ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier preview

Later today 16 teams of the Main Qualifier will begin fighting for eight spots at the ELEAGUE Major. We've prepared an elaborate preview which delves into all teams, their form and recent results against other participating teams.

Taking place from December 15-18 at the ELEAGUE studios in Atlanta, the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier will bring together some of the best teams in the world, such as recent winners OpTic and NiP, among others.

With 12 out of the 16 teams participating sitting in the top 20 of our Team Ranking, and six of them in the top 10, this offline qualifier will be one of, if not the hardest to date.

The Underdogs (ranked below #20)
The Could-be's (#11 - #20)
The Heavy-hitters (#3 - #10)

The qualifier will follow a slightly modified Swiss format, which you could see in play at ESL One New York and ESL One Cologne's Main Qualifier. Once again, the match-ups have been drawn in the first round according to their seeding.

From there on, each round will see teams randomly matched up with teams who have the same record until they reach three wins, at which point they will qualify for the Major, or three losses, to exit the competition.

Seeding pool 1  Seeding pool 2  Seeding pool 3  Seeding pool 4
Denmark Dignitas United States CLG Russia Vega Squadron  Russia Spirit
Sweden NiP North America OpTic China TYLOO Australia Renegades
Europe mousesports  France Envy  Sweden GODSENT Europe HellRaisers
Europe FaZe France G2 Brazil Immortals United States Cloud9

We have prepared a graphic which will visually explain each round and at which point teams are eliminated or qualify for the Major:

Without further ado, let's delve into the teams participating in the Main Qualifier. Under each team's lineup, you will see results against other participating teams from offline tournaments which took place in the past three months.

Note that matches which had different lineups than the ones participating in the qualifier have been taken out. 

* The players' ratings are from the past three months on LAN.

The Underdogs

Spirit (#42)

Age Rating
Russia Vadim "DavCost" Vasilyev 20 1.06
Russia Dmitry "S0tF1k" Forostyanko 22 0.96
Russia Dmitriy "Dima" Bandurka 21 0.91
Russia Anton "tonyblack" Kolesnikov  24 0.86
Russia Nikolay "Certus" Certus - -

As all three CIS-based teams whom we regularly see at international events, Natus Vincere, FlipSid3 and Gambit, made it to ESL One Cologne (and to its playoffs), the CIS Minor Championship prior to the ELEAGUE Major allowed two of the less known teams from the region to make their mark.

One of those two teams are Spirit, who finished second to ALLIN (now Vega Squadron) at the CIS Minor despite besting them in the upper bracket final.

However, the team will not attend with their usual lineup, as Pavel "COLDYY1" Veklenko ran into visa issues. The Russian team now have to use their coach, Certus, who hasn't played any official matches in almost a year.

Due to the level of competition, Spirit would have been considered huge underdogs even if  they fielded their full lineup. With COLDYY1 unable to attend, there is very little hope for Spirit to win a single match, let alone three which are needed to qualify for the Major.

CLG (#34)

Age Rating
United States Kenneth "koosta" Suen 20 0.83
United States James "hazed" Cobb 27 0.77
United States Stephen "reltuC" Cutler 28 0.74
United States Ethan "Ethan" Arnold 16 0.72
Canada Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik  19 0.65



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
United States CLG  3-16  France Envy  Northern Arena - Montreal  Group stage

Since CLG brought in an unproven duo in Ethan and Subroza during the off-season, the American-Canadian team has not attended a big event, compared to about one every month in the first half of the year, including the previous Major which earned them a place at the Main Qualifier.

CLG first showed their new lineup at the first Northern Arena event in Toronto, where they placed 5th-8th with a best-of-three win over NRG, in which the new duo showed why they were given a chance in a Pro League-level team in North America.


reltuC's new CLG have played very few top teams offline

At the second Northern Arena, which took place in early November in Montreal, CLG couldn't repeat their previous success versus Fatih "gob b" Dayik's team as they exited the competition in last place.

While that offline result doesn't bring much hope to their fans, their online record in the past couple of months could, as they finished 5th in ECS Season 2 (two wins away from a place at the finals) with wins over NRG, TSM, and most importantly OpTic on Train, among others.

Vega Squadron (#32)

Age Rating
Russia Nikolay "mir" Bityukov 20 1.23
Russia Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov  19 1.22
Russia Sergey "keshandr" Nikishin  22 1.13
Ukraine Dmitriy "jR" Chervak 23 1.07
Russia Pavel "hutji" Lashkov 21 1.04

Vega Squadron are the majority of the team who previously represented ANOX. Since then they've lost Belarussian duo Igor "dERZKIY" Radosavlevich and Kirill "hitMouse" Tsarev, who formed K29, and added keshandr and hutji before transferring to their current organization.

The Russian-Ukrainian mixture are the second team to come from the CIS Minor Championship, where they finished first with a win over Spirit in the grand final, taking revenge after the upper bracket final loss.

For most of the players, this Main Qualifier will be their first, apart from 19-year-old chopper, who attended ESL One Cologne's qualifier with FLuffy Gangsters and finished last following close matches against mousesports and Renegades.

Vega Squadron's chances are similar to those of Spirit, chopper's team are looking to gain much-needed experience with hopes of upsetting some of the lower-level teams.

