What did we learn in January?

In this article we take a look at some of the most important lessons we took away from the three CS:GO tournaments that took place in January.

Since three events featuring multiple top ten teams, and therefore events that affected the future world rankings, took place in January, we have combined them all into a single article.

In case you missed the events we're talking about - MLG X-Games, ASUS ROG Winter, and ClutchCon - you can find final standings for them here, here, and here, respectively.

Normally we release the "What did we learn from" -series articles after each event, but this time around it seemed more fitting to wait out all three events, and write down the lessons here.

The slopes

MLG kick-started 2015 for CS:GO

 

Cloud9 have potential, but is that all?

Since those wins over Titan and dignitas, and a close series loss to NiP at ESL One Cologne, we have all overestimated Cloud9, resulting in unrealistically high expectations. They've disappointed us with incredible consistency, failing to get out of groups at FACEIT League Season 2 Finals, ESWC and DreamHack Winter. However, none of those results suggested Cloud9 were a bad team - just not one of the very best.

At ESEA Finals they hit a low point, losing to Denial, whose Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan they recruited to replace Spencer "Hiko" Martin earlier this month. At MLG they actually overcame NiP convincingly on de_nuke, but became the first victims to KaBuM.TD's de_mirage, and were demolished by dignitas, now known as Team SoloMid. At ClutchCon they beat all North Americans they faced, but again were absolutely destroyed by fnatic in the grand final.

To be fair, Cloud9 haven't had enough time to practice with ShahZaM - they have not even bootcamped, or gotten to practice against European teams in general - to be in top shape yet. In other words, it is too early to guess where this new iteration's ceiling will be. However, it's inconceivable to me that ShahZaM will be a big enough upgrade over Hiko - if he is one at all - to make the difference. The change must come elsewhere.

It seems Sean "seang@res" Gares is back to calling the shots for the team, which I find a welcome change. ShahZaM also is an upgrade to AWPing in their team. If given a bootcamp in Europe and Mike "shroud" Grzesiek can finally unlock the next level in his individual game, it's possible Cloud9 will become a threat to podium finishes again. Until then, they have a lot of work to do, and it starts at the ESL One Katowice qualifiers in two weeks.

ShahZaM stepped up to help his team to victory over NiP

Will Cloud9 ever realize their potential?

 

MLG did great, especially for their first event

It's safe to say MLG did great in their first venture into Counter-Strike. It may have taken them far too many years to finally hop onboard, but we are all glad they are finally here. There were seemingly no delays or issues at the event, the analyst duo of Duncan "Thorin" Shields and Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson was great, and the event itself was a pleasure to watch.

Hopefully this is simply the tip of the iceberg in terms of MLG's involvement with Counter-Strike, and we will get to witness many more events by the North American side later on in 2015.

Fifflaren

Fifflaren & Thorin were a good combo in the analysis booth

 

New challengers rise up, old ones improve

At MLG the biggest surprise was probably Counter Logic Gaming, or to be more exact, Peter "ptR" Probst. The fact an unproved North American side could take map off of ex-LDLC, the eventual champions of MLG, is very impressive. Yes, it's only a single group stage best-of-one victory, but it's a victory you wouldn't expect ex-iBUYPOWER or Cloud9 to get, much less the former mouseSpaz squad. Unfortunately their showing a week later at ClutchCon was disappointing with a quarter-final loss to eLevate, so it's possible they aren't quite consistent enough yet.

In Helsinki the biggest surprise was probably that 3DMAX, the Finns who gathered crazy support from fans at the event, took down Titan in their opener on de_mirage. The match was all Aleksi "allu" Jalli from start to finish, and likely made mousesports regret their poor decision to let their best player go at the end of 2014. The Finnish side led by Joona "natu" Leppänen wasn't even far away from knocking Titan out - they held a 9-3 lead as terrorists on de_cache before a key two-on-one loss - so it was a very solid showing for them.

Another team who impressed at ASUS ROG was PENTA, who defeated both HellRaisers and Virtus.pro in the group stage, and took Titan to their limit on the series opener in the semi-final. What followed was a more than disappointing 0-16 loss and two straight map losses to HellRaisers in the third place decider, but their result still exceeded expectations, and proved that adding - "nex" and Hendrik "strux1" Goetzendorff was the right decision. This team has potential going into Katowice.

ptr

ptr had an impressive game against ex-LDLC

 

KaBuM.TD can play

It was unclear how good KaBuM.TD would be, because this version of the roster had not yet attended an international tournament before. At ESWC Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's team - with only two players from today's roster - crashed out in groups. Therefore getting to two tournaments in Colorado - and making noise at both - was a good start to 2015 for FalleN and company, and a promising one at that.

It seems obvious KaBuM.TD are not yet a threat to compete for top finishes at tournaments, but their stellar play on de_mirage - dominant wins over Cloud9 and fnatic, with top players at home asking for demos to see their tactics - shows they have what it takes to defeat anyone, under optimal conditions. They were invited for the offline qualifier to ESL One Katowice, and hopefully - for the global scene's sake - they will make it to the major as well.

