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Katowice, most unpredictable major?
Europe PowwneD 
So many upsets possible, maybe some weak because of recent changes in teams (MiBR, Faze) some teams that coming very huge (C9, Vitality, ENCE) What your thoughts about that? /discuss
2019-02-03 19:43
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ye i agree, hr and BIG in my opinion but i respect your opinion
2019-02-03 19:44
BIG lmao
2019-02-03 21:45
i tell u dude, gob b underrated mastermind
2019-02-03 22:08
Norway SaltySausage 
yes but nex shit
2019-02-17 11:35
India Noobdian 
No wtf he full of sex
2019-02-19 06:30
Norway SaltySausage 
and he looks likea snex
2019-02-19 08:39
2019-02-18 21:58
Not big. It is big with xantares now. Big with xantares > Big They are bigger now.
2019-02-18 22:25
France ponche 
G2 vs Vitality grand final. ZywOo MVP
2019-02-03 19:44
Denmark no1cares 
That would be sad
2019-02-03 19:47
2019-02-03 19:54
Norway SaltySausage 
then we could call zywoo a teenage titan
2019-02-17 11:36
United Kingdom C4Golden 
Holy shit
2019-02-18 21:40
Norway SaltySausage 
it is a godly philosophical hypotetical
2019-02-18 21:48
3 biggest yokes i ever saw, thanks for making my day
2019-02-03 19:48
Nice joke
2019-02-03 19:50
India Women 
More like G2 vs Vitality losers bracket elimination match
2019-02-03 21:47
France StickyRice 
No loser bracket : it's swiss system
2019-02-03 22:01
India Women 
ok, 0-2 match
2019-02-03 22:03
Europe PowwneD 
2019-02-17 11:31
2 - 0 *
2019-02-17 11:48
French CS is not what it used to be and it wont be for a while
2019-02-17 12:10
Nt Maniac
2019-02-18 21:51
India Noobdian 
U misspelled medkit
2019-02-19 06:31
2019-02-21 05:12
I used to be an Envy fan but after their disband french cs has not been good, vitality is ok but a bit over rated, and g2 still has bodyy who is just not a good player
2019-02-21 06:30
2019-02-21 07:00
Yeah mousesports really played like trash at the minor, but I don't think I have honestly ever seen bodyy play like a top player, Mousesports got a streak of bad luck and were over confident and then they decided to change things up.
2019-02-21 07:08
Bodyy Will never be a top player. Can’t argue about that, but mainly due to his role, will never be a question of style and he will never be a star player. But he found his place in this lineup playstyle and honestly, he is good as entry and really good at site holding in this major. He actually plays quite well since the beginning of the competition, especially on CT sides
2019-02-21 09:05
I mean I guess that is true but a pro is still a pro and even though he fullfils his role, I still feel they could find a better player who could do that and more. I mean g2 have done a bit better than I thought but I honestly think they should be 2-1
2019-02-21 16:51
United States fpsBonkers 
Very exciting major.
2019-02-03 19:45
Europe PowwneD 
Yep just enjoy it, I think that it will be an entertaining one
2019-02-03 19:47
India Noobdian 
2019-02-19 06:31
mibr will swipe 48-0 astralis on grand final bo5. Mark my words. (im an astralis fan btw)
2019-02-03 19:47
And other hilarious jokes you can tell yourself
2019-02-03 19:49
Norway SaltySausage 
major not bo5 right?
2019-02-03 19:50
2019-02-19 08:45
Haha lulbr. It's gonna be bo3, but you wouldn't know how to count so it's ok.
2019-02-03 19:53
Other 3ms 
indians dont know how to count XD OMEGALUL
2019-02-18 21:54
judging by the time you took 15 days to reply to this, good job on learning the English needed to respond to my statement. Here, have a banana for your efforts.
2019-02-19 06:27
Other 3ms 
put he banana in your ass fakin bich
2019-02-19 09:49
Are u a br? Why would u be fan of Argentina?
2019-02-03 19:58
Fake flag. Baiter. Baiting EU kids
2019-02-18 22:27
Other 3ms 
2019-02-19 09:50
Yes, we also got a meta change with the AUG/SG553's increasing popularity. This format is also the best it's ever been.
