PGL Major Krakow preview: The Mid-tier (2/3)

PGL Major Krakow is less than two days away, kicking off on Sunday, July 16 with the Swiss group stage. The second part of our series of previews ahead of the $1,000,000 event features the Mid-tier, which includes G2, Cloud9, Natus Vincere, North, Immortals, fnatic, mousesports, Virtus.pro, and Gambit.

It has been six months since the ELEAGUE Major, and now it is that time again as we are approaching PGL's first Major, which is taking place at Krakow's Tauron Arena from July 16-23, with the popular Swiss format in use for the group stage during the first four days.

Eight Legends, who earned their spot by placing in the top eight at the ELEAGUE Major, and eight Challengers, who came from the Main Qualifier at the beginning of July, are now ready play at the prestigious event. 

We separated the 16 teams into three groups as usual, based on their recent results and, incidentally, our ranking: the Underdogs, the Mid-tier, and the Favorites. Here's what those three groups look like:

Underdogs Mid-tier Favorites
Germany BIG France G2 Brazil SK
Europe PENTA United States Cloud9  Europe FaZe
CIS FlipSid3 CIS Natus Vincere   Denmark Astralis 
Russia Vega Squadron   Denmark North  
  Brazil Immortals  
  Sweden fnatic  
  Europe mousesports  
  Poland Virtus.pro  
  Kazakhstan Gambit

As a comparison, here's what EGB.com's, the Major's partner, betting odds look like as of July 14:

Team Rate Ratio
Brazil SK  2.710  33.21% 
Denmark Astralis  4.061 22.16%
Europe FaZe 7.538 11.94%
France G2 10.740 8.38%
United States Cloud9 18.072 4.98%
CIS Natus Vincere  20.930 4.30%
Sweden fnatic 26.012 3.46%
Denmark North 27.982 3.25%
Europe mousesports  33.088  2.72%
Other Other teams  16.043 5.61%

We've already released our first part of the series of previews ahead of the Major surrounding the four Underdogs.

Today, we delve into the Mid-tier, where we have nine teams that we think have a good chance of making the playoffs, but, at the end of the day, some of them will inevitably miss out.

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

G2 (#4)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub  22 1.20 Winner (Cluj '15)
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 23 1.06 Winner (2x)
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro 20 1.06 Group stage (2x)
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 24 1.05 Winner (Cluj '15)
France Richard "shox" Papillon 25 1.03 Winner (DHW '14)
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
5th-8th  Germany ESL One Cologne
1st-2nd Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier
5th-6th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
1st United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
1st France DreamHack Open Tours
3rd-4th United States DreamHack Open Austin

G2's individuals are some of the most decorated players when it comes to the Majors, with NBK- being one of only 13 players holding multiple trophies, one from DreamHack Winter 2014 with shox as LDLC, the othern from DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 alongside apEX and kennyS, under EnVyUs.

Only bodyy is relatively new to Majors, having only played at the previous two editions with G2's previous lineup, while NBK- and shox are veterans attending their 11th Major in Krakow, and the remaining two players have only missed one.

Given how successful French lineups have historically been, it may come as a surprise that the last time any one of these five players made the Major playoffs was in late 2015, in Cluj-Napoca.

It has been two years and four months since shox made the Major playoffs

G2 are now heading to Krakow with a task to break that streak. Had they done better at ESL One Cologne, the Frenchmen could have even been considered one of the Favorites, but their narrow loss to Na`Vi in the German event's quarter-finals put them at the top of the Mid-tier group.

On paper, we're looking at a potential semi-finalist, but things may turn out differently depending on match-ups in the group stage, which can be treacherous given a few upsets here and there, as we saw at the ELEAGUE Major, where the former G2 lineup exited the tournament in the groups following losses to Virtus.pro, Astralis, and North. However, for this lineup, even a route similar to that should still end up with G2 advancing to playoffs.

