ESL Pro League S3 finals preview

The ESL Pro League Season 3 finals, taking place in Leicester and London in the United Kingdom, will serve up a whopping $512,000 to eight teams and in this article you will find a preview of the event.

With $512,000 up for grabs in its third season finals, ESL's marquee tournament is now the second largest prize-pot in CS:GO history for an offline event to date (though many contenders are in the offing).

Teams played out a lengthy season in both the European and North American divisions, ultimately playing 22 best-of-one games and in the end four from each region have made it to the offline finals in the UK.


Luminosity returned to form in Austin, but can they solidify their #1 rank with a win in London?

Three of these teams were just in action over the past weekend at the all-North American DreamHack Open Austin event while three of the European teams competed last at DreamHack Masters Malmö; one team was in attendance two weekends beforehand at the CEVO Gfinity Season 9 finals and finally we have fnatic, who will debut at their first event since the Columbus Major.

The order of the teams in this preview will be rank-based this time around, proceeding from the current world's best team Luminosity all the way down to North American team OpTic, who are currently ranked #23.

Brazil Luminosity

Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo

What a time to be alive—when the torporific domination of Scandinavian Counter-Strike teams has been slowly displaced and challenged, first from within the European continent by the likes of Envy and Natus Vincere and finally from the New World in the form of Luminosity.

The Brazilian dream to excel at Counter-Strike has its roots in the genesis of the game but it really took form at ESWC 2006 when mibr won that event (and a much younger fnx was part of the effort). Despite many bumps in the road since then (quite akin to Brazil's GDP), Brazilian CS has finally hit its apex this year.

Luminosity played damn good Counter-Strike at the MLG Columbus Major and won, becoming the first team outside of Europe to make the grand finals of a Major and to win a Major in CS:GO (that they also won the first $1 million Major was even more brownie points for FalleN and crew).


While not quite the Sistine Chapel, FalleN's hand divinely uplifts Brazilian CS

Afterwards, the team fell prey to the Icarus syndrome in Malmö and came to rue the drab streets and skies of Cache against mousesports as well as underestimating #CSGO2Asia in the form of TYLOO, and thus exited in 9-12th place.

However, with an extremely consistent form in their last 30 maps (only losing two although admittedly these were all games versus weaker North American competition) and with an even more convincing win at DreamHack Open Austin, Luminosity now look ready to make the final push and set their first place ranking in stone.

A group stage featuring the likes of OpTic, G2, and Astralis should be no problem for a minimum entry to the semifinals in the Indigo at the O2 venue (with only the Danes likely to challenge in the winners' match); in any case look for a Luminosity advance via two best-of-one games.

Sweden fnatic

Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman
Sweden John "wenton" Eriksson (indefinite stand-in)

Sometimes giving chances to FPL gods does not pay off, as current #3 ranked team (and a team who have held dominion over CS:GO for months upon months before their recent slide) fnatic learned to their detriment during an experiment with trying out youngster Niclas "PlesseN" Plessen.

The downfall began of course with the hand injury of the game's best player, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, who was an engine for success to the late 2015-early 2016 fnatic lineup that won all five events it attended before a Majors quarter-finals flop in Columbus. That hand injury has benched olofmeister for an indefinite amount of time, ranging from either a couple more weeks to a career-ending finish (of which nothing is known).


Error 322: Carrymeister not found

After the PlesseN-experiment ended, fnatic continued the hunt for a replacement fifth and settled on wenton, a 23-year-old Swede who had before been plying his trade on Preparation and was also part of the Acer lineup that rocked a few boats during its 2015 days (and was famously led by Björn "THREAT" Pers).

The wenton addition has made the current fnatic lineup look "decent" in their online games, winning over the likes of Dignitas and Envy but losing to NiP, but we simply cannot tell how this lineup will fare in an offline setting until tomorrow.

Prospective punters should be warned however, as a group featuring the likes of NiP and North American upstarts Liquid and Cloud9 does spell the possibility for an upset exit in the group stage for this elite level team (and thus precipitates even more of a rankings slide in the future). 

Denmark Astralis

Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen

The current #4 ranked team in the world are—surprise surprise—Astralis, perhaps the world's most consistent team when it comes to braving the crests and troughs of events and always retaining a spot in the elite top five.