2019-02-03 19:48
Europe PowwneD 
2019-02-03 19:50
Ence? ofc not
2019-02-03 19:48
Ence? ofc yes
2019-02-17 11:52
its a major after christmass... most of teams have no hltv matches and come unpredictable...... tyloo can surprise. lets see nip and fnatic
2019-02-03 19:50
even g2 could surpirse....
2019-02-03 19:51
France LanaRhoades 
Yeah they didn't played since 2 monthes in official match. They can be good like a top 5-10 team i guess if they worked during 2 monthes , + they are unreadable cuz no demo of new lineup lol
2019-02-03 20:11
May your words be true <3
2019-02-03 20:20
France LanaRhoades 
We can't know they even can be good as astralis who knows ? They aren't even tweeting (only 1 DM to a french ytber to tell him what's happening and the TL;DR is : they re-evaluate themselves , they worked hard during 2 monthes , they fully focus in game , they bootcamped and they want to win everything they can)
2019-02-03 21:02
thats what they have been doing in previous 3 lineups
2019-02-03 21:51
nt mate, faceit london major was also after christmas (261 days after christmas), the finals and the winner was as predictable as ever. it was so boring cuz so predictable.
2019-02-03 19:52
even my death grandmother knew astralis was going to win london...... imo in the main qualifer this teams should qualify: ence vitality nrg fnatic c9 nip (for sure) and then.... furia grayhound vici IM TOTALLY SURE THEY WILL NOT QUALIFY ¿renegades spirit avangar tyloo vega winstrike? i think vega because they always qualify xD and the last team ..... TYLOO OR RENEGADES (i cant choose)
2019-02-03 19:56
exactly, your comment was wrong then. you said a major after christmas is unpredictable faceit was after christmas
2019-02-03 19:57
its gonna be an interest major
2019-02-03 19:57
¿Why did you use the spanish question mark if you're writing in english?
2019-02-03 20:10
2019-02-03 20:16
Europe PowwneD 
Yep don't know how really are the team rn (even if I cheer for Vitality and I hope and think they can do a good way into the majoe
2019-02-03 19:53
nexa | 
Slovenia N1K0___ 
astralis, liquid, faze, mibr, ence, nrg, c9, navi top 8
2019-02-03 19:52
Yes Astralis will win again. And everyone will call it boring major.
2019-02-03 19:52
Europe PowwneD 
The thing is that every matches against Astralis, each opponent will try their best to anri-strat ant put the best anti-astralis strategy and I don't think they will get into the grand final.
2019-02-03 19:55
Wait for gla1ve's 2019IQ to Trump all Dem anti strats. He had anti strats for those anti strats Fuck auto correct
2019-02-03 19:57
They are Astralis after all.
2019-02-18 22:47
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
This transfer window has been so underwhelming. - No roster changes from NaVi - Liquid have downgraded - MiBR have gone back to an old lineup that failed - Still no Swedish superteam - FaZe look like they're just using AdreN as a temporary stand-in What is there to be hyped about for the major? If someone beats Astralis, it will be because Astralis dropped off - not because that team is legitimately better than the Astralis we saw last year.
2019-02-03 20:05
Old MIBR lineup failed ? How in D fugk can you say something like that ? You're either drunk or haven't watched 2017 tournaments with that lineup.
2019-02-03 20:13
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
They won some tournaments but never looked as good as the lineup with fnx. They remind me a lot of the 2016 Fnatic lineup with Dennis. Yes, they won some weak tournaments, but not convincingly. The thing you have to consider as well is that the competition is so much tougher now than when Felps was on SK before. That, and Fer, FalleN and Coldzera are all individually worse than they were back then.
