Off-season changes: Who will be next?

As we've reached the halfway point of the off-season and we're likely on the verge of lineup changes in some of the top-ten teams, one of which has already come to light, we decided to take a look at teams most likely to make changes and some of their potential additions.

As we now know, teams have decided to create an off-season in the first two weeks of August and there are no big LAN events until early September, which makes it an ideal time to make roster changes and have enough time to get comfortable with the new lineup.

SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, taking place from September 7-11, could turn out to be a tournament of multiple debuts, as rumours about historically some of the most successful teams in the world are flying around in the community.


Na`Vi already went ahead with their transfer, who else will follow?

We're standing at a point where multiple current or former elite-level teams found themselves in their worst form in months. With some it only looks like a bump on the road, with others the drop is massive and changes seem to be unavoidable, so it makes perfect sense to use the off-season to make necessary adjustments.

What led us to this point in time where half of the top-ten teams are possibly discussing whether there's room for improvement in terms of individual players? And who are the biggest candidates to help the recent strugglers? Let's start at the top and work our way down the ranking while we go over some of the most talked-about teams to see if we can get some answers:

Sweden fnatic (#2)

The current number two started the year half-way through their six tournaments long streak, which earned them $456,000 in prizemoney across four $250,000 events and two smaller ones, coincidentally a similar amount to what champions receive at Majors.

No team seemed to be able to stop fnatic's four months of sheer dominance, but bad luck struck before MLG Columbus, as Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer was forced to take a break after the Major to make sure his injury is treated properly, and the biggest title eluded the Dennis "⁠dennis⁠" Edman-infused roster as the then best player in the world couldn't bring his A game.

fnatic tried their luck with Niclas "⁠PlesseN⁠" Plessen before swapping him for John "⁠wenton⁠" Eriksson and finished 3rd-4th at ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals while olofmeister took the time off. After his return the Swedes couldn't continue where they left off at IEM Katowice, their last title, as they stopped at the uprising G2 and garnered another semi-final run at ECS Season 1 Finals. 

At ESL One Cologne — almost a month after they got the full roster again — fnatic showed signs of their old form once they shook off an initial loss to FaZe, but fell short in semi-finals again, that time to Liquid in a fashion quite unlike themselves, having led late into the maps to end up losing both.

A resumé consisting of three semi-final finishes and a second place wouldn't seem bad, but this isn't just any team, this is a team that started the year with three wins in a row and went on to double that in the next three months. In terms of consistency they are better than anyone except for SK at the moment, but fnatic haven't won anything since March, which has always been their number one priority.


Semi-finals are simply not good enough for fnatic

Potential additions

Whether or not NIP themselves want to change things up, I do not believe fnatic will reach into their biggest domestic rivals. The two reasonable possibilities would be stars Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund and Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg, but if one of them were to leave their team, NIP would probably go through a complete revamp rather than a slight adjustment.

While such a move would certainly be exciting, it's more likely we'll see fnatic getting their hands on an individual from one of the 3rd-4th best teams in Sweden, GODSENT and Epsilon.

Before we go into the options, we should take a look at who could be the one leaving fnatic. While Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson had his off period at ESL Pro League and ECS Season 1 Finals, he seems to be back in form, especially his Cologne performance was one worth of a superstar. He did however have an outburst on Twitter shortly after the loss in Cologne, for which he later on apologized.

The one name that keeps popping up nowadays when talking about possible fnatic changes is Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell, who has allegedly always wanted to play alongside f0rest and GeT_RiGhT. Such a move would make a lot of sense from NIP's standpoint, as they're missing a dedicated AWP player, but we'll get into that later.

Sweden Andreas "⁠znajder⁠" Lindberg

The biggest contender for a spot in fnatic right now has to be znajder for multiple reasons. Upon the creation of Ancient (now GODSENT) he became the star of Markus "⁠pronax⁠" Wallsten's new team almost instantly.

Overall he has been GODSENT's best and most consistent player despite Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson's early dominance, thanks to solid showings at all events he attended, most notably at DreamHack Masters Malmö and the SL i-League Invitational.

Alongside Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist and JW, he is also the founding member of the original roster that transferred from Epsilon to fnatic in 2013 and won the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013.


Could we see znajder back in the fnatic camp?

Sweden Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson

My second choice is twist, who was huge part of GODSENT's success during their biggest event so far, DreamHack Masters Malmö. He was the driving force behind most of their wins in Sweden and had a few details gone differently, GODSENT would have been in the final because of him.

To play devil's advocate, his SL i-League Invitational #1 and DreamHack Summer performances were average at best, while znajder was consistently good throughout all of their events.

In a way he would be the better option for the number two team in the world, especially if JW ends up being the one leaving. Statistically znajder is the better player, but would he be as good in a team where he isn't set up to be the star rifler?

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old is quite a dedicated sniper, which is something fnatic never really needed historically, but things might be different now that they hit a few bumps on the road.

There are a few wild cards who could be considered as well, particularly from Epsilon, though most of their players are simply not proven and experienced enough just yet, as they only emerged earlier this year.

CIS Natus Vincere (#4)

Even if we already have the answer to this particular question, I'd still like to highlight why Natus Vincere felt forced to make a change and why they went with Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev.

