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Where does a comeback end and a choke begin? Wherever that line is, ENCE certainly moved way beyond it against VP on Dust 2, earning a spot in the pantheon of Counter-Strike trivia and memery. The gods of throwing away leads are many, with past iterations of the world-conquering Astralis lineup and Team Liquid being just two of many featured in there, with some truly ludicrous defeats to look back on today.
You can’t make a list of chokes without including those on the biggest stage of them all. Who would have thought that the extreme experience and insane firepower of karrigan’s FaZe Clan, still quite close to the height of their powers, would fail to close out a 15-11 lead against an underdog team? Every American in and around the server, that’s who.
Stewie2K’s legendary hold on B site Inferno remains the highlight moment, but every missed shot and wasted opportunity serves as a harbinger of things to come as the audience gets louder and louder as their not-so-secret dream begins to become a reality.
Like a neglected little brother, this grand final choke perhaps doesn’t have the same allure (at least if you subscribe to the notion that the best of chokes feature a heavy favorite dropping the ball against an underdog) but it still features more than enough poetry to savor.
VP had one hand on the trophy, racing to an 8-1 lead on T side Train on the decider and ending the half three rounds to the good. Despite winning four of the first five rounds on the defense, pushing themselves to 13-7, Kjaerbye’s monster performance, a couple of nonsensical force buy wins and some uncharacteristically poor decisions from the Polish veterans (not to mention gla1ve’s ballsy call for a full A site push in round 29) gave Astralis their first taste of Major glory.
Knowing now that this was VP’s last shot at the big trophy makes this one all the more painful to watch – and indeed, the next time we see these two teams at a Major, they’d only make the semis at an upset-ridden event in Krakow. Astralis would go on to do incredible things – meanwhile, the only thing incredible about VP at that point was that they still kept getting invites to big tournaments.
Ooh boy. A double-decker of a choke as the s1mple-enhanced Liquid squad was already making history for NA CS and still ended up putting the LUL at the end of the phrase. The MLG Columbus Major marked the end of Fnatic’s dominant era and ushered in the Brazilians for good, but their victory in the semis had just as much to do with their own mental fortitude as Liquid’s not being solid enough.
Famously, coldzera got himself a graffiti for his insane play on Mirage as Luminosity clawed their way back from 15-9 to a flawless overtime win, but it’s quite unfathomable how the same thing played out on Cache despite Liquid’s 15-6 lead.
Before we had Liquid vs Luminosity, this was the epitome of North American chokitude. Though it was just a group stage best-of-one affair at a Major, North America’s then-best-and-brightest vomited away a 13-2 lead on Inferno by losing 14 straight T rounds to a team featuring Spidii, denis and kRYSTAL.
13-2 on Train against virtual unknowns to secure a playoffs spot at the Major? Well, it’s not quite enough when you only put a single round on the board on the CT side as Kvik and Boombl4 go ham.
The ELEAGUE Major final wasn’t the only big cockup featuring these two teams on the biggest stage of them all: back in 2016, when the Danes were still the ultimate chokers, they dropped a 14-5 lead on Train after almost completing a comeback of their own on the first map, Inferno, recovering from a 12-3 half on the T side to a 15-14 lead, only to drop the ball and lose in overtime before proceeding to the next heartbreaker.
No doubt you could make an entire list out of Liquid’s chokes alone (in fact, someone already has done so), and while there are higher-profile defeats to choose, the ludicrousness of the scoreline means this one has to be featured here. From 14-2 to 15-6 to an eventual 22-18 defeat in overtime, the respiratory issues were on full display here. Should I just link the HiKo video again? Yes, I think I should.
ENCE’s Cinderella run to the grand finals of this Major featured two of the most incredible underdog wins in the playoff stage, starting with their takedown of the North American side. Though ENCE won their map pick of Mirage by a score of 16 to 11, Liquid’s strong showing on the T side of Inferno suggested they were ready to restore balance to the Force.
Fast-forward eight rounds into the future and they were on the cusp of doing just that, securing a 15-8 lead off the back of a defuse. We all know what happened next: seven T round wins in a row for Aleksib’s merry men, a famous overtime win and yet another insane performance against Na’Vi in the next round.
Fair play to this new-look ENCE side for making it this far, and giving VP a good game on the way out the door, but the nature of their defeat was just about as clownish as you can get. After two one-sided maps in the series, it seemed like Dust 2 would be just the same as ENCE posted 12 rounds on the CT side of Dust 2 and won the first three of the second half as well, only to completely forget how to play proactive CS from that point onward and etch themselves in the annals of chokery with a 19-17 overtime defeat from what seemed like an unassailable lead.
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Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of RMR tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021.
Natus Vincere will be performing at the upcoming RMR tournaments with a change in its roster, due to the player-change penalty rules established by Valve. The team has announced through Twitter that they are moving away from the six-man roster approach to adhere to Valve’s new rules. Because of this, Egor “flamie” Vasilev will be left out of their roster for the upcoming RMR (Regional Major Ranking) tournaments and DreamHack Masters Spring 2021. On the other hand, Valeriy “b1t” Vakhovskiy will hold a permanent position on the team.
The five-man roster of NAVI CS:GO for the first RMR tournament is settled: get all the details.
