Tempo Storm acquire Games Academy

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Tempo Storm has returned to competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive by picking up the Brazilian squad, Games Academy.

The entirety of Games Academy's roster will be moving over to the North American organization, which includes the brothers, Henrique "hen1" Teles and Lucas "lucas1" Teles, the team's AWPer and entry fragger respectively, Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves, the team's lurker, and João "felps" Vasconcellos, the team's secondary entry fragger.

Last but not least is former Luminosity Gaming player Ricardo "boltz" Prass, a Majors veteran and the team's support player. The team will also keep their in-game leader and coach in Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu.

The team formerly known as Games Academy recently clutched the Americas Last Chance qualifier and will be competing in the upcoming qualifier for the MLG Major Championships: Columbus.

Tempo Storm's first foray into CS:GO was on March 31 when they picked up the North American squad Ascendancy, a team that was full of unknown but promising players. They ended the ESEA Season 18: North American Premier Division with a flawless 16-0 standing, however they were outclassed when they entered competitions with the top tier teams. They went through a number of roster changes before dropping the team on Aug. 13, following poor performances.

Ahead of the MLG Major qualifiers, the team took the time to speak to theScore eSports, talking about how being part of Tempo Storm will motivate them, their expectations at the MLG Major and their continued connection with Luminosity Gaming's Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.

For those who may not be familiar with your lineup yet, can all five of you introduce yourselves and tell us what your role is on the team?

Henrique "hen1" Teles and Lucas "lucas1" Teles: 20-years-old twin brothers, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2014 and they are former players of Kabum.TD. Hen1 is the main AWPer and Lucas is our main entry killer.

Ricardo "boltz" Prass: 18-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2015, former player of Keyd Stars and Luminosity. He's the support on our team.

João "felps" Vasconcellos: 19-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2015, former player of Keyd Stars. He's our secondary entry killer.

Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves: 18-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2015, former player of Games Academy. He's our lurker and also secondary support.

Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu: 27-years-old, has been playing Counter Strike professionally since 2010 and is a former player of Team Yeah and ProGaming.TD. He's the captain in-game and our coach.

What made you choose Tempo Storm to be your new home? Why not stay with a South American organization?

After a couple months of hard work in the USA, leaving our family and friends behind in Brazil, we found a “new home” for us and it's a huge pleasure to represent a well known and big organization as Tempo Storm, together with all their sponsors.

Unfortunately the CS:GO scene in South America is not as huge as it is in NA and Europe nowadays. There are not many organizations that could give us the support that we need to play at a high level and compete against the best teams in the world.

That's why we have been with Games Academy since 2015 and we are very thankful for all the support that they gave to us until today, because without Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, Ricardo "Dead" Sinigaglia, Camila and all the Games Academy staff members, nothing of this would have happened.

We are very prepared and motivated for the upcoming events to show all our potential with our new organization.

Now that you are represented by Tempo Storm, what are your chances of being invited into Turner’s ELeague?

Playing Turner's ELeague would be a dream coming true for us, just like it is nowadays to qualify for the upcoming Major. Being invited to big tournaments depends on our next results as a team, we know that we still have a lot of work to do with this new lineup and we are already working hard to be able to compete at these important tournaments.

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What changes, if any, will come to the team now that they are part of Tempo Storm?

We always took the game seriously and played as professionals and being part of Tempo Storm just gives us a lot more motivation and more support to play.

We know that now being part of a professional organization means that we have more responsibilities and we need to represent them well. That's also a big part of our goal now, show Tempo Storm that they made the right choice on picking us and that we will give our blood to represent them well and to achieve our goals.

Can you describe to us in your own words what Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo brought to the Games Academy team? Will he remain as a mentor now that you guys are part of Tempo Storm?

FalleN is important and means a lot to us. He's the owner of [Games Academy] together with Ricardo ("Dead") and Camila (Ricardo's wife), they are the ones that gave us the opportunity to grow as a team and to be professional Counter-Strike players.

