[VOD] Battle between EPL and "B site"; BLAST Premier kick-off on HLTV Confirmed tonight with guest Semmler

Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat, one of the members of the on-air talent for both BLAST Premier and "B site", joins HLTV Confirmed tonight at 20:00 on our Twitch channel.

The VOD is available (YouTube to follow):


1:25 - Introducing Semmler
2:05 - Semmler on his return to CS:GO
2:57 - The difference between working on Overwatch League and CS:GO events
4:29 - What Overwatch League experienced gave to Semmler?
5:50 - Did Semmler always want to come back to CS:GO?
7:24 - What role in the broadcast Semmler is going to pursue?
9:56 - Semmler’s opinion on the changes that happened in the game

13:42 - Striker explains BLAST’s format
14:28 - How absence of mousesports and fnatic will affect BLAST Premier Spring
15:53 - Will BLAST set the tone for the season?
17:34 - SPUNJ shares some insights on the BLAST scheduling
18:58 - How important is BLAST in the 2020 schedule?
21:18 - Will the single organizer prevail in CS:GO?
25:30 - Discussing Group A of BLAST
27:14 - “I’m calling this right now: nawwk should be the primary AWP of NiP” - Striker
30:04 - Can MIBR return to the CS:GO elite?

33:33 - What does Semmler becoming spokesperson for B Site mean?
37:50 - Semmler comments on lack of information about B Site
42:42 - How B Site is going to make money?
44:46 - Will the teams be able to return their massive investments for participating in B Site?
47:48 - How the teams who bought the franchise and who qualified will coexist within the model?
52:01 - What happens if B Site won’t get top teams right away?
55:55 - Do leagues in CS:GO work at all?
1:06:24 - What is known about B Site’s format now
1:08:48 - Few last questions for Semmler

1:13:02 - SPUNJ vs. Twitch chat

1:22:45 - Striker explains ESL Pro League drama
1:25:17 - ESL is trying to make the format more profitable. Is it good or bad?
1:29:20 - SPUNJ gives insight on the Oceanic teams
1:32:41 - Uncertainty with EPL Relegation system
1:36:02 - Announcing invited teams that are not confirmed - good or bad?
1:42:44 - Discussing the released list of the teams
1:48:22 - ESL’s apology - does it help?
1:54:04 - What power does CSPPA have?
1:59:58 - Prof: "CSPPA as an entity should watch out for this"
2:01:30 - SPUNJ: "We are already doing too much for players"
2:05:10 - Another full-on SPUNJ rant

2:14:40 - Good, Bad, Ugly: DreamHack Leipzig
2:14:50 - Good: BIG triumph with the new lineup
2:19:50 - Bad: No Danes in the final
2:26:57 - Ugly: Virtus.pro keep flunking

The caster and host returning to CS:GO from Overwatch will be joined by the regular panel of HLTV Confirmed, including Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin, and Milan "Striker" Švejda.

Semmler is going to shed some more light on "B Site"

The discussion on the show will again be based around the two leagues, ESL Pro League and "B site", with new details coming out since the last episode with YNk, as well as Semmler being able to contribute with additional insight from the "B site" side.

The topic list for the show is below (updates possible):

Hotseat with Semmler (10 min)
-Return to CS:GO
-Taking up hosting
-Fresh view on CS:GO

BLAST Premier (15 min)
-What is this season going to look like?
-How important is BLAST in the 2020 schedule?
-Liquid + 1 to advance from Group A

B Site update (35 min)
-What we know so far
-Semmler talks about his involvement
-What is B site going to do differently?
-Sustainability or inflation?

SPUNJ vs. Twitch chat (10 min)
-Can Chad pull off a Titanic upset?

EPL drama (30 min)
-EPL officially cut to 24 teams - who is affected?
-ESL's apology - does it help?
-What power does CSPPA have?

GBU: DH Leipzig (20 min)
-Good: BIG triumph with the new lineup
-Bad: No Danes in the final
-Ugly: Virtus.pro keep flunking

