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Can FalleN to Liquid truly work? – The good, the bad and the ugly aspects

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A high risk/high reward roster change and a fascinating storyline will ensure that 2021 begins with a bang for CS – but can he find a way back to the top after three years in the wilderness?

The good: perfect player profile

Suppose you’re the Dr. Frankenstein of pro CS and put yourself to the task of building the best player to get Liquid out of their current rut. Chances are, you’d be looking at some sort on a storied in-game leader who’s also pretty good with the AWP.

In that sense, FalleN is the perfect pickup, and his existing link with Stewie2K from their time together on the first ill-fated MIBR squad is basically just an added bonus. Even factoring in the sort of communication issues which plagued that mixed-nationality roster (which featured tarik, fer and coldzera alongside them at the time), this squad will only have the one non-native English speaker, one you’d also expect to have improved his language skills since if only because of the natural passage of time.

The Brazilian’s pedigree also can’t be called into question, and if you’re a proponent of “form is temporary, class is permanent”, that ultimate cliché in sports coverage, he’s definitely got a high ceiling both as an individual player and an in-game leader. You can’t overstate his part in establishing the country as a strong presence in the CS scene, and even though the emergence of FURIA and the duds of his latter-day MIBR talent pickups suggest he may have lost the golden touch when it comes to spotting emerging talent, that won’t be a part of his remit with Liquid to begin with, suggesting it’s his individual playing prowess that will make or break this move.

The bad: basically everything from 2018 onwards

Indeed, a lot of this is predicated on the belief that a return to better times past is possible for the veteran AWPer and in-game leader. What some seem to forget is just how long it’s been since he’s spearheaded a truly elite side.

FalleN’s last tournament win (and indeed MIBR’s only one to date) came at ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018, an event supposedly marked as A-Tier on Liquipedia but only featuring a single opponent from the top 15 (OpTic’s Danish squad) due to Team Liquid’s withdrawal. In the end, that trophy came off the back of wins over Flash Gaming, MVP PK and TaZ’s Team Kinguin – not exactly top-tier opposition. In fact, you’d have to go back as far as December 2017, the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals culminating in one of his many high-profile wins over FaZe Clan.

There’s also the age bracket to consider: though we still haven’t really seen what a truly dedicated older player could do in this game of youngsters (and there are indeed freaks of nature seen in traditional sports), the fact of the matter is that at the age of 29, time is not on FalleN’s side to rediscover the mojo that seems to have left him over three years ago.

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Indeed, it’s a real challenge to make sense of FalleN’s individual stats simply because of how big a drop they’ve seen in the level of opposition at the tail end of the MIBR project. Even though his average rating on HLTV spiked in the summer of 2020 before fading again later in the year, it’s not like he was facing titans of CS at events like the Eden Arena Malta Vibes Cup or the Vie.gg Legend Series – and even then, poor showings at small online cups can just as well be down to a lack of motivation for a player as accomplished as he is.

Here’s what we’ve got: a -15 K/D at ESL One Cologne 2020’s European bracket, with a +1 match against FaZe on the three-map defeat and a -16 pasting against G2. Though most of the team did even worse, those are not really acceptable numbers when you’re the one wielding the big expensive green. For a more consistent metric, a look at his regular opponents throughout the year of the pandemic provides a somewhat nicer view: FalleN still could style on small fish like Envy and Gen.G (or, indeed, even Chaos, +47 across 13 maps), with a notable +38 K/D against Evil Geniuses across eleven maps. However, poor performances against the region’s big boys (Liquid, FURIA, five maps against Complexity) are clearly in the negatives and dip into sub-1 territory per HLTV’s rating 2.0 – nowhere near enough for a climb back to the summit.