FalleN always helped us, especially at hard times; he always believed in us. We hope that he's still gonna be able to keep helping us because he has a lot of experience together with his team and since we live close to each other that helps a lot so we can share experiences and practice together.

Luminosity Gaming's Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, as the CEO of Games Academy, has served as a mentor to the players and may continue to do so

When Lincoln "fnx" Lau and Tacio "TACO" Pessoa left the team to go to Luminosity Gaming did you foresee their success?

Definitely yes. Both have a lot of talent, love the game and wants to get better and better everyday. TACO is really dedicated and he's going to improve even more in LG, with some time and more experience he's gonna be a key player for LG.

Talking about fnx, he's a guy that never gives up on his wishes. Everyone knows he has a lot of talent since CS 1.6 and once he says that he wants to be the best, you have to believe this guy because he has a lot of passion for this game and he is already proving he is very important and responsible for LG's great performances recently.

What does Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu as a coach bring to the team? How does he compare to Wilton “zews” Prado?

Peace, as we call him, brings a lot of confidence for our team by releasing pressure on us and studying our opponents since he is not only coaching but our in-game leader as well so we trust him a lot. He's been a player for a long time with a lot of experience so he's helping us a lot to improve our game style and to calm us down during our matches.

Comparing him to zews is pretty hard, both of them know a lot about the game and it’s just a matter of time till [peacemaker] becomes as great a coach as Zews already is; peace is already on his way more quickly than we thought.

Ricardo "boltz" Prass is a veteran of the Luminosity Gaming lineup, how does his experience (having attended and placed Top 8 at the Majors) play into your team’s confidence and what kind of leadership does he bring to the squad?

Boltz is a key addiction to our team, he's a young talent with a lot of potential and after all that happened to him he seems more motivated than ever to work harder for our team. His Majors experiences, together with a lot of practice against the best teams in Europe, helps us a lot to improve our game play. It's like taking a shortcut to success and we are very happy with his attitude and performances lately.

Former Keyd Stars and Luminosity player, Ricardo "boltz" Prass, now finds himself representing Tempo Storm

Many consider your lineup as one that has the potential to rise to the top of the Americas CS:GO scene. Do these expectations put any pressure on you guys to perform immediately?

These expectations don't affect us at all, we know where we are and where we want to be in the next months.

Put some hard work together and find chemistry in the team and you will achieve your goals sooner or later, that's how it works with us.

How strong do you think your team is when comparing yourselves to the top North American lineups?

Even though this is a new lineup, we don't fear any of them and we think that we are very prepared to compete against any of them. In the next tournaments, we will show what kind of damage we can do to them.

How does the team feel going into the MLG Major qualifier? Do you believe you can achieve a Top 8 finish to compete in the Major itself?

Honestly, nobody ever thought or believed that we would win the Last Chance Qualifier, not like we care about it, but we feel good that nobody believes that we can do things, just gives us more motivation to achieve our goals.

We are feeling confident and working hard to compete against any of those teams at the qualifier, but we also know that it’s gonna be a lot harder than any other tournament that we ever played before, so we have to play our A game and then we will see what happens.

What preparations are being made for the qualifier? Are you guys trying anything new?

We are practicing around five hours a day against teams and the rest we watch our demos together, discuss new tactical things, study our possible opponents and the rest of the time we take care of our individual performances and relax some. We will always have an ace up our sleeves to try to surprise our opponents.

What is the one team you don't want to face in the qualifier?

We don't fear anyone, all the teams have a lot of potential and deserve to be there, but based on the recent events, Dignitas proved to be playing their A game, winning against some of the best teams in the world, so if we have to face them I think that it would be a hell of a match!

Team Dignitas's Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye at the ESL ONE Cologne European qualifiers

Luminosity Gaming has been one of the "Legend" teams at the Majors since ESL One: Cologne 2015, does that motivate you guys to achieve the same?

