DH Masters Las Vegas preview

DreamHack Masters Las Vegas starts on Wednesday, February 15, with 16 teams kicking the event off with the GSL group stage. We've prepared a preview in which we take a look at the teams and some of the biggest storylines.

Sixteen teams will come together in Las Vegas from February 15-19, including 11 highest-ranked teams in the world according to our current Team Ranking.

The stacked $450,000 event will feature a GSL group stage, played mostly in best-of-one matches barring the best-of-three decider matches, with the top two teams from each group advancing to a single-elimination bracket.

These are the groups:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Denmark Astralis Poland Virtus.pro  Brazil SK CIS Natus Vincere
Denmark North Sweden fnatic Sweden NiP Europe FaZe
United States OpTic Kazakhstan Gambit United States Cloud9  Australia Renegades
North America Complexity  United States Misfits China TYLOO Europe mousesports

An important thing to keep in mind is that the new Inferno will be played on LAN for the first time since Valve announced it was replacing Dust2 in the Active Duty map pool, and DreamHack decided to make the switch with just two weeks between the update and the event.

In our preview of DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, we've divided the 16 teams into four categories: Favourites, Mid-tier teams, Underdogs, and Debutants, which features teams who were tough to place in any of the other categories due to their roster changes.

* Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

Favorites

Astralis (#1) Age Rating
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz  21 1.24
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 18 1.13
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen 23 1.05
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 21 1.05
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 21 1.01
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

With gla1ve coming into the lineup, Astralis rose to success much quicker than even they expected to, having improved their results with every event they attended.

Before the end of 2016, the Danish powerhouse picked-up a semi-final finish at IEM Oakland, made it one step further at ELEAGUE Season 2, and clinched their first title in over a year at ECS Season 2 Finals.

Despite those results, several experts picked Natus Vincere to defeat Astralis in quarter-finals at the ELAEGUE Major and to win the whole thing. However, device and company prevailed in the end and went on to grab their first Major title in fantastic fashion, edging past Virtus.pro  in a tight grand final.

Kjaerbye with the ELEAGUE Major 2017 trophy and his HLTV MVP medal

Kjaerbye is enjoying gla1ve's system

Being the last Major winners and seeing as the remainder of the top-ten is unstable due to roster changes or mixed results, Astralis are the team to beat at the moment.

It'll be hard for anyone to do that, as the number one team has a lot of depth all-around. Their wide map pool allows them to match up well against anyone and all of their players are in good form, especially Kjaerbye who powered Astralis through playoffs at the Major.

With Inferno coming into the mix, Astralis lost one of their better maps, Dust2, and in series' it could force them to play Cobblestone, assuming they haven't put enough time in Inferno to be confident on it. It's unlikely any of the other teams will be prepared to pick it, though, so it's possible that the Danes will keep banning Cobblestone when facing certain opponents.

Virtus.pro (#2) Age Rating
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski  23 1.20
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 22 1.09
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 30 1.09
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski 28 1.07
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 29 0.99
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

Virtus.pro have proven time and time again that despite their overall instability, the Poles nearly always show up at the biggest events, of which DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is one.

Only last month did TaZ and company finish in third place at WESG—where they were largely expected to win—only to come back at the Major and be rounds away from winning it.


Virtus.pro will have many hard match-ups in Vegas

In Atlanta, Snax was clearly the team's driving force, but we've come to expect that from the team's superstar and the fifth-best player of 2016. Not so much from pashaBiceps, however, who also stood behind a large portion of Virtus.pro's success at the Major with a few big clutches and a stable performance overall.

The Poles should come out ahead in their group, which is reasonably dangerous with the new-old fnatic as well as a rising Gambit. VP are good enough to take on any team in playoffs, but there are several who can beat them, including the other two favorites and three of the debutants, SK, North, and FaZe.

Natus Vincere (#4) Age Rating
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev  19 1.13
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev 19 1.12
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 25 0.97
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 29 0.96
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 22 0.87
Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk (coach)

The new Na`Vi, which features s1mple since August last year, has so far disappointed to live up to their potential, dealing with identity issues as they figure out whether to utilize a tactical or a simplistic approach.

