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Shakezullah replaces alter on Bad News Bears

Bad News Bears have announced that they have recruited former Singularity and Triumph member Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman, and simultaneously moved Nick “⁠alter⁠” Jackson to the bench, bringing about an end to his five months as a part of their active roster.

The 23-year-old in-game leader’s arrival is a valuable addition to the Bad News Bears lineup, providing additional structure and freeing up Peter “⁠ptr⁠” Gurney from leadership duties. For Shakezullah, the move marks the chance to work with two of North America’s most promising upcoming talents, Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey and Michael “⁠Swisher⁠” Schmid, and reunites him with his former Triumph teammate Gabe “⁠Spongey⁠” Greiner.

Shakezullah will take up leadership duties on Bad News Bears

alter averaged a team-low 1.04 rating during his time on Bad News Bears, but he played a key part in the roster finding success following its formation in January. Notably, the team qualified for ESL Pro League Season 14 by winning ESEA Premier and won a number of ESEA Cash Cups, results that earned them qualification for the IEM Cologne Play-In via the ESL World Ranking.

More recently, Bad News Bears were eliminated from cs_summit 8 in 7-8th place after falling in narrow fashion to Liquid and EXTREMUM, earning 950 Regional Major Ranking points in the process.

Shakezullah made his first appearance for the lineup shortly after their elimination from the RMR event, playing in ESEA Spring Cash Cup 6, in which they made it to the grand final before falling to GODSENT.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Bad News Bears,” Shakezullah said in a statement to HLTV.org. “They have had tremendous success thus far, and I hope we are able to reach new heights together. Practices have been smooth, and we have a ton of work to do before the Cologne Play-In, as well as EPL. I am ready to get to work though and look forward to what the future will bring.”

With Bad News Bears having no events lined up until the IEM Cologne Play-In, which will kick off on July 6, they will have plenty of time to practice with their new fifth player.

Bad News Bears are now:

United StatesPeter “⁠ptr⁠” Gurney
CanadaJonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey
United StatesMichael “⁠Swisher⁠” Schmid
United StatesGabe “⁠Spongey⁠” Greiner
United StatesAlan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman

United StatesNathan “⁠madcow⁠” Retterath (coach)

United StatesNick “⁠alter⁠” Jackson (bench)

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Discussing Major news, RMR results, CS:GO ecosystem on HLTV Confirmed with YNk

Regulars Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda and Zvonimir “Professeur Burazin are joined by Janko “⁠YNk⁠” Paunović in the upcoming episode of HLTV Confirmed, HLTV.org’s live show that covers recent news and in-depth discussions about Counter-Strike.

YNk will share his thoughts about top teams and the scene

The 41st episode of the season will cover mousesports unexpected run in the upper bracket of Flashpoint 3, Gambit‘s struggles in EPIC League CIS, and poor starts for NA’s giants in cs_summit 8.

As the show progresses, the discussion will turn towards the news regarding the Majors that will follow the one in Stockholm, and how the schedule should look as a result. Additionally, the panel will talk about all of the moving parts that create the CS:GO ecosystem and try to figure out how they stack up in terms of importance

Topic list:

Recent news
– NiP vs Anonymo rematch
– peacemaker joins Imperial, roeJ & HooXi to CPH Flames
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: RMR edition
– The Good: mouz and G2 lead the pack
– The Good: CIS stacked bracket
– The Bad: EG hit rock bottom
– The Bad: Liquid and FURIA slip ups
– The Ugly: Online tech woes
– The Ugly: Overtime or over the top?
– The Ugly: Late finishes
Major news
– Majors for 2022/2023 lined out
– Good news for the future of CSGO?
– RMR LANs
CS:GO ecosystem discussion
– Establishing ecosystem basics
– Defining hierarchy of importance
– The effect of tournament circuits
– World Rankings
– Pros and cons of current situation
– Providing solutions
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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[LIVE] Discussing Major news, RMR results, CS:GO ecosystem on HLTV Confirmed with YNk

Regulars Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda and Zvonimir “Professeur Burazin are joined by Janko “⁠YNk⁠” Paunović in the upcoming episode of HLTV Confirmed, HLTV.org’s live show that covers recent news and in-depth discussions about Counter-Strike.

