ESL One Cologne Group D preview

Our pre-event coverage for ESL One Cologne 2015 concludes with a preview of Group D, in which Virtus.pro, Immunity, Cloud9, and mousesports are contending.

ESL One Cologne will run from August 20-23 and the first day will unfold with characteristic GSL-style groups. Teams will play the two opening matches and then the winners will play an Upper Bracket match—from there the winner moves into the quarter-finals and the other three teams will be part of the remaining 12 to be reshuffled into new groups.

HLTV.org has already written comprehensive previews for three groups at ESL One Cologne 2015: Group A can be found hereGroup B can be found here, and Group C can be found here.

A full overview of the ESL One Cologne schedule can be found here. Group D will begin after the winners matches for Groups A & B have played out, approximately around 18:15.

We are now going to inspect the teams that will be fighting on day one that are in Group D, a group which features three extremely strong candidates for a playoff run, as well as an Australian question mark.


Cologne, Germany will host a major for the second time

Virtus.pro

Virtus.pro, winners of 2014 EMS One Katowice as well as the third largest first place payout of 2015 ($70,000 at the ESEA Season 18 Global Finals), believe in the mantra of exhaustive travel. Whereas teams such as NiP, TSM, and fnatic chose to miss events over the summer for admittedly legitimate reasons (e.g. school, holiday), it took Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's wedding to force the Poles off of the event-attendance grind.

As one might expect, this kind of commitment to the luxury of being a top level esports team is not without its drawbacks. It comes as no surprise then that Virtus.pro also perform below expectations as an elite team (although this classification is debatable these days) and sometimes bomb out in groups.

Following the abovementioned trip to Dallas, Texas for a first place defeat of fnatic at the ESEA S18 finals, VP's next event was the FACEIT Stage 1 finals in London where a Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund-powered NiP edged out VP in the semifinals, making the team finish in 3-4th place.

The team returned to London two weekends later for the Gfinity Spring Masters II event and advanced to the playoffs, even defeating Na`Vi in the semifinal (the Poles have a slight edge over Natus Vincere overall), but they were ultimately routed by fnatic in the grand final with a 3-0 concisive defeat.


Virtus.pro returned to winning ways at the team's latest event

VP's next event was the Gfinity Summer Masters I, with the team hoping to put the back-to-back attendance of Gfinity events to good use and win the third edition of the Gfinity tournament.

The team managed to defeat a weak Cloud9 roster (who were still getting used to roster changes) but VP were then stumped not once, but twice by mousesports, which forced a group stage exit and opened up the floor for debate in earnest on the team's fall.

Unlike this team's core in CS 1.6, Virtus.pro have developed a solid reputation for their online matches, which includes qualifying for important offline finals when necessary. Obviously, this improvement is not definitive, with the Poles failing to qualify for the four-team Fragbite Masters Season 4 finals.

However, a strong run in the ESL ESEA Pro League meant a visit to Cologne, Germany in the beginning of July where Virtus.pro easily cleared the group stage, defeating Luminosity and Cloud9 in the process.

In the semifinal however, Virtus once again came up against fnatic and lost the duel of giants 1-2, finishing in 3-4th place with $25,000 in prize-money.

This tendency to crush second tier teams and then lose the all important matches to the highest calibre ones (i.e. fnatic, TSM) is characteristic of this summer's Virtus.pro, and gives the team a similar affinity to other struggling outfits of the mid-year season such as NiP.

The ensuing event came two weeks after in Valencia, Spain: the FACEIT Stage 2 finals. After an unlikely best-of-one loss to Na`Vi in their opener, Virtus.pro went into a group decider match against Kinguin that many favoured them to win.

Then, the 16-0 game happened. The one that people still talk about in forum comments when Virtus.pro is mentioned. The one where soulless and vacant expressions take over for the usually upbeat Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski.

Kinguin came back in map three with a 16-0 de_cache boxing of Virtus.pro, and took the Poles out in groups. Something was awry.


