The Update: January 28

By: Zachary Lange

Here is TheUpdate for the week of Jan. 28.

Counter Strike fails to qualify for IEM Katowice

eUnited failed to get any momentum going during the Americas Minor qualifying event for IEM Katowice 2019, failing to win a game in both of their matches.

It was the first event under eUnited for newcomer Austin “Cooper” Abadir, who had flashes of brilliance with the AWP.

The team began play last Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a 16-11 defeat in a best-of-one on Mirage against FURIA. In a deciding match, the squad fell 2-0 to TeamOne on Cashe (16-14) and Inferno (16-4).

After heading back to the drawing board, eUnited will begin play in Season 9 of the ESL Pro League on April 12.

Samsora the seven seed at Genesis 6

Late last week, seeding was announced for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles tournament at Genesis 6.

The event, which begins Friday, Feb. 1, is held at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif.

Ezra “Samsora” Morris was placed in the seventh seed, and will begin the event in Pool A7. Seeding was based off of tournament discretion from previous results dating back to Super Smash Bros. 4.

The tournament is considered a major event in competitive Smash, with a staggering 2,077 entrants into the Ultimate singles tournament.

In addition to the singles event, Samsora will be participating in the doubles tournament alongside Jacob “SlayerZ” Diaz. They are ranked as the tenth seed in the event, which features 387 entries.

Those interested in attending can find more information here.

PUBG set to take on NPL Phase 1

After recently qualifying for the National PUBG League (NPL), eUnited PUBG is back at OGN Studios in Manhattan Beach, Calif. to begin the start of the regular season.

The squad will drop for the first time on Friday, Feb. 1 and play a total of eight games across two days.

Phase 1 features a prize pool of $200,000, with first place in the regular season taking home $50,000. The bottom six teams in the league of 16 will face relegation later in the year before Phase 2 in May, with teams from the NPL Contenders league looking to promote up.

Fans can watch live on the PUBG Twitch channel beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific time.