Looking back: Hiko's run for greatness

We take a look at the story of Spencer "Hiko" Martin after he parted ways with Cloud9 hoping to realize his dream of being crowned a Major champion.

December 14th, 2014 was the best day in Spencer "Hiko" Martin's career, despite not winning or earning anything. On that day he left Cloud9 and later agreed to join iBUYPOWER, whose players—excluding Tyler "Skadoodle" Lathams—, would be banned for match fixing in January. So how was that a good move?

The sheer amount of criticism and mockery Hiko faced for leaving what would be the best team in North America for quite a while was preposterous as it seemed to most that Hiko's career was on the decline and leaving Cloud9 was a mistake. He thought otherwise, saying he doesn't know how long his pro gaming career will last, and that not winning a Major will ultimately make his career feel like a wasted opportunity.


Hiko's biggest goal is to win a Major and he's been trying his best

Hiko demanded change after Cloud9 garnered poor results at the last Major of the year, DreamHack Winter, and the ESEA Season 17 LAN finals, but the rest of the team disagreed. They believed the core of the team was good enough but Hiko didn't think so, stepping down from the active roster. Today, only two members of that same core remain in Cloud9: shroud and n0thing. Parting ways with Hiko for wanting revision turned out to be the wrong decision in the long run, as Cloud9 eventually caved in despite some initial success.

The then twenty-four-year-old would remain teamless alongside Skadoodle for nearly four months after the iBUYPOWER ban, streaming from his home to a few thousand people. After Skadoodle, whom Martin had been playing and wanting to further his career with, signed with Cloud9 in April, Martin made his return and joined another ex-Cloud9 member—Semphis—in Nihilum Gaming.

Hiko didn't achieve much during his three and a half month tenure with Nihilum. He did, however, make a decision that would change his career forever: standing in for the Ukrainian team FlipSid3 at ESWC 2015 which took place in July.


Martin got to know s1mple at ESWC 2015 

He played for FlipSid3 due to WorldEdit's visa application being denied by Canadian authorities. This turn of events resulted in Hiko and Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev bonding during their time in Montreal, hanging out together all the time as Hiko stated in his interview with Thorin and even playing with the endearing nicknames "Hiko s1mplovich" and "s1mple Hikovich".

While Hiko was unknowingly setting himself up for a bright future, Cloud9 were making the best run a North American team had ever made by coming in second at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals, ESWC 2015, and FACEIT 2015 Stage 2 Finals. At this point, just about everyone thought Hiko had made a grave mistake.

The next chapter in Hiko's career began in September of 2015 after signing for Liquid, where he would finally find two critical pieces that would eventually bring him closer to achieving his dream of winning a Major: Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Nick "nitr0" Cannella. After a rough end to 2015, when Liquid made a last place exit at the Major in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, the pieces slowly started coming together. After a failed trial with Finnish star AWPer allu, Liquid announced the signing of the young and dynamic superstar s1mple whose relationship with Hiko would progress even further. While everyone was putting s1mple aside for his behaviour, Hiko only saw one thing: this guy can take on anyone in the world.


nitr0 would turn out to be a valuable asset for Hiko

The prologue to the fairy tale came to an end and the real story kicked off in March when the first Major of 2016—and the first one to be held in North America—began at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Liquid had already signed koosta coming into the Major, but were unable to use him because of roster regulations and had to play with their now estranged former in-game leader Eric "adreN" Hoag instead. Nobody expected them to accomplish much, but they did.

After beating FaZe 16-11 and upsetting fnatic in a 22-19 nail biter Liquid were through to the playoffs, gaining Legends status. Hiko & company faced a familiar opponent in the quarter-finals, local rivals CLG, and closed the series out 2-0 going on to face Luminosity (the team now under SK) in the semi-finals where things would start to fall apart.

Liquid lost the first map in overtime despite a 15-9 lead and things got even worse in the second one as they wasted nine map points to get eliminated from the Major. It was easy to see the narrative here: They got victories over a vanishing FaZe and a fnatic whose superstar Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer was having problems due to an injury, then faced CLG—a team that wasn't up to the task—, and finally choked against Luminosity.

It was a fluke! Hiko reached the semi-finals because he got lucky and it was fun while it lasted.


Liquid suffered a crushing defeat in the semis at MLG Columbus 

s1mple would soon leave the team after becoming homesick and unhappy in Liquid's League of Legends team house in California. Hiko revealed that when they were a few rounds into their match against TyLoo at DreamHack Masters in Malmö, which took place after MLG Columbus, s1mple said "Guys! Let's just lose, I want to go home." Everything was falling apart as Hiko had Legends status but his chances at maintaining it were fading. He was back at square one.

