EPICENTER: Moscow playoffs preview

During one of the off-days between EPICENTER: Moscow groups and playoffs, we took the time to delve into the quarter-final match-ups and semi-final teams in the following playoffs preview.

EPICENTER: Moscow's group stage was played in a rather unconventional format: a best-of-two round robin from which the first teams advanced directly to semi-finals, while teams who finished second and third secured a place in quarter-finals.

Group A unfolded in the worst possible scenario. All matches ended up with each team grabbing one map, so the final standings came down to total round difference in the four-way tie. Natus Vincere finished first with +7, G2 second with +2 and Dignitas third with +1, while NiP exited the competition with a -10 round difference.


s1mple reached godlike levels to push Natus Vincere to semis

Group B wasn't short of its own surprises. HellRaisers took a map off fnatic and Virtus.pro, but still finished in last place due to a crushing loss to SK. With two ties and a solid win over the Brazilians, Filip "NEO" Kubski's squad advanced to semi-finals, leaving fnatic and SK second and third respectively at a 3-3 record.

That means Virtus.pro's side of the bracket will see G2 facing SK in quarter-finals. On the other side Natus Vincere are waiting for the result of fnatic and Dignitas.

Without further ado, let's delve into the quarter-final matches in the following preview. Read on to find out more about the six remaining teams, such as head-to-head history, strengths and weaknesses of their map pools, best performing players in Moscow and more:

Quarter-finals

G2 R*   SK R*
France Richard "shox" Papillon 1.09   Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David  1.19
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom 1.05   Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau 1.02
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy 0.91  vs.  Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 0.98
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro 0.89   Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 0.92
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux  0.86   Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 0.91

* The entire article uses rating from EPICENTER: Moscow

In G2's most successful period yet, from May to July, they met SK (previously Luminosity) on four occasions: twice at ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, in ECS Season 1 grand final and in ESL One Cologne's Group of Death.

During those three months, SK and G2 split two titles and exchanged the two group stage encounters. In those four encounters they shared 246 rounds on the server, an average of over 27 rounds per map, which made it one of the most exciting rivalries of 2016.

However, the short-lived rivalry paused as the off-season ensued and SK then skipped the first few LAN events. That rivalry now resumes after more than three months, at a time when both teams are looking to prove they can bounce back from recent struggles.


The exciting rivalry from Summer resumes

In EPICENTER's group stage, the usual suspects from both teams have so far delivered. shox and ScreaM once again stood at the helm of G2's close yet successful battle in groups, while coldzera has been one of the best players with a 1.19 rating (third highest). SK are however still missing one of their stars, as fer continues to struggle to find form after his lengthy break from the game.

Prior to the off-season, all five maps the two teams have in common made it through the veto process in the aforementioned four encounters. Since then the first bans haven't changed: G2 continue to avoid Mirage while SK don't play Cache.

Teams won't have the luxury of taking two maps out before picks in playoffs. That will put G2 in danger of Nuke, which they've barely played and mostly avoided in groups. Nevertheless, SK are highly unlikely to pick it as they didn't want to risk it even against HellRaisers. G2 should pick Dust2 and I'd put my money on Train for SK due to some of G2's disappointing results on it. As for map three, that could go either way between Overpass and Cobblestone.

fnatic Rating   Dignitas Rating
Sweden Simon "twist" Eliasson 1.13   Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 1.30
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 1.09   Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke 1.08
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  1.08   vs.   Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 1.05
Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson 0.99   Norway Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel  0.86
Sweden John "wenton" Eriksson 0.90   Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 0.73

As fnatic have a completely new lineup, they've only met Dignitas in ESL Pro League Season 4, where the Danes picked up two wins, on Overpass and on Cobblestone. Online play can't tell us much, so let's take a look at what we've seen so far at EPICENTER to find out what we should focus on in the second quarter-finals. 

k0nfig and Magisk were both in contention for the MVP at WESG Europe & Regional Finals, though it was k0nfig who received the honor when the dust settled in Kiev. This time, the latter was tearing apart the fierce competition in Group A. Magisk played amazingly even in some of the losses, especially on Cobblestone against NiP and on Overpass against G2.

k0nfig wouldn't lag behind as much in rating had it not been for his awful showing on Nuke versus Natus Vincere. Apart from that, he was very much up there with the other half of the best Danish duo. 


All bets are off if Magiskb0Y, k0nfig and cajunb keep up the pace

On fnatic's side, it seems dennis is back to his old self after passing leadership on to twist, who continues to play well. Following that change the AWPing duties shifted even more towards olofmeister, while the new in-game leader barely picked it up in the group stage. Apart from the very first game (the Cache loss to HellRaisers), Lekr0 was also a stable contributor.

