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

MG Variety Game Night – Proposal

The Concept

I want to propose a simple idea. Remembering our Insurgency-Coop night, I want us to try out some games. At a pre-determined day, everyone who wants to gets together on Discord and plays a different game together.
What type of game? With the many giveaways and sales, it should be a game that is available to most of us. Like Insurgency, it could be a game that has recently been given away. Or something that is on sale or cheap. For example, we could set a upper limit of 5 € for game price. We can have replays, for example I would like to play Insurgency-Coop with you-lot again.
Via the forum, we can collect the possible games in between the sessions and then have a vote on what to play. The frequency of the β€œgame day” is something we need to determine as well. Should we play every week, every 2 weeks, every month? A poll for this will be below, as well as a poll for the day of the week.
So let me know what you think by voting below. Results will be taken on Febuary 8th. Thanks!

Voting in the forum post: https://www.monkey-gamers.com/forums/topic/mg-variety-game-night-proposal/#post-26988

Boston Major Qualifier starts in a few hours

Dear Ladies and Gentlemonkeys,

We are but a few hours away from the Main Qualifier to the Boston Major (Shots fired at 1600 CET). The Qualifier is a pretty good tournament in itself and out of 16, the top 8 will advance to the 1m Dollar event taking place from January 19th to 28th. Invited are the top spots of the regional Qualifiers and the bottom 8 of PGL Krakow -the last Major, held in July ’17. So let me make this clear: the time and money invested into this tournament structure makes this a biiiiiig deal: the teams played regionals, that were small tournaments to beat out the best of their respective regions, then you still will have to beat the guys that attended last major and the top 8 were invited to the main event straight away. Yes CS:GO is still an incestuous echochamber and you see the same players under different flags. But hey, so is football.

Teams to watch: FAZE if you like cs go in all its beauty, C9 Liquid if you are a ‘murrican (they got a good chance of getting to the major actually), G2 and Envy if you suck baguette as hard as these suck at cs go. Mousesports and Renegades if you like wildcards where anything can happen: they go high or low and nothing in between. Flipside and Navi for some solid rush-b-cyka-blyat-gameplay (actually im looking forward to those games, these teams never dissappoint and will show the most solid performances of all the teams attending, nothing extreme, just good counterstrike.) Misfits for some upset rounds.

To follow the action:Β https://www.hltv.org/events/3248/eleague-major-2018-main-qualifier

I’ll hang around, watch the games play some CS GO myself. Join me!