Why follow G2 at the Major: G2 are looking to break their individual players' poor streak at Majors as the outliers of the Mid-tier.

Cloud9 (#5)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip  19 1.13 Group stage (Columbus '16)
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 20 1.12 Rookie
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 23 1.03 Group stage (7x)
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 23 0.97 Quarter-finals (Cologne '14)
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 26 0.94 Semi-finals (DHW '13)
United States Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd  Germany ESL One Cologne
3rd-5th  Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier
3rd-4th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
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)

Cloud9 are back on the Major map after missing  two in a row, having failed to qualify from the fifth round of the qualifiers ahead of ESL One Cologne 2016 and the ELEAGUE Major.

Three of their players — the core of n0thing, Skadoodle, and shroud — have each attended at least six, while for Stewie2K, Krakow will be his second, and autimatic comes in as one of the 16 rookies.

It's been almost three years since Cloud9 last made the playoffs at a Major (ESL One Cologne 2014), but this time they may have a great chance to do so. After struggling for months, their uprise in the form of three great events in a row, most notably the runner-up finish at last week's ESL One Cologne, came at the best time possible, just before the Major.

shroud's resurgence came at the best time possible

It's impressive that the North American squad hasn't stopped for three months straight, with PGL Major Krakow being their ninth event during that period, and still managed to crawl out of the hole they were in. The combination of Stewie2K and autimatic has continued to do work, but it is shroud who has given Cloud9 the extra push in important matches, as shown by his numerous clutches against Na`Vi in Cologne's semi-final.

They seem to have also revised their playstyle a bit and thrown in last-second strategies more often, which is still risky but can throw their opponents off-balance if they expect the usual, fairly aggressive style Cloud9 normally play.

Considering their competition, Stewie2K's squad are by no means favored to make the playoffs, but their latest results give America's only hope a chance, if Cloud9 manage to avoid at least most of the hardest match-ups.

Why follow Cloud9 at the Major: Even a month ago, we would have counted Cloud9 out of contention for a playoff finish without a shadow of a doubt, but now could be the time for Skadoodle to reach his first Legends status in his eighth attempt.

Natus Vincere (#6)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev  19 1.16 Runner-up (Cologne '16)
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev 20 1.12 Runner-up (2x)
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 26 1.03 Runner-up (2x)
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 29 0.97 Runner-up (2x)
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 22 0.92 Runner-up (2x)
Ukraine Andrey "Andi" Prokhorov (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
3rd-4th  Germany ESL One Cologne
2nd Russia Adrenaline Cyber League
9th-10th  United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
5th-6th France DreamHack Open Tours

Alongside Virtus.pro, fnatic, G2, and Astralis, Natus Vincere belong to the group of the most Major-experienced teams out there, with eight Majors on average per player. From the main core, seized has been to all of them, while Edward and GuardiaN only missed the very first one by one map in the BYOC qualifier.

The aforementioned trio have made the playoffs eight times in a row, keeping Na`Vi's Legends status alive for three years running. Even if this lineup isn't nearly as consistent as the old version that featured Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, seized and company should continue that streak at  PGL Major Krakow.

After group stage exits at DreamHack Open Tours, where Natus Vincere uncharacteristically lost to the new Misfits, and at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, the CIS-based squad redeemed themselves at ESL One Cologne with a semi-final finish.

GuardiaN was in tip-top shape at ESL One Cologne

GuardiaN looked great again in the German tournament, posting a 1.24 rating (third best), which should give him and the team a confidence boost Na`Vi sorely needed following the two early exits.

To finally realize their true potential and reach the level they showed at ESL One New York, their last triumph, Natus Vincere need to find consistency. Despite the good showing in Cologne, there were more than a few moments, especially in the Cloud9 semi-final series, where Na`Vi threw away rounds they would never have lost in their prime due to being overzealous in clutch scenarios and afterplants.