Following a slow build-up to the Major in Cologne, Hiko found two new reasons to smile again as s1mple joined him for one last hurrah and the team traded Kenneth "koosta" Suen, for whom they had high hopes but on which he failed to deliver, for Josh "jdm64" Marzano who was widely considered the best and most consistent AWPer in North America.

Suddenly Hiko had a chance again—a dazzling and explosive superstar in s1mple, the most reliable AWPer in North America in jdm64, an exquisite rifler in EliGE, the perfect entry-fragger in nitr0 who, at one point, had even considered retiring, and, last but not least, Hiko himself who is one of the best lurkers and clutchers in the entire scene. He finally had the team he had dreamed of, a team that could challenge the best and succeed at a Major.


Hiko had a promising roster going into ESL One Cologne 

Although not as flashy of a move as their previous ones, Liquid struck gold with the addition of the recently acquitted Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu as the team's coach and the final piece in the puzzle. They finally had someone to fall back on in tense situations like the ones they had lived through in Columbus against Luminosity when they failed to close out two maps despite huge leads.

Tadeu was the coach who had brought the second best Brazilian lineup, Immortals, to international success. Internal disagreements with a young and overly hotheaded team led him to leave his fellow countrymen, barely dipping his toes into the free agent market before being scooped up by Liquid.

When the second Major of the year got under way in Cologne Liquid were, in the eyes of many, a strong dark horse who could maybe get out of groups. They did so by defeating EnVyUs in their opening match and eliminating mousesports in the decider match of the group.

But that was it, right?

It couldn't be the same as Columbus because they weren't facing a weak NA team in the quarter-finals. Instead, they were facing Natus Vincere, a team among the favorites to win the whole contest. Despite losing on Train—the first of three maps—, Hiko & company recovered to take the series as s1mple starred with a 67:54 KDR and a 1.23 rating across three maps.


Everyone watched in awe as Liquid advanced to the semi-finals

As if that wasn't enough to shock fans and analysts alike they came back from 11-13, twice, to take both maps in their semi-final series against fnatic, and thus becoming the first North American team to advance to the grand finals of a Major. s1mple exploded once again, putting fear into every player's heart and leaving inhuman highlights such as this flying noscope 1vs2 clutch in his wake.

What happened next, whether Liquid actually managed to grab the trophy by beating the best team in the world or not was second to the fact that Hiko was right. He was right about leaving Cloud9 and wanting change to achieve his goals. He was one best-of-three away from being crowned a Major champion.

The fairy tale ended and the nightmare began, as Hiko got yanked out of the dream by the beast that is SK, spoiling Liquid's journey and cementing the fact that the Brazilian side has taken over the top flight in Counter Strike. There was nothing Hiko, s1mple, or Tadeu could do to stop them.


Martin & co. couldn't slay the final boss

In this instance of the Biblical tale, the Goliaths disarmed their Davids. s1mple melted away in the grand finals picking up an underwhelming 21 kills in 45 rounds while Marcelo "coldzera" David put in another stellar performance like he had done months earlier in Columbus. The Brazilian superstar went 44:20, posting a 1.58 rating and paving the path for back-to-back Major championships.

While SK will go on to climb the ranks, nestling themselves amongst the world's greatest teams, Liquid will have to go back to the drawing board as the Ukrainian superstar went home and signed with Natus Vincere. Even though Liquid's new acquisition, Jacob "Pimp" Winneche, may be a more stable personality than s1mple, their peak levels can't be compared—something crucial when playing at the highest levels and against the fiercest competition.

After proving everyone wrong by reaching the grand final at ESL One Cologne, Hiko has to find a way to make Liquid great again without s1mple. Whether Hiko will be able to climb as high as he did with s1mple remains to be seen, but one thing can be said with certainty: Hiko was right.

BenjaCS is a staff writer at HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

December 14th, 2014 was the best day in Hiko’s career, despite not winning or earning anything. On that day he left Cloud9 and later agreed to join iBUYPOWER, whose players—excluding Skadoodle—, would later be banned for match fixing. So how was that a good move?


The sheer amount of criticism and mockery Hiko faced for leaving what would be the best team in North America for quite a while was preposterous as it seemed to most that Hiko’s career was on the decline and leaving Cloud9 was a mistake. He thought otherwise, saying (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialHiko/posts/419961114839903) he doesn’t know how long a pro gaming career will last, and that not winning a Major will ultimately make his career feel like a wasted opportunity.


