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The Counter-Strike Galacticos: tips and tricks for interested oligarchs

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Your name is Roman, or Dietrich, or Steve, and you’re a phenomenally wealthy man with a portfolio that includes sports teams, private yachts and maybe a submarine. You’re also bored, as often happens to people with infinite resources, and after a quiet afternoon of solitude and reflection at your top secret volcano retreat/New York penthouse, and a bit of time spent on a new app you just found called Steam, you’ve decided what your next hobby is going to be.

Counter-Strike is the game that has attracted your attention, and you want to add the world’s greatest CSGO team to your portfolio of other expensive baubles and billion-dollar trinkets. Yes, this seems a lot like the setup to one of those ‘you have 25m to spend build a team’ tweets, but we’re going to add a few conditions, namely that this has to be able to actually operate as a team within six months, and also have potential for growth that previous such projects might not have done. So let’s jump in…

We’ll start at the top. The IGL is the most important part of the equation in modern CSGO, and possibly the rarest asset if you’re talking about world class operators. In terms of our goal here, we aren’t looking for a decent start but limited ceiling, which could rule out the likes of karrigan or stanislaw, but we are at least going to focus on one attribute that the former FaZe man made crucial in his time with the superteam, that being fluent English.

As most of you will already know, the ‘best’ IGL in the game is almost certainly Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander, and while he currently IGLs in Danish he is comfortable in English in interviews at least. We’re going to back him to at least match karrigan’s ability in English, as he has certainly at least matched his compatriot in other areas, and insert gla1ve as the leader of our team, and cornerstone of the side that will dominate CS.

The next piece of the puzzle is going to follow on a similar theme, and be our primary AWP player. There are a lot of choices here, but this is the man who will get the AWP to play the AWP as his main weapon, and for that reason we’re going to go with Gla1ve’s team-mate Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz as our main sniper. His synergy with gla1ve is crucial, as is his ability to reinvent the wheel, but it’s the sheer Ronaldo-level consistency that gives him the edge over other primary AWP players, combined with his understanding of the gun in the context of the team. And his good English of course.

One of the other great things about dev1ce is his ability to play in a team environment, and not need all the resources poured into him the way kennyS or GuardiaN used to in their pomp. That leaves space for a true star, and most fans will already know the choice we’re going to have to make, between a Ukrainian god and a French kid who looks to be at least semi-deity already, with plenty of room to grow.

Now, one advantage you’d give s1mple over his young rival here would be the fact he has already played in an English-speaking team, as it’s quite obvious at this point that our band of brothers is going to need to talk Blighty. However, the eventual conclusion to his American adventure and the fact he has a few years on his rival might count against him when our billionaire is making bids, as could his record as a team-mate and public figure…

If you’re a Roman-style, owner of Chelsea gentleman from the Siberian wastelands, that might change things, but for this team we’re taking Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut as our star man, over s1mple, so sorry if you’re a Na’Vi fan. ZywOo’s age means he has (in theory) more good years ahead of him, and while s1mple might have better English today, the amount of time it would take himto catch up probably isn’t a significant factor when balanced against the potentially toxic influence s1mple has been reported to have on his team, as well as smaller factors like marketability and culture.

That gives us three, and the last two roles are the hardest of all to fill. Position four can go either way, between support and star, but in this team we need to at least have a player that understands his role in the team is to win, and that might mean sometimes taking the short end of the deal. Guys like Stewie2k and EG’s tarik both fill that criteria but picking a dude up who has good pedigree and room to grow, as well as a record of developing into new roles.

Robin ‘ropz’ Kool has been a ‘star’ of mouseports for almost his whole career, meaning he’s also spent his entire CS life to date playing in English-speaking, mixed teams. He can adapt to multiple positions and carry the team when needed, and his disposition means he should be an asset to the team off the server as well, with the player most certainly boasting the fabled ‘old head on young shoulders’. While his star status might take a hit here, there is no doubt Gla1ve operates a five-man team, meaning no player will permanently have the ‘bitch’ roles in the way it used to be.

The obvious fifth in a lot of eyes is going to be the clutch minister, but with the talent in the team clutch probably isn’t going to be an area they lack in, and there are also considerations about having too many Danes in a mixed team. For that reason we want a guy with talent, but also plenty of experience and an iron disposition, and our choice for the last spot is Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, currently of FaZe Clan.

It’s not been a great few years for rain since karrigan left, but he’s a guy with crazy ability that has a proven record speaking English in international teams, at the very highest level of play. He’s also shown he can work under extremely challenging conditions, and his sanguine outlook, or at least public outlook, in the face of everything FaZe have been through in recent years is something to behold, and should ensure he is comfortable flexing when ZyWoo, dev1ce or the like needs space.

