Chiefs to step away from CS, Dire Wolves and Paradox release teams

In the last week three organisations have separated from their Counter-Strike rosters citing "lack of opportunity" and made no definitive plans to field new lineups.

Three Australian organisations have stepped away from the game following the release of their teams in the last week. The early-season changes have left squads without organisations to represent them in the ongoing ANZ Championships and ESEA Premier S38.

The blow comes following a year of issues in the region including the 35 additional ESIC-sanctioned players following the original seven in late 2020, as well as ongoing COVID-related restrictions, impacting travel both domestically and internationally.

Australia's Premier IEM event has been cancelled two years in a row due to COVID

Dire Wolves (now Looking For Org) were the first team to part with their lineup as reported on Rush B Media on August 30. While the team is sticking together according to Mike "⁠ap0c⁠" Aliferis, it is unclear where the roster will find an organisation to support them at this point. It was also stated that the coach of the lineup, Matt "⁠dayV1D⁠" David will be seeking alternate opportunities and not sticking with the five players.

General manager of Dire Wolves Craig Nimmo said in a statement that the current climate in the region is lacking in opportunity for organisations and that the game does not deliver eyeballs or have consistent coverage. In the same statement, Nimmo said that the organisation would be interested in bringing on another lineup in a developmental capacity.

Benson "⁠Liki⁠" Niuila said that while the renegotiation effort with the organisation did not work out, they are willing to wait for the right offer from an organsation that is suitable. "We have a lot of important CS coming up so our focus is on that.” When asked about the support for teams and players in the region Liki responded that "there is still support from teams, however we are fortunate enough to have a team who is able to wait for the right opportunity."

Following this news, Chiefs (now lol123) announced four days later that they were also parting ways with their Counter-Strike team and the game as a whole for the foreseeable future. Although CEO Nick Bobir said a more detailed statement would be released, he had this to say to HLTV:

"It certainly wasn’t an easy decision, especially given we have been supporting the scene for six years now through different iterations of the business. We had discussed exiting when contracts expired previously but opted to extend to see if COVID would settle down.”

Given the deteriorating situation of COVID in the Australian state of New South Wales, the organisation pulled the plug knowing it would be an ongoing issue.

“The impact of COVID in a smaller region such as ours has certainly presented challenges not only for organisations but also the TOs. International events such as IEM Melbourne (formerly Sydney) was a huge ticket item for CS:GO here.

"You are also seeing the knock-on effect for the likes of Renegades who don't get the chance to compete overseas. Normally their absence while competing abroad would open the door for another team to qualify for an international event of some kind and their return would often help raise the bar locally," Bobir said.

Despite being ranked in the top 20, Renegades rarely see international play

Similar to Dire Wolves, it is unclear when Chiefs will be back, but Bobir says that things will need to return to normal in our region and the right opportunity would need to present itself, whether domestic or international.

In what appears to be a chain of dominoes falling, Paradox are the most recent team to see their lineup depart as players Charlie "⁠zeph⁠" Dodd, Harry "⁠bedonka⁠" Hayes and Luke "⁠ekul⁠" Blakey have all decided to step away from Counter-Strike. Meanwhile, the team's coach, Kobi "⁠xertz⁠" Wallis, has expressed an interest in pursuing the coaching role with any teams who are interested.

All three squads have qualified for the second stage of ESL ANZ Championships Season 13, but with Paradox disbanding it is not understood how another team will be selected to advance at this point and they have forfeited the rest of the ESEA Premier matches for this season. lol123 and Looking For Org will retain their spots in ANZ Championships and ESEA Premier.

It is likely that Renegades will continue their domestic dominance, having won every event they have played in Australia since the start of 2020. However, considering recent travel issues, it is unclear whether they will be able to leave the country and return in order to compete in the Stockholm Major, should they qualify.

Renegades were recently unable to travel to Europe in order to compete in ESL Pro League S14, with forZe taking their place in the event. According to Jordan "⁠Hatz⁠" Bajic, this was due to the upcoming Oceanian RMR and that they would potentially travel to Europe for the Major, knowing that returning will be a challenge.

