SK's path back to greatness

Over the last three months, SK have experimented with their system in an attempt to find the best structure and João "felps" Vasconcellos' role, hitting a few bumps in the road before succeeding again, with trophies at cs_summit and IEM Sydney. Read on as we delve deep and explore SK's path back to greatness with the help of Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and felps.

The system. That is Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's ideology on how to play Counter-Strike as a team, a system in which every piece has its place and role, as well as boundaries which should never be overstepped unless it's required. That system had never failed SK for nearly the entirety of 2016, when the Brazilian giants broke out and won four trophies, including two prestigious Majors, placed second five times, and made top four at five more tournaments, only failing to advance from the groups once.

After SK brought in João "felps" Vasconcellos, the vast difference between his and Lincoln "fnx" Lau's playstyle, and the youngster's own special skillset called for a different approach from FalleN, who found himself compelled to disrupt the system to empower the talented newcomer.

FalleN's leadership was put to the task when felps came in

The acquisition of felps raised questions as to how the team would change their style after packing another highly aggressive player to go alongside Fernando "fer" Alvarenga. During SK's incredible showing at their first event with the 20-year-old, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, where they took Virtus.pro to their limit in the grand final, we got a few answers.

FalleN took a step back and gave felps a lot of room to find sneaky 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 per round vs. the 0.21 he had averaged on LAN in 2016), while felps' aggression put him in second place in his team (0.27 opening kills + opening deaths per round).

"I knew it would work by the first tournament for sure, especially because nobody was able to even do research on us."

- FalleN told HLTV.org when asked why SK's first event went so much better than the one that followed, IEM Katowice.

FalleN wasn't the only one to give up ground to accommodate SK's new member, however. Others, most importantly fer, had to work around felps and concede some spots where the youngster really shined, such as pop dog on Train. The 25-year-old seems to have profited from having a player to work in tandem with, though, as shown by his incredible form from DreamHack Masters on.

A second place in Las Vegas promised a bright future for the Brazilians, yet their story took a nasty turn at the next big tournament. SK opened Katowice with a crushing loss to Cloud9 on Nuke, a map FalleN thought the Americans were not prepared for, and followed that up with another defeat to Natus Vincere on Overpass. As they fell short to Virtus.pro on Inferno, which they played for the first time on LAN, their triumphs against the two Danish squads in their group, Heroic and North, weren't enough to earn them a place in the playoffs, and SK exited the tournament in groups for the first time since DreamHack Masters Malmö.

"Not making out of the groups in Poland wasn't as bad as it sounds. If you take like Astralis, who won the tournament, their run was like a lot of OT (NiP and fnatic), like nine clutches against OpTic, lost to Immortals. That just proves how competitive CS:GO is nowadays. We made a lot of mistakes during the matches and in the vetoes, I feel we could have gone a little deeper in Katowice. But it was a lesson and a step we needed to take to grow as a team."

- FalleN

FalleN's impact continued to deteriorate in Poland, and he decided that it was time to reevaluate their play, especially felps' freedom, and brought more of SK's old structure back into their arsenal.

"We knew from the very beginning felps was a very explosive player and I tried to explore this as much as I could, but it didn't pay off the way we thought and kinda broke our structure. We got players that are probably the best or among the best players in their roles. We found out in the hard way that we are a very strong team when the system is working.

"We talked and showed felps that that wouldn't work with us, and in order to achieve bigger things, we needed to change and start all over again, in a better way."

- FalleN

"My transition has been smooth because I knew of my potential and that I would be able to make the most of it. At the beginning, it was very hard, even though we almost won DreamHack Masters Las Vegas. We were making too many mistakes and I had to readapt my game completely for us to play as a team, and that is what we have done! I have learned to play in a way in which we can all play for one another, and I believe I am a much better player now than I was back then!"

- felps

Nonetheless, FalleN doesn't regret letting felps run riot at the beginning:

"I don't regret it at all, it was something we needed to do back then. Maybe it is the reason why today we value the structure even more."

- FalleN

"I was just playing for myself and not for the team. I believe it was important for me to learn how to play as the team did."

- felps

Prior to SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals, SK seemed to have realized their strength on Mirage, which they often vetoed in groups at both of their first two events. That map ended up being the only one they could win in Kiev, while they struggled to find success on Train and Overpass, resulting in another group stage exit.

With more tournaments, felps learned how to play for the team

In spite of the disappointing finish, some of the changes SK had made ahead of the event showed; felps' turned into an extreme entry-fragger who fearlessly kept running in first, and played the role of an aggressive lurker whenever needed.

"We went back and changed after Poland, and StarLadder was the first tournament, so it takes time to get everything going. We felt that we were on the right track and we talked that there would be some bumps in the road, but we needed to be strong and work even harder."

