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Xizt retires: “I am very happy with what I accomplished as a player”

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Xizt has announced his retirement as a player, bringing to an end a 12-year career during which he competed in two different versions of the game, won numerous titles, and represented organizations such as fnatic, NIP, FaZe, and Dignitas.

“My career has had its ups and downs, but looking back it’s been an amazing and unforgettable journey,” Xizt said in the announcement, thanking all of his teammates and the fans across the years before hinting at his plans for the future: “I’m not walking away from CS yet!”

Xizt hung up his mouse and is considering coaching

Xizt‘s breakthrough as a player came in the final years of CS 1.6. He was ranked among the top 20 players of 2010 and 2011, setting himself up for a transition to CS:GO where he would become a part of NIP, the first team to create their era off the back of an astounding 87-0 map win streak on LAN. He placed as high as No. 6 on the best players of 2013 ranking.

As the main caller for the team he represented from 2012 to 2018, Xizt went on to win over 20 LANs with NIP as well as the ESL One Cologne 2014 Major. He lifted three IEM trophies, including one as a stand-in for FaZe, won a home event at DreamHack Masters Malmö with an MVP-worthy performance, and claimed titles at events such as Copenhagen Games, StarSeries, and ESWC as well.

Tenures with fnatic and Dignitas that followed his exit from NIP weren’t as fruitful for Xizt as he had hoped for. Since his departure from the latter team in September 2020, he has been inactive as a player, which left him a lot of time to consider his next step.

“Making the decision to stop playing wasn’t an easy one, but it’s something that I have thought about a lot for the last couple of years, and now when I had time off to reflect it became clear to me that continuing playing wasn’t an option,” Xizt said in an interview with HLTV.org.

“The past few years didn’t really go my way and I didn’t perform how I wanted to in-game. Being as unsuccessful as we were in fnatic and Dignitas, compared to earlier years in my career, really took a dent in me and my confidence. I wasn’t happy and was mostly just irritated when playing the game, which also translated to real life and I didn’t feel like myself whatsoever.

“There were definitely a lot of factors behind me retiring, but I honestly think the biggest one was that, in the end, I just lost the motivation to keep grinding the long hours, which you obviously need if you want to be in the top, and playing in the lower tier ‘just to play’ isn’t something I want to do.”

After two grand final losses, NIP won their Major in 2014

An event that happened 10 years ago was the first one to come to Xizt when he was asked about his fondest memories as a competitor. “My first big tournament win with fnatic in CS 1.6,” the IEM 5 European Championship Finals in Kyiv, Ukraine, where was the MVP as well.

After that, Xizt notes the Cologne Major with NIP that happened three years later: “Winning a Major was our biggest goal and after losing two finals in a row prior, I don’t think anyone expected us to win Cologne, but we grew as a team game by game and it was amazing getting that Major win together.” Unsurprisingly, creating their own era also has a high place in his memories too: “The 87-0 record and the whole NiP era we had early on in CS:GO is unforgettable for me.”

In terms of other favorites, Xizt highlighted the victory at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 on home soil. “The crowd was totally bonkers and so loud that we could hear them screaming ‘NiP, NiP, NiP!’ in the booths. Stepping out of the booths and receiving the trophy in front of our Swedish crowd was special.”

“Also, winning IEM Sydney with FaZe after getting kicked from NiP and beating Astralis 3-0 in the final was amazing.”

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Looking back at his career that he started as a teenager, now 30-year-old Xizt feels fulfilled. “I have had a lot of great teammates during my career and made a lot of friends. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to have my hobby also be my work while traveling the globe.”

“I am very happy and satisfied with what I accomplished as a player. Being a part of the legendary NiP team and also doing it as an IGL isn’t something I could have dreamt of when I was a kid. The game of CS has given me so much, not only in terms of winning tournaments, but I have grown so much as a person and I have got to experience the world by doing what I love. Of course, there are always what-ifs, maybe I could have made different decisions towards the end of my career, but in the end, I am really proud of what I have accomplished.”

While Xizt has decided to not play anymore, the veteran is convinced he has more to give in the industry. “I love CS and esports,” he says, which makes it natural for him to stay and transition to a new role. “I am open to the opportunity to coach, do analytical work or team management, preferably in CS:GO where my expertise is.”

“Now that I have had time off to reflect and refuel, I am very motivated and willing to work my ass off to win tournaments again, but in a different role,” Xizt concludes.

Xizt‘s accomplishments in CS:GO include:

MVP
Sweden THOR Open 2012
Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016

Top 20
2013: #6

Majors won
Germany ESL One Cologne 2014 (NIP)

Other tournaments won

Spain DreamHack Valencia 2012 (NIP)
France ESWC 2012 (NIP)
Sweden DreamHack Winter 2012 (NIP)
Czech Republic AMD Sapphire CS:GO Invitational (NIP)
Sweden THOR Open 2012 (NIP)
Germany NorthCon 2012 (NIP)
Austria Mad Catz Vienna (NIP)
Russia TECHLABS Cup 2013 (NIP)
Denmark Copenhagen Games 2013 (NIP)
Germany RaidCall EMS One Spring 2013 Finals (NIP)
United States ESEA Invite Season 13 Global Finals (NIP)
Ukraine SLTV StarSeries VI FInals (NIP)
United States ESEA Invite Season 14 Global Finals (NIP)
Romania DreamHack Bucharest 2013 (NIP)
Denmark Copenhagen Games 2014 (NIP)
Sweden DreamHack Summer 2014 (NIP)
Germany ESL One Cologne 2014 (NIP)
Finland ASUS ROG Winter (NIP)
Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 (NIP)
Ukraine StarSeries S2 Finals (NIP)
United States IEM Oakland 2016 (NIP)
United States IEM Oakland 2017 (NIP)
Australia IEM Sydney 2018 (FaZe)

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/32427/xizt-retires-i-am-very-happy-with-what-i-accomplished-as-a-player

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New World team share details of upcoming server transfers in Q&A

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New World players have been eagerly awaiting news on the promised server transfers that Amazon Game Studios announced to remedy long server queues on launch. While they have been delayed, many questions were answered regarding the subject during a Q&A on the New World forum earlier today.

