ESL One New York preview

ESL One New York is drawing close, kicking off tomorrow with the first round of the group stage played in the Swiss format. Here is our preview for the $250,000 event.

ESL One New York will run from September 30 to October 2, with the first two days reserved for the best-of-one group stage played in the Swiss system, while the best-of-three playoffs will take place on day three.

The Swiss format will see teams with the same win-loss score meeting each other in a total of five rounds until they reach three wins and advance to semi-finals, or three losses and get eliminated.


The new fnatic will debut at ESL One New York

The $250,000 event will feature the world's top three teams, two more currently sitting within the top ten and three debutants: Liquid, OpTic and fnatic.

It will also serve as a premiere for Valve's new coaching rules, which state that coaches cannot speak during the match outside of the warmup, halftime breaks and up to four 30-second timeouts.

Without further ado, let's get into our preview where we delve deep into all teams' recent history and form, most important storylines and potential exciting match-ups.

SK (#1)    
  Age Rating
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David 21 1.35
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 25 1.12
Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau  26 1.09
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 24 1.08
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 21 1.06

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

One of the biggest storylines going into the New York event has to be SK coming back to offline competition in full force, barring Wilton "zews" Prado who transferred to Immortals, after they skipped a few LAN events due to fer's health issues.

He is now back and in decent form, judging by the online matches the Brazilians have played in the last three weeks since the 24-year-old returned to active duty in early September.

It's very hard to assess SK's true form considering their last offline event was the last Major, ESL One Cologne, which was nearly three months ago — one of the longest breaks we've ever seen from an elite-level team.

During that time, they enjoyed a month-long off-season before ESL Pro League started. Upon the return of top-tier competition in mid-August, FalleN's team began the league with a 2-4 score, using Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves as a stand-in for fer.


SK return after a three months long hiatus from offline competition

After the sidelined player came back they slowly climbed to the top, only losing twice in 14 matches, both times to their Brazilian rivals Immortals. Much of their success there can be accounted to coldzera, who continues to be SK's best player by a large margin, sitting on a 1.26 rating (third-highest in the NA division) while the rest of the team are below 1.10.

After six quick series, the Brazilian squad also advanced to ECS Season 2, admittedly against significantly inferior competition save for Renegades and Immortals.

Needless to say, SK seem to be ready to return to the offline setting. Their very long break came after a Major victory however, not at a point when they needed time off to figure out flaws in their play, so it's possible they'll be a little rusty at the beginning.

Their first match-up is a fairly comfortable one against OpTic, which they should pass without too much trouble. There are several possibilities in the second round due to the randomizer, but we should be in for a treat nevertheless. There's a very high possibility of an early encounter with one of Virtus.pro, G2 and Natus Vincere — three of the best match-ups we could ever wish for, and we could even see them all already in groups.

The question is: will SK still be considered the world's best team come Sunday?

Virtus.pro (#2)    
  Age Rating
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 23 1.10
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 22 1.06
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas  30 1.04
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 29 1.01
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski  28 1.01
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

Virtus.pro could be seen as the interim number one team due to a number of factors: SK's temporary absence, lots of changes in the scene and a lack of consistent results from the rest of the elite teams.

The top-tier scene is still very unstable in the aftermath of the off-season and Virtus.pro have won two of the last three events they attended. Their failure at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals puts a dent in the argument, but I simply don't believe we saw the real Virtus.pro in Kiev, especially after NEO's explanation in our DreamHack Bucharest interview.

After finishing last at StarSeries, the Poles returned to their usual form and triumphed in Romania. Two maps of the Dignitas semi-final series there were dangerous, but other than that TaZ's squad had quite a comfortable cruise through the event.


NEO, byali and TaZ all shone over Snax in Bucharest

What was even more impressive in VP's DreamHack journey was that they didn't need Snax to play like a superstar. NEO, byali and TaZ took good care of the fragging duties and each put in an especially consistent performance.

Virtus.pro will face the new fnatic first in New York and that is a minefield of a match-up, as it's a debut for the Swedes and no one has an idea on where they stand. They have met each other in Pro League where Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's team came out on top of both Cobblestone and Dust2.

From there on, it'll be a real bloody war between elite-level teams, barring big surprises. As mentioned above, any combination of SK, G2, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere promises great Counter-Strike.

ESL One New York will be a big test for VP. If they were to win in the United States, their position in the scene would be solidified and SK could be in real danger of losing the number one rank. On the other hand, if they fail to make it past groups, they'll lose that chance and will have to work for it all the more in the future.

