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PORTUGAL enter the 2-0 bracket; Marten Gaming earn their first victory!

Marten Gaming, PORTUGAL, and both 4glory squads battled it out in the first playday of our second SWISS round for the season.

Whereas all our matches last Sunday went to three maps, this wasn’t the case today. Safet “giGOD” Čurić and Marten Gaming suceeded in defeating Young Glorians in two maps, Inferno and Mirage. And while we didn’t see a third map, that isn’t to say that the matches weren’t filled with awesome rounds all along. The match on Inferno was a bit shorter than the second one and ended 16-12 in favor of Marten Gaming. Both squads weren’t able to finish the game in regulation on Mirage, so the winner was decided in overtime. A 19-16 victory for Marten secured them their first map after an unusual loss against PORTUGAL in the first round of the season.

When talking about PORTUGAL, it is worth mentioning that their form today was as well last week as it was today. Miloš “dEE” Marčeta and 4glory achieved a dominant win on Inferno, and the Macedonian-majority quintet couldn’t win 10 rounds. dEE’s AWP was absolutely deadly on Mirage as well. 4glory won 10 rounds on the T side and kept their great performance in the second half as well. Andrej “Necrogenes1s” Mancheski tried his best to keep PORTUGAL alive in the game and together with Anel “NENO” Ceković, they achieved just that. After a successful comeback attempt, PORTUGAL closed out the map in their favor and we had the chance to watch Overpass again after a very long time. PORTUGAL won Overpass and became the first team to enter the 2-0 SWISS pool.

With the first half of the second SWISS round behind us, these are the current CS:GO standings:

CS:GO SWISS 2-1

iNation and 4glory triumph in the first CS:GO playday!

In the SWISS stage debut for this season, iNation outplayed SKUAK, while 4glory defeated the second squad of their organization, Young Glorians.

Seeing as CS:GO ended its qualifying phase first, it was only natural for Valve’s FPS to enter the SWISS stage before our other titles. A long season is ahead of us. Every match in the SWISS stage will be played as a BO3 and only the very best will advance to the playoffs. Today, two of the four Round 1 matches were played out. iNation made their debut in the League in the first match of the eighth season. Their opponents were SKUAK, the only Albanian squad currently competing in the A1 Adria League. We watched two close maps and in the end, the Serbian powerhouse came out as the winners of this duel. Both Ancient and Dust2 ended after more than 25 rounds, and iNation deservedly earned their first point of the season.

4glory and Young Glorians started off on Nuke. While everyone expected 4glory to have an easy time against their juniors, Young Glorians had an amazing showing on the map. The match went to overtime, but in the end, 4glory’s experience reigned supreme and Miloš “dEE” Marčeta and his team closed off the first map with a victory. Inferno’s first half, however, was a whole other story. 4glory absolutely dominated their opponents in the first round, but later on, Young Glorians took the lead. Once again, the entire map was a nail-biter, once again, we reached overtime, and once again, 4glory defeated Young Glorians.

 

 

We present to you the two invited CS:GO teams!

Before the start of the second qualifier, it is time to reveal the two invited sides for the eighth A1 Adria League season – 4glory and PORTUGAL.

Last weekend, three teams secured their spots in the upcoming SWISS phase of this season. The former Anlaki players, which have now taken on the legendary name iNation by signing contracts with the organization, managed to be the first team to qualify for the league. Marten Gaming and JESTE followed, and along with the invited teams, we already have five squads in the A1 Adria League.

4glory

4glory finished the seventh season in fourth place, behind Good Game, PORTUGAL, and ONYX. Since then, they have continuously improved and achieved good results, including a first-place finish in the Esport Adria Championship Season 5. Now, Miloš “dEE” Marčeta and his team will try to improve their result from the previous season and take the title in the A1 Adria League. As ONYX now have their focus on the international scene, we decided that 4glory would be the ideal candidates for one of our invites. 4glory will feature the following lineup in the A1 Adria League:

Rs Luka “c0llins” Živanović
Rs Vladan “Kind0” Mandić
Rs Miloš “dEE” Marčeta
 Nemanja “sarenii” Šarenac
Rs Filip “aVN” Belojica

PORTUGAL

The Macedonian-majority mix team that seemingly appeared out of nowhere during the last season managed to reach the grand finals of the League. Andrej “Necrogenes1s” Mancheski and the rest of the team won the Macedonian derby against their rivals, Good Game (now AIRLYA), and advanced to the finals where they met ONYX. While ONYX dominated their opponents on Dust2 with a 16-2 win, PORTUGAL took Train to overtime but that simply wasn’t enough. PORTUGAL will field the following team last season:

Blaže “HEv1X” Hristov
Andrej “Necrogenes1s” Mancheski
Zoran “xicoz” Markovski
Anel “NENO” Ceković
Alexander “br0” Bro

The last CS:GO qualifier will be played out this weekend. SIGN UP and join 4glory, PORTUGAL and the remaining teams in the eighth season of A1 Adria League.

