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Spirit beat Gambit in EPIC League CIS

Spirit have ended their four-series loss streak against Gambit with a 2-0 victory in EPIC League CIS, marking the second upset of this round of the Swiss stage after Entropiq defeated Natus Vincere on Sunday.

The chopper-led squad picked up wins on Mirage (16-5) and Dust2 (16-14) to put themselves at a 2-0 record in the Swiss stage, and now need just a single series win to secure a playoff berth, while Gambit will need to dust themselves off and regroup for their next matchup.

There were no weak links for Spirit in this contest

Gambit came out on their map pick of Mirage brightly by earning a 3-0 start on the Terrorist side, but Vladislav “⁠nafany⁠” Gorshkov & co. fell flat as Spirit took control of proceedings. In the final stages of the half, Abay “⁠Hobbit⁠” Khasenov ran into connection issues as “electricity went off and he had to switch to another location”, leaving his team with four players momentarily. As play resumed with all players back in the server, Spirit continued where they left off and briskly wrapped up the map 16-5.

Spirit carried over their momentum into Dust2, where they secured five consecutive rounds off the bat. Gambit eventually found their footing, but their opponents held out for a one-round lead at the midway point. The second half was a back-and-forth between the two teams as neither side could gain a substantial advantage over the other, with a Boris “⁠magixx⁠” Vorobiev 1v2 clutch being the deciding factor in the 30-round affair.

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Virtus.pro vs. TRIDENT is the final match to take place before the start of the third round of matches in the Swiss group, which will see the first set of teams eliminated and the first batch advance to the playoffs.

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Extra Salt, paiN qualify for cs_summit 8

Extra Salt and paiN have secured spots in cs_summit 8, the Regional Major Ranking event for North America, taking down O PLANO and Bad News Bears, respectively, in the upper bracket of the closed qualifier to book their ticket in the main event.

Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou‘s troops were the first to secure their berth, making short work of O PLANO in a two-map series. Although the Brazilian side kept themselves in close contention during the first halves of Inferno and Nuke, where they edged out 8-7 leads, the second half of both maps were all Extra Salt, who gave up a combined three rounds en route to swift map victories to close out the series in fast fashion.

oSee topped the board for Extra Salt in their win over O PLANO

Bad News Bears entered their match against paiN with a commanding lead, demolishing Rafael “⁠saffee⁠” Costa‘s side 11-4 on the Terrorist side of Mirage; however, once the sides swapped over, paiN were the ones running rampant over the Bad News Bears defenses, conceding just one additional round before taking a 16-12 map victory.

Nuke was even more one-sided as paiN had their foot on the throat of Bad News Bears from the onset, dominating the first half 14-1 and wasting no time in closing things out in the second half to book their ticket to the main event.

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The team list for cs_summit 8 now looks as follows:

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MIBR beat Sharks to win CBCS Elite League Season 1

MIBR came out on top of CBCS Elite League Season 1, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in South America, following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sharks. It was the tenth straight tournament win in South America for the MIBR team, who added 1600 RMR points to the 80 that they obtained by topping the region’s standings in 2020.

Playing their first tournament back home since picking up Raphael “⁠exit⁠” Lacerda, MIBR made it out of the Swiss stage with a 3-1 record following a defeat against Sharks, and they were made to work hard by Havan Liberty in the quarter-final stage before taking down Bravos 2-0 in a one-sided semi-final affair.

MIBR won the first SA RMR tournament of the year

Gustavo “⁠yel⁠” Knittel‘s side drew first blood in the best-of-three final with a close win on Mirage, where tournament MVP Marcelo “⁠chelo⁠” Cespedes reigned supreme in the second half (1.96 rating and 132 ADR) to lead the team’s efforts on the CT side.

Sharks responded on Vertigo with strong performances from Lucas “⁠Lucaozy⁠” Neves and Romeu “⁠zevy⁠” Rocco, and they looked primed to win the series as they raced to a 13-7 lead on Inferno. However, a 1v2 clutch from yel in a messy eco round that saw Fillipe “⁠pancc⁠” Martins disconnect from the server was enough to turn the game on its head and shift the momentum back towards MIBR, who made great use of a double AWP setup and went on a dominant 9-0 run.

