Blast Pro Moscow Recap, S1mple to G2 Rumors, More – CS:GO Daily Recap 9/16/2019
Welcome back everyone to another exciting day of CS:GO news! Today we’ve got a look at rumors of S1mple going to G2, Shox’s insane buyout for Vitality, significant changes for the roster of HellRaisers, a recap on Blast Pro Moscow, and more.
As always, we’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s dive on in.
Blast Pro Moscow
Our first stop today takes over to Blast Pro Moscow, which was a rather interesting event this past weekend.
The event’s weird format saw four ties in the group stage, as there is no overtime during that phase of the tournament.
The tournament format only saw the top two teams advance to the Grand Final. The third-place team got to pick one of the three teams below them to play in a “Stand-Off” match for $20,000.
The Stand-Off format sees the teams go head to head in five 1v1 matches with different weapons in each match, and the win going to the team with the most kills at the end of all five matches.
The format is somewhat confusing as Na’Vi won three out of five matches, but lost overall because they had two less kills total. I think the team that wins the most matches should walk away with the win, especially since a player can cost you the win if everyone else is doing well.
That little bit would have helped Na’Vi, who struggle the entirety of the tournament, failing to put a single win on the board, though they did get a tie.
Considering this event was Zeus’ last tournament before retirement, it was depressing to see him and the team go out with a light whimper, with Zeus failing to get a single kill during the Stand-Off.
Navi’ wasn’t the only team struggling, however, as both MIBR and ENCE, who’ve made roster changes following the Major, looked slightly off during the tournament, along with NiP, who are still playing GeT_RiGhT.
Congratulations to AVANGAR, however, as the team managed to take Forze in the best of three final and win their first-ever tier one tournament!
G2 Eyeing Simple?
On the other side of Europe, the drama between CR4ZY and G2 appears to be continuing. G2 owner Ocelote shared a rather mysterious Tweet this morning, hinting at a shift in the G2 roster from entirely French to English speaking.
The move would come at a great time with all the talent floating around or in uncertain positions with their squads. The weirdest change of all may be the pick-up of a Russian for the team.
After jokingly getting called out to sign S1mple, Ocelote started following the star Ukranian AWPer, which sparked rumors that Ocelote may be signing him to the squad.
Whether Ocelote was merely playing along with the joke or not is currently unknown. Managing to snipe him from Na’Vi would be a massive move for G2, and would move the team into a strong position at any upcoming tournaments they enter.
Shox to Vitality
Rumors of Shox leaving G2 for Vitality continued to grow this weekend. This time fueled by former-pro KRL, who tweeted that Vitality is indeed going to pick up Shox for an astronomical $400,000.
KRL reminisced how 10 years ago his team signed RPK for some McDonald’s and a subscription to a motor magazine, noting just how big the game has gotten.
HellRaisers Making Moves
Our last stop for the day takes us back over to the CIS. Ukranian team HellRaisers is making some significant roster moves following the benching of their entire roster after a poor showing at the Major.
According to rumors from Overdrive, the team is planning to keep Nukkye and Angel for the team while looking to pick up some of the Vega Squadron boys now that their org has dropped them, particularly Scooby and Crush.
Flarich from the Pro100 Roster is also looking set to go to the team, making for a rather small-name roster for a team looking to make a bigger splash at the next Major.
That’s all we have for today, thanks for reading. We’ll be back tomorrow with more CS:GO news, so stay tuned!