Further statements from Dire Wolves and Chiefs are expected in the near future, but the future of the players without a team remains in the air for the time being.

United States Matt 'dayV1D' David
Matt 'dayV1D' David
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.48
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.23
DPR:
0.67
Australia Luke 'ekul' Blakey
Luke 'ekul' Blakey
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
Australia Kobi 'xertz' Wallis
Kobi 'xertz' Wallis
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
97
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.77
Australia Benson 'Liki' Niuila
Benson 'Liki' Niuila
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
245
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
Australia Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Age:
34
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Australia Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
871
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Australia Harry 'bedonka' Hayes
Harry 'bedonka' Hayes
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Australia Charlie 'zeph' Dodd
Charlie 'zeph' Dodd
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
516
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Sad for AU
2021-09-07 09:40
9 replies
#112
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Australia B_Tannen
ouch
2021-09-07 13:21
2 replies
#138
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Peru TheJuan
rip legendary orgs cs go dying very sad
2021-09-07 19:23
1 reply
Only in oceania. CIS rising
2021-09-15 14:47
CS iS nOt dYinG bTw
2021-09-07 19:02
5 replies
#142
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Australia B_Tannen
Game isn’t. It’s regional pro scenes that are.
2021-09-08 00:52
4 replies
NA dead SA dead Asia dead AU dead Not dead game, right?
2021-09-08 00:53
3 replies
#144
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Australia B_Tannen
2021-09-08 00:54
2 replies
Who cares about this stupid chart It's all EU and Russian nolifers
2021-09-08 00:55
1 reply
Its also summer time in northern hemisphere, so number tends to drop then wait till winter start to come into effect people will be back, its just how things trend
2021-09-08 02:26
Oof
2021-09-07 09:41
#4
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Mongolia Sythapilla
Matchfixers step away from CSGO ahahahahah
2021-09-07 09:42
10 replies
#10
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Australia Frogmin
None of the teams mentioned in this article had anything to do with the match fixing scandal. This is just generally sad for the Australian scene.
2021-09-07 09:44
2 replies
nobody match fixed to begin with
2021-09-07 11:41
1 reply
everyone clear
2021-09-07 13:13
Mongolia
2021-09-07 09:45
6 replies
+1 nothing more needs to be said
2021-09-07 09:58
1 reply
#41
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Mongolia Sythapilla
Shqipërisë KEKW. Are you son of Eagle? Wahahhaha
2021-09-07 10:28
#22
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Mongolia Sythapilla
Choke
2021-09-07 09:59
#39
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Finland Ekkkku
+1
2021-09-07 10:26
#111
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Indonesia songokong
+1
2021-09-07 13:20
+1
2021-09-07 13:44
F
2021-09-07 09:42
Valorant too strong
2021-09-07 09:43
4 replies
#100
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Australia poppyxox
its barely that at all, cs in aus was never big to begin with and valorant isnt massive or growing massively either its all an economic thing, theres just been a lot less money in the country to spend on things like esports which are mostly funded from people's own pockets rather than pure profits
2021-09-07 12:46
3 replies
Is it just me or shouldn't Valve be more concerned over this than the community? In football, let's take UEFA as an example. They organize games within EU region, and the teams get bonuses for winning matches and getting further in tournaments. They have an equivalent department for all regions, so no matter which region you play in, there is money to be earned and games to be played. In CS the orgs make money either by winning t1 tournaments or match fixing. And if they are stuck in a region with only t3, fighting for t3 prizes, the orgs barely can sustain themselves and pay salaries, and therefore can not get any better. So they basically have to match fix if they want to grow as an org economically. Valve should take some lootbox money and use as prize money in different regions across the globe to keep the interest in the game in my opinion. It will lose them money so I doubt it will happen, but it's a real investment for the future of the game. At this rate the meme of a dead game is starting to become frightingly real.
2021-09-07 13:04
