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lvlUP win their third consecutive A1 Adria League season!

Four teams, Blink, EAGLES, lvlUP and 4glory played the playoffs of the sixth A1 Adria League CS:GO season. Saturday was filled with amazing CS:GO action, and in the end, lvlUP reclaimed their title – for the third time in a row.

The playoffs were played out on Sunday and the Kosovar derby between Blink and EAGLES started the CS:GO-packed day. Blink and Genc “gxx-“ Kolgeci looked really confident on Train, where the vice-champions managed to secure a 16-9 win. Next up was Mirage, the map-pick of EAGLES. Blink were even better on the second map and they saw their opponents win only five rounds before taking them down.

Next up, lvlUP and 4glory, the former Shock Bomb team, crossed swords. On their map-pick, Nuke, lvlUP, had a dominant 11-4 half on the T side. 4glory’s T side started with a three-round streak, but Dimitrije “DiMKE” Veljković & co. quickly shut down 4glory’s momentum and closed out the map 16-8. lvlUP took a five-round lead at the beginning of Mirage. 4glory managed to come back in the game and see the half end with a small 7-8 deficit. The game was close until the very end where the current champions won the game in the last round of regulation.

While the third-place decider was played off-stream, we had the chance to watch the Grand Finals of the sixth A1 Adria League season live. Blink and lvlUP met each other in the finals for the third season in a row, and for the third time, lvlUP’s core reigned supreme. Blink’s weak CT side on Inferno lost them the game after only 22 rounds. They had a 5-10 deficit in the first half, but a better CT side would have let them come closer to the champions. The second map was Mirage and Blink played a bit better. After having a five-round difference, just like on Inferno, Blink were unable to come back and ended the finals with yet another loss (16-10).

In the third-place decided, 4glory outplayed EAGLES and earned their first bronze medal for the organization. The sixth A1 Adria League season ended with these team placements:

1. rs lvlUP – €6,000
2. Blink – €3,000
3. rs 4glory – €2,000
4. EAGLES – €1,000
5. Good Game
6-7. GODZ1337
6-7.  eSportsKosova
8. hr Krško

The season six CS:GO champions will be determined TONIGHT!

The second CS:GO season of this year is coming to its final stage. A1 Adria League’s sixth season featuring the best FPS competitive game in the industry will see its playoffs stage finish today.

After a great fifth season, lvlUP and Blink, the highest-placed teams secured a direct invite to the sixth season. With €11.000 on the line, lvlUP and Blink, along with the six qualified teams were ready to begin the SWISS portion of the season. The main difference besides the prize pool was a slight, but very important, format change.

ALL matches in the SWISS league were played as BO3 series – we felt that this format is the best way to determine the teams that really deserve the chance to compete in the playoffs. We as viewers had plenty of fun during the last months, and the players had the chance to once again take a part in the greatest regional Counter-Strike league.

With the fifth SWISS round coming to an end, the teams for the playoffs were known. Shock Bomb, now playing as 4gl, upset the favorites – Blink and lvlUP and finished this stage with a perfect 3-0 record. Two Kosovar teams, EAGLES and Blink followed suit, and in the end, the reigning champions beat Good Game to snatch the last playoffs spot.

A Kosovar derby will start the day. At 14 o’clock Blink and EAGLES will face each other – two brothers on opposite teams, Serdar “cerber” Mahmuti against Sener “SENER1” Mahmuti for a spot in the finals. The other matchup won’t disappoint either. Luka “c0llins” Živanović will face his former teammates in lvlUP. As the season 4 & 5 champions will be parting ways with Miloš “dEE” Marčeta and Dimitrije “DiMKE” Veljković after the playoffs, the pressure is on 4gl to deliver. Expectations are high, especially now, when the team signed a contract with 4glory.

A single-elimination four-team bracket will determine the season six winners. While the third-place decider will be played off-stream, the Grand Finals will be available for everyone to watch on A1 Adria League’s Twitch & YouTube channels (20:00).

lvlUP overcome Good Game to secure the last spot in the playoffs!

And the final game of the League is ready for the playoffs. CS:GO’s SWISS round was played out today and the reigning champions will fight for their third title in a row in the playoffs of the sixth season.

The final match of the group stage was a clash between Good Game and lvlUP. Good Game were coming from a clean victory versus their Macedonian rivals, GODZ1337, and during the fourth SWISS round, lvlUP suffered a bitter loss against their own rivals, Blink.

We only had the chance to watch two maps as lvlUP’s dominance stomped Good Game on Inferno and Dust2. Inferno was lvlUP’s pick and after Good Game took the first three rounds, the Serbian players playing with David “Dav” Miljanić instead of Miloš “dEE” Marčeta woke up and took the map with a 16-7 score.

