ECS Season 3 Finals preview

The $660,000 finals of ECS Season 3 is set to kick off tomorrow, June 23, with eight teams ready to battle it out for the $250,000 grand prize. We have prepared a preview in which we look at each team and analyze their form and chances at the event.

The ECS Season 3 Finals will garner all top four teams according to our ranking, including IEM Sydney victors SK, IEM Katowice winners Astralis, StarSeries champions FaZe, and G2, who snatched the latest big title at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.

Another big title will be up for grabs from June 23-25 in London's SSE Arena, which will host the ECS' third season's finals, starting with the GSL group stage:

Group A  Group B
Europe FaZe    United States Cloud9
France G2 United States Liquid
Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
United States OpTic   Sweden fnatic

For more details on the $660,000 event, check out our viewer's guide, where you'll find the complete schedule, prize money distribution, and the extensive talent lineup.

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

Group A

SK (#1)  Age  Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David  22 1.26
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 25 1.25
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 26 1.14
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 20 1.13
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 22 0.98

Offline placings in the last three months
1st Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
3rd-4th  United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
1st Australia IEM Sydney
1st United States cs_summit
9th-11th  Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals

SK are going to London with another title under their belt from DreamHack Open Summer, after G2 had seen them off three weeks ago, in the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals' semis.

In Dallas, coldzera posted underwhelming numbers compared to his standard, especially in the semis against the Frenchmen, but he has since put more work in and showed that his uncharacteristic dip at the ESL event was indeed just a one-off thing, picking up another MVP award in Sweden.

The Brazilians continue their tournament-filled journey towards the PGL Major with barely any breaks in between, which made them stay in Europe until they reach the finish line in Krakow. By the time they get there, SK will have attended seven events in the space of three months, which could be a worrying prospect considering other top teams such as Astralis chose to focus on the Major and skipped a few stops.

SK's map pool was shaky during DHS despite their triumph

Whether the amount of data on SK will end up hurting them in the long run remains to be seen. However, we've already seen hints of that happening against teams significantly below FalleN's team's level, with CLG and Immortals besting SK on two of their signature maps, Mirage and Cache.

On top of that, the current No.1 team in the world is likely losing confidence on Overpass, especially after fnatic's dominant victory on it during DreamHack Open Summer's final. That puts SK in a tough situation facing the likes of FaZe and Astralis in London — who don't play Cobblestone, one of SK's top three maps —, seeing as there is next to zero time for adjustments due to the Brazilian squad's packed schedule.

Nevertheless, the IEM Sydney champions should still be seen as one of the favorites. With two other top four teams in their group, they won't catch any breaks and the road will be tough, but with coldzera and fer on top of their game, SK can beat anyone.

FaZe (#3)  Age  Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač  20 1.21
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 22 1.15
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey  22 1.07
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 25 1.00
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 27 0.94
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd  Australia IEM Sydney
1st Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals

Out of all eight teams at ECS Season 3 Finals, FaZe have attended the fewest tournaments in the last three months, conspicuously missing the Pro League finals, in Dallas, after placing below the top six in the European division.

It's not necessarily clear whether that's a good thing or not; on the one hand, they have had lots of time to perfect their map pool and overall play, but on the other,FaZe very much rely on individual form, which can translate from event to event. 

With their last offline appearance dating seven weeks back, we can't base their form on anything other than online matches, which more often than not have ended in 1-1 stalemates in the last month.

Whoever tops Group A should earn a favorable match-up in semis

FaZe's map pool will help them in this group of death, in which their biggest opponents, G2 and SK, have Cobblestone as their best map. With SK somewhat unsure about their map pool and G2 being a good match-up for FaZe, karrigan's team could end up winning the group and securing what is most likely going to be a favorable semi-final for them, unless Astralis screw up on the other side.

With matches being played on just one map on the upper side of the group, the chances between the three giants are more or less even, though, which makes this group very intriguing. The question is: who will be left out come playoffs?

G2 (#4)  Age  Rating 2.0
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub  22 1.21
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro 20 1.10
France Richard "shox" Papillon  25 1.08
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 23 1.06
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 24 1.06
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
1st United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
1st  France DreamHack Open Tours
3rd-4th  United States DreamHack Open Austin
5th-8th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals

Currently ranked #4 following their triumphs at DreamHack Open Tours and more importantly ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, G2's confidence ahead of ECS Season 3 should be the highest it's ever been since the creation of the lineup, at the start of the year.