The scene is more fun with teams from all around the world competing in tournaments, and getting a Brazilian team to represent the South American region is a start. We're still missing competitive teams from countries like China and South Korea, but this is a sign that we may get there in the future, even if CS:GO lacks in popularity far east.

KaBuM.TD

KaBuM are good - at least on de_mirage

 

New Titan is pretty good, but...

Titan have yet to prove they are a favorite going into any event - such as IOS Pantamera Challenge this coming weekend - but their base level of play at ASUS ROG Winter, despite Cédric "RpK" Guipouy only having made a comeback a mere month ago, was high enough to safely say they are a good team. What's more, RpK actually had a fairly solid event, finishing third in statistics for his team behind its two stars.

The second part of the sentence comes from the fact that Titan is still far too reliant on their superstar, and currently the world's best player, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub. The young Frenchman is simply incredible individually, and Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans does a good job of letting him play to his advantages at all times. However, despite the Belgian's solid leadership, Titan still struggle as a team. The reason? Lack of firepower.

Despite Dan "apEX" Madesclaire actually showing up in Helsinki - him and kennyS combined for 49 kills in their 16-0 victory against PENTA on de_inferno in the semi-finals - he is still too inconsistent for Titan to be a constant threat against the world's very best teams. If RpK continues improving he will take some of the load away from the top performer of ESL One Cologne, but until then, too much of the burden is on kennyS.

Titan on the main stage

Can Titan become good enough to win titles?

 

Did TSM (ex-dignitas) finally get over the hump?

It has become almost a joke how bad the former dignitas team, now playing under the banners of Team SoloMid, have been in important games since breaking through as one of the top tier teams in early 2014. For a span of six months they made the semi-final at every important event that they attended, including two majors and Copenhagen Games, which might have been the most stacked event in 2014 without a $250,000 prize purse.

An avid follower would now point out that TSM still did not make the grand final - in fact, they only made it back to that semi-final exit-stage they were stuck at for most of 2014. Still, that is an upgrade after months of quarter-final exits, and it came at their first event with Finn "karrigan" Andersen calling the shots, which could be a plausible explanation to the Danes actually finally improving after seemingly becoming stagnant, at best, in 2014.

The big factor for TSM was, however, the fact they took down fnatic in a best-of-three series. Granted it was in a third place decider where teams often don't show their best game, but this could be a situation similar to how VeryGames finally got the better of NiP -- they first beat them in a mostly meaningless online match, but sometimes that game with nothing on the line (NiP were planning on skipping MSI Beat It regardless, per Fifflaren) can make the biggest difference.

We must point out that Nicolai "device" Reedtz was his usual semi-final-self in their semi-final loss to LDLC earlier, though. However, the third place decider marked the first time both device and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen showed up to a big match - both finished with a +19 K-D difference ratings of 1.44 and 1.26, respectively - and it could mean the two stars of Team SoloMid are finally getting over their nerves. 

If, or rather once that happens, TSM will be a team to fear deep into the playoffs as well, not just group stages. Time will tell if this was when TSM finally got over the hump.

dignitas vs. fnatic

This victory could be a turning point in device's career

 

Happy MVP in Aspen, Maikelele in Helsinki

Before you ask, we aren't going to name an MVP for ClutchCon because the event was so one-sided in fnatic's favor. It simply wouldn't be very interesting. However, you can find the statistics for the event here, if you wish to find some data to support your own conclusions before we process the statistics.

In Aspen however, the reigning major event MVP Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer reigned supreme. Although he was outperformed in the grand final, Happy put up such a great performance across the entire event that you simply cannot argue with the fact he was by far the Most Valuable Player at MLG X-Games Aspen. In nine maps, the Frenchman finished with a +63 K-D difference, a 1.33 rating (0.16 better than his next best teammate), and a 0.88 KPR.

At ASUS ROG Winter 2015 it was time to shine for Mikail "Maikelele" Bill, who had not yet truly performed like one of the world's best players since joining NiP. He had some solid matches at DreamHack, and has played well online, but this is the first time he simply carried NiP in a series - let alone an entire event -- which he did.

The former LGB member finished the tournament with a 1.39 rating, a +49 K-D difference in just six maps, and a 0.91 KPR. He also scored nearly half of his kills (61 of 129) with an AWP, and didn't let kennyS push him around in the grand final of ASUS ROG. If he hadn't before, now Maikelele has clearly proven he's the man for the job for NiP.


 

fnatic's dominance is over, for now

fnatic came into MLG with a streak that rivaled NiP's legendary 87-0 run in terms of level of difficulty - the competition is much tougher now, and fnatic had been largely unbeatable since late August, a five month period leading up to MLG. They had lost to LDLC in the quarter-finals of DreamHack Winter of course, but many still held an asterisk next to that loss due to fnatic actually winning the deciding game on de_overpass after abusing the now infamous boost, and then forfeiting later on.

