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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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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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PUBG: Changes to Water and Blue Zone

Water Camping and Blue Zone Camping. It’s something that almost every one of the 1 million concurrent players who play PUBG will experience at some point. Whether it’s someone camping in the Blue Zone for half the match only to come out at the last moment, or someone swimming underwater while you try to unload bullets on them – only to find that with the current ballistics, swimming underwater makes a player near invincible.

These are issues that have been present since the start of the game. However, after the first eSports showing for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS these issues have grown more common and have become a tactic used by some of the top teams in eSports to secure that chicken dinner.

This weekend during a conversation about the Curse Trials matches, Amir Khair, the eSports Program Manager at Bluehole, shed some light on important changes in the works. These changes will not only affect the general gaming community but also greatly improve the state of eSports for the game.

After the Gamescom event, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene informed players that the Bluezone was something that was being worked on internally at the studio. Then after another incident last night, Amir Khair once again assured that the changes were in the works. However, no ETA or firm details on the changes have been made available yet.

Not stopping there, Amir also went on to add that a new Ballistix Update is in the works. Water would become penetrable and it would no longer be safe for a player to hide in.

These new changes and updates will hopefully eliminate some of the more “Cheesy” tactics teams have been using, not only in eSports but the general game play moving forward. With the changes to the Blue Zone potentially limiting how long a player can survive, and hiding under water no longer a get-out-of-jail-free card in a gun fight, we should hopefully see the action in the matches ramp up.

With these new changes in the works, along with the new Mini 14, and the Foggy Weather Settings being added, what else would you like to see added or changed in PUBG moving forward? Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know!

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Twitch H1Z1 2017 Invitational Crates Promotion!

Daybreak Games have partnered with Twitch to bring players an exclusive deal on the new H1Z1: KotK Invitational 2017 Crates. For a limited time, only these crates will be available through the Twitch.tv Store.

The crates will come in bundles of 2, 5, 20, and Ultra-Rare guaranteed 50 packs. In addition to the in-game pack, each purchase will also include two Twitch.tv crates. The crates will include Emotes, Badges, and other limited edition items from your favorite twitch streamers.

If that wasn’t enough to get players excited, as an extra bonus every time a player opens a Twitch.tv crate they have a chance to win an exclusive Ultra-Rare Twitch parachute skin, which is the first of its kind in the game.

Since the release of the crates, the Ultra-Rare Twitch Parachute skin has been sitting at the impressive price of $21.99 on the OPSkins marketplace. There’s speculation among H1Z1 traders that this price will rise as this promotion winds down. The tournament ends October  22nd.

So be sure to pick up those crates and let us know what skins are your favorite in the H1Z1 2017 Invitational Crates!

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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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Virtus.pro wins big in Vegas at the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.

 

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Image from: masters.dreamhack.com

Dreamhack in Las Vegas finished up yesterday with a prize pool of $450,000 (200,000 going to the 1st place winner).

On the way to the finals, Virtus.pro has the chance of battling mousesports and Astralis.

The Polish team was able to win 2-1 against Astralis, the team that is currently ranked as Number 1 in the world according to HLTV, and the same team that fought them at the ELEAGUE Major and prevented them from winning the Major Title.

The finals were played between Virtus.pro and SK Gaming, this time with the finalized SK Roster (they faced each other during the Major and SK had a standing in player).  João “felps” Vasconcellos was the latest addition to the Brazilian squad, replacing Lincoln “fnx” Lau.

The maps of the night were Cobblestone, Train and Mirage. The Brazilian team took the lead on the first map and closed it with a 16 to 8 score, leading to SK’s map of choice: Train. This time the roles reversed, and it was Virtus.pro that closed their lead 16:11 and pushed the series to a third map.

The last map of the night was Mirage, and it was the Polish team that claimed the game 16:13 taking home a total of $200,000.

 

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Astralis wins ELEAGUE Major 2017

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Image from: @astralisgg

After a long week of exciting games and multiple upsets, the ELEAGUE Major 2017 has come to an end.

16 teams battled it out to claim a “Legend” Status (granted to the top eight teams) and get invited to the next major, with only one claiming the ELEAGUE Major 2017 title.

