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Interview: Guilherme “spacca” Spacca – Player/Analyst/Caster CS:GO

Interview: Guilherme "spacca" Spacca – Player/Analyst/Caster CS:GO

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Guilherme “spacca” Spacca is one of the famous names in the Brazilian Counter-Strike scene. He is known for his great success in several areas focused on the game, not only as a professional player. The former CS:GO player currently works in marketing for Gamers Club, the largest gaming platform in Latin America. In addition, he is a Caster/Analyst of Counter Strike Global Offensive.

Interview: Guilherme "spacca" Spacca – Player/Analyst/Caster CS:GO

Guilherme “spacca” Spacca as Caster/Analyst of CS:GO. (Image: Twitter)

Check out the exclusive conversation we had with Guilherme “spacca” Spacca.

How did you know Counter Strike and when did you start playing?

I met Counter Strike in 2004 at a lan house next to my school. Some friends of mine were going to play and I was interested, I had never been to a lan house. So, that first time I went, I was already in love with the game. Initially I didn’t play as much CS, because I was really bad, and my friends made fun of me. At first I was playing Battlefield and later I returned to Counter Strike, because one day, I passed a lan house and saw a team training. I didn’t know that there was a competitive scenario, with teams and training. I found this very interesting and so I started to dedicate myself more to the game. I’ve been playing Counter Strike for 16 years.

The Brazilian scenario of CS:GO is growing more and more, what do you consider important for this growth to continue in the coming years?

The Brazilian scenario of CS:GO grows a lot, and I think professionalization is important. Today we have organizations that invest a lot, with good structure, but little protection for the players. I wish there was a league / union project for the players that would defend their interests. Because there is still a lack of commitment from organizations, contracts that are not fulfilled, awards that are not paid. This harms the players a lot, as a majority depends on this salary to live, they do not play just for hobby. Perhaps some laws that value CS:GO players.

With all your experience in Counter Strike, what do you think is essential for an organization to succeed?

I think for an organization to be successful, it needs to think long term. It is no use thinking about an organization being created and in just 6 months, 1 year, and it already gives results. This is not the case. An example is FURIA, it was an organization that worked very quickly, but it is a random case. They got their hands on players, on punctual decisions and so were successful. There is no point in having a large organization, a large investment if there is no scenario for this to happen. Selling the project to players is also important, making them feel important and that they are part of that. Investment to hire the best players, having a gaming house, among others, is also essential.

Currently you have the functions of Caster/Analyst, how is this experience?

My experience as a Caster/Analyst is being very cool. In March I completed 1 year as Caster and it gave me a totally different view of CS:GO. I tell my friends that if I started to be a professional today, I would be much better than how I played a while ago. I saw things that at the time were difficult for me to see. It was always a person who did not dedicate me in the analysis part, nor my gameplay, it hurt me. Doing this now as an analyst gives me another perspective of the game, I can see more where there are gaps or take advantage of space within the game.

Nowadays you no longer compete professionally as a player, if you had a good project for a return, would you go back to compete?

I wouldn’t be competing professionally again, even with a good proposal. My mission on Counter Strike in general, I already did. As a professional, I competed in three different CS, 1.6, Source and CS: GO. I traveled the world playing Counter Strike and I have to make room for the new generation that is emerging with “game hunger”. I no longer have this hunger for games, I like to play yet, but I no longer have the lust to be playing 24 hours a day, preparing for big championships, my phase is over.

With the arrival of Valorant, do you see CS:GO threatened in terms of professional players migrating to the Riot game?

I don’t see CS:GO threatened by the arrival of Valorant. I think Tier 2 and Tier 3 players from around the world will have more opportunities in the Valorant game. Because it’s a new game, a game you don’t know much about, the mechanics of the game. So, a large part of the players who were not successful in CS:GO talking about professionalization, making money, traveling, will have a great chance at Valorant.

The Esports scenario is going to improve with this, with more space for players who were good at other games, but could not reach an advanced professional level. We will have more people living with Esports with the arrival of this game, casters, analysts, commentaries, and players. I haven’t played the game yet, but seeing the gameplays I don’t see the game much like CS:GO as many people were saying. A mixture of Overwatch with CS, the graphics that are more childlike can catch a younger audience. Even though CS:GO also has a young audience, the professional environment works with players of 20, 22 years old.

