ESL One Cologne facts & numbers

ESL One Cologne 2015 is almost upon us and as part of our pre-event coverage we prepared a plethora of facts & numbers about the majors' history, the players and the teams that will be involved.

The $250,000 events funded by the community through Valve have been the pinnacle of CS:GO competitive play so far as they gathered the world's very best teams on each occasion.

With five of those events behind us – DreamHack Winter 2013, EMS One Katowice 2014, ESL One Cologne 2014, DreamHack Winter 2014 and ESL One Katowice 2015 – there is more than enough history to look back on and filter out the standout teams and players, as well as general facts about those tournaments.


Looking back at the majors' history

Thus we have put together a comprehensive list of facts and numbers, as well as graphs and tables with plenty of interesting and some not that interesting info to soak up as we await the kick-off on Thursday at 14:00.

General

We'll start off with some general things about the majors so far, such as how many maps it takes to win a title, how many players won one so far, what the longest match was and more:

• ESL One Cologne 2015 will be the 6th Valve-supported major tournament with a $250,000 prize purse and all of the world's best teams in attendance

• The viewership at majors has been on a consistent rise throughout each event, with ESL One Katowice 2015 peaking at around 1,1 million viewers during the grand final

• For the first time in history North America and Asia/Oceania had LAN qualifiers, while Europe had its second (albeit non-European teams were allowed at the first)

• 165 different players were involved in the major tournaments so far. 66 of them will appear at ESL One Cologne 2015

• 22 different players have won a major title so far; 19 of them will be attempting to add one more, while Fifflaren, schneider and Devilwalk are not participating

• A team needs to win 8 maps to win a major (2 in the group stage, 6 in the playoffs)

• No team has won a title without dropping a map yet. Virtus.pro (Katowice 2014) and fnatic (Katowice 2015) did it with an 8-1 record; on the other hand, NiP lost the maximum number of maps while winning ESL One Cologne 2014 – 4 total, 1 in the group stage and 1 in each playoff series

• 27 matches are played at every event, 20 Bo1s in the group stage and 7 Bo3s in the playoffs, which makes it 135 total matches so far (189 maps, excluding LDLC vs. fnatic map 3 at DHW which was officially registered as a forfeit)

• out of the 35 playoff series 20 went into map 3 (57%). 10 of those 20 finished with a 16-12 or closer score

• overall 31 of 100 group stage matches finished with a 16-12 score or closer and 28 of 90 playoff maps (both at 31%)

• There have been 10 maps with overtime, 5 in the group stage and 5 in the playoffs; one of each went into double OT

• There has never been a 16-0 score at a major. There have been five 16-1s

• The most frequent scores at the majors are 16-14 and 16-8, both happened 19 times so far

• Only twice has one of the first two matches at a major seen double digit resistance from the losing team - the very first match of the first major, Clan-Mystik vs. LGB at DreamHack Winter 2013 (16-14 on Dust2) and EnVyUs vs. Titan at ESL One Katowice 2015 (16-14 on Cobblestone)

• The longest match at the majors was a semi-final at DH Winter 2014 between NiP and Virtus.pro that lasted 91 rounds. Next most rounds in a series was 85 which happened twice - fnatic vs. LGB (EMS One Katowice 2014 1/4 final) and NiP vs. fnatic (ESL One Katowice 2015 grand final)

Before we continue on to the next section, let's take a deeper look into how the results have been distributed so far, as it may tell us what to expect in the upcoming event.

As we can see the losing teams most often get 7-8 or 13-14 rounds, and while blowouts do happen several times per event (23 results between 16-1 and 16-3 in total), close matches are far more common (59 results 16-12 or closer), albeit less than the general CS:GO average. The deciding maps of playoffs series though - when it comes to them - end 16-12 or closer in 50% of cases.

And who doesn't love a close match between top teams at a major. But which major had the closest matches so far?

The table above shows that Katowice 2014 and Cologne 2014 have been equally closely contested with 25.5 rounds per map. But upon closer inspection we see that Katowice ranks first in group stage, but only fourth in the more important playoffs.

On the other hand, ESL One Cologne 2014 had by far the most interesting playoff matches according to this statistic with 27 rounds per map, which should mean it takes the cake in this contest.

If we actually look back we'll see that some of the most legendary series took place at that event, with a record four playoff matches going to three maps. And all four of them ended 16-14 or 16-13, including the grand final between NiP and fnatic.

In general the grand finals have been quite entertaining so far, with four of them going to map three and another three having 80+ rounds. 

Organizations

While some organizations forayed into CS:GO only this year and are going into their first or second major, others have been here since the start. Let’s see which ones have been represented the most so far.

• 39 different organizations sent teams to the majors

• The only 3 that were present at every event so far are NiP, fnatic and Natus Vincere

• NiP made it to the final of all five majors, losing four and winning one (ESL One Cologne 2014)

• 5 organizations will be at their first major - Kinguin, Luminosity, Renegades, eBettle and Immunity, while mousesports, EnVyUs, TSM and CLG are heading into their second

Only 13 of the 39 organizations have attended at least 3 majors (listed above), while just 6 of those 13 will be in play this week in Cologne.

