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Alina Sotula

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He Went Through Hell to Conquer Valorant
Over the past year, ShahZaM transformed Sentinels into the best Valorant team in NA. But just a few years ago, he was a struggling CS:GO player who had an important decision to make. He...
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The Criminal Origins of CS:GO's Most Controversial Skin
When Valve first introduced the skin market back in 2013, no one could have predicted that, one day, a skin would sell for six figures. There are plenty of iconic CS:GO skins: the Dragon...
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He Survived Cheating Accusations and Death Threats to Become Valorant's Next Prodigy
Nathan "leaf" Orf was one of most exciting, promising young CS:GO players in the world. He came out of nowhere, and everyone was talking about him.But everything changed when he was...
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How the Oldest Esport in the World Did the Impossible and Conquered Twitch
On Twitch, games come and go. The biggest streamers can bring new titles a lot of attention, but most hot games on Twitch are fads, brand new titles that don’t have staying power. But...
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Why Do People Keep Picking This Sh*tty Character?
There are video game characters we love. There are video game characters we hate. There are even characters we love to hate. But then, there are characters that are loved despite giving...
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The Top 10 Trash Tier Picks in Esports
Every game has things players love to hate, but sometimes items in the game can be so terrible, so useless, so low-tier that we can’t help but obsess over them. Here are the top 10...
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The Top 10 Most Controversial Bans in Esports History
In the world of esports it’s pretty difficult to keep things like cheating, toxicity or bad behavior under wraps when thousands of people are watching.The consequences for such public bad...
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Big, Dumb and Underappreciated: What It Takes to Be a Perfect Tank
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “tank”? You probably think of a low-skill player who basically uses their character’s body as a target for enemy attacks;...
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The King's Gambit: The Story of Hikaru
Hikaru Nakamura is a man of many accomplishments. He drew the chess world’s attention to the United States by winning trophy after trophy throughout his career.In 2003, he became a...
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The Unsolved Mystery of Dr DisRespect's Twitch Ban
Dr DisRespect has never shied away from controversy -- whether it's broadcasting himself walking into a public bathroom at E3 or spreading dangerous conspiracy theories. But despite his...
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How a Filthy Casual Risked Everything to Save Siege's Scrubbiest Players
Some of us are born with an innate talent that manifests itself at a young age - a God-given mastery of a game that can carry you through the craziest situations.But for most of us, the...
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Elders with AWPs: How a Group of Bloodthirsty Seniors Became CS:GO World Champions
How often have you heard the phrase “age is just a number”? In esports, it sometimes refers to some wily whipper-snapper who appears to be skilled beyond their years.But in CS:GO, there’s...
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The Rise and Fall of League's Most Self-Destructive Superstar
Being known for something in the game you play can be a badge of honour. But depending on what that trademark is, it can also very easily become a blight on an otherwise promising...
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How Esports' Greatest Rap God Emerged From Its Most Agonizing Game
Every hero has a storyline that defines them. Sometimes it’s a fateful event that turns an ordinary person into a legend, or maybe it’s through their determination to overcome...
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[email protected]*K Retirement: How CS:GO’s Oldest Aim God Keeps Turning Back the Clock
In esports, there is no such thing as being too young to compete. But on the other end of the spectrum, a player’s shelf life is usually not a long one, at a certain point, players become...
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Esports’ Worst Dream Team: The Hilarious Disaster That Was Delta Fox
What can you expect when you create a roster stacked with superstars? Occasionally, you get to see a real synergy of talent and flashes of greatness. Now and then, you see dominant...
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The Polite Killer Who Became the Clutch King of Counter-Strike
Whenever anyone talks about great teams in esports, they usually just want to talk about the superstars. But as often as these gods might bask in the warmth of the spotlight, sometimes...
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The Major-Winning Matchfixer Who Dodged a Lifetime Ban
There comes a time in every player’s career when they have to put it all on the line for a chance to win big. A moment where they throw caution to the wind and simply hope for the best....
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A King Without A Crown: The Curse Of s1mple
s1mple is arguably the greatest CS:GO player ever. He's been ranked number one in the world, he's won premier tournaments, and now? He's even on the best team in the world. But s1mple is...