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Team Liquid’s EliGE Says Astralis Was Abusing The Crowd During The LAN Tournaments



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Jonathan Jablonowski, known as “EliGE,” is a 23-year-old American CS:GO player who has been representing Team Liquid for over six years. In his career, he earned over $900.000 from the tournaments.

EliGE spoke in a pre-event interview with the media personalities before the IEM Cologne 2021 starts and talked about how he feels about playing in a LAN event after over a year due to the coronavirus.

In the conversation, EliGE pointed out that you can not remember anything from the victories you won during the online era whereas you can remember everything from the wins you get in the LAN events.

Furthermore, EliGe touched upon the dynamics of the LAN events which could impact the rounds, and he also claimed that Casper “cadiaN” Møller’s insane 1v4 clutch in the grand final of ESL Pro League Season 13 wouldn’t happen in a LAN event.

Additionally, EliGE also revealed one of those differences between the online and LAN tournaments and gave an example from Astralis about how LAN events can impact the gameplay of the teams and players.

As most of the CS:GO fans know, some of the professional players would intentionally put their crosshairs through walls to see if the crowd would be reacting or not. In this way, they could locate the enemy without using any utility or else.

According to EliGE, Astralis was taking advantage of these kinds of things really well during their matches. As EliGE said, they were throwing flashbangs around the map to see if the stage makes noise, and they can understand where the enemies are.

In EliGE’s words, he said:

“When you do well at a LAN — as we did in 2019 —, the wins we had, you remember everything. The days you had, what you were feeling, all these little things – you don’t have any of that when you win online. That is what I’m looking forward to.

Some of the things Astralis used to do back in the day [on LAN], for example, you can’t do a clutch the same way you can online. And there are a lot of rounds like that, you can’t play clutches the same way that you do online.

Xyp9x was super aware of that, Astralis as a team was really aware of that, they are throwing flashes just to see if the stage makes noise. They are in a 4v1, throw a flash at one side of the map, the whole stage rumbles, you figure out where he is. There is a lot of different things you have to adjust to and recognize in your gameplay.”

Later in the conversation, EliGE also revealed that they are aiming to win IEM Cologne 2021 as the other top teams would do and showed their determition to play in a LAN event once again after a long time.

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