Following Vitality’s victory in ESL Pro League Season 16, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen has become the first professional CSGO player to surpass the $2 million mark in earnings. This cements dupreeh as the highest earning CSGO player after more than ten years of active competition. While there are other professional CSGO players nipping at his heels, dupreeh will always be able to say that he was the first player to surpass the $2 million mark.
According to recent reports, BLAST is likely to organize next year’s Spring CS:GO’s Majors. The action will return to Europe after its sojourn into South America for the IEM Masters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dexerto reports that Paris will be the first choice of venue, though this is still unconfirmed, because it has been “BLAST’s priority since day one and is the likeliest choice”. The tournament will be held from May 8-21, the same timeframe that the PGL Antwerp Majors took place this year.
Kory “SEMPHIS” Friesen, former CS9 pro player and head coach of ex-Gaimin Gladiators is organizing a crowdfunding campaign to aid his team while they attend a boot camp in Germany. The hope to reach a $10,000 CAD goal, of which over $2600 has already been collected since SEMPHIS Tweeted about it on Monday.
After the CSGO summer break, the competitive scene is back to action with one of the most exciting European events coming up. The BLAST Premier Fall Groups is set to kick off on August 19 and will run through the 28th. This tournament is going to be very interesting to watch because many teams made very important changes in their lineups during the off-season. For example, Evil Geniuses made a few changes to their roster and this will be a perfect opportunity to test them out.
The 2022 IEM Cologne was the last event before the summer break started, and the next top-tier event is coming a couple of weeks down the road. While a lot of the top CSGO teams are currently taking a break, there are some teams that are already making changes within their lines to increase their chances of winning the upcoming tournaments. We’ll be covering the most important roster changes that have been happening so far in the summer break.
CSGO isn’t immune to drama despite their scene being one of the oldest ones in the esports industry. Twitch streamers Gale Adelaide and Brian “Kephrii” St. Pierre stand accused of teaming in the $100,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ReadyUp Invitational tournament. Many players claim that despite being on opposite teams, they fed each other high point kills to get to the top.
The idea of having the Champion of Champions series was first introduced in 2021. Elisa Esports had expressed their interest in partnering with Relog Media, Funspark and GRID to provide a ray of hope for amateur teams, by giving them opportunities to participate in several tournaments over a set period with a prize money to the tune of USD 2.7 million. Teams relevant to the European scene, across both tier 1 and tier 2, were really interested.
If we look at their most recent results, Heroic made the group stages of IEM Cologne 2022, but they got knocked down to the lower bracket rather quickly. Just by looking at the caliber of players they have under their wings, Heroic is a team aspiring to be the pack leaders in the CSGO scene and this wasn’t the kind of result they would’ve wished for. Let’s be clear. They have been extremely competitive, but their inability to take that final step has led to some changes in their lineup. The cut-throat nature of the competitive scene, where performances and results are one’s currency, has now forced them to try and course-correct.
Even though Counter Strike as a title is already 2 decades old, it keeps gathering people from all around the world to catch the most exciting games from its competitive scene. That is something that not even the most recent esports titles can boast about, and the thing about Counter Strike is that there are no signs of slowing down. The final match of the IEM Cologne broke the previous record set at IEM Katowice earlier in the year with a peak of nearly 1.25 million viewers.
After being knocked down by Heroic in the second round of the IEM Cologne play-in stage, MOUZ had their opportunity for revenge against Heroic in the main stage, and they didn’t waste their golden opportunity. MOUZ managed to up a surprise 2-0 victory over a Heroic who recently made roster changes, to eliminate them from the event. The European team won Vertigo 16-13 and Nuke 16-10, which means they move on to face the loser of the Vitality vs Movistar Riders series.
Professional Counter Strike Global Offensive player Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov was recently released from his duties with esports organization NAVI. The Ukrainian based organization stated the player was a “high reputational risk” as their main reasoning for removing the Russian player from the star studded roster.
While Cloud9’s Counter Strike Global Offensive team are still celebrating after their campaign at IEM Dallas, ENCE can feel proud of what they have accomplished. Even though the Russian squad swept ENCE easily 3-0 in the grand finals of the $250000 event and demonstrated they are not “onliners” anymore, ENCE was able to proof that there is still some fight in the organization after the roster moves.