G2 (#3)    
  Age Rating
France Richard "shox" Papillon 24 1.09
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom 22 1.07
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro  19 0.99
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy 27 0.96
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux  27 0.90

G2's only LAN appearance in the past two months was the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, where we witnessed the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the best French team.

They passed most of the competition in Kiev on the back of stellar performances from shox and ScreaM, with bodyy pitching in from time to time, but they couldn't overcome the final boss, NiP

Like I highlighted in the "What we learned from StarSeries" article, G2 are and will be title contenders at any given tournament, but there's a condition implied: shox and ScreaM need to be at their best, all the time.


G2's frontmen need more support to repeat a top two finish

Unless one reaches godlike levels, both of them have to put up good numbers to win big series, because usually there's no one else to pick up the slack. bodyy, RpK and occasionally even SmithZz can be the swing votes, but they rarely have the same impact as the two aforementioned stars.

It'll be much harder to reach the final at New York than it was at StarSeries. G2 can't count on VP to disappear again, SK are back, Natus Vincere can show up to play at any moment and there's always a danger in facing Astralis. This time, I don't believe very good displays from shox and ScreaM will cut it, at least one of the other three need to step up.

Astralis (#8)    
  Age Rating
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz 21 1.16
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 18 1.12
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen  23 1.11
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 21 1.00
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen  26 0.96
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

A team who remained unaffected by the off-season are Astralis, who have yet to win an offline event in 2016 or even reach a semi-finals at a big event since they replaced René "cajunb" Borg with Kjaerbye.

These past few months haven't been easy for the Danes who had to field two stand-ins at ESL One Cologne and finished top eight at three consecutive international events: the aforementioned Major, ELEAGUE Season 1 and most recently StarSeries S2 Finals.


Astralis' lineup change from May has yet to come to fruition

Astralis' stance in the Danish scene is in shambles as well. They've recently lost multiple encounters with Heroic and Dignitas, the latter of whom also have two semi-final runs in a row under their belt, adding insult to injury.

Their chances of advancing from groups in New York aren't great due to the competition, but not non-existent, especially because the best-of-one format helps with their shaky map pool.

It's hard to imagine device's team will be able to withstand the pressure for much longer, so there's a lot at stake for Astralis. A group stage exit could very well produce a lineup change, a good result should prevent it.

Natus Vincere (#10)    
  Age Rating
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev 18 1.07
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 25 1.04
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev  28 0.99
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev 19 0,98
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin  22 0.87
Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk (coach)

Upon the change from Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko to s1mple, Na`Vi were hoping to add trophies to their cabinet, but so far things have taken a turn for the worse.

Over the last month, Natus Vincere's position in the rankings has dipped from fourth to tenth place, mostly as a result of their failure at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2.

That debut came to an abrupt end after GuardiaN's team lost the initial round to TYLOO on Mirage and fell short in an overtime battle with Astralis in the elimination match.


Valve's coaching rules forced Na`Vi to adjust

After a couple of weeks, it came to light that s1mple would take the secondary AWP after all, while seized became the in-game leader. The latter adjustment is obviously a response to Valve's new coaching limitations, which will be in place at ESL One New York.

The 18-year-old going back to his roots is an exciting prospect, but the leadership change could become Natus Vincere's downfall, as they haven't given themselves much time to get used to the modification.

seized led the team for a while, but starix taking over the reins in 2015 was what helped Natus Vincere climb the ranks. Now, they're going backwards. New York will essentially be a test run for their new-old system and we'll get to see how the new rules affect one of coaching's biggest beneficiaries.

Liquid (#13)    
  Age Rating
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella 21 1.08
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche 21 1.05
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski  19 1.04
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 26 1.04
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin  26 1.00
Brazil Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu (coach)

Another team with question marks hanging over their heads are Liquid, who are the first of three debutants at ESL One New York, as it will be their first event with Pimp in the roster.

Hiko's squad has fallen off the radar in the past couple of months due to their absence from offline events and Cloud9's meteoric rise. While Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert's team were decimating online competition and made a good name for themselves offline as well, Liquid stayed at home, barely breaking even in ESL Pro League.

To top it off, they are one of the teams directly affected by the coaching limitations. Until very recently, coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu led the team, but since he wouldn't be able to call the shots in New York, nitr0 became the in-game leader once again.


nitr0 has a lot of pressure on his shoulders

That system hasn't worked very well. When Liquid didn't have the luxury of a leading coach, the role was passed around like a hot potato before it fell into the hands of nitr0, who is hardly the ideal choice due to the conflict with his entry-fragging role.

We only learned about the switch a few days ago, but we have to assume it has been in place for at least a couple of weeks now. If it hasn't, Liquid have a lot to worry about, because the combination of a LAN debut and substantial leadership changes make early elimination all the more likely.