A classic o kurwa expression for the ages

There is something heroic about this team however, and it's the same quality that allowed them to come out as underdogs at Katowice in 2014 and demolish the entire event. This quality has many nicknames among passionate fans, gambling addicts would call it Virtus.pro's "Golden Rule," while wizened Counter-Strike philosophers look up to the sky and ask "Virtus plow or Virtus throw?"

The team made this point quite succinctly at the CEVO-P Season 7 finals, where they topped the group by enacting revenge on Na`Vi first and foremost, a foreboding sign. The team then dismissed Cloud9, another team looking to rise in stock, and completed their pièce de résistance at CEVO by convincingly beating Na`Vi 3-1 in the grand final.

Major stats

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 22 5 31 1.23 Winner (Kat 2014)
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski 27 5 31 1.19 Winner (Kat 2014)
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 21 5 31 1.12 Winner (Kat 2014)
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 28 5 31 1.10 Winner (Kat 2014)
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 29 5 31 0.96 Winner (Kat 2014)

Frankly speaking, Snax is an absolute monster at majors, and has the highest major rating of all the players who will be present at ESL One Cologne 2015. Lurking, holding down sites, winning clutch situations, entrying: Snax will be the ultimate utility player for the Polish team. It would truly take a Poké Flute to keep Snax from performing.

Muscular pashaBiceps is not far behind, and posts a rating that puts similar role players on TSM and fnatic to shame at the majors. 21-year-old byali, at 1.12 rating, has chipped in immensely as well.


In terms of major player rating, this guy is the best

With TaZ officially calling for Cologne, another fact not captured by our major stats is NEO, who has been playing to a much higher level at recent events, often finishing with the highest rating in matches. Freeing up his calling duties will no doubt allow the player to excel at ESL One Cologne.

At an average of 25.6 years of age, Virtus.pro will be the oldest team at this year's Cologne, as well as the oldest team to play a major to date.

Immunity

In the early days of CS:GO, having one team from the Oceanic region was impressive enough, in light of the grueling travel time and geographic separation that teams from Down Under faced.

Today, with CS:GO growing in regions such as North America, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia, it comes as no surprise that the two teams to qualify for ESL One Cologne 2015 via the Asian qualifier are Australia's two best.

On top of that, Immunity are no Bravado or Team Wolf, and they have already played three tournaments in Europe this year which has given the team a windfall of experience.

Immunity's latest roster change in 2015 saw the team bring in Karlo "USTILO" Pivac in April, with former player Yaman "yam" Ergenekon going the way of the team's rival, Renegades.

The first event for Immunity was the FACEIT Stage 1 finals in London. The opener saw Immunity take NiP to a 14-16 scoreline on map two despite losing;Immunity then disposed of the American-Canadian Liquid team 2-1, an already hopeful result for a team previously untested on the international stage. The decider game against NiP unfortunately saw Immunity crushed on two maps.

Immunity did not return home after this group stage exit, instead the team went to the DreamHack Open Tours BYOC qualifier the next weekend. Things did not play out as expected, with the team losing in the upper bracket to Awsomniac and then in the lower bracket semifinal to beGenius, thereby failing to qualify.


Immunity debuted in 2015 at the FACEIT Stage 1 finals

The Australian Eurotrip was extended for one more weekend as Immunity went into Gfinity Spring Masters II as part of Group B. The team failed to impress however, going out with a 0-4 best-of-three record and losing clean series to Cloud9, EnVyUs, and Virtus.pro (Immunity did take Titan to overtime on one map).

With Australian rivals Renegades (then still known as Vox Eminor) present at the same event, and managing to take maps off of fnatic, NiP, and Liquid, Immunity's showing must have been felt as a disappointment for the team. Renegades followed up on this advantage by defeating Immunity with a 2-0 score at ACL Sydney.

Since then, we have not seen much of Immunity. The team, like Renegades, had to forgo attending the FACEIT Stage 2 finals due to an overlap with the ESL One Asian Qualifier, where Immunity defeated the Malaysians of MVP.karnal to qualify for the major.