TYLOO (#21)

Age Rating
China Hui "DD" Wu 22 1.14
China Ke "captainMo" Liu 27 1.11
China HaoWen "somebody" Xu  21 1.09
China YuLun "Summer" Cai 19 1.08
China YuanZhang "AttackeR" Sheng 19 1.05



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
China TYLOO  3-16 France G2 IEM Oakland  Group stage
China TYLOO 17-19  Brazil Immortals  IEM Oakland Group stage
China TYLOO 0-16 United States Cloud9 iBUYPOWER Masters  Group stage
China TYLOO 2-0 Australia Renegades  PGL Asia Minor Grand final

TYLOO earned their place at the Main Qualifier with a victory at the Asia Minor, though their route wasn't as dominant as it used to be when facing regional competition.

With a 0-2 loss to VG.CyberZen, they had to fight their way through MVP Project and take revenge on their long-time rivals who took them to three maps, with Cache going to nearly 70 rounds following quadruple mr5 overtime. TYLOO clinched first place in the end, once again defeating Renegades in the grand final, but since then they haven't been very successful internationally.

iBUYPOWER Masters saw the Chinese narrowly defeating Echo Fox on three out of four maps to qualify for IEM Oakland, but they finished 0-5 at the main event after three one-sided matches and two close encounters, with Natus Vincere and Immortals.


TyLoo's latest results put them in the position of a big underdog

Only four days ago, TYLOO finished in a measly fourth place at WCA Finals, where they were expected to at least reach the final if not win it all, with losses to Epsilon and more importantly iGame.com, a team who have just entered the top 30 with their result in China.

Those results suggest TYLOO's form is awful going into the Main Qualifier. With such a limited amount of time it's unlikely captainMo's team have been able to figure out what went wrong, which puts TYLOO in a position of one of the underdogs at the qualifier.

The Could-be's

HellRaisers (#20)

Age Rating
Ukraine Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow 27 1.18
Hungary Bence "DeadFox" Böröcz 21 0.99
Ukraine Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk 23 0.97
Slovakia Patrik "Zero" Žúdel 18 0.94
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk 20 0.91



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Europe HellRaisers  1-2  Sweden GODSENT  PGL Europe Minor  Grand final
Europe HellRaisers 2-0 Sweden GODSENT PGL Europe Minor Upper final

Since HellRaisers added DeadFox, ANGE1's team attended two offline events in close succession, EPICENTER: Moscow, for which they qualified online, and the PGL European Minor.

At one of the biggest events of the second half of the year, HellRaisers surprised by splitting maps with fnatic and Virtus.pro, but it wasn't enough for a playoffs spot as they dropped both maps to SK at the end of the group stage.

With wins over ENCE, Heroic and Space Soldiers, and two extremely close series against GODSENT, the European mixture secured their spot at the Main Qualifier for the third time in a row.

In both of their previous attempts, at the time with Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný in the lineup, HellRaisers were only a few rounds away from qualifying to the Major, but this time the competition will be fiercer than ever. With that said, there are several teams HR should play well against, including mousesports whom they're facing first, but they'll need to be lucky with the random draws to have a chance at going through.

Renegades (#19)

Age Rating
Australia Justin "jks" Savage 21 1.09
Australia Karlo "USTILO" Pivac 23 1.08
Australia Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland 25 1.06
Australia Aaron "AZR" Ward 24 1.04
Australia Yaman "yam" Ergenekon 28 0.92



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Australia Renegades  16-14  United States Cloud9  DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter  Group stage
Australia Renegades 1-2 Europe FaZe iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage
Australia Renegades 12-16 Brazil Immortals  iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage
Australia Renegades 0-2 China TYLOO PGL Asia Minor Grand final

Renegades made their way through to the qualifier via the PGL Asia Minor, which took place at the end of October. Some of the Asian teams, including VG.CyberZen and MVP Project, took the Aussies to close scorelines, but yam's team still made it to the grand final where they lost to TYLOO for the second time in a row.

The Australian side then travelled back to the United States for iBUYPOWER Masters, but their journey there was unsuccessful following losses to Immortals and FaZe, two teams they could encounter at the qualifier.


AZR needs to shake off his poor showing at DreamHack

Their best result this year came at DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter, where they grabbed silver with a loss to Gambit in the grand final. While they also defeated Cloud9 in groups, it's highly unlikely the two teams will face at the qualifier, as they're part of the same seeding pool.

USTILO and company aren't favored against any of the Heavy-hitters, but most of the other match-ups are looking pretty good, as long as AZR improves on his poor showing at DreamHack Winter, where he hit a few dangerous lows.

GODSENT (#17)

Age Rating
Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson 23 1.05
Sweden Andreas "znajder" Lindberg 23 1.01
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 23 1.00
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 21 1.00
Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallsten 25 0.80



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Sweden GODSENT  2-1  Europe HellRaisers  PGL Europe Minor  Grand final
Sweden GODSENT 0-2 Europe HellRaisers PGL Europe Minor Upper final

After the big Swedish swap in the off-season, GODSENT have been struggling to regain some of their former glory, placing last at Gfinity CS:GO Invitational and 5th-8th at WESG European Finals.