After finishing the year with two measly group stage exits at ELEAGUE Season 2 and IEM Oakland, Natus Vincere's heavy preparations prior to the ELEAGUE Major sparked hopes for a new future.

Unluckily, Na`Vi met Astralis in quarter-finals, as GuardiaN and company finished 3-0 while the Danes made it out of the groups in the last round, and we didn't get to see enough to objectively judge their new level.


DreamHack Masters will give us a clearer picture of where Na`Vi stand

We saw a total of six maps from Natus Vincere at the Major, of which three were against the best team in the world and the remainder were CT-side landslides in the group.

DreamHack Masters Las Vegas should give us more answers as to where they stand among the top teams. Judging by the little we saw at the Major, they have a fair shot at a semi-final finish or more, depending on whether they'll be able to deal with the loss of Dust2, which they looked good on at the Major.

Mid-tier teams

NiP (#6) Age Rating
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg  28 1.06
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 25 0.96
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 25 0.93
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi 23 0.91
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 26 0.86
Sweden Björn "THREAT" Pers (coach)

NiP are one of the few teams who have yet to show themselves this year, having failed to qualify for the Major due to a crushing loss to Vega Squadron at the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier.

That finish to 2016 was especially shocking due to the Swedes consistently making playoffs at their previous three events with a title at IEM Oakland, a semi-final finish at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, and a quarter-finals exit at ELEAGUE Season 2.

At the qualifier, NiP were most notably criticized for their lack of timeout usage and inability to adapt, which should be fixed with THREAT coming back into the mix, as he is finally traveling with the team again.


The Norse God and his NiP return two months after the Main Qualifier fiasco

While it has detrimental effects on NiP's future at the Majors, I see their Main Qualifier showing as merely a bump on the road in terms of form; the Swedish roster should now go back to where they belong—being a contender for a top-four finish.

The only worrying sign is their 0-4 record in Pro League, where they've only met the lower tier teams Heroic and mousesports so far, although that can be chalked up to online competition.

Gambit (#9) Age Rating
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev  27 1.13
Kazakhstan Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov 22 1.12
Kazakhstan Rustem "mou" Telepov 25 1.11
Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov 28 0.96
Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko 29 0.92
Ukraine Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin (coach)

Gambit quickly began to improve upon the addition of Zeus and Tengri's Hobbit, who quickly became one of the team's stars alongside his compatriots AdreN and mou.

In the span of a month, Zeus and company clinched two smaller titles, Predator Masters Season 3 and DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter, before starting their preparations ahead of the ELEAGUE Major.


Gambit's first test will be the new-old fnatic

Being one of the hardest working teams, Gambit came prepared for the Major, where they only lost to Virtus.pro on their way to playoffs while defeating two more playoff-bound teams, North and FaZe. Their journey came to an end when they met one of the better teams out of all the possible draws, fnatic, against whom they were only able to win Overpass in a three map series.

That map now seems to be one of their best, alongside Cobblestone, although they seem to be reliant on the two as we haven't seen them play the other four too much. As for Inferno, it's possible Zeus will want to take advantage of the situation and prepare Gambit to use it as a trump card, but I wouldn't bet on anyone picking the map this close to the announcement.

Cloud9 (#11) Age Rating
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta  20 1.08
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 23 1.06
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip 19 1.02
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 0.96
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 22 0.94

Cloud9's recent results resemble those of summer 2015, when the team was led by Sean "seang@res" Gares and made three finals in a row before dropping back to the second tier of teams.

From September to October, the North American squad were runners-up three times at smaller events, and more importantly grabbed 3rd-4th at StarSeries Season 2 Finals and a title at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals.

They attended four more events before the end of the year in quick succession and failed to make it past groups each time, most notably at the Major's Main Qualifier where they suffered losses to TYLOO and HellRaisers.


Cloud9's honeymoon period is over

Whether that has to do with the fact that they barely had any time for practice between those events is up for debate, but it seems they've been figured out and as a result lost the confidence they had had during their successful run.

