ESL One Cologne 2017 Preview

As Counter-Strike is set to return to the LANXESS Arena for the third year in a row, we bring you a detailed preview of the upcoming premier event, ESL One Cologne 2017, including information on the format and the teams.

Cologne will host another big CS:GO event this year, with ESL One Cologne set to kick-off this Tuesday. Despite not being a Major for the first time since 2014, the tournament will feature all of the world's best teams except Astralis and a $250,000 prize pool, which should be enough to ensure that ESL One Cologne gets put in consideration for one of the most competitive events of the year.

A total of 16 teams will compete at the event, with the BO1 Swiss format group stage being held in ESL's Cologne studios, while the playoffs will be BO3 and played in front of the sold out LANXESS Arena crowd.

The following teams will be competing in Germany this week:

Brazil SK Europe FaZe
France G2 Denmark North
Sweden fnatic United States Cloud9
United States Liquid Brazil Immortals
CIS Natus Vincere Poland Virtus.pro
Europe mousesports United States OpTic
Sweden NiP Denmark Heroic
Turkey Space Soldiers China TYLOO

The competition, even to just get out of groups, will be fierce. SK and FaZe are the two elite teams that should surely make it deep, G2 as well, but the rest of the top 10—for example Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, Cloud9—are hard to gauge.

Teams such as Liquid and mousesports have been on the rise and could sneak into the top 8, while even the biggest underdogs of the tournament: TYLOO, Space Soldiers and, considering their recent form, OpTic, could easily pick up a few wins and complicate things in the group stage.

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

SK (#1) Age Rating 2.0
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 25 1.26
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David 22 1.24
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 26 1.13
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 20 1.11
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 22 0.99
Offline placings in the past three months
1st United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
1st Sweden DreamHack Open Summer 2017
3-4th United States ESL Pro League S5 Finals
1st
Australia IEM Sydney 2017
Australia IEM Sydney 2017
1st United States cs_summit Spring 2017
9-11th Ukraine SL i-League Starseries S3 Finals

The Brazillians' struggles are over. Since their group stage exit at the SL i-League StarSeries S3 finals, SK are going strength for strength, picking up four titles from five tournaments, coming into ESL One Cologne hot.

It all started with a confident win at cs_summit Spring 2017, where we first saw felps really being integrated into the roster, a process we wrote about in the past. After that win, SK went on to win their first big tournament since ESL One Cologne 2016, IEM Sydney 2017. It wasn't just a big title, but also a notch on the belt for FalleN and co., who took down an in-form FaZe to lift the trophy Down Under.

The Brazilians are looking to make it three in a row in Cologne

A defeat to G2 at the ESL Pro League S5 Finals was a speed bump on SK's road to the title of the best team in the world, but a confident win at DreamHack Open Summer coupled with a victory at the ECS S3 Finals—where they took down all other elite teams—got them back to the top.

coldzera and co. picked up the first two titles of their long European campaign, but they are yet to face the toughest tasks: first at ESL One Cologne and then at the Major the following week. The Brazilians will surely be aiming for the title once again, but whether they admit it or not, a lower placing here won't hurt them a lot. They have risen back to the top, proving that they are a team to be feared, and will be able to rely on that go get an edge in the mental game at the Major. Whether they finish first or lose to the likes of a G2 or a FaZe in the quarters, the image of SK going into the Major won't change a lot.

FaZe (#2) Age Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač 20 1.22
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 22 1.14
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey 22 1.06
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 25 1.00
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 27 0.96
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
2nd United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
2nd Australia IEM Sydney 2017
1st Ukraine SL i-League Starseries S3 Finals

Only a few rounds separated FaZe from a win at the ECS Season 3 Finals, and in that case, we would be having them as the favorites going into the final stretch of the first half of 2017. As it played out, though, two grand final defeats to SK left karrigan's side lurking in the shadows, looking for their opportunity to strike and get one back on the Brazilians.

That opportunity could come soon, at ESL One Cologne, even though there is no guarantee that the two teams will meet at the 16-team event. Taking it step by step, FaZe will have to go through the BO1 Swiss system first, a group stage format that they didn't always have the easiest time with. At StarSeries S3, FaZe was on the brink of an elimination in the group stage due to losses to North and HellRaisers, but managed to pull back and win the event in the end. With the opposition being even tougher in Cologne, FaZe must avoid BO1 slip-ups that could end their tournament early.