2 replies
+1
2021-09-07 13:51
#133
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Australia poppyxox
Nah that's not really how it works, I agree that Valve could market and regulate the game better for sure, but it's not as simple as putting case money into prize pools lol You overestimate how much orgs actually rely on simply playing and winning tournaments. You can't forget merchandise and sponsorship deals which bring in the majority of money for sure, I'd say like most sports. Keeping interest in the game is not always possible as well, CSGO seems to be hard to market because of the 'terrorist' aspect of the whole thing which is why valve clings onto skins and cases because thats how their gonna have to make money rather than growing public relevance. The community is all that CS has and Valve has made that very clear, I say we all should just ride this out while we can and enjoy it, just unlucky for the pros i guess (probably shouldve chosen a more secure career though imo...) As long as skins and the pro scene keep bringing in millions of dollars like it currently is, no drastic changes are gonna be seen. Just look at new operations, new updates and stuff recently, it's all been in reaction to something in the game or externally not because they were purely innovating the game (it's been through too much to change drastically now, besides maps maybe).
2021-09-07 16:18
:( sad for au scene, lets hope renegades dont leave
2021-09-07 09:43
#9
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Australia Frogmin
Fuck
2021-09-07 09:43
#11
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Poland hsal
damn, AU officially dying
2021-09-07 09:45
#13
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Hungary 0pahm
They making 0 money to orgs, its can understandable. At least DW and Chiefs has pretty decent tier2-3 Lol teams wich can competate
2021-09-07 09:46
Rip AU
2021-09-07 09:48
Thx Volvo for letting Valorant take over another region while doing absolutely nothing.
2021-09-07 09:49
7 replies
nothing really valve could do with covid lol. australia is a mess rn with covid and their whole lockdown situations
2021-09-07 10:31
4 replies
#98
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Australia poppyxox
+1 people kinda dont understand that aus cs was never big to begin with, and with extended restrictions theres been a lot less money around to spend on fuckin ESPORTS this is an economic thing, not a hype thing valorant in australia isnt exactly massive either, or on the rise
2021-09-07 12:44
3 replies
Yeah, Australia is a mess right now no offense brotha. I’ve seen videos about the covid lockdowns over there and it’s like a dystopian society over there. I have a friend who’s actually in the pro AU VAL scene and yeah he said it’s dead. 15 mins for queues, the only way you can make it is by moving to NA for Val which is his plan at some point. AU CS definitely in a better state. Another thing this article didn’t add is twitter.com/sterl1ngcs/status/1435155572.. Quite interesting actually.
2021-09-07 20:28
2 replies
#147
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Australia poppyxox
lol yeah thats exaggerating it a bit, theres only lockdowns in 2 states of the country for me ive been living a pretty much normal life since april last year, though it doesnt look like any sort of opening up is gonna even come close to happening until vaccinations increase tenfold, but people are being so fucking lazy, theres plenty of people over 60 who still havent been vaccinated and yet its been available to them since the start, meanwhile im in the young adult category and was able to get a vaccine booking a few days after it was approved by aus health services i wouldnt say its anti vaccines at all, theres just no motivation to get vaccinated for so many people for some reason, apparently they all need death on their doorstep to actually do something (the states in lockdown right now have risen in vaccines by so much while my state is the second lowest in the country). its very depressing how much effort was put into actually responding effectively, and everyone is just throwing it all away so yeah i wouldnt call it a 'dystopia', theres just too much political bickering getting in the way of just doing the job
2021-09-08 02:14
1 reply
Yeah I have mixed opinions on the vaccine. I don’t think everyone should take it if they don’t want it. Not everyone needs to get it, if you want to get it or at higher risk then go ahead but not everyone needs to get it. Especially if you’re a young adult who is healthy. People try to pressure people in getting the vaccine nowadays which is wrong imo. I get viewed as a bad person for not taking it. Been told I’m selfish and don’t care about others and such for not taking it. I’m like yeah whatever makes you happy dude. I’m not an anti vaxxer. I just don’t see the neee for me to get it. Sorry for the rant.
