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Weekly CS:GO News Roundup (Week of 6/18/21)

Welcome back to another weekly CS:GO news roundup. This week had tournaments galore and some familiar faces returning to the Counter-Strike scene. Again, stay tuned to the TGH CS:GO page for biweekly content about the overworld of Counter-Strike and its more detailed points too.

Gambit wins IEM Summer

The group stage was a shaky one for Gambit at IEM Summer. Getting knocked down by a surprising French resurgent in the form of Vitality, the CIS kings faltered and were pushed to the brink by Complexity in order to qualify for yet another playoff berth. Gambit fell back into their complete dominance in the playoffs and manhandled the three challengers of Evil Geniuses, G2, and OG in quick succession to claim their third title of this year.

In the race for claiming the IEM Grand Slam, the squad now can claim a whopping one million dollars if they win the IEM Cologne LAN in a couple of weeks’ time. The event will become a tidy bow on the marvelous 2021 run of Gambit and could be the event of a lifetime for the prodigal roster.

Olofmeister Returns to FaZe

Olof, Courtesy of Dexerto

FaZe have been under extreme scrutiny after their middling results in 2021 and finally made the decision to cut the Brazilian superstar of Marcelo “coldzera” David from the five-man lineup. The roster now turns to the legendary name of Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer once more to bring back a slew of championships that the organization have sought after for quite some time.

Although the team had used the Swede as a stand-in, according to Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, olofmeister will be hired “on a more permanent basis”. The BLAST Spring Finals was the debut for the roster and continued to show signs of hope, pushing both Na’Vi and G2 to the brink. However, the results proved to be the same and FaZe has most recently been eliminated from contention. IEM Cologne’s Play-in provides the next opportunity for the roster and will be the true test for the roster to perform against every level of pro-play.

BLAST Premier Returns to LAN in Copenhagen

Prior to the start of the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, BLAST announced their return to the arena stage for the Fall Finals in the stunning Royal Arena of Cophenagen, Denmark. This marks more than an entire year since the Spring Series LAN the company held in early 2020. The stage is set for a fiery comeback of exciting LAN Counter-Strike and will continue the momentum of the PGL Stockholm Major on November 23. No teams have qualified for the event thus far, as the Fall Groups and Showdown have still not begun. Whether or not the tournaments happen in a studio setting have also yet to be decided, but fans still wait in bated breath for the announcements.

BLAST Spring Final Updates

The finale of the BLAST Spring season went underway with a Global Final spot and over 200,000 dollars up for grabs. Gambit have shown grit and fragging galore in both their matches and looked poised to snag yet another trophy in 2021. Complexity and BIG had outstanding opening rounds but struggled to go deeper in the upper bracket. Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke has been on an absolute tear for Complexity and can stand a tall task for the shaky G2 to overcome.

Meanwhile, FaZe and Evil Geniuses fell prey to the lower bracket and are eliminated once again in last place. Although both squads put up admirable fights against the world’s best, the cutthroat format of the Spring Finals did not allow for the rosters to be rewarded for their efforts. Natus Vincere remains the only true hope to consistently topple the giants of Gambit and looked dangerous against the Germans of BIG.


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