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Smooya and Dobbo on winning their first Insomnia CSGO LAN with Into the Breach amidst server problems, Smooya also extends contract

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UK esports organization Into the Breach won the Insomnia Gaming Festival 68 CSGO BYOC Open tournament this afternoon at the Birmingham NEC.

Their all-UK roster – featuring former Endpoint player Thomas at LAN – defeated Fambit 3-2 in the grand final, after winning three maps to Fambit’s one.

Fambit had actually beaten Into the Breach in that upper bracket final, giving them a one-map advantage in the grand final. Into the Breach took game one in the final 16-10, before a close-fought second map saw Into the Breach come back from 7-2 down to eventually lose 16-13.

A more dominant map two and three for Into the Breach saw them win those 16-8 and 16-10 to claim the victory.

It was the first Insomnia CSGO LAN in almost three years since the start of the pandemic, and was nice to hear smooya’s dolphin screeches echoing across the hall.

Into the Breach player Dobbo, who started playing Counter-Strike at 13 years old and is currently the youngest on the team at 18, which was largely recognized as the series MVP thanks to his impressive clutch plays and 1v1s.

It was also smooya’s very first tournament win at Insomnia, adding to his other UK LAN wins.

Brit smooya, who joined Into the Breach on a one-month trial last month, has also now extended his contract with the organization until mid-June.

smooya told Esports News UK in an interview after the win: “I believe my contract was extended until June 12th. I’d like to extend it [further] but business is business so we’ll see what happens. I like seeing an org grow and players grow, if I can help them and they can help me, it’s mutually beneficial.

“There’s good people behind Into the Breach, very good sponsors… it’s a good org with good players. I think I’ve found my home with Into the Breach, but we’ll have to see what happens over the next few months.

“Dobbo gets the MVP today, he gets the check, he’s very good looking and he has a very good Conor McGregor billy strut.”

“I think it was pretty good today, there were some rough showings as we came from the lower bracket, but it’s actually my first Insomnia win so now I’ve officially won every UK LAN. I’m just happy for my teammates.”


This was Dobbo’s first time playing on stage. He commented: “At my previous two LANs I was 15 and 16 so I was inexperienced, but I felt good up there [on stage today]. Knowing I was better than the other team made it a lot easier.”

Thomas also joined the interview to say he would not be playing Insomnia again – he later clarified the reasoning behind this to Esports News UK, citing a lack of investment and reach from organizers, as well as more expensive ticket prices.

Into the Breach received £1,750 for winning the tournament.

Into the Breach’s roster today was CYPHER, dobbo, adam9130, smooya and Thomas, while Fambit’s was arTisT, Ping, volt, Girafffe and Extinct.

CSGO players and teams hit by server problems at i68

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the teams that took part at LAN – which included T4, Temperate, Eko, The Last Resort and others – as they were hit by server problems, rescheduled matches and long waiting times between matches.

It was particularly difficult on the first two days of the tournament, before organizers managed to find a better solution. We’ll have a separate article on this, featuring an explanation from organizers, later in the week.

Dobbo said: “It was pretty horrendous to be honest. The first two days of LAN were just terrible, I just wanted to go home if I’m honest. But as the games got shorter and we got higher into the event, it got easier to control and after that was smooth. But the start was disappointing.”

Smooya added: “We’re not here to bash anybody. There were some rocky moments, it was people’s first time doing it, they’re gonna make mistakes. What they need to do is hire a team that they bring to each LAN, so that they can learn from their mistakes instead of having a beginner each time. They need to figure out the system beforehand and run tests. But the second and third day were all good, so I can’t complain, I’m happy.”

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