Of course, they shared with us their experiences about how they became challengers since the beginning with Keyd Stars. That helps us to know how we should act and what we need to do to succeed as they did.

Your team is the only South American team in the MLG qualifier, but if you achieve top 8, there will be two SA teams (along with Luminosity) at a Major for the first time ever. Does that motivate the team also? What could that achievement bring to the SA scene?

We know how important it is for the growth of Counter-Strike in South America, to give them more investments, tournaments and opportunities in general. South America's community is huge and completely loves the game, the fact that [we could be] the second Brazilian and South American team able to qualify for the Major is already very important.

For us it would be a dream come true; we know how important this qualifier is and that's one of the reasons why we're working harder than ever.

What are your goals for the 2016 year? Are there any tournaments/leagues that you would like to be apart of?

Our main goals for 2016 is to qualify for this upcoming Major, then we want to be in ESEA Pro League at next season. We also want to play all the important tournaments around the world like DreamHack's, IEM's, FACEIT Finals, PGL's and every other tournament that we're able to compete against the best teams in the world.

If we got the opportunity to compete at Turner's E-League this season, or in the next, it would be a dream come true for us; we will work hard to get there as well!

Dennis Gonzales is a news editor for theScore eSports who enjoys whiskey, Dungeon & Dragons and first-picking Timbersaw Windranger Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle. You can follow him on Twitter.

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fnx to stand-in for lucas1 in CyberPowerPC game against C9

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Two-time Major champion Lincoln "fnx" Lau will stand-in for Immortals' Lucas "lucas1" Teles during their game against Cloud9 at CyberPowerPC Pro Series, according to Wilton "zews" Prado.

fnx, who currently plays on SK Gaming, should fit well into the team as he was former teammates with a majority of the players when they were on Games Academy. It's also worth noting that zews was SK Gaming's former coach.

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fnx comes into the lineup with 1.06 HLTV player rating from the past three months, replacing lucas1 who has a 1.08 rating from the same time period.

The winner between Immortals and Cloud9 will face Team Liquid in the Grand Finals of CyberPowerPC Pro Series.

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. You can follow him on Twitter.

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OpTic, Immortals qualify for SL i-League Season 2; LAN Final moved to Kiev

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StarLadder i-League Season 2's American qualifier has concluded, with OpTic Gaming defeating Cloud9 2-1 and Immortals sweeping Renegades 2-0 to qualify for the LAN Final.

The event organizers also announced Tuesday that the event has been moved from Nanjing, China to Kiev, Ukraine. The decision was made as a result of increased security issues around the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. A new venue in Kiev has yet to be announced.

In the first of the NA qualification matches, OpTic stole Cache away from C9 in Game 1, which went down to the wire with a 16-14 scoreline. C9 tied the series on Mirage 16-6, but OpTic took the decider on Cobble 16-11. OpTic earlier swept Counter Logic Gaming 2-0 to get to the semifinals.

Immortals, meanwhile, did not drop a game on their way through the qualifier. They defeated their Brazilian brethren on Luminosity Gaming 2-0, then pushed past Renegades by taking Overpass with a convincing 16-6 scoreline and Cobble 16-10.

All the qualifiers for the tournament have concluded, but one invite slot remains, as SK Gaming were forced to pull out of the tournament over Fernando "fer" Alvarenga's non-game-related health problem.

The full team list now looks as follows:

Invited Qualified
Astralis Fnatic TyLoo VG.CyberZen
G2 Esports Team Liquid MVP Project Team Dignitas
Natus Vincere Ninjas in Pyjamas Team X Team EnVyUs
Virtus.pro TBD OpTic Gaming Immortals

SL i-League Season 2 features a $300,000 prize pool and will take place on Sept. 7-11 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. You can follow him on Twitter.

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ELEAGUE Season 2 schedule released

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ELEAGUE will return for Season 2 with prelims kicking off Sept. 7, leading up to groups on Oct. 21, with the televised playoffs running for a week before the Grand Final on Dec. 3.