In the second quarter-final, each team will remove a solid map of the other: Nuke in fnatic's case and Train in Dignitas'. Unless the HR loss sways them another way, the Swedes will then likely pick Cache, but then it gets tricky. The remaining four maps are all great for MSL's team, so they could go any route they want and have a very good chance to win. My best guess is they pick one of Cobblestone or Overpass and veto Mirage in the second round, as fnatic beat Virtus.pro and SK on it in groups.

Semi-finals

Natus Vincere Rating
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev  1.44
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 1.03
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 0.96
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács  0.87
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev 0.75

Natus Vincere's group stage run, which secured them first place despite losing half of their matches, largely came down to s1mple's beastly performances. Statistically the 19-year-old was by far the best player of groups with an other-worldly 1.44 rating across six maps.

Normally at least one of flamie and GuardiaN share the load, but both of them played awfully throughout the group stage. That makes s1mple's contribution all the more impressive.

One of the worries I had for Na`Vi prior to the event was their shaky map pool. They never play Cache, had barely shown anything on Nuke and their Cobblestone has been in the dumps since s1mple's addition. That's not a map pool you expect from an elite-level team.


Na`Vi have an extra day to fix Cobblestone and get ready for their next match

However, the ESL One New York champions began prioritizing Nuke over Cobblestone and showed solid results on it in groups, defeating Dignitas and taking NiP to double digits. They attempted to play Cobblestone against G2, vetoing Dust2 instead for a reason even GuardiaN does not know, but that won't happen again.

Nevertheless, Natus Vincere will most likely have to play Cobble no matter who wins between fnatic and Dignitas. The three days off work in their favor, as they can use them to focus on that map and bolster some of the others.

Natus Vincere's win conditions are clear: improving Cobblestone, flamie and GuardiaN playing better than in groups, and s1mple not slowing down. If they meet at least two of them, they'll have a good shot at their second big title in a row.

Virtus.pro Rating
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 1.13
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 1.13
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski   1.01
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 1.01
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 0.95

Virtus.pro looked like the best team present at EPICENTER: Moscow throughout the group stage, apart from their baffling loss to HellRaisers on Cobblestone.

They also lost Mirage to fnatic, though they had already secured first place in the group with the win on Cobble and had nothing to play for aside from pride and bragging rights.

Snax and byali continue to top the charts for Virtus.pro, but the real difference maker is pashaBiceps. His great performance against SK on Cobblestone gave them an important win, and he also played well in the other matches, barring the aforementioned HR loss.


pasha has improved a lot recently

Their map pool is slightly worrisome, as Cobblestone, Train and Mirage make up 75% of the maps they've played over the last three months. Fortunately they put fear in SK when it comes to Nuke and G2 dislike letting it through as well. That practically gives them a chance to get two of their three most played maps through the veto, whomever they meet on Sunday.

Either team would most likely pick Overpass against the Poles, which Virtus.pro removed alongside Dust2 in all three vetoes so far, so that's what they see as their weakness.

Judging by the veto advantage they have thanks to Nuke and their form in groups, VP should be favoured in both match-ups and are looking like a favourite of the tournament right now.