FaZe will be looking to get more out of allu

In the BO3 phase, the European mixture should be favored against anyone except SK. G2 might have a decent shot as well, but only if they show up in better form than in London, where FaZe was able to outskill them all over the map.

In recent times, the team's main star NiKo has been backed up by rain more and more, but the problematic player for the side can sometimes be allu, who is known to go missing for halfs or whole maps from time to time. If they are able to get more consistency out of the Finn, FaZe could be lifting a trophy this Sunday.

G2 (#4) Age Rating 2.0
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub 22 1.19
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro 20 1.09
France Richard "shox" Papillon 25 1.08
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 23 1.07
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 24 1.05
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
1-2nd Romania PGL Major Krakow 2017 Main Qualifier
5-6th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
1st United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
1st France DreamHack Open Tours 2017
3-4th United States DreamHack Open Austin 2017
5-8th Ukraine SL i-League Starseries S3 Finals

A team currently on the brink of the elite is G2. It took quite a bit of time to get the "French Superteam" working, though. Their first title came at DreamHack Open Tours, three months after the team was put together, a weirdly long period for a French team, considering they usually lift trophies before the "honeymoon period" finishes.

A consecutive title and victories over SK and North at the ESL Pro League Finals put G2 back on everyone's radar, but the fact that Frenchmen weren't able to put a dent in either FaZe's or SK's armor at the ECS Season 3 Finals slowed down the G2 hype train a bit.

G2 will try to follow up a strong Major Qualifier in Cologne

shox and co. just finished qualifying for the Major with a somewhat deceiving 3-0 record, as they dropped a lot of rounds to FlipSid3, Cloud9 and Immortals, but will be hoping to continue with good results in Germany. Not playing Mirage and a weak Train could prove to be costly in BO3's against the likes of SK and FaZe, but their impeccable results on other maps should result in a good placing overall for the French team.

North (#5) Age Rating 2.0
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke 20 1.16
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 21 1.06
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 27 1.03
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 19 1.03
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 22 0.95
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
2nd United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
6-7th Australia IEM Sydney 2017
5-8th Ukraine SL i-League Starseries S3 Finals

North has been among the top 6 teams of the world for quite some time now, but they can't really be but into the category of an elite team. The Danes placed second at the ESL Pro League S5 Finals where they had favorable draws both in the groups and the playoffs and didn't put up too much of a fight in the final versus G2. If you want to find their last impressive placing before that, you must go back to October of 2016, where the then dignitas team won EPICENTER: Moscow.

ESL One Cologne is where MSL's squad needs to show improvements before the Major. The Danes had a lot of free time—playing only three events in the last three months—to fix the issues that plagued them in 2017. The most glaring one is Magisk's drop in form; the combination of him and k0nfig used to be what won North big games, with cajunb chiming from time to time, but the balance in the team seems to be off-put ever since aizy joined.

North hasn't been able to find the right balance with aizy

There is also the factor of Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså being a free agent that looms in the background of this team. The former Heroic player has not yet announced anything regarding his next home, but it sure does look like North are a few bad tournaments away from a player change—and valde is the best Danish player they could get. That sort of presence could motivate a misfiring player, as we saw happen with Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth back in 2015, but could also be an additional burden, pulling down someone that is already struggling.

Cloud9 (#6) Age Rating 2.0
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip 19 1.15
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 20 1.12
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 23 1.03
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 0.95
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 23 0.95
United States Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
3-5th Romania PGL Major Krakow 2017 Main Qualifier
3-4th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
7-8th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
1st United States Americas Minor - PGL Major Krakow 
11-12th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
5-6th United States DreamHack Open Austin 2017
4th United States cs_summit Spring 2017

Cloud9 have been one of the more active teams in the past couple of months, attending seven events in a short span of time. Even though they didn't finish most of them with impressive placings, there are a couple of them that stand out. They won the Americas Minor, defeating both CLG and Immortals in BO3's, ending a bad streak against the Brazilians, and went on to beat Astralis and fnatic in BO1's at the ECS Season 3 Finals to make it out of the groups of a big event for the first time since the ESL Pro League S4 Finals.

Last weekend's Major Qualifier also finished well for the North American team, as n0thing and co. dropped only one map, to the absolute favorites, G2, and secured a spot at the Major with a 3-1 record. Stewie2K, the team's in-game leader and star player did attribute some of the success to the team's coach valens, who should be with the team in Cologne as well.

