The admin team at epic.LAN have today announced what the seedings will be for epic21. With around 28 teams taking part, the admins have opted for 16 seeds and with a stacked field of teams, it has been incredibly difficult for them to get it accurate.
It is one of the most hotly anticipated subjects at an iSeries event. Everyone will be expecting a seed, just to make their path through the group stages “easier”, some will be disappointed they didn’t get some and accept that. Others though won’t be so accepting and will suddenly storm down to the Admin table and list every single meaningless result possible to the admins in the hopes of forcing them to change their minds.
It is probably my most favourite part of LAN, because even though I don’t do them or even influence them, I still manage to get chastised for being “involved” and “not knowing the scene at all” because I “missed out a certain cup, or league or event that happened”.
That’s right, it’s the Seedings. Where everyone forgets what “seeds” are, and starts to twist it to suit their own silly agenda like it makes a difference. Still I’m sure Jon “ViciousHorizion” Kelly will listen to the droning on from some pointless team who will only just scrape it to Top 16 and claim they should be a Top 8 seed.
1. CAZ eSports (jakem, robiin, tsack, Kryptix, Boaster)
2. fm-eSports (Whindanski, socN, nEiLZHiNHo, hudzG, CINDER)
3. Team Infused (Puls3, Weber, conoR, Aaron, MightyMax)
4. Rize Gaming (SHEEKEY, shaney, Peggyyyyy, JT, Immi)
5. XPC.gg (WHiTE, Seminte, xellow, COSMEEEN, sXe)
6. Winners (Kioshima, r0m, smooya, Brodyyyy, onscreenlol)
7. uFrag (Adamxoxo, Esio, HypeIzBack, Jak3y, Snodz)
8. The Last Resort (SpeedyG, ALIG, paynt, hoodlum, dUdLeY)
9/12 IGI eSports (Skuxz, Plasmaz, Philo, WADDY, Archer)
9/12 Enemies in Disbelief (Logzi, Danceyz, ajay, Jenko, JDD)
9/12 Team CeX (Resu, Chronic, EB, AndrewIsGod, Rob4)
9/12 Millwall Bushwackers (velox, Alex, Wong, prezzy, Shanked)
TCA (pickles, nipXe, Zeo, FrankstaH, xfp) vs Impulse Black (FrisB, Chubz, Leon!, kreaz, wAVE)
Nerdrage (Caspian, Cynic, HVM, LS, Samwell) vs TPO.eSports (cthreestar, vedi, Mezii[F], MiKeZje, ArchEnemy)
Bulldog (Thomas, wafu, Nukeddog, Luzuh, kplus) vs True Esport (GUGLi, Goalie, SparkeR, befree, pier)
XENEX (Gizmo, logaN, MarDanT, JPK, sHAW) vs Radix eSports (m1sfit, celld, adam, claw, kray)
Remember both CAZ eSports & fm-eSports skip the group stages today as they have UK Masters to attend later this evening (at 6pm). As an also added extra, the final 8 seeds (all in Low Seeds) will be grouped together as paired, and will be in the groups to battle out for the actual 13/16 seed position. These teams were decided as “too close to call” and thus have been allowed to battle it out in the group stages instead to try and get into the Elimination Stages. It is a rather unique but bold strategy from the admin team this event, and one we look forward to watching unfold as the groups get underway in just over one hour from now.
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After a shock start to the tournament, Pick ‘N’ Mix have continued their pain train on the seeds in their group, by beating Craig “Onscreen” Shannon’s MixedVibes mix team.
The map to be played was de_cache, after the knife round Pick ‘N’ Mix had won, they decided to go CT side. It started incredibly well for Kirby and the lads, they stormed into a 6:0 lead, where Craig and his team just couldn’t work out a way to get into bombsites and were shut down in an efficient manner.
By Round 7, this was a small bump in the road as MixedVibes managed to finally secure a round when they planted on bombsite A, and let it blow. The following two rounds though ended up going to Pick N Mix which left the score at 8:1. With Craig and his team needing rounds fast, Craig “Nightmare” Isaacs managed to pull off some sick shooting to open up the bombsite and secure it to get the second round. This is where the tide and momentum then changed, as the team became visibly pumped on stream with every round win in the half.
