Robin "flusha" Rönnquist is our #2 on the Top 20 players of 2014 ranking presented by Xtrfy! His consistency throughout the year was unmatched, and his level of play more often than not made him one of the best players of a tournament, especially at SLTV StarSeries X and Fragbite Masters 3 where he had MVP-worthy performances.
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's story begins in 2011 when he first tried to swim out of Sweden's deep CS 1.6 talent pool. He never fully made it out, barring an appearance and a quick group stage exit at DH Winter 2011.
CS:GO's arrival in 2012 gave his rising career a breath of fresh air and he immediately started getting noticed as part of the SY&b team that brought on NiP's first ever defeat, albeit online.
He went on to prove himself on LAN throughout 2013 with great performances at Copenhagen Games, ESWC and most importantly the first major DreamHack Winter, where he was one of the keys to fnatic's big and unexpected triumph.
For those efforts he ended up 13th on our Top 20 players of 2013 ranking, but he remained in the shadow of his star teammate Jesper "JW" Wecksell who was the team's MVP during both of their big runs at DH Winter and Summer.
fnatic's first event in 2014 was DreamHack Stockholm, and all eyes were on the major champions in anticipation of either their rise to the very top or proving that the big triumph was a fluke.
But with the spotlight on them even more after that, fnatic didn't manage to defeat Titan or NiP, so they ended their first event in 3rd place.
With 94% involvement in fnatic's 34 round wins he was by far the most influential player in the team, which along with his overall great performance made him one of the most impressive players at the tournament.
While the Stockholm event did feature some of the best teams in the world, the real test came at the first major of 2014 – EMS One Katowice – where fnatic were tasked with defending the title.
They couldn't have started worse than the 12-16 loss to Reason, despite brilliant play from Rönnquist in that clash – 30:21 (1.49 rating).
He didn't perform as well when they knocked out iBUYPOWER, but he did in the re-match against Reason for the spot in the playoffs, putting in a Man of the Match performance with a 27:12 score (1.87 rating, 8 assists, VOD).
However, despite fnatic big trio's efforts, including another set of good displays by Rönnquist, the team lost to their compatriots LGB in the quarter-final with a devastating 14-16 third map score.
flusha's almost-clutch at 14-14 on map 3 against LGB
He also ended up contributing less in the rounds fnatic won than Lindberg, so he wasn't the team's star on this occasion. On the other hand, it was his efforts that helped them get through another group stage at a major.
It was a similar story at Copenhagen Games, as fnatic fell in the quarter-final – this time to dignitas after two overtime maps 20-22, 16-19 – while Rönnquist had the best rating in the team (1.19) but wasn't the one making the biggest difference in the rounds they won.
However, his consistent good play has to count for something, and he did put up the most resistance against the Danes, as well as had a Man of the Match performance in the previous round against Publiclir (30:14 on map one, 1.76 rating, POV).
The situation was even worse after their next event, DreamHack Summer, where they lost to SK twice in the group stage and found themselves knocked out even before the playoffs.
But once again Rönnquist wasn't to blame as he put up a solid fight against Faruk "pita" Pita's squad and was the Man of the Match of their only win which came against London Conspiracy (23:6, 1.74 rating, 5 entry kills, VOD).
He ended up as the team's best player in every regard at the tournament, with a 1.16 rating and contributing in 94% of round wins, but it was again without success.
Six months had already passed in the year and fnatic had achieved nothing, so the team decided it's time for a change. Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg became the coach and Lindberg was removed, while Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer were brought in from an already disbanded LGB squad.
The new squad already fared better at their first event, reaching the semi-final of Gfinity 3 after a near-flawless group stage.
Rönnquist was solid in the group stage, just like all of fnatic members, and he stepped up even more in the playoffs against mousesports. The new team ran into a lot of resistance from the Germans and they needed overtime on the third map to overcome them.
But Rönnquist was there as the best player of the series with an 80:59 score (1.31 rating, 20 assists, map 1 CT POV, map 3 CT POV) while being involved with a kill, assist or surviving in an astonishing 98% of fnatic's round wins (44 of 45).
However, Titan were too much to handle for the Swedes, and despite Rönnquist's Man of the Match performance on map two (25:11, 1.67 rating, 6 assists, POV), he underperformed in the other two maps and ended up with only 0.58 kills per round in the series.
Nevertheless, even though his 1.12 rating for the tournament ranked second in the team slightly behind Johansson, he was once again fnatic's top fragger (0.76 KPR) and by far the most influential player in their round wins.
ESL One Cologne was next, and the new roster showed its full potential on that occasion. After topping the group fnatic went on to eliminate Na`Vi and dignitas, before losing a nailbiter to Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand final.
Rönnquist was again solid in the group stage, and even better in the playoffs when it mattered more.
