Biggest rivalries of 2016

As top teams have returned from vacations to get back to work after the off season, we have picked out four biggest continued as well as new rivalries we've seen unfold during the first seven months of 2016 - what were they and how did they develop?

The two weeks long off season is officially behind us, as some teams are coming back from their well-deserved vacations to kick off the remaining four-and-a-half months of 2016.

We decided to find the four biggest rivalries we've seen so far in 2016, ongoing or on hold, to see what we can look forward to in the coming weeks and months in offline competitions.

The following four rivalries have been picked out according to the number of matches and maps played against each other offline. Apart from the most played match-up of 2016, the core of Liquid versus the current SK lineup, which we'll also talk about here, these are the four match-ups we've seen the most of so far this year.

Let's delve into the rivalries to find out when they started, how they developed throughout 2016 and whether we can expect them to continue in the next few months.

Natus Vincere   Luminosity
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács   Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev   Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin vs. Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev   Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau
Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko   Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo

Matches


    Stage Event
CIS Na`Vi  0-2 Brazil Luminosity  Grand final  MLG Columbus
CIS Na`Vi 0-2 Brazil Luminosity Semi-finals IEM Katowice
CIS Na`Vi 11-16 Brazil Luminosity Group stage  IEM Katowice
CIS Na`Vi 2-0 Brazil Luminosity Grand final DreamHack ZOWIE Open Leipzig
CIS Na`Vi 0-2 Brazil Luminosity Group stage SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals
CIS Na`Vi 2-1 Brazil Luminosity Group stage ESL ESEA Pro League S2 Finals
CIS Na`Vi 2-0 Brazil Luminosity Group stage ESL ESEA Pro League S2 Finals

The rivalry between the CIS giants and the Brazilian prodigy had started in October 2015, when the cores met for the very first time in the quarter-finals of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca.

Even then, when they were still a team who hadn't realized their full potential yet, Luminosity showed they can compete with the best and gave Natus Vincere a run for their money on two nail-biting maps. A month later they repeated that feat in another quarter-final series at IEM San José, giving the community even more proof that they're here to stay.

The Brazilians weren't satisfied with the lineup and swapped Ricardo "boltz" Prass and Lucas "steel" Lopes for TACO and fnx in early December. But they still weren't able to get a lockdown on the match-up just yet, losing twice more in the group stage of ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals very much at the hands of flamie.

FalleN and company finally defeated Natus Vincere for the first time in the group stage of SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals when 2016 rolled around, though GuardiaN's team still surpassed them in the long run, making it to second place while Luminosity fell short to fnatic in semi-finals.


Na`Vi and Luminosity brought us a mouth-watering rivalry in late 2015 and early 2016

Na`Vi seemed to have regained control at Leipzig, winning the grand final in yet another extremely close series, but it wasn't quite the case. By the time IEM Katowice rolled around, fnx and TACO had adjusted to the playstyle and the team as a whole improved, which projected into a group stage win in Poland, as well as a semi-final triumph two days afterwards.

Interestingly enough the last time the two teams have met offline was at MLG Columbus, at a point where GuardiaN was having serious issues with his injury, and LG extended the winning streak over his team to five maps in a row, and more importantly grabbed their first Major title.

The rivalry has seemingly come to a close, at least for the time being, but while it lasted it was likely the closest rivalry we've ever seen in CS:GO. The same exact lineups of Na`Vi and Luminosity played 407 rounds over 14 maps in the seven times they met, which equals roughly 29 rounds per map.

Sergey "starix" Ischuk's squad have reacted to their drop as of late by adding sheer skill into the lineup in the form of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. We could be looking at a new contender for number one, so it's quite possible the rivalry will re-emerge.

fnatic   Astralis
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer   Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist   Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson vs. Denmark René "cajunb" Borg
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell   Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman   Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen

Matches


    Stage Event
Sweden fnatic  0-2 Denmark Astralis Quarter-finals  MLG Columbus
Sweden fnatic 2-1 Denmark Astralis Semi-finals IEM Katowice
Sweden fnatic 16-13 Denmark Astralis Group stage ESL Barcelona Invitational
Sweden fnatic 16-14 Denmark Astralis  Group stage  ESL Barcelona Invitational
Sweden fnatic 2-1 Denmark Group stage SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals

Another rivalry that has seen its last match at MLG Columbus is one we've witnessed on and off over the last year and a half, ever since TSM took over the world from April to July in 2015 and brought fnatic down multiple times in the process.

