SK Gaming to acquire Luminosity Gaming's roster in July

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After a dramatic month of contract disputes and roster drops, Luminosity Gaming and SK Gaming have settled their legal dispute as LG's roster will move to the SK organization on July 1, according to a press release from LG and SK.

In the press release, Alexander Müller, SK Gaming’s managing director, gave a statement saying that "this was a messy situation and neither party was completely right or wrong here.

“We are very happy to have found a satisfactory solution for each party involved in the recent contract disputes," Müller said in the statement. "Luminosity excels at scouting the greatest talent and we are surely going to see them on the big stage again soon. What they’ve been able to accomplish as an organization and team in such a short time is remarkable.

"At SK, we are happy to leave the emotional weeks behind us and are now looking forward to a fresh start and successful future together."

LG's founder Steve Maida also gave a statement in the press release saying, "I'm glad that we could all come together and work out a solution."

"It might not have started off the best, but SK and Alex made it right in the end," Maida said in the statement. "I'm optimistic that SK will be a good home for the team's next chapter in CS:GO."

The settlement comes days after SK Gaming released their CS:GO team, which the team said was due to their contracts expiring at the end of June. In that announcement, the team said that they would have more news to come regarding their CS:GO division.

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SK and Luminosity have had an incredibly complicated relationship since a report from ESPN’s Jacob Wolf surfaced in late May. The report claimed that LG’s roster had signed a contract with SK Gaming before MLG Major Championship: Columbus back in March, but that the players had already signed a letter of intent with Luminosity in December 2015 which tied them to the organisation for next two years.

LG team captain Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo then told The Daily Dot’s Saira Mueller in an extensive statement that SK’s managing director Alex Müller reached out to him in early February to tell him and his teammates that "they had better options and that they deserved better." SK allegedly also offered them $9,000 monthly allowances for living arrangements and trips home to Brazil to see their families. The contract was due to start July 1.

FalleN went on to say that they signed with SK just days before MLG Columbus, as Müller allegedly told the players there was a deadline to apply for a membership with the World Electronic Sports Association (WESA). Following Columbus' conclusion, the team felt a lot of guilt when they told LG’s CEO Steven Maida the news of their switch, saying that Maida felt betrayed.

It was then that they tried to nullify their contract with SK, which SK refused to allow and subsequently threatened to seek an injunction that would prevent the players from playing professional CS:GO for the period of SK's contract.

FalleN also alleged that SK had convinced the team that the LOI they had signed with LG would not be valid if they signed new contracts with SK, which gave the roster the ability to dispute any legal action from SK because of their alleged interference with the LOI agreement.

In the press release, FalleN spoke about his own experience through the dispute saying, "I personally did many mistakes during this transition."

"I let emotions take part on business decisions and that is something I regret and surely will take as a learning experience to the rest of my life," he said.

The LG squad will play under the Luminosity Gaming banner for the last time at the Esports Championship Series LAN Finals in London, where they are grouped against G2 Esports, Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

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They will debut under their SK banner at the Major in ESL One Cologne 2016, which is set for July 5-10. The team will still be based in Los Angeles, California, but are free to use SK Gaming’s practice facilities in Cologne, Germany ahead of the Major.

LG's roster, which will be acquired by SK on July 1, looks as follows:

  • Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
  • Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
  • Marcelo "coldzera" David
  • Lincoln "fnx" Lau
  • Epitácio "TACO" de Melo
  • Wilton "zews" Prado

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SK TACO on becoming an entry fragger: 'I learned a lot of things watching apEX, but now I've created my own style'

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Epitácio "TACO" de Melo is the entry fragger for SK Gaming and is a two-time Major champion. His team has entered 2017 on a high note as they debuted at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas with João "felps" Vasconcellos, finished in second place against Virtus.pro and look strong going into IEM Season 11 World Championship Katowice.

Ahead of his games, TACO spoke with theScore esports about taking up the role of entry fragger and looking for revenge against VP on home soil.

