IEM Katowice preview

Striker
February 28th, 2017 10:29

IEM Katowice, where 12 teams will lock horns for $250,000, will kick off on March 1 with the round-robin group stage. We have put together a preview where we take a look at each team and analyze their form and chances in Katowice.

Intel Extreme Masters Season 11's last event, IEM Katowice, will follow in the footsteps of the last several IEM events, as it features 12 teams of which nine are in the top10 of our Team Ranking.

Once again, those 12 will battle in two round-robin groups of six, each offering three spots in the playoffs; a semi-finals spot for the team that wins their group and two quarter-finals spots for second and third placed teams.

Here are the groups:

Group A  Group B
Denmark Astralis Brazil SK
Sweden NiP Poland Virtus.pro
United States OpTic Denmark North
Brazil Immortals  CIS Natus Vincere
Sweden fnatic Denmark Heroic
Europe FaZe United States Cloud9

The first two days, March 1-2, are reserved for the group stage played off-stage and the iconic Spodek Arena will play host to the playoffs on the following three days. Head over to our viewer's guide for the full schedule and other information you need to know about IEM Katowice.

Without further ado, let's delve into the 12 teams who will battle in Katowice, Poland. This time we have distributed the teams into the following three groups - The Big Three (Astralis, Virtus.pro, and SK), The Contenders, and The Underdogs.

* Ratings used in the article are from the past three months on LAN

The Big Three

Astralis (#1) Age Rating
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz 21 1.24
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye  18 1.14
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen 23 1.09
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 21 1.07
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 21 0.97
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

We kick it off with Astralis, who have made top four at each of the five events they attended ever since adding new in-game leader gla1ve in October, including two titles at the ELEAGUE Major and ECS Season 2 Finals.

With their win over Virtus.pro at the Major and the Poles taking revenge in dominating fashion just last week at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, a new rivalry was created that is waiting for new chapters. Another is likely to be written at IEM Katowice, where both teams are all but confirmed to make playoffs from their respective groups.

Apart from VP, SK make for another formidable opponent after what we've seen from them at DreamHack Masters. There are a few more teams that could threaten Astralis in a series, namely Natus Vincere and North.


Astralis have the easier group, but all the more pressure to place first

All four aforementioned teams are in Group B, which will pressure Astralis to place first in their group so that they can skip a tough quarter-final. The Danes have proven successful in best-of-one's over the last four months, with the exception of one stumble against GODSENT at the Major, so the only match-up I'd be worried about is the Nikola "NiKo" Kovač-infused FaZe who pack immense upset potential.

A big help in any of the match-ups will be Astralis' wide map pool, which was somewhat in question with the addition of Inferno, but they've since proved that they are able to play the new map as well. Only Cobblestone remains as the map they consistently avoid after trying it out a couple of times in December with no success, so they can make sure they only play their best maps in the groups.

All in all, being one of the Big Three, Astralis can reach the very top in Katowice, but it won't be an easy route with several other teams being capable of taking the Danes to a tough series.

Virtus.pro (#2) Age Rating
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 23 1.20
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński  22 1.08
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski  28 1.07
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 30 1.06
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 29 1.01
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

While Astralis traveled the world picking up a couple of titles shortly after their change, Virtus.pro took things more slowly at the brink of 2016 and 2017, as they disappointed at ELEAGUE Season 2 and WESG.

Nevertheless, they picked up the pace in time for the Major, where they clinched second place due to dropping a 13-7 lead on the CT side of Train, the decider of the grand final against the aforementioned Danes. Following Kjaerbye's remarks that his team underperformed in the grand final despite the win, TaZ promised to crush Astralis at the next event.

VP did just that at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, passing Kjaerbye & co. without breaking much of a sweat on two of the three maps, Nuke and Train, and went on to take down SK in the final for their first big title in over six months.


The Poles haven't had this good of a chance to please their home crowd in years

With that, the Big Three was formed, as Astralis and Virtus.pro are within five points from each other in our ranking and SK aren't too far behind in third place, while teams from number four downwards have a lot of catching up to do. 

