ESL Pro League S4 Finals preview

As the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals are set to start, we will take a look at all 11 teams that will be competing at the event, analyzing their players, map pools and historic matchups.

The $750,000 ESL Pro League Season 4 will conclude with a LAN final that will be held this week in São Paulo, Brazil - making it the first $100,000+ CS:GO event in South America.

Due to fnatic dropping out because of personal issues, the tournament will feature 11 teams split into two groups. Each team will play every opponent in their group in a best-of-one round-robin format, with the best team from each group advancing to directly to the semi-finals, and the second and third best team moving to the quarter-finals.

The groups at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals are as follows:

Group A Group B
United States Liquid Denmark Dignitas
France Envy Brazil SK
North America OpTic Sweden NiP
Brazil Immortals United States Cloud9
Europe mousesports  Europe FaZe
  Europe NRG

Even though all of the top teams played the regional online leagues, there are some notable absentees from the LAN finals with teams such as Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, and G2 not being able to finish in the top six spots of their region and qualify.

The last minute withdrawal of fnatic, the team that finished first in the European division, was yet another blow to the already weakened tournament, leaving group A significantly less stacked compared to group B.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the teams that will be competing in Brazil this week:

Group A

Liquid (#8)

  Age Rating
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski  19 1.05
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 26 1.04
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella 21 1.03
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche 21 1.02
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin 26 1.01

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

The top HLTV ranked team of Group A came in seventh in the online portion of ESL Pro League and made the LAN only by Renegades dropping out due to an overlap with the Asia Minor. Liquid had a good showing at ESL One New York, getting out of the Swiss group with wins over G2 and a double over fnatic, before going out to Natus Vincere in three maps. Throughout the LAN, the team depended on EliGE's superstar performances, with others chipping in from match to match.

On the other hand, their online form has been far from impressive; a defeat to Echo Fox left them without a spot in ELEAGUE Season 2, losses to teams such as NRG, CLG and Splyce in the online portion of Pro League took the matter of qualification for the LAN finals out of their hands, and recent stomps from Immortals in ECS Season 2 (1-16 on Train, 2-16 on Cobblestone) are surely not instilling confidence before they face off the Brazilians again on their home soil.
Even though the team didn't have a player change, two leadership changes happened after their top four placing in New York: nitr0 once again denounced the IGL role, passing it on to Hiko, while their coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu announced his departure from the team just a couple of days ago, citing “differences on doing business” as the reason.
When the two are combined, Liquid are facing a crisis on the tactical side of things. peacemaker looked like an important part the team, and even though he was originally picked up to be the coach-IGL, he seemingly adapted to the new coaching rules well. In his absence  the team's manager, Steve "Joka" Perino, will step in as interim head coach during ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, but presumably in more of a motivational than a tactical coach role.
Looking at their map pool, it is interesting to note that they almost don't play Cache, a map that used to define previous iterations of Liquid. Instead, they found home on maps such as Cobblestone, Train and Dust2.
It's hard to say what we can expect from Liquid in Brazil; at LAN, they should be able to take down their North American rivals in OpTic, but Immortals seem to have their number, so they will be looking for wins over Null element or mousesports to get out of groups. With all three teams liking Dust2, the infamous upset map combined with an in-form EliGE might be their ticket to the playoffs.

The top HLTV ranked team of Group A came in seventh in the online portion of ESL Pro League - North America and made the LAN only because Renegades dropped out due to an overlap with the Asia Minor. Liquid's recent showing at ESL One New York has been solid, as they got out of the Swiss group with wins over G2 and a double over fnatic, before going out to Natus Vincere in three maps. Throughout the LAN, the team depended on EliGE's superstar performances, with others chipping in from match to match.

On the other hand, their online form has been far from impressive; a defeat to Echo Fox left them without a spot in ELEAGUE Season 2, losses to teams such as NRG, CLG and Splyce in the online portion of the Pro League took the matter of getting to the LAN out of their hands, and recent stomps from Immortals in ECS Season 2 (1-16 on Train, 2-16 on Cobblestone) are surely not instilling confidence before they face off against the Brazilians again on their home soil.

