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Red Bull Flick 2v2 tournament returns with $58,700 event in Helsinki

Red Bull has announced the return of its 2v2 CS:GO tournament after its success last year, when Elias “⁠s1n⁠” Stein and Tom “⁠skyye⁠” Hagedorn conquered the competition as representatives of Team Germany. This year’s event will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from November 19-21, with €50,000 ($58,720) up for grabs, up from the €20,000 ($22,000) offered in 2020.

Red Bull Flick has partnered with SteelSeries and AOC for the 2021 edition, and named Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač as the official brand ambassador, with the G2 star set to provide expert insight and commentary on the best plays of the tournament.

The duos will battle it out on five futuristic custom maps: Digital Archives [Level -2], Control Room [Level -1], City Palace [Level 0], Sky Platform [Level 1] and Wi-nG:5 [Level 2]. The matches will feature a capture point game mode and ticket system, whereby the teams will contest a point, which changes every 30 seconds, to deplete their opponent’s tickets from 100 down to zero as time passes.

Players can take part in national or international online qualifiers from April 24 through to October 30 to fight for qualification for the Helsinki Invitational. There, 16 teams will face off from November 19-21 for the lion’s share of the prize pool and potential bragging rights over top pros in the pro-am event.

ENCE, Cloud9, G2, OG, FURIA and BIG have all received direct invites to the Helsinki Invitational and will choose two team members to compete, with the Finnish event and Nordic Playoff winners joining the invited sides in the main event. The participants’ list will be rounded out by the duos coming from the closed qualifier, which will feature the eight winners of the international qualifiers and each winner of the national tournaments.

Below you can find the dates and sign-up links for the international qualifiers:

EU Qualifier 1 (April 24 ) – Register
EU Qualifier 2 (June 12) – Register
EU Qualifier 3 (July 24) – Register
EU Qualifier 4 (September 11) – Register

CIS Qualifier 1 (April 25) – Register
CIS Qualifier 2 (July 17) – Register

NiKo Qualifier 1 (May 22) – Register
NiKo Qualifier 2 (October 16) – Register

The national qualifiers will have their own prize pool and will be revealed at later dates. Additional information can be found by heading to the Red Bull Flick website here.

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G2 bench kennyS; JaCkz returns to roster

G2 have placed Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub on the bench and brought Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug back into the main roster, the organization has announced.

The move comes after the team endured a string of underwhelming placings in late 2020 and early 2021, which saw them go out early at three consecutive BLAST events at the brink of the year and most recently miss out on the playoffs at IEM Katowice.

kennyS has struggled for individual form in that time, averaging only a 0.98 rating across the four tournaments G2 has attended since the team decided to keep François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay over JaCkz in the main roster following Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač‘s addition.

The French sniper is allowed to explore new opportunities

The star AWPer leaves the active roster after a four-year stint. He was part of the French “superteam” G2 put together in early 2017 by combining two members of their former squad, Richard “⁠shox⁠” Papillon and Alexandre “⁠bodyy⁠” Pianaro, with the Envy core featuring kennyS, Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt, and Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire. Since then, the 25-year-old has been the centrepiece of G2 as he was the only one to remain amid several big changes over the next two and a half years.

With kennyS out of the roster, the rest of the team is bound to undergo some key role changes, with NiKo taking up sniping duties. This, according to team coach Damien “⁠maLeK⁠” Marcel, will provide “more flexibility within our game and the current meta.”

“Kenny is a pillar within G2 and a legend in the scene,” G2 maLeK said. “We all all feel that, though difficult, a new home for him will be a great opportunity to remain at the top. We are excited to have JACKZ return to the team, bringing his flair, creativity and a new balance to the team.”

JaCkz returns after a three-month stint on the organization’s bench. While on the sidelines, the 28-year-old was seen playing with the mix team DBL PONEY alongside former G2 teammates bodyy and Lucas “⁠Lucky⁠” Chastang in various tournaments, including the ESEA Winter Cash Cups 5 and 6, in which they placed second and first.

G2 will make their first appearance with the new roster on March 13 against NIP in Group B of ESL Pro League Season 13, which also includes Vitality, mousesports, FaZe and ENCE.

With these changes, G2 now have:

France François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay
Serbia Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja “⁠huNter-⁠” Kovač
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola “⁠NiKo⁠” Kovač
France Audric “⁠JaCkz⁠” Jug

France Damien “⁠maLeK⁠” Marcel (coach)

France Kenny “⁠kennyS⁠” Schrub (benched)

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AIm returns to SAW | HLTV.org

Portuguese coach Ricardo “⁠AIm⁠” Almeida has returned to SAW after announcing a break from esports on February 14, the organisation revealed on Thursday.