Up to that point, GODSENT, had their spot at the Major locked due to having the majority of fnatic's lineup that made playoffs at ESL One Cologne. However, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson decided to go back to fnatic, which transferred the Major spot to Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's squad, and Lekr0 returned to GODSENT.

As such, pronax's team had to fight their way through the PGL Europe Minor in early November. After an awful start, an overtime loss to Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans's LDLC, GODSENT played several dangerous series in the playoffs, including two against Epsilon. Surviving the Swedish match-up both times, flusha and company avoided elimination and defeated HellRaisers in a rematch to take first place at the Minor.

Two weeks afterwards, GODSENT took part in DreamHack Open Winter and grabbed a semi-final finish in their home country, losing to eventual champions Gambit in a narrow series.

flusha has been his team's best player at most of their events, although znajder played great at the Minor while Lekr0 showed consistency in Jönköping. It seems this team fits the newest addition better than fnatic, so if he and the other two players show up to play again, GODSENT could finish at least somewhere in the 3-2 region.

Immortals (#13)

Age Rating
Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles 21 1.09
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass 19 1.04
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 19 0.99
Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 21 0.95
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes 23 0.95



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Brazil Immortals 19-22  France Envy ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
Brazil Immortals 2-0 United States Cloud9 ELEAGUE Americas Minor  Upper final
Brazil Immortals 0-2 Sweden NiP IEM Oakland Quarter-finals
Brazil Immortals 16-4 France G2 IEM Oakland Group stage
Brazil Immortals 19-17  China TYLOO IEM Oakland Group stage
Brazil Immortals 2-1 United States Cloud9 iBUYPOWER Masters Grand final
Brazil Immortals 16-12 Australia Renegades  iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage
Brazil Immortals  19-17 Europe FaZe iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage

As we slowly approach #10, we have one of the improving teams as of late, Immortals. Following group stage exits at ELEAGUE Season 2 and ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, the Brazilians decided to put an end to the Wilton "zews" Prado experiment and added steel, who is a better individual player and seems to fit the team well in terms of leadership.

Shortly after his addition, Immortals won iBUYPOWER Masters and advanced from the group stage at IEM Oakland after playing several maps against other teams participating in the Main Qualifier.


Immortals have quite the history against some of the other participating teams

steel's team advanced to the qualifier through the Americas Minor, where they bested TSM 16-14 on Cache and 2-0'd Cloud9 in the upper bracket final. Their ECS Season 2 Finals journey came to an abrupt end with an overtime loss to Envy and a series with SK, the latter of whom are better than most teams at the qualifier.

As you can see above, Immortals have played seven out of 15 teams taking part in the qualifier in the last month and they defeated most or at least played a close match with them, as is the case with Envy with whom they'll lock horns in the first round. As arguably the best team of the middle group, the Could-be's as we call them, Immortals are looking good for their first Major attendance.

mousesports (#12)

Age Rating
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 26 1.10
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač 19 1.02
Spain Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran 20 0.98
Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 21 0.90
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 22 0.82



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Europe mousesports  0-2 North America OpTic ELEAGUE Season 2 Quarter-finals
Europe mousesports 7-16 Europe FaZe IEM Oakland Group stage
Europe mousesports 10-16 United States Cloud9 IEM Oakland Group stage
Europe mousesports 8-16 Sweden NiP IEM Oakland Group stage
Europe mousesports 0-2 United States Cloud9   ESL Pro League S4 Finals  Semi-finals
Europe mousesports 16-9 France Envy ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage
Europe mousesports 16-10  North America OpTic ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage
Europe mousesports 19-16 United States Cloud9 ELEAGUE Season 2 Group stage

While Immortals have been looking up since the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, mousesports have done the exact opposite, losing the last nine offline maps they played over three events.

The São Paulo tournament saw them grabbing three wins in the five-team group A before they exited the competition in semi-finals at the hands of Cloud9. mousesports then travelled to Oakland for IEM, where they finished 0-5 in the group with three of the five losses being to teams who will also be present in Atlanta.

Less than two weeks ago, NiKo's team fell to OpTic in ELEAGUE S2 quarter-finals, adding two more losses to the list of bad results against other teams in the qualifier.

They don't seem to have a problem with specific match-ups, but their current form and map pool is questionable, to say the least, especially with NiKo dropping off heavily at the last couple of events. It's entirely possible he will return to form in time for the qualifier, where his motivation should be at its highest.

If he does, the aforementioned results could mean nothing, as mousesports lacked their best player in most of them while nobody but chrisJ was there to step up consistently. If he doesn't, mousesports might have to skip a Major for the first time since ESL One Katowice 2015.

One thing going for mousesports is that they are part of the first seeding pool due to placing 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, and as such will get to veto three maps.

Envy (#11)

Age Rating
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub 21 1.14
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 23 1.05
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer 25 0.97
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 22 0.97
France Christophe "SIXER" Xia 25 0.92



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
France Envy  0-2 North America OpTic ECS Season 2 Finals Semi-finals
France Envy 22-19  Brazil Immortals ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
France Envy 1-2 North America OpTic ELEAGUE Season 2 Group stage
France Envy 12-16 Denmark Dignitas ELEAGUE Season 2 Group stage
France Envy 0-2 France G2 Northern Arena - Montreal  Semi-finals
France Envy 16-8 North America OpTic Northern Arena - Montreal  Group stage
France Envy 16-3 United States CLG Northern Arena - Montreal Group stage
France Envy 9-16 Europe mousesports  ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage
France Envy 16-5 North America OpTic ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage

After months of struggling in the first half of 2016, Envy finally seemed to be doing better after various in-game changes, such as returning leadership to Happy who also started playing a little less passively.