- FalleN

On the other hand, FalleN still wasn't able to find his feet, which he sees as a combination of poor form and getting used to the new structure.

"Yes, [my individual level] suffered a lot. It was a mix of everything, playing out a structure I wasn't used to, with a new style and everything, and I missed some shots I normally hit. I look at it as just a phase, and I'm just happy I'm getting back to my normal form and I can help my team even more."

After three big events, SK then attended cs_summit in Los Angeles, their hometown. Despite their struggles beforehand, the Brazilians were favored against teams such as NiP, Cloud9, and Gambit.

Marcelo "coldzera" David and company proceeded to confirm their dominance on their three best maps, Mirage, Cache, and Cobblestone, but their issues on Inferno and Train continued, as they conceded one game on both maps and barely survived on the former in a tough Cloud9 best-of-three match. Nevertheless, the title did go SK's way in the end after two series versus Gambit, with FalleN stepping up and getting closer to his usual individual level.

"I think cs_summit showed us that things were working, I was hitting the shots I usually hit, the team was getting the confidence again. From a personal and team perspective I was very happy that everything was starting to work again."

- FalleN said on the topic of cs_summit and his individual showing there.

Interestingly, felps didn't stick to his StarSeries approach at cs_summit and was more on the lurky side of things rather than being the team's bull on the offence, particularly on their two questionable maps, Inferno and Train.

"[The first few months] was an adaption phase in which I had to learn a lot of things and deal with the terrible results, knowing that we would soon grow as we were changing my role a little bit."

- felps

A little over a week later, SK were put to the test at a bigger event. They got off at IEM Sydney on the right foot, getting to play Cobblestone twice in a row in groups. Astralis made sure that wouldn't happen again, banning all three of SK's world-class maps and forcing Inferno, only to meet their demise once FalleN put up a fantastic performance to ensure a place in the semis for his team.

Having moved past OpTic with flying colors, the Brazilians made their way to the grand final, where they would meet FaZe, who had taken out Astralis in the previous round. As it was a best-of-five, SK were forced to play three of their least successful maps.

However, out of those three, Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team could only grab Inferno with a forceful T side. felps stepped up on Train, where his aggression near pop dog as CT played a pivotal part in his team's win, and also on Overpass, where he and coldzera led the way with 29 kills apiece. FaZe had little to show on Cache, which SK showed once more that ranks among their best maps alongside Mirage (which would have been the decider). 

The Brazilian flag flew high as SK won a big-stage tournament for the first time in almost a year

In the triumphant grand final in Sydney, FalleN didn't bring back his 2016 level, but he had just enough impact to go along with his well-performing stars, putting his struggling period since the beginning of the year behind him for good. felps finished the event with a tournament-high 30% of traded deaths, which speaks volumes about his ability to learn how to use his aggression for the benefit of the team.

"I have grown as a person and mainly as a player. I have learned how to play for the team. FalleN was essential, he always yelled at me whenever I made a mistake, but every time it happened I improved my game. I have so much to thank him and the team for."

- felps on his improvement in SK and FalleN's impact on it as the leader.

With FalleN back in the picture and their structure well defined, SK are now most definitely back after spending months searching for their identity with the new player. At the moment, the iconic in-game leader himself puts his team at 85% of their true potential, which he's aiming to reach at the PGL Major:

"I don't believe in a perfect playstyle, I believe that we found the system and we will adapt to the other team inside our system. I think it can work, but we will need to work harder to always recycle what we do within the same system.

"Comparing the SK last year to this one is kind of unfair, last year we won back-to-back majors, it will be hard not just for us but for any team to achieve this. So we are just focusing on winning the first major and the tournaments yet to come. But I think our fans and haters can expect a strong team that can face any team in the world.

"Our plan and schedule is to reach the peak at the major, I would say we are at like 85% from what I think this team can do, and that's one of the reasons we planned to attend every tournament possible form here to the major (the schedule worked well for us, since after EPL we just have tournaments in EU, so we will "bootcamp" in EU for 2 months), so we can  speed up the process playing in a tournament environment and hopefully reach the peak at the major."

- FalleN on whether he has found the perfect playstyle for SK and if they're back to their former level.

One question remains: How will SK fare in a series against the other elite team, Astralis? We have yet to see the two meet in a playoff match, and we'll have to wait at least another month, if not two, which gives FalleN's five a chance to hit that peak.