Stewie2K gave props to valens' coaching

Considering that Cloud9 are a team that usually doesn't change a lot, relying mostly on the explosive combo of Stewie2K and autimatic, valens' influence could be the thing that gives them just a bit extra in the upcoming tournaments. shroud has also shown some improvements after DreamHack Open Summer, finishing with ratings above 1.00 at both ECS S3 and the Major Main Qualifier. Keeping that up would be very beneficial for his team, but the Canadian's track record implies a dip in form is likely to happen.

Cloud9 kick off the tournament against a new-look NiP. A win against the Swedes isn't that unlikely and a win at the start might be just what the North American team needs to have a good showing in Cologne. In the end it will all come down to how the team's key players feel on the day and what kind of matchups they get in the Swiss system.

fnatic (#7) Age Rating 2.0
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 22 1.05
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer 26 1.04
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 26 1.04
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 23 1.03
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 23 0.96
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
7-8th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
2nd Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
7-8th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
5-8th Ukraine SL i-League Starseries S3 Finals

Despite a lot of Counter-Strike fans wanting to see this fnatic team back in contention for titles, if not to witness their bully-like game style again, then at least to enjoy the personalities of flusha, dennis or KRIMZ, who are known to produce memorable moments when on top of their game, it doesn't look like we will see the Orange-Black lifting trophies anytime soon.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the team is bad as the Swedes can obviously play good Counter-Strike, shown by their second place finish at DreamHack Open Summer, but they are struggling to figure out their own map pool for some time now, and as weird as it sounds for a team that has olofmeister—they have no star player.

olofmeister is not the player he was in 2015, and fnatic need to get used to that

The world's best player of 2015, olofmeister, has never been able to make a full comeback to the level he had back in the fnatic era. He still plays in a similar way though, going aggressive and picking up high-impact kills, but the consistency and the volume of frags he used to bring is no longer there. In the past, we saw every fnatic player have a period in which he would become the main man for the Swedish side, with the rest of the team then playing around him. It's hard to see any consistency now, and that could be the main issue for fnatic at the moment.

At ESL One Cologne, fnatic slot into the dark horse category, capable of doing damage but unlikely to go too deep, unless we see some big changes in form.

Natus Vincere (#8) Age Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev 19 1.22
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev 20 1.08
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 29 1.01
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 25 1.00
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 22 0.94
Ukraine Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
2nd Russia Adrenaline Cyber League 2017
9-10th United States ESL Pro League S5 Finals
5-6th France DreamHack Open Tours 2017
3-4th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries S3

Another big-name roster with little to show for their efforts is Natus Vincere. The addition of s1mple brought the legendary organization just a single title, the one from ESL One New York, and a lot of disappointing results—a 5-6th at DreamHack Open Tours and a 9-10th at the ESL Pro League S5 finals being the two most recent ones.

Natus Vincere's coach change, replacing Sergey "starix" Ischuk with Andi, reinvigorated the team in the short term, as they got to top four at SL i-League StarSeries S3, but didn't do much for the team overall. If nothing major changes at the two upcoming tournaments, it's safe to say that the decision to release a legendary member of the organization, who was there from the inception of Natus Vincere, wasn't the best idea.

Na`Vi are in a bad spot at the moment

A second place finish at the last event they played, the Adrenaline Cyber League where they defeated FlipSid3 and played close to Virtus.pro in the final, is not something we can draw too much out of going into Cologne, leaving Edward and co. with a lot to prove going into the last two events before the break. If the CIS team doesn't start turning up, some sort of a change is inevitable.

Liquid (#9) Age Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski 19 1.14
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken 17 1.14
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella 21 1.01
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 27 1.01
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz 23 0.95
Brazil Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
9-11th Romania PGL Major Krakow 2017 Main Qualifier
5-6th United Kingdom ECS S3 Finals
3-4th United States ESL Pro League S5 Finals
7-8th United States DreamHack Open Austin 2017
5-6th United States cs_summit Spring 2017

Liquid will be traveling to Cologne after a heartbreak in Bucharest, where an overtime loss to FlipSid3 left the North Americans without a spot at the Major. Even though it was surely hard for someone like EliGE to deal with not attending PGL Krakow after having good performances at Majors in the past, this should have him and his team more focused on Cologne.

Under the leadership of stanislaw and coaching of zews, Liquid has been showing improvements, getting to top four at the ESL Pro League S5 Finals and playing well at the ECS S3 Finals, despite not making it out of the groups in the end.

Twistzz has been a great addition to Liquid

Twistzz's addition played a big part in their success as well, as the youngster slotted in the system while adding to the team's firepower. Now, it is getting a stable output from jdm64 that is the team's biggest concern. The AWPer had some good games, but as stanislaw stated in our interview at ECS, jdm64 has been sacrificing too much for too long, which will take some time to undo. 