Late last year and in early 2016, Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk and company stood in the shadow of fnatic, to whom they lost two consecutive grand finals. They managed to gather a couple of wins at lesser events, DreamHack Leipzig and CounterPit Season 2 Finals, but their curriculum vitae mostly consists of semi-final finishes and second places.

At IEM Katowice Luminosity (now SK) started getting the upper hand in one of the most exciting rivalries at the time and that continued at the first Major in 2016, MLG Columbus, where Natus Vincere lost in the final.

In Malmö they finally avoided both fnatic (who weren't present) and Luminosity (went out in groups) and made another final, but that time it was NIP taking the glory away from Ladislav "⁠GuardiaN⁠" Kovács's squad.

Dropping ECS Season 1 and finishing just behind the top four in ESL Pro League, Natus Vincere attended another smaller event, SL i-League Invitational, and reached yet another final after barely scraping through the lower bracket. The final boss, the only other top-ten team present at the event, Virtus.pro, proved to be too much to handle as Na`Vi grabbed silver once more.

At ESL One Cologne they dropped below their standards and couldn't get past Liquid, as s1mple put in a great performance on Nuke and Cobblestone. Much like most top-ten teams, Na`Vi's last event prior to the off-season was ELEAGUE's playoffs, where their eternal nemesis fnatic destroyed them in semi-finals.


Only one founding member left in Na`Vi's starting roster

Ukraine Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev

In the meantime, s1mple was off in North America having a go at living abroad playing for Liquid. The disagreements within the team were no secret, but Liquid finished top four at MLG Columbus with the Ukrainian putting in great individual displays.

After a disappointing last place in Malmö, he went back to Ukraine to realize he didn't want to return to the United States. s1mple decided to give a local team a try and almost single-handedly carried Worst Players during SL i-League Invitational.

He then got a call to play for Liquid at two more events before his tenure would come to a definitive close, ECS Season 1 Finals and ESL One Cologne. His own performance in London rivaled the one at Malmö in his worst ever, and according to Spencer "⁠Hiko⁠" Martin the two weeks afterwards were tough to deal with when it came to s1mple at the bootcamp in Netherlands.

Liquid managed to overcome their previous differences in Cologne however and once again showed up at the Major. s1mple was miles away from the underwhelming version at ECS, as he played out of his mind, especially in the playoffs series versus Natus Vincere and fnatic to put Liquid on a pedestal as the first North American team in a Major grand final.

Replacing Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko, who was far below his teammates skill-wise, was an obvious choice for Na`Vi, as he hasn't led the team for a long time now. Nowadays teams need to have five players who are all able to step up to the task to succeed, so the move makes perfect sense on paper. The question is, will s1mple behave?

France G2 (#5) and France Envy (#10)

With G2 we should start at a point where they already made a lineup change, swapping Kévin "⁠Ex6TenZ⁠" Droolans for Alexandre "⁠bodyy⁠" Pianaro shortly after two group stage exits, at MLG Columbus and DreamHack Masters Malmö.

Since then the French-Belgian squad has actually done well, grabbing silver at ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals following a nail-biting best-of-five with then Luminosity. They escaped the Cologne offline qualifier with a 3-2 record and found out that they were placed in the Death group at the Major itself, among FaZe, fnatic and the Brazilians.

Their chances at the Major skyrocketed when they took revenge on Luminosity in ECS Season 1 grand final, but their journey there ended with another group stage finish at a Major, as they lost two straight maps to Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo and company and fnatic in close scorelines.


Is EnVyUs trying to figure out how to make another favorable swap happen?

Shortly afterwards they learned they'd have to attend ELEAGUE's Last Chance Qualifier with Simon "⁠Fuks⁠" Florysiak instead of Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy who took ill. Despite a close series that included four overtimes overall G2 couldn't overcome MOUZ and headed into the off-season early.

In the meantime Envy added another LDLC White player, Timothée "⁠DEVIL⁠" Démolon, in Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey's place upon two horrible finishes at ESL Expo Barcelona and IEM Katowice. They would go on to extend their awful streak at CounterPit Season 2 Finals with a quarter-finals loss to NRG and at MLG Columbus, where they exited in groups.

A solid semi-finals finish at Malmö turned out to be a one-off, as they entered Cologne and added another last place at a Major, as well as a 5th-8th at ELEAGUE Season 1, losing to fnatic in a convincing manner.

Swaps are unlikely but possible

Including G2 here might be a bit of a stretch, as they shouldn't see their Cologne and ELEAGUE performance as failures. In Germany they simply had the hardest group we've ever seen in CS:GO, while at ELEAGUE they were missing a key piece in RpK.

It's highly unlikely Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and company want to change as a team due to being by far the better squad from France, but it's possible Envy will attempt to poach some of their players to create a superstar lineup and try to de-throne SK as the best team in the world.

A big part of G2's success lately was the hard-hitting duo, shox and Adil "⁠ScreaM⁠" Benrlitom, and like my former colleague, Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen, pointed out, it's doubtful their success is sustainable considering how reliant their style is on the two players. Also, you can't become the best team in the world with an extremely unstable sniper in Edouard "⁠SmithZz⁠" Dubourdeaux.