What was your most striking moment on Counter Strike?

There were several, complicated to say just one. I think when I was asked to play at the MIBR in 2009 it was a very incredible feeling. Raphael “cogu” Camargo called me calling me. When I played for FURIA and qualified for Minor in London in 2018, I was also forever marked as a player.

In closing, do you have any person who inspires you in this profession?

I don’t have someone in particular that inspires me. It’s not just Counter Strike, I don’t have many idols in music and football for example. I am a more relaxed person, I admire several players, but I never had one in particular. I try to get more inspiration from people outside the game, for example, my parents. My father is one of the best human beings in the world, and I always try to elevate that, in CS or in any other profession by being honest and true. So to sum up, I was inspired more by mine than by any specific player.

If you want to check out Guilherme “spacca” Spacca social networks:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/spaccacsgo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guispacca/
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/oldmanspacca
E-mail: guispacca@gmail.com

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Brazilian, 23 years old, I follow eSports since 2010 with a good experience in Counter Strike Global Offensive, Fortnite, Free Fire and League of Legends with articles and news published in the electronic sports scene.

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Fortnite: FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier 3 result

Fortnite: FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier 3 result

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Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 2 Season 3 had the third qualifier this weekend, after 9 hours of play per region. In the three qualifiers we saw some familiar faces leading the leaderboards. Some of the usual suspects include DreamHack Online Open Champions Liquid STRETCH and 100T Arkhram. With US$ 5 million at stake, the decisive moment is now for those who have not yet qualified.

Only one more qualifier remains to be played soon. The top 50 in Europe, NA East, NA West and Brazil will guarantee a place in stage two. Asia, the Middle East and Oceania produce 25 qualifiers in each tournament. Check the results to see who will be in stage two so far.

Europe

The Russian Toose da Gambit took first place in Europe with 55 points. Of the six games played, he won two with a total of 18 eliminations. This victory was remarkable for him, it was his first in that Chapter 2 Season 3 and his second consecutive qualification. Toose will work on the Grand Finals at the FNCS Qualifier final.

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Europe’s Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

In second place, Frenchman MCES Xsweeze finished one point behind Toose. Even without a Victory Royale, the 21 eliminations made Xsweeze the classification. He secured a spot in the heat and added $ 4,200 to his career earnings. Other notables that made it into the top 50 include E11 TaySon, NRG benjyfishy, ​​XL Wolfiez and several others.

NA East

Pure Deyy was always well ranked but the first qualifier win came this weekend. In six matches, Deyy managed to win the Victory Royale with a total of 14 eliminations. The 49 points earned made him reach first place. That result came just weeks after Deyy played well at DreamHack Open. Keep an eye on Deyy as he continues his upward trend.

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NA East Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

urious finished the third qualifier in second place. He matched Deyy with a Victory Royale and still got more eliminations than the winner. However, he dropped a few points before taking first place. Furious remains constant in Fortnite for several seasons. Former TSM player Reverse2k completed the top three, also with 47 points. All 50 players listed above will appear on stage two.

NA West

Once again, 100Thieves Arkhram dominated NA West. This time, Arkhram crushed the entire region with 77 points from six matches, including two Victory Royales and 23 eliminations. The young man did not seem to slow down after winning the DreamHack Online Open a few weeks ago. Arkhram has his eyes set on his second FNCS Championship.

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NA West Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

PZUHS came close behind with 66 points. Made 17 kills with a Victory Royale. The highlight of NA West closed with 62 points. Some other notable names in the top 50 include DreamHack Online Open Champion 4DRStorm, NRG EpikWhale and XTRA verT.

Brazil

There was a battle of two Argentine players in the FNCS Qualifier do Brasil. The king featured at the Fortnite World Cup led the field towards the final game. However, Argentine compatriot 9z Rustyk won the penultimate match of the tournament, which helped seal the deal. Rustyk won 71 points from two Victory Royales with 21 eliminations. He has already qualified three times for the second round.

