Gfinity Summer Masters I preview

With Gfinity Summer Masters I kicking off on Friday, we have put together a preview on each participant to get you ready for the $80,000 tournament.

All eight participating teams at the Gfinity Summer Masters I in London, United Kingdom have been directly invited by the organizers, with five teams returning from the Spring Masters II event.

Three of the world's best six teams are on show in the form of EnVyUs, NiP and Virtus.pro, with challengers such as Titan and Cloud9 tagging along, and with the new SK roster debuting offline.

Group A Group B
Sweden NiP France EnVyUs
France Titan Poland Virtus.pro
Denmark dignitas United States Cloud9
Denmark SK Gaming Germany mousesports

Exact schedule is still unknown at the moment, but groups are expected to play out in best-of-three GSL format with single elimination playoffs for the top four, and the grand final played in best-of-five.

As mentioned before, the eight teams will be competing for a prize purse of $80,000, which will be divided among all of the participants as follows:

1. $40,000
2. $20,000
3-4. $5,000
5-8. $2,500

The action will be broadcasted by Gfinity, who have secured the services of Scott "SirScoots" Smith, Duncan "Thorin" Shields and the FACEIT duo of James "JZFB" Bardolph and Daniel "ddk" Kapadia.

Below we have previewed all of the eight participants at this event with varying detail depending on how far we believe they are likely to end up going in London.


Some of the world's best teams gather at Gfinity once more 


Sweden NiP

NiP left London in May with a sour taste in their mouths as they exited Gfinity Spring Masters II in shared last place, or 5-10th, after getting knocked out in the round robin group stage with two draws in four games. This time Gfinity is using a GSL format, which means draws cannot knock NiP out - and they are facing easier competition, at least on paper.

The Swedes have struggled online since around the last Gfinity event and failed to qualify for the $500,000 ESL ESEA Pro League's Finals, and currently boast a 3-4 record after seven games in FACEIT's online season. Their recent online result have been encouraging with Richard "Xizt" Landström back to leading the team, but they are still not a sure thing by any means, as they once were under their golden days.

NiP have recently beaten Titan in their head-to-head match-ups with a 5-0 map record in the past two months, though it doesn't mean they are a free win by any means. dignitas are not a team to be underestimated either, and though SK Gaming are clear underdogs, there's a universe where a best-of-one game can go wrong against them too. It just shouldn't be ours on Friday.

Player Age Rating *
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 25 1.11
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 27 1.09
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 23 1.06
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 24 1.02
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 23 0.93

* Rating for the past three months

f0rest's team will clear the group stage, and playoffs will come down to match-ups. You have to consider them favorites against EnVyUs - who they are up 4-1 against in head-to-head match-ups, including a quad-overtime 2-1 win at CCS, since early April. NiP lead Virtus.pro 7-2 in head-to-head match-ups, and should also be slight favorites in that series.

Looking at NiP's chances in London based on their history with their opposition, it's hard to not believe the Ninjas are favored to at least show up in the grand final. However, that overlooks the fact NiP are still yet to win their first big title of 2015 (they did win ASUS ROG Winter) and some of their players have been showing up in weaker and weaker form as time has passed them by. Also, there are at least three teams with a real shot at beating NiP in the playoffs.

If you are a believer, this could be the tournament NiP finally wins to turn their ship around. It could make my recent article moot, at least for the time being. In any case, expect NiP to be motivated, and if all of their players show up when it counts, together with clever calling from Xizt, they could be able to ride those favorable odds to their first notable title of 2015.

Prediction: 1st in group A, 1st overall


Could NiP finally grab their first 2015 title? 


France Titan

Titan have a few semi-final exits under their belts in recent tournaments - with the exception of DreamHack Open Tours, where they went out in 5-8th place - but have not come very close to making it further in any of those. Furthermore, those semi-final finishes seem to come at times where most of the Counter-Strike scene's top teams aren't present, giving them a chance to make top four with a handful of best-of-one wins.