However, with an added incentive to finish the first half of the year on a high, a set roster and a balanced map pool, Liquid will be one of the more exciting prospects in Germany this week.

Virtus.pro (#10) Age Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 23 1.11
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski 29 1.04
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 30 0.95
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 23 0.93
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 31 0.88
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
1st Russia Adrenaline Cyber League 2017
2nd United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash
12-14th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries S3 Finals

Another team on the "big struggling name" list is Virtus.pro, who have been pretty much abysmal since their win at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas. Two group stage exits, in Katowice and Kiev, followed by a period of LAN inactivity due to unforgivably poor online performances lead to the Poles being totally absent from LAN events.

They did play the ELEAGUE Clash for Cash, but the show match between them and Astralis was in no way as exciting as it could be, had Virtus.pro not completely dropped the ball in recent months. 

If Snax is back on track, anything is possible for Virtus.pro

Even though the veteran trio of NEO, pashaBiceps and TaZ are not playing that well, it is the bad form of the young duo that is actually causing the Poles' issues. Snax is currently sitting on a 1.11 rating, but that was inflated by a 1.30 rating at the Adrenaline Cyber League. The 23-year-old's impact plays usually keep the Poles in tough matches, and the lack of that has been felt as Virtus.pro have been blown out again and again. It's a similar story with byali, whose LAN rating is currently just a bit better than that of the 31-year-old TaZ.

Who knows what kind of a Virtus.pro we will see in Cologne. If we can take anything away from the Adrenaline Cyber League showing, Snax is coming back into form. That could be enough to kick-start the whole team, and if they pick up a strong win against Immortals in the opener, they could finally make a deep playoffs run once again.

OpTic (#11) Age Rating 2.0
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic 19 1.13
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas 21 1.12
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 21 1.02
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 23 0.94
United States James "hazed" Cobb 28 0.84
Offline placings in the past three months
15-16th Romania PGL Major Krakow 2017 Main Qualifier
7-8th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
7-8th 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 gone from one of the best and most exciting teams to watch to one with massive issues and misfiring stars, showing what a lack of a leader can do to a team. Shuffling the roster took a toll on the squad, with RUSH's game seemingly impacted the most. 

The North Americans will play with hazed as their in-game leader at ESL One Cologne, which could be the former CLG player's last event in the black and green jersey, considering their recent results. And it's not the tactical aspect that looks like an issue for OpTic, but the lack of motivation and out-of-game leadership that is missing.

And that is felt on the server, as OpTic has been outdueled and overrun, unable to play as a compact unit, something they excelled at under stanislaw. And the role confusion doesn't help. mixwell took over the AWPing to help out the team, despite not liking the role, but ended up leaving it to NAF or tarik when things went from bad to worse at the PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier.

OpTic don't seem capable of doing much in Cologne

After finishing 15-16th in Romania, losing to PENTA, Vega Squadron and Renegades, OpTic look like they just want to finish the first half of the year, take a break and rebuild their team in the off season. Could the "nothing to lose" mentality help them here? Potentially, but unlikely. The only one that should be very motivated for this tournament is hazed, who is looking to find a long-term playing position, but if the troops are not rallied behind him there is not much he can do as the in-game leader.

Immortals (#13) Age Rating 2.0
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass 20 1.17
Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles 21 1.13
Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 21 1.07
Brazil Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe 22 1.04
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes 23 1.03
Brazil Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
6-8th Romania PGL Major Krakow 2017 Main Qualifier
3-4th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer 2017
2nd United States Americas Minor - PGL Major Krakow
9-10th United States ESL Pro League S5 Finals
1st United States Esports Arena Showdown Championship
2nd United States DreamHack Open Austin
9-11th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries S3

After three failed Major qualifications, the Teles twins have finally secured a spot at the Major, now playing with steel and boltz, who already made history playing alongside FalleN, and the newcomer kNgV-.

After "breaking the curse", the Brazilians will surely be coming into Cologne on a high, but perhaps not that motivated for the event in Germany, having their eyes on the Major that is soon to follow. The newest addition, kNgV-, has shown some impressive skills, but the team still feels a bit unstable. Not only role-wise, with two dedicated AWPers on the team, but also emotionally, which could be seen at the Major Qualifier when they played GODSENT.