His performance in the quarter-final against Na`Vi was perhaps his highlight of the year considering the importance and the stage it was done at, as he put in a Man of the Match display on map three while clinching the victory with a 1-on-3 clutch (30:16, 1.53 rating, 7 assists, POV).
1-on-3 clutch to win the quarter-final series against Na`Vi at ESL One Cologne
He didn't stop there, continuing with another Man of the Match performance on the first map of the dignitas semi-final (25:13, 1.44 rating, 6 assists, POV), and later ending up as the top rated player of the series (49:31, 1.36 rating).
In the final he also played well on every map despite the loss, and he ended it as the team's top rated player (66:49, 1.24 rating, map 2 POV).
Thanks to the great playoff performance Rönnquist had one of the best ratings of the tournament (1.24), although he was the second best fragger in the team with 0.81 KPR and he contributed slightly less than Kajbjer in their round wins overall.
Nevertheless, it was a superb display from Rönnquist at the major, and he followed it up with an even better one at SLTV StarSeries X Finals where he led fnatic to their first 2014 title as the MVP.
After starting with a Man of the Match performance against myXMG in the upper bracket semi-final (45:15, 1.88 rating, map 1 POV), he went on to play very well in both clashes against Na`Vi, especially getting the job done on the last map of the final – which was another 16-14 win against the Ukrainians – with a 26:16 score (1.33 rating, POV).
They followed up their first win with a disappointing semi-final exit at DreamHack Stockholm, once again at the hands of Titan.
Rönnquist had his only below average performance on this occasion, although not too bad with a 0.95 rating. He did, however, underperform in the Titan loss, just like the majority of the team.
FACEIT Season 2 Finals saw both him and the team back in top shape, as they came out on top of iBUYPOWER in the final and clinched the second title.
He of course added more good play in the playoffs, although without much impact but contributing consistently in the semi-final against Virtus.pro, and then as the second best player of the final against iBUYPOWER, along with a Man of the Match performance on the third of four maps (25:14, 1.67 rating, CT side POV).
The Swedes added another title at ESWC, although Rönnquist this time didn't stand out in any match. However, he continued contributing consistently and playing well in almost every match.
Still, he was actually fourth in the team with a 1.13 rating, and he didn't make impact in the round wins more than any of the team's three stars at that event, so it was technically one of his less influential performances.
However, he didn't fail to leave a mark by recording one of his best moves of the year during the group stage match against Na`Vi:
Clutch against Na`Vi in the group stage at ESWC
Rönnquist bounced back a week later at Fragbite Masters 3 Finals where he put in his best performance of the year, leading fnatic to another title, from the lower bracket no less, with an MVP performance.
As the best or second best player in each series, and as the Man of the Match on 4 out of 8 maps, Rönnquist ended up with a 1.30 rating and contributed in 74% of rounds with a kill, assist or surviving (92% of rounds won), both highest at the tournament.
His best performances came on the first map of the Virtus.pro consolidation final (26:8, 2.17 rating, POV) and the first map of the grand final against LDLC (30:15, 1.68 rating, contributed in all round wins, POV). He was also the team's best on the fourth and last map of the LDLC clash with 25:17 (1.31 rating, 5 assists), rounding up his already strong MVP claim.
But in the two weeks after that win and before DreamHack Winter and following a VAC-ban that hit Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian, accusations about Rönnquist's possible cheating started appearing and gathering speed.
Nevertheless, the Swedes came into the last major as the main favorites for taking the $100,000 prize due to their recent winning streak.
However, after an easy match against South African Bravado where Rönnquist went crazy and had a 26:7 score (2.41 rating, 10 assists, POV), he underperformed in a 14-16 loss against HellRaisers, scoring a kill in only 10 of 30 rounds.
He made up for it with solid play in the win over Cloud9 (19:8, 1.40 rating) that sent them to playoffs, but more problems hit them there.
Rönnquist ended up as the team's highest rated player at another major with a 1.26 rating, although it was largely influenced by his performance in the opening match.
If we remove the Bravado clash from the equation, he would end up with a 1.05 rating from the remaining two group stage matches and the first two maps against LDLC, ranking third in the team. Nevertheless, even then he contributed in the most rounds for the team (66%).
Despite that, they cooled their heads off and attended ESEA Season 17 Global Finals a week later, where they notched up their 5th title of the year.
Rönnquist had another good set of performances leading up to the final, where he somehow disappeared on a couple of maps, but he still ended up as one of the team's best in the tournament with a 1.08 rating. He was second in terms of impact on round wins, and he had an incredible 10 clutches won throughout the event.
Why is he the 2nd best player of 2014?
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist was the most consistent player of the year across all events, as he put up good performances regardless of his team's results, including the silent period in the first half of the year and the winning streak in the second half.
