North's MSL: 'RUBINO told us at the Major that he didn't want to play anymore and needed a break'

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Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen is the in-game leader for North and an important figure in Danish CS:GO. His Danish squad has made big strides in CS:GO, partnering with F.C. Copenhagen to form North, achieving Legend status at the ELEAGUE Major and now they've made a big roster move by acquiring Philip "aizy" Aistrup from FaZe Clan.

Ahead of his games at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, MSL answered questions from theScore esports talking about his recent achievements and moving forward with the North's new all-Danish lineup.

2016 was a big year for you and the team as you’ve had some breakout performances, particularly winning EPICENTER: Moscow, then the year ultimately led to your acquisition by F.C. Copenhagen and forming North. How would you sum up the year?

It has been a crazy year with many ups and downs, but mostly ups.

In the start of the year we had a new lineup, a lineup I chose and we did some amazing results that people didn't expect. Then we had a bad period from around April-June, but since then it has only gone up.

The last four months before December were truly amazing and EPICENTER is of course the highlight for me that year. Overall it has been the best year of my CS career and I believe 2017 will be even better.

You guys have also kicked off 2017 on a fairly high note by achieving Legend status at the ELEAGUE Major 2017. How satisfied are you with this result? Was the break before the ELEAGUE Major good or bad?

We are satisfied with the Legend spot especially because we came from an 0-2 to qualify for playoffs, and we don't need to qualify next time. The game against VP will always hurt I think, but next Major we will take our revenge.

The break before the Major was good, everyone had traveled so much and needed time at home. Everyone got vacation and practice in before, so I think it was good in that aspect.

You also notably bootcamped at Parken Stadium, will this be the case for future bootcamps as well? What have been the other perks being part of North?

Yes, we are bootcamping for DreamHack Las Vegas in Parken Stadium as well. It's a really cool place and a nice bootcamp room with everything we need.

Other than that, the other perks are that all communication between us and North is Danish and it makes it a lot easier for us. They are just super professional and we don't have to think about anything other than playing.

Well arrived at bootcamp, time to work hard 💪

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In a feature, I’ve observed that the ELEAGUE Major had the most Danish players in the Top 8 of a Major ever. And after Astralis’ Major win and with so many good Danish teams/players, is 2017 the year of the Danes?

I always think there have been a lot of good Danish teams and we have always been there, but it's nice that we set that record. I believe we have three really strong teams right now in Denmark and I think we will all do a lot of damage in 2017.

You guys very recently acquired aizy from FaZe Clan. Why make this change? How have you worked him into the lineup?

RUBINO [Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel] told us at the Major that he didn't want to play anymore and needed a break. We talked together and aizy was our number one from the start. We knew it was gonna be hard to get him, but luckily North got it through together with FaZe.

I have played with aizy before and I knew how I need to play him, with that said we have a lot of really skilled player in our lineup and therefore we need to share positions. He has a lot of positions he likes and also some he doesn't.

I think we have found a great way, so that everyone is comfortable and DHM Las Vegas will be a test for our new positions and roles.

Going into DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, all eight of the Top 8 teams from the ELEAGUE Major will be in attendance as well. Is this potential “revenge” for the Major an important factor for you?

It's not about revenge, because the Major is something different, you can only take it at the Major. Every event for us is about winning, I think we have a really strong lineup and we will win, if we play up to our level.

DHM Vegas will be the first event to use the latest map pool, so Infer-new instead of Dust II. What are your thoughts on this?

I like that Inferno is back, I have always loved the map, but I'm not so sure that I like the fact that Dust II got removed. I think it should have been Cache or Cbble, because Dust II is still a good map compared to those.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

RUBINO on stepping down from North's starting roster: It's clear 'that I have not been on my 100% for a long time'

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Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel spoke out about his decision to leave North's starting lineup, explaining how he had lost his motivation to compete in a Twitlonger Wednesday.

RUBINO was replaced on North's starting lineup by FaZe's Philip "aizy" Aistrup on Feb. 8.

"It was of course really nice to actually start to be a contender, getting to quarters, semis and win a really big event, but i always felt something was missing... And it was my will and motivation, to get even better, fix my mistakes and so on, the constant traveling, constant practice when you got home was not as easy as it was before, and i didn't feel motivated enough to do it as much as my teammates," he wrote.

RELATED: North's MSL: 'RUBINO told us at the major that he didn't wanted to play anymore and needed a break'

In the Twitlonger, RUBINO talked about how he's been concerned with his level of play for a long time, taking an extended break during the team's offseason in the summer. North's IGL Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen recounted in an interview with theScore esports how RUBINO approached the team at the ELEAGUE Major explaining how he needed a break.

"Its clearly that i have not been on my 100% for a long time, i took a break after our break in summer, basically because everything just went black and i couldn't focus, i was really sad all the time and couldn't think positive, about my play, about everything (i have always been really hard on myself)," he wrote.

On aizy, RUBINO said he's very pleased with the ex-FaZe player taking his spot and he hopes the team will do even better with him around.

"Im glad they got aizy, clearly a more skilled player than me, danish and been playing under msl's leadership before, I'm confident they will be even better now, and hopefully it will happen," RUBINO said. "I did this because i felt it was the fair thing to do for my team, instead of holding us to not improve, i wanted my team to improve, and i think they got the last tool they needed to be even a better contender."

He also expressed frustration with community criticisms of his decision, saying that if he truly wanted to remain on the team he would have.

"Im actually getting annoyed that people always mean i did the wrong thing since i went from a really good contract with good salary and blabla, so money is everything and you should forget your family and everyone you love?" RUBINO wrote. "Thats not in my head at least! And as i said i didn't feel like having motivation and will to be on the team."

