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An eventful week of eSports lies behind us and you know what that means – It’s time for our eSports Boulevard News Week 10. We will kick things off with a DotA 2 report followed by the most impactful events from the CS:GO scene.
FC Anzhi, which happens to be a well reputed Russian based soccer team, has announced earlier this week that they are forming an eSports division for DotA 2. And to make this news more exciting, their first recruitment is none other than CIS and Natus Vincere legend Alexander ‘XBOCT’ Dashkevich.
This formation of an eSports division is synonymous to the Greek side FC Panathinaikos, who also recently formed an eSports division. FC Anzhi is looking to make a big investment in the incredibly expanding eSports scene. More and more traditional sports organizations are making big investments in eSports, as the industry is developing exponentially.
The Russian team is joining the league of +20 traditional sides, most of them happen to be soccer teams, that are looking to make some good and profitable investments in eSports.
And as far as news regarding XBOCT, his signing is a signal that he is officially making a return to the professional scene of DotA 2, after being out of it for almost 6 months. The player signed on as a stand-in for team BMF in the CIS region for the upcoming Kiev Major Open Qualifiers, alongside the agreement with FC Anzhi.
XBOCT lifted the very first International Title, which was hosted back in 2011. After almost 5 years with Natus Vincere, the player went on to join Team Spirit and Team Empire for a very brief period. There still remains the mystery of the other four players joining XBOCT, but according to FC Anzhi’s official, they will be revealed very soon.
It is very intriguing to see what the CIS squad has in store for us, and we look forward to XBOCT’s performance in the upcoming Kiev Open Qualifiers.
The growing trophy cabinet of Astralis has welcomed another trophy this past week. On Sunday the Danish side lifted the IEM Katowice 2017 championship, and by doing so they are officially the number one Counter-Strike: Global Offensive side in the world.
A revamped FaZe Clan side was the opposition of Astralis in the Grand Final of IEM Katowice. FaZe Clan has been a riot since the addition of former Mousesports star, NiKo, to their roster. The side drew the first blood as they won the first map 16-9. But the Danes didn’t back down and won the next three maps in some style. They won 16-12 on Overpass, 16-12 on Nuke, and 16-13 on Inferno to capture the IEM Katowice title by a score of 3-1.
Since late January, Astralis has gone on to win two of the championship titles they competed in. They were semifinalists at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas on Feb. 19 and lifted the the ELEAGUE Major 2017 at the expense of Virtus.Pro.
And as far as individual performances are concerned, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth was named as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament just before the start of Grand Final. Astralis also netted $144,000 of a $250,000 prize pool.
On the other side of the story, the loss should not upset the emerging side of FaZe Clan, as they seemed to be an unstoppable force up till the Grand Final since the addition of NiKo. They proved to be the dark horses of IEM Katowice as they went from not even getting out of the Group Stage at DreamHack Masters to being runners-up at Katowice.
We hope you enjoyed reading our eSports Boulevard News Week 10 update.
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