SL i-League StarSeries S2 preview

After over a month of online play and a few smaller offline events, we're back to top-tier offline competition as SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals is quickly approaching. Here is our in-depth preview of the 16-team, $300,000 event.

StarSeries Season 2 Finals are almost upon us, kicking off on September 7th at 10:00 with Group A's first match between NiP and HellRaisers.

The groups will feature best-of-one's in the upper side and elimination matches, while best-of-three's will decide second-placed teams. The playoffs will be a standard single-elimination, best-of-three bracket.

The groups are once again:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Sweden NiP France G2 CIS Natus Vincere  Poland Virtus.pro
Denmark Dignitas Europe FaZe Denmark Astralis France Envy
Sweden GODSENT Ukraine FlipSid3  Denmark Heroic United States Cloud9
Ukraine HellRaisers  Korea MVP Project  China TYLOO China VG.CyberZen

For all information about the event, such as the schedule, prize distribution, talent lineup and more head over to the viewer's guide.

Without further ado, let's get into our preview where we're going over some of the most important storylines, post-off-season results, the numerous LAN debuts everyone has been waiting for and more:

Group A

NiP
  Age Rating*
Sweden Mikail "Maikelele" Bill 25 1.24
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund   26 1.05
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 28 1.02
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 24 0.95
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 25 0.92
Sweden Björn "THREAT" Pers (coach)

* Ratings used in this article are from the last three months

The Ninjas in Pyjamas are heading to Kiev with much to prove, having entered the off-season with three disappointing events behind them, including a last place at ECS Season 1 Finals, their first group stage exit at a Major at the hands of FlipSid3 and a quarter-final finish at ELEAGUE following a beatdown by eventual champions Virtus.pro.

They won't be able to travel with their full team however, as Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi has been battling a hand injury for about a month now and still hasn't fully recovered. Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun stood in for NiP most of their Pro League matches and helped them to seven wins in ten maps, but he couldn't travel to Kiev due to his commitments to Epsilon.

The Swedish side revealed Maikelele will attend StarSeries instead, so we'll witness the temporary return of the NiP of late 2014 to early 2015 that earned second place at DreamHack Winter, 2014's last Major, and their only title in 2015 at ASUS ROG Winter. 

Maikelele

Maikelele will put on the NiP jersey one more time

The AWPer had been without a team since his departure from FaZe in early April but recently made his return with a mixture called mixbanan, consisting of numerous free agents such as Fredrik "slap" Junbrant and Frej "kHRYSTAL" Sjöström.

Even if it's only online, a good sign for the Swedes is friberg's performance so far in Pro League. The entry fragger continued to disappoint this year despite NiP's massive change in style which should have allowed him to utilize his role better, but he seems to have got his second wind after the month-long break.

Barring surprises, NiP will ultimately fight a so far unknown force in GODSENT for first place in the group, which is certainly one of the many matches CS:GO fans are eager to see in Kiev. If GeT_RiGhT's squad don't pass that test, it'll likely come down to the decider between them and Dignitas, who exchanged maps in ESL's league two weeks ago.

Dignitas
  Age Rating
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 18 1.15
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke 19 1.13
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 26 1.09
Norway Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel   22 0.96
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 21 0.84
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

While Heroic seem to reap dividends from the latest changes, their domestic rivals Dignitas have been unable to advance significantly in the rankings despite acquiring Magisk two months ago.

To be fair, they haven't had a real chance to prove themselves again in international competition, at least not offline, as their last prestigious event was the ESL One Cologne Major, where they fell to Astralis who fielded two stand-ins.

Online they managed to top the StarSeries online qualifier over FlipSid3 and Envy, the more important one compared to their quarter-final finish in DreamHack Bucharest's closed qualifier.


A case could be made for dignitas advancing from groups

They have played four teams so far in Pro League and exchanged maps with mousesports, Virtus.pro and NiP, while defeating bottom team FlipSid3 twice. Dignitas are currently sitting in the top half of the league, having mostly played less maps than teams above them.