If certain players of both teams were to think the same way and wanted to have another go at creating a French-speaking lineup that could take over the world, we could see some changes after all. The big problem however are the politics between some of the players, such as shox and SmithZz being a package deal.

For that reason I could see Envy trying to get their hands on ScreaM and possibly RpK, who is G2's third-best player and could fit in well as a more passive player to fill in blanks in the aggressive Envy lineup.


My money is on ScreaM and RpK if a swap happens

The absolutely obvious choice to cut is DEVIL, who now has way too much pressure on his shoulders. Not only has he received a lot of backlash due to his underwhelming form, he was put into the leadership position and seemingly nothing has changed.

The other player who already seems to be divorced from the remainder of the squad, both in and out of the game, is Vincent "⁠Happy⁠" Schopenhauer. Envy have gotten predictable when it comes to the lurks and it results in them playing basically 4v5 a lot of the time, as Happy takes next to no initiative and ends up having zero positive impact on how the rounds unfold.

If Envy were to make these changes, they would be left with a very strong aggressive trio in Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire, ScreaM and Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub, while also having a couple of great, stable passive players to fall back on and fill in the blanks, Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and RpK.

That would leave the remainder of G2 with a tough choice. I assume they'd take Happy if he was to rethink his playstyle, but I don't see DEVIL making it back into the top two teams in France. For the last spot shox and company would have to reach into LDLC or Millenium, neither of whom have clear answers.

Sweden NIP (#7)

NIP started the year around the seventh place in our Team Ranking, as they omitted all events in the first two months to adjust to the new lineup with Jacob "⁠pyth⁠" Mourujärvi and Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers.

Their first attempt at clawing back into the elite came at IEM Katowice, where they showed promise, taking Na`Vi and fnatic to close matches, and more importantly the revamped playstyle inducted by the new coach.

They couldn't field the full squad at MLG Columbus, as pyth ran into last-minute trouble with visas, but still managed to retain the Legends status even with THREAT playing in his stead.

Success finally came at an event on home turf, DreamHack Masters Malmö. The stacked $250,000 tournament ended up being their first title in over a year, with wins over three elite-level teams, Astralis, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere. With the victory NIP jumped to fifth place in the ranking and improved even further with a semi-finals finish at ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, where they lost to the world's best team, Luminosity.

The first signs of trouble came at DreamHack Summer 2016, as NIP were unable to win an event mostly against inferior competition, having faced issues versus domestic competition in GODSENT and Epsilon, and eventually conceding the title to Immortals.

ECS Season 1 Finals saw them finish in last place following losses to finalists Luminosity and G2, but worst of all NIP suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of FlipSid3 to give up their Legends status for the first time in nine Majors.

The Swedes' last series prior to the off-season was a quarter-final match with Virtus.pro at ELEAGUE, where NIP bid an early farewell to another playoffs after a convincing victory from the Poles.


NiP can't settle for disappointment

Potential changes

None of NIP's players have been doing particularly well lately. f0rest joined GeT_RiGhT in a rock-bottom performance at ECS Season 1 Finals and overall the star duo have not been themselves this year.

As I mentioned when talking about fnatic, I assume neither of them are on their way out, so we're down to three options. It's true that if there was ever a time when NIP could do a huge overhaul, it would be now, at a point where they don't have a Legends status, though they would still likely lose their spots in the big leagues, ESL Pro League and ECS.

If there is a change coming, it's most likely a maximum of two players, one of which is bound to be Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg, who got another chance after a disappointing 2015 but didn't deliver in the first half of 2016.

The other is somewhat 50/50 between pyth and Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström. I expected the latter to start playing better once he had the leadership off his shoulders, but he didn't and I don't see a reason why he would anymore. pyth could still have room to grow, but that's the only thing going for him at the moment.

Sweden Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell

Like I said before, everything seems to be pointing to JW leaving fnatic, whether or not of his own accord, and he would actually be an interesting addition to NIP.

Their AWPing duties are currently split between f0rest and pyth, but neither of them are particularly dedicated, as both are sitting at less than 25% of their kills with the sniper rifle in 2016.

JW would be able to take over those duties to let f0rest go back to prioritizing rifles more or less fully, depending on whether pyth stays or not. He would also give NIP a new approach, having been part of the most successful team of all time, and a playstyle that's too crazy to predict sometimes, which could balance their strat-heavy approach.

Sweden Andreas "⁠znajder⁠" Lindberg

One player JW could bring with him is znajder, whose strengths I've previously mentioned when talking about him possibly joining fnatic.

As another strong rifler to help out f0rest and GeT_RiGhT with the workload, the GODSENT player would be a significant improvement over all of the three players mentioned above. He's obviously in form and definitely isn't missing experience.


twist has been offered a spot on NiP before

Sweden Simon "⁠twist⁠" Eliasson

Once again we have a player I've already mentioned, as these two seem to be the only reasonable choices outside of NIP and fnatic at the moment, at least until Epsilon's individuals get some more experience and stabilize.

twist has previously been approached by NIP at some point in time and declined the offer, stating he's "not going to leave people behind", but now that his team could be in shambles as both Swedish teams are on the verge of taking a player away from them, his views might be different.

