CS:GO Team Aurora Goes Official

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CS:GO Team Aurora Goes Official After IEM Rio Major Europe RMR Qualification

The team from CIS is ready to climb up the ladder.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Aurora has already qualified for the IEM Rio Major 2022: Europe RMR A through the first regional open qualifier.
In the open qualifier Aurora defeated teams like Anonymo Esports, Monte, BLUEJAYS, and even Astralis.
Aurora is being coached by Counter-Strike veteran starix and consists of players from the CIS region.

The open qualifiers for the IEM Rio Major 2022 Europe RMR resulted in multiple unexpected teams making their way to the Major qualifying tournament.

One such team that surpassed all expectations to attain a fourth-place finish at the IEM Road to Rio 2022: Europe RMR - Open Qualifier #1 was Aurora Gaming.

This CIS-mix (Commonwealth of Independent States) consisting of five new and inexperienced players managed to beat tier two teams like Anonymo Esports, Monte, and BLUEJAYS, while also eliminating the fourth best CS:GO team in the world - Astralis.

Having cemented a slot for themselves in the Europe RMR A, they have been officially announced as the CS:GO roster of Aurora Esports and will continue to compete under the banner of 'Aurora' instead of the aforementioned monicker.

Aurora Esports officially announces its CS:GO roster ahead of the IEM Rio Major 2022: Europe RMR A

The current CS:GO lineup of Aurora Esports came together just before the first open qualifier with the heavily experienced Sergey "starix" Ischuk coaching the side.

This fairly young lineup that was untested, was the dark horse that managed to squeeze its way through to the Major qualifier. Despite having come together at such short notice they were not at all underprepared, fighting their way through a stacked qualifier like a well functioning unit.

Talking about Aurora, the CIS lineup is captained by Artyom "RAiLWAY" Gradovich who has spent a large part of his career competing locally, he is joined by another experienced rifler Amin "⁠sugaR⁠" Azimov, and the talented entry fragger Viktor "Lack1" Boldyrev completes the trio of veterans on the team.

As for Aleksandr "KaiR0N-" Anashkin and Evgeny "⁠delus1onn⁠" Plottsov, both the youngsters have previously played for academy teams like VP.Prodigy and Spirit Academy, providing the necessary firepower to complete this team.

Kairon after defeating Astralis

Under the guidance of starix and their assistant coach, Evgeny "⁠bullet⁠" Batkin, the team has already defeated teams that were considered above their weight class, especially Astralis which is an established CS:GO roster that consistently competes in multiple top global tournaments.

It will be interesting to see how the team goes on to perform at the European RMR A which is stacked with big names with only eight slots on offer.


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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.


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