Major Stats

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Australia Iain "SnypeR" Turner 28 1 2 0.92 Group stage (Katowice 2014)
Australia Karlo "USTILO" Pivac 22 - - - -
Australia Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland 23 - - - -
Australia Chris "emagine" Rowlands 24 - - - -
Australia James "James" Quinn 21 - - - -

ESL One Cologne 2015 will be the Immunity organisation's first major, as well as the first major for four of the team's players.

SnypeR, at 28 years and 342 days of age, is the second oldest player at this event and also has previous major experience, having been part of the Vox Eminor lineup that went out in groups at EMS One Katowice 2014.

18:15 Poland Virtus.pro vs. Australia Immunity

Much like what Immunity player James told us in his interview, the team's underdog status favours them going into this major. However, in that same interview, James admitted the team's preparation was not as sufficient as they would have liked, a worrying sign going into one of CS:GO's most prestigious events.

If the team want to make an impact, high-rated hotshots USTILO and Rickeh will need to fire on all cylinders, winning aim duels and not letting tactical worries slow them down.

However, as should have been said in the first line of this portion of the preview, Virtus.pro remain tremendous favourites, having more skill, more experience, and more teamwork. Expect odds of over 90% on betting sites.

Cloud9

For awhile the piñata of the North American Counter-Strike team, Cloud9 were easy to pick on and even easier to destroy in the server.

Accusations and memes about performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) aside, the team's playstyle in the spring was spazzy and subpar, making trainwrecks such as that seen at the ESEA Season 18 Global Finals a standard affair.

Even after signing AWP wunderkind Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham and the charismatic, untested entryfragger Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir amid much speculation following these results, the team continued to struggle at first, such as failing to make it out of groups at Gfinity Spring Masters II (with 0-2 losses to EnVyUs, Virtus.pro, and Titan).

Cloud9 hunkered down, with leader Sean "seang@res" Gares working on team tactics and cleaning up messy in-game communications. Winning the North American HTC Reborn Invitational helped C9 put a stamp of dominance on its regional rivals.

Cloud9 flew to London in late June for Gfinity Summer Masters I, and once again went out in groups with losses to Virtus.pro and EnVyUs. However, extremely positive signs were in the air with the Canadian-American team sorely testing EnVyUs in a three map thriller and even challenging Virtus.pro on de_overpass.

The next weekend, at the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 finals (which Cloud9 had topped in the online North American group stage), was the team's breakout moment. Wearing tank-tops suggestive of the heat both in the ESL studio and in the team's desire to win, Cloud9 broke out in their opener with a 16-13 defeat of nV on de_cache.


Cloud9 are among teams like Na`Vi and mouz who have strongly improved this summer

The team could not beat Virtus.pro in the winners match on de_overpass (it should be noted the Poles seem to possess a mental advantage over all North American teams, possibly due to a similar haphazard playstyle), and hence went into a decider match against a hungover EnVyUs squad.

The team obliterated nV's hubris with a 2-0 sweep and advanced to the playoffs. A favourable draw saw them paired against the fellow North Americans CLG, and Cloud9 have proven to be rarely tested and defeated by their regional rivals as of late.

And hence the team went into the grand finals with $100,000 for first place on the line, already an above-expected finish for Cloud9. In a memorable game that will no doubt be cited by the analysts at ESL One Cologne 2015, Cloud9 took world champions fnatic to the wire despite losing 1-3. Stars Skadoodle and Mike "shroud" Grzesiek in particular showed off the ability to shine on the international stage.

Finishing in second place with $60,000 won and having taken de_cbble off of fnatic, as well as taking de_overpass to 30 rounds and de_dust2 to overtime, Cloud9 had exerted a newfound strength on the scene. Even Markus "pronax" Wallsten seemed impressed in our interview with the fnatic captain.

Cloud9 topped their group at ESWC 2015, scoring comfortable wins over Canadian Boreal, Brazilian Keyd Stars, and the Spencer "Hiko" Martin-infused FlipSid3. The team once again defeated regional rivals Liquid in the quarter-finals and also defeated the imploding EnVyUs roster at the semifinals (which is not to take away from Cloud9's victory, but this preview's author himself saw how dispirited the Frenchmen looked sitting next to one another).


shroud's awakening on the big stage has been crucial for Cloud9 

Another tense grand final followed, with Na`Vi just scraping by in the end, meaning C9 would have to wait another day to win an international title in 2015. In our interview with players Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and freakazoid, they expounded at length about the team's map-pool and improved chemistry.