This year it only lasted about three months, during which the two rosters encountered each other five times on at least two maps every month. At the time cajunb had still been part of Astralis, who have since swapped him for Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye but to no avail.

They met already at StarSeries XIV Finals, the first offline event of 2016, in a scary group also including EnVyUs and ex-Titan. The former topped the group, which meant fnatic and Astralis fought it out in a match-up for second and third seed, both of whom would advance to quarter-finals. fnatic ended up on top, though Questionmark took Mirage off them.


fnatic met Astralis in all three title runs at the start of the year

Still during fnatic's world domination, the two met in what was regarded the grand final of the unusual ESL Expo Barcelona Invitational format. The Danes found themselves leading late into both maps but couldn't close out either as they conceded the Spanish title to a JW-powered fnatic.

The Swedes would go on to dominate not only the match-up at IEM Katowice in yet another big match, the semi-finals, but also the entire event, as the Polish $250,000 tournament was their sixth title in a row and coincidentally their last.

While fnatic had the upper hand most of the time, Astralis (or Questionmark, as they were called before they created the player-owned organization) never went out without a fight. In the last encounter, at the first Major of 2016, device and company returned the favor, though unfortunately for the Danish powerhouse there will always be an asterisk next to that W, as olofmeister went on to take a long break to deal with his injury.

fnatic   G2
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer   France Richard "shox" Papillon
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist   Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson vs. France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell   France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman   France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro
Sweden John "wenton" Eriksson   Belgium Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans

Matches


    Stage Event
Sweden fnatic  16-13 France G2 Group stage ESL One Cologne
Sweden fnatic 0-2 France G2 Semi-finals ECS Season 1 Finals
Sweden fnatic 1-2 France G2 Semi-finals  ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals
Sweden fnatic 16-8 France G2  Group stage  ESL Barcelona Invitational
Sweden fnatic 16-7 France G2 Group stage ESL Barcelona Invitational
Sweden fnatic 2-1 France ex-Titan  Group stage SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals

Since the G2 have left their former home in Titan and entered the year, they've taken part in two rivalries, one of which spanned over a solid share of the year — with fnatic.

It's safe to say in the first few months the Swedes dominated pretty much every match-up, including the one with a (at the time) somewhat stagnant G2 side, who lost all three encounters in January and February.

When bodyy was brought into the lineup at the expense of Ex6TenZ, their first encounter with fnatic was a olofmeister-less one, as wenton stood in for him at ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals. Up to that point the core of G2 has never won against fnatic before on LAN, but in their breakout event they managed just that, defeating their nemesis 2-1 in the semi-finals.


shox and company stood in fnatic's way at three events since May and succeeded twice

The match-up transformed upon the change much like G2 evolved into an elite-level team shortly afterwards. At ECS Season 1 Finals shox and company proved that defeating the Swedes wasn't a one-time thing, as they doubled up on their previous result with a clean 2-0 victory, again in semi-finals.

ScreaM's squad wasn't able to pull through when they needed it most however, at ESL One Cologne within a group that would make other teams squeal in fear, dropping a close affair in the elimination match that would have earned them an agreeable FaZe match-up in the decider.

It's impossible to say which way the match-up will go from now on, as the core of fnatic have become GODSENT, joining two new-old players, and the rivalry will have to start from the scratch.

G2   SK
France Richard "shox" Papillon   Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom   Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy vs. Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro   Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux   Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo

Matches


    Stage Event
France G2  11-16 Brazil SK Group stage ESL One Cologne
France G2 2-0 Brazil Luminosity Grand final ECS Season 1 Finals
France G2 2-3 Brazil Luminosity Grand final  ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals
France G2 16-12 Brazil Luminosity  Group stage  ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals
Stats
 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 200 - 151 +49 81.0 1.19
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 158 - 173 -15 80.7 1.07
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 164 - 159 +5 71.1 1.05
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 158 - 190 -32 74.7 0.91
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 142 - 176 -34 66.0 0.87
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 200 - 166 +34 86.0 1.20
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM 199 - 168 +31 84.0 1.18
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 160 - 172 -12 77.8 1.04
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 148 - 161 -13 67.7 0.98
France Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz 141 - 156 -15 61.7 0.95

Perhaps the only rivalry that could continue when offline tier-one tournaments kick off again has up to now been a short-lived one, but nonetheless one of the more exciting match-ups of late.

After G2's sudden rise to prominence upon the change from Ex6TenZ to bodyy, the then-Luminosity team started seeing more of the faces of RpK and company.