That also answers if NIP would even consider him if they were looking at their options. He's always been talented and seemed like a good fit for NIP, who were looking for a sniper every time they wanted to change the roster.

 

Who do you see as the biggest candidates to make a roster change? Are there any other players that you see as a contender for a spot in some of the four teams? Let us know in the comments section below.

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France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
942
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
454
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
958
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
801
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
616
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
886
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
514
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.69
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
772
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
953
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
49
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.67
France Simon 'Fuks' Florysiak
Simon 'Fuks' Florysiak
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
372
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
201
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
442
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.70
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
790
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Niclas 'PlesseN' Plessen
Niclas 'PlesseN' Plessen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
15
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.77
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
748
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
737
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
809
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
432
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
351
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
715
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
888
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Sweden John 'wenton' Eriksson
John 'wenton' Eriksson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
146
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
698
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
France Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
185
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
452
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
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almost first :^)
2016-08-09 22:12
n5
2016-08-09 22:12
#7
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Sweden zae
1
2016-08-09 22:12
#8
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Denmark beastd
expected
2016-08-09 22:12
200
2016-08-09 22:12
no love for the impending roster changes for #C9CSGO? wow biased hltv
2016-08-09 22:13
13 replies
they made it for top 10 teams only
2016-08-09 22:22
3 replies
#C9CSGO is at least top 6
2016-08-09 22:23
2 replies
sry didn't bite
2016-08-09 22:23
True, top6 NA.
2016-08-10 14:19
this was about top teams, who gives a fuck about teams like c9, tsm and echo???
2016-08-09 23:16
7 replies
nt noscener
2016-08-09 23:16
6 replies
rain >> n0thimg
2016-08-09 23:24
5 replies
you have two good players and still a ton of players from my country are ez better
2016-08-09 23:52
4 replies
nice try NA without s1mple back to no qualifing for majors
2016-08-10 01:00
1 reply
yea s1mple made 3 NA teams qualify for a major in cluj, four in MLG (looking at s1mple's performance in the qualifier he almost made an NA team not qualify), and three in cologne braindead EU's LOL Yea s1mple made completely different NA teams qualify, and even before he joined liquid nt noscene with one overrated player
2016-08-10 02:57
#160
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World JoeGBeast
I think your American patriotism blurs the truth. I am British so I can't really have a bias because the best we've ever had is 54 on gosugamers. North America has none of the best players in any position and without s1mple I see liquid maybe making top 8 at majors with a bit of luck. The best awper rn is FalleN, guardian has dropped off and KennyS is probably never gonna be as good as his former self. The best igl is probably FalleN too. The best aimer is a hard one there are lots of options. NiKo, shox,coldzera are the few that first come to mind maybe s1mple too but I needs to find his place in Na'vi. I must apologise for any grammatical/spelling errors, I typed this on my phone and it's autocorrect is really intrusive. I'm not a FalleN fanboy either, his form is great right now
2016-08-10 03:13
no american player is better than rain, just keep on dreaming kid :)
2016-08-10 11:20
Tarik after CLG contract is very likely imo.
2016-08-10 02:52
n1
2016-08-09 22:12
#13
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Sweden Froxez
s
2016-08-09 22:12
#14
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Brazil rFM
11
2016-08-09 22:12
d
2016-08-09 22:12
#16
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Sweden EMDIE
1
2016-08-09 22:12
DAMN
2016-08-09 22:12
???
2016-08-09 22:12
hunden
2016-08-09 22:12
#20
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Tunisia H1ROO
