MLG Columbus Group A preview

MLG Columbus 2016 will be the eighth CS:GO Major and the first to offer a gargantuan $1 million prize-pool: this is the official preview for Group A of the tournament.

Next week will undoubtedly see history made for Counter-Strike as the first $1 million Major will take place in Columbus, Ohio. MLG Columbus 2016 is the eighth official Major for the game and comes at a time of an extremely fecund competitive scene, one in which the skill ceiling for the game is being raised ever higher.

We felt that this momentous occasion easily warranted a return to a separate preview per group, rather than a split between 'Legends' and 'Challengers', and have thus been busy writing and researching all that you may wish to know about the 16 teams competing.

As a reminder, the format of the tournament begins with group stages that will have the same format as the Major qualifier which took place last month: best-of-one games with two wins to reach the playoffs and two losses to exit; the second place decider game will be the only best-of-three match.

Meanwhile, the playoffs will be a single elimination best-of-three bracket but they will also have the distinction of taking place inside of the Nationwide Arena (the group stages will be played behind closed doors in the MLG Arena, the same venue that hosted the Major Qualifier, the Americas Minor, and the CEVO-P Seasons 6, 7, and 8 finals).


The War is far from over

We have prepared a sexy event page which you can browse to your heart's content and there you will find the group spreads for each preview. For those in the non-clicker cabal however, you can find Group A below:

We will now talk about the four teams competing in Group A of MLG Columbus 2016 starting from the first team in the bracket shown above and moving downwards.

Sweden NiP

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 25 7 66 1.12 Winner (Cologne 2014)
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 27 7 66 1.09 Winner (Cologne 2014)
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 24 7 66 1.03 Winner (Cologne 2014)
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 25 7 66 1.02 Winner (Cologne 2014)
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi 22 - - - -

Perhaps not many competitive outfits in the world can feel as close to the biblical story of Samson as the Ninjas in Pyjamas do: having once been the juggernaut on the block, the Swedish team were blinded by their own confidence and inaction and cast down into the lower ranks of CS:GO.

However, the Ninjas are clearly not interested in going down Samson style with the foundation collapsing around them—that much was evident with the team's performance at IEM Katowice where they debuted with pyth.

Although NiP lost their opener to mousesports in Poland (a defeat which likely did the most damage to their playoff chances), the team nearly edged out fnatic with a 14-16 loss, as well as losing to Natus Vincere 13-16 and defeating Brazilian favourites Luminosity 16-13 (in a final game where they already knew they were out).


We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition

Statistically, the team were led by the f0rest show, as the veteran player yet again proved he could never be counted out with a 1.11 rating and +14kdd (whereas longtime comrade GeT_RiGhT trailed slightly behind with a 1.07 and +9kdd).

In Katowice, it was really pyth who underwhelmed by coming in as the least impactful player on the team, however it was not so much a woeful showing as perhaps "LAN jitters," something which a new team addition with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders could be particularly prone to experiencing.

As a further sign of recent strength, in the ESL Pro League, NiP are a commanding 12-2 and, barring a consecutive series of losses from now until the end of the season, they should be a shoe-in for the Season 3 finals in London.

Clearly, the tactical innovation and leadership that Björn "THREAT" Pers has provided are beginning to mould a notoriously stubborn team used to their legendary status and winning ways into something that can actually compete in 2016.

Aside from a complete meltdown of the team's current weak points, e.g. pyth, the mercurial friberg, and the team's two carries disappearing on the first day, the Ninjas should have the first game in the bag against FlipSid3.

Ukraine FlipSid3

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov 28 7 25 0.92 1/4 final (3x)
Ukraine Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk 22 4 9 0.84 Group stage (4x)
Ukraine Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy 29 4 9 0.73 Group stage (4x)
Russia Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin 24 4 9 0.72 Group stage (4x)
Ukraine Oleksandr "Shara" Hordieyev 23 - - - -

FlipSid3 are like your drug dealing friend in high school: not ever enough to be a part of the popular clique but ever present, perhaps confoundingly so.