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Brazil Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

King was behind him with 64 points. Even with a great performance, he failed to exceed 70 points. After winning the second round, king is preparing to be one of Brazil’s favorites. Another Brazilian star in Pulga completed the top three with 54 points.

Oceania

Tyraxe won first place in Oceania and won his second consecutive qualification in the second stage. With 20 kills, he failed to win any Victory Royale. He will enter qualifiers with the other OCE players, Movrickz and PRM jhk, who both finished with 58 points. One of Oceania’s best volx players won his third consecutive qualification.

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Oceania Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

Asia

RIFFEX won the third Asian FNCS Qualifier with 58 points. A mix of consistency, a Victory Royale and 12 eliminations earned the Asian player his first qualification for the second round. He and the 24 others listed above will fight for a position in the Grand Finals in a few weeks.

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Asia Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

Middle East

The Cash Cup Warrior’s 72 points finished just behind NA West’s Arkhram with the most points during the third round. He dominated the finals with two Victory Royales and 20 eliminations. He and several other talented professionals from the Middle East will meet in action, hoping to reach the Grand Finals.

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Middle East Top 10 FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 Qualifier. (Image: Fortnite Tracker)

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TFT: Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16 news

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TFT: Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16 news

TeamFight Tactics (TFT) received patch 10.16 on Wednesday (5). The update brought some news and added a new galaxy that promises to impact the style of play. With that in mind, Gaming Net selected the strongest compositions for the updated TFT Set 3. Strong compositions have not undergone so many changes and some may appear as alternatives in this Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16.

TFT is an Auto Chess game from Riot Games. The title is available in a mobile version for download on Android and iPhone phones (iOS) and as a game mode in League of Legends (LoL) for PC.

Rebel Blademaster

Champions: Shen, Yasuo, Zed, Yi, Fizz, Irelia and Riven.

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Master Yi is one of the strongest characters of Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16. (Image: Riot Games)

This composition appears as one of the best for some patches. The idea is to have many champions who can do damage, with Master Yi as the main one. Seeking to maximize the power of Shen, Yasuo, Zed and Yi, the strategy requires patience to reach greater potential.

Tips

  • Start the game by focusing on champions who are master of blades and infiltrators, such as Nocturne, Fiora, Shen, Zed, Yasuo and Master Yi.
  • Use the “Slow Roll” tactic on level 7. This strategy consists of accumulating money and spending the excess after reaching 50 gold until you reach Zed, Shen, Yasuo and Master Yi at the maximum level.
  • The items needed to maximize the characters’ damage come from the recurve bow. Get at least three of them to ensure greater efficiency in Master Yi. Steaming Cannon, Rabadon’s Deathcap, Mercury and Guinsoo’s Blade of Fury are the best items for the champion.
  • Zed is one of the best champions of this composition, but he needs to have the blade master feature activated. Focus on getting a spatula as soon as possible and, in the new patch, a GPC Sword to get the Destroyed King’s Sword.
  • Remember to always place the three rebels together so that they gain the shield of the rebel feature, which was improved in this update.
  • Riven, Ireilia and Fizz are strong champions in their own right. Riven comes in to provide the time characteristic buff for the entire team. Meanwhile, Fizz has a lot of group control and is an infiltrator, just like Zed. Irelia comes in as the sixth blade master for being a strong character.

Sniper Astronauts

Champions: Caitlyn, Nautilus, Ashe, Gnar, Jhin, Teemo, Wukong and Lulu / Karma.

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Teemo is one of the damage carriers of the composition. (Image: Riot Games)

In this Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16, Sniper champions do more damage from distance to opponents. Meanwhile, astronauts have reduced their mana cost to 30 when they are together. In addition, this is a composition with immense group control, has a resistant front line and causes enormous damage.