Since Cologne, Power-LAN was their only offline showing, a domestic event featuring all of the biggest suspects from Denmark, though Philip "aizy" Aistrup stood in for RUBINO as the Danes grabbed silver following narrow series with Rogue and Heroic.

The biggest difference between today's Dignitas and the previous version is their map pool. They've given up on Train completely and scaled back on Cache, which were and continue to be two of their worst maps. Meanwhile, Dust2 was introduced to their pool upon the joining of cajunb, and they also became a solid contender on Nuke. That could help them in the very likely encounter with NiP, who haven't been great on Dust2 lately.

GODSENT
  Age Rating
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 23 1.14
Sweden Andreas "znajder" Lindberg   23 1.11
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 21 1.09
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 22 1.03
Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallsten 25 0.90
Sweden Alexander "rdl" Redl (coach)

Surely one of the most anticipated matches at StarSeries are any showdowns including GODSENT, who stunned the scene by bringing back together 80% of the original fnatic roster that won the first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013.

The huge shift in two of the top three Swedish teams came after fnatic couldn't return to their former glory as tension arose within the squad.

In the meantime, GODSENT had issues of their own, having shown promise at DreamHack Masters Malmö but failing to live up to it in the next trimester.


It might take GODSENT a while before they reach their true potential

As the core lost their ESL Pro League spot and couldn't overcome Virtus.pro in the wild card match only hours after the announcement, they have only taken part in various qualifiers thus far.

GODSENT demolished Heroic in one of them, the EPICENTER: Moscow closed qualifier, and fought off mousesports for first place in the group. ELEAGUE's first open qualifier was mostly a walk in the park for them, although Shadows took them to their limit in the final best-of-one. ESL One New York's Europe qualifier saw pronax's team getting crushed by FaZe on two out of three maps of the quarter-final series.

Just looking at the roster, I have no doubt in my mind the new GODSENT squad will become a serious contender almost instantly, the key word being almost. Even if they all know each other well, it's possible it'll take them a bit of time before they figure out some of the roles, specifically znajder's, who admitted to holding new spots on nearly every map.

HellRaisers
  Age Rating
Ukraine Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow 26 1.11
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk 20 1.08
Slovakia Patrik "Zero" Žúdel 17 1.06
Ukraine Sergey "smike" Sklyarenko 18 1.04
Ukraine Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk   23 0.98
Ukraine Ivan "Johnta" Shevtsov (coach)

Last in Group A are underdogs HellRaisers, who have fallen off the radar slightly since the departure of their star sniper Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný. 18-year-old smike, who caught people's attention under eXplosive, entered the roster instead and is supposedly still trying out.

HR have been playing without the Czech since DreamHack Summer, when oskar lost motivation as he was promised a spot in mousesports. In the last month they attempted to qualify for the ECS Development league but failed to do so, losing to HOMELESS early.

They barely missed out on DreamHack Open Bucharest, falling short to Gambit in the last series of the closed qualifier, but made it through the first ELEAGUE open qualifier at the expense of Epsilon.


How will HellRaisers fare without oskar?

As newcomers to ESL Pro League, they've done fairly well so far considering whom they met, tying Heroic, losing to G2 and exchanging maps with fnatic following two overtime-worthy maps.

While HellRaisers are by no means favoured to win any of their matches, I could see them having a real chance against one other team in their group, Dignitas. Since they'll most likely end up meeting in a best-of-one elimination, they should end up on a very good map for both teams, and if it's Nuke, all bets are off.

Group B

G2
  Age Rating
France Richard "shox" Papillon 24 1.14
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom  22 1.14
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy  27 1.05
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro  19 0.93
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux   27 0.90

Much like NiP, G2 have a lot to prove as well, even if for slightly different reasons. They stormed through May and June establishing themselves as one of the elite-level teams, falling just short to Luminosity in ESL Pro League Season 3's grand final and taking their revenge at ECS Season 1 Finals.

In between the two events they qualified for ESL One Cologne, but at the Major itself they couldn't overcome the obstacle that was the group of death and lost to SK and fnatic.

