2015 Midyear event catch-up

As midsummer approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, HLTV.org looks back on a hectic 2015 and breaks down events as they occurred and the winners that emerged after closely contested weekends of CS:GO action.

2015 marks one of the busiest years in Counter-Strike history, and is very likely the watershed year of CS:GO. The rise in the number of events is matched in stride with the increasing prize-pools of events, which appear to be only rising for now.

The catch? The year is only halfway done, and yet we have been inundated with events up until now, so much so that it is hard even for us here at HLTV.org to remember exactly who won what, when they won, where it all transpired and even how much.


2015 is looking to be CS:GO's year

Let us therefore take things two months at a time, going over the events that occurred and the specific storylines therein.

January-February

The year began fairly quietly, with teams recuperating from the last major of 2014, DreamHack Winter, which the "then-LDLC, now EnVyUs" Frenchmen won.

MLG X Games Aspen 2015 - January 23-25

In the lead-up to the first big international event of 2015, MLG X Games Aspen 2015, there were numerous storylines going forward. The tournament represented MLG's first foray into CS:GO and was to be a test of the organisation's platform to explore its options in the game.

As far as teams go, much speculation focused on North and South American teams for varying reasons. For the Brazilians of KaBuM.TD, it was Brazil's first appearance on the international stage in quite awhile. Cloud9 were to make their first offline appearance with Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan, who had replaced Spencer "Hiko" Martin in mid-December, and Team Liquid (who signed the former Denial squad weeks before) replaced a to-be-banned former-iBUYPOWER squad.

CLG would also make their first offline appearance in CS:GO history, with the former mouseSpaz squad defeating Torqued in a shock upset in the final of the offline qualifier for the event. And it was precisely CLG who first made headlines from the event, defeating LDLC in a now-famous 16-14 thriller on de_dust2.

By the time the dust settled, it was LDLC who would continue with their hold onto the title as a champion team, defeating NiP 2-1 in the grand final. The event stood out because all four European teams finished in the top four, although one of the favourites to make the grand finals, fnatic, struggled over the weekend.

MLG X Games Aspen final standings:

1. France LDLC - $25,000
2. Sweden NiP - $12,500
3. Denmark dignitas - $7,500
4. Sweden fnatic - $5,000
5-8. United States Cloud9
5-8. United States CLG
5-8. United States Liquid
5-8. Brazil KaBuM.TD

After this event, two important name changes took place with organisations taking note of CS:GO's success and picking up two red-hot teams: LDLC were enlisted by EnVyUs and dignitas were enticed by Team SoloMid.

ASUS ROG Winter 2015 - January 30-31

A weekend later, in Finland's cold capital of Helsinki, several of Europe's best gathered to spar over $25,000 at ASUS ROG Winter 2015, with NiP being the only recurrent team from the past week's event.

Titan were a team of particular scrutiny as they had only brought old-time legend Cédric "RpK" Guipouy out of retirement a month before and this was to be his first offline event in quite awhile.

The event ended with the Ninjas trampling their erstwhile rivals Titan in the final 2-0, and also saw Virtus.pro, a team often considered as a top 4 contender, shocked by PENTA and knocked out of the tournament with no cash in hand.

ASUS ROG Winter final standings:

1. Sweden NiP - $12,000
2. France Titan - $7,000
3. CIS HellRaisers - $4,000
4. Germany PENTA Sports - $2,000
5-8. Poland Virtus.pro
5-8. Finland 3DMAX
5-8. Hungary volgare
5-8. Germany mousesports

ClutchCon 2015 - January 30-February 1

The very same weekend, an offline event in North America took place in Denver, Colorado. Noteworthy for the presence of two foreign teams, the Swedes of fnatic and the Brazilians of KaBuM.TD, ClutchCon looked set to test the mettle of North American teams versus international competitors a bit further.

KaBuM.TD continued their upward growth by taking a map off of fnatic at the event which, when coupled with the devastation the Brazilians inflicted on Cloud9 on the same map (de_mirage) at MLG X Games Aspen, made the team feared on mirage in particular.

In the end, fnatic cruised to victory following a 2-0 mauling of Cloud9. The event also entered the record books in terms of delays, clocking in some staggering hours of downtime in between games.

