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ELEAGUE Major: Veterans
Time: 2017-01-21 21:46
Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

As the start of the ELEAGUE Major nears, we take a look at the 20 players that will make history this weekend by being a part of the first ten CS:GO Majors.

The Major story started in 2013, when Valve decided to allow the CS:GO community to support the competitive side of the game through the purchases of eSport cases and keys. The financial influx derived from in-game items was used to support the first Major DreamHack Winter 2013. 

From that November till today, a lot of things changed regarding Majors: cases and keys were replaced by stickers, team graffiti were added and the qualification system has been prolonged as lower ranked teams fight for a chance to play at the big stage through the Minor system. However, something that hasn't changed - despite the rise of the prize pools of various independent events - is the prestige of attending a Major.


20 players attended every CS:GO Major 

Earlier this week we took a look at the rookies - the ten players that will soon be playing their first CS:GO Major - but maybe even more interesting is the ever-shrinking list of the tried and tested players that attended every Major since 2013 - the veterans.

In this article we will take a look at the 20 players that attended the nine previous Majors and will be present at the ucpoming one in Atlanta, recapping their history and assessing how they stand going into the tournament.

Jesper "JW" Wecksell

 Robin "flusha" R÷nnquist

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 fnatic   1st
EMS One Katowice 2014 fnatic  5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2014 fnatic 2nd
DreamHack Winter 2014 fnatic 5-8th
ESL One Katowice 2015 fnatic 1st
ESL One Cologne 2015 fnatic 1st
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  fnatic 5-8th
MLG Columbus fnatic 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2016 fnatic 3-4th

The list starts with the GODSENT duo Robin "flusha" R÷nnquist and Jesper "JW" Wecksell. The two Swedes started CS:GO on the edge of the Swedish top scene, but would soon end up being the biggest underdog Major winners to date. Despite Markus "pronax" Wallsten joining the team just a few weeks before the tournament in Jönköping, fnatic managed to make history by upsetting their countrymen NiP in the grand-final of the tournament.


Despite GODSENT's struggles, JW and flusha keep the Major record alive 

The team slumped after that Major, losing to LGB in the quarters of Katowice 2014, but turned it around soon by picking up Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and creating probably the most dominant roster of CS:GO. That iteration of fnatic won two more Majors - ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015 - making JW and flusha the two most successful Major players in CS:GO.

After the summer break of 2016, the duo left fnatic to rejoin pronax's GODSENT, and were forced to go through the Minor system in the last minute due to KRIMZ returning to fnatic.

Despite looking shaky throughout the second half of the year, GODSENT turned up in the Major qualification cycle, winning the European Minor in Bucharest and 3-0'ing the Major Qualifier in Atlanta - keeping JW and flusha on this exclusive list.

Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson

 Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 LGB   5-8th
EMS One Katowice 2014 LGB 3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2014 fnatic 2nd
DreamHack Winter 2014 fnatic 5-8th
ESL One Katowice 2015 fnatic 1st
ESL One Cologne 2015 fnatic 1st
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  fnatic 5-8th
MLG Columbus fnatic 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2016 fnatic 3-4th

fnatic's olofmeister and KRIMZ make the second Swedish Major duo on the list. Their rise to fame came from their time at LGB, a loose, aim-heavy team that made it to a top8 finish at DreamHack Winter 2013 and one-upped that result at the following Major EMS One Katowice 2014. In Poland, LGB were the only team to take a map off of the home crowd favorites and eventual champions Virtus.pro, but LGB came to an end before the summer of that year. That saw olofmeister move to fnatic and he suggested that the team should sign KRIMZ as well. 


KRiMZ rejoined olofmeister and dennis after a failed experiment with GODSENT
 

The storied partnership of olofmeister and KRIMZ was the backbone of the success fnatic had in 2015, but the somewhat lesser results at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca (5-8th), MLG Columbus (5-8th) and ESL One Cologne 2016 (3-4th) saw the two split up for a short period of time, with KRIMZ initially joining GODSENT.

