|EMS Katowice 2014 - Everything you need to know.
[ 0 comments | Write Comment ] March 11, 2014, 12:22:00 PM by Gumpster
With little less than 2 days before the event kicks off I decided to give people all the information we have so far for the tournament in Katowice, Poland. It looks set to be another fantastic event, with so many great games being shown on GOTV and Streams over this weekend. With so many storylines, and the fact that DreamHack Winter ended just over 4 months ago, we have a chance for these teams to do their bidding on another massive stage in front of 11,500 live spectators.
Titan (NBK, Shox, Ex6tenZ, ScreaM, SmithZz)
Ninjas In Pyjamas (GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, friberg, Xizt, Fifflaren)
Virtus.Pro (neo, Pasha, TaZ, byali, Snax)
compLexity (n0thing, swag, sgares, Hiko, semphis)
iBUYPOWER (Skadoodle, DaZeD, anger, AZK, adreN)
Vox Eminor (topguN, Snyper, Havoc, AZR, SpunJ)
Clan-Mystik (HaRts, sf, kennyS, GMX, kioShiMa)
LDLC.com (Happy, Maniac, apEX, KQLY, Uzzziii)
3DMAX! (Pimp, raalz, MSL, gla1ve, aizy)
Team Dignitas (cajunb, FeTiSh, device, dupreeh, Xyp9x)
Reason Gaming (Friis, karrigan, smF, EXR, Lomme)
HellRaisers (AdreN, Dosia, markeloff, kucher, ANGE1)
Natus Vincere (starix, Edward, Zeus, GuardiaN, seized)
LGB-eSports (KRiMZ, twist, olofm, cype, dennis)
fnatic (devilwalk, JW, flusha, pronax, schneider)
Mousesports (ChrisJ, LEGIJA, tiziaN, cadiaN, tabseN)
With the line-ups all confirmed, the 16 teams known and the prize breakdown for the event, here are your casters for the event.
Casting Line-Up for EMS Katowice:
Sean Charles - Host
Stuart "TosspoT" Saw - Caster
Lauren "PansY" Scott - Caster
Jason Kaplan - Caster
Scott "SirScoots" Smith - Analyst/Expert
Duncan "Thoorin" Shields - Analyst/Expert
Joshua "steel" Nissan - Observer
Channel - ESL TV
Along with this information, Valve recently added Team Logos to the sticker packs which you can buy in game for 60p and show off your support to the teams of your choice. All money from the purchases in game then are split equally to all the organisations involved, which means there is an extra source of income now present within the game for organisations to perhaps profit from. You can find out more information here on the official blog.
There will also be drops for this event, which means the system which featured at DreamHack Winter with the souvenir drops will also be in place for EMS Katowice, so if you watch in game through the "Watch" Tab or have a linked Twitch account, you will be eligible for skin drops for guns. If you need to know how to link your steam account with a Twitch account, then Valve have kindly given this information on The official CS:GO Blog.
HLTV.org have recently been doing Group Previews in the run up to the event, which you can see Group A Preview & Group B Preview at the links provided. Meanwhile over at onGamers, they recently did an in-depth interview with 3DMAX's star player Pimp, who talks about his problems with teams throughout 2013, NiP Vs Titan rivalry in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and what to expect from EMS Katowice this weekend, it's a pretty good read which you can visit here if you have some spare time.
DreamHack Winter 2013 was the most watched event in Counter Strike's history, with just over 145,000 spectators watching through in-game GOTV and Twitch Streams, the question is, can EMS Katowice eclipse that and become bigger? Pro-HL.com will have more information regarding the schedule and format for the event tomorrow, so stay tuned for all of that! You can also check out the coverage portal from HLTV.org here.
