SK Gaming was the clear-cut best Counter-Strike team in the world for much of 2016.
Cloud9 has accepted an invitation and will attend ESL One Cologne, according to sources close to both organizations.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast One of the first CS:GO tournaments I watched was MLG X Games Aspen. I didn’t know anything at the time, so I was surprised when I tuned in to see a Brazilian team. As I found out later on the desk, the Brazilian team wasn’t relevant
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast When Beyond The Summit announced a Summit for CS:GO, I was pretty excited. They give a certain home feeling that no other event besides TakeTV can do. Because of that, they are completely unaffected by whether or not the current tournament schedule is saturated with
On this episode of "Taking Aim," Vince Nairn, Jarek Lewis and Stephen Chiu talk about the $2,000 Negev
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Back in the original Dota, heroes were sometimes given the names of pro players if they became a God. Antimage was named after Burning, Zeus was named after Merlini. In CS:GO, they make graffitis for special plays from the Majors. When Fruitdealer won the first
By the end of 2015, North American Counter-Strike felt like a wasteland.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast I’ve written two blogs about this already, so here’s a third. When we look at modern CS:GO, it’s difficult to find a team that goes for the full eco. This is because the cheap pistols like the Czed, p250, tec-9, 5-7 and deagle are all fairly cheap and
Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu will remain the coach of North American Counter-Strike team Misfits, the organization confirmed Tuesday.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast “I don’t believe in momentum, only skill” was a line uttered by TaeJa. For those who don’t know, TaeJa is the most successful weekend tournament player of all time in StarCraft 2. He was incredibly consistent, and his entire style was based on decision making
In the era of super teams, it is only natural that writers and casters alike focus the majority of their attention on the top eight teams
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast At some point in the past I wrote why fixing the CS:GO economy was important. As I was watching Counter-Points, SPUNJ revealed that he had a talk with Valve about forcebuy rounds. Valve apparently wanted forcebuys/ecos to have a 4/10 winrate against rifles. The reason
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Today I read a Q&A with League of Legends writer Kelsey Moser. One of the questions seemed to be about why China lacks strong top laners (My Chinese is spotty). The answer is interesting as she says: “I don’t know exactly the reason, but it
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast If you think about thinking, you will be forced to realize that there are a number of ways we think that we assume are inherent, which is logically not the case. People think in language, but language itself isn’t inherent in understanding thought. It is
In a recent interview with Slingshot, Ninjas in Pyjamas CEO Hicham Chahine said "even Get_RiGhT and f0rest and Xizt can go."
The story of Aleksi “allu” Jalli begins on Inferno.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Valve announced yesterday it would try out a $2,000 Negev in competitive CS:GO. It was marked as such so that it would be picked up and used more in play, giving Valve data about the gun. Many have been rightly critical of the move, but
Braxton "swag" Pierce will stand in for Cloud9 at next weekend’s Counter-Strike Summit, according to sources close to the team. Swag will likely step in for Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham, who is recovering after complications from a routine surgery last month.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast. Spiidi’s departure from mousesports became official today. He will be replaced by ropz. I am shocked — I actually thought spiidi was immortal. He out-survived gob b, and NiKo was put on the bench instead of him. When oskar came in, they removed chrisJ instead
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast I wrote yesterday about using Dota 2 notation to think about roles as to how resources are used per team. This time I’ll write about extra roles that are usually not considered but have critical importance. The Leader. Everyone understands the role of leader, but
Canadian Counter-Strike player Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken has signed with Team Liquid, completing his transfer from Misfits, according to sources close to both teams.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast There has never been a set guideline to define how we designate players in a CS:GO lineup. I’ve seen riflers and the AWP. The leader, the star riflers, star AWP, supportive AWP, supportive rifler. Star players and support roles. Role players and star players. When
The Starladder i-League Season 3 Finals came at a curious time in the Counter-Strike calendar. It had been a month since FaZe Clan and Astralis faced off in the finals of IEM Katowice and two months since the ELEAGUE Major.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Richard Lewis released a video today talking about the conflicts of interest that is caused by RFRSH Entertainment owning multiple teams, future tournaments and other contractual stuff. In the video he used a theoretical example of two teams being owned by the same org (RFRSH) and
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast I started to seriously study competitive gaming once StarCraft 2 came out as I was curious how far I could go. Eventually I came to watch and study the game. After that, I started to watch team esports games. And in one particular sense 1-v-1
NiP CEO: “If there’s something that’s not working, no player is at peace at NiP at any point…Even Get_RighT and f0rest and Xizt can go.”