The match headed to Dust2 which was Good Game’s pick. It was a similar scenario to Inferno – Good Game and lvlUP were neck and neck during the first half, but lvlUP’s T side proved to be absolutely phenomenal. The executions were great, every clutch went lvlUP’s way and even with a new player in their roster, the champions defended their title and will be facing Shock Bomb in the playoffs.

These are the first matches of the A1 Adria League CS:GO playoffs:

rs Shock Bomb vs. rs lvlUP
Blink vs. EAGLES

A Macedonian derby to end the fourth CS:GO SWISS round!

The first part of the fourth SWISS CS:GO round was big for the Kosovar teams in the League. Blink and EAGLES two of the four playoffs spots, and unfortunately, eSportsKosova were eliminated from the tournament.

Blink vs. lvlUP

Probably the biggest derby in the region, Blink and lvlUP ended in favor of Sener “SENER1” Mahmuti’s team this time around. After a 5-1 lead for Blink, lvlUP caught up and tied the match. The first half ended with a 9-6 lead for the former. The Serbian powerhouse managed to come back and take a 10-6 lead on their CT side, but Blink’s players started dominating again and reached their 14th round without a problem. The match went to all 30 rounds, but in the end, Blink closed out Mirage with a close 16-14 victory.

Jon “b0r1” Nuredini’s 4k in the first pistol brought the round in favor of Blink. Even though Vertigo is one of the best maps for the Serbian champions, Blink were in great form and took this match in only two maps. After a 9-2 lead for the Kosovars, Miloš “dEE” Marčeta’s squad tried to go back into the game, but it was already too late. A 16-8 victory meant that Blink will be heading into the playoffs with a 3-1 record, joining Shock Bomb and the team that qualified after them, EAGLES.

eSportsKosova vs. EAGLES

The Kosovar duel between eSportsKosova and EAGLES started on Inferno. EAGLES had a great lead at the beginning of the half and managed to finish their T side with ten rounds. EAGLES’ weak CT side was severely punished by eSportsKosova who caught up to them (13-13), but a semi-buy in round 27 won the 14th round for Serdar “cerber” Mahmuti. Just like Blink’s first map, EAGLES barely escaped overtime and won Inferno 16-14.

Unlike lvlUP vs. Blink and their close Mirage game, this time, the match went to overtime. After both teams kept taking the lead, the regular part of the map ended in a 15-15 tie and we had the chance to watch overtime. EAGLES didn’t let the pressured get to them and closed the map 19-17.

Today, we will have the chance to watch a Macedonian derby between GODZ1337 and Good Game. Both of the teams currently have a 1-2 record and the loser of this match will be eliminated from the sixth season of the A1 Adria League.

Who will join Shock Bomb in the CS:GO playoffs?

The third A1 Adria League CS:GO round began and we finally saw the first team qualify for the playoffs. Shock Bomb qualified after a stunning win against the Kosovar team Blink.

After a surprising loss against Shock Bomb, lvlUP were paired against eSportsKosova. eSportsKosova had a dominant start on Dust2. They managed to win seven rounds before lvlUP started coming back in the game. The result was soon 9-9 and Aleksa “Impulse” Stankić led his team to a 16-11 victory with a 4k and a clutch in the final round.

The BO3 headed into Vertigo where the Kosovar team once again had a solid start. The half ended pretty evenly with an 8-7 lead for lvlUP and it was time for us to see eSportsKosova’s CT side. Unfortunately, the Kosovar team disappointed and managed to secure only two rounds in the second half. lvlUP closed out the game with a 16-9 result and secured their second victory in the League.

Shock Bomb once again matched against one of the favorites in the League. This time, their opponents were Blink who finished the last season in second place. Just like the first BO3 of the day, this match started out on Dust2. The game was pretty close, with both of the teams taking the lead at times. In the end, the game went to double overtime and Blink came out as the winners.

Ivan “pTKKK” Popov and his team were 0-1 down so it was time for another comeback. An 11-4 half for the Serbian squad promised a quick map, but Blink quickly came back to 11-11. However, the Season 5 runner-ups couldn’t win any more rounds and lost the map 11-16. Just like every BO3 ever, the decider map in this match was Inferno. Shock Bomb had a 7-0 lead before Blink responded. This time, the map ended quickly. A 12-3 half for Shock Bomb perfectly described Shock Bomb’s dominance with the team ending the map with a 16-11 victory.

Shock Bomb have become the first team to qualify for the A1 Adria League S6 playoffs. These are the current standings:

Shock Bomb upset lvlUP in the second SWISS round!

Two more matches brought the second CS:GO SWISS round to an end. GODZ1337 will now fight for survival, while Shock Bomb secured an upset and advanced to the 2-0 pool.