As for the coach, it’s hard to say who would work best, and we’d love to hear from you guys if you have suggestions for the man (or woman) to counsel and improve our Galacticos of GO. Whether or not we ever see this sort of project in CS is another matter, with the walls closing in and the days of unlimited spending possibly fading, but in 2020 it’s still just about possible – providing the team isn’t in the US of course. Sorry Complexity.

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Levi’s Finds Partnership With NRG Esports is a Good Fit

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Levi’s is taking its biggest step into gaming yet after signing a new deal with NRG Esports that marks its first esports partnership in the U.S. 

The deal was announced on Friday, with terms unreleased, and will center on the iconic jeans brand outfitting NRG players and streamers with its garb, as well as co-branded content projects. 

Levi’s will have a presence at NRG’s Hot Pockets Castle gaming headquarters in L..A., where there will now be a style lounge that incorporates the jeans brand and lets visitors personalize their apparel. NRG will also create a content series showing NRG influencers living out a typical day in their life (presumably while wearing Levi’s products). The co-branded content will appear across NRG’s YouTube and Twitch channels among other platforms.

Levi’s, the American brand that was founded in 1873, has had limited involvement with esports partnerships to this point, with only a couple international deals. Those include one with the DACH Prime League of Legends competition in Europe and one with the U.K.-based university esports organizer The NUEL. Levi’s also did a collaboration with Nintendo around its famous video game characters.

Levi’s VP/Marketing Stacy Doren in a prepared statement noted esports “have become such an important part of today’s youth culture, and with NRG being one of the biggest players in that space, they were an ideal partner to help bring Levi’s into the world of gaming.”

NRG President Brett Lautenbach added that company execs “wanted to work with Levi’s for a long time.”

NRG owns the San Francisco Shock of the Overwatch League, Optic Chicago of the Call of Duty League and also competes in Valorant and Rocket League. Other partners of NRG include Hot Pockets, Popeye’s, T-Mobile, Turtle Beach, and Mountain Dew Game Fuel

The organization has also been in the market trying to find a title sponsor for its Rocket League team.

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Lakeland University Partners With Bucks Gaming for the 2021 NBA 2K League Season

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Lakeland University, the Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, private liberal arts university, is now the official partner of Bucks Gaming for the 2021 NBA 2K League season. Lakeland’s esports program is headed up by former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green.

While financial details of the partnership were not released, the partnership will include a “Strive for Success” digital program that is focused on driving awareness and supporting recruitment to Lakeland’s esports program.

Additionally, each month, Bucks Gaming and Lakeland University will get together to promote the school’s esports program in a variety of ways, which include live streams on the Bucks Gaming’s Twitch channel with Green and members of the Lakeland esports program, and appearances by Bucks Gaming players and staff on The Ahman Green Show podcast.

The two have already seen the partnership come together as Bucks Gaming helped prepare Lakeland’s NBA 2K teams for the Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs.

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Gamers Club and Riot Games Organize Women’s Valorant Circuit in Latin America

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 Immortals Gaming Club-owned gaming platform Gamers Club and Riot Games (through its Game Changers initiative) are organizing the Gamers Club Circuit: Gêneses Protocol, a women’s tournament in Brazil and Latin America. The competition will be divided into four splits which will qualify one team for the Valorant Game Changers Series.

Each of the splits will have a $20K BRL (roughly $3.6K USD) prize pool, making a total of $80K BRL (roughly $14.3K) invested in prizes. The tournament is open to teams to register, as the Game Changers initiative seeks to create opportunities for women to enter the professional esports scene. Some of the main local organizations competing in the circuit are Gamelanders, INTZ, and Vivo Keyd.

Gamers Club is one of the main investments from IGC in the region and one of the main competitive gaming platforms for various esports in Brazil and Latin America. The platform is also part of the Brazilian Circuit for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CBCS).

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How to play League of Legends’ newest champion Gwen

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Gwen has finally made her entrance in League of Legends as the newest champion and players are hungry to play her on Summoner’s Rift. 

The Hallowed Seamstress was revealed only a few weeks back and since then, players have had the chance to test her out on the Public Beta Environment (PBE). Now that she has made it to the live servers, players will have to figure out the best way to play the new skirmisher and start to climb the ladder. Right from the start, it looks like Gwen will be strongest in the top lane but that might change as Gwen and her kit is explored further. 