As highlighted in our Winners and Losers of the Dallas event article, three of G2's individual players have probably never looked better in the last several months. kennyS got his second MVP award in a row following some superstar performances, and the supposed role players, bodyy and NBK-, looked fantastic as well.

Now's the time for G2 to definitively earn their place among the best of the best

However, many put an asterisk next to shox's team's latest triumph due to the two best teams in the world at the time not being present and G2 beating only one elite team on their way there, SK, in a series in which coldzera was nowhere to be seen.

If there ever was a time for G2 to step it up even further and prove that they truly deserve their place among the best of the best, it's now at the ECS Season 3 Finals, where the competition will be harder than before, with FaZe and SK in their group, and Astralis (plus a good-looking fnatic) in the other. 

OpTic (#7)  Age  Rating 2.0
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas  21 1.17
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic 19 1.15
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik  21 1.01
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 23 0.99
United States James "hazed" Cobb 28 0.86

Offline placings in the last three months
7th-8th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals (4/5 of the current lineup)
3rd-4th  Australia IEM Sydney
3rd United States cs_summit (4/5 of the current lineup)

OpTic have once again found themselves in a tough position after swapping players for months as they are forced to use hazed for the foreseeable future because of Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski stepping down from the lineup.

That throws a wrench into the works of the team, who now have to adjust again to accommodate hazed, and, to make matters worse, OpTic have been put in the hardest group in which they possibly could find themselves.

That feeling when you see Group A at ECS Season 3 Finals

mixwell & co. should be heavily outmatched in London's Group of Death, and the best they can hope for are ruining the day for one of the elite teams on the back of a massive performance from mixwell and NAF, and getting as much experience as they can before they move on to the PGL Major's Main Qualifier.

Even one best-of-one win seems out of reach for OpTic, though, let alone another playoff appearance for this lineup, after hazed stood in at IEM Sydney and helped them to advance to the semi-finals.

Group B

Astralis (#2)  Age  Rating 2.0
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth  21 1.17
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz 21 1.15
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye  19 1.11
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen 24 1.09
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 22 1.06
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
1st United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash
3rd-4th  Australia IEM Sydney
2nd Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals

Astralis made it clear they wanted to focus fully on the Major; the ECS Season 3 Finals will be their last event before the Krakow showdown, which makes it hugely important for Astralis, who want to make sure they gain some confidence after their losses to FaZe at IEM Sydney and StarSeries Finals.

Group B pales in comparison to Group A, with one clear favorite Astralis looking down on the others from their pedestal following an amazing record since gla1ve took over the leadership duties, with three semi-final finishes, two second places, and four titles.

The group should be just another day's work for the Danish powerhouse, who should be a clear-cut favorite in any match-up and on nearly any map, with perhaps one exception being Inferno against fnatic. gla1ve rarely takes chances like that, and considering how wide his team's map pool is, Astralis' opponents should never get to play their best map. 

Another Astralis and FaZe encounter could be on the cards

The real challenge will begin in playoffs, where Astralis are bound to face at least one of FaZe, SK, and G2. We only have FaZe encounters to judge based on previous match-ups, though, because Xyp9x's squad have yet to meet the current version of G2 offline and only share two best-of-ones with SK. That adds another layer of excitement for the London event, which is almost destined to give us a rare match-up among the elite.

When it comes to maps, we have learned that Cobblestone may not be such a good idea for Astralis, who played FaZe on it twice in Sydney and it likely cost them their place in the final. They'll probably go back to vetoing it first every time, but that can only help against SK or G2, both of whom have Cobble as one of their favorite maps.

fnatic (#6)  Age  Rating 2.0
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  25 1.08
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 26 1.07
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell  22 1.06
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 23 1.06
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 23 0.97
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
7th-8th  United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
5th-8th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals

fnatic are heading to London with the wind in their sails following a respectable second place on home turf at DreamHack Open Summer, after they had gone out in the groups at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.

The Swedes still have a long way to go to reach anywhere near their level from the start of 2016, but they seem to improve steadily with every event they attend, rarely losing matches for which they are favoured.