That doesn't seem like such a hard fix, but this has been the case for a while now. Whether it speaks to seized's leadership or the mentality of the team as a whole is uncertain, but it is one of the glaring issues that keeps them from becoming an elite team again.

Why follow Na`Vi at the Major: When on fire, the trio of s1mple, flamie, and GuardiaN are one of the deadliest combos in the world.

North (#7)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke  20 1.16 Quarter-finals (ELEAGUE '17)
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 21 1.03 Semi-finals (Cologne '14)
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 19 1.02 Quarter-finals (ELEAGUE '17)
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 27 0.97 Semi-finals (3x)
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 22 0.94 Quarter-finals (ELEAGUE '17)
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
9th-11th  Germany ESL One Cologne
2nd United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
6th-7th Australia IEM Sydney

The majority of North are no strangers to the biggest events in CS:GO, with six to ten Majors attended among MSL, aizy, and cajunb, who is a Major veteran. Their two youngest players, k0nfig and Magisk, are still newcomers, having played just two and one, respectively.

Historically, MSL's teams have never done particularly well at Majors, as he has only made the playoffs once, at the previous ELEAGUE Major, in six attempts with various lineups under his tutelage.

Since their triumph at EPICENTER last year, they barely have any good results to speak of, save for the second place at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, where North had a conspicuously favorable route to the final.

The first (and last) time Magisk played at a Major, he broke a record

Compared to the late 2016 period, the powerful k0nfig-Magisk concoction is missing. Rarely do they both go off at the same time, and there is no one else to pick up the slack and provide the same explosiveness when needed. aizy seemed to wake up around the ESL Pro League Finals, but he dropped back to negative numbers by ESL One Cologne.

Based on what we saw in Germany, North are up against the odds. Due to how few teams are willing to play Nuke at all or at least in the groups, the Danes only have two more maps to rely on, Mirage and Overpass, with Inferno as a solid third, so their fate may depend on the match-ups and how their map pool and that of their opponents compare.

Why follow North at the Major: Magisk seems to ignore pressure, as we saw in his record-breaking half against Virtus.pro at the ELEAGUE Major, where he was a rookie; watch him, for he can explode at any point.

Immortals (#10)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles  22 1.15 Rookie
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass 20 1.13 Quarter-finals (3x)
Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 22 1.09 Rookie
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes 23 1.03 Quarter-finals (3x)
Brazil Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe 22 1.01 Rookie
Brazil Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
12th-14th  Germany ESL One Cologne
6th-8th Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier
3rd-4th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
2nd United States Americas Minor - PGL Major Krakow
9th-10th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
1st United States Esports Arena Showdown Championship
2nd United States DreamHack Open Austin

Most of Immortals' lineup are Major rookies, as they finally broke their Main Qualifier curse in their fourth attempt earlier this month in Bucharest. steel and boltz, however, were part of Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's squad that made the quarter-finals three times in a row in 2015, before the two were cut and the then-Luminosity went on to reach new heights.

Had it not been for last week's ESL One Cologne, where the Brazilian side only defeated a poor-looking Virtus.pro and proceeded to lose to Liquid, G2, and Cloud9, Immortals would look a lot better going into their first Major attendance.

Immortals broke their Main Qualifier curse in their fourth attempt

That is not the case, though. Only HEN1 and kNgV- were present on all four maps the team played in Cologne, while boltz disappeared in two matches, especially in the overtime battle versus Liquid. Given how well he normally performs, we can cut boltz some slack, assume this was only a hiccup and expect him to come back in time for the Major.

Whether that will be enough for a playoffs finish, that is another question. According to zakk, the team's inconsistency comes down to their inability to control emotions, and he doesn't expect to calm the team down by the Major. Nevertheless, when they're in form, Immortals have the firepower to bring down nearly anyone on one map.

