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Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL" Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL"

Renegades nexa: "I still think I need more time to adjust to the playstyle of an IGL"

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Grady Hooker
From the Vault - IEM Sydney 2017. Back in 2017 nexa wasn't on G2 Esports like he is now, he was on the Australian team Renegades. Grady got some time to talk to him about how he got into Counter-Strike, what it is like fitting into a new team, and what he does outside of the game.
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League of Legends Tier Rankings: Middle of Spring Seasons League of Legends Tier Rankings: Middle of Spring Seasons

League of Legends Tier Rankings: Middle of Spring Seasons

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The Esports Kingdom team
We are roughly halfway through most of the Spring seasons in the League of Legends leagues. So it is time for Ryan and Grady to get together once again and try to collate all of the teams together into a tier rankings. Unfortunately because of the lack of play, we have had to skip LPL for this edition.
Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 16 Challenges

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Grady Hooker
"Time To Take Out The Trash" - Finally after 16 weeks of waiting, Valve give the players another co-op mission. This time you must destroy a Phoenix production facility and eliminate Franz Kriegeld. You can also get the Diamond Coin now if you get all possible stars.
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We got invited to the MSI Gaming ANZ laptop launch We got invited to the MSI Gaming ANZ laptop launch

We got invited to the MSI Gaming ANZ laptop launch

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Grady Hooker
This week Grady got invited out to MSI's New Zealand launch of their new suite of laptops - both for gaming and content creation. Take a look at some of the photos Grady took and learn a little bit about what hardware was on show.
Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 15 Challenges

Counter-Strike
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Grady Hooker
"Light Buy" - As the name would suggest, you are not going to be using any rifles this week. The missions revolve around holding on to money, spending as little as possible, and getting kills with cheaper guns like the UMP-45.
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CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing

CSGO adds patches for agents, buy menu changes, and crosshair customization/sharing

Counter-Strike
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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
Valve just pushed a major update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that has added 21 patches to the game that you can equip to your agents in one of three spots. They also changed how the buy menu looks and feels, along with making it easier to customize and share your crosshair settings with a visual editor.
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FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized

FLASHPOINT Season 1 LAN Qualifier teams finalized

Counter-Strike
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Event News
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Grady Hooker
The final qualifier spot has been filled and we now know which eight teams will be going head-to-head in March to earn one of the two spots in FLASHPOINT's first season. They will join the 10 founding team members of FLASHPOINT, which already includes; Cloud9, c0ntact, Dignitas, Gen.G, MAD Lions and MIBR.
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Rainbow Six Tier Rankings: Six Invitational Rainbow Six Tier Rankings: Six Invitational

Rainbow Six Tier Rankings: Six Invitational

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The Esports Kingdom team
What better time to start our Tier Rankings series for Rainbow Six than right after the massive Invitational 2020 event. We have enlisted the help of ANZ-based Caster, Konstantin "Cthulhu" Nuridzhanyan, to place the top Rainbow Six teams from across the globe into tiers based on their recent performances.
ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj" ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj"

ESL Ben Green: "[If] HenryG will be up for another shellacking at the hands of Spunj"

Counter-Strike
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Grady Hooker
After the announcement of IEM Melbourne 2020 we got to have a quick chat with ESL Australia's Head Account Manager, Ben Green. We talked about the motivations of moving away from Sydney, logistics of the IEM Melbourne 2020 group stages and playoffs, and the possibility of a Caches IV show match.
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CSGO Tier Rankings: BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Season CSGO Tier Rankings: BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Season

CSGO Tier Rankings: BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Season

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Tier Rankings
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The Esports Kingdom team
With the Holiday Season complete, it was time to start the BLAST Premier Spring Season. For this issue of the Tier Rankings, we have major shake ups in the A and B-Tiers, as well as some debuts that jumped straight into C-Tier on their first performances.
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 14 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 14 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 14 Challenges