Inferno has been pivotal in fnatic's online and offline endeavours, but that map proved tough in Jönköping, where flusha and company played it three times, overcoming Gambit in overtime and losing to Immortals and SK.

fnatic are in for a tough ride

It's a bit worrying that fnatic haven't played Cobblestone offline in months, which would be fine if they had LAN experience on Cache and Nuke - which is not the case. Fortunately for them, Astralis don't play Cobble, Liquid stay away from Cache, and Cloud9 famously rarely play Nuke, which should make vetoes a little less rough for fnatic.

To start it off, the Swedish side should on paper repeat their triumph in the last Cloud9 encounter at DreamHack, but the other two match-ups could prove problematic. There's a possibility of fnatic facing Liquid in a best-of-three scenario, in which the teams can pick the opponent's bad map (Inferno and Nuke) and it will all come down to just one, with Train looking like a toss-up between the two.

There is little evidence of fnatic being able to take on the elite teams in a best-of-three, which they'll have to if they make the playoffs, but a semi-final finish should be a possibility for olofmeister's team.

Liquid (#14)  Age  Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski  19 1.15
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken 17 1.12
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella  21 0.99
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 27 0.99
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz  23 0.96
Brazil Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
3rd-4th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
7th-8th  United States DreamHack Open Austin
5th-6th United States cs_summit

After a couple of disappointing showings shortly after revamping their lineup, Liquid managed to secure a decent semi-final finish at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.

Normally, a result of that stature should be fantastic for a struggling team, but we have to keep in mind that on their way there, Liquid beat NRG, a defunct OpTic, North in a match that didn't hold any value to the Danes, and an inconsistent Envy.

jdm64 looked more like his old self in Dallas

Nevertheless, it was important for Liquid, not only to gain experience and much-needed confidence as a team, but also for jdm64 to get back in form with his first positive showing in nearly a year.

jdm64's resurgence, combined with the fragging power of EliGE, the team's consistent star, could be a determining factor in whether Liquid make the playoffs at the ECS event or not. As mentioned above, they'll probably have to go through Cloud9 and fnatic to do so. Their questionable map pool (zero matches on Overpass and Cache, and a 0-3 record on Inferno) is about on par with that of the two rivals, making these match-ups around 50/50 on paper.

Cloud9 (#15)  Age  Rating 2.0
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip  19 1.14
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 20 1.08
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham  23 1.01
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 0.96
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 23 0.92
United States Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
7th-8th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
1st United States Americas Minor - PGL Major Krakow
11th-12th  United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
5th-6th United States DreamHack Open Austin
4th United States cs_summit (4/5 of the current lineup)

Similarly to SK, Cloud9 continue their long run of offline events with ECS Season 3 being their sixth in the last three months. While the Brazilians made it work and don't seem to be stopping anytime soon, Stewie2K's squad are on a downward spiral.

Disregarding the Americas Minor, where Cloud9 finally broke the curse against Immortals, the North American team went out in the groups at three international events in a row, including last week's DreamHack Open Summer, where they went to double digits against fnatic and Gambit.

It does seem Cloud9 are in dire need of a break to figure out what their future holds, including whether autimatic should return to in-game leading after the role was transferred back to Stewie2K due to the team's schedule.

Cloud9's destiny seems to lay on this man's shoulders

Cloud9 heavily rely on their individual players, and the Stewie2K+autimatic duo continue to put in the necessary numbers, but there is little evidence going in favor of shroud, who hit a personal all-time low in Sweden, at least statistically.