Why follow Immortals at the Major: Immortals are a force to be reckoned with when HEN1 explodes. When he and kNgV- are on fire at the same time, the duo make for a scary double AWP setup.

fnatic (#11)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell  22 1.09 Winner (3x)
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 26 1.04 Semi-finals (4x)
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  25 1.01 Winner (2x)
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 23 1.00 Winner (2x)
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 23 0.95 Winner (3x)
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
9th-11th  Germany ESL One Cologne
7th-8th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
2nd Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
7th-8th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals

When it comes to the Majors, there's no one more decorated than fnatic, who field three-time Major winners JW and flusha, and two-time champions olofmeister and KRIMZ. These four are also Major veterans who will play their 11th Major from Sunday on, while dennis has missed three and has yet to reach a final after four semi-final finishes.

Three Majors ago, we wouldn't have even entertained the notion of fnatic not making the playoffs, but now that is a possibility as we set our sights on Poland. There's no indication that dennis will surpass his record, or that JW and flusha will become the only two players to have won four Majors.

Since the old Swedish lineup got back together after a rough divorce almost precisely a year ago, fnatic haven't been able to even come close to the level of chemistry and individual play they had when they dominated the scene in 2015 and 2016.

KRIMZ took over some of the leadership duties in fnatic

When it comes to the individuals, the biggest difference now is flusha, who has been average at best with this new-old team, perhaps because now the pressure is on him as fnatic struggle to make their simple playstyle work. However, he has been known to step up for the Majors — he still belongs in the god-tier in that regard — and some of the in-game leading duties have been transferred to KRIMZ, which should free him up to focus more on himself again.

What's more, clearly the old fnatic confidence that allowed each of them to make incredible plays just isn't there any longer, and understandably so considering some of their results and hiccups in favorable match-ups (such as against CLG at DreamHack Summer).

All that being said, fnatic can make the playoffs in Krakow. On paper, they're somewhere around the middle, so they simply can't afford to lose the match-ups they're favored in again. Then it will come down to the 50-50s against the likes of mousesports, Gambit, and Immortals.

Why follow fnatic at the Major: The Swedes have some of the best Major players in the business. We might see a very different fnatic in Krakow.

mousesports (#12)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný  26 1.20 Rookie
Spain Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran 20 1.04 Group stage (ELEAGUE '17)
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool  17 1.04 Rookie
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 27 0.94 Group stage (6x)
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 22 0.92 Quarter-finals (2x)
Ukraine Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
9th-11th  Germany ESL One Cologne
1st-2nd Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier
5th-6th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
5th-6th United States ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals
3rd-4th France DreamHack Open Tours

mousesports are one of two Mid-tier teams to field more than one rookie in Krakow. oskar and ropz are about to play their first Major, as the former failed to qualify twice in a row under HellRaisers before cruising through his third Main Qualifier with three straight victories.

Besides that, chrisJ and denis are looking to break their streak of group stage exits (six and five in a row, respectively), while loWel attended his first Major only early this year, in Atlanta.

It may be a little too soon for ropz, who will be the youngest player in Krakow, to make his first Major attendance, but it looks like he deals well with pressure for someone of his age, so that factor may not even come into play. His performance in mousesports's 16-14 win over PENTA at the Main Qualifier is what put his team through to the Major, after all, although he was quite up and down at ESL One Cologne.

ropz and oskar are two of 16 Major rookies

The $250,000 event probably hurt mousesports' confidence, seeing as they started 2-0 following solid wins over fnatic and, surprisingly, FaZe, but they lost three times in a row afterwards, two of them to teams they may face at the Major: Natus Vincere and Cloud9. If anything, it should help mousesports understand that they can't get ahead of themselves when they get off to good starts.

Similarly to fnatic, mousesports find themselves on a razor's edge, and their chances of advancing to playoffs are as close to 50-50 as it gets, with several favorable match-ups but just as many tough ones.

Why follow mousesports at the Major: ropz is looking to make his story even crazier as the 17-year-old attempts to become a Major Legend within three months from joining his first relevant team.