In Aspen fnatic lost convincingly to rivals LDLC, and were taken out by both NiP and dignitas in the playoffs. Fourth place doesn't sound bad and those are all top-tier teams, but here's the catch - the only teams Markus "pronax" Wallsten's team managed to beat at MLG were Liquid and CLG. Hardly an impressive resume. Another thing to consider is that fnatic had been very dominant in their head-to-head match-ups against all those three teams. This opens up a possibility for a reversal in the future.

Three of the Black and Orange team's four stars played reasonably well in Aspen - considering they lost more games than they won - but the black sheep last week was definitely Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, who finished 2014 with a second place in our Top 20 players of 2014 ranking. pronax played to his usual level, and it's possible their star's poor play is what dragged them down, but it's still a big change from the past. We'll take a deeper look at flusha's play later on.

Despite winning ClutchCon easily with a dominant 2-0 thrashing of Cloud9 in the grand final, fnatic still dropped a map there against a team most would have expected them to top. Of course we know that team was KaBuM.TD on de_mirage - a map they also scored a very impressive win over Cloud9 at MLG - but still, that was yet another loss that you would have never expected to happen to the fnatic squad of Q4 2014.

It's far too early to forget about fnatic or assume they will not be one of the favorites at every event they attend from now on. However, it's obvious that the kind of dominant run they put together in the fourth quarter of 2014 is finished. It was great while it lasted - especially for viewers - but now the competition is catching up. fnatic will have to start 2015 as they started last year, with a lot to prove.

pronax

pronax's fnatic are no longer a dominant force

 

NiP are back among the elite teams

It is true NiP had not done enough after DreamHack Winter to truly warrant a spot among the world's elite teams, but now that the Ninjas have three events under their belt with Maikelele on the team, it's safe to say this team belongs to the world's elite, possibly even in the top three together with EnVyUs and fnatic, though it's still somewhat wide open for the time being.

Since Maikelele's addition, NiP have finished second at DreamHack, second at MLG, and first at ASUS ROG Winter. In fact, so far this new iteration of NiP has only lost four games total -- three of which have come against the Frenchmen previously playing under the LDLC flag, now representing EnVyUs, and the group stage loss against Cloud9 at MLG. That's a strong track record, even if the sample size is still relatively small.

Going into Inferno Online's Pantamera Challenge and ESL One Katowice, NiP are definitely one of the favorites to find themselves in the semi-finals. Realistically it's all you can hope for going into these tournaments with how competitive CS:GO is nowadays, and I have few doubts NiP would not be satisfied with this outcome, had we been able to offer it to them after ESWC in early November.

NiP with the winner trophy

NiP are back among the world's elite

 

What the flusha?

Perhaps the biggest reason why fnatic struggled at MLG X-Games was the absence of flusha, their biggest star and the number two ranked player on our Top 20 players of 2014 list. In 2014 flusha averaged a 1.19 rating, 0.80 KPR, the best overall rating as a counter-terrorist, and many more impressive numbers that you can all find in the article linked above.

It's unclear what went wrong for flusha in Aspen. Or, to put it another way, it's unclear what did not go wrong for him. In eight maps he finished only three with a positive K-D difference (and a plus-1.00 rating) -- two of which came against significantly weaker North American teams his fnatic team devoured with a combined round differential of 32-10.

Statistically flusha was the worst player on fnatic - weaker than in-game leader pronax who normally holds the spot, naturally - complete opposite of his finishes in 2014, which averaged out to a 1.6th place across the entire year. Only at one event did he finish with a sub-1.00 rating, and only at two out of thirteen events did he finish worse than second in statistics for his team.

Five days later at ClutchCon flusha was much better, and played more or less to his normal standard. Obviously the opposition was much weaker, too, and we have no idea if his actual in-game shape varied between those two events, or whether only the opponents changing made the difference. Either way, the pressure is on for flusha to perform at Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge this weekend, and in the future, if fnatic wish to win tournaments again.

flusha vs. dignitas

flusha had a terrible showing at MLG


EnVyUs (ex-LDLC) officially take the reign

No arguments against this can be taken seriously any longer - the Frenchmen of LDLC, now known as EnVyUs, are the world's best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. The way they overcame fnatic at DreamHack took something off their major championship in November, and even the grand final against NiP was literally one round away from being lost, but a second title in a row is now enough that we can, with certainty, say that EnVy are currently the world's best.

At MLG they first beat fnatic in the group stage after oddly dropping a map to ptR - I mean CLG of course - and then went on to defeat both dignitas and NiP in the playoffs to get a chance to hoist another trophy. Both of their best-of-three series went three maps, but in each they had a convincing victory at the end - a 16-5 slaughter over the Danes, and a 11-0 defensive half to clinch the X-Games gold medals against NiP.

A bright spark for LDLC was Richard "shox" Papillon, who showcased vintage form in the grand final, racking up a +23 K-D difference, contributing to 76% of LDLC's round wins, putting up 0.87 kills per round, and winning multiple clutch rounds. It had been a while since shox put forth that kind of effort, especially in a big match, so it's a promising sign to see that he can still be one of the world's absolute best players at times after months of being 'just another' top ten player.