Not much has changed since the Danes' 9-12th place finish in Malmö, where karrigan and his team had the misfortune of losing to regional rivals Dignitas in the winners' match and then squaring off against red-hot NiP in the decider match.


"Maybe you should all get blond hair, à la nV?" - Excerpts from Astralis' Anti-Curse bootcamp

Generally, Astralis have appeared to be as strong as ever in their ECS games of late, only losing a best-of-three to the Ninjas, with the Swedish team lately on an absolute tear since winning DreamHack Masters Malmö.

As has been parroted about Astralis since the beginning of this year, they have a strong start in tournaments and should easily make it out of Group A (likely behind Luminosity as the runner-up via a decider match but possibly taking the group outright).

What happens afterwards is not the business of analysis but of Freudian psychoanalysis, as some of the players will have to contend with their inner demons that give rise to hesitation and uncertainty in important matches. Should these demons be conquered, Astralis are a definite candidate to stand on the first place podium on Sunday.

Sweden NiP

Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi 

Easily the team with the brightest lodestar at this event, NiP were last seen winning the $250,000 DreamHack Masters in Malmö and thus bringing back whispers of NiP Magic.

Currently just sitting inside the elite clip of teams at rank #5 (#4 ranked team Na`Vi unfortunately stopped just short of qualifying for the finals), the Ninjas have looked extremely strong in their latest online games, notching victories over the likes of Astralis, dignitas, and fnatic.


NiP have lately been flexing harder than Popeye on spinach

As with a few of the other teams attending the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals, the Malmö finish and a few online results are all we have to go by aside from opening up the game, loading up some demos, and examining the new regimen of discipline and tactical acuity introduced by coach THREAT in an up close and personal manner.

What is clear in any case is that NiP are able to do serious damage at the event and can be considered alongside Luminosity and Astralis as a serious heavy hitter, though they will still probably be lightly underestimated due to past months of sluggishness.

What Columbus and Malmö have shown however is that there is a new ironclad at sail in European waters and it is certainly not a French nor a Polish vessel.

United States Liquid

United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
United States Kenneth "koosta" Suen
United States Eric "adreN" Hoag 

Liquid managed to re-enter our Top Ten this week, following a 3-4th place finish at DreamHack Austin which was a result that was to be expected of the team and a lesser finish would have likely sent them careening down the ranking ladder into the depths of a second tier existence.

However, for now the American team are holding the fort for their stream-loving, pug-playing brethren and it was mostly a Hiko and EliGE powered performance in Austin the brought Liquid as far they managed to place (1.19 and 1.15 ratings respectively) with the latter player's development of particular interest as he is only 18-years-old and continually improving.

It was also refreshing to see nitr0 in a decent form, as the purported entry-fragger had struggled at some events in 2016 (and in particular when the choleric Ukrainian Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev was on the team).


4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head

Living in a post-s1mple era has been hard for two players however, koosta and adreN, both of whom have struggled in their own ways to make an in-game impact for Liquid.

The former is likely still not fully in tune with the rest of the team, having been third wheeled at Malmö on a date featuring s1mple and the AWP whereas the latter is striving to achieve some of his "GODren" status that was unlocked at the Major and Major qualifier, but which has seemingly vanished with a return to a spot on the team, and thus a return to the world of having something to lose.

In any case, the prognosis for Liquid here looks quite bleak, as any group at an international event that features Swedish and American flags is bound to be a slaughter of merciless proportions. Liquid also were given the harder opening match compared to their Cloud9 brethren as they have to go against a formidable NiP team right off the bat.

Much like the lack of rain over Western Canada is aggravating forest fire conditions in North America, the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals will likely bring no repleneshing respite for North American teams.

United States Cloud9

United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip
United States Alec "Slemmy" White

Cloud9 have actually taken the biggest upwards step in our Top 20 this week as, following a long period of inactivity in offline tournaments, the Canadian-American boyband team finished in 3-4th place at DreamHack Austin and truthfully impressed many a spectator with their disciplined and formidable play.