Placing second at the Major and first at the latest big event in Las Vegas, the Poles are in a great place just in time for their home event at the Spodek Arena, where they picked up their first victory at the second-ever Major, EMS One Katowice in 2014. The home crowd will sing as one once again, provided VIR-TUS-PRO make playoffs from Group B.

That in itself is a hard task, as their group is packed with three other top-five teams. However, TaZ's side have the comfort of not being affected by the latest change of maps as they used to avoid Dust2 anyway, while four of the six teams in Group B were forced to adjust. Once Virtus.pro pass the dangerous best-of-one stage, they'll have a high chance of picking up their second consecutive title to overtake Astralis in the ranking.

SK (#3) Age Rating
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David 22 1.24
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga  25 1.10
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 20 1.02
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 25 0.98
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 22 0.90

Throughout Astralis' rise, SK went through an adjustment period when Lincoln "fnx" Lau was released from the roster and the Brazilians used Ricardo "fox" Pacheco at ECS Season 2 Finals and the ELEAGUE Major, unable to bring felps on board sooner due to Valve's roster rules.

Despite the unfavorable situation, FalleN's squad continued their fantastic streak of top four finishes (dating back to May 2016 if we disregard ELEAGUE disqualifying SK from Season 1), finishing 3rd-4th at the aforementioned two events.

The acquisition of felps raised questions as to how the team would change up their style after packing another highly aggressive player to go alongside fer. During SK's incredible showing at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, where they took VP to their limit in the grand final, we got a few answers.


FalleN took a step back to empower felps

It seems FalleN took a step back and gave felps a lot of room to find plays and open up rounds in return. The AWPer was involved in the fewest opening duels from his team in Las Vegas (0.11 opening kills + opening deaths vs. 0.21 on average on LAN in 2016), while felps' aggression awarded him second place in his team in that regard (0.27 opening kills + opening deaths).

fer played a huge part in SK's success at DreamHack Masters alongside regular high-level contributor coldzera, so it will be interesting to see whether he can keep up that level of play at IEM Katowice.

If he does, SK could make a deep run again and perhaps take that last step this time, especially if the squad got more comfortable with felps after their debut in Las Vegas.

The Contenders

North (#4) Age Rating
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 18 1.14
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke  19 1.07
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 27 1.03
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 20 0.98
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 22 0.79
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Another DreamHack Masters Las Vegas debutants were North, who replaced Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel with aizy after the Major and a streak of poor results towards the end of 2016.

The Danish side showed up in solid form in Las Vegas despite the limited time they had with the new player, most notably beating Gambit before falling short to SK in semis.

Similarly to when Nuke came out and the then-dignitas quickly included it in their map pool, MSL's five wasn't afraid of playing Inferno early on as well as in the playoffs.


North can't afford to stumble to advance from groups

Given how North's map pool looks at the moment, featuring five good maps and some experience on Inferno, they should have a leg up in vetoes during IEM Katowice's group stage, where they'll face several teams who have yet to play the new map for the first time.

Even with that advantage, the group will be tough as it packs four teams who should make playoffs on paper, but there are only three spots up for grabs. Practically every match in that group will be an important one, and the Danes can't afford to start slow as they have in the past.

Natus Vincere (#5) Age Rating
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev 19 1.13
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev  19 1.12
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 25 1.01
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 29 1.01
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 22 0.92
Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk (coach)

Natus Vincere are looking to improve on their results from the past several months, when they failed to pass group stages at two consecutive events before 2016 came to a close.

Na`Vi already showed some of what they can have in store if all goes well in groups at the Major, but they still have yet to win a best-of-three series against the other top-five teams in the last four months. 

Like I highlighted in the What we learned from DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, the roster is facing internal issues more than anything else, and those could lead to lineup changes if Natus Vincere don't start placing high soon.


The pressure is on

That begins with IEM Katowice, where they're up against several great teams already in groups. On the plus side, seized's five has had a pretty good track record in best-of-one's since the Christmas to early January break, barring a breakdown against mousesports in Vegas.