The ugly: the state of NA CS as a whole

As with so much else in Counter-Strike nowadays, there’s a wider context to consider, sticky and scary in the middle of the pandemic and so much mismanagement. The issues with the state of North American CS are well-documented and often discussed, and there’s a good argument to be made that any further failure could prove to be devastating, especially one that involves such big names – who are, just to remind you, just bounced back from a stint outside the top fifteen for the first time since December 2017.

Besides, it’s not like everything’s strong and stable elsewhere in the scene: it’s just been confirmed that cogu departed from MIBR after just three months, with a bunch of players likely to follow. Unless some sort of high-profile acquisition is on the way (hello FURIA?), the fact that their impressive early performances and the community goodwill they’ve garnered wasn’t quite enough to keep themselves onboard, one has to wonder what the expectations are. Keep in mind the travails of the former Chaos squad, splintered and disintegrated and partially VALORANTified with no org to pick them up, and the 35-year-old veteran’s plan of a “stable and set project with 6 players” might struggle to get off the ground in this environment.

Which ties us back neatly to the wider implications of FalleN’s rumored move to the North American org. Even if you’re not a fan of Liquid’s lovable lot, we should still be united in wishing them well. It’s tough to imagine what would happen to NA CS going forward if even this high-profile change would turn out to be a failure, and it’s quite possible the flames that burned through the lower levels of the regional scene could encroach the top of the ivory tower too. If they can’t make it work, who can?

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Don’t Miss Out on the Rogue Energy x Esports Talk Giveaway!

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in General | Apr, 15th 2021

Esports Talk and our energy drink sponsor Rogue Energy have teamed up to give away some of Rogue’s newest Shake flavor, the Caramel Vanilla Latte. This exciting giveaway is being done to celebrate our new partnership with Rogue Energy, who have become Esports Talk’s exclusive energy drink sponsor.

For the giveaway, Rogue will be selecting five winners to receive a tub of the new flavor. Winners have to be located within the continental United States, so apologies in advance to our fans in Hawaii, Alaska, or those of you who live outside the United States.

We wil have many more opportunities for you to enter giveaways in the future both from Esports Talk as as well as our sponsors, so stay tuned for more information, and check out how to enter below.

How to Enter the Rogue x Esports Talk Giveaway


The giveaway couldn’t be simpler to enter. All you need to do is head over to Rogue’s giveaway page, which uses Gleam. There are 18 ways to enter, including following Rogue Energy, Esports Talk, our own Jake Lucky, Rogue co-Founder Zac Dudzik, following our Youtube Channel, and much more.

And don’t worry – if you’re already following (and you should be) Gleam will allow you to simply verify that to get the same amount of entries, no re-following required.

Why We Partnered With Rogue Energy in the First Place


For those of you who may have missed it, here’s how the partnership with Rogue Energy came about in the first place. Don’t forget, that you can use code EsportsTalk to get 20% of your purchase on the Rogue Energy shop.

Rogue Energy is an energy drink made with the gaming community in mind and they’ve stood out from day one as a good fit for Esports Talk. Why Rogue Energy? First and foremost, after drinking their products in the office ourselves, we can confidently say they’ve got one of the best products in the business. With an expansive selection of flavors, they’ve got something for everyone whether you’re looking to jumpstart your day or trying to stay hydrated. Not only that, but Rogue is truly a part of the gaming community, and it shows in the way they work to provide the best possible product for gamers and streamers everywhere

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MSI 2021 To Be Played On Patch 11.9

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in League of Legends | Apr, 15th 2021

It’s official: MSI 2021 will be played on patch 11.9. This, in short, is quite exciting news as it means all twelve teams will get to prepare and eventually compete on even footing. Moreover, patch 11.9 is bound to bring a slew of exciting changes (Hecarim and Udyr nerfs are basically a given), some of which will build upon the “foundation” Riot has established with 11.8

MSI 2021 Groups

Speaking of which, do not underestimate the potential said patch carries and how big of an impact it could possibly have on pro play. For instance, champions like Cassiopeia, Darius, and Zed will all become somewhat viable junglers which may or may not affect competitive play as well. Pro players are always looking for that extra bit of something to gain an edge over their opponents, and these new changes and champion updates definitely fit the bill. 

