The “Rolling Stones” of sports: 9z Team, the Argentines who qualified for the Counter Strike World Cup for the first time

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In the Obelisk. Part of the 9z esports team that qualified for the Counter-Strike World Cup. Picture Maxi Failla

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“Dreams are made to come true”. Francisco “Frankkaster” Postiglione, CEO of 9z Team, may still own the phrase associated with Walt Disney today. His team won for the first time in the history of esports in Argentina Qualify for the World Video Game Tournament Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the evolution of that shooting game that was already popular in non -functioning internet cafes in the early 2000s.

As if they were the Rolling Stones, the mythical band of Mick Jagger, the 9z Team players walk around the city of Buenos Aires wearing their purple shirts and the relaxed style that introduces the young players.

The most needed Francis “Frankkaster” Postiglionethe brain behind this four -year -old organization, is not hiding his new bald hair – product of a promise – to take a selfie with a fan to intercept him at one of the traffic lights. Meanwhile, another passerby from a car shouted “Hang on 9z!”

It all happens a few meters from the Obelisk, the historic monument that on Good Friday dressed in its colors to honor it, as part of an initiative undertaken by the General Directorate of Youth Policies with esports as its flag.

Along with Brazilian Rafael “zakk” Mestre in the technical direction, the quintet consisting of Argentines Luca “Luken” Nadotti (25 years old) and Martín “Rox” Molina (19), Uruguayans Franco “Dgt” García Cabrera (20). ) and Maximiliano “Max” González (22) and Chilean David “Dav1d” Tapia Maldonado (21) even received greetings from head of government Horacio Rodríguez Larreta via his Twitter account.

Just as Argentine tennis players qualify for a Grand Slam or golfers for an Augusta Masters, electronic sports (esports) have their own where the best quintets in the world compete. In CS: GO they are called Majors and they are a longing for people who are part of their competitive scene.

during the tournament RMR Americas from Romania was labeled by the European press and fans the 9z Team as underdogsA nickname often given in the world of sports betting is the team that has more likely to win in a meeting

Franco “Dgt” García Cabrera, Luca “Luken” Nadotti, Martín “Rox” Molina and CEO Francisco “Frankkaster” Postiglione, were part of the 9z Team that qualified for the Counter-Strike World Cup.  Picture Maxi Failla.

Franco “Dgt” García Cabrera, Luca “Luken” Nadotti, Martín “Rox” Molina and CEO Francisco “Frankkaster” Postiglione, were part of the 9z Team that qualified for the Counter-Strike World Cup. Picture Maxi Failla.

With nothing to lose, the hesitant 9z Team has already begun to take shape two defeats which put him early on the brink of elimination. He then showed his best facet, resilience. That he took later to get five consecutive wins before the desired World Cup quota.

“It could be two, three, four weeks that I still haven’t fallen that we qualified for Major. The truth is, This is the dream of every Counter playersaid Rox. “We started losing zero two and a half low. We knew we weren’t playing bad, but we started for ortho (sic). From there with the team we put him, trying to get ahead, enlivening every game … will give everything until we get it”.

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