While the perfect way to play Gwen is still getting figured out, there is no doubt that she will be able to cut through opponents on Summoner’s Rift and potentially be a new headache for top lane players to go up against. Here’s a look at how to play Gwen. 

How to play Gwen in LoL

Gwen is a champion that relies on quick combos and correct positioning. As an ability-power skirmisher, Gwen isn’t the beefiest champion out there and will be vulnerable to burst combos or crowd control. This means that Gwen has to choose her fights carefully and only jump in when the timing is perfect.

Playing Gwen in big team fights can be difficult and will often require patience to find the right spot to enter the fight. If Gwen gets a good flank onto the enemy backline or waits until big cooldowns are blown, she can enter a fight and turn it around on its head. 

Starting from the early laning phase, Gwen doesn’t want to play scared. Gwen wants to engage in skirmishes and be a bully in the lane, but not without considering potential ganks or bad trades. When moving in for a trade on Gwen, make sure to have Snip Snip! (Q) fully stacked. If this ability is stacked up and hits the opponent in the center, Gwen is almost guaranteed to win out on the trade. 

After gaining a few levels, Gwen can start to pull out quick combos that many tanks or bruisers can’t keep up with. Start out by using Skip’n Slash to get in range of the opponent and start dishing out damage with its empowered attacks and Q. While completing the combo, Gwen can pop Hallowed Mist (W) to gain extra armor and magic resist to win the trade. Hallowed Mist will also enable Gwen to get away while dodging attacks, especially against ranged champions. 

When hitting level 6, Gwen will gain access to Needlework (R) and be a real threat in skirmishes and even team fights. When using Needlework, Gwen wants to auto-attack the champions in between casts to get maximum damage output. Needlework applies Thousand Cuts (P) and will help Gwen chunk through enemies with bonus on-hit magic damage.   

How to build Gwen

Gwen is an ability-power champion that relies a lot on auto-attacks. This is fairly unusual for an AP champion, so Gwen’s build will likely include items that many players aren’t used to. 

For the first item, Gwen wants to get a mythic item. The best option so far will be Riftmaker, which provides Gwen with ability power, ability haste, and omnivamp to empower her kit. The Void Corruption passive on Riftmaker is also a great fit for Gwen, as she will build up extra damage the longer she damages an enemy champion. This has great synergy with her Snip Snip!, which also needs time and continuous attacks to stack up. 

For boots, get Sorcerer’s Shoes for extra penetration. Right after, Gwen wants to go for her second item where Nashor’s Tooth is a great option. As mentioned earlier, Gwen relies a lot on auto attacks and on-hit damage and Nashor’s helps with both of that. Gwen can also go for more aggressive burst-heavy items such as Hextech Rocketbelt and Luden’s Tempest, but those choices will likely require a lead to pay off.  

Later on in the game, Gwen can go for Lich Bane to get even bigger empowered auto attacks. With Lich Bane as a third item, Gwen will be very squishy and easier to focus down so it is with high risk. For a safer route, Zhonya’s Hourglass is the way to go with a potential follow-up of Banshee’s Veil as a fourth item. To round out the build, go for either Rabadon’s Deathcap or Void Staff. 

Runes to use on Gwen

The rune options for Gwen aren’t as straightforward as with many other champions. So far, there are a few options for viable keystones when playing Gwen. This gives Gwen players even more flexibility depending on which lane Gwen is played. 

It’s expected that Gwen will be seen in the top lane most often, where the Conqueror keystone is the most logical choice. With Conqueror, Gwen will be able to take part in skirmishes as she is designed to do. Against beefy opponents, Conqueror will help Gwen chunk through resistances while sustaining. 

In more aggressive matchups, it’s also viable for Gwen to pick Press the Attack. With this keystone, Gwen will be able to trade effectively with quick auto-attack combos. For the secondary rune tree, Gwen can go a defensive route with Revolve or be even more aggressive and take the Domination tree.  

Space Groove Gwen 

What role is Gwen? 

Right from the first reveal of Gwen, it was clear that Riot Games wants to work with Gwen as a top laner. As Gwen hit the PBE, it was also clear that she fits perfectly in the top lane as an ability-power skirmisher. Gwen’s damage and mobility make her a nuisance against tanks and even bruisers. There is a chance that Gwen can work in the jungle or mid lane in certain matchups, but she will likely need more time on the live servers for players to figure out the best fit.  

Is Gwen out in LoL?

Gwen was released to the League of Legends live servers on April 15, only a few days after Riot introduced patch 11.8. Gwen arrived with a Space Groove skin and a special Space Groove Gwen icon. The newest champion can be bought for 7800 Blue Essence or 975 RP.

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