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BLUEJAYS take the ninth CS:GO title in A1AL!

The biggest competition in the A1 Adria League has finally gotten its champion for this season. Macedonian squad BLUEJAYS justified the role of favorite and took home the title and a 2500€ prize.

aidKiT led his team to success

The playoff stage of CS:GO this season was played for two days during ROGW, semifinals were scheduled for Saturday, while the decider for third place and the grand final we watched on Sunday.

In the first semifinals, our new champion BLUEJAYS took down Zero Tenacity without much trouble. BJ was a big favorite in this matchup, but Z10 gave their best. aidKiT was a leading protagonist on Inferno and Mirage, where BJ got their wins. Z10 managed to take only 14 rounds in two games (Inferno – 16:10, Mirage – 16:4).

The second semifinal matchup was between Blink and 0to100. It was an intense fight between these two teams, and Blink decided not to choose their favorite map Ancient because of an update and the changes on this map, so they had to adapt quickly. BledarD was the best player on the server with as many as 53 kills (Dust2 – 16:8, Inferno – 16:10).

On Sunday, the CS:GO competition opened with a bo1 decider for the third place and a 1000€ prize. depreshn and xicoz were the ones who took 0to100 to victory and secured them third place in this year’s competition. The game on Nuke was really close, but Zero Tenacity just wasn’t lucky.

The final itself was a fast one for BLUEJAYS. Even though Blink was one of the strongest teams this season, there was nothing they could do to this BJ roster. Both maps, Dust2 and Inferno, ended with the same score, 16:7 in favor of the Macedonian squad. The interesting thing is that BJ played this stage of the competition with a substitute. CacaNito couldn’t perform so his place took Necrogenes1s who in the past had already won the title twice in A1 Adria League.

  1. BLUEJAYS – (aidKiT, kyxsan, dan1, CacaNito, stYleEeZ, sub: Necrogenes1s) – 2500€
  2. Team Blink – (gulito, Caleyy, 2high, BledarD, vAloN) – 1500€
  3. 0to100 – (NENO, br0, Sterzig, DEPRESHN, HEv1x,, sub: xicoz) – 1000€
  4. Zero Tenacity – (simke, brutmonster, Cjoffo, nEMANHA, Katalic)

 

Which CS:GO team is going to take the A1AL trophy this season?

Next weekend the fans will be able to enjoy the best four CS:GO teams fight for the prize and the title of the best team in the ninth season of the A1 Adria League. BLUEJAYS, Blink, 0to100, and Zero Tenacity will battle for the 5000€ prize pool. The semifinals and finals will be played on June 18th and 19th.

Four teams, one trophy!

One of the biggest favorites for winning the title is as expected BLUEJAYS. The Macedonian squad is currently ranked in the top 40 best teams in the world. They keep showing great performance from one tournament to the other. Recently they managed to win third place in CEE Championship, and besides that, they have an IESF World Championship under their name, as well as many other good placements in tournaments. They finished the group stage without a defeat, and a lot is expected from them.

aidkiT: “The fact that we are favorites won’t have any impact on our gameplay. Nowadays Counter-Strike is much more interactive and there are more surprises, so we will just stick to our game. Blink is one of the teams that can make an upset and to play against Oto100 and Zero Tenacity wont be easy either, seeing that both of these teams have good results at the Balkan level.”

The Albanian squad Blink is one of the title contenders this year. Blink led by gulito managed to secure this spot right after BLUEJAYS with a 3:1 score, losing only to the Macedonians. Blink is also a familiar name in the region, we have seen them many times in A1 Adria League and they also have good results in the region. They finished 3rd/4th at the Pinnacle Fall Series #3 which is a great success, and they are the vice-champions of the sixth A1AL season.

gulito: “Group stage went well for us and we were pretty prepared for that results, for the upcoming matches in a playoff we expect a win from our side and hopefully we will try our best in that way as we deserve to win. We are so excited to play in the playoffs and we will be hard opponents for everyone there.”

The last two teams of this year’s CS:GO playoff had a hard fight with each other. 0to100 managed to upset Zero Tenacity at one point, and snatch them the spot in the playoffs. Oto100 secured this stage of the competition with a 3:1 score as well and NENO and the squad will make the end of this tournament very interesting.