To make it to the semifinals, Cloud9 were able to dispatch CLG in a decider match (a team who currently remain higher ranked at #12 due to past achievements) and even took Tempo Storm to an incredibly close semifinals game that could have gone n0thing and co.'s way.


shroud spotted drinking his famous "Instant Reddit Oddshot" pre-match elixir

Two things were most noticeable here: one was the particularly solid play of Stewie2K, who received a lot of flak in his early weeks of playing for Cloud9 and struggled to make an impact at the Major and who finished Austin with a 1.12 rating; the other object of interest was solid play from three more of Stewie2K's teammates at the event, as n0thing, shroud, and Skadoodle all posted green ratings: 1.09, 1.06, and 1.04 respectively.

Meanwhile Slemmy, the newest addition to the Cloud9 roster performed quite poorly (with the fourth lowest rating at the event), but what the ex-Obey.Alliance player lacked in fragging he made up for by sacrificing himself at the altar of Sean "seang@res" Gares and thus taking the role of worrying about the strategy of the game and giving his teammates space to focus only on fragging.

This kind of formula won't work forever, but it was the exact same type of mixture that allowed Cloud9 to shine so brilliantly in the summer of 2015. With an opening match-up against a shaky cipher in the form of fnatic, it is technically possible that we are at the advent of a new Cloud9 era.

France G2

France Richard "shox" Papillon
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro

If NiP are the fastest rising team to compete at the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals, G2 are easily the fastest falling team, having lost four spots in our latest Top 20 (now at #19) and overall failing to impress on any measure whatsoever since adding bodyy as their new fifth.

At Malmö, shox and team were crushed by both CLG and GODSENT and promptly left in 13-16th place; since then, the French-Belgian team have lost more games than they've won in the ECS first season.


That feeling when the LDLC days are long gone

It feels weird to talk about a European team composed of veterans such as shox and ScreaM as being one that is likely to bomb out of this event, but that will happen to be the case unless G2 can enter this event with a fresh mindset and better team coordination.

Another issue is the struggle of certain players, such as ScreaM, who has not delivered much of promise in 2016 and SmithZz, who has struggled at offline events in particular.

It is indeed quite likely that G2 will not make it to the playoffs, but elite-level performances from shox, RpK (who has been on point lately), the two aforementioned struggling players, and especially bodyy (who will have to earn his newfound spot on the roster) could do serious damage if allowed to develop unchecked.

Canada OpTic

Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba
Canada Damian "daps" Steele
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas

OpTic are currently outside of our Top 20, sitting at #23 in the rankings, and, much like a player who stays up all night to play pugs, they are a team who still seem a little dazed and confused in the wider scope of the CS:GO ecosystem.

If we brush aside the massive PR faux pas that was the team's dismissal of AWPer Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan in favour of Spaniard mixwell, OpTic still had a middling run at the CEVO Gfinity Season 9 finals where they finished in 5-6th place and recorded best-of-three losses to HellRaisers and Virtus.pro and only winning 2-1 over Splyce.


A Spanish-speaking man in North America will rebuild a wall, though it is Green and not of Trump's intent

Online, the team have looked surprisingly weak in their ECS Season 1 games, a fact which runs contrary to the strong form they exhibited in qualifying for the Pro League Season 3 finals.

While thankfully spared the 'Murica bashing that will be Group B, OpTic's chances of advancing to semifinals over the likes of Luminosity and Astralis look slim, though taking down G2 is certainly in the realm of possibility.

Should mixwell harness the abilities of oskar, s1mple, and NiKo in one event however, and possibly see some of his teammates not wilt under the pressure of a $512,000 limelight, then a huge upset is certainly possible.

And that is what makes the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals a crucial event for the month of May and for CS:GO in general: it features four of the top five teams fighting over dominion, a few North American teams looking to redeem their much maligned region, and a fading French-speaking outfit trying to shake off its death rattle. There are storylines galore.


The ESL Pro League Season 3 finals kick off tomorrow at 14:00 as OpTic will face off against Astralis in a Group A opening match. As was the case with DreamHack Austin, opening and winners' matches will be best-of-one whereas elimination matches will be best-of-three games. You can find the viewer's guide here.