YNk will share his thoughts about top teams and the scene

The 41st episode of the season will cover mousesports unexpected run in the upper bracket of Flashpoint 3, Gambit‘s struggles in EPIC League CIS, and poor starts for NA’s giants in cs_summit 8.

As the show progresses, the discussion will turn towards the news regarding the Majors that will follow the one in Stockholm, and how the schedule should look as a result. Additionally, the panel will talk about all of the moving parts that create the CS:GO ecosystem and try to figure out how they stack up in terms of importance

Topic list:

Recent news
– NiP vs Anonymo rematch
– peacemaker joins Imperial, roeJ & HooXi to CPH Flames
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: RMR edition
– The Good: mouz and G2 lead the pack
– The Good: CIS stacked bracket
– The Bad: EG hit rock bottom
– The Bad: Liquid and FURIA slip ups
– The Ugly: Online tech woes
– The Ugly: Overtime or over the top?
– The Ugly: Late finishes
Major news
– Majors for 2022/2023 lined out
– Good news for the future of CSGO?
– RMR LANs
CS:GO ecosystem discussion
– Establishing ecosystem basics
– Defining hierarchy of importance
– The effect of tournament circuits
– World Rankings
– Pros and cons of current situation
– Providing solutions
Playtime
– Parimatch matchmaker game
– Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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EXTREMUM oust Bad News Bears from cs_summit 8

EXTREMUM have prevailed over Bad News Bears in a closely contested two-map affair, besting the North American team in the Group B elimination match to secure a spot in the double-elimination playoffs, as well as a match against Liquid to determine which team will begin the final stage in the upper bracket.

EXTREMUM, who are playing in North America for the first time since parting ways with 100 Thieves in October, kicked off cs_summit 8 with an 0-2 loss to Extra Salt, despite showing good form in the series. Their match against Bad News Bears proved to be a test as ptr‘s men pushed the Oceanic roster to fight from the back foot, although this time around they were able to recover on both Inferno and Nuke to take the series.

“It’s been rough for us since we started the team,” Joakim “⁠jkaem⁠” Myrbostad explained following the match when asked about playing in Europe for the last few months. “The EU scene is really hard, the tier 2 and tier 3 teams play really well, they shoot hard. We’ve been putting in a lot of work and we’re hoping it will pay off in NA, because this is where we became a good team.”

jkaem spoke about EXTREMUM’s experience playing in Europe

When asked about their upcoming match against Liquid, jkaem was firm in wanting a win, despite the match only being for seeding purposes in the bracket. “We’re not happy with our ranking, we want some invites, to get some points, so the game means more than just nothing for us.”

Bad News Bears were hot off the trot on their map pick, Inferno, going up 5-1 before EXTREMUM stabilized, recovering to narrowly edge out a one-round lead at the break. Another four rounds following the side swap gave Bad News Bears their second lead of the map, but in identical fashion to the first half, Aaron “⁠AZR⁠” Ward‘s side held on and came out the better team in the closing moments of the map to edge out a win.

Another strong start on Nuke, in which Michael “⁠Swisher⁠” Schmid and Nick “⁠alter⁠” Jackson shut down numerous attempts to attack the A bombsite, gave Bad News Bears a head start again, momentum which they were able to run with for a dominant 10-1 lead. However, the team began to lose steam as EXTREMUM found their footing, and managed just two additional rounds in the entirety of the map as Hansel “⁠BnTeT⁠” Ferdinand led the way in a 16-12 victory for his side.

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Liquid survive Bad News Bears scare in cs_summit 8

Liquid have secured a spot in the Group B winners’ match of cs_summit 8, defeating Bad News Bears 2-1 after over a month away from official competition following their defeat to Dignitas in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.