In the meantime, the No.3 team in the world will be looking to add more trophies to their cabinet as they head into a busy period with several big tournaments — ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals (May 31-June 4), ECS Season 3 Finals (June 23-25), if they qualify, and ESL One Cologne (beginning of July) — before the PGL Major rolls around.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Impossible, cutting fnx was stupid.
2017-05-20 20:01
#10
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Denmark beastd 
How ? lol
2017-05-20 20:01
#18
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Turkey Mustafa- 
SK will never be TOP1 team in the world again. imgur.com/KNthIEo
2017-05-20 20:03
HAHAHAAHAH thats funny
2017-05-20 20:09
#188
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World Aksel2099 
ohh lol you'renot loyal anymore?
2017-05-21 02:37
Lol, this is golden
2017-05-20 20:09
old but gold
2017-05-20 20:34
lmao, well played
2017-05-20 21:09
haha that is pretty funny
2017-05-20 21:12
#106
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
Agreed, top 1 will be that very good Turkish te... Oh, wait. There isn't any
2017-05-20 21:38
#115
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Europe Tejmn 
+karma
2017-05-20 21:44
Yeah... I like SK as a team, but i fucking HATE BR CS fans..
2017-05-20 21:59
#219
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United States 7hai 
+4564445446314321677879456
2017-05-21 11:21
#233
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Brazil Valhalla00 
some of us are boring asf. but not all of them
2017-05-21 15:41
#252
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Brazil luisss 
And i fucking hate u guys Why did u think all braziliams are mad? Fuck you braaah
2017-05-22 13:43
'll see, my friend, 'll see.
2017-05-20 22:03
#204
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Brazil alphace 
Realy? lol
2017-05-21 07:37
#209
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Palestine steve13 
LOL HAHAHA
2017-05-21 08:45
#226
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United Kingdom HarryBotter 
I am an sk fan and this is funny af
2017-05-21 12:52
Wait to see
2017-05-24 01:28
From 2x major champions to scraping wins at the likes of cs_summit. Nothing to be proud of based on what they achieved in the past.
2017-05-20 20:02
cs_summit was not super impressive I agree but beating a Gambit team that gives a lot of people trouble was a good start. IEM Sydney is where you really got to see their potential. Taking down Astralis and Faze without too much of a hassle. I don't know if they'll win another major but kicking FNX was clearly the right choice. The team was only getting worse at the time and he was obviously causing problems.
2017-05-20 21:00
They didnt defeat astralis dumbass lmao. Astralis wouldve put up a better fight and probably won easily
2017-05-20 21:09
won easily... This is why people think Americans are retarded
2017-05-20 21:11
Saying it means nothing is really silly. They beat a team they had so far been unable to for a long time. Why don't you relax? It's all progress and part of growth. Additionally they did so on a map they had been shaky and working to improve. What's going wrong in your life that's making you be so aggressive over something so innocuous?
2017-05-20 21:42
#263
yel | 
Brazil Kolt116 
2017-05-24 07:58
Bo1 means nothing by the way so dont even try
2017-05-20 21:10
#81
2017-05-20 21:42
#145
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Brazil adre221 
not really sk's fault if astralis can't reach the finals to face them
2017-05-20 22:56
#130
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South Africa Bot_Marley 
Consciousness coment. Congrats from Brazil!
2017-05-20 22:16
Obrigado :)
2017-05-22 21:17
nt richard lewis
2017-05-21 00:39
#11
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Brazil autismo 
sk top1
2017-05-20 20:01
nice
2017-05-20 20:01
SK #1
2017-05-20 20:02
cutting FNX because he was acted like a kid so it was an internal team issue more than skill-wise
2017-05-20 20:20
Don't see any problem of cutting a toxic player. Where's fnx now? Lol
2017-05-20 20:37
How exactly was it stupid? The guys obviously has personal issues.
2017-05-21 00:22
They will never win a major again anyway
2017-05-20 20:02
#51
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United States V1ruh 
+1
2017-05-20 20:34
Please, this team has some of the most blatant cheaters. At best they might lay low for a little.
2017-05-20 20:40
#71
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Estonia BoomKings 
hax on LAN brain choose 1
2017-05-20 21:01
#170
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Spain bullyzera 
cl_brain 0 confirmed
2017-05-21 00:29
Too much brainfat?
2017-05-24 00:13
#108
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
cry is free
2017-05-20 21:39
#3
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Estonia swag420weed 
Still bots. No chanche winning major.
2017-05-20 20:01
Still better then you and your whole country xP
2017-05-20 20:14
#49
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Why the fuck are all brazilians so mad?