Virtus.pro (#14)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski  24 1.11 Winner (Katowice '14)
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski  29 1.07 Winner (Katowice '14)
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński  23 1.00 Winner (Katowice '14)
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 30 0.94 Winner (Katowice '14)
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 31 0.82 Winner (Katowice '14)
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
15th-16th  Germany ESL One Cologne
1st Russia Adrenaline Cyber League
2nd United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash

Famously, Virtus.pro are the only team to stick to the same lineup for nearly four years running now, and subsequently, they attended all 10 Majors with the exact same five. What's more, they have made the playoffs nine times out of ten, with the only group stage exit being at the very first Major, DreamHack Winter 2013.

With that comes the most important question — can they keep that streak alive despite going through their worst-ever period for the last four to five months? Since their triumph at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas in February, the Poles have bombed out of three big events in a row: IEM Katowice, StarSeries Season 3 Finals, and, most recently, ESL One Cologne 2017.

That already defeats the cliché that fans like to bring up whenever there's talk of VP being in poor form, that they always show up at the big events. Have we limited that statement to just "Virtus.pro always show up at Majors" now?

Can Virtus.pro find their switch?

We'll have to wait and see if that is the case, but things aren't looking good. There isn't the slightest indication of that happening, seeing as TaZ's men have only had a few days to reflect on ESL One Cologne, where they finished dead last following losses to Immortals, SK, and Heroic.

The one thing going for Virtus.pro at PGL Major Krakow, aside from the overrated home team advantage, is that they have the easiest first match-up in the form of the highly inexperienced Vega Squadron to warm up. At the same time, if Virtus.pro manage to lose that, they're likely to get overrun further on once again.

Why follow Virtus.pro at the Major: Virtus.pro's playoffs streak at Majors is in real danger — it's time to find out if there is a switch the Poles can hit and turn their luck around.

Gambit (#15)  Age  Rating 2.0  Highest placing at Majors
Kazakhstan Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov  23 1.15 Quarter-finals (ELEAGUE '17)
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev  27 1.13 Quarter-finals (4x)
Kazakhstan Rustem "mou" Telepov  25 1.11 Quarter-finals (2x)
Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov 29 1.07 Quarter-finals (5x)
Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko 29 0.96 Runner-up (2x)
Ukraine Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
5th-6th  Sweden DreamHack Open Summer
1st United States DreamHack Open Austin
2nd United States cs_summit

Gambit's three most experienced players, AdreN, Dosia, and Zeus, each have at least seven Majors to their name, with the in-game leader sitting at the top as a Major veteran with two runners-up finishes, at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca and MLG Columbus, in his resumé.

Meanwhile, mou has played at the last three Majors under Gambit's banner, and the newest addition, Hobbit, came into the picture just in time for his first one in Atlanta, in January.

Gambit have had plenty of time to prepare for the Major

The last Mid-tier team is perhaps the biggest question mark of them all, mainly because Gambit have been fairly quiet in the last two-and-a-half months. Their only event in that time was DreamHack Open Summer, where the CIS-based squad finished 5th-6th with losses to CLG and fnatic, beating Cloud9 in between.

That time will have allowed Zeus to prepare his team as well as he could, but seeing as they don't compete in any of the big leagues and only face lower-tier opposition in ESEA Premier, Gambit have had few opportunities to find out whether what they're doing is working. On the other side of the coin, there is little information on their tendencies and map preferences, so there's space for Zeus to catch his opponents unawares if he has some new things up his sleeves.

Why follow Gambit at the Major: Since Zeus came into the roster, Gambit has closed the gap between them and elite-level teams, also thanks to a clear go-to map in Cobblestone, on which they held a nine-win streak.