However, it wasn't enough of an improvement for Envy to keep Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon despite a first place at Gfinity CS:GO Invitational, as they brought in veteran SIXER instead. Since then the Frenchmen have looked more or less on the same level as before the change, finishing 5th-8th at WESG Regional Finals Europe (where they ran into Virtus.pro early) and 5th-6th at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals.

At Northern Arena Montreal, Envy grabbed a semi-final finish following a loss to G2, and since met OpTic twice with no success, in ELEAGUE Season 2's group stage and ECS Season 2 Finals' semis.


EnVyUs have a tough road ahead

While they have quite a few results against other teams in the qualifier, they will not get to play some of them this time due to the modified format which uses seeding, as OpTic, G2 and CLG share the same pool with Envy. Considering the poor results the Frenchmen have had against the first two mentioned, that modification works in Envy' favor. Instead they'll face some of the better match-ups, the first of which being Immortals whom they defeated in ECS groups narrowly.

Any match-up against the top-ten teams will be a hard one for Envy but not impossible, especially if they get to play Cobblestone or Dust2. As usual, a lot will come down to the swing-vote apEX and whether he will help kennyS carry nV through matches.

The Heavy-hitters

G2 (#10)

Age Rating
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom 22 1.08
France Richard "shox" Papillon 24 1.06
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro 19 0.93
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy 27 0.90
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux 27 0.85



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
France G2  16-3 China TYLOO IEM Oakland Group stage
France G2 4-16 Brazil Immortals  IEM Oakland Group stage
France G2 1-2 North America OpTic Northern Arena - Montreal  Grand final
France G2 2-0 France Envy Northern Arena - Montreal Semi-finals
France G2 16-12 Denmark Dignitas EPICENTER: Moscow Group stage
France G2 14-16 Denmark Dignitas EPICENTER: Moscow Group stage
France G2 7-16 North America OpTic ESL One New York Group stage

While their French rivals Envy have been switching things up, G2 have remained the same, both in terms of the lineup, the roles and playstyle.

However, that hasn't been working very well for shox's team lately, as they've been but a shadow of themselves at the last several events ever since they placed second at SL i-League StarSeries S2 Finals.

Some of their results in the past three months include a last place at ESL One New York, two quarter-final finishes at the hands of SK at EPICENTER: Moscow and at IEM Oakland, and a group stage exit at ELEAGUE Season 2.

Those results don't match those of an elite-level team, a status they're beginning to lose as suggested by their rank, but a lot of their defeats came from teams who have already secured their place at the ELEAGUE Major. G2 should still be favored against nearly everyone below them, perhaps apart from Immortals who thrashed them at IEM Oakland on Cobblestone, and have a solid chance against those above.

Cloud9 (#9)

Age Rating
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 20 1.14
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip 18 1.05
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 1.03
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 23 1.00
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 22 1.00



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
United States Cloud9  1-2 North America OpTic ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
United States Cloud9 6-16 Europe FaZe ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
United States Cloud9 0-2 Brazil Immortals  ELEAGUE Americas Minor Upper final
United States Cloud9 2-0 North America OpTic DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter  Group stage
United States Cloud9 14-16 Australia Renegades DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter Group stage
United States Cloud9 16-10 Europe mousesports  IEM Oakland Group stage
United States Cloud9 14-16 Sweden NiP IEM Oakland Group stage
United States Cloud9 17-19  Europe FaZe IEM Oakland Group stage
United States Cloud9 1-2 Brazil Immortals iBUYPOWER Masters Grand final
United States Cloud9 16-0 China TYLOO iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage
United States Cloud9 2-0 Europe mousesports ESL Pro League S4 Finals Semi-finals
United States Cloud9 2-0 North America OpTic ESL Pro League S4 Finals Quarter-finals
United States Cloud9 16-13 Denmark Dignitas ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage
United States Cloud9 16-19 Europe mousesports ELEAGUE Season 2 Group stage

In a two months long period following the off-season change from Alec "Slemmy" White to autimatic, Cloud9 have risen up the ranks with fantastic results, a semi-finals finish at StarSeries, second places at Northern Arena - Toronto and DreamHack Bucharest, and a big title at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals.

However, since the Cloud9's culmination in Brazil, their results have dropped off significantly with group stage exits at IEM Oakland, DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter and ECS Season 2 Finals.

The team seems to be running out of fuel, having traveled across three continents to seven events in as many weeks. That might cost them dearly, as the Main Qualifier is the most important one of all of them.


Cloud9 might be running out of fuel

The individual players aren't as consistently good as they were during their successful run, including the two stars autimatic and Stewie2K, both of whom hit their lowest point as of late at IEM Oakland, while n0thing's form has dipped since then as well.

As Cloud9 were placed in the lowest pool of teams due to their loss to Immortals at the Americas Minor, their route through the qualifier will likely be very hard. Their first match-up is FaZe, to whom they lost on the last two occasions, and there are few tough ones even in the middle group of teams, such as Immortals.