The cores of these two lineups hadn't met since November — Luminosity still fielded boltz and steel and Titan had Ex6TenZ in their lineup —, when they were part of the same group at CEVO Professional Season 8 Finals and exchanged two series.


While short-lived so far, there's a good chance the G2-SK rivalry will continue

Already in their first encounter with the current lineups, G2 edged Luminosity in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals. They would meet again later on in the grand final of the same tournament and delivered possibly one of the greatest best-of-five series in CS:GO, with the Brazilian side lifting the trophy following five double-digit maps, the final of which went into overtime.

ECS Season 1 Finals saw the same two teams fight their way to the top again, though that time G2 took revenge for Pro League in style — a comfortable two-map affair. Somehow G2's route aligned with SK's and fnatic's again at ESL One Cologne, and as mentioned above, G2 fell short when it was most needed.

It seems for once the storm of lineup changes will avoid the French scene, making G2 and SK possibly two of the elite's few who will stay intact. Considering other top-tier teams will need time to adjust, we might be seeing more of this rivalry soon enough, though unfortunately not at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals due to SK dropping out.

United States Liquid vs. Brazil SK

While not included in the list of rivalries due to Liquid's lineup changing too often throughout the year, the core of Nick "nitr0" Cannella, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Spencer "Hiko" Martin has been part of one of the most played match-ups between the current top-ten teams in the world.

We've seen the Brazilians play different iterations of Liquid seven times in 2016, but the record isn't pretty for the Americans. Perhaps startled by the way they managed to lose MLG Columbus semi-finals at the very beginning (leading 15-9 and 15-6 and eventually losing both maps), Liquid's core have never taken a map off FalleN's quintet.

The best team in the world are holding a 11-0 track record in maps over Hiko and company, with the latest encounter being the clear-cut ESL One Cologne grand final.

Rare encounters

As there is still discussion about whether CS:GO is currently over-saturated with events, we can highlight some of the very rare match-ups between top-ten teams in 2016.

Contrary to popular belief, we have not seen too many of the same match-ups played over and over again. As is the case with all four rivalries mentioned above, even the most played match-ups often have longer intervals where the two teams in question avoided each other.

That is also the case with a fair share of combinations of elite-level teams, the most striking of which we decided to list below:

Sweden fnatic vs. Brazil SK

The most peculiar case of all is the combination of 2016's two best teams in the world, fnatic and SK. During fnatic's domination, the two encountered each other at two events, StarSeries XIV Finals and IEM Katowice, with six of the seven maps going the Swedes' way.

After Luminosity took over the world, the two avoided each other at all four events they attended together. You could say G2 had a big hand in the abnormality, as apart from MLG Columbus shox's team was somehow involved in all three remaining cases.


G2 robbed us of multiple battles of 2016's top two teams

At ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals and ECS Season 1 Finals, G2 made it past fnatic to the grand final where the Brazilians awaited them. At ESL One Cologne, fnatic partially robbed us of the match-up themselves due to the initial hiccup versus FaZe, although G2 had a chance to send SK right into fnatic's hands but fell short in the end.

We never got to see how the best team of 2016's first quarter would fare against the best team from April on, and now that the massive change came together we never will.

Poland Virtus.pro vs. France G2

An even rarer sight was an encounter of currently two top-five teams in the world, the Polish and French number ones.

They've only met at a single event, twice in the group stage of MLG Columbus. One was a famously dominant 16-1 Train performance from the Poles and the other a three-map group decider.

Sweden fnatic vs. Sweden NiP

A match-up that is often talked about as a domestic rivalry has really not been any rivalry at all this year, at least when it comes to actual matches played between the two.

In seven months of events fnatic and NiP only played two best-of-one group stage matches, at IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals.

CIS Natus Vincere vs. France G2

Last but not least we have a combination of team cores who haven't played a single offline match against each other this year. 

We have to go back to November 2015 to find their last rendezvous, a group stage elimination match during CEVO Professional Season 8 Finals which went Titan's way following a nail-biter worth of three maps.

 

All past results of the rivalries are linked in the matches table, if you'd like to watch some of the matches back you can do so via the "Rewatch" section in the match page.

