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Recapping 100Thieves’ time in CS:GO

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Nadeshot’s organizations has confirmed its departure from the Counter-Strike scene after just a little more than a year with their current squad. Despite the promise, they never really lived up the expectations of a “championship-calier roster”, and once you factor in their disastrous first attempt at entering CS:GO, you wouldn’t exactly blame them for staying away from the game for the foreseeable future. It’s not just the performance of the ex-Renegades but the state of NA CS as a whole that may prove to be the real deterrent.

The opening gambit

The first part of the 100Thieves CS:GO story goes back all the way to December 2017 with their ill-fated attempt to parachute into the Boston Major off the back of the ex-Immortals lineup consisting of HEN1, LUCAS1, fnx, bit and the now-infamous Giuseppe “kNgV-“ Vito, who has somehow managed to outlast Nadeshot’s org in Counter-Strike.

He was technically still just a loanee at the time of their miracle run to the finals of the PGL Kraków Major but the org unsurprisingly opted to make his visit from Red Reserve permanent as they were aiming to find a permanent replacement for fnx. At that time, it seemed like two different Brazilian rosters could challenge for top spots in the world, and though the then-SK lineup still had some juice left in them, the Immortals squad imploded in much faster and a lot more spectacular fashion.

There was the infamous “prove it or I’ll kill you” affair the very next month as the team was a no-show for the first map of the DreamHack Open Montreal 2017 finals against North. It was the second time they were inexcusably late from the beginning of the series – pulling a similar stunt against Counter Logic Gaming in the semis without a similarly harsh penalty – prompting a tweet from FNS saying “Worst part is I lost to a team with 3 players who were hung over”.

As any serious competitive player would, kNgV- responded with a death threat, one he apparently tried to follow up on soon thereafter, which prompted his benching from the squad after a bit of back-and-forth. It marked the end of the Immortals saga as the Teles brothers (HEN1 and LUCAS1) sided with the mercurial player and benched themselves in protest, and the org ended up dropping them like a hot rock with the then-SK squad firmly in their sight, even sacrificing a Major appearance in the process.

Enter 100Thieves and a brilliant opportunistic pickup of a problematic side without a home but with a ticket to the biggest CS:GO event in town. They announced the move on December 13th, just 30 days before the Major was set to begin in Boston, but the team failed to acquire the requisite visas to participate, much to the schadenfreude of many who weren’t fans of the players’ aggressive antics. On January 21st, kNg attempted a second career suicide in less than six months by tweeting a remark with homophobic undertones at Duncan “Thorin” Shields in response to one of the analyst’s standard Twitter… things. He was promptly removed from the lineup four days after the fact. Five days after that, 100Thieves let the entire roster go without a single official match played and withdrew from CS:GO with immediate effect.

For a first attempt, it could have gone better.

A “championship-caliber” team

100Thieves’ next chapter in CS:GO began at the end of October 2019 with the acquisition of the Renegades roster, a move that came just a month after Evil Geniuses’ high-profile return to the game and promised a potential great new North American rivalry, especially with Team Liquid still firmly in the mix at the time. Instead, the org now departs with just $180 500 in total winnings to their name and no tournament win whatsoever. In fact, their best showing came right after they were picked up by 100Thieves, a second-place finish at IEM XIV Beijing where a resurgent Astralis completely carved them apart in the grand final.

Early playoff exits followed basically everywhere else since, though Liazz and co. did manage to book-end their stay with the org with another silver medal earned, albeit merely at a regional online event this time in the form of ESL Pro League Season 12’s North American bracket, losing to FURIA in another grand final blowout. Not even the biggest fans of the boys would contend that their play saw any significant improvement over the course of their time with 100Thieves, which is perhaps the biggest indictment of the move overall. Far from the “championship-caliber” team Nadeshot was looking for, it seems like the roster’s time together is reaching its end with reports about multiple impending transfers (jks to Complexity and jkaem to one of the multiple interested parties) and their coach’s departure to VALORANTer pastures at the end of September.