?
2016-08-09 22:12
n1
2016-08-09 22:12
LEL
2016-08-09 22:12
sdsd
2016-08-09 22:12
x
2016-08-09 22:12
there's not gonna be changes in fnatic
2016-08-09 22:12
1 reply
#235
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Liechtenstein Chamele0n
yes. Jw is out, Rain is in. Heard it here first.
2016-08-12 15:51
n1
2016-08-09 22:12
#30
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Poland Grzywinczi
first
2016-08-09 22:13
2 replies
30th*
2016-08-09 22:20
1 reply
#52
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Poland Grzywinczi
no, first
2016-08-09 22:20
#31
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Spain Alser
Excited to read this :D
2016-08-09 22:13
hgeyyyy
2016-08-09 22:13
#36
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Finland San1_
i arent think that
2016-08-09 22:13
LEAK C9 TARIK NIP JW FNATIC RAIN G2 KENNYS FNATIC - MAYBE TWIST
2016-08-09 22:13
5 replies
If FNC'd take Twist over znajder then rip them. ZNAJDER IS THE SOLUTION
2016-08-09 22:23
G2 doesn't have the money to get KennyS nor is Smithzz willing to leave
2016-08-09 23:56
2 replies
They have the money, just not willing to pay it.
2016-08-10 03:51
1 reply
Well nV has more said money I think.
2016-08-10 05:11
#203
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Israel Encryp7eD
twist might be the worst pick for fnatic from the 3 options. edit: not implying that twist isn't a good player.
2016-08-10 12:56
again some trashblog about changes, its really annoying to see everyday the same thing: fnatic fix mousesports fix ffs.
2016-08-09 22:14
5 replies
#71
JW | 
Finland Ilucs
Grow a skin or ignore them.
2016-08-09 22:27
4 replies
what is the point of creating such blogs/threads if they dont actually make any sense, fnatic wont replace anyone unless someone will leave on his own, i think its obvious enough. And why make any changes in G2 if its already a good team. And about nip, the problem isnt in some of the players, its the mentality of the team, if they want to get better, then they should change entire roster.
2016-08-09 22:31
3 replies
they will shhhhh
2016-08-09 22:44
>Lewis drops a bomb that those teams would likely do changes >HLTV speculats if they would make any changes, who will they pick This doesnt start any "rumours" or "wonder who will join" because noone now if they are going to do roster changes.
2016-08-09 22:59
1 reply
shhhh you know nothing
2016-08-09 23:56
nice
2016-08-09 22:15
Schneider to fnatic kalle back with pronax
2016-08-09 22:16
rain for fnatic is the most possible change now lol
2016-08-09 22:17
7 replies
+1
2016-08-09 22:18
#47
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CIS Merlas_mtk
not really
2016-08-09 22:18
Who do you thin theyd cut for rain?
2016-08-09 23:03
2 replies
probably JW dennis can awping
2016-08-09 23:04
1 reply
Fnatic without AWP is fine
2016-08-09 23:56
#118
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Finland wrathh
+2
2016-08-09 23:24
Would be really good if he joins fnatic
2016-08-10 05:13
-Devil +ALEX confirmed
2016-08-09 22:18
- smithz +kennyS
2016-08-09 22:20
#54
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Romania Pooknezeu
lol
2016-08-09 22:21
bad article
2016-08-09 22:22
i really hope nip dont cut pyth he has been one of their best players lately
2016-08-09 22:23
1 reply
#197
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Australia JonoMate
+1
2016-08-10 11:32
#60
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Spain Alser
nvm
2016-08-09 22:24
Fnatic -JW +znajder NiP -pyth +JW Godsent -znajder +pyth
2016-08-09 22:24
FaZe Oskar ( likely ) Fnatic -krimz or -JW ( maybe swap twist and snejder ) Cloud 9 +Tarik envy -devil nip idk g2 idk likely changes.
2016-08-09 22:24
3 replies
its already mouz.oskar lol
2016-08-09 22:44
2 replies
2016-08-09 23:01
1 reply
#65
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Portugal 69_mL
S1mple + NAVI = top 1
2016-08-09 22:24
ez GOD BLESS YEE_LMAO1
2016-08-09 22:25
#69
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Finland ZoqFotPik
what about barbarr?
2016-08-09 22:26
pronax twist olof flusha dennis JW schneider f0rest GTR pyth ScreaM shox KennyS RPK ApEX
2016-08-09 22:26
3 replies
-Friberg unlikely -Xizt almost impossible +KennyS unlike due to nV being richer and Smithzz not leaving (ever)
2016-08-09 23:58
1 reply
Friburger's time has come
2016-08-10 05:44
#177
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France t3r4byt3
Wtf happened to KRiMZ? I'd take him over znajder anyday in NiP
2016-08-10 05:10
10/10 extraordinary reporting
2016-08-09 22:27
-JW +twist -fox +JW -friberg +znajder
2016-08-09 22:30
FaZe - rain , aizy , jkaem , kioShiMa , oskar EnvyUs - SmithZz , RpK , apEX , happy , DEVIL g2 - kennyS , NBK , shox , ScreaM , bodyy NiP - GeT_RiGhT , f0rest , pyth , schneider , JW fnatic - olofm , krimz , flusha , dennis , twist HellRaisers - ange1 , bondik , styko , zero , (Zeus/Cyberfocus)
2016-08-09 22:31
3 replies
HellRaisers - ange1 , bondik , styko , zero, zeus(main awp)
2016-08-09 23:52
1 reply
#228
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Russia Razor_88
HellRaisers - ange1 , bondik , styko , zero, zeus(main molotov carry)
2016-08-10 22:47
Why would G2 drop RptanK for NBKry? smithZz yes, but not RpK. -Xizt - Friberg +FreddieB or DiscoDoplan +JWonderkid Will schneider or twist leave Godsent?
2016-08-10 00:51
