Category: Gaming

SK Gaming picks Liquid apart for victory in Cologne

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Within two weeks of wearing the team jersey, SK Gaming’s new roster has won their first major trophy after they picked Team Liquid apart by 2-0 for victory ESL Cologne.

In the grand final held at the Lanxess Arena, both teams opened on de_train and fought to a stalemate in the first half. Both teams had great shots as well as stunning clutches, before SK went into the break by 8 to 7. But lack in concentration or skill on Liquid’s part allowed the Brazilians to walk all over their opponents by half time, earning the latter a stomping win of the map by 16 to 7.

The same thing seemed to happen in the second map, de_cobblestone. Team Liquid won the pistol round, and both teams fought equally before SK suddenly closes it down by 10 to 5 by half-time. After the break, Liquid were able to only win one more round before SK hunted them down in six other rounds, closing the round, series and match and winning the title.

The unquestionable star in the series was SK’s Marcelo “coldzera” David; he went 44-20 in kill-death ratio and averaged a HLTV rating of 1.58, a whole 0.64 more than Team Liquid’s top performer Josh “jdm64” Marzano, who had a total of 29-35 in kills/deaths.

Earlier this year, the players had already won the previous Counter Strike: Global Offensive major event as Luminosity Gaming, after they came up on top against Natus Vincere in MLG Columbus. It was almost unimaginable for the team to not win here in Cologne, but that does not quite dull Team Liquid’s achievement.

The North American team had to play with a backup roster after their most recent signing Jacob “pimp” Winneche was ruled ineligible. They promptly brought in controversial former superstar Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev as a stand-in for the duration of the even.

However, they managed to claw their way into the finals, beating the likes of mouseports, Na’ Vi and even Fnatic. It was, in fact, a considerable disappointment that they succumbed to SK after becoming the first ever North American team to become the grand finalists of a Major.

But as every sport goes, with the right tactics and teamwork, any team can bounce back; and should Team Liquid be able keep up (and improve) their performances, sooner or later they could look forward to a major trophy.

 

Olofmeister returns to Fnatic and wins immediately

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Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer returned to Fnatic and back into the Counter Strike: Global Offensive fray and won immediately, beating FaZe Clan in ELEAGUE by 3-1.

The star had been missing in action for nearly a month and a half due to a hand injury, but his comeback was one much awaited from his team – given how they had struggled to win trophies without him.

Kajbjer may have highlighted his return with an instant win, but one could even consider that olofmeister hadn’t got his mojo back yet. While some would see the positives from Fnatic’s 16-0 curb stomp on FaZe, they immediately lost the next by 16-8 – even if they did the best to make the most out of every situation.

Still, the result was much more impressive when FaZe Clan opened the series with a thorough beatdown of Team Dignitas with FaZe losing only 11 rounds against the Danes.

Adding insult to injury was former Dignitas player and current FaZe star Philip “aizy” Aistrup delivered a jaw-dropping 31 frags against his former teammates on the series opener Cobblestone.

Indeed, aizy could have won highlight of the day had it not been olofmeister’s return and their completely decimation by Fnatic on the same map. Topping it off, it was the Swedish team’s second 16-0 victory.

In a nutshell, this could very well mean that Fnatic could restore their all-winning performance that virtually dominated every major event last year, which the Swedes had trouble recreating this year. Of course, it may also depend on olofmeister upping his game back into his GOAT days.

Meanwhile, Team Solomid and Team Dignitas remain at 0-2 in Group D.

 

The International 6 announced, tickets on sale next week

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Valve had announced that Dota 2’s The International 6 will run from the 8th to the 13th of August at the KeyArena in Seattle.

Qualifiers for the most anticipated Dota 2 tournament in 2016 will begin immediately after the Manila Major, with open qualifiers beginning on June 21 and regional qualifiers on June 25.

Valve had also released ticket information alongside the official date announcement. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com starting next week, April 7th at 10:00 PM, Seattle time and will be limited to 5 of each type per household.

Midweek tickets that allow entrance during the first four days of the tournament will cost $75, while Finals ticket for entrance during the last two days will cost $100, adding up to a total of $175 for tickets of the entire event. However, midweek ticket holders will be provided with a special outdoor spectating area on the KeyArena grounds to witness the Finals.

Furthermore, ticket holders will be able to sit wherever given that there are no special VIP tickets or seats and no predesigned seating arrangement. Valve would even be giving out extra freebies, evident in the following announcement:

“We will be dropping unique in-game items to audience members inside of the arena. At First Blood in each individual game, 500 exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of this year’s Secret Shop Immortals. To be eligible, you must have a badge linked to a Steam account and be in the arena when First Blood occurs.”

There will be more information on how to link your SteamID to your badge as the event approaches. Meanwhile, badges will be mailed to the shipping address provided to Ticketmaster during time of purchase, at no later than two weeks before TI6 kicks off.