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What’s next for the roster (and North American Counter-Strike?)

To be fair to 100Thieves, all this could be a sign of things to come. Nadeshot has basically confirmed in his video that the decision to drop the squad was related to their desire to move to Europe due to the lack of high-quality opposition in the current era of regionalized competition. Though it’s well worth asking whether it was worth the investment to do so for the current squad in their particular state (with few notable results against other North American sides and the expected departure of jks), the owner is certainly on to something when he says that “everything is transitioning over to Europe”.

This isn’t just about the plans for NA teams to temporarily move to EU for cross-regional end-of-year tournaments, or even the rumors about EG’s potential departure from the scene. The NA talent pool simply isn’t that deep. Both Complexity and Cloud9 opted for an international roster with mostly European talent – meanwhile, Gen.G doesn’t have a full roster. As for the more established squads,. neither Team Liquid nor EG have managed to return to the heady heights of late 2019 in terms of results or performances so far. Meanwhile, many of the region’s up-and-coming talent (and to be fair, a decent chunk of never-have-beens, too) opted for VALORANT instead, with salaries far exceeding that of what European orgs are willing to stake at this moment in time for that game. It’s not the best time to be an NA CS fan.

In any case, a combination of visa issues, calendar kerfuffles and sheer bad luck means that 100Thieves once again departs from CS:GO without a chance to compete at a Major in earnest.

“It just sucks.”

Nadeshot certainly has that right.

Photo credit: HLTV

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Source: https://www.rivalry.com//esports/recapping-100thieves-leave-csgo

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Royal Never Give Up Topple FunPlus Phoenix to Become 2021 LPL Spring Split Champions

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in League of Legends | Apr, 19th 2021

Royal Never Give Up have outclassed FunPlus Phoenix en route to becoming the 2021 LPL Spring Split champions! This is also a welcome reminder of just how amazing the double-elimination format truly is — a fertile ground for the most mind-blowing redemption arcs and twists that’ll make your mouth water!

We’re just twelve days removed from FPX beating RNG in the upper half of the playoffs bracket so, in all fairness, this most recent result will surely come as a shock. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but that’s competitive League of Legends in a nutshell: it doesn’t always compute, and that’s partly why we love it so much. Then again, these are some of the best and most capable teams in the entire world — there’s really no reason why they wouldn’t be able to lick their wounds, go back to the drawing board, and mount a comeback. That’s precisely what RNG pulled off, and they made it look relatively easy too. 

An Insanely Competitive Affair


Things didn’t start off that way, though. FunPlus Phoenix got the better of them in game one, and for a brief moment it looked like we were in for a bit of déjà vu. Fortunately for RNG, that was far from the case. Game two was equally as competitive, but RNG were ever so slightly quicker to react. They rotated more often and found the right picks at the most crucial of moments. Yuan “Cryin” Cheng-Wei’s incredible Ryze and Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming’s roaming allowed RNG to turn the tides and even the score. 


Game three, however, was the beginning of the end for FunPlus Phoenix. It started off with a clean double kill in the bottom lane. That eventually gave Royal Never Give Up all the momentum they needed to become 2021 LPL Spring Split Champions. They didn’t exactly have a gold lead per se (not an insurmountable one, at least), but they started playing with a lot more confidence and zest which was arguably far more important. It’s all about tempo in the LPL, and RNG were the ones who were able to dictate the pace of the game from start to finish. Twenty minutes in, Chen “GALA” Wei was able to seal FPX’s fate with a fantastic pentakill and eventually close things out five minutes later.

The fourth and final game started off in much the same fashion: a blunder in the top lane and two quick kills for RNG. By the eleven-minute mark, this perennial LPL giant had basically sealed the deal, and closing things out was merely a formality. It took them less than twenty-two minutes to topple the former World Champions and lock down a spot at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational!