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
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 Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
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
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1486
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Christian 'loWel' Garcia Antoran
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
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
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
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1273
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1729
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
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:
1397
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
605
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1419
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:
1214
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
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
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
984
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1531
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1389
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
911
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1233
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
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
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Mikhaylo 'Kane' Blagin
Mikhaylo 'Kane' Blagin
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.37
Maps played:
5
KPR:
0.24
DPR:
0.82
APR:
0.07
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1112
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:
1327
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
490
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
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:
1452
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:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1504
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
758
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1022
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
937
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1520
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1009
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1539
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
JZFB | 
Finland raivokkuus 
Awesome preview! Don't you think there's a bit of a split between some of these teams, though?
2017-07-14 23:07
#6
f0rest | 
Germany xeeeoN 
you not even read it...
2017-07-14 23:07
EZ C9 WIN MAJOR
2017-07-14 23:23
Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 23 1.03 Group stage (7x)
2017-07-14 23:52
#68
daps | 
United States CSCronus 
YES EZ FOR C9
2017-07-15 03:15
#96
 | 
Denmark CasperKitsune 
LET'S GOO
2017-07-15 13:00
vp mid tier wtf
2017-07-14 23:08
I just don't see how you could class a team like G2 in the same category as IMT or Gambit, for example. Maybe there should've been a lower-mid and upper-mid tier
2017-07-14 23:09
yea vp should've been in underdogs section
2017-07-14 23:13
yeath, g2 have beaten sk multiple times recently and i am pretty sure that they beat sk in a bo3 too. Only problem for them is faze and astralis.
2017-07-14 23:18
And navi
2017-07-15 01:31
#86
 | 
Denmark FAKFAVELAS 
but vp beaten sk in BO3 multiple times too
2017-07-15 08:35
but vp will go 0-3
2017-07-15 09:16
no way they will do well like in all majors. and first match vs Vega Squadron
2017-07-15 10:56
I think the lowest team Gambit definitely has the potential to take down G2 in Bo3 so I like this way
2017-07-14 23:09
I guess with CS the way it is nowadays we'll never know, you're right. But then I could argue that teams in the underdog section like BIG have the potential to win BO3s against the "mid tier" teams too.
2017-07-14 23:10
fair point. I agree with your comment to the UK dude. 4 groups instead of 3 would be better
2017-07-14 23:15
#70
 | 
Brazil Nimenz 
