Astralis co-founder Frederik Byskov discusses player rest, increased investment in esports and ways to improve CSGO
Slingshot's Vince Nairn conducted an interview with Astralis CEO Frederik Byskov (via email) to talk about Astralis forming, the team's recent success and a lot of the big-picture issues facing Counter-Strike teams in 2017.
DeKay: ECS investigating attempted purchase of Bee’s Money Crew by Renegades while teams competed in same league
Renegades attempted to sign the group of Counter-Strike players known as Bee’s Money Crew as an Academy team while playing in a competitive league with the semi-professional team, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
In the second episode of Taking Aim, Slingshot Editor-In-Chief Vince Nairn, along with Jarek "DeKay" Lewis and Stephen Chiu, talk about the PGL Major and a loaded July schedule.
Australian Counter-Strike team Renegades plans to sign Serbian player Nemanja “nexa” Isaković to replace Simon “atter” Atterstam, according to sources close to the team.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast As I’ve started to watch more team esports games in recent years, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is something endemic about NA esports culture that makes them all ruin their own scrims. I don’t know why this keeps happening, but it’s happened in
Marc Winther, director of DreamHack Masters, on North American expansion, PGL Major conflict and lessons learned from Las Vegas
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn had the chance to talk to Marc Winther, director of DreamHack Masters, about DreamHack’s North American expansion, the PGL Major conflicting with its Atlanta event and lessons learned from February’s event in Las Vegas.
Counter-Strike is a complex game that requires skill, tactics, teamwork, positioning, timing, experience and a multitude of other factors to succeed at the pro level.
There seems to be a never-ending debate about whether casters, and to a lesser extent players, should listen to criticism posted on social media.
Jason “Alchemist” Baker reflects on ELEAGUE Major production, his decade-long career and the challenges facing Overwatch
Jason “Alchemist” Baker is one of the best known behind-the-scenes workers in Counter-Strike esports.
FaceIt announced Thursday the Esports Championship Series Counter-Strike league will be exclusively streamed on YouTube.
In the pilot episode of "Taking Aim," Vince Nairn, Jarek "DeKay" Lewis and Stephen Chiu talk about the important topics of the last week in Counter-Strike esports.
One of my favorite roles in any medium is a well-crafted villain.
RFRSH Entertainment, the esports marketing and media rights company that represents Astralis, Godsent and Norse, released a statement Tuesday about the "RFRSH model" and attempted to address concerns about the co-ownership of multiple teams.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Flickshot reported today that draken would replace pyth on NiP. This will be the fourth person rotating in as the fifth man for this lineup. When you consider these team shuffles, I like to use Thorin’s model that analyzes the kick and the pickup. Kicking pyth made no
Team Liquid is in serious discussions with OpTic Gaming about acquiring Counter-Strike players Will "RUSH" Wierzba and Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas, according to multiple sources close to the organizations.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Today starix stepped down as Natus Vincere’s coach. This was likely because he wasn’t able to make the star-studded lineup of NaVi Work under his leadership. At times it felt like the raw skill of Na’Vi was being held down by playing too much to his system
The eventual ambition of all League of Legends teams outside of Korea has always been the same: To beat Korea.
DeKay: Ex-TyLoo players Karsa and fancy1, Vici Gaming’s LOVEYY to join new Chinese organization Flash Gaming
Chinese Counter-Strike players Qifang "Karsa" Su and Yulun "fancy1" Cai, formerly of TyLoo, will join a new organization along with Kunhua "LOVEYY" Bai from ViCi Gaming, according to multiple sources close to the players.
The third month of the year has just begun, with three big Counter-Strike events already finished -- and StarLadder Season 3 Finals a full month away.
Counter Logic Gaming has acquired Australian Counter-Strike player Ricky "Rickeh" Mulholland from the Renegades organization, according to multiple sources.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast There was a thread today on reddit about autimatic’s “insane” stats in the past year. The strange thing about the thread is that only a few people bothered to point out that the stats are completely out of context as it includes minor leagues, onlines leages, tier
Professional Counter-Strike has entered the Era of the Super Teams.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast There has been a lot of discussion about different tournament formats after the elimination of Virtus.Pro from IEM Katowice. I previously wrote an article comparing different formats and for those who didn’t read it, I come to the conclusion that the TI (barring the shitty
The Parity Age of Counter-Strike ended with Astralis’ victory at the ELEAGUE Major. After that, multiple teams swapped rosters to perfect their pre-existing lineups in order to bring Astralis down.
