Looking back at 2015

As 2015 is in its final days, it's time for us to look back at the most memorable moments of the year, which had a significant effect on the remainder.

2015 brought us countless tournaments, milions of dollars given out in prizemoney, numerous significant lineup changes, meta-changing updates and much much more.

We would like to look back at some of the most important and memorable moments that we saw unravel, be it live or from the comfort of our homes, and put them together before we get to see what the new year brings upon us.

Most of what we've gathered is certainly positive, although there are a few unfortunate events I'm sure many would rather not see happen again.


ESL One Katowice - the first major to feature offline qualifiers (January 23rd)

While Valve refused to increase prizemoney and change the format of majors themselves, a very welcome change came with the announcement of ESL One Katowice, which was revealed to be the first major of the year.

For the first time offline qualifiers led up to a major, something many professionals and experts considered to be one of the most important changes Valve needed to make in the majors.

We now know that all three majors, ESL One Katowice, ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, featured 16-team offline qualifiers, but Katowice was the first and surely belongs on this list.


iBUYPOWER receive indefinite bans from Valve (January 26th)

And, understandably, not only from Valve.

iBUYPLANETICKETS was not the worst nickname the North American team received during their existence. Four players of the iBUYPOWER lineup, who were once considered the hope of the region, received indefinite bans from all Valve-affiliated tournaments, and soon afterwards from pretty much everywhere else.

When iBUYPOWER lost a match against NetcodeGuides.com back in August 2014 in which they were highly favored, rumors started spreading around about them being involved in match-fixing. Richard Lewis, who was writing for The Daily Dot at the time, broke a story about it and Valve confirmed that was the case shortly afterwards.


Former iBUYPOWER are still waiting for a more specific verdict

Four players of the lineup, Sam "DaZeD" Marine, Braxton "swag" Pierce, Keven "AZK" Lariviere and Joshua "steel" Nissan, and three others were found to be involved in the scandal. Recently the issue has been raised again, since "indefinite" is not a very exact term, although no further comments on the matter have been made by Valve.

Later that month, after being relieved of his duties in Epsilon, Robin "GMX" Stahmer revealed another match-fixing case, in which he and his former teammates—Kevin "Uzzziii" Vernel, Joey "fxy0" Schlosser and Morgan "B1GGY" Madour—were involved, and received similar bans for the offense.

 

Cobblestone undergoes a major revamp (February 5th)

While Valve gave us quite a lot of room for criticism, this particular update was one of the best throughout the year. Up until then, Cobblestone had been quite heavily CT sided and generally way too big and hard to rotate around, which was an issue many pointed out.

Not only did Valve cut off certain areas of the map, especially for Counter-Terrorists, they also removed a few walls and added the connector area to allow for faster Terrorist rotations.

This was surely one of the reasons why Cobblestone became quite popular this year at LAN tournaments, as it helped the overall balance of the sides. It actually became the most balanced map this year, both online and on LAN, with an almost exact 50% distribution of won rounds for each side.


Cobblestone became more popular than Overpass in 2015 (LAN only)

 

fnatic, the first team to have won two majors (March 15th)

ESL One Katowice had an interesting storyline to it, which was "Who is going to become a two-time major champion?" Up until the first major of 2015, fnatic, Virtus.pro, NiP and EnVyUs (LDLC when they won DreamHack Winter 2014), each had a major title under their belts.

The question was, which one of these four (as they were the main favourites at the time) would go on to win their second one? In the end it was fnatic, with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer stepping up to the challenge and carrying his team to their second major victory (his and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson's first) in the grand final against NiP.

Interestingly enough, all four previous major winners ended up in the top four at ESL One Katowice, although as mentioned above, it wasn't such a surprise after all.

 

flamie joins Na`Vi (March 17th)

After a month-long trial period, which included Na`Vi's 5th-6th placing at StarSeries XII Finals, Egor "flamie" Vasilyev signed a long-term deal with Natus Vincere shortly before the ESL Pro League Winter 2014/15 Finals. He and his team went on to win that event, beating both EnVyUs and Titan on the way to their first title of the year.

