A $100,000 cryptocprize tournament is on the way

Watch out for February 25th; one lucky Counter-Strike team will ‘swim’ in cryptocurrency.

Scrooge McDuck wouldn’t be interested, but the rest of the world wouldn’t mind a $ 100,000 first place reward paid in cryptocurrency. Play2Live aint cheap when it comes to showing financial respect to CS: GO teams that put their money where their mouth is. They’re offering up a $100,000 first place reward, distributed through their own monetization model, LUC (Level Up Coin).

Eight Counter-Strike teams get a shot in playing the tournament that will be held live in the Falcon Club in Minsk, Belarus. The tournament is a great way to promote LUC, which can be easily converted into other cryptocurrencies. In addition, viewers on stream have their own chance to earn tokens by watching ads or sharing their bandwidth and participating in challenges assigned by the very streamers they watch. It’s all in the philosophy of Play2Live, a live-streaming company that looks to interact with viewers and advertisers alike.

“We encourage all gamers and esport fans to become P2L early adopters to test the new ecosystem and high Internet speed delivered by peer-to-peer CDN technology,” these are the words of Alexey Burdyko, CEO and founder off P2L in a press conference. “We are even more excited to host the world’s first ever esport tournament with crypto prize: an event, that will become a milestone in further integration of the blockchain technology into gaming industry.

Cash out or take a chance?

eSports matches are now a rather passive experience for the viewers on stream. P2L is looking to change that. They come up with the cool feature to place live bets with Level Up Coins during an esports match. This includes prop bets (which team is going to take the first tower etc), which opens up a wide variety of betting possibilities.

It will be interesting to find out what the winning team does with their new crypto-fortune. Do they cash out for dollars? Or will they see the LUC as a valuable investment, which might turn out to be worth alot more than the $100,000 it is today? What would you do? We are all about to find out at the end of the month!


Champion Street Fighter crowned in inaugural Evo Japan

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For Wii U, among several other games. A prize of ¥ 1 million ($9,200) was doled out for each of the seven main games except Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Arms, which did not have a prize pool.

Street Fighter V

EVO Japan

Some cool comeback stories going on at the classic fighting game where Grapht’s “Infiltration” came back from the losers bracket to take the tournament from John Takeuchi.

His slow start was by no means a surprise. Infiltration took much of 2017 off from competitive play in order to recalibrate. The Evo 2016 champion started the tournament low on practice, but finally got his mojo back in time with Juri. Which was far from an obvious choice, considering Juri is seen far from the best character in game. In taking time off, it seemed Infiltration had  come up with some sort of plan, finding new approaches to slip up his opponents.

Eager to win, Takeuchi played aggressively with Rashid from the start. But Infiltration kept his ground, standing back, blocking and waiting for an opening to exploit. That opening came.

After the bracket reset, Infiltration continued to counter Takeuchi’s aggression with defense and mixups. As if he knew exactly what Takeuchi was going to do, and countered everything he threw at him. It was a painfully dominant set from the Infiltrator.

Third and Fourth

Evo Japan 2018 was also quite lucrative for Twitch, Red Bull, HyperX, and Cygames’ Daigo Umehara, who took bronze. The Guile player seems to master his character to perfection after two contentious years in Street Fighter V.

Fourth place was given to the winner of last year; Evo 2017 champion, Echo Fox’s Tokido.


Newbee wins big at ESL One Genting

Facing a Nemesis: Newbee shrugs off the curse of losing to Team Liquid, winning 3-2 in the ESL One Genting and taking the championships title

Newbee’s living nightmare wore the name of Team Liquid, losing nine of the last nine matches against the setup of Miracle. But there wouldn’t be a tenth. Fully armed for war, Moogy and Sccc lead their team to victory. The pair proved too much to handle. It might be ‘just’ 1-9 for Newbee, but for now they have the last victory. And in eSports, that is all that counts.

But things were by no means a walkover.  Over five incredibly close games, it was the draft from Faith and the incredible support play of Kaka that put Newbee on top. An average fight quickly became a decisive team wipe in the final conclusion in Game 5 was the clutch Sccc buyback on Outworld Devourer. All hope and towers got fiercely crushed for Team Liquid shortly after, if any hope was left at all.

The road to victory wasn’t all paved with success. Against Team Secret, Newbee had to make a comeback from over a 25,000 deficit in the semi finals. A snowballing Divine Rapier Medusa seemed to do the trick in winning teamfights.

All teams that qualified are looking in top condition for mid-season. However, the team that we’ll be looking out for will be Newbee.