Kenny "kennyS" Schrub is no longer the world's best player, but he has lately showcased some of the peak-level play he was championed for before the AWP patch. Dan "apEX" Madesclaire remains inconsistent on a round-to-round basis, but still is the team's second best player, and more often than not does his job well. Cédric "RpK" Guipouy should continue improving with time, but is yet to come anywhere near close to what he was capable of before his long break from the world of Counter-Strike. Therein lays the team's skill problem.

Player Age Rating *
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub 20 1.13
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 22 1.04
Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez 24 0.99
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy 25 0.97
Belgium Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans 25 0.90

* Rating for the past three months

Titan are stuck in no man's land, in the range of the 6-7th best team in the world. It's not rewarding and it doesn't pay well. It's not where they wish to be, yet there seems to be no clear way out. Currently Titan aren't skilled enough to compete with the best, and obviously the strategic aspect isn't enough alone. They are a threat to anyone in a best-of-one, and to many top teams in a best-of-three, but still underdogs incapable of bringing high level of play on a day-to-day basis.

Titan are better than dignitas and SK - but would anyone truly be surprised if Titan went out in groups versus either? They've faced the former twice, and lost, for the record. I have faith that kennyS will drag his team out of the fairly weak group A, and maybe scare NiP in the process, but I don't see them taking down either EnVyUs or Virtus.pro in the playoffs, which is why they're most likely to repeat their semi-finals exit from the previous Gfinity tournament.

Prediction: 2nd in group A, 3-4th overall


Titan are favored to make the playoffs at Gfinity, but not much more 


Denmark dignitas

The Danes of dignitas have been very active online as of late, and have some promising results, including multiple wins over Virtus.pro, FlipSid3, HellRaisers, and even Titan under their belts. However, that's where it ends. They've been fairly consistent since finalizing their current roster - a clear perk over the previous Danish teams - but have yet to elevate their level of play enough to do real damage offline.

With a best-of-one encounter most likely looming against Titan in London, this could be chance for Philip "aizy" Aistrup to carry his team offline to an important victory, which in an ideal world could then snowball into bigger and better things in other tournaments later this summer. Whether that happens or not though, is a whole different story.

Player Age Rating *
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 19 1.12
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche 19 1.06
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 17 1.01
Denmark Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen 23 0.97
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 20 0.88

* Rating for the past three months

dignitas are clear favorites over their fellow countrymen SK Gaming - though the domestic match-up can sometimes be tricky - while wielding only a minor chance of putting up a meaningful amount of rounds against the group's top dogs NiP. Titan are their mark, the one team they've beaten before and could take down again, while securing a playoff spot and a top four finish.

Realistically dignitas most likely will finish third in the group. They could beat Titan - but would have to do it in the elimination game, not just in the first match, if they meet in the opening round - but won't beat NiP. Furthermore, there is hardly any chance of them winning a series in the playoffs, suggesting they still have some more work to do before becoming a real threat in the grand scheme of things.

Prediction: 3rd in group A


aizy's breakout performances haven't been enough for dignitas so far 


Denmark SK Gaming

So far the only meaningful result for SK has been a 2-0 victory over HellRaisers in a game where DDoS attacks caused large delays and potentially affected the outcome. Not a very promising start for the organization's re-entry into CS:GO. This week they let go of statistically weakest player Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen and added former Anexis in-game leader Danny "BERRY" Krüger, a promising move on paper.

Player Age Rating *
Denmark Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann 21 1.10
Denmark Rasmus "SandeN" Sanden 19 1.09
Denmark Asger "AcilioN" Larsen 18 1.08
Denmark Michael "Friis" Jørgensen 26 1.02
Denmark Danny "BERRY" Krüger 25 0.80

* Rating for the past three months

The problem for SK is that BERRY will need time to get the team playing his way, and that won't happen in time for this weekend. Expect SK to gradually improve over the coming month(s), but don't hold your breath over their chances of scoring any upset victories in London for Gfinity Summer Masters I.