Although notably, he didn't excel during some of the main success runs for fnatic - such as their biggest triumph at ESWC, and sometimes wasn't the one making the most impact when they reached the podium - such as at FACEIT Season 2 Finals or ESL One Cologne.
But despite that, he performed great at all of those occasions, especially at their most successful major run in Cologne where his playoff performance was remarkable. Overall, he had a 1.23 rating in the majors, ranking 4th overall and third among those who played all three $250,000 events.
He also had two MVP-worthy performances throughout the year, although it was during the smallest events his team won, SLTV StarSeries X and Fragbite Masters 3.
He was one of the best fraggers overall with 0.80 kills per round (3rd), although he had the most assisted kills out of all players (0.20 per round, or 25% of all his kills). On the other hand, he was also one of the best assisters with 0.19 assists per round.
Furthermore, he was the best rated player on the CT-side throughout the year with a 1.41 rating and one of the best clutchers with 35 1-on-X situations won.
Regarding his consistency, not only did he have second most maps with a rating above 1.00 (74%), but he had a rating above 1.10 in 11 of his 13 tournaments, and was even one of the players who contributed most often on a per round basis – 67.7% of rounds with a kill, assist or survived (7th).
Overall, his consistency and such a high level of play at the biggest stages, in the big matches, and during his team's title runs put him in contention for the first spot, but the fact that he wasn't the one stepping up when it mattered most during the best runs his team had (ESWC, FACEIT S2, ESL One Cologne) prevented him from getting the first place.
What is your take on Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's performance in 2014? Is the 2nd place the right one for him?
Love you GT! <3
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Post edited 2015-01-19 22:50:00
come on man, just solid arguments are valid here
flusha played better this year
maybe u dont agree in some of them, but man, if u say that GTR was the best of the year is because u lost a huge part from the year
this is stupid lol
Maybe if you actually watched CS:GO for the whole eyar, and not from august - december, you'd know GTR is the clear best of 2014. It's a rating for the whole year, not the last 4 months. Which is why fnatic don't get number 1.
My number 1 is KennyS, then gtr. But if it's not Kennys then gtr deserves number 1, hes an insane player, and was always there when NiP needed him. (that is, when 1 person is slacking, he picks their wieght up)
NiP have been in way more finals than Fnatic this year, and have made twice the amount of money Fnatic amde this eyar.
GTRs rating is 1.27, flusha is 1.19. yet you think flusha is better.
how does that work for u?
Post edited 2015-01-19 22:51:32
maybe gtr is not on the top20 ?? :D
So much hard work and so much dedication to the game .. Achievements as well ! :)
Well Deserved ! <3
But with his pretty good stats + Majors he is nr 1.
Its just some stats combined over the year, it doesn't reflect anything.
In that case im 1, cause i killed flusha in MM :) Im better riflrer then flusha hihi good to know!
I expected him around 4 to 6 and kenny, flusha, snax higher than him.
Ranking seems fuckin baised
GTR was never a skilled player like f0rest , not aimwise.
but he showed up most of the year and carried NIP to 3 major finals and win 1 . also winning 3 seperate tournaments on the side which is an achievement on it's own.
embrace the spraying style
Doesn't make much sense.
Pasha was actually better for the first part of the year.
Post edited 2015-01-20 10:26:26
Xtrfy does the sponsoring
HLTV Does the ranking based on so many statistics !! it had nthn to do with Xtrfy
Stop Saying that it's sweden only Rankings !! :)
fnatic destroyed every team for 6 months but .....
JW with out question best players season 2014 with flusha and Happy right next too him, GT have not played close too his potential. This is just wrong srry.
it's not Best Skill player of the year..
They did not have internet access.
They had to send in config and drivers in advance for it to be pre-approved by the admins.
Their hardware was checked before they were allowed to plug it in and Swag wasn't allowed to use his own mouse (see his Twitter).
Admins were sitting behind Flusha and spectating him more or less the whole event from what I saw.
At ESEA, with people swarming him once more and playing on their anti-cheat that you all adore, he was once again not banned or suspected.
Dignitas members posted a misleading picture during DHW that lead you to believe they had internet access. You can see it here: https://twitter.com/DignitasXyp9x/status/537905445..
But as you can see in the lower corner, it says "Disconnected", meaning he is not connected to internet. Lillrobban posted either here or on Reddit in reply to that picture that this was indeed what it meant.
Basically, a couple of stupid pros posted misleading shit during Dreamhack that made you believe that it was possible to hack there, or that they even had internet. But this was not the case.
Congratulations on this placing Flusha, you worked hard for it.
Post edited 2015-01-19 23:15:12
Compare this to flusha, who didn't have a slump at the end of the year, in fact the opposite. Fnatic dominated the scene for a long time.