ClutchCon final standings:

1. Sweden fnatic - $8,000
2. United States Cloud9 - $3,000
3-4. United States Liquid - $1,000
3-4. United States eLevate - $1,000
5-8. Brazil KaBuM.TD - $500
5-8. United States Torqued - $500
5-8. United States CLG - $500
5-8. United States Mythic - $500

fnatic

Aside from a light stumble in Aspen, fnatic were top dogs of the first two months of 2015

Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge - February 7

The final substantial offline event of the first two months of 2015 looked to do something which no event had yet achieved in the year: bring together all of the tier 1 European teams for a giant brawl, as well as throwing in a few pesky underdog competitors, i.e. Titan and LGB.

After only one day of action in Stockholm, the final results helped prove two theories correct: fnatic were still the best team in the world and one could never really discount Titan as a contender for the gold medal. Despite their strong resistance however, the French-Belgian-Swiss team were ultimately defeated by fnatic 2-0 in the grand final.

The event was noteworthy for NiP's weak performance and it was to be the last time that team AWPer Mikail "Maikelele" Bill would be seen playing for NiP at an offline event.

Inferno Online Pantamera final standings:

1. Sweden fnatic - $16,927
2. France Titan - $5,883
3. France EnVyUs - $2,545
4. Poland Virtus.pro - $1,131
5. Sweden NiP - $1,131
6. Norway LGB - $1,131

March-April

The CS:GO world was afforded a brief respite, however it was only a matter of time as the first (and so far only) major of the year, ESL One Katowice 2015, quickly approached.

ESL One Katowice 2015 - March 12-15

The first major of the year saw a couple storylines developing as the tech crew began to set up the venue and prepare for the event. Those who had been intensely speculating on NiP's mysterious fifth player were informed the Ninjas would attend the major with Finn Aleksi "allu" Jalli.

In terms of debuts, FlipSid3 would see Yegor "markeloff" Markelov's former dAT team playing with new banners, KaBuM.TD were picked up by the organisation Keyd Stars and were also partially crowdfunded in their major attendance, PENTA went into the event with new member Tobias "Troubley" Tabbert and Vox Eminor returned to Poland after a Cinderella-esque qualifier run the month before.

Keyd Stars made their new organisation proud and achieved a playoff finish, which simultaneously secured their spot in the next (so far unannounced) major. Despite problems in the coming weeks after Katowice, PENTA also kept German dreams alive, destroying Titan and LGB and advancing to the playoffs for the second straight major in a row.

Na`Vi, TSM, Virtus.pro and EnVyUs also all achieved playoff berths although each team fell short of the grand final; the fall was perhaps hardest for the Poles of Virtus.pro, who were playing with the memory of their dream run the year before looming overhead.

In a grand final where both teams were looking to become the first double major champions, fnatic triumphed over NiP 2-1 and took home glory and $100,000.

ESL One Katowice final standings:

1. Sweden fnatic - $100,000
2. Sweden NiP - $50,000
3-4. Poland Virtus.pro - $22,000
3-4. France EnVyUs - $22,000
5-8. Germany PENTA Sports - $10,000
5-8. Brazil Keyd Stars - $10,000
5-8. Ukraine Na`Vi - $10,000
5-8. Denmark TSM - $10,000
9-12. Australia Vox Eminor - $2,000
9-12. Norway LGB - $2,000
9-12. United States CLG - $2,000
9-12. United States Cloud9 - $2,000
13-16. Ukraine FlipSid3 - $2,000
13-16. France Titan - $2,000
13-16. Ukraine HellRaisers - $2,000
13-16. Finland 3DMAX - $2,000

Gfinity Spring Masters I - March 20-22

Gfinity's first event of the year, the Spring Masters I, saw eight teams gather in London the weekend after ESL One Katowice with vested interests in some of the $50,000 prize pot on offer.

Alongside EnVyUs, NiP, Virtus.pro and Cloud9 (who extended their stay in Europe for the event), the four other teams were Swedish Property and Orbit (the latter replacing Titan due to an unfortunate family tragedy), Polish Gamers2 and British Infused.

The semi-finalists were predictably the first four teams mentioned and the end result saw EnVyUs clock in another first place finish while NiP continued a second-placing streak (not the last of the year as well). Virtus.pro struggled after a strong major run, although they did attend with stand-in Michał "MICHU" Müller in place of star Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, and Cloud9 were overall underwhelming.