2021-09-08 03:45
#90
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Greece hekzy
Australian valorant is in an even worse state idek how they paying those players.
2021-09-07 12:14
What do you want Valve to do? Hold a major in the middle of a pandemic and risk thousands of peoples lives?
2021-09-08 04:09
That's very sad. Hope the Australian scene will bounce back once corona is dealt with
2021-09-07 09:49
#17
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Sweden sn1pie
sterling :(
2021-09-07 09:49
Well damn...
2021-09-07 09:52
rip AU cs
2021-09-07 09:55
#21
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Brazil hugoooo
LMAO... meanwhile the poor BR scene never gives up on a much worse condition
2021-09-07 09:59
4 replies
#24
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Spain Tool40
You have SA and NA next to you they have nothing but water
2021-09-07 10:02
3 replies
#26
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Brazil hugoooo
NA and SA close?? LMAO you missed some geography lessons
2021-09-07 10:03
2 replies
#29
b1t | 
Russia dteakh
I've never missed but never attended
2021-09-07 10:10
#45
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Spain Tool40
I'm talking competitively, you have joint tournaments (Furia for example has 3 trophies won that are from NA, Blast qualifier is from South America and you competed both SA and BR, IEM qualifier is from South America too), many rosters are a mix among players from those regions (9z, TL, Team One, Paqueta), saying that you are in a worse situation than Australia makes it clear that you have no idea.
2021-09-07 10:33
expected
2021-09-07 10:02
This is really sad, outside of RNG/Order, these are the absolute best teams in Australia. I hope they can bounce back.
2021-09-07 10:03
2 replies
1 reply
#114
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Indonesia songokong
damn that's... actually even sadder
2021-09-07 13:22
Every region except eu dying out rip
2021-09-07 10:06
1 reply
#126
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Germany tilted_up
CIS?
2021-09-07 15:06
#28
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Russia INESSOR
F TO AU
2021-09-07 10:09
Imo the scene is slowly dying. EU and CIS are going strong but because no majors and the game being old, people are drifting away. It's not dead but without NA it's not going back to 2017 hype.
2021-09-07 10:10
3 replies
2017-2018was lowest playerbase
2021-09-07 10:19
2017 was kinda dead tbh
2021-09-07 10:27
how
2021-09-07 10:33
#31
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Switzerland NtroP
I miss ekul already:(
2021-09-07 10:11
#32
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Brazil Elakk
F
2021-09-07 10:16
#33
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Finland Emvi
rip :(
2021-09-07 10:16
F
2021-09-07 10:17
Thats what you get for not nerfing the AWP, a dying game! HAHAHAHHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2021-09-07 10:21
1 reply
Weird bait
2021-09-07 12:16
#37
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Slovenia SLOV3N1C
Feelsbad, I really enjoyed watching ANZ cs, even though I`m from EU :/
2021-09-07 10:22
#38
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United States Blind_
AU CS just fuggin imploded. :(
2021-09-07 10:22
hopefully the scene can recover when covid is less of a worry, sure i support EU teams the most, but we need more than just EU to have a compleate scene
2021-09-07 10:28
Rip our scene
2021-09-07 10:30
2 replies
Redemption begins when the whole covid mess is done with.
2021-09-07 10:33
1 reply
2030, then?
2021-09-07 12:15
Another scene that got hit hard due to COVID, sad.
2021-09-07 10:33
#49
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Bulgaria ramkain
This message didn't contain anything of importance
2021-09-07 10:34
#50
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Finland samuuu38
Rip Oceanian scene
2021-09-07 10:37
Hopefully Renegades don't follow, that roster has potential to live up to the standards of Extremum
2021-09-07 10:37
3 replies
1 reply
#63
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Ukraine futplxyer
Winstrike 2.0 Lul
2021-09-07 11:05
rng is top dog there, no way they would leave.
2021-09-07 10:39
holy shit, rip au cs
2021-09-07 10:38
#57
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Australia Feyr
To make it clear, we aren't planning on leaving CS. Though, we are looking both domestically and internationally at teams. Our team retiring is an unfortunate circumstance but the org as a whole plans to continue.
2021-09-07 10:42
3 replies
#59
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Australia m_Ke
doing gods work, godspeed.
2021-09-07 10:49