The most obvious absentee is HellRaisers, who had a team at the last four events but this time failed to qualify.

Another perhaps notable missing name is LDLC, the only organization that won a title and missed the next major (and now two).

Countries

Before we delve into the juiciest part – the one about players and their records – let's check out which countries have been (and will now be) represented:

• 22 different countries were represented at the majors so far

• Sweden leads the way having fielded 23 different players in the 5 events, followed by Denmark (22), France and USA (15), Germany (12) and Ukraine and Poland (10)

• At the upcoming major Sweden will once again have the most representatives (11), making it the 3rd time that is the case. Denmark had the most players twice and France once

• Portugal (fox) and Turkey (gob b) will be represented for the first time

• This will be the most diverse major so far with players coming from 19 different countries, surpassing Katowice 2015 that had 17

Despite having led the way in Katowice 2014 (16 players) and DH Winter 2014 (15), Denmark has fallen off a cliff and is for the second time in a row represented only by the five TSM members.

Ukraine is the only one that hit a new low, with only 5 players present from this Eastern European country that previously always had at least 6 representatives.

On the other hand, Australia has brought up 5 new players, Poland will have 4 new names. USA also has 2 new additions to its ever growing list of players which now stands at 17 across all majors and will climb to 3rd most overall.

Age

Age doesn't tell much of a story in the CS world as we have stars who are still teenagers and stars who are nearing the age of 30. Nevertheless, it can be fun to check out the average age per team and the youngest or oldest players at the upcoming event:

• EnVyUs will be the youngest team at the event with 21.8 average squad age

• Virtus.pro will be the oldest team on average with 25.6

• TaZ will for the 3rd time be the oldest player at a major (previously at ESL One Cologne 2014 and DH Winter 2014). natu was the oldest at ESL One Katowice 2015, and HaRts at the first two majors - DH Winter 2013 and EMS One Katowice 2014

• natu was the oldest player to play at a major in general and at the same time the oldest rookie (29 years and 309 days old at the start of ESL One Katowice 2015)

• boltz will be the youngest player for the 2nd major in a row (18 years, 132 days)

• GruBy from eBettle is the youngest rookie (20 years, 293 days old)

• Kjaerbye is the youngest player that participated so far – he was 16 years and 214 days old at the start of DreamHack Winter 2014 when he played for CPH Wolves

• Virtus.pro will become the oldest squad ever at the majors at 25.6 average age, barely edging out HellRaisers at ESL One Cologne 2014 (25.6), Bravado at DH Winter 2014 (25.2) and Na`Vi at ESL One Katowice 2015 (25.2)

• No player will celebrate a birthday during ESL One Cologne 2015. The nearest birthdays are denis two days before (turns 21 today) and rain three days after (turns 21 on August 27th)

• The CS:GO game itself will celebrate its 3rd birthday on August 21st, the second day of the event

It's somewhat of a surprise, but the three teams that are perhaps the biggest favorites on paper – TSM, fnatic and EnVyUs, are actually among five youngest teams at the event.

The oldest team in the previous major, Natus Vincere, went down to the middle of the table due to replacing Sergey "starix" Ischuk with 18-year-old Egor "flamie" Vasilyev in the meantime.

The above list of the youngest players in Cologne may contain some stars of tomorrow, like Ricardo "boltz" Prass, Tarik "tarik" Celik and Justin "jks" Savage, but it also has three very established players in Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub who already boast serious experience.

Interestingly, there's only one rookie among the ten youngest players, whereas the list of ten oldest players contains two:

Following Joona "natu" Leppänen's move into a coaching position, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas has overtaken the torch of the oldest professional CS:GO player, which he will in fact carry for the third time at a major.

Two regular major attendees Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Sean "seang@res" Gares also aren't far from the list with over 27 years of age, but were pushed down by two rookies, Ricardo "fox" Pacheco and Fatih "gob b" Dayik.

Interestingly the above list contains six players from the grand final of ESL's last CS 1.6 major, IEM 6 World Championship. It's the Virtus.pro and Na`Vi members, as well as former Na`Vi player Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, who fought for the major title four years ago but are still hungry to add more trophies to their collection.

Major experience

What matters far more than age is the actual playing experience, so we will now look at the teams and players from that angle.

• Virtus.pro played with the same lineup in all 5 majors (they were known as UniversalSoldiers at DH Winter 2013).

• No other five-man lineup played in all majors. Only one lineup appeared in four - Natus Vincere (seized, GuardiaN, starix, Zeus, Edward). Three lineups played in three majors - NiP (GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, friberg, Fifflaren, Xizt), fnatic (JW, KRIMZ, olofmeister, pronax, flusha), Astana Dragons/HellRaisers (markeloff, AdreN, kUcheR, ANGE1, Dosia).