The fact that Na`Vi vetoed Inferno each time in Vegas implies they have no intention of playing it this soon, unless they put work into it in the past week. That might not matter in groups in Poland — even though it's always good to have more options —, but it will definitely play its part in series if the Ukraine-based team get there.

OpTic (#6) Age Rating
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 22 1.12
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic  19 1.04
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas 21 1.00
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 21 0.97
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin 26 0.77
Brazil Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu (coach)

OpTic are another team who made changes just before Las Vegas due to the departure of Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz to Liquid, whose shoes were filled by Hiko on a trial basis while Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu joined as coach. 

That change hasn't paid off so far with OpTic bombing out of the group stage in Nevada, only beating North on Inferno before getting stomped by them in the decider.


Hiko's debut with OpTic didn't go well

This time their chances might be a little better with Immortals, who just changed lineups, and an underperforming NiP and fnatic being in their group.

However, a lot will have to go right for OpTic for them to advance anyway, and the best case they have based on their performance at DreamHack Masters is barely scraping through in third place.

The focus is, of course, on none other than Hiko, who is only trying out for the time being and as such has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to perform, as well as NAF who took over leadership upon the previous IGL's departure.

NiP (#8) Age Rating
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 28 1.13
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg  25 1.12
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 26 1.01
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi 23 1.01
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 26 0.92
Sweden Björn "THREAT" Pers (coach)

NiP continue their disappointing series of events with a quarter-final finish at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas. That was their second best-of-three loss to Astralis after the Danes broke through NiP's magic after about 14 months at ELEAGUE Season 2, but this time it was a bashing.

The Swedes took a huge gamble in the veto, banning Overpass instead of Mirage (perhaps because of their loss to Cloud9 earlier) and picking Inferno, which horribly backfired as Astralis only let go of 13 rounds over the two maps.


How much confidence did NiP lose during their losing streak?

Based on that veto, NiP weren't at all confident on Nuke anymore for seemingly no reason, because they used to be great on it in the last quarter of 2016. That begs the question whether their confidence overall has dipped so low that they need to take gambles like that to get an edge.

The NiP of November would have advanced from this group, but there is no evidence of that version existing at the moment. Nevertheless, it will also depend on their opponents; Astralis are clearly favored, FaZe should also do well, but the third spot could go either way between the rest.

FaZe (#9) Age Rating
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač 20 1.13
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli  24 1.12
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 22 1.01
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey  22 1.01
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 26 0.92
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

FaZe are going into IEM Katowice as one of the three debutants alongside Immortals and Heroic, having brought in NiKo after DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.

Before the transfer could happen, karrigan called on Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad to stand-in for the team in Vegas, and the European squad finished below the top eight with losses to mousesports and Natus Vincere.

On paper, the new FaZe should be the second strongest of the group. Although it's never a given that the two parties will adjust this quickly before a tournament (less than a week), everyone knows what NiKo can do and it's obvious karrigan will want to use that power as much as possible. 


Where can NiKo push FaZe?

The Danish in-game leader already partially spilled the beans on how he'd like to use NiKo: with the Bosnian on the other side of the map, helping out with the calls. 

We'll have to wait and see how it works, but there's no denying that this FaZe lineup is packed with a lot of skill and have the potential to turn up the heat right from the beginning.

fnatic (#10) Age Rating
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 22 1.01
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  25 0.98
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 22 0.98
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist  23 0.96
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 26 0.81
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

The Swedish reunion was yet another big story of February, as the early to mid-2016 fnatic lineup came back together after struggling ever since they split up in July.

Their debut at DreamHack Masters didn't go very well when their attempt to play Inferno against Gambit backfired and the Swedes met Virtus.pro in the group's decider that went the Poles way convincingly.

There isn't much to say about the squad other than that it's not working out as intended so far. They need the individual players to perform with their loose style, but none of them showed up on form in Las Vegas.


fnatic's players all need to step up if the new-old project is to succeed

olofmeister sparked hopes in fnatic's fans with his bashing of Misfits in the elimination match, but that was just about all the good news they got last week. In their era, fnatic were all about confidence, but there isn't going to be much of that after their awful debut.