Yet, while the team's results have been erratic ever since they became one of those "Always in the Major but never a contender" teams, B1ad3 and his crew have undoubtedly begin to improve and especially in 2016.

While this fact is not reflected in the Ukrainian team's paltry 2-6 record in the ESL Pro League (second worst after the perennially bad Virtus.pro), it is reflected in the team's recent offline activity with some high points including taking a map off of Natus Vincere at the Counter Pit Season 2 finals, spanking Tempo Storm to qualify for the Major at the Main Qualifier, and finishing second place at the Acer Predator Masters Season 2 finals.


markeloff is currently the world's biggest stakeholder in NotLikeThis Equity

WorldEdit is dependably good on this team (although not in Majors as can be seen above), to the point where he makes his comrade-in-carry bondik look like a support at times, whereas Shara continues to vacillate harder in offline games than a plane carrying Peter "ptr" Gurney over the Atlantic.

And whereas fan favourite markeloff gave joking hints of picking up the AWP again and is also part of the elite club of players to attend every Major to date, he continues to doggedly play the support role and was paticularly underwhelming during the quarter-final game against Na`Vi last weekend.

As usual, the admittedly low chances of this team making playoffs will rest on the haunches of B1ad3 and his tactical insights. The Ukrainian veteran proved he could theory-craft a team into nothingness against the Brazilians of Tempo Storm, but he will now find himself matched against a well-honed team with an equally theoretical coach behind them in the opener against NiP.

In other words: skip or ICB on this underdog.

Brazil Luminosity

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David 21 2 9 1.13 1/4 final (2x)
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 24 3 15 1.03 1/4 final (3x)
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 24 3 15 0.96 1/4 final (3x)
Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau 26 - - - -
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 21 - - - -

Currently ranked fourth in the world, Luminosity have brought the malandro lifestyle to CS:GO and re-energised those who perhaps lean towards the side of underdog stories and are tired of a frigid world of Swedish domination.

IEM Katowice was the latest and greatest example of the Brazilian team's rise to the elite crop of outfits that sit atop the game as FalleN led his team into another grand final, this time against fnatic where the team ultimately faltered and lost 0-3.

As far as Katowice goes, fer was the strongest player with a 1.14 rating and +30kdd, however you know you've found a strong team when any of the other four players can have big games and moments in playoff matches (the much-maligned TACO included).


Welcome to my City of God. Here Knockout "coldzera" Ned will get you.

Since the team's dream run at the FACEIT Stage 3 finals, they have attended international tournaments and consistently faced both Natus Vincere and fnatic, with a better record on paper against the former team (despite a grand final loss at DH Open Leipzig to the Eastern Europeans). Yet an actual trophy has been ever elusive.

This Major could be the chance that the Brazilians have long awaited and it would be no risky wager to place them in at least the semifinals of this event. However, mousesports do have a scant yet strong record against this team, defeating its older lineup (with Lucas "steel" Lopes and Ricardo "boltz" Prass) in two maps at the CEVO-P Season 7 finals and with Luminosity only narrowly beating mouz in the group stages of Katowice, 16-14 on de_cbble.

As such, this opening game could be one of the most explosive matches that we will see on the first day.

Germany mousesports

Player Age Majors Maps Rating Highest placing
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač 19 1 5 1.16 Group stage (Cluj 2015)
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 21 4 17 0.93 1/4 final (2x)
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget 23 4 14 0.93 1/4 final (Katowice 2015)
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 25 3 9 0.93 Group stage (3x)
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 20 3 12 0.89 1/4 final (2x)

Repeat the following mantra for good luck, fans of German Counter-Strike: NiKosports, NiKosports, NiKosports.

It is truly astounding how strong of a player NiKo is in this current day and age and the fact that he can put up such strong numbers while also leading in-game makes Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer look like a chump in a two-bit suit when it comes to the leader/fragger playstyle.