Overall, another last place for Cloud9 would probably surprise no-one, even though they have a good shot in a potential Liquid meeting. Other than that, only an incredible performance from Stewie2K could push them further than expected.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1570
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
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
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 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
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
729
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
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
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1382
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1384
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1301
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
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1559
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Canada Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1502
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:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1350
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1475
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1558
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
EZ g2
2017-06-22 17:39
#11
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
ez sk
2017-06-22 17:41
#14
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Iceland DDavid 
Sk gods <3
2017-06-22 17:42
Why cloud 9 is in all the events if they sucks
2017-06-22 17:42
#23
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United States EmperorTrump 
big fanbase = a lot of viewers = ez money for tournament organizers
2017-06-22 17:51
#29
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Brazil wAc 
they are great online
2017-06-22 18:05
#67
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United States morkmodkip 
Because they got top 4 in the online league....
2017-06-22 21:42
ofc they got top in the online league
2017-06-22 21:54
#18
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Brazil Darknesss_ 
Ez 4 sk
2017-06-22 17:43
#19
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United Arab Emirates TheLordAlpaca 
FaZe <3
2017-06-22 17:45
Optic #FeelsBadMan
2017-06-22 17:50
#24
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Poland shadyman15 
LETS GO VIRTUS PRO
2017-06-22 17:51
Im here only to watch c9 out of the groups again
2017-06-22 17:52
nice life
2017-06-23 02:17
#26
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Brunei Tuxuttaja 
Should be five spots from EU and 3 from NA. Even tier 3 teams are better than clown9.
2017-06-22 17:54
Would not matter c9 topped the na season
2017-06-22 19:39
6 EU 2 NA xD
2017-06-22 20:08
rating sk KREYGASM POGCHAMP
2017-06-22 18:01
#30
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
nice meme xD "That feeling when you see Group A at ECS Season 3 Finals"
2017-06-22 18:09
#36
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Brazil hunte[R] 
+1
2017-06-22 18:27
#42
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Denmark MeToxi 
+1
2017-06-22 19:21
#35
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France t3r4byt3 
Group A FeelsOpTicMan
2017-06-22 18:27
even hltv talks shit about shroud lmao
2017-06-22 18:34
unbalanced groups again, one group has 3 out of the top 4 teams in the world, so one of them is goin home early meanwhile group B has 2 NA teams and Fnatic...
2017-06-22 18:38
That is considered fair seeding
2017-06-22 19:40
its not tho, FaZe Astralis SK and G2 should be split, 2 in group A and 2 in group B and they would probably be the 4 teams making to playoffs
2017-06-22 19:42
That is them controlling the tournament. The finals were seeded several months in advance you cant change that now sk wanted to be a dumbass and lose first place to c9
2017-06-22 19:48
that's why they should do proper seeding and not base it on the online qualifier, for instance Cloud9 being first at the NA league was a good thing for them because they got an easier group, but in the other hand FaZe being first at the EU league was bad thing for them because they got a hard group, meanwhile for Astralis being second was good since they got an easy group.
2017-06-22 19:54
But astralis very easier could of been third g2 just had to play well enough to push them down there
2017-06-22 19:55
tourneys that have online leagues as qualifier should make the seeding based on HLTV ranks that would for sure make the groups more balanced.
2017-06-22 20:00
But that is not fair to teams like c9 who played beyond expectations woo c9 did something well for once no nevermind fuck you the groups are unfair you cant just do that
2017-06-22 20:05
dude we all know that online =/= lan what is not fair is that one of the top 4 teams will be out in groups just because how the groups were seeded. G2,Astralis,SK and FaZe are the teams winning the big tourneys out there, so they deserve to be seeded high.
2017-06-22 20:08
There is no point in doing that it completely negates the purpose of an online league if they did that it might as well have been a regular tournament with invites and like 2 qualifiers spots
2017-06-22 20:11
the point of the online league is to get the 4 "best" teams of each region, which not always happen since online matches are random as f, for instance FaZe and Astralis didn't qualify for last ESLPL finals while teams like mouz and envyus did.