Two more events lay ahead, the first being the FACEIT Stage 2 finals in Valencia. C9 defeated Kinguin and got revenge on Na`Vi in a best-of-one to top Group A, however the team's greatest success was no doubt the 2-0 semifinal defeat of fnatic, proving to many that Cloud9 could play ball. However, with not much experience playing the disciplined TSM squad, C9 failed to win the grand final.

As a result of these finishes, many expected the team to be a possible winner at the CEVO-P Season 7 finals. Despite losing to the red-hot mousesports team in groups, Cloud9 defeated rivals CLG and advanced to the playoffs. The team were once again blocked from advancing through the semifinals by the Virtus.pro Leviathan, and had to settle with a 3-4th place finish.

The final offline action of the year saw Cloud9 qualify for ESL One Cologne 2015 via the North American qualifier.

Major Stats

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 21 3 11 0.97 1/4 final (Cologne 2014)
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 24 5 24 0.94 1/2 final (DH Winter 2013)
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares 27 5 24 0.84 1/2 final (DH Winter 2013)
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 22 4 10 0.83 Group stage (4x)
United States Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir 22 - - - -

The core of Cloud9 have a wealth of experience which includes complexity's legendary semifinal run at DreamHack Winter 2013, for which n0thing and seang@res were present.

Skadoodle, on the other hand, was part of the infamous iBUYPLANETICKETS lineup that failed to exit the groups at four different majors, explaining this normally impactful player's incredibly low rating.

In fact, all of these players have ratings that are depreciated in value in light of the summer's events, where ratings above 1 for at least four of these players are frequent and common. shroud tops the list mostly due to the player's breakout performance at ESL One Cologne 2014, which saw Cloud9 almost make the semifinals over NiP.

mousesports

mousesports are what may be called a coup d'état team, having earned a major qualification due to acquiring three of PENTA's players in one of 2015's most complete roster overhauls in a high-tier team.

However, unlike what may be expected during the coup of, say, an African general, where infrastructure is left unattended and internecine destruction engulfs a nation, mouz have worked hard to earn the reputation as a team deserving of the major slot. Bringing together the talent of these PENTA players with the leadership of Fatih "gob b" Dayik has in fact proven to be akin to bringing together tin and copper to make a fine bronze product.

The organisations first summer event, Gfinity Summer Masters I, was already quite a breakout for the team despite gob b telling HLTV.org that the team were not yet ready and the event was mere practice.

mouz defeated Virtus.pro in two separate best-of-threes (including 2-1 in the group decider) and lost to EnVyUs 1-2 in a game where the majority-German team cetainly put up a fight. It wasn't until NiP beat mouz 2-0 in the semis that the team's run was ended.


gob b has helped mould an exemplary German team

The team's next event, the CEVO-P Season 7 finals, saw mouz top its group over Cloud9 to make the playoffs with a higher seed. However, the team were outplayed by Na`Vi in the semifinals where Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács went into god-mode and shut down the mouz blitzkrieg.

At the Acer Predator Masters Season 1 finals, mousesports showcased a dominant Upper Bracket run and were widely expected to win the best-of-seven grand finals if not for the immense stamina and skill that HellRaisers unexpectedly showcased at the event. Regardless, the event was another time where players such as Johannes "nex" Maget began to shine with insanely high individual skill.

The team's second-to-last event, IEM Gamescom, is hard to assess due to the format, as has been mentioned in earlier previews. mousesports finished in fourth place however they left the event having defeated the new EnVyUs lineup and Renegades at least once.

mousesports' final event this summer was simply a regional declaration of skill, at the ESL Sommermeisterschaft finals, where mouz defeated PENTA 2-0 to retain bragging rights as the best team in Germany.

