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IEM Oakland: Everything You Need to Know

The Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland is quickly approaching, so it’s only right that we give you a rundown of everything you need to know leading up to the event. You can expect non-stop action from not only the world’s best in CS:GO, but also PUBG! For the first time ever, PUBG will be joining the IEM lineup as it continues to make a case for it’s place in eSports. Without further adieu, let’s get into all of the exciting details of the event.

COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE

It’s time to gather the best players in the world yet again to prove who is #1, and who deserves the 1st place prize of $300,000. With the likes of FaZe, SK, Gambit, recent IBP Master winners Cloud9 and many more, we’re in for a weekend of epic matches to say the least. Below you will find your favorite teams in their assigned groups, as well as the full CS:GO event schedule:

GROUP A

  • Astralis
  • EnVyUs
  • SK Gaming
  • NiP
  • The MongolZ
  • Cloud9

GROUP B

  • FaZe
  • OpTic
  • Team Liquid
  • Renegades
  • Gambit
  • G2

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

After last month’s highly-anticipated announcement, PUBG will finally be making it’s stadium debut at IEM Oakland. This weekend, 20 teams from North America and Europe will be pitted against each other for the 1st place prize of $200,000, and of course, a chicken dinner. Below you will find all teams participating in the tournament and when Squad matches will be going down:

INVITED TEAMS

  • TSM
  • Team Liquid
  • Noble
  • Luminosity
  • Cloud9
  • FaZe
  • NIP
  • Alliance
  • Penta
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Tempo Storm
  • Method

QUALIFIED TEAMS

  • Crimson Esports
  • Wind and Rain
  • Digital Chaos
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Miami Flamingos
  • Corn Shuckers
  • Ronin Esports
  • AAA Gaming

You can enjoy IEM Oakland live on Twitch at: https://www.twitch.tv/team/esl

 

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Instant Sell is Now Available for PUBG and H1Z1: KotK!

Looking to sell your PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS or H1Z1:KotK items quickly? We got you covered! Traders now have the ability to instantly sell your PUBG and H1Z1: KotK items by using the Instant Sell Feature!

We rolled this out a few months ago for CS:GO but based on it’s success, we recently expanded it to include these two games. Instead of listing your item for sale and then waiting for a buyer to purchase it on the marketplace, you now have the option to directly sell your PUBG and H1Z1: KotK items directly to OPSkins for the price that we offer you.

In return for your item, when you use Instant Sell you will have the choice of getting either regular OPSkins Wallet Funds which you can cash out for real money, or Operation Points (OP) which is basically OPSkins store credit that can be used to buy other items on OPSkins (from any game).

So how do you use Instant Sell on OPSkins?

  1. Visit the Instant Sell Page
  2. Select the items from your inventory that you wish to Instant Sell
  3. Then choose your earnings preference – OPSkins Wallet Funds or OP

It’s that simple. So if you have any CS:GO, PUBG or H1Z1:KotK items you are looking to sell quickly, head on over to the Instant Sell Page now.

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ESL One NY: A Clean Sweep Grants FaZe the Title

The ESL One New York Counter-Strike tournament ended this Sunday, and FaZe won following a 3-0 clean sweep against Team Liquid.

Source: HLTV

On their way to the finals, FaZe went 2-0 during the group stages and 2-0 during the semifinals against Cloud9.

This is the first time FaZe competed with their newest roster after acquiring Fnatic’s olofmeister and NaVi’s GuardiaN in August. The eight-team tournament featured Astralis, Liquid, Na’Vi, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro, EnVyUs and Cloud9 and served as a great platform for the teams to display their performance along with their new rosters.

In an interview done to HLTV FaZe’s Nikola “Niko” Kovač compared the team to the old Fnatic, in the sense that they have a group of versatile players who know what to do in order to win every round.

The tournament featured a $250,000 prize pool, and with their win FaZe took $125,000.

The final standings and full prize pool break down for the event where as follows

ESL One New York final standings:

1. Europe FaZe – $125,000
2. United States Liquid – $50,000
3-4. Brazil SK – $25,000
3-4. United States Cloud9 – $25,000
5-6. Ukraine Natus Vincere – $8,500
5-6. Denmark Astralis – $8,500
7-8. Poland Virtus.pro – $4,000
7-8. France EnVyUs – $4,000

Now that the dust has settled, what did you think of the event?

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New CS:GO Case! Spectrum 2 Case Announced Today

Today has been a big day for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! First, we see the release of the game to China which will bring a new level of competition to the game. Then on top of this major announcement also comes news that every trader loves to hear – the release of a new case for the game!

Announced today via the Patch Notes for the latest update to CS:GO is the inclusion of the newest case coming to the game: the Spectrum 2 Case! The Spectrum 2 Case will feature 17 new skins designed and voted on by the community. Along with these new skins, the rare special item for this case will be the second generation of knives in Chroma finishes.

Here is a look at the new skins that will be included in the Spectrum 2 Case as well as a look at the new Chroma Finishes for the knives:

The new Spectrum 2 Case marks the first edition of new skins to the game since the release of the Spectrum case included in Operation Hydra. With these new cases being added to the OPSkins Marketplace which new skin do you plan on picking up?

 

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ESL One: New York 2017 CS:GO Tournament

 

ESL One: New York kicks off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City from September 15 – 17th. The CS:GO tournament is part of the Intel Gran Grand Slam Season 1 and features a $250,000 prize pool.

