Operation Riptide - Week 4 Challenges Operation Riptide - Week 4 Challenges

Operation Riptide - Week 4 Challenges

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"Gendarmerie" - it is time to lace up your boots and head over to Insertion II to win a game of Short Competitive, before getting kills all around Nuke, shotgun kills in the new Guardian mission, and early kills in Casual.
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FURIA: "That happened is because the NA scene is dead pretty much" FURIA: "That happened is because the NA scene is dead pretty much"

FURIA: "That happened is because the NA scene is dead pretty much"

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Right after they claimed a spot at the Stockholm Major and ahead of their big clash with paiN, we got to talk to VINI from FURIA all about the North American scene, their rivalry with Team Liquid, and which teams he sees as coming up through the ranks.
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CPH Flames: "I think that the tier-two scene is getting stronger every single day" CPH Flames: "I think that the tier-two scene is getting stronger every single day"

CPH Flames: "I think that the tier-two scene is getting stronger every single day"

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Possibility the biggest surprise of IEM Fall, Copenhagen Flames, took some time to talk to us ahead of their playoffs run about how the tier-two scene differs from tier-one, their meteoric rise in this tournament, and the positive effect pita has had on the team.
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Movistar: "We take these games the same as we did the other ones" Movistar: "We take these games the same as we did the other ones"

Movistar: "We take these games the same as we did the other ones"

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Everyone was a little shocked to see Movistar Riders make it this far, but now they have momentum behind them. We talk to mopoz, dav1g, and bladE about these unexpected results, the upcoming Major, and what it would mean to them and the organisation to qualify for it.
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Operation Riptide - Week 3 Challenges Operation Riptide - Week 3 Challenges

Operation Riptide - Week 3 Challenges

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"Surf's Up" - No we are not about to surf around map unfortunately, but we are about to start Week 3 of challenges. This week you will be playing some Wingman on Ravine, graffitiing all over Dust2, and honing your sniper skills in a new Guardian mission.
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Fiend: "We came here without huge expectations, we were underdogs" Fiend: "We came here without huge expectations, we were underdogs"

Fiend: "We came here without huge expectations, we were underdogs"

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Ahead of their playoff match against Astralis, Team Fiend took some time to talk to the journalists about their performance so far in the tournament, their preparations for the best-of-three playoffs, and the pressure of possibly clinching a Major spot.
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G2: "Going into the playoffs we will feel much more comfortable playing" G2: "Going into the playoffs we will feel much more comfortable playing"

G2: "Going into the playoffs we will feel much more comfortable playing"

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We don't know if they will be in the Legends Stage or not, but we know that the guys from G2 Esports will for sure be at the Stockholm Major later this year. We chat to nexa and NiKo and the return to LAN, and their expectations heading into playoffs and for the Major itself.
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NiP: "I only care about us and if we qualify or not" NiP: "I only care about us and if we qualify or not"

NiP: "I only care about us and if we qualify or not"

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They have secured their spot at the Stockholm Major and get a chance to raise the trophy in their home country, we talk to device, LNZ, and REZ from Ninjas in Pyjamas about the upcoming Major and the playoffs teams here at IEM Fall.
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FaZe: "We have a second chance now and whatever happens, happens" FaZe: "We have a second chance now and whatever happens, happens"

FaZe: "We have a second chance now and whatever happens, happens"

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After some disappointing results, FaZe Clan have a second chance to qualify for the Stockholm Major, depending on their results in the upcoming matches. We talk to karrigan all about their results in the Group Stages, the format of IEM Fall, and the mentality of FaZe coming into the important matches for the Major spot.
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BIG: "Every day we get to play an official game, I think we show a better BIG" BIG: "Every day we get to play an official game, I think we show a better BIG"

BIG: "Every day we get to play an official game, I think we show a better BIG"

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After they managed to clutch the 3rd place spot in their group we sat down with the players from BIG. We talk about gade coming into the team as an outsider, how he is adapting to the system and the best-of-one format of IEM Fall.
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Operation Riptide - Week 2 Challenges Operation Riptide - Week 2 Challenges

