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cs_summit preview
Time: 2017-04-19 20:18
Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

cs_summit, where eight teams will battle for $150,000, is set to kick off on April 20 with the first round of the Upper Bracket. Here is our preview of the event taking place in Los Angeles, California.

As a medium-sized event, cs_summit will mostly gather teams from around 10th to 20th place in our ranking, barring fourth-placed SK and the new EnVyUs, who lost their points due to parting ways with the majority of their roster.

From April 20-23, eight teams will fight for their share of a $150,000 prize pot in the double-elimination, best-of-three playoffs, starting with the first round of the Upper Bracket:

SK vs. EnVyUs
OpTic  vs. Cloud9
Gambit  vs. GODSENT
NiP vs. Liquid

For more information about the Los Angeles event, head over to our viewer's guide, where you'll find the schedule and the talent lineup.

In the following preview, we take a look at all teams' recent results and form as well the most interesting storylines, such as lineup changes.

Ratings used are from the past three months offline
* indicates online rating in the past three months due to no offline attendances

SK (#4) Age Rating
Marcelo "coldzera" David  22 1.27
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 25 1.17
Joao "felps" Vasconcellos 20 1.11
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 22 0.90
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 25 0.89

Offline results in 2017
9th-11th  SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals
11th-12th  IEM Katowice
2nd DreamHack Masters Las Vegas
3rd-4th ELEAGUE Major

Many teams attending cs_summit have been struggling to make their mark on the scene in the past few months, and SK are no exception to that with back-to-back group stage exits.

That had never happened to the Brazilians before, and it's hard to say where exactly their struggles stem from, whether it's only Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's dip in form or a combination of bigger issues coming from their playstyle changes since Joao "felps" Vasconcellos' addition.

coldzera & co. are the favorites at cs_summit

The in-game leader's disappointing form since Lincoln "fnx" Lau's departure is a problem nonetheless, as he took a turn from being the second-best player of 2016 to a somewhat non-factor in the span of just a few months.

He, and SK by extension, has a chance to gain back some of the lost confidence at the Summit, where they won't face any elite-level teams and as such are clear favorites. 

NiP (#11) Age Rating
William "draken" Sundin  21 1.05
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 28 1.00
Richard "Xizt" Landström 26 0.98
Adam "friberg" Friberg 25 0.93
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund  26 0.81
Björn "THREAT" Pers (coach)

Offline results in 2017
9th-11th  SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals
9th-10th  IEM Katowice
5th-8th DreamHack Masters Las Vegas

NiP's disappointing results towards the end of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 saw them bring in a full-time AWPer in William "draken" Sundin, after Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg had been splitting the sniping duties between them for an entire year.

That change has not really paid off in terms of results just yet, as NiP exited StarSeries in the groups with losses to G2, HellRaisers, and fnaticThere were positives to take from the Swedes' showing in Kiev, however, as Adam "friberg" Friberg and f0rest were stable players, and draken did fairly well for his first event with the team.

draken won't be under as much pressure due to more forgiving competition

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund continues on a downwards spiral, though, and there was no indication of his old self at any point during the tournament, which has become a worrying trend in the past few months.

It'll be interesting to see how well the draken-infused NiP will be able to do at the smaller-sized event, where the newest addition won't be under as much pressure and will have had a lot more experience with his new squad.

Cloud9 (#13) Age Rating
Timothy "autimatic" Ta  20 1.10
Jake "Stewie2K" Yip 19 1.00
Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 22 0.91
Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 0.85
Braxton "swag" Pierce 20 N/A
Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)

Offline results in 2017
9th-10th  IEM Katowice
9th-12th DreamHack Masters Las Vegas

In the past few weeks, Cloud9 went through turmoil due to Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham being sidelined due to health issues, which caused him to miss several online matches in which their coach, Soham "valens" Chowdhury, had to step in.

As the AWPer is still recovering, Valve-banned Braxton "swag" Pierce has been allowed to stand in for Cloud9 at cs_summit, which will be his first significant offline event since late 2015.