Cloud9 vs FaZe Clan in ELEAGUE Boston Major

Cloud9 Takes down FaZe Clan and claim the ELEAGUE Boston Major championship.

Cloud9 entered the CS:GO tournament as an outsider, awaiting favorites FaZe, SK Gaming, and G2 Esports to win the title and the $500,000 prize money.

Starting the finals als the prime candidate for the title, FaZe Clan took C9’s map pick of Mirage 16-14, only to lose their own pick of Overpass 16-10 afterwards. In the final map of Inferno, FaZe were up 15-11, only for C9 to make their comeback cheered on by a screaming hometown Boston crowd and 1,130,000 viewers on Twitch. An all time single channel streaming record.

Was it that intense? Was there that much suspense? Those are all understatements; there must have been lots of people with their nose pressed to the screen. The chat went wild and so did the live audience.

Eventually, they had to take it into not one but two overtimes. When the dust settled, Cloud9 was the only one standing. Maybe to their own surprise.


Spotlight: Cloud9 CS:GO eSports

Cloud9 made history this weekend by becoming the first North American team to win a CS:GO Major. The underdog team made an incredible run through the ELEAGUE Major Boston, right in front of their home crowd. After being down 0-2 in pools and on the verge of being eliminated, Cloud9 stepped up their game. Virtus.pro, Astralis and Vega Squadron were defeated to qualify for the playoffs. The Americans beat G2 and SK (#1 ranked team in the world) to reach the finals against FaZe.

Cloud9 Tarik

Breathtaking Finals

Cloud9’s map pick Mirage went to FaZe, the heavy favourites. Cloud9 however struck back and dominated FaZe’s map pick Overpass. Skadoodle’s skills with the AWP gained him the top rating in both games. The final game on Inferno became one of the most nerve wracking games in CS:GO history. FaZe got to match point with a 15-11 score. Cloud9 managed to tie Faze 15-15 to force Overtime.

First Overtime ended 3-3 with a clutch double kill by GuardiaN to save the final round. Cloud9 however dominated the second Overtime 3-1 on the back of their leader Tarik. The Boston crowd went wild as their American team finally lifted the trophy. The Major reached a record breaking peak of 1,8 million viewers online.

Cloud9 celebrates

Cloud9’s Stars

Cloud9’s members weren’t part of the most elite CS:GO players before. A team like FaZe fielded four top 20 players of 2017. Cloud9 also didn’t have much success against the top teams before. Yet everything came together this tournament.

Cloud9 Skadoodle

Longest lasting member of Cloud9 is Skadoodle. His quick and aggressive snipes with the AWP gained him the title of best sniper of the tournament. Skadoodle had to wait five years to finally gain his first big success at the Major.

Cloud9 Stewie2K

Stewie2K is the entry fragger and secondary AWPer of the team. Although he is one of the newest professional players, Stewie already got multiple tournament MVP awards in 2017. He single handedly defended the B bomb site on Inferno against the entire FaZe team.

Cloud9 Autimatic

Autimatic is regarded the the most versatile player in Cloud9. He currently plays as a lurker, one of the most dangerous roles in the game. He’s shown that he is even capable of taking over the leader position if necessary.

Cloud9 RUSH

RUSH left his team OpTic Gaming together with Tarik to join Cloud9. OpTic fell apart after their departure and the two received heavy criticism. RUSH is one of Cloud9’s staple players and always in the thick of battle.

Cloud9 Tarik

Team leader Tarik was crowned MVP of the Major. His CS:GO career started as a streamer on Twitch. He streamed his funny antics from his closet at home. Tarik is originally the entry-fragger of the team, which means he plays aggressively and goes in first. Tarik slowly evolved from a solo player to a real team player. He took up the role as in-game leader for Cloud9 and put together a Major-winning team.

Cloud9 looks like a new top tier contender in CS:GO. In 2018 they will need to show that their victory wasn’t a fluke. Make sure to follow eSports and make money on mastermazuma.com.

The Legend of Legends: Team Gullit

Is it possible to teach your father something about football, when that father is called Ruud Gullit? The soccer legend has two sons, both of them are serious about following their father’s footsteps. One on the field and the other from behind his console. It was the one playing the video game that taught his father a lesson about football in 2018. When the old international visited the FIFA eWorld Cup he discovered that there was an entire world behind this videogame. The strategy en choices that FIFA players make are no different from those in the ‘real’ football.