Gfinity Spring Masters I final standings:

1. France EnVyUs - $25,000
2. Sweden NiP - $15,000
3. Poland Virtus.pro - $7,000
4. United States Cloud9 - $3,000 
5-6. Sweden Property
5-6. Sweden Orbit
7-8. Poland Gamers2
7-8. United Kingdom Infused 

SLTV StarSeries XII - March 27-29

With Virtus.pro already in the process of a legendary six-straight-weekend event attendance record, the last weekend of March saw Kiev, Ukraine host six of CS:GO's best (with fnatic notably absent) in the SLTV StarSeries XII finals.

Although most teams were playing with their already well defined lineups, it was Na`Vi who appeared a little different than before, after the team snatched talent Egor "flamie" Vasilyev from HellRaisers. Despite their last place finish, Na`Vi gave indications of putting up a fight against all the teams it faced, a promising outlook for the home team.

In the end however, both EnvyUs and NiP continued their grand finals rivalry, with the Frenchmen once again reigning triumphant after winning 2-0.

StarSeries XII final standings:

1. France EnVyUs - $18,000
2. Sweden NiP - $9,000
3. Denmark TSM - $5,000
4. France Titan - $3,000
5. Poland Virtus.pro - $1,500
6. CIS Na`Vi - $1,500 

Happy's PC breaking down at the start of map 2

EnVyUs led the way in tournament wins in March

Copenhagen Games 2015 - April 2-4

April showers bring May flowers, so they say, and there was indeed something in the air which made April's events bring a shake-up to the order of first place finishes that fnatic and nV had been looking to previously monopolise.

Although the two potent competitors mentioned above were missing from Copenhagen Games, the event is noteworthy because it saw VP finally pick up a win from a so-far terrible 2015, following a string of disappointing results. Defeating TSM on their home turf was a tall task and the Polish team rose to it with a 2-0 victory over the Danes.

The event is also famous for fielding an enormous roster of teams, however the final standings will be kept here to the top sixteen in the interest of brevity.

Copenhagen Games final standings:

1. Poland Virtus.pro - €14,000
2. Denmark TSM - €6,000
3. Denmark dignitas - €2,500 
4. Ukraine FlipSid3 - €1,000
5-6. Norway LGB - €750
5-6. Poland Gamers2 - €750
7-8. Finland 3DMAX - €500
7-8. Denmark Copenhagen Wolves - €500
9-12. Denmark Reason Gaming
9-12. Denmark CPLAY
9-12. Sweden Orbit
9-12. Sweden Property
13-16. Turkey Space Soldiers
13-16. Poland INSHOCK
13-16. Sweden Games4u
13-16. Germany Playing Ducks

Insomnia 54 - April 4-5

Occurring in the same time frame as Copenhagen Games, Insomnia 54 is noteworthy because it saw Jonathan "MusambaN1" Torrent's x6tence fly to the United Kingdom and defeat both their Iberian rivals k1ck and the UK's best to win the grand final.

i54 final standings:

1. Spain x6tence - £5,000 (~$7,450)
2. United Kingdom fm-eSports -£2,000 (~$3,000)
3. Portugal k1ck - £1,200 (~$1,800)
4. United Kingdom Infused -£600 (~$900)
5-6. United Kingdom Rasta -£300 (~$450)
5-6. United Kingdom TLR -£300 (~$450)
7-8. United Kingdom MALIK -£300 (~$450)
7-8. United Kingdom XENEX -£300 (~$450)

Gamers Assembly 2015 - April 5-6

Another offline event part of the whole shebang that was the first weekend of April, Gamers Assembly saw Titan cement their supremacy over other French teams, with only EnVyUs missing from the brawl. The Bulgarians of GPlay also looked to clock in offline event hours after a string of compelling online performances.

Gamers Assembly final standings:

1. France Titan - $10,000 
2. France LDLC White - $5,000 
3. Bulgaria GPlay - $2,200 
4. France beGenius - $1,100 
5-8. France iGamerz - $425
5-8. France subliminaL - $425
5-8. France LDLC Blue - $425
5-8. France We Got Game - $425 

ESL Pro League Winter Finals 2014/2015 - April 10-12

Another weekend, another final. This time, some of Europe's best (with fnatic and NiP absent) congregated in Cologne, Germany for the ESL Pro League finals.

Some teams such as Virtus.pro and TSM were characteristically underwhelming—although the latter played with stand-in Casper "cadiaN" Møller in the place of Nicolai "device" Reedtz—while event favourites EnVyUs were upset in the semi-finals by a resurgent Na`Vi. The Russo-Ukrainian-Slovakian team carried this energy forward to a strongly fought victory over a fearsome Titan squad in the grand final. Na`Vi picked up their first gold medal of 2015 as a result.