A stint  in which KRIMZ struggled in GODSENT followed before he decided to return to fnatic and rejoin olofmeister. That move resulted in fnatic getting the ELEAGUE Major spot (due to the 3/5 rule) just a couple of days before the European Minor was set to start - allowing for this Swedish duo to skip the grueling qualifying process.

The Virtus.pro roster

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 UniversalSoldiers   9-12th
EMS One Katowice 2014 Virtus.pro 1st
ESL One Cologne 2014 Virtus.pro 5-8th
DreamHack Winter 2014 Virtus.pro 3-4th
ESL One Katowice 2015 Virtus.pro
3-4th
3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2015 Virtus.pro 3-4th
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  Virtus.pro 5-8th
MLG Columbus Virtus.pro 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2016 Virtus.pro 3-4th

The Polish squad started their Major story under the Universal Soldiers banner, but their success in CS:GO came after switching to Virtus.pro and attended EMS One Katowice. At the second CS:GO Major, that was held at Katowice, Poland, the home team was in sublime form, lifting the trophy after destroying NiP in a memorable grand final.


Virtus.pro started their string of great Majors at Katowice in 2014 

From that point onwards, Virtus.pro have been known as a team that always perform at the Majors, proving that time and time again. Excluding DreamHack Winter 2013, Filip "NEO" Kubski and co. made the playoffs of every Major, with four top4 finishes and three top8 finishes.

Their two 2016 Majors were especially interesting, seeing that they went out from Luminosity/SK Gaming at both events, but put up a good fight both times - showing their resilience at the big stages.

NEO, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski, Paweł "byali" Bieliński and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski are also the only five players that attended every Major to date with the same roster.

Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer

 Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt

  NBK- Happy
Event Team  Placing  Team  Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 VeryGames   3-4th Recursive 5-8th
EMS One Katowice 2014 Titan  9-12th LDLC  5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2014 Titan  9-12th LDLC   3-4th


     
DreamHack Winter 2014 LDLC  1st
ESL One Katowice 2015 EnVyUs 3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2015 EnVyUs 2nd
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  EnVyUs 1st
MLG Columbus EnVyUs 13-16th
ESL One Cologne 2016 EnVyUs 13-16th

The two EnVyUs players Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt didn't play together at the start of their CS:GO careers, but still share a good part of their Major histories. NBK-'s first Major run was ended after the memorable semi-final against NiP. Happy's impact at the same event wasn't noted to the same degree, despite him making the playoffs with Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez in the Recursive lineup.

Happy rose to prominence at the next two Majors - EMS One Katowice 2014 and ESL One Cologne 2014 - where he lead the less talented French team LDLC to 5-8th and 3-4th finishes, while NBK-'s Titan wasn't able to get out of the groups.

The two joined forces after that, creating the new LDLC lineup that ended up winning the first Major they attended - DreamHack Winter 2014. After swapping LDLC for EnVyUs, the two Frenchmen finished 3-4th at Katowice '15 and then 2nd ad Cologne '15 - losing to their rivals fnatic in a thrilling grand final.


NBK and Happy lifted both of their Major trophies together 

Their second Major win came at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca, where the team brute-forced their way through their opposition, showing how effective the aggressive EnVyUs style of play can be if the players are at their peaks.

The team and the levels of both NBK- and Happy dropped off in 2016, where EnVyUs ended 13-16th at both Majors, meaning they had to qualify for the upcoming one in Atlanta. At the ELEAGUE Major Main qualifier, EnVyUs was 0-2 before picking up three consecutive wins over some of the weaker teams at the tournament (Spirit, TyLoo, Vega Squadron) to make it through - and keep NBK-'s and Happy's record alive.

Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux

 Richard "shox" Papillon

  shox SmithZz  
Event Team Placing Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 VeryGames 3-4th VeryGames  3-4th
EMS One Katowice 2014 Titan  9-12th Titan  9-12th
ESL One Cologne 2014 Epsilon 5-8th Titan 9-12th
         
DreamHack Winter 2014 LDLC 1st
ESL One Katowice 2015 EnVyUs 3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2015 Titan 13-16th
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  Titan 9-12th
MLG Columbus G2 9-12th
ESL One Cologne 2016 G2 13-16th

G2's Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux and Richard "shox" Papillon shared all Majors but one - ESL One Cologne 2014 which shox attended with Epsilon, the third best French team at the time. The Epsilon squad was nicknamed 'shoxilon' due to Papillon's impact on the team's success, but despite being a one-man army they still managed to make it to the playoffs, outdoing SmithZz's team at the time - Titan.