The coach had been involved with SAW since the team’s creation, in January 2020. His break came as a surprise to many after had they established themselves as a top-30 team in the world, most notably finishing runners-up to Virtus.pro in DreamHack Open December.

AIm is back after a short break

During AIm‘s break, SAW had middling results, crashing out of the European Development Championship 2 in the quarter-finals and losing to Wisla Krakow and Winstrike in ESEA Premier, in which they currently sit fourth in Group A.

“We’re thrilled to announce the return of our coach,” SAW wrote on Twitter. “We can’t wait for the next achievements with Alm in charge.”

AIm will be in charge of SAW later on Thursday as the Portuguese side will face Nemiga in the Swiss Round 4 of Snow Sweet Snow 2, with a playoff spot on the line. This weekend, the team will begin their campaign in the $100,000 Pinnacle Cup, taking on Apeks in their first match.

SAW‘s roster currently looks as follows:

Portugal Christopher “⁠MUTiRiS⁠” Fernandes
Portugal Ricardo “⁠rmn⁠” Oliveira
Spain Omar “⁠arki⁠” Chakkor
Portugal Renato “⁠stadodo⁠” Gonçalves
Portugal Tiago “⁠JUST⁠” Moura

Portugal Ricardo “⁠AIm⁠” Almeida (coach)

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[VOD] HLTV Confirmed returns from winter break; talking roster news, Major announcement, 2021 calendar

Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin return for another episode of HLTV Confirmed, Season 5 Episode 22, to discuss everything that happened during the winter break.

How will FalleN fit into Liquid?

The panel will touch on the Top 20 players of the year list, PGL’s Major announcement, and ESEA’s revamp for 2021 in the “Recent news” segment, moving on to “Roster talk” that will range from Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo in Liquid to Robin “⁠flusha⁠” Rönnquist‘s new project.

In the second part of the episode, the first post-break tournament will be discussed, with the trio of panelists breaking down who has the best chances at BLAST Global Finals.

Topics:

Recent news
-Catching up with Top20 list
-PGL to host the Major in Stockholm
-ESEA revamped for 2021
Roster talk
-Liquid FalleN, FURIA junior – which move was better?
-MIBR lose team, future of kNgV- and co.
-Cloud9 lose kassad and woxic
-BnTeT to finalize EXTREMUM (report)
-fnatic sign Jackinho
-Envy transfer list team
-suNny, flusha, autimatic teaming up
-karrigan and mouz future
BLAST Global Finals
-Fight for #1 is on again
-Complexity, FURIA with standins
-What should we look out for
2021 calendar
-What is the year going to look like?
-Will LANs return and when?
Playtime
-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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snatchie returns to AGO | HLTV.org

AGO have unveiled Michał “⁠snatchie⁠” Rudzki as their new AWPer on Tuesday, as a part of the team’s overhaul ahead of the 2021 season. The 22-year-old returns to “The Hawks” after a period in which he represented Virtus.pro and Sprout.

“After more than two years I’m coming back to x-kom AGO, the organization with which I started my professional adventure in CS:GO”, snatchie said about joining AGO as a free agent, following his contract with Sprout running out and the organization returning to a fully-German lineup.

snatchie returns to a Polish team lineup

During his first stint with AGO, in 2017-18, snatchie helped the team climb out of obscurity and to the 16th place in the world ranking, which remains the organization’s peak. In Sprout, snatchie has averaged a 1.08 rating, playing 218 maps and reaching the top 20 of the world rankings.

“I am experiencing very positive emotions and excitement. Nevertheless, this is a new beginning for me and I believe that with hard work, together with the team and the professional resources the organization provides, we will be able to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Wish us luck and see you soon on the server,” snatchie concluded.

The only player remaining from the original AGO lineup that snatchie was a part of is Damian “⁠Furlan⁠” Kislowski, with Maciej “⁠F1KU⁠” Miklas and Eryk “⁠leman⁠” Kocęba also on the lineup. However, the latter’s future is unclear, as recent rumors tied Karol “⁠rallen⁠” Rodowicz and Paweł “⁠reatz⁠” Jańczak to the team, which could see leman lose his spot on the starting lineup.

AGO are now:

Poland Damian “⁠Furlan⁠” Kislowski
Poland Maciej “⁠F1KU⁠” Miklas
Poland Eryk “⁠leman⁠” Kocęba
Poland Michał “⁠snatchie⁠” Rudzki

Poland Mikołaj “⁠miNirox⁠” Michałków (coach)

Poland Miłosz “⁠mhL⁠” Knasiak (benched)

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