 ESL Pro League final standings:

1. CIS Na`Vi - $15,000
2. France Titan - $7,000
3-4. France EnVyUs - $3,000
3-4. Denmark TSM - $3,000
5.8. Denmark dignitas - $1,000
5.8. Finland 3DMAX- $1,000
5.8. Poland Virtus.pro - $1,000
5.8. Denmark Copenhagen Wolves - $1,000 


Na`Vi finally made it work in Cologne

CEVO-P Season 6 LAN Finals - April 13-15

Noteworthy only as a test of America's best teams and as a preview of how North American teams would fare at the upcoming ESEA Season 18 finals, the CEVO-P Season 6 finals saw CLG take the crown and establish dominance over its regional rivals.

The event was also a 2015 offline debut for eLevate (playing with stand-ins Hiko and Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham), Nihilum (a newly entered organisation to CS:GO) and Luminosity (a new organisation in its own right).

 CEVO S6 final standings:

1. United States CLG - $5,861
2. United States eLevate - $2,930
3. United States Nihilum - $1,758
4. United States Luminosity - $1,172 

ESEA Invite Season 18 Global Finals - April 17-19

If the CEVO finals were supposed to be a preview for how North America would play against European rivals at the ESEA Season 18 finals, then the actual result saw North American dreams incinerated to Europe's scorched-earth policy assault.

Perhaps not many were prepared for the sadistic dismantlement and evisceration of North America that fnatic, Virtus.pro, Titan and mousesports undertook and enacted to the fullest degree possible, with North American teams not picking up a single map against European teams at the event. The results of these ESEA finals in Dallas were certainly a direct catalyst for the tumultuous "NA Shuffle" which changed the landscape of nearly every North American team in the coming weeks.

In the end however, the Poles of Virtus.pro stunned fnatic in the grand final and took home $70,000, the largest first place prize-pool this year has seen outside of the Katowice major.

ESEA S18 final standings:

1. Poland Virtus.pro - $70,000
2. Sweden fnatic - $25,000
3. France Titan - $15,000
4. Germany mousesports - $10,000
5-6. United States CLG - $7,000
5-6. United States Nihilum - $7,000
7-8. United States Cloud9 - $5,000
7-8. United States Luminosity - $5,000 

CIS LAN Championship - April 17-19

Only worth a brief mention, and occurring in the same weekend as the ESEA finals, the CIS Championship saw FlipSid3 defeat regional rivals HellRaisers and, bar Na`Vi's presence, establish themselves as one of the premier Eastern European teams.

CIS Championship final standings:

1. Ukraine FlipSid3 - $5,000
2. CIS HellRaisers - $3,000
3. Russia ACES - $2,000
4. Russia TEAMSWAGYOLO - $1,000
5-6. Belarus GGWP - $500
5-6. Russia USSR - $500
7-8. Russia WEPLAY - $500
7-8. Russia PiTER - $500 

CCS Kick-off Season Finals - April 24-26

The last event of a jam packed April brought a lot of the top contenders together in Bucharest, Romania to re-assess the current nature of the top echelon of CS:GO (Virtus.pro managed to finally take a weekend's rest although not by their own choosing as they failed to qualify).

The final result of the CCS Kick-off Season finals clarified the status of current CS:GO. NiP and EnVyUs, both virile competitors in their own right, continued their downward slide from previous form. The Frenchmen suffered slightly more and only managed to take a single map at the event.

fnatic proved they were still able contenders, however it was the Danes of TSM who finally had their breakout moment of 2015 and chose to do so in extravagant fashion, winning the best-of-five grand final 3-1 over the Swedish fnatic. More than ever, it was becoming apparent that the dualistic nature of the "fnatic versus EnVyUs" storyline at most events was making way for a more vigorous and open competitive scene.

CCS Kick-off final standings:

1. Denmark TSM $40,000
2. Sweden fnatic $20,000
3. Sweden NiP - $10,000
4. France EnVyUs - $5,000

May

FACEIT League 2015 Stage 1 Finals - May 1-3

Eight teams flew in to London at the beginning of May and it was once again anyone's guess as to who could walk away with the top spot. The event marked further disappointment for North American contenders eLevate and Team Liquid and also saw the Australians of Immunity raise some eyebrows with their strong play.