In case you needed a quick refresher on the large sums of cash to be reaped at this event, the prize distribution can be found below:

1. $200,000
2. $90,000
3-4. $44,000
5-6. $36,000
7-8. $31,000

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

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1093
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
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
United States Alec 'Slemmy' White
Alec 'Slemmy' White
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1631
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1633
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1200
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1461
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1612
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1422
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1569
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
504
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1029
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
Sweden Niclas 'PlesseN' Plessen
Niclas 'PlesseN' Plessen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
746
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
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
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1599
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1126
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1402
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden John 'wenton' Eriksson
John 'wenton' Eriksson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
198
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1536
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
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
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1343
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
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
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
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2016-05-10 23:20
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2016-05-10 23:22
#64
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Netherlands HetIsPatat 
"A Spanish-speaking man in North America will rebuild a wall, though it is Green and not of Trump's intent" HAH, TUCK FRUMP!
2016-05-11 01:21
#66
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South America PartisanGrill 
HLTV is owned by a Jew (not joking)
2016-05-11 01:25
#111
faveN | 
Germany Zescht 
Upcoming Who? article Israeli tier 1933 team
2016-05-11 08:09
who is it i will take care of dont worry :D
2016-05-11 12:24
LMFAO TRUMP ROASTED
2016-05-11 09:36
Srsly? :)
2016-05-11 12:12
#2
Gux | 
Sweden EczeL  
2
2016-05-10 23:20
well done x)
2016-05-10 23:20
1
2016-05-10 23:20
#5
Brazil zlkz1 
ez LG, 16-0 all games
2016-05-10 23:20
#75
shox | 
North America HackLMAO 
top tier b8
2016-05-11 01:52
#6
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United States Tryx[M] 
gg
2016-05-10 23:20
ez ence
2016-05-10 23:20
#8
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Poland Saqe 
n1
2016-05-10 23:20
#10
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Europe SteffeM 
dat booty
2016-05-10 23:20
finally
2016-05-10 23:20
n1
2016-05-10 23:20
ence
2016-05-10 23:20
ez ence
2016-05-10 23:20
EZ for brazil and europe
2016-05-10 23:21
omaigaf i'm first
2016-05-10 23:20
Nice try :D
2016-05-10 23:20
astralis win like always
2016-05-10 23:20
dude u are back!
2016-05-11 05:27
EZ for Optic
2016-05-10 23:20
<3 stich
2016-05-10 23:20
ez lg
2016-05-10 23:21
Error 322: Carrymeister not found LOL
2016-05-10 23:21
GO LG <3
2016-05-10 23:21
#25
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Spain Alser 
"A Hispanic-speaking man in North America will rebuild a wall, though it is Green and not of Trump's intent" stich never fails to impress
2016-05-10 23:21
#30
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
Ayy lmao
2016-05-10 23:27
This stich...
2016-05-11 07:20
4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head
2016-05-10 23:22
#28
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
Ayy lmao that decent reference tho
2016-05-10 23:24
stich is my favourite thing about HLTV
2016-05-10 23:25
Error 322: Carrymeister not found 4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head stich is god
2016-05-10 23:27
good read
2016-05-10 23:28
xd
2016-05-10 23:29
A Spanish-speaking man in North America will rebuild a wall, though it is Green and not of Trump's intent hahahaha nice one admins
2016-05-10 23:38
#35
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Brazil RisenNTC 
4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head
