The weekly CS:GO news roundup is back with another edition. This week had impressive qualifications, bittersweet retirements, and wonderful CIS Counter-Strike. A reminder that IEM Cologne is just around the corner. If you want stay updated on the action, tune into TGH’s CS:GO page for all the news!
SINNERS, TeamOne, and Renegades Qualify For EPL 14
Another season of ESEA Premier has come and gone. In the European region, the completely Czech team, SINNERS, made an outstanding run to snag an ESL Pro League Season 14 spot. The team has now gone from ESEA Open to Pro League in a measly five seasons. Defeating the likes of BIG, AGO, and Sprout, Tomas “oskar” Stastny has now grinded his way back to the top of Counter-Strike competition.
In the North American region, TeamOne surprisingly found success during their ESEA Premier Season. The Brazilians certainly struggled during their group stage but turned up the heat once the playoffs were locked in. Defeating every single favorite on route to the final, TeamOne defeated Extra Salt for a second time in startling dominance. The organization has two back-to-back international competitions to attend: IEM Cologne Play-ins and ESL Pro League Season 14.
The Oceanic dominance continued for the Renegades. Dropping only one series on route to their final, Joshua “INS” Potter heaved through ESEA Premier and qualified to yet another Pro League Season. The roster handled their domestic rivals, ORDER, with ease and now prepare for their play-in opportunity in a couple days’ time.
NBK and Kjaerbye Step Away From Counter-Strike
Nathan “NBK” Schmitt has now decided to move on from Counter-Strike after being benched from OG and relinquishing himself from DBL PONEY. The two-time Major champion now sets his sights on VALORANT, citing his lack of motivation with Counter-Strike and hunger to achieve greatness in Riot’s shooter instead as his primary reasons. The Frenchman has not joined a specific esports team yet.
Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye also has officially retired from CS:GO. Following the middling results of his time on FaZe and HYENAS, the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major MVP has now decided to hang up his mouse permanently. The Dane found multiple top player listings, one Major championship, and four different titles across his career. As for his future, things still remain unknown.
The CIS RMR Heats Up
The final event before IEM Cologne is now in full swing. Group A finds the favorites of Gambit taking first place and Natus Vincere qualifying for the playoffs. Akuma went winless in their group performance and have promptly disbanded the team. Nemiga and forZe have held their own against the best but failed to knock down the titans of their region.
Group B has ended with Spirit as the only team that is yet to lose. On the other hand, all other teams in the group remain with similar records across the board. Virtus.Pro were stunned by both 100PG and Entropiq during their run and have been shockingly eliminated from the RMR. Entropiq also suffered an unlikely loss against K23 and relinquished their playoff spot to the Kazakh roster. The playoffs go underway with just a couple days away from the return of LAN.
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