As an Australian cs fan, I want to say thank you for your contributions so far. If you can, please keep going because there are still some die-hard cs fans following our teams.
2021-09-07 12:48
1 reply
#110
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Australia Feyr
Will definitely try our best!
2021-09-07 13:14
#60
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Spain x676
Anyone can explain to me why tier12 players had organizations paying them salaries?
2021-09-07 10:54
2 replies
#124
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Slovakia xaboff
You're a fan of SunPayus, I'd expect you to know
2021-09-07 14:54
1 reply
#125
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Spain x676
lmao, this is so such a low quality bait that it is actually funny xD
2021-09-07 14:57
#61
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Korea ang9r5193
lol123
2021-09-07 11:02
#62
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Ukraine futplxyer
Only way for AU CS to survive is if these teams go abroad...
2021-09-07 11:04
Riot world domination, cs is slowly dying, month by month, gj valve, you sre losing to RIOT GAMES
2021-09-07 11:09
6 replies
I don't think Gabe care at this point, Valve today is not game dev company, they're more focused on steam, besides dota 2 with the International is their main game not cs with old engine.
2021-09-07 11:27
5 replies
#76
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Czech Republic manik999
Dota 2 main game played way less than actual CS. Why do you invest resources into developing Dota 2 when its just a small game in the shadow of League of Legends forever
2021-09-07 11:36
4 replies
Because of this, statista.com/statistics/517940/leading-e.. dota brings a lot money to Valve, this a profitable game itself without sponsors unlike cs Who cares about players numbers in free game if they don't bring money lmao
2021-09-07 11:45
3 replies
#81
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Czech Republic manik999
Do you think that people that plays CS dont buy cases, stickers and etc. ? Why ? Money from this doesnt go to the prizepool, money from stickers goes directly to pro teams.
2021-09-07 11:47
2 replies
Do u really think money from cases and stickers can beat one battle pass in dota ? Objectively u can't sell more items in shooter than in moba game. Dota have cases as well, sometimes Valve release 3 cases at once and they have exclusive skins, when was the last time Valve released 3 cases at once in cs? I don't have information about how much money goes to pro teams from stickers so...I highly doubt it can beat 100+m from International.
2021-09-07 11:59
1 reply
#118
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Czech Republic manik999
They could potentionaly earn so much from CSGO. Valve is so dumb and doesnt know what is going on
2021-09-07 13:52
Prison islands zero covid paranoia taking its toll
2021-09-07 11:10
gg.. not a good sight for CSGO esports.. lol Valorant hypetrain baby
2021-09-07 11:12
It's sad to see but totally understandable.
2021-09-07 11:14
#69
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Sweden frizzahh
Let’s hope renegades don’t quit cs. Really got potential
2021-09-07 11:15
1 reply
They shouldn't, they have far too many sponsors and backing to worry about that, unlike other teams in Australia
2021-09-07 12:40
rip oceania
2021-09-07 11:18
Tier 3. 4 teams don't get enaugh money
2021-09-07 11:22
another region dying? :( i hope renegaded do something at least
2021-09-07 11:33
#75
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Wtf Save Sterling
2021-09-07 11:35
#78
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Iceland suriel666
Who?
2021-09-07 11:43
1 reply
#82
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Czech Republic manik999
+1 how can you except to make them enough money when we dont even know about these teams
2021-09-07 11:49
#80
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Czech Republic manik999
It must be very hard to make profits with teams living in Australia with brutal covid restrictions playing bad CS against the rest of the world. How do you except organisations like this to exist. I quess these players will continue with their CS careers under different teams. Valorant hypetrain is a meme. You talk like its some game of the century or something. I dont know a person that still plays Valorant anymore. Everybody got bored of it so fast.
2021-09-07 11:43
Can someone explain how the covid restrictions look in AU rn? Why Renegades had to drop EPL spot? Is it that bad to travel? It said here they would have trouble going back and forth. And even just going back. Why?
2021-09-07 12:01
3 replies
#95
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Australia poppyxox