Tips

  • Being a composition with two magazines with different damage, a physical and a magician, it is good to pay attention to the items at the beginning of the game. If you get Tears of the Goddess, Needlessly Large Rod and GPC Sword, you have a call to make this composition.
  • Get Caitlyn two stars as soon as possible. As he is a strong champion at the beginning of the game, there is a chance to win some duels and maintain hit points.
  • Always have two Vanguards on the field. The Mordekaiser can be useful for being a Black Star and activating the trait once you get Jhin.
  • Reaching level 8 is essential as it contains four characters of cost 4, such as Jhin, Teemo, Gnar and Wukong. The chances of getting these champions increase from 15% to 25% from level 7 to 8.
  • Positioning is paramount. Knowing where to place the characters on the platform to increase the damage done and the distribution of group control caused by Gnar, Ashe, Teemo and Nautilus is necessary. Place the Snipers at the ends. Watch out if the enemy has Blitzcrank or the Zephyr item.
  • At level 9, having two Mystics can be very useful. To increase protection for Jhin, Karma and Lulu alongside him can be good champions. Karma is Black Star and Lulu is Celestial. Both will be activated because they already have Ashe and Jhin in the field.

Master of the Golden Blades

Champions: Fiora, Jarvan, Xayah, Rakan, Shen, Master Yi, Irelia and Riven.

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Fiora is part of the composition strategy. (Image: Riot Games)

The synergy achieved at the beginning of the game with three Blade Masters, two Temporal and the attack speed promoted by Jarvan’s skill, this composition presents a good start to the game. Seeking to activate the feature with six Blade Masters and a powerful frontline, this composition does a lot of damage.

Tips

  • With a focus on achieving the greatest number of tier 1 three-star champions, adopt the “hyperroll” tactic, which consists of accumulating gold and spending it all one round before reaching level five. Search for Xayah, Fiora and Jarvan.
  • Taken as the composition of the “three critics”, for requiring three Boxer Gloves, the items in the finals of Xayah are Last Whisper, Edge of Infinity and Mercury. With the best in Statikk Knife, it is an item that can be useful in the damage loader.
  • Strengthen your Jarvan so that he stays longer and can give Xayah more attack speed. The positioning of the characters of the two characters, being close to each other, is essential.
  • When you get the six Blade Masters, Riven is one of the most important for granting Temporal to the whole team, as you will already have Shen.
  • Always keep in mind to change the composition if you don’t get the six Blade Masters, being able to use four Celestial, with Lulu and Ashe. In addition to exchanging Riven for Caitlyn.

Demolishing Rebels

Champions: Malphite, Ziggs, Blitzcrank, Yasuo, Ezreal, Yi, Jinx, Aurelion Sol and Gangplank.

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When you activate your ability, Jinx does a lot of damage. (Image: Riot Games)

With a focus on keeping Jinx alive, this composition seeks to have a good position and a front line capable of waiting for the activation of the champion’s ability. With Gangplank or Aurelion Sol as possible loaders, the comp has a good distribution between physical and magical damage. Blitzcrank and Ezreal will activate Temporal and Fighter, in addition to the first bringing the element of surprise to the team.

Tips

  • If you start with items like the Red Effect, try to get characters like Lucian and Graves, as well as Malphite and Blitz. If you get a Rabadon Deathcap, an alternative is to drop it off at Ziggs in the beginning.
  • The transition is made from the moment you get Jinx, but always keeping two detonators together.
  • Your main loader is Jinx, make items like Giant Kills, Red Effect, Last Whisper, Infinity Edge and Mortal Blade to do more damage and Guardian Angel to protect yourself.
  • Blitzcrank near Jinx can be useful. The champion’s ability is activated after she kills two enemies. With the initial pull of Blitz, Jinx can start distributing damage more quickly.
  • Gangplank adds the Daredevil deal along with Ziggs. With the right items, the Space Pirate is able to deal a lot of damage and group control. Guardian Angel, Ionic Spark and Rabadon’s Deathcap are the items to survive to the point of using your ability.
  • Position the rebels always together, with Jinx at the center. At the start of the fight, Rebels gain a shield for each adjacent rebel. The shield was buffed in the current patch.

Cybernetic

Champions: Fiora, Leona, Shen, Vayne, Vi, Irelia, Ekko and Thresh.

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With Ekko, cybernetics remain at the finish line. (Image: Riot Games)

With low cost champions such as Leona, Fiora and Lucian, the beginning of the Cybernetic game can be very strong. Along with the ease of finding champions, the feature gains life and attack damage when equipping only one item. With the possibility of a game start with detonators, passing through Snipers and ending with the help of Masters of Blades, the composition ends up being versatile. In the Treasure Chest galaxy, the composition gets even stronger in this Teamfight Tatics patch 10.16.

