With news piling up over the past several days and League of Legends Worlds approaching its conclusion, we thought we could inform you of what has happened in the Competitive CS:GO scene recently.
Astralis has been going through some upheaval over the past weeks, concerning their benching of Finn “karrigan” Andersen and the resulting peril of losing their spot in the next Major due to the rule, which states that Legend teams have to have three of the five players who placed in the top 8 of the previous Major in order to qualify for the next one.
With karrigan moving to FaZe Clan, Astralis had two options if they wanted to automatically qualify for the ELEAGUE-hosted Major to take place in January — they either had to get Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander to move to their team from Heroic, or have their coach, Danny "zonic" Sørensen, at least register as a player to meet the three-player quota.
Well, news broke that gla1ve is coming to Astralis. That is probably the best decision the team could have made, even though it could leave a bad taste in some fan’s mouths, because this system could easily be taken advantage of. More on that possibility in the section on Fnatic news.
The second season of ELEAGUE started on October 21st. Two teams, mousesports and FaZe Clan, made it into the Playoffs, in that order. To get themselves there, mousesports won against Immortals (16-9) on Mirage and overcame Cloud9 in an exciting overtime match on Dust2, which ended with the Americans losing 16-19.
While mousesports qualified for the Playoffs with a 2-0, FaZe had a slightly harder time. They lost their first match against C9 7-16 on Train, then had to play a best of three against Immortals, winning on Mirage and Overpass, while losing the second map, Train, once again. Then, they had to face Cloud9 once again, this time in a best of three, just like the match against Immortals. Different from their first game of the event, FaZe managed to win 2-1, defeating C9 on Mirage and Overpass, while losing on Train, again. Looking at the results of the two days of play, FaZe Clan should REALLY practice Train. They would have had a considerably better time if they were better on that map.
Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu and Team Liquid announced that the now former coach is leaving the team due to “a few disagreements about business principles”. Peacemaker-led Team Liquid famously made history when they reached the Grand Final of ESL One Cologne 2016, where they lost to SK Gaming, the reigning Major Champions at the time.
Immediately after the conclusion of the tournament, one of the biggest stars on the history-making Liquid roster, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, left the team, joining Natus Vincere soon after.
The coaching role on the team was soon shook up at its base, when Valve lay down the law, forbidding team’s coaches from acting as in-game leaders. This might have had something to do with peacemakers difficulties. Another reason for the disagreements about business principles could have been the fact that Team Liquid has changed owners. Of course, you should keep in mind that all of this is pure speculation, the only people who actually know what happened are Liquid insiders.
A couple of months or so ago, on the 15th of August, the legendary Fnatic roster of old had a big shake up. Three of their players, Freddy “KRiMZ” Johansson, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, and Jesper “JW” Wecksell left the team to move to GODSENT, leaving only Dennis “dennis” Edman and Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer still on the roster from the Fnatic squad that recently managed to keep their Legend status in ESL One Cologne 2016. As the result of three of the Legend Fnatic roster moving to GODSENT, the much less known team became the one with a guaranteed spot in the next Major.
Now, just a bit more than two months later, amidst much fail as a member of GODSENT, KRiMZ is going back to Fnatic, bringing the Major invite with him. We have no clue whether it’s true or not, but, as pointed out in a recent video by Duncan “Thorin” Shields, this state of affairs leaves a lot of room for players to manipulate the system, almost holding orgs and their former teammates hostage in order to negotiate for better deals. This needs to change. Of course, it’s entirely possible and more than likely that KRiMZ isn’t using any underhanded tactics, only moving back to Fnatic because he didn’t fit in in GODSENT. Whatever the case may be, Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson’s stint on Fnatic is over, he’s moving to GODSENT and KRiMZ is taking his place.