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Virtus.pro are champions of Dreamhack Bucharest!

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Virtus.pro collected another honour under their belt by winning DreamHack ZOWIE Open Bucharest 2016, bagging the $50,000 grand prize after two maps against Cloud9 in the grand final.

In de_train, Cloud9 A managed to close out the starting round in the afterplant to kick the final off, but the polish side immediately got one back by winning the pistol buy round.

As VP picked up two more rounds to go 3-1 up, they traded rounds with the American team before going aggro and up to 9-2 after the 11 rounds. While Cloud9 managed to grab a third, Virtus.pro won the follow-up to reset their economy.

More disappointment for Cloud9 followed before the break as Virtus.pro managed to take a 12-3 lead, and blew past their opponents who tried everything from fast pushes to set pieces to try and break the Poles down.

But there appeared to be a change in fortunes as Cloud9 took pistol on CT to retake after a plant on B by Virtus.pro. After having planted twice in the first rounds, Virtus.pro tried to put one more nail in the coffin, but Cloud9 managed to hold the inside play, pushing the Poles on another eco and closed the gap to 12-7.

Virtus.pro were able to put a round up on their terrorist side, and it was smooth flying from there – winning two rounds in a row up to 15-8. Jake “Stewie2K” Yip pushed on B keep Cloud9 alive, but it only delayed the inevitable as Virtus.pro closed down the map on the following round, 16-9.

De_cobblestone saw the North American side winning the pistol round on terrorist and the subsequent round, before a 1v2 clutch by Mike “shroud” Grzesiek on the fifth put Cloud9 within one round of Virtus.pro, and were then able to tie it up 3-3.

From there Cloud9 sped forward all the way to 7-3 after the 10th round; that is, until Virtus.pro willed themselves back in the game by picking up three more rounds before ending the half.

After taking a break to recharge, Virtus.pro got right back in to tie 9-9, winning the pistol and the following two rounds. It was all VP as the Polish side would once again turn the plow on and glide to victory by winning every round on the terrorist side, leaving the final score at 16-9.

Luminosity Gaming acquires Winout’s Brazilian roster

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Life continues for Luminosity Gaming in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene as they replaced their former roster with WinOut’s.

The move comes nearly a month after Luminosity parted ways with its former Brazilian star roster, who won the MLG Columbus Major as part of LG before joining SK Gaming.

According to HLTV’s Luis Mira, Luminosity were rumored to be interested in the Renegades’s roster, but ultimately decided on acquiring the Brazilian WinOut team. Team boss Steve Maida had this to say:

“I’m happy to have signed these up and coming stars from Brazil. I think it’s great for our fans and more importantly a great opportunity for these players. They have a very strong work ethic and a passion to improve.”

“Hopefully LG can provide them the foundation and environment to grow as a team and show the world what they can do.”

The players now flying Luminosity’s official colours are:

  • Renato “nak” Nakano
  • Bruno “bit” Lima
  • Lucas “destiny” Bullo
  • Vinicios “PKL” Coelho
  • Gustavo “yeL” Knittel
  • Allesandro “apoka” Marcucci (coach)

A mixture of former world champions and newcomers, the players are relatively untested as a squad on the international arena. They are now in Texas and plays in a number of tournaments, such as CEVO and ESEA.

Flipsid3 stuns NiP to advance into ESL Cologne last eight

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Flipsid3 tactics punched above their weight to stun Ninja in Pyjamas (NiP) by 2-1 and advance into the quarter-finals of ESL One Cologne Major.

The two teams were facing off in the decider match in group B of the million dollar Major tournament. NiP had earlier lost the group winning match against Natus Vincere, while Flipsid3 staved off elimination by beating OpTiC gaming.

However, things did not go well for Flipsid3 on the outset, despite being allowed to pick the first map, de_overpass. They looked uninspired despite a robust T-side, allowing NiP to avoid overtime and close the map early by 16-14 in the first map.

But NiP experienced a severe turn in fortunes as they picked de_cache. Georgi ‘WorldEdit’ Yaskin immediately picked up 3 USP kills in the first pistol round, and surged ahead without so much as a glare behind. Allowing them only one win on the sixth round, Flipsid3 essentially closed off the map by 14 to 1 by the first half.

NiP strutted back into things by winning the second pistol round, but they were simply too far gone. Flipsid3 only needed another pistol buy on the second round to win the next, and then closed out the series 16-2.

Flipsid3 managed to carry over their momentum to win the next map, de_mirage but under more even terms. NiP nabbed the first gun round and although Flipsid3 pulled ahead by 6-1, NiP managed dragged it to 7-7. However, Flipsid3 still managed to end things at 16-11.

This was the first time NiP was eliminated in the group stage of Valve Major. The Swedish team has been in four of the nine major grand finals and the playoffs of each previous major.

It adds further glamour that this was the first time this FlipSid3 squad has advanced into the playoffs at a Valve-sponsored event. They qualified for five of the previous nine Valve Majors, but were never able to advance past the group stage.

With the win, Flipsid3 also secures a spot in the next Valve major as NiP will be forced to go through the grueling qualifiers.

Dignitas and Astralis swap players; Shahzam joins Echo Fox

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Dignitas and Astralis swap players; Shahzam joins Echo Fox

Budding Counter Strike: Global Offensive talent Marcus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye has joined up with Astralis, while Rene “Cajunb” Borg is headed the other way to Team Dignitas.

Cajunb had been a long-standing member of the Astralis lineup, extending back to before they began their own organization. He had been a key player during their rise to challenge the world’s best, and their achievements include multiple semi-final finishes at Major tournaments.

On the other hand, though he is only 18 and had little experience in the big stages, Kjaerbye has been nothing less than outstanding for Dignitas. Needless to say, he is exactly what Astralis needs especially after their poor run of form in recent months.

Most recently, the youngster had helped Dignitas to make it to the ESL One Cologne Major qualifier. However, this also prevents him from featuring for Astralis in the tournament, and the team has already stated that they will be looking for a stand-in for the event.

Cajunb would be unavailable for the stand-in spot given that he will be helping Dignitas in the Major qualifiers. Meanwhile, Kjaerbye is eligible for other tournaments, including the Esports Championship Series (ECS) and the upcoming ELEAGUE.

So far, both Danish teams had reacted positively to the roster change. After all, Astralis had added to their ranks a young, motivated and explosive player who has proved that he can compete with the best in the scene, while Dignitas welcomes the return of a familiar friend who fought alongside them for a whole year.

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On the other side of the pool, Echo Fox replaces departing AWPer Mohamad “m0E” Assad, with former OpTic Gaming and Cloud9 player Shahzeeb “Shahzam” Khan.

Shahzam had been playing alongside the North American team for some time but had only confirmed his place in the team yesterday. Previously, moE had left Echo Fox without a dedicated AWP player as he departed in response to heavy criticism directed towards his performance.

Now that he is formally added in to the ranks of the team, Shahzam will join up with Sean “sgares” Gares once more since Shahzam’s departure from Cloud9. His first match as an official Echo Fox starter will come against Team Liquid in the ECS tomorrow, while the team is still awaiting their ELEAGUE group placement.