2019-02-03 21:30
Poland SalamiXg0d 
Liquid actually upgrade with stew addition
2019-02-03 21:55
Xantares acquisition was pretty hype. Liquid look great, Navi will make changes after they fail at the major, many new teams to be excited for at the major - Vitality, Avangar, Ence, Renegades who look better than ever. This is also likely to prompt a swedish shuffle especially if NiP Fails in the morning. Lots of transfers to be done with Faze/mouz/danish t2/swedish scene upcoming. "? If someone beats Astralis, it will be because Astralis dropped off - not because that team is legitimately better than the Astralis we saw last year." Thats not how it works bro, teams dont go backwards, they stagnate or improve at a slower rate and other teams catch up, the game is always evolving and players are always improving in one way or another. So yes if a team beats Astralis and continues that form it will be because they are now a better team than the Astralis of last year, otherwise Astralis would literally change nothing and remain the best team.
2019-02-17 11:45
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
Every dominant team that has ever been #1 has dropped off due to a lack of confidence and players underperforming. There might have been upset wins where other teams hard-countered them, but that's not the same as surpassing them as the #1 team in the world. This is why you have a bit of a gap between the NiP era and the Fnatic era, or the Fnatic era and the Luminosity/SK era. Because the next team to have an era didn't directly usurp the old team, there is a lot of debate about which team was truly best at their peak.
2019-02-17 11:51
Them "dropping off" is a result of other teams improving faster than they did. its just a debate of who was farthest ahead, not of who had the most complete team, as that would obviously go to Astralis, they are the best team to have ever played because they had their era in the most recent time, get it?
2019-02-17 11:55
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
Signed up 2017-05-06 Expected. I actually watched the decline and fall of teams like NiP, Fnatic and SK. I can tell you without question that while other teams did improve and close the gap between them, all three teams ultimately started playing worse on both an individual and team level. Think of it like this. Prime Fnatic in 2015 were a 9.5/10 team. They started fighting and losing confidence in each other which dropped them down to 7.5/10. They replace Pronax with Dennis and rise back up to 8.5/10. Olof injures his wrist and they fall back down to 7.5/10 and never recover. Luminosity/SK come along, having never beaten prime Fnatic, and become a solid 9/10 team in their prime until issues with FNX cause them to drop off. By your stupid logic, Fnatic never dropped off at all from their prime. Pronax never left. Olof never had an injury. Luminosity/SK simply improved faster and overtook them. Nice revisionist history, newfag.
2019-02-17 12:07
Signed up 2017-05-06 Expected. Irrelevant I actually watched the decline and fall of teams like NiP, Fnatic and SK. I can tell you without question that while other teams did improve and close the gap between them, all three teams ultimately started playing worse on both an individual and team level. get_right is a better player than he used to be, its just that the better player that he is doesnt equal to him being a top player because other players have reached even greater levels in the meantime, theres noting revisionist about it. Yes olof had an injury and that hurt fnaitc, that doesnt mean that in that time the players and team didnt get better, they just had a much slower pace to it due to health issues. Luminosity and SK come along and innovate and change the game and add things weve never seen before, fallen creates smokes that are now meta and necessary for success like the mirage mid smoke. Yes they then have personal issues and just like the rest of the previous era defining teams they improve at a slower rate than the rest of the elite teams and are unable to remain top 1. SK/LG/MiBR is still a better team now than they were in 2016 it just doesnt equate to them being top 1.
2019-02-17 12:11
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
This is actually the most retarded thing i've read on HLTV. You genuinely believe that teams and players only ever improve over time? You're right about one thing though. Your sign up date is indeed irrelevant. I'm now convinced that your ability to analyse CS is so inherently flawed that it wouldn't matter if you'd followed the game for 15 months or 15 years. You simply don't understand how the game works.
2019-02-17 13:40
You've provided 0 reasons that players dont improve over time. Its only logical that the longer I play a game the better I get, it just so happens that other players are able to improve quicker.
2019-02-17 21:24
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
Here are some things that can make players perform worse: 1. Loss of confidence 2. Poor synergy / communication with teammates 3. Being forced to play positions they're not comfortable playing 4. Burnout / fatigue from playing too much 5. Unhealthy lifestyle (poor diet has been proven to affect cognitive function) 6. Injury Confidence in particular is a huge factor for success in CS, and all of the other things I listed can also lower confidence. This is no different than any other professional sport. If something causes you to lose confidence in football (soccer) you will underperform and miss some of the easiest shots possible regardless of how good or bad the opponents are.
