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MANS NOT HOT return with new Swedish-Lithuanian roster

A new team has been formed with three Swedish and two Lithuanian free agents, featuring the likes of twist and EspiranTo, reviving the MANS NOT HOT tag.

The aforementioned Swede joins the team from Lemondogs, a mix-team he had been playing with for fun since the beginning of the year when he was cut from NIP, while the Baltic player recently parted ways with GORILLAZ as he was unable to adapt to his role within the team, calling the experience “a good kick in the ass to start grinding even more.”

EspiranTo will be back in action with MANS NOT HOT

The two other Swedes in the team are Robin “⁠robiin⁠” Sjögren, who spent several spells in the British organization Endpoint over the past three years, and Denis “⁠grux⁠” Gutaj, who rose to prominence among second tier Swedish teams like Red Reserve, Uruguay and Ancient, as well as the international lineup of SMASH, before signing by North at the beginning of the year right as the Danish organization ceased operations.

The fifth player is EspiranTo‘s countryman Armandas “⁠maty⁠” Kneita, who spent some time playing in Lithuanian teams with the likes of Aurimas “⁠Kvik⁠” Kvakšys and Eimantas “⁠pounh⁠” Lazickas, and was recently promoted to FPL after winning FPL-C in April.

The final piece of the puzzle is coach NeiL_M, who was one of the original members of the MANS NOT HOT team alongside EspiranTo that featured Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković and Žygimantas “⁠nukkye⁠” Chmieliauskas, among others.

“Our goals are simple, to create a new international home where each player is at his highest peak in their most impactful role to shine,” coach NeiL_M told HLTV. “All five players here are slotted into their most natural role that they wanted, we’ve already started to practice as much as possible. We’re ready to compete in events to grind our way up the ladder and prove who we are.”

MANS NOT HOT is now:

SwedenSimon “⁠twist⁠” Eliasson
SwedenRobin “⁠robiin⁠” Sjögren
SwedenDenis “⁠grux⁠” Gutaj
LithuaniaRokas “⁠EspiranTo⁠” Milasauskas
LithuaniaArmandas “⁠maty⁠” Kneita

IrelandNeil “⁠NeiL_M⁠” Murphy (coach)

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fer to make return with Imperial

Former SK and MIBR member Fernando “⁠fer⁠” Alvarenga is set to return to action as he will step in for Imperial, the Brazilian organisation has announced. The 29-year-old will replace Guilherme “⁠piriaz1n⁠” Barbosa, who has been temporarily moved to the bench while Imperial investigate a potential VAC-banned account owned by the player.

fer will travel to Mexico with the team to compete in the open qualifiers for cs_summit 8, which will kick off on May 1. According to ge, he will remain with Imperial at least through IEM Summer, scheduled for June 3-13.

fer will be a stand-in for Imperial, replacing piriaz1n

fer has been without a team since September, when he and Epitacio “⁠TACO⁠” de Melo were removed from MIBR‘s starting lineup by the organisation after a run of poor results. In December, he helped BOOM to win the FlowFiReLEAGUE 2020 Global Finals in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but he decided against joining the squad, which ended up signing with MIBR.

The move would have seen fer reunite with Caio “⁠zqkS⁠” Fonseca, whom he previously played alongside in Keyd and KaBuM from 2014-2015; however, zqkS was denied entrance to Mexico and forced to return to Brazil, leaving the team with only four players in their cs_summit 8 qualifier campaign.

Imperial will compete in their following tournaments with:

BrazilGustavo “⁠SHOOWTiME⁠” Gonçalves
BrazilArthur “⁠f4stzin⁠” Schmitt
BrazilCristopher “⁠ckzao⁠” Chalus
BrazilFernando “⁠fer⁠” Alvarenga (stand-in)

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BLAST Rising to return in May with $30,000 prize pool

BLAST has announced the second edition of BLAST Rising, a tournament aimed at helping the development of teams outside the top 20 in the world rankings. Produced by Fantasyexpo, the company that holds the BLAST Premier broadcasting rights in Poland, the event has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams and will offer $30,000, down from last year’s €30,000 ($32,450 at the time).