OpTic (#17)    
  Age Rating
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas 20 1.13
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 22 1.04
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 20 1.02
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz 22 1.02
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic 18 1.01

After the off-season came to a close, OpTic secured a spot at StarSeries via the Americas qualifier but decided against travelling to Kiev, citing a fairly suspicious reason: moving to a new gaming house.

At that point tarik was brought in to the team to replace stanislaw, who ended up standing in for OpTic at Northern Arena at the beginning of September. At the Toronto event, OpTic barely made it out from groups following a crushing loss to Echo Fox and a close series with TSM. Their quarter-final match-up was one of the hardest, as they collided with Heroic and fell short in the series.


NAF's squad have been doing well online

After the event in Canada, stanislaw was brought back while Damian "daps" Steele moved over to the coaching role, but his short tenure as OpTic's coach recently came to an end after internal disagreements.

Overall, OpTic seem to be in form. In the past couple of months they have only lost to Cloud9 and Liquid in online series, but they also bested the former for a place at ESL One New York in the North American qualifier's grand final two days ago.

fnatic (#26)    
  Age Rating
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 25 1.14
Sweden Simon "twist" Eliasson 21 1.06
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  24 1.05
Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson 23 0.99
Sweden John "wenton" Eriksson 23 0.94
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

Last but not least, we have the new fnatic roster, who were one of the most talked-about teams in the off-season, as olofmeister and dennis had to rebuild completely.

fnatic had to start from scratch in terms of the rankings, because their position was inherited by GODSENT who grabbed the three-man core. They're sitting at 26th place as of now, thanks to wins in ESL Pro League.

So far the Swedes have won 10 out of 16 maps in the league but are in the bottom half of that league, admittedly with fewer maps played than most teams above them.


dennis has been by far fnatic's best player in Pro League 

fnatic are the most anticipated team at ESL One New York, not just because it's their debut but also because of GODSENT's poor display at StarSeries and Gfinity.

After the big swap, the consensus was that Markus "pronax" Wallsten's team would benefit in the short term, while fnatic would work their way up slowly, but it might just be the other way around. GODSENT have failed to impress and it's up to olofmeister and company to show what they have in store.

The level of competition in New York makes the event a poor testing ground for a new lineup. However, if fnatic were to make it out of groups or at least give elite-level teams a run for their money, it would give us a better understanding of who came out on top of the big roster swap.

 