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1083
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:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1603
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
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
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
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:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Sweden 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:
1508
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
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:
1333
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
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
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Nice work striker !
2016-08-16 14:03
nolifer
2016-08-16 14:02
ENCE
2016-08-16 15:01
sade<3
2016-08-16 16:26
hello its me
2016-08-16 16:33
ence 4life
2016-08-16 19:13
wow sick work striker :o
2016-08-16 14:03
RIP TACO
2016-08-16 22:21
Nice
2016-08-16 14:02
wow
2016-08-16 14:04
#4
frozen | 
Slovakia ArtFull 
Oh i know why Ence is not mentioned here, no one has a chance to have rivalry against them xd ez4ence
2016-08-16 14:06
lol
2016-08-16 19:30
#5
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Belgium yoL0 
gg
2016-08-16 14:02
Fnatic vs SK > Fnatic vs G2
2016-08-16 14:03
SK vs G2 > Fnatic vs SK
2016-08-16 14:18
+1
2016-08-16 15:35
#102
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United States GeT_ReiCh 
C9 vs Group Stage> All rivalries
2016-08-16 18:21
fhfhfh
2016-08-16 14:02
sk vs VP is very rare and I would like to see it offline
2016-08-16 17:36
stfu
2016-08-16 17:58
A
2016-08-16 14:02
a
2016-08-16 14:02
1
2016-08-16 14:02
ez
2016-08-16 14:02
#14
LOGAN | 
France LeLoup 
hthtyj
2016-08-16 14:02
ye liquid sk isnt much rivalry cuz sk always win :( at least liquid makes it close usually i love liquid!
2016-08-16 14:06
#88
xeta | 
Korea minixeta 
well, its not a rivalry in SK's eyes, but Liquid players are hungry to win.
2016-08-16 16:46
with it being so close all the time one victory where liquid knocks sk out of something big and itll definitely be looking like a rivalry like LG navi when navi would always beat LG but it was a rivalry as soon as LG struck back
2016-08-16 16:54
#131
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Hong Kong korean 
tbh, the only time liquid gave lg/sk a run for their money was at mlg, the other time they met was a stomp by lg/sk
2016-08-17 04:10
That's the problem, Liquid never struck back. After Columbus, it's been only stomps
2016-08-17 15:10
the games other than columbus have not all been stomps
2016-08-17 15:38
Three 16-6, one 16-1...
2016-08-18 02:58
#16
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Estonia elariBAY 
nicee<z
2016-08-16 14:03
gt
2016-08-16 14:02
1
2016-08-16 14:02
+1
2016-08-16 14:02
#20
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Macau BoxxyBabe 
t
2016-08-16 14:02
#21
Europe SLTV 
n1
2016-08-16 14:02
#23
Xyp9x | 
Iceland Fridd 
Nice
2016-08-16 14:02
#24
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Sweden Agam700 
NICE
2016-08-16 14:02
^retards
2016-08-16 14:02
d
2016-08-16 14:02
#27
Norway evaW 
lul
2016-08-16 14:02
lul
2016-08-16 14:02
#29
NOPEEJ | 
Portugal Celito 
wow
2016-08-16 14:02
h
2016-08-16 14:02
#32
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Dominican Republic fernandieftw 
nicenice
2016-08-16 14:02
gj striker
2016-08-16 14:03
#34
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Israel ZiinTotH 
sk keeps dominating
2016-08-16 14:03
XCD
2016-08-16 14:03
n1
2016-08-16 14:03
#38
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Ireland tsarbomba 
where is nv ? Kappa
2016-08-16 14:03
EnVyUs vs tier6 cis onliners Kappa
2016-08-16 14:06
#46
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Ireland tsarbomba 
Is it possible that nV win this match? It would be a big surprise for me that's for sure
2016-08-16 14:08
nV has a rivarly with NRG kappa
2016-08-16 15:35
#92
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France ponche 
xD
2016-08-16 17:07
#39
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Brazil rabanetin 
n1
2016-08-16 14:04
nice post
2016-08-16 14:04
#41
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India ZennoX 
GG
2016-08-16 14:04
godsent top5 LMAO
2016-08-16 14:05
hope g2 can keep up this form
2016-08-16 14:06
#44
World Nofd 
Nice
2016-08-16 14:06
y no nip - vp?????
2016-08-16 14:08
Nice read G2 vs SK = Best rivalery this year imo
2016-08-16 14:09
Back from vacation? All top teams are still waiting for vacation
2016-08-16 14:09
#50
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France t3r4byt3 
VP vs NiP? They played in 2 bo3s this year
2016-08-16 14:09