In the end, able-bodied fnatic and Virtus.pro were left behind as semi-final losers and NiP took a chance at first place against TSM. The Danes kept up their impressive form however with a closely fought 2-1 victory over NiP.

As previously mentioned, FACEIT chose not to reveal the final prize purse distribution for the event, although there were a few hints given by the winning team.

FACEIT Stage 1 final standings:

1. Denmark TSM
2. Sweden NiP
3-4. Sweden fnatic
3-4. Poland Virtus.pro
5-6. Australia Immunity
5-6. CIS Na`Vi
7-8. United States Team Liquid
7-8. United States eLevate


TSM finally brought the choke under control in late spring

DreamHack Open Tours 2015 - May 9-10

With the winter-spring season almost at its conclusion, the next weekend moved the stage to central France. HellRaisers would notably debut with their Kazakh player Rustem "mou" Telepov while FlipSid3 managed to find an event to attend with their hotshot Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

In the end, these two teams, along with an impressive dignitas lineup and a struggling Titan, had to move aside as the two giants of CS:GO met in the grand final. EnVyUs and fnatic finally had a chance to settle the score in a grand final and it was the Frenchmen who blinked first, losing 1-2 to the Swedes.

DreamHack Open Tours final standings:

1. Sweden fnatic - $20,000
2. France EnVyUs - $6,000
3-4. CIS HellRaisers - $3,000
3-4. Denmark dignitas - $3,000
5-8. Ukraine FlipSid3 - $2,000
5-8. France Titan - $2,000
5-8. France Awsomniac $2,000
5-8. France LDLC White - $2,000 

Gfinity Spring Masters II - May 15-17

We wrap this exhaustive list up with Gfinity's second iteration of their Masters event, which this time brought ten teams to London for a round-robin, best-of-two battle royale.

Two tier one contenders were unable to move past the group stages, and they were both the ones highlighted earlier for their struggles in mid-2015, EnVyUs and NiP. Additionally, both American teams (Cloud9 and Liquid) and Australian teams (Vox Eminor and Immunity) failed to move to the bracket stage, although all four had their promising moments (with Immunity flopping hardest however).

The grand final did see two of the top five in CS:GO however, fnatic and Virtus.pro, competing for the $25,000 first place prize. This time, fnatic exacted revenge on the Poles for their ESEA defeat and earned their gold medals with solid play, not giving VP much space on either map.

Gfinity Spring Masters II final standings:

1. Sweden fnatic - $25,000
2. Poland Virtus.pro - $15,000
3-4. CIS Na`Vi - $5,000
3-4. France Titan - $5,000
5-10. France EnVyUs
5-10. Australia Vox Eminor
5-10. Sweden NiP
5-10. United States Cloud9
5-10. United States Liquid
5-10. Australia Immunity 


fnatic came back to their winning ways by May's end

A few brief and noteworthy online mentions

Additionally, a few online tournaments have doled out impressive sums of cash to involved competitors and they will be briefly highlighted here.

King of Majors - February 16-17

The King of Majors, hosted by Efrag.net, was a fairly cool concept which brought all four major winners together for an online tournament in the month before ESL One Katowice 2015. The only lineup difference among the teams was that NiP played with Marcus "Delpan" Larsson, as the team was still trying out players before it settled on Finn allu.

King of Majors final standings:

1. Sweden fnatic - $13,000
2. Poland Virtus.pro - $2,000
3. Sweden NiP
4. France EnVyUs

GameShow CS:GO League Season 2 - February 23-Ongoing

The GameShow CS:GO League's second season has been in progress for quite some time, although the league finally hit playoffs in April and is currently waiting on the lower bracket to move forward.

Regardless, with $30,000 on offer, the league has certainly drawn eager and willing competitors.

Final prize breakdown:

1. - $16,000
2. - $8,000
3. - $4,000
4. - $2,000

CS:GO Champions League - March 3-Ongoing

Another ongoing online tournament, another $30,000. This tournament stands out for using the best-of-two format this year before other tournaments chose to do so, for various reasons.

With the GO:CL recently hitting playoffs as well, we can be sure to see this tournament reach its culmination soon.

Counter Pit League - May 21-Ongoing

This best-of-two format tournament, sponsored by Vulcun, ups the ante in terms of prize pools and brings $50,000 to the table, with many of Europe's top teams eagerly competing. Matches have only just begun.

