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The memories we’ve lost with Train: five of the best plays in the map’s history

Train is out of the competitive map pool, and with it, the locations of some of the nuttiest pro plays and most exciting competitive matches we’ve seen in the game.




Train is out of the competitive map pool, and with it, the locations of some of the nuttiest pro plays and most exciting competitive matches we’ve seen in the game. Though the map was not the most popular on the all-time list for matchmaking purposes, its complicated and tactical nature led to some incredible highlights.

NiP vs Fnatic – a blowout in the first Major final

It was one of the biggest upsets at the time when plucky upstarts Fnatic upset domestic juggernauts NiP in the grand final of the inaugural CS:GO Major, DreamHack Winter 2013. The Ninjas’ 87-0 streak still lived strong in the memory and they were such a big deal that they had their own documentary crew following them around for the duration of the tournament.

It all came crashing down for them, however, on Train, the decider map where the hype train rolled in at breakneck pace. Winning a nailbiter on Dust 2 and losing Inferno in a blowout, Fnatic put up a clinic on map three, only dropping two rounds on their way to victory. It was quite the prelude for the biggest rivalry of the early CS:GO days.

Astralis vs – Xyp9x changes the course of history in Atlanta

Today, it’s self-evident that the Astralis core are among the greatest players to ever play Counter-Strike. Back at the time of their first Major victory, they were seen more as one of those perennial challengers with a serious choking issue, and they were clearly considered the underdogs against the experienced squad in the grand final of the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major.

It was clear from the outset that the two teams are closely matched, with Kjaerbye keeping up his insane showings consistent with what we’ve seen from him throughout the entire event. The Danes made up for a 16-12 loss on Nuke with a nailbiter 16-14 on Overpass to set up Train as the grand finale.

VP raced to a 7-0 lead on the T side of the map, a horrible portent of potential futures for Astralis fans. Still, gla1ve and co. managed to rally to a 6-9 score at halftime, still a significant deficit, but not the complete blowout the opening rounds promised. After VP converted the CT pistol and the two follow-up rounds, Astralis won the all-important gun round but lost the next one straight after, starting at a potential 14-7 scoreline having to eco in round 20.

That was when the clutch minister went up against the Plow and lived to tell the tale.

The rest, as they say, is history. Turns out, Anders was right: Danish Counter-Strike is one hell of a drug and we’ve been hooked on it basically ever since.

Fnatic vs FaZe Clan – flusha rolls back the years

A bright flash in what was essentially two eternities of darkness, Fnatic’s shock victory over karrigan’s FaZe Clan at IEM Katowice 2019 was their first championship title for over two years and the first sign that there’s real potential in GoldeN’s in-game leadership. Perhaps the most memorable moment from this match can serve as an example of why this new-look Fnatic side has been struggling so much in the online era since flusha’s departure: no one else has the sort of spicy sauce needed for an ace clutch like this.

He also ace clutched in round 30 to push the match to overtime, by the way. Just flusha things.

ENCE vs Na’Vi – when the Cinderella run got real

IEM Katowice 2019 marked the emergENCE of the fan favorite Finns, cementing Aleksib as a top tier IGL along the way. Beating Team Liquid was already mightily impressive, but you could still label the North Americans as chokers to take away some of the sheen from that accomplishment.

Doing the same to s1mple and co. in the final four? That’s a very different matter – and winning the 16-14 squeaker on Train set them up for that date with destiny (and Astralis) in the grand final.

Astralis vs NRG – device does the impossible

Tap, tap, tap. A psychological blow of epic proportion which put the upstart opponents in their place at the very beginning of what promised to be a challenging semifinal. It just goes to show how ridiculous a player device has been for the past few years.

We’re still waiting for that graffiti, Valve.

Final destination

Perhaps it is fitting that one of the more tactical maps in competitive CS:GO only seemed to produce big moments at the tail end of important tournaments, pitting the best players against one another for all the marbles. So long, Train. You could be frustrating but you most certainly will be missed.

On the bright side, at least EliGe is happy /s



The World Economic Forum’s Cryptocurrency Guide Lists Its Choice Of “Winning” Projects





The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published its community paper on cryptocurrency. It contains information on getting started, exploring the blockchain, and so on. It also lists several cryptocurrencies that meet its scalability stamp of approval.

As an influential body, some have taken this to mean the WEF has selected its choice of winning cryptocurrency projects, which, if rumors are to be believed, will receive a significant push over the coming years.

The WEF See Cryptocurrency As Transformational

Various centralized authorities, and their representatives, have sent mixed messages surrounding cryptocurrency and its role in future society.

This includes ECB President Christine Lagarde, who earlier this year blasted Bitcoin’s “funny business” in facilitating money laundering, and U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who pointed out Bitcoin’s limitations as a payment mechanism, and much like Lagarde, its use in illicit financing.

“To the extent it is used I fear it’s often for illicit finance. It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions, and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.”

Nonetheless, the Swiss-based international organization for public-private cooperation has signaled its approval of cryptocurrency via its latest guide. The 22-page report details practical guidance, for both individuals and corporate professionals, on transacting, dapps, governance systems, scalability, and consideration of regulations.

As cryptocurrencies transform how we trade, transact and interact online, it has become more important than ever for technology leaders to have experience with these innovations.

As expected, the report mentions the big two, Bitcoin and Ethereum, even dedicating an entire section to Ethereum to discuss its programmability and usefulness in facilitating technological innovation.