The Intel Grand Slam will give $1,000,000 to the first team that wins four out of 10 premier events of either ESL or DreamHack. This prize is given directly to the players, and there is a spoils bonus for any team that defeats another team with three out of four victories.

Eight teams will be playing for the chance to take home the largest share of the prize pool.  The tournament features some of the best talent from the Americas with teams such as Cloud9, and European team Virtus.pro who won the DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas 2017 back in February. You can watch the tournament on ESL’s Twitch.

The teams are divided in two groups, and using a double elimination format, the teams will make their way to the playoffs. Teams are:

Group A:

  • SK Gaming
  • Cloud 9
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team EnVyUs

Group B:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Astralis
  • Team Liquid
  • Virtus.Pro

Who do you think will prove victorious?

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update

Valve has released a new patch for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. While the patch notes are not the largest, the update does fix some growing issues that the community has been seeing in the game.

The patch primarily focuses on the inclusion of Person to Person trading in the Perfect World build of the game as well as also focusing on fixing crashes and errors that people have been reporting.

The full patch notes are as follows:

[ PERFECT WORLD ]

– Enabled person to person trading.

[ MISC ]

– Fixed a rare crash on dedicated servers that disallowed votes.

– Fixed players sometimes losing helmets when restoring round backups in tournament matches.

 – Added error detection when failing to fully initialize NVIDIA graphics driver.

Be sure to check back as we bring you the latest CS:GO Updates and let us know what you would like to see from the game in the future!

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DreamHack ASTRO Open Montreal begins Today

DreamHack Montreal will be home of one of the nine DreamHack ASTRO Open tournaments and will feature a $100,000 prize pool. All games will be aired live starting September 8th at 13:00 EDT on Twitch.

The DreamHack ASTRO Open is a series of small tournaments taking place across different gaming festival events throughout Europe and North America. The previous event was held in Atlanta in July, where Team EnVyUs took first place.

Starting tomorrow, eight teams will be fighting it out to take home the biggest share of the prize pool. The tournament features some of the best talent from the Americas with teams such as Cloud9, and Brazilian team Immortals who were the runner ups for the PGL Kraków Major in July.

The teams are divided in two groups, and using a double elimination format, the teams will make their way to the playoffs.

Group A:

  • North
  • Team Kinguin
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Gale Force Esports

Group B:

  • Cloud 9
  • Immortals
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Luminosity Gaming

 

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ESG Tour Mykonos 2017

The Electronic Sports Global Tour (ESG) Tour kicks off this weekend from the island of Mykonos in Greece. The famous island will host some of the most renowned teams in CS:GO fighting to take home their share of the €200,000 Prize Pool.

During the event, for the first time, all players will be staying under one roof – the Destiny Villa. The Villa features three separate houses, two pools, and a scenic view that overlooks the Aegean Sea but more importantly will also be serving as the venue for this amazing event.

The following eight teams will be present at the event, broken into the following groups:

Group A:

  • mousesports
  • SK Gaming
  • Gambit Gaming
  • Heroic

Group B:

  • Virtus.pro
  • Team Liquid
  • BiG
  • Team EnVyus

The tournament will feature the groups battling over the course of the week for a chance to make the playoffs; which will be held this Saturday followed by the Championship Sunday.

Be sure to tune in and catch the action starting September 7th at 13:00 CEST on Twitch. Drop a comment below to let us know which team you think will take home the win!

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New Site Feature: Lowest Priced Items

You can now browse or search the lowest priced item listings in each category for every game. Instead of scrolling through listings of the same item to find the cheapest one, or using the search bar to find your item and sorting by price, the Lowest Priced Items tool does the work for you even faster.

There are two different versions of this tool, depending on the game. Here’s how it works for CS:GO, Dota 2, or Team Fortress 2:

Visit Shop > Lowest Priced items > Select an item type > if applicable, select subcategory

For all other games, here’s how it works:

Say you want a pair of Camo Hotpants for your next game of PUBG and wanted to snag the lowest priced listing. Go to Shop > Lowest Priced Items > type Camo Hotpants into the search bar, and there’s your item.

In ye olden times (last week) you’d have to go to Browse PUBG Listings > Search PUBG > Camo Hotpants > Sort Price: Low to High and buy the first listing.

If you wish to browse items, they appear in alphabetical order on the Lowest Priced Items pages.

For all games, items on the Good Deals page are included in these listings, but can only be purchased during the first five minutes that they’re on sale if you’re a Buyer’s Club member.

What do you think of the Lowest Priced Items tool? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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UPDATE: Instant Sell is Now Available for more CS:GO Items (and you can cashout your earnings)

Want to unload your CS:GO items fast? OPSkins will buy them from you instantly. You can choose to sell them for either:
  • Regular OPSkins Wallet Funds which you can cashout for real-life money (NEW), or
  • Operation Points (OP) which is basically OPSkins store credit that can be used to buy other items on OPSkins, even if they’re from another game

In response to the success of our Instant Sell feature for CS:GO keys, we’ve added all CS:GO items to the program except cases and knives.

How to sell your items instantly on OPSkins:

  1. Visit the Instant Sell Page
  2. Select the items from your inventory that you wish to Instant Sell. Then choose your earnings preference – OPSkins Wallet Funds or OP

That’s it. Please note:

  • When making a purchase, your OP balance will be the default preferred method of payment
  • If the cost of your item is greater than the amount of OP you have, the full cost of the item will be deducted from your OPSkins Wallet Funds balance (you can’t pay for one item with a combination of OP and Wallet Funds, it must be one or the other)
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