There is no lack of fire in the Immortals camp

Teams that have high highs usually have low lows, and that leads to the inconsistent results. And an inconsistent Immortals is something we've been witnessing for quite some time now, with the team having wildly different results in subsequent events.

Along the stability of the team, their map pool is also problematic, as they are good on Cache, Cobblestone and Inferno, which could prove to be enough in the group stage, but will limit them from a deep playoff run as they won't be able to hold up in the BO3's.

mousesports (#15) Age Rating 2.0
Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný 26 1.20
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool 17 1.09
Spain Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran 20 1.05
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 27 0.95
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 22 0.93
Ukraine Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
1-2nd Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier
5-6th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer 2017
5-6th United States ESL Pro League S5 Finals
3-4th France DreamHack Open Tours 2017

mousesports have been on a similar path to Liquid, with gradual improvements since assembling the roster. They finished their latest LAN performance, at the PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier, with a clean 3-0 record, earning ropz and oskar their first Major appearances.

mousesports look like a balanced squad

With wind in their sails, mousesports are coming to Cologne to iron out their problems and get more LAN experience for their players, with the placing here, similarly to Immortals, a somewhat secondary factor.

However, they are still good to potentially outperform their ranking and make it through to the playoffs—if their main players show up on the day.

NiP (#21) Age Rating 2.0
Sweden Fredrik "REZ" Sterner 19 1.39
Sweden William "draken" Sundin 21 1.13
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 26 1.08
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 29 1.06
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 27 1.03
Sweden Björn "THREAT" Pers (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
5-6th United States cs_summit Spring 2017 (4/5 of the current lineup)
9-11th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries S3 Finals (4/5 of the current lineup)

With them being one of the biggest names not attending the Major, NiP will be the team that a lot of fans will be excited to see in Cologne. Debuting with REZ, whose 1.39 LAN rating is somewhat inflated by his performance at CPH Games 2017, the Ninjas are certainly a hot prospect.

It is near impossible to gauge how well they will actually do, but a positive sign is that the team has chosen to accommodate REZ fully, and not just plug him into positions Adam "friberg" Friberg used to play, something the team was guilty of in the past. Alongside that, THREAT announced that they would be changing their map pool as well, leaving NiP as a giant question mark coming into ESL One Cologne.

REZ will debut for NiP in Cologne

With this being their last big event before the player break, NiP will surely want to make a good first impression. If that will happen or not depends on a lot of factors, one of them surely being how GeT_RiGhT plays at the event. The legendary player has been going through a long and deep slump which has been hindering his team quite a bit, leaving f0rest and co. looking towards him to get back to his old ways soon.

Heroic (#24) Age Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob "JUGi" Hansen 20 1.14
Denmark Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen 19 1.13
Denmark Patrick "es3tag" Hansen 21 1.08
Sweden Andreas "MODDII" Fridh 27 1.03
Denmark Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer 27 0.98
Offline placings in the past three months
7-8th France DreamHack Open Tours 2017
3-4th United States DreamHack Open Austin 2017

Heroic have earned their spot at the event through the European qualifier, but haven't been in the most impressive form recently. Actually, this is probably their lowest point since the team first broke out in the second part of 2016, most recently failing to make an impression at DreamHack Open Tours and not being able to qualify for the EU Minor. 

That seemingly lead to valde, Heroic's star player, departing from the team, and es3tag coming in—continuing the trend of a player change in Heroic almost every three months.

Heroic are not in the best shape coming into the event

es3tag's LAN debut for Heroic and the Danes good play in BO1's make them a team to keep an eye out for, at least in the group stages. But getting a good result won't be easy, especially when taking in account that they will be facing FaZe in the first round.

Space Soldiers (#25) Age Rating 2.0
Turkey Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş 21 1.58
Turkey Ahmet "paz" Karahoca 20 1.40
Turkey Engin "ngiN" Kor 24 1.28
Turkey Buğra "Calyx" Arkın 18 1.28
Turkey Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli 26 1.21
Turkey Canpolat "hardstyle" Yıldıran (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
1st Poland GeForce Cup 2017
1st Portugal 4Gamers CS:GO Masters (4/5 of the current lineup)

Space Soldiers have recently attended two lower-tier events, 4Gamers CS:GO Masters in Portugal, that featured no notable teams, and the GeForce Cup, where the likes of PENTA and Outlaws were competing. The Turks won both events, bumping their stats quite a bit along the way, and be looking towards Cologne to pick up their first wins over truly great teams.

