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Andrew Faigal

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Banned From CS:GO, Unleashed in Valorant
Jamppi was once a CS:GO prodigy. But a mistake he made when he was only 13 years old nearly ruined his life forever. After an unfair VAC ban and a losing legal battle with Valve, Jamppi...
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[email protected]*k Icebox: How Valorant's Worst Map Became Its Most Important
There are a lot of reasons Icebox is the most hated map in Valorant. People hate the way it’s designed, the way it makes you play the game, and even how it launched with a bunch of stupid...
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102-0: The Story Behind Valorant's Craziest Win Streak
Vision Strikers got their start in Valorant with an insane 102-0 series run. And even though the win streak has since been broken, Vision Strikers were Korea’s Valorant pioneers. Until...
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How a Team No One Believed In Beat League's Arrogant Gods
The MAD Lions weren't supposed to win – period. They were the underdogs. A team no one believed could win playoffs. They were infamously bad on LAN, had a team with plenty of rookies and...
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From Baby ScreaM to CS:GO Prodigy: Nivera's Quest to Be More Than His Brother
If you haven't heard of Nivera, you’ve probably heard of his brother - one of the most mechanically gifted players in CS:GO's history - ScreaM. But ScreaM’s CS:GO career faded from glory...
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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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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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How a Developer Nearly Killed Its Own Game
If you’ve paid attention to Twitch lately, you might be asking: why are so many people watching Old School RuneScape? This 20-year-old MMO is one of most popular games on the internet,...
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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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Broken or Unplayable: The Champion Riot Can't Get Right
Ryze is the champion Riot Games just can't seem to get right. No matter what they do to him, buffs, nerfs, nothing seems to work. Ryze has been reworked six times, more than any other...
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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...
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The Demonic Invader Who Broke Tekken
Akuma might be in Tekken, but he's not from Tekken, and that means he breaks all the rules. From the moment Akuma was put in Tekken 7, he began to change it, warping the game around him...
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Who is This Harvard Psychiatrist Who Streams to Thousands?
This is the story of a Twitch channel called HealthyGamer. Where a Harvard-trained psychiatrist broadcasts interviews with some big name Twitch streamers and thousands tune in to listen....
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Valve is Suing This Org for Ghosting Payments
So, have you ever heard of a tournament organizer called Global Electronic Sports Championship? No? Well they hosted a few Dota2 Minors last year, haven’t tweeted in 19 months and are...
This Org Hasn’t Paid ANYONE in Months
Esports orgs and late payments. Name a more iconic duo.Unfortunately it’s something we still hear about all too often. And if you thought the dark days of teams failing to pay money owed...
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The Top 10 One-in-a-Million Plays in Esports
Sometimes, esports isn’t JUST about skill, prowess or strategy. Some of our favourite plays of all time weren’t born solely out of someone outplaying, out thinking or outmaneuvering their...
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The Top 10 Biggest STOMPS in Esports
Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? David vs goliath, Rocky against Apollo Creed, Captain America and Thanos.But the thing that makes underdogs wins so exciting of course is that...
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Is it Just Me, or Did Worlds Grand Finals Suck?
FunPlus Phoenix, who have the best, dumbest esports team name in recent history, are the reigning League of Legends World Champions. Last night, they curb stomped G2, and it made a lot of...
These Cheaters are Getting Sued
So there’s this company called MizuSoft. They sell a subscription service that costs $77 a month for users to essentially cheat in Rainbow Six: Siege. The company advertises a “near clean...