• Only five of the sixteen ESL One Cologne rosters have played at a major before in the same composition - Virtus.pro (5), fnatic (3), NiP (1), TSM (1), FlipSid3 (1)

• Every previous team that won a title made it to the playoffs of the next major

• Among previous winners only NiP made a lineup change for the next major, replacing Fifflaren with Maikelele ahead of DreamHack Winter 2014

• The four least experienced teams at ESL One Cologne - Immunity, eBettle, CLG and Luminosity, have less maps at majors between their 20 players (41 maps total) than any of NiP's four core members

The above graph attempts to show how experienced each team's roster is with regards to previous major tournaments.

Only Virtus.pro and fnatic have players that attended each of the five events, but NiP have a lot more maps of experience (red line) due to four of them reaching every grand final so far.

The youngest team at the event, EnVyUs, ranks fourth in amount of majors and maps on average.

If we'd use past experience to determine favorites to make the playoffs, then those four abovementoined teams would be joined by TSM, Titan, Na`Vi and Cloud9.

The five teams "bolded" in the graph are the ones who retained their lineup from the previous major, although FlipSid3 did that more out of necessity as had to play without Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

Here are some facts regarding specific players and their previous major experience:

• 14 players will make their major debut

• 28 players will play in their 6th major

• The most experienced players at the majors are NiP's GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, friberg and Xizt - each having played 53 maps so far

• JW, pronax and flusha are the only players that won two majors

• Since DH Winter 2013 where everyone was a rookie, no player won a major tournament in his first try. What's more, every player that won a major participated in all previous majors. allu came closest to winning it as a rookie, reaching the final of ESL One Katowice with NiP

• 5 players will be missing out on playing at a CS:GO major for the first time in their career - ANGE1, Dosia, kUcheR, SEMPHIS and starix (although he will participate as the coach of Na`Vi)

• Happy is the only French player that made the playoffs in all 5 events (representing Recursive, LDLC, EnVyUs)

• the TSM core of device, dupreeh and Xyp9x also reached the playoffs in all 5 majors (under CPH Wolves, dignitas and TSM). They had different teammates in four of them, only repeating the lineup with FeTiSh and cajunb at Katowice 2014 and DH Winter 2014

• before their time in TSM, karrigan and cajunb played together at DH Winter 2013 (n!faculty) and ESL One Cologne 2014 (CPH Wolves), failing to reach the playoffs on both occasions. That also means that cajunb played at every major with one of his current teammates

• kennyS will play at his 5th major with a 5th different lineup. In each of his previous appearances he played with exactly one current teammate: with Happy at DHW 2013 (Recursive), kioShiMa at Katowice 2014 (Clan-Mystik), NBK- at Cologne 2014 (Titan), apEX at Katowice 2015 (Titan)

• markeloff is the only player at the event that attended all 5 majors and never made it past the quarter-final

• Skadoodle has never made it past the group stage in his four majors

• three of Kinguin's players previously made it to a major semi-final with their old teams - dennis (LGB at Katowice 2014), Maikelele (NiP at DHW 2014) and ScreaM (VeryGames at DHW 2013)

• dennis and Maikelele (then known as eksem) already played together at one major, DH Winter 2013, under the LGB banner

We also composed a list of most successful players in attendance, ordered by an arbitrary point system based on which stage they reached each time:

There are thirteen players at the event that have been in the playoffs every time, and nine of them are Swedish.

It's also worth pointing out some players who didn't make the list and are still looking for that major title – Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans, Finn "karrigan" Andersen and kennyS, each of whom attended four majors and only once made it past the group stage.

But here are those who are still in search of even their first playoff appearance:

Some of these players are still trying to reach that next step together, such as the Renegades, CLG and FlipSid3 team-cores, while others like Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham, Håvard "rain" Nygaard and flamie are in new teams at this event.

And it's not as if there isn't room for them to fill out, as there is a fair amount of previously successful players at majors that will not be playing in this one:

The likes of Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson, Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen and starix are not actively playing anymore, while most of the others didn't manage to qualify and will have to sit on the sidelines this time.

And lastly, here are the 14 players who will be appearing at a CS:GO major for the first time in their careers:

Some of them, namely Yaman "yam" Ergenekon, Null element and fox have lengthy playing experience behind them, with the Turkish player even winning a CS 1.6 major back in 2008 (IEM Season 2). But all of them, together with the other eleven, will be getting their feet wet for the first time in a CS:GO major.

Player stats and records

To finish off this lengthy post we'll list some player stats from the past majors:

• Only 42 of all 165 players have a rating of 1.00 or higher in majors; 30 will return in Cologne

• Snax is the highest rated player at the majors overall (1.23 rating). Full list can be found here

• GeT_RiGhT has the most total kills at majors so far (1050) as well as the most survived rounds (486)

• apEX is the best fragger on average with 0.84 kills per round (out of players with minimum 300 rounds played)

• JW has the most total AWP kills at the majors (247), while GuardiaN has the most on average (0.46 per round)

• f0rest has the most first kills in total (177), apEX the most on average (0.16)

• pashaBiceps has the highest success rate in first duels. He won 61.1% of them while averaging 0.15 opening kills per round (5th highest)