XANTARES will face off against the elite on LAN

Space Soldiers are a team with a lot on the line in Cologne, as a good showing here could advance them in the rankings quite a bit and open them doors for future events, something the team complained about in the past.

It will, without a doubt, be exciting to see XANTARES take on elite opposition on LAN, starting with their opener against SK, but he is not the only one to keep an eye out for. paz has been a stable performer for some time now, and Calyx is an exciting prospect as well. The team's biggest question mark is the AWPing situation, as Çağatay "DESPE" Sedef, who usually took care of sniping, was put on the bench in favor of ngiN after an unsuccessful EU Minor qualification.

Making it out of the groups looks like a near-impossible task for Space Soldiers, but even just a single win and a couple of well-fought losses could mean a lot for them going forward.

TYLOO (#31) Age Rating 2.0
Indonesia Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand 21 1.35
China Hui "DD" Wu 22 1.20
China HaoWen "somebody" Xu 21 1.09
China Ke "captainMo" Liu 28 1.09
China Zhen "HZ" Huang 27 1.08
Brazil Luis "peacemaker" Tadeu (coach)
Offline placings in the past three months
12-14th Romania PGL Major Krakow 2017 Main Qualifier
2nd China Asia Minor - PGL Major Krakow 2017
1st China CS:GO Super League 2017 - Spring Finals
15-16th Ukraine SL i-League StarSeries S3 Finals (4/5 of the current lineup)

The Chinese side is surely the biggest underdog of the tournament, as their erratic style of CS has once again hit a brick wall in Europe and left them with a 12-14th placing at the Main Qualifier for the Major.  The addition of BnTeT, as exciting as it looks on paper, only made the team worse in that regard, as the communication between the Indonesian and the rest of TYLOO has been far from perfect.

TyLoo need a lot more composure to compete with Europeans

To try to fix some of the issues and get TYLOO to play a more western style of Counter-Strike, the organization brought in peacemaker. The Brazilian had a lot of impact in the coach-IGL era of CS:GO, but struggled to find his role in teams after that. However, with a team that desperately needs more structure and a different approach to the game, peacemaker could be a good fit, if he is able to get over the language barrier that will surely limit what he is able to get to the players during 30-second breaks.

Due to limited time between the events that don't allow for much to change, TYLOO are likely to leave Cologne with nothing more than additional experience of playing an international LAN. Hopefully, with the help of peacemaker, this time they can finally integrate that experience and improve as a team.