ELEAGUE's Last-Chance qualifier followed, but G2 faced a significant handicap in the form of RpK missing the event as he fell ill and Simon "Fuks" Florysiak attended the event instead. Even with a stand-in the French-Belgian team took mousesports to a close result but ended up missing out on the playoffs in the end.


FaZe will be a tough nut to crack for shox and co.

They can't be blamed too much for their loss in Cologne, Group D was nasty but G2 were well within chances to advance, and the same goes for ELEAGUE where they were missing a key player.

In Kiev, the seemingly unavoidable FaZe winners' match shouldn't be an easy battle, considering G2 dropped both Overpass and Cache in their Pro League encounter and the European mixture have obviously improved since swapping Ricardo "fox" Pacheco for Aleksi "allu" Jalli.

The stakes are high. A loss to FaZe would mean a deadly match-up in the quarter-finals: Natus Vincere in the worst case scenario, NiP in the best (disregarding huge upsets). And G2 are one of the teams with more pressure on them to perform, as StarSeries will be a LAN debut for many of the big names.

FaZe
  Age Rating
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 24 1.10
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 22 1.08
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad   22 1.01
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 20 1.01
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey 22 0.98
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

Speaking of LAN debuts, we've already covered NiP (who technically don't count, but let's say they do for the purposes of this point) and GODSENT, and another team who have recently swapped a player are FaZe.

The roster change experts and community alike have been caling for for ages finally arrived. Frankly, FaZe were held back by a wildly inconsistent AWPer in fox, who had his moments but wasn't anywhere near reliable in his role.

allu didn't exactly become the star of the team, at least not yet. Individually he's been quite inconsistent as well, though it's undeniable FaZe's results have improved upon his arrival despite the initial blowout against X (now Heroic).


StarSeries will be an event of multiple debuts

FaZe took over the first few weeks of ESL Pro League, winning seven out of eight first matches, including two against group opponents G2 as mentioned above. They have dropped since, losing both maps to NiP and tying Astralis, but are currently holding second place with an 8-4 score.

RobbaN's team are also locked in for EPICENTER: Moscow closed qualifier playoffs, where they suffered a loss to Astralis. The Danes also defeated them yesterday in ESL One New York's qualifier, where FaZe dominated GODSENT and mousesports beforehand.

Overall this is a better resumé than for a team currently sitting at 16th place in our Team Ranking, but they have to prove their worth offline before they can get closer to the top10 again.

FlipSid3
  Age Rating
Russia Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin 24 1.07
Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov 28 0.92
Finland Jan "wayLander" Rahkonen 22 0.91
Ukraine Oleksandr "Shara" Hordieyev 24 0.85
Ukraine Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy   29 0.81

FlipSid3 entered the off-season having secured a Legends spot at the next Major thanks to their group stage surprise, upsetting NiP in the decider in a stunning fashion.

Shortly afterwards B1ad3's squad travelled to Atlanta for ELEAGUE's Last Chance Qualifier, only to suffer a swift defeat at the hands of Renegades in the quarter-finals.

FlipSid3 then attempted to qualify for the event previewed in this article, but once again failed to pass the first round, this time putting up a fight against Dignitas. The Ukrainian-Russian-Finnish mixture made it to the finals anyway, receiving a direct invite after multiple teams dropped out.


FlipSid3 have grown used to uphill battles by now

So far their Pro League attendance hasn't come to any fruition, resulting in a 0-8 win-loss difference with losses to Astralis, Dignitas, G2 and Natus Vincere, only reaching double digits in three out of the eight cases.

I see this group as the most uneven of all four, though that's due to the high expectations I have of FaZe. FlipSid3 might be marginally worse individually, but they have a strategical edge over the team that had just recently made a lineup change.

MVP Project
  Age Rating
Korea Hyun-Pyo "XigN" Lee 19 1.15
Korea Soon-Woo "Argency" Kwon   24 1.07
Korea Hyung-Ju "Sound" Nam 20 1.05
Korea Hae-Sung "HSK" Kim 22 1.03
Korea Jung-Hyeon "rindA" Jeon 23 0.97

Last in Group D we have the biggest underdog of all, the largely inexperienced squad that is MVP Project. StarSeries marks the very first time we'll see a South Korean team in attendance, but it was a well-earned spot.