Even though the team didn't have a player change, two leadership changes happened after their top four placing in New York: nitr0 once again renounced the IGL role, passing it on to Hiko, while their coach Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu announced his departure from the team just a couple of days ago, citing “differences on doing business” as the reason.


Hiko will be taking over the IGL role in Liquid 

When the two changes are combined, Liquid are facing a crisis on the tactical side of things. peacemaker looked like an important part the team, and even though he was originally picked up to be the coach-IGL, he seemingly adapted to the new coaching rules well. In his absence, the team's manager, Steve "Joka" Perino, will step in as interim head coach during ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, but presumably in more of a motivational than a tactical coach role.

Looking at their map pool, it is interesting to note that they almost don't play Cache, a map that used to define previous iterations of Liquid. Instead, they found home on maps such as Cobblestone, Train and Dust2.

It's hard to say what we can expect from Liquid in Brazil; on LAN, they should be able to take down their North American rivals in OpTic, but as Immortals seem to have their number, they will be looking for wins over Envy or mousesports to get out of groups.

With all three teams liking Dust2, the infamous upset map combined with an in-form EliGE might be their ticket to the playoffs.

EnVyUs (#10)

  Age Rating
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub 21 1.18
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 23 1.07
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer  24 1.03
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 22 1.00
France Christophe "SIXER" Xia 25 0.91
Germany Niclas "enkay J" Krumhorn (coach)

The once dominant Frenchmen are far from their Major winning form, but have shown some signs of improvement and stability over the past couple of months. Online, they finished fifth despite a lot of stand-in issues, deploying their coach in five matches (and losing all of them), as well as using SIXER who they later picked up instead of Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon.

Since the addition of SIXER, the French team attended WESG Europe & CIS Finals, topping their group over Astralis with four straight wins before going out in the quarter-finals to Virtus.pro in three maps. Even though the final placing isn't impressive, the result was impacted more by an unlucky bracket draw than the form of NBK- and co.

Individually and statistically, not much changed since the last roster move - the team still pretty much depends on kennyS and apEX - when they go off, Envy are a force to be reckoned with. 


EnVyUs still depend on KennyS and apEX

Their map pool relies mostly on Dust2, Cobblestone and the less and less played Cache. They play some Mirage and have shown an affinity for Nuke since the pickup of SIXER, playing it four times.

As they had some time from WESG to now, it will be interesting to see if the Boys in Blue implemented a deeper tactical system, but even without it, they are looking solid to make it out of the groups on the back of experience and their two stars. After that, it's hard to see Envy taking down teams such as SK or Dignitas, so they will need a bit more luck with the draw than they had in Kiev if they want to go far in São Paulo.

OpTic (#11)

  Age Rating
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas  21 1.12
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 20 1.04
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz 22 1.04
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic 18 1.04
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 22 1.03

stanislaw's team attended ESL One New York alongside their fellow North Americans from Liquid and had some decent results - taking best-of-one wins over Astralis and G2, but being eliminated in the end with a 16-14 loss to Virtus.pro. However, what we can draw from the results is uncertain as both of their wins have been against teams which were in bad form over the tournament.

There is no doubt about the fact OpTic are a solid team, but they still haven't proven they can take down international opposition on LAN with any sort of consistency - and that's what they will be trying to show in Brazil.

The high-quality Spanish import in the form of mixwell is still paying dividends for the team, although he has recently announced moving away from the AWP role, passing it onto NAF. The decision came after the New York event, where mixwell had some tough games against strong opposition that seemingly swayed him away from the sniper rifle.


mixwell has decided to drop the AWP after ESL One New York 

In the online games they played since ESL One, not much has changed in his individual performance as he is still the strongest player for OpTic, followed by tarik, but the question mark for the team is how NAF will handle the primary AWP role on LAN. Adding in the rest of the team - stanislaw and RUSH, the team has fire power balanced throughout the team, but are seemingly missing a clear second star to help mixwell carry the load against tougher opposition. 