Furthermore, Gnar and Orianna have both received nerfs with Aphelios, LeBlanc, Lee Sin, Vladimir, and Zac getting nuanced (but important) buffs. These changes alone will surely affect pick and ban priority, so at least we won’t be seeing the exact same picks over and over again. Furthermore, changes to Moonstone (and other support Mythics) might usher in the enchanter support meta, although it’s still too early to predict anything with confidence. 

No one can be too sure of the direction the meta will evolve in, but at least there’s ample potential. Either way, we’re bound to see a lot of experimentation!

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. 

No New Champions


As previously reported, Viego will remain unplayable, and the same goes for LoL’s latest champion — Gwen, the Hallowed Seamstress — as well. This, in short, is quite depressing as we were all hyped to see the absolute best players in the world try their hand at these hugely powerful champions, both of which have the potential to be meta-defining. 

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that to happen. Either way, there’s definitely a reason to tune in to the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, regardless of these relatively minor hindrances!

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Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 Tokyo Escape: Oasis, Coastal

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in Call of Duty Mobile | Apr, 15th 2021

The new season of Call of Duty Mobile is almost here and may already be here by the time you read this, so it is time to go over everything in this new batch of content. Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 is the third one this year and in this line of rebooted seasons for the mobile game. 

Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 Tokyo Escape Release Timing


Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 is officially known as Tokyo Escape. It has a beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) pink-inspired color scheme to it throughout the marketing materials and the battle pass that players are going to be pursuing during this season. 

The spring season is here, and it seems that Tencent and Activision are in the spring mood as this Tokyo Escape Season has a much more light and colorful feel that we haven’t seen in the past from all of the dark and grim military and sci-fi themed seasons. 

At the time of writing this, Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 is not available just yet for players to check out, but it will soon be. The patch notes have revealed that the new season’s timing will be on April 16 (today) at around 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET).

For some players worldwide, that means it will not be released until Friday, April 17 for you. Though Activision has not released the official patch notes for the new season of content, the Garena version of the game that is, for all intents and purposes, mostly the same game, has. 

Using those patch notes, we can figure out most everything in the official Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 Tokyo Escape patch notes. This includes the new abilities, battle pass, gun, multiplayer maps, game mode, and so much more. Let’s get started. 

Season 3 Battle Pass Revealed


As mentioned already, the Season 3 battle pass will be much more colorful all around when compared to nearly every other season that we have had in Call of Duty Mobile, like the currently ending second one. While some players might not be a fan of that, it is a nice and very much needed breath of fresh air from the usual dark color scheme of the game. 

There will always be around 50 tiers of battle pass levels for players to go through with a variety of items across each of the levels. Some of them will be free to everyone in the game, while others will require you to purchase the paid battle pass to unlock them. 

When it comes to the free items that are going to be available to everyone through the battle pass, a couple of them are noteworthy. The first is the new PP19 Bizon weapon. The other is the Bull Charge operator skill that you can use in multiplayer matches.

Some other free items you will be able to get in the Tokyo Escape battle pass, but they are the usual items; those are the unique ones for this season. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy all of the various rewards this season, you will need the premium battle pass. 

The paid battle pass comes with all of the items available to you across the 50 tiers so long as you can unlock them by the end of the season. Some of the most notable items that you can get include the new weapon blueprints that have arrived this season. 

One of them is the Yokai PP19 Bizon weapon blueprint, a great version of the brand new weapon releasing this season. For the QXR, the Scorching Sun weapon blueprint, the Oni one for the Type 25 rifle, the Scabbard for the ASM10, and the Karuta for the RUS-79U.

These weapon blueprints are epic rarity ones and can be unlocked through the paid battle pass this season. Some epic soldier skins this season like The Boss Hidora Kai skin, Escape Zero skin, Ninja Spectre one, and the Sensei Takeo one. 