It remains unclear which teams will be taking part in BLAST Rising 2021 or how they will be determined, but knows that the organisers are hoping to attract teams from multiple territories. The event will run from May 3-23, concurrently with Flashpoint 3, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in Europe.

BLAST Rising 2021 will kick off on May 3

BLAST Rising 2021 will kick off with six double-elimination groups, with the top two progressing to the playoffs. The third-placed teams will then compete in a knockout stage to determine the last four teams reaching the single-elimination bracket. All matches will be played in a best-of-three format.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring BLAST Rising back for a second year and offer teams outside of the world’s elite an opportunity to impress,” Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier and Director of Operations and Production for BLAST, said in a statement.

“Being able to broaden the CS:GO landscape to a wide range of teams and help create a sustainable ecosystem is something that is hugely important to us at BLAST.”

Last year’s BLAST Rising tournament was won by HAVU, who beat Endpoint in the grand final. The Finnish side have retained only two players from that team, signing Sami “⁠xseveN⁠” Laasanen and Jemi “⁠jemi⁠” Mäkinen later in 2020, and Jani “⁠Aerial⁠” Jussila only January 1, 2021.

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Complexity beat Vitality in poizon’s return at BLAST Premier Spring

Complexity have won the opening match of Group B in BLAST Premier Spring, defeating Vitality 2-0 after coming back from a 1-8 deficit on Mirage and dominating the Frenchmen 16-2 on Overpass. The latter map saw Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut record his worst performance on record, a 0.28 rating, as his team also suffered their toughest-ever loss on the map.

The European side had Valentin “⁠poizon⁠” Vasilev back in action for the first time since early December, when he was ruled out of IEM Global Challenge after undergoing emergency surgery. Although at first the Bulgarian looked out of shape with a tough start on Mirage in the match against Vitality, as the series progressed the AWPer found his impact with a huge highlight on Mirage and a carry performance on Overpass.

Meanwhile, Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke played a massive role in Complexity‘s opening win on their pick, Mirage, where at first the European side looked doomed after a tough start to their offensive half but then turned things around on the back of the Dane’s massive plays.

k0nfig carried Complexity in the Mirage comeback with a 30-bomb

Vitality cruised through the opening stretches of the first half with an 8-1 lead and went on to clinch two more rounds for a 10-5 defense, but when sides switched, Complexity came alive. A pistol round going the way of the European side busted the map wide open and several big multikills from k0nfig, as well as a lightning-fast AWP quad-kill from poizon, saw Complexity put together a near-perfect CT side as they went 11-1 in the second half to secure the opener.

Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer & co. seemed to carry over the momentum to Overpass, where the in-game leader started things off with a USP-S quad-kill on long and Complexity went on to dominate the half. With the Dane and poizon consistently finding openings and multikills on both sides of the map, the team went on another 11-1 streak while Vitality had no one to step up to the plate as ZywOo went missing. The Frenchmen could not salvage the dire situation, with just one more round going their way before they conceded the series at 16-2, 2-0.



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cs_summit set to return with $200,000 prize pool

Beyond the Summit announced on Saturday the first details about the seventh edition of cs_summit. The tournament will be held between January 25 and 31 and will have $200,000 on offer.

It’s still unclear which teams will be competing in cs_summit 7, but knows that the tournament will be based in Europe. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will not feature teams from North America, however, with FURIA, Liquid and Evil Geniuses all set to travel to Europe soon for the BLAST Premier Global Finals, which will kick off on January 19.

Beyond the Summit hosted its first five Counter-Strike tournaments at its studio in Los Angeles, drawing fans’ attention with a casual atmosphere. Last year, the company was behind the second Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournaments in Europe and North America with a combined prize pool of $200,000.

BIG won the European tournament after beating Vitality in the final, while Evil Geniuses won the North American competition, taking down Gen.G in the title decider.

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