The mainly German team had a tragic showing at IEM Katowice as they narrowly lost out from attending the playoffs in a fairly stacked group, however they also most recently breezed through the Major Main Qualifier with style and won the Acer Predator Masters Season 2 finals against less formidable opposition.


Calm on the outside, Linkin Park lyrics on the inside

With so much on the line in a strong Group A and a dramatic opener against Luminosity (whom mouz lost to 14-16 in Katowice), we can surely expect sparks to fly. However, one key component of the team was in absence in Poland, namely chrisJ who apparently forgot to take his anti-onliner medication that day.

Assuming all five players are firing on all cylinders (nex has been stable, Spiidi has his moments, and denis is a support with intangible uses), they can start their Major trajectory well. The fact that two coaches in the form of Navid "Kapio" Javadi and Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn will be assisting the team can only be an additional boon.

 

All four groups will have their opening rounds play out on March 29th, the first day of the Major, and we will in turn release previews for Groups B, C, and D before the big day dawns.

In addition, we will be releasing a series of interviews with many of the attending teams, the first of which is already live featuring Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad of FaZe.

As the magic dates of March 29-April 3 draw ever nearer, stay focused to HLTV.org for more exclusive coverage of the upcoming Major.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1039
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
834
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Germany Navid 'Kapio' Javadi
Navid 'Kapio' Javadi
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Ukraine Oleksandr 'Shara' Hordieyev
Oleksandr 'Shara' Hordieyev
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
373
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1236
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
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
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1145
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
908
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1230
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:
994
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1571
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Germany Niclas 'enkay J' Krumhorn
Niclas 'enkay J' Krumhorn
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
732
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1603
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1417
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1498
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
486
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1100
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
gl nip!
2016-03-22 22:18
Nice read!
2016-03-22 22:18
We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's
2016-03-26 15:23
i guess not ahah...
2016-03-28 09:43
hahah :D
2016-03-28 14:50
astralis win /close
2016-03-22 22:18
funny
2016-03-23 01:24
splyce vs gambit final
2016-03-23 14:23
mouz top 2 you heard it here first
2016-03-22 22:19
#20
 | 
Portugal krypz0n 
#HYPE
2016-03-22 22:18
#21
 | 
Spain Silber_ 
aizy niko
2016-03-22 22:18
nice
2016-03-22 22:18
nice
2016-03-22 22:18
#27
 | 
United Arab Emirates Nami 
NiP
2016-03-22 22:19
#195
f0rest | 
Algeria NS! 
They will get rekt as always ....
2016-03-23 08:14
#208
 | 
United Arab Emirates Nami 
Well they started to comeback nowadays but its so obv that Luminosity gonna make it out easily
2016-03-23 09:29