In the end, their incredible regular season run wasn’t just a fluke but rather an indication of their overall strength and long-term potential. Still, they’ll need all the hype and momentum they can get if they intend on trading blows with DWG KIA — the most dominant team the world of competitive LoL has to offer. 

Needless to say, the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational can’t come soon enough!

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/royal-never-give-up-topple-funplus-phoenix-to-become-2021-lpl-spring-split-champions/

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100 Thieves Have a New Mid Laner: Abbedagge!

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in League of Legends | Apr, 19th 2021

Here’s an unexpected bit of news: Felix “Abbedagge” Braun (formerly of Schalke 04) has just been signed by 100 Thieves! This, in short, is quite a surprise! Now, we knew that 100T were looking for a new mid laner, but no one expected Abbedagge to be the one getting the nod and moving across the Atlantic! As expected, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho finally becoming a resident has allowed 100 Thieves to truly scour the globe and find the perfect player for the job.

Back when this talented German mid laner joined the LEC, he was quite a flawed performer. His highs were impressive, but he mostly became known for his tendency to misposition and engage without thinking twice (almost always to the detriment of his team). This, in turn, meant he quickly accrued a staggering number of isolated deaths. Now, that’s not exactly what anyone wants to be known for (to say the least). That’s the sort of grim statistic that can easily overshadow the rest of your gameplay and stick around for the rest of your career.

Fortunately, last year’s transition to an online-only format “unlocked” Abbedagge in the most mind-blowing of ways. Heck, we’re still baffled at the whole transformation. He went from being a solid mid-tier gatekeeper to a bona fide mid lane titan. It was a night and day difference, really, and he was able to maintain such a staggering level of play throughout this most recent split as well. By and large, he was the most important player over at Schalke 04 and a key factor in their historic miracle run as well.

But is he a good enough fit for 100 Thieves?

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We’ll have to wait a bit before we get an answer to that oh-so-interesting question but, by the looks of it, all signs are pointing towards a tremendous “yes!” Abbedagge is the kind of mid laner you want by your side if you’re going up against Luka “Perkz” Perković, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Tristran “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, and others. Abbedagge is more than talented enough to trade blows and even win out from time to time. What more could you ask for?

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/100-thieves-have-a-new-mid-laner-abbedagge/

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Registration goes live for cs_summit 8 qualifiers

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Beyond the Summit has opened registration for the open qualifiers for cs_summit 8 Online, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event in North America. The tournament will run from May 14-30 and award points towards the RMR leaderboard, which will be used to determine the teams attending the PGL Major Stockholm in October.

Two teams will advance from each open qualifier, scheduled for May 1-2 and May 8-9, and will meet invited teams in closed stage, set to run from May 14-18 as part of the broadcast’s “main event”.

Both open qualifiers will utilise single-elimination best-of-one brackets leading up to the quarter-finals, with the top-eight and top-four match-ups using a best-of-three format to decide the two teams that advance.

The dates for the cs_summit 8 qualifiers are as follows:

Open Qualifier #1: 1-2 May – Signup
Open Qualifier #2: 8-9 May – Signup

Closed Qualifier: 14-18 May

The RMR standings for North America, taking into account lineup changes from the previous season and their resulting point deductions, are as follows:

1-2. Brazil FURIA – 480 points
1-2. Oceania EXTREMUM – 480 points
3. North America Evil Geniuses – 360 points
4. United States Liquid – 240 points

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/31592/registration-goes-live-for-cs-summit-8-qualifiers

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Apex Legends Mobile Beta Regions Revealed: How to Get In

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in Apex Legends | Apr, 19th 2021

It is finally time for the beginning of the beta for Apex Legends Mobile. The mobile version of the popular battle royale game is finally coming soon and we have the first details about when and how you will be able to play it. Unfortunately, it comes down to the Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions. 