we need more vp vs astralis...the best matchup of 2015 :(
2016-08-16 14:10
Nvm
2016-08-16 14:11
mouz vs f3?
2016-08-16 14:12
rip fnatic :(
2016-08-16 14:13
#56
NiKo | 
Brazil wnttl 
nice
2016-08-16 14:22
#57
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Poland Cazzorel 
NIP vs VP ?? VP vs SK ?? VP vs FNC ?? Who idiot wrote this
2016-08-16 14:32
#59
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Japan eoeoeoewowow 
Retarded fanboy XD
2016-08-16 14:36
#89
xeta | 
Korea minixeta 
VP vs SK is a well known major-rivalry if im not wrong Keyd/LG/SK played against them every single major since FalleN's first appearance
2016-08-16 16:49
but its not compared to the emotion of a lg vs navi or lg vs g2 match
2016-08-16 20:19
#123
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Brazil hugoalmeida 
VP vs SK > all
2016-08-16 22:08
#58
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Poland trancemeister 
6 true el classico. VP - NiP VP - Na'Vi Na'Vi - NiP SK - VP SK - Na'Vi SK - NiP
2016-08-16 14:35
#61
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Romania rockNoob 
where is Space Soldiers vs Epsilon?
2016-08-16 14:48
all the way down in the tier3 slum we're talking GREATEST RIVALS here, not some premier shit
2016-08-16 18:59
NIP SHOULD DESERVE A PLACE 87-0 NEVER DIES
2016-08-16 15:02
#65
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Sweden hudgun 
10/10 post
2016-08-16 15:13
#67
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Portugal RKO23 
no cloud9 vs liquid nor flisid3 vs na'vi okay.
2016-08-16 15:18
#68
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Godsent v/d Fnatic rivalry incoming
2016-08-16 15:20
nice, good work
2016-08-16 15:26
#71
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Luxembourg alex24 
fnatic who ?? they are not even in top50
2016-08-16 15:27
Fnatic & Astralis won't be rivalry for even a day. Astralis is shit and so are the new Fnatic.
2016-08-16 15:30
Great read as usual. ty Striker
2016-08-16 15:31
great read
2016-08-16 15:35
What about NiP vs VP? Even tho VP rapes NiP at every encounter they only lost once at malmo lel
2016-08-16 15:36
nice, to me tsm vs fnatic before tsm become chokemasters (n2 choker because of liquid :>) was crazy as fuck to watch, those series were great!!
2016-08-16 15:37
indeed, that was my favorite rivalry
2016-08-16 15:45
Great read! Very good article. Good job!
2016-08-16 15:37
#81
Korea yuh 
G2 SK prob has the closest games
2016-08-16 15:54
+99 such fun matches to watch
2016-08-16 18:57
#82
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United States Arm0n 
Surprised that Godsent vs NiP isn't on here
2016-08-16 16:05
Good Job Striker! rescepta
2016-08-16 16:09
Stopped reading at fnatic vs G2. Wtf rofl
2016-08-16 16:28
great job guys amazing couple of articles
2016-08-16 16:42
#91
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Slovakia Kedo2 
More like: Fnatic vs Fnatic Astralis vs Choking & Health hazards Luminosity vs ALL NIP vs 5th player that can be at least on fiffy's level Gamblings vs VALVE M0e vs his virginity Fodder vs Coding new cheats For the time being it seems like we need to play 6v5 against Luminosity on majors.
2016-08-16 16:59
#133
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World delliriun 
+1
2016-08-17 06:55
#93
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Poland mamba99999 
VP vs. SK !
2016-08-16 17:30
flusha vs the truth
2016-08-16 17:38
You wrote that SK vs Liquid isnt worth mentioning as a rivalry because Liquid had a few roster changes... yet how do we consider Fnatic vs ANYBODY now a rivalry since they just changed 3 fucking people? If anything the rivalry now is GODSENT vs Fnatic because we still dont know what caused the rift between them all but it looks like olof didnt want to play with pronax or some shit? There's no heated rivalries anymore because these teams play each other too fucking much as is.
2016-08-16 17:40
no
2016-08-16 22:49
#147
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Brazil adre221 
Before the change fnatic had a pretty stable roster, whereas liquid changed their roster multiple times through the year. Also you can't really consider it a rivalry when it is just SK raping them everytime.
2016-08-20 08:24
completely missed my point Favela. You just said you can't consider TL vs SK a rivalry because they changed their roster. But Fnatic just changed 3 players (4 if you include Pronax) therefore how can you say they're "stable", its more about the players themselves - who are now all gone.
2016-08-20 17:21
#151
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Brazil adre221 