Hiko demanded change after the team garnered poor results at the last Major of the year, DreamHack Winter, and the ESEA Season 17 LAN finals, but the rest of the team disagreed. They eventually voted Hiko out of the active roster because they believed the core of the team was good enough. Today, only two members of that same core remain in Cloud9: shroud and n0thing. Kicking Martin out of the team for wanting revision turned out to be the wrong decision in the long run, as Cloud9 eventually caved in despite some initial success.


The then twenty-four-year-old would remain teamless alongside Skadoodle for nearly four months after the iBUYPOWER ban, streaming from his home to a few thousand people. A day after Skadoodle, whom Martin had been playing and wanting to further his career with signed with Cloud9, Martin made his return and joined another ex-Cloud9 member—Semphis—in Nihilum Gaming.


Hiko didn’t achieve much during his three and a half month tenure with Nihilum. He did, however, make a decision that would change his career forever: standing in for the Ukrainian team FlipSid3 at ESWC 2015.


He played for FlipSid3 due to WorldEdit’s visa application being denied by Canadian authorities. This turn of events resulted in Hiko and s1mple bonding during their time in Montreal, hanging out together all the time as Hiko stated on his interview with Thorin (https://youtu.be/JUUtZNbL40Y?t=3911) and even playing with the endearing nicknames “Hiko s1mplovich” and “s1mple Hikovich.”


While Hiko was unknowingly setting himself up for a bright future, Cloud9 were making the best run a North American team had ever made by coming in second at ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals, ESWC 2015, and FACEIT 2015 Stage 2 Finals. At this point, just about everyone thought Hiko had made a grave mistake.


The next chapter in Hiko’s career began in September of 2015 after signing for Liquid, where he would finally find two critical pieces that would eventually bring him closer to achieving his dream of winning a Major: Elige and nitr0. After a rough end to 2015, when Liquid made a last place exit at the Major in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, the pieces slowly started coming together. After a failed trial with Finnish star AWPer allu, Liquid announced the signing of the young and dynamic superstar s1mple whose relationship with Hiko would progress even further. While everyone was putting s1mple aside for his behaviour, Hiko only saw one thing: this guy can take on anyone in the world.


The prologue to the fairy tale came to an end and the real story kicked-off in March when the first Major of 2016—and the first one to be held in North America—began at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Liquid had already signed koosta coming into the Major, but were unable to use him because of roster regulations and had to play with their now estranged former in-game leader adreN instead. Nobody expected them to accomplish much, but they did.


After beating FaZe 16-11 and upsetting fnatic in a 22-19 nail biter Liquid were through to the playoffs, gaining Legends status. Hiko & company faced a familiar opponent in the quarter-finals, local rivals CLG, and closed the series out 2-0 going on to face Luminosity (the team now under SK) in the semifinals where things would start to fall apart.


Liquid lost the first map in overtime despite a 15-9 lead and things got even worse in the second one as they wasted nine map points to get eliminated from the Major. It was easy to see the narrative here: They got victories over a vanishing FaZe and a fnatic whose superstar olofmeister was having problems due to an injury, then faced CLG—a team that wasn’t up to the task—, and finally choked against Luminosity.


It was a fluke! Hiko reached the semi-finals because he got lucky and it was fun while it lasted.


s1mple would soon leave the team after becoming homesick and unhappy in Liquid’s League of Legends team house in California. Hiko revealed (https://youtu.be/JUUtZNbL40Y?t=6109) that when they were a few rounds into their match against TyLoo at DreamHack Masters in Malmö, s1mple said “Guys! Let’s just lose, I want to go home.” Everything was falling apart as Hiko had Legends status but his chances at maintaining it were fading. He was back at square one.


Following a slow build-up to the Major in Cologne, Hiko found two new reasons to smile again as s1mple joined him for one last hurrah and the team traded koosta, for whom they had high hopes but on which he failed to deliver, for jdm64 who was widely considered the best and most consistent AWPer in North America.


Suddenly Hiko had a chance again—a dazzling and explosive superstar in s1mple, the most reliable AWPer in North America in jdm64, an exquisite rifler in elige, and the perfect entry-fragger in nitr0 who, at one point, had even considered retiring. He finally had the team he had dreamed of, a team that could challenge the best and succeed at a Major.