Obviously the brightest star on LDLC was once again Happy, but that's something already discussed earlier. Currently nV are clearly the world's best team, in terms of their resume, though their wins have been narrow at times - and they missed both ASUS ROG and ClutchCon. Next big events - IOS Pantamera Challenge and ESL One Katowice - will both feature EnVy, who now have an even bigger target on their backs.

LDLC after winning MLG X-Games Aspen 2015

EnVy are the world's best at CS:GO

 

With three tournaments in the bag for January 2015, the scene will stay active with Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge this weekend, followed up by ESL One Katowice qualifier on February 13-15.

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France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Germany Peter 'ptR' Probst
Peter 'ptR' Probst
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Sweden Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Germany Hendrik 'strux1' Goetzendorff
Hendrik 'strux1' Goetzendorff
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
403
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden - 'nex'
- 'nex'
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
Italy Aliin 
Nice read, best read!
2015-02-04 18:46
BS Posted 18:45, your comment is from 18:46 Either you're lying or one of dem chinese guys
2015-02-04 18:47
im one of these chinese guys, you got me damn u
2015-02-04 18:48
gj my bro
2015-02-04 19:23
+1
2015-02-05 14:11
#34
India anxF 
Maybe he edited, after reading the article?
2015-02-04 18:51
yea, 9 seconds after the original comment was posted xD
2015-02-04 18:55
#53
India anxF 
ROFL.
2015-02-04 18:57
fast reader
2015-02-04 19:04
probably
2015-02-04 19:06
KennyS in disguise
2015-02-05 00:55
Nice read, didn't read!
2015-02-04 18:47
what ? absolutely nothing
2015-02-04 19:54
ez skins ez life
2015-02-04 23:14
#2
CIS Ume 
lurppis hating on flusha.. haha thats a new one!
2015-02-04 18:46
Against facts, there are no arguments.
2015-02-04 19:04
#66
CIS Ume 
everyone can have a bad tournament like flusha had in MLG Aspen, look how he played @ clutchcon :P.
2015-02-04 19:04
Just stating the facts bruh
2015-02-04 19:29
#108
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Germany lpSykl 
where is the hate? He was picking on Fifflaren because he didnt like the team style NiP was using but not on flusha. ALso flusha just had to stop cheating that's the problem.
2015-02-04 19:32
Novas being nova
2015-02-04 23:07
But I am nova but still thinks before I talk :(
2015-02-05 00:57
facts nerd
2015-02-06 12:26
#3
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Estonia jesuschrist~ 
n1
2015-02-04 18:46
Huebr
2015-02-04 18:46
7-1
2015-02-04 21:55
Apparently I'm about to learn to read in February
2015-02-04 18:46
VACation
2015-02-04 18:46
lurppis on point
2015-02-04 18:46
#12
India anxF 
lurppis best
2015-02-04 18:47
Why nothing about the cheating scandal at ROG? hltv.org/?pageid=18&threadid=730165 Also fnatic is number 1 according to thorin, ddk and dustin mouret and they are experts, not journalists like lurppis :D
2015-02-04 18:48
please lurppis, refresh me
2015-02-04 18:49
+rekt m80
2015-02-04 22:08
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
2015-02-06 12:28
Thorin said LDLC/Envyus were number one as lurppis gave the link and DDK and Dust experts? Ahahahahahahahaha
2015-02-04 19:35
Dust an expert? HAHAHAHAHA
2015-02-04 21:36
lol u got rekt kiderino
2015-02-04 21:48
2015-02-04 21:56
great article
2015-02-04 18:48
Nice
2015-02-04 18:48
We learned that you better have updated ebot
2015-02-04 18:48
No hack, no Flusha
2015-02-04 18:48
We learned flusha does not cheat
2015-02-04 18:48
#136
Ireland mnc 
Hence the poor performance
2015-02-04 19:53
nice try flusha
2015-02-04 21:32
#24
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Belarus Starvoid 
nothing
2015-02-04 18:48
#26
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Russia Baliasnikov 
Guess author before click on this article. I won Kappa
2015-02-04 18:48
same here
2015-02-04 19:11
Congrats on guessing the name of the person who has been doing the "what did we learn?" articles for over 2 years. A great personal achievement, well done again.
2015-02-04 21:58
#200
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Russia Baliasnikov 
Man, you so serious. Go dress a suit.
2015-02-04 22:48
Volvo Ban
2015-02-04 18:49
Retire ex6tenz....
2015-02-04 18:49
#29
Poland joeb 
no cheat no skill?
2015-02-04 18:49
k
2015-02-04 18:49
#33
Mexico Moxw 
KabuM can play... Mirage...
2015-02-04 18:50
#39
India anxF 
lol
2015-02-04 18:51
MLG hacks measures didn't let flusha top perform Kappa
2015-02-04 18:51
#36
EAZY | 
Czech Republic baylife 
n1
2015-02-04 18:51
great read :D
2015-02-04 18:51
No issues or delays in MLG Aspen? The first day's matches were behind by over 2 hours. Pretty good event nonetheless though, don't get me wrong, but it certainly wasn't without problems.
2015-02-04 18:52
#40
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Philippines gicama_ 