After the change, Na`Vi improved steadily during the year, they got a few first places here and there in the summer, namely at StarSeries Finals XIII and ESWC 2015, the second of which flamie was a big part.


flamie's impressive LAN event history with Na`Vi

They finished the year on a high note with a second place at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, a first place at IEM San Jose, and a second again at the last big event of 2015, ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals.

flamie was Na`Vi's best player by quite a big margin at EEPL and second best at San Jose behind star AWPer Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, per our rating.

 

Train replaces Nuke in Active Duty map pool (April 1st)

While it may have felt like an April Fool's joke to some, it was not. de_train was removed from the Active Duty map pool in early 2014, and it was completely re-made in December of the same year.

This time Valve waited for the map to prove itself first, as much as it can in match-making at least, before re-adding it to the map pool four months later, which was more than enough time before ESL One Cologne came along.


Statistics from the past three months, LAN and online combined 

de_nuke was thrown out instead, which was by far the most imbalanced map in the Active Duty map pool (63% / 37% distribution favoring CT's in 2014's online and LAN tournaments).

Looking at the last three months, the map didn't exactly become popular within the scene, as it's currently the least played map along with de_overpass (in both online and offline events).


TSM break the curse at CCS Finals (April 26th)

Up until CCS Kick-off Season Finals, TSM (now known as Question Mark) had a curse hanging over their head, as they failed to make a final time and time again due to dropping off in high-pressure situations.

The Danish powerhouse finally broke that curse in Bucharest, where they overcame fnatic in the final and went on to become a bane of the Swedish team, in turn—at least for a couple of months.

During the year Nicolai "device" Reedtz's potential also started shining through, and at a point in time he was widely considered to be the best player in the world. His team finished the year with five titles, five second places and twelve top four finishes. The only achievement that still eludes them is a major title—and a major final, for that matter.

 

Kinguin begin the legacy of international teams (May 5th)

Kinguin, now known as G2, are the pioneers of international lineups in modern CS. It took them a few changes for it to work well, but they proved that international teams can and likely will be the future of CS:GO.

They had to overcome quite a lot of obstacles, mainly in the communication department, seeing as none of the players are native English speakers, but they found their way to being a solid top 10 team in the world.


International lineups have their place in CS:GO

The only title G2 got a hold of in the latter half of the year was at Gaming Paradise, which kind of needs an asterisk next to it, but their main achievement came at the last major of the year.

G2 were very very close to making it to a major final and upsetting the favourites, EnVyUs, after taking down Virtus.pro in the quarter-finals, which was a feat in its own right. G2 started the trend, we'll just have to wait and see how many hop on.

 

Cloud9 live the American summer dream (July 18th)

One of the most impressive runs of 2015 was Cloud9's summer dream, when the North American lineup stepped out of their shadow and made three grand finals in as many weeks.

It's important to note what preceeded that: Cloud9 finished within the top four only once out of five truly international tournaments during the first half of the year.

Suddenly, starting with ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals in Cologne, an entirely different Cloud9 showed up in July, both individually and team-wise. Their form didn't drop off one bit that month, as they made two more grand finals of important events afterwards, at ESWC 2015 and FACEIT Stage 2 Finals at DreamHack Valencia.

Some could argue that the other teams didn't have enough time to adapt to this new Cloud9, especially since their form didn't last more than those three weekends, and they'd be right. Still, considering the history of the team, the sudden jump was very impressive.


EnVyUs come out on top of another French shuffle (July 20th)

While the way this whole event came about was a little dramatic, there is no denying the statement above is true. EnVyUs (then-LDLC) came out on top of another shuffle within France, and they won by a mile.

EnVyUs were in disarray at ESWC in Canada and had been for some time, judging from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's VLOG, which is why they decided to swap Richard "shox" Papillon and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux for Titan's Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire.