Major Stats

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 21 2 10 0.96 1/4 final (2x)
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 19 2 10 0.92 1/4 final (2x)
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget 23 2 7 0.84 1/4 final (Katowice 2015)
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 25 1 2 0.79 Group stage (Katowice 2014)
Turkey Fatih "gob b" Dayik 28 - - - -

denis and Spiidi draw their major experiences from two quarter-finals finishes on PENTA at two separate majors (ESL One Katowice 2015 and DreamHack Winter 2014), results which put these two players on the map broadly speaking.

Talent nex was part of the PENTA lineup at Katowice 2015, however his second major comes from the doomed Planetkey team that went out in groups at DreamHack Winter 2014. It was only after this latter major that PENTA signed nex.

Fan favourite chrisJ only managed to attend EMS One Katowice 2014 with a wildly different mouz lineup (see here), which put up a dismal performance and went out in groups. Interestingly enough, ESL One Cologne 2015 will be the second-ever major for the mousesports organisation following the aforementioned Katowice 2014 flop.

Veteran and captain gob b, the sixth oldest player at the event, will be attending his first ever CS:GO major.

19:40 United States Cloud9 vs. Germany mousesports

mouz's decisive victory over Cloud9 in Group A at the CEVO Season 7 finals has suddenly gained a measure of immediate importance. These were two teams that narrowly avoided playing each other at Gfinity Summer Masters I and were in effect meeting each other for the first time in a head-to-head match.

With mousesports out-stratting and out-playing C9, this opener for both teams will see a high level of tactical positioning occur. It will probably be among the openers where the map veto is the most important, with mousesports likely trying to pick maps like de_cache or de_dust2 where mobile players like chrisJ and nex can have maximum impact.

If Cloud9 want to win, their best bet would be another map where the team have proven to be strong against European teams, such as de_cbble or especially de_train (here AWPer Skadoodle and role-player n0thing can really shine). de_inferno is out of the question of course, unless the North American team rapidly overhauled its map-pool.

21:05 Winner D1 vs. Winner D2

Virtus.pro should, by all accounts, defeat Immunity and advance to the winners match. However we will briefly touch on the possibility of an Immunity upset further down.

Should Cloud9 enact revenge on mouz for the CEVO defeat, they go into an uphill battle against the Poles, with VP winning 4 of the last 5 offline matches against C9. However, some of these games have been played close, and since Cloud9 and Virtus.pro rely on similar aggression (it must lie in some statistical correlation of muscles-to-players) on their maps, this game could become a straight-up aim battle. Expect fireworks if these two teams come up against each other.

Should mousesports advance to play against Virtus.pro, an even more strained match is possible. Looking at double-digit scorelines such as those seen in this best-of-three at Gfinity Summer I is enough to make one giddy at the prospect of these two facing off in the winners match.


NEO has cause to worry, but VP remain favourites to leave the group early

With all things considered, VP would have an easier time advancing to the playoffs if Cloud9 pull off the win in their opener. mousesports could be a real headache for the Poles, but expect TaZ to be well prepared for the German efficiency that is mouz.

Should Immunity upset Virtus.pro and fill our forums with "VIRTUS THROW" posts, the Australian team will likely struggle with either opponent. Cloud9 smashed Immunity at Gfinity Spring Masters II whereas the well-disciplined mousesports should not fall for any tricks the Australians may have. However, with the skill ceiling rapidly narrowing in CS:GO, it would not be remiss (though it is boring) to state that "anything is possible."

That marks the end of our extensive preview series for ESL One Cologne 2015. All 16 teams have had their performance over the past few months plumbed to the depths, and while we here at HLTV.org have not given predictions for the major this time around, we believe the information satisfactory enough to allow ample research time for those interested.

You can revisit the other previews via our viewers guide as well as finding them in the News section of the ESL One Cologne page.

