their coach is just PogChamp
They're just doing great in T2 tournaments while doing decent enough in T1 ones to not drop in rankings
becuz htlv ranking is fucked, would fukcign avangar win this major they would be #1 here :D
They play mibr and liquid a lot accually. They r pretty consistant too. Dispite them going 0-3 i dont think that they were that bad tbh. All their games were really close. They should have won against coL tho, but i bet it was nerves.
I think that they should be #5, faze #4. Consistant but they dont serm to have a very high celling
they attended at all t3 t4 t5 tournaments ...from here they have points. anyway t2 team for sure
They just dont have consistent fraggers. If cerq,brehze, and ethan frag out they can balance out fugly and daps lack of frags. They need everything working to win games and cant rely on "someone" stepping up
1) HLTV ranking should be interpreted, rather than taken just as it is
2) NRG has been so high up because
A) They have - up until the New Legends stage - performed very consistently and played good cs
B) The top 5-20 was just a steaming pile of weird, inconsistent shit all through 2018
Pretty sure their America Minor showing + Major Qualifiers gave them a "form" boost that can give up to 200 points because they won all their matches, not dropping a single match. Also they had some good results in the past which are still "relevant" (2nd in SuperNova Malta, 3rd/4th in ESL NY, 1st place at summit 3).
They won multiple tier 2 and tier 3 tournaments throughout the year while securing Top 4 finishes in multiple big tournaments. They beat Liquid, MIBR, and FaZe multiple times on LAN including in bo3's. They became the clear #2 team in NA and also dominated the online scene because they are far more dedicated than anyone in NA other than Liquid. They've also stomped North, OpTiC, G2, BIG, Gambit, HellRaisers, Renegades, TYLOO, Virtus.Pro, and Luminosity on LAN over the last year or so while taking maps off of NaVi in bo3's.
This is why they are 4th in the ranking. They are a solid team who have overachieved far more than they've underachieved over the last year. You also have to remember that teams like FaZe, MIBR, G2, Cloud9, fnatic. mousesports, and North have all sucked over the last 6 months compared to what is normally expected out of them.
Nrg is more overrated than ence(NRG IS THE MOST OVERRATED TEAM IN THE WORLD. NOOBS. HOPE DISBAND.)
Your premise is off just as an aside. NRG have faced a lot of top 5 teams and won.
They got drummed out of this major because their stars are kids and the pressure got to Cerq.
It's not exactly a shocking first time result. There is a ton of talent on this team.
Would not be surprised to see them take a T1 trophy in 2019. Same goes for Liquid. If NA teams step up and finally win multiple big events in a year it'll be a big deal. 2019 seems the most promising year so far.
why is astralis at 933 points? the 4th feb they had 1k points, the 11th they had 933
dafuq? They won 2 tournament in 2018
Remember when G2 were ranked 3 before Boston Major ??
first team since the swiss system has been used to go 3-0 in the qualifier and 0-3 in the main tournament
nrg piece of shit, just like nip, navi, fnatic, c9, faze etc.
NRG is the most arrogant team in the scene.
Makes shit veto to lose again col and avangar but bashes other teams for the same thing.
Barely beat tyloo in 2 maps then acting like they were gods. You beat 3 teams that didn’t qualify for the next stage.
Once they got a decent opponent, they fall apart and go back to the minors.