Zero Tenacity after their loss to Oto100 had only one more chance to make it to the big stage. They finally did it, and during that journey, they eliminated one of the favorites 4glory. Besides A1AL this squad we could have seen in the tournaments such as Kuvo OneTap and RES, and they have won the second SCL season. Katalić was one of the main reasons this newly formed team is here now.

Katalić: “Our goal is to win the league, and to show that we can play good CS:GO with everyone in the region. The competition is really strong, each team is in a good form, but I think the biggest problem for us could be Oto100. Besides Oto100 I think we can be a serious problem to our opponents because we play without any pressure. We are a new team with a little practice and dangerous aim, and exactly that can give us an edge in 2v5 and 3v5 situations where we can win clutch rounds.”

Blink advances to the playoff stage with the win over XTEAM!

The group stage of CS:GO competition in the A1 Adria League is soon coming to an end. Last night the fourth round began and we have already seen two teams get eliminated, while one advanced to the next stage of the tournament. Blink is the second team to secure their spot in the playoff, while two more teams after ghoulsW left the league.

Blink joins BLUEJAYS in the playoffs

Yesterday we have seen two Bo3 matches. The first was between 4glory and Monad eSport, and they played all three maps. Both of these teams before this duel had the same score of 1:2 so this match decided who will stay in the league. 4glory in the end came on top, won the first and third match on Inferno and Dust2, while aVN had the most frags in the whole series, 58 overall.  Monad had a great run and showed decent performance, their main player in this duel was PTKKK who secured them the win on Vertigo, but it still wasn’t enough. They didn’t stand a chance on the third map and are now leaving the A1AL.

The second match of the day was played between Blink and XTEAM. Seeing as Blink had a 2:1 score, and XTEAM had 1:2, these teams fought for different things. Blink needed the win to advance to the playoffs, while XTEAM hoped to stay in the league. Unfortunately for XTEAM, Blink was the one who in the end came out victorious and advanced to the next stage. They are the second team to do that, right after BLUEJAYS.

Things were looking good for XTEAM at the beginning. They won the first match on Ancient, which was in fact Blink’s pick, and it seemed like it would be an easy 2:0 win for Gejmzilla’s squad since the second map was their pick. However, Blink managed to pull a comeback on Vertigo and make sure the game would go to all three maps. Inferno went into overtime, but in the end, with 19:16 gulito’s Blink defeated the opponent. XTEAM is the third team to be eliminated so far.

On Saturday another exciting Bo3 duel is waiting for you. Don’t miss the action between Oto100 and Zero Tenacity!

CSGO round 4 standings

 

BLUEJAYS are the first team to secure the playoffs!

The first part of the third round in the CS:GO group stage is finished. We have seen two pairs of teams compete, while one game was the Bo1, the second was the Bo3 decider match. This duel was played between Blink and BLUEJAYS where the latter came out victorious and secured the spot in the playoffs of the A1 Adria League.

BLUEJAYS gave Blink their first loss

Round 3 started with a duel between Oto100 and XTEAM. Before this game, both teams had the same score of 1:1. The match was played on Inferno and it was Oto100 who defeated their opponents. They were clearly the better team which was shown from their gameplay. XTEAM managed to secure a few rounds, but it was only by sheer luck. It was a dominant performance from Oto100 and this defeat puts XTEAM in a bad position. Their captain gejmzilla had an off game and it is one of the reasons the game ended the way it did. He is usually the carry in this team and always comes on top. Yesterday that wasn’t the case and he had only 8 kills, while he died 20 times. XTEAM now has an overall score of 1:2 and in the next round will fight to stay in the league.

The second match that everyone has been waiting for was the Bo3 duel between BLUEJAYS and Blink. Both teams were defeatless before this round with a 2:0 score. The first map was Ancient and suffice it to say BLUEJAYS won it. It was a dominant performance from the Macedonian squad who hadn’t lost a round on this map. While Blink had only 27 kills, BJ achieved 79, almost three times as much. The second map, Vertigo, however, was much closer. We have seen three overtimes overall. It was an intense match, but in the end, it was BLUEJAYS that won it with a 22:20 score. Dan1 had an amazing performance with 37 frags. This win granted BJ the spot in the playoffs, and they are the first team to secure it with a perfect 3:0 score!