They had to drop esl pro league spot because Sydney actually had a lockdown in place (which is still in place rn) whereas back in June for iem cologne there was no local lockdown, so they were probably able to get an exception to leave the country getting back is a problem because foreign travelers are basically restricted enitrely aside from some exceptions. there are options to leave australia if you want and they are a lot more openly available, whereas getting back in has been heavily restricted since last year renegades probably got an exception citing work related things, but because esports isnt the biggest topic in aus its not really being given exceptions while within lockdowns which is fair enough, in comparison to other 'sports' in australia it definitely isnt a big industry
2021-09-07 12:25
2 replies
But they aren't foreign travelers, are they? I don't remember but at least majority of the team are australians? But thanks for clarifying, it explains a lot
2021-09-07 13:40
1 reply
#130
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Australia poppyxox
They are Australian but the main problem is that during the lockdowns I feel that the renegades are afraid they wont be able to return to their homes in Sydney or wherever, and so they'd end up stuck elsewhere in Australia or even internationally for an undefined amount of time. I've seen a few stories over the past year from a few Australians that had flights cancelled and other things and delayed their movement by months. I guess they don't wanna take that risk of being stuck in Europe for so long, their budget isn't super big I imagine so yeah. Outside of lockdowns in aus, it's a lot less risky to do that obviously cause they've done 3 events in Europe this year without fail. So yeah basically to answer the question: they aren't foreign travellers but people coming into the lockdown area is heavily restricted no matter where they are from or if they came from the lockdown area originally.
2021-09-07 16:05
Who?
2021-09-07 12:06
#86
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Australia poppyxox
I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THAT RENEGADES WONT EVEN BE ABLE TO GO TO THE MAJOR FUCKING NSW OH MY GOD, LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE rip the australian spot in the major, at least extremum will be there
2021-09-07 12:07
11 replies
AU gov won't let them go or what?
2021-09-07 12:08
10 replies
#91
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Australia poppyxox
they couldnt go to esl pro league season 14 because of lockdowns and those lockdowns will likely still be in place in nsw by november cause they've screwed up so badly with cases so no they likely wont be able to go, i dont see why anything would change renegades went to europe in march and june, but australia had everything under control during that period, community transfer was essentially non existant. its serious now though
2021-09-07 12:16
9 replies
Daaamn, that sucks ass. Thanks for the info.
2021-09-07 12:18
3 replies
#96
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Australia poppyxox
It especially sucks because as far as im concerned, if the renegades players lived in any other state than NSW they would be allowed a lot more international freedom covid restrictions have heavily differed throughout the pandemic for us locally, for example right now in my city the longest lockdown we've had so far was only 4 weeks back in April or some shit last year (the initial wave), but since then we havent needed any longer lockdowns (a few week lockdowns here and there) meanwhile melbourne and sydney have had several months of lockdown overall now, and are both looking really bad rn, the local governments have just given up completely As long as a sizeable clog of cases exist the federal government overall doesnt look like its allowing smaller exceptions to travel which in this case is renegades, but i dont 100% know the rules because it looks like the government does it on a case by case basis when you submit a form
2021-09-07 12:37
2 replies
Mfw 3 cases are enough to make walking your dog illegal
2021-09-07 19:57
1 reply
#148
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Australia poppyxox
thats never been the case lmao
2021-09-08 02:15
Supposedly they chose not to travel to EPL because they wouldn't have been able to get back and quarantine in time for the rmr. And if they miss that, they aren't going at all as they wouldn't have enough points to win the spot.
2021-09-08 12:19
4 replies
#154
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Australia poppyxox
Oh really? Where’d you hear that? Cause that would make a lot of sense
2021-09-08 14:57
3 replies
Can't remember exactly, but I think it was just one of those news headline things that pops up on the google app on my phone a few weeks back.
2021-09-08 16:43