EnVyUs have had the upper hand over Titan for the entire year

The new EnVyUs lineup went on to win IEM Gamescom in Cologne right afterwards at TSM's expense with little to no trouble, despite having about a week's worth of practice beforehand. Only a couple of weeks afterwards, they fell short to fnatic in the final of ESL One Cologne. 

Later on this year Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer's lineup snatched three more titles, including a major one at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, while Titan continued to struggle and even dropped out in the group stage of both aforementioned majors.

While nV seem to be in another bad period currently, they are still way ahead of Titan, who had to bring back Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom due to Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez's struggles with his new role upon shox's arrival.

 

fnatic, the first team to have won two back-to-back majors. (August 23rd)

Another trophy in fnatic's cabinet came at ESL One Cologne, the second major of 2015. There the Swedish powerhouse secured their third major title and second in a row.

The trio of Markus "pronax" Wallsten, Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist could also celebrate their third major victory, after DreamHack Winter 2013 and ESL One Katowice 2015.


Another memorable moment of 2015

It is worth noting that the event is also the current viewership record holder, as the final racked up 1.3 million concurrent viewers. The tournament also gave away about $4.2 million in prizemoney and stickers combined, despite only featuring the usual $250,000 in prizemoney.

 

Huge update reanimates models, nerfs M4A1-S (September 16th)

Another one of Valve's hugely important updates brought mixed feelings amongst pro players and the community. On the one hand, it fixed a lot of issues the models have had from the start, such as the ladder and jumping hitbox bugs, and people generally agreed the hitboxes were much more accurate than before.

On the other hand, the M4A1-S received a nerf that to many, seemed a bit too harsh because it affected all three factors of its effectiveness: rate of fire, spread, and armor penetration. 

As usual, the backlash went a little overboard, as after a few weeks some pros reverted back to the silenced version, although the ratio still seems to favor the M4A4 quite significantly as of now, at least among pro players.


EnVyUs take their second major victory (November 1st)

Once again this is true for only three of the five players, as LDLC still featured shox and SmithZz at DreamHack Winter 2014.

It has to be said that it seemingly meant so much more to the new duo, especially kennyS, who had a poor showing in the final of ESL One Cologne, and more than made up for it in the final against Natus Vincere in Romania.

To touch on the event in other areas as well, the level of production and show overall set the bar pretty high. The API Valve coded in cooperation with PGL and DreamHack is still in its early days of course, but DH Open Cluj-Napoca definitely delivered something very unique, and who doesn't like flames?

The event was also the first major to provide noise-cancelling booths, something that we've previously only seen at Gfinity and at select MLG events, which is certainly a step in the right direction.

 

pronax leaves fnatic (November 12th)

pronax joined fnatic at the end of 2013, right before the first major, which his team, back then boasting Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg and Andreas "znajder" Lindberg, managed to win against all odds.

He was a part of fnatic for exactly two years. He stayed in both the good times and in the bad—no, these aren't the wedding vows—, and became a player of the most successful lineup in CS:GO history.

Since then we haven't heard anything official from the Swede, although his former teammates have mentioned he had wanted to create a team filled with young talent.

It's also interesting how things came full circle when Dennis "dennis" Edman rejoined his two LGB teammates after a year and a half and went on to win three consecutive events at the end of the year.


Luminosity make the biggest upset run in CS:GO (November 29th)

Not only that, some could even argue Luminosity's FACEIT Stage 3 Finals run being one of the greatest upset runs of all time in the lengthy history of Counter-Strike, which is well into its second decade.

I don't think anyone could have expected Luminosity to even have a fighting chance against EnVyUs in the group's elimination match, after the Brazilians kicked the event off with a 0-16 blowout against fnatic. Now that was fairly understandable, as LG had just swapped two players, Ricardo "boltz" Prass and Lucas "steel" Lopes for Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Lincoln "fnx" Lau, and had literally zero practice beforehand.