ONYX and 4glory receive direct CS:GO invites!

HERE WE GO! Our CS:GO teams list is finally completed with our two invited additions – bronze defenders 4glory and the reigning and three-time champions of A1AL – ONYX. The three-time A1 Adria League champions ended the last year with some drastic roster changes. After the last season, Petar “HOLMES” Dimitrijević and David “Dav” Mijanić joined the team in place of Miloš “dEE” Marčeta and Dimitrije “DiMKE” Veljković, but the latter recently announced his reunion with his former teammates. This time around they won’t have to lock horns with their arch rivals Blink, but both 4Glory and Good Game are ready as ever and they will pose a certain threat for the glorious ex-LVLUP roster.

On the other hand, 4glory recently announced the addition of Sergej “IDZUO” Sovilj and dEE to their roster. These two players came in to replace Dejan “Katalic” Koprivica and Nikola “Dragon” Bošković and have already become a valuable asset for the Serbian organization in the season. dEE was part of the roster that won the last three seasons of the League, and on the other side, we have IDZUO, a talented player that will strengthen the overall firepower of the team. 4glory finished the sixth season in third place, and their form shows that they will be able to at least repeat that success in the seventh season.

ONYX and 4Glory will join six more squads that secured their spot via open qualifiers. With that in mind, these teams will participate in the seventh season of A1 Adria League:

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

lvlUP and their road to the sixth A1 Adria League season!

A1 Adria League has been a talent factory since its very first season. Each game featured so far saw players go a step further and reach the next level in their competitive careers. That still hasn’t changed..

The sixth A1 Adria League season recently began. Four games, countless talented players, and an impressive prize pool worth €11,000. The competition is fierce, but there are competitors that stand out and are considered favorites for lifting this season’s trophy.

lvlUP going for their third title in a row

The Serbian side has been a force to be reckoned with for the past two years. The team consists of the core of Miloš “dEE” Marčeta, Filip “aVN” Belojica, and Dimitrije “DiMKE” Veljković along with the newer additions of Nemanja “Impulse” Stankić and most recently, Andrej “Necrogenes1s” Mancheski. These four veterans and the young Macedonian talent, Necrogenes1s, are already establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the lower Europe tiers.

dEE has been a part of the A1 Adria League since its very beginnings. The first season saw Miloš compete as a part of Zonic eSports. His team managed to secure a LAN spot in the online playoffs, but two disappointing 0-2 losses against Valiance and KlikTech put the team in the fourth place. dEE had already improved before the start of the second season. He spearheaded GamePub to a second-place finish and a €3,000 reward in Zagreb.

DiMKE wasn’t so successful in the earlier seasons of the A1 Adria League. He and Impulse finished dead last in the first A1 Adria League group stage and second-to-last in the second season of the League. UltiCoin, the team that he was playing for during the second season had a talented lineup with the likes of Luka “c0llins” Živanović and Pavle “Maden” Bošković under their name, but the squad ultimately failed to deliver.

GamePub

aVN has been a part of the regional scene for quite a while. From the AdriaMasters competitions to the First Serbian League, the player has played for a number of teams and has reached a certain level of success. He also took part in the first season of the League, but his team, proWince, finished at 7th, right in front of DiMKE’s Resistance.

Impulse played the first season of the League as a part of Resistance. A team consisting of the likes of Nikola “Lobanjica” Mijomanović, Nemanja “k1Ng0r” Bošković, Jovan “N1GHTMARE” Derebanoski as well as DiMKE, really seems like a dangerous squad on paper, but in the end, the team couldn’t even play out the entire season. Impulse then had a short stint with the Spanish team, x6tence, and after that, he took on the AWP role in Valiance. Valiance & Impulse didn’t have much trouble in the second season of the League and a victory against GamePub secured them the first place.

Akopalipsa started a new adventure

At the beginning of 2019., a new name appeared in the regional Counter-Strike scene. Akopalipsa was formed by five phenomenal regional players and we instantly saw great results. DiMKE, dEE, and Nemanja “sarenii” Šarenac were the core of the team, and they were joined by Petar “HOLMES” Dimitrijević and Maden.

HOLMES’ team was constantly improving on the regional and European CS:GO scene. Even before the start of the third CSadria Clan Championship season, they were considered the favorites, and they affirmed their dominance in Split. A great showing during the Good Game 2019 qualifiers as well as their first-place finish in CCCS3 brought the attention of some organizations to this Serbian team.

Akopalipsa - CCCS3

After negotiating the contracts with the German organization, BLUEJAYS Sports, dEE & co. signed six-month contracts. The signing of the contracts was supposed to bring stability to the team, but that didn’t happen. Soon after the signing, sarenii left the team, and aVN filled his shoes. This combination of players didn’t show promising results, so the IGL of the team, HOLMES, decided to step down from BLUEJAYS. sarenii returned to the team once again, and this time, the young player took on the IGL role.