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CBCS Elite League Season 1 final standings:

1. Brazil MIBR – $7,550 + 1600 RMR points
2. Brazil Sharks – $3,000 + 1500 RMR points
3. Brazil Paquetá – $1,275 + 1400 RMR points
4. Brazil Bravos – $1,275 + 1300 RMR points
5-8. Argentina Meta – $725 + 1050 RMR points
5-8. Brazil Havan Liberty – $725 + 1050 RMR points
5-8. Brazil INTZ – $725 + 1050 RMR points
5-8. Brazil Santos – $725 + 1050 RMR points
9-11. Argentina Furious – $275
9-11. Brazil SWS – $275
9-11. Brazil Black Dragons – $275
12-14. Argentina Isurus (Disqualified)
12-14. Brazil Jaguares (Disqualified)
12-14. Brazil Keyd (Disqualified)
15-16. Brazil DETONA (Disqualified)
15-16. Brazil Bears (Disqualified)

South American RMR standings:

1. Brazil MIBR – 1680 RMR points
2. Brazil Sharks – 1500 RMR points
3. Brazil Paquetá – 1400 RMR points
4. Brazil Bravos – 1300 RMR points
5. Argentina Meta 1050 RMR points
5. Brazil Havan Liberty – 1050 RMR points
5. Brazil INTZ – 1050 RMR points
8. Brazil Santos – 672 RMR points

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Sprout eliminate FaZe from Flashpoint 3

Sprout beat FaZe 2-1 in the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket after losing in the opening round to Heroic, and have now survived the first round of elimination matches. Josef “⁠faveN⁠” Baumann and company fell behind after the initial map in the series, Mirage (10-16), but were able to win their own pick of Dust2 in-extremis (16-14) before closing the series out on Train (16-10).

FaZe’s ills continue with this loss as they are eliminated from the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in last place. The international squad have been struggling to perform since bringing on in-game leader Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen and star player Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken to revamp the roster and have since gone out in 9-12th place at IEM Katowice, 17-20th at ESL Pro League Season 13 and 13-16th at DreamHack Masters Spring.

Sprout remain alive in Flashpoint 3 after their victory against FaZe

FaZe got off to a good start in the series taking a 3-0 lead on the attacking side of Mirage, but Sprout were quick to retaliate and claimed the lead early on after putting up several strong defenses. karrigan and company made inroads to try and regain the lead, making it 7-7, but the Germans were able to win the final round of the half to remain ahead. Despite winning the pistol round, Sprout struggled with the task of attacking, and finally faltered as FaZe took their map pick 16-10.

Sprout took the lead on the offense in Dust2, but weren’t able to dominate early on as FaZe won a couple of close rounds to start to gain momentum and build an economy on the CT side. Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants and Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David did much of the heavy lifting with dual AWPs on the way to a 10-5 lead. The German squad put forth a strong start on the defense and made a strong push to take the map. faveN made two big plays in crucial rounds which tipped the balance in Sprout’s favor as they managed to take it in the last round, 16-14.

FaZe didn’t manage to close the series out on Dust2 and lost in the decider

FaZe won the first pistol round on the attacking side of Train, but three Desert Eagle kills on the forcebuy by Denis “⁠denis⁠” Howell gave his team the second round, after which faveN and company went on to dominate on the defense, giving up just four rounds to set up a possible upset. FaZe started to scale the comeback mountain on the CT side, but were cut short as Sprout cruised to a 16-10 victory to eliminate the international squad and stay alive in the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket.

Up next for the German squad will be the second round of lower bracket play, where they will play the loser of BIG vs. mousesports in another all-or-nothing match for survival in the tournament. “I don’t care who we play, but I think we’d have better chances against BIG,” faveN said in the post-match interview, “because it’s a domestic match-up and it’ll be about mental games, so I think BIG would be better for us.”

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Video: poizon vs. fnatic | HLTV.org

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meyern joins Furious on loan

Furious have added Ignacio “⁠meyern⁠” Meyer to complete their roster following Friday’s departure of Sebastian “⁠Gooden⁠” Palacios, the Argentine organisation has announced.

The 18-year-old arrives on the team on loan from 9z, having stepped back from active play in October following the team’s seventh place finish in CLUTCH Season 3. At the end of the year, meyern announced that he had been allowed to explore options heading into 2021, now finding a home with Furious where his loan will last until the end of the year.

meyern will ply his trade for Furious after taking some time off

Since stepping down from 9z, meyern has logged no official matches, choosing to focus on playing the game casually while recovering from what he cited as “symptoms of stress and mental exhaustion.”

Furious were unable to surpass the group stage of CBCS Elite League Season 1, the first South American Regional Major Ranking event of 2021, despite two forfeit wins over teams who withdrew from the tournament. Losses to MIBR, Paquetá, and Havan Liberty saw the team fall just short of a spot in the playoffs with a 9-11th place exit.