Prediction: 4th in group A


AcilioN's team will benefit from having BERRY, but not in time for Gfinity 


France EnVyUs

After becoming the world's best team under the LDLC banner with back-to-back victories at DreamHack Winter 2014 and MLG X-Games Aspen, EnVyUs's results have generally waned, though they remain a top three side in the world. Though they won the Gfinity Spring Masters I, they - along with NiP - went out in shared last place at the second event, which is their second most recent offline showing.

Most recently they lost to Na`Vi in the grand final of SLTV StarSeries XIII Finals with a 1-3 scoreline, another blow to a seemingly weaker team whose numbers the Frenchmen certainly should have. With NiP usually blowing by nV in head-to-head match-ups and Titan giving them some trouble, the field at Gfinity is hardly easy for Richard "shox" Papillon and company, who still have the best track record of all participants going into the $80,000 tournament.

Best-of-one group stages can be scary, but mousesports and Cloud9 hardly are - neither has proven with any consistency that they are a team capable of competing with the world's best. On the other hand, EnVyUs have played Virtus.pro very closely in recent months - apart from this week's 3-0 showmatch victory - and their game to decide the winner of group B should give us some fireworks in an otherwise black and white group.

Player Age Rating *
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer 23 1.15
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 21 1.05
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey 20 1.03
France Richard "shox" Papillon 23 1.03
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux 26 0.94

* Rating for the past three months

While Happy clearly remains statistically the team's most important player, with him reportedly having given up on the in-game leading duties once again, it's hard not to judge him differently for his efforts as well. He plays some of the statistically-easier roles - though excels in all of them, and practically always delivers his share of the numbers. However, perhaps it would be time for him to resume the calling duties to bring nV out of their mini-slump?

The Frenchmen still have plenty of skill to go around in star-leader shox and Swiss armyknife NBK-, but lately their other two teammates haven't exactly shined. For EnVyUs to go back to their winning ways they will need numbers from all five of their players, and with SmithZz having lost the AWPing duty it's unclear where those kills are going to come from, while kioShiMa continues flashing his aim here and there, but with little consistency.

The boys in blue, as they so affectionately call themselves, should be far too consistent to struggle versus Cloud9 or mousesports - clearly inferior teams in their current state - whereas the Virtus.pro game will be a good early test for them. Expect the French to overcome their semi-final opponent, assuming that's Titan - versus NiP their past suggests they may not have the goods, and could face elimination before the grand final.

Prediction: 1st in group B, 2nd overall


Perhaps Happy should resume the in-game leader role in nV? 


Poland Virtus.pro

After a very busy spring, the Poles of Virtus.pro have yet to attend a tournament since the previous Gfinity event - where they finished second - but have been very active online. The team qualified for ESL ESEA Pro League Finals a week after Gfinity, and currently hold a 4-3 record in FACEIT's new season. All in all, things look to be going fine overall for the team as a whole, and the slight change of pace could be exactly what they needed to get ready for these summer tournaments.

The multi-major winning teams of Filip "NEO" Kubski and Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas often cited motivational reasons for their strong performances at the majors, and with ESL ESEA Pro League boasting a similar $250,000 prize purse, it's hard to imagine the Poles being equally motivated for Gfinity and the event in Cologne a week later. And in reality, you can hardly blame them for it - it's rational to focus more on the big ones.

On an individual level it's worth noting that Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski has lost the form that led to us calling him a top-five player in the world a year ago, and has regressed to just the fourth best rated player in his team over the course of the past three months. Picking up his slack has been NEO, who has clearly gotten better in recent months, as well as the team's two recruits from late 2013, especially Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, who remains one of the world's very best.