In the group, not too much hope is instilled in OpTic making it out, but especially with fnatic dropping out, they still have a lot better chances than for example NRG does in Group B.

Immortals (#13)

  Age Rating
Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles 21 1.23
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos  19 1.15
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass 19 1.15
Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 21 1.04
Brazil Wilton "zews" Prado 28 0.90
Brazil Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)

The second best Brazilian team came in second in the North American division of ESL Pro League, qualified for ELEAGUE Season 2, ECS Season 2 and won the online iBUYPOWER Invitational Fall 2016 in the past couple of months, with the loss to OpTic in the qualifier for ESL One New York being their only recent online mishap.

At Northern Arena, a not-so stacked NA LAN, Immortals cruised to the finals where they took down Cloud9 and were looking in good form before their chapter at ELEAGUE. In the Turner Studios in Atlanta, the Brazilians were eliminated by losses to mousesports and FaZe and finished last in their group, casting a shadow over all of their good results from the start of the ESL Pro League Season.

With Immortals coming in with a somewhat mixed form, the group stage could've been a more demanding task if fnatic hadn't dropped out. With the current constellation of teams in Group A, they shouldn't struggle to get out, relying on their stars felps and HEN1 to do the fragging.


The addition of zews didn't have a big impact on Immortals 

Problems might arise if the team's flashy AWPer has an off game and the opposition forces them off their strong Cobblestone (15-1 in the past three months) towards something like Mirage, the map that they lost in both series at ELEAGUE.

Another question that has to be asked is how much the release of peacemaker back in the first part of the year and changing Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves for zews actually helped the team. It must be said that zews individually isn't dragging the team down, however, none of the roster changes seem to be adding much to the team, as they've been fluctuating between the top 8-15 spots in the ranking for quite some time now.

If ESL Pro League turns up to be another mediocre tournament, will Immortals be looking for an improvement before the Americas Minor and more importantly - where will they find it?

mousesports (#14)

  Age Rating
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač  19 1.17
Spain Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran  19 1.08
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 26 1.05
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 21 0.96
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 22 0.92
Ukraine Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)

The team appropriately dubbed NiKosports has had a couple of horror months regarding roster moves, as the long awaited Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný addition didn't turn out as planned and the Czech took a (permanent) place on the bench.

On the bright side, the announcement of oskar joining the team sparked chrisJ to step up his game, as the Dutchman was the first one on the chopping board if he didn't improve. After relieving Johannes "nex" Maget from his duties and now adding loWel to the mix, mousesports seemed to have found some sort of stability.

NiKo is obviously still the main carry of the team, but in the recent times - and at ELEAGUE especially, we saw chrisJ stepping up massively, fitting back into the main AWPing role well.


The Dutch sniper has found his form since oskar left the starting lineup

In Atlanta, the European team took the shortest route to the playoffs, winning two best-of-ones a row: 16-9 over Immortals on Mirage and 19-16 over Cloud9 on Dust2. The wins from mousesports were impressive, but it has to be said that the matches were played on their two best maps. If those get banned out at the ESL Pro League Finals, NiKo and co. might find themselves in trouble even in the group stage.

However, an omnipresent problem for the team are the two support players in denis and Spiidi, who seem incapable of putting up numbers the team needs them two to to get wins against top six teams - even with an in-form superstar like NiKo in their roster.

This LAN will give us a better insight in their map-pool, especially if they reach the playoff stage, as well as how loWel fits into the composition of the team fragging wise. If he doesn't step up to be a strong third star, mousesports will find themselves with another mediocre result in Brazil.

Group B

dignitas (#2)

  Age Rating
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke  19 1.16
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 18 1.14
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 26 1.13
Norway Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel 22 0.97
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 21 0.88
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Dignitas are coming to Brazil in strong form - after a tad disappointing second place finish at Power-LAN 2016 where they lost to Heroic, MSL's squad had two solid top four finishes: first at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2, where they lost to G2 and another at DreamHack Bucharest 2016, losing in three maps to Virtus.pro who went on to win the event. 