The team currently have no events lined up following the end of their CBCS tournament run, but will look to improve on their recent results with meyern in tow.

Furious now have:

ArgentinaIgnacio “⁠nacho⁠” Rodriguez
ArgentinaOwen “⁠Owen$inhoM⁠” Veron
ArgentinaMatias “⁠abizz⁠” Muñiz Cusi
ArgentinaJonathan “⁠JonY BoY⁠” Muñoz
ArgentinaIgnacio “⁠meyern⁠” Meyer (on loan from 9z)

ArgentinaPablo “⁠Xiguinilster⁠” Paez Ortega (coach)

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Complexity oust fnatic from Flashpoint 3

Complexity have advanced to the second round of the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket after securing a 2-0 victory over fnatic, who have exited the tournament in joint-last place. The European mixture now await their next opponent, the loser of the upper-bracket quarter-final match between G2 and Heroic, whom they will face on Friday.

After the match, the cameras in fnatic‘s facility told the story of the Swedish team’s struggles as of late, showing the players sitting motionless, staring into nothing or with their faces in their hands. The last-place finish at the first European RMR event came as yet another tough blow to the squad, who are now ranked only 25th in the world following a series of early exits at 2021’s biggest tournaments.

“We play a lot against [fnatic], and last year at the beginning of the year we struggled a lot against them in a couple of matches, so we definitely had our problems with them,” blameF said about facing fnatic. “I feel like they were a little bit more on point individually back then, and I also know they do a lot of the same stuff, so maybe they’re not adding a lot of new stuff — I’m not sure, honestly. I do know they play fairly similar, but I also see that they’ve changed up positions lately, so maybe they’re trying to do something about that.”

poizon spearheaded Complexity’s triumph over fnatic

Complexity came out of the gates swinging on the T side of Mirage. A forcebuy win kickstarted a massive run for the European mixture, with Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke finding entries across the map to put his team in early advantages time and time again and spearhead a convincing performance in the first half.

There was little hope for fnatic when they switched over to the offense down 4-11, but the Swedish side rallied against the odds with an unanswered eight-round run to take their first lead in the match since they won the opening pistol. It all came crashing down once they ran into a saved weapon in the hands of William “⁠RUSH⁠” Wierzba, however, with the American’s quad-kill breathing life back into Complexity as they claimed the opener 16-12 from then on.

Another solid start from blameF & co. put the pressure on fnatic and the Swedes crumbled, unable to find any momentum as they went down 4-11 once again. A comeback wasn’t on the cards for Maikil “⁠Golden⁠” Selim‘s team this time, with Complexity closing the map before things got sweaty at 16-10.

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Extra Salt, O PLANO secure wins in cs_summit 8 closed qualifier openers

Extra Salt and O PLANO have claimed victory in their opening matches for the cs_summit 8 closed qualifier, advancing to the upper bracket semi-final where they will face off against one another for a spot in the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event.

Extra Salt, who received a direct invite to the closed qualifier based off being the highest ranked side in North America not already competing in the main event, were matched up against GODSENT in the first round of play, with the Brazilian roster also receiving an invite despite being ranked below Triumph at the time invites were distributed.

The disparity led to the two invited sides facing off in the first round due to the bracket being seeded by more recent rankings than when the invites were distributed, while Triumph and O PLANO, who both advanced through the open qualifiers, were also drawn against each other.

Sonic led the way for Extra Salt in their opening match

Extra Salt, fresh off a gamut of European tournaments, put their practice to good use against GODSENT, with Aran “⁠Sonic⁠” Groesbeek shining in a 16-8 win on Nuke to open the series. Inferno, GODSENT‘s map pick, was a more keenly contested affair, with the lead being traded back and forth before Extra Salt narrowly prevailed in triple overtime to take the series.

O PLANO required all three maps to take a win over Triumph, with the two sides trading 16-13 wins on Nuke and Dust2, respectively, forcing a Train decider. There, the trio of Henrique “⁠HEN1⁠” Teles, Leonardo “⁠leo_drk⁠” Oliveira, and Vinicius “⁠vsm⁠” Moreira combined to help their team to an 8-7 scoreline at halftime, before establishing dominant control in the second half with eight rounds in a row to take the series.

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FunPlus Phoenix run over HYENAS in Flashpoint 3

FunPlus Phoenix secured on Friday the final spot in Flashpoint 3’s upper bracket quarter-finals after dispatching HYENAS in a quick two-map series. As expected, the international team were superior in all aspects against a timid opponent that placed all their faith on a Vertigo pick.

