HLTV Confirmed

HLTV Confirmed

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A live talk show hosted by HLTV.org where a panel discusses hot topics surrounding the professional CS:GO scene.

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HLTV Confirmed S4E22 | device gives opinion on expanded Astralis roster, talks gla1ve & Xyp9x return
Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed Timestamps: 00:00 Podcast intro Hotseat with device 2:47 - device on the situation in Astralis 4:40 - How did the events in 2020 affect the device’s team?  7:35 - How to know if a player (gla1ve) needs to take a break? 9:30 - Was the initial 2020 calendar easier comparing with previous years? 11:30 - Did Astralis recover from 2019 travel and competition?  13:33 - Decision to sign es3tag 16:00 - device's honest opinion on the extended roster 18:17 - Pros and cons of just five players vs. expanded roster 20:55 - Was device at the point of needing a break? 25:00 - Playing with JUGi and Snappi, DH & BLAST 28:43 - device on community pressure, Twitter comments 30:50 - device dismisses player contract requiring 37-48 hours per week 35:05 - Who decides the roster shuffles in Astralis? Recent news:  38:00 - Update to Dust2 45:20 - Teams handed ownership conflict ultimatum 50:05 - Snappi to c0ntact 55:18 - BIG win DreamHack Masters BLAST Premier 1:01:25 - Evil Geniuses, Complexity surprise with wins 1:08:01 - device talks about mentality  1:11:30 - FaZe’s 3rd-place mental block 1:17:37 - Learning new things from the upcoming stars (Maka, farlig) 1:21:25 - SPUNJ’s emotional speech on the MIBR - FURIA controversy 1:29:35 - Players’ involvement in the decisions on the rules 1:34:35 - “We all need to be more responsible at how we use Social Media” - SPUNJ World ranking 1:36:50 - Striker explains why the ranking looks the way it does 1:41:20 - Are HLTV rankings a driving force for Astralis?  RMR Summer 1:44:50 - Upsets in cs_summit 6 qualifier; is the current qualifier concept viable?  1:50:20 - Striker talks about potential Major Qual. system abuse  Playtime 1:53:25 - The key to Astralis’ online success 1:56:25 - device on excusing losses to formats  1:58:05 - “When will gla1ve and Xyp9x return. They will return, right.....?”
2:00:52
June 23, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E21 | smooya talks top team offer, experience w/ 100T, TIGER situation, burnout
➡️ Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast (Spotify, iTunes, Google): https://anchor.fm/hltv Timestamps: 0:00 Hotseat with smooya 3:18 - Playing with steel in Chaos 7:12 - Is steel still invested in the game? 8:52 - What was smooya up to during the coronavirus? 12:25 - smooya's offers: Sprout and a top12 team 14:35 - Current situation with TIGER Recent news 18:05 - ImAPet joins 100 Thieves 22:11 - smooya’s experience with kassad and 100T 24:16 - Sharing opinions on ImAPet as a coach 28:28 - Gratisfaction’s role in 100T 32:18 - Xyp9x takes leave, Astralis bring in Snappi 38:10 - CS without breaks 48:40 - 5+ players roster 52:00 - Would smooya be a backup player? 54:44 - Maikelele's ugly breakup with GODSENT 1:00:13 - The origins of the story, looking into the tweetlongers  1:08:40 - HECTOz completes Copenhagen Flames MR12 playtest 1:12:50 - SPUNJ starts MR12 talk 1:15:30 - Thoughts on the Gamers Without Borders matches and MR12 viability 1:24:25 - Is BO3 too long for a player nowadays? Dreamhack & BLAST 1:32:20 - DH Masters: Can FURIA win it? 1:44:40 - BLAST Showdown: who will make it through? 1:47:10 - Ties, round-robin groups viability 1:54:30 - Are we spoiled with ‘good’ formats? Playtime 1:58:10 - SPUNJ on keeping up with personal level as an observer 2:03:30 - Visualizing step sounds (learning from Valorant!) 2:05:50 - Final words
2:07:36
June 3, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4 EP20 | Rostermania: olofmeister steps down, Liquid swap IGL, TaZ & NEO new project
➡️ Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast (Spotify, iTunes, Google): https://anchor.fm/hltv 0:00 Recent news 3:40 - Stewie2K takes over as Liquid IGL 10:45 - “If you’re taking thing seriously, and one of your teammates isn’t, it’s gonna lead to the changes eventually” - Striker on the roster changes 13:25 - Is Stewie the right guy to call?  15:55 - Making NA dream team  20:00 - DH Masters: mouz struggling 25:15 - The reasons behind the team’s performance downfall First impressions on roster changes 33:00 - JUGi in Astralis 38:00 - “What is the point… What is anything at this point?” - Professeur on Astralis roster 40:35 - Kristou with North 45:50 - trk on MIBR Confirmed, but unseen changes 50:40 - hampus replaces Lekr0 on NiP 58:20 - olofmeister takes a break, Bymas jumps in 1:03:00 - Will olofmeister come back? To be a part of a six-man roster? 1:12:10 - Farlig on GODSENT, Maikelele benched 1:22:35 - buster takes break, YEKINDAR joins VP 1:27:20 - NEO, TaZ reunite Rumors and reports 1:31:10 - smooya, Snappi to TIGER 1:35:00 - ALEX ponders return Rankings time 1:37:40 - Ranking the roster changes that happened 1:45:00 - Top 3 changes we would do right now 1:50:00 - Getting ZywOo and s1mple on the rifle?  2:00:40 - Picking the top-3
2:04:20
May 25, 2020
HLTV Confirmed: Gamechanger special | Can we shorten maps (MR12), change pistols, & fix CS economy?
In a special episode of the HLTV Confirmed podcast, we delve deep into the current CS:GO competitive format, examine its potential flaws and explore solutions for issues such as map length, the coin-flip nature of pistol rounds, and the comeback mechanic within the new economy. SPUNJ presents his ideas on overtime, while Rejin chips in with mouz's experience with the latest changes. HLTV Confirmed: Gamechanger is the first of a series of in-depth shows focused on theorycrafting and further improving CS:GO. ➡️ Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast (Spotify, iTunes, Google): https://anchor.fm/hltv Timestamps: 3:20 How long does a CS:GO map take? 8:40 Argument against long matches by Rejin 12:00 Viability of BO1s in early stages 16:45 What do casual CS:GO viewers want? 19:12 Fixing the double freezetime mechanic 25:00 How long should a map last? 30:00 Rejin's idea for OT only on map 3 39:00 The effects of the new economy 47:30 Why are we talking about MR12? 55:10 MR12 kills the "Blue Shell" mechanic 58:00 Tweaking the old economy for MR12 1:02:00 "Pistol rounds are a coin-flip" argument 1:07:10 Potential changes to pistol rounds 1:15:30 SPUNJ: "Maps should be CT sided" 1:18:20 MR12 won't shrink the playbook 1:22:00 Drawing conclusions from first half of the show 1:31:00 What's the best overtime format? 1:38:00 Tennis-style overtime in CS:GO 1:44:50 How many tournaments should a team play? 1:54:00 Hunting rankings and burnout 2:00:00 "Make the tournament 2-3 weeks, but give players time off" - Rejin
2:05:08
May 19, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E18 | pronax talks fnatic glory days, FaZe trial, relaunching GODSENT, and VALORANT
➡️ Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction Hotseat with pronax 3:20 - Reading pronax biography 4:40 - What does pronax do now?  5:58 - What’s pronax role in the team?  7:55 - Looking back at the history of initial GODSENT 10:45 - Rebooting GODSENT 16:20 - How much does being a CS legend help pronax’s business?  19:25 - Book recommendation by pronax 20:40 - History of the GODSENT’s CS:GO squad 23:35 - kRYSTAL’s role as IGL 26:20 - How did pronax know that it was time to retire? 29:35 - Why pronax decided to not pursue coaching? 34:18 - Did pronax trial for FaZe? 36:45 - Has the game accelerated in terms of individual plays?   VALORANT effect 38:50 - pronax shares his opinion on VALORANT 40:20 - Who has switched to the game and why?  49:50 - How does GODSENT look at VALORANT? 53:30 - VALORANT as a chance for those who are not able to compete in CS 55:20 - The business reasons for mostly American players quitting Recent news 59:20 - Astralis to sign JUGi and go to seven 1:04:25 - pronax’s take on the Astralis’ strategy 1:12:55 - MIBR gave up on meyern 1:16:55 - Is it hard to remain at the top?  1:21:40 - Dilemma of a team dropped from being top-1 1:24:45 - HUNDEN join Heroic 1:31:00 - SPUNJ on how online affects the scene 1:36:23 - Touching on why pronax hasn’t tried being an analyst ESL One: Road to Rio 1:39:42 - Addressing round-robin issues 1:45:40 - Reviewing RMR system 1:53:40 - The 20% points loss rule and reasons behind it
2:00:12
May 12, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E17 (feat. North MSL) | How did MSL find form with the AWP? What should change in the CS:GO map pool?
Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 0:00 Hotseat with MSL 1:47 - Welcoming MSL 3:00 - Running through the MSL’s history at Rogue and OpTic 7:11 - What were MSL’s goals in NA and what MSL experienced there 9:20 - MSL talks about rejoining North 12:40 - The role of the performance coach in the game 14:37 - MSL on AWPing  17:55 - MSL about device, acoR, and JUGi and their applications in the game 20:49 - MSL’s approach to using a coach 26:40 - North’s results at EPL and Road to Rio Recent news 29:27 - Major coaching rule vote 32:30 - Is bigger involvement of coaches an issue? 34:40 - SicK retires from competitive play 38:50 - ENCE add Jamppi as sixth 40:10 - 6-man rosters - do they make any sense? 42:05 - Conflict of interest ruling 47:50 - SPUNJ smashes Valve for throwing TOs under the bus Danish scene 49:57 - What is the Danish secret to success?  54:42 - Does a high recognition level among the general population of Denmark play a role?  56:47 - Danish scene power rankings 1:00:45 - What’s the potential for HUNDEN? Smarter than the Twitch chat quiz 1:02:24 - MSL vs. the Twitch chat Map pool 1:09:40 - MSL’s take on the map pool 1:11:40 - Discussing Dust 2 1:17:00 - Which map should be removed from the map pool?  1:21:00 - Which map should be brought to the map pool? Discussing Cobblestone Playtime 1:29:45 - FPL drama 1:35:34 - MSL about sports psychologist 1:37:35 - What does North need to become championship contender?  1:41:12 - MSL on salary speculations  1:45:04 - Why are mousesports dropping off? 1:51:00 - Some last words from MSL
1:52:32
April 28, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E16 (feat. daps) | Is Valve doing a good job with updates? daps talks NRG kick and EG changes
Gen.G in-game leader Damian "daps" Steele joined the HLTV Confirmed podcast to talk about the recent updates to CS:GO, Valve's relationship with the game and how the coronavirus has affected North American Counter-Strike. The tenured leader also spoke about his removal from NRG, the relationship with tarik and stanislaw, as well as the coach change in Evil Geniuses, as they replaced ImAPet with zews. Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed
2:04:46
April 19, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E15 (ft. G2 maLeK, bleh) | Effect of SG nerf on teams, EU to dominate CS after corona?
➡️ Connect with us: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast (Spotify, iTunes, Google): https://anchor.fm/hltv Timestamps: 0:26 - Welcoming issues and sharing corona experiences Hotseat with maLeK 1:57 - Introducing maLeK 3:07 - maLeK’s origins in Counter-Strike 4:42 - maLek's experience as a butler for royal families 6:09 - Who did maLeK play with during the Source times? 8:00 - What coaching means to maLeK? 10:00 - Transition to the international roster 11:55 - Working with ocelote - how is it? 14:25 - “When we’re rolling, there’s not even one percent problem with English” - maLeK 19:22 - Talking notorious "Bambolero" and other terms 21:40 - Talking about G2’s EPL results 24:14 - maLeK on his team’s preparation  Recent news 26:35 - Evil Geniuses: -ImAPet +zews 30:50 - maLeK’s take on the conflict in EG 38:20 - Heroic changes 41:46 - Weapon balance: AUG is back, Krieg is dead? 44:30 - “Why did they wait so long to destroy SG?” - Professeur 47:40 - Is FAMAS actually usable? 49:35 - Talking about Tec-9 and Revolver 52:17 - Who will suffer the most from the weapon change?  58:10 - Discussing Deagle’s new jumpshot capabilities EPL and the online play 1:02:12 - Talking about the NA season results 1:05:50 - maLeK on issues of working online 1:08:30 - Will EU teams dominate when corona is no more? 1:11:11 - “This is like a reset button for the teams” - maLeK on the lockdown 1:17:20 - Discussing Astralis’ 6-man roster move 1:22:09 - maLeK vs. Twitch chat Major changes 1:29:00 - Striker explains what happened 1:35:40 - maLeK shares his opinion on the changes 1:38:33 - Winners and losers of the changes Playtime 1:47:47 - How HLTV ranking is adjusting to the move to online play? 1:51:10 - Does Scream have a chance to come back? 1:52:50 - Where could ImAPet go? 
1:59:11
April 12, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E14 (ft. mouz Rejin) | How will Astralis use es3tag? Are 6-man rosters the future?
https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed/ Hotseat with Rejin 1:35 - Reflecting on IEM Katowice results 3:54 - What’s different between mousesports before and now? 6:04 - Rejin on preparing for EPL 8:03 - Having a roster where everyone can show up vs. a superstar-based team? 10:40 - Who’s gonna be an upset in EPL? 12:20 - Are there any teams that will benefit from more online? Recent news 14:59 - Heroic-FPX situation 18:45 - Striker: “you’ve put 4 million dollars into CS and you allowed this to happen” 26:47 - Major postponed to November 32:00 - AdreN takes over as VP captain 40:36 - GamerLegion add coach, disband Six-man roster 45:11 - Discussing Astralis’ move to sign es3tag as 6th player 56:32 - Why six-man roster didn’t work in the past? EPL Season 11 1:07:47 - Impressions of Vitality with misutaaa 1:10:47 - Rejin on his experience of standing in and having a near-zero rating 1:14:51 - Astralis, Na’Vi recover after slow starts 1:23:04 - Who will top group C of EPL Europe? 1:30:40 - Professeur, BanKs, and Striker predict the team topping group C Good, Bad, Ugly 1:33:55 - Ugly: FPX debacle, production issues 1:39:27 - Bad: Stand-ins galore 1:41:50 - Good: Banter, MAD Lions & MIBR deliver 1:42:08 - Talking about the removal of HUNDEN 1:45:21 - Rejin on if AcilioN can improve MAD Lions Playtime 1:49:03 - Will the meta change due to more online CS and less events? 1:52:48 - Question: why is chrisJ better than s1mple? 1:53:50 - Question: what’s the difference in coaching Tricked and coaching mousesports? 1:59:15 - Rejin shows mousesports bootcamp schedule 2:03:10 - Does chrisJ help out with in-game leading?