Back in April, PGL and KeSPA were heavily criticized for allowing South Korea two spots at the Asian Minor prior to Cologne, and for good reason, as the country hadn't deserved it.


MVP project are looking to gain some much-needed experience 

Times have changed since then however, MVP Project began rising up the ranks in Asia and could currently be seen as the third-best team after TYLOO and VG.CyberZen, with results such as second place in ImbaTV's H-Cup.

As we've learned from an interview with Sound, the South Korean squad practices quite heavily, about 11 hours a day, and looked to up the hours even further prior to StarSeries so that they can show their best.

I still can't see them winning a map against either of the three very experienced and established teams, let alone a series, but what's important is the pedigree gained by attending an event with world-class teams.

Group C

Natus Vincere
  Age Rating
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 25 1.19
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev   18 1.12
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 28 1.09
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 21 1.08
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev 19 1.06
Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk (coach)

Heading over to Group C, we have another exciting prospect in Natus Vincere, who were one of the first to announce their roster change out of the big teams. That roster change is, of course, none other than s1mple replacing Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko.

Like I highlighted in the "Off-season changes: Who will be next?" article, it made sense to replace the former in-game leader with a more skilled player, at least before the coaching limits were revealed.

Later on we learned that s1mple won't be taking over the AWPing role, primary or secondary, as the team will stick to their previous arrangement between GuardiaN and seized. We'll find out soon enough whether that was the right call, and it's definitely one of the things that will be in focus when it comes to the Ukraine-based team.


Many questions will be answered come Sunday

Doubts of s1mple fitting in have also been somewhat dispelled, though the starix-led squad have yet to suffer a real loss, which is often when disagreements arise. They've won all three match-ups in ESL Pro League, including G2, Astralis and FlipSid3, and that's pretty much all they've done this past month, barring the stake-less showmatches versus SK.

The 18-year-old quickly took over the reins in those six maps, recording a 1.36 rating with GuardiaN trailing ever so slightly at 1.30, so thus far I don't think there's a problem at all with the former giving up the AWP. After all, s1mple has shown he can do it all before, so as long as there's another world-class AWPer beside him, there shouldn't be any issues.

Group C at StarSeries is not without its dangers for Na`Vi, though Astralis haven't bested the current number four on LAN for nearly a year and Heroic still have a long way to go before they can become a tier one team.

Astralis
  Age Rating
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz 20 1.20
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen   23 1.10
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 18 1.08
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 20 0.99
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 26 0.93
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

Despite the initially praised roster change, when Kjaerbye took cajunb's place, Astralis have disappointed time and time again, placing outside of the top four at three events prior to the off-season.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the Danes' blowout at ECS Season 1 Finals, where they conceded a map to TSM and a crushing series to Cloud9.

The quarter-final finish in Cologne was quite expected, even surprisingly good considering Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander stood in for Kjaerbye and zonic was forced to fill in for an injured dupreeh, still giving Virtus.pro a run for their money and more. What was not expected was another 5th-8th place at ELEAGUE, where mousesports decimated karrigan's five.


Astralis need to gain the upper hand on Heroic again

Normally I wouldn't give Power-LAN too much credit, it's only a domestic event, but since they were given Heroic in their group, this takes an interesting turn. Astralis lost four out of five maps versus Andreas "MODDII" Fridh and company in the past two weeks, which surely won't help their confidence going up against them at the $300,000 event.

I'd have given the Danes a chance against Natus Vincere despite the crushing loss in Pro League, but it's more than possible we won't even get to see them play each other if Astralis lose the initial round on Wednesday.

First and foremost, device's team need to figure out the domestic match-up. If they do that, it's all they need to advance from groups, unless a much better version of TYLOO than the one we saw at the Cologne Main Qualifier shows up.