Astralis takes home the tournament grand prize of $500,000. Second place, and $150,000, went to Virtus.pro.

More than one million unique viewers watched the ELEAGUE Major grand finals on Twitch, smashing the records for the most viewers on a single channel (the previous one was 890k viewers and it was also a CS:GO record).

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The first map of the series was Virtus.pro’s choice of Nuke, and the Polish team went on to win it 16-12. The second map of the best-of-three series was played on Overpass (Astralis’s choice). The Danish squad had a difficult start, but managed to deny the Overtime to Virtus.pro and closed the map 16-14.

The deciding map of the series was Train. After a rough first half, the score was 6-9. But Astralis managed to turn the game around and won 16-14 after being down 12-14.

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2016 in Review: Top 10 eSports Teams (based on earnings)

2016 was another record year for eSports. As prize pools for tournaments keep growing by the millions, so do the fortunes earned by the teams and organizations involved. This year saw new games break into the scene such as Overwatch. Valve again had the biggest prize pool in eSports history for the Dota 2 tournament “The International” – a whopping $20,770,460. Almost all of it, $19,170,460 to be exact, was added by the community through crowdfunding.

As expected with humongous prize pools, Dota 2 teams lead the charts for the Top 10 eSports by the end of 2016, based on their earnings. The list below shows the total prize pool money earned by the top 10 teams or organizations by the end of 2016.


  1. Counter Logic Gaming – $1,605,750 on 95 Tournaments

counter_logic_gaming_logo-svgMost of CLG’s money comes from Halo. After placing 1st in multiple tournaments, including the Halo World Championship of 2016, the team earned $1,107,000 from 6 Tournaments.

Their CS:GO team earned a total of $160,500 this year, a little more than what they won during 2015 ($126,989).

 

 

  1. Team EnVyUs – $1,812,573 in 81 Tournaments

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The American organization had an excellent year with the Call of Duty franchise, earning a total of $921,330 from 11 tournaments. This is even more impressive considering that by the end of 2015, the team only earned 1/36th of that amount – just $25,052 in prize money.

Their CS:GO team had a somewhat difficult year. By the end of 2015, EnVy was placing first in several tournaments and earned $512,511. But this year their all-French roster won $454,547. While the difference in earnings doesn’t seem too big, the reason they even brought home as much as they did is mainly due to the increase in prize pool money for CS:GO tournaments, not that they won more tournaments. The team only placed first three times, and their performance in the Majors was not ideal.

 

  1. MVP – $2,537,357 in 128 Tournaments

mvplogoThe organization known for being the “Korean Overlords”  on the Dota 2 scene (being the only Korean organization involved in this game), have different teams wearing their logo such as MVP-Phoenix and MVP HOT6 for Dota 2 (along with multiple LoL and HOTS teams).

Their Dota 2 squad contributed to most of the organization’s prize pool money earned in 2016. MVP Phoenix placed 5-6th in the Manila Major and The International 2016, earning more than $1.1 million combined between those two tournaments. Their two Dota 2 teams combined earned more than $1.7 million, and their Heroes of the Storm teams won more than $500,000. The rest of the money came from their wins in League of Legends and StarCraft II.

 

  1. SK Telecom T1 – $2,737,898 in 31 Tournaments

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SK Telecom is best known for their League of Legends squad. While StarCraft II has contributed to the organization’s prize pool earnings, it’s their LoL teams that bring the bread to the table.

Their League of Legends team won multiple tournaments, including the 2016 World Championship. In total, the LoL team won a total of $2,459,412.00 from nine Tournaments during 2016.

 

 

  1. Team OG – $2,915,144 in 14 Tournaments

600px-og_logoTeam OG is strictly a Dota 2 organization. The team won two Majors in 2016, along with several big Dota 2 tournaments.

The two Majors made up $2.1 million of their total earnings, and impressively the team has won three of the five Dota 2 majors that have ever been hosted: The Frankfurt Major in 2015, the Manila Major in 2016 and the Boston Major in 2016.