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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
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 Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
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
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1579
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
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
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
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1240
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1787
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
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
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
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
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
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
VP and NaVi should be the final. smh
2016-10-20 23:17
simple 4 s1mple
2016-10-20 23:15
#28
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Poland Acravis 
s1mple can't carry alone in Bo3 like he did in the groups so if the rest of Navi is about to play like recently then Ez trophy for PashaSmartceps.
2016-10-20 23:49
what u talking bout? Flamie 0.75 wery gut performance man :o
2016-10-20 23:55
#55
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Croatia mds818 
Actually,the thing is that Simple can carry(he carried a team of 4 "nonamers" vs VP 1 year ago,deadfox,flash tabu and meave) now that dosent matter but his k/d ratio over 2 maps was +25 and it was train 16:13 and cobble 16:9 so far VP lost. Now on topic,if simple can show up and guardian aswell VP might have some huge problems,but on the other hand its VP and they're not a team who can someone take lightly,Snax and Neo surely being the great players,Byali is showing up quite good but maybe a little bit inconsistant,Taz is showing good numbers and when it comes to pasha,if they can get a map which suits him(Mirage,Cobble perhaps?) he can show up big aswell...
2016-10-21 01:47
#31
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Australia Ohnorepo 
As long as they both win their semi final matches it can happen. But just like Pasha finding some form for VP, either Guardian or Flamie need to put some work in in their semi. It would be nice to see Na'vi-VP rematch though.
2016-10-20 23:54
I read everything.
2016-10-20 23:15
#58
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United States mmotorcycle 
i did too not really who do you think i am
2016-10-21 02:07
k
2016-10-20 23:15
#4
 | 
Germany maNiPul8 
das
2016-10-20 23:15
cool
2016-10-20 23:15
S1mple was a solution PogChamp
2016-10-20 23:15
#7
 | 
Japan Th3Koala 
GL to VP and NaVi <3
2016-10-20 23:16
already hyped go fnatic!!!
2016-10-20 23:15
Can't wait!
2016-10-20 23:15
#11
kNgV- | 
Brazil brzcsgo 
Sk win
2016-10-20 23:15
terrible to keep dragging this small event over so many days
2016-10-20 23:16
#34
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Australia Ohnorepo 
Other than E-league and ECS and the majors it's the biggest event around right now. They also had no choice with the extra days, they tried to shorten it. Hardly called a 500k stacked LAN a small event.
2016-10-20 23:55
small as in amount of teams, also why couldnt they just get it done in 3 days?
2016-10-20 23:57
#37
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Australia Ohnorepo 
With a bo2 group stage, quarters, semi's and the final split across 3 days you'd see some teams playing marathon sessions. Something event organizers are trying to avoid these days.
2016-10-20 23:58
there is no problem just play matches at the same time, dont get why every match should be on 1 stream
2016-10-21 00:00
#42
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Australia Ohnorepo 
That's not what I'm saying. The group stage alone is 4 matches of 2 maps. That's 8 maps in just the group stage for every team. So what, you want them to play 8 maps in 1 days, then play the quarters and semi's the next day then finals on the last day? It's completely fine to have A and B streams for the groups maybe, but once it hits the finals, no way. I can see why you should never be an event organizer lol. You're also shitting on the fans if you won't stream these huge teams playing each other letting potential viewers slip, AND potentially damaging sponsorship deals.
2016-10-21 00:04
8 maps what are u talking about? u dont even know what u talk bout its 6 maps each and now they play 2 maps each per day its ridiculous terrible format and scheduling
2016-10-21 00:09
#45
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Australia Ohnorepo 
Sorry yeah 6 maps. Nice that you found 1 thing to counter with and ignored absolutely everything else. 2 maps per day is about how many is played at a major group stage, what is the issue? The B02 format is what extended it, which is the only issue with the entire LAN, besides tech problems. After the group stage, they're going to do what? Make you play 2 Bo3's on 1 of the days? We've seen how that played out at NY, and obviously they're avoiding that problem which is good.
2016-10-21 00:11
didnt see NY event and u comparing to the major format realy? ahaha k then, i see where u come from, says alot , im done here