Heroic
  Age Rating
Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså   21 1.14
Sweden Andreas "MODDII" Fridh 27 1.09
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 21 1.05
Denmark Michael "Friis" Jørgensen 27 1.02
Denmark Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer 26 0.99

While Astralis have been struggling to move up the ranks, Heroic have been doing just the opposite, feeding off new-born star valde.

Over the course of the last two months, Heroic (previously Team X) placed second to Epsilon at Pro Gamer League and won Power-LAN, with a few online triumphs in between: in Operation: Kinguin #3 and qualifiers for ECS Development league, StarSeries and DreamHack Open Bucharest.

During the aforementioned LANs, they defeated two of their Group C opponents, TYLOO in Wuhan and Astralis at the Danish event. Combine that with their two-map win against Denmark's long-standing number one in Pro League and you have a solid case for Heroic advancing from the group already, whether they meet Natus Vincere or not.


valde has been pivotal during Heroic's rise

Most recently gla1ve's squad grabbed bronze medals at Northern Arena, only falling to Cloud9, who beat them down on Train and Mirage after dropping Overpass.

During August Heroic made a jump from 21st place to 11th in the rankings, which to me is a fair assessment of their recent improvement, even if they reached that high of a position largely thanks to other teams staying at home.

With all that in mind, their two Astralis encounters weren't decisive enough to pick a clear winner of the initial round or the decider. We just have to wait for the epic battle we've been building towards for the past month.

TYLOO
  Age Rating
China YuLun "Summer" Cai 19 1.17
China Hui "DD" Wu 22 1.12
China Ke "captainMo" Liu 27 1.10
China HaoWen "somebody" Xu 21 1.06
China YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng   19 1.04
China QiFang "Karsa" Su (coach)

Much like most of the year, these past three months in Asia have been simply TYLOO-dominated. Summer and company are rarely contested by anyone other than VG.CyberZen and even Bin "Savage" Liu's roster have trouble winning maps against Asia's crystal clear number one.

In fact, TYLOO have a ridiculous track record against their biggest rivals, 30-6 in maps across a 13-match win streak that dates back to the Chinese qualifier for the Asia Minor, which is the last time VG.CyberZen celebrated a win against captainMo's five.


TyLoo have to bring composure to their play to overcome the Europeans

However, dominance in Asia doesn't seem to be enough for TYLOO to be seen as a serious contender against European teams, as we saw during ESL One Cologne's Main Qualifier and the Pro Gamer League Finals, and their group is all Europe.

They do have undeniable skill and a highly aggressive style that is exciting to watch, but they're lacking breaks, a certain level of composure needed to consistently grind out higher-tier teams.

Group D

Virtus.pro
  Age Rating
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 23 1.12
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 22 1.04
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 30 1.03
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 29 1.01
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski   28 1.01
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

Virtus.pro entered the off-season fresh off their first big win in what feels like ages. What's more, ELEAGUE playoffs seemed like a walk in the park for the plow that re-emerged in the humid weather of Atlanta, crushing NiP, mousesports and fnatic on its way to a huge title.

Winning the wild card match against GODSENT, Virtus.pro entered Pro League splitting maps with NiP and losing to FaZe in the first week. Over the next six matches, they garnered four more wins, leading to a 6th place in the league thus far.


VP are in a good position to take first place in Group D

Outside of one of the biggest leagues, the Poles didn't take part in any events and so they should be more than ready for what's to come in Group D of SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals.

Still, this group has a few traps laid here and there, especially due to Cloud9's recent uprise, although VP have always had a good track record against North American teams. I wouldn't be too worried about Envy, who might have good history against the Poles but are coming in with Christophe "SIXER" Xia instead of Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, and even less so about VG.CyberZen.

Envy
  Age Rating
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub 21 1.15
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer   24 1.05
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 23 1.03
France Christophe "SIXER" Xia 25 1.00
France Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon 21 0.94

Envy announced NBK- wouldn't be travelling to Kiev already when they secured a place at StarSeries via the European qualifier. Millenium's SIXER, who also stood in for DEVIL during ESL Pro League, was later on revealed as the temporary replacement.