They have easier match-ups than Virtus.pro in their group, apart from Astralis of course, so they could gain some of that confidence back, especially if they take down NiP in their first match.

Cloud9 (#11) Age Rating
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 23 1.13
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip  19 1.12
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 20 1.01
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek  22 1.01
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 0.92
United States Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)

Cloud9 took an extended break after the eight events they attended in a row at the end of 2016, with the only high point throughout those two months being their win at ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals.

From there on, they failed to make it past groups at three events and ended the year with a disappointing showing at the Main Qualifier, after which they had two months off.

That break didn't do them too much good with another group stage exit at DreamHack Masters, but at least they had a very close series with NiP in the decider after beating them on Overpass in the initial round.


Cloud9's two-month break didn't pay off so far

A good sign is Skadoodle coming back to form after a series of poor events, ironically around the time when Cloud9 were at their best, as well as Stewie2K's tweet that followed their loss to the Swedes in Vegas.

How much good that will do them in a group full of teams that are at this point considered better than Cloud9, we will see, but I wouldn't count the Americans out completely if autimatic goes back to the level he was at at the end of the year. In a round-robin, a couple of wins could be enough if more upsets happen.

The Underdogs

Heroic (#18) Age Rating
Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså 21 1.17
Denmark Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen  18 1.15
Sweden Andreas "MODDII" Fridh 27 1.10
Denmark Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer  26 1.03
Denmark Jakob "JUGi" Hansen 19 N/A

After weeks of negotiations, Heroic were able to complete the buyout Tricked's JUGi, who replaced Michael "Friis" Jørgensen on the roster and will be traveling to IEM Katowice with his new team.

That is their second roster in change in about four months, as in October Heroic acquired the services of niko, also a former player of Tricked. With him putting up good numbers, the squad attended three events and secured semi-final finishes at Northern Arena Montreal and DreamHack Leipzig.


Heroic are looking to test JUGi among top-tier competition

They also got great experience at IEM Oakland, where the Danish-Swedish team was able to defeat mousesports and upset SK, although it wasn't enough to advance from the group.

The new lineup will now take on another hard group at IEM Katowice. Their chances of advancing are slim to say the least, but they'll be able to test JUGi against top-tier competition and get some more much-needed experience with him.

Immortals (#21) Age Rating
Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles 21 1.05
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass  19 1.01
Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 21 1.00
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes  23 0.92
Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau 27 0.81
Brazil Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)

Lastly, we've got the last debutants at IEM Katowice Immortals, who recently acquired SK's former player fnx after felps transferred over to the Brazilian number one.

So far the team was only tested once at the qualifier for Katowice, where they beat CLG and Liquid twice without too many issues.


Immortals could take some of the underperforming teams by surprise

How they'll be able to deal with losing their best player against some of the best teams in the world is another story entirely, but they were lucky enough to be placed in the much less scary group.

A win here or there isn't out of the question when it comes to Immortals, especially with the level we saw from fnatic, NiP, and OpTic just last week. They'd probably need to beat all three to go through to playoffs, which doesn't seem likely, but even two could be enough with the round-robin playing out the right way. 