FalleN led Luminosity to one of the greatest runs in CS history

Not only did the new lineup exceed all expectations by taking EnVyUs by storm, they didn't stop at NiP in the decider and advanced out of their group from second place. Many assumed TSM would finally stop the plow in the semi-finals. Luminosity even lost map one, de_mirage, by a big margin, but they blew the Danes out of the water on de_overpass (arguably TSM's best map) and survived overtime on de_inferno.

All that was already worth writing a book about, something along the lines of Cinderella, but it wasn't over yet, as the Brazilians had a grand final full of Swedes ahead of them. That match was much more competitive than their first encounter. Luminosity even kicked it off by winning de_train, but that was all she wrote and we didn't get the "happy" ending. It was an insane and unique feat nonetheless.


allu departs from NiP after a rough year (December 7th)

NiP had a very successful start after Aleksi "allu" Jalli replaced Mikail "Maikelele" Bill on NiP, getting all the way to another major grand final at ESL One Katowice, in which the Finn put in a great display by the way.

During the first two months, NiP developed a curse of their own, as they got to the grand final of four out of six events, but failed to push themselves over the top. From there on things only got worse, starting with a FlipSid3 loss (who used Spencer "Hiko" Martin as a stand-in) at ESWC in the quarter-finals. 


allu says goodbye after a titleless year

That loss kick-started a streak of three shared fifth places, including one at ESL One Cologne which was the first time NiP didn't get to a major final. Even though NiP's form got somewhat better towards the end of the year, their 2015 run was still unsatisfying at best.

It all resulted in allu leaving the roster in early December after getting zero gold medals throughout his tenure in NiP. Many expected the Swedes to make more changes afterwards, but it now seems the Finn is the only one replaced on the roster.

 

Valve retract parts of major update (December 16th)

Even though the initial R8 Revolver / rifles update was definitely a failure, the developers have to be commended on their improved decision-making and communication over time. Understanding that a mistake has been made is one thing, acknowledging it and fixing it is another.

Valve did a good job at that, and hopefully this means they will be more careful with game-changing updates in the future. There are ways to deal with the situation so that it happens as little as possible as we go forward, some of which was pondered over in an article called "No more rollbacks, Valve."

 

What were your most memorable moments of 2015? Let us know which parts of the year you remember the most in the comments below.