2017-05-20 20:33
#73
tarik | 
Brazil Flepo 
So other countrys can talk shit about us and when we talk back we are the mad ones? Lol
2017-05-20 21:02
#80
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
He doesnt say a damn thing about your country idiot cunt.
2017-05-20 21:10
chill out fakeflagger are you going to cry to your mom? none of business so stay out of it
2017-05-20 21:12
+1 except for the insults
2017-05-21 00:57
#176
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Yeah.. it was unnesecery
2017-05-21 01:02
#234
fnx | 
Sweden martla 
"it was unnesecery" and yet you were the one who said that Flepo was an "idiot cunt" EDIT: disregard this message. i misread the replies
2017-05-21 17:05
#208
tarik | 
Brazil Flepo 
Wtf? Are u idiot? Do u even read? "Still bots." is a bad thing about brazillians in my sentence when i typed "us" clarify that. My country has nothing to do with what i said, i was just saying that #3 was the one to start the bullshit talking, and the guy has the right to respond. Besides that, i was generalizing here, but your brain is so fucking small to realize that.
2017-05-21 08:27
he talked about the team sk not about you or your country why you mad ? are you owner of SK ?
2017-05-21 09:33
#247
tarik | 
Brazil Flepo 
That why i said that nothing to do with my country. Neither SK. Are u all that dumb?
2017-05-21 21:57
#236
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
I was really reading seriously till till the insult. Fuck you brazilian cunt you guys are overreacting pricks and thats that
2017-05-21 17:18
#248
tarik | 
Brazil Flepo 
"He doesnt say a damn thing about your country idiot cunt." Again, you can insult me and when i do the same you get mad and brazillians overreact? LMAO
2017-05-21 21:58
you would've been mad too if your team won 1 premier event in almost a year and people would've tried to get those scraps of fanboy joy away
2017-05-20 21:11
Would he be mad if his team won 2 majors, tho?
2017-05-20 21:19
Especially if his team won 2 majors. The higher you get the farther the fall.
2017-05-20 21:22
rip sweden then...
2017-05-20 22:05
pretty much, yeah
2017-05-20 23:39
Sweden has 4 majors lol ez
2017-05-21 02:02
#253
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Brazil luisss 
stop been stupid little kid... he is saying about sk not about dead fnatic and nip :p THIS IS WHY PEOPLE THINK BRASILIAMS ARE DUMB
2017-05-22 13:51
#72
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Estonia BoomKings 
+1
2017-05-20 21:01
#82
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Some might even call them ONLINE BOTS ElleGigle
2017-05-20 21:11
#88
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Estonia swag420weed 
At leats they call themselves online bots and bots they are
2017-05-20 21:14
#93
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Thats some manners right there
2017-05-20 21:20
#4
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Poland MrLegionista 
ez
2017-05-20 20:01
#5
PAGO | 
Poland txm420 
There ain't no greatness
2017-05-20 20:01
#7
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Sweden pontus767 
SK, what a joke
2017-05-20 20:02
#91
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Brazil MiBrS2 
swedish cs nowadays, what a joke
2017-05-20 21:19
#249
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Sweden pontus767 
true aswell :)
2017-05-21 22:11
#254
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Brazil luisss 
Ooooooh another kid... He is saying about SK and not about dead teams (nip and fnatic)... And if you want to talk about, swedish teams have 4 majors. BRASILIAMS?
2017-05-22 13:53
#109
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
lol nip and fnatic are dog shit m8
2017-05-20 21:40
#195
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
SK = Swedish Killer
2017-05-21 05:35
Nice title xDDDDD
2017-05-20 20:01
Hmm
2017-05-20 20:01
good read
2017-05-20 20:01
Sk <3
2017-05-20 20:01
greatness? they won pure tier2 tournaments thats it. Lets see what they do in Cologne
2017-05-20 20:02
#24
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
+100
2017-05-20 20:05
They won a tier2 tournament that the #1 and #2 teams in the world were playing.
2017-05-20 20:22
obviously some brazilian had to say something about it. Call it whatever you want but that is not a stacked tournament. If u wanna show how good u r win Cologne or the Major itself
2017-05-20 20:24
Bud, I agree that it's soon to say "back to greatness" but, at the same time, it's unfair to take off credits of a tournament they won featuring the three best teams in the world. You don't need to get so defensive only because I'm brazilian.
2017-05-20 20:28
#52
s1mple | 
Austria Arezcs 
non brazilian here, just because the lower end of sydney was poor doesn't mean it was a tier2 event. they had literally the most elite teams you could have at the time in the higher end (to be fair north looks like a joke now). summit for example was the definition of a pure tier2 event, but it's so different anyway that the event shouldn't count that much into rankings IMO.