Operation Riptide - Week 2 Challenges

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"Seal The Deal" - The second week of Operation Riptide is underway and that means a new set of challenges for you. This week we are trying out the new map Basalt, defending Sirocco from an Amphibious Assault, and playing some Deathmatch.
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Renegades: "I feel like [AU CS scene] will bounce back next year" Renegades: "I feel like [AU CS scene] will bounce back next year"

Renegades: "I feel like [AU CS scene] will bounce back next year"

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Ahead of their campaign at IEM Fall 2021 Oceania we got to talk to the boys from Renegades competing against three of the other best teams in the region. We chat about their upcoming matches, their big focus for the tournament, and touch on the future of the Australian Counter-Strike scene.
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Operation Riptide - Week 1 Challenges Operation Riptide - Week 1 Challenges

Operation Riptide - Week 1 Challenges

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"Shark Week" - The new operation kicks off with a bang and a set of missions for you to complete and a maximum of 10 stars to earn towards your operation goals.
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Counter-Strike's new operation - Operation Riptide Counter-Strike's new operation - Operation Riptide

Counter-Strike's new operation - Operation Riptide

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Get ready! Valve have release the next operation and it is called Operation Riptide. Inside it is some major gameplay updates, massive map changes, and a metric shit-tonne of new skins for weapons and agents. We take you through everything that is included in this series of articles to make sure you can get that diamond coin!
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CSGO introduces a new case, 4 new weapon collections, and new stickers and patches CSGO introduces a new case, 4 new weapon collections, and new stickers and patches

CSGO introduces a new case, 4 new weapon collections, and new stickers and patches

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In the second part of today's Counter-Strike update, Valve added a bunch of new community content to the game. We have four brand new weapon collections (Train 2021, Mirage 2021, Dust2 2021, and Vertigo 2021) as well as 2 new sticker packs (Operation Riptide and Riptide Surf Shop) and a set of patches just for Operation Riptide.
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New Maps and meta-changing weapon updates for Counter-Strike New Maps and meta-changing weapon updates for Counter-Strike

New Maps and meta-changing weapon updates for Counter-Strike

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In the first part of the update that Valve pushed out today for Counter-Strike, we see a massive change to Dust2, alongside gameplay update such as the addition of a riot shield and ability to drop grenades. This is a big one, you need to read all about it.
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Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: ESL Pro League Season 14 Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: ESL Pro League Season 14

Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: ESL Pro League Season 14

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Just as we thought that Gambit had solidified themselves at the top of the Counter-Strike game, a new challenger approached. Slowly Natus Vincere worked to prove that not only were they the best team in the CIS region, but they were the best CSGO team in the world.
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mousesports: "I don't think that result from Cologne reflects our capability as a team" mousesports: "I don't think that result from Cologne reflects our capability as a team"

mousesports: "I don't think that result from Cologne reflects our capability as a team"

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We had the chance to talk to both dexter and the coach mithR from mousesports ahead of their ESL Pro League Season 14 Playoff campaign. Topics included the mentality with being behind and clawing your way to the playoffs and the effect the Cologne result had on the team just before the player's break.
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Complexity: "I think our group was definitely a mess" Complexity: "I think our group was definitely a mess"

Complexity: "I think our group was definitely a mess"

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They came really far with a stand-in and we talk about that and more with the boys blameF, es3tag, and NaToSaphiX from Complexity. Expectations with a stand-in, going up against ZywOo and Vitality, as well as their group's weird results.
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Vitality: "I don't really care what team we're facing" Vitality: "I don't really care what team we're facing"

Vitality: "I don't really care what team we're facing"

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Today we have a very special interview for you, because not only do we get to talk to apEX from Team Vitality about ESL Pro League and how they feel about their upcoming games, but we also get to talk to shox about his love for fishing and the little kisses he gives the carp.
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