Is it right to say that gtr's good start to the year, followed by a major title and another major final, surrounded by terrible losses, is better than flusha's almost as good start to the year, followed by a major final and 5 LAN titles?
I was basically saying that there is a case for GTR to be #1. I don't think he should have been #1, but it's not like someone ridiculous like JW was #1. I can see why they did it, but I don't agree. GTR would have been my 2/3 behind kennyS.
Secretly I'm hoping for pronax to be #1. How mad would hltv fanboys be if the IGL for the #1 team in 2014 was named the #1 player? It would be glorious. (real talk, i think pronax should have been somewhere in the top20 even if his stats weren't up to par).
Post edited 2015-01-20 08:55:23
He can fart once a year and he'll be 1st
top10 yep, top5 probably yep but not top1
Snax > JW > Flusha > Pasha.
However HLTV thinks that Pasha > JW for example. I don´t agree at all. Same for flusha > snax!
flusha majors: 1.24, 1.25, 1.26 -> avg: 1,25
Anyway if anyone has it put it on my profile or something so the mods don't have another aneurysm.
NiP and GTR dont do anything 2nd half of the year JW Shox Flusha Snax these guys better than GTR imo
I think list should be like this
Edit:Ok I change my mind Snax>Flusha in this year
Post edited 2015-01-19 23:55:30
Right now my list like
You should celebrate with some good'ol vacations.
Post edited 2015-01-20 00:01:46
I disagree, Flusha should be #1 imo, getting away with what he has done is the most MVP worthy I have ever seen in any organised e-sport. not buying anymore esports cases until this gets sorted out, thats for sure.
GTR being number one this year is quite wierd imo. NiP barely played or qualifier for any events outside the majors.
Congrats flusha !
Post edited 2015-01-20 00:50:27
keep crying you obviously get how playing LAN works.
Gtr f**ing bad whole year. Biased result, He doesn't deserve no 1 back stabber idiot. Bored of watching him securing 1 posi every year. U must be kidding
Gtr again... srly gtr isn't the best choice in 2014
as a result, somebody wanted to determine the winners of this tournament organizers and apparently they have been in this business ... !! I think the biggest scandal..
Dont deride us.
(1.24 + 1.25 + 1.26) : 3 = 1.25.
and all of them have been deleted..
i think its a sign..
Mouse lifter maybe? ROFL
Post edited 2015-01-20 08:43:43
I have two thoughts from this:
1. I am one of those who can't get rid of the idea that flusha cheats. Don't flame on me, I'm trying to get rid of it, I follow competitive CS since 2001, and I can see a consistent playing-style from him. That can only be because it's a "natural" movement, and I'm hopping / trying to adapt myself to the idea that the natural movement is really human, from him! All those locks are consistent, but they can be only an optical illusion.
2. I mean, obviously, stats-wise, flusha deserves the spot or even higher. But this year I think the ranking was not so accurate as other years. This can be just me, because of those assists, something you "can't see" on games as cleary as clutchs and aces and kills... I don't look cleary to assists and importance in the team, and if this ranking and new formulas are accurate, it's a very important ranking.
Good job HLTV.org and flusha
Post edited 2015-01-20 12:34:34
1:38 very suspicious too
and I know what I'm talking about i'm at my 3rd VAC ban in 6 month. But hey, apparently i'm not alone :)﻿
i like this one
The funny thing is that his gona be the 1.
Flicking to Edward wasn't a huge suprise but just slightly fishy, but starting to walk all the way from hell to ramp is just bs.
But i will take it with a pinch of salt.
Although him walking ALL THE WAY FROM HELL TO RAMP is just so fucking obvious, if GuardiaN wasn't there, GuardiaN would've just won this outright
He should be able to keep his awards for being the best doper of the bunch haha
In katowice they lost the first map to complexity in the quarters. after that map GTR had an avarage 1.315 rating in the following 4 maps until the final. But VP was to strong in final.
In ESL one Colonge he had a rating of 1.49 in the deciding map against Cloud9 in the quarters.
And in the final he had ratings of 1.62 and 1.49 in the maps they won.
DHW deciding map against VP, rating 1.38
Bringing a third map against LDLC with a 1.71 rating in the 2nd.
I don't think he should have been #1 though.
ps.: cogu would be top 1 if he was still playing
Post edited 2015-01-20 12:09:16
gtr and his shitty play...
sorry but no sense this rank.
Statistics say what you want them to say.
It just depends on the variables you select and the weighting you determine.
This aint exact science here.
Not joking because he deserves the fucking respect!
Half of comments deleted! HLTV admins went full soviet retard! When you think HLTV cant go lower they proof you wrong. Lol.