The #freeswag spam is inevitable

The squad will have to deal with missing a full-time sniper. If Cloud9 don't want to change too much for just one event, Skadoodle's duties will likely fall upon swag, who proved himself quite accomplished with the weapon in his career.

As the 20-year-old continues to play actively, even if not in a team, rustiness is out of the question, but a stand-in situation always creates issues in strategies and communication. Cloud9 have never been very tactical, however, so they should be able to handle the switch-up.

Gambit (#14) Age Rating
Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev  27 1.16
Abay "HObbit" Khasenov 22 1.02
Rustem "mou" Telepov 25 0.97
Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko 29 0.95
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov 28 0.91
Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin (coach)

Offline results in 2017
12th-14th  SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals
5th-8th DreamHack Masters Las Vegas
5th-8th ELEAGUE Major

As outlined in our "Gambit's rise to the top10" article, Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's squad had been constantly improving after every event, clinching two small titles and two quarter-final finishes at big events.

However, their showing at StarSeries was sub-par to say the least, winning only against TyLoo narrowly while losing to fnatic, FaZe, and more importantly CLG on Cobblestone.

Gambit lost their Cobblestone streak at StarSeries

Prior to the Kiev event, the CIS-based lineup focused on their map pool to have more strengths than just Cobblestone and Overpass, but they seem to have lost their "mojo" on the former in the process. 

cs_summit will give them another chance to show us the progress they have made on their map pool and make up for lost ground. It won't be an easy task, as they'll face several teams around their level, but it will certainly be easier than than the one posed by any of the three big events where they have played this year.

OpTic (#15) Age Rating  
Will "RUSH" Wierzba  22 1.00  
Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas 21 0.94  
Keith "NAF" Markovic 19 0.90  
Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski 22 0.86 *
Tarik "tarik" Celik 21 0.75  
James "hazed" Cobb (coach)  

Offline results in 2017
11th-12th  IEM Katowice
9th-12th DreamHack Masters Las Vegas
12th-14th ELEAGUE Major

Ever since Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz left OpTic in early February after their poor placing at the ELEAGUE Major, the team have been without a stable fifth.

Spencer "Hiko" Martin's and Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu's stint with OpTic came to a quick end with two more group stage exits at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and IEM Katowice.

Since then, the GreenWall has been using Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski as a stand-in, and former CLG player James "hazed" Cobb is now trying out as coach. That effectively makes cs_summit OpTic's debut and puts them in a similar position as their North American rivals Cloud9.

Liquid (#18) Age Rating
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski  19 1.20
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken 17 1.15
Josh "jdm64" Marzano 26 0.92
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz 23 0.88
Nick "nitr0" Cannella 21 0.81
Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)

Offline results in 2017
9th-11th  ELEAGUE Major

Much like Cloud9 and OpTic, Liquid are heading into cs_summit with a new player, though in their case it's a permanent solution as opposed to a temporary replacement. Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken came into the team following Jacob "Pimp" Winneche's departure earlier this month, and, according to the announcement, will fill the lurker role.

On paper, the roster now packs a fair amount of individual skill, although Josh "jdm64" Marzano hasn't looked like himself for a while now and Nick "nitr0" Cannella had a particularly poor performance at the Major.

cs_summit will be Twistzz's debut with Liquid

On the other hand, three months have passed since their last offline event and the entry-fragger has been looking strong online, with a 1.13 rating across Liquid's 20 matches in ESL Pro League, while Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski is one of the very best players in the league.

Missing most of the best teams in the world, cs_summit will serve as a great testing ground for Liquid's new lineup, which has another event the following weekend, DreamHack Open Austin.

GODSENT (#23)  Age Rating
Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson  23 1.16
Simon "twist" Eliasson 22 1.12
Andreas "znajder" Lindberg 23 1.03
Markus "pronax" Wallsten 25 0.86
Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun 21 0.83
Alexander "rdl" Redl (coach)

Offline results in 2017
9th-11th  ELEAGUE Major

Yet another team who will debut in Los Angeles are GODSENT, who lost two players, Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, in the aftermath of the old fnatic squad getting back together again in February.