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:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1083
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:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
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:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1603
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
966
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Turkey Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
468
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
China Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Ke 'captainMo' Liu
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
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
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1307
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1253
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
China Zhen 'HZ' Huang
Zhen 'HZ' Huang
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
450
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
532
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
China Hui 'DD' Wu
Hui 'DD' Wu
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
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
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1333
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Luis 'peacemaker' Tadeu
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.46
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.21
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' Kor
Engin 'ngiN' Kor
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
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:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1535
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:
736
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
China HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
HaoWen 'somebody' Xu
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
831
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
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:
1138
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
966
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
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:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Turkey Canpolat 'hardstyle' Yıldıran
Canpolat 'hardstyle' Yıldıran
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.55
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.35
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.07
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
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:
95
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
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:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1508
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Ukraine Andrey 'Andi' Prokhorov
Andrey 'Andi' Prokhorov
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
10
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1169
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1604
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
LETS GO SS
2017-07-03 20:56
HYPE #removekebab btw
2017-07-03 20:57
haters gonna hate no scener but space will play in playoffs
2017-07-03 21:00
#59
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Germany PcPrincipal68 
pakistan same scene like turkey nt
2017-07-03 21:29
it means cologna is a pakistan city
2017-07-03 21:30
#65
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Germany PcPrincipal68 
no pakistan is in asia but expected from education without evolution
2017-07-03 21:31
i want to say if out scene like pakistan why we will play tomorrow in cologne
2017-07-03 21:58
#85
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Germany PcPrincipal68 
what?
2017-07-03 22:48
#89
MAR1ON | 
France msirp 
At least SS have a proper Turkish team :)
2017-07-03 23:55
#96
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Germany PcPrincipal68 
so what?
2017-07-04 01:43
yea, thats actually really great considering nowadays , its mostly mix teams... xantares could have even joined some better eu mix team but then his english would be a problem.. " im feeling.. thank you"
2017-07-04 04:40
#28
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Turkey sessizjohn 
allahim 12 yasinda pakistanli kekoya bak aminakoyum abilerin babalarin turkiye turkiye diye agliyor burda yazdigina bak. normalde turkce yazmam ama bu orospu cocugunun bunu yazmasi. neyse
2017-07-03 21:02
This is an international site, please write your comment in English. Comments in another language will be deleted.
2017-07-03 21:04
#36
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Turkey sessizjohn 
if i type this in english you will get hurt
2017-07-03 21:08
go for it
2017-07-03 21:09
#42
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Turkey sessizjohn 
are you fakeflagging or not ? tell me this than i 'll do it
2017-07-03 21:11
#54
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
probably a kurd kaksakIr
2017-07-03 21:20
Lol pakistani go eat some cows pls and fight with India LMFAO
2017-07-03 21:21
cows are tasty so i dont know if this is an insult or not?
2017-07-03 21:19
pigs are tasty too my friend
2017-07-03 21:50
Ikr
2017-07-03 22:08
traitor! spotted!
2017-07-03 22:10
Rip me
2017-07-03 22:10
xd
2017-07-03 21:06
Like
2017-07-03 21:53
#88
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Turkey osmanabi 
Kekistan scene PogChamp
2017-07-03 23:54
#24
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Portugal Tomfram 
Ez for Astralis Oh wait
2017-07-03 21:01
#81
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World charuteiro 
GL for SS, man!!!!
2017-07-03 22:33
EZ G2
2017-07-04 00:25
go sk
2017-07-03 20:56
#3
Belgium JvRcs 
Ez
2017-07-03 20:56
#4
 | 
Lithuania mimfex 
goodluck SK!
2017-07-03 20:56
#5
 | 
Poland Mateo29 
w
2017-07-03 20:56
ez
2017-07-03 20:57
nice
2017-07-03 20:57
who
2017-07-03 20:57
#9
 | 
Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Ez4SK