After a largely unsuccessful five months filled with roles changing, mainly switching leadership from Happy to NBK- to DEVIL, the team decided to go back to their roots and let the original in-game leader call the shots. Alongside it, other roles have shifted as well.


EnVyUs came up with a plan to fix their playstyle

So far the plan seems to be quite successful, Envy split maps with Astralis, NiP and FaZe and beat G2 on both, leaving them in fifth place of ESL Pro League.

As NBK- recently started playing B sites alone instead of DEVIL, there will be a load of pressure on SIXER if he is to simply take over the roles.

Whether it's enough to take down the empowered Cloud9 twice or at least once and Virtus.pro as well, that's to be answered by Friday.

Cloud9
  Age Rating
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip 18 1.15
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 22 1.11
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 19 1.10
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham   23 1.10
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 25 1.08

Following the change from Alec "Slemmy" White to autimatic, Cloud9 took North America by storm on all fronts, with one exception in the qualifier prior to this tournament.

They're holding a perfect 14-0 record so far in ESL Pro League's NA division with wins against some of the best teams of the region, such as Immortals, Liquid and OpTic.

n0thing's team also topped CyberPowerPC Summer Pro Series with ease, barely letting anyone reach double digits in their matches against NRG, Immortals and Liquid.

Thanks to their online run they were favoured to do well at Northern Arena and lived up to the expectations, most notably defeating Heroic in the semi-finals. In an issue-filled grand final, Cloud9 fell short to Immortals after three double-digit maps.


Cloud9 aren't untouchable even in NA, but they've shown real progress

Everyone on the team in blue seems to be pulling his own weight, but Stewie2K shines above all. He has certainly grown as a player by getting rid of some of the recklessness and turning the rest of it into calculated risks. The whole squad is quite aggressive nowadays, which I believe is in part why the 18-year-old feels at home, he is often the one taking initiative but also has a few people around him, ready to strike as well.

Cloud9 are somewhat past the point of being a real underdog in the group, but they still are one in the bigger picture because of how vastly different the competition will be in Kiev. However, with Envy fielding a stand-in, n0thing's roster could very well have a shot at playoffs and perhaps some of the bigger names later on.

VG.CyberZen
  Age Rating
China WeiJie "zhokiNg" Zhong   22 1.19
China Bin "Savage" Liu 27 1.13
China KunHua "LOVEYY" Bai 27 1.12
China BingYuan "tb" Li 25 1.11
China Zhuo "advent" Liang 24 0.95

As I highlighted above when talking about TYLOO, VG.CyberZen have been wildly ineffective against their biggest rivals for quite a long time now, even after adding LOVEYY at the expense of ZhiHong "aumaN" Liu.

While others like MVP Project have grown in the past months, Savage's squad came to a standstill. They're still the second-best team in Asia, but they haven't gotten any closer to TYLOO lately and others are creeping in to take their place.


The last time we saw VG play in Europe was all the way back in January

StarSeries could be their chance to prove otherwise as well as find out what needs to be changed in order to take the next step, but they're facing an elite-level team first.

They'll also face at least one of Envy and Cloud9, but it's hard to say who would be the better match-up for them. I picture C9's playstyle as a toned down, North American version of TYLOO's, which might work for VG.CyberZen as it's the evil they know.

China's number two are very unlikely to pass a best-of-three against either of them, but it'll still be interesting to watch how Asia will fare against the rest of the world this time.