After that, they used Philip "aizy" Aistrup as a stand in to cruise to the WESG Europe & CIS title and cemented their domestic dominance with a win at League of Sharks before adding their biggest accomplishment yet - first place at EPICENTER: Moscow, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year.

The team's rise to the elite started when the Danish SK Gaming roster came to an end, and Dignitas used the opportunity to replace Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann with Magisk - a rising talent at the time. Combined with k0nfig, who solidified his LAN play over the past couple of months, and cajunb fitting into the main AWP role well, the Danish team found themselves with three consistent fraggers, allowing RUBINO to move into a more supportive role for the team.


dignitas have been on a strong run since adding magiskb0y

MSL may be the statistically worst player in the roster, but with the aforementioned star trio, the team doesn't need him to help out in the fragging department much. As a leader and tactician, he showed a good understanding by adapting his tactical style to the tools he now has at his disposal.

At EPICENTER: Moscow, we saw Dignitas splitting maps with G2, Natus Vincere and NiP, but moving on to the playoffs on round difference. In the single elimination bracket, their map pool advantage showed as they defeated fnatic, Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro - all in three map series.

Dignitas remain strong on the map that they were renowned for at the beginning of the year - Cobblestone, but also add Nuke to their locker, which they played more than any other top team. The Danes are also very strong on Mirage, followed by Dust2 and Overpass, leaving Cache and Train as their most banned maps.

Looking at their form and current placing in the HLTV ranking, Dignitas are certainly one of the favorites for the event. Their biggest challenge in São Paulo will be SK, who, despite their post-major slump, are still a very strong team.

Interestingly, there is no history between the two teams - in no iterations of any of their rosters have MSL's and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's teams ever met. With both teams being in group B, a best-of-one match is guaranteed, but the eventual playoff match is a much more interesting proposition. With Train being the strongest map of SK and Cache being one of the permabans of the Brazilians, the two teams match up nicely on maps such as Mirage, Cobblestone and Overpass. 

Dignitas have already proven that they are an elite team with their win in Moscow, but they have a chance to take it a step further with a win in São Paulo - and start to carve their name among the legendary rosters of CS:GO.

SK (#3)

  Age Rating
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David  21 1.25
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 25 1.13
Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau 26 1.06
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 24 1.04
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 21 0.98

The era of SK, the double Major champions seems to be brought to an end as they failed to make the finals of two consecutive events - ESL One New York and EPICENTER: Moscow. The mediocre results come after a long period of the team playing without fer, who had health issues to take care of, fielding SHOOWTiME for their matches in the online portion of ESL Pro League. Along with that, following their Major win in Cologne SK decided to part way with their coach zews, who was a part of the team's rise to dominance, joining together with TACO and fnx at the end of 2015.

After winning their second Major, the Brazilians took an almost three months long LAN pause before attending ESL One New York, followed by EPICENTER: Moscow. At both events, the team had unimpressive group stage performances followed by semi-final eliminations by the hands of Virtus.pro

That is something that could play into their favor though, as the Poles are not going to be present at the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, and neither will Natus Vincere, who defeated them 16-6 in the group stage of the New York event, nor G2 - the team that matched up well against them in SK's most dominant era. 


FalleN and co. have had a quiet period, but are looking to impress on home soil

The factor of playing on home soil is one that is often exaggerated, but due to the team coming from a region that is very rarely a host of top-level competitions, the location of the event just may have an impact on how the competition plays out. The SK players have publicly stated that this event means a lot to them, but due to the form the team is at the moment, the home soil factor could also add additional pressure to the team when things start going bad.

Keeping their composure and playing advantageous situations correctly has been a department in which FalleN's team has been unrecognizably poor at recent LAN events, and is something they certainly need to improve if they wish to make the São Paulo crowd happy and take the title.