nice
2016-03-22 22:18
n1
2016-03-22 22:18
#30
 | 
Korea saddummy 
ez NiP gods
2016-03-22 22:18
#31
 | 
Germany MrEnricoo  
n1
2016-03-22 22:18
#32
Aleksib | 
Europe RANKKA 
LGGGGGGGGGGG
2016-03-22 22:18
top kek NA out in groups again gambit to win
2016-03-22 22:18
nice
2016-03-22 22:18
#36
lsd | 
Norway nuee 
nice
2016-03-22 22:18
NICE
2016-03-22 22:18
nip and mouz ez
2016-03-22 22:18
1. Mouz 2. NiP Heard it first
2016-03-22 22:18
nt
2016-03-22 23:05
Expected a reply from a Brazilian.
2016-03-22 23:15
Expected a preview with NIP & MOUZ from a non brazilian.
2016-03-22 23:16
#166
chrisJ | 
France Escher 
No needs to be a brazilian to see that your prediction is shitty lol.
2016-03-23 01:27
no chance for nip
2016-03-22 22:18
mouz ez
2016-03-22 22:18
Ez NIP
2016-03-22 22:19
#51
 | 
Norway Bakudi 
yeaaaaaaaaaaa
2016-03-22 22:20
lel
2016-03-22 22:20
"whereas Aleksandr "Shara" Gordeev continues to vacillate harder in offline games than a plane carrying Peter "ptr" Gurney over the Atlantic." kek'd
2016-03-22 22:21
+1 stich is a god tier writer. :D
2016-03-23 12:58
NiP got this group
2016-03-22 22:22
f0restGOD to carry this :)
2016-03-22 22:23
#58
 | 
France Kairos1g 
damn I love reading stich's articles
2016-03-22 22:23
#59
 | 
Poland Marcines 
1.Luminosity 2.Nip
2016-03-22 22:23
psek is vanga?)))
2016-03-24 08:08
rip mouz
2016-03-22 22:24
Welcome to my City of God. Here Knockout "coldzera" Ned will get you.
2016-03-22 22:24
They deleted all the comments about how they messed up and put 2015 for NiP winning cologne lmao
2016-03-22 22:25
Yea, you pointed out the mistake, it was fixed, so now those comments make no sense anymore to new readers, that's how it goes.
2016-03-22 22:28
K
2016-03-22 22:29
You should have written that mistakes should be pointed out in messages directly to the writer/team instead. Because most comments in here hold no value to anyone and specially not new readers - ez, n1, dasas, 1, y, s, xD etc.
2016-03-23 14:19
Not much has changed while I've been away I see. People still don't understand how it works...
2016-03-24 05:30
Lmao that "pith" thing. Stich is always trying to flex that vocab in his posts. Respect for that. It always makes me laugh. OMFG that Flipsid3 comment lmfao I'm dying. Yo this is one of the funniest articles on HLTV in recent history and it's nice and informative as well. Nice preview.
2016-03-22 22:26
The Waaaaar issss far from oooover!!!
2016-03-22 22:27
1st NiP 2nd Samsung
2016-03-22 22:27
#67
 | 
France StickyRice 
Mousesports LMAO : one man army. EZ for LG
2016-03-22 22:28
#68
 | 
Chile Cristoff 
1.LG 2.NiP
2016-03-22 22:28
1 LG 2 MOUSESPORTS
2016-03-22 22:28
Bump, City of God reference
2016-03-22 22:29
You have mistake in pyth's name (under his photo from katowice) We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition
2016-03-22 22:29
click on the hyperlink, it's a double entendre <3
2016-03-22 22:34
Is there some kind of "Best HLTV Admin" competition I can vote for you in? You're way too good at these.
2016-03-22 22:38
ah, sorry. my mistake :D
2016-03-22 22:56
make all the others previews, please lord Stitch take my anus in return
2016-03-22 23:42
NiP are horrible can't wait till they crash out in groups.
2016-03-22 22:29
'Calm on the outside, Linkin Park lyrics on the inside' <3 god stich
2016-03-22 22:30
+1 amazing <3
2016-03-23 07:05
''Calm on the outside, Linkin Park lyrics on the inside'' Brilliant, awesome read stich ;*
2016-03-22 22:31
I laughed too fcuking hard ;D
2016-03-27 11:17
Linkin Park lirics. Fucking dead
2016-03-22 22:32
I BELIEVE IN NIKOSPORTS. FUCK NIP
2016-03-22 22:35
#81
 | 
Sri Lanka 1v1meRust 
"Welcome to my City of God. Here Knockout "coldzera" Ned will get you." THE ABSOLUTE MADMAN WITH TOP TIER JOKES!