I learned that flusha definitely cheated before because he sucks now after all the revelations about him
2015-02-04 18:51
1 tournament playing bad = confirmed cheater.. that makes no sense at all then shox must have been cheating 2013 and hack stoped working early/mid 2014?
2015-02-04 22:15
CEVO anti-cheat is the best one out there. cevo.com/event/clutchcon/home/ Nice try m8
2015-02-04 22:27
You forgot Kappa?
2015-02-05 20:59
what the flusha? - cheat.
2015-02-04 18:52
Kabum can play LOL
2015-02-04 18:52
Nice job lurrpis!
2015-02-04 18:52
n1 lurppis
2015-02-04 18:53
#47
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
where is flusha? sleeping
2015-02-04 18:54
he stopped mouse lifting for a while
2015-02-04 19:06
Aspen is too cold he kept shivering there,its hard to lift mouse while shivering ya know
2015-02-05 00:58
writing that fifflaren is good at something related to csgo must have been hard for you lol. Fiffy was great though and nice read.
2015-02-04 18:55
yes, because i only mentioned two years ago that fifflaren is my favorite analyst. so hard.
2015-02-04 19:21
yes im hard after this read, enjoyes it when you speaked about fiffy <3
2015-02-04 19:31
haha don't worry lurppis HLTV kids usually lack logic.
2015-02-04 19:38
2 ez
2015-02-04 20:07
0.13 never forget <3
2015-02-04 22:16
Lurppis only ever criticized fifflaren's ability to play CSGO, and has always praised his casting skills.
2015-02-04 19:44
+1 Lurppis has always said fifflaren has a good mind for the game and praised him multiple times when he did casting earlier in the year. People can't comprehend that you can like someones personality and think they are smart and still want them cut from a team.
2015-02-05 08:10
Great read +1 lurrpis
2015-02-04 18:56
ptr overated
2015-02-04 18:57
#57
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Lithuania Undercover_ 
flusha lots of mouse lifting kappa
2015-02-04 19:00
#58
United Kingdom pugh 
gotten isn't a word
2015-02-04 19:01
#59
barce | 
Germany uNNcut 
clowncon is joke
2015-02-04 19:03
Bets destroy your wallet, yes recently learn
2015-02-04 19:03
Did lurrpis just praised NIP :O
2015-02-04 19:04
#68
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Poland mki` 
Great write-up but I'm getting sick of this "World's Best Team". It's almost impossible to objectively state which team is the best at the moment simply because it changes so often. This is true for almost every sport. For a team to earn that title, they need to dominate. Since Fnatic in late 2014, no team has been able to do that so I would be very hesitant to name just ONE "world's best team". I'd rather see them all compared to each other since LDLC has not yet done enough to earn that title outright.
2015-02-04 19:05
I think the idea is to say what team is most likely to win an event if it were played today.
2015-02-05 08:12
envy worlds best? Ask GPlay about that one.
2015-02-04 19:05
ye asking cheaters whos the best is rly a good idea
2015-02-04 19:12
Gplay won? I only see a 2-1 for EnVyUs when they were really off individually. especially happy
2015-02-04 19:37
#73
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Pakistan M4RV3L 
n1 lurppis. gg.
2015-02-04 19:09
#74
United Kingdom Alth 
Unsure how Maikelele was MVP of ASUS ROG over KennyS.
2015-02-04 19:10
#82
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
carried NIP to victory maybe ??
2015-02-04 19:15
CLG vs LDLC was a throw so Fnatic wouldn't have to throw against Liquid, then Fnatic had to lose to LDLC so all teams end the day with 1-1, rest of the Event goes the way the teams want it to go. Flusha stopped cheating, he doesn't want to admit it because he is afraid of losing his career and getting banned for a long time, so Fnatic is struggling hard now. Virtus Pro throwing as many matches as necessary until they get kicked by the organization and Pasha's face already looks like he is saying so much BS on stream about ex-ibp throwing "why they end their career like that, such stupid move".
2015-02-04 19:11
"CLG vs LDLC was a throw so Fnatic wouldn't have to throw against Liquid, then Fnatic had to lose to LDLC so all teams end the day with 1-1, rest of the Event goes the way the teams want it to go." Yeah yeah. Illuminati.
2015-02-04 19:15
Flusha struggling to lift his mouse lately.
2015-02-04 19:11
Nice read. Well done.
2015-02-04 19:13
static.hltv.org/images/galleries/5840-me.. Why does lurpiss look like redneck rapist?
2015-02-04 19:14
ROFL I almost forgot about that mustache. please lurppis never again
2015-02-05 08:14
I learned that January has 31 days!! Incredible!
2015-02-04 19:16
You should also mention the fact that more and more organisations (from other games, mainly LoL & Dota) started to investing money in CS:GO. I mean, with so many teams like ex-Dignitas, ex-LDLC, ex-ESC we can see with our own eyes that CS:GO is becoming a much bigger title in esport.
2015-02-04 19:17
nothing about virtus? intresting
2015-02-04 19:18
good job tomi!
2015-02-04 19:19
nice read even tho i dont agree with every point
2015-02-04 19:20