Ninjas in Pyjamas (#6)

  Age Rating
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 26 1.11
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 25 1.08
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 28 1.07
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 25 1.05
Sweden Mikail "Maikelele" Bill (stand-in) 25 1.01

NiP travel to Brazil after a group stage exit in Moscow that told us very little. The Swedes split maps with everyone in their group - as did every other team in Group A, and got eliminated due to round difference. Before that, NiP were triumphant at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, defeating G2 in the finals and a deflated Cloud9 in the semis, while having solid results in the online portion of ESL Pro League to secure a second spot in the European division, of the competition.

The coach rule change and Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi's injury that forced them to use Maikelele for over a month now seemingly didn't impact them that much, as the Ninjas continue to be strong contenders but are still some distance away from breaking into the top 3-4 elite teams.

Statistically, it's still a f0rest and GeT_RiGhT show, with Maikelele filling in the role of the primary AWPer to allow f0rest more freedom. However, the often criticized friberg seems to be stepping up his game over the last two tournaments, the continuation of the trend is something to look out for in Brazil.


Can friberg continue with his strong showings at the Pro League Finals?

Looking at the group stage in Brazil, NiP's unsatisfying exit from group A at EPICENTER is followed by another strong group at the ESL Pro League Finals. With three teams going through to the playoffs and Dignitas and SK in their group, the Swedes either must keep a clean record against the lower ranked teams, or grab a win or two against the tournament favorites to make it out.

NiP are still looking solid to make it out of the group, and after that, everything depends on what team shows up to play.

Will we see an explosive, dominant performance from the Ninjas or a timid display, similar to the one we saw versus Natus Vincere in the deciding match of EPICENTER?

Cloud9 (#7)

  Age Rating
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip 18 1.13
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 20 1.13
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 22 1.10
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 25 1.06
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham  23 1.05

n0thing's team departed to Brazil after a disappointing loss to FaZe in the group stage of ELEAGUE Season 2. Considering that they were having a solid LAN run and only lost to the group winners mousesports in overtime, Cloud9 will be arriving to São Paulo a bit deflated.

Over the past two months, Cloud9 had solid placings in European competitions, as the team's pickup of autimatic proved to be more impactful than most thought it would be.

Together with Stewie2K, the ex-TSM player was the main driving factor in the first place finish in the North American division of  ESL Pro League, as well as solid playoff runs at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 and DreamHack Bucharest, where they finished 3-4th and 2nd respectively.

Except the star duo, the veteran n0thing also picked up individually in recent times, but the main stars of the 2015 summer run - shroud and Skadoodle have dropped off, especially on LAN and against top level opposition.


autimatic is doing his job - can the rest of Cloud9 step up to the task? 

That is in fact where this team struggled the most - when facing individually strong players, which this group is full of, the playmaking effect of Stewie2K goes down, and shroud and Skadoodle are not there to take over the load in the fragging department. With no greater tactical foundation, the team has at times looked helpless against teams such as NiP and Virtus.pro.

Even though Cloud9 are still a solid team that could squeeze through in a few BO1's to get to the playoffs, the odds are against them with Dignitas, SK and NiP in their group, as well as the individually strong FaZe.

FaZe (#15)

  Age Rating
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 24 1.09
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 22 1.08
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad 22 1.03
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 20 1.00
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 26 0.95
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

The Nordic mix of players impressed at ELEAGUE, in their first showing after picking up karrigan. After losing the initial best-of-one against Cloud9, FaZe managed to defeat both Immortals and Cloud9 in best-of-three series to grab a spot in the playoffs. 

Over the course of the group stage FaZe interestingly only lost on Train - their home map before karrigan joined the team -  however, two of the three losses were in overtime. Except Train, they also showed an affinity for Overpass and Mirage, with Cobblestone being one of their permabans over the course of the last three months.


FaZe have had their best result of the year two days after picking up karrigan 

Individually, the Finnish sniper allu has been a solid rock for the team, with rain being the most prominent rifler. jkaem had a solid ELEAGUE, but hasn't been having star-level performances for some time, and neither has aizy. However, with karrigan's addition to the team, activating at least one of those two players is probably one of the goals if he wishes for FaZe to be propelled into the top 8 teams of the world.