2016-05-10 23:39
choleric Simple ahahahahaha that's just rough
2016-05-10 23:39
I really enjoyed reading all teams, good job!
2016-05-10 23:40
These captions are the best
2016-05-10 23:40
2eZ4Cloud9
2016-05-10 23:42
#40
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Denmark Muamelele 
stitch...
2016-05-10 23:42
If OpTic is able to at least beat G2, that should be enough for them. GO GODWELL
2016-05-10 23:42
In fact: I heard mixwell speak French..G2 should drop SmithZz for him!
2016-05-11 04:51
If SmithZz leaves also does Shox. Is a fuckkng child who needs mommy shox or he will cry like a baby
2016-05-11 08:25
#42
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
WTF "Error 322: Carrymeister not found" LOL?!?!?!?! Let's GO Brasil we can do it! <3
2016-05-10 23:42
ECNE ROF ZE
2016-05-10 23:49
#44
Europe bueR 
LG > NiP > Astralis > G2 > fnatic/c9 > Liquid/Optic yes I have G2 over fnatic, a man can dream eyy? also could be NiP > LG obviously :)
2016-05-10 23:49
imo g2=c9/liquid
2016-05-11 00:41
"shroud spotted drinking his famous "Instant Reddit Oddshot" pre-match elixir" kek xD
2016-05-10 23:55
The only NA team who has a tiny chance to upset is C9. Liquid is going nowhere with Adren as igl and a terrible fragger. Optic is pure garbage
2016-05-10 23:55
Isnt hiko the igl right now?
2016-05-11 01:12
They switched back to Adren for Dreamhack Austin. I'm pretty sure they will keep him as igl for the time being
2016-05-11 02:06
So dumb from their part
2016-05-11 03:10
adreN proved himself to be a pretty good fragger at MLG too(although that could be because he had no pressure on him). If they'd put him in a fragger role instead of IGL, they'd probably do better imo.
2016-05-11 12:18
4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head
2016-05-10 23:56
#48
fnx | 
Brazil DroidNTC 
I really want to see NIP vs LG in finals it would be a great match :D
2016-05-11 00:00
just imagine if LG win this event :O so much money in their wallet lets hope for a final LG vs NiP <3
2016-05-11 00:00
"shroud spotted drinking his famous "Instant Reddit Oddshot" pre-match elixir" Lmao these memes
2016-05-11 00:25
#52
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Stich da legend
2016-05-11 00:27
these memes... wp stich <3
2016-05-11 00:38
#56
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United Kingdom swellis 
these picture captions get worse with each new article
2016-05-11 00:48
my rheumatoid arthritis gets worse every day
2016-05-11 00:52
#70
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United Kingdom swellis 
article is a good read though
2016-05-11 01:47
cheers ty
2016-05-11 04:50
stich you are banger
2016-05-11 08:49
#128
ketchup | 
Belgium fRe2k 
Keep doing it for the lulz +1
2016-05-11 11:08
ez for ENCE eitherway.
2016-05-11 00:53
These memes are on point
2016-05-11 00:54
stich shitposting is on a whole new level
2016-05-11 00:55
lol, love the captions. Well written!.. Ignore the idiots hating.
2016-05-11 01:09
#62
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
much love stich!
2016-05-11 01:09
gotta love the captions
2016-05-11 01:23
#67
Aleksib | 
Finland f1nch 
mixwell is from Barca :o They speak Catalan
2016-05-11 01:28
Group A LG #1 Astralis #2 Group B NiP #1 Fnatic #2 LG vs Fnatic, LG win NiP vs Astralis, Astralis win Astralis vs LG final, Astralis win [I hope]
2016-05-11 01:35
LG never lost against Astralis...
2016-05-11 01:52
Yeah I know, I'm just hoping
2016-05-11 01:52
Haha i think only NiP or Na'Vi can beat them right now. A question... Nuke will be played at this event?
2016-05-11 01:54
according to liquipedia yes. I think someone did tweet about it though
2016-05-11 01:56
I'm imagining NiP x LG in final. NiP the Nuke gods against the best team in the world atm... 3rd map... OMG
2016-05-11 02:10
If I was thinking rationally that would probably my guess too, hopefully it is NiP vs LG, it would be a great game.
2016-05-11 02:14
Agree, the best to Astralis is to win lg in group stage. Then maybe they'll get some swedish team in the grandfinal, more beatable.
2016-05-11 05:50
i fucking love these short comments under photos :D
2016-05-11 01:42
#71
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Portugal cufwipe 
EZ for ENCE
2016-05-11 01:49
4Head Simple was a problem 4Head
2016-05-11 01:50
GL NiP GL LG See you in final
2016-05-11 01:53
stich i love you
2016-05-11 02:01
ez shroud9
2016-05-11 02:02
#81
Estonia 2026 
Good one stich, you made JW mad, good shit.
2016-05-11 02:03
merci
2016-05-11 04:48
LOOOL STITCH THIS SHIT IS GOLD
2016-05-11 02:07
everything you wrote is ok, apart from "4head" fuck people that type that shit are like retard cancer high school students who don't have a clue about anything. but the rest is ok.