"In our second season, we’ve enhanced the schedule to make the stakes even higher from a competitive standpoint, while also creating an opportunity for a more open field," said ELEAGUE GM Christina Alejandra.

"We believe this new format will keep our audience engaged with our content from the opening week through the grand finals and be more accommodating to team and player schedules.”

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The Top 8 teams from Season 1, returning champs Virtus.Pro, Fnatic, mouseports, Natus Vincere, Team EnVyUs, Cloud9, Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas, have all automatically qualified for groups. Everyone else gets to earn their place in the preliminaries. New blood can enter the prelims through an EU Open Qualifier, held Sept. 3-5, and an NA Open Qualifier, held Sept. 10-12.

The preliminaries will have 16 teams competing in both EU and NA in a single elimination bracket. The top four teams move on to groups.

There will be four groups with four teams apiece competing with double eliminations, though the makeup of each group has yet to be announced. The top two teams in each group will move on to the single elimination playoff tournament. For full schedule details, read below.

Preliminary Rounds

  • European: Sept. 7-8
  • American: Sept. 14-15

Group Stages

  • Group A: Oct. 21-22
  • Group B: Nov. 4-5
  • Group C: Nov. 11-12
  • Group D: Nov. 18-19

Playoffs

  • Quarterfinals: Nov. 29-30
  • Semifinals: Dec. 2
  • Grand Finals: Dec. 3

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CLG Red add Klaudia, bring on dabears as head coach

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Counter Logic Gaming have signed Klaudia "Klaudia" Beczkiewicz as a new fifth player and Erik "dabears" Stromberg as head coach for their CLG Red CS:GO roster.

klaudia has been playing with CLG Red for the past month, following Catherine "CAth" Leroux-Racette's departure from the team in May. While with the team, Klaudia has helped them place third in the Northern Arena 2016 qualifier.

"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to play with CLG Red," Klaudia said in the press release. "We all share the same goals and have a similar mindset when it comes to CS. With great passion and determination, I only expect to get better results with the girls!"

dabears was a Counter-Strike 1.6 player, and played for Evil Geniuses and compLexity Gaming. He is currently casting for ESL Pro League, and CLG stated that he will keep that job while also coaching CLG Red.

"I have more than just casting passion. I want to indulge myself in Counter Strike coaching," he said in a press release. "Over the years of winning championships, tournaments, and matches, I feel like CLG Red can benefit from my knowledge and wisdom.

"The goal for this team is to dominate all the female circuits, international tournaments, whatever there is that you want to throw at us — we want to be number one and the best."

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

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Valve release official statement on in-game coaching ban at Majors

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Valve have released a lengthy statement detailing their decision, after the news broke yesterday that Valve had decided to stop allowing CS:GO teams to use coaches in-game at their Majors.

The community's reaction has been overwhelmingly negative, and while Valve acknowledges the fact that this change will present short term difficulties for the scene, they emphasize their belief that the new rule will help "any team of 5 players that demonstrate excellence in all skills of CS," rather than just those that can afford to pay a sixth player to coach.

While some argue that coaching has been a part of the scene for far too long, Valve say that they never intended for a coach to be anything more than "focused on activities traditionally associated with coaching, such as preparation, support, opponent study, etc."

Things have obviously gone beyond that already, and Valve say they received a forwarded email from a coach "representing some top teams" sent to "an event organizer" on Aug. 8, "stating that the status-quo was no longer acceptable and that they insisted on more in-game access for coaches during their events."

After receiving the letter, Valve said it became clear to them that there was an over-emphasis on relying on in-game coaches, overlapping too much with what they call "player responsibilities," and they thought that it was time to step in.

With the next Major not yet announced, those teams and players affected will have time to prepare new or changed rosters that incorporate an IGL into their five man lineup.

Annabelle "Abelle" Fischer is a writer for theScore esports with a love for Dota 2, birds and cheese. You can follow her on Twitter.

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