Found it again. snowballesports.com/2021/08/26/sico-mode.. TLDR Aus quarantine cuts meant they wouldn't be able to get back to do RMR if they went over for EPL playoffs. “The day after we left Cologne on July 13, the Australian government axed 50% of the return flights,” said Sico. “There are already over 35,000 Australians trying to return home, so you can imagine that flight availability and the increasing cost just becomes absurd. “It felt like a bit of a slap in the face after having such a great run at IEM Cologne, then to suddenly be in quarantine and told EPL is online, and then to have the Australian government crack down on travel even further.” “The main problem moreso lies in the return, not really the departure. It was quickly apparent the new Australian travel return restrictions were far too severe, rendering the trip impossible. “I can’t really say that I’m surprised though, being slapped with perpetual lockdowns and restrictions feels like the norm now. The situation just became impossible and meant we would for sure miss the next RMR event.”
2021-09-08 18:24
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#160
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Australia poppyxox
Interesting, so that must mean they get an exception to travel without any worry really. One of the criteria is "I need to do work for my employer" to travel overseas, which may very well be what it is.
2021-09-09 08:33
Huuuge shame on that. Great and interesting region. Those players really deserve better.
2021-09-07 12:07
Sad
2021-09-07 12:11
#99
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Poland Hanse
Sad because no one has reason to care, australian esport is so far behind it's only good for matchfixing
2021-09-07 12:46
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chiefs order was decent
2021-09-07 13:53
0 covid = 0 cs
2021-09-07 12:55
#107
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CIS elefiveS
rip AU scene. F
2021-09-07 13:13
sad for AU scene
2021-09-07 13:14
#113
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Poland ryhupeja
Sad to see such domino effect, hope they will rebuild. Also missing IEM Sydney, top3 crowd imo after Katowice & Cologne.
2021-09-07 13:21
terrible news( they didnt have chance to win rmr anymore?
2021-09-07 13:53
come 2 brazilian cs
2021-09-07 13:58
AU now one of us! Welcome! ESL help in revival please.
2021-09-07 14:21
#123
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Ukraine Xe0m
Sadge
2021-09-07 14:21
people dont release how big this is, rip aussie scene
2021-09-07 15:14
#129
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Germany tilted_up
Keyfactor would be changes made by Valve in first place so that people (re)start to play the game and let the player base rise. From there on Orgs and sponsors will follow automatically. F.E.: -Maprotations. Put in Grind for Mirage/D2/Vertigo and do a rework of those maps. -add a new weapon for each side CT&T maybe -keys are expensive af while there's 99% garbage in cases. make it cheaper or system like LoL with good behaviour you earn keys to open boxes. There's also drops on Twitch for EVERY damn game except csgo I think! -exclusive boxes before Majors. All the money spent on the boxes go into Major Pricepool. -make exclusive weaponskins for major winning teams (robbed from LoL but who cars). If people buy them -> put money into next major pricepool. -with money from skins you can build up an enormous pricepool for majors (like in dota), which also gets the playerbase to grow -overall graphic upgrade It's really just basic stuff they could easily do and the community would actually see 'ahh look, Volvo still cares about us!' and if they don't manage that people quit the game and go to another shooter (we all know which one..) than csgo is really doomed.
2021-09-07 15:29
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#146
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Other Bactuga
Nah they shouldnt make you be able to get free keys/cases for free, if you just give 1 free key to 10% of the community the market would drastically change, some people make a living out of it
2021-09-08 00:56
RIP AUSSIE AFTER NA SCENE
2021-09-07 16:14
#135
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Finland AliSabid
Rip!
2021-09-07 16:38
Unsurprising You don’t make money as an org when ya advertising to 400 viewers where 30% are Russians and your lineup also can only ever make 2nd place in $10k tournaments
2021-09-07 19:03
Apparently the Dire Wolves team made an offer, but the players didn't accept it. Stirling put that up on his twitter.
2021-09-08 12:19
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so? they have better deals or what?
2021-09-08 16:43
1 reply
Nah, rumour is that they weren't getting paid so said we aren't renewing.
2021-09-08 18:26
F
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