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Great play or misplay : jdm's 1v5 Clutch Ace vs. EnVyUs at ELEAGUE Major 2017

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During the 2017 ELEAGUE Major's group stage, Team Liquid faced off against Team EnVyUs on Cache. It was looking like the match was in the bag for Envy. However, JDM came in clutch and claimed the ace against EnVyUs.

But was this a great play, or a terrible misplay?

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Astralis, VP, SK among teams attending SL i-League Season 3 Finals

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HellRaisers has clutched the final slot for SL i-League Season 3, finalizing the team list for the the LAN final, after they defeated Team EnVyUs 2-1 in the European qualifier on Wednesday.

Here's the full team list for the tournament:

Invited Qualified
Astralis FaZe Clan MVP Project 5Power Club
Gambit Esports Natus Vincere TyLoo Fnatic
Ninjas in Pyjamas North G2 Esports HellRaisers
SK Gaming Virtus.pro Immortals Counter Logic Gaming

The tournament features a $300,000 prize pool and the event will take place on April 4-9 at National Palace of Arts "Ukraina" in Kiev.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

How did this happen: The R8 Revolver

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In how did this happen, theScore esports takes a look back at some of the most busted, broken and insanely overpowered things to ever make their way into the world of competitive gaming. Each week, we'll look at one or more ridiculous characters, items, mechanics or modes that stand out as the most OP things that have ever been in the games we love.

For the most part, CS:GO is a balanced game. There are a few strong strategies and a handful of power positions to hold on certain maps, but CS:GO is a game about skill more than it is a game about picking powerful weapons or abusing gimmicky strategies.

But what if that wasn't the rule. What if there was one gun, the perfect gun, that could one-shot anyone. What if there was a gun as strong as an AWP, with the range of an AK-47, and it was cheaper than either of them? Well, once upon a time not too long ago there was the Revolvo.

How did it work?

In a December 2015 update, Valve introduced the R8 Revolver to CS:GO. It fit in the loadout slot reserved for the Desert Eagle, and at $850, it was only $150 more expensive than a Deagle, but at close range could drop just about anyone. There was also a really cool glitch that let you buy one for $700, in case you were looking to score a 5k on a budget.

With 115 base damage, armor penetration and better accurate range than an AK-47, the R8 could one-shot both armored and unarmored targets at close range with a body shot. Any headshot from an R8 was fatal, but that's nothing special but it did have enough damage to drop an armored enemy with an arm shot after they stood near a grenade.

The R8's secondary fire is also deadly. It's less accurate, but way faster and, at launch, it let you fire while defusing a bomb.

Yeah.

WTF?

The bomb defusal glitch aside, the R8 Revolver was so broken at launch that almost no one tried to defend it. There was no defending it. It was called a Pocket AWP by some, broken bulls**t by others, and the Revolvo by all.

No Deagle? No problem. The Revolvo was a little more expensive for your average Eco Round, but the stopping power was worth it. It was deemed too broken for pro play pretty much instantly, as ESL decided to play the then-upcoming EPL Season 2 finals on the patch before the R8 was introduced, and even FACEIT considered banning it from FPL.

Why even buy an assault rifle? With a better effective range than an AK-47 and the stopping power of an AWP without needing headshots, there wasn't really much of a reason to buy any gun that wasn't an R8. At a certain point, matches devolved into 5v5 Revolvo shootouts, like CS:GO was the world's least accurate cowboy simulator.

What Happened?

In what is probably the fastest turnaround this series will ever see, Valve nerfed the R8 almost immediately. One day after its release, the ability to fire while defusing the bomb was removed, and two days after that, the gun's damage dropped to 86. On top of the damage nerf, the R8 also lost some rate of fire speed and was given a worse spread.

What this meant was that the R8 could no longer one-shot an armored opponent at full health unless you literally stood inside their model, at which point you have bigger things to worry about. Unarmored opponents still died to a stomach shot at medium range, while chest and arm shots couldn't one-shot anyone.

The insane accuracy of the demon gun was still there, but accuracy matters a lot less when you have limited ammo and you can't drop someone in one shot. The R8 is still extremely strong, but it's more of a pocket Scout than a pocket AWP.

Following the nerf, the R8 instantly fell into obscurity. Sure, it still kills in one headshot, but so does the Deagle, and it does cheaper and faster than the R8. As a pocket Scout, the R8 Revolver is an inferior pistol. High-powered and accurate, but expensive and slow. As a pocket AWP though? The R8 was so powerful it turned every CS:GO player into a trigger-happy Clint Eastwood ready to draw. It was more than the R8. It was the Revolvo.

Correction: A previous version of this article said that the R8 was the first pistol added to CS:GO. In fact, both the CZ75 Auto and USP-S were both added before the R8. theScore esports regrets the error.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Team list for cs_summit finalized

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Ninjas in Pyjamas are the final invite to cs_summit, revealing the full team list for the event has finally been revealed, Beyond the Summit announced on Wednesday.

Here's what the full team list looks like:

cs_summit team list
SK Gaming OpTic Gaming Cloud9 Team EnVyUs
Gambit Esports Team Liquid GODSENT Ninjas in Pyjamas

The tournament features a $100,000 prize pool and will take place on April 19-23 at the BTS house. Further details, such as tournament format, are expected in the coming weeks.

This will be BTS' first foray into the CS:GO scene. They're best known for hosting the popular Dota 2 tournament series, The Summit, and the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament series, Smash Summit.

BTS events are half tournament and half house party that puts the personalities of the players at the forefront, featuring on-stream antics, player casting moments and casual interviews.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

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