2016-03-22 22:36
#82
 | 
Yugoslavia ToBeHonest 
SO eZ for NINJAS!!!!!
2016-03-22 22:37
+1
2016-03-22 23:08
#84
Sweden thof 
n1
2016-03-22 22:38
#86
 | 
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
great read stich senpai may the memes stay strong with you for remaining group reviews
2016-03-22 22:41
#89
AZK | 
United States Dood 
even HLTV calls him onlineJ
2016-03-22 22:40
#90 ez
2016-03-22 22:40
#91
Korea yuh 
ARE YOU MAD?
2016-03-22 22:42
#92
 | 
Brazil PlasticB0Y 
knockout ned ? hahaha what a game to give to mané galinha :D
2016-03-22 22:43
The memes in this one though...
2016-03-22 22:47
#94
 | 
Turkey OdinA 
1st: LG 2nd: NiP 3rd: Mouz 4th: FS3
2016-03-22 22:48
#97
 | 
Canada Ayton 
1-NIP 2-Mouz 3-LG 4-F3
2016-03-22 22:55
#99
 | 
Turkey OdinA 
No i am NiP fan but LG > all
2016-03-22 22:56
#102
 | 
Canada Ayton 
lg's time is over, they were lucky few tournements like c9 and now they will be crushed in MLG. Mouz and nip coming so strong, no chance for monkeys
2016-03-22 22:58
#145
fer | 
Brazil maiazin 
nice b8 m8
2016-03-22 23:55
1. LG 2. Mouz 3. NiP 4. F3
2016-03-22 23:11
"Calm on the outside, Linkin Park lyrics on the inside"
2016-03-22 22:49
#96
 | 
Iran ali bi gham 
ez Marik <3
2016-03-22 22:51
NiP - Flipside - NiP LG - Mousesports - LG LG - NiP - LG Mousesports - Flipsid3 - Mousesports. Mousesports - NiP - Mousesports. 1 LG 2 Mousesports 3 NiP 4 Flipsid3
2016-03-22 22:56
#104
 | 
Canada Ayton 
nt toilet cleaner
2016-03-22 22:58
i know nerd.
2016-03-22 23:00
Nip vs. F3 = NiP LG vs. Mouz = LG NiP vs. LG = NiP Mouz vs. F3 = F3
2016-03-22 23:01
no chance my friend , no chance :D
2016-03-22 23:03
#128
1mpala | 
Ukraine he-he  
more like 1. LG 2. Mouse 3. F3 ... 999. NiP
2016-03-22 23:21
Luminosity have brought the malandro lifestyle to CS:GO LOL
2016-03-22 22:57
LG EASY But nr2 Spot will be really close hard figth nice group
2016-03-22 22:58
2ez4nip
2016-03-22 23:00
gogo
2016-03-22 23:00
#108
 | 
Brazil SuperAfim 
Ez LG and NiP, feel bad for Niko
2016-03-22 23:00
We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition markeloff is currently the world's biggest stakeholder in NotLikeThis Equity Welcome to my City of God. Here Knockout "coldzera" Ned will get you. Luminosity have brought the malandro lifestyle to CS:GO Repeat the following mantra for good luck, fans of German Counter-Strike: NiKosports, NiKosports, NiKosports. Aleksandr "Shara" Gordeev continues to vacillate harder in offline games than a plane carrying Peter "ptr" Gurney over the Atlantic. Calm on the outside, Linkin Park lyrics on the inside Chris "chrisJ" de Jong who apparently forgot to take his anti-onliner medication that day. how do i sacrifice myself to the all knowing hltv god stich
2016-03-22 23:03
he really knows how to catch the readers attention :P
2016-03-22 23:07
+1 Such a pleb... stich
2016-03-22 23:08
everyone should bound to GOD STICH
2016-03-23 00:43
THE WAR IS FAR FROM OVER!!!!!!!
2016-03-22 23:05
WOW NICE ARTICLE STITCH
2016-03-22 23:06
Stupid article, stupid writer... Cmon u're supposed to write quality news... Check the nicknames of the players and the Profile pictures pls...
2016-03-22 23:07
What's wrong?
2016-03-23 10:05
brabrabrbarbarbabraa
2016-03-22 23:07
lol stich can i suck your dick
2016-03-22 23:08
Ez nip and LG
2016-03-22 23:11
#124
 | 
Iceland PrTz1 
malandro ROFL good job HLTV
2016-03-22 23:12
I'm pretty hyped for this major. Feels like a lot of teams deserves dem legends spots but a the same time these spots are more and more precious.
2016-03-22 23:14
#129
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