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1039
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:
1199
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
957
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
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
768
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1190
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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 Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1738
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
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
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1406
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
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 Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
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
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1214
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1502
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:
489
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
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
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1531
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1290
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
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:
31
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:
1.10
Maps played:
1476
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
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
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1529
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1025
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
Finland bulym 
gonan be great event for sure :)
2016-09-29 15:58
#21
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Brazil NaScene 
Homesent Godnatic EZ
2016-09-29 15:58
No NiP and Cloud9 rip this shit tournament ;(
2016-09-29 16:24
#48
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Brazil Kohzito 
Clown9 lose to Optic... But can replace Liquid
2016-09-29 17:14
+1
2016-09-29 17:14
Nobody cares about NA teams...
2016-09-29 18:12
They are actually pretty damn good whether u like it or not..
2016-09-29 21:41
That is not the point, the point is nobody cares about it.
2016-09-29 22:05
christ youre dense
2016-09-29 22:46
uhm, what?
2016-09-30 00:30
#104
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United States hdz` 
static.hltv.org/images/galleries/8110-fu.. if you include brazil NA makes for ~20% of the people who actually play this game. i'm sure you're wrong about NOBODY caring. with that said i'm not a big fan of any of the USA teams but i have many friends who are.
2016-09-30 05:58
This guy is korean. IF you think NA is bad I will be laughing at you.
2016-09-30 07:34
#111
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Denmark Dannaher 
dude you can't call brazil NA since it isn't in NA but SA....
2016-09-30 10:00
lul
2016-09-29 15:58
#4
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Norway insy 
Takes a year to scroll through, oh well, but that's pretty informative and nice. EDIT : easy for fnatic
2016-09-29 16:00
#6
s1mple | 
United Kingdom migzzss 
n1
2016-09-29 15:58
#10
COCAINE | 
United Kingdom Kansur 
nice
2016-09-29 15:58
#15
Sweden qgh 
hype
2016-09-29 15:58
#18
shox | 
France kEONN 
Good
2016-09-29 15:58
#19
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Iceland 29heldeg 
Astralis to win for sure
2016-09-29 15:58
#20
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Brazil DileBani 
I'm hoping that Na'Vi and SK show up. I want them to be in the finals. It would be the most epic final of 2016.
2016-09-29 15:58
navi vs fnatic will be better
2016-09-29 16:08
navi vs vp eastern europe slav battle
2016-09-29 16:21
nope
2016-09-29 17:42
#39
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Brazil lokodecrack 
why would fnatic vs navi be better ? fnatic has 3 washed players and olof's lil bitch named dennis columbus final rematch is 100% better than fagnatic vs navi
2016-09-29 16:57
#108
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Denmark Eredin 
SK in finals? With current form? I'd prefer G2 vs some other team in fianls
2016-09-30 09:31
#117
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Brazil lokodecrack 
sk always were shit online, before majors they would lose to NA teams too and people would say the same thing
2016-09-30 14:13
#79
Brazil uRKT 
fnatic? are you in 2015 still?
2016-09-29 21:33
#22
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Sweden godname 
let´s go G2!
2016-09-29 15:59
1.35 not bad
2016-09-29 16:00
#101
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Brazil Sukitay 
Lol a machine
2016-09-30 02:40
#25
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Lets goo
2016-09-29 16:00
ppl are gonna be so shook when fnatic wins the whole event, can't wait
2016-09-29 16:03
#58
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Serbia whoa!! 
Top Kek
2016-09-29 17:45
#60
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Brazil sprk1 
they won't
2016-09-29 17:47
gonna get back to you soon ;)
2016-09-29 17:49
There is no way fnatic gonna win this event. It's simply cause VP seems to be in plow mode since ELeague. If they keep playing the way they played there will be no challenge for them imo.
2016-09-30 10:06
#118
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Sweden werkaster 
VP back to back? Won't happen... ever again. This tournament has real teams too, not the lightweight competition they faced last time. I don't think fnatic will win their first event, but they could do it, it's possible, it isn't for VP.
2016-09-30 15:06
It seems its going rather my way then opposite right? ;>
2016-09-30 18:08
#28
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Europe KappaKaako 
fnatic will win this event no doubt about it
2016-09-29 16:14
coldzera 1.35 wtf
2016-09-29 16:15
#32
Dosia | 
Russia Maxejd 
best player ,so far
2016-09-29 16:21
Most games againts t3 us teams but still... Monster.
2016-09-29 17:08
2016-09-29 17:15
* Ratings used in this article are from the past three months 1.35 = past 3 months 1.22 = overall 1.22 is amazing but we' talkin bout 1.35 hltv.org/?pageid=246&statsfilter=5&playe.. nt
2016-09-29 17:22
no SK in final plz, these cheaters are boring to watch
2016-09-29 16:18
#31
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Algeria Crashwow 
ok
2016-09-29 16:21
#35
apEX | 
France Rinhoc 