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Grady Hooker
"From Russia With Love" - It is time for you to pull out you PP-Bizon and your AK-47 to get some kills. You will be heading to Train a lot as well as dipping your toes into the Demolition gamemode for the first time in this operation.
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Complexity miss out on spot in ESL One Rio Major EU Closed Qualifier Complexity miss out on spot in ESL One Rio Major EU Closed Qualifier

Complexity miss out on spot in ESL One Rio Major EU Closed Qualifier

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Grady Hooker
With the final open qualifier for the Europe section of the ESL One Rio Major completed, we now know the full list of teams that will be fighting for spots in the Europe Minor. Unfortunately, favorite Complexity got pipped at the post by SMASH Gaming and won't be making the appearance.
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YeaH Gaming claims the last two spots in the ESL One Rio Major NA Closed Qualifier YeaH Gaming claims the last two spots in the ESL One Rio Major NA Closed Qualifier

YeaH Gaming claims the last two spots in the ESL One Rio Major NA Closed Qualifier

Counter-Strike
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Grady Hooker
We already knew the eight teams that were invited to the ESL One Rio Major North American Closed Qualifier, but after four rounds of Open Qualifiers we know the full team list. Yesterday we saw Orgless and YeaH Gaming top off the 16 strong field to be competing next month.
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Melbourne Esports Open 2020 adds Oceanic Pro League Finals and Warcraft Melbourne Esports Open 2020 adds Oceanic Pro League Finals and Warcraft

Melbourne Esports Open 2020 adds Oceanic Pro League Finals and Warcraft

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Grady Hooker
Just announced, both the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League Finals and Warcraft III: Reforged will be joining the line-up of the Melbourne Esports Open 2020. They sit alongside IEM Melbourne for Counter-Strike and the JB Hi-Fi Game On Zone which returns for the third year.
Operation Shattered Web - Week 13 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 13 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 13 Challenges

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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
"Pump Up The Volume" - It is time to get loud as Valve's next set of missions for Operation Shattered Web focuses on making noise. We have Negev kills, M249 kills, breach charges, and just a casual 200 kills in DeathMatch...amoung others.
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IEM Melbourne officially announced for August incl. ticket details and prices IEM Melbourne officially announced for August incl. ticket details and prices

IEM Melbourne officially announced for August incl. ticket details and prices

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Grady Hooker
Today ESL announced that IEM Melbourne will be replacing the yearly Sydney event for 2020. The event will be held in conjunction with the Melbourne Esports Open (MEO) and we have all the details about how tickets will work for both events (incl. prices and sale dates) as well as arena locations.
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5 things FLASHPOINT can learn from the WWE 5 things FLASHPOINT can learn from the WWE

5 things FLASHPOINT can learn from the WWE

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Feature Articles
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Grady Hooker
When FLASHPOINT was announcing their CSGO league, they said they wanted to "take inspiration from UFC and WWE". The worlds of esports and professional wrestling already have some overlap, but we look at five things that FLASHPOINT could learn from the WWE.
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'B Site' league called FLASHPOINT; announces the Teams, Talent, Format, and more! 'B Site' league called FLASHPOINT; announces the Teams, Talent, Format, and more!

'B Site' league called FLASHPOINT; announces the Teams, Talent, Format, and more!

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Grady Hooker
Details were trickling out, but now FACEIT have announced their new CSGO League, codenamed 'B Site', as FLASHPOINT. The announcement included the first set of teams participating, the full format, prize money, talent, and that fact the production will "take inspiration from UFC and WWE".
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 12 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 12 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 12 Challenges

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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
"Maximum Impact" - There is a real mix of mission this week in Operation Shattered Web. We have some about getting MVP awawrds in Competitive, one about kill-streaks in Casual, and one about getting a single kill with the Glock...
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Operation Shattered Web - Week 11 Challenges Operation Shattered Web - Week 11 Challenges

Operation Shattered Web - Week 11 Challenges

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Game Updates
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Grady Hooker
"A Dry Heat" - It is time for everyone to jump into their two favorite maps that look like they are very hot; Mirage and Dust II (including Shortdust). Get some wins in Wingman, kills in Deathmatch, utility damage in Casual and a bunch more.
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