FaZe (#8)

Age Rating
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 22 1.07
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 20 1.06
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey 22 1.06
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 24 1.02
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 26 0.90



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Europe FaZe  1-2 North America OpTic ECS Season 2 Finals  Group stage
Europe FaZe 16-6 United States Cloud9 ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
Europe FaZe 0-2 North America OpTic ELEAGUE Season 2 Semi-finals
Europe FaZe 1-2 Sweden NiP IEM Oakland Semi-finals
Europe FaZe 16-7 Europe mousesports  IEM Oakland Group stage
Europe FaZe 16-5 Sweden NiP IEM Oakland Group stage
Europe FaZe 19-17 United States Cloud9 IEM Oakland Group stage
Europe FaZe 2-1 Australia Renegades iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage
Europe FaZe 17-19  Brazil Immortals iBUYPOWER Masters Group stage

At the same time as Cloud9 began fading away, FaZe rose to the occasion and started delivering results with leadership assumed by karrigan and kioShiMa returning to the lineup.

In the past month, FaZe have been one of the busiest teams, as they took part in iBUYPOWER Masters, IEM Oakland, ELEAGUE Season 2 playoffs and ECS Season 2 Finals.

Over those four events, they've garnered three semi-final finishes and a 5th-6th place. While they had solid results against everyone else, FaZe lost their last two series to OpTic quite one-sidedly, which is likely the only match-up they'll be afraid of.

As they're part of seeding pool 1, they'll be able to avoid NiP, who stood in their way at IEM Oakland, and a scary opponent in Dignitas, but also a good match-up in the form of an underperforming mousesports. When we eliminate those, there are few teams who can take on FaZe in their current form, especially in best-of-one's where they'll be able to take out three maps.

Dignitas (#6)

Age Rating
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 18 1.24
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke 19 1.15
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 27 1.06
Norway Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel 22 0.98
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 22 0.85



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Denmark Dignitas 16-12 France Envy  ELEAGUE Season 2 Group stage
Denmark Dignitas 13-16 United States Cloud9 ESL Pro League S4 Finals  Group stage
Denmark Dignitas 12-16  France G2 EPICENTER: Moscow Group stage
Denmark Dignitas 16-14 France G2 EPICENTER: Moscow Group stage

Much like Cloud9, Dignitas also bit off more than they could chew, as they spent most of the past two months travelling from event to event, back and forth between Europe and the Americas.

Dignitas' rise after the addition of Magisk looked similarly to Cloud9's, as the new player became one of their stars while the team continuously improved until they reached the highest step, at EPICENTER: Moscow in the Danes' case.

The similarity to Cloud9 doesn't stop there, as since their big win in Russia, Dignitas have been unable to replicate that success at the following events. At ESL Pro League Finals, they were a win away from playoffs but couldn't close out Mirage against Cloud9, while at DreamHack Winter they simply fell apart, unable to win versus two teams significantly below their level, Kinguin and FlipSid3.


Magiskb0Y is back in the picture

Placing first in their group at ELEAGUE, Dignitas were set on a collision course with SK, whom they faced for the first time in a series, and fell short after all three maps. Magisk then had to travel back to Europe for school exams while the team used Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså at ECS Season 2 Finals and sustained another loss to SK, this time in the group stage while the Brazilians used Ricardo "fox" Pacheco.

Disregarding the breakdown at DreamHack and the stand-in situation at ECS Season 2 Finals, Dignitas' form doesn't look so bad, but it's unlikely they won't be affected by all the travel, as they have few means of staying in shape and getting much-needed practice.

They have a breather in the form of Spirit in the first round, but things will start to get rough from there on. Fortunately for them, they will avoid two scary teams, NiP and FaZe, thanks to being in the same pool.

OpTic (#4)

Age Rating
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas 21 1.09
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 20 1.07
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic 19 1.06
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 22 1.05
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz 22 1.01



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
North America OpTic  2-0 France Envy ECS Season 2 Finals Semi-finals
North America OpTic 2-1 Europe FaZe ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
North America OpTic 2-1 United States Cloud9 ECS Season 2 Finals Group stage
North America OpTic 2-0 Europe FaZe ELEAGUE Season 2 Semi-finals
North America OpTic 2-0 Europe mousesports  ELEAGUE Season 2 Quarter-finals
North America OpTic 0-2 United States Cloud9 DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter  Group stage
North America OpTic 2-1 France Envy ELEAGUE Season 2 Group stage
North America OpTic 2-1 France G2 Northern Arena - Montreal Grand final
North America OpTic 8-16 France Envy Northern Arena - Montreal Group stage
North America OpTic 0-2 United States Cloud9 ESL Pro League S4 Finals Quarter-finals
North America OpTic 5-16 France Envy ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage
North America OpTic 10-16  Europe mousesports ESL Pro League S4 Finals Group stage
North America OpTic 16-7 France G2 ESL One New York Group stage

OpTic are yet another team who changed lineups and went on to improve to a level which allowed them to win a big event.

After a couple of solid showings at ESL One New York at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, they triumphed at a smaller event, Northern Arena - Montreal, with an important series win over G2 in the grand final.