2017-06-22 20:13
The point of an online league is to help foster new talent into the spotlight of csgo
2017-06-22 20:14
i can tell from your previous comments that you're completly biased towards NA teams so there's no point in arguing with you, you probably even think that its a good thing that 3 out of the top 4 teams in the world are in the same group.
2017-06-22 20:38
Very wrong i hate na teams all my favorite teams are eu and personally i just want sk to go out in groups so the Brazilian fakeflaggers will shut up
2017-06-22 22:15
nt dude, read what you said #52 you just ignored the fact that FaZe got 1# in the EU league and they got fucked because of it.
2017-06-22 23:32
This favors my favorite team astralis and makes it very possible for sk to go out in groups a great scenario for me
2017-06-23 01:42
you just admited that you're biased, a great scenario would be a group stage where the top 4 teams in the world could make to the playoffs, what if FaZe end up being the one goin home from group A? i mean, they got first place at the EU league just to get put in a group where there's 2 elite teams? if that happens i'm sure that there will be a bunch of ppl complaining about it.
2017-06-23 02:00
Not a c9 fan btw just saying its not fair
2017-06-22 20:09
so is it fair for FaZe? they got first in the EU league which is way harder than NA and they got fucked anyways, they got put in a group with 2 of the top 4 teams.
2017-06-22 20:10
And faze got optic an ez opponent and they are the best team in the group anyway they wont have too much problem beating g2 to top their group
2017-06-22 20:12
wait but you said that its not fair for C9 to be put in a group with proper seeding because they got first in the NA league but its fair to put FaZe in a group where there's 3 out of the top 4 teams in the world? #doublestandards
2017-06-22 20:14
I just want to see good cs
2017-06-22 22:15
you expected SK to be out in groups but its goin to be G2 or FaZe and i'm 99% sure that either of these teams would make to playoffs if they were in group B.
2017-06-23 17:33
I did not expect anything i wanted sk to be out in groups i thought they would lose to faze but beat g2 in the decider
2017-06-23 17:38
now either G2 or FaZe will be out, while i'm sure that they could beat 3 out of 4 teams from group B, that's why tourneys that have online leagues as qualifiers should do the seeding based on an actual rank to make groups fair.
2017-06-23 17:41
It is not the tourney blame sk for losing to joke na teams if sk won the online like they should of group b would of been harder than group a
2017-06-23 17:46
"blame sk for losing to joke na teams if sk won the online like they should of group b" why is that so hard for you to understand that online matches can be random as fuck? i mean, Astralis is considered the best team in the world and they got second at ECS qualifiers and didn't even qualify to ESLPL finals and because they got second at ECS they got an easy group while FaZe got fucked for getting 1 so what's even the point of getting 1#?
2017-06-23 17:53
There wouldve of been if sk topped na Group a Faze G2 Optic C9 They get the weakest na teams and only g2 as a proper opponent
2017-06-23 17:57
why the fuck do you keep blaming SK for ECS shit format? like i already said 10000 times online matches are random as fuck and Cloud9 are the online heros they always end up toppin online qualifiers just to get rekt at lans.
2017-06-23 17:59
You said where is the benefit of faze topping europe and i gave what benefit the tournament providers intended yes online is shit i understand you would still expect astralis and faze to make epl finals and expect sk to not drop maps against nrg and rng in ecs
2017-06-23 18:03
there's no benefit on topping the online qualifier because you don't know which teams are goin to be 2nd 3rd and 4th from the other region, we just got an example of that, FaZe topped the EU league but it would be better for them if they got second or 4th place, they got no advantages at all for topping their region in fact it was the other way around they got fucked because of that.
2017-06-23 18:06
device 1.15 rating? how the exit fragger have that low rating?
2017-06-22 18:43
What happen ed to nbk? He landed somewhere else for esl and now has to go back to esc or wut
2017-06-22 18:44
What a time to be alive.. no more VP on lans
2017-06-22 19:11
Why is Group A so much more stacked than B? HLTV Ranked 1, 3, 4 & 7 compared to B's 2, 6, 14 & 15
2017-06-22 19:50
They seed it based on the online so group a is Eu #1 faze Eu #3 g2 Na #2 sk Na #4 optic The other is true for the other group
2017-06-22 19:57
Urgh, I hate seeding sometimes
2017-06-22 20:57
EZ FNATIC and Astralis #ALWAYSFNATIC #ToTheStars #untaggable
2017-06-22 20:14
#64
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Lithuania h8cheaters 
Astralis won am from the past
2017-06-22 20:45
shit groups, 3 top teams vs 1 top team. fuck ECS.
2017-06-22 21:40
Blame sk if they did not lose to c9 group b would be the harder group
2017-06-22 22:13
Lets do this SK!!
2017-06-22 21:45
#75
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United Kingdom migzzss 
Shroud, retire already please.
2017-06-22 23:22
A: G2/FaZe/SK B: just Astralis Oh man, that's terrible. Group B is shit.
2017-06-23 04:03
Nice preview striker :)
2017-06-23 12:35
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