2017-05-20 20:35
i dont take sydney as a tier1 tournament. A tier1 tournament would be Cologne for me
2017-05-20 20:36
Oh just stfu cuck any swedish team in a tournament is a tier 2 event so please gtfo
2017-05-20 21:13
talk to me when you get a major fat fuck, until then be quiet and show some respect lil peasant
2017-05-20 21:16
#136
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Brazil lokodecrack 
2017-05-20 22:23
u r hurting my feelings pls stop :( hltv.org/match/2299503-fnatic-luminosity..
2017-05-20 22:52
#146
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Brazil adre221 
no reason showing 2015 results now, sk's 0-16 with a new team is nothing compared to fnatic and nip struggling with tier6, now sk is top3, where is fnatic? where is nip?
2017-05-20 22:59
there is nothing worse than getting 16-0 in CS and you got 16-0 3 times, 2 times by fnatic and once by fucking Renegades lmao btw fnatic still has 1 more Major than SK so calm down kiddos
2017-05-20 23:03
#151
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Brazil adre221 
fnatic only has 2 majors, the first major was with a different core. the worst thing in CS is being a bad team, as fallen said 0-16 or 14-16 a loss is a loss and in the end you still go home either way you are just a kiddo that thinks ''wow 0-16 worst thing in the world'' when it doesn't really matters when they are still a top3 team winning events. the times they got 16-0 was when they were still growing as a team, when they just changed multiple players and when they had a standin, fnatic has their full roster and is still tier3 garbage in 2017, so cry more cuck
2017-05-20 23:06
nt ur SK couldnt even beat fnatic once in a BO3 when they were good, dont even try to compare both teams because everytime fnatic played SK those monkeys got raped hard
2017-05-20 23:08
#157
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Brazil adre221 
got triggered boy? hahahaha it's a shame fnatic can't even qualify for events to face sk, so the only results between the two was when SK was a growing team, don't worry cuck boy, swedish cs is shit but you won't have to worry about that anymore, you will be converted to religion of peace very soon.
2017-05-20 23:29
lmao talking about religion because you got no arguments but its nothing new...brazilian IQ is below 50. Lets see who is better in Cologne :)
2017-05-20 23:30
#165
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Brazil jstrr 
yeah, let's all hope fnatic is worth somebody's time, else you can pretty much take swedish cs and bury it
2017-05-20 23:55
#169
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Brazil adre221 
just because I throwed a joke at the end doesn't make the rest of my comment irrelevant, looks like you can't argue with me so you better run muslim
2017-05-21 00:22
#227
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United Kingdom HarryBotter 
when you get up a match thats over a year old. hltv.org/match/2307209-nip-vega-squadron..
2017-05-21 12:53
Rest in Pyjamas
2017-05-21 13:18
#232
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United Kingdom HarryBotter 
RIP
2017-05-21 15:33
#148
fer | 
Brazil rau1 
camisa 4 vai joga pinball
2017-05-20 23:01
#47
s1mple | 
Austria Arezcs 
pssst don't expect logic from hltv, sk has the best player in the world, the best high fragging trio there currently is or maybe ever was and probably the best mid round calling of any team out there. anybody with a normal brain can see why SK looks so dangerous right now and are probably gonna win some of the future events.
2017-05-20 20:28
#16
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Poland kurwafa 
back to greatness?? XD THEY WON ONE TOURNAMENT
2017-05-20 20:02
they won two tournaments.
2017-05-20 22:03
#127
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Poland kurwafa 
t3 na tournaments dont count xd
2017-05-20 22:06
#214
mOE | 
Iraq Bad_Guy 
VP is tier 3 LuL
2017-05-21 09:47
#255
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Brazil luisss 
fucking kid... He is saying about SK not VP brother... You dont represent my country!! Dumb asf. Stop trying to branch the subject SYA VP
2017-05-22 14:00
It's no a news... It's fu*king blog....
2017-05-20 20:02
#19
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Bulgaria _Jonathan_e 
gg
2017-05-20 20:02
#21
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Canada rdss 
win tier 3 tournament ? is greatness ?hltv you trolling me ?
2017-05-20 20:02
Tier 3 with Astralis and FaZe ok hahaha
2017-05-20 20:15
OFC a Brazilian has to say something about it. Yes, a tear 3 tournament is kind of true, look at the teams at Sydney... Chiefs, RNG and other Australian shit teams.
2017-05-20 22:04
#137
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
so if it was a tier 3 tournament then best finnish team is around tier 8-9 +overrated allu tier 5 player #hltvlogicatbest
2017-05-20 22:31
10/10 Logic in there Yes there was these team but there was the numbers 1 and 2 of the world by the time... so for me if there is the 2 best teams in the world in the same tournament for me is at least a tier 2 event
2017-05-20 23:48