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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
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
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:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
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
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Canada Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
282
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
France Robin 'GMX' Stahmer
Robin 'GMX' Stahmer
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
France Morgan 'B1GGY' Madour
Morgan 'B1GGY' Madour
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
36
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg
Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
435
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
France Joey 'fxy0' Schlosser
Joey 'fxy0' Schlosser
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
186
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
525
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Kevin 'Uzzziii' Vernel
Kevin 'Uzzziii' Vernel
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
262
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
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
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
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
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
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
United States Sam 'DaZeD' Marine
Sam 'DaZeD' Marine
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.19
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
I rate 11/10
2015-12-30 20:00
#11
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Brazil hugoooo 
Some boring finals... I would rate 8/10
2015-12-30 20:01
jeez how are you always first man:((((((((((((((((((((
2015-12-30 20:03
F5 master
2015-12-30 20:07
thats what i was doing for the forest announcement, i got seconds after him but i know another way:)))
2015-12-30 20:15
#152
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Finland Smoonah 
or just a nolifer
2016-01-01 22:32
a solid 5/7
2015-12-30 20:17
+1
2015-12-30 20:21
so 7/7?
2015-12-30 21:51
9gag is real on hltv
2015-12-30 22:01
IMO 9/11
2015-12-30 21:14
2015 was insane and shit at the same fucking time....
2015-12-31 05:59
you do?
2015-12-31 15:07
<3
2015-12-31 15:08
#2
Finland lasbe 
good
2015-12-30 20:00
#81
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United States mmotorcycle 
good, but 2015 itself wasnt good
2015-12-30 21:14
#4
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Japan kdeN 
good :>
2015-12-30 20:02
hi m8
2015-12-30 20:01
#6
Jame | 
Iceland xijmplr 
such a nice story
2015-12-30 20:01
gg
2015-12-30 20:01
sudden blog, but good one +1
2015-12-30 20:01
good year
2015-12-30 20:01
8/8
2015-12-30 20:01
:>
2015-12-30 20:01
Yes good year
2015-12-30 20:02
GOOD
2015-12-30 20:03
#16
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France daniel19 
good read 8/8, still can't see luxembourg scene ;_;
2015-12-30 20:03
Mom?
2015-12-30 20:03
pls unban ibp
2015-12-30 20:03
fuck off
2015-12-30 20:34
hope u die 12 year old retard
2015-12-30 21:59
NEVER!
2015-12-30 20:49
where is sgares steps down? mentions allu and pronax but nto sgares ok
2015-12-30 20:05
Because sgares>allu & pronax right? i pity u faggot
2015-12-30 20:26
Considering he was the best unbanned IGL of NA and created a solid/inconsistent team, yes, he was an important guy.
2015-12-30 20:57
no1 cares about Tier3 teams aka NA teams
2015-12-30 21:48
ayy lmao finnish scene
2015-12-31 18:03
great blog, gj striker
2015-12-30 20:05
#22
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
good year ty HLTV and CS
2015-12-30 20:05
10/10 would read again
2015-12-30 20:07
#25
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Greece tzonis 
great year for cs, gj striker
2015-12-30 20:07
good years CS:GO !
2015-12-30 20:07
Striker gj
2015-12-30 20:07
gg
2015-12-30 20:09
the finals of cluj, which envy won was 1st of November not October
2015-12-30 20:09
Gj No awp nerf.
2015-12-30 20:10
"Kinguin, now known as G2, are the pioneers of international lineups." not true. even when we're talking only about csgo, you forgot allusports (mouz) 2014, who at one point were a top 10 team
2015-12-30 20:12
Nah you're crazy to think that mouz were even close to being a top 10 team. The lineup with allu did nothing even though the finn dominated
2015-12-30 20:13
thank
2015-12-30 20:29
gj
2015-12-30 20:10
tl;dr 2015 was one of the best years and 2016 will be shit
2015-12-30 20:10
nutty
2015-12-30 20:11
what a review
2015-12-30 20:11
great read a++
2015-12-30 20:12
nice article, Striker, very good memories this year, except iBP throw :(
2015-12-30 20:12
Best moement 2015 Moe 4k vs envy
2015-12-30 20:17
shit year
2015-12-30 20:17
Flamie God
2015-12-30 20:19
"allu says goodbye after a titleless year" "It all resulted in Jalli leaving the roster in early December" now you can stop lying NiP fankids
2015-12-30 20:21
#49