2016 was your biggest year so far in Counter-Strike, winning both Majors of the year, however it was somewhat marred by a drop in performance in the tail end of the year. How would you sum up 2016?

In 2015 we were considered a good team, but not absolute world class, however I think 2016 was an almost perfect season.

We won every Major in 2016 plus ESL Pro League Season 1. We had second places for example at IEM Katowice, IEM Oakland, ESL Pro League Season 2, ECS Season 1 and third place at ECS Season 2, just to name a few.

In CS:GO there are so many great teams that I think it was an amazing year for all of us. Even during the tough times we performed really well but we can do even better and I am hopeful that for 2017 we can bring more trophies home.

Though you weren’t featured as one of HLTV’s Top 20 players of 2016, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo considers you one of the best players in the world as well as the best entry fragger, however, in your 20 questions with HyperX you said it was a role you didn’t even choose.

What do you think of FalleN’s assessment? Who were some other entry fraggers or players that you looked to for inspiration to get you where you are today?

My team thinks I'm doing a good job and this is what really matters for me.

It's a good individual award to be in the Top 20 players, but this is not what brings trophies. It's really good to see that interview with FalleN and see that he is satisfied with my job, it makes me more motivated to keep practicing and learning.

I have two really different roles in my team. As CT I have to play passive as I'm always holding the B bombsites almost alone. For that, since the beginning I never liked to watch players that focus mostly on aiming, so I always choose the smart ones like KRiMZ [Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson], pronax [Markus "pronax" Wallsten], etc.

As T I'm the entry fragger and being honest, I learned a lot of things watching apEX [Dan "apEX" Madesclaire], but now I've created my own style. With the experience I gained last year, now I'm always trying to create things that fit with my style and make me comfortable to play.

Everything I do in-game has one main goal: help my team.

You guys had a strong showing at the ELEAGUE Major with Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, some would say an unexpectedly strong showing. Why was he not kept in the roster, assuming that was an option? Was it a choice between fox and João "felps" Vasconcellos and you guys decided on felps?

It was clear from the beginning that fox would only be a stand-in. To play with us he would need to move to California, but he will be a father this year and of course wants to be with his family.

He did an amazing job playing with us, but it was communicated from the start that we wanted to play with felps long-term.

felps has a pretty similar playstyle as Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, how has he been worked into the lineup? What’s the team’s current role setup and has it been affected by the results from DreamHack Masters Las Vegas?

Everything is pretty new and it always takes time to find roles. We had to do less adapting than with fox, as he was primarily an AWP player. DreamHack was a good start and we could already see that this lineup will be very strong in the future.

We only lost to probably the best team right now in really close games. Virtus.pro are like our end boss and we hope to take revenge on their home field this week.

Though you guys played a whole LAN event at DHM Vegas, you guys have yet to play the new Inferno, though it’s usually the last map you guys ban in a veto.

What are your thoughts on the map replacing Dust II? How does the new Active Duty map group affect the team, since I believe Dust II was a pretty strong map for you guys?

It was not good for us since we were pretty comfortable on Dust II, but actually we can play Inferno and we are practicing the map. In Vegas we didn't have any reason to pick it since we have a lot of better maps for us to play, like Train, Overpass, Mirage etc.

In general, I think it's a really good thing for the game to update, since the fans can always watch something new. I really like the new Inferno and If they make some more updates it's gonna be a really great map.

Going back to your 20 questions with HyperX, you mentioned that if you weren’t a CS:GO pro that you’d be a Dota 2 pro. Who are your favorite heroes to play? Which teams do you cheer for?

I haven't played Dota in a long time but I was really good playing with Mirana, Shadow Fiend and had a lot of fun to play with Pudge.

I don't watch too much Dota 2 tournaments, but I like to watch teams like OG and Evil Geniuses when they play.

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 best of FalleN: The Godfather of Brazilian Counter-Strike

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It’s not often that a single player is considered one of the best in multiple roles, but then again, not many players are Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo.

One of the top in-game leaders in CS:GO, FalleN is among the deadliest and smartest AWPers in the world.

Here's a look at some highlights from his recent games.

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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.

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