2:07:25
March 26, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E13 | kassad talks 100T future, former players NiKo & nexa, and how to beat ZywOo
https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed Timestamps: Hotseat with kassad 1:06 - Introducing kassad 1:40 - What do 100 Thieves do in LA?  2:42 - kassad on working on his team’s mentality 6:51 - Is there a specific goal to remain at the top? 7:56 - Is CS becoming more individualistic?  9:54 - Do 100 Thieves specifically prepare to face star players like ZywOo? 11:48 - How kassad started coaching and how his style has changed over time? 15:10 - What’s the outlook for kassad for 2020? 16:15 - What makes a good coach? 18:30 - How much does confidence matter?  19:30 - Were there any instances of potential rosters on the table? Recent news 23:25 - MAD Lions bench HUNDEN 25:17 - “Something doesn’t add up” - kassad on HUNDEN’s situation 31:30 - AcilioN replacing HUNDEN. Is it good or bad?  36:07 - ALEX steps down from Vitality 43:50 - “I’m afraid that he made the wrong decision” - kassad 47:51 - AGO sign seventh player Minors 51:00 - Overviewing the Minors 52:41 - Talking Europe Minor 54:18 - Surprises in the European Minor lineup 1:03:33 - Changes in the teams that didn't qualify? EPL S11: Groups A and B 1:07:00 - EPL format and team list 1:09:45 - Group A: will Astralis prevail? 1:12:57 - Group B: will Na’Vi keep their pace? 1:17:40 - Talking EPL’s continuous LAN format 1:20:00 - Predicting the teams to top groups A & B FLASHPOINT 1:24:40 - Team lineup still not finalized (but known?) 1:26:26 - Talking FLASHPOINT’s format and lineup  1:31:28 - The buy-in aspect Playtime 1:39:25 - kassad on his fellow Serbian nexa playing in G2 1:41:26 - Can any player eventually become an IGL? 1:44:34 - Is it a problem for star player like NiKo to explain his view as an IGL? 1:46:10 - Economy, krieg, schedule, booths, Valve - good or bad? 1:52:07 - The final words from kassad
1:55:08
March 11, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S04E12 (ft. Nomad) | Can Na`Vi dominate in 2020? Coronavirus to impact more events?
Follow the show: ➡️https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed Timestamps: BO$$ Talk with Nomad 2:27 - What is Better Collective and what is the deal about?  3:40 - Does it mean HLTV will have more resources to develop? 5:38 - “They didn’t buy because they wanted to change something.” - Nomad 8:45 - “We’re 100% in control of this company” - Nomad addressing the concerns 9:42 - Is expanding to more games on the table? 12:33 - What’s coming up for HLTV? 14:13 - Will there be an open API for HLTV? 15:30 - Nomad addressing concerns of the potential removal of the forums 17:00 - Is a unified ranking possible? 19:19 - Nomad vs. Twitch chat 24:32 - Final words from Nomad  Recent news 25:45 - swag quits competitive CS:GO 28:32 - "Keeping them banned serves as a reminder" - SPUNJ 30:07 - Gen.G win DH Anaheim 37:15 - Minor change in AWP Good, Bad, and Ugly 40:40 - Ugly: The crowd less spectacle 42:46 - How it was watching the event without viewers? 50:00 - Ugly: what more can ZywOo do? 54:00 - Striker: “Vitality never had a second star to ZyWoo” 59:00 - Good: The Na’Vi we have all been waiting for? 1:12:31 - Good: fnatic are rust-resistant 1:16:00 - Good: G2 and FaZe finding form 1:22:22 - Discussing the teams in the race for top-5 1:31:35 - Bad: mousesports stumble at the key event 1:35:00 - Bad: worrying signs for Astralis, Liquid and EG? Playtime 1:39:00 - Discussing the bracket for the Europe Minor Closed Qualifier 1:42:40 - FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier projections 1:47:00 - The long-term impact of coronavirus on CS Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed https://twitter.com/LukasWiinholt https://twitter.com/StrikerHLTVorg https://twitter.com/Professeur_CS https://twitter.com/SPUNJ https://twitter.com/nomadhltvorg
1:53:36
March 3, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S04E11 (ft. NBK) | Will mouz be #1 after Katowice, how international team communication works
➡️ Get notified about the show: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast (Spotify, iTunes, Google): https://anchor.fm/hltv Timestamps: 1:10 - Introducing NBK 1:57 - Is Counter-Strike now different to what it used to be? 5:10 - What is the time frame for a team to succeed?  7:22 - NBK- explains how three big discussions after ICE developed OG 9:15 - NBK- plays down the "international team communication issues" theory 11:55 - A few rules of OG approaching the game 13:55 - What is NBK’s view on in-game leadership issue?  17:10 - The reasons behind poor performance of Astralis and other teams at BLAST 19:00 - OG’s agenda for the first half of the year 20:50 - Aleksib’s role in the team Recent news 25:42 - “Crowd cheating” measures from Katowice 31:38 - “Fuck yeah!” - NBK on whether there should be info contamination by audience 35:35 - Complexity and GamerLegion fail Minor Qualifier 42:15 - c0ntact in talks with AcilioN? 45:44 - EPL, FLASHPOINT schedule and format - what is better DreamHack Open Anaheim 56:37 - Who is most desperate for the DreamHack Anaheim win? 1:06:18 - Which squad is going to win and who will be the best long-term?  Smarter than Twitch chat 1:08:25 - NBK vs. the Twitch chat IEM Katowice 1:16:30 - NBK on why he thinks IEM Katowice is a great event 1:19:10 - Will mouz win the event and become the world #1 team?  1:23:17 - Are EG and Liquid still in the trophy discussion? 1:30:20 - Which top 10 team will flop? 1:36:00 - Dark horses to make playoffs 1:42:15 - Who will make top-6? Playtime 1:51:40 - Should player contracts be public? 1:55:00 - NBK shares his own perspective  1:59:00 - What could be improved in the transfer practices? 2:04:30 - The last few words from NBK
2:06:49
February 22, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E10 | Fifflaren on NiP retirement, coaching Dignitas, (un)realistic expectations
➡️ https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast (Spotify, iTunes, Google): https://anchor.fm/hltv Timestamps: 1:17 - Introducing Fifflaren 1:57 - Being a coach located in the US while the team is in Europe - how it is? 3:25 - How life has changed after Fifflaren’s retirement and how he ended up becoming Dignitas’ coach 8:13 - The story behind the old NiP roster reunion 15:59 - Fifflaren’s take on what has changed in the game since he left 17:43 - Dignitas’s results so far 22:05 - What are Fifflaren’s expectations from Dignitas 23:55 - Why hallzerk is going to work as team’s fifth? 28:00 - Will Fifflaren stay with the organization or the team if they happen to part ways? 29:27 - What it means being a coach and general manager at the same time? FLASHPOINT 32:21 - Fifflaren’s first impression on FLASHPOINT 37:34 - “No one is making money” - Fifflaren on the issue of leagues’ financial sustainability 44:02 - “Everyone is trying to work out what’s the best model is” - SPUNJ 50:25 - How the concept of a $100,000 fine for being out of the top will affect the scene? 58:56 - Will the team owned league solve the issues the current tournaments have? 1:02:00 - The issues of the content quality 1:06:40 - SPUNJ responds to the community outcry  1:09:49 - Explaining the FLASHPOINT format 1:15:30 - Sharing opinions on the format 1:20:17 - Ex6tenZ, SmithZz retire 1:27:35 - mithR, Jumpy joins North 1:34:20 - Virtus.pro looking at n0rb3r7 1:40:00 - Good: Awakening of the Juggernaut 1:45:25 - Good: The Na’Vi we’ve been waiting for? 1:54:40 - Bad: Astralis in slumber 2:02:00 - Ugly: Vitality without peak ZywOo 2:14:50 - Talking about IEM Melbourne 2020 2:19:00 - Fifflaren on the dealing with toughness of schedule
2:31:38
February 12, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E9 (ft. ESL Carmac, Vitality apEX) | ESL Pro League changes, Vitality 2020 expectations