"The second part of the sentence comes from the fact that Titan is still far too reliant on their superstar, and currently the world's best player, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub." OK still he was #6 in hltv ranking hypocrisy confirmed
2015-02-04 19:21
No, you just don't understand the concept of "a 1 year period" vs. "currently"
2015-02-04 19:26
Well, he has been best entire year long, stats are not lying, but hltv bias is.
2015-02-04 19:27
Or maybe you don't look beyond those stats, how they were made and what they represent. Or maybe you just don't understand the concept of playing at the highest level in the hardest tournaments either? Or maybe you're the one who's biased?
2015-02-04 19:30
Oh yeah boy, here we go again. Place GTR as #1 worlds player in 2014 when he was nonexistant for at least half of the year, pulling out good performance only on majors, when Kenny was carrying his trash teams all year long, but you reasoned 6th place as a lack of top results and choking in most important matches on majors. You are funny, flusha said that hltv never fails to amuse him and actually he was right here, both hltv stuff and users are amusing. Its quite sad all of 5 nip players werent in top5, that would be legit as fuck since xtrfy sponsors nip and creates hltv ranking, that ensures people there will be no bias.
2015-02-04 19:33
So you see, when you think that "only on majors" is a good argument in your favor, same as "carrying his trash teams", you will never be right with that attitude and assumption, and it's a good thing you are not involved in ranking anyone anywhere :) Not to even mention the "xtrfy sponsors nip" bullcrap. It was nice getting you to show your true self, now please kindly shut up :)
2015-02-04 19:36
Oh kid, admin on hltv more retarded than people with real brain damage. youtube.com/watch?v=dTy0DB-Y5JY RoomonFire video from ASUS ROG 2015, please, tell me, what Xizt has right next to his name? Only on majors, ok, majors are most important because the prizepool is highest among all tournaments, but i would pick a player, that is CONSISTENT AND TOP SCORING ENTIRE YEAR LONG over someone who plays WELL only on 3 tournaments per year. Lets go to trash teams now. If nobody keeps up playing on the level when Kenny can carry his team vs serious opponent, how do i call the team? Lackluster roster? A team with issues? It feels like they play like trash and rely only on 2014 worlds best player to carry their asses, otherwise they wouldnt even beat such teams as overgaming. You wont tell me to shut up idiot, go ahead and ban me, because i will keep proving you wrong and showing how bias hltv admins are. EDIT. facebook.com/NipGaming?ref=ts&fref=ts nip.gl/ even more proofs for xtrfy sponsoring nip, if they wouldnt sponsor nip why would they promote them on their website, facebook fanpage and by players nicks in game? You are an idiot, clearly, so keep quiet biased trash.
2015-02-04 19:47
Sorry, your thought process is all wrong, no point repeating myself... And for the swear words yes you will be banned now. Can't say it was nice talking to you sadly. And for the others who are reading this - we are sorry that we have a lot of people like that on the website, but that is the internet and we let everyone say their opinion at first. But when they reveal their true self like this and start insulting we ban them.
2015-02-04 19:49
you just rekted him so hard, and i like it i appreciate that you actually tried arguing with him, but some people are... you know :)
2015-02-04 20:25
The ban is good, prevent them from coming back soon after is better...
2015-02-05 17:00
or maybe u mad cuz he's rite bro #dontbanmeplease
2015-02-04 19:37
Nah, you can see that he's just a fanboy who hasn't considered many of the factors and thinks his opinion and conspiracy theories are worth something.
2015-02-04 19:42
well, the part of GTR seems legit for me, but it's just me, there are many points that I could be missing
2015-02-04 19:43
I aint even KennyS fanboy but im someone who watched shitloads of CSGO games last year and i can clearly say that Kenny was worlds best player. FYI, i dont like Kenny more than GTR, but im not connected with nip and xtrfy in any way, unlikely to your funny site.
2015-02-04 19:45
#236
Finland KIW 
That's true, KennyS was an awesome at every match he played. Easily the best player of 2014.. Or at least in Top 2, not the 6th.
2015-02-05 19:13
Sorry Sir but kennyS deserved better spot.
2015-02-04 19:57
definiately mad, mad cuz bad
2015-02-04 19:43
the nV reign begins here
2015-02-04 19:25
cloud9 need to give shahzam and shroud the freedom to do whatever they want while working within the confines of sgares' strats. Nothing and semphis are past their prime and would be better suited in support roles that cater to the insane individual skill that shahzam and shroud obviously have been holding back since joining the team. /2c
2015-02-04 19:29
#107
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
I learned (after watching the Youtube vid) that Happy currently has the best spray technique and control in CSGO, especially with the AK. Not a monster aimer but a smart player who seems to predict enemies really well and just sprays them all down like he's playing a load of public server retards.
