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My predictions for Round 1
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Brazil napoL 
BIG vs Liquid -> Liquid VP vs QBF -> QBF Gambit vs Navi -> Gambit Astralis vs Mouz -> Astralis North vs Vega -> Vega SK vs SS -> SK fnatic vs FaZe -> fnatic C9 vs G2 -> G2
2018-01-16 16:28
QBF? Are you baiting?
2018-01-16 16:28
#4
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Brazil napoL 
have you seen VP results for last tournaments? I know it won't be an easy match, but being a BO1 I really think QBF can win
2018-01-16 16:31
Have you seen QBF last tournaments??? They're trash
2018-01-16 16:37
#12
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Brazil napoL 
and still went through the qualifier, tbh this could go any direction
2018-01-16 16:39
#15
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Serbia toENDallWARS 
i think the pressure will get to them to much but good luck to QBF all the best but vp will take this match.
2018-01-16 16:40
#20
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Brazil napoL 
considering VP's experience, QBF will be a walk in the park for them, but I think we'll be surprised
2018-01-16 16:47
#21
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Serbia toENDallWARS 
ye you might be right my friend.. :) always go on what you believe that will happen and never let some 1 change your mind good man. :)
2018-01-16 16:48
Against: Flash: nr 3 in ASIA, they would've lost is Flash didn't lose antieco afterplant 5v3 because they're so trash EnvyUs with their bot coach who has no experience actually playing cs apparently and without their best player Avangar: also from Cis...
2018-01-16 16:52
#57
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United Kingdom PettymeisteR 
Its bo1, anything can happen
2018-01-16 17:10
#2
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Poland MTSGOD 
BIG vs Liquid -> BIG VP vs QBF -> VP Gambit vs Navi -> NAVI Astralis vs Mouz -> Astralis North vs Vega -> Vega SK vs SS -> SK fnatic vs FaZe -> FAZE C9 vs G2 -> C9 LOL
2018-01-16 16:29
#8
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Brazil napoL 
why do you think Faze will win if they always have bad group stages? I mean, the other results really can be different depending on how you approach it, but we are talking about faze in swiss format here
2018-01-16 16:36
#31
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Poland MTSGOD 
fnatic is always playing bad vs faze imo ez faze
2018-01-16 16:52
You're literally just looking at PGL and saying they have bad group stages. In almost all other swiss system tournaments they've done fine, including getting legend status at Eleague 2017.
2018-01-16 16:54
#42
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Brazil napoL 
yeah, maybe you're right, but still, BO1s favor the underdogs, and I don't think Faze would want to show important strats here if they want to win the major
2018-01-16 16:57
#39
D0cC | 
United Kingdom arsehole 
i think you are mentally challenged.
2018-01-16 16:56
#44
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Brazil napoL 
great argument
2018-01-16 16:57
#3
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Brazil NotAMonkey 
Nice bait
2018-01-16 16:30
#5
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Brazil napoL 
why would I bait?
2018-01-16 16:32
#62
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Brazil NotAMonkey 
>hltv user >why would i bait? pick one
2018-01-16 18:56
#63
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Brazil napoL 
HLTV is great if you ignore baiters and spammers, your point is complete bullshit
2018-01-16 19:00
#64
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Brazil NotAMonkey 
pavane?
2018-01-16 19:00
#6
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
nice prediction, but I think that Big will win Liquid, and s1mple will destroy Gambit. But it’s only my opinion
2018-01-16 16:36
#11
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Brazil napoL 
As the other guy said, "we haven't seen BIG play for too long" so it can go any direction, but about the Gambit Navi match and considering it's a BO1, I rreally think Gambit got this
2018-01-16 16:38
#7
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
We haven't seen BIG play for too long, so that one is a real coin toss. Astralis has dupreeh awping and device back and we don't know how well he is, so mouz have a decent shot. Vega struggled in the qualifier against two low-tier teams (TL with zeus is low tier) and beat an unprepared FaZe, while we know how seriously MSL prepares and I definitely believe North have better aimers so they should be able to hold the aggression. G2 struggled vs two shittier teams and barely won to vega (who chocked at 15-14 vs pistols), while C9 steamrolled over the qualifier, so I'm not sold on this one as well. Fnatic beating FaZe is also possible but unknown.
2018-01-16 16:36
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Germany Shore 
The part with big is really interesting because it could be like last year that some teams underrate them too much. But lets wait and maybe get some surprise winners on friday.
2018-01-16 16:40
#19
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Only surprise for me would be NaVi beating Gambit. Let's be honest: BIG vs TL - TL with standin, we don't know how good BIG is, so anyone winning won't be a surprise VP - QBF - as trash as VP are, they should beat QBF any day. Astralis - Mouz - Mouz are playing good, astralist just got device back and a role switch so anyone could win, no surprise here as well North - Vega - Vega have been playing well but them beating North would be a surprise SK - SS - don't think SK really care about this major, they haven't even been practicing with felps so it's possible they lose fnatic - faze - fnatic have been on the rise and faze have been a little underwhelming, 50-50 or 60-40 either side, not a big surprise here C9 - G2 - C9 played like monsters but G2 are monsters so anyone could win again. So only thing which would be a real surprise for me would be this trash Navi beating Gambit and Vega beating North.