The match marked the return of Eric “⁠adreN⁠” Hoag as Liquid‘s head coach, someone who Michael “⁠Grim⁠” Wince praised in the post-match interview. “adreN really helps everyone,” the 20-year-old stated following the end of the series. “He knows how to play at a professional level, he’s done it many times before. He really understands the opposition we are facing, knowing tells, and brings new stuff to try.”

Grim also said that practice upon returning to his home region was “actually pretty good” and that the North American teams “that you might not think are good practice are actually doing really good, and doing good things.” He ended by praising Extra Salt‘s performances and their rise in North America, but said Liquid would “play their own game and play 120%” against them on Saturday in the Group B winners’ match.

EliGE ended the series with a 1.38 rating

Liquid kicked off Mirage with a masterclass, shutting down Bad News Bears‘ efforts to enter bombsites and racing to a 9-1 lead in the process. Peter “⁠ptr⁠” Gurney‘s side finally began to gain ground at the end of the half, mustering six rounds, but Liquid were unrelenting as Keith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic and Jonathan “⁠EliGE⁠” Jablonowski combined to crush any vestiges of hope for Bad News Bears by sealing the map shortly after the side swap.

It seemed Inferno was set for a similar showing as an early lead blossomed into a dominant first half for Liquid, who pieced together a 10-5 scoreline by the break. However, Bad News Bears rapidly closed that gap, sustaining in late round situations to briefly pull ahead before Liquid finally found their first T round.

The teams went blow for blow to tie up the score at 13-13, but a pivotal win on a half-buy from Bad News Bears proved to be the key turning point as Liquid‘s economy was crushed, allowing for ptr to lead his team to a narrow win to tie the series.

It was pages out of the exact same book on the decider map, Overpass, with Liquid gaining ground at the start of the half, only for Bad News Bears to rally back towards the end, bringing themselves within three rounds. Echoes of Inferno began to ring out as a spree of Terrorist rounds gave Bad News Bears the upper hand, only for the team to fall to pistols from Liquid.

Again, the scoreline was tied up at 12-12 as Bad News Bears answered back, but unlike Inferno, a last-second rotate back to the B site from Nick “⁠alter⁠” Jackson and ptr proved to be the death blow for their side, who fell for the second time to Liquid‘s pistols before back-to-back triple kills from Jake “⁠Stewie2K⁠” Yip and Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo brought the map to a sudden end, 16-12.

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Bad News Bears, O PLANO clinch final cs_summit 8 spots

Bad News Bears and O PLANO have secured the final spots in cs_summit 8, besting GODSENT and TeamOne in the last round of the closed qualifier to join Extra Salt and paiN as the teams advancing to the Regional Major Ranking event.

It was a keenly contested three-map affair that took place between Bad News Bears and GODSENT, with Peter “⁠ptr⁠” Gurney‘s side being the only North American team left standing after Extra Salt advanced through the upper bracket, and the remaining teams from the region were eliminated.

vsm led the way for O PLANO in their series victory

On Inferno, Bad News Bears pulled ahead 9-6 at the break, but struggled to close things out in regulation, requiring overtime before edging out the win on their map pick. Dust2 was a one-sided affair as GODSENT put up a dominant 12-3 offensive effort before closing out the map to even the series, but Bad News Bears answered back on Mirage, once again proving the better side in an overtime affair to narrowly claim victory.

O PLANO kicked off their domestic match-up by overrunning TeamOne on Mirage, crushing their countrymen 14-1 in the first half and closing out the map shortly after. Nuke was not as clear-cut, despite Vito “⁠kNgV-⁠” Giuseppe and company putting up a three-round lead at halftime and converting the second pistol for a 12-6 scoreline, and it was TeamOne who were able to rally as Pedro “⁠Maluk3⁠” Campos clutched three 1vs1s in a row to complete a 16-13 comeback.