#25
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Portugal MLSe 
I do not know who will read it all ... but SK forever
2017-05-20 20:06
#26
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Sweden Div-\ 
That's so cringe I think I could puke.
2017-05-20 20:07
#28
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Other VladimirLucas 
i love it when fallen grows his beard so manly KappaPride
2017-05-20 20:09
#30
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United Kingdom MansNotHot 
Good team, but their brazilian fans are dogshit. And, btw, this thread is about nothing. Is this fucking news?
2017-05-20 20:11
Great blog, good job Striker.
2017-05-20 20:10
lmao greatness xD
2017-05-20 20:15
#94
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Brazil MiBrS2 
Virtus premier maybe will get there some day. lmao who believes that 4Head
2017-05-20 21:21
cry is free favela
2017-05-20 21:30
Nice article, SK seems like a really hard working team. best of luck to FalleN and CO
2017-05-20 20:16
the Americans were not beenprepared for Pashas London School
2017-05-20 20:17
Lmao SK will never win major again (with this team).
2017-05-20 20:17
But they won at least 2 and a team representing your country won how many ? xP
2017-05-20 23:50
Sorry if I offended you :)
2017-05-21 13:34
#256
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Brazil luisss 
fucking kid... He is saying about SK not about his country brother... You dont represent my country!! Dumb asf. Stop trying to branch the subject SYA VP
2017-05-22 14:05
#39
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Europe KappaKaako 
One tourney with this lineup and they best???
2017-05-20 20:19
#41
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World ayyypepito 
"The Brazilian flag flew high as SK won a big-stage tournament for the first time in almost a year" Obliged to go to Australia to win Something.. yeah the stage was big lol xd
2017-05-20 20:20
#43
Nepal SG8 
Look all these people saying SK wont win a major again... Well thats what they said about LG..
2017-05-20 20:23
Better write an article about FaZe and how The "problem" became winners.
2017-05-20 20:40
Why dont write about NiP fall or FaZe sucess Always about SK -.- PS : im sk fan
2017-05-20 20:42
#96
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Brazil MiBrS2 
cuz we r top 1 m8
2017-05-20 21:22
#159
REZ | 
Norway J3nga 
Next up! "NiP's path back to the bottom"
2017-05-20 23:31
#243
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Brazil sprk1 
hahahahaha
2017-05-21 19:40
lul hltv mods baiting the community :)))))))) everybody knows SK is trash and won`t win any t1 or t2 event this year
2017-05-20 20:45
#64
Respect | 
United Kingdom krazd 
yea
2017-05-20 20:47
#147
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Brazil adre221 
They already won both actually.
2017-05-20 23:00
wich ones ? iem kangaroo was not t1, i mean besides astralis and faze, only t5 teams and sk played vs optic in semifinals :))))
2017-05-21 10:52
#264
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
are you dumb? IEM Sydney was a tier 1 event, prize pool of 200k, the top 3 teams in the world attending, its clearly a tier 1 event. what would make it a tier 1 to you? let me guess, if Na'vi and VP were there too? Na'vi was to busy losing to Misfits and VP was too busy losing their ESL pro league spot so they couldn't attend LMAO. doesnt matter what teams were there other than Astralis,FaZe and SK since the finals would almost sure be between those teams.
2017-05-24 08:14
#63
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
I always knew how HLTV work hard! HLTV always with a good interview, news! Congratz boys, good job! We appreciate how you work so hard for us! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-05-20 20:45
+1
2017-05-20 21:32
Nobody "work so hard for you" They profit from brain dead SK haters and fans fighting each other and coming back multiple times to the site to check for replies, increasing page views and of course advertising revenue.
2017-05-20 22:03
#138
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
jealous detected... Sorry with you haven't a interview like that for your country.
2017-05-20 22:33
Kreygasm
2017-05-21 19:41
Thanks you, we appreciate that. We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from HLTV! Kreygasm
2017-05-21 11:16
#65
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Germany schwammkules 
easy, just have to toggle
2017-05-20 20:50
Greatness =/= RNG and winning against maimed teams.
2017-05-20 20:55
Hltv.org recognizes our efforts to be the best in the world. Brazil has history in the cs. And even though many of you say that we will never be top1 again, how many managed to be top1 at least once? Think about it before you fool around, respect our story. Even our mm players are better than yours. Brazil rules this game as others,and you guyz cant say we not.
2017-05-20 20:56
#87
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France cedd 