And last but not least, there is yet another legendary calling card that players will be able to unlock, likely at the final tier or so for the battle pass. This season’s Showdown calling card that you can use in matches to show off to your teammates and enemies alike. 

New Abilities, Weapon, and Perks


As mentioned already, there will be new abilities, weapons, perks, and more that are releasing this season. Let’s start with the new weapons as these are what many players are going to be excited for. There are two weapons this season. The first is the aforementioned PP19 Bizon. 

The Bizon is a brand new SMG weapon unique in the weapon class for having a high rate of fire and reduced recoil compared to most of the other weapons. But it works best in close combat as that is when it truly shines.

Players will be able to destroy enemies in close range with only three shots necessary to kill, which is impressive given how fast the gun fires each shot. But this does come at the cost of range as it will not be super useful when it comes to longer ranges of fighting. You can unlock this in the battle pass. 

The other new base weapon is the Renetti. This unique weapon is built from the ground up for three-round bursts of fire. It has suppressed recoil control so that you will be able to accomplish these bursts more easily. Players who like the burst fire in games might enjoy this recoil-friendly new weapon. 

However, you will not get the Renetti through the battle pass like the other new weapon. Instead, it will be released later this season in one of the special events. In that event, players will need to complete various challenges to unlock it. Alternatively, there will likely be a store bundle you can purchase to unlock its greatness instantly. 

For the new operator skill that is here this season, we have the Bull Charge. This one is pretty simple: what it does is allow the operator to charge forward and destroy the enemies in your path. It is a quick and powerful ability but one that will leave you vulnerable to those not in your direct path. It is unlocked through the battle pass. 

There is a new perk as well this season that is known as Overclock. This one is simple, too, increasing the charging speed of the operator skill that you have. For those of you who love to use your favorite skill all the time, this perk will be a must-have in multiplayer loadouts. 

And for those of you who are battle royale fans, there is a new class this time around with the Spotter class. The passive is known as the Fly Swatter ability. It shows nearby winged enemies who are gliding and increases the reload speed of rocket launcher weapons. 

The active ability is Cluster Strike. This useful ability lets you launch an air strike to a designated area. The Spotter ability can be a great class for battle royale when used right, especially in the respawn-centric game modes. 

Oasis and Coastal Multiplayer Maps Arrive


Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 wouldn’t be complete without some new multiplayer maps for players to check out. Fortunately, there are plenty of those this season. The first of these is Oasis, a named map at an oasis in the middle of a Middle Eastern desert. 

This oasis town is the setting for the map location. Players will have fierce combat scenarios throughout the town. It looks to be a pretty and varied map with different playstyles catered to here. The Oasis multiplayer map will be available for the Frontline mode in Call of Duty Mobile.

Coastal’s next one is another map that is fairly simply named but explains what it is well. Here, you will find a scenic coastal town where players will compete across the various shops, squares, fountains, and wine cellars throughout the picturesque area. 

Interestingly, the Coastal map is exclusive to a game mode for now, too, but not one that we expected. The official patch notes note that it is only for the Search & Destroy mode for this time. Oddly, it is only there and not in other game modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and the like, so we will have to wait and see what happens with this one. 

New Game Mode Explained


As always, a new season of content wouldn’t be complete without at least one new game mode. There is, thankfully, one this season. It is a classic from the Call of Duty series past and one that we are sure fans of it will be glad to know is finally back once more. 

We are talking about the classic Swords & Stones. You might know it from its former name of Sticks & Stones in other titles in the series, and it has to do with a very different type of gameplay. It will not be for everyone, but it is something unique nonetheless. 

In Swords & Stones, this is a melee-only game mode where players will have to use a wide range of melee weapons to take out other players. Simultaneously, there is a rage buff that will be given to players while they are in the match to encourage more crazy close combat fighting. 

