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This sneaky flashbang lineup on Mirage will blind everyone

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Slick aim may help you bag kills in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but winning a round is a tall order without utility.

You may use tactical smokes and molotovs to keep enemies away in a post-plant situation, but this new flashbang lineup can win you a game at a low cost. A newly discovered flashbang lineup for Mirage’s A site can make a huge difference in post-plant situations. 

If you’ve planted the bomb at triple boxes or default, you may pick firebox as hiding spot if your team has a man advantage. If Counter-Terrorists outnumber you, this spot may get you killed due to lack of cover. After planting the bomb, move deep inside the boxes and wait for the enemy sound queue or a teammates’ callout. 

If you have intel that enemies are charging, move yourself against the wall adjacent to the palace and equip flashbang. Place your crosshair in the middle of the last tile, as shown in the image. 

Press left click and release the grenade. The flashbang will bounce off the ground and sneak through the tiny gap between the surface and the box. This flash will land a little behind ninja, blinding enemies in CT, jungle, stairs, and any other angle that has clear vision to the A bombsite. It’s a pop flash, so you may want to inform your teammates before throwing grenade so they can turn away. 

This flashbang is valuable in both high and low-ranked lobbies due to the unique hidden lineup. The flash pops quickly, denying enemies any time to react and turn away, making this lineup a consistent one on Mirage. Unless you’ve been fried out of firebox by enemies’ Molotovs, this flashbang should work every single time on A site post-plant. 

What’s the best map in CSGO? 

CSGO has tons of maps, but only some make it into the active duty pool for competitive games. In ranked matches, players like to play Dust 2 thanks to its legacy and strong potential for individual playmaking. Statistically, however, Mirage is one of the most-played maps in CSGO. The map is a top pick of both casual and competitive players.

Mirage was first added to CSGO in 2013 and has since experienced many updates in the years since. Despite minor changes, Mirage remains a top favorite map of CSGO players. 

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Source: https://win.gg/news/7802/this-sneaky-flashbang-lineup-on-mirage-will-blind-everyone

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Dota 2: ChYuan Replaces Masaros On Fnatic’s Offlane

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The well-known midlaner now mans a new position for Fnatic.


Fnatic announced that it has tapped Ng Kee “ChYuan” Chyuan to replace Natthaphon “Masaros” Ouanphakde on their Dota 2 squad.

Masaros first joined the team in November 2020, but he was placed on the inactive roster on April 4, 2021. Three days later he left the team to join Motivate. Trust Gaming. Fnatic signed ChYuan on April 10.

These changes came after Fnatic’s anemic joint-ninth place finish at the ONE Esports Singapore Major. Despite being seeded to the playoffs, it failed to win a match losing to Evil Geniuses in the upper bracket and then to OB Esports x Neon in the lower bracket.

The Malaysian-born ChYuan has been winning prizes in Asian and Southeast Asian Dota 2 tournaments since 2018. Fnatic is banking on this experience bolstering its chances in Season 2 of the Upper Division in the SEA DPC region. Season 2 runs from April 14 to May 21.

ChYuan played for the Chinese team Aster from April 2019 to July 2020. He then had a short stint with TNC Predator before moving on to ZeroTwo. He last played for ZeroTwo in the Southeast Asia Lower Division of DPC 2021: Season 1, where the team finished sixth.

Fnatic’s midlane is currently played by Kam “Moon” Boon Seng, who was ChYuan’s former teammate in WarriorsGaming.Unity in 2017.

On Fanatic’s welcome post on Facebook, ChYuan shared his optimism about his new role with Fnatic: “I’m very excited to play a new role. I’m ready to take it on and I look forward to adding more value to the team. Thank you Team Fnatic for having me onboard.”

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Source: https://estnn.com/dota-2-chyuan-replaces-masaros-on-fnatics-offlane/

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ana reunites with OG ahead of DreamLeague Season 15

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Anathan “ana” Pham is returning to professional Dota 2, and he’s joining some old friends.