|EMS Katowice Groups have been drawn
[ 0 comments | Write Comment ] March 06, 2014, 04:43:28 PM by Gumpster
The second Counter Strike Global Offensive Major which features $250,000 on the line for 16 teams will be taking place next week in Katowice which is at the Spodek Arena and will be in front of 11,500 live spectators. The groups were drawn last night live on stream at ESL's Studio in Cologne, where the 16 teams had learnt their fate. There are some rather tasty groups here.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Reason GamingGroup D:
EMS Katowice is already building up with some interesting storylines, can DreamHack Winter 2013 champions Fnatic show the world that they are part of the elite and top dogs out there? Can the Ninja's reclaim their crown after they lost it in the last quarter of 2013? Can Titan now at their new organisation come out and become the undisputed top dogs in Counter Strike at this event and avenge their recent loss at the ESEA Season 15 LAN Finals? Can the American teams finally show the world that American Counter Strike is back, and that the ESEA Season 15 LAN Finals were not an actual fluke? Can the Australians Vox Eminor actually turn up and surprise some of the World's best currently? Can Clan-Mystik show they are capable of winning another title after picking up ESWC 2013? Can Virtus.Pro finally after 18 months of being in CS:GO take a title in front of their home fans?
So many stories, so many questions, so many good teams at this tournament, with this being the second CS:GO Major after DreamHack Winter 2013, the next question is what is next for CS:GO?
The action will be taking place next week from 13th - 16th March, you will be able to watch in game through GOTV which you will be able to find under the "Watch" Tab, if that doesn't tickle your fancy you will be able to watch on Twitch.TV at this link here. Don't forget that the community are expecting drops for this tournament, so make sure you link your Twitch account with your Steam Account.
|MINISTRY visit the chop shop.
[ 7 comments | Write Comment ] March 02, 2014, 08:45:47 AM by Gumpster
After a rather disappointing epic.TWELVE where Team MINISTRY finished 5th/6th after being defeated by our friends over in Rasta, who dragged a mix team to the LAN, there have been some signaled changes for the team.
A couple of weeks ago, Team MINISTRY went to epic.TWELVE in the hopes of doing well against some of the better teams who were in attendance. With 9 teams who turned up to the LAN in Kettering, battling it out for a share of the £1,000 prize pool, only three of those 9 were in fact actual teams whilst the other 6 teams were purely mix teams put together for the event. Team MINISTRY had high hopes of perhaps getting 3rd or 4th at the event. As always they ended up being seeded purely down to how long they had been together, and their consistent LAN placings over 2013.
After a bit of a rough start against Rasta.Mix who beat them 16 - 8 on de_dust2, they finally managed to get out of groups and make it to the Elimination Bracket where they squared up against The Lovely Men, which was spearheaded by Henry "HenryG" Greer formerly of London MiNT in the Championship Gaming Series days. In what can only be described as an absolutely brilliant match, it took place on de_cache & de_season, where both maps came down to the nail biting final rounds, with TLM just edging it 16 - 13 & 16 - 14 respectfully. After being knocked to the lower bracket they had to fight their way back by smashing $50 16 - 6 on dust2 and then re-matching Rasta.Mix.
Unfortunately it just wasn't to be as Team MINISTRY ended up going down quietly over two maps 16 - 8 & 16 - 12 on de_cache & de_inferno.
This after a bit of a chat with ashhh means that some members have finally had to leave on mutual terms. There will be a total of 3 changes to this line up, which means for the first time in 2 years the team has undergone massive changes, and in reality in the 5 years that Reflex/MINISTRY have been a part of Ministry Of Darkness, means that these are the first and only real big changes this line up has had to make. In the past it has always been the odd person who has dropped out for various reasons, from CLouD to Rhaz, to RAWRCHICKEN, to Jamesta. The latest members to leave us is Shane "5haBo" Borlase, Dave "Linden" Linden, and Eddie "eddie" Dixon. Whilst these three are technically leaving the side, they are all welcome to stick around the community as long as they like, as they have all been integral parts of Ministry Of Darkness, and are part of the extended family we have here.
Over the next few weeks, Team MINISTRY will be trialing various people with the hopes of attending insomnia51 at the Ricoch Arena in Coventry. We wish our departing players the best of luck with whatever they decide, and hope the players we bring on board will be able to fill such large boots.
Team MINISTRY is now as follows:
Ashley "ashhh" Battye (In Game Leader)
Mike "Metta" Havill
We will bring you more news from the Ministry Of Darkness camp over the next few days.