Simon "twist" Eliasson returned to his former team in that deal alongside Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun, who wasn't quite able to adjust to the new environment in fnatic, where he didn't have the same freedom as he had in Epsilon.

GODSENT are under pressure to perform well

While the Swedes had over two months to practice for cs_summit, their online results aren't very encouraging as they finished 5th-8th in two qualifiers in a row (for StarSeries and DreamHack Open Austin) with losses to EnVyUs and Vega Squadron.

They also started ECS Season 3 with two losses, which doesn't bode well for them in terms of upcoming LAN events, especially as they don't participate in ESL Pro League. That puts pressure on GODSENT to perform at cs_summit; it's unlikely the Swedish squad will get more invites in the near future if they place poorly.

EnVyUs (#37)  Age Rating
Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom  22 1.15
Alexandre "xms" Forté 19 1.13
Cédric "RpK" Guipouy 27 1.11
Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer 25 0.91
Christophe "SIXER" Xia 25 0.71
Damien "maLeK" Marcel (coach)

EnVyUs are possibly the biggest question mark leading up to cs_summit, as it's an entirely new team comprising bits and pieces of the French scene, including two players of the former EnVyUs roster, two of the previous G2 lineup, and an up-and-coming Alexandre "xms" Forté.

Online, EnVyUs have had mixed results in the ESL Pro League, in which they have a 7-11 record and have taken maps off G2, Virtus.pro, and FaZe. They barely missed out on a spot at StarSeries with an overtime loss on the third map of the deciding series with HellRaisers.

The new EnVyUs are looking to prove their worth in LA

EnVy have taken a particular liking to Train and Cache online, where they have got a lot of their wins over the past two and a half months, which will help them in a tough first match-up versus SK

It's still hard to see the Frenchmen pass that test, especially as they can't seem to be able to crack Cobblestone, which means they'll almost definitely have to fight through the lower bracket.

Similarly to GODSENT, EnVyUs need a good result in Los Angeles to regain some of the points they lost in the shuffle and start getting invited to events again. Otherwise, it could take months before they get another chance.

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2017-04-19 20:18:36
gj psie.
2017-04-19 20:18:56
Gambit's goodbye tournament for Dosia Mou and Hobbit, before the F3 Gambit shuffle finally happens.
2017-04-19 20:22:34
2017-04-20 14:51:37
So whats going to happen? I mean, I haven't heart that rumour.
2017-04-20 21:02:34
FlipSid3 contract ending on 29th/30th April (depending on your timezone)
Gambit players say they are now too big for this organization and that they are a top 15 team, they also want bigger salaries and more facilities, which gambit cannot provide. Also there is an issue with mou and Dosia (and maybe hobbit) not being at the same level as adren and zeus.

So speculation is rife that we could have a zeus markeloff reunion as in the old NaVi roster of 1.6, with WorldEdit Electronic and Adren being the other 3.
2017-04-20 21:08:45
Oh, that would be great!

I have been secretly wishing to see markeloff in "serious" team again. After unsuccessful beginning in CSGO, he got stuck in tier 3 teams.. His track record with them is pretty great, TBH. He really deserves a 2nd chance.

Edit: also, that team would be up to task to disprove the BS about 30 yo's being too old for CS :D

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2017-04-20 21:22:08
2017-04-19 21:15:26
wut he got kick ? xD
2017-04-20 00:19:34
Yup, bad atmosphere in the team and bad results (especially bad individual performance from maleK at the latest lan Gamers Assembly), he will go back to streaming and make youtube videos for his cafardinhos now xD
2017-04-20 03:32:53
only half surprised, he's so toxic lmao
2017-04-20 19:21:13
Go learn english before you make a post
2017-04-20 07:02:09
2017-04-19 20:18:37
very nice i think the event will be great!

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2017-04-19 20:18:37
EZ 4 SK?
2017-04-19 21:54:08
Hope to see some good CS from every team here <:
2017-04-19 22:12:50
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2017-04-20 13:47:17
HLTV predictions on fleek!

