the FACEIT London Major by beating Natus Vincere 2-0 in the grand finals, and before the confetti had time to settle, we were backstage talking to the coach behind the winning side. zonic gave us a lot of interesting insights while toting his brand new medal.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: FACEIT London Major, also DreamHack Montreal CSGO Tier Rankings: FACEIT London Major, also DreamHack Montreal

CSGO Tier Rankings: FACEIT London Major, also DreamHack Montreal

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The FACEIT Major was held this past week in London and we have to take all three stages of that into account as well as a smaller tournament hosted by DreamHack up in Montreal - There was some huge rank moves this time!
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Astralis dupreeh: "It was kind of unreal in a way having won 16-0" Astralis dupreeh: "It was kind of unreal in a way having won 16-0"

Astralis dupreeh: "It was kind of unreal in a way having won 16-0"

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At the FACEIT London Major we got to have some time to talk to Astralis player dupreeh about the 16-0 win against MIBR, how the major/legend system could be improved and the Kjaerbye/Magisk situation.
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Breakaway Esports signs CSGO players from Rise & Grind Breakaway Esports signs CSGO players from Rise & Grind

Breakaway Esports signs CSGO players from Rise & Grind

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Just now Breakaway Esports, backed by the NZ Breakers, have unveiled their brand new Counter-Strike team featuring the players from Rise & Grind. The team joins players from the FIFA, TEKKEN and Hearthstone competitive communities in the orange and blue representing Breakaway.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters Stockholm & ZOTAC Cup Masters CSGO Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters Stockholm & ZOTAC Cup Masters

CSGO Tier Rankings: DreamHack Masters Stockholm & ZOTAC Cup Masters

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Last time there was no shift in our rankings - this time after ZOTAC Cup Masters and a shocking DreamHack Masters Stockholm finale we see two new teams debut in the rankings as well as five teams shifting around in the ranks!
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Road to the Major - compLexity Road to the Major - compLexity

Road to the Major - compLexity

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Our Road to the Major series ends in North America with compLexity. The core of the team has been together since July 2017, but both Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz and Shahzeeb 'ShahZaM' Khan joined this April.
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Road to the Major - Rogue Road to the Major - Rogue

Road to the Major - Rogue

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We head to North America to start the beginning of the end of our Road to the Major series. Our first team from the North American Minor is Rogue. The team has been under the guidance of veteran Spencer 'Hiko' Martin since August 2017.
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Road to the Major - Ninjas in Pyjamas Road to the Major - Ninjas in Pyjamas

Road to the Major - Ninjas in Pyjamas

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The second team we cover from the European Minor is the legendary organization of Ninjas in Pyjamas. Though Patrick 'f0rest' Lindberg and Christopher 'GeT_RiGht' Alesund have been with the team since 2012, every other member has been added since June 2017.
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Road to the Major - OpTic Gaming Road to the Major - OpTic Gaming

Road to the Major - OpTic Gaming

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Today we move our Road to the Major series to the European Minor with OpTic Gaming. This entire roster was put together in 2018 between February and April.
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