Valve Changes Rules for Coaches in CS:GO

Valve Changes Rules for Coaches in CS:GO

Valve have made a controversial decision today by announcing significant changes to the rules surrounding coaches in CS:GO tournaments. According to an email from ESL, Valve have decided that for future tournaments and offline events, team coaches will only be able to communicate with their teams during warmup, half-time and during one of four 30 second timeouts that the coach or player may call. Valve’s reasoning for this is that currently, the coach having unrestricted…

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Draulon’s Draft: Who will be the challengers at ESL Cologne 2016

Draulon’s Draft: Who will be the challengers at ESL Cologne 2016

After a series of upsets at MLG Columbus resulted in several teams losing their legendary status, it quickly became clear that the next major qualifiers would be a vengeance-fueled bloodbath. Starting on the 9th of June, the offline qualifiers in Katowice will host sixteen teams who will face off to be one of the eight challengers at ESL Cologne. The qualifiers will feature a format that is quite new to Counter-Strike, the so-called ‘Swiss format’….

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Has Dotapit Killed Alliance?

Has Dotapit Killed Alliance?

Let’s take a journey back in space and time. Let’s go back to New York, New York on October 4, 2015. Vega Squadron had been a rising team throughout 2015, never pulling clearly into the interregional spotlight, but consistently improving and achieving reliable progress in their tournament performance. Although nobody knew for sure at the time how the direct invites for Frankfurt would work , it was pretty clear that Vega Squadron should be invited…

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3 Things to Know Before Watching Intel Extreme Masters

3 Things to Know Before Watching Intel Extreme Masters

If you’ve never tuned in to an Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event before, one of the most important things to know is that San Jose’s event isn’t just a one-off tournament. It marks the mid-point in a long and storied series. Organized by ESL and sponsored by Intel, IEM is the longest-running global eSports tournament series and marks many very important dates on gaming fans’ calendars. Instead of featuring competitors in just one game, IEM…

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