Player Age Rating *
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 21 1.07
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 21 1.07
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 28 1.04
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski 27 1.02
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 29 0.99

* Rating for the past three months

Virtus.pro hold a healthy 8-2 record over mousesports in the past few months - though it is cut down to just 3-1 when looking at more recent results in June with mouz's current roster. As far as Cloud9 goes, the last time the team of Snax dropped a map against them was at the end of October 2014, so with Cloud9 seemingly still weaker than at the time, they're hardly a worry for the Polish giant - or should be, anyway.

EnVyUs is a much more interesting match-up, and one that has made for entertaining matches throughout these two teams's recent history. Since early April the Poles trail nV 4-5 in maps, but notably took down Happy's team 2-0 at Gfinity Spring Masters II, leading to the Frenchmen's early elimination while Virtus.pro wound up finishing runner-ups to fnatic. In other words, the match is as close to a toss-up as one can get.

If we look further into the playoffs, Virtus.pro are neck-and-neck with NiP in terms of their record, while barely leading Titan 6-5 in maps since April - with a couple of overtime games included, for a good measure. If Virtus can match-up with Titan in the semi-finals, I believe they will make the grand final. If not, I am afraid they will have to bow to NiP, which in turn will only make it more likely that they surprise us all a week later in Cologne - the tournament they really want to win.

Prediction: 2nd in group B, 3-4th overall


Last three months have not been kind to Mr. Biceps 


United States Cloud9

Cloud9 have slowly started - seemingly - becoming the kind of team they surely wished to become when finally adding the continent's best AWPer Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham to their roster, together with Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir. They're doing well in North America, but that can be misleading. They've lost multiple games against Liquid - including a best-of-three series just days ago - and face very little competition with talent dispersed among a number of teams.

On the other hand, Europe has not been kind to Cloud9 since those group stage exits in late 2014 that at the time we all thought were sheer bad luck that was bound to turn eventually. Last meaningful win Cloud9 has against a European team - and frankly I am not sure if even this one counts - is their 16-14 win versus the old mousesports team, with their old roster, at the ESL One Katowice qualifier back in February.

Player Age Rating *
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 21 1.16
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 21 1.12
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 24 1.08
United States Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir 22 0.95
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares 27 0.90

* Rating for the past three months

Once the pride of North American Counter-Strike, the core of this team is basically now down to seang@res and n0thing, with rental parts added around them. It's unclear whether this team is incentivized to do much else than win in North America and represent the brand overseas, but so far they have failed at doing anything else, and it's hard to see that turning anytime soon - though it'd be good for the continent if it did.

Cloud9 have a number of tournaments coming up, with multiple chances to score some upset wins to bring back their swagger. One of these times either Skadoodle or n0thing will go off to win them a game, or shroud will finally redeem some of the promises he's been implicitly making. Until then, I am afraid the North Americans will face another early elimination in London.

Prediction: 4th in group B


Skadoodle is the one who could give Cloud9 an upset win or two 


Germany mousesports (chrisJ, denis, gob b, nex, Spiidi)

mousesports's recent results have been encouraging. They are back to a German speaking lineup that should be able to leverage Fatih "gob b" Dayik's calling abilities, and it seems to be paying dividends. Their recent matches include map wins over TSM, FlipSid3 and Titan, as well as series victories over TSM and HellRaisers - a solid resume for a team still looking to build its identity after months of disappointing results and the ensuing roster changes.

The team has finally found the star it needed in the PENTA-robbery - and it is Johannes "nex" Maget, Germany's best player who boasts an impressive 1.19 rating in the past three months, good for second best in the world behind FlipSid3's Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev among relevant players in top teams facing top tier competition. Unfortunately the rest of mouz still has not leveled up their play individually.

Player Age Rating *
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget 23 1.19
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 25 1.05
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 19 0.98
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 20 0.96
Turkey Fatih "gob b" Dayik 27 0.88

* Rating for the past three months

chrisJ likely never become much more than he is now - or it would have already happened - but he should aim to become a more consistent factor with his expensive weapon of choice. With gob b now able to work with a consistent roster with some firepower, all he'll need is some good games from the supporting cast and mousesports will be in business - but in this case, that mostly falls on chrisJ.