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2020-01-28 17:03
I agree!
2020-01-28 17:03
Netherlands YanickSDG 
2020-01-28 17:05
Poland Julka 
Oh yess Semmler
2020-01-28 17:03
Germany Bier 
"-Bad: No Danes in the final" Tf how fkn biased can you be?
2020-01-28 20:25
Its cuz 3 danish teams out of 8
2020-01-29 11:25
France LeDiplomate 
Semmler will again talk shit about how teams should do even though he hasn't followed the scene since 2 years...
2020-01-28 17:05
Sweden WaSee 
Just cause he hasn't casted does mean he hasn't followed
2020-01-28 17:49
He semmler himself said he didn't followed it was his own words. Don't Comment when u have no idea what happened
2020-01-28 18:30
Tbh it’s not rocket science
2020-01-28 19:59
For Semmler it is. He made shit statements that revealed that he has no clue how csgo is working.
2020-01-28 20:18
Sweden WaSee 
Yes, Im sure the german casters know everything about cs.
2020-01-28 20:26
first this has nothing to with the topic or the shit u talked second if u start shittalking about a topic that happened in a time where u didnt watch it you should shut the fuck up. Semmler did a long interview on htlv and u could read that he has no clue what he is talking about cuz he missed everything
2020-01-28 20:39
curious here, what statement are you aiming at ?
2020-01-29 02:07
twitter.com/FalleNCS/status/122229499752.. for example, like this one maybe?
2020-01-29 11:17
Qatar Number2awper 
2020-01-28 17:04
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
not talking about ICE Challenge?
2020-01-28 17:05
Kazakhstan Tarob 
2020-01-28 17:06
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
2020-01-28 17:07
Our next show is on the 3rd, which is the off-day of ICE, so we will see Thanks for the feedback!
2020-01-28 17:10
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
np balkan, ty for replying
2020-01-28 17:11
np eastern europe
2020-01-28 17:11
Poland kvvach 
no recent news? Perfecto in navi
2020-01-28 19:18
Why does the article Have an USA flag?? It used to be world everytime
2020-01-28 19:32
France LeDiplomate 
Semmler or B-Site I guess.
2020-01-28 19:42
We started using guest's flag recently
2020-01-28 19:48
TY mens))
2020-01-28 19:56
Korea thr33o 
Could anyone tell me what exactly this B Site project is?
2020-01-28 17:05
United States jmarcelo 
League. Kind of like ESL's pro league.
2020-01-28 17:06
Nertz | 
Turkey Nigotess 
New league that was added in place of ECS by Faceit.
2020-01-28 17:37
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Faceit is only the organizer for this league. They don't own it.
2020-01-29 08:46
Nertz | 
Turkey Nigotess 
So I mean it.
2020-01-29 14:20
another shill
2020-01-28 17:05
United States jmarcelo 
Damn, i always have to miss the beggining of these :(
2020-01-28 17:06
Germany Neckarstadion 
yeah, really tough "battle"
2020-01-28 17:07
Turkey Kukiv 
omg this is the end of csgo esl bully
2020-01-28 17:11
ok, I'm watch
2020-01-28 17:16
2020-01-28 17:16
I don't think I will enjoy Semmler as much as before since he's shown his true care is money.
2020-01-28 17:34
rush b))))
2020-01-28 17:34
Nertz | 
Turkey Nigotess 
EPL & B-Site? Hahaha fools, BLAST will smash you out.
2020-01-28 17:38
France LeDiplomate 
+1 lmao
2020-01-28 19:43
Blast is just entertainment value srsly. Between IEM and majors. B site solid tier 2. EPL is where it’s at. Even has pro in the name.
2020-01-28 17:46
It’s bad that there’s no danes in the final? I thought it was good.
2020-01-28 18:19
Poland SportMode 
+111 Hltv biased as always
2020-01-28 20:58
Portugal faizk 
EPL seems legit tier 1..
2020-01-28 18:19
2020-01-28 18:27
Omg not semmler. He is more annoying and talks more shit than thorin and Lewis together but he hides his ugly inside in a suit.
2020-01-28 18:28
Iceland g_w 
He has nice tats though
2020-01-28 22:09
Finland J3bediah 
I’m on Thorin’s side btw.
2020-01-28 18:29
RapeN | 
India Women 
Spunk vs twitch chat? Time to see him cry again ahaha
2020-01-28 18:48
this is awesome
2020-01-28 19:48
I was hoping he'd be casting again instead of hosting but it's still nice to have him back
2020-01-28 19:54
Semmler Pog
2020-01-28 20:00
United States xiquo 
holy shit these guy cant agree on anything
2020-01-28 21:08
Lets say 10 tier 2tier/tier3 teams buy in to Bsite now for a 5 year period, how will you switch/upgrade to tier 1 teams and thereby get more viewers? - will there be a buyout - who will get that money, the teams?
2020-01-28 21:17
probably teams can sell their slot maybe if becomes popular they expand number of teams etc
2020-01-29 01:06
Muaaaa ah ah ah
2020-01-28 22:53
I think Semmler should cast matches with Anders it would be great to see these 2 casting matches again.
2020-01-28 23:11
Portugal Drago845 
Semmler was bad with MIBR :( See FALLEN twitter
2020-01-29 01:50
Now bring someone from ESL to defend EPL and attack B-site league. im tired that all of the guys that have a name in the industry are working for B-site and are shitting on ESL. I want to hear their side, I know that these b-site guys are biased as fuck
2020-01-29 02:24
did you watch the podcast?
2020-01-29 04:28
We are trying ^_^
2020-01-29 12:11
thanks based professeur
2020-01-29 16:24
United States Bonger__ 
2020-01-29 03:03
Why hltv delete the thread about Fallens comment on Semmlers comment? You make such stream but then you censorship everything? is HLTV owned by China now?
2020-01-29 12:09
2020-01-29 14:38
Imagine taking semmlers opinions seriously
2020-01-29 14:58
Still in the process of listening to the podcast version,and in the middle of the CSPPA vs EPL discussion. Here's one thing I think a lot of people in the community don't realize. I saw many on twitter insulting the CSPPA and ESL both for having focused their statement and apology on the communication side of thing (not having advised dropped teams earlier), and not on the reduction of the number of teams in itself. This makes no sense to me : ESL run their own league, they make the rules, and, as explained at length during this episode, have a hard time being profitable. If they're convinced reducing the number of teams is the way to go, it's their right. If ESL had changed the rules of this season to announce, in advance, how many teams would keep a spot in the next season and according to what criteria, nobody would have been able to complain. Or they could have dropped the ESL Pro League name and launched a new league under a new name with 24 invited teams, and again, nobody could have really faulted them for it. Would the end result have been any different ? No. That said, the way they handled communication for dropped teams *was* awful, their apology and the CSPPA's disappointment were totally warranted.
2020-01-30 14:11
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