Although not as flashy of a move as their previous ones, Liquid struck gold with the addition of the recently acquitted peacemaker as the team’s coach and the final piece in the puzzle. They finally had someone to fall back on in tense situations like the ones they had lived through in Columbus against Luminosity when they failed to close out two maps despite huge leads.


peacemaker was the coach who had brought the second best Brazilian lineup, Immortals, to international success. Internal disagreements with a young and overly hotheaded team led him to leave his fellow countrymen, barely dipping his toes into the free agent market before being scooped up by Liquid.


When the second Major of the year got under way in Cologne Liquid were, in the eyes of many, a strong dark horse who could maybe get out of groups. They did so by defeating EnVyUs in their opening match and eliminating mousesports in the decider match of the group.


But that was it, right?


It couldn’t be the same as Columbus because they weren’t facing a weak NA team in the quarter-finals. Instead, they were facing Natus Vincere, a team among the favorites to win the whole contest. Despite losing on Train—the first of three maps—, Hiko & company recovered to take the series as s1mple starred with a 67:54 kdr and a 1.23 rating across three maps.


As if that wasn’t enough to shock fans and analysts alike they came back from 11-13, twice, to take both maps in their semifinal series against fnatic, and thus becoming the first North American team to advance to the grand finals of a Major. s1mple exploded once again, putting fear into every player’s heart and leaving inhuman highlights such as this flying noscope 1vs2 clutch in his wake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDXrzciigoo

ddd

What happened next, whether Liquid actually managed to grab the trophy by beating the best team in the world or not was second to the fact that Hiko was right. He was right about leaving Cloud9 and wanting change to achieve his goals. He was one best-of-three away from being crowned a Major champion.


The fairy tale ended and the nightmare began, as Hiko got yanked out of the dream by the beast that is SK, spoiling Liquid’s journey and cementing the fact that the Brazilian side has taken over the top flight in Counter Strike. There was nothing Hiko, s1mple, or peacemaker could do to stop them.


In this instance of the Biblical tale, the Goliaths disarmed their Davids. s1mple melted away in the grand finals picking up an underwhelming 21 kills in 45 rounds while coldzera put in another stellar performance like he had done months earlier in Columbus. The Brazilian superstar went 44:20, posting a 1.58 rating and paving the path for back-to-back Major championships.


While SK will go on to climb the ranks, nestling themselves amongst the world’s greatest teams, Liquid will have to go back to the drawing board as the Ukrainian superstar will go back home and sign with a new team. Even though Liquid’s new acquisition, Pimp, may be a more stable personality than s1mple, their peak levels can’t be compared—something crucial when playing at the highest levels and against the fiercest competition.