At ESL Pro League Season 4 finals, they are in a similar situation to Cloud9 - both teams lack a tactical backbone at the moment, so they will be relying on simple stuff and trying to upset one of the higher ranked teams and secure wins against Cloud9 and NRG to make it through to the playoffs.

NRG (#25)

  Age Rating
United States Peter "ptr" Gurney 26 1.18
Germany Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz  21 1.10
United States Jacob "FugLy" Medina 21 1.01
Germany Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić 26 0.92
Germany Fatih "gob b" Dayik 29 0.85

The North American based team populated by mostly European players secured the 5th spot in the NA division of ESL Pro League Season 4 by playing a lot of Cobblestone, Mirage and Dust2 with a fair bit of success. 

The team relies on the AWPing of ptr and strong rifling of their most recent pickup tabseN, but looks like it still lacks firepower with FugLy and LEGIJA being more supportive players, and their tactician gob b being individually poor for almost all of his career in CS:GO.


Will tabseN help NRG upset another strong team on LAN?

When we add the fact that ptr's level mostly goes down a notch at LAN events, it's hard to see how they could do much more in São Paulo than get a single map upset.

On the bright side, NRG has nothing to lose at the event - a group stage exit is expected, so the team can enter every match with no pressure and potentially take a map or two if their two key players - ptr and tabseN, go off at the same time.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
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
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
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
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1434
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
564
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
932
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
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
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
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1598
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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:
978
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1284
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1272
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1424
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1022
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1523
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:
493
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1384
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
858
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
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
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
95
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Germany Niclas 'enkay J' Krumhorn
Niclas 'enkay J' Krumhorn
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
170
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
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
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
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
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
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
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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 Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
760
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
939
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
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
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1558
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
 | 
Lithuania Tomekas85 
I hope Dignitas can win this aswell.
2016-10-25 18:16
That's your wish but it won't happen. SK is gonna destroy EVERYONE. MSL, beating VP and NaVi is easy, but SK is the real boss. Sensitive spoiled and pampered EU/NA kids (specially on reddit), you better turn off the stream, cause we are gonna show how a real crowd should be.
2016-10-25 18:24
allo police we got a favela mad harambe here , what if i told you sk will not even reach playoffs ?