To add insult to injury, Cloud9 are another team for whom Dust2 leaving the map pool could be detrimental. They've always liked the map and used to be very good on it, perhaps due to its simplicity which allows their loose playstyle to shine, but now they don't have that option anymore. They'll have to start looking into either Inferno or Nuke to make up for the loss, but fortunately for them, many teams are facing the same issue as nearly everyone was able to play Dust2.

Debutants

SK (#3)   OpTic (#5)
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David 1.21   United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 1.12
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 1.05   Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic 1.08
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 1.03   Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas 1.05
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 0.99   United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 1.02
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 0.92   United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin 0.90
      Brazil Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu (coach)
       
FaZe (#7)   North (#8)
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 1.04   Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 1.14
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 0.97   Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 1.06
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey 0.95   Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 1.05
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 0.95   Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke 1.05
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad N/A   Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 0.75
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)   Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)
         
fnatic (#10)    mousesports (#14)
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 1.06   Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač 1.05
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 1.04   Spain Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran 1.00
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 1.02   Germany Timo "Spiidi" Richter 0.79
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer 0.93   Germany Denis "denis" Howell 0.75
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 0.86   Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný N/A
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)   Ukraine Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)

Rather than go through all teams in the debutants section individually, we will go over the group as a whole and see which teams have a better chance to succeed at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.

fnatic made possibly the most exciting change, bringing back together the same lineup that won six titles in a row in late 2015 to early 2016 and went on to garner several more top fours before breaking up in summer.

It needs to be said that the conditions between then and now have changed drastically for such a relatively short period of time. The competition is stiffer and not all of fnatic's players are at the same level they were at a year ago, but even so, the fact that they've played together not that long ago will surely help them in the short term.

The situation in North is similar, as we already saw the same lineup with aizy once before at WESG Regional Finals, where the then-dignitas clinched first place. That experience will help aizy get accommodated in the roster and adjust much quicker than their group opponents, OpTic, who have just lost their in-game leader.


The new-old fnatic might be the most benefitted out of the debutants in the short-term 

DreamHack Masters Las Vegas loses importance for FaZe and mousesports due to the fact that both are going in with a stand-in, knowing they'll have a new lineup after the event. However, at the same time, being in that position takes pressure away. Since they're both in the same group, I'd give the edge to FaZe, who are the better team overall and won't mind the loss of Dust2 nearly as much as mouz.

That leaves us with SK, who are a bit of a question mark. felps is a very different player than Lincoln "fnx" Lau or Ricardo "fox" Pacheco, so FalleN needs to create a new system in which he can use the aggressive play-maker that is the new addition. SK already had one highly aggressive player in fer, so it'll be interesting to see how the Brazilians will be able to keep control over their play style.

SK's success will come down to whether their in-game leader was able to come up with a style that works with the new roster in the short time he had, which is not a given. I'd rather say that the Brazilian squad will be one to benefit in the long term when they've figured out how to work with felps.

Underdogs

TYLOO (#25)   Renegades (#26)
China HaoWen "somebody" Xu 1.06   Australia Justin "jks" Savage 1.06
China Ke "captainMo" Liu 1.02   Australia Karlo "USTILO" Pivac 1.01
China Hui "DD" Wu 1.01   Sweden Simon "atter" Atterstam 0.93
China Zhen "HZ" Huang 0.96   Australia Yaman "yam" Ergenekon 0.86
China YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng 0.96   Australia Aaron "AZR" Ward 0.78
      Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović (coach)
       
Misfits (#35)   Complexity (#42)
United States Hunter "SicK" Mims 1.15   United Kingdom Rory "dephh" Jackson 1.05
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken 1.09   United Kingdom Kia "Surreal" Man 1.04
United States Skyler "Relyks" Weaver 0.92   Canada Michael "Uber" Stapells 0.95
United States Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan N/A   Canada Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor 0.83
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares N/A   United States Derek "desi" Branchen N/A
      United States Matt "Warden" Dickens (coach)

If I had to pick one team from the Underdogs who could go on and advance from their group, it would be Renegades. The Australians will face the two teams with stand-ins in their group, FaZe and mousesports, which makes a playoffs finish possible.