After trailing off at the end of Nuke, O PLANO were able to stabilize, posting a 10-5 lead on Train. Again, TeamOne began to fight back, but this time their effort was cut short as kNgV- and company closed out the map 16-10 to take the series.

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Bad News Bears take down Triumph to qualify for ESL Pro League Season 14

Bad News Bears have claimed victory in ESEA Premier Season 36 North America, fighting back from an 0-1 disadvatange in the best-of-five grand final against Triumph to secure a first place finish. The win sees ptr‘s troops become the second unsigned roster to earn a berth to ESL Pro League Season 14, following ex-Winstrike‘s win over SAW in the European grand final on Sunday.

“Words can’t describe it man,” ptr said in a post-game interview when asked how he felt about the victory. “Me and Jonji have been working for this moment for so long. We lost to INTZ last year, so it’s just an amazing feeling. You know, I’ve played in pro teams in the past and stuff but just was already pro, but this was the first time that I actually earned it for myself. I fucking love my team.”

Bad News Bears had a flawless run in the regular season, going undefeated in their group and becoming a prime candidate to win the playoffs after Extra Salt withdrew to attend a gamut of tournaments in Europe. After scoring two wins to kick off their playoff run, Bad News Bears were felled by Triumph in the upper bracket final, but fought past RBG in the consolidation final to set up a rematch.

A resurgent performance from Jonji allowed Bad News Bears to take down Triumph

Alan “⁠Shakezullah⁠” Hardeman‘s side dominated the early portions of both halves of their map pick, Nuke, to kick off the grand final; however, attrition from Bad News Bears allowed them to stay in contention and fight back, edging out a 16-14 victory to even the series score immediately. Inferno and Train were one-sided affairs as the two teams traded blows, leading to a Mirage decider with it all on the line.

Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey, who was the team’s best performer during the regular season but having a rough run during playoffs, was the catalyst in a stellar showing for Bad News Bears on Mirage. After being a pivotal factor in the first three maps of the series, the 21-year-old ran rampant on Triumph‘s defense for the first half as his team took nine rounds off the bat, with the rest of the roster stepping up to cut short any hopes of a comeback from Triumph and close out the map in swift fashion.

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The team list for ESL Pro League Season 14 now looks as follows:

ESEA Premier Season 36 North America final standings:

1. United States Bad News Bears – $20,000 + ESL Pro League S14 slot
2. United States Triumph – $12,500
3. United States RBG – $7,500
4. United States High Coast – $4,000
5-6. United States Recon 5 – $2,000
5-6. United States GGPR – $2,000
7-8. United States ChocoCheck – $1,000
7-8. United States Mythic – $1,000
9-10. North America Extra Salt*
9-10. Canada OCG**
11-12. United States Rise
11-12. United States Secret Club
13. United States Third Impact
14. United States Eclipse
15. United States SKDC
16. United States Levitate
17-18. United States ImPerium
17-18. United States Watch This
19-20. United States The Commission
19-20. United States timbermen

* Extra Salt forfeited playoffs due to being in Europe
** OCG forfeited playoffs as they were unable to field a complete roster

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[LIVE] HLTV Confirmed with guest MSL: discussing time on the sidelines and roster news

Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen will take part in the show featuring Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin to talk about his search for a new team, being a free agent in the current age, and a plethora of breaking news.

MSL is the latest guest of the HLTV Confirmed show

Among topics to be discussed are Vitality‘s benching of long-standing member Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy, the report of Michał “⁠MICHU⁠” Müller joining Evil Geniuses, and Natus Vincere‘s announcement that Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy will replace Egor “⁠flamie⁠” Vasilyev at the two upcoming events.

Heroic‘s ESL Pro League victory and the implications of the results of Gambit, Astralis, and more will also be touched on, as will the bracket for the upcoming BLAST Showdown.