2018-01-16 16:47
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Germany Shore 
Okay maybe i should change my words (my bad) maybe we get some surprise Legends and the important thing for me on every major: really good matches with an close score. But yes the first round is really balanced
2018-01-16 16:51
#29
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Yeah, I agree on that, main reason I stopped doing pickem ^^
2018-01-16 16:52
#36
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Germany Shore 
I never started a pickem because if i would start i would get all medals on gold so...
2018-01-16 16:54
#43
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
I understand you totally, Silver always looked better on the medals!
2018-01-16 16:57
#17
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Brazil napoL 
I have based my predictions on the latest results from the teams I picked comparing them to their opponents, so after seeing that Liquid could still do some damage with zews I chose them; I really think Device will be better and hyped to do his best, Astralis is my 3-0 pick even though I don't think they will win; after I saw North's results I realized Vega could be a really hard opponent, but this could go any way; G2 had a hard match against Vega but their playstyle can have a great impact against C9 and the last one, faze hardly ever had good group stages, I don't think this will change now
2018-01-16 16:45
#22
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
I don't disagree with you, anything is possible, I just can't say anything for sure, hell I can't give any of those teams more than 70%. It's bo1s which I hate anyways, one guy having a bad game or one guy having a great game (nitro vs avangar, hundred other examples) can on its own turn the game around. Also this veto system (remove 3 remove 2, pick from the 2) is a complete cancer in my opinion so that might screw the matches even worse.
2018-01-16 16:50
#26
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Brazil napoL 
I agree, BO1s in majors are never a good thing, we want the best teams to go through and not these weird upsets or matches like Avangar vs QBF for a Major spot, anything could happen
2018-01-16 16:52
#41
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Yeah, I'm fine with bo1 but only if it's a round robin and then there is double elimination, with top8 going to upper bracket and bottom 8 going to lower bracket, like in TI. Then if you are a bad team you will most likely end in lower bracket.
2018-01-16 16:56
Disagree with fnatic and vega, but that's ok in general
2018-01-16 16:37
qbf lul fnatic lul vega LUL
2018-01-16 16:39
#32
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
fnatic haters gonna hate
2018-01-16 16:53
im not even close hater if i say Fnatic lose = i hate them? LOL fnatic 2017 2018 xDDDDDDDDDD
2018-01-16 16:54
#37
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
i remember your topics about fnatic (onliners, lul they suck, overrated), so you hater
2018-01-16 16:55
nah it was fact because they not win anything fnatic LUL
2018-01-16 16:56
#47
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
it was fact? That they are onliners? where is proofs? They got out of groups in ECS(semi), ESL(semi), Eleague and Wesg. 3 of them was in the best line-up ever and won 2-3 majors. They aren't onliners
2018-01-16 17:00
won majors in 2015 now already 2018 wake up dude
2018-01-16 17:00
#50
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
i said "was". they won many tournaments, so they can't be onliners
2018-01-16 17:01
worse competition. no SK no Astralis with this lineup xddddd
2018-01-16 17:02
#52
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
TSM????
2018-01-16 17:03
with karrigan and luminosity with struggle
2018-01-16 17:03
#48
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Ukraine wh1tetark 
typical hater
2018-01-16 17:00
#16
paz | 
Turkey ArmuTTino 
No chance for SK Gaming
2018-01-16 16:42
#18
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Brazil napoL 
tbh it's almost a 50/50 considering it's a BO1, but still, I'm cheering for them so I think they'll win haha
2018-01-16 16:46
#22
paz | 
Turkey ArmuTTino 
Will see LUL
2018-01-16 16:50
#25
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Germany hatrez 
Yup this will be a close match like yesterday mouz vs SS. GLHF to both teams.
2018-01-16 16:51
#54
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United States Shadow272 
i mean theey dont have boltz but they still got the core of sk gaming
2018-01-16 17:04
Agree with everything except FaZe, I think they will win, screw fnatic!
2018-01-16 16:52
#33
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Brazil napoL 
FaZe group stages are always weird, when everyone thought they would go 3-0 in the qualifiers they drop a map to Vega
2018-01-16 16:53
Ok Faze is not best bo1 player but cmon its just Fnatic.(Versus Vega they just underrated opponent)
2018-01-16 16:52
Big vs liquid = BUG Virtus Pro vs Quantum = VP Gambit vs NaVi = Gambit obviously Astralis vs Mouz = Astralis but will have difficulties SK vs Space Soldiers = Sk's RAPE 1080p60 televisioned North vs Vega = Vega Fnatic vs Faze = Faze Claudião Nove vs G2 = think is C9 but I have questions
2018-01-16 16:56
#46
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Brazil napoL 
Claudião Nove TOP 1 but seriously now, G2's aggressive style kinda counters C9
2018-01-16 16:59
G2 are not constant
2018-01-16 17:08
#58
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Brazil napoL 
that's a good point, but even the other pros are saying G2 were training really hard for this major, I think the will get 3-1 and take their Legends title
2018-01-16 17:11
+1
2018-01-16 17:16
Na'vi will lose 16x6 according with the past results: L 16x2 to mouz W 16x3 sprout L 16x4 to faze W 16x5 liquid next one will be L 16x6 Have a Favela Day - Very Favela Guy
2018-01-16 16:57
#65
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Portugal anomelyxd 
VP is going to win mark my words :) And BIG > Liquid
2018-01-16 19:02
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