Ninjas in Pyjamas CEO Hicham Chahine says the organization will do whatever it takes for its Counter-Strike team to succeed -- even if that means eventually departing from any of its core group of players.
Winterfox owner allegedly owes players money, left team stranded in Australia while it sorts out visa issues
Missing payments and broken promises from Winterfox owner Brian Cordry have left the organization’s Counter-Strike players stranded in Australia without proper visas or return flights to The United States, the players have alleged.
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast The playoffs of Starladder are set with G2 vs. FaZe and HR vs North in the top half; Na`Vi vs Fnatic and Astralis vs CLG in the bottom half. For G2 vs FaZe, I have G2 winning the series. They have looked excellent in the
The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The ebbs and flows of fortune rise and recede with the tide. We are but impermanent beings in a vast universe, trying to find and create that one perfect moment we can say was ours.
North American Counter-Strike players Skyler "Relyks" Weaver and Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken will depart Misfits active roster, according to multiple sources. All signs point to Twistzz joining Team Liquid, as both organizations have been in talks regarding a transfer.
In Episode 4 of Taking Aim, Slingshot Editor-In-Chief Vince Nairn talks with Jarek ‘DeKay” Lewis and Stephen Chiu about ECS’ strange statement about Renegades, Bee’s Money Crew and multi-team ownership. They also discuss the StarLadder i-League Season 3 tournament and rank the most dangerous teams in the tournament (below Astralis). They cap the episode by playing
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast The statement is vague and obfuscating so I translated the statement into very short blunt sentences that explain what I think it means. You can read the original here. We are investigating, but we cannot say why we are or when we are. We can say
The Esports Championship Series director gave a bizarre response regarding multiple-team ownership and any potential investigation ECS conducted regarding Renegades’ attempted purchase of Bee’s Money Crew.
FaceIt and the Esports Championship Series announced Wednesday that ECS Season 3 will start April 14 and the finals will be June 23-25 at London's SSE Arena in Wembley.
ECS partners with Genius Sports, will use data to monitor betting patterns in attempt to protect match integrity
ECS has partnered with Genius Sports in an attempt to monitor betting patterns and protect match integrity
‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast Earlier today I was watching the Starladder CS:GO tournament. In it were three Asian teams, but I’ll only talk about MVP and TyLoo. MVP is considered the smarter team as it plays a more structured style due to its culture as Koreans — as well
Counter-Strike has entered the era of super teams.
David “LD” Gorman from Beyond The Summit explains what fans can expect from the Counter-Strike Summit
Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Beyond The Summit’s David “LD” Gorman about his company, expanding to Counter-Strike and what fans can expect from the CS Summit later this month.
The original FaZe Clan lineup was something of a strange experiment.
The upcoming eight-team IEM Sydney Counter-Strike event will utilize the Swiss format, according to multiple sources.
European Counter-Strike team mousesports plans to replace Timo "Spiidi" Richter on the active roster, according to sources close to the team, and will trial two players while surveying its potential options.
In Episode 3 of Taking Aim, Vince Nairn, Jarek "DeKay" Lewis and Stephen Chiu discuss Renegades' attempted purchase of Bee's Money Crew, ESL's rule change regarding VAC bans
Ninjas in Pyjamas and Fnatic are the two greatest lineups in CS:GO history.
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.