After proving everyone wrong by reaching the grand final at ESL One Cologne, Hiko has to find a way to make Liquid great again without s1mple. Whether Hiko will be able to climb as high as he did with s1mple remains to be seen, but one thing can be said with certainty: Hiko was right.
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
804
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
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
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
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 Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1193
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:
597
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
#1
Aleksib | 
Bangladesh 696969 
Make america great again
2016-08-04 21:12
#33
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Czech Republic Callum370 
OpieOP
2016-08-04 21:13
>Hiko >run ayyyy lmao
2016-08-04 21:45
#71
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Brazil NaScene 
Hiko is the best runner in the world. American Usain Bolt
2016-08-04 21:50
hahahahah
2016-08-04 22:36
#87
North America Oakz 
n1
2016-08-04 23:12
Top kek
2016-08-04 21:14
hiko is god
2016-08-04 21:14
But they never been good lolmao
2016-08-04 21:16
+1
2016-08-04 22:19
And you've never been decent :')
2016-08-04 23:38
But I'm not a country
2016-08-04 23:52
Nice meme.
2016-08-04 21:17
I wish my dick was that big
2016-08-05 00:34
#149
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Brazil oldStar 
LOL
2016-08-13 17:21
when has it been great?
2016-08-04 21:32
nevermind, OP just baiting
2016-08-04 21:47
who cares
2016-08-04 21:35
SUR AMERICA > NORT AMERICA ;)
2016-08-05 00:03
#117
shox | 
Canada dB- 
I gotta say, I fkn love latinas :D
2016-08-05 10:06
#133
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United States GeT_ReiCh 
Brazil is the only thing good south of the US border ayy lmao
2016-08-06 00:00
for the first time like in 1999 best song
2016-08-05 08:19
Trump gave two thumbs up to Hiko for his run at the last major! Hillary said that Hiko is not a Muslim so she does not care about him.
2016-08-05 09:18
#56
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France daGriLL_Anna 
wow thats actually pretty nice from s1mple. I really like them !
2016-08-04 21:29
#12
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
Hiko and s1mple :'(
2016-08-04 21:12
#17
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Greece tzonis 
#hikowasright
2016-08-04 21:12
#86
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Europe wai7ing 
#hikowasright
2016-08-04 22:42
#18
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Europe n0rbii 
Hiko <3
2016-08-04 21:12
#19
shox | 
Canada dB- 
h1ko n1ko k1ko
2016-08-04 21:13
welcome new moderator
2016-08-04 21:12
RIP Liquid without p1mple?
2016-08-04 21:12
THEY SIGNED WITH PIMPle.. almost the same
2016-08-11 18:45
good read
2016-08-04 21:12
#27
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Hungary sh1ze 
n11
2016-08-04 21:12
#28
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CIS Merlas_mtk 
HIKO WAS RIGHT!!!!!!
2016-08-04 21:13
rip
2016-08-04 21:13
#31
Aleksib | 
Finland Emvi 
Nice. I would love to see one of these for zeus at this point :s
2016-08-04 21:13
#34
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Lithuania Tomekas85 
ez
2016-08-04 21:13
And during Hiko's run, he changed his CS:GO settings (resolution, sensitivity, etc.) around 104729 times.
2016-08-04 21:14
This guy havent even won anything yet LUL.
2016-08-04 21:14
#39
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United States joke_cs 
xD
2016-08-04 21:14
Nice..
2016-08-04 21:14
Hltv are you kidding me?
2016-08-04 21:18
inhuman reactions
2016-08-04 21:19
#49
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Belarus Starvoid 
#hikowasright
2016-08-04 21:19
Hiko making NA great again
2016-08-04 21:22
BibleThump
2016-08-04 21:23
Love ma boy heeks <3
2016-08-04 21:24
Hiko never ran... you trolls
2016-08-04 21:24
nice try
2016-08-04 21:25
#55
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Sweden godname 
HIKO HOMIES <3
2016-08-04 21:29
hltv stepping up their game haha, nice one!
2016-08-04 21:33
#59
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Poland cropyeee 
I have almost cried reading this ;(
2016-08-04 21:33
#136
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Finland Smoonah 
I thought it was about him exercising more
2016-08-07 01:05
<3 Hiko for making NA fans believe we can achieve as much as EU does. <3 s1mple for making our dream come true. Time to show we can do it again.
2016-08-04 21:33
#62
Denmark zink 
An article written conpleteky based on thoorins interview. No new knowledge gained, not the same amount of insight. I rate the article 4/10 for the attempt.
2016-08-04 21:36
Haven't seen thoorins interview so I can't judge it there but I disagree with the basic premise that hiko's success was determined by his choice to leave c9 back in 2014. I think a hiko that carried on with c9 for a while long could like have done a great deal.
2016-08-05 00:26
Hiko left c9 because he felt he had to go elsewhere to really find the passion and the drive from others, to ultimatively achieve greatness. A very specific story Hiko told, was when they came home from a lan they were shockingly bad at (with c9) - they were offered a raise. Hiko felt it wasnt right, but looking at nothing etc, I can see how he lost the drive to be good - when he would get a raise regardless.
2016-08-05 10:11