2017-07-03 20:57
#10
 | 
Russia alabar 
ez 4 faze
2017-07-03 20:57
#12
 | 
Finland EdiEz 
ez4faze
2017-07-03 20:57
Ez Na'Vi.
2017-07-03 20:58
Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 26 0.95 he's 23
2017-07-03 20:58
#15
 | 
Finland t33mu 
ez for vactares
2017-07-03 20:58
pre-major warmup
2017-07-03 20:59
#EZ4ENCE
2017-07-03 20:59
Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardes 21 1.58
2017-07-03 21:00
rating sk POGCHAMP
2017-07-03 21:00
GO NINJAS!!!!!!
2017-07-03 21:01
#22
 | 
Russia forest@wow 
NiP (#21) Age Rating 2.0 Sweden Fredrik "REZ" Sterner 19 1.39
2017-07-03 21:01
low level competition from epsilon i guess
2017-07-03 22:50
GO SS GO
2017-07-03 21:01
#25
shox | 
Germany KotFahrer 
Lets hope the crowd is going wild. Its a long time, i was 'feeling' the crowd. ECS was decent but compared to the gameplay it was kind of limp in my opinion. Cologne should deliver as the years before, hopefully the gameplay and matchups matches it perfectly!
2017-07-03 21:02
#26
 | 
Brazil VictorGM_ 
ez 4 sk
2017-07-03 21:02
ez for vp top 10 keepo
2017-07-03 21:02
Izi
2017-07-03 21:02
1.39 rez LUL EZ GO NiP
2017-07-03 21:02
#32
Aleksib | 
Finland hobi 
ezallu
2017-07-03 21:04
Nice but allu is not a problem
2017-07-03 21:05
"Even though the veteran trio of NEO, pashaBiceps and TaZ are not playing that well" lul nice knownledge clueless reporter. pasha has been VP's second best player even their best in this year when snax struggled. mostly it was Snax, Pasha and Byali
2017-07-03 21:06
bodyy and shox age mixed up
2017-07-03 21:09
will SS ever win against a tier1 team ?
2017-07-03 21:10
i aren't think that
2017-07-04 06:57
#41
 | 
Europe WutZeFak 
come on NiP
2017-07-03 21:10
n1
2017-07-03 21:13
finals Immortals vs SK GG BRAZIL BABY
2017-07-03 21:16
#45
 | 
Indonesia FinZzz 
Lets go G2!
2017-07-03 21:16
shox 20 yo xD
2017-07-03 21:17
Offline placings in the past three months for VP 2nd United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash??? ONLY 2 TEAMS PLAYED...
2017-07-03 21:17
Shox 20? Lol
2017-07-03 21:17
#50
 | 
Brazil felipectg1 
EzForSK
2017-07-03 21:18
#51
 | 
Brazil HueyNewton 
GO IMT
2017-07-03 21:19
+1
2017-07-03 21:19
#55
 | 
France AnTr3aS48 
ezG2
2017-07-03 21:20
+1
2017-07-04 06:57
#56
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
SeemsGood
2017-07-03 21:24
Twistzz is 17 wtf u smoking guys
2017-07-03 21:27
#58
 | 
Brazil Seleskva 
I feel the rankings are wrong
2017-07-03 21:28
mouz rank #15 is joke of the year
2017-07-03 21:29
#61
 | 
Portugal KSCERATOGOD 
LETS GOOOO NIP HYPE
2017-07-03 21:29
#62
 | 
Germany PcPrincipal68 
N
2017-07-03 21:29
#63
 | 
Brazil theluksabm 
Cold is so sex with that beard . #FERTOP1 #COLDTOP2 #RUNSKG
2017-07-03 21:30
#66
 | 
Brazil Charizaldo 
#RUNSKG Road to the 4 titles in a row
2017-07-03 21:34
One of my dreams is to attend ESL ONE COLOGNE some day.
2017-07-03 21:34
SK have no chance XD
2017-07-03 21:38
good luck fnatic! good luck NiP! good lick SK!
2017-07-03 21:51
#73
 | 
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
flusha i didnt even have to call XDDDDDD
2017-07-03 21:58
#74
 | 
New Zealand phpsolid 
ANOTHER MVP for COLDZERA <3
2017-07-03 21:59
or fer
2017-07-04 04:42
VP - 2nd United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash. Really? That's counting as an accomplish?
2017-07-03 22:27
This tournament is just as stackeed as the major. Obviously not as much prestige on the line, but still stacked.
2017-07-03 22:28
So ez for XANTARES 1.58 lul
2017-07-03 22:33
#82
 | 
World charuteiro 
1.58 Rating from XANTARES, wtf?!
2017-07-03 22:39
CALYX EZZZZ
2017-07-03 22:40
#84
AM | 
Brazil YARRAKTARES 
XANTARES 1.58
2017-07-03 22:46
#90
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
EZ4 1.58
2017-07-03 23:59
Shroud will retire after this tournament because he will go - 94 and reddit will feature 8 different threads about him and he will not cope with the pressure. Faze will beat G2 in the finals and SK goes out in groups because Fallen got busted installing aimlock in his shoe receiver.
2017-07-04 00:01
#92
 | 
Sweden 133665 
Lots of typos in this but good read none the less
2017-07-04 00:14
#93
 | 
World neomax360 
HOLY SHIT! The RATING OF SS PLAYERS. R.I.P. SK GAMING
2017-07-04 00:18
#95
 | 
United Kingdom F1zzz 
I love turkey so gl ss. Also been a while since ive seen na vi
2017-07-04 01:36
Lets go underdoggo XDDD
2017-07-04 03:31
Allu goes missing? Bullshit, he has had games occasionally but no more so than Rain or Kio. Stupid analysis. Kio goes missing way more often, that is a bigger issue, undoubtedly.
2017-07-04 04:10
"Obviously, lately, I've had a bit of struggle individually. I don't know what it is, one game I'm good and one game I'm bad, I'm trying to work that out, and also put in more hours myself." - allu hltv.org/news/20942/allu-i-definitely-wa..
2017-07-07 01:20
Yeah but stickers?
2017-07-04 04:36
What's the freaking point of Tyloo getting BnTeT and Peacemaker if none of the Chinese members speaks any English? That moment when BnTeT planted the bomb but couldn't tell his teammates its location in the smoke really says a lot for itself.
2017-07-04 06:50
TyLoo has money, so they tried to look for new dude thay can carry the team, and has great firepower. Coincidentally, BnTeT was raping SEA scene at the same time. So be it. peacemaker was also released after they signed BnTeT. From my conclusion, peacemaker was added not from the players' decision, but the management team. BnTeT's interview on PGL Major Qualifier revealed that they didn't even prepare things with peacemaker, they just connect to TS, and he only told flash and small things. BnTeT also told that communication was shit.
2017-07-04 10:03
#105
 | 
Slovakia KoviBalboa 
ez for NiP :)
2017-07-04 08:36
ez for B god BnTeT
2017-07-04 08:39
Go TyLoo because BnTeT. Go NiP because they haven't played anything in the past month. I want to see them play :(
2017-07-04 10:04
That bit about valde, aizy and north is really interesting
2017-07-04 10:43
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