how u can put twist on potential nip I cant understand he refused the offer more than once he wants to waste his potential with his friends why people still think he would join nip :D
2016-08-09 22:33
1 reply
i asked him on stream he just said "i'd like to play with NiP but not right now"
2016-08-10 09:38
This article is retarded
2016-08-09 22:33
5 replies
+1
2016-08-09 22:37
why? because it isn't "facts"? then dont fucking read it you mongoloid. some people enjoy this kinda article, while some doesn't, so wth is the point of acting like a little shit? JUST DONT FUCKING READ IT IF YOU DONT LIKE IT
2016-08-09 22:39
2 replies
triggered?
2016-08-10 00:51
1 reply
Yep triggered.
2016-08-10 02:17
+1
2016-08-10 04:14
I just hope to SEE moddii barrbarr pronax kalle again
2016-08-09 22:35
1 reply
BARRBARR?????!!!!!!!
2016-08-10 00:01
Interesting read Striker! I've never even considered the fact that if a french swap happens, nV could come out on top.. IF ScreaM and RpK would go to nV and they'd kick Happy and DEVIL, I really think nV would be the #1 french team. However, creating a french superteam without shox is just mind boggling to me, but I see your point about SmithZz. What I'd personally prefer though is that G2 would either kick SmithZz or bodyy to get kennyS from nV, but I don't see that happening. If your theory is correct and nV get ScreaM and RpK I think G2 would be left with a hard choice of who to pick up, as Happy would be the best possible pick, him and shox have some bad blood, and let's not even talk about Ex6TenZ, as both him and Happy wouldn't want to play with him. Ideal changes for the french scene IMO: G2 (shox ScreaM kennyS RpK NBK) nV (Ex6TenZ k1o apEX bodyy SmithZz) LDLC (Happy matHEND to1nou DEVIL ALEX)
2016-08-09 22:38
2 replies
kicking boddy? He is a strong player
2016-08-10 04:32
This nV will suck, as you just wrote Top-5 Most Inconsistent Players In The World.
2016-08-10 07:51
tl dr
2016-08-09 22:39
nV -devil -happy +ScreaM +RpK Are you kidding me? 2 openfraggers, 2 passive players and kennyS? Where is their IGL? Don't tell me about NBK, because he has never been any good as an IGL. Also don't tell me about Ex6, because his strats were working well 3 years ago for the last time. Also I highly doubt ScreaM is dumb enough to leave a team where he can enjoy playing with shox and defeating strong opponents to join a team without any stratcaller and any obvious chance to succeed.
2016-08-09 22:41
3 replies
yes b/c G2 totally had a good IGL.
2016-08-10 00:03
1 reply
Their matches vs Luminosity and fnatic proved that shox' leadership is pretty good, at least while SmithZz was calling midround.
2016-08-10 09:02
True. I think G2 is strong now and they will not disband
2016-08-10 04:31
speculation started LEEEEEEEETTTT'S GOOO!!! We smart, we loyal,w e friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-08-09 22:42
So JW has always wanted to play with forest and GTR? So why did he curse them out and disrespect them during that match that had to be restarted?
2016-08-09 22:46
5 replies
0/8
2016-08-09 22:47
1 reply
8/8 it happened... where do u get the 0 from?
2016-08-09 22:59
He looks up way more to f0rest than he does to GTR and considering when they play with eachother in FPL and stuff they always troll and laugh together and shit so Im sure if he got kicked from Fnatic and got offered a spot in NiP he wouldnt even think twice of joining them. He'd probably at some point even want to join them despite not getting kicked.
2016-08-09 22:56
#179
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France t3r4byt3
It happened a long-ass time ago burger brain. JW has already apologised to the NiP players and they get along really well, especially GeT_RiGhT and JW.
2016-08-10 05:12
1 reply
hey faggot it doesnt matter when it happened, and im not even saying anything bad about jw...i dont give a fuck what he said to them. But the article says that he has ALWAYS wanted to play with them. So i would think if he ALWAYS wanted to play with them that he wouldnt have acted like that towards them at the time...
2016-08-10 21:40
Why are you not talking about fnatic.rain? If people are talking about fnatic changes then its most of the time about rain joining them.
2016-08-09 22:46
admin move this to blog section plz
2016-08-09 22:53
I'm sure G2 and nV will not swap players, because it's imposible to do it in such a way to improve both teams. For me, the ideal French-speaking team would consist of shox, ScreaM, NBK, RpK and kennyS, but for this to happen EnVyUs should release their squad and say "goodbye" to their desire to have a strong CS:GO team which (the desire) they obviously have taking into account that CS:GO grows a lot. If shox&SmithZz is still a package deal, I see no options for them to improve by picking some nV players, because the only player that prevents G2 from becoming the best is SmithZz. Ofc they can change bodyy with NBK, but why would nV let one of their strongest players join G2?.. In other words, G2 and nV can only pick some players from FaZe (kio) or LDLC or any other French team.
2016-08-09 22:55
#106
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North America AVK_
Why not just make Super French and Super Swede teams?
2016-08-09 23:06
1 reply