The first match of this playday saw the new Macedonian squad, GODZ1337 face off against EAGLES, who were playing the League as MiKS up to this playday. The Kosovar team started Inferno with a quick 5-0 lead, but Kristijan “kiLLeRa” Kukovski earned the first point for his team after a great 3k hold on the CT side. The teams were suddenly neck to neck at 6-6 and GODZ managed to close out the half with a 8-7 scoreline. GODZ1337 proceeded to lose a 15-11 lead and take the game into overtime. EAGLES were able to take four rounds in the first overtime and secure a 1-0 lead in the BO3 series.

After a great 7-2 start for the Macedonians, EAGLES came back and managed to win 6 rounds in the first half. GODZ however, quickly shut their opponents down and closed out the map 16-6. The BO3 headed into Dust2, and it was a bloodbath. The match was close until the very end, but a great B site defense secured the Kosovars the 15th round and let them secure overtime. Even though Blaže “HEv1x” Hristov was playing like a beast and got 38 kills, EAGLES won the BO3 and slipped into the 1-1 pool.

The absolute biggest upset in the past two seasons happened in the duel between Shock Bomb and lvlUP. lvlUP dominated the first map, Vertigo. Miloš “dEE” Marčeta and his team won 13 rounds on the CT side and quickly closed out the map with a 16-6 victory. What happened after Vertigo surprised everyone. The Click N Play 2020 champions, Shock Bomb, ended Dust2’s CT side with a 9-6 lead. The team’s great plan on the T side proved to work like a charm and they were a step closer to winning the BO3.

lvlUP won the first two rounds on Inferno, but Shock Bomb answered back with five. Ivan “pTKKK” Popov and his squad shocked everyone with a great T side half on Inferno. After a 9-6 lead, they managed to win three more rounds, but lvlUP tried to catch up to them. They were really close to bringing the map in their favor, but Shock Bomb beat the champions after all. A 16-11 victory meant that lvlUP will be heading into the 1-1 pool, while Shock Bomb are going to be a part of the 2-0 part of the table.

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The second test coming up for GODZ1337 and lvlUP!

CS:GO’s A1 Adria League continued with two interesting matches that saw two Kosovar teams triumph without much difficulties.

Krško opened the second round with a match against eSportsKosova. After a good showing versus Good Game, Tilen “Grmek” Grmek and Krško were destroyed by one of the Kosovar teams in the League. The first half of Dust2 ended 13-2 in favor of Blend “v1w” Bunjaku’s team and the Slovenian-Croatian squad couldn’t win a single round in the second half. Krunoslav “Salted” Katalinić’s Krško weren’t any better on the second map, Inferno, and the team quickly secured a spot in the 0-2 pool. eSportsKosova will now be joining the 1-1 part of the League, together with Good Game.

Jane “aidKiT” Apostoloski’s Macedonian quintet lost the duel versus Blink. The match went to all three maps and after an initial win from Good Game, Blink turned the game around and secured yet another victory. Blink’s pick, Mirage, was a tight map that ended in a victory for Good Game. Both of the teams had really good plays, but in the end, three great plays from GG’s individuals won them the first map. Even though the first map promised a great BO3 series, Blink stomped their opponents in the next two maps. Ernest “xhoci” Xhoci was on fire and together with Genc “gxx-” Kolgeci they dominated the competition.

The second part of the second SWISS round will see two excellent matchups. GODZ1337 meets MiKS (EAGLES) in the first match of the day, and lvlUP will face Shock Bomb immediately after. Tune in and watch the biggest regional esports League on our Twitch channel!

CS:GO Standings 2p1

Good Game and Blink get their first wins!

The CS:GO group stage has finally begun. Eight teams will be facing each other in a SWISS league that will determine the four playoffs participants. Last Sunday we had the chance to see the first two matches of the new season.

In the first match of the League, we saw a Kosovar duel between Blink and eSportsKosova. Sener “SENER1” Mahmuti’s team were considered favorites for this matchup, and they didn’t disappoint. Blink took 8 rounds on Train before eSportsKosova managed to strike back. The half ended with a 13-2 lead for the season 5 runner-ups, and they even won the pistol round after an amazing clutch from Genc “gxx-” Kolgeci. In the end, Blink closed out their map pick with a 16-6 victory.

The BO3 headed into Dust2. eSportsKosova showed some resistance at the beginning, but as the match progressed, their opponents overcame Arlind “deb0” Sadiku’s side. Most of the viewers expected a 2-0 win for Blink, and that is exactly what happened. The best Kosovar team kept their great form during the second half and won Dust2 without any difficulties (16-4).