2015-02-04 19:31
I will choose to burst fire u with ak instead of spray u. usseles! friberg king on spray!!!
2015-02-04 19:41
stopped reading at "Cloud9 have potential"
2015-02-04 19:37
#116
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
"We're still missing competitive teams from countries like China and South Korea..." Believe, you don't wanna south koreans playing CSGO. I give them 1 year in the CSGO competitive scene to become dominant and defeat any team in the world. In about 1 and a half year only korean teams would be winning international tournaments around the globe. That's the scene in SC2 and in LoL, and it wouldn't be different in CSGO. They are dominat in Starcraft2 and LoL, because these games are really popular in South Korea. Once a game is popular in Korea, they rule it. They've born to eSports.
2015-02-04 19:37
CSGO is not Starcraft, even if Koreans manage to catch up to polish/french/swedish they won't be able to dominate them.
2015-02-04 19:43
Believe, you don't wanna south koreans playing CSGO. I give them 1 year in the CSGO competitive scene to become dominant and defeat any team in the world. Yeah, that was also the case last time we saw Korean teams... or no. The swedes have dominated since the beginning of CS and still dominate.
2015-02-04 19:51
#143
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
CS and the FPS games in general have never been much popular in Korea. That's why you don't see korean teams of any fps. Ofc, I remember wemadefox (cs 1.6 kr team), but even with wemadefox attending to cs 1.6 int events, CS has never been popular in KR. If CS would be bigger as Starcraft or LoL in KR, I can guarantee for you guys that they would be top 1 world. For a korean pro player it's normal having a training grade of at leat 14 hours per day. eSports are tradition in KR, the Starcraft players are threated as national celebrities, just like football in europe/southamerica.
2015-02-04 19:57
Speculations and nothing else. They would have to adapt the years and years of experience there is in the community already. I have no doubt that they would be good or even great, but in the FPS genre they wouldn't naturally dominate and it will never become bigger than Starcraft and LoL. They are missed and it would be incredible to get some competition from the Asian region.
2015-02-04 20:06
CS is still too much "random" to interest asia where lof of works with strats dont pay so much to clearly make the difference comparatively to moba or rts but still they can have good team like LDLC cause dont think CS is so much popular in France neither (even orga cant keep their players like Verygames or LDLC at some point)
2015-02-04 21:22
Nice post lurppis, Kabum TD need more practice against great for mostar will you came.
2015-02-04 19:39
lol, this fucking Lurppis, fnatic has 2 tournament they do not win and he directly counts them out of the first place, it's just his biggest dream to group cock suck the LDLC members
2015-02-04 19:41
5th-8th DHW 4th MLG vs 1st DHW 1st MLG LOL
2015-02-04 19:47
yea so what? 1st clutchcon (which i know isn't a lot to cheer for, but anyways) Watch em annihilate all teams at Ios pantamera next week, fgts
2015-02-04 19:53
Don't be silly boy. Rational people (i.e. not you) don't think they are the best team right now. If they beat out NiP, VP, and NV at IOS, then maybe they can be once again. I can admit that without calling anyone a faggot, at least.
2015-02-04 19:58
Got to say they looked extremely good on ClutchCon and also in the semi's vs NiP they showed some perfect cs.
2015-02-04 23:29
swe kid mongoloid alert
2015-02-04 19:54
What the flusha?
2015-02-04 19:41
Obviously, it is not only a "coincidence" that flusha is performing really bad post-witchhunt. He has of course deactivated his 3rd-party program, which allowed him to become number #2 in 2014. Last 2-3 events there has been no aimlocking through walls, nor "random" aimflicks through smokes to know where the opponents are. So makes sense that he is underperforming now, that cheating scumbag.
2015-02-04 19:47
Yeah, thats why he had the second highest rating of all players at Dreamhack Winter, which was in the middle of the witch hunt. What a shame for your fantastic input, that he actually could perform and with an admin behind him.
2015-02-04 19:55
Great article as usual, and I lol'ed at your side/snide comments as usual like "what the flusha" and "kabum can play... at least on mirage." Excited to watch the IOS Pantamera tournament this weekend. Would have liked to hear your commentary on the recent "throwing" scandals and resulting bans, though.
2015-02-04 19:50
ez 4 ENVY
2015-02-04 19:54
Flusha played low at the last tournament because his new year wish was to stop cheating. Well, it seems like without cheats he isn't that pro. It's kinda obvious that the new lan antycheating procedure has killed his skill B-)
2015-02-04 19:59
I want this to be confirmed XD
2015-02-04 20:05