Cuz' every org wants his share in that always-growing game. The more they can get, the better it is. So nV won't let one of his top players join G2 to create the Super French-speaking team, + shox wouldn't let Smithzz get kicked.
2016-08-10 00:34
G2 and EnVy swap players? Hahaha this is a joke?
2016-08-09 23:06
fnatic-nip=exchange?
2016-08-09 23:08
"For the last spot Papillon and company would have to reach into LDLC or Millenium, neither of whom have clear answers." #freefxy0 [*]
2016-08-09 23:11
1 reply
#freefx0y
2016-08-10 15:54
fnatic members are not dumb and they don't do change just for the sake of change (e.g. -kioshima +DEVIL). They would never even consider replacing JW if it meant they would get a worse player, so the only real option at the moment is rain pretty much. Anyone thinking znaijder or twist are a worthy replacement are kidding themselves.
2016-08-09 23:12
1 reply
yeah, not on fnatic, I think they don't have a spot there but they could actually work on NiP
2016-08-09 23:19
I'd like to see twist on NiP/fnatic He's not huge like some people said/say, he's a bit overrated, but I see a lot of potential on him, he could actually improve and become a monster playing on a top tier SWE team
2016-08-09 23:18
#117
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Portugal phytz
now i know where the users get there ideas from, creating a new based on supositions, there are the blogs for this but wtv.. NO BAN PLS
2016-08-09 23:23
jw<allu
2016-08-09 23:25
well not nip for sure they are on vacations with same line up
2016-08-09 23:28
That was a good read. Thank mr.striker
2016-08-09 23:39
NEW INSIDE INFO COMING GUYS!!! NAMELESS returns with this lineup!! RpK shox krL mateOo flex0r VERYGAMES also comes back!! RegnaM Shokkk Ex6TenZ NBK SmithZz AND Clan Mystik! ScreaM kennyS apEX akamatt bodyy
2016-08-09 23:43
how I hope the transfers to go: Fnatic: +f0rest -JW NiP: -f0rest +JW -friberg +rain NV: -DEVIL +Ex6TenZ
2016-08-09 23:45
interesting but: what you think about G2 and NV is TOTALLY STUPID and will NEVER HAPPEN ! lets talk about change in 2017 not before
2016-08-10 00:01
#137
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Turkey powergs
F0rest Gtr Pyth Schneider JW/twist All nip needs to do xizt and specially frieburger done
2016-08-10 00:05
G2 - smithz + kennys and g2 will be top1 team envyus players sucks right now, apex happy devil, they are key problem for the team
2016-08-10 00:05
envyus -devil +? g2 -smithz +kennys nip -friberg +twist/schneider
2016-08-10 00:14
3 replies
If Smithzz leaves, Shoxie leaves. They are real life close friends. That is not gonna happen for G2
2016-08-10 04:27
2 replies
#190
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Estonia jossd
What if Smithzz moves to coach?
2016-08-10 09:40
1 reply
No benefits the team would gain with Smithzz as coach and I'm sure he wants to play and he doesn't want to stay behind the screen watching his team playing
2016-08-10 19:07
#140
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World Max_Eason
Interesting that your Swedish suffle doesnt include Epsilon at all
2016-08-10 00:17
disco doplan, draken or rain would probably be hotter prospects than znajder.
2016-08-10 00:29
#142
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Czech Republic Lister
next is oskar
2016-08-10 00:30
#143
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Azerbaijan Talley
Twist would be a great addition for fnatic.
2016-08-10 00:32
#147
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Singapore BOOMZOOM
Nip draken would be pretty cool
2016-08-10 00:52
hltv now with official +who -who post x)
2016-08-10 01:22
G2 could take NBK and Kenny for Smitz and bodyy. It would be tough (bodyy just joined the team and Smitz is very close to Shoxie) but if they would make the chemistry in the team - actual number1 contender 100%.
2016-08-10 01:50
bye fiffy <3. Welcome Maikelele!!!
2016-08-10 02:07
+Maikelele or JW -pyth
2016-08-10 02:44
Makelek Inc in nip. I think scream is gonna go to nV cuz he always managed try wiggle out of drama, smartly and make boatloads out monies.
2016-08-10 03:33
Fnatic/NiP/Godsent/Epsilon Fnatic Flusha Krimz Olof Dennis f0rest NiP Pronax Get_Right znajder Twist Disco Doplan God Sent Xizt friberg Pyth JW Pauf Epsilon Xelos Draken Lekro freddie REZ
2016-08-10 04:17
4 replies
You smoked weed bro
2016-08-10 04:25
3 replies
I'm not saying it will happen just what would be fun roster shuffle instead of seeing the same boring shit all the time.
2016-08-10 04:36
2 replies
If pronax is better than either Xizt or Friberg you are mistaking <.<
2016-08-10 04:37
1 reply
individually they are similar, but pronax brings much more than what xizt/friberg brings outside of individual skill
2016-08-10 11:17
G2 (except Smithzz) seems to be a very solid lineup! I don't think there's need for changes. NiP has been going down by Xizt even if he has done many clutches in pistol rounds but for me has a major priority to get him out and bring in JW. EnvyUs is a team that I have never liked. Happy is a fake human being while NBK is just a toxic kid. Devil will be obviously out since his performance is equal to tier 10 teams (LOL) and Apex is a really good entry fragger and kennyS a good AWPer. I'd like a swap of KennyS to G2 but it will not happen if shox doesn't leave as well, the best player of G2 team so that is not going to happen. Fnatic: I just want krimz out, he is very toxic and unfriendly player. He even insults his team mates. OUT!