Round 3 CSGO group stage standings

The second part of round 3 will be played on Wednesday. Monad eSport will take on ghoulsW in a Bo3 duel, while 4glory and Zero Tenacity will play only one game. For Monad and ghoulsW this is the last chance because in two days we will say goodbye to one of those teams.

 

4glory demolish ghoulsW; BLINK takes another win!

Only a couple of days after the first round in the CS:GO group stage, we already have teams fighting in the next one. The second round of the A1 Adria League was an interesting one. The favorites justified their role and secured their well-deserved victories making their way to the playoffs. Slow and steady, but surely. BLINK and BLUEJAYS are so far the best-positioned teams with two wins.

BLINK and BLUEJAYS defeatless

The second CS:GO round was opened on Inferno with the duel between XTEAM and BLUEJAYS, one of the top favorites for winning the tournament. XTEAM had a great start, which was surprising seeing who they were against and the fact they are the second-worst seed. They managed to win the first seven rounds, and it looked like they would dominate the rest of the game and make a big upset on BLUEJAYS. However, the Macedonian squad got back in the game and took this win for themselves.

BLINK, the team that was one of the first to secure their spot in the group stage via qualifiers, secured their second win of the tournament. They were playing against Zero Tenacity on Inferno. Even though BLINK had a great start, Z10 managed to even the score out to 11:11 and for a second it looked like they were gonna reverse the game to their advantage. However, BLINK kept their cool and ended up winning the five remaining rounds, ending the game with a 16:11.

The third match of the day was between 4glory and ghoulsW, this time on Ancient. The clear favorites of this game were 4glory which made a statement tonight. They dominated their opponent, didn’t give them a single round, and finished the match with a 16:0 score. After a shaky start last week, where they lost to XTEAM, 4glory is showing they are still the strongest seed and huge favorites for winning the championship.

The last match of the day was clear domination from team Oto100. Again on Inferno, they easily defeated their opponent Monad eSport. Monad had a really bad performance today, they had only one member of the team who had a positive K/D, and it was ROGA with 21 kills and 15 deaths. In the end, Oto100 deserved this win which they ended with a 16:7 result.

CS:GO second round standings

Next two CS:GO playdays are going to be a part of round 3 in the group stage. After which we will get the first team that will advance to the playoffs and one that will be eliminated. The next matches are scheduled for May 15th.

XTEAM upset 4glory; Great start for BLUEJAYS!

The first matches of the CS:GO group stage in the A1 Adria League are over. We have seen the best eight teams take on each other. Even though it’s still the first round, every win counts, and it is better to get those leads early in the stages, seeing the competition is fierce this year. BLUEJAYS were one of the teams that showed their dominance right at the start of the competition.

Different starts for 4glory and BLUEJAYS

The first matches of the group stage were really intense, and after just one playday we have seen some surprises. All matches were Bo1 today so there was no place for mistakes that could easily be punished.

The first match of the day between the invited team BLUEJAYS and the qualified ghoulsW was played off-stream. Both teams had a chance to show their skill on Inferno, but as was expected the Macedonian squad came out victorious. It was a clear stomp for BLUEJAYS who ended up the match with a 16:2 score for which they needed only 25 minutes. BJ means business and they showed it already in the first match of the group stage. This squad is a familiar name in the region and A1AL. They have been playing in the league for many seasons now and are at the moment number 47 on the HLTV ranking of best CS:GO teams.

The second match went into the hands of Zero Tenacity who managed to defeat Strive in chaos, now Monad eSport. The map was once again Inferno and Z10 bested their opponents with a 16:9 score. Monad signed the defeated roster of this matchup and they are now playing under their name. Great things are expected from this team, and they will have more chances to show that.

The biggest surprise of the day happened in the match between the second invited team of the season 4glory, and the qualified XTEAM. The Serbian squad as the first seed took on XTEAM which was an eighth-seeded team. It was XTEAM who managed to defeat 4glory, and it was an easy win for them. Even though the score on Vertigo was 16:11 the skill they showed deserved an even better score. As the match was coming to an end 4glory woke up, but it still wasn’t enough.