Connect with us: @HLTVconfirmed Timestamps: 1:10 - Introducing Carmac 1:54 - Carmac sharing his history 3:20 - Explaining the EPL format 5:50 - Carmac on the reasons behind the changes in the format 8:09 - Are the changes caused by the "B Site"? 10:31 - Carmac talks about the business side of making a league 17:13 - What is the way ESL makes CS:GO events profitable? 24:16 - "If we had a complete monopoly ... , we would probably be, in relative terms, bathing in money" - Carmac 25:52 - When was the decision on the current format made? 28:41 - Why the changes in EPL happened with short notice comparing with Pro Tour? 31:25 - Carmac on the published graphic with teams and the negotiations rumors 35:07 - How the Member Teams are decided? 41:40 - How many teams will be partnered?  44:14 - How being a Member Team affects team's ESL ranking? 48:43 - Carmac's view on the Valve's Major ranking events 51:49 - Are the newly scheduled tournaments going to affect ESL events? 53:04 - What ESL is preparing for the Rio Major? 57:00 - How fast the tickets got sold?  58:00 - The last few words from Carmac and from the panel 1:00:18 - Introducing apEX  1:01:00 - Was removal of NBK tough decision to make?  1:02:20 - What was the biggest takeaway for apEX about 2019? 1:03:25 - Was there a clash in Vitality about a loss on the last Major? 1:04:56 - apEX talks about the motivation behind running own YouTube channel 1:06:10 - How important personal brand should be for young players? 1:07:47 - The goals of Vitality for the first months of 2020 1:10:15 - Who has the most potential to improve as fire power in the team? 1:11:30 - apEX on Dignitas being inspired by Vitality 1:12:22 - Why it's not possible to play a single role in CS:GO anymore? 1:15:38 - apEX's thoughts on the Major changes Recent news 1:17:57 - apEX shares his opinion on the map update 1:19:40 - Are the changes positive? 1:21:50 - "From my personal view, at least, it's not changing much" - apEX on practicing on the updated maps 1:22:30 - "I'm confused why Valve are giving T's more things to do" - Striker 1:25:30 - "I think for me Mirage is T-sided map" - apEX 1:27:50 - apEX's view on Krieg and the overall gun situation in the game 1:29:18 - apEX on the economy changes 1:30:57 - Heretics invited to EU Minor Closed Qualifier 1:33:40 - Discussing the participants of EU Minor Closed Qualifier 1:36:02 - BIG, Dignitas run the Open Qualifier gauntlet 1:41:50 - ENCE's failure at ICE Challenge 2020 1:46:20 - "Objectively, [ENCE] were already on the downturn" - Professeur 1:49:55 - Reviewing Sergej's stats 1:53:37 - NBK-'s debut with OG 1:56:43 - NBK- calling the CT sides - can it be the issue? 1:59:33 - What is the highest peak of OG we will see? 2:04:01 - Is FaZe a contender at BLAST Premier? 2:07:47 - Vitality's group of death at BLAST 2:11:00 - Is it important to have a lot of official matches before going to bigger tournaments? 2:12:37 - Closing thoughtso lose a single map in his group? 1:12:37 - Closing thoughts
2:14:06
February 4, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E8 (ft. Semmler) | B site explained, ESL Pro League updates, BLAST Premier kick-off
Follow the show on Twitter for updates: @HLTVconfirmed The discussion about CS:GO leagues continues with guest Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat, a spokesperson for B Site, with topics ranging from the business side of things (revenue share, sustainability, inflation) to how it will affect the Counter-Strike played and the viewers. The podcasts' panel also talks about ESL's PR blunder while downsizing Pro League, and looks at which teams are affected. Wrapping up the HLTV Confirmed episode is talk about the recently finished DreamHack Open Leipzig and the upcoming BLAST Premier group stage. Timestamps 1:25 - Introducing Semmler 2:05 - Semmler on his return to CS:GO 2:57 - The difference between working on Overwatch League and CS:GO events 4:29 - What Overwatch League experienced gave to Semmler? 5:50 - Did Semmler always want to come back to CS:GO? 7:24 - What role in the broadcast Semmler is going to pursue? 9:56 - Semmler’s opinion on the changes that happened in the game 13:42 - Striker explains BLAST’s format  14:28 - How absence of mousesports and fnatic will affect BLAST Premier Spring 15:53 - Will BLAST set the tone for the season?  17:34 - SPUNJ shares some insights on the BLAST scheduling 18:58 - How important is BLAST in the 2020 schedule? 21:18 - Will the single organizer prevail in CS:GO? 25:30 - Discussing Group A of BLAST 27:14 - “I’m calling this right now: nawwk should be the primary AWP of NiP” - Striker 30:04 - Can MIBR return to the CS:GO elite? 33:33 - What does Semmler becoming the spokesperson for B Site mean? 37:50 - Semmler comments on lack of information about B Site 42:42 - How B Site is going to make money? 44:46 - Will the teams be able to return their massive investments for participating in B Site? 47:48 - How the teams who bought the franchise and who qualified will coexist within the model?  52:01 - What happens if B Site won’t get top teams right away? 55:55 - Do leagues in CS:GO work at all? 1:06:24 - What is known about B Site’s format now 1:08:48 - Few last questions for Semmler 1:13:02 - SPUNJ vs. Twitch chat 1:22:45 - Striker explains ESL Pro League drama 1:25:17 - ESL is trying to make the format more profitable. Is it good or bad? 1:29:20 - SPUNJ gives insight on the Oceanic teams 1:32:41 - Uncertainty with EPL Relegation system 1:36:02 - Announcing invited teams that are not confirmed - good or bad? 1:42:44 - Discussing the released list of the teams 1:48:22 - ESL’s apology - does it help? 1:54:04 - What power does CSPPA have? 1:59:58 - Prof: "CSPPA as an entity should watch out for this" 2:01:30 - SPUNJ: "We are already doing too much for players" 2:05:10 - Another full-on SPUNJ rant 2:14:40 - Good, Bad, Ugly: DreamHack Leipzig 2:14:50 - Good: BIG triumph with the new lineup 2:19:50 - Bad: No Danes in the final 2:26:57 - Ugly: Virtus.pro keep flunking
2:35:04
January 28, 2020
League warfare (ESL vs. B-site vs. BLAST), Major changes & 2020 schedule issues | HLTV Confirmed E4E7 (ft. FaZe YNk)
Follow the show on Twitter and give us feedback twitter.com/hltvconfirmed Timestamps Hotseat with YNk 1:26 — Welcoming YNk 2:09 — Plans for 2020 3:32 — The effect of victory at BLAST Pro Series 2019 and reflection on other results of the last year 5:14 — YNk on the consistency issues of FaZe 7:42 — What should we expect from broky? 9:32 — How the team change changed coldzera’s role and play style 11:57 — How CS:GO has changed in the last few years  14:38 — CS:GO at the moment: what is the number one issue? 16:23 — Sponsors’ hesitance about entering the CS:GO events sponsorship market  Recent News 18:20 — NiP ‘13 reunion confirmed under Dignitas 20:19 — SPUNJ desperately trying to get insight from YNk on the new Dignitas roster performance 21:28 — Pointing out the negatives of the new Dignitas roster 26:52 — nawwk to NiP as second AWP 28:52 — YNk talks about nawwk as a player and NiP’s decision to get him  31:03 — MSL returns to North 34:20 — Complexity in EU Minor after all 36:50 — Na’Vi can’t get anyone League warfare 39:57 — The clash of ESL, Plan B, and BLAST 40:50 — How did BLAST get away without clashes? 45:45 — SPUNJ: "BLAST's message is always 'Let's make this work' " 47:55 — YNk: "mouz is not one of the teams that has an insane following if they don't have results, unlike MIBR, Cloud9, even FaZe" 51:10 — Which teams are in B-site? 53:40 — SPUNJ on ELEAGUE and B-site similarities 57:00 — YNk: "There is not enough information on either of the leagues" 58:42 — Professeur: "The top 30-40 teams have no idea what to play for in 2020" 59:40 — ESL Pro League change from 40 to 24 teams 1:01:00 — ENCE pulling out of MDL to be invited to Pro League 1:02:10 — Is ESL winning the League War? 1:07:40 — Is CS:GO going to be better in 2020? 1:12:16 — YNk vs. the Twitch chat The Major changes 1:19:25 — The changes in the Major qualifier system 1:19:30 — Striker explains the changes in essence 1:21:01 — No more guaranteed spots at the next Major for Top-8. Is it positive? 1:22:12 — Tight event schedule for the next season 1:27:05 — YNk: “You spend the year with three weeks off total. This is insane!” 1:29:42 — The questions to the new Major qualifying events.  1:38:29 — The reasons behind Valve’s decision making on the Major changes  Fantasy 1:46:46 — Fantasy: what is on the line at DH Leipzig? 1:55:50 — Fantasy updates The last questions 1:57:24 — Dealing with big players in MIBR and FaZe as coach 1:59:20 — Revelations of YNk from switching to coaching after being an analyst 2:01:42 — Would YNk consider going back to the desk if things don’t work out at coaching?