There were some bright spots from the Danish team on that first map – though they were on the back foot from the offset -, but on Inferno they were simply unable to pose a threat to FPX, who will meet Anonymo in the next round of the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament.

“We didn’t know what to expect, we just thought that were going to play a Danish kind of Counter-Strike, but it felt like playing a FACEIT stack against five Danish players,” Martin “⁠STYKO⁠” Styk said in the post-match interview, before criticising HYENAS‘ method to obtain a spot in Flashpoint 3 by submitting a lineup with a player, René “⁠cajunb⁠” Borg, who is seemingly not going to compete.

“I didn’t really like that they are in the tournament because of a loophole that Valve created. They immediately subbed out cajunb for Fessor just to get the spot. I think they’re going to have a fun time in the lower bracket against NIP. I hope they will have no chance.”

FPX will take on Anonymo in the next round

FunPlus Phoenix made a flying start to the match, cruising to a 9-2 lead on Vertigo after giving their opponents very little room to operate. HYENAS then finally managed to put their foot down and chained a few rounds together before Luka “⁠emi⁠” Vuković pulled off a 1v2 clutch to put his team on double-digit territory before the break.

HYENAS picked up a few rounds early in the second half – when Philip “⁠aizy⁠” Aistrup rolled back the years with an impressive 1v2 clutch -, but their respite was short-lived. FunPlus Phoenix soon regained control of proceedings, and they kept the tempo high to prevent the Danes from establishing a foothold in the game.

Things looked promising for HYENAS in the early stages of Inferno as they picked up a 4-2 lead, but that feeling quickly dissipated. The rest of the half was dominated by FunPlus Phoenix, who enjoyed a period of dominance as they brutally exposed their opponents’ leaky defence and went on a 9-0 run. The second half brought no let up for the Danes, who saw their pistol round victory immediately cancelled out by emi‘s side, who wasted no time in putting the series to bed.

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Anonymo ruin device’s NIP debut in Flashpoint 3

Anonymo bounced back from a thrashing on Overpass (16-3 NIP) and clawed their way to a series upset on Nuke (16-13) and Mirage (19-17), kicking off their Flashpoint 3 campaign on the right foot.

A loss in their first match with Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz wasn’t what NIP were hoping for going into the match against the team ranked No. 44 in the world. It wasn’t only the debut of the Dane that was spoiled, though, but also the spectacle of the match as it was plagued by technical issues and pauses.

NIP CEO Hicham Chahine claims that significant packet loss for the members of the Swedish organization led to “unplayable” conditions for his team. Early into the match, after an hour-long delay on the first map, device took to Twitter to share that his team will have to “play on 30-40% [packet] loss”, expanding following the defeat that the loss spikes didn’t improve throughout the series. The AWPer, who still posted a server-high 1.32 rating, explained “he couldn’t move” in a clutch situation against Janusz “⁠Snax⁠” Pogorzelski, while Fredrik “⁠REZ⁠” Sterner added that he was unable use utility due to the poor connection.

Regardless of the issues NIP claimed to have, the result of the match sees NIP drop to the lower bracket, where they will have to beat the loser of FunPlus PhoenixHYENAS to stay alive in the all-important Major-qualifying tournament.

mynio was the star in Anonymo’s upset

Paweł “⁠innocent⁠” Mocek‘s quad kill opened up the series on Overpass with a pistol win for Anonymo, which NIP instantly replied to with a force-buy victory. An extended tech pause followed, from which the Swedish side returned inspired. Mid-round situations kept going the way of NIP with youngster Erik “⁠ztr⁠” Gustafsson leading the fragging as they reached a 12-3 lead. device matched innocent‘s CT pistol performance with a 4K of his own after the switch, bringing the map to a swift conclusion, 16-3.

The Poles offered more resistance on Nuke, sprinting to a 4-2 lead as they started things off on the offense. device came online soon, inspiring NIP to seize control of the map (9-5) with opening frags and multikills. Anonymo got back into it with the last round of the half and second pistol going their way, equalizing things at 9-9. The squads were neck-and-neck for the rest of the map, but Wiktor “⁠mynio⁠” Kruk‘s team managed to pull it across the line on the defense for a 16-13 win.

In what was device‘s first Mirage official since 2019, NIP started off well (5-1), but Snax and co. gained steam as the half progressed, finishing it just one round behind after mynio‘s 1v4 clutch. The two teams were inseparable in the second half, pushing the decider to overtime where the Poles stole away the series 19-17.

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