Topic list for HLTV Confirmed S5E35:

Hot seat with MSL
-What led to the benching in North?
-Time on the sidelines – what was the focus?
-Plans and expectations from next roster
-Finding a team in 2021 vs. 2016
Recent news
-flusha team unveiled
-Vitality swapping RpK for… who?
-EG change again, MICHU inc.?
-NAVI to field B1T over flamie
-flameZ completes OG
-RMR EU, NA, Asia announced
EPL playoffs
-Online vs. LAN discussion
-Gambit and Heroic go all the way
-Astralis fall flat in playoffs
-Potential of FURIA & NIP
BLAST Showdown
-Who needs to qualify the most?
-Dark horses to look out for
Playtime
-Parimatch matchmaker game
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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[VOD] HLTV Confirmed with guest MSL: discussing time on the sidelines and roster news

Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen will take part in the show featuring Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin to talk about his search for a new team, being a free agent in the current age, and a plethora of breaking news.

MSL is the latest guest of the HLTV Confirmed show

Among topics to be discussed are Vitality‘s benching of long-standing member Cédric “⁠RpK⁠” Guipouy, the report of Michał “⁠MICHU⁠” Müller joining Evil Geniuses, and Natus Vincere‘s announcement that Valeriy “⁠B1T⁠” Vakhovskiy will replace Egor “⁠flamie⁠” Vasilyev at the two upcoming events.

Heroic‘s ESL Pro League victory and the implications of the results of Gambit, Astralis, and more will also be touched on, as will the bracket for the upcoming BLAST Showdown.

Topic list for HLTV Confirmed S5E35:

Hot seat with MSL
-What led to the benching in North?
-Time on the sidelines – what was the focus?
-Plans and expectations from next roster
-Finding a team in 2021 vs. 2016
Recent news
-flusha team unveiled
-Vitality swapping RpK for… who?
-EG change again, MICHU inc.?
-NAVI to field B1T over flamie
-flameZ completes OG
-RMR EU, NA, Asia announced
EPL playoffs
-Online vs. LAN discussion
-Gambit and Heroic go all the way
-Astralis fall flat in playoffs
-Potential of FURIA & NIP
BLAST Showdown
-Who needs to qualify the most?
-Dark horses to look out for
Playtime
-Parimatch matchmaker game
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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Liquid, Bad News Bears move on in DreamHack Open March

Liquid and Bad News Bears are through to the upper bracket final in their respective groups in DreamHack Open March North America following 2-0 victories over RBG and Rebirth. The current world No.6 made quick work of their opponents despite Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo being handicapped with high ping issues as he is playing from Poland, while Peter “⁠ptr⁠” Gurney‘s side required overtimes on both maps to move past their ESEA Premier rival in a highly-contested affair.

Liquid got off to a dream start as they cruised to a 6-0 lead on Nuke before RBG began to put some rounds together. The ESEA Premier side managed to level the score in the second half after enjoying a period of dominance, but Liquid held firm and secured the map with an ace from Jake “⁠Stewie2K⁠” Yip. RBG picked up an early lead on Mirage off the back of a pistol clutch by Jadan “⁠HexT⁠” Postma, but once Liquid hit their stride, it was nothing but smooth sailing for the North American giants.

Liquid are through to Group A’s upper bracket final

With their confidence soaring following a 2-0 victory over Extra Salt on Monday, Bad News Bears left it late to claim success on Mirage after wasting a 14-11 lead and then letting a map point slip. Danny “⁠cxzi⁠” Strzelczyk and Zack “⁠XotiC⁠” Elshani led Rebirth‘s comeback efforts as the team recovered from a 9-2 deficit and pushed for overtime once more, only to falter at the last hurdle.

Bad News Bears will be without Jonathan “⁠Jonji⁠” Carey for the rest of the tournament as the Canadian will have to serve a mandatory quarantine period in a hotel due to COVID-19 restrictions. Jeff “⁠RZU⁠” Ngo will be filling in for the team, who will take on the winner of the winner of the match between Extra Salt and paiN in the group’s upper bracket final.

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