2:03:50
January 24, 2020
Breaking out of Tier3; Iconic CIS moments & upcoming AWPers | HLTV Confirmed S4E6 (ft. forZe Jerry)
In-game leader of one of the most improved CS:GO teams in 2019, forZe Jerry, joined the HLTV Confirmed podcast to talk about his quest for breaking out of tier 3, the most iconic moments of CIS Counter-Strike, and the upcoming AWPers of the CIS region. The episode was recorded before the report about Na`Vi looking to replace GuardiaN. Timestamps: 0:03:25 Joining first team as DMG in 2016 0:07:20 How is it possible to get from DMG to a Major in such a short time? 0:09:50 Finalizing forZe roster with FL1T, xsepower, facecrack and almazer 0:15:10 (CIS) IGLs that influenced Jerry 0:21:10 Goals for 2020? Recent news: 00:25:00 CR4ZY agree on team sale 00:29:30 smooya joins CHAOS 00:33:02 TYLOO add xeta 00:35:32 TSM to build around WARDELL 00:39:30 Envy changes 00:41:02 Bulding the best Polish team 00:44:44 Jerry vs. Twitch chat 00:52:10 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Katowice and Leipzig qualifiers Cloud9, FaZe, MAD Lions qualify Complexity, ENCE can't make it through lack of streams 00:57:15 Jerry explains xsepower's surgery  01:18:30 Historic CIS CS:GO moments 01:20:10 Importance of Vega's win over NiP 01:32:00 Jerry: "CIS people think they are better than everyone" 01:34:00 ordering the best from 1-3 01:36:00 Why are CIS players getting kicked from FPL? 01:39:30 NaVi Junior vs Gambit Youngsters 01:45:00 How do xsepower, jame, iDISBALANCE, sh1ro, Gospadarov match up 01:50:45 Jerry's thoughts on the idea putting him on Na`Vi instead of GuardiaN
1:55:08
January 17, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S04E05 (ft. EG ImAPeT) | Biggest blunders & ranking rebrands; Top 20 players of 2019?
Chet "ImAPet" Singh joins the HLTV Confirmed podcast to discuss the Top 20 players of 2019, the worst rebrands and roster changes, as well as his path as a coach from CLG, OpTic, NRG to EG. ➡️https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast: https://anchor.fm/hltv HLTV Confirmed is a CS:GO talk show featuring Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin, and Milan "Striker" Švejda, with guest appearances from community members such as GeT_RiGhT, Maniac, Pimp, YNk, STYKO, smooya, seang@res, and more. The show is based around interviews, breakdowns, analysis, and discussions about the esports and casual side of Counter-Strike. Timestamps: 2:40 Evil Geniuses on break until February 3:50 Why "ImAPet"? 6:50 ImAPet: "I think I was trash at what I was doing back in CLG" 10:00 Keys to NRG/EG success in 2019? 14:40 Contrasting working with daps and stanislaw 19:00 Getting recognition as a coach 23:30 ImAPet: "We are going to beat mouz this year" Roster changes 25:50 BIG adding k1to and syrsoN 27:40 Sprout add dycha and oskar 31:10 Cloud9 picking up ATK 34:08 NEO to ARCY 34:40 SPUNJ's idea for a WWE-style veteran league (better than B site?) 36:10 david "big p" p outplaying Heretics 40:00 Who's on LDLC? 41:25 NaTo, HS to Nordavind 43:15 Hatz is agreat addition to Renegades 45:00 ImAPet: "Renegades (ex-grayhound) are the EG of Australia" 45:30 pita shouldn't taking the fall for NiP? 50:00 Top3 worst things of 2019 51:40 Striker doesn't know what a Blue Shell is 53:40 BLAST LA experience for players 54:50 iBUYPOWER Masters 55:15 Charleroi singing and sniper cam 56:20 zews leaving Liquid before their best year 59:00 Sports mode introduction 1:01:00 G2's blunders 1:07:00 Picking the best three 1:08:30 "AUG meta was fine" 1:10:40 Twich chat vs. ImAPet 1:18:30 ImAPet: "2020 is going to be better scheduling wise, but still not ideal" 1:21:00 Who is going to win the next Major? 1:24:10 If Astralis get upset, which team is going to snake their way to a Major win? 1:28:30 Who is going to be the dark horse of next year? 1:32:20 Everyone except ImAPet feels an EG-Liquid shuffle 1:34:00 Are ENCE going to change? ZOREE was an option for OG? 1:37:05 What maps are going to be changed? 1:43:35 Why are rebrands happening? 1:50:00 Complexity wasn't that bad 1:59:50 Ranking them from best to worst 2:03:29 Top 20 list announcements 2:06:00 Striker: KSCERATO IS NOT IN THE TOP 20 2:11:05 Prof being tilted by people not understanding how the list is made 2:14:30 EliGE could outplace s1mple this year 2:17:00 ImAPet's issues with the current economy 2:27:21 What would we do to make the economy better? 2:29:55 SPUNJ's closing life tips Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed https://twitter.com/LukasWiinholt https://twitter.com/StrikerHLTVorg https://twitter.com/Professeur_CS https://twitter.com/SPUNJ https://twitter.com/devilwalkcsgod
2:30:39
January 10, 2020
HLTV Confirmed S4E4 (ft. Devilwalk) | Liquid & NA best year; ZywOo GOAT, not s1mple?
Devilwalk joins the HLTV Confirmed podcast to talk about the best things that happened in CS:GO in 2019, the ZywOo vs. s1mple GOAT and TOP20 race, Liquid's era as well as personal experiences of coaching GODSENT and fnatic.  ➡️https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 📺 Join the discussion and watch live: https://twitch.tv/HLTVorg 🎧 Listen to audio podcast: https://anchor.fm/hltv HLTV Confirmed is a CS:GO talk show featuring Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin, and Milan "Striker" Švejda, with guest appearances from community members such as GeT_RiGhT, Maniac, Pimp, YNk, STYKO, smooya, seang@res, and more. The show is based around interviews, breakdowns, analysis, and discussions about the esports and casual side of Counter-Strike. Timestamps: 1:45 Why is Devilwalk an "angry c*nt"? 4:25 Coaching fnatic vs. coaching GODSENT 9:19 kRYSTAL - HUNDEN similarities, kRYSTAL as an IGL 11:28 Maikele's bad reputation 14:00 Issues of playing with no salary for a year 17:30 Devilwalk: "People thought we were more demanding, salary-wise, than we were" 19:50 Devilwalk: "Pronax thought we had a salary" 21:00 Maden 40-bombing Devilwalk's team twice 23:00 Jamppi benched in SJ. Why? 24:40 Is Jamppi benching himself a good move? 29:00 What is an appropriate way to punish cheaters? 37:25 BIG going back to full German with k1to and syrsoN 42:15 Is oskar's career over? 42:18 Is Devilwalk smarter than Twitch chat? (spoiler: he gets rekt) 59:01 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: EPICENTER 59:50 ZywOo - the best player in the world? 1:03:00 SPUNJ: "What s1mple and ZywOo do is like Jesus walking across water" 1:07:30 Does Vitality live and die by ZywOo? 1:12:00 Is s1mple's window of being the GOAT closing? 1:16:10 EG in vacation mode and five-man mid push 1:19:20 Struggles of GuardiaN 1:20:40 Striker: "If GuardiaN doesn't improve after the break this wasn't a good move" 1:24:01 Professeur: "Coaches should take responsibility for the shox and GuardiaN signings 1:25:00 shox is stuck in a Happy situation? 1:28:00 Which one player is holding his team down the most? 1:29:00 Brainstorming the Top 3 positive things of the year? 1:32:30 Striker and Prof fighting about mouz 1:34:10 s1mple and ZywOo are Messi and Ronaldo of CS 1:39:00 Best tournament of the year? 1:40:00 Why Liquid dethroning Astralis is important 1:44:10 SPUNJ about HLTV's best addition 1:47:30 How do you compare breakouts of coldzera and ZywOo 1:50:00 Final Top 3 1:51:10 Building superteams 1:53:30 Devilwalk - Danes without Astralis 1:58:04 Striker's NA Superteam 2:03:00 Professeur's Balkan Ballers 2:05:20 Spunj's Baguettes 2:13:20 Wishes for 2020 2:20:30 Devilwalk's thoughts on the proposed Dignitas lineup Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed https://twitter.com/LukasWiinholt https://twitter.com/StrikerHLTVorg https://twitter.com/Professeur_CS https://twitter.com/SPUNJ https://twitter.com/devilwalkcsgod
2:24:18
December 24, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S4E3 (ft. Bubzkji) | CS:GO Podcast
In this episode of the show we talk about the CS:GO landscape in 2020, OG's debut, G2's debacle, and more with guest Bubzkji (MAD Lions, formerly Tricked) and returnee SPUNJ. 00:03:10 Learning more about Bubzkji 00:04:29 Fragsters falling apart due to success 00:08:40 Danish parity stopping a second "super team" from happening 00:09:20 Theorycrafting the second Danish "super team" 00:12:30 Winning V4 and being the MVP 00:14:00 Bubzkji stepping down due to personal issues and respect for dupreeh 00:16:40 The experience of playing with HUNDEN 00:20:35 Peacemaker joining MAD Lions 00:23:33 "NA League" - what we know  00:25:20 How do they avoid the Valve exclusivity rule 00:27:40 "NA League" doesn't have good teams? 00:32:40 SPUNJ: "We won't have as much overlap next year" 00:40:00 Discussing the Devilwalk vs. Maden incident 00:46:55 BLAST 2020 and why fnatic isn't in it 00:57:25 BnTeT getting saved by Gen.G 01:01:05 Renegades targeted BnTeT before signing jkaem 01:02:50 Life tip: don't torrent in Germany 01:03:37 Is the OG project worth the hype? 01:11:37 OG too tactical for an international roster? 01:13:00 Astralis outclassing Liquid again 01:16:20 Liquid and EG to cross pollinate 01:18:20 G2 with an A B S O L U T E  blunder 01:22:20 Prof: "G2 vs mouz was like cadiaN vs Juliano" 01:23:30 How did mouz actually win? 01:26:33 SPUNJ justifying losing to Gold Novas 01:31:30 Looking at EPICENTER 01:33:00 Striker: "Vitality's best chance to win a tournament" 01:36:20 EG not practicing ahead of EPICENTER? 01:39:00 The GuardiaN issue and Na`Vi 01:46:44 Is Bubzkji smarter than Twitch chat? 01:57:30 Drafting a Fantasy team and challenging the viewers
2:16:43
December 17, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S4E2 (ft. k0nfig, vENdetta) | CS:GO Podcast
k0nfig and vENdetta join the HLTV Confirmed podcast to talk joining Complexity, the new OG and Gen.G lineups, issues with crowd cheating and noise cancellation, and more.  Give us feedback and get notified: https://twitter.com/HLTVconfirmed 1:55 Hotchair with k0nfig: move to Complexity, impressions of the team 15:05 Challenge: name all C9 players since the Boston Major 17:48 Gen.G swoop C9 trio 22:15 Gen.G still getting SHiPZ? 30:07 OG unveil roster, top 10 team potential? 37:35 YEA or NAY: oskar instead of mantuu for OG? 39:19 meyern to replace LUCAS1 in MIBR 46:38 Is k0nfig smarter than Twitch chat? 57:25 Worst loss of k0nfig's life 59:12 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: EPL Finals S10 1:01:07 Analyzing mouz' winning moment over Astralis 1:08:40 Revisiting the €1000 Striker - SPUNJ bet 1:14:50 Does fnatic miss another star player? 1:17:00 gla1ve smashing the desk, showmanship. and k0nfig vs. kennyS 1:18:43 Underwhelming form of EG, G2, FaZe, Liquid 1:26:32 Danes disappoint on home soil 1:30:15 Devil's advocate: Crowd cheating and bringing back booths 1:34:44 k0nfig's near-death confetti experience 1:47:49 Will we see more booths in 2020? 1:50:13 Is BLAST Finals an important tournament and why? 1:55:18 Impressions of broky in FaZe 2:02:05 Who is losing in groups of cs_summit? 2:05:30 blameF ending the show by sending k0nfig to bed
2:07:58
December 10, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S4E1 (ft. JW) | CS:GO Podcast
Timestamps: 2:00 - Recent news: Major in Brazil 7:00 - SMASH to GODSENT 8:15 - Dignitas with hallzerk, f0rest, friberg & Xizt? 12:35 - Tricked getting bought out by a mystery org 14:25 - ESL Pro League poor group seeding 24:00 - The good, the bad, the ugly: latest update 58:00 - Quiz: JW vs. Twitch chat 01:14:15 - The big four battle at ECS 01:40:00 - ECS Fantasy live draft 01:55:10 - Playtime: Assembling the best team from free agents
2:20:50
November 24, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E28 - live from Berlin with guests Martin & Nomad
Topics: Recent news - NiP report - HR disband - fnatic coach change - CR4ZY CEO interview - Windigo transfer list SHiPZ - NoChance to SMASH - Heroic bring back Snappi - ATK and Chaos rumors - vice takes a break - Vega free agents Reflecting on Pick'Ems - Can we still get the diamond? - mouz fall short, FaZe, NiP, MIBR crash out - AVANGAR, CR4ZY impress Uneven bracket - Reminiscent of PGL Krakow - Will the big boys recover? ESL Pro Tour - Step forward or backward for CS? Nomad & Martin - Hear from HLTV.org's founders
2:17:54
September 10, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E27 - New Legends preview with seang@res, Rejin, Pimp
Drafting Fantasy -Pimp, seang@res, Rejin join us for a live draft Challengers: the good -DreamEaters' run -CR4ZY deliver -mousesports dominate Challengers: the bad -Can FURIA survive the failure? -Vitality struggle -Complexity drama New Legends Pick'Em -Working towards a gold trophy... maybe Breaking down New Legends -Will the big teams deliver? Latest news -suNny rumors confirmed -fnatic's new phase -Ancient disband -Heroic sign b0RUP
1:55:09
August 28, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E26 - Previewing the Major with GeT_RiGhT
Player's perspective -How does a pro see the Majors? Let's Pick'Em -GeT_RiGhT lends a hand Fantasy draft -Who will select the best team? Bold Major predictions -Dark horses, surprises and unlikely runs Recent news - EPL Relegation results - erkaSt to leave Grayhound - tow b coach BIG - V4 Future Sports 2019 - Vega disband - cajunb replaces refrezh - Roster rumors (suNny, 100T, ENCE) Final remarks -Closing the show with final Major thoughts
1:58:53
August 19, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E25 - half-year recap with guest Bleh
 Recent news -BIG bring back nex & smooya -gob b announces retirement -CSPPA announce player break -Vertigo updated -Cache to be played in ESL NY showmatch Revisiting predictions -Looking back at what we claimed at the start of the year Top20 expectations -Which players are likely to finish in the top20? Meta shift -Impact of the map pool, AUG, and economy updates Cutting online CS -EPL and ECS changes, for better or for worse? -What more can be done? Predictions for 2019 -Our bold predictions for the remainder of the year
2:27:44
August 6, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E24 - Wrapping up the Minors and IEM Chicago
 Latest news - GG.BET Invitational scheduled during the player break - Rumblings about MIBR kNgV- - 100T announces return to CS:GO - BIG trying a new combination Indomitable Liquid - What makes them so good? - What can Vitality, ENCE, Astralis do to stop them? fnatic's Minor setback - What changes should the Swedes make? Top 3 - Takeaways from the Minors Stagnant prize pools - Should the best be rewarded with more? User live-voted topic a) Astralis to split from RFRSH b) Major rule changes c) IGS S3 update 
1:59:20
July 31, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E23 - Post-cologne show guest starring vENdetta & Pimp
Latest news - Jumpthrow bind cleared for use - Vitality pull out of New York qualifier - mixwell returns to NA - Should Cologne be a Major? How good are Liquid? - What is their ceiling and where does their run rank? ZywOo vs. s1mple - Battle of the prodigies Change of the guard - MIBR's core breaking up - GeT_RiGhT to retire? BLAST Los Angeles - What makes it stand out from the shadow of Cologne?
2:15:15
July 9, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E22 - ESL One Cologne special
 Recent news - The AUG - Krieg balance - Surprises in NA qualifiers for Chicago and NY Return of the Top 3 - Best Cologne moments Cologne: The good - Top storylines and teams Cologne: The bad - Roster changes and struggles Cologne: The ugly - What can go wrong? Fantasy draft - Drafting teams with guests 
2:04:33
June 29, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E21 - EPL hot takes, changes in NIP, MIBR, AVANGAR, AUG nerf
 Hottest EPL takes - Will Liquid win the IGS? - Can G2 repeat Montpellier? - What is the ceiling for mouz? - Underwhelming fnatic & FaZe Tournament formats - Is ESL's system flawed? FURIA go long term - Fend off MIBR, sign 5-year deal Pre-Major changes - MIBR, NiP, AVANGAR, HR send in lineups AUG nerf & Vertigo - More changes needed? Viewers' pick (live poll) a) Cloud9 rumored roster 
2:04:18
June 26, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E20 - BLAST format changes, Vitality's ECS win, and old guard struggles
 1. RECENT NEWS - TURKEY5 (or 6?) announce roster - BLAST Pro Series format change 2. OLD GUARD STRUGGLE - A rough week for the big names in London 3. VITALITY AND FURIA - What to make of the teams on the rise? 4. TRACKING THE MINORS - EU&CIS Closed Qualifiers start 5. MOCHE XL & DH SUMMER - Proving grounds for "tier 2"
1:55:14
June 10, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E19 - BOOMBL4 IN NA`VI, DALLAS TAKEAWAYS, ECS PREVIEW
 Breaking news - Liquid take over #1 spot cs_summit - Vitality conquer Los Angeles DreamHack Masters - Liquid and ENCE back in form Minors recap - Asia Minor team list nears completion - Closed qualifiers in EU & CIS almost filled Na`Vi trade - Edward out, Boombl4 in ECS preview - Astralis attend the first non-BLAST big event since the Major - Drafting Fantasy Viewer questions - Hit us with whatever you want to get our opinion on 
2:19:15
June 3, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E18 - Vertigo and grenades updates, Na`Vi's fumble and cs_summit impressions
 1. Breaking news: - Calyx standing in for blocker in Dallas - Liquid to play Cologne Invitational - Updates to Vertigo and nades - Gratisfaction's visa cleared - Minor Qualifiers commence 2. EPL and Na`Vi - Will EPL results cause changes? 3. ECS teams wrapped up - Not as bad as it could be 4. cs_summit 4 so far - Impressions from the group stage 5. DreamHack Masters Dallas ahead - Could Vitality sneak into contention? 6. Viewer questions - Hit us with your best questions 
1:46:26
May 26, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E17 - Moves in FaZe and BIG, ENCE's historic upset
 Breaking news: - Have FaZe found THE ONE? - Where could Hobbit go in NA? - BIG change again, +denis -nex - Minor invites revealed - Update: Economy, HLTV integration Prof vs. Striker - Can Milan avoid eating FIVE Surströmming? ENCE break Astralis - The Finns stop a historic run EPL & ECS near end - Both formats show weaknesses mousesports win Tours - What have we learned? Approaching summit - A low-key stacked event 
1:53:31
May 19, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E16 - Major changes, Liquid's triumph in Sydney, Madrid preview
Timestamps: 03:10 - valens returns as Cloud9 coach 08:10 - ex-Space Soldiers chaos 15:10 - Virtus.pro exchange byali for OKOLOCIOUZ 23:00 - Gratisfaction's visa issues 31:00 - IEM Sydney 01:09:10 - GG.BET Masterbettor 01:21:10 - JUGi joins North, valde IGL 01:32:40 - Major dates set for 2020/2021 01:56:40 - BLAST Pro Series Madrid preview, Fantasy draft
2:19:02
May 9, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E15 - Vertigo's lan debut, Round-robin drawbacks, EPL update
 1. Copenhagen Games - forZe deliver on LAN as well 2. DH Open Rio - AVANGAR come out on top - FURIA destroy Vertigo debut 3. EPL groups B & C - Two more Pro League groups are behind us - Round robin drawbacks 4. GG.BET Masterbettor - It's another forfeit for Striker 5. EPL group D - First LAN appearance for HellRaisers 6. IEM Sydney preview - An early look at the Australian event 
2:21:35
April 22, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E14 - FaZe's victory, Astralis' Miami struggle
 1. Breaking News - Astralis skipping more events! - HellRaisers lose Major core 2. GG.BET Masterbettor - The last showdown 3. BLAST Miami - FaZe up! (to the top) 4. ESL Pro League - First group done, what did we learn? 5. Charleroi - Meme ceremony, relevant results? 6. DH Rio & CPH Games - We look at this weeks games 
2:35:12
April 17, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E13 - Vertigo, StarSeries takeaways, Miami preview
 1. Breaking News - draken back in no man's land - cajunb to Cloud9 rumors confirmed - HellRaisers complete with loWel 2. StarSeries takeaways - Na`Vi get their first win of 2019 3. Vertigo - How is it going to play? 4. GG.BET Masterbettor - Prof turns his luck around 5. ESL Pro League - Week 1 is about to begin 6. BLAST Miami preview - Can Liquid and Na`Vi challenge Astralis? - Drafting HLTV Fantasy 
2:37:25
April 11, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E12 - Cloud9's risks, BLAST winners & losers, new economy
Timestamps: 03:00 - Virtus.pro bench TOAO 18:00 - Is fnatic's invite to Sydney justified? 29:55 - Cloud9 add vice 40:05 - Prof vs. Striker masterbettor 48:35 - BLAST Pro Series winners and losers 1:29:25 - Readdressing new economy 1:57:15 - StarSeries Season 7 preview 2:21:15 - Should Valve be more hands-on? 2:36:20 - Improving Dust2
2:43:17
March 26, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E11 - WESG, BLAST, economy update
Timestamps: 00:02:55 - oskar & lmbt return to HellRaisers 00:11:25 - JUGi & k0nfig to Cloud9 rumors, kio out? 00:21:20 - Would Cloud9 leave Counter-Strike? 00:27:20 - Windigo win WESG, fnatic failure 00:50:25 - GG.BET Masterbettor 01:03:20 - BLAST Sao Paulo preview 01:14:50 - HLTV Fantasy is back, drafting for BLAST 01:33:00 - Economy update 02:10:00 - MSL and niko to join OpTic? 02:17:00 - Is the rest of the scene outside of Astralis bad? 02:34:35 - Is there a need for more pre-match space for content? 
2:42:21
March 19, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E10 - WESG, transfer updates, map pool
Timestamps: 00:02:00 - suNny to ENCE rumors 00:08:45 - Heroic add stavn 00:13:35 - G2 change bodyy for AmaNEk 00:17:45 - New ECS format and opening results 00:32:25 - WESG so far 00:50:00 - GG.BET Striker vs. Prof 00:55:55 - Striker undergoes chili sauce challenge 01:03:10 - Discussing player burnout as Striker struggles with da bomb 01:24:25 - Expanding CS:GO's map pool 01:40:45 - Viewer Qs: What makes Astralis the best of all time? 01:43:45 - Who will HR end up getting? https://www.hltv.org/news/26290/vod-hltv-confirmed-s03e10-wesg-transfer-updates-and-the-map-pool
2:00:32
March 14, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E09 - Major ends, shuffle season begins
Timestamps: 00:03:08 - mouz to break apart the 2018 roster 00:12:47 - suNny to Cloud9? 00:19:40 - Grayhound replace sterling with Sico 00:24:13 - DeadFox out of HellRaisers? 00:30:30 - Strike out for Striker in the GG.BET duel 00:43:19 - Was ENCE's run a fluke? 01:00:00 - Natus Vincere at the Major 01:07:53 - MIBR's potential 01:20:23 - Liquid's flop and the interview-dodging story 01:41:47 - Striker finally allowed to say something about Astralis / Is Astralis boring? 01:55:09 - Top 3 best post-Major roster changes 02:07:25 - WESG in trouble
2:15:44
March 7, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E08 - Pre-Major playoffs show
News link: https://www.hltv.org/news/26172/hltv-confirmed-episode-8-vod-pre-major-playoffs-show Another week of Major action is behind us as eight teams made their way through to the playoffs, with Renegades and ENCE being the biggest surprises out of the teams that made it through, while NRG failed to live up to expectations after going 0-3 alongside BIG. After previewing the New Legends Stage in the seventh episode, the panel is set to reflect on the results of the second phase of the Major and peek into the next, where eight teams will face in the playoffs. Topics and timestamps: 03:40 - Non-existent seeding for WESG groups 22:50 - ScreaM's new team 28:30 - Prof vs. Striker duel 35:45 - New Legends Stage results 1:17:20 - Top three best Major runs 1:26:55 - New Champions Stage preview 1:51:45 - Pick'Ems
2:11:16
February 26, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E07 - mid-IEM Katowice Major show
After a pre-Major show in episode 6, HLTV Confirmed returns tonight with a look back at the results of the New Challengers Stage and an analysis of the New Legends Stage. Topics: - Starladder Major's scheduling - Results of the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage - HLTV Confirmed does New Legends seeding - Prof vs. Striker duel - New Legends Stage analysis - HLTV Confirmed does second round of Pick'Ems
1:59:38
February 19, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E06 - Pre-IEM Katowice Major show
The sixth episode of HLTV Confirmed saw the usual panel return with a look back at the GG.BET ICE Challenge and an analysis of the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage. Main topics and timestamps: 00:02:00 - Changes to ECS format 00:17:00 - StarLadder getting a Major? 00:33:40 - Looking back at GG.BET ICE Challenge 00:45:50 - Professeur vs. Striker 00:55:50 - What to do about smooya? 01:07:10 - Top three chokes in CS:GO 01:16:30 - New Challengers Stage breakdown 01:29:30 - Major Pick'Ems 01:54:20 - Viewer questions https://www.hltv.org/news/26036/hltv-confirmed-s3e6-vod-a-look-back-at-navis-breakdown-at-ice-challenge-and-a-pre-major-show
2:04:38
February 11, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E05 - guest starring lmbt and YNk
In the fifth episode, two of the show's regulars, Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill and Milan "Striker" Švejda, were joined by guest stars Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov and Janko "YNk" Paunović. Timestamps and main topics: 00:01:37 - Breaking news - mousesports down to three 00:14:50 - ave out of North 00:25:25 - Prof vs. Striker 00:30:31 - -smooya +nex 00:59:29 - Major seeding - YNk and lmbt create their New Challengers Stage ranking 01:21:15 - Is the AUG overpowered? 01:34:13 - ICE Challenge 01:46:49 - Viewer questions
2:03:59
February 5, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E04 - Minors conclude
Since the third episode, we saw the second round of Minors take place with the Asian and the Americas regions, as well as the first Minor Play-in, all of which brought a fair share of surprises, most notably North not being able to make it through at the hands of ViCi. North's failure and the consequences of the disappointing run in January were one of the main topics of the show, alongside a plethora of others surrounding the Minors, as well as the ELEAGUE Invitational that saw FaZe prevail over Cloud9 in the grand final last weekend. Topics: - Breaking news: Bravado to Denial, BIG to replace smooya? - GG.Bet duel: Professeur vs. Striker - Asia and Americas Minors - First Minor Play-in: Winstrike & ViCi advance - ELEAGUE Invitational - Top three of the week - The Danish scene outside of Astralis; what's going on, North? - Viewer questions https://www.hltv.org/news/25965/americas-and-asia-minors-danish-scene-outside-of-astralis-more-on-hltv-confirmed-s3e4-vod
2:10:07
February 2, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E03 - Fall of the titans, rise of the young guns
HLTV Confirmed returned with the third episode of the third season, in which the panel took on all the hot topics of the previous week, which saw the EU and CIS Minors, as well as iBUYPOWER Masters, take place. Topics: - Breaking news: ESL reveals Major format - EU & CIS Minors, mousesports' and Gambit's failure & more - Striker vs. Professeur, the GG.BET duel - iBUYPOWER Masters issues, Liquid's triumph and FaZe's early exit - s1mple clinches #1 - Asia and Americas Minors preview - Viewer questions https://www.hltv.org/news/25893/mouzs-failure-ibuypower-issues-major-format-more-hltv-confirmed-episode-3-vod
2:23:47
January 21, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E02 - EU & CIS Minors are here
Episode 2 of HLTV Confirmed continued with the panel hosted by James Banks, who was accompanied by analyst and former pro Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill and two of HLTV.org's Senior Writers, Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin and Milan "Striker" Švejda. Topics: - Major ruleset - Six-man teams - CIS Minor - Europe Minor - iBUYPOWER Masters https://www.hltv.org/news/25826/hltv-confirmed-s3e2-vod
2:13:43
January 21, 2019
HLTV Confirmed S03E01 - Roster mania ahead of 2019
The 'HLTV Confirmed' live talk show has returned with the first episode of the third season, in which the panel discussed the roster mania of the break and looked ahead into 2019. Topics: - MIBR's reset - Stewie2K's arrival to Liquid - FaZe's addition of AdreN and YNk - Who missed their opportunity to change? - Who can challenge Astralis in 2019? - Predictions for 2019 https://www.hltv.org/news/25797/hltv-confirmed-season-3-episode-1-vod
2:15:22
January 21, 2019