Four months after the signing of the contracts, SMASH Esports bought out the Montenegrin player in the team, Maden. BLUEJAYS were once again left without a fifth player, and this time, the position was filled by c0llins, a young Serbian player that was looking for a team at the time. Together with c0llins, BLUEJAYS won the third iteration of the Belgrade Open tournament and they also managed to secure a second-place finish in the tenth ESL SEC season.

Of course, the team achieved their biggest accomplishment when they were no longer a part of BLUEJAYS and were using the ex-BLUEJAYS tag, during the fourth A1AL season. A fantastic season from the team culminated in a spectacular Grand Finals versus the Kosovar team, uNiQUE. ex-BLUEJAYS came out on top and bested their rivals in the third map of the finals, lifting the trophy in Zagreb.

ex-BLUEJAYS - A1 Adria League S4

Two weeks after the LAN finals, Juggernauts (ex-BLUEJAYS) went through another change. Recently before the change happened, Impulse decided to leave the British organization Fierce Esports because of disagreements with the players. Juggernauts offered him an ideal chance to continue with his career, and Impulse gladly accepted the offer.

The team didn’t secure an offline finals spot in the first Relog Esports League, but they easily outplayed the competition in the WESG Adria LAN. Unfortunately, because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the team never got the chance to play the main event in China. Besides Qi Banja Luka and WESG Adria, the Serbian quintet played a number of online cups in the free time they had between LANs.

The new year brought new challenges

Juggernauts didn’t really start the year in a good light. Most of the qualifiers they played ended badly for Miloš “dEE” Marčeta’s team, but they had their good moments as well. In the third qualifiers for the first FLASHPOINT season, they managed to finish in the top 4. The bad form from the team continued in the following months, and in the end, we saw yet another change take place..

In the beginning of May, sarenii announced his departure from the team via TwitLonger. We were approaching the A1 Adria League S5 qualifiers and there weren’t a lot of good regional players without a team, so the team decided to go with an unusual signing. David “devoduvek” Dobrosavljević, a Serbian player that lives in France and has spent his CS:GO career playing for French and international teams joined a Serbian squad for the first time.

Juggernauts qualified for the fifth A1 Adria League season in their first try. Their first match against Athaim (Karavan) ended in a loss for the reigning champions. That was the last match that devoduvek played for the team, and the empty spot on the team was filled by the team’s coach, Darko “soLo” Mitić. This change didn’t hurt the team by much, so they managed to finish the SWISS stage without any more losses.

During the fifth season of the League, Juggernauts received an offer from a Serbian esports organization, lvlUP. This offer came in the right time for the team that had been playing without the support of an organization for months prior. The people behind lvlUP didn’t have to wait much for results because the team won the A1 Adria League just a couple of days after the signing was made official. They beat Blink twice in the playoffs and were also better than the Macedonian Good Game squad (QSKE Gaming during the fifth season).

The sixth A1 Adria League season

After the fifth season ended, the players had a player break that lasted for a month. DiMKE and the team continued playing online cups like Eden Arena: Malta Vibes and the Nine to Five tournaments organized by Relog Media, but also spent their time looking for a potential fifth player. And they found him..

The twenty-one-year-old Macedonian, Andrej “Necrogenes1s” Mancheski is the newest addition to lvlUP. While dEE was a part of the Relog Media podcast, he stated that they noticed Necrogenes1s while the player was a part of Adaptation. Necrogenes1s formed Adaptation together with Anel “NENO” Ceković and two Israeli players, Shiran “shushan” Shushan and Shahur “flameZ” Shushan. The quartet was later joined by Sebastian “Basso” Aagaard, and this mix team accomplished great results in the short period that they spent playing together.

Before receiving lvlUP’s offer, Necrogenes1s often played with NENO. The duo won the Macedonian A1 Game Fest tournament in the end of 2019., and in the tournament’s final they met the current Good Game squad, without Jasmin “JasmiNhs” Murič. Necrogenes1s’ team played in a similar competition during MESA’s Quarantine Online tournament, but Jane “aidKiT” Apostoloski’s squad managed to dominate the veteran team.

Going into the sixth season of the League, lvlUP may have their biggest challenge in front of them. Good Game and Blink have the potential to upset the Serbs in a BO3, and GODZ1337 and Shock Bomb have the surprise factor by their side. The other teams shouldn’t be written off too, but these four rosters have the highest chances of beating the current champions.

Will the lvlUP players win three seasons in a row or will a new roster rise up to the challenge? You can watch lvlUP’s potential road to a third title on our Twitch channel, and the team’s next opponents are the Kosovar team MiKS…