Apex Legends Mobile Beta Details Revealed


The first details for the beta have been revealed and it looks like it is coming much sooner than we expected. Respawn Entertainment is finally ready to talk about this mobile port and everything that is surrounding it. This is great since the developer has been pretty tight-lipped about the situation. 

Thus far, we have only been able to get news about the beta and everything through the other playtesters and those who have insider info. Thankfully, the beta is confirmed and we know how even the Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions will work and all. 

This new version of the game is being considered as something built from the ground up for mobile devices. This means that it has been designed, specifically, for touchscreen controls and smaller screens. In this way, the controls are streamlined to allow for players to easily play there. 

In addition, there are some meaningful optimizations made to this version of the game to ensure that this is the “most advanced battle royale combat available on a phone.” That is a bold claim from Respawn and we will have to wait and see for now. 

There are no video clips shown officially yet for the mobile version but we do know some about this version from the screenshots that have been shared. It does look like the overall detail for the game is less than before as expected, but it isn’t so bad that it is extremely noticeable. 

It does look decently good and the characters themselves are alright, but they do seem to be the ones who have taken the most hits when it comes to the look of them. Lastly, Respawn made it clear that this version is a “new version” entirely but one that stays true to the original so keep that in mind. This tells us that it is likely a PUBG Mobile versus PUBG proper type of situation. 

What Regions Will Be Included


As for the start of the beta testing for this mobile iteration, there are only some Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions that will be included. At this time, it looks like the beta will be extremely limited as it will only be available to two regions in particular. 

The only places where players will be able to check out the beta are India and the Philippines, and that is literally it. If you don’t live in one of those two places, you are not guaranteed a chance to check out the mobile release of the game ahead of time. 

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While this might be frustrating, this is the sort of thing that most major mobile releases like this one will do. When it comes to huge online multiplayer games, there are a lot of unknowns and issues that can spring up when a lot of players are checking it out. 

As such, mobile releases will typically have a beta test like this one that is limited to specific regions. Those regions are usually less populated and more focused than larger places like the United States and China, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. 

Both India and the Philippines are highly populated areas, with India, in particular, having a growing and thriving group of gamers there. But I can see why it was included in the initial Apex Legends Mobile Beta regions as battle royale games have been met with controversy over the last year. 

PUBG Mobile is famous for not being available in that country anymore and Tencent has yet to come up with a permanent solution to this. It seems that, hopefully, EA and Respawn have figured out a way to make the Apex Legends Mobile game be allowed in India, which is great news for players there. 

It almost feels like this is a direct attack against PUBG Mobile as it seems that Apex Legends Mobile is being touted as the true competitor to that title on mobile after the loss of Fortnite for many mobile devices. 

Beta Start Date and Number of Players


For those of you who are in the Philippines and India, and are interested in checking out this mobile iteration for yourself, you won’t actually have to wait too much longer. Unfortunately, a beta release date has not been revealed yet but it really isn’t far away at all. 

Apex Legends is coming to mobile as its own game: Apex Legends Mobile | Gamepur

Though no release date has been set, Respawn has already revealed that it will begin later this month. Given that we are currently more than halfway through the month already, we imagine that it is likely beginning either this week or the next; the next being more likely since we imagine a release date would have already been announced if it was this week. 

That is very soon and that means that we should start seeing footage of the mobile version in action in the coming weeks. Though beta testers are many times required to agree to terms that they won’t share footage publicly, this is something that inevitably happens anyway so stay tuned for that soon. 

As for the number of players who will be allowed into the beta test for Apex Legends Mobile, it is only going to be a very limited set of players. In total, Respawn is noting that only a few thousand players in India and the Philippines will be allowed to check it out at first. 

Now, is that a few thousand players per country or altogether with both of them combined? Either way, it seems that the beta test will be severely limited for the time being. 

Other FAQ Details About the Mobile Version


Here is where things get important for those of you who are not interested in the Apex Legends Mobile Beta might be wondering how this affects the main battle royale game on PC and consoles. As mentioned, these titles are being treated as different beings entirely. 