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Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
949
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
835
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
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
635
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1426
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1384
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
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
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
729
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
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
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1455
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
988
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1149
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1614
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1622
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1484
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1269
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
483
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
529
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
666
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1242
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
753
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
833
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1567
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:
938
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1316
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
704
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
948
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:
847
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1166
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
755
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1014
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
839
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
894
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
804
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
94
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1446
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
912
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:
1145
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1291
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1389
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
684
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
995
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1373
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1422
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1407
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
634
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1178
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
724
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
633
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1014
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
828
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
920
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
893
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
gl
2017-02-28 10:29
#21
 | 
Russia band1 
nip should be in underdogs
2017-02-28 11:10
#23
France Bouf 
fnatic rating lul
2017-02-28 11:16
#57
gody | 
Sweden Sanfan97 
Yup, I don't even get why they still get invited to tournaments when better teams could've had the place...
2017-02-28 15:31
#71
 | 
China watanabemayu 
fnatic win qualifier over mouz and g2 . it is fair for them to be there.
2017-02-28 18:28
Check your facts hater. Fnatic qualified for the event they where not invited!
2017-02-28 23:39
#93
gody | 
Sweden Sanfan97 
was talking about nip tho...
2017-03-01 15:30
Then you make even less sense. NIP are IEM reigning champions since they won IEM Oakland. Just like they where reigning champions at Las Vegas, and at Starladder. All events that have been announced invites for in 2017, NIP are the defending champions at. Drop your hate and think instead.
2017-03-01 16:18
Are we betting on nip then?
2017-02-28 17:12
#87
 | 
United Kingdom Jeremy_Kyle 
they shouldn't be in the tourny
2017-03-01 03:36
The reigning champions shouldn't be at the event? Logic is not your best friend right?
2017-03-01 16:20
#96
 | 
United Kingdom Jeremy_Kyle 
hltv.org/?pageid=357&eventid=2036 check ur facts, they finished 9th last year XD
2017-03-01 16:27
Check your brain, NIP won IEM Oakland, they are reigning IEM champions.
2017-03-01 16:29
#98
 | 
United Kingdom Jeremy_Kyle 
Eh not relevant but nt and anyway they are just bots taking up space that a real team could use.
2017-03-01 16:30