Team Gullit

Gullit was so fascinated, that he started a eSports academy called Team Gullit. The “first professional and independent FIFA-education in the world’’ that coaches talent in their quest for fame. Independent is the keyword in this sentence. Already there are talented players playing for teams like Manchester United and Arsenal, but with Team Gullit Ruud is aiming to give multiple youngsters a chance to make it to the big tournaments. He and his team helps the eSporters with analyzing their game, tactical and technical, mediatraining and how to handle management.

Black Tulip from Milan

Currently, the team consists of five people of which three are young players. Floris Jorna, Julian van den Berg en Dani Visser are the names of the first batch that Gullit wants to promote. Expectations are high, just like the talent: two of the three boys play in the top 64 of worldwide rankings and compete in the play-offs for the FIFA eWorld Cup in January.

Whatever the results, the logo already made its statement. The Black Tulip from Milan never looked so gracious. A logo with such iconic value and rich history has to impress the competition. We expect all the guys (currently 17 of age) to wear the shirt with pride and other eSporters has to envy them for it.

eSports gaming back in action!

It was another week of awesome eSports action as we finally exit the off season. This week featured major tournaments in CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone and Super Smash Bros. Meanwhile, the main leagues in Overwatch, League of Legends, StarCraft 2 and Heroes of the Storm are in full swing. Get in on the gaming action on Master Mazuma!

CS:GO ELEAGUE Major: Boston

CS:GO kicked off its season with the first Major. The Majors are held twice per year and provide a prize pool of 1 million dollars. The group stage saw G2 Gaming and FaZe Clan both going 3-0 in matches and qualifying for the playoffs. FaZe notably took down SK Gaming 16-12 with a dominating Terrorist side. SK misses Boltz this tournament and plays with stand-in Felps instead. Astralis and Virtus.pro are the disappointments of the group stage. Astralis barely managed to win a single match, while Virtus.pro got knocked out with three desperate losses. Next week are the playoffs. The matchups are FaZe versus mousesports, Na’Vi versus Quantum Bellator Fire, G2 versus Cloud9 and finally SK versus Fnatic. Throw out your predictions on Master Mazuma!

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ELEAGUE Major Boston is in full swing.

Hearthstone World Championship

Hearthstone wrapped up the 2017 season with the 1 million dollar World Championship. All the top finishers from the Spring, Summer and Winter Championship were in attendance, including the favourite Surrender. The top decks were without a doubt Raza Priest and Cube Warlock. Especially Warlock was banned in almost every game. The Taiwanese player Tom60229 defeated Surrender and Fr0zen to claim the prestigious title of world champion.

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Orange hugs the new champion Tom60229 after he’s won.

Dota 2 Galaxy Battles II

Another $500,000 was distributed in Dota’s Galaxy Battles II. EG and VGJ.Thunder made it to the finals over OG, TNC and Team Spirit. EG had defeated VGJ.T in Winner’s Finals. The American team rotated its cores Arteezy, Fear and SumaiL around the different lanes, with even Fear playing mid. VGJ.T however made their adjustments and swept EG 3-0 in the finals, including a thrilling 73 minute game 2.

Dota 2 Galaxy Battles II
VGJ.T completely adapted to EG’s playstyle.

Super Smash Bros. Genesis 5

A huge upset this weekend at Genesis in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Rising star Plup defeated the God players Mew2King, Mang0, Armada and Hungrybox to win Genesis 5. The finals against Hungrybox was hard fought: Hungrybox won the first set in a dominating quick 3-0 before Plup turned the tables in the second set. A close 3-2 victory for Plup completed his first gaming supermajor victory ever.

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Hungrybox congratulates Plup after his Genesis victory.

eSports leagues

League of Legends resumed its regular season with LCS, LCK and LPL as main events. TSM notably dropped to rock bottom with losses against Team Liquid and FlyQuest. Korean juggernaut SK Telecom T1 seems to become more mediocre by the week. The team lost to Jin Air Green Wings. Star player Faker may need to find new teammates soon.

The Overwatch League completed its second week. Seoul Dynasty proved its dominance again with 4-0 victories over Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising. New York Excelsior kept up with a 3-0 and 4-0 over both Los Angeles teams Valiant and Gladiators. Seoul and New York are set to play each other next week for the number 1 spot in the league. Expect the highest level of Overwatch gameplay ever.

The GSL once again proved its status as the hardest StarCraft 2 league. Canadian player NoRegreT looked to prove himself in Korea but was quickly eliminated in last place. GSL regulars soO, Zest, TY and GuMiho prevented any upsets and all advanced to the round of 16. soO and TY especially looked unstoppable and didn’t drop a map.