2016-10-21 00:22
#57
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Australia Ohnorepo 
You might want to make sure you're caught up to things, especially format issues players are discussing then before you start talking about the way an event is handling things. An event that has been praised heavily by players. I used the majors as an example yes. The most known LAN in cs seemed like the best example. But I can see talking to you is like talking to a brick wall. You don't even have a counter to any points I make lol.
2016-10-21 02:02
Don't bother talking to him, he's a retard
2016-10-21 08:36
#106
hecker | 
World heck9r 
+1 to you, sir
2016-10-21 13:31
#90
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Estonia swag420weed 
Because of money. More viewers=more commercials for sponsors.
2016-10-21 10:24
#41
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Germany grabke 
Bo2 Group Stage is very bad almost every game ended 1-1 makes no sense doing this. And doing an 8 Team Lan over 7(5) Days is just stupid look at the first 3 days how long the breaks between games got dragged out. It was really bad for the viewers too.
2016-10-21 00:04
Ever thought about the players? They don't like to have a tournament which lasts so many days. But they don't want to play too many games per day too.
2016-10-21 10:30
#G2WIN
2016-10-20 23:16
#G2WIN
2016-10-20 23:17
#GoGoVp
2016-10-20 23:18
S1mples rating wow
2016-10-20 23:21
Firstly well done towards the stuff what Striker has written about Pasha. But otherwise horrible mentioning that VP see weakness in Overpass. They're a strong OVerpass team maybe they didn't want it to play in the group stages. And ofc Course not mentioning Edward WC performance vs NiP and solid performance at the tournament but ofcourse mentioning flamie and GuardiaN lul. Edward has been Navi's best player from MLG Columbus till their Summer Break.
2016-10-20 23:23
blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
2016-10-20 23:37
Cool story bruuh
2016-10-20 23:52
#36
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Australia Ohnorepo 
I think the shaky play against Dig at dreamhack has them shaken on the map still. It wasn't really a super sick match against SK on it either. A few mistakes. Although they could use these few days to work some of the issues out.
2016-10-20 23:57
This were more individual mistakes rather than Mistakes by the way how they're playing Overpass. Dignitas is a huge Overpass Team :-) VP looked solid on Overpass vs SK. IMO they're much better on Overpass than on Train at lan this year. They've beaten SK, Astralis, Dignitas and close fightes when they lost to SK AND NAVI AT THE MAJOR AND AT COUNTER PIT
2016-10-21 00:01
#87
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Netherlands liQuidmoTion 
I dont think VP is a good overwatch team For starters, they only have 5 players
2016-10-21 10:14
0/8 bad b8 lul
2016-10-22 01:21
gun b gud
2016-10-20 23:23
#19
ANGE1 | 
World LichGod 
biceps such a low player that having 1.01 rating means "has improved A LOT" ayy lmao
2016-10-20 23:29
well, from sucking dick to 1.01 is a lot :DD
2016-10-20 23:32
Retard spotted ^^
2016-10-20 23:53
#20
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
1.44 !!!
2016-10-20 23:30
#24
 | 
Russia sNQ- 
But Magiskb0Y with 1.30 not bad too. I remember the days when all told that he is a onliner & cheater.
2016-10-20 23:33
#32
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
Pretty sure that was k0nfig... and only because he chose that name to bait cheat accusers.
2016-10-20 23:54
#40
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Sweden Kasidro 
Same with magisk for a long time
2016-10-21 00:03
#117
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Russia sNQ- 
no, when Magiskb0Y @ SK.dk
2016-10-22 11:40
I want to see a day of clutches from BOTSMIZ vs. BOTACO.
2016-10-20 23:31
#25
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Russia sNQ- 
you forgot about MSLORD
2016-10-20 23:34
1.44 wow
2016-10-20 23:33
s1mple wtf TOP 1
2016-10-20 23:39
Lots of likes in that article :D
2016-10-21 00:09
#46
Spain SR4 
+2?
2016-10-21 00:15
Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux 0.86
2016-10-21 00:56
again schedule for vp sux.... if VP will have to play marathon against SK or G2 they will be tired as... before final start... yes they will be in final xD
2016-10-21 01:07
SK ez
2016-10-21 01:12
S1mple is God.
2016-10-21 01:14
#52
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World WestSideDude 
Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev 1.44 what the F^CK?!
2016-10-21 01:14
#53
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Spain chuggo 
s1mple #CSGOD 1.44 rating...
2016-10-21 01:16
S1mple EZ
2016-10-21 01:41
#56
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
''one of the most exciting rivalries of 2016'' (???) G2 and SK? Oh come on, we all know that all of G2 team is in SK's pocket. And the most exciting rivalry of 2016 is, of course, SK and Virtus.pro. And guees which team will SK play against if they win over G2? That's right, another premiere LAN event with a VP vs SK semi final. If it happens, it would be the 4th this year. 3 so far with 2 victories of SK (MLG Columbus and ESL One Cologne, both 2 - 1) and 1 victory of VP (ESL One NY, 2 - 0).
2016-10-21 01:48