The last match saw the favorite come on top. It was Blink who defeated Oto100 with a 16:7 score on Mirage. Blink was one of the first teams that secured their spot in the group stage of the ninth season, and they are showing it.

The next matches will be played on May 11th, and seeing how today went, from here on out we can only expect even fiercer battles.

CS:GO group stage round 1 standings

 

Stream the A1 Adria League CS:GO qualifiers on your channel!

There are two CS:GO qualifiers left for the ninth season of the A1 Adria League and now you can stream them to your fans! After BLINK and XTEAM secured their spot in the group stage there are two qualifiers left. We are looking for four more teams to join the battle for 5000€!

How to stream A1 Adria League CS:GO qualifiers?

Qualifiers for CS:GO will be played on the 17th and 24th of April.  If you want to stream the qualifiers make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the contact form for the community stream. You will need to provide only your Discord handle, email, and link to your stream.
    A1AL S9 Community Stream Form
  2. Follow important rules:
    – No rights of third parties are violated (these include copyrights, trademark rights, etc.)
    – No content is shown that is racist, homophobic, defamatory, obscene, libelous, or glorifies violence
    – No applicable laws are violated (especially criminal law and youth protection)
    – No advertising for the following products or services is actively integrated: nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and other addictive substances party politics, especially election advertising, pornography gambling, lotteries, casino, poker, sports betting, or comparable item or in-game currency trading outside of first-party platforms or official offerings online key sales, insofar as these do not involve licensed dealers automated pop-ups, upon which the streamer exercises no influence, are principally permitted and are excluded from the criteria for exclusion listed above.
  3. Make sure you add this image to your stream and include A1 Adria League or A1AL Qualifiers to your title (example: A1AL S9 Qualifiers // A1AL S9 Qualifiers stream today!). The image found on the link above should be visible on stream at all times, like in this example. (besides while playing ads):
  4. After you are finished streaming the qualifiers, send the following to the email info@adria.gg: “hours streamed”, “average concurrent viewers”, and “peak concurrent viewers”. It should look something like this:
    1. hours streamed: 5
    2. average concurrent viewers: 10
    3. peak concurrent viewers: 15
  5. You all are done! Streaming will be enabled for all the participants of the A1 Adria League Season 9 qualifiers.
  6. Your information and stream stats will only be used to improve the League and they won’t be published publicly at any time or for any reason.
  7. If you give your permission we will include your stream in the promotion post to notify A1AL fans where they can watch the qualifiers.

This way you will be able to stream all of your games during the qualifiers!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask them on the official A1 Adria League Discord!

BLINK and XTEAM first to secure group stage in A1 Adria League!

After a long Sunday, the first qualifier for CS:GO is over. We have seen almost 50 teams competing, but only the best two could advance to the group stage of our A1 Adria League. The first two teams that secured their spot in the regular season in CS:GO are BLINK and XTEAM.

The great return of BLINK

We have been the witnesses of yet another great start of the season in CS:GO. Many familiar faces, and a lot of new talented teams. In the very beginning two, well-known teams were very unlucky to meet each other in the first round. It was Zero Tenacity that was drafted versus BLINK. Zero Tenacity didn’t succeed in defeating their opponents and their journey ended even before it started. BLINK is a familiar team in A1 Adria League, even though they didn’t compete for a few previous seasons, when they did, they always showed great skill. The dominant force in the form of BLINK is back for the ninth season and they made a statement in the first qualifier.

BLINK defeated many teams today, as well as another well-known team in the region Martin Rising. They faced each other in the quarterfinals and BLINK came out victorious. In the Bo3 semifinals, they defeated Seychelles 2:1 and secured a spot in the group stage.

On the other side of the bracket, it was XTEAM that dominated. They had a long way to the finals and beat many familiar teams such as MONAD eSports which are also a very good regional CS:GO team. In the quarterfinals, they took down ghoulsW with the same result as BLINK, 2:1.

Gejmzilla on the side of XTEAM and gulito for BLINK did a great job today leading their teams to the group stage of A1AL.

The second qualifier, where we will see another two teams join the ones who already qualified, is going to be held next Sunday, April 17th. Sign up here if you want to compete with the best regional CS:GO teams and have a chance at the 5000€ prize pool!

 

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).