PGL Major Krakow playoffs preview

The PGL Major Krakow playoffs kick off tomorrow with Gambit taking on fnatic in the first quarter-final, before the Astralis-SK banger takes over at the Tauron Arena. Here is our preview of the playoffs, in which we delve into each quarter-final in depth and highlight players to watch.

The group stage of PGL Major Krakow saw countless surprises, such as BIG and Gambit securing 3-0 records, while FaZe bombed out with zero matches won and G2 followed with losses to Gambit, Astralis, and fnatic.

The bracket draw gave us a banger already in quarter-finals in the form of a match-up that had initially been touted as a strong possibility for the grand final, Astralis versus SK, who each had a 3-1 record to their name.

BIG shocked the scene in the group stage

We'll also see two rematches of ELEAGUE Major quarter-finals as Gambit are ready to take their revenge on fnatic, who have since changed two players, while Virtus.pro will be looking to repeat their triumph versus 4/5 of the current North line-up at the previous Major.

The remaining quarter-final is between the only two Challengers that made the playoffs in Krakow, the tournament's BIG surprise up against Immortals, who will wrap up Friday's action.

Here is our preview of the playoffs, in which we go over each of the aforementioned match-ups, their history, maps, and the best players judging by the group stage. 

Rating used are from PGL Major Krakow groups

Friday, 13:00
Gambit 2.0   fnatic 2.0
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev  1.66   Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 1.05
Kazakhstan Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov 1.26   Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  1.04
Kazakhstan Rustem "mou" Telepov 1.19  vs.  Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 1.00
Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko 1.09   Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman 1.00
Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov 1.05   Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 0.93
Ukraine Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin (coach)   Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

Group stage results
   
16-10 vs. Europe mousesports on Inferno
16-6 vs. France G2 on Cache
16-11 vs. Poland Virtus.pro on Train
  16-12 vs. CIS FlipSid3 on Mirage
11-16 vs. Poland Virtus.pro on Cache
14-16 vs. Denmark Astralis on Nuke
16-12 vs. CIS Natus Vincere on Mirage
16-10 vs. France G2 on Overpass

The quarter-finals will kick off with Gambit and fnatic squaring off, with the two teams having faced each other in the ELEAGUE Major quarter-finals, at the beginning of the year, although the Swedes have since released Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun and Simon "twist" Eliasson, and brought back JW and flusha.

The CIS-based side has so far looked fantastic, despite the fact that their form had looked shaky ahead of the Major. With three straight wins on three different maps, AdreN's men secured the first seed and kept Legends status from the ELEAGUE Major.

fnatic had a tougher journey to playoffs as they conceded maps to Virtus.pro and Astralis, but in the end, they eliminated long-time Legends Natus Vincere and crushed G2's dreams of playing on a Major stage again.

This would be the man to help Gambit pass quarter-finals for the first time

With the exact same lineups, these two teams have met a total of three times offline, with each side claiming one best-of-one affair on Inferno, and fnatic sending Gambit home after a tight series in DreamHack Open Summer's group stage last month.

This upcoming series will not include Cobblestone and Mirage, the teams' usual bans. Gambit have also religiously stayed away from Nuke, which could open up a path for fnatic to pick it if they so choose, as they seem to be more willing to play on it, judging by their down-to-the-wire encounter with Astralis.

However, it's much more likely that the Swedes will pick Overpass, a map Gambit have historically been quite successful on but haven't had many opportunities to play. Zeus will probