IEM Cologne preview, NBK- & Kjaerbye retire, zonic leaving Astralis? (feat. Maniac) HLTV Confirmed

HLTV Confirmed crew together with Maniac talk about the long-awaited IEM Cologne on LAN: who'll make it from the Play-in, candidates for Playoffs, and a handful of teams to challenge Gambit. Recent news are also discussed: zonic leaving Astralis rumor, NBK- and Kjaerbye abandoning CS, CIS RMR with Akuma not living up to expectations, and Gambit-NAVI rivalry heating up.



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0:00 - Podcast intro 


6:20 - Introducing Maniac




Recent news


9:14 - zonic considering leaving Astralis


26:11 - NBK- transitions to VALORANT


33:55 - Kjaerbye retires from CS


43:27 - HYENAS disband - player options?


44:55 - Sinners qualify for EPL


49:28 - Who wants to be a SKINIONAIRE? By BitSkins




CIS RMR


1:00:00 - VP in Major danger. YEKINDAR performance?


1:08:32 - Akuma don’t repeat the success


1:14:00 - NAVI - Gambit rivalry continues




IEM Cologne


1:19:50 - We’re back at LAN! 


1:21:40 - Explaining event setup & player quarantine


1:44:57 - Best part of LAN return?


1:48:53 - Play-in predictions: who’ll flop in the upper?


2:02:40 - Play-in lower bracket overview


2:17:32 - Main stage: who’ll go through?


2:31:30 - “CS is the only discipline where not being #1 is unacceptable” - Maniac




Playtime


2:34:40 - Parimatch matchmaker


2:41:10 - Viewership & calendar


2:44:40 - Did Maniac’s degree help his career?


2:48:24 - Final words




HLTV Confirmed is a CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) talk show featuring Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin, and Milan "Striker" Švejda, with guest appearances from community members such as TaZ, GeT_RiGhT, device, karrigan, Maniac, Pimp, HenryG, YNk, JW, smooya, seang@res, and more. The show is based around interviews, breakdowns, analysis, and discussions about the esports and casual side of Counter-Strike.






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