Being that it is being built specially for mobile devices, this means that it will not have crossplay with the console and PC versions of Apex Legends. This is a bit surprising since the Nintendo Switch version that recently came out also has crossplay with the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC versions. 

Apex Legends Mobile will be a “new game,” and won't have crossplay | The Loadout

It was thought that the mobile iteration would follow in the steps of Fortnite and have crossplay in some way, but it seems that it is going more the route of PUBG Mobile in this case. It will be free-to-play as well, though, matching the big brother counterpart of this mobile version. 

It will never include items that will give a gameplay advantage to those who purchase them. What is interesting, though, is that it won’t necessarily have the same items as the PC and console Apex Legends. It will have a unique battle pass and selection of cosmetics that are different from what we’ve seen thus far. 

Again, this is something that is similar to that of PUBG Mobile in which we saw some cosmetic items released for that game but not the PUBG proper. Hopefully, though, Apex Legends Mobile will not get the best items like in that situation or crossovers with pop culture that don’t show up in the main game. 

To answer the question of whether or not Respawn itself is working on this mobile iteration, it actually is. There is a team at Respawn dedicated to Apex Legends Mobile that is filled with experts on mobile game development who are leading the creation of this port. 

It is being coordinated with other partners, which is likely Tencent from what we have heard in the past about this mobile port. Thankfully, this should mean that it is a separate team at Respawn so you shouldn’t have to worry about this game taking away from the main game on PC and consoles. 

Platforms for the Beta and Future Plans


Being that this is Apex Legends Mobile, it is inevitably coming to both Android and iOS devices. However, when it comes to the mobile beta, though, that isn’t the case for now. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise but this is only happening for Android for now. 

This means that iOS players, even those in India and the Philippines where the beta is happening, will have to wait some time before they are able to jump in and check it out. Fortunately, Respawn has already noted that iOS support is coming down the road as the beta expands more. 

Speaking of the beta expanding, it is not going to stay this limited forever. There are already plans for this to be the first of several beta tests this year. As the testing continues, the size of the test will be expanded, more regions will be added, and the aforementioned iOS support will arrive. 

Then, when it is time for the game to go even broader than that, there will be a page that will allow for players to pre-register for the game and sign up for news about the future betas. This gives us a decent timeline for what is coming in the near future for Apex Legends Mobile. 

It seems that the tests will get bigger first, then more regions will be introduced, and then there will be at least one iOS beta test of some kind. After that, it is likely that the game will launch into an open beta or a full release of some kind where probably everyone who wants to play it can check it out. 

However, we have no idea the timing of when these different steps will happen but we do know that the mobile game is still aiming to release this year, so it should all happen rather quickly. Even if your particular region is not included in any of the closed beta tests, an open release is on the way. 

How to Possibly Get in When It Starts


Finally, there is the matter of the first closed beta for Apex Legends Mobile. Will you be able to get in when it starts, even if you don’t live in the Philippines or India? This is something that is currently unknown as the beta has not yet started in those countries. 

But something that we have found in the past is that closed betas in certain regions were able to be accessed by anyone around the world through the use of APK files and VPNs. This happened in the past with games like Pokemon Go and others. 

There is a chance that you will be able to find the APK file for the beta test on Android uploaded by someone once it starts. You would then need to download it from a reputable source and be sure to install a VPN to show that you are playing from that particular country. 

But this is not guaranteed to work. With the limited nature of the beta test, it could be limited to the first few thousand players or the download links could be limited to only one user, so others will not be able to share it. Or, there could even be an account system where only certain approved accounts can log in and play it. 

But we will know more information about how the closed beta will work and if you can possibly access it from afar in the near future once the actual test begins in the Philippines and India. 

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/apex-legends-mobile-beta-regions-revealed-how-to-get-in/

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