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United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
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
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1309
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
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
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
Australia Iain 'SnypeR' Turner
Iain 'SnypeR' Turner
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
149
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1048
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
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
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Australia James 'James' Quinn
James 'James' Quinn
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1602
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
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
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
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#18
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United States Valyns 
"de_overpass off of fnatic, as well as taking de_cbble to 30 rounds" Didn't C9 win Cobble, and lose Overpass 14-16?
2015-08-19 21:56
good catch, I looked at the scores too quickly
2015-08-19 21:59
#42
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United States Valyns 
np
2015-08-19 22:48
o kurwa
2015-08-19 22:06
IBUYPLANETICKETS
2015-08-19 22:25
ez for lanJ
2015-08-19 22:41
I like the winks you're giving to the community of HLTV :) The previous articles were very "dry" and to the point. good job!
2015-08-19 22:49
Nice work man! Best article ever. :)
2015-08-20 00:02
i loled at muscular pasha ahhaha gr8 article m8
2015-08-20 00:26
#78
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Australia vamped 
Is there going to be a RNG interview stitch? Or is that out of your domain?
2015-08-20 03:45
out of my domain :?
2015-08-20 04:59
I enjoyed reading those, keep it up :) top kek!
2015-08-20 07:45
nice job!
2015-08-20 08:39
ty stich!
2015-08-20 11:13
Insanely good journalism , I love these articles and previews so much. Hoping for the same before next major.
2015-08-20 11:37
I will enjoy thanks
2015-08-19 21:50
Nt
2015-08-19 22:00
NT FNATIC FANBOY
2015-08-20 15:23
Nt
2015-08-20 19:12
#7
Sweden günT 
Ayy
2015-08-19 21:51
Go C9, Go! Nice article.
2015-08-19 21:51
mouz will top this group!
2015-08-19 21:51
Hahaha You're so funny 1st C9 2nd VP
2015-08-20 08:57
Polish guy not saying VP top 1? Fake flagger confirmed I'm not polish but even I know VP gonna top it..and there is no 2nd...learn how the groups work
2015-08-20 12:10
C9 will win group and VP will go to Quarterfinals from lower bracket. I'm not fake flagger. I know that VP will win against mouz and lose against C9. They aren't good enough to win.
2015-08-20 15:56
You clearly dont know how groups work in this tournament...they wont play all the teams in their group
2015-08-20 16:29
Mouz finishing top and c9 will be out in group
2015-08-19 21:53
immunity > c9 kappa
2015-08-19 23:26
1.VP 2.C9 3.Mouz Save this preview.
2015-08-20 00:03
o kurwa expression da best :D really great bait no kappa
2015-08-19 21:53
lol typo
2015-08-19 21:54
Hype
2015-08-19 21:53
#15
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Romania Wismus 
EASY
2015-08-19 21:53
#16
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Poland Fasterinio 
A classic o kurwa expression for the ages LMAO
2015-08-19 21:54
stich writes great articles, hopefully he will do more interviews in the future, instead of the socially awkard robot guy.
2015-08-19 21:55
#20
Sweden sk1n 
iBuyPlaneTickets
2015-08-19 21:57
o kurwa
2015-08-19 21:59
scr.hu/7s95/ep654 MADE ME LAUGH XD
2015-08-19 22:00
+1 hahaha
2015-08-19 22:06
What up with all these french words in the text... Always have to google the meaning
2015-08-19 22:07
#33
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World Vidua 
Maybe it's time to read a book or two instead of HTLV forums :)
2015-08-19 22:15
+1
2015-08-19 23:08
What does "reading a book" have to do with using french words completly unnecessary?
2015-08-19 23:31
I don't know where the f*ck did he learn this words.But respect..I learnt a lot from this articles.
2015-08-19 23:23