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France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Alec 'Slemmy' White
Alec 'Slemmy' White
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Sweden Fredrik 'slap' Junbrant
Fredrik 'slap' Junbrant
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
279
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
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
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Simon 'Fuks' Florysiak
Simon 'Fuks' Florysiak
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
276
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Frej 'kHRYSTAL' Sjöström
Frej 'kHRYSTAL' Sjöström
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
126
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
888
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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
China Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
China BingYuan 'tb' Li
BingYuan 'tb' Li
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
608
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Oleksandr 'Shara' Hordieyev
Oleksandr 'Shara' Hordieyev
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
376
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
462
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1175
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1641
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Ivan 'Johnta' Shevtsov
Ivan 'Johnta' Shevtsov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.54
Maps played:
9
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.06
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
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1253
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
China YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng
YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
China Hui 'DD' Wu
Hui 'DD' Wu
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
China YuLun 'Summer' Cai
YuLun 'Summer' Cai
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Russia Jan 'wayLander' Rahkonen
Jan 'wayLander' Rahkonen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Korea Jung-Hyeon 'rindA' Jeon
Jung-Hyeon 'rindA' Jeon
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
194
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
569
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Alexander 'rdl' Redl
Alexander 'rdl' Redl
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
114
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
China QiFang 'Karsa' Su
QiFang 'Karsa' Su
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
China Zhuo 'advent' Liang
Zhuo 'advent' Liang
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
China WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
WeiJie 'zhokiNg' Zhong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
China ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
ZhiHong 'aumaN' Liu
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
617
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
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 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
Korea Soon-Woo 'Argency' Kwon
Soon-Woo 'Argency' Kwon
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
186
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
China Bin 'Savage' Liu
Bin 'Savage' Liu
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
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
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
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
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
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
971
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Korea Hyun-Pyo 'XigN' Lee
Hyun-Pyo 'XigN' Lee
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
550
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Korea Hae-Sung 'HSK' Kim
Hae-Sung 'HSK' Kim
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
540
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Korea Hyung-Ju 'Sound' Nam
Hyung-Ju 'Sound' Nam
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
150
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Slovakia Patrik 'Zero' Žúdel
Patrik 'Zero' Žúdel
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
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
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 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
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1203
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
China KunHua 'LOVEYY' Bai
KunHua 'LOVEYY' Bai
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
700
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
good luck VG
2016-09-06 12:53
#22
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Korea 2814 
VeryGames BibleThump
2016-09-06 13:15
#3
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
so close :(
2016-09-06 12:53
s
2016-09-06 12:53
xD
2016-09-06 12:53
1
2016-09-06 12:53
ghvj
2016-09-06 12:53
#8
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Ukraine twil 
navi top1
2016-09-06 12:53
#9
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Iceland 29heldeg 
sick
2016-09-06 12:53