Along with that, in the throughput and scalability section, the report also lists six cryptocurrency projects with brief text on their ability to handle large volumes of transactions. They are Algorand, Cardano, Celo, XRPL, Solano, and Stellar.

The Great Reset

During covid times, the WEF has caught the attention of many truth seekers. They raise concerns over the WEF’s role in steering the world recovery.

Among the WEF’s predictions by 2030 is “you’ll own nothing. And you’ll be happy.

Some have described this future scenario as a centralized system of control and manipulation. Even a throwback to Medieval feudal society, which consisted of a bottom rung of the peasantry who were slaves to the landowners.

Reuters have fact-checked this “stated goal” and dismissed it because it was a reference to the trend towards the prevalence of renting over ownership.

“False. The World Economic Forum does not have a stated goal to have people ‘own nothing and be happy’ by 2030. Its Agenda 2030 framework outlines an aim to ensure all people have access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property.”

Either way, should investors take the WEF’s mention of Algorand, Cardano, Celo, XRPL, Solano, and Stellar as cryptocurrency projects to watch in the future?


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Ethereum, Stellar Lumens, VeChain Price Analysis: 14 June

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Even though Bitcoin climbed back above $39,000 after a jump of 8% in a single day, not all coins witnessed a surge in value. Alts such as Ethereum, Stellar Lumens and VeChain saw limited gains within their down-channel and awaited further cues for a breakout.

Ethereum [ETH]

Source: ETH/USD, TradingView

A look at Ethereum’s 12-chart showed the formation of a down-channel after a break above $2,900 was denied by sellers. On the verge of a breakout from the pattern, ETH bulls tussled with the upper trendline at press time. Interestingly, the upper trendline saw some interplay between 20-SMA (red) and 50-SMA (yellow) and hence, it was an important area to retake. A successful breakout would likely result in a 13% hike back towards its upper ceiling of $2,900.

MACD was close to a bullish crossover as the Fast-moving line caught up to the Signal line. However, RSI maintained below 50 and lower highs indicated weakening. A failed breakout would likely see ETH maintain its downtrend within the channel.

Stellar Lumens [XLM]

Source: XLM/USD, TradingView

Stellar Lumens also attempted a break above its down-channel at the time of writing. A successful breakout would likely trigger a 13% jump towards 23.6% Fibonacci level ($0.388) and 50-SMA (yellow). An extended bullish outcome could even result in an additional 20% rise at the 38.2% level ($0.46) and 200-SMA (green).

Squeeze Momentum Indicator suggested that bearish momentum has declined over the past few days and backed a favorable outcome. However, RSI has remained in bearish territory since 19th May and even pointed south at press time. The index could continue towards the oversold zone before a reversal can be expected. Such an outcome would see XLM maintain within its down channel over the coming days.

VeChain [VET]

Source: VET/USD, TradingView

VeChain was in a similar predicament as its counterparts ETH and XLM. The crypto-asset also traded within a down channel and eyed a break above its upper trendline, an area that clashed with 20-SMA (red) and 50-SMA (yellow). An early breakout would likely boost VET towards its 200-SMA, close to strong resistance line of $0.152. If such an outcome is denied, further dips were possible towards defensive lines of $0.091 or $$0.0825. The presence of a demand zone within this area could cushion an extended sell-off.

VET’s RSI gave was an example of yet another altcoin that switched to a downtrend after a key breakout was denied – in this case – $0.152-resistance. The index could decline towards the oversold zone before shifting gears. Supertrend Indicator still presented a sell signal but interestingly placed a stop-loss at $0.136 and 200-SMA- making this area critical to VET’s success.

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Charles Hoskinson hits back after billionaire calls Cardano a ‘cult’





Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz said over the weekend that he was ‘shocked’ over Cardano’s valuation while calling the community a weird cult.

“And so things like Cardano, it shocks me, the valuation. And it shocks every smart developer I know. They have done something to create this weird cult,” he said.

Cardano, the number five cryptocurrency has a market cap of just under $50 billion and is within striking distance of Binance Coin (BNB). The high-speed blockchain logged one of the highest ‘commits’ on GitHub last week, but some bigwigs remain unimpressed.

Novogratz picked up on a common criticism of the project. That is, how can a half-complete network with no operational smart contracts be valued so highly?

While there is some validity to this point, the “weird cult” comment has drawn a barrage of disapproval from Cardano supporters. Input Output Global (IOG) CEO Charles Hoskinson himself waded into the controversy by accusing Novogratz of bitterness.

“Let me translate the billionaire speak for you guys. He’s saying that he doesn’t see a backdoor to get in at a favorable price or manipulate the market like the rest of the VC coins,” Hoskinson tweeted.

Novogratz says Cardano is all show and no go

Novogratz dropped the bombshell speaking to Yahoo Finance Anchor Zack Guzman, in which he remarked that value is no longer derived from code. Instead, it’s a “social construct,” or as he made more explicit, all about the branding.

Hoskinson has addressed the issue of the lack of smart contracts on several occasions, saying they are on the way. But to accuse IOG and Cardano of criminality is a step too far and grossly misrepresenting the situation.

More recently, addressing the differences between Cardano and Ethereum, Hoskinson said Cardano’s slow and steady “scientific method” is, in his mind, the best way to counter system failure.

“The way we do things is a bit more mature and responsible because the way that we do things results in a better assurance that the systems we build won’t fail,” he said in a recent video.

The question is, is Novogratz’s anti-Cardano stance coming from a pro-Ethereum perspective? Or does he sincerely believe Cardano is all fluff?

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