a lot a lot of reading this is what my book collection looks like for the curious: i.imgur.com/KXhVSiB.jpg
2015-08-20 00:48
Did you go to Columbia University o.o
2015-08-20 01:02
yes I did how'd you know that? :O
2015-08-20 01:08
I have the exact same editions of Republic and The Holy Quran from my CC class, and the yellow Used stickers are very familiar :P
2015-08-20 01:20
haha oh man what a clutch deduction :) yeah I transferred to Columbia and managed to opt-out of Lit Hum but I did take CC in that first year (as a sophomore)
2015-08-20 01:22
Can you recommend some books of your collection? What kind of books do you read?
2015-08-20 11:32
o kurwa :D
2015-08-20 06:52
"A classic o kurwa expression for the ages" wtf?! hahaha
2015-08-19 22:07
Go C9!
2015-08-19 22:07
KURWA :D
2015-08-19 22:13
c9 lets go boys
2015-08-19 22:20
wow did the writer actually write IBUYPLANETICKETS :D hahah wp
2015-08-19 22:21
#36
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Ukraine twil 
O KURWA!
2015-08-19 22:21
Goo C9!
2015-08-19 22:31
great, colorful articles
2015-08-19 22:35
#44
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Belarus Starvoid 
o kurwa
2015-08-19 22:51
"A classic o kurwa expression for the ages" haha n1
2015-08-19 22:52
#46
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Poland cropyeee 
O kurwa lmao. Stich ur mad!
2015-08-19 22:57
Where is the market for a team to win the whole thing, are they going to do it, on csgolounge
2015-08-19 23:12
#49
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Korea Quigley 
Sean is 27 o.o the Fuck
2015-08-19 23:13
"This tendency to crush second tier teams and then lose the all important matches to the highest calibre ones (i.e. fnatic, TSM) is characteristic of this summer's Virtus.pro." wat?
2015-08-19 23:16
Can't wait
2015-08-19 23:40
I am putting my house on Cloud 9 to win this.
2015-08-19 23:42
#56
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
o kurwa
2015-08-19 23:44
Does anyone know where the group stages would take place in cologne would it be in the arena too?
2015-08-19 23:45
#76
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World Vidua 
In Cologne, in some closed studio. If you bought tickets for local event group stages will be viewed in some cinema or something like that. Saturday and Sunday in Lanxess Arena.
2015-08-20 01:42
Is csgolounge going to have a market for a team to win the whole thing
2015-08-19 23:46
ibuyplanetickets LooooooL
2015-08-19 23:50
faking nubs )))
2015-08-19 23:59
Nice article. Really Nice, congrats! Only thing I disagree: "This tendency to crush second tier teams and then lose the all important matches to the highest calibre ones (i.e. fnatic, TSM) is characteristic of this summer's Virtus.pro." VP beat TSM like 16:3, not once! Everyone forget it.
2015-08-20 00:06
Muscular Jarzabkowski lol ahahahhaha
2015-08-20 00:24
stopping snax with poke flute lol, snorlax :DDDD
2015-08-20 00:56
#70
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Turkey OdinA 
VP and C9 ez
2015-08-20 01:06
iBUYPLANETICKETS LOL
2015-08-20 01:10
bot b doesn't even have rating
2015-08-20 02:29
great job stich!
2015-08-20 06:01
it's still hard to believe that sean is already 27 ._.
2015-08-20 08:59
A classic o kurwa expression for the ages AYYYY LMAO
2015-08-20 09:57
A classic "o kurwa" expression for the ages ahahhahaha I'm done.
2015-08-20 10:03
VP !!
2015-08-20 10:57
gl all
2015-08-20 11:40
#97
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Poland trancemeister 
Group A , nip groups always easiest.
2015-08-20 12:44
#98
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Netherlands JelleS 
Lineups, head to head 27/06 15 Virtus.pro vs. mousesports - Gfinity 2015 Summer Maste.. - dust2 19-15 27/06 15 Virtus.pro vs. mousesports - Gfinity 2015 Summer Maste.. - mirage 13-16 27/06 15 Virtus.pro vs. mousesports - Gfinity 2015 Summer Maste.. - train 20-22 26/06 15 Virtus.pro vs. mousesports - Gfinity 2015 Summer Maste.. - cobblestone 20-22 26/06 15 Virtus.pro vs. mousesports - Gfinity 2015 Summer Maste.. - cache 5-16
2015-08-20 13:26
mouz and Immunity to leave everyone behind.
2015-08-21 10:18
This game gave me fucking ebola and Im spreading it in my school atm
2015-08-26 13:50
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