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United States snack- 
2015 home to the worst major ever put on, Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca
2015-12-30 20:25
let's hope 2016 will be the year the NA scene makes its comeback Kappa cause we know the results already Kappa
2015-12-30 20:27
2013: Wrath of de_season 2015: Fall of de_season RIP sweetcheeks you will be missed forever :)
2015-12-30 20:27
awesome
2015-12-30 20:29
#58
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Russia Dart_Evil 
RiP Penta 2014-2015
2015-12-30 20:30
#59
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Poland Marvelm 
Great year, thanks for the awesome work, boys! <3 HLTV
2015-12-30 20:31
nice! waiting for top 20 players list :)D
2015-12-30 20:34
+1
2015-12-30 22:22
#63
Australia BCP 
great summary but i feel like you HAVE to add the awp nerf in there. other than that gj striker :]
2015-12-30 20:35
nice article
2015-12-30 20:41
top 20 players of 2015?
2015-12-30 20:42
Not sure how long you guys have been around cs....but team NoA were the pioneers of international lineups.
2015-12-30 20:43
In CSGO?
2015-12-31 08:39
good article,maybe you should have talked about the awp nerf, but still pretty complete!
2015-12-30 20:53
#72
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Denmark STATiC^ 
Gj STRIKER! :)
2015-12-30 20:59
tl;dr?
2015-12-30 21:01
#75
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Estonia jossd 
Well, you could just read the bold headings.
2015-12-30 21:04
#74
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Czech Republic AsToNOfficial 
Cbble was popular only in Cluj xD
2015-12-30 21:04
GOD snax and GOD krimz deserve their own article
2015-12-30 21:05
how is lumis run "one of the greatest in cs history" lmao. Did you start watching CS 2 years ago?
2015-12-30 21:14
#84
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Brazil R_ananias 
greastest UPSET! The text was so clear.
2015-12-30 21:19
"FalleN led Luminosity to one of the greatest runs in CS history". The text is so clear
2015-12-30 22:19
#114
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Brazil R_ananias 
Greatest LG's RUN !!! So clear, again.
2015-12-31 00:35
#82
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Brazil R_ananias 
Real nice reading. Thanks hltv.
2015-12-30 21:17
Best event 2015 GaminG Paradise a m i n Gaming Paradise P a r a d i s e
2015-12-30 21:27
Woooooooohoooooo
2015-12-30 22:25
Thanks Man! Our next event: - Participation obligatory for the invited teams. - No prize pool (of course). - Richard Lewis does the analytic & - chokes the loosing teams to death to death (much faster than the poisoning that we tried the last time). Happy New Year and Hail Satan!
2015-12-30 22:40
#127
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Hail Satan!
2015-12-31 03:20
Great year for CS:GO. I can't wait for 2016!
2015-12-30 21:34
#87
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Sweden changrai 
Best moment was happy deagle ace
2015-12-30 21:36
#91
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Brazil Kurtt 
bring back old awp scope or just leave equal to cs source
2015-12-30 21:59
where is info about dubai ?!
2015-12-30 22:28
what about gaming paradise that shit slovenian event
2015-12-30 23:02
Byee 2015
2015-12-30 23:02
What about seangares stepping down?
2015-12-30 23:47
will there be a top20 list of the best players
2015-12-30 23:59
Of course. From Jan 1-20 as usual
2015-12-31 13:53
someone actually read these?
2015-12-31 00:28
7/10
2015-12-31 00:33
n1
2015-12-31 00:35
62.5
2015-12-31 01:11
#118
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Brazil woody77 
He missed the title "Coldzera joins to Keyd / Luminosity, the monster is real" GODZERA!
2015-12-31 01:23
not bad, good article
2015-12-31 01:24
nice article bros
2015-12-31 01:24
yeas
2015-12-31 02:26
7/10
2015-12-31 03:15
interesting year. looking forward to hearing about possible unbans / NA major :)
2015-12-31 03:18
what about NiP's announcement of their 2016 roster? truly the most earth shattering news this scene has had in all of 2015. Who could have possibly guessed NiP would make another genius roster change that will surely give them 90 consecutive map wins on LAN
2015-12-31 03:34
Nt friburg, wake up.
2015-12-31 03:47
nuke(((((((((99
2015-12-31 04:29
Sgares leaving C9 was pretty big!
2015-12-31 05:25
RIP C9 June-July, 2015 [*] Never forget.
2015-12-31 06:05
#137
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
The most memorable moment of 2015 was G2.Kinguin 16:0 VP.
2015-12-31 07:28
Gr8 y8r m8 i r8 8/8
2015-12-31 08:49
#142
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Norway duffz00r 
dem lookbakcs doe! gj
2015-12-31 11:31
Good year
2015-12-31 14:08
Happy to see the credit for the hours and work put into the booths. Generally many cool storylines for 2015, lets see what 2016 has in store for us :)
2015-12-31 14:42
Great year for the cs scene , hope to see more. Happy new year!
2015-12-31 17:02
very bad year for nip .d
2016-01-03 22:36
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