It obviously sent a few messages to the opposing side, as they couldn’t keep up with the rounds picked up, but the half ended at 9:6 in favour of Pick ‘N’ Mix. When the second half started, it was all about carrying the momentum. If Pick ‘N’ Mix were to seize the momentum back, they needed the pistol round, but if Craig and his team wanted to carry on where they left off they needed it too. With carnage happening at every part of the map, Pick ‘N’ Mix finally managed to open up B Bombsite, however the retake was done in pure perfection by MixedVibes, and they brought down the gauntlet to take the pistol round.
However the unthinkable happened, despite the bomb being planted in the opening round, Pick ‘N’ Mix opted for a force buy in the second round, they carved open A bombsite in around 15 seconds, and with 2 men down and the bombsite now being controlled, Craig and his remaining two team mates dropped 1 by 1. This left the scoreline at 10:7 to Pick ‘N’ Mix. It meant that MixedVibes were forced to eco the following two rounds, which saw Pick ‘N’ Mix close to a 12:7 scoreline.
MixedVibes stopped the rot, when Craig “Onscreen” Shannon had exploited a tactic that Pick ‘N’ Mix were using, which was dominate the mid area. It meant that Craig made the call to have 3 people in Mid, 1 A and 1 B. It actually worked, and they picked up the round with only 1 casualty. However despite the round win, MixedVibes looked desperate and were out of ideas, and the following 2 rounds saw little fight. At 14:8 down, it was becoming difficult to sense anyone else winning. Yet despite being in a 3v1, it was soon wittled to 1v1 when Pick ‘N’ Mix ended up losing the round eventually. The cost of that round took it’s toll and Pick ‘N’ Mix managed to wrap up victory with some quick executes and sheer dominance at mid once again.
This now leaves both seeded teams in Group B needing to win their clash to make it out of the group stages. Suffice to say fm-eSports should in theory be the favourites for the match, but as proven today, anything can happen. Pick ‘N’ Mix now just need to win their remaining games to qualify as top seed from their group, but it really does leave Group B looking potentially very interesting.
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One of the most controversial topics at an iSeries event always tends to be the seedings. For many years in the UK Scene, it’s always the seedings that matter come LAN, people debate it prior to an event, people moan at the event, and then what gets me the most, is people mention they beat this team or that team 16:4 & 16:8 recently in a PCW, like it mattered.
Well here it is laid out to bare in the public domain, and ready for everyone to get salty about. Prepare your pitchforks and head down to see Jon “ViciousHorizion” Kelly because he’s seeded you incorrectly. For those who keep on telling me I’ve done the seedings incorrectly, I haven’t even bothered doing any “unofficial” seeds for this LAN, so please stop trying to tell me something I care little for at this stage!!
1. Team PRIDE (Formerly Refuse) – NEEX, morelz, reatz, kamil, EXUS
2. fm-eSports – Immi, Puls3, MightyMax, Esio, CRUC1AL
3. Rasta.Infused – robiin, Kryptix, mole, s0m, Surreal
4. nerdRage.Pro – redsnK, Shaney, Lumji, Dream, Aqua
5. uFrag – ashhh, adamxoxo, Powell, HypeIzBack, Yoshi
6. Team CeX – Sheekey, Pegggyyy, resu, CINDER, Charley
7. Perilous.CSGOSPHERE – Jakem, RE1EASE, pt, vertiGo, beta
8. Molotovs n Marshmallows – EB, maxyB, chron1c, fearLess, BeRTY
9. Monumentalis – b8z, EXACT, CESKiE, JDD, Philo
10. MixedVibes – Popdog, JU5T1N, Laneyy, Onscreen, Nightmare
11. soz4owned – Emma, Sophiee, Destrus, L0renzo, k1ndeadly
12. MiniKievKrew – GabrieL, Minkle, Vicious, Elk, toxxeh
13. Perilous.Fury – SpeedyG, AL, maltB, debaser, quiver
14. Team XENEX – LogaN, JPK, Gizmo, sHAW, L1FEL1KE
15. RastaKO – neon, jdink, 5habo, jimmak, xtr
16. Impulse.UK – luzuh, wafu, Toddie, Ryan, kstm
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Recently in a wave of tweets, the newly formed Team Infused team which we confirmed back in early January, folded last week. Whilst this may not come to many as a surprise, (well to those who frequent Twittersphere), UKCSGO.com can now confirm that Jamie “redSNK” Littlewood has built a new mix team and will be attending epic.SEVENTEEN after all.