Love the article as usual, Lurppis too stronk Great titles "what the flusha" - perfection
2015-02-04 20:04
Nothing about the BANS??
2015-02-04 20:14
didn't happen at mlg, asus rog or clutchcon
2015-02-04 23:04
#156
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Denmark LnDcsgo 
What did "i" learn in January? ppl throwing, my pc suck, ppl in this world = hating every1.
2015-02-04 20:15
people going with hype as always lol
2015-02-04 20:21
#168
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Denmark LnDcsgo 
haha true lol
2015-02-04 21:04
u can clearly tell that lurpis hates fnatic so bad. I wonder how much value he have lost KAPPPPA
2015-02-04 20:26
#160
shox | 
Denmark Bagsy 
i fell in love in Fiflaren
2015-02-04 20:27
great englando :P
2015-02-05 07:02
shitnatic still full of shits ;) thats what ive learned xD
2015-02-04 20:27
good read
2015-02-04 20:28
flusha @ rog: maybe i can play without cheats flusha @ clutchcon: nevermind
2015-02-04 20:35
we learned that you shouldn't match fix.
2015-02-04 20:39
Following this "what did we learn" path, and its shortening periods, soon enough we will have "what did we learn on 13th of Feb at 15:00"
2015-02-04 20:44
#166
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
Learned that cheating is ok at top level.
2015-02-04 20:55
We ve learned that frenchies are hackers or scammers.
2015-02-04 21:04
We learned that kids cant stand to lose their skins
2015-02-04 21:11
great read.
2015-02-04 21:15
GJ lurppis :)
2015-02-04 21:27
lurrpis can't write so I will do it for him, flusha was so bad at MLG X Games its basically blatant that he was hacking in 2014, if he continues to show these results at katowice then that is 100% evidence.
2015-02-04 21:27
2015-02-04 21:30
>It is true NiP had not done enough after DreamHack Winter to truly warrant a spot among the world's elite teams, but now that the Ninjas have three events under their belt with Bill on the team, it's safe to say this team belongs to the world's elite, possibly even in the top three together with EnVyUs and fnatic, though it's still somewhat wide open for the time being. >possibly even in the top three together with EnVyUs and fnatic >possibly even Implying they don't
2015-02-04 21:34
RESPECT KABUM. N1 . BEST MIRAGE. DONT CRY
2015-02-04 21:43
7-1
2015-02-04 21:54
7-1
2015-02-04 23:04
5x dont cry
2015-02-05 01:18
we learned that, hacker's still hacking :) on MM server's and some LAN, and throw's everywhere :D. Yah valve and cs:go going down , =) if there was no Skins and $$ behind all of it . no1 cares about 2014.. fix the game, bring a stable fair games to players, then we will say some positive points about this crappy =) game oh btw, ban this booster : TipTop4 steamcommunity.com/groups/skylineboost
2015-02-04 21:51
We learned that we shouldn't match-fix.
2015-02-04 21:54
We learned that we all lost some skins to some corrupt scumbag "professional" cs players...
2015-02-04 21:58
Like its even up for debate if NiP are among the worlds elite teams or even that they are top 3.
2015-02-04 21:59
lurppis post? not reading yet, tell me if its worth reading.
2015-02-04 22:05
great article as always lurppis! :) if you have a minute over, could you answer my tweet? (sebb7b)
2015-02-04 22:05
what did i learn today? maybe this guy has the most valued inventory on CS:GO! **SPOILER** R.I.P SAGA, brace yourselves: csgobackpack.net/?nick=thafak0r
2015-02-04 22:12
keylocker
2015-02-05 06:14
nice article !!!
2015-02-04 22:33
well i learned another things. ALL >>>> MURICA brazilians are much more retarded than russians.
2015-02-04 23:01
No they're not. You'll always be number one at being the most retarded, don't worry :)
2015-02-04 23:16
no.
2015-02-04 23:19
Champions!
2015-02-04 23:22
#211
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United States darkun 
I think its pretty obvious fnatic took a break after stepping out of DHW... the whole team looked bad even krimz wasn't playing well. they will come back and people will ldlcry again.
2015-02-04 23:59
One of the things which I learned was that, the pro players are joke and most of them don't deserve to be at the top of everyone else from the cs:go community, because they're so greedy.
2015-02-05 00:02
i learn that this scene is a JOKE
2015-02-05 03:39
lurrpiss why no article when Fnatic raping every team? Yea..
2015-02-05 05:11
What we have learned is that Fiffy is a sexy man.
2015-02-05 06:51
Fiflooorin > world
2015-02-05 08:19
fiffy <3
2015-02-05 12:07
Now Kabum gonna surprise everyone on Inferno. Just wait.
2015-02-05 12:49
nice article as usual, lurppis.
2015-02-05 14:33
#231
hecker | 
World heck9r 
What did we learn in January? I learned for alot of exams and you?
2015-02-05 15:02
i generally do not discuss my personal life with strangers on the internet, sorry. insteae, this article focused on mlg, asus rog and clutchcon.
2015-02-05 16:19
#234
hecker | 
World heck9r 
I was just joking ;) nice read and keep it up
2015-02-05 16:38
flusha had a terrible showing at MLG i wonder how
2015-02-05 15:41
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