2019-02-18 21:01
1. Loss of confidence doesnt mean i stop improving it means its harder 2. Lack of communication doesnt mean i stop improving it just becomes harder to improve team aspects 3. Learning a new position makes me worse at the game? That one is self explanatory 4. Burnout/fatigue causes disinterest which again makes it harder to improve but you certainly dont get worse, other players just improve faster 5. Unhealthy lifestyle doesnt mean the player isnt still practicing and improving 6. and even when inactive you can still research and learn things about the game and watch other players play more and learn/take some things from them None of these factors make the player worse, they just put them in a more difficult position to improve but they always are improving. If get_right was the same player he was in 2013 he wouldnt be top 1, hed be garbage because hed be incredibly behind on the meta, strategies, and counters of todays CS.
2019-02-18 21:38
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
You're confusing game knowledge with actual performance. There is a lot more to being a good CS:GO player than watching the latest WarOwl video, kiddo.
2019-02-19 19:56
Uhm no youre confusing form with improvement
2019-02-21 04:45
And performance clearly. Just because you're not still putting up the best stats doesnt mean you didnt improve. You could have made even better decisions and hit better shots than the previous game, where you won, and still lose that one because the enemies simply did even better.
2019-02-21 05:10
So tell me, have you sTArTeD GeTtiNG woRSe AT cS yEt? Since ya know, everyone does at some point in their life apparently, regardless of how much they play.
2019-02-18 09:22
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
Lots of things make me play worse at CS. Burnout from playing too much is one of the worst for me, because I stop caring about the game, lose focus, and only play it to make time pass. The only way to fix it is to stop playing completely for several months.
2019-02-18 20:55
Well you also aren't being paid to play the game, money is certainly a motivator. Also they might make you play worse, but they dont make you a worse player. Playing the game whether for fun or trying to improve will always make you improve.
2019-02-18 21:39
Sri Lanka khorkalba 
If anything, professional players are even more vulnerable to issues such as burnout than I am, because it's much harder for them to take a break from the game. Money may be a powerful motivator for a team that can barely afford to even attend tournaments, but once you've already won majors and have accumulated more money than you know how to spend, it becomes much less of an incentive. And no. While you will always learn new things from playing the game, this doesn't always translate into you being a better player. The most obvious example is when a player switches from being a star to an IGL. Yes, they learn how to IGL and therefore improve their knowledge of the game, but as we've seen time and time again their individual performance drops off because they spend a lot of their time micro-managing their teammates instead of focusing on their own game. And even when they try switching back to their old role, many find that they lack the confidence to play how they did before... even if that playstyle is still favourable in the current meta.
2019-02-19 20:07
Performance dropping has nothing to do with whether you as a player are improving and that is what you fail to understand. The example that you gave is a counter argument lol. The fact that they are able to translate their game from being a fragger to teaching players proves that the player is improving. Just because that means that their relative stats go down does not mean the player did not improve. You probably think pronax is a worse player now then he used to be but that simply isnt truee hes a better player with more practice, experience, tenures and ideas. It's just that the level that he is with those ideas does not mean he will still be a relevant player as new players rise with more readily available knowledge about the game and therefore quicker learning.
2019-02-19 23:27
Dunno about most retarded
2019-02-18 22:19
Dont know if you took the time to read but he got destroyed
2019-02-19 19:02
Europe PowwneD 
Ofc, the best teams at a certain period of time get this spot by improving the casual playstyle by using strategy/moves/executions that never been saw before make them the best team and finally other team improving by adapting or adding these stuff to their game and that becoming the default plays (many utilisation of stuffs for exemple) and another team being dominant again by elevating more again the level
2019-02-19 23:19
Astralis domination even goes outside of the game to the staff they have around them.