When we announced Team Infused, they were quietly participating in the Minor Qualifiers, and did reasonably well in there but kept on falling off prior to the second day of the tournament. Coupled with results elsewhere in other competitions, Team Infused were really starting to lose pace on the rest of domestic competition, especially with nerdRage & BEASTS doing well throughout the entirety of January.
Thomas “SPUDz” White sent out an obscure tweet and was asked by one of the members of the community, and eventually explained that he had left Team Infused, citing the fact that he “lost motivation” and that he felt the team wasn’t up to the standard he would have liked. Soon after that tweet was sent out, the rumour mill had started circulating, and suddenly the team was completely dead.
We are unsure what this means for all the players that were in Team Infused, but Jamie will have to go back to the drawing board once again and rebuild for the upcoming ESL UK Premiership (which is still yet to be announced) and for insomnia57 in March.
Meanwhile with five tickets secured for the upcoming epic.SEVENTEEN event this weekend in Kettering, Jamie was quick to draft in various players who had missed out on the event when it sold out before Christmas. He has secured the services of long standing UK member Brandon “weber” Weber, fm-eSports player Max “Mightymax” Heath, popular streamer and CAZ eSports player James “Kryptix” Affleck, and former CAZ eSports player Jamie “Keita” Hall. This will leave the event looking like a 3-way heavyweight championship with both Barrage eSports and Team CeX looking to take the title this weekend.
The Old Infused Roster looked like this:
Jamie “redSNK” Littlewood
Craig “REAZN” Brackenridge
Thomas “SPUDz” White
Jake “Boaster” Howlett
Carl “Peggyyyyy” Kneale
The mix (which hasn’t found a name yet) going to epic.SEVENTEEN is as follows:
Jamie “redSNK” Littlewood
Brandon “Weber” Weber
James “Kryptix” Affleck
Jamie “Keita” Hall
Max “Mightymax” Heath
We are still unsure on what Team Infused plan’s are post epic.SEVENTEEN, however when we do have official confirmation, we will report on it. UKCSGO.com will have regular updates throughout the weekend as we look to deliver quality content from Kettering Conference Centre.
It’s been a brilliant weekend of non stop pulsating action from the CS:GO tournament at insomnia56. With lengthy delays, controversy, upsets galore, and numerous wtf moments, we have witnessed one of the most open iSeries tournaments in a very very long time. So difficult to predict (so much so we never did a preview because everyone was too scared to write one), so full of fun, and incredibly lengthy in nature.
If anything, it has been a fitting end to a year where over £50,000 has been awarded out in prize money to various UK teams. Let’s hope 2016 brings more carnage like this because it’s been enjoyable to keep tabs on, although disappointing not able to truly watch due to no GOTV throughout the event.
Day One saw the biggest surprise, Team ROCCAT were dismantled and thus exited at the Group Stages, by both uFrag and then DSK.eSports one after the other. This was after Rasta-Gaming were beaten in the group stage, and Monumentalis had come incredibly close to being dislodged from their seed. Despite the tournament delays though, everyone will remember the group stage exit of the Finns.
Day Two was similar to Day One, it was a late night which saw the biggest of issues arise, when TLR were accused of stream sniping during their game with CAZ eSports. Despite the players continued appeals of innocence, Head Admin, Jon “ViciousHorizion” Kelly ended up deciding not to DQ, but instead give them a set list of instructions to adhere to if they forfeit the final map between the two teams. They took it given the choices and ended up in the lower bracket. Again, upsets had began to pile up throughout the day, Monumentalis had defeated uFrag in the upper bracket, considering the run uFrag had throughout the tournament, this was a small surprise. That wasn’t it, because CAZ eSports sent fm-eSports down to the lower bracket with a three map thriller. It meant that the Lower bracket was getting incredibly congested with decent teams. AT-Gaming, the Benelux team managed to have a decent run throughout the tournament as they made Top 8 before being beaten by CeX. The biggest surprise to come was the fm-eSports match against uFrag, as Adam “adamxoxo” Rotherham, and Carl “Peggyyyyy” Kneale stuck the knife into fm-eSports and defeated them in three pulsating maps to send a few shock waves around the arena.