I respect brazil and your cs. I have been to your country and it is beautiful. However. I have played matchmaking in NA and run into some brazilians, multiple times. They are like the russians of EU, not wanting to speak english. And insulting everyone.
2017-05-20 21:13
I did not say that all Brazilians take the game seriously and play well. Of course we also have toxic players and a lot of trolls, but serious players play very well. I was also in France last year and I thought it was lovely, too bad I could not play some cs with the french dudes. Listen, I did not mean to brag about this comment, I just asked to be respected, because the NA guys are very disrespectful, but I do not see them earning anything but lul
2017-05-20 21:48
>asked to be respected >thinks sks achievements = his achievements, says some bullshit about brazillian mm players being better than players in other countries ???
2017-05-21 01:02
wtf are you even trying to say rofl
2017-05-21 19:42
#68
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Switzerland pazzo0 
is amazing how everyone hates SK here lol, this explain why brazilians are so toxic here
2017-05-20 20:58
#76
tarik | 
Brazil Flepo 
say something new pls lol Hate SK is the cool stuff here. If you dont hate SK you are not a "smart" user for the most people.
2017-05-20 21:06
#69
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Norway zyxsaje 
xDDDD
2017-05-20 21:00
gj hard worker team gl
2017-05-20 21:03
pro scene full of cheaters. just money out of stupid fan bois. and sk was the most blatant cheaters
2017-05-20 21:05
Cry is free
2017-05-20 21:22
#98
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Brazil VictorGM_ 
Have been banned to this day? I think not. CRY
2017-05-20 21:25
#99
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Brazil kaiohx 
SK top1
2017-05-20 21:26
they never stopped being great tho, Only not top1 anymore. NiP on the other hand;;;;
2017-05-20 21:27
#103
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France AnTr3aS48 
NiP Not even in major minors anymore jesus
2017-05-20 21:34
I think SK disband....
2017-05-20 21:34
My favorite team. Always rooting so hard for their win!
2017-05-20 21:37
#107
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Chile Cristoff 
SK Respect
2017-05-20 21:39
#114
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
loling so hard at all these mad EU/NA comments stop hating and accept it's better for you dont be jealous, it's bad for the heart stop the hate and start to love us, that's what left for you, accept, its better and we appreciate that! also one last thing: THE CRY IS FREE :>
2017-05-20 21:44
Didnt SK just lose 0-2 to Cloud9 in subaru invitational? Hltv you are losing brain cells...
2017-05-20 21:45
#119
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Brazil Collee 
felps is a monster. Top 5 inc. this year, with fer and coldzera
2017-05-20 21:56
#135
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Australia SUNSPY 
+1 still lots of time left in 2017 its crazy enough they had #1 and #2 last year, deserved of course, but could easily end up with top 3 or even 4 of top 5 or 6 spots, FalleN still best AWPer when the system stabilizes
2017-05-20 22:21
SK#1
2017-05-20 21:56
Wont be top1 anymore
2017-05-20 22:09
#131
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Australia SUNSPY 
Thats a really cool article, good work and thanks :D Sounds about expected, 85% of potential is probably overstating it.. if you include increasing map pool over more time they can get a lot better than only another 15% better. But for Major timeframe and probably strong 4 map pool its a nice honest assessment sounds about right. 4 strong maps is enough to win the major and they are heaps better than Atlanta already. How can they not start betting favourites for PGL ?? Astralis probably will though.. I'll be betting pre price on EGB for sure no matter the odds
2017-05-20 22:20
#132
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South Africa Bot_Marley 
SK go to TOP 1 soon. Cry is free.
2017-05-20 22:20
Some comments are pure cancer. Geez...
2017-05-20 22:20
yeah and brazillians get mad when people tell them that they are the most cancerous fans in the world lel oh shit its you
2017-05-21 01:05
?
2017-05-21 18:10
You are brazilian
2017-05-26 20:47
Part of me wants them never to win another major because Fnatic probably won't either and I don't want anyone to pass Fnatic who have 3 of them. Although I do think they were a way better team with the fnx lineup, it's nice to see them winning something after almost a year but they did have consistent top 4 placings at almost all events, even the major they played with Fox standin they were top 4 so I never thought they were bad at any point.
2017-05-20 22:21
#179
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Sri Lanka 1v1meRust 
That's an honest post if I've ever seen one I still wanna see Fnatic vs SK majors finals though
2017-05-21 01:06
SK #1
2017-05-20 22:40
#140
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
haha funny / cringe tittle.
2017-05-20 22:42
SK was still a great team, a solid top 3 team all the way to now when they could take the crown back. I am sure they can beat Astralis in a BO3, easily. Everytime they lost to them it was more SK doing poor than Astralis doing good.