Yes, but Hiko basically sat on his hands for months before joining Nihilum. If he had still been in c9 he could have been participating in international tournaments during that time and potentially doing well. Of course since he didn't know that iBP was going to be banned he probably made the right choice in leaving for iBP.
2016-08-05 16:27
Well, knowing that where you are is wrong for you, doesnt make it a wrong choice, if you leave to go nowhere. Hiko knew c9 was not planning to do everything to win, so he left to search for other players who played to win and werent satisfied with getting raises after going out last. The process of learning is rarely time wasted.
2016-08-06 00:53
#63
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Azerbaijan Talley 
Judging by his looks he still gotta run a lot.
2016-08-04 21:38
#135
nukkye | 
United States yvr 
ahahahahah
2016-08-06 17:50
:O
2016-08-09 12:22
Hiko is just so amazing <3 Love this guy
2016-08-04 21:40
Who cares
2016-08-04 21:44
#68
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Sweden Kasidro 
Hiko is a truly passionate player. Wish him all the best in the future
2016-08-04 21:47
Its normal my friend
2016-08-04 21:49
#70
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Turkey powergs 
Hikovich
2016-08-04 21:49
Hiko was\is\will be right
2016-08-04 21:50
Fuck you
2016-08-05 09:56
You fuck
2016-08-05 18:13
#74
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
top kek
2016-08-04 22:02
HLTV + Thorin's #HikoWasRight
2016-08-04 22:06
fat tho
2016-08-04 22:07
#77
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
One of the best Valve players profile, deserved.
2016-08-04 22:15
What greatness? lol
2016-08-04 22:21
#80
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France level_lvl 
>Hiko >run pick one
2016-08-04 22:21
Good read.
2016-08-04 22:25
gz benja
2016-08-04 22:30
Hiko, great guy, great player!! Wish you the best of luck.
2016-08-04 22:37
#88
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
gj Benja! We appreciate that!
2016-08-04 23:18
#92
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
is this supposed to be a joke or a new meme, hltv?
2016-08-05 00:16
#93
Europe bueR 
he *can* actually run!
2016-08-05 00:19
#94
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El Salvador belaC 
good read.
2016-08-05 00:22
24? Looks like a typical burger in his 30's
2016-08-05 01:10
the average american adult male is 80 kg. does he look like he's 80 kg?
2016-08-05 06:19
considering his height (1.58) ~80kg might be possible
2016-08-05 18:23
Hiko <3
2016-08-05 01:16
Huck Fiko
2016-08-05 01:29
Kostyliev said "Guys! Let's just lose, I want to go home." lol, so toxic
2016-08-05 01:33
No doubt s1mple is toxic but this doesnt show his toxicity, rather his homesickness & boredom in na.
2016-08-05 01:49
The only good NA player, rest are shit or got banned.
2016-08-05 02:00
Elige, Stew, and Nitr0 are pretty good too
2016-08-05 02:05
They're up and coming no doubt. They still have a lot to prove though imo.
2016-08-05 05:23
Yah for sure, stew and elige have been especially promising
2016-08-05 06:15
Who cares
2016-08-05 05:36
#108
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United States C9top1 
Anyone notice he looks like ocean are they brothers / cousins
2016-08-05 06:31
hiko run? me not think so
2016-08-05 06:42
#110
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Luxembourg alex24 
hiko run 2016 ahahahaha
2016-08-05 07:26
why did this need to be made? What about everyone else's road to greatness?
2016-08-05 07:35
#112
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Denmark Muamelele 
imagine zeus simple and hiko in 1 team with 2 other decent or star players
2016-08-05 07:37
nice try Zues.
2016-08-05 09:23
Why write an article about someone who hasn't even won a major international tournament in cs:go? He's the best hope for NA atm but still..plenty of better choices to write about?
2016-08-05 10:15
come on, that was cool.
2016-08-05 10:48
Nice article Benja, gratz man.
2016-08-05 10:48
I know hiko's computer password. HAMBURGER12
2016-08-05 11:35
Awesome read
2016-08-05 12:04
That's the only thing he has run for.
2016-08-05 12:57
Nice article. Hiko is truly CSGO's greatest ambassador
2016-08-05 13:35
its impossible to beat the final boss in this game. every time he almost dies, he pushes a button and gets another life.
2016-08-05 14:03
Good article. Hope Hiko will win a major soon.
2016-08-05 14:30
Hiko deserves a HUGE win!!! Most dedicated and hard working player!!
2016-08-05 14:57
pfft gtfo
2016-08-08 20:48
#129
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Poland cinos 
Why is it in "news" section? Like WTF. Btw. Every pro player had his run to the top, no need to particularize this to just one person.
2016-08-05 15:09
#137
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Russia refrain 
hiko gonna be crashed by s1mple now on every fucking major. KARMA!
2016-08-07 04:15
hiko is a great guy
2016-08-07 04:18
who is this guy? oh... some american noob, who cares
2016-08-07 09:54
#140
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Poland ThoreQ 
Fake, Hiko doesn't run.
2016-08-07 17:06
#141
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Hong Kong TROIIDA 
who cares?
2016-08-08 11:11
Run for fatness :) But seriously Hiko is on a good way to become a major champion. GL mate
2016-08-08 18:36
10/10 - dank meme central
2016-08-10 19:55
Hiko's run XD
2016-08-11 22:09
this is a guy from #SLP --> stacked like pancakes. MiRC - it was a punishing spam to see SLP.
2016-08-11 23:58
"Hiko" "run" ayyyy LL MM AA OO
2016-08-15 14:43
we will se what he can do without s1mple ;)
2016-09-10 10:48
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