The Final day started at an unholy hour this morning at around 8am, and the two teams, CeX and Team Infused had to be the ones who played for a chance to go up against TLR (onlineBOTS). After two maps, CeX managed to overcome Infused, and didn’t just overcome them, but beat them with dominance and discipline. Another upset made from this tournament, but could CeX manage to beat TLR to make the Grand Finals (it would be 2 from 2 considering the bulk of the team were Reason Gaming at epic.SIXTEEN). With TLR having a couple of hours extra sleep, one would wonder how “on it” in CS:GO they were. Well despite a rather close first map, TLR looked out of sorts, and that continued to spiral for them as they were sent packing by CeX in a 2:0 series. It meant that CeX made the Grand Finals and had to play CAZ eSports.
Another twist to the day wasn’t possible surely, but it was, CeX came out the floodgates, and stormed to a 16:6 win on de_inferno. However, with any team who hasn’t played for a little while, it does take a map to get going, and when you have a map advantage due to coming from the Upper Bracket, you have that luxury to warm up through the first map. In the second map, CAZ executed some incredible plays to see them win 16:5 on de_dust2, thus putting them 2:1 up in the series. It was the turn of de_mirage though, and it was a stomp. I’ve never seen something so bad in all my life, but Surreal once again was playing incredible, and dismantled CAZ round after round. They took the third map 16:2 and we then moved to de_overpass. In a tale of consistent UK Scene CS stories, it was nip and tuck, end to end stuff, with the occasional throw added into the mix. CAZ at times went from looking incredibly slick, to incredibly poor in the following round. Meanwhile despite the early round hick ups and mistakes from CeX, they eventually stabilized and played CS incredibly safe before making some cool and calm decisions to see them overcome CAZ eSports 16:13.
With that all said and done, here are your final standings from the Top 16, as we’ve been unable to keep any tabs on the Intermediate Tournament this time around.
|Pos||Team Name||Prize Money|
|2nd||CAZ eSports (5)||£1,500|
|4th||Team Infused (2)||£450|
|5th – 6th||uFrag (9)||£225|
|5th – 6th||Monumentalis (8)||£225|
|7th – 8th||fm-eSports (4)||£225|
|7th – 8th .||AT-Gaming (10) .||£225|
|Pos||Team Name||Prize Money|
|9th – 12th||Perilous Fury (11)||N/A|
|9th – 12th||Barrage eSports (16)||N/A|
|9th – 12th||Adios||N/A|
|9th – 12th||Molotovs n Marshmallows (7)||N/A|
|13th – 16th||MINISTRY (12)||N/A|
|13th – 16th||DSK.eSports||N/A|
|13th – 16th||LUNATICS||N/A|
|13th – 16th||Playhack (15)||N/A|
In the Intermediate Tournament, we can reveal that 2seXeh managed to win 2:0 against LANDslide in the Grand Final, to win tickets back to insomnia57 next year.
insomnia56: Seeding not everything? (Rasta Vs Puls44)
insomnia56: Close call for Monumentalis
insomnia56: Grudge Match; fm-eSports Vs CAZ
insomnia56: Team Infused make it past AT-Gaming
insomnia56: CeX Vs TLR (onlineBOTS)
insomnia56: TLR (onlineBOTS) see off Team Infused
insomnia56: CAZ Vs Monumentalis
insomnia56: CeX send AT-Gaming Packing
insomnia56: CAZ Vs TLR – Upper Bracket Final
insomnia56: uFrag over fm-eSports
insomnia56: CeX over TLR to Grand Finals
insomnia56: CAZ eSports Vs CeX – Grand Finals
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After that brilliant weekend, next UK LAN event is epic.SEVENTEEN on the weekend of February 18th – 21st, you can still book tickets here, with only 126 tickets remaining, you won’t want to miss out on another weekend of glorious banter and incredible Counter-Strike.