So, whatever melee weapon you like in the game, equip it and head into this mode. The game mode will give you a Hachi to use in battle. This new Swords & Stones game mode will be available on the Crash, Standoff, Killhouse, and other multiplayer maps. 

Various Improvements and Optimizations


This update is full of various improvements, optimizations, and the like as well. The Napalm Strike now has slightly more increased burning range after its explosion to catch more players in the fire to kick it off. Also, the Napalm plane will speed up, and the missile’s falling speed is faster now, too. 

There are improvements and optimizations for Gunsmith attachments for various weapons, ranging from Type 25 to Chicom to the NA-45. It even includes various attachments from fore grips to barrels to mags and more. 

There are just so many different attachments and weapons that have been improved and optimized. Be sure to check out the most relevant ones and your loadout in the game. Here is the full list of changed attachments at this time: 

  • Type 25 Fast Reload
  • Type 25 46 Round Extended Mag
  • AK117 48 Round Extended Mag
  • AK117 YKM Integral Suppressor
  • AK47 Large Extended Mag B
  • RUS-79U 50 Round Extended Mag
  • GKS YKM Integral Suppressor
  • MW11 .45 Suppressor Light
  • Chicom YKM Integral Suppressor Light
  • Chicom Strike Foregrip and Tactical Foregrip A
  • RPD OWC Extended Barrel
  • LK24 OWC Ranger
  • Razorback MIP Extended Light Barrel
  • XPR50 RTG Long
  • UL736 RTG 25.4″” Exte””ed Barrel
  • M4 YKM Integral Suppressor Light
  • Chopper MIP Strike Stock
  • M16 39 Round Extended Mag and 48 Round Extended Mag
  • Fennec Strike Foregrip and Tactical Foregrip A
  • Fennec Laser Position
  • HG40 Strike Foregrip and Tactical Foregrip A
  • UL 736 Strike Foregrip and Tactical Foregrip A
  • MSMC Strike Foregrip and Tactical Foregrip A
  • NA-45 Strike Foregrip and Tactical Foregrip A

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RLCS X Championships, regional week-long events

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Psyonix announced it will not hold an in-person LAN esports event for the Rocket League World Championships this year. Instead, Rocket League esports will feature multiple week-long RLCS X Championships that will feature the best teams in action.

RLCS X Championships

Instead of a single global event, the RLCS X Championships will feature multiple regional events. Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America will each have their own regional event.

Psyonix also announced a new “best-of-set” format. Rocket League esports teams must win multiple series in order to win a set. The game developer hopes to use this to test the endurance of the best teams on the planet.

  • A single “Best-of Set” consists of up to three “Best-of” series
  • For example, a “Best-of-7 Set” can be up to three Best-of-7s
  • The first team to win two Best-of-7 series will win the Set
  • For the RLCS X Championships, there will be a combination of “Best-of-5 Sets” and “Best-of-7 Sets.”

Format, Prizing and Schedule

The top two teams from Oceania and South America will qualify for the RLCS X Championships. In both regions, the top two teams will duke it out in a Best-of-Set, where they’ll need to win two best-of-7 series out of three to win the set. The winner is the RLCS X Champion for that region.

RLCS X Championships format.

The Page playoffs format in Rocket League. Image Credit: Rocket League.

The top six teams from North America and Europe will compete in a page playoffs format. In Round 1 and the Quarterfinals, teams will have to win two Best-of-5 series out of three to win a given Best-of Set. While in the semifinals and grand finals, teams must win two Best-of-7 series out of three to win a given Best-of Set. The last team standing becomes the RLCS X Champion of the region.

The $1 million prize pool gets divided for the four regions in the World Championship.

  • Europe: $400,000
  • North America: $400,000
  • Oceania: $100,000
  • South America: $100,000

The RLCS X Championship kicks off on June 15 with the European and North American matches. All matches will stream live on Twitch and YouTube.

Written by Rohan Samal

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