kennyS, SIXER reveal the real story behind the fabled Dragon Lore AWP

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In myth and legend, a weapon can be a hero's defining aspect, to the point where their names and stories become inseparable.

King Arthur had Excalibur, Thor had Mjölnir and, in the CS:GO pantheon, there's no duo more iconic than Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and his Dragon Lore AWP.

That gun was the same AWP that he took to the Grand Finals of the ESL One Cologne 2015 Major. It was also the one he had during his first and only Major victory at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015. And it was the same gun he had when he pulled off moves like this:

This is the story of KennyS' AWP, more affectionately known as the Magic Stick. There are many like it, but this one will forever be known as his.

"The Magic is kinda related to my game style and people's opinion about me," kennyS said. "It basically means something that you can’t see, like magic, so I try to make it a real part of me."

However, the Magic Stick's journey does not end with kennyS. When he left Team EnVyUs in February, he gave the fabled weapon — and to an extent part of his legacy — to former teammate Christophe "SIXER" Xia.

Speculation as to why kennyS gave up the Magic Stick ran rampant in a Reddit thread on the matter, and one of the most upvoted comments claimed that the gun belonged to the nV organization, and not kennyS.

Since he was leaving the organization, Reddit detectives surmised that the legendary AWPer was probably forced to return the gun to the org. However, the reality of the situation was not only much different, but was far less elaborate.

"The real story is simple, I really liked playing with SIXER," kennyS said. "He became a friend really fast and I know he liked my Dragon Lore. When I left EnVyUs, I felt bad for SIXER and I didn’t want him to forget the time we spent together.

"It was a pleasure for me to give him my Dragon Lore."

Between intense dabs and goofy high fives the friendship that kennyS forged with SIXER was on full display during nV's LAN events.

"Before the shuffle, at a LAN I wanted him to lend me his Dragon Lore and he was like 'No, you will never give me back the skins, I know you,' joking of course," SIXER said. "And after the shuffle, I played with him and he saw my new Dragon Lore. He asked me, 'Where did you get this skin? You bought it? You’re crazy, you should have told me before. Sell yours, I will give you mine as farewell gift.'

"I was like, 'Can you stop kidding please?' And when I realized he was serious I proposed to pay him or something, but he declined."

kennyS' Dragon Lore Magic Stick has been used by SIXER ever since and has remained unmodified since the trade.

"I didn’t change anything for the simple reason that it was a gift from my bro and it already looks nice," SIXER said.

kennyS' Dragon Lore Magic Stick, in all it's glory

As for kennyS, he's already 'forged' a new Magic Stick, making use of the Asiimov skin, a skin which is arguably more synonymous with the French pro than the Dragon Lore. While nostalgia played a part in this decision, it also represents a fresh start.

"I didn’t go for something different because I was nostalgic of my Asiimov time and also because I don’t like the new skins (Elite Build, Worm God, etc.)," kennyS said. "It also makes me feel like I was starting again, like a new beginning even though I used it for a while in the past."

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

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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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