• Xyp9x won 17 clutches (1vsX) in his 28 maps, highest per map average at the majors. He is also the "hardest to kill", having the lowest amount of deaths per round (0.60)

• Xizt has the most total assists (226), whereas NEO has by far the most on average (0.22)

• byali contributed in most rounds on average so far, getting a kill, assist or surviving 70.6% of the time

• 71.9% - apEX had at least one kill in the most round wins for his teams (Clan-Mystik, LDLC, Titan), making him the most impactful player so far

• 53.3% - markeloff has had the least rounds without contribution in losses (no kill or assist, just a death in team's round loss) throughout the 5 majors, meaning he "failed" his team least often

• JW has been the multi-kill master, getting 2 or more kills in 21% of his rounds

• NiP lost 80% of rounds when friberg died first. Conversely, fnatic lost only 63% when JW fell first, while both are the primary round openers for their respective teams

• Virtus.pro's whole roster have been the five most successful players on CT side, winning 69% of their rounds. fnatic's trio of JW, pronax and flusha follow with 64%

• NiP's original roster of GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, friberg, Xizt and Fifflaren lead the T-side win percentage list with 53%, followed by schneider and Devilwalk (51%) and then Hiko, ScreaM, JW, pronax and flusha (50%)

• the player with the highest headshot percentage at the majors is raalz, with an astounding 77.4% (72 headshots from 93 kills). ScreaM is second with 70.8%

That's all of the facts and numbers we had for you ahead of ESL One Cologne. Hopefully you found some that were interesting and that it will make the upcoming major just a little extra fun, as it continues to build on the CS:GO legacy later this week. 