2019-02-19 23:22
Europe PowwneD 
Yes, and the perfect rigorous game play they had so far in 2018 in every aspect of the game. But so far, the other teams try to close the gap and getting the same surrounding than them
2019-02-19 23:25
Yes it's super exciting how theyve brought the game to a new level of the game almost singlehandedly
2019-02-19 23:29
Liquid downgrade ? The just won 2 - 1 against Astralis in their 1st event btw
2019-02-17 11:50
"Astralis have done this again! No one can stop these fantastic team...Your Katowice Major Champions are Astralis..." N0thing surprising (Gillbert can too) (Hello from 2020)
2019-02-03 20:21
Please no Would be boring as fuck
2019-02-03 21:33
Maka | 
France Barburo 
When will we know the seed of the first day ?
2019-02-03 20:54
Lithuania andy_ 
Final - Winstrike vs Cloud9, no matter which wins, Kvik mvp
2019-02-03 21:32
Other 3ms 
winstrike lose in main qualifier xD /close
2019-02-18 21:55
Lithuania andy_ 
C9 wins the major, kioshima mvp
2019-02-18 22:13
Other 3ms 
no beacuse flusha will be caugh cheating xD im kidding i hope big gonna win this major and of course XANTARES mvp he needed this opportunity
2019-02-18 22:36
Lithuania andy_ 
Yeah, hoping for xantares to perform well as well
2019-02-18 22:56
Sweden Nuggeet 
0 delays please
2019-02-03 21:33
Russia GoblinYuko 
i expect liquid, vitality, na'vi, astralis to be in semi-feminal
2019-02-03 21:33
Would be a huge fail if Astralis doesn't win. Na'Vi is the only contender The best rosters of 2018 are rebuilding and the rest is struggling Unless some team get a crazy honeymoon period, but other than that's, it's assured that either Astralis or Na'Vi wins
2019-02-03 21:37
Not sure why navi would be favored over liquid
2019-02-19 19:03
I can't really say they are real contenders when they've gone under roster changes recently and they didn't play in Big Events since
2019-02-20 19:01
Uhm... no team has played in any big events for 2 months so that's not the best argument also theyve won the only tournament they did attend and beat Astralis. Meanwhile Zeus has quotes like "s1mple could leave at any time" and "it feels like were treating the major like any other tournament" combined with internal issues and a weaker core. You seem to have some real issues looking objectively at reams.
2019-02-20 19:49
And if u would looks at dates you would see that i wrote this on the 3rd of February while the interview with Zeus was released on the 9th
2019-02-20 20:06
You literally just replied to the comment after that today and didnt attempt to correct what you said. Also the interview where he said s1mple was leaving was at the tail end of December and he announced that he himself was retiring earlier this year. The teams internal issues have been surface level for about half a year, an example would be when flamie knifed s1mple in game and then s1mple and edward had an argument, this all the way back in September. Even if you didnt have the information from that interview it's still blatantly clear that Liquid is a better team in better form.
2019-02-20 21:10
Croatia mds818 
Ence is set to destroy Astralis and their dominance, Ez as that #EZ4ENCE
2019-02-03 21:40
it's really easy to predict, EZ4ENCE or if I go with the boring answer, then astralis. I wouldn't call this an unpredictable major, astralis has been dominating for months, and the new rosters don't look that promising. Other than ence of course
2019-02-03 21:42
I think a lot of them look promising they just arent fully developed,NRG steady upward trajectory for the last year, RNG looks great, ence moving up, vitality doing what they're supposed to do so far, G2 knocked out some relevant competition and have the individuals in form to succeed.
2019-02-19 19:06
yeah well those teams are promising, but they're not going to challange the likes of astralis or liquid. Okay, maybe ence
2019-02-19 20:52
Faze MiBR Navi and NRG all have a chance
2019-02-20 03:01
They do, but they're still heavy underdogs, so I wouldn't say that the major is unpredictable
2019-02-20 07:25
And navi faze and mibr always have a chance
2019-02-19 19:58
Ya, so unpredictable. No one can see astralis winning again...