2016-05-11 02:34
stich stop using memes, it will get you banned :>
2016-05-11 02:34
#89
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Brazil gabrielrg 
what a hard post to read
2016-05-11 02:40
That feeling when the LDLC days are long gone NotLikeThis BibleThump NotLikeThis
2016-05-11 02:42
Guess what HLTV? Trump will build the wall. MEXICO will pay for it.
2016-05-11 02:42
Your name says it all
2016-05-11 10:54
the writer is def mentally handicapped
2016-05-11 02:45
Laughed so har with this hahahahahhhaha i love reading hltv comments &#128514;&#128514;&#128514;
2016-05-11 10:24
#93
ScreaM | 
Dominican Republic Litox06 
Error 322: Carrymeister not found STICH YOU ARE A GOD!
2016-05-11 02:54
rip G2 lol
2016-05-11 02:58
#96
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Turkey Mejuckei 
another ez tournament for NiP.
2016-05-11 03:13
Lets go ninjas
2016-05-11 03:57
#98
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
final nip vs lg
2016-05-11 04:29
nice preview
2016-05-11 05:24
expected
2016-05-11 05:50
#107
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Sweden larsbananas 
Yep seems adequate. 4th team has like one win(t2 tounrey) in 1 year :) Get ready for your new overlords boys :) Pyth <3 Fribuuuurg <3
2016-05-11 06:22
we love you stich
2016-05-11 07:17
Lol JW saw and got so salty about the carrymeister not found twitter.com/jwCSGO/status/73018048382960..
2016-05-11 07:37
#112
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Slovakia TatKo 
dank memes
2016-05-11 08:24
#115
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Greenland systemgod 
Fnatic last place this tournament? NiP easy win against LG in the finale?
2016-05-11 09:01
Your shitty puns are not appreciated stich.
2016-05-11 09:13
NiP vs LG in final and NiP will win 2-0
2016-05-11 09:22
Trump supporters will probably get mad EleGiggle
2016-05-11 09:32
#120
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Australia Zer0_Gravity 
Lol, people upset at your puns and memes, even JW saying it's unprofessional for a news site. Like seriously? You can't tell me that other non-esports news sites are not biased or opinionated. Stich, keep up the good work, love the time and effort you put in for such a good read. :D
2016-05-11 10:12
Well in all honesty, E-sports are getting more and more professional, drawing in companies and sponsors from all walks of life. If the main news site about the game they're interested in still posts news articles with le funny meme's, it's quite a good indication on where the community and scene currently are. I've never seen a professional news article on a respectable website mock people before.
2016-05-11 11:04
#135
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Australia Zer0_Gravity 
Wait, you're telling me that no news companies have ever taken a shot at Donald Trump? These memes are essentially the same as those funny political cartoons printed in newspapers.
2016-05-11 12:19
shroud spotted drinking his famous "Instant Reddit Oddshot" pre-match elixir too much stich, too much :/
2016-05-11 10:13
Ez 4 favelas
2016-05-11 10:16
"Error 322: Carrymeister not found" made me laugh
2016-05-11 10:42
honestly please keep doing what you want and don't let people like JW influence you :)
2016-05-11 10:51
#129
AdreN | 
Myanmar RedRay 
4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head
2016-05-11 11:54
Good read bud, to be fair I think you make the most interesting news on HLTV
2016-05-11 12:05
The text under the pictures is just hilarious, but the shrould one would be, "Shroud spotted drinking his adderall, maybe c9 back?
2016-05-11 12:06
#133
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Germany GeoRg___J 
4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head
2016-05-11 12:16
stich :>
2016-05-11 12:28
gz optic for 31k
2016-05-11 12:59
#140
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Georgia zb118 
A Spanish-speaking man in North America will rebuild a wall, though it is Green and not of Trump's intent.
2016-05-11 13:10
Hiko the hamster :o
2016-05-11 13:14
Error 322: Carrymeister not found
2016-05-11 13:35
#145
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Slovenia Pitr_d_Klaun 
lol this underpicture texts are retarded.
2016-05-11 13:52
4Head s1mple was the problem 4Head
2016-05-11 15:05
Is hltv trying to establish itself as a resource for degenerates or what's the deal with these preview pics? lately it's been so annoying as if i was in circus
2016-05-11 16:06
EZ4ENCE
2016-05-11 17:21
Error 322: Carrymeister not found
2016-05-11 22:02
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