I don't expect mousesports to beat EnVyUs or Virtus.pro, though a perfect tactical gameplan from gob b could get them a best-of-one win with some individual fireworks, but they should be able to take down Cloud9. A single win wouldn't be worth celebrating, but playing the giants to close games while taking down an inferior team would be a step towards the right direction, and mousesports still have plenty of events to work with this summer.

Prediction: 3rd in group B

nex

Germany's best player has yet to deliver his team any meaningful wins 


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United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1432
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1531
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1290
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
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
Denmark Rasmus 'SandeN' Sanden
Rasmus 'SandeN' Sanden
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
297
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1240
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1078
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
999
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1486
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
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
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1177
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1273
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1738
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1426
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1467
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1371
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:
1524
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
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:
1.15
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
nice
2015-06-25 18:01
ayy
2015-06-25 18:02
EZ SKINS INC
2015-06-25 18:17
Lurpis the new thorin. He has checked history of teams in 1 minute and he pretends he knows the context. Lol. Nip nr 1? Hahaha. Envyus 50/50 vs vp? Hahaha. Recently Envyus lost all important matches and got raped by VP twice. The showmatch was a joke. 50/50 is Nip's and envyus's going out from groups. Looking at results it should be more like: 1 vp 2-3 dignitas/c9 4 envyus 5-6 mouse/nip It is sad cs lacks proper journalists like in LoL or even in Starcraft. Lurpis is not dumb but he is not up to date. It s clear he fills gaps with bs. E.g. He treats meaningless matches for nothing in the same way like important matches about qualification for 250k lan final.
2015-06-25 20:54
Vp lost 3-0 in a best of 3 series vs VP just the other day
2015-06-25 20:54
This is why lurpis's preview is so bad. He only wrote results without context. He doest know which matches where for 100%, which one with standins or ddos problems, which one throws because not important etc. In this showmatch VP saved strats by giving igl to pasha and byali(which is like giving igl to scream, shroud or shazam). In the day before and in the next day envysu was raped in faceit. Also many results lurpis wrote were fucked up by ddos or/and stand ins. Not a word about it. Lurpis is too lazy it seems.
2015-06-25 21:03
The context is that this tournament is not as nearly important to Nv or VP than it is to Nip. Didnt you read it? There are bigger event coming where Nip is not competing. Of course it alone tells that Nip isnt on the best form, but tese are usually hard to predict eithrr way...
2015-06-26 09:51
#88
NEO | 
Poland Mimaaacz 
wut? VP vs VP 0-3 in bo3? ayyy
2015-06-25 21:48
Motar2k cloned them so he could have more people to throw his money at. :p
2015-06-26 01:50
#108
flusha | 
Norway Karll 
your predictions are fucking retarded.
2015-06-26 17:27
#3
Spain ewg 
nice 2
2015-06-25 18:02
#5
United States boots 
cloud9 bestest