The Australian carry has returned to the lineup of OG to rejoin most of his former teammates from the two-time The International championship team. He replaces Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, who was removed from the side after it failed to qualify for the ONE Esports Singapore Major. The news was announced on the organization’s social media channels.

With the addition of ana, OG’s Dota 2 roster is made up of the following players:

  1. Anathan “ana” Pham
  2. Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen
  3. Sebastian “Ceb” Debs
  4. Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
  5. Johan “N0tail” Sundstein

Now that ana is back in action, the only player missing from OG’s The International-winning roster is Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka. The former support player recently returned to Dota 2, but affirmed that he is not planning a return to competition and is instead simply looking to stream the game.

Regardless, ana’s return should be welcome news for OG fans. He will likely be debuting with the team at the start of DreamLeague Season 15, the second cycle of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit in Europe.

Where has ana been since The International 2019?

ana taking a break after The International has been a tradition for a few years now, and The International 2019 wasn’t an exception. After becoming Dota 2’s first two-time champion alongside the rest of the OG roster, ana stepped away from the game for months with Ceb and JerAx joining him in retirement.

He played just one professional series in 2020, and spent months at a time without even playing the game casually. During this time, he reached the top ranks of tactical shooter Valorant.

He only returned to Dota 2 in February, ending a four-month break from the game to play alongside Lee “Forev” Sang-don in a handful of pub matches. It was unclear whether he was simply having fun or if it was the start of something else, but those questions have now been answered.

OG needs to rebound to hold onto The International 10 hopes

The addition of ana is big news for OG, which is in a precarious position when it comes to qualifying for The International 10. The team’s failure to qualify for the Singapore Major came after a fifth-place finish in DreamLeague Season 14, which means OG needs to perform exceptionally well in the next major cycle.

OG earned just 50 points for its efforts in DreamLeague Season 14 and will incur a penalty to those points for making this roster change to bring on ana. Because of that, OG will need to post a very strong performance in DreamLeague Season 15 and notch a good showing in the subsequent major in order to qualify directly to The International 10.

Even without JerAx, it’s easy to imagine most of the two-time champions at OG making a strong run moving forward. The second 2021 Dota Pro Circuit cycle and final push to The International 10 begins on April 13.

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Source: https://win.gg/news/7755/ana-reunites-with-og-ahead-of-dreamleague-season-15

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Ana is back! Again

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OG welcome back Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham into the lineup just ahead of DPC 2021 Season 2. 

Is it time for TI already? Well OG and Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham certainly think it is close enough.  And considering that the team failed to clinch a Major ticket, placing fifth in the EU league, they certainly thought it was needed. 

Last January, Ana had announced that he would be taking a break until ‘next season’. Next season implied to many that the veteran player was NOT be making an appearance at TI2020 —an event that didn’t happen anyway. 

In his absence, the team failed to claim any titles or a Major slot. Through the entire 2020 online season, OG reached three grand finals and lost.

About two weeks ago OG bid farewell to Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng. In his official statement upon MidOne’s departure, Sébastien “Ceb” Debs highlighted the need for competitive synergy and expressed his sadness that something never clicked.

To fans around the world, this signaled the return of Ana. An open core position, the need for synergy, the last season of the DPC 2021, and potentially only LAN event until TI10 —all perfect indicators for OG’s savior to make his return. 

DPC 2021 Season 2 will begin on April 13th and fans will be able to catch Ana back in action competing in the EU upper-division. 

OG DPC 2021 Season 2 roster

Anathan “ana-” Pham

Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen

Sébastien “Ceb” Debs

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein

Martin “Saksa” Sazdov

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Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

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Source: https://www.gosugamers.net/dota2/news/54163-ana-is-back-again

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OWL 2021 Power Rankings – #16 Houston Outlaws

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At the 16th position of our Overwatch League 2021 Power Rankings are the Houston Outlaws.


Houston scouted many young talents from the Overwatch Contenders and even Collegiate Overwatch. To help young players adapt to the Overwatch League, the Houston Outlaws can also count on some seasoned League players.

