MG News – Squad releases from Early Access

The Teamwork-Military-Shooter Squad (https://store.steampowered.com/app/393380/Squad/) has released from Early Access on Steam. If you are interested, be sure to grab it before October 7th. On that date, the developers will increase the price to roughly 50 €, as a result of its release from Early Access.

Since it’s initial release in 2015, Squad has gathered a small but loyal core group of players among the Monkey-Gamers. Because of it’s emphasis on squad-based gameplay, inbuilt VOIP communication and epic 50v50 battles, the monkeys have jointly logged in thousands of hours, with many more sure to come.

If you are interested in achieving victory not by having the quickest reflexes in EU-West, but through your ability to communicate and to overcome obstacles together, then head over to our Discord. Tag the “@Squad” role and we’ll show you the ropes.

Until then, remember to stick to your Squad-Leader. See you on the Battlefield, soldier!

Toben

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THE BERLIN MAJOR

Lady- and Gentlemonkeys it is that time of year again: GO-Time

On August 23rd the qualifier starts to select the 8 of 16 Teams to advance to the main tournament. I will keep the post short and sweet this time. The teams to watch are Vitality and … that’s it. I mean I am going to watch Mouz and NRG, a game of G2, North, CoL here and there just to see their form. There are a lot of reshuffled players in those teams but the lineups have not played on a high level together for a long time or they are just breaking through. If I was a betting man, i would go with the experienced teams: Vitality, NRG, G2, Mouz, North, Hellraisers, Avangar, and lastly Cr4zy.

Waiting in the main tourney are: Liquid, Astralis, Ence, FaZe, NaVi, NiP, mibr, and Renegades (???, oh well…) with Liquid as the Favs to win this one. Even I am rooting for the horseheads this time, tho NaVi always got a shot, but i predict top 4 for them, Astralis as the other contender is a possible finalist, but if they run into Vitality, we have a great match on our hands. NiP, FaZe, mibr and Renegades will have to fight really hard to not slump into the lower 8 of the final 16. The Renegades have a real shot at the top 8 with the lack of form of these former top teams. Ence was slumping, but I hope they can rev up their engines again and play without fear. My dream results are Vitality vs Liquid in the Final (and may it be a great game), with NaVi, Astralis 3rd to 4th. Ence, Mouz, Renegades and NiP in 5-8th, but especially those last 2 picks are not going to happen. Final Stage is starting August 28th and the final is on September, the 8th. For more Info visit hltv.org

CS:GO Katowice Major Main Qualifier starts today 12 GMT/13 CET

16 Teams will need to be reduced down to 8 to compete next weekend in the Main Tourney against the 8 Legends from the last Major. The field is getting bigger and we see more and more CS GO Pros slowly aging and fading away. The new generation certainly struggles still, but slowly is replacing the old mouselifters, awp-legends and spraycontrollers of yesterday, that have to fight harder and harder to get to the same places. The final 8 still have one more week of practice, while these hot 16 are gonna go at it with maximum brutality, smelling the blood of reaching the final stage.

Hot young ones: The Fins from Ence: Natus crew lacked some big stage experience and it showed when going against the big teams. Have they learned enough to go one step further? They certainly have the aim, they need the brain.

Winstrike/Vega Squad/Spirit/Avangar: Each one of those teams has 1-2 players that can perform to the highest level, and when the rest clicks, they can upset. They are the dark horses from the CIS that have the ingredients of a superteam and show us the vast talent from the region, proving that not all russians hack. Ultimately one of them (probably Vega or Winstrike) can go through, while the others probably will fold under pressure.

Old Legends never die: Nip, fnatic, Vitality and G2 with their newly mixed rosters of Major winners and some new guns. Will the french find their old form? Shox and KennyS in one team is a scary thing when the year is 2015. I don’t believe these teams are hungry enough to go far, but the Swedes probably will not have much trouble to prevail, and the french have enough routine … maybe …

MURRICA FUCK YEAH: C9 and NRG: Much has been talked about the Bulgarian talent Cerq that tanked hard on the last occasion, nevertheless they can reach the top 8 and C9 with Rush and autimatic firing on all cylinders also have decent chances to go through.

Meanwhile down under: Renegades can make it if enough teams fudge up, but they need others to make mistakes to be there, don’t expect too much from greyhound besides DickStacie’s sticker apparently having a penis drawn on his signature.

Tyloo and ViCi: ViCi was able to surprise by qualifying, so i will watch those guys. Tyloo are probably going to land somewhere in the midfield, will it be enough? I don’t think so.

And lastly: Furia from Brabrabrazil, have not watched the qualifier, hard to say how strong they are. First timers on the big stages against internationals. Again I would say these guys won’t be among the Top 8.

PREDICTIONS: C9, NiP, fnatic, G2, Vitality, Ence, Winstrike, ViCi/Renegades. I’ll allow myself 1 mistake because i didn’t watch enough and i will probably be wrong on a number of those.

Hltvs viewer’s guide:

https://www.hltv.org/news/26042/iem-katowice-major-new-challengers-stage-viewers-guide