100% relevant, it's the event, IEM, that carries the champion, not the venue. Just like NIP was reigning champions at DH masters even though it didn't play in Malmo this time. With your logic, major legendary spots would only take effect the next time a major is played at that same location. Which is of course ridiculous.
2017-03-01 16:37
#100
 | 
United Kingdom Jeremy_Kyle 
No, with your logic the reigning champs are VP, not NIP. So which is it? Fnatic or VP? Either way these guys shouldn't be in such a high tier tourney, they are like tier 3
2017-03-01 16:44
What, how could it ever be VP? No, with my logic NIP are reigning champions since they won the last IEM event. Fnatic won the last event at this site, but not the last IEM. Just like Astralis will be defending champions at the next major, even though it will not be played in Atlanta. The event (major/IEM) carries the champion. They lost a triple overtime vs the #1 ranked team and a 16-14 vs Fnatic, wow how bad. Guess Astralis is tier 3 then as well winning so narrowly?
2017-03-01 16:51
#33
 | 
Canada Timings 
Sad to see group B being so stacked actually.
2017-02-28 12:09
#58
cyx | 
Bangladesh Stoffi 
I agree to some extend. Top 4 in group B is better on than top 4 in Group A. But Cloud9 and Heroic are worse teams than any team in Group A imo. But everything can happen in bo1 and it depends how motivated and prepared teams come. If NIP comes with team problems and maybe untold soon team changes, then they suck. But if they have have been motivated and they have practised alot then they can give all teams a hard time.
2017-02-28 15:56
#66
sodaH | 
Czech Republic BoldaCZ 
Stacked? Astralis - Virtus.Pro (Very similar level but I'd slightly favor AST) FaZe - SK (Similar level but that NiKo-rain combo looks so powerful that I'd say they're better as well) OpTic - North (North is better, no doubt, but OPT are very talented as well) fnatic - Na'Vi (The same shit, two teams that used to be legends but now they struggle and try to prove themselves, Na'Vi is better though) NiP - Cloud9 (None of the teams have been playing very well recently but they could really show up with the talent they have, NiP a bit better) Immortals - Heroic (Basically underdogs, Heroic is slightly better but not a big deal)
2017-02-28 17:39
I love those hyped kids on hltv. Faze havent played a single lan game with niko and you put them in top4 instantly. They havent won ANYTHING since maikelele roster and you say theyre better than navi and north. Just like Navi fanbase was like "top1!" after simple joined and they didnt do shit for 3 lans now. When will you learn on ur mistakes kiddos? EU mixteam can only beat NA teams, anything stronger than that and theyre done.
2017-02-28 18:12
#79
sodaH | 
Czech Republic BoldaCZ 
At first you say that I'm wrong because I put FaZe over Na'Vi but in the very next sentence you admit that Na'Vi have been shit recently? What? And by the way, what have North or Na'Vi won in the last couple of months?
2017-02-28 20:32
#102
sodaH | 
Czech Republic BoldaCZ 
"EU mixteam can only beat NA teams" LUL
2017-03-01 22:48
See, FaZe qualified to playoffs and you are extatic as fuck :) They are probably your top1 now huh? I mentioned all the teams you placed below faze because they actually achieved something with these roosters. FaZe can't win a single tournament for almost 3 years now. Besides: my post 2017-02-28 18:10:48 your super hyped reply: 2017-03-01 22:48:02 You need to find a hobby bro.
2017-03-02 00:38
#106
sodaH | 
Czech Republic BoldaCZ 
"EU mixteam can only beat NA teams" *FaZe gets to the finals* LUL
2017-03-04 19:37
my post 2017-02-28 18:10:48 your second super hyped reply: 2017-03-04 19:37:22 O_o
2017-03-04 19:40
#75
 | 
Canada Timings 
Actually you are pretty wrong dude, cause having the second, third, fourth and fifth best team in same group is insanity. Na'Vi, North, SK and VP in the same group. As they said in the article Astralis obviously has more pressure but the thing I said was that it is sad to see the best teams except for Astralis having a chance to get knocked out due to facing 3 other strong top tier teams. The groups is just unfair so we don't really have to explain us.
2017-02-28 19:31
Are you on drugs ?
2017-02-28 20:11
Faze better than SK, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA that was actually really funny xD
2017-03-01 04:54
#104
sodaH | 
Czech Republic BoldaCZ 
Funny? Glad I made your day. Because SK proably need someone to make their day as well, since they're out of the tournament. Well, I hope they enjoy the way back home :)
2017-03-02 18:50
#35
 | 
Finland ginbay 
Fazzze r up
2017-02-28 12:16
#2
Ukraine faj 
noice!
2017-02-28 10:30
well, 3rd this time lul
2017-02-28 10:30
EZ 4 FAZE
2017-02-28 10:31
#6
 | 
Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Ez
2017-02-28 10:32
Will be great to watch, but we will miss Thorin, Anders & Semmler :(