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2017-04-19 20:18:40
ez 4 envyus

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expected getright rating
2017-04-19 20:20:57
SK to win this and get back on track.
2017-04-19 20:27:27
Sorry, but For sk to get back on track means winning vs astralis, faze, virtus.pro, navi, north etc

Winning here for sk will not mean they are back on track where as for gambit it will for example.
2017-04-20 15:42:36
I really hope Gambit can get something out of this. They've been struggling lately.
2017-04-20 17:12:33
CMON C9!!!!!!!!!!
2017-04-19 20:39:31
ez sk
2017-04-19 20:41:21

JasonR on LAN kreygasm
2017-04-19 20:45:30
2017-04-20 08:07:35
EnVyUs is the lowest ranked team, interesting
2017-04-19 20:52:56
tbh i belive in envy
2017-04-19 20:57:02
if SK fixes roles they shouldn't drop a map vs those teams..
2017-04-19 21:18:23
Fallen needs to step up playing and calling. Let's see what they'll show.
2017-04-19 21:29:17
Is 1g the organizer?
2017-04-19 21:45:43
EnVyUs (#37)


2017-04-19 21:54:27
2017-04-20 09:01:48
RIP Stats!
but we can do it my TEAM!

We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2017-04-19 22:59:06
No faze no party..
2017-04-19 23:22:05
no faZe, no Astralis, no North, no Navi, no VP,no fnatic and etc....
2017-04-19 23:24:15
2017-04-20 03:49:53
VP and fnatic top team, but they have bad form, its more better than Optic,Gambit,NIP,Liquid,Cloud9, GODSENT,SK and etc.
2017-04-20 08:01:43
ez4the legendary eSports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas

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2017-04-19 23:29:48
optic will fail like always, liquid don't make it out of groups, but is ver close, gambit disappoint, sk disappoint, c9 top 4, sk vs godsent grand finals. nip wins
2017-04-19 23:35:53
I believe in Nip this tournament!
2017-04-19 23:44:10
GL NiP, have been good online lately
2017-04-20 00:28:08
Was a good read with interesting comments. Would love to see swag at his best together with shroud and stewie, no question automatic willnot show what he can do. Nothing can be the stable one, GL C9
2017-04-20 01:03:22
yzy for SK.
2017-04-20 01:30:34
if I have to see anymore freebrax garbage or 1g or any of that other crap I'm going to eat a pound of SPAM minced meat on a piece of moldy bread. Yea lets free a person that commited a criminal-act. woooo im gay yeah woooo
2017-04-20 01:42:13
2017-04-20 02:26:06
2017-04-20 02:35:22
swag hypee
2017-04-20 02:47:31
LUL @ Tarik's rating. But why is SIXER's rating that low? I don't remember him playing that poorly with EnVy.
2017-04-20 02:50:51
#freeswag inc.

Hope to see some vintage Brax!
2017-04-20 02:56:50
cold 1.27
2017-04-20 04:18:19
This tournament is SK's to lose..
2017-04-20 06:33:33
2017-04-20 06:37:44
if SK doesn't win this tournament they deserve to be top 20 and also disband.
2017-04-20 06:46:38
good work for the editor!
2017-04-20 07:21:08
Gambit and Envy, let's go, baby!
2017-04-20 08:20:55
god i wish it wasnt ska swag was standing in for i wish it was nothing or shroud : /
2017-04-20 09:04:34
Brax hype
2017-04-20 10:32:15
2017-04-20 10:50:01
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 0.81

SK > EnVyUs
OpTic < Cloud9
Gambit > Godsent
NiP < Liquid
2017-04-20 10:50:26
2017-04-20 12:38:24
i think this is going to be great event... i really wanna see swag in action... exciting...
2017-04-20 12:39:05
2017-04-20 13:45:47
Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun 21 rating 0.83

wooorrrruyy shaggy needs to step it up
2017-04-20 13:47:33
#freebrax pls Volvo
2017-04-20 14:30:23
if sk cant win this they might aswell quit xp
2017-04-20 17:28:56
Maybe SK can win this t4 tournament...
2017-04-20 18:41:32
Been away from CS. What the FUCK has happened to tarik?
2017-04-20 21:02:54

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