2019-02-03 21:44
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes 
MIBR to win major
2019-02-03 21:44
Other 3ms 
2019-02-19 01:07
Ence will go out in groups or will go out in main, they're not going to playoffs by any means. Vitality will also go out in groups
2019-02-03 21:46
I think ence will make it ... i mean who else will ? astralis / liquid / mibr / nrg ( im not sure of navi or big ) and i hope g2
2019-02-17 11:51
PGL krakow laughing so hard right now
2019-02-03 21:50
Russia Reph 
yeah, in the new challengers stage every team can go 3-0 and 0-3, this major will be the best
2019-02-04 07:58
Yea i'm looking forward to the major, especially bcuz Astralis won't even get out of groups
2019-02-04 07:58
no bug no win
2019-02-17 11:52
China xiequicao 
mibr win
2019-02-04 08:06
Europe PowwneD 
So far it's an unpredictable major.
2019-02-17 11:30
FaZe will win major because GuardiaN deserve it!
2019-02-17 11:48
Nice reason . So i also should be a bilionare cuz i deserve it right ?
2019-02-17 11:53
Something like that haha :D
2019-02-17 11:54
Other 3ms 
-AdreN +XANTARES ez major what u think?
2019-02-18 21:55
NiP vs astralis in the grand final that would be sick if nip would win with polish crowd
2019-02-17 11:53
big wasted spot 0-3 if xantares doesnt hypercarry
2019-02-17 21:26
Other 3ms 
2019-02-18 21:55
Nice 1
2019-02-21 07:03
Twistzz | 
Lithuania Sheikl 
Now wait for g2 to win it and then we will call it unpredictable.
2019-02-18 20:59
Ukraine paradox1caL 
inb4 #1-8 seeds advance to playoffs.
2019-02-18 21:00
lulquid will win against Astralis. Making them 2-0 on the year versus Astralis. NA will go crazy. The danes will be fine cause they know they'll be back but the rest of EU will be absolutely distraught another NA team won a major. Then probably more changes after the major to a lot of teams. This major is really just the start of the 'season'.
2019-02-18 21:00
eziest (ez4ence)
2019-02-18 21:01
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes 
vitality and ence not going futher, to young and to unexperienced.. they gonna fail
2019-02-18 21:49
Finland Vkims 
What kind of youngness are you talking about?
2019-02-18 23:00
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes 
sergej , zywo too young , they not gonna handle the major pressure but from these 2 teams i would say ence has more chance but i dont think so they will do it.. if they do nice job , gl
2019-02-18 23:06
Finland Vkims 
Sergej has no feelings ingame, he doesnt feel pressure
2019-02-18 23:08
True that there is absolutly no expérienced players around them Stupid comment
2019-02-21 07:05
Poland FitPolak 
Kraków major was much more unpredictable
2019-02-18 21:52
Other 3ms 
yes gambit winner wtf anyone can predict that
2019-02-18 21:56
sorry to burst your bubble but Vitality is not “coming very huge.” Neither is C9 or ENCE for that matter. It took not only ZywOo carrying but also NBK to be godlike. And that was against T2/3 teams. Not gonna happen against T1.
2019-02-18 22:49
Europe PowwneD 
The skill gap between the Qualifier and the legend stage is lower than ever, that's why imo
2019-02-20 07:31
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
i go 3:0 Vitality i have this feeling :D also Astralis or BIG can go 3:0 depends on matchups
2019-02-19 08:49
MiBR will win this major.
2019-02-19 23:36
Brazil Guccipradas 
Nah.. the most unpredictable it is when a NA team wins.
2019-02-20 07:26
Poland Cannabis3k 
Very unpredictable because vp not playing
2019-02-20 07:37
Europe PowwneD 
Yes, if they were there, easy pick'em for the 0-3 🤫
2019-02-20 07:43
Czech Republic Prdola15 
I agree with you. Everyone can win this Major. Everybody can surperise and there was a big pause. Nobody know ho is gonna win this. #tothestars
2019-02-20 07:38
2019-02-21 06:33
No mouz No North But A angar, coL, Vitality and G2 :(
2019-02-20 07:51
Avangar , Vitality > mouz ,north Lol north Ahahahaahaahhqhqhqhh
2019-02-21 07:05
Romania jDT 
if you ask me...teams are doing a lot of mistakes in maps selection. Complexity, cloud9, ence, faze...anyway it s difficult in bo1. Astralis have their big chance to win again. rest of teams played shit until now
2019-02-21 07:07
Poland F5_detector 
Katowice always best major
2019-02-21 09:12
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