Fnatic and NIP pull out from Starladder I-League Seaon 6, Faze Clan invited to EPICENTER 2018

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The Swedish teams NIP and Fnatic has decided to pull out of Starseries 6. A tournament is an eight-day event starting from 7th of October 2018. The two Swedish teams’ decision comes just a few weeks before the start of the tournament. It will definitely be a tough task for Starladder as they scramble to find new teams to join their event.


Starladder I-League Season 6 will take place at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and will have sixteen teams in participation. The Group stage will feature BO1 Swiss format while the Playoffs are all BO3 single elimination matches.

The Fnatic roster for FaceIT London Major

The two Swedish teams, once considered to be strong teams in their time, don’t have the same effect anymore. Fnatic seemed to be tilted post their loss at the Major and it was the first time that Fnatic did not make it to a CS: GO Major Playoffs. One of the open slots at Starladder will be filled by Vega Squadron.

There will not be an exclusive League by ESL.

Pronax suggested that the reason for NIP and Fnatic pulling out of Starladder might be the rumour of an exclusive league. There have been attempts in the past [ especially by ESL] to host an exclusive league and limiting teams to attend their events only. However, after the public backlash, they did not go through with the plan.

Pronax stirred up a controversy by raising the issue of an exclusive ESL league once again.


But Ulrich Shchulze was quick to reply with a denial of any such league.

This confirmation by ESL representative puts to rest any speculations about the possibility of Valve supporting an exclusive league. Currently, CS: GO does not have a closed esports scene and any tournament organiser can host tournaments. This is in contrast to that of League of Legends, Overwatch League and Dota 2 where the game developers are intrinsically involved in the structure of the esports scene.

Faze Clan Invited to EPICENTER 2018

Faze Clan becomes the third team to be invited to play at the EPICENTER 2018. The event will take place on October 22-28 and have a prize pool of $300,000. Known for their excellent production, EPICENTER will look forth to host one of the most memorable tournaments in 2018.

Faze is currently competing at the FaceIT London Major. They are set to play the World No. 1 team, Astralis in the quarterfinals. After the initial shock of going 0-2 in the New Legends stage, Niko has been doing the shot-calling for the team. Olofmeister is the only player who has attended all CS: GO major Playoffs till date.


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