After that tournament and the French shuffle, SmithZz and shox joined forces and played with NBK- and Happy, sharing success in late 2014 and early 2015. Mid-2015, and shox returned to KÚvin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans in Titan, but wouldn't record more Major success - going out in the group stage of the following four Majors.

Playing under the G2 banner, the duo also had to go the full length in the Major Qualifier, barely edging Immortals after an Overtime on Cache.

 Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen

 Andreas "Xyp9x" H°jsleth

 Nicolai "device" Reedtz

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 CPH Wolves   5-8th
EMS One Katowice 2014 dignitas  3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2014 dignitas 3-4th
DreamHack Winter 2014 dignitas 5-8th
ESL One Katowice 2015 TSM 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2015 TSM 3-4th
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  TSM 5-8th
MLG Columbus Astralis 3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2016 Astralis 5-8th

The Danish trio of Andreas "Xyp9x" H°jsleth, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Nicolai "device" Reedtz started their Major journey in CPH Wolves, but only managed a 5-8th finish at DreamHack Winter 2013. Things picked up after the team switched to the dignitas organisation, as they made top four at Katowice '14 and Cologne '14, but despite many roster changes - couldn't better a semi-final finish.


The "Double D" partnership and xyp9x made the playoffs of every Major 

The core of dignitas, TSM and now Astralis had it's biggest heartbreak at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015, where they were considered one of the favorites - but only finished 5-8th after they underperformed massively in the quarter-finals against NiP. Their last Major - ESL One Cologne 2016 - was a tough one as well, due to them being forced to use Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander as a stand in for Markus "Kjaerbye" KjŠrbye, who was roster locked, and their coach Danny "zonic" S°rensen as a substitute for dupreeh who ended up in a hospital due to an appendix infection.

Despite that, the trio is one of seven players in the history of CS:GO to make the playoffs of every Major yet - with the Swedes JW, flusha, KRIMZ and olofmeister capping off the list.

RenÚ "cajunb" Borg

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 n!faculty   9-13th
EMS One Katowice 2014 dignitas  3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2014 CPH Wolves 9-13th
DreamHack Winter 2014 dignitas 5-8th
ESL One Katowice 2015 TSM 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2015 TSM 3-4th
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  TSM 5-8th
MLG Columbus Astralis 3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2016 dignitas 9-13th

RenÚ "cajunb" Borg is one of the names that many would not expect on the list, as the Dane was on and off of the dignitas lineups earlier in CS:GO, but always managed to find a way to the big tournaments with the help of Jacob "Pimp" Winneche, gla1ve and Finn "karrigan" Andersen, playing under n!faculty and CPH Wolves at DreamHack Winter 2013 and ESL One Cologne 2014, respectively.

"The Cleaner" rejoined device and co. in late 2014, making a number of playoffs with them, before switching to Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's dignitas at the start of 2016, with whom he finished 9-12th at ESL One Cologne.


With or without device, cajunb is making it to the Majors 

cajunb is looking good to make his first playoff run without the Xyp9x-device-dupreeh core with North after having a good showing at the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier, where the team dropped only one map.

Denis "seized" Kostin

 Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 Natus Vincere   13-16th
EMS One Katowice 2014 Natus Vincere  13-16th
ESL One Cologne 2014 Natus Vincere 5-8th
DreamHack Winter 2014 Natus Vincere 3-4th
ESL One Katowice 2015 Natus Vincere 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2015 Natus Vincere 5-8th
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  Natus Vincere 2nd
MLG Columbus Natus Vincere 2nd
ESL One Cologne 2016 Natus Vincere 5-8th

Even though the experienced Ukrainian Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko departed from Natus Vincere and will be representing Gambit at the upcoming Major, he shared all of the previous nine Majors with the young Russian - Denis "seized" Kostin. seized was picked up by Natus Vincere shortly before the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013, but the team wasn't as impressive back then, as they starting making playoff runs from Cologne '14 onwards. 


zeus and seized with fans after making it to the finals of Cluj-Napoca 

The pickup of the Slovakian Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovßcs was a big part of that success, and the team really reached elite status and top finishes after Zeus denounced the IGL role, leaving it to the coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk. Zeus and seized had their best Major success at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 and MLG Columbus, finishing second at both events.