#10
Aleksib | 
Finland Slyp3 
;_;
2016-09-06 12:53
f
2016-09-06 12:53
lul
2016-09-06 12:53
n1
2016-09-06 12:53
MAIKELELELLELELELELELELELE
2016-09-06 12:53
#15
L.K.S | 
Brazil warthGOD 
No Brazil no fun.
2016-09-06 12:54
no brazil no cheats FTFY
2016-09-06 13:23
No Brazil no retarded fans. Seems good to me.
2016-09-06 14:40
+1
2016-09-07 08:47
3 Asia 1 NA It's so ridiculous
2016-09-06 12:59
#36
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Slovakia TatKo 
Optic and liquid pulled out week ago. Also its i-League whitch is Asian org
2016-09-06 14:16
#54
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China angle409 
i thought it's a ukraine organization?
2016-09-06 16:39
#56
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Slovakia TatKo 
Starladder is. But i-League is Asian, i think Chinese. They hosted dota 2 tournaments in china before.
2016-09-06 17:03
it was to be hosted in chine so i think they got 2 extra qualifying spots. but later moved to Ukraine due to visa issues.
2016-09-06 17:06
ez
2016-09-06 13:01
ez final NIP vs NAVI
2016-09-06 13:09
#19
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Australia Koopsz 
EZ NIP
2016-09-06 13:10
Maikelele 1.24 rating?? LUL
2016-09-06 13:10
#23
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Spain Alser 
* Ratings used in this article are from the last three months hltv.org/?pageid=246&statsfilter=5&playe.. Played vs shit teams
2016-09-06 13:15
ah okay
2016-09-06 17:33
ez 4 s1mple
2016-09-06 13:11
#24
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
will be interesting...
2016-09-06 13:17
#25
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Faroe Islands _shubaN 
ez for Navi
2016-09-06 13:19
Navi or VP ezzzzzy
2016-09-06 13:35
Its very nice to see teams from all over the world
2016-09-06 13:35
Shox's rating 1.14 Scream's rating 1.14 Coincidence? i are think that
2016-09-06 13:36
Maikelele ratin 1.24 Shox rating 1.14 Bodyy rating 0.94 Coincidence? I are think that.
2016-09-06 14:10
#30
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
Mikail "Maikelele" Bill 25 1.24
2016-09-06 13:44
#31
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Sweden osnolsson 
Y NO fnatic?
2016-09-06 13:50
maybe navi vs vp final ;))
2016-09-06 14:02
GOD MAIKELELE
2016-09-06 14:02
Ez Cloud9
2016-09-06 14:04
ez for VAC1mple
2016-09-06 14:22
#38
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Europe CSGOIN2017LUL 
Less bias in these previews please
2016-09-06 14:24
Tell me where I'm biased and why
2016-09-06 14:49
#55
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Europe CSGOIN2017LUL 
Sorry, bias might be the wrong word. I guess I just disagree with your own... expectations of the teams. Dignitas, Astralis and FaZe for example are glorified and overhyped af.
2016-09-06 16:58
I can see what you mean with FaZe, but dignitas and Astralis? I haven't really said anything great about them.
2016-09-06 17:13
I think this is good preview and hltv previews have historically been very good and also, would be great benefit for someone who isnt in the scene or doesnt follow that much online events.
2016-09-07 01:58
How is there any bias in there?
2016-09-06 16:34
#39
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China ranxiaoxuan 
god savage. vg gogogo
2016-09-06 14:31
ez NiP
2016-09-06 14:33
#41
United Kingdom Dird 
ez for good kiss somebody
2016-09-06 14:34
Ez for Rain and flusher
2016-09-06 14:35
in b4 chinese victory!
2016-09-06 14:36
my sources within the industry have confirmed that c9 wins this event
2016-09-06 14:47
#47
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Turkey powergs 
Lets go VP you got this
2016-09-06 15:14
Should be really fun to watch
2016-09-06 15:33
IMO Group A: GODSENT 1st NIP 2nd Group B G2 1st FaZe 2nd Group C Na'Vi 1st Heroic 2nd Group D Virtus.Pro 1st Cloud9 2nd
2016-09-06 16:09
+1, but -Heroic +Astralis imo
2016-09-06 16:38
Grand final is Navi vs VP\c9\faze
2016-09-06 16:23
#51
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China angle409 
I preditc one of the Chinese teams will make it to the round of 8.
2016-09-06 16:27
#57
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Sweden godname 
who is the casters?
2016-09-06 17:03
zero is the youngest with 17 yo and TaZ is the oldest player with 30 yo
2016-09-06 17:26
ez 4 Ni'Va
2016-09-06 17:28
#63
Europe bueR 
fairly balanced groups. no excuses. you fail to advance => tier 2(or 2.5 or even 3)
2016-09-06 17:37
Ez 4 PSY Op-pa gangnam style
2016-09-06 18:29
A:1.NiP 2.Godsent B:1.Faze 2.G2 C:1.NaVi 2.Astralis D:1.VP 2.C9
2016-09-06 18:34
rip NaVi
2016-09-07 18:01
TyLoo beat on LG. NEVER FORGOT!
2016-09-06 19:49
#67
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Switzerland zaViM 
Mistake in article: The roster change experts and community alike have been caling for for ages finally arrived. Correct version: The roster change experts and community alike have been calling for ages finally arrived.
2016-09-07 01:54
#70
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
Can someone tell me how maikelele rating so high?
2016-09-07 04:54
Come on VG
2016-09-07 05:43
#72
KSCERATO | 
Brazil feed- 
ez for SK. no wait
2016-09-07 06:16
Easy for Tyloo - XUI DD Wu
2016-09-07 07:03
maiKEKlele
2016-09-07 08:24
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