#61
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Poland B4R73K 
fnx faced TaZ and NEO for titles all the way back in 2006-2007, kinda cool to see them 10 years later still fighting it out
2016-10-21 02:32
#88
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Netherlands liQuidmoTion 
Thats what im talking about! Took the words right out of my mouth
2016-10-21 10:18
#59
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CIS sergioff 
ez 4 s1mple CSGOD
2016-10-21 02:13
sorry world, but sk gonna win this
2016-10-21 02:30
simple is the besttttttt !!!!!
2016-10-21 02:35
#63
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Brazil mibrzera 
ez SK
2016-10-21 02:52
final Sk vs Fnatic
2016-10-21 03:29
fnatic vs VP
2016-10-21 03:32
dream final: VP vs NAVI
2016-10-21 03:49
nope
2016-10-21 04:09
sipe
2016-10-21 04:35
#71
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Spain chuggo 
+1 Na`Vi -vs- VP or Na`Vi -vs- SK would be awesome
2016-10-21 04:48
LUL NA CS LUL PS Magiskboy and lekr0 are old friends. Would be nice to see some banter in chat when they kill each other.
2016-10-21 04:36
#72
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Brazil hAGGRAZ! 
s1mple 1.44 rating vs all TOP10 teams... Godlike player! Navi seem to be rly hungry for another victory.
2016-10-21 04:52
#73
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Sweden ShageN 
Na`Vi S1mple - 1.44 rating VP snax - 1.13 rating SK coldzera - 1.19 rating G2 shox - 1.09 rating fnatic twist - 1.13 rating #AWKAY_S1mple...
2016-10-21 04:59
#84
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World Vidua 
Magisk has 1.30 - you've missed him on purpose or what?
2016-10-21 09:18
+1
2016-10-21 13:22
rating doesn't win
2016-10-21 10:20
s1mple is GOD of CS.. s1mple > coldzera, shox, olof, niko, snax alltogether etc.
2016-10-21 05:02
nice!
2016-10-21 05:10
Papa!
2016-10-21 05:17
#78
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France t3r4byt3 
I hope G2 and dignitas win so at least NiP didnt die in vain
2016-10-21 07:46
#79
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World Nevmier 
So ez for Edward against any team. But only if it will be: 1 map: Overpass 2 map: Overpass 3 map (if need): Overpass
2016-10-21 08:24
+1 It will be a blood bath
2016-10-21 09:19
Sure Flamie shows up in the semis, whilst Guardian shows up in the final, that is how it works in Na'Vi. Edward will shine if someone dares to pick overpass. Simple in addition to his insane skills and his another-level aim, needs to improve his restraint as he often does the job of his teammates, but in a hurry fails to do his own job; he would have been the absolute nightmare for the opponents if he's a little more patient!
2016-10-21 08:23
#82
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Lithuania LuXe 
I can see s1mple getting complacent and being the biggest problem. Especially if cbble will not be banned. NaVi's map pool suggest it could slip trough, cuz they have other stuff to ban also haha
2016-10-21 08:41
+SIMPLE -PASHA AND VP WIN EVERYTHING
2016-10-21 09:18
#86
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France Gugus_Patacus 
Dignitas' big map pool and Magisk's form right now make Dignitas a serious contender for the tittle VP Dig final, 2-1 DIg you heard it here first fags
2016-10-21 09:49
Final will be dignitas vs sk/vp. Confirm. Dign shows more str game than navi, navi took their round by lucky shoots only. And unluck moves from their enemy. Match dig vs fnatic doesnot need to explain why dig will be win it. Sorry for lang, its vodka in my head
2016-10-21 10:28
Ez for YO LES NOOBS
2016-10-21 10:37
ez fo S1mple Olexandr
2016-10-21 10:46
Guardian shave your neck
2016-10-21 10:50
#97
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Poland mamba99999 
"They also lost Mirage to fnatic, though they had already secured first place in the group with the win on Cobble and had nothing to play for aside from pride and bragging rights." - not exactly - the could've pushed fnatic on the 3rd place in the group and by that, send them on the other side of the play-off bracket.
2016-10-21 10:57
Finals will be S1mple vs VP
2016-10-21 11:05
I believe this game will be intense as a major grand finale !
2016-10-21 11:14
#100
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Denmark sirrr 
Lets go dignitas :-)! .. Another step towards number one!
2016-10-21 11:21
ez4SK
2016-10-21 11:38
G2 < SK fnatic < dignitas VP < SK NaVi > dignitas NaVi > SK
2016-10-21 12:06
#103
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Slovenia TOPKEKiksde 
ekspected from uneducated monkey
2016-10-21 12:13
Says an uneducated monkey :D
2016-10-21 14:45
G2 > sk Fnatic > digi Vp < Sk Navi > digi Navi < sk Vp < digi Navi < fnatic Fnatic < sk
2016-10-21 22:16
One more day!
2016-10-21 12:45
s1mple and Magisk...they were amazing. GLSK.
2016-10-21 14:07
s1mple 1.44 rating OMFG... GODLIKE performing! #goNa`Vi!
2016-10-21 15:05
g2 can beat SK!
2016-10-21 15:23
You know something is wrong when guardian and smitzz basicly have the same rating
2016-10-21 15:35
ez for virtus pro
2016-10-21 18:34
no team is good enough for simple.
2016-10-21 18:54
Lez Go NaVi vs Whoever, you can hopefully do it, but if not, itz okay! youtube.com/watch?v=gJscrxxl_Bg
2016-10-21 19:36
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