The Q&A took the most popular questions from the community regarding the server transfer service and provided some insight into its limitations, what players can expect, but sadly, no official date for it to join the game.

When server transfers are added to the game, all players will receive a single transfer token that is tied to the account, not character. This means that if you have multiple characters, you’ll only be able to transfer one. These tokens will be permanent so they can be used any time after distribution.

Amazon also confirmed that players will only be able to transfer between servers in the same region, but cross-region transfers are something the team is looking into for the future.

Something that players were worried about was not being able to transfer into servers that are currently marked ‘full,’ but the team attempted to ease fears of this by sharing that many servers will have the ‘full’ tag removed over the coming days.

“We monitor full status on a daily basis with changes as recently as today,” the spokesperson wrote. “’Full’ doesn’t indicate a server that always has queues, it indicates a server that during typical peak usage has a substantial queue. We will be relaxing Full status on many worlds when transfers start, to allow the most flexibility possible. After transfers have slowed down we will re-evaluate which worlds might still need the designation.”

If server transfers overwork a server, the team said they will re-evaluate and hand out new transfer tokens to players where necessary.

There were plenty of other questions answered so if you’d like to know what was said in detail you can check out the Q&A here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mmo/news/new-world-team-share-details-of-upcoming-server-transfers-in-qa

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NoPing releases its Dota 2 roster, will reform for next DPC season

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NoPing e-sports and its Dota 2 rosters have agreed to part ways ahead of the next Dota Pro Circuit season. In a statement, NoPing said it will be fielding a new roster for the next season, but the organization has no news to share at the moment. 

This is the second top-level South American roster to split with its sponsor organization in order to pursue other opportunities, following Thunder Predator doing the same following The International 10. 

“By decision of all players in the team, we will not continue with the current lineup,” NoPing said. “We respect the decision and wish success to the players that took the NoPing VPN name to various achievements in Dota 2.” 

Neither NoPing nor the players—William “hFn” Medeiros, Gonzalo “Darkmago” Herrera, Oscar Chavez, Farith “Matthew” Puente, and Jose “Panda” Padilla Hernandez—specified why the decision was made, but it is likely due to the team failing to qualify for TI10. Even though they were one of three teams from SA to make it to a Major, finishing ninth at the WePlay AniMajor, they flamed out in the regional qualifiers, losing to Infinity and Team Unknown. 

Related: Lelis officially leaves Quincy Crew, hints at further major changes

It is also unclear if the players wish to continue playing together or if they will disband entirely and look to find teams elsewhere rather than pursuing a new sponsor together. Here are the players that are now looking for a new home. 

With this announcement, only beastcoast and SG esports remain untouched among the top four teams in SA, meaning they have an edge heading into the next DPC season if their squads remain together. The ex-TP players did note that they would continue playing together, so even if they don’t find a new sponsor they will likely still be a force in the region.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/dota-2/news/noping-releases-its-dota-2-roster-will-reform-for-next-dpc-season

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Call of Duty: Mobile season 9 is called Nightmare

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Call of Duty: Mobile’s season nine is almost here. The new season will be called Nightmare, Activision revealed today, as Halloween is right around the corner.

As usual, a lot of new content is dropping with the season. This includes a Battle Pass (BP) which contains a new operator, weapon, blueprints, calling cards, charms, and more.

At tier 14 of the free BP, players will be able to get the Tak-5 Operator Skill. This skill gives players the ability to heal their team in battle. Besides this, players will be able to get the Swordfish at tier 21. This tactical rifle was first seen in Black Ops 4 and is now making its way to CoD: Mobile as well.

Modern Warfare’s Havoc Sawmill will be the new map for season nine. Additionally, the Halloween Standoff is returning to the game for a limited time as well to mark the festival.

Later in the season, players will also be able to unlock a new weapon, tactical equipment, and battle royale class through seasonal challenges. The weapon is called Thumper, which is a grenade launcher with just one ammunition. Flash Drone is the new tactical equipment that blinds enemies. Finally, the Pumped BR Class gives players a jetpack to take to the skies.

The season will last for about a month. The new content will be available gradually throughout season nine, Nightmare.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/call-of-duty-mobile-season-9-is-called-nightmare

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All teams qualified for the Wild Rift Horizon Cup

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The League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup will happen from Nov. 13 to 21 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center. Ten teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $500,000 prize pool. 

Wild Rift is still in its regional open beta stage, but this hasn’t stopped Riot Games from launching an esports scene this year. The Horizon Cup will be the first global esports event for the MOBA game. Riot has said that a full-fledged esports scene will be introduced in 2022. The exact format for the Horizon Cup hasn’t been revealed yet. 

Related: Wild Rift: Horizon Cup 2021 will not be the “first Wild Rift Worlds”

Here are all the teams that have qualified for the event.

  • Da Kung Gaming
  • ThunderTalk Gaming
  • KT Rolster
  • SBTC Esports
  • Team Secret
  • Team Queso

Summoner Series (North America)

  • Tribe Gaming

Japan Cup

  • Sengoku Gaming

Wild Tour (Brazil)

  • eBRO Gaming

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/all-teams-qualified-for-the-wild-rift-horizon-cup

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