Subroza on leaving CLG and the cheating accusations: 'It was a weird pressure that I could never handle'

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Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik is a former player for Counter Logic Gaming and an up-and-coming Canadian CS:GO player. Subroza came into a struggling CLG in August 2016, but they continued to struggle in their international and domestic events, which eventually led the 19-year-old to leave the team on Feb. 13.

theScore esports caught up with Subroza to ask about his departure and he opened up about his time with CLG and his apparent loss of confidence from the repeated cheating accusations from the community.

You spoke a bit about your time on the Counter Logic Gaming roster in the team’s press release. What else can you say about your time with the team? What has being on CLG taught you about being an esports pro or as a person?

My time with this team was awesome, I really enjoyed the many activities we did and had so much fun together most of the time.

On CLG, playing with people with that much experience taught me the important things a pro player needs to become great and they showed me by doing it themselves. How to be a great team player, make the right decisions and have the right mindset at all times.

Your former teammates spoke very highly of you, talking about your selflessness and your work ethic. How would you describe them as a team? Would you say there was a sense of progression for the roster(s) you were on?

At first I considered them as a team and my job, but as time passed it became way more than a team, I would describe them as family to be honest. They were just awesome human beings and always so kind!

We definitely were progressing and learning, what people don't see is the hours we were putting in daily towards our goals, I could see us becoming a great team if we fixed small issues we had in high pressure moments and with a little bit more time for sure.

You unfortunately were under the microscope of the community and were accused of cheating, something that can sometimes be a funny badge of honor when you’re just pugging. However, I’d imagine it was a different feeling as a pro, especially when it’s coming from a community figure like Richard Lewis. How would describe that experience?

Before I even got pro there were a lot of talks and accusations of the same subject, but I never really cared because I played with real life friends and barely made any money or was never watched by thousands of people. Me and my friends used to always laugh about it, but the problem is as soon as I went pro it blew up.

It didn't really affect me at first, but it slowly got in my head reading Tweets, Reddit comments (sometimes even on our CLG subreddit), etc. every single day, especially when it's people like R.Lewis with big fan bases.

I tried to never think about it when I play or practice and just focus on my game, but it was a weird pressure that I could never handle. I was playing and barely felt like it was the old me who used to frag a lot and play like I was the most confident person in the server.

With time it got worse and worse and it's part of the reason I decided it was best for me and the team to part ways.

You had a pretty sudden departure from the CLG lineup. If your undisclosed personal issues become resolved, is returning to the lineup an option for you? Or would you have to start from scratch or perhaps choose to not return to CLG?

I don’t think returning to the CLG lineup is an option I am thinking of, or ever will think of, maybe one day you never know.

Yes, I will be trying to not start from scratch but finish what I started with my old friends and make one of my dream come true.

Is your personal reason for leaving CLG something you’d be willing to talk a little bit more about? Any ideas what could be in store for you in the near future, esports-related or otherwise?

I’ve said some of the reason previously in this interview, but for the rest I would like to keep it for me. Missing home was definitely another reason why I decided to step down.

Plans are to make the [ESL] Pro League with my old team [ex-Ace Gaming] and become the greatest player I can be. Also, I will commit a lot more to streaming and the things I enjoyed doing before going pro!

Thanks to all the people who support me, I will be back!

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.

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.

The most iconic scandals, bugs and broken updates in CS:GO history

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Counter-Strike is a game with history. Scandalous, hilarious history.

From Fnatic Overpassing the competition with boosts, to the R8 Revolver's reign of terror, CS:GO has had some of the most memorable scandals, bugs and broken updates out there.

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