2016-10-25 18:31
Damn you gonna give hints to the players or kill the opposition? Or what do you mean with a real supporting crowd
2016-10-25 18:45
VP destroyed SK, so don't say that SK is some kind of powerhouse anymore. Dignitas and VP are the leaders atm
2016-10-25 19:00
"Destroyed" Not really my frend
2016-10-25 20:24
#91
 | 
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
16-1
2016-10-25 22:05
#94
 | 
Australia JonoMate 
That doesn't matter when VP struck back 16-4 and won the bo3
2016-10-26 00:13
I am really looking forward to seeing a dominant SK with a huge crowd behind them! Should be epic. Have fun guys :)
2016-10-25 19:38
SK will beat everyone because if one team beat them, br will kill the foreign team, everyone knows it.
2016-10-25 20:04
#78
 | 
United States donaldjae 
...LUL. Cant wait for kids dabbing in every camera shot, just like how it is everywhere.
2016-10-25 20:12
#83
 | 
Germany JuaNiko_^ 
First lear to beat vp
2016-10-25 20:29
#92
 | 
Georgia aliosha 
lol for dignitas sk is best opponent cause they dont play sk's best map train and sk always ban digni second weakest map cache
2016-10-25 22:15
lol
2016-10-27 11:37
#2
 | 
Finland neksu 
gl dignitas
2016-10-25 18:16
g
2016-10-25 18:16
#4
 | 
Turkey BaraNn_ 
Pfff so far down... ez4ss
2016-10-25 18:16
scrolled down so hard
2016-10-25 18:16
SO MUCH SCROLLING!
2016-10-25 18:16
#7
Sweden Alb9n 
good stuff HLTV
2016-10-25 18:16
#8
Czech Republic Yaaa 
very nice, long post
2016-10-25 18:16
ez 4 faze
2016-10-25 18:16
#10
 | 
Azerbaijan M1R4CL3 
great news for us
2016-10-25 18:16
#11
LOGAN | 
France LeLoup 
gf
2016-10-25 18:16
gg
2016-10-25 18:16
scroll scroll scrool
2016-10-25 18:16
sad for you m8 :(
2016-10-25 18:30
nice
2016-10-25 18:16
n1
2016-10-25 18:16
#16
Twistzz | 
Poland kamuk 
n1
2016-10-25 18:16
erger
2016-10-25 18:16
#19
 | 
Poland aleks2805 
Nice ;3
2016-10-25 18:16
1
2016-10-25 18:16
Go mouz!!
2016-10-25 18:16
"1" "2" "nice"
2016-10-25 18:16
#50
 | 
Brazil Marcola 
kids...
2016-10-25 18:37
#23
 | 
Brazil mibrzera 
ez SK
2016-10-25 18:16
mouz coach ukrainian rofl?
2016-10-25 18:16
#25
 | 
World Vidua 
Joke of a event - just look at rankings of majority of teams there. If it wasn't for dignitas recent uprising it would be ever worse.
2016-10-25 18:17
7 of the top 10 teams in the world are there. How is that a joke? Even if dignitas didn't have their 'uprising' then they'd still be a top 10 team and since the gap between the top teams is getting shorter as the competitive scene progresses this makes it a lot less of a 'joke' than it would be a year ago perhaps.
2016-10-25 18:39
yes, and since NaVi and VP arent there (which are always top contenders to win a tournament) we might have the chance to see a new team making it deep into the playoffs and possibly finals, which is also always good to see and a welcome variety, at least for me.
2016-10-25 19:42
exactly
2016-10-25 19:46
#79
 | 
World Vidua 
The problem is teams 6-20 are far behind tier 1 teams (SK, VP, NaVi, NiP and now also dignitas) and we only have 2 of those teams.
2016-10-25 20:18
Sometimes another team from outside the TOP 5 needs exactly such a tournament and do well to get the confidence and break into the top 5 for the first time (or again). So I find it entertaining :)
2016-10-25 20:24
I wouldn't call teams like Na`Vi and NiP THAT far ahead of teams like Liquid and Cloud9 for example so I don't exactly agree with your point that the gap is as big as you insinuate it is.
2016-10-25 20:33
i'll be there saturday GO IMT AND SK. I hope to see a faggot there saying bullshit :D
2016-10-25 18:18
so youre going there hoping to fight someone?
2016-10-25 18:20
Thorin will not be there
2016-10-25 18:24
and their tactician Fatih "gob b" Dayik being individually poor for almost all of his career in CS:GO. LoL
2016-10-25 18:20
#29
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
That banana
2016-10-25 18:22
#30
 | 
Korea Damianlee 
How C9 could manage this group :'(
2016-10-25 18:24
By winning
2016-10-25 18:26
#39
 | 
Korea Damianlee 
not even able to beat FaZe in a Bo3 on 2 of the 3 favorites C9's map
2016-10-25 18:28
C9 played very poorly that day, they will win vs faze if stewie plays decent.
2016-10-25 18:34
#57
 | 
Korea Damianlee 