WE CAN DO IT! Lets go LG! <3 absolutly smart, loyal, friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-03-22 23:22
LG and Mouz
2016-03-22 23:26
+1
2016-03-22 23:33
N I P B O Y S
2016-03-22 23:36
nice choice of photos
2016-03-22 23:37
NiP and MouZ
2016-03-22 23:38
I aren't thunk that
2016-03-22 23:40
#135
 | 
Russia razorVJ 
Dear stich, your writing style sucks. Could you please make it more professional?
2016-03-22 23:38
here you go, I wrote this as well: nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ACTE/g35763_acte..
2016-03-22 23:43
dont listen for him nice done!
2016-03-23 00:05
so your name is natasha?
2016-03-23 02:33
I ghost wrote it as an intern RIP me ;_;
2016-03-23 02:36
#205
 | 
Russia razorVJ 
I had no doubt that you can, by the way.
2016-03-23 08:49
i'm impressed, you definitly deliver stich. nice piece of journalism.
2016-03-22 23:39
I aren't think that.
2016-03-22 23:39
What the fuck was I reading, also pith? stich what the fuck were you doing with this article ROFL.
2016-03-22 23:41
click on the pith hyperlink to find out, o philistine
2016-03-22 23:44
I did notice it, but I don't see how it's relevant as pyth is garbage.
2016-03-23 00:00
that's why pyth plays for NiP and you are barking on hltv
2016-03-23 14:10
Yeah, that's definitely the reason why, you fucking moron. Find more irrelevant shit will you?
2016-03-23 17:52
u must be fun on parties
2016-03-23 19:01
Simple definition of Pith Los Angeles
2016-03-23 00:08
The dankness in this post...
2016-03-22 23:48
EZ for ence
2016-03-22 23:59
#148
 | 
Brazil - mco 
#1 LG
2016-03-23 00:01
hybrid theory #1
2016-03-23 00:04
#155
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
This event page is nuts. Can we hope to get something like this every bigger tournament?
2016-03-23 00:20
"Currently ranked fourth in the world, Luminosity have brought the malandro lifestyle to CS:GO" HAHAHA You're a legend stich!
2016-03-23 00:31
HUEHUEHUEUEHUE the malandragi dos br
2016-03-23 00:52
no worries stich dont mind the haters :D great article
2016-03-23 00:48
good read!
2016-03-23 00:54
1. Mouse 2. NiP
2016-03-23 01:04
markeloff should try awping
2016-03-23 01:05
#163
shox | 
North America HackLMAO 
Good read stich
2016-03-23 01:21
nip to go out in groups
2016-03-23 01:26
I wanted to make a snarky comment about how you're implying the reader doesn't know the definition of pith, but then the comments betrayed me. These previews have gotten a lot better than when you first started tho! At least the Samson reference isn't forced. Is the grammar right in this sentence though? "FlipSid3 are like your drug dealing friend in high school: not ever enough to be a part of the popular clique but ever present, perhaps confoundingly so." I understand the meaning of the sentence, but the phrase "not ever enough to be a part of the popular clique" seems like it's missing an adjective. I focused on this sentence because it's a quality that I wanted to articulate about teams like FlipSid3 - it's pretty outstanding that they've been to the Majors so often, yet never seem to get out of groups. I guess some low-tier teams are giant-killers, and some are just consistent enough.
2016-03-23 01:32
after the colon I guess I am introducing a dependent clause which lacks both a subject word (they) and a verb (are) and also an adjective (cool/relevant). I suppose this was meant to be more spoken word, but to be honest, even I'm fuzzy on how much I can bend the written word in some cases.
2016-03-23 01:47
GO LG !!!
2016-03-23 01:33
Great article! Especially liked "FlipSid3 are like your drug dealing friend in high school: not ever enough to be a part of the popular clique but ever present" TOP KEK! gahahah
2016-03-23 01:52