The "upcomings"

Although the CS:GO scene has earned a well-deserved summer break from events, many giants await for late summer and beyond. The titan of titans if of course the $1 million ESL ESEA Pro League, with group stages approaching the end of play and a final for the first season (and for half of the prize money) slated for early July in Cologne, Germany.


Behemoth tournaments await in late 2015 

Other leagues are plying their trade as well, old and new. The Acer Predator Masters, sponsored by Intel, will bring eight teams out of online groups to finals in Germany, this time in the TakeTV Studio in Krefeld. CEVO-P Season 7 and SLTV StarSeries XIII also look to dole out more prize money this summer at their respective offline finals.

Even closer, the Fragbite Masters Season 4 is seeing its online playoffs near conclusion for an offline final in two weekends' time, where four teams will travel to Stockholm to battle over $60,000. The weekend after will see Sweden open its arms yet again for DreamHack Open Summer 2015.

In summary as midsummer approaches

CS:GO has never been more alive, or more crammed full of sponsors eager to dish out money to attract the top teams. As the oversaturation of tournaments loads up schedules of tier one teams, expect to only see a fascinating diversification of teams as underdogs step up and receive large tournament invites of their own. The increase in events can only further benefit the scene in the end.


One of the prominent questions going forward is if NA can win a tournament this year

HLTV.org will never cease to cover events wherever they may occur, but this article has hopefully shed some light on those experiencing vertigo from the first half of the year and all the events that transpired.

As always, you can find upcoming events at our Upcoming Events page under the Coverage Tab. Other events which are looking to schedule eventual offline finals, such as the RGN Pro Series, will be added in due course.