— NAVI (@natusvincere) April 11, 2021
Due to Valve rules stipulating penalties for using substitute players, NaVi’s rotating six-player roster was put in question. A team found in violation has to undergo a compounding penalty of 20% of the points earned at the event if they substitute at least one player during the tournament. In response, Na’Vi has said “Valve made it clear that they do not intend to change the rules. Na’Vi needs as many points as possible to qualify for the Major. In this regard, the team had to coordinate the final roster for the next tournament to avoid penalty points.”
Na’Vi will prepare for their upcoming challenges at a boot camp in Kyiv, Ukraine, from April 11-24. DreamHack Masters Spring, their first focus, will be held between April 29 and May 9. The later CIS RMR tournament is expected to take place in May, around the same time as the European and the North American tournaments. “Despite this, DreamHack is still an important tournament for NAVI,” the organization noted.
The decision to opt for b1t over flamie was not explained in detail. But the team’s coach, Andrii “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi, will be providing clarification in a YouTube video to be posted “next week.”
NaVi roster for DreamHack Spring:
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Adin Ross is a popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber who is known for playing Grand Theft Auto: Online RP & NBA 2K during his streams, having over 600,000+ followers on the platform. However, he has been under the spotlight recently due to various controversial events surrounding his streams and personal life. Just recently his channel fell victim to trolls who were using bots to follow his channel which resulted in his follower count going over 4 million followers.
Adin was streaming alongside ZIAS!, a famous YouTuber who is known for reacting to music videos and vlogging. During the stream, Zias answered a phone call and called Adin a “f*ggot” while he was reportedly away from his room.
Adin immediately contacted a Twitch mod who said “it’s fine” to continue the stream as Adin was not the one who used the derogatory term, yet he was banned immediately while freestyling in front of 83,000 viewers. This isn’t the first time his channel was banned as he was previously banned for a week on June 8 2020 due to an unknown reason.
His followers started the ‘#FreeAdin’ movement to clear his ban as they claim that it was unfair. Adin later tweeted the hashtag, stating “Free Adin #freeadin. Mfs don’t wanna see me win. All G tho… let’s hope it’s not a perm.”
It is unclear how long his suspension will last as it could be another week-long ban or even last up to 3 days.
Teamwork in Warzone can be hard, but this Reddit user may have solved all our problems.
It’s been just over a year since the release of Warzone, and while many players team up with a regular squad, some like to play with randoms online. In both scenarios, communication between your team can be hard, and Warzone’s UI does nothing to help that.
Well, Reddit user Abood_Abuoaid has created a new mockup for the Warzone UI, showing each player’s scorestreaks, plates, gas mask, etc.
With over 5.5k Upvotes at the time of writing, this has proved to be very popular, with many players calling for the update to come soon. Warzone already shows if players have self revive, so adding the other icons shouldn’t be too much hassle for the developers.
This little addition to the Warzone UI would change the game drastically. Teamwork would be much easier, and the leader of the squad who’s always checking up on their teammates’ plate/UAV situation wouldn’t have to keep asking.
If we see this update, it’s likely to come with the Warzone map change that is rumored to happen soon. With a move to a Black Ops Cold War-themed Verdansk, many players will be excited to see what arrives in the coming months.
Throughout April 10, the top World of Warcraft teams continued to duke it out in the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit. A place in the Season 1 Finals was at stake.
Day 1 of the third week of round-robin matches began with games between Creed and Tegridy Damp in the Nagrand Arena. Creed won the first game and followed that up with two more victories.
Tegridy Damp tried to land a Freezing Trap for crowd control, but it was to no avail as the opposing team’s Demon Hunter landed The Hunt and helped end the third game.
In the games between Blast Wave Bros and Ad Hoc Gaming, the latter team took the series with a quick 3-0. Against their opponent’s they played in the Nagrand Arena, Dalaran Sewers and Tiger’s Peak.
When Skill Capped faced Reload Esports, the first team was victorious in the Nagrand Arena. However, Reload Esports tied the score 1-1 at Hook Point. The third game took place in Empyrean Domain and had a nail-biting end, with Skill Capped earning another win.
— WoW Esports (@WoWEsports) April 10, 2021
Reload Esports had to win the next game, but the Dalaran Sewers arena went to their opponents. Meanwhile, the Method EU versus Cowana Gaming games were intense as both teams had a score of 2-2. Method EU won the fifth game in Empyrean Domain. This victory closed out the third week of Europe’s Arena World Championship games.
Over in the other region, the first round of games began with Unitas versus Cloud9. The latter team fought against their opponents in the Nagrand Arena, Ashamane’s Fall and Hook Point. They obtained victory with three consecutive wins.
World of Warcraft team Hamsters & Hares then clashed against OTK. While Hamsters & Hares earned a win in the first game, OTK tied the score 1-1 in the next arena.
Hamsters & Hares succumbing to @OTKnetwork in this second game, bringing this series to a tie and we’re moving onto GAME THREE!
— WoW Esports (@WoWEsports) April 10, 2021
OTK continued to turn the games around in the following two games, earning a score of 3-1.
The final game of the day came down to Method NA versus the Golden Guardians. Although the latter team fought valiantly in three different arenas, Method NA closed it out with a score of 3-0.
The first season of the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit consists of four weekends. Once completed, each region’s top four World of Warcraft teams will head into the Season 1 Finals.
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