OpTic stumbled at DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter due to a second bad result against Cloud9 after Pro League, but they got back on their feet just in time for ELEAGUE playoffs. There they dominated mousesports and FaZe before celebrating a title following wins on Cobblestone and Overpass versus Astralis.

The same two teams ended up in ECS Season 2 grand final after OpTic broke their Cloud9 curse in groups and eliminated Envy in semis. That time it was Astralis who won Overpass, OpTic's pick, and Train for the second time to snatch the title for themselves.

With two grand final finishes in a row, OpTic are on the best form out of all teams at the Main Qualifier. Plus, a solid map pool with four very good maps (Cobblestone, Cache, Train and Overpass) will allow them to switch their bans around depending on the opponent.

NiP (#3)

Age Rating
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 26 1.03
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 28 1.02
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 25 0.99
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi 23 0.92
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 25 0.90



Recent LAN results vs. other participating teams
Sweden NiP  2-1 Europe FaZe IEM Oakland Semi-finals
Sweden NiP 2-0 Brazil Immortals IEM Oakland Quarter-finals
Sweden NiP 5-16  Europe FaZe IEM Oakland Group stage
Sweden NiP 16-14  United States Cloud9 IEM Oakland  Group stage
Sweden NiP 16-8 Europe mousesports  IEM Oakland Group stage

Lastly, we have NiP, who found themselves in a situation where they have to qualify for the Major for the first time in the history of CS:GO, as they exited ESL One Cologne in groups following FlipSid3's upset win.

The Swedes had to play with Mikail "Maikelele" Bill from September to early November due to pyth's injury, but they made the best out of a bad situation, grabbing the title at StarSeries, placing 3rd-4th at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals and qualifying for ELEAGUE playoffs.

Once pyth came back, NiP surprised everyone once again, adding another title to their name at IEM Oakland after a one-sided quarter-final with Immortals and extremely close series with FaZe and SK.


It's hard to imagine NiP not qualifying

The ELEAGUE Season 2 playoffs saw NiP exit early, losing to Astralis for the first time in 14 months on LAN while f0rest and friberg continued to play well and the rest couldn't put up consistently good numbers.

GeT_RiGhT and company rarely lose to teams below their level, which makes it hard to imagine they wouldn't be able to qualify. The first seeding pool will allow NiP to avoid FaZe and Dignitas, two match-ups they've had problems with in the past. Apart from those two, there aren't too many in which NiP would be in big danger.

 

The Main Qualifier kicks off today at 16:00 with the first round of the Swiss format. Keep an eye out for the viewer's guide, in which you'll find the full schedule and talent lineup.