2015-06-25 18:02
#6
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
mouz above cloud9 is a really bold prediction.
2015-06-25 18:02
What why?
2015-06-25 18:13
gotta disagree with u here, judging from past online games, mouz have improved alot, beating TSM in a bo3 for example, dont think c9 could manage that
2015-06-25 18:14
#57
Europe o|-< 
Let's put some salt on the wound: we all know what germans are capable online!
2015-06-25 19:21
#95
United Kingdom L$D 
lol online means nothing when talking about mouz
2015-06-26 00:45
wow you're funny.. go back to drinking tea pls
2015-06-26 01:11
#97
United Kingdom L$D 
why is that funny?
2015-06-26 01:15
both teams are just getting started after some roster changes, i must say tho mouz have a much bigger potential with how they are now. with gob b's great leading skills he can defidently win over c9 even with brains only, since that is something cloud9 and NA teams at all kind of miss, not speaking about that mouz even have better skill ceiling than cloud9.
2015-06-25 18:28
Predicting C9 to lose is never a "bold" prediction.
2015-06-25 19:08
ayyyyyyyyyyyy
2015-06-25 23:08
#7
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
Goddammit lurpiss.
2015-06-25 18:02
didnt read lol.. u mad?
2015-06-25 18:03
wow, such badass much care
2015-06-25 18:53
go titan!
2015-06-25 18:05
#10
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Denmark fyhn 
#c9hype
2015-06-25 18:06
Sad that c9 and mouz are in one group :( wish they'd both somehow advance in the 2nd place of the group!
2015-06-25 18:06
+1
2015-06-25 18:14
VP ez
2015-06-25 18:07
NIP 1st - good joke
2015-06-25 18:08
+1
2015-06-25 18:59
#49
Poland miiR 
Yes i mean should be easy win for VP, kappa
2015-06-25 19:06
#63
 | 
Poland Marcines 
vp has bigger chance to do it than nip
2015-06-25 19:41
poor Cloud9, again against VP.. why they are not in group A :(
2015-06-25 18:09
#15
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
It's funny how they don't say the starting times because they know there will be huge delays.
2015-06-25 18:10
VP loves eZ wins against C9 in groups LOL
2015-06-25 18:11
#17
 | 
Brazil mth^ 
NiP vs Envy
2015-06-25 18:11
#19
 | 
Slovakia VerySloVACGuy 
mouz will fuck clown9 chrisJ is no more onlineJ
2015-06-25 18:14
#20
 | 
France sylverfalcon 
Titan vs Envy : The dream. But certainly NiP vs Envy
2015-06-25 18:14
#22
 | 
Norway billson 
if mousesports beats cloud9 again I will celebrate like crazy person.
2015-06-25 18:14
#81
 | 
Netherlands [Np]KNz 
I would prolly win some shitty murcan skins.
2015-06-25 20:52
#24
Brazil 1-19 
VP > nv
2015-06-25 18:15
lurppis spotted nip fanboy, NiP 1st phew not this time!
2015-06-25 18:17
you're wrong, he's titan's fanboy
2015-06-25 18:25
he is just like a bitch one day with Nip and other day with titan, need to be more realistic we dont need to read our dreams Dear Lurppis
2015-06-25 18:42
All 4 teams in group B are the best of their country. Can't say that about one of the group A teams.
2015-06-25 18:16
#27
NEO | 
Poland m@rulek 
delay incoming...
2015-06-25 18:17
#29
United Kingdom Alth 
I don't think NiP will be winning this tournament lol. I'm thinking a VP/NV final. Or potentially a Titan surge of performance to get them there.
2015-06-25 18:20
c9 is a lot better than mouz im pretty sure of that. :)
2015-06-25 18:20
Putting Cloud9 below Mouz, what's this guy been smoking?!
2015-06-25 18:21
well basicly mouz>c9
2015-06-25 18:55
american counterstrike teams are worse than british ones. mouz are way better than c9.
2015-06-25 20:31
#83
 | 
Netherlands [Np]KNz 
c9 = a bunch of EU LEM's...
2015-06-25 20:54
c9 brainless pug-style players. mouz good ingame leader and strats. aim is not enough on this level dude, but i don't expect you to understand as you are murican...
2015-06-26 10:18
sean is one of the most knowledgable IGLs out there, i'm sure he's prepared extremely well for this event you've obviously not been following the NA scene lately