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Germany Tobias 'Troubley' Tabbert
Tobias 'Troubley' Tabbert
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
266
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.18
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
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
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
Spain Jonathan 'MusambaN1' Torrent
Jonathan 'MusambaN1' Torrent
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
300
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
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:
956
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden Marcus 'Delpan' Larsson
Marcus 'Delpan' Larsson
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
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
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1462
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
tl;dr lots of tournaments
2015-05-28 20:30
Thx and good job, but you should write a total summary of won prize money and add. See, that would be interesting.
2015-05-28 20:32
this is more qualitative for people to get up to speed, I'd like to see that idea done for the end of the year though
2015-05-28 20:33
Yet it provides a summary for this mid year one. I am surprised how much money is into CS right now, it's insane to look at the money the teams win. But as I said, interesting and good job ;)
2015-05-28 20:38
Tbh i dont think its a very good living nor bad one. Think about it thought, every prize you win divide by 5 maybe 6 if the coach (only few teams) gets some. Then the organization takes a percentage off. I would say a large amount of the players livings comes from the organizations. You only can make a good living if your winning first place all the time. Regarding all that this my little rank tk aimed at you below this line I do enjoy the much larger prize pools and it seems that CSGO will only get bigger. I would also love to see mini-Majors and other tournaments for only Semi pros (low tier 1 and high tier 2 teams) this would give all players who take cs serious a chance for some cash!
2015-05-28 21:30
Then, you'd have to remember most of them get a good monthly pay check. They get free PC's, monitors etc etc. food, hotels and shit when on lan, sponsor money from twitch fx. donations and such. I could keep going, but trust me, it ends up in a lot more than you'd imagine ;)
2015-05-29 13:35
IF you're a top 5 team, it's a very nice job. They pay 0 living expenses, they have a healthy safe income from their organization, and then they get a good cut of the prize money on top of that. Granted this is just 25 people. Teams below that do not make too much, but enough to keep doing it atleast.
2015-05-29 15:10
cs is growing like hell
2015-05-28 21:48
#74
India pulp 
+1
2015-05-28 21:25
Gj man, enjoyed this format alot. This also really shows the nip haters that they arent top5 or w/e people rank them as.
2015-05-28 20:40
#33
World olo6 
too chaotic to mix up big events like esea, katowice, faceit with some small tournaments or even local lans. d be nice to (maybe in the end of july to close 6 months?) to make a table with all events sorted by proze money from the biggest to the lowest and sum up prize money for teams (faceit we have 1st price and total so we can assume prize money for other placings)
2015-05-28 20:42
#35
World olo6 
by teams i mean lineups, not orgs
2015-05-28 20:42
thx for stealing n1 spot... ;(
2015-05-28 20:44
#59
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
that's what I thought
2015-05-28 21:08
#73
s1mple | 
Sweden DiTzZ 
ROFL
2015-05-28 21:21
#122
blaq | 
Denmark Enk3lt 
1. Fnatic -233 000$ 2. VP - 1430 000$ 3. NIP - 129 500$ 4. EnVyUs - 106 000$
2015-06-02 21:11
fnatic <3
2015-05-28 20:30
dem tournaments
2015-05-28 20:31
Cool idea and great new feature, good work stich.
2015-05-28 20:31
vp fnatic and envy mate alot of many bra
2015-05-28 20:32
What were the sizes tho?
2015-05-28 21:21
nice
2015-05-28 20:32
Would be a good thing to notice for people who don't know, that Dignitas at MLG X Games is now TSM.
2015-05-28 20:35
If you actually read the article, that is mentioned :)
2015-05-28 20:36
Ah, alright, sorry man, just looked at the standings and price money. ^^
2015-05-28 20:40
#21
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Lithuania AvaIon 
"One of the prominent questions going forward is if NA can win a tournament this year" lol at anyone who actually thinks yes
2015-05-28 20:36
They used to be able to win CEVO lan... But not anymore. :D
2015-05-28 20:38
It should be very simple for them :D
2015-05-28 20:46
#70
face | 
Brazil R4D14710N 
Thanks to IBP. RIP
2015-05-28 21:16
+1
2015-05-28 20:41
nope
2015-05-28 22:02
So basically Fnatic best
2015-05-28 20:38
you forgot ESL One Cologne
2015-05-28 20:40
#29
Norway DKOP 
Great article! However, it would've been nice to see the total amount of money earned by each team, and how many 1st/2nd/3rd places the top teams got.
2015-05-28 20:41
Where's VOX? :/
2015-05-28 20:41
fnatic #1
2015-05-28 20:41
OMG TITAN ACTULLY WON ONE FUCKING TOURNAMENT, GZ PogChamp
2015-05-28 20:44
Nip same Kappa
2015-05-28 20:48
+1, still quite nice for high tier2 teams/ Very low tier1 teams like Titan and nip to win atleast 1 event even doe iz small ones
2015-05-28 20:54
ESEA S18 final standings :/ Actually i was waiting some important damages from NA teams to Europeans, especially from CLG but they could not. Nice article, dziekuje stich!
2015-05-28 20:45
very well hltv.org, congratz!
2015-05-28 20:46
nV not looking good , they shouldt prove themselves for the 2. spot
2015-05-28 20:46
FNATIC - 233 000$ VP - 143 000$ EnVyUs - 106 000$
2015-05-28 20:47
VP TOTTALY NOT TOP 4 BLAH BLAH BLAH, LET'S GO NIP! NIP ALWAYS TOP 2. BLAH BLAH TSM!
2015-05-28 20:52
