F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk Film form North, sign ex-Dignitas for two years

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F.C. Copenhagen and entertainment company Nordisk Film have formed a new esports organization dubbed North and have acquired the former Team Dignitas roster on a two-year contract, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We are two leading companies within entertainment and sports venturing into eSport at the very highest level. We see great potential and have high ambitions with NORTH that [we] will be among the world's strongest from day one,” said Anders Hørsholt, CEO of F.C. Copenhagen, in the team's press release.

The news closely follows an HLTV report on Dec. 20, based on an article in Danish finance publication Finans.dk, which stated that the Nordic football club was looking to acquiring FIFA, Dota 2 and CS:GO players. The report notably came a day after Dignitas parted ways with their CS:GO roster.

The team have also named Jacob "Maelk" Toft-Andersen, who was most recently the team manager for FC Schalke 04's League of Legends team, as the organization's sports director. He says that North's foray into CS:GO is only the beginning.

"Already, we have one world-class team within Counter-Strike, but we want to expand to other games. There is a large talent pool and we see ourselves as very competitive when it comes to attracting and developing the best eSport players," Maelk said in the team's press release.

Maelk was released from FC Schalke on Aug. 9, 2016 due to "restructuring" and notably after the team was relegated from the EU LCS. He was also the former owner of LoL team Elements, however Maelk is best known for his career in DotA and Dota 2 and attended The International 2011 as part of MeetYourMakers and The International 2012 as part of Evil Geniuses.

Regarding the new North branding, Maelk said in a video interview with FCK TV that he felt it was indicative of the team's overall goals.

"We are the north. It represents us really well. And it's important for us to not just be Denmark, not just be Copenhagen, but to represent an entire region that, eventually, will take over the rest of the world."

Maelk also noted that North was in esports "for the long haul, whether that's three, five, seven or 20 years."

The former Dignitas roster has had an up-and-down year in 2016 as they failed to qualify for the first Major of the year at MLG Major Championship: Columbus and finished 9-12th at the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major.

After the acquisition of Emil "Magiskb0Y" Reif from the former SK Gaming roster on July 15, the team has had a noticeable upturn in the latter half of the year. They won EPICENTER: Moscow and achieving Top 8 finishes during ELEAGUE Season 2 and ECS Season 2.

North is set to kick off 2017 by competing at The ELEAGUE Major 2017 on Jan. 22-29. Though the Danish squad are labeled a Challenger team after advancing through the qualifier, they will be one of the top contenders at the Major.

Here's what North's roster looks like:

  • Mathias "MSL" Lauridson
  • Emil "Magiskb0Y" Reif
  • Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
  • Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel
  • René "cajunb" Borg

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. You can follow him on Twitter.

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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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