CSGO Esports ARE BACK. Finally. The player break seemed as if it was going to last forever, but, as always, it ended eventually and now it’s up to us to see what changed in the wonderful world of Esports.
First off, we’ve seen an absolute legend of the game depart as Nick “nitr0” Canella has left Team Liquid after over 3 years on the squad, departing for the glorified esports retirement home called Valorant.
Nitr0 was replaced by rising star Michael “Grim” Wince who has immediately shown his impact, leading the entirety of DreamHack Open Summer 2020 NA in Rating 2.0.
However, Liquid’s new addition wasn’t enough to keep the surging FURIA at bay as the Brazilians took the Grand Final 2 maps to 1.
In Europe, the online reign of terror from BIG continues as they win another tournament, beating out Heroic 2-0 on their way to cementing their No. 1 ranking for at least another week.
With ESL One Cologne starting Wednesday, some new storylines have started to form in Europe as FaZe replaced Aurimas “bymas” Pipiras with former Major MVP Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjaerbye, while Astralis continue on their quest to ensure every top-tier Danish CS:GO talent in existence plays at least one game for their roster by replacing Jakob “JUGi” Hansen with Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen from MAD Lions.
MAD Lions have in turn decided to go international with their roster signing Polish journeyman Paweł “innocent” Mocek to their roster, hoping that his experience will help them ascend through the ranks.
With ESL One Cologne lining up to be a thrilling tournament, and the final stage of the Rio qualifiers ahead in September, CS:GO’s return is sure to bring you some of the thrills you’ve been missing for the past month.