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
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
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
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
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
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
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1543
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.66
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
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
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
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
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1589
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
nice job i like
2015-08-18 14:11
omg gz
2015-08-18 14:32
From those facts, it looks like we will have VP vs Fnatic in Finals :D
2015-08-18 18:18
#211
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Finland Viskitissi 
Most likely it's going to be fnatic vs Envy
2015-08-18 19:34
Most likely it's going to be NiP vs TBD
2015-08-18 20:02
would love to see nip vs mouz in final.
2015-08-19 02:17
#259
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Poland bot_taz 
NIP always in finals :P
2015-08-19 17:50
#4
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Finland terquie 
omg nice
2015-08-18 14:12
#5
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African Union BoyBetterKnow! 
That's fantastic
2015-08-18 14:12
HYPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NIIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP ISSS LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2015-08-18 14:13
please don't love IS
2015-08-18 18:24
GOB B is German not turkish. Wrong Flag hltv
2015-08-18 14:14
#53
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Austria h_o_w_m_u_c_h 
he is turkish ^^ just living in germany ^^
2015-08-18 14:43
so he can be aswell german? u dont know if he got the german citizenship.
2015-08-18 15:02
He does have german citizenship as well. But he represented Turkish national team in the past, hence why we have the Turkish flag for him. If he plays for Germany this year, we'll change it
2015-08-18 15:12
good answer
2015-08-18 15:44
You should just ask him. I'm sure he'd know what flag he'd like to be rocking.
2015-08-18 22:21
Nah, that would just lead to a mess if players got to chose things like that (or teams with flags as well). We have our own rules for that stuff and it's been working out fine for years :)
2015-08-18 22:29
lol
2015-08-19 22:34
#130
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Canada Ayton 
GOB B is Turkish not german lmfao
2015-08-18 15:56
^ this
2015-08-18 16:42
sure, just like ozil, boateng, khedira, cacau, tasci, podolski etc whole world already know that germany like to 'germanize' others countries success ;)))
2015-08-18 19:14
well if you are born and raised in Germany or if you are half german and lives in Germany. then you have the option to choose.
2015-08-18 20:43
nope
2015-08-18 19:55
#12
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Hungary raffai 
fiffy op
2015-08-18 14:15
#14
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
LET'S GO NIP
2015-08-18 14:15
Kinguin no chance
2015-08-18 14:17
wow nice statistics wp
2015-08-18 14:20
Nice
2015-08-18 14:22
Wow rlly good topic, gratz mate
2015-08-18 14:23
Very nice! #Nicenox4president
2015-08-18 14:24
kk
2015-08-18 16:01
ty peasant
2015-08-18 17:44
#26
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Brazil Collee 
titan no more chokerino kippo existenz very good igl and best friend
2015-08-18 14:26
VP - oldest, most stable and most experienced team in CSGO
2015-08-18 14:26
losing 16-0 to newest, unstable and unexperienced team in CSGO
2015-08-18 14:35
#55
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
ayyyy
2015-08-18 14:44
lmao
2015-08-18 14:57
rekt
2015-08-18 15:56
#222
Poland n1u 
In Major? i arent think that. Who the fuck cares low Kinguin.
2015-08-18 20:26
kk
2015-08-18 20:56
like ur titan lose to eBattle newest, unstable and unexperienced team in CSGO
2015-08-18 16:08
comparing 16-0 to 2nd OT VP fanboi
2015-08-18 16:39
they don't care but you are wet because of it apparently
2015-08-19 13:48
Watch SNAX. Current best major player.
2015-08-18 14:27
+1 Though I feel like neo has been VP's best player last few months.
2015-08-18 14:35
#90
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
yep, if snax plays like before at cologne, and neo stays the same plow will be stronk
2015-08-18 15:05
not even close to GeT_RiGhT and olofmeister Swedish Dominance
2015-08-18 15:55
look at teams look at success in majors 8/10 major finalist are SWEDISH snax final only ONCE GTR FINAL 5 TIMES OLOF FINAL 2 TIMES JW FINAL 3 TIMES AND 2 TITLES
2015-08-18 17:15
lol as he plays a year tier 1 team
2015-08-18 18:34
and? stats clearly says that snax is best major player
2015-08-18 20:30
failfish
2015-08-18 21:34
Went through to the play offs: 9 Swedish guys, 1 French guy(happy) and 3 danish guys. Only 13 guys, gotta feel good tho. Even tho 3 of them never made a final. ^^ All of them even have a good chance of making it 6/6.
2015-08-18 14:28
tgwri1s with the quantitative game on fleek
2015-08-18 14:30
@Tgwri1s Great work!
2015-08-18 14:30
Tarik and yam are Turkish btw
2015-08-18 14:31
and gob is german
2015-08-18 14:31
why
2015-08-18 14:40
Here we go lol
2015-08-18 14:45
FailFish
2015-08-18 15:55
Just look at them, they look so Muslim like regular Swedish people
2015-08-18 22:03
5% muslim in Sweden but k den
2015-08-19 17:37
Wow, this was really nice read! GJ!
2015-08-18 14:31
#36
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
wow what an effort. so many interesting things here thanks
2015-08-18 14:33
#37
France DhK 
really nice read. ty!
2015-08-18 14:34
really nice job!
2015-08-18 14:34
Great article!
2015-08-18 14:36
• the player with the highest headshot percentage at the majors is raalz, with an astounding 77.4% (72 headshots from 93 kills). ScreaM is second with 70.8% Who is raalz?
2015-08-18 14:37
Who is Tregi?
2015-08-18 14:52