 

 

  1. Team Liquid – $2,997,661 in 298 Tournaments

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Team Liquid is a worldwide professional eSports organization, with rosters competing in games such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and many other well-known gaming titles.

Their Dota 2 team contributed $1,796,096, placing 2nd in two Majors and 7th-8th in The International 6. Their CS:GO team had a good year with a total of $447,133 from 24 tournaments, more than triple their 2015 earnings when the team only won $146,906.

Their fighting games scene contributed $251,423 from 14 Tournaments.

 

  1. Fnatic – $3,089,721 in 60 Tournaments

shum9dx5The eSports organization has players and teams competing in almost every gaming title that has a professional scene.

2016 was a slow year for their Counter-Strike team compared to 2015 when the team won a total of $862,913. This year only saw a winning a total of $682,331.60.

Their Dota 2 squad overall had a good year (if we ignore their recent performance), winning a total of $1,954,094. Close to $1.5 million of that was from ending 4th at The International 2016.

Their LoL roster won $35,000, then $40,0000 from SMITE, and $233,000 from HOTS.

 

  1. Evil Geniuses – $3,503,996 in 65 Tournaments

600px-egBy the end of 2015, Evil Geniuses was the top organization, claiming The International 5, DAC 2015, and several other tournaments for a total of $8,952,675.

This year was slower for them than last year, but still impressive and lucrative – earning them the third place spot on this list. Their new Dota 2 Squad won a total of $3,293,813.

 

  1. Digital Chaos – $3,790,173 in 12 Tournaments

digitalchaos_logoDigital Chaos was formed near the end of 2015 and started slow, but 2016 turned into their lucky year.

The team placed second in The International 2016 and this earned them a total of 3,427,126 in prize pool money. The team placed 3rd-4th in The Boston Major 2016, and closed their year with 3rd-4th place in the China Top 2016.

 

 

  1. Wings Gaming – $9,589,559 in 16 Tournaments

600px-wingsHow can a team win it all, you might ask? The Chinese team was formed in 2014 after the end of The International 2014, but it wasn’t until 2016 that teams started to take them seriously.

They went on to win ESL One Manila 2016, followed by The Summit 5, and topped it off with a first place win at The International 2016.

Their Dota 2 team is one of the most feared teams on the scene, and their aggressive style of play and deep hero pool are topics of constant discussion by the Dota 2 fans and analysts.

Their win at The International 2016 granted them a total of $9,139,002 in prize pool money, and places their team as the #2 in lifetime history of eSports, with a total of $9,636,911 (Evil Geniuses that has earned a total of 15,352,198.29 since its inception).


There will be fewer Dota 2 majors during 2016, but with the constant growth of CS:GO and the new release of Overwatch, we’re excited to see which eSports teams and organizations win big in 2017.

Source: http://www.esportsearnings.com/history/2016/teams 

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Northern Arena 2016 Montreal LAN Finals, Sponsored by OPSkins Marketplace

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The CS:GO MONTREAL LAN FINALS will be held from November 10th to the 13th in Montreal, with eight teams competing for a prize pool of $100,000! OPSkins Marketplace is the Gold Sponsor for this event. The preliminary matches will be played at the Marriott Chateau Champlain and the final held at the Bell Centre,

These eight competing teams are:

  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • OpTic Gaming
  • NRG eSports
  • Team EnVyUs
  • G2 Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • Heroic
  • compLexity Gaming

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Out of the eight teams participating in the tournament, seven were directly invited and one, compLexity Gaming, claimed the final spot on the roster as the winners of the Call Of The North qualifier held in October.

This is the second Northern Arena event to be held in Canada this year, with the previous one taking place at the beginning of September. The event will also host the BEAT Invitational with a $100,000 prize pool, the Gears of War 4 Canadian Qualifier for MLG Columbus with a prize pool of $15,000, and a Clash Royale tournament with a prize pool of $8,000.

As a gold sponsor for the CS:GO MONTREAL LAN FINALS, we here at OPSkins continue to support the growth the Montreal eSports scene (we were also the main sponsor of ESWC 2015 in Montreal). If you’re attending the event, be sure to say hello to any OPSkins staff (we’ll be wearing logo shirts).

 

 

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