Ok...even an underdog team can beat any of the favorites. But we're talking about odds, not science.
2017-07-15 03:44
Guys, you are having a reasonable discussion. What are you doing? This is Hltv. /s (+1 for the gentlemen)
2017-07-15 14:18
ty sir, appreciated
2017-07-18 00:30
no
2017-07-14 23:09
#65
 | 
Brazil LaicaBoss 
i are agree immortals should be underdogs
2017-07-15 01:45
#2
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
Big gonna win this
2017-07-14 23:07
1
2017-07-14 23:07
#4
HUNDEN | 
Denmark JELLING 
lul
2017-07-14 23:07
nice analysis as always
2017-07-14 23:07
#8
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
ASTRALIS GOT THIS AGAIN
2017-07-14 23:09
#107
 | 
Russia xtkjdtr01 
True
2017-07-15 17:32
#12
 | 
Sweden yungsavage 
blat
2017-07-14 23:10
'it may come as a surprise that the last time any one of these five players made the Major playoffs was in late 2015, in Cluj-Napoca. 'It has been two years and four months since shox made the Major playoffs' Pretty sure that at Cluj-Napoca, shox was in Titan, and Titan got 2-0'd by NiP in the decider match, 14-16 and 1-16 on Cache and dust2...
2017-07-14 23:10
I didn't say the last time all of them made Major playoffs
2017-07-14 23:23
i love you
2017-07-15 09:19
You're right, my mistake.
2017-07-15 16:13
#26
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
"Any one of these five players", learn to read.
2017-07-14 23:26
#16
 | 
Canada Skadiddle 
Ez cloud9
2017-07-14 23:12
Ez NiP
2017-07-14 23:12
#20
 | 
CIS Merlas_mtk 
ez for VP Winner (Katowice '14)
2017-07-14 23:15
#99
 | 
Brazil coldzao2 
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 31 0.82
2017-07-15 14:05
#100
 | 
CIS Merlas_mtk 
Its enough when pasha have 1.07 not 0.8 like always
2017-07-15 14:06
#101
 | 
Brazil coldzao2 
lol you wot pasha is carrying them thru whole 2017, neo and taz always 0-20 score
2017-07-15 14:08
#21
 | 
Turkey powergs 
VP vs Big/mouz/Penta in finals mark this
2017-07-14 23:18
#27
 | 
France t3r4byt3 
VP vs PENTA in the final, VP takes revenge for EPL relegation
2017-07-14 23:26
#29
 | 
Turkey powergs 
haha n1 but really Virtus.Plow inc
2017-07-14 23:30
Lol are you dumb. None of these four teams are even getting go the semmis, probably not even playoffs LUL.
2017-07-15 13:21
#23
 | 
Paraguay mcraepy 
GL
2017-07-14 23:21
I would put G2 in the favorites instead of Astralis. They haven't played much in quite a while and even then they didn't have great results,
2017-07-14 23:27
There are 4 underdogs, should have neen 4 favorites as well, include G2
2017-07-14 23:37
then you should put navi too
2017-07-15 00:34
"They haven't played much in a while" for a good reason. They're building strats and stuff. Don't underestimate them. Although they had sometimes bad performances, they can still make a surprise. And you can't put more than 3 favorites in a total in 16 teams tbh. G2 haven't been playing amazing since ECS, although they've won DH tours and ESL Pro League.
2017-07-15 03:26
neo, taz and byali have almost been useless since Lad Vegas while Snax and Pasha are VP's carrying duo. Snax has dropped off aswell since Las Vegas tbh. they need all of them playing on the highest level! otherwise they will be swept away 0-3
2017-07-14 23:34
SK, Astralis, FaZe and G2 should be the 4 favourites.
2017-07-14 23:36
Gambit 4 playoffs!
2017-07-14 23:35
#33
 | 
Turkey DebbSoray 
G2 is not mid tier.
2017-07-14 23:34
#35
 | 
Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
SK or C9 to win this
2017-07-14 23:39
#36
 | 
Brazil sant1[v] 
VP 0-3
2017-07-14 23:42
#36
 | 
Brazil sant1[v] 
VP 0-3
2017-07-14 23:42
#38
 | 
Europe Vallon 
G2 mid-tier. Ouch, baguettes.
2017-07-14 23:44
G2 ftw
2017-07-14 23:50
In what group is NiP tho? Oh. Wait. They didnt even qualify lul
2017-07-15 13:23
vega squadron ? penta ? big ? why where there are no asian and ocean teams in this ?
2017-07-14 23:45
it's major not MM
2017-07-14 23:55
exactly, teams from every continent should be able to participate in it. Instead there are 3 "german" teams and 4 teams from CIS region
2017-07-14 23:59
They had their chance to qualify and they failed. End of story.