The odds still aren't good, though. Similarly to mouz, Renegades' chances suffer from the change of Active Duty maps, as they had favored Dust2 in recent months. On top of that, the inclusion of the Swede atter into the team, who will be playing in Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland's stead, will leave a large question mark looming over the Australian-Swedish team. 

As for the others, TYLOO still haven't finalized their roster even with Attacker coming back, while Misfits and Complexity are placed in groups full of much better teams.

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1039
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
957
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
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
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
729
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1577
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
958
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Kia 'Surreal' Man
Kia 'Surreal' Man
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
717
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
671
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
China Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
708
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
United States Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver
Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
752
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
934
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:
1110
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1249
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1392
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
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:
1243
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Canada Michael 'Uber' Stapells
Michael 'Uber' Stapells
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
395
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1177
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Simon 'atter' Atterstam
Simon 'atter' Atterstam
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
240
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
732
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
China YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng
YuanZhang 'Attacker' Sheng
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
833
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
China Zhen 'HZ' Huang
Zhen 'HZ' Huang
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1327
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
China Hui 'DD' Wu
Hui 'DD' Wu
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
742
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1031
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1027
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
937
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
819
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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:
1094
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
United States Derek 'desi' Branchen
Derek 'desi' Branchen
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
349
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1273
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1738
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1406
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1214
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United Kingdom Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Rory 'dephh' Jackson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
984
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Matt 'Warden' Dickens
Matt 'Warden' Dickens
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
55
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.17
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1290
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States 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
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Mikhaylo 'Kane' Blagin
Mikhaylo 'Kane' Blagin
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.37
Maps played:
5
KPR:
0.24
DPR:
0.82
APR:
0.07
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1476
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1513