true, if Stew stops trying to make solo moves , it will be alright ^^
2016-10-25 18:48
C9 wins that mirage map 99 times out of 10 honestly lol, they lost to stupid ecos like 4 times in the most important rounds. Won't happen again. FaZe can only beat them reliably in Overpass
2016-10-25 19:14
Although that is true, if they play with confidence and minimize some of their mistakes, I could see them upsetting some of these teams.
2016-10-25 19:25
#33
 | 
Germany grabke 
seems like the author doesn't like mouz at all. They were pretty impressive at eleague and before they lost only one map in Pro League since lowel joined the team.
2016-10-25 18:30
RIP Swedish scene
2016-10-25 18:26
NRG EleGiggle i cant believe these scrubs qfd
2016-10-25 18:27
#37
 | 
Brazil mth^ 
Let's go SK. Make our country great again!
2016-10-25 18:28
WHERE LAST A GROUP TEAm NOOBS FNATIC.
2016-10-25 18:28
good preview
2016-10-25 18:29
I hope immortals and sk flop, then all brazil fan swill just booh everyone out and show the real self-
2016-10-25 18:29
LEGIJA is german or serbian? or both?
2016-10-25 18:30
#46
 | 
Spain Alser 
both
2016-10-25 18:32
#44
 | 
Spain Alser 
better preview than the Eleague one
2016-10-25 18:31
#47
 | 
China LKmonstA 
dignitas hopeful
2016-10-25 18:32
Tournament without NAVi, VP, fnatic, G2, Astralis and Prize pool is 750k$. Relatable tournament xd
2016-10-25 18:34
#51
 | 
Brazil Mentecapto 
Liquid should just disband.
2016-10-25 18:39
#62
Europe bueR 
liquid best NA team. clown 9 should disband.
2016-10-25 19:19
liquid should disband, always getting hard-carried by 1 player used to be s1mple now elige
2016-10-25 19:23
#95
 | 
Brazil Mentecapto 
both should disband and stick to that dogshit LoL
2016-10-26 00:24
Best tournament ever inc
2016-10-25 18:39
I'm so hyped! Its going to be a great tournament!
2016-10-25 18:46
group b group of death
2016-10-25 18:47
gogo envy/mouz
2016-10-25 19:00
crowd chant hiko obesa<:
2016-10-25 19:06
Good job Professeur, it was a good read.
2016-10-25 19:19
Thanks vitorloyola
2016-10-25 19:43
#96
NEO | 
Brazil je^ 
Sup dawg, I would like to ask you if you hate SK? I never saw a HLTV the writer with a certain "hate" when talking about a team. Peace.
2016-10-26 00:50
I don't hate SK. It's a preview, I was critical of most teams, I think thats the way a preview should be. But i still put SK as top2 favorites. I hope we see an SK - dignitas final
2016-10-26 10:59
ridiculously retarded groups lol, take every team other than NRG from group B and put them into group A and with a bit of luck they could go through it undefeated.
2016-10-25 19:24
If PTR plays well at this event and Skadoodle keeps playing like shit we could very easily see him in C9 by the start of 2017. Will be watching the NRG games.
2016-10-25 19:28
dignitas taking this ez
2016-10-25 19:29
#69
 | 
Poland perun2033 
tier 2 tournament without Virtus.pro and NaVi
2016-10-25 19:29
"the continuation of the trend is something is something to look out for in Brazil." LUL
2016-10-25 19:30
#72
 | 
Canada pokerchip 
Either dignitas or SK are going to definitely win this event.
2016-10-25 19:41
Thanks for an interesting and well written preview! :)
2016-10-25 20:05
#80
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
SK in home is very strong! the crowd of Brazil is insane!! GO SK!
2016-10-25 20:19
#88
rain | 
Serbia BODIROGA 
did brazilians have money for a ticket ? this sao paulo looks poor as fck
2016-10-25 21:19
Will the crowd throw bananas into SK competitors? Do you even have seats for people or just use palmas for convenience?
2016-10-25 21:31
Tabsen>Coldzera
2016-10-25 20:36
weakest pro league final for sure so far. litteraly most free win for SK they can get.
2016-10-25 21:06
#87
rain | 
Serbia BODIROGA 
nice read bro keep it up
2016-10-25 21:15
FaZe has to step up this tournament. Carrygan has to go all out and god allu can't turn into a bot
2016-10-25 21:42
"FaZe have had their best result of the year two days after picking up karrigan" LMAO
2016-10-25 22:16
It will be a family show
2016-10-26 04:55
sk noobs easy for dignitas, no navi and vp? joke of a tournament
2016-10-26 08:34
#100
 | 
United States kriksB 
EnVy at least wins Group A?
2016-10-26 13:30
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