#96
Slovenia mejo 
Danish guy who everybody put as an upcoming talent at the end of 2013 or start of 2014 but then he disappeared unfortunately, he was ok, pimp like level as far as i recall but in sure some danish guy can correct me :)
2015-08-18 15:08
yeah he played for 3DMAX but lost faith and didnt want to play at this high level anymore :/
2015-08-18 21:00
Ah, thanks for responses guys. :)
2015-08-19 16:23
#44
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Portugal dracø 
ESL One Cologne 2015 will be the 6th Valve-supported major tournament with a $250,000 prize purse and all of the world's best teams in attendance Meh, can't agree on that one. Other than that, amazing work Tgwri1s, you da man!
2015-08-18 14:39
Which of the world's best (not top 15) teams have missed a major?
2015-08-18 14:44
i would agree with that sentence if dignitas would attende instead of ebettle or immunity. great job btw, i read the whole article.
2015-08-18 14:48
But I'm talking about the teams above dignitas' stature.. The ones that are candidates to win a major, not just fill up the numbers (sorry dignitas :P)
2015-08-18 15:06
"all of the world's best teams in attendance" specifically states that every single team in Cologne will be better than any other team not attending. Which is not true, dont write that again.
2015-08-18 15:44
No, it doesn't mean that. It only means that the world's best teams will attend. You can put anything behind "best", and it doesn't say anything regarding the number of teams concerned by the description. If Tgwri1s meant "favorites" (as he said himself), then teams like F3, Immunity, Renegades and so on are not included in "all of the world's best teams in attendance", and therefore, it's a perfectly true statement.
2015-08-18 17:05
Well I understand what you mean and agree on it. But you must agree that the majors should contain the world's 16 best teams.
2015-08-18 20:40
Yes, but majors should also make the maximum to globalize the scene, so that it can continue to grow. That's why it's a good idea to offer spots to weak scenes like Asia. Dignitas and HR had their chance to be there. It's unfortunate that they failed, but it's not like it's unfair to them in any way, both eBettle and F3 deserve their spot. It's about time that majors offer 32 spots anyway, there are other good teams missing like LGB and E-frag, and it would be really cool to see more matches and more teams battling it out for a major.
2015-08-18 21:01
all the best teams at the major =/= the major is all best teams. The major has the best teams and then some others.
2015-08-18 18:30
#63
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
k1ck i guess
2015-08-18 14:48
#117
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Portugal dracø 
Dignitas and HR. They might have a change of winning it, but they are certainly better than ebettle, immunity, renegades(maybe/maybe not). e: ok just read #92, if you are only talking about the top contenders then I agree :>
2015-08-18 15:42
Gj HLTV! :) Fun to read!
2015-08-18 14:40
goodjob
2015-08-18 14:40
#48
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Norway deepZ82 
REALY interesting, huge job, well done sir!
2015-08-18 14:41
But are Red Bulls only for the commercials?
2015-08-18 14:41
nooooooooooooo
2015-08-22 11:22
+1
2015-08-22 11:30
nice stats
2015-08-18 14:42
Gj Did read
2015-08-18 14:42
#52
Poland SZP- 
VP looks strong on paper, too bad only there.
2015-08-18 14:43
nicerinio
2015-08-18 14:43
Who is raalz? Never heard of him.
2015-08-18 14:45
#60
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
hr org was only in 3 majors, DHW2013 was astana dragons
2015-08-18 14:49
You missed one, HellRaisers were at Katowice 2014, Cologne 2014, DH Winter 2014 and Katowice 2015
2015-08-18 14:55
#87
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
right, my bad doubting you guys ;]
2015-08-18 15:04
#64
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Poland Mannix 
Snax is a monster on majors damn :O
2015-08-18 14:52
Really good job Tgwri1s, I like this type of articles, keep 'em coming
2015-08-18 14:52
RiP IBP RiP Skad no playoffs
2015-08-18 14:53
#68
Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
Tremendous effort, nice job
2015-08-18 14:54
why are there 2 australian teams FailFish
2015-08-18 14:56
Because there were Asian qualifiers...
2015-08-18 15:03
and? Im asking why there are TWO
2015-08-18 15:33
2 teams qualified in the Asian qualifiers.
2015-08-18 15:36
i hope you are not serious
2015-08-18 16:35
Europe, USA and Asia had 2 spots, why would Asia have less than EU or USA?
2015-08-18 16:46
i hope you're not serious as in your brains incapability of processing simple things. I was obviously disagreeing with mediocre aussies having the second most players in a major tournament. I wasn't asking HOW they obtained their spots.
2015-08-18 17:05
"Why would Asia have less than EU or USA" maybe because EU and USA are far more superior in terms of skill and experience? -.-
2015-08-18 17:06
You asked why, and I told you why
2015-08-18 17:07
Europe had 4
2015-08-18 17:16
ahh ok, but still I am just explaining him why. I dont say I agree with it or smth.
2015-08-18 17:24
#74
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Spain azer1 
N1
2015-08-18 14:59
Read the whole thing. Nicely done!
2015-08-18 15:00
#76
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Brazil nk.Mar 
go nip, finals again at least please =)
2015-08-18 15:00
thanks, good read!
2015-08-18 15:02
Was worth reading def gonna help making my picem pics :-D
2015-08-18 15:02
Nice read.
2015-08-18 15:02
WoW, nice. Good work.
2015-08-18 15:02
#85
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Ukraine PeR4uk 
really nice job!
2015-08-18 15:03
xypx 19 years old? wtf
2015-08-18 15:04
fribergs face made my day, lol love it
2015-08-18 15:04
fucking great read dude
2015-08-18 15:06
thnx
2015-08-18 15:06
Snax is the highest rated player at the majors overall (1.23 rating) also top rated player of the grand finals (1.60 rating) gogogo VP <3
2015-08-18 15:07
look at the Swedish dominance
2015-08-18 15:54