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1529
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
#1
 | 
Finland neksu 
ez 4 fnatic
2017-02-14 18:52
#29
 | 
Germany GeoRg___J 
yes
2017-02-14 18:52
#43
 | 
United Kingdom FraserLK50 
N1
2017-02-14 18:52
#53
 | 
Europe dtm1337 
Defenitly
2017-02-14 18:55
Is there a live stream for this event?
2017-02-14 18:53
#87
 | 
India Ad1_KaM 
No they just gonna play offline and update us with just scores. :(
2017-02-14 20:18
#120
 | 
United Kingdom Jeremy_Kyle 
savage
2017-02-15 12:10
#88
 | 
North America bloodwolf1710 
Duh
2017-02-14 20:22
#47
 | 
Sweden proffs 
Lol how many times have sk been in the same group as nip
2017-02-14 18:53
#61
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
its crazy haha IEM Katowice, MLG Columbus, ECS S1 Finals, EPL S4 Finals, IEM Oakland and now DH Masters Las Vegas
2017-02-14 19:02
Valve is giving us a message. NIP + SK = SKIN P P is emoji here:)
2017-02-14 19:48
#67
 | 
Brazil baldok1 
Too ez for Tyloon nabc4kes
2017-02-14 19:20
#70
KLnT | 
Pakistan Huzaifa 
Let's go Tyloo !!
2017-02-14 19:30
#78
 | 
Afghanistan crywolf1337 
why is Niko is Mouz here!
2017-02-14 19:49
#4
 | 
Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
nice event gl to all teams
2017-02-14 18:52
#16
 | 
Sweden Kasidro 
lol
2017-02-14 18:51
party all night
2017-02-14 18:52
ez for fnatic
2017-02-14 18:51
n1
2017-02-14 18:51
#20
 | 
Other anarh1st47 
ez
2017-02-14 18:51
EZ NIP :)
2017-02-14 18:51
#23
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
n1
2017-02-14 18:51
+ ez Gambit
2017-02-14 18:52
#27
 | 
France Moon974 
ez
2017-02-14 18:52
lol
2017-02-14 18:52
n1
2017-02-14 18:52
#33
 | 
Hungary Shaperz 
ez
2017-02-14 18:52
n1111
2017-02-14 18:52
n1
2017-02-14 18:52
#39
 | 
Switzerland Jubei 
Tyloo underdog? After all they have done? Defeating Sk in a bo3? You are retarded
2017-02-14 18:52
#116
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
no fancy1 no win
2017-02-15 04:57
#125
 | 
Switzerland Jubei 
Nap spotted, HZ can do the same amount of damage, only with a more defensive style
2017-02-15 15:11
#126
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
I've never seen HZ play so I don't know what he can do
2017-02-15 15:18
#127
 | 
Switzerland Jubei 
Tbh it can be hard for him becausr he has only once played international (wesg) but he did good and tyloo had noob bottlejr but now the team is back with hz, you will see them take down Sk, Red dragon is the best
2017-02-15 15:22
good read
2017-02-14 18:52
mouz vs FaZe TraitorNiKo throw incoming LUL. On the other hand Group D could be interesting. Who knows in what form mah boi s1mple is going 2 be.
2017-02-14 18:53
SK Gaming WINS!
2017-02-14 18:54
#51
NEO | 
Poland m@rulek 
Sk - debutants :D
2017-02-14 18:54
#90
Brazil rlh3 
Na'Vi favorite SK debutant lmao
2017-02-14 20:24
#95
Germany n4sK 
NaVi favorites - I lol'd
2017-02-14 20:31
just hltv analysts.. HAHAHA sure, they can win the tournament, but they are NOT entering this as favorites at all
2017-02-14 22:15
#105
 | 
Russia grEminence 
they're clear favorites
2017-02-14 23:33
NaVi? I`d put North or SK over them
2017-02-15 02:16
#128
 | 
Switzerland Jubei 
Sk? Nice fanboy. Tyloo>Sk. Tyloo vp in final.
2017-02-15 15:23
ain't gonna argue with trollb8
2017-02-15 15:30
#130
 | 
Switzerland Jubei 
b8 when u say sk is favorite? ok LMAO
2017-02-15 16:08
nope, when you said Tyloo>Sk and also Tyloo vp in final. Where did I say SK is favorite? lul
2017-02-15 19:38
#133
 | 
Switzerland Jubei 
#110 You would put sk instead of navi as favourite, just different words but the same meaning
2017-02-15 19:42
LUL.. can't you read? it was a criticism to the fact that hltv.Striker listed NaVi as favorites, cuz they don't deserve it. As an EXAMPLE i said that North or SK could be on NaVi's place, could have been Optic or even G2 if they were on this tournament, but not NaVi. You speak like i was putting SK as favorites, i did not do that, stop caring only about flags.
2017-02-15 21:05
ez fnatic sk felps bad
2017-02-14 18:55
#54
 | 
Australia weedloll 
the groups are fucked how do you expect to see who's the best team with groups like this lmao
2017-02-14 18:55
huuurduuurrrr kick god friberg, instead of BOT GTR with shit rating LUL Time for gtr to retire or leave for le NA cash, he needs to stop waste forest and fribergs potential
2017-02-14 18:56