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France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1479
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
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
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
638
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Alec 'Slemmy' White
Alec 'Slemmy' White
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1385
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Belarus Igor 'dERZKIY' Radosavlevich
Igor 'dERZKIY' Radosavlevich
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
313
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1007
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1439
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
802
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1037
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
780
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1467
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
385
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1496
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1180
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
511
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
707
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
China Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
700
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
735
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1014
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1070
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
435
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1038
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Russia Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
455
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
346
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1116
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1166
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
723
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1219
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
China YuanZhang 'AttackeR' Sheng
YuanZhang 'AttackeR' Sheng
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
712
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
China Hui 'DD' Wu
Hui 'DD' Wu
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1446
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
China YuLun 'Summer' Cai
YuLun 'Summer' Cai
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
719
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
652
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1194
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
927
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
651
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
847
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
France Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
914
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1313
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
665
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
695
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:
1004
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
752
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1326
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1397
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
596
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Belarus Kirill 'hitMouse' Tsarev
Kirill 'hitMouse' Tsarev
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
469
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
683
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
746
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1269
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
914
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Russia Nikolay 'Certus' Certus
Nikolay 'Certus' Certus
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
45
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1397
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
United States Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Stephen 'reltuC' Cutler
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
839
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
121
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
822
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Patrik 'Zero' Žúdel
Patrik 'Zero' Žúdel
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
584
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
414
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1387
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1443
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1411
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1030
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
927
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
490
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1401
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
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Finland kAlluYT 
EZ for new best NA team OpTic
2016-12-14 22:23
Dignitas, Nip, Faze, Optic, Immortals, G2, Envy and C9 to qualify
2016-12-14 22:25
#25
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Finland kAlluYT 
-C9 + TyLoo
2016-12-14 22:26
tyloo wont survive the swiss format
2016-12-14 22:28
they gonna smash optic, mark my words. Other round they could easily lost but this will happen.
2016-12-14 22:47
#57
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Germany Bier 
GL MOUSESPORTS <3 > 'The Could-be's' > Mousesports pick one. they will qualify without any problems!
2016-12-15 00:13
nobody talk about carriedsports
2016-12-15 00:21
immortals will definetly be out.
2016-12-14 22:50
-c9 +GODSENT
2016-12-15 00:59
+1 totally agreed
2016-12-15 03:25
Teams in order of likelihood to qualify: 1. NiP 2. Dignitas 3. OpTic 4. FaZe 5. G2 6. nV 7. IMT 8. Cloud9 9. mouz 10. renegades 11. hellraisers 12. godsent 13. Tyloo 14. CLG 15. Vega 16. Spirit
2016-12-14 22:26
#31
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Germany 1criT 
Agreed. .C9 will be really interesting to see imo.
2016-12-14 22:32
#41
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Slovakia cheatersw0w 
6. nV 4Head
2016-12-14 22:45
?
2016-12-14 23:31
yea nv > g2
2016-12-15 13:35
Teams in order of likelihood to qualify: 1. NiP 2. Faze 3. OpTic 4. Dignitas 5. G2 6. godsent 7. IMT 8. nV/HR RIP C9 and MOUZ
2016-12-15 01:03
godsent? bruh they sux
2016-12-15 01:10
Agree with the first 4 picks. I think IMT has a better chance than Godsent and maybe even G2 though. I feel G2 and IMT are quite similar. Both would need Shox/Scream and Hen1/Felps to really step up to advance to the majors. Would be quite an interesting match up if both the teams get to play each other and are on top form :)
2016-12-15 14:22
Yeah would be awesome match up! Could be too that Optic will fail, since they've had their 'surprise moment' and other teams have studied them.
2016-12-15 14:40
That could very well happen too! It could turn out to be a similar story to what happened with Dignitas and C9. These 2 teams won a tournament each and fell of quite drastically. I don't think that will happen to optic because these guys generally play really aggressive and tend to switch up their play style in between quite comfortably. While I don't think they'll win another big tournament soon, but they won't fall off like C9 did.
2016-12-15 14:48
12. Godsent
2016-12-17 18:10
where did u have them?
2016-12-17 21:38
in my pocket
2016-12-17 21:39
ez4faze
2016-12-14 22:26
yes
2016-12-14 22:26
NiP just DO IT! <333 Friberg <3 F0rest <3 GeT_RiGhT <3 Xizt <3 Pyth :3 <333
2016-12-14 22:23
1
2016-12-14 22:23
long ass article, mousewheel broke
2016-12-14 22:23
#8
bubble | 
Germany webaxebg 
ez 4 nip
2016-12-14 22:23
wooooooo top 10 so close ;-;
2016-12-14 22:23
a
2016-12-14 22:23
nice
2016-12-14 22:23
#12
leazo | 
Argentina leazo 
ANGE1
2016-12-14 22:26
okay
2016-12-14 22:23
#14
Sweden NIZN 
cool
2016-12-14 22:23
#15
ropz | 
Sweden fearl3ss2 
n1
2016-12-14 22:23
1
2016-12-14 22:23
#17
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Israel nerok3z 
&#1513;
2016-12-14 22:23
Ez 4 davcost
2016-12-14 22:23
n1
2016-12-14 22:23
#20
chrisJ | 
Hungary baGO. 
a
2016-12-14 22:23
#21
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
EZ 4 Optic
2016-12-14 22:24
#23