The second match of the day saw the Macedonians from Good Game face Jan “jkXy” Konečnik’s Krsko. We witnessed a very close first half of Nuke. Good Game’s CT side ended with an 8-7 lead, but in the second part of the map, we saw an excellent T side from Damjan “kyxsan” Stoilkovski and the rest of the squad. The Macedonian lost only one round in the second half and Kristijan “KiKOtB” Stojmanovski calmly won the last round with a 1v2 clutch.

Krsko took the lead in their hands during Dust2. After an initial Good Game lead, the Croatian-Slovenian squad came back and closed out the half with an 8-7 lead. As the map was nearing its end, the teams were playing much better and they couldn’t get a string of two rounds in a row. However, Jane”aidKiT” Apostoloski and Good Game didn’t let the map reach overtime and ended the day with a close 16-13 victory.

The second part of this round is continuing today. We will see a clash between the current champions lvlUP and MiKS, while later on, Shock Bomb and GODZ1337 will try to get their first win of this season.

A1 Adria League S5 - CS:GO Standings 1

Sign up and compete in the FIFA and CS:GO qualifiers!

The first A1 Adria League day started with the Brawl Stars qualifiers. Clash Royale, unfortunately, got postponed because of problems that happened inside the game. We wouldn’t like the team that deserves the win the most to be eliminated because of a factor that they can’t influence. Until next week, it is time for FIFA and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to shine.

FIFA

This season of FIFA will feature nine qualifiers. The first three qualifiers will see the best players face off in first playoffs for a spot in the LAN finals. The same cycle will repeat in the second trio of qualifiers, and at the end, two FIFA21 players from the last three qualifiers will secure their places in the offline playoffs.

The qualifiers will once again feature a single-elimination format and they will be played on PS4. Our regional FIFA players have been asking to see Stevan Mačkić as a caster in our League. We contacted Stevan and he will now be duo-casting together with PvtMole.

FIFA20 Qualifier #1 – LINK – 08.08.2020

Make sure to read the rules, join the qualifier, and fight for a spot in the finals!

CS:GO

Six qualified teams will join the two invited teams in the BO3 SWISS League. After each pair of qualifiers, the best eight teams will meet in a closed qualifier which will offer two spots in the main stage of the League. With both of the closed qualifiers coming to an end, we will have six new teams in the sixth season of A1 Adria League.

Blink and lvlUP received the invites to the League as they were the best two teams from the fifth A1 Adria League season. Familiar names and teams like Shock Bomb, GODZ1337, and Krsko have already signed up for the first qualifier.
We are expecting an incredible season filled with the best Adriatic Counter-Strike and we are looking forward to seeing the best of the best on LAN.

CS:GO Qualifier #1 – LINK – 08.08.2020

Who will win this season of A1 Adria League and bring home the lion’s share of the €11.000 prize pool?

lvlUP win back-to-back seasons of A1 Adria League!

After the other three titles crowned their champions, last, but certainly not least, our CS:GO season came to an end after lvlUP breezed past Blink in the Grand Finals of the League.

The second day of the playoffs started with a Lower Bracket match between GamerS1337 and Blink. We are already used to seeing Blink pick Train, and that was the case once again. The team led by Sener “SENER1” Mahmuti managed to secure the first map with a 16-10 score. GamerS1337 won one more round on their map pick, Mirage, and finished the tournament at the fourth place (Mirage – 16:11).

QSKE and lvlUP closed out the day with an intense BO3 match. The Macedonian squad won the first map, Mirage, convincingly (Mirage – 16:9). lvlUP struck back on their map pick and on the decider, Inferno, we saw an even more dominant match by the Serbian side (Nuke – 16:6, Inferno – 16:5). With this victory, lvlUP became the first team to qualify for the Grand Finals.

Sunday saw the Consolidation Final played out first. Blink and QSKE clashed in a duel which ended up 2-0 in favor of the Albanian organization. Even though the match saw only two played maps, QSKE put up a great fight and didn’t make the job any easier for Blink (Train – 16:14, Mirage – 16:12).

Blink once again secured a rematch from the last season’s Grand Final.
uNiQUE against ex-BLUEJAYS then, Blink versus lvlUP now. The teams went through a number of roster changes, but the rivalry remained. This time we saw lvlUP, who were using Luka “emi” Vuković instead of Miloš “dEE” Marčeta, win the final after only two maps. All lvlUP players were on point today and after two short maps, Train and Nuke, they were crowned back-to-back A1 Adria League Champions.

 

Congratulations to lvlUP! Blink and lvlUP already secured their spot in the next season which will boast a prize pool of €11.000. We will be taking a short break from Counter-Strike until the next season starts.. Use the break to practice more and prepare for the upcoming qualifiers. In the meantime, we will be organizing a couple of tournaments for the titles that are not regularly featured in our League, starting with Rainbow Six: Siege.