Coming into ELEAGUE, both players were able to rest on their laurels, seeing both Gambit and Natus Vincere already the Legends status at the previous Major.

Yegor "markeloff" Markelov

Event Team Placing
DreamHack Winter 2013 Astana Dragons   5-8th
EMS One Katowice 2014 HellRaisers 5-8th
ESL One Cologne 2014 HellRaisers 9-12th
DreamHack Winter 2014 HellRaisers 5-8th
ESL One Katowice 2015 FlipSid3 13-16th
ESL One Cologne 2015 FlipSid3 9-12th
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015  FlipSid3 13-16th
MLG Columbus FlipSid3 13-16th
ESL One Cologne 2016 FlipSid3 5-8th

FlipSid3's support player Yegor "markeloff" Markelov quietly sneaked into the list, with Majors played with Astana Dragons, HellRaisers and FlipSid3. Out of the 20 players on the list, markeloff is the one with the least success in the Majors themselves, as he has never placed higher than top8 and went out of the group five out of nine times.


No one saw FlipSid3 taking down NiP in Cologne 

However, his record is still impressive, seeing as he has played for the lesser CIS teams for a great part of his CS:GO career and has not been regarded as a very successful player in the latest edition of the game.

markeloff's greatest Major achievement was his last year's 5-8th finish at ESL One Cologne, where FlipSid3 beat NiP in a best-of-three to eliminate the Swedes and secure the CIS side Legends status.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

gl fnatic

Post edited 2017-01-21 21:46:42
2017-01-21 21:46:20
lul
2017-01-21 21:46:34
Ez pz
2017-01-21 21:46:51
this major is gonna be so ez for ENCE.ASUSROG
2017-01-21 22:51:48
yes
2017-01-21 22:57:24
True
2017-01-22 11:45:57
WTF device never went out in the groups?

Post edited 2017-01-21 21:47:23
2017-01-21 21:46:21
Yes they always lost in quarters or semis I think it is sad :(
2017-01-21 22:07:31
nope, without choke the would probably have won a major already
2017-01-21 22:53:25
This time they'll do it
2017-01-22 01:08:48
2 late they choked
2017-01-22 02:47:30
i wish!
2017-01-22 02:53:14
I mean, they've the best chances. IMO
2017-01-22 11:14:32
sadly they wont win, cuz of thorin.
2017-01-22 09:59:50
There is a reason why people say his team choking
2017-01-22 05:14:54
famous chokestralis
2017-01-22 13:22:26
n1
2017-01-21 21:46:24
nice
2017-01-21 21:46:26
n1
2017-01-21 21:46:26
cajun B

Post edited 2017-01-21 21:47:18
2017-01-21 21:46:27
nice
2017-01-21 21:46:32
GO GO VP

Post edited 2017-01-21 21:47:21
2017-01-21 21:46:49
nice
2017-01-21 21:46:52
No NIP
FeelsBadMan
2017-01-21 21:50:18
vega squadron too stronk pogchamp
2017-01-21 22:24:59
f0rest and get_right?
2017-01-21 21:52:58
thank god not here because of Vega Squadron
2017-01-21 21:54:05
hehs
2017-01-21 21:55:50
are they in atlanta?
2017-01-21 22:23:04
Yeah. They are hosted in Alanta LUL
2017-01-21 22:28:59
vp ez
2017-01-21 21:53:08
RiP nip squad
2017-01-21 21:55:28
Natus Vincere with Ukranian flag
old times <3
2017-01-21 21:56:50
No_one saw FlipSid3 taking down NiP in Cologne
BAD B8
2017-01-21 21:59:24
F3 for major
2017-01-22 04:35:37
merkeloff, much wow. It's one thing to be a part of every major in a successful team and another to be in a team that's only in top 20 because of majors.
2017-01-21 22:01:36
Hhaha he get carried in every major xD but somehow managed to attend all of them
2017-01-22 00:12:48
<3 markeloff
2017-01-21 22:02:21
Astralis is gunna be in the final where they choke 16-0/15-0 lead