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good luck IMMORTALS! We can do it my boys, let's go!!! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2016-12-14 22:25
#26
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Yo this is sick, striker
2016-12-14 22:26
Nice, but I'm really concerned for teams like G2, NV, Godsent, and C9. Teams that really should be at the major, but are doing so poorly that they have a real chance to get kicked out in the qualifier. On the other side, a good chance for other teams to step in and have take a shot at a major, like Tyloo, Renegades, Immortals)
2016-12-14 22:28
I think you are right about that. The teams mentioned there can have games where they seem lost and have little of anything to pull from their pockets. Weirdly enough, my gut says nV is the least likely to lose their mojo, ie. the highest low, but I can defo see them go all the way thru a 2-2 score to make it in the end.
2016-12-14 22:48
teams what dont watch in major -faze -mousesports -c9 -envy -g2 hope all of this shitars fail to quali
2016-12-14 22:30
lul can i ask why ? I agree with mouz and maybe c9 but the rest can do some damage.
2016-12-14 22:39
Zumouz does the most damage shittard. Kys filthy favela imt will be rekt by mouz i promise you. You can comeback and cry later kid
2016-12-15 06:39
#84
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Australia Spionier 
mouz is shit right now, niko is talking about himself not knowing what is wrong with his performance. that's not a good sign for nikosports.
2016-12-15 14:25
Where is Astralis?
2016-12-14 22:30
#36
Zero | 
Slovakia Gramo 
They are already legends.
2016-12-14 22:37
Ty
2016-12-14 22:38
#40
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Slovakia cheatersw0w 
They are legends bc they drop karrigan and pick gla1ve
2016-12-14 22:43
They would have kept their legend status either way
2016-12-15 09:01
#93
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Denmark AnchorCS 
They had to pick up gla1ve to keep legend since dupreeh was unable to play at the quarter/semis, and they dropped karrigan. That's why every1 predicted the gla1ve pickup lol
2016-12-15 15:34
No. They could have put zonic on the starting roster and then switched him before the first game.
2016-12-17 20:29
#43
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CIS CA1MAN 
Are you retardet?
2016-12-14 22:46
I took the time to log in from mobile, only to applaud hltv and the author of this article for the time and effort put into creating this excellent piece of content. Thank you.
2016-12-14 22:33
#33
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Russia Rusev 
Heavy Hitlers ;D
2016-12-14 22:34
#34
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Hope C9 and Dignitas will go through.
2016-12-14 22:35
#35
Zero | 
Slovakia Gramo 
HR HR HR
2016-12-14 22:37
#42
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Slovakia cheatersw0w 
HR HR HR
2016-12-14 22:46
"Magiskb0Y is back in the picutre" fix :)
2016-12-14 22:39
#44
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Sweden godname 
noice HYPE
2016-12-14 22:47
EZ for Hellraisers
2016-12-14 22:56
God please... I want Renegades stickers again. #RUNRNG
2016-12-14 23:08
they will get smashed by NiP and have to be lucky with upcoming draws.
2016-12-14 23:18
yes! I hope for NIP, G2, ENVY, Mouz, faze, godsent, cloud9 and dignitas. can't wait. it's boring without top Tier 1 elite competition.
2016-12-14 23:19
Don't care who qualifies just hope C9 don't would be a prefect ending to the year honestly. People want to fanboy Ska and Shroud just because C9 had one fluke win and now look at them shit af can't want to watch them not qualify for the 2nd major in a row and hopefully get dropped.
2016-12-14 23:20
I don't think any C9 fans are fanboying over ska or shroud. They all recognize that they are the two weakest players on the team. Their arguments are usually that there would be no better NA replacements for ska and shroud or that they haven't been able to find success in Stewie's system. I really can't find anyone that thinks too highly of ska and shroud right now, even if they would be hesitant to drop them.
2016-12-15 00:04
Do you even realize how large Skadoodle and Shroud's fanbase are? "I don't think any C9 fans are fanboying over ska or shroud" It's literally the only reason they're still on the team. Even when they had their little bit of success after ESL I still said they need to get rid of Ska & Shroud and everyone was like stop talking shit they just won something they don't need changes and it's been all downhill from there as expected they can't even get out of groups of events anymore. Anyway those 2 need to go, Stewie needs to play a role where he can just focus on his game play and they need a real IGL and someone who can actually AWP. They already have 2 solid af riflers Stewie/Autimatic, n0thing is like whatever to me if they keep him or not he isn't a very good player and had several years across different CS Games to prove he was but he never did, to inconsistent, sloppy and brain dead in game but he has really sick aim.
2016-12-15 06:51
People have been shitting all over ska and shroud, you clearly haven't been paying attention dumb ass, even when shroud was doing good at EPL and second on the team, people still somehow managed to shit all over him. Analysts/etc have mentioned it before, even steel, the system they have in place is for stewie/tim to thrive, calling around himself, ska/shroud need more help than stewie can give them, someone like dazed/sean.
2016-12-15 15:52
#53
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Hungary StraYzie 
Go DeadFox! HellRaisers! NiP, Dignitas, OpTic, Cloud9, FaZe, mouz, Immortals, HellRaisers, G2. From these 9 teams 8 will qualify. EnVy should be envy after this event
2016-12-14 23:25
#72
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Brazil Raphzzz 
its sad to say that but, these 9 teams, hellraisers is the team who has more chance to not qualify :(
2016-12-15 09:14
#95
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Hungary StraYzie 
True, but there is still a chance. I hope they'll qualify
2016-12-15 16:13
#59
Spain SR4 
GODSENT LUL
2016-12-15 00:33
why it's envy against immortals & g2 vs godsent ?
2016-12-15 00:37
qualifying -NIP -NV -FaZe -Deagnatas -OpTic -G2 -C9(or renegades) -immortals(or mouz)
2016-12-15 00:45
Jesus, there's so much talent here and this is only the qualifier. We're looking at one of the most competitive Majors to date with a qualifier pool like this.
2016-12-15 01:22
#66
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Taiwan SCVready 
This is more exciting than major itself
2016-12-15 02:34
#68
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Major is going to be crazier... But this quali is unpredictable, there is no denying that!
2016-12-15 06:20
#78
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Denmark FeNoM_XD 
Dignitas NiP EnvyUs G2 Optic Cloud9 FaZe mousesports/IMMT/GODSENT ez
2016-12-15 13:32
#74
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Europe p1peb0mb 
ez 4 senor vac,wonderchild,olof's son,mastermind and emilia hult's ex-bf
2016-12-15 11:49
dignitas, faze, envy, nip, optic, hr, godsent in openings imo. Gonna be interesting
2016-12-15 13:16
#76
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Russia AR4ER 
Gambit invite?
2016-12-15 13:22
They got spot from last major
2016-12-15 13:24
Let' Go G2 <3
2016-12-15 13:32
Would be huge for HR to finally qualify. So many unlucky failures in the past
2016-12-15 13:59
go hr
2016-12-15 14:09
Really good article. The time and effort put into this is quite commendable :) Top 4 - NiP, Faze, Dignitas, Optic 5th & 6th - Immortals and G2 (C9 and envyus to miss out)
2016-12-15 14:30
#86
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Japan eoeoeoewowow 
So if you win 3 you're qualified and if you lose 3 you're eliminated?
2016-12-15 14:32
That pretty much sums it up :D
2016-12-15 14:35
Why does it say "tomorrow"? Did you publish a day late?
2016-12-15 14:33
#92
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Korea 2814 
This was posted yesterday, for some reason it got bumped to the top of news.
2016-12-15 15:06
Seems ez for us
2016-12-15 14:55
#97
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Immmortals, NiP, G2, EnVyUs, Optic, Mousesports, Cloud9 and Dignitas are going to qualify. Mark my words.
2016-12-16 00:56
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