2015-06-26 16:49
nip 1st? wtf
2015-06-25 18:22
#36
 | 
Ukraine Tokira 
And Dig 3rd? They definitely can sent Titan home :)
2015-06-25 18:40
n1
2015-06-25 18:40
#38
Australia BCP 
hi lurppis
2015-06-25 18:52
#41
Poland F!go 
lurppis hard nip fanboy, the will end 3-4
2015-06-25 18:57
"as well as the team's two recruits from late 2014"; shouldn't it be 2013?
2015-06-25 19:00
yes, typo. fixed.
2015-06-25 19:03
okey, nice read tho :)
2015-06-25 19:10
fk nip fanboy always predict they will be 1st -_-
2015-06-25 19:00
Holy shit, sg@res is 27, didn't know that.
2015-06-25 19:01
#46
 | 
Romania fluxz0r 
why would u predict c9 4th in the group lol.. u know nothing ..
2015-06-25 19:01
some great 15 minutes of reading coming up :)
2015-06-25 19:04
nip and titan ez group.
2015-06-25 19:08
#54
Norway puap 
"Best-of-one group stages can be scary, but mousesports and Cloud9 hardly are - neither has proven with any consistency that they are a team capable of competing with the world's best." "but groups are expected to play out in best-of-three GSL format " Which one is it? bo1 or bo3 group stage?
2015-06-25 19:13
groups are best-of-three, but i wrote this when the information wasn't out (to my knowledge) and i was operating under the assumption that groups would be best-of-one.
2015-06-25 19:20
#59
Norway puap 
Sweet! That decreases the chances of an upset from c9 and mouz. Ty for the answer
2015-06-25 19:24
gon be gud gl bois
2015-06-25 19:14
still no schedule?
2015-06-25 19:23
C9 will upset atleast ONE european team this time...no aussies here to act as fodder :)
2015-06-25 19:30
lol you think c9 will beat mouz? ^^ mousesports just rest NaVi 16-5 and 16-6 on Mirage and dd2. nothing c9 could ever do...
2015-06-26 10:20
Could be any euro team in their group not just mouz maybe even nV and VP
2015-06-26 15:32
Could NiP finally grab their first 2015 title? They already won ASUS ROG right?
2015-06-25 19:44
asus rog was in 2014
2015-06-25 19:46
nope it was February 2015. Cant remember the exact date
2015-06-25 19:49
january 30-31. i suppose it's a title, just like the swedish championship, but it's not a big one.
2015-06-25 20:11
Close enough to February :D. Ty for answer anyways
2015-06-25 20:19
Win their first title with allu* They won ROG with Maikelele
2015-06-25 22:40
#68
 | 
Poland ddmeister 
Lurrpis you are heating VP since I can remember but they shut your mouth and win this LAN!!
2015-06-25 19:52
GO NiP
2015-06-25 20:13
Not news
2015-06-25 20:15
nip ez 1st
2015-06-25 20:20
inb4 c9 loses all games
2015-06-25 20:20
VP in the Finals! They had a longer break from LANs and could experiment with igl´s and new tactics.
2015-06-25 20:21
#79
 | 
United Kingdom NoelG 
with Nv's recent form, its a stretch to put them out of the group stage in a prediction everyone in thier group is capable of beating them in thier current form
2015-06-25 20:42
Final: Envy vs VP, VP always stronger on LAN.
2015-06-25 21:04
#86
 | 
Andorra KOVALSKII 
WHY THE ARTICLE ISNT IN BLOG SECTION?????????? kappa ofc i was like mad nip's fangays in the article about nip;
2015-06-25 21:14
good read
2015-06-25 21:54
No fnatic... there is chance for others teams Kappa
2015-06-25 22:01
No kappa, that's the truth. nV, NiP and VP suck nowadays anyways.
2015-06-25 22:03
Lurppis writes an article about NIPs issues: "omfg this guy hates nip why is this idiot writing this in news section blaajshjishgjkh" Lurppis writes an article predicting NIP to win gfinity: "omfg this fucking nip fangay so biased and retarded blajddhjkghksjghfdsjh"
2015-06-25 23:14
good to read .. learn a lots
2015-06-26 09:14
#104
 | 
Canada mellowk 
The only thing that has a chance of being wrong is Dignitas over titan, and C9 over Mousesports.
2015-06-26 10:23
Stopped read at "Nip 1st overall"
2015-06-26 17:06
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