heard it here first
2017-01-21 22:02:57
Sad that NiP have broken their streak..
2017-01-21 22:09:39
Thanks for this, so much history
2017-01-21 22:09:52
Rip flipdsid3
2017-01-21 22:11:37
Ma boy cajun <3
2017-01-21 22:14:52
KQLY VACBAN broke everything in Colonge 2014
2017-01-21 22:26:19
gogo vp
2017-01-21 22:28:59
Ans xyp9x got missed in the article, they mention "trio" but only write 2 names, no mention of xyp9x in the article, just in the summary of players but nothing more than that.
This is what i mean, this is a quote from article:
"The Danish trio of Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, and Nicolai "device" Reedtz started their Major journey..."

Post edited 2017-01-21 22:36:42
2017-01-21 22:35:17
ez for Virtus.pro
2017-01-21 22:42:40
Marik lez go!
2017-01-21 22:46:46
happy and nbk lifted the tophies together... bro there was kioshima aswell
2017-01-21 22:54:16
Dont think he was in all of the majors though
2017-01-21 23:30:30
they did lift 2 trophies together kio, happy and nbk but later I realised that this psot is about players on the same team that play at this major so yeah
2017-01-21 23:36:54
This article is mostly about players that were in all of the majors from the beginning
2017-01-21 23:42:08
lets go G2 lets make the playoffs!
2017-01-21 22:59:44
Device, Dupreeh and Xyp9x part.

"ESL One Cologne 2016 - was a tough one as well, due to them being forced to use Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander as a stand in for dupreeh, who was roster locked"

Kjaerbye was roster locked, not dupreeh.
Valve please fix.
2017-01-21 23:18:44
Gosh its so weird without nip duuuude..
2017-01-21 23:31:05
Where is NiP ? ? ?









Ohhhhh wait...........
2017-01-22 00:07:48
lol
2017-01-22 00:38:16
I don't know what to expect, but let's see if VP can keep this up for another one.
2017-01-22 00:34:08
where is Joel "jOELZ" Aalto (born June 13, 1995) ?
2017-01-22 00:47:53
I say Cajun you say...
2017-01-22 01:20:44
Much respect to VP. Keeping the same roster in more than three years is a hard thing.

Post edited 2017-01-22 01:46:26
2017-01-22 01:46:08
We will win again #G2WIN
2017-01-22 02:22:29
haha NIP
2017-01-22 04:47:19
Try to write Trump in twitch stream
2017-01-22 05:33:45
So sad that Kenny cant be a part of this because KQLY has a tiny dick :(
2017-01-22 08:03:59
Go go EnVyUs
2017-01-22 08:15:11
For Flipsid and Marik drink two stacks

Post edited 2017-01-22 08:55:05
2017-01-22 08:54:44
n1 stats!

2017-01-22 08:57:08
I cri everytime
DreamHack Winter 2014 - LDLC - 1st
ESL One Katowice 2015 - EnVyUs - 3-4th
ESL One Cologne 2015 - EnVyUs - 2nd
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 - EnVyUs - 1st
MLG Columbus - EnVyUs - 13-16th
ESL One Cologne 2016 - EnVyUs - 13-16th
2017-01-22 09:29:15
Virtus.Pro roster hehz guess who's the best.
2017-01-22 09:34:29
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Jesper "JW" Wecksell
2017-01-22 12:29:21
weird, guess they must have missed off NIP...
2017-01-22 09:44:53
where is NIP ??

ohh wait
2017-01-22 10:31:08
Where's NiP
2017-01-22 10:32:26
wtf where is Dr. Disrespect?
2017-01-22 11:51:39
"The double D" LUL
2017-01-22 12:26:19
dupreeh didn t play in cologne 2016 playoffs
2017-01-29 21:19:20

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