Saying that fnatic is in the "bottom half of [the ESL Pro] league" is wrong. On win number, they are curently 7th out of 14, and by winrate, they are 3rd sharing the place with mousesports. Here is the current ESL Pro League ranking sorted by winrate : # Team P W L %win 1+ NiP 18 13 5 .722 2+ Faze 20 13 7 .650 3+ fnatic 16 10 6 .625 3+ mouz 16 10 6 .625 5+ NaVi 18 11 7 .611 6+ EnVyUs 16 9 7 .563 7- dignitas 22 12 10 .545 7- Virtus pro 22 12 10 .545 8- Astralis 22 11 11 .500 9- HellRaisers 18 9 9 .500 10- G2 Esports 22 10 12 .455 11- Heroic 16 5 11 .313 12- PENTA 22 5 17 .277 13- FliSid3 16 2 14 .125
2016-09-29 16:25
#38
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Brazil Deodato 
U should sort it by loss and see whos the real champion
2016-09-29 16:56
#53
apEX | 
France Rinhoc 
Sorting by loss NiP would still be first with 5 losses, follow by fnatic et mouz (6 in 16 games). But it's not fair for the team who have played a lot of game. FaZe have 1 more loss than fnatic & mouz but have played 4 more games. Also Astralis and Heroic have both 11 loses, Astralis have played 22 games, winning 11, while Heroic won 5 out of 16 games.
2016-09-29 17:29
#91
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Azerbaijan Talley 
you're right, fnatic have better chances to make it into top4 in esl pro league
2016-09-29 23:12
#97
apEX | 
France Rinhoc 
top6 of each division is qualified for the finals
2016-09-30 00:43
I had faith in Liquid. But nitr0 is IGL? Yeah, it's over for them.
2016-09-29 16:39
Ikr, he has been their best player for months, hiko should be igl instead. Maybe then hiko will actually have some impact.
2016-09-29 18:36
By far the best, most elite tournament since the off-season. Going to be epic, at least like 4 out of these 8 teams could win this and should match up great as well.
2016-09-29 16:43
#40
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Brazil Deodato 
yeahhh, and this time i'm actually cheering for SK instead of waiting their posts after the victory
2016-09-29 16:57
I'm also cheering for SK!
2016-09-29 17:00
#42
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Brazil Deodato 
hehe:) #RUNSKG
2016-09-29 17:01
#RUNSKG :)
2016-09-29 17:03
#46
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World EarthFlag 
s1mple is the highest rated player in NaVi for the past 3 months and people think he's the problem lol seized and flamie are really underperforming
2016-09-29 17:10
Marcelo "coldzera" David 21 1.35 #1 player 2k16 confirmed
2016-09-29 17:13
#50
 | 
Brazil xgean 
gl sk
2016-09-29 17:15
#54
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Poland Marcines 
hope vp will play good and not drop in groups, because everybody knows they are inconsistent af
2016-09-29 17:33
fnatic #26 jajaja
2016-09-29 17:38
#59
 | 
Denmark clutchkongen 
every time they make these previews about Astralis they always write that they haven't done well for the past few months, but the reality is, they haven't been good for the past year.
2016-09-29 17:47
#68
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France StickyRice 
Few months + few months + few months = whole 2016. They are just trying to be nice not reminding Astralis has been bad for the whole year, by just saying they had a few rough last months.
2016-09-29 18:15
#61
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
ROFL coldzera 1.35 rating is this guy even from this planet? (no joke with planet of the apes pls)
2016-09-29 17:49
No he's not from this planet. He is from the planet of the apes. Coldzera is home. RIP James Franco. I am sorry.
2016-09-30 09:34
#113
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
If he's from the planet of the apes he's the king of apes and ruler of the universe, the one and only, the insane monkey king, lord of the andle and preceptor of the chaos... GODZERA
2016-09-30 11:53
#66
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France StickyRice 
Coldzera 1.35 rating, this can't be legit seriously, such a difference doesn't look human to be honest, i guess he is cheating.
2016-09-29 18:13
thats why hes the #1 hands down.
2016-09-29 18:14
Coldzero plays againts NA teams
2016-09-29 19:43
#100
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
s1mple as well but his rating is nowhere near to cold's
2016-09-30 01:41
Coldzera 1.40 lan rating in 2016 (96 maps) that is even more sick hltv.org/?pageid=173&statsfilter=2057&pl..
2016-09-29 19:03
Coldzera 1.35 rating LUL
2016-09-29 20:44
#78
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United States SjD 
GO Cloud9! ;~:
2016-09-29 21:27
#82
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Europe KappaKaako 
ASStralis needs to get something done
2016-09-29 21:53
thats true
2016-09-29 23:13
#83
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United States BaitmasterDan 
OPTIC choke 2 pauses OP
2016-09-29 22:00
SK EZ
2016-09-29 22:06
n1
2016-09-29 22:40
Looking forward to fnatic, they've not been looking that bad in EPL, time to see what they're really worth :D
2016-09-29 22:59
#90
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Germany ToxlC 
Coldzera 1.35 rating, only because he plays against NA teams.
2016-09-29 23:09
s1mple playing against NA teams couldn't make that, also his rating stats on majors are insane as well.
2016-09-30 00:03
#99
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
There are more than 10 players in this tournament that play against NA teams... still none of them near to cold's rating.
2016-09-30 01:40
#119
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
where is the 1.36?
2016-09-30 16:29
#122
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Germany ToxlC 
You said none of them is near his rating against na teams.
2016-09-30 18:02
#124
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
haha tell me where I said it Read again, I'm mentioning the rating posted in the hltv's preview not only against NA teams.
2016-09-30 19:23
NA players online is more dangerous then EU online. Coldzer 1.40 on LAN, whata joke bro, more respect to the best player in the world.
2016-09-30 05:43
#116
 | 
Germany ToxlC 
2016-09-30 13:19
#120
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
no where near the 1.35 of cold my friend
2016-09-30 16:35
#92
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
Nice read! GL SK
2016-09-29 23:12
#96
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United States TruthEmbargo 
battle of the software engineers
2016-09-30 00:42
VP lets go
2016-09-30 00:51
a real bloody war
2016-09-30 09:11
#110
 | 
Denmark Dannaher 
is this event a major or not ?
2016-09-30 09:37
#114
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Turkey kadirw0w 
Marcelo "coldzera" David age:21 rating:1.35
2016-09-30 12:50
1.35 rating clearly not cheating kappa nokappa maybekappa
2016-09-30 16:50
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