Twitter announced Thursday a partnership with ESL and DreamHack about the streaming of live events and original content.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast While I’m writing this, IEM Katowice is happening for SC2. It is the only tournament there that has an open bracket. For those who don’t know, an open bracket allows for anyone to compete so long as they show up (sometimes they have to bring
‘Chiu on this’ is a short and regular opinion blast As I’ve watched more and more team based esports games, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best teams all need an “I win” button. This button is usually in the form of a superstar player. Coldzera ruining Team Liquid at Columbus comes to mind. S1mple
Astralis’ dupreeh talks about his personality, family support for his career and scheduled vacations
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn had the chance to talk to Astralis’ Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann during the ELEAGUE Major last month for an in-depth conversation about his life, demeanor and what it meant to get support from his parents for a pro gaming career.
Astralis has claimed the title as the best team in the world and the throne is theirs. They have captured what few others have — the Major title — and in doing so have taken the throne. Having achieved the highest honor possible in competitive play, where does Astralis go next? What is the next goal?
ELEAGUE, the joint venture between Turner Sports and WME|IMG, announced Thursday a two-month long Street Fighter V tournament that will begin in March.
During the first map of the Virtus.pro/Astralis semifinal at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, I sat in the top row of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, eyeing the vast majority of empty seats
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Every once in a while I index articles I’ve written to give myself an easy reference if I want to go back to see how I’ve changed or improved. I also think it’s a good reference list for people who have never read my work or
In Part 2 of the two-part interview, Etienne talks about nurturing players and looks to the future as to what Cloud9 has on the horizon. (Click here to read Part 1).
Pressure is a peculiar phenomenon.
The creation of North, the Counter-Strike team under the umbrella of Danish soccer power F.C. Copenhagen, demonstrated one of the many recent investments into esports by traditional sports organizations.
I’ve worked in esports for nearly 18 years now, having started out as a Jolt League admin in 1999, mainly running tournaments for Unreal Tournament.
Imagine a group of people standing around their friend, showering him with a loud, late-night rendition of “Happy Birthday” at a midtown Atlanta bar.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast There was a strange parallel I noticed when I was watching DreamHack Vegas yesterday. The end of the day had Na’Vi play Mouz. In that game, NiKo returned to his legendary self and dropped a 37 bomb on Na’Vi. He basically won the game and was
Astralis has claimed the throne of the Counter-Strike world.
The Majors are landmark events in the Counter-Strike calendar. They are attributed as the be-all, end-all of CS:GO competition. They events have the most prize money, prestige and popularity and are rightfully considered the most important events of the year.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Gambit Gaming’s Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev (and Gambit CEO Natalia Larchenko) during the ELEAGUE Major to talk about AdreN’s gaming origins, the funniest person on the team and drinking away visa worries.
Nikola "NiKo" Kovač has finally left mousesports after being acquired by FaZe Clan. NiKo has long been considered one of the strongest players in the scene, but he was unable to leave mouz because of his required buyout (which was reported to be $500,000).
Slingshot's Vince Nairn talked to FaZe Clan's Fabien "Kioshima" Fiey during the ELEAGUE Major to reflect on life away from the game, what it was like growing up as the youngest of four brothers, and how he planned out life in case Counter-Strike didn't work out.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo during the ELEAGUE Major to talk about his demeanor and SK Gaming’s steady rise to the top of professional Counter-Strike.
The Majors provide perhaps the most magical moments in professional Counter-Strike. Whether it’s teams breaking through to win after years of struggle, like Astralis did last month in Atlanta, or the craziness of an individual play or match, it seems everyone has a favorite.
Fans and analysts all have their ideas about who the best Counter-Strike player in the world is, but who do the pros themselves find difficult to defeat?
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Rogue announced on twitter that they were moving to Las Vegas to compete in North America full-time. The details are scarce as it doesn’t mention if the team administration is moving or if all of their team is moving. And even if their team is
During the Major, Slingshot’s Vince Nairn asked nine pro players what they thought of the Swiss format, and the results were overwhelmingly positive.
European Counter-Strike team FaZe Clan has acquired Mousesports superstar Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, according to multiple sources close to the player and organization.
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn had the chance to talk briefly to Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer for Turner Sports, while at the ELEAGUE Major.