yea I know, Sweds are the best in csgo history no doubt
2015-08-18 16:03
#95
f0rest | 
Europe IAmTyco 
I feel bad for NiP final on every major and only won one lol
2015-08-18 15:07
"NiP lost the maximum amount of maps while winning ESL One Cologne 2014" It's number of maps! If you can count them it's number not amount.
2015-08-18 15:10
Thanks native English speaker. Fixed now, plus I learned something today :)
2015-08-18 15:33
Haha didn't expect a reply, it's a bugbear of mine (for English speakers anyway). The same rules apply for less and fewer - fewer chocolate bars and less chocolate. To be honest though it's a dying rule because no one in England follows it properly (it also has loads of weird exceptions for things like money).
2015-08-18 16:14
It's basically the same with much and many, isn't it?
2015-08-18 18:37
Aye, it's the same rule.
2015-08-18 19:29
yes how much?
2015-08-18 19:36
oldest players = all from 1.6
2015-08-18 15:12
Nip <3
2015-08-18 15:13
Holy fuck what a job you did here :O
2015-08-18 15:16
fantastic array of stats and facts! Im still not convinced by the use of the 'rookie' term. The tournament structure of csgo imo makes classifying somebody as a rookie hard to pin down. A person could attend like 3x 30k events in a year, all of fairly high competitive significance with lots of good teams in attendance, all on lan, said player could have great performances at each of those events, yet go into a 250k event and be considered a rookie. To me I just dunno if the term is really that accurate and im not sure if it provides any use. There are too many different competitions a player could realistically prove themselves at before a super-high prize pool tournament for the term rookie to be effectively used. Perhaps it needs to be used at the start of the year, or only used if its a players first X months of international play. anyway, just food for thought, not looking to stir the pot (if you read this, because we kind of touched on this elsewhere) and again not wanting to take anything away from your fantastic effort in compiling this data
2015-08-18 15:23
I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree :) Also, the full term is "major rookie", and the major part is really important because these tournaments are special and I also want this term to reflect that. Also, it sounds to me like you're treating majors like any other event.
2015-08-18 15:25
I completely agree with your point of view. One cannot simply change the matrix.
2015-08-18 15:40
but major is different man, its something else, cant describe it.
2015-08-18 17:36
wow, nice report!
2015-08-18 15:25
great read!
2015-08-18 15:27
VP's old bones too old to win another major confirmed. Thx HLTV.
2015-08-18 15:28
#135
TaZ | 
Poland reap3r 
Yes, because 1 year is fucking huge difference. hltv logic. They still probably won't win cuz they can't play vs fnatic and nip. But that's because they play bad, not because they are old.
2015-08-18 15:58
is it really that hard to read mr. hltv logic, really? try again... static.hltv.org/images/galleries/1693-fu.. EnVyUs is 4 years younger than VP on average. Fnatic & TSM are 3 years younger than VP on average. Cloud9 and NaVi are 2 years younger on average. youtube.com/watch?v=pQD-dXfHrvk
2015-08-18 16:49
Yet TSM,Navi,Cloud9 cannot beat VP,have failed in the last 14/15 attempts.
2015-08-18 17:19
TSM and NaVi can beat VP. But VP have won more times recently. They both last beat VP in April on LAN in bo3. The LAN matchup is like 50-50 or 55-45 VP imo. VP are just the best at outsmarting tactical teams.
2015-08-18 17:34
Lolz,don't kid mate,TSM have beaten VP one time in recent history,and navi too. Out of around 15-20 games,TSM and Navi have beaten 1 time in the entire year. You say "they beat VP last in april",vp beat them before that,VP beat them after that.
2015-08-18 19:25
who is counting online matches? i don't even pay attention to those because form doesn't translate from online to offline. on LAN VP looked like shit for a couple of months. and VP didn't play those teams more than once or twice after April on LAN in bo3/5s. anyway VP now have changed roles in their team and look much better so their capability is unknown again. they are on an upswing, but it's not like they stomped those teams when they played them.
2015-08-18 21:51
#205
TaZ | 
Poland reap3r 
"is it really that hard to read mr. hltv logic, really?" Like wut? What the fuck are you talking about? Reading useless graphs showing average age in team? Who gives a shit about average age of teams? Cool movie brah, nice theory, hltv confirmed.
2015-08-18 18:58
"ESL One Cologne 2015 will be the 6th Valve-supported major tournament with a $250,000 prize purse and all of the world's best teams in attendance" This is incorrect, unless by all the best teams you were simply referring to the elite. The majors haven't fielded the strongest possible 16 teams, probably ever.
2015-08-18 15:31
The elite of course, cause you could pull the line at 50+ teams when you say "the best in the world" so it only makes sense to refer to the elite imo when saying "all of the world's best"
2015-08-18 15:34
all the best teams at the major =/= the major is all best teams. The major has the best teams and then some others.
2015-08-18 18:30
fox 28yO ?
2015-08-18 15:33
good read Tgwri1s as always! keep it up!
2015-08-18 15:33
#115
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Azerbaijan Talley 
Good read.
2015-08-18 15:36
77.4% hs ratio gg
2015-08-18 15:41
Shit man awesome article, had a good read
2015-08-18 15:43
#122
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
great job! nice reading!
2015-08-18 15:48
Looking at the stats, it seems that 16-14 is twice as common as 15-15. We have to remember that both 16-14 and 14-16 is counted as 16-14 in these stats though. If the game is at 14-14 there are three possible outcomes. 16-14, 15-15 and 14-16. 15-15 is actually the most common of these three.
2015-08-18 15:49
That was awesome ! Great job :)
2015-08-18 15:53
Most successful players at the major ALL SWEDES AT THE TOP SWEDISH MASTERRACE
2015-08-18 15:53