Houston Outlaws 2021 Roster Preview

Tank:

  • Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho
  • Min-jun “PIGGY ” Shin

Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho is the new main tank for the Houston Outlaws. He joins the Overwatch League for the first time, previously playing in the Contenders with various teams such as GC Busan WAVE or Talon Esports.

Myung-heum "JJANGGU" Cho stands with arms folded in his Houston Outlaws jersey

The Houston Outlaws 2021 tanking duo already knows each other, as both players were part of Talon Esports. Min-jun “PIGGY ” Shin mainly plays off-tank heroes, such as Zarya and D.Va. With Talon Esports, Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho and Min-jun “PIGGY ” Shin won the Overwatch Contenders 2020 Season 1: Pacific.

Also read: #20 Los Angeles Valiant

Support:

  • William “Crimzo” Hernandez
  • Enrique “Joobi” Triana

William “Crimzo” Hernandez made a name for himself in the Overwatch Contenders, winning the 2019 Season North America West tournament with Team Envy, the Dallas Fuel’s academy team. He was then promoted to the main team, joining the Dallas Fuel for the Overwatch League 2020 Season. Crimzo now begins a new adventure with the Houston Outlaws.

William "Crimzo" Hernandez competes in the Overwatch World Cup

Enrique “Joobi” Triana is a young player, who just turned 18 on April 4. Joobi is the first player to directly go from a Collegiate Overwatch team to the Overwatch League, even if he previously played in Contenders NA. He played with different teams in Contenders, before joining HU Storm, the esports team from Harrisburg University. Houston Outlaws scouts noticed the player, who now joins the Overwatch League.

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DPS:

  • Dante “Danteh” Cruz
  • João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles
  • Jung-woo “Happy” Lee
  • Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa
  • Jacob “JAKE” Lyon

Dante “Danteh” Cruz and João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles are the only players from the Houston Outlaws 2020 roster to stay with the team in 2021. Both are flex players, playing as DPS for the team but able to switch if needed. For this new season, the duo is joined by three other DPS players.

Dante "Danteh" Cruz smiles at a team mate off camera

Jung-woo “Happy” Lee is a former Element Mystic and Meta Bellum player, who made his first steps in the League back in 2018 with the Guangzhou Charge. He stayed two years with the team, winning the Summer Showdown and finishing the Overwatch League 2020 season in 5th place.

Also Read: #18 London Spitfire

Jung-woo "Happy" Lee competes in a game of Overwatch

Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa is also a seasoned Overwatch League player. He played two years with the Los Angeles Valiant, placing second in the Overwatch League Inaugural Season, third in the 2019 Season,2 and 5th in 2020. KSF is also an Overwatch World Cup champion, winning the title with Team USA in 2019.

Kyle "KSF" Frandanisa looks toward a team mate during a live game of Overwatch

Jacob “JAKE” Lyon signs his return as a player in the Overwatch League. After two seasons with Houston Outlaws, he retired from competitive Overwatch to join the analysts’ desk. While he may not be in the starting six as the Houston Outlaws count a total of 5 DPS players, his insight might benefit the team, just like an additional analyst or coach would.

Also Read: #17 Vancouver Titans

Jacob "JAKE" Lyon stands on stage in his Houston Outlaws jersey

Houston Outlaws 2021 Power Rankings

The Houston Outlaws is home to many seasoned Overwatch League players this season. While the team includes many good individual talents, the competition in the Overwatch League is harder each year, and it may not be enough to defeat stronger rosters.

One of the main dangers for the Houston Outlaws this season is the lack of experience of some key players of the team. The tanking duo is making its first steps in the Overwatch League, while the main support just comes out of Collegiate Overwatch.

The DPS line of the Houston Outlaws is packed, even if Jacob “JAKE” Lyon will more likely coach the team than join the starting six. If the DPS players can compete with other talented players, the Houston Outlaws may need some time to find its rhythm in the Overwatch League.

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Source: https://estnn.com/owl-2021-power-rankings-16-houston-outlaws/

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