The first week of the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Phase 1 had few surprises. Top teams like Ballistix, Tempest, Fnatic, Dignitas and Tempo Storm all won their first matches. Tempest even defeated the world champion KSV Black (formerly MVP Black) 3-0.

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GG WP 2017! Enter eSports 2018

2017 was the year that we finally got to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the year where Blizzard had to take back their ‘you think do, but you don’t’ and the year that Vasilii lost it on Twitch and got banned from the eSports scene. Before we tell you what you can expect in 2018, we made a list of what we think were the eSports highlights of 2017. Let’s go over the plays and tournaments that we will remember 2017 by one more time!

1. SSG wins the League of Legends World Finals at the expense of SKT T1

For years, League of Legends has been the most viewed game on Twitch. The League of Legends World Championship had staggering total amount of 60 million unique viewers, making it the best eSports event on the planet. Just for that reason, this tournament deserves a spot in our list. But something special happened during the finals that will make us remember this particular tournament for a long time. SK Telecom T1, winner of the last three editions, lost without a chance to SSG: 0-3. SK Telecom’s iconic player Faker, burst into tears when the last Nexus fell. Statements of support were heard from around the world. The fall of midlaner Faker, was initiated by a Varus flash followed by a well placed ultimate. Already one of the most memorable League of Legends moments in history. Earlier in 2017 Faker was responsible for another highlight when his livestream on Twitch got a record of 245,100 viewers at the same time. The greatest amount to date.

2. The best plays, ganks and bizarre RNG

Many keyboard combinations that were thought to be impossible spawned on the screen in 2017. Accompanied by the most dirty ganks and unlikely RNG on crucial moments. With impressive nerdrages as a result. That’s why ‘the must see plays’ of 2017 form the second highlight on our 2017 list. Naturally you don’t have to go scouring the internet to find them, we’ve put them in a single file for you to enjoy in this article.

3. Marbles and gems

2017 was the year of recordrewards being paid out at eSports tournaments. The most lucrative tournament was Dota 2’s The International 2017 hosted in Seattle, containing a prize pool of 24, 787, 916 dollar! The german player KuroKy got the most out of the year with over 2,5 million dollar prize money just from playing tournaments, excluding sponsor money and other revenue. Also the salaries teams pay their members skyrocketed to new heights. In South-Korea, eSporters are earning as much if not more as baseball and football players. Again Faker leads the pack, with his employer SK Telecom paying him 2,5 million dollar. The best earning gamer so far.

4. European reign continues

It’s slowly becoming the American curse. Their most beloved virtual world, that of World of Warcraft, has been under european reign for over years. On this years Blizzcon, it seemed for a moment that the Americans finally got to call themselves lord and ruler in the 3v3 Arena of Azeroth. Global Panda qualified for the finals and the outcome of the other semi-final looked in favor of the Americans as well. In the end it wasn’t. Europe’s ABC qualified for the Finals and showed no mercy with their unconventional composition, wiping up the floor with Global Panda: 4-0. MVP was Alec, that proved a true master of Arcane when he managed to keep out of the grasp of the hyper aggressive Global Panda like a true Houdini. It’s worth looking the finals if you’ re a fan of World of Warcraft. You can find the link here.

5. Formula 1 goes virtual

What we think is a highlight for eSports in 2017, is the continuing integrating of gaming in the physical world. Already football teams hired gamers for their FiFa teams, but last year the Formula 1 entered the scene as well. McLaren looked for world’s fastest gamer in the equated project WFG. 30.000 gamers competed until only two were left, the Dutch Freek Schothorst and Rudy van Buren. Rudy won the finals and got offered a contract for a year at McLaren, working for the development team of the ‘real’ Formula 1 car. The simulator demanded the same physical efforts as the actual car, could this be the future where eSports breaks itself free from the limits of two dimensions?

Fast forward to 2018!

Will 2018 promise just as successful as its predecessor? We like to think so! We have great expectations from some titles anticipated to be released in 2k18. A honorable mention goes out to Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, that is promised finally to hit the shelfs this year. Another anticipated title is Anthem, a game that for years was known by its codename only ‘Dylan’. This co-developed title by Bioware and EA is destined to continue the Mass Effect legacy, which is gonna be a hard task to put it lightly. Although the visuals look promising in the trailers, we hopefully get to see some intelligence in the gameplay once it releases.