sad that finland is so shit tho and Sweden is by far the most dominant 2015-08-18 09:56 not even close to GeT_RiGhT and olofmeister Swedish Dominance 2015-08-18 09:55 FailFish 2015-08-18 09:55 look at the Swedish dominance 2015-08-18 09:54 Most successful players at the major ALL SWEDES AT THE TOP SWEDISH MASTERRACE 2015-08-18 09:53 bruh chill also inb4 you shit on the USA lol
2015-08-18 16:19
im sorry im just proud to be Swedish everyone on HLTV hates on Sweden so i just wanna say "fuck you" to them
2015-08-18 16:26
the reason why some people hate on sweden here is because of posts like these that have been a reoccurring thing forever on hltv
2015-08-18 18:27
keep being mad with your inferiority complex Sweden is by far the best
2015-08-18 18:31
He's right though, arrogance will only provoke the behaviours you dislike, which will make you be even more arrogant, etc... Just be humble and people will appreciate you more(and by extension, Swedes). By being arrogant you're only convincing them that they're right to hate on you ^^.
2015-08-18 20:43
• A team needs to win 8 maps to win a major (2 in the group stage, 6 in the playoffs) Thats sad for major. Especially if its biggest. I wish that they made same group system and whole tournament similiar to TI5 in Dota 2. So many matches and at the end after all those matches only best teams would get till the end.
2015-08-18 15:54
Happy birthday denis :D
2015-08-18 15:57
Very nice job!
2015-08-18 16:02
stupid polak
2015-08-18 16:05
NICE TRY
2015-08-18 16:05
#143
s1mple | 
Sweden DiTzZ 
I love numbers and statistics! Awesome.
2015-08-18 16:09
#145
ropz | 
Poland fleja 
What a amaizing job!
2015-08-18 16:11
amazing job Tgwri1s
2015-08-18 16:12
#148
f0rest | 
Russia XyetoN 
Nice job. Had fun reading this
2015-08-18 16:14
The best stat preview ever! Awesome job Tgwri1s!
2015-08-18 16:28
#158
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France whitx 
Awesome job guys, was really interesting to see the evolution for player that I use to follow for so long, and all the youngest also tho
2015-08-18 16:38
Nice read!
2015-08-18 16:39
I always cheer for the underdogs at majors because it's way more exciting then if they win something or play good. :D
2015-08-18 16:41
Where i put like? :D
2015-08-18 17:05
"5 players will be missing out on playing at a CS:GO major for the first time in their career" I don't get this one. Isn't this list much, much longer? I mean, I never played in a major.
2015-08-18 17:08
5 players have gone to every major before this one, but will miss this major. <--- is what he means.
2015-08-18 18:33
Ooooooooooooooh. I get it now.
2015-08-18 18:45
Great job, must have taken ages.
2015-08-18 17:09
Holyshit,so much stats. My brain is feeling dizzy. Gj HLTV!
2015-08-18 17:17
+1 for this
2015-08-18 17:19
Not being biased but ... go 'stralia ! :D
2015-08-18 17:26
sik !
2015-08-18 17:35
I've seen that Germany has an official stream from the Arena. Is there any info of other official streams too? E.g. Russian or something?
2015-08-18 17:36
#185
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Poland kRAMERO 
"NiP made it to the final of all five majors, losing four and winning one (ESL One Cologne 2014)" ok rip nip
2015-08-18 17:42
a bit better than the shitty poles tho
2015-08-18 21:35
RiP NiP. o,o
2015-08-19 02:52
not even close NiP is the best team in the world onliine right now they are beating fnatic, tsm and navi easy online so just wait and see
2015-08-19 17:38
ez 4 BOT Allu
2015-08-18 17:53
i wonder when Taz's going to retire and yell at kids to get them off his lawn.
2015-08-18 18:02
turkey: 1, gob b hahahahahaha
2015-08-18 18:05
Yam,tarik 3
2015-08-19 10:20
Nice
2015-08-18 18:18
Stopped reading at "the most successful player that won't participate - fifflaren"
2015-08-18 18:36
Why? He won a major and lots of other tournament and 2 finals in dhw 2013 and katowice 2014
2015-08-18 19:09
#210
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Canada rayrayrayray 
4x group stage, gj ibuyplanetickets
2015-08-18 19:33
10/10
2015-08-18 19:37
"markeloff is the only player at the event that attended all 5 majors and never made it past the quarter-final" Awww man, poor mark :(
2015-08-18 19:39
omg Tgwri1s. what a job. +1
2015-08-18 19:46
great work! well done
2015-08-18 19:50
8/8
2015-08-18 20:07
holy shit, boltz and flamie can manage to be in a really high position on 2016 top players.
2015-08-18 20:13
Great work Tgwri1s!
2015-08-18 20:22
#223
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
nice work, was fun to read. Didn't think raalz would have such a high HS%, I wonder how many people even remember him?
2015-08-18 20:29
there we have it, Xy9ex is the best for his role from DK. no more drop him shit.
2015-08-18 21:02
sick read, gr8 job!
2015-08-18 21:51
Great work! Grate gr8
2015-08-18 21:51
the most interesting facts are • NiP made it to the final of all five majors, losing four and winning one (ESL One Cologne 2014) • kennyS will play at his 5th major with a 5th different lineup • markeloff is the only player at the event that attended all 5 majors and never made it past the quarter-final • JW, pronax and flusha are the only players that won two majors
2015-08-18 22:02
interesting
2015-08-19 00:01
Tgwri1s you never dissapoint
2015-08-19 00:06
falmie 18 years ? oh my god
2015-08-19 00:10
amazing job, great, just great!!
2015-08-19 00:18
so many interesting stats and facts thanks
2015-08-19 02:29
so...this will be the first major where Nip won't be in the finals :D yey
2015-08-19 07:38
good job hltv
2015-08-19 08:17
Sikh stats Tgwri1s, how much time did this take?
2015-08-19 10:15
hahaha! Gob B in rookie list ? "all of them, will be getting their feet wet for the first time in a CS:GO major"... bro, GOb B was playing in CS major tournaments before you even work for hltv.
2015-08-19 11:03
You may want to re-read again the part you just quoted yourself, especially paying attention to the 'a CS:GO major' part. Thank you.
2015-08-22 05:20
Really cool stats, thanks for the work!
2015-08-22 14:09
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