2017-05-20 22:46
Sk was no1 because of olofs injury they never beat the old fnatic in bo3 format..
2017-05-20 22:56
#152
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
ofc cause fnatic always lost to someone else not SK's problem if fnatic was that bad and couldnt make it to semis/final
2017-05-20 23:08
#155
FalleN | 
Brazil Lk1Ng 
suck that haters LUUUL SK back to top 1 soon
2017-05-20 23:10
Sk is a great team, period. Most of the SK fan base is pure cancer, period.
2017-05-20 23:12
gg
2017-05-20 23:31
So many cry babys... dumb people everywere GO SK !!!
2017-05-20 23:42
cool, fallen is the greatest IGL ever. =)
2017-05-21 00:09
IEM Sydney was a fluke
2017-05-21 00:12
holy shit how are brazillians so cancerous of course they wont get banned though
2017-05-21 01:07
Thought we were friends
2017-05-21 02:42
You are okay. Just look at those comments to me.
2017-05-21 08:57
b8s
2017-05-21 11:57
no
2017-05-21 12:11
#181
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Brazil primate_user 
i love when ppl get mad when they write blogs for brazilians...Dont\'t get mad guys, we don't give a fuck when they write about you, so dont hate in ours.
2017-05-21 01:57
Greatness winning 2 championships that are not worth half kkk :)
2017-05-21 02:27
EZ SK
2017-05-21 02:29
#187
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Brazil hugoooo 
The level of hate and immaturity of HLTV user base always amazes me.
2017-05-21 02:34
I know. CS has always had the shittiest community compared to other games. Maybe its because of the competitive nature of the game and low self esteem kids dont know how to handle it.
2017-05-21 06:33
+1 Just check the comments I got for pointing that out in #180.
2017-05-21 08:59
n1 interview
2017-05-21 03:24
#193
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Finland t33mu 
toxic brazilians
2017-05-21 04:57
#194
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Russia Innoy 
Ez
2017-05-21 05:32
Fallen sure is a nice guy and knows his stuff. I would expect SK doing very well the rest of 2017.
2017-05-21 06:37
ez for SK gaming soon top 1 again
2017-05-21 06:50
Only rage in comments, i don't understand it. SK is a solid team now, this new describe how they did it. We will know if they can win the major, in the major, stop beeing fanatics pls.
2017-05-21 06:54
I was a fan of SK and especially Fallen, but it's not a pleasure to watch their games anymore. And kicking fnx was surely a mistake.
2017-05-21 11:55
#223
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Switzerland GoTMedicine 
Good read.
2017-05-21 12:06
#225
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Norway apx- 
3rd in the world. Greatness. Pick plx.
2017-05-21 12:23
Toxic thread. Unfortunately it got to the point that HLTV cant even write about certain teams without the hate floodgates being opened.
2017-05-21 14:10
Path to greatness? They just won some tier 3 tournaments. They are still far from their consistency during the 2 major streak.
2017-05-21 17:17
nt, mr irrelevant. Sydney had 4 top 5 teams, it was tier 1, whether u like it or not.
2017-05-21 18:54
#237
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Brazil KakaricO 
i realy hate haters *-*
2017-05-21 17:42
hltv really are the biggest fanboys. multiple news about brazilians every week, be it roster swaps in tier43 teams or none-interesting storylines. no wonder you get banned instantly just for using the word favela #MakeHLTVGreatAgain
2017-05-21 17:58
#257
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Brazil Charizaldo 
mad cus no scene
2017-05-22 14:32
I'm no fan of any team. I just love good counter-strike. therefore I can not understand how people can hate SK. they play smart-teamplay based high end CS and they are always nice. use cl_draw_only_deathnotices 1 within the demos if you can't bear their names or throttle your inner fanboy hate.
2017-05-21 18:45
they still have alot of room/height/space for improvement. This is just a setback
2017-05-21 19:26
nice article, SK can definitely challenge for #1 at this pace
2017-05-21 19:43
fallen+taco+felps+cold=macaco
2017-05-21 23:33
> Brazil > greatness
2017-05-22 06:29
#259
Estonia rYm 
wait, but they won nothing yet to claim that they are back... wtf hltv.org?
2017-05-23 02:07
Salty EU fans cuz their teams who used to beat everyone's ass are now dog shit
2017-05-23 23:37
#265
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Brazil STARk25 
gentleman, you all have to realize that SK now is one of the best team in CS:GO and still at the top3 hltv rank, by the way, SK takes down the two top2 teams in the same rank last tournament, so they have a great chance to win another major, the haters have to face it
2017-05-24 21:10
Keep making theese, Striker!
2017-05-24 23:35
#267
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Brazil bandicoot 
SK back to greatness! and New hltv. everything is turning great this winter :D
2017-05-26 16:44
#270
s1mple | 
Russia katro 
summer* :)
2017-05-28 23:26
LUL LOL KEK
2017-05-27 21:59
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