This article is fantastically written, with bonus points for hilarious picture captions.
2016-03-23 01:53
#172
 | 
Japan mameloff 
hmmmm.... Interesting group. NiP have chance?
2016-03-23 01:59
Nip win both bo1 and lg 2nd in group. Lg then beat fanatic 2-1 and the road is open for everyone ;D
2016-03-23 02:07
#174
 | 
Brazil romp  
1 - Nip 2 - LG/Mouz
2016-03-23 02:02
1) lg 2) mouz (maybe vice versa, bo1 who knows) both teams have beaten nip easily
2016-03-23 02:10
#186
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
you realize that with the team order, NiP will not face both luminosity and mouz in bo1s? mouz have never beaten NiP in a bo3 something to think about my americano friend
2016-03-23 03:18
2016-03-23 02:09
youre 100% delusional
2016-03-23 03:13
<3 nip And I'm the delusional ond
2016-03-23 04:43
<3 nex.. not a mousesports fan ?!!? hahahahahaha
2016-03-23 19:37
mouz and lg have both been significantly better than nip but ok
2016-03-23 20:42
nice memes stitch we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-03-23 02:30
SEX GOD DOSIA WILL SHOW THE AMERICANS THE TRUE MEANING OF THE OH IN OHIO :)
2016-03-23 02:51
Good memes I like
2016-03-23 02:54
#183
 | 
Europe DrexxEnt 
Does the line under pyth's picture really say "Pith". Cmon guys
2016-03-23 02:58
#78
2016-03-23 04:00
#245
 | 
Europe DrexxEnt 
Nice! Well played stich, Lilo would be proud :)
2016-03-23 20:50
"We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition." Did you mean "pyth"?
2016-03-23 03:09
#78
2016-03-23 04:00
&#321;adnie Kurwa!
2016-03-25 18:35
#187
 | 
Brazil RisenNTC 
LG > ALL
2016-03-23 03:34
#190
 | 
Brazil VAC0 
malandro? if u using nonlegal drugs, fixing results, cheating... outlawed in general... u're malandro. but if anyone discover your unlegal things then u're not malandro. Probably LG using cheats and paying organization. LOL
2016-03-23 04:08
Great read as always
2016-03-23 06:36
Ez luminosity
2016-03-23 06:45
"Calm on the outside,Linkin Park lyrics on the inside" lmao stitch n1
2016-03-23 08:18
Can you explain this reference, please?
2016-03-23 08:37
Yes. Linkin Park lyrics are known to be highly emotional and more often than not presented by shouting. So he`s calm on the outside,but tense,emotional and feels like shouting from all the pressure on the inside. It also can be considered funny because many people used to joke about how every song is the same with exactly these moods being present in a Linkin Park song.
2016-03-23 08:41
Well I guess it would better to use RATM lyrics
2016-03-23 14:00
Thanks a lot, stranger!
2016-03-23 16:49
"Repeat the following mantra for good luck, fans of German Counter-Strike: NiKosports, NiKosports, NiKosports." lmao. gj stich, great article
2016-03-23 08:18
#198
 | 
Poland DominnX26 
Nice. Nip back
2016-03-23 08:27
1- LG 2- Mouz
2016-03-23 08:30
Stich brought us another quality article with lots of funny references. This one is really good. Keep up good work!
2016-03-23 08:36
THE WAR IS FAR FROM OVER
2016-03-23 09:18
Aleksandr "Shara" Gordeev continues to vacillate harder in offline games than a plane carrying Peter "ptr" Gurney over the Atlantic Lmao n1
2016-03-23 09:28
GOD STICH
2016-03-23 09:35
People think Niko gonna carry 4 bots 4Head. At least he need 2 more to support him but now its Niko alone
2016-03-23 09:43
#211
 | 
Sweden BenneDoT 
Stich, filling your text with exotic words does not fit you writing nor your targeted audience. Otherwise it was a nice read ^^
2016-03-23 09:58
NICE ARTICLE, ENTRETAINING READ!
2016-03-23 10:19
"FlipSid3 are like your drug dealing friend in high school: not ever enough to be a part of the popular clique but ever present, perhaps confoundingly so" LOL
2016-03-23 10:50