sorry gypsy but I think you need to go to school, fnatic only changed the players now, which doesn't affect all the matches they played before, which was with only one roster, as with liquid they changed they line-up multiple times and the matches they played in the past wasn't with only one stable roster as fnatic.
2016-08-21 05:30
#98
NM | 
Netherlands [Np]KNz 
they forgot: mouz vs. world
2016-08-16 18:06
#99
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Turkey Mustafa- 
They don't care tier 2 teams sorry
2016-08-16 18:13
#101
NM | 
Netherlands [Np]KNz 
Laat je nektasje zien WOLLA. Translation : thnx 4 info
2016-08-16 18:19
#100
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Germany jonko 
what about virtus.pro 15-0 EnVyUs?
2016-08-16 18:13
#103
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
eh
2016-08-16 18:47
sk/luminosity vs losing
2016-08-16 19:02
mouz vs flipsid3
2016-08-16 19:11
Everyone vs VP
2016-08-16 19:21
#111
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France sevenad 
g2 vs vp is full of mistake, they also faced each other in ecs smh...
2016-08-16 19:37
Only talking about offline matches here in case you didn't notice.
2016-08-16 20:13
the lack of depth in the CS:GO scene is so telling in this article. the rivalries are literally the top 5 or 6 teams going head 2 head against each other.
2016-08-16 19:55
I'm sure I would've found less important rivalries in the lower circles, I just chose to go with elite teams. An example would be E-frag (Orbit/MK) vs. HellRaisers, they played five series against each other offline and they were often very close.
2016-08-16 20:22
LG vs NaVi and LG vs G2 were the best matches of 2016 indeed
2016-08-16 20:18
#134
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World delliriun 
LG vs NaVi - oc
2016-08-17 06:58
The greatest rivalry I've seen in CSGO is between SK vs NaVi. It was amazing to watch Fallen and Guardian dropping bombs all rounds and always very disputed maps. Nowadays I think G2 and VP are in the way to build a rivalry with SK (mostly G2), making tournaments even more exciting.
2016-08-16 20:28
VP vs FNC
2016-08-16 20:30
#119
HUNDEN | 
Other ToRu 
Hunden x Dosia GODS
2016-08-16 20:58
#120
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thank you HLTV, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-08-16 20:59
awesome article
2016-08-16 21:10
Where's VP vs SK
2016-08-16 21:55
s1mple vs everyone in NA FPL
2016-08-16 22:25
Hahaha +1. Bullyzoid mad cuz bad
2016-08-18 00:34
SK vs Navi G2 vs SK only one's that are worth mentioning
2016-08-16 22:52
#128
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Australia Ohnorepo 
Whoever wrote this, wrote this from a biased standpoint. You're missing actual great rivalries like VP vs SK and SK vs Liquid.
2016-08-17 00:18
VP and SK were a great match-up, but to me it doesn't qualify as a rivalry, seeing as they only played twice, with three months in between the series. SK and Liquid are mentioned, maybe not as a rivalry because of all the different versions of Liquid, but they did get a HM.
2016-08-17 01:58
#136
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Australia Ohnorepo 
There's matches from 2015 to pad the stats on some of these "2016" rivalries here, that's already stretching it. I don't see how only having played each other twice, closely, and thrillingly should count that out. They are much more impressive then some of these shutdowns that are included in this article. If it's a rivalry, then they should be testing each other whenever they meet (However often or seldom). 3 maps both times, with OT's included. Fantistic plays from Cold, Snax, Taz, Fallen and many of the others, it's even considered the most exciting match up to look forward to now. I do agree with a lot of the other points the article has made though, good write up :)
2016-08-17 10:38
fnatic vs sk rivalry is ended before it even started
2016-08-17 03:05
#132
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Brazil sprk1 
unfortunately we will never see sk against the good old fnatic...
2016-08-17 05:34
great newspaper
2016-08-17 07:05
#137
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
I expected Nip vs Astralis in here.
2016-08-17 11:15
wheres ence, ence is a top contender to be one of the best in the world. with the departure of allu, i'm sure they can get someone better and be better than ever.
2016-08-17 13:27
where vp vs fnc?
2016-08-17 13:33
#146
cyx | 
Germany LYFZ 
where mousesports vs flipsid3?
2016-08-18 23:18
#150
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Brazil Romarioek 
LG vs Navi
2016-08-20 22:25
sk vs the world lmao
2016-08-22 22:39
#154
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Brazil Kauankako 
SK x VP is a good rivalrie
2016-08-23 18:59
favela ez win
2016-08-30 13:56
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