Tips

  • The beginning of the Cybernetics game is very strong. Search for Leona, Fiora and Lucian. If you get many items, distribute them among the three, but focusing on the damage items on Lucian. He will be your loader at the start of the game. Red effect is a great item if you get another Detonator.
  • After the addition of Vayne it was easier to get six Cybernetics, but don’t stick to that. Try as many synergies as possible, as your two carriers will be Irelia and Ekko and they will be slow to arrive.
  • Vi always uses her skill on the champion furthest from her. Position it to reach a target that could be problematic for your team.
  • Transition the team as soon as you get Irelia. If you have Shen or Riven, you will be able to activate Blademaster, making it stronger. In addition to these, Thresh is important to activate Manamante and Temporal.
  • Positioning is key. Upon obtaining Ekko, he will jump on the enemy. Get a spot for him to hit the most powerful opponent. Irelia with active Manamante can also unbalance a round.
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David Vinokurov, President & CEO at FANDOM SPORTS Media Corp – Interview Series

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David Vinokurov,  is the President & CEO at FANDOM SPORTS Media Corp, an esports betting platform.

What is the Fandom Esports Platform?

The Fandom Esports Platform is an agnostic platform that allows esports viewers to “play along” with their favorite esports team during tournaments by making predictions in real-time as to what the pros will be doing during live gameplay either through a mobile device or embedded with any streaming platform.  Furthermore, if the players are in a licensed jurisdiction and of age they will be able to wager real money on those in-game outcomes.

What was the inspiration behind launching this network?

We saw an opportunity to develop an agnostic mobile-friendly platform that accentuated incumbent streaming platforms.  Our model is complementary to existing industry players and most importantly does not seek to remove users from a base. Our goal is to increase the stickiness of the viewing audience through hyper-gamification and increased engagement with a variety of esports regardless of the platform it is viewed on.

How big is the Esports betting industry?

In 2019, the esports wagering industry was forecast to reach USD $3billion in 2022.  Due to COVID-19, that goal has so far been reached this year.  With the absence of sports in key markets continuing at the moment, the long term potential of esports wagering is immense.  Keep in mind that Fandom has both an all-ages user aggregation model and the wagering model.  We believe that our unique proposition and technology will allow us to disrupt both verticals we are entering.

What jurisdiction are the gaming licenses held in and which licenses are held?

We have just applied for the Curacao gaming license.  We are evaluating other jurisdictions as we speak with the end goal of being able to accept wagers anywhere in the world it is legal.

What blockchain is currently being used and what are the advantages of that blockchain versus EOS, Ethereum, etc.?

We are currently using the Blaze blockchain protocol which allows for 50,000 microtransactions per second.  The advantage is the speed and cost of transactions we can enjoy relative to the competing platforms.

Which esports will players be able to bet on?

League of Legends, Dota 2, CS:GO, hearthstone, Overwatch, Supersmash Bros, Heroes of the Storm, World of War Craft, Smite, Call of Duty, Starcraft, King Of Glory, PUBG plus more to come.

What types of bets will players be able to place?

They will be able to make wagers on in-game action, game outcomes, and other proprietary decisions that our system will generate.

Will FANCOINS be introduced to regular cryptocurrency exchanges such as Binance for players to cash out or will it live exclusively on the Fandom Esports Network?

No. FanCoins are an in-game currency.

Fandom Sports has recently signed a letter of intent with the Esportz Network. Could you discuss this partnership?

Esportz network will be providing Fandom Esports platform with content from more than 90 Esports journalists globally who will be reporting on all things Esports relating to games, tournaments, teams and players.

What’s next on the agenda for Fandom Esports Platform?

Fandom is working with several potential partners for integrations that would allow their userbases to interact with game content in a whole new way.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about Fandom Esports Network?

Fandom Sports is a publicly-traded company.

We trade in Canada: CSE-FDM, in the USA: OTCQB-FDMSF and in Frankfurt: TQ43.

Thank you for the interview, readers who wish to learn more should visit FANDOM SPORTS Media Corp.

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