rip flipside again, and mousesports
2016-03-23 11:08
#216
 | 
Denmark Complexie 
Flipside are drug dealers confirmed by hltv
2016-03-23 11:30
"We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition" pyth is the most essential part of NiP , they need a bad player to fill their 5th. Same theory applies with fifflaren. Played like a shit stain but allowed the other players to perform. That is why when allu which is a pretty good player is their 5th they suck.
2016-03-23 11:33
A "malandro" could be defined as someone who: Never works and lives off scams; a con man; Is unfaithful and, sometimes, aggressive towards women; Leads a bohemian life of only fun and pleasure; Is lazy, sluggish; Cheats and deceives in order to prevail; a trickster. I don't get this reference. How does any of that relates to Luminosity ? Other than that, I would nominate this article for the prize of best article ever written on HLTV. So good :D
2016-03-23 12:13
I guess I meant the easygoing life, but I also just wanted to throw a Brazilian/Portuguese term in there :D
2016-03-23 21:59
Yeah, I get you. Btw. it's pyth not pith if you didn't know ! (sorry, i know what you meant, but seeing all the replies I had to do it :D ) <3
2016-03-24 11:37
#78 God, people are stupid.
2016-03-24 16:20
I can only agree with you :-) (I hope you did get what I intentionaly wrote and why)
2016-03-24 16:24
Already felt sorry for NiKo a few times, i don't believe this time will be any different. LG and NiP going to top8.
2016-03-23 12:16
0.2kdr inc
2016-03-23 13:14
Calm on the outside, Linkin Park lyrics on the inside lmfao this shit is too funny
2016-03-23 13:25
Is it of want time to be for NiP to be good again?
2016-03-23 13:37
Well-written preview, gj Stich
2016-03-23 13:58
gl hf all
2016-03-23 14:03
#229
 | 
Sweden X-rAy 
LET THE CHEATING BEGIN! we will see so many god aimers! for 1 million who wouldnt!
2016-03-23 14:16
let's see if Flusha beat his record of aimlooks
2016-03-23 14:51
#232
 | 
El Salvador belaC 
ez 4 nip ofc
2016-03-23 14:30
pith?
2016-03-23 14:38
#78
2016-03-23 20:53
#234
mason | 
World PRQN 
"We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition" its pyth not pith
2016-03-23 14:40
#78
2016-03-23 20:54
"Chris "chrisJ" de Jong who apparently forgot to take his anti-onliner medication that day." LOOOL n1
2016-03-23 15:05
#239
 | 
Germany M9ow 
"We will finally learn the true meaning of pith in NiP's newest addition" fix pls
2016-03-23 17:55
#243
 | 
United States MAY0 
pith (noun): the essence of something i think stich is using a play on words
2016-03-23 20:15
it's a double entendre. by learn the true meaning of pith, we'll find out if he's either definition a.) the essence of something (i.e. the team) or b.) a spongy inner material (i.e. brittle and unable to support the team)
2016-03-23 20:57
#249
 | 
United States MAY0 
:D stich replied to me...mom get the camera I love you man #nohomo
2016-03-23 21:57
#262
 | 
Germany M9ow 
damn
2016-03-24 20:10
Stich on point as always <3
2016-03-23 19:17
LG and NIP definetly
2016-03-23 22:04
1ºNiP 2ºLG 3ºMouz 4ºF3
2016-03-24 07:00
#256
 | 
Yugoslavia CommieBird 
Mouz vs LG match better have a 7-1 scoreline at some point
2016-03-24 11:59
jesus all the people not understanding the pith thing... click on it ffs
2016-03-24 12:17
Who cares about group A, ony group which matters is group C and DOSIA X GOD ! !
2016-03-24 13:25
1. LG 2. mousesports (defeating NiP)
2016-03-24 14:08
NIP with the easiest grp again
2016-03-25 01:30
"We will finally learn the true meaning of PITH in NiP's newest addition" Find one fail!
2016-03-25 12:23
1. LG 2. NiP
2016-03-26 14:45
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.