2016-08-10 04:24
3 replies
You smoked weed bro
2016-08-10 04:37
2 replies
haha copy & paste mate?
2016-08-10 04:38
1 reply
If Xizt or Friberg is better than Pronax you are mistaking <.<
2016-08-10 04:39
Znajder rifler?I thought that he's awper tf...
2016-08-10 05:07
1 reply
No he rifles
2016-08-10 22:49
Fnatic Znajder NEVER
2016-08-10 07:02
Rain to fnatic, that is all.
2016-08-10 07:15
Please god, don't let Znajder return to fnatic. He didn't preform then, and he's not on the same level as the others (while many might think so since he's getting good ratings when he's facing tier 2-3 teams). f0rest or rain would be nice, both are pretty much very versatile aim gods.
2016-08-10 09:23
JW in NiP? LMAO
2016-08-10 10:52
1 reply
+1
2016-08-10 16:19
Good read but didnt read
2016-08-10 11:05
forest to fnatic, that is all...
2016-08-10 11:47
i wanna see f0rest and gtr back on top again :'(
2016-08-10 11:53
#200
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Australia SHAMALOV
NiP need to change friberg.
2016-08-10 12:17
schnaider or znajder????
2016-08-10 12:56
#206
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Sweden AdinsX
Was this supposed to be a blog like that other post you made a long time ago? Or is this real?
2016-08-10 13:06
flusha olofmeister KRiMZ dennis f0rest/GeT_RiGhT Kreygasm
2016-08-10 14:34
1 reply
flusha olofmeister dennis f0rest GeT_RiGhT Kreygasm
2016-08-10 15:57
Devil changes with Scream
2016-08-10 16:05
DEBIL was the solution EleGiggle
2016-08-10 16:12
draken 4 JW mayb? idk, i don't watch that much of Epsilon but i watched 2 games and he was playing amazing, if they have some changes mayb Draken could get to Fnatic and then JW move to NiP and move Pyth to Epsilon. Idk, it's possible mayb.
2016-08-10 16:23
godsent: jw olof krimz pronax znajder no changes to nip some ex-godsent players to fnatic
2016-08-10 16:30
2 replies
noice.
2016-08-15 20:40
NT
2016-08-15 23:07
why g2 make changes? no need they are playing so good why jw going out fnatic? cause he wasn't the star of the team for some time? gosh...
2016-08-10 18:15
1 reply
Fail
2016-08-16 05:19
f0rest/gtr fnatic? i arent think that
2016-08-10 18:22
Envy and maybe nip but i'm not sure about that one, they should stick together at least for some months/a year.
2016-08-10 18:35
-FRIBERG +JW XIZT DA BEST HE HAVE A HUGE CLUTHC'S AND HE IS A M0NSTER FNATIC -JW +MAIKLELELELLEE
2016-08-10 19:01
fnatic will not change players.... i tell you right now
2016-08-10 19:01
2 replies
what was that?
2016-08-16 06:17
1 reply
There was no reason to change the lineup because of their latest results, this only confirms internal problems within the team. They wouldn't even be able to win anything more with their former lineup anyway so this change was good. But ye, didn't see it coming for sure.
2016-08-16 14:00
#231
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Slovenia tbr11
NiP sign Twist please!!!! :D
2016-08-11 14:36
who calls ingame in NIP?
2016-08-11 20:25
Nip need PRO Sniper KennyS OR JW NOW NAVI With simple very Good they fuck all in september
2016-08-11 20:36
Envy -Happy and Devil, Fnatic -JW , NiP - Friberg and g2a needs to please get Niko.
2016-08-12 00:59
jw > nip nip -friberg
2016-08-12 22:36
where the fuck is roster changes, i want drama
2016-08-14 14:49
4 replies
+1 its so boring right now
2016-08-15 02:57
3 replies
yeah bro, i was hyped for off season roster changes, fuck this shit
2016-08-15 03:54
fuck this shit
2016-08-15 20:43
1 reply
+1
2016-08-15 23:09
winterfox was next
2016-08-15 02:48
nobody is gonna change rosters. you hltv writers are just bored and have nothing to write about.
2016-08-15 15:00
6 replies
xD
2016-08-15 20:00
3 replies
well. shit.
2016-08-15 20:17
2 replies
Exactly
2016-08-15 20:21
1 reply
The end result was actually more roster changes than expected! Holy mother of RIPmeister!
2016-08-15 20:42
well, rip.
2016-08-15 20:42
^__^
2016-08-15 22:34
#250
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Sweden Swedz
Fnatic was next!
2016-08-15 21:00
Fnatic
2016-08-16 01:30
Lets wait for +f0rest and +GTR to FNATIC
2016-08-16 08:56
2 replies
f0rest with fnatic like in 1.6 Kreygasm
2016-08-17 16:38
1 reply
indeed Kreygasm
2016-08-17 16:48
#267
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Luxembourg alex24
nip rip.. they wasted the opportunity to bring krimz and flusha... also nobody cares about french shufle
2016-08-16 09:19
5 replies
Lets wait for the NiP one. Thats the only chance we can see something impressive for now. Pls bring olofm and dennis to NiP
2016-08-16 09:24
2 replies
#271
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Luxembourg alex24
fnatic will not let go of olof and dennis for now, they risk of having a tier10 team after that :D
2016-08-16 09:26
1 reply
Then bring fucking f0rest and GeT_RiGhT to Fnatic but don't let the roster loke this.. its sad to ser olof and dennis like that
2016-08-16 09:30
They had no opportunity, it was solely the players decision. So stupid....
2016-08-16 18:19
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^ >fnatic splits cuz they want to play with pronax under GODSENT >wtf nip y u no get olof and flusha??
2016-08-16 18:21
NiP re add Allu :)
2016-08-16 18:16
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2016-08-17 13:16
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