#62
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
without that 0.09, he'd be higher up in the team
2017-02-14 19:03
0,09 LUL kick him already LUL
2017-02-14 19:05
#108
suNny | 
United States VAZ1R 
God Friberg, nice 1. Took me time to understand.
2017-02-15 00:19
Rip C9
2017-02-14 18:56
#59
 | 
Turkey osmanabi 
"At the qualifier, NiP were most notably criticized for their lack of timeout usage and inability to adapt, which should be fixed with Björn "THREAT" Pers coming back into the mix, as he is finally traveling with the team again." PogChamp THREAT HYPE BOIS PogChamp
2017-02-14 18:58
Look at Group C, then look Group B...
2017-02-14 18:58
#64
 | 
Venezuela xoile 
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 26 0.86
2017-02-14 19:13
#65
 | 
Other zeus23 
Ez 4 NiP
2017-02-14 19:15
ez 4 somebody
2017-02-14 19:20
why mouz and faze in the same group?
2017-02-14 19:20
#69
 | 
Sweden godname 
just missing G2 and EnvyuS there
2017-02-14 19:25
#71
TACO | 
Brazil torm3ntin 
LOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLLOLL> HLTV is a joke. SK tier 1. They need 4 players to do anything. Not even a 5th
2017-02-14 19:33
thats why they were in the final of the last major...
2017-02-14 19:37
#92
TACO | 
Brazil torm3ntin 
making top 4 on the last major proves my point....
2017-02-14 20:28
#75
 | 
United States Logic_CSGO 
They win most of their rounds by getting opening picks. C9 could beat them with a constant 4v5... Well, maybe not. But still, they rely on opening picks. They're good, they're great. But not that great.
2017-02-14 19:38
#93
TACO | 
Brazil torm3ntin 
all i'm stating is that they should be on the favorites list, not at debutants one....
2017-02-14 20:28
#122
 | 
Australia JonoMate 
Every team that has made a change is in the debutants list because we have never seen them play
2017-02-15 13:20
hey mah friend. Sk has proved that all they need is a stand in to do well :D
2017-02-15 13:37
pretty sure Niko isn't playing in faze for now
2017-02-14 19:37
#76
Snax | 
Poland dediw3e4 
Vp vs Astralis in final rematch incoming
2017-02-14 19:47
#79
 | 
Indonesia holyjoe 
lol wtf gambit better than a SK NOrth fnatic? I AREN'T THINK THAt
2017-02-14 19:50
#104
 | 
Russia grEminence 
yes, they much better
2017-02-14 23:31
#80
 | 
Denmark BrezzyOG 
ez astralis :$$
2017-02-14 19:51
ez fnatic
2017-02-14 19:54
Nip favorite? xD
2017-02-14 20:00
EzaF
2017-02-14 20:08
4 of 5 nip players with 0.X rating LUL
2017-02-14 20:12
#86
 | 
Denmark potatomato 
Nice.
2017-02-14 20:12
#89
 | 
Spain Xmikele 
the final sure is complexity vs fnatic, and win complexity 2-1 xd
2017-02-14 20:24
#103
 | 
Russia grEminence 
can confirm
2017-02-14 23:30
#91
 | 
Poland sajlent 
A 1. Astralis 2. North B 1. fnatic 2. VP C 1. SK 2. NiP D 1. Na`Vi 2. FaZe
2017-02-14 20:25
#112
Zeus | 
Russia shanr1s 
Gambit vp
2017-02-15 02:20
#131
 | 
Poland sajlent 
we will see m8
2017-02-15 18:10
#94
 | 
France vingen 
ez 4 fnatic
2017-02-14 20:29
ez pussi 4 X GOD Dosia
2017-02-14 20:35
#97
 | 
Chile nachooww 
FaZeUp
2017-02-14 20:38
#99
Europe bueR 
Astralis vs Faze
2017-02-14 20:49
lul faze isnt even mid tier even if theres jkeam they can make it out of group stages ez
2017-02-14 22:18
#106
 | 
Spain akproxx 
cant wait for faze niko im with north and navi this tournament North Astralis --- VP fnatic --- SK cloud9 --- NaVi FaZe
2017-02-14 23:56
#107
 | 
Canada turbanator 
ez for complexity complexity will reach qf calling it now
2017-02-15 00:10
LUL so ez for fnatic .. why even tournament ? just give the prizepool > 1.fnatic 2.VP 3/4:astralis/navi .. the other teams are a joke
2017-02-15 00:59
#111
 | 
Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
LUL I didn't even know there were more positions in the HLTV ranking rather than the 30 we see here on the website... Where can I see the complete ranking?
2017-02-15 02:19
#115
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Same here xD I think it's up to top 50 or something like that, I don't believe they are doing every single team there is, lol.
2017-02-15 04:42
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
yeah I heard a while ago that the complete had 50 teams or something. Still didn't find it though
2017-02-15 07:07
ez for fnatic
2017-02-15 03:35
NIP mid-tier and SK Debutant! kkkkkk NIP<Underdogs
2017-02-15 13:02
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