half of that was from winning ESEA with only Fnatic there. And even then, Fnatic had been playing their worst CS in months at that time. So calm down
2015-05-28 21:10
Why always when vp wins, some dumb fanboys say that other team played shitty??????
2015-05-28 21:57
because Fnatic did play like shit. I'll give VP credit they played well but Fnatic were playing their worst in a while during ESEA
2015-05-28 22:37
better ALWAYS wins...
2015-05-28 22:44
NiP - 111 000$ or atleast from what the currently diplsayed tournaments (28.05.2015 - 21:54 UCT+2 Summer time)
2015-05-28 20:54
NIP - 129 500 $
2015-05-28 21:02
NiP has made $110,00o so more than EnVy
2015-05-28 21:06
nvm scratch that its more i cant count lol
2015-05-28 21:06
you probably dont count faciet 2nd place
2015-05-28 21:08
good read :)
2015-05-28 20:52
I didn't realize ESEA Invite Season 18 was so big that VP got $70000. Thats almost a major first place.
2015-05-28 20:53
why cologne is not a major anymore?
2015-05-28 20:53
Valve not sponsoring it.
2015-05-28 20:55
WHAT??? how? and why?
2015-05-28 21:01
ESL decided to host on their own putting 250K to the prize pool and Valve haven't spoken about event in Cologne yet so it basically means that they won't put any money in it so no major, no stickers etc.
2015-05-28 21:09
my sources say its not decided yet
2015-05-28 21:39
yeah but at least i expected to see some other event become a major. but theres nothing, has gaben become even more greedy?
2015-05-28 21:10
Volvo should try to do major outside of Europe or at least in place like Katowice - in big arena with at least 10k crowd.
2015-05-28 23:08
A major in America would be lovely. Imagine the upset potential in Cloud 9/Nihilum/Liquid/CLG with a home crowd cheering for them.
2015-05-29 00:29
good read
2015-05-28 20:56
#52
Poland MJP 
gj stich
2015-05-28 20:56
#53
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Poland Kamfeth 
ESL One Katowice 2015 was the best so far.
2015-05-28 20:59
fnatic, so many wins and high placings. This was a wake up call in how great they actually are
2015-05-28 21:02
#60
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Brazil nk.Mar 
fnatic 1 nip 2
2015-05-28 21:08
acctualy 1. Fnatic -233 000$ 2. VP - 1430 000$ 3. NIP - 129 500$ 4. EnVyUs - 106 000$ And we will have 4 Majors this year, get ready for fnatic 1 000 000$
2015-05-28 21:10
i think u but one 0 to much on vp ;)
2015-05-28 21:44
typical pole ;)
2015-06-02 17:08
nip placements: 2 1 5 2 2 2 2 wow, new YellOw
2015-05-28 21:12
nip best, secondbest team in the world :v
2015-05-28 21:12
#75
fnx | 
United States shineNTC 
adreN hates Daps, lmao
2015-05-28 21:27
Nice article! I've been waiting for something like this. It's really hard to keep up with which team won which tournament with so many tournaments being played these days. I hope something like this can be implemented for coverage of future tournaments as well.
2015-05-28 21:30
500k july is like champions league maaaan
2015-05-28 21:56
the € should be behind the figure, unlike the $, shouldnt it?
2015-05-28 22:10
#88
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Those quantities paid out are in $/USD, otherwise it's some messy number like $16,927 (fnatic's winnings from IOS Pantamera), already converted, or with the actual symbol of the currency the prize was paid in (e.g. VP's winnings of €14,000 from CPH Games). At least I'm pretty sure that's the case.
2015-05-28 22:14
My point is it should be 14000€, not €14000. The symbol in front of the figure is only for the dollar i think/thought.
2015-05-28 22:44
#99
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Ah, that's what you meant, hahaha. Stupid of me to not realize
2015-05-28 23:49
You were not wrong tho. :D No problem.
2015-05-29 02:37
#123
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Poland adriannB 
same for british pound £, I think so
2015-06-05 15:05
#87
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
n1 stich, great work as always.
2015-05-28 22:11
You should make a table for this.
2015-05-28 22:16
Great Article Stich.
2015-05-28 22:36
NICE CSGO
2015-05-28 22:37
Nice read. Wouldn't of minded a total $ earned so far for the teams @ the bottom of article though!
2015-05-28 22:39
lol nip still good and consistent since 2012 but only won 1 tournament this year with titan and vp good stats for them but not enough
2015-05-28 22:51
A nice read man I like your writing style.
2015-05-28 22:55
thanks, I see your comments on a lot of the coverage pieces so I appreciate a dedicated reader
2015-05-29 00:36
"[...]and even how much." ehehehe. sry .-.
2015-05-29 00:17
#103
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Australia Turboblaze_  
vox <3
2015-05-29 01:00
#104
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Sweden klvmeister 
Fnatic <3
2015-05-29 01:46
fnatic raping
2015-05-29 03:56
Entertaining read. Thanks stich.
2015-05-29 06:24
flop
2015-05-29 06:34
A lot of money for fnatic and NiP no matter what you people say :P
2015-05-29 06:57
if fnatic keep this up they have definitely surpassed NiP especially with the current level of this game
2015-05-29 07:27
Nice article, but as someone suggested already, I would really appreciate a summary of total prize money won by respective teams so far. Not only to see the big numbers (fnatic), but it would be interesting to see how much money was made by t2, t3 teams in these 4-5 months.
2015-05-29 11:10
fnatic #road 2 1m$
2015-05-29 14:13
Lmao so painful to look at as a NiP fan
2015-05-29 15:12
Uhuh
2015-05-29 20:05
but not murica
2015-05-29 19:39
titan is not that bad wooo what up now maniac haters :P
2015-05-30 20:18
#124
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Azerbaijan M1R4CL3 
Maniac is awesome form now my kebab friend:)
2015-06-06 12:33
PogChamp
2015-06-02 20:58
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