2017-02-28 10:32
#12
NEO | 
World Vidua 
No, we won't.
2017-02-28 10:41
amen to that
2017-02-28 13:12
none is missing thorin or semmler, both got no clue
2017-02-28 17:37
Ez for papa
2017-02-28 10:34
NiP contender? come on..
2017-02-28 10:36
#13
 | 
Russia 1gor1 
yea, why they not in big three, just becaues they lose few games lately ? They still tier 1
2017-02-28 10:44
#15
 | 
Israel asafborger 
Tier 1 XD
2017-02-28 10:50
you srsly think they can win IEM Katowice? They are really bad right now and I respect them but we cant treat them as contenders.
2017-02-28 14:53
Agreed, IMO They are top 1 because of 87-0 streak, just because they lost some games since 2014 doesn't matter
2017-02-28 14:58
XD EXPECTED SHITTALK.
2017-02-28 10:54
preview for the analysis desk: natu will stutter dumb shit all the time. (You can follow HLTV.org's Fishing "fishing_cat" Cat on xvideos.)
2017-02-28 10:37
2ez4SKGaming
2017-02-28 10:38
#14
 | 
Latvia s1ckfl0w^ 
No gambit ,no fun :(
2017-02-28 10:47
NiP - Fnatic.... it's not about who's the best, more who is not the worst this time
2017-02-28 10:51
+10 hahahah
2017-02-28 12:36
lol
2017-02-28 14:17
#17
 | 
Azerbaijan Talley 
nip contenders? you think it's funny hltv?
2017-02-28 10:51
#18
 | 
Israel asafborger 
Ez for clown9
2017-02-28 10:53
#20
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good luck my country, my teams, my brothers <3 We can do it, always believe! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! <3 Kreygasm
2017-02-28 11:09
Swear to God Im loosin all respect for SK cuz of u :D
2017-02-28 18:32
#22
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
clown9 qualified? omfg
2017-02-28 11:12
katowice is like more than 2 days away why the preview now?
2017-02-28 11:18
#26
 | 
Romania AdryaaN 
katowice is tomorrow
2017-02-28 11:23
oh ffs im living in leap year time
2017-02-28 11:24
#72
 | 
China watanabemayu 
because there are only 28 days in February.
2017-02-28 18:30
#25
cyx | 
Bangladesh Stoffi 
No French teams - but 15 danes present (- moddi + karrigan). Not bad.
2017-02-28 11:19
Gl NiP and SK <3
2017-02-28 11:26
lol look at taz with the cup at that photo. he is braindead.
2017-02-28 11:33
#30
 | 
Turkey CamelotzZz 
Group A Astralis Faze Fnatic Group B Virtus.Pro SK North/NaVi
2017-02-28 11:56
#31
 | 
Germany Tunio 
Ez vp
2017-02-28 11:56
#32
 | 
Europe potatomato 
Nice.
2017-02-28 11:57
#34
 | 
Nepal permyxd 
GO GO FNATIC
2017-02-28 12:14
#36
 | 
United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
waow Hiko worst rating... Even msl has higher
2017-02-28 12:33
faze will do nothing, hype team hype niko
2017-02-28 12:37
#39
 | 
CIS STAboss 
No Gambit , i am crying
2017-02-28 12:37
#40
 | 
Brazil Seleskva 
Immortals are gonna surprise everybody!
2017-02-28 12:47
#43
 | 
Portugal InjuredPT 
Lets GO SK!
2017-02-28 12:59
nip in winer
2017-02-28 13:11
#46
 | 
Poland trancemeister 
C'moN Virtus.Plow !!
2017-02-28 13:45
#47
 | 
Italy cespu^ 
Go Skkk :D
2017-02-28 14:02
#50
lee_sb | 
United States treysek 
Immortals should do well in this
2017-02-28 14:49
#51
 | 
Malaysia phyzell 
Let's go numero uno Virtus Pro!
2017-02-28 14:53
#53
 | 
Brazil XEMBAO 
nice joke, nip and cloud9 as contender hahaha
2017-02-28 14:57
+1 hahaha
2017-02-28 15:24
Cloud9 not an underdog Jebaited
2017-02-28 15:02
drops????
2017-02-28 16:00
no gambit, no party
2017-02-28 16:15
nice
2017-02-28 16:36
I mean thats the last chance for Na'Vi to prove that they worth something.
2017-02-28 17:05
#64
JW | 
Sweden JW_top1 
NiP #8? wtf lol
2017-02-28 17:37
ez lets go :"D
2017-02-28 18:05
#69
 | 
Turkey powergs 
FAK YES KATOWICE BEST EVENT EVER LETS GO VPVPVPVPVPVP
2017-02-28 18:15
#70
 | 
Portugal Death_Hack 
Virtus.Pro to win event
2017-02-28 18:17
so ez for fnatic, besides astralis, all the other teams are trash also ez for VP, besides navi, all the other teams are garbage
2017-02-28 18:34
Fnatic - Vp > Grand final > 2-1 FNC .. so ez
2017-02-28 19:54
EZ for immortals
2017-02-28 20:21
So all the good teams at the same group , and all bad teams at the other group, GJ audi.
2017-02-28 21:59
Very interesting even, although in my eyes group B is way harder than group A but yeah, whoever wanna win has to beat anyone anyways. Im also excited about NiP and C9, if they fail one more time on a big event there might be a line up change (or in nips chase at least the 100% confirmation that they do not care about winning anymore and just grab the last few salaries before quitting)
2017-03-01 01:02
#86
 | 
Portugal martim114 
fnatic vs NiP it will be awesome
2017-03-01 03:09
Great.
2017-03-01 06:56
will be pov from TS?
2017-03-01 08:02
#91
juliano | 
Sweden vixfs 
y94ENCE
2017-03-01 08:37
haha this preview was so wrong in the predictions :)
2017-03-03 07:26
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