2017-07-15 00:23
#74
 | 
United Kingdom ryanjames1411 
did you not see the matches before the major from pgl that was for the team to qualify the ones that are in the major got in by winning matches the other teams under preformed or where not good enough in general
2017-07-15 05:47
#110
 | 
United States kelpyG 
They didn’t qualify that’s why lmao
2017-07-16 03:23
#41
 | 
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
nice
2017-07-14 23:50
#45
 | 
World WestSideDude 
Na`Vi 3:0 VP 0:3
2017-07-15 00:10
#46
 | 
Brazil VAC0 
immortals overrated (on ranking)
2017-07-15 00:15
#49
 | 
Sweden godname 
HYPEE
2017-07-15 00:34
"That already defeats the cliché that fans like to bring up whenever there's talk of VP being in poor form, that they always show up at the big events. Have we limited that statement to just "Virtus.pro always show up at Majors" now?" GOD Striker
2017-07-15 00:35
#52
 | 
Ukraine CISfan[Guy] 
Dennis 4 semis instead his teammates LuL
2017-07-15 00:36
#53
 | 
Europe WutZeFak 
i think actually that vp is gonna step up at the major
2017-07-15 00:36
+1 VP win this major
2017-07-15 00:51
#54
 | 
Poland Marcines 
shox 1.03 rating c'mon.. he is beast, he shouldnt be igl
2017-07-15 00:46
should be ez for faze
2017-07-15 01:04
#57
 | 
Europe WutZeFak 
you mean sk?
2017-07-15 01:07
i think it isnt fair to put teams like g2 and immortals in the same page idk but its kinda unfair i think
2017-07-15 01:08
#59
 | 
Belarus nopez 
navi to underdogs
2017-07-15 01:08
VP 3:1
2017-07-15 01:17
#61
 | 
Poland adriannB 
2nd United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash :DDDDDDDDDD
2017-07-15 01:19
#62
 | 
Turkey Algan_Algan 
I want gambit win but g2 will win
2017-07-15 01:28
Two of the top 5 teams are mid-tier? Are you drunk or smoked some hard shit? Do you know what the term "mid-tear" stands for?
2017-07-15 01:41
#66
 | 
France Static2k 
If navi plays good, it will be a 3-0 but if they don't it will be a 0-3
2017-07-15 02:01
gambit ez major sexgod
2017-07-15 05:15
#113
 | 
Brazil Nimenz 
...
2017-07-28 10:00
#73
 | 
India nicebaitm8 
Immortals mid range hahahahaha
2017-07-15 05:41
No device,no Astralis (((
2017-07-15 06:09
He's coming you know
2017-07-15 07:14
When ? In the finals ? cus he said at sat. today sat. or next sat. ? O_o
2017-07-15 07:15
The final of the major is friday next week so it has to be today saturday
2017-07-15 07:19
Ohhh ok.My bad :D
2017-07-15 07:19
Or, it's a sunday, but still.
2017-07-15 07:21
The final is a saturday, and the way he says it in the tweet, not tommorow but saturday, makes it sound like this he's coming saturday /closed
2017-07-15 07:25
#76
 | 
Brazil miiracle 
ez major for SK
2017-07-15 06:19
ez LIQUID
2017-07-15 07:52
VP MID TIER hahahahah
2017-07-15 08:10
#89
Europe npH 
i put astralis for not to advance but this post kinda make me change them for mouz haha flipside to advance because electronic is a beast... VP, gambit or immortals all out in groups
2017-07-15 09:35
If g2 beat the underdogs and mid tier teams they can beat everyone. They have problems with undersogs but it can give them confidence. And after that rip sk astralis and faze ^_^
2017-07-15 10:16
#91
DSK | 
Albania DSK- 
VP mid tier LUL3D, more like 1st-tier for getting out of the tournament
2017-07-15 10:31
Dont understimate gambit. They will win against mousesports.
2017-07-15 12:00
#94
Aleksib | 
Russia ivanb_ 
ez 4 penta LUL
2017-07-15 12:01
#95
 | 
Greece knk74 
izi for my n**** olofmeister
2017-07-15 13:00
'There is no age barrier in esports' Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 0.82 rating
2017-07-15 14:12
I never thought I would see VP, NaVi and Fnatic ranked as tier 2. And the NIP that did not even qualify?
2017-07-15 15:00
#108
 | 
Brazil Chiquiim 
The some of teams ratio = 100,01%. WTF?
2017-07-15 21:48
Zeus told in his videos that Gambit might not be fully ready for majors because of breaks between trainings cuz of personal reasons (don't remember what exactly)
2017-07-15 22:19
#112
 | 
Russia p@th 
wazzup
2017-07-23 22:32
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