Everything eSports

In imitation of Fifa and Formula 1, NBA is the next big sports organization to create an eSports league. The widely popular NBA 2K will serve as the virtual playground for future tournaments to come. Big American eSports teams like Cloud Nine showed their interest, but over 30 major basketball teams as well. With already over three actually creating their team to play in the coming eLeague. Keep an eye out on Twitch for what promises to be a spectacle game!

We from Master Mazuma also have some new year resolutions that we like to share with you. Like 2017, we will continue to offer you to bet on the largest selection of games and all noteworthy tournaments. Like last year, we keep providing you the most accurate odds in the eSports scene. Naturally with our live bet feature! So what are our resolutions for 2018 then? Well, even more promotions for our loyalty players for starters. But we will also focus on delivering you more relevant informative content on games, players and tournaments. Giving you more inside insights to base your bets on!


We can already give away that you should definitely keep your eyes on the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship at the end of February, hosted in Katowice Poland. On this massive gathering, top teams from Dota 2, StarCraft 2 and CS:GO will compete and set the bar for the next tournaments to come. It’s the first real strength measurement and will give you a lot of information on which teams you have to keep an eye on in 2018.

Overwatch League has started!

The brand new Overwatch League has officially kicked off. And what a start it was, featuring the classic rivalry between Dallas Fuel (formerly EnVyUs) and Seoul Dynasty (formerly Lunatic-Hai). West versus East. The League seems successful in its efforts to make Overwatch one of the top eSports and to increase professionalism in eSports.

Overwatch League - Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty

Most professional eSports ever

The first season of Overwatch League features 12 teams, which each paid $20 million for their spot. The League aims to emulate professional sports leagues like the NBA, MLB and NFL. Each team represents a city – Dallas, Seoul, Shanghai etc. The teams play their Season 1 games in Los Angeles, but future seasons will see home and away games. The players receive minimum salaries of $50,000, housing, health insurance, retirement savings and more. eSports has never seen such a professional league before.

The highly anticipated start of the League attracted over 400,000 viewers on Twitch. Twitch paid over $90 million for exclusive broadcasting rights for Overwatch League. Expect exclusive virtual merchandise coming soon to your Overwatch streams.

West vs East

Dallas Fuel versus Seoul Dynasty turned out to be a classic power struggle between West and East. The American team took the lead on Junkertown. The second map, Temple of Anubis, was a tight race. The Koreans ended up winning 6-5 in the best game of the week. Seoul closed it out with a win on Ilios and a draw on Numbani. Munchkin’s Tracer was the MVP as he created chaos and disrupted Dallas’ strategy.

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Seoul Dynasty and London Spitfire were the big favourites in the league and both delivered. New York Excelsior and the big surprise Los Angeles Valiant managed to keep up with 2-0 scores. LA Valiant has a tough upcoming week. They play against top teams New York Excelsior and London Spitfire.

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Overwatch Mercy

Speedrunning event AGDQ 2018 has begun!

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) kicked off last Sunday from Herndon, Virginia. AGDQ is an annual event featuring top speedrunners from around the world. The speedrunners play in a week-long marathon of 130 hours, covering dozens of games. The event raises millions of dollars for charity each year. AGDQ has raised over $6.6 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation since 2011.

AGDQ gameplay

Speedrunning is the sport of beating a videogame as quickly as possible. You might have raced your friends to see who can finish the game the quickest. Speedrunners take this competition to the next level. They’ll use obscure tricks or glitches to gain any advantage. Speedrunners might run a level backwards to go faster. They might squeeze their character through walls into areas that were never intended to be seen. They might even glitch their way past entire levels.

AGDQ gameplay

Speedrunning can be done with multiple rulesets. Here are the most popular ones:

  • Any%: The classic run where you finish the game as fast as possible.
  • 100%: The runner must collect every item in the game.
  • Low%: A run that completes the game with the least amount of levels and items possible.
  • All bosses: Every boss in the game must be defeated.
  • Glitchless: Players can’t use glitches in their run. This mode is mainly used in extremely exploitable games.

AGDQ features games of all generations, from the original Mario games to Skyrim. The most popular games will be played on Friday and Saturday. This includes many Mega Man games, Zelda games, Super Mario games, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Diablo, Mass Effect and Bloodborne. The weirdest run of the week might be Prey, on Thursday.

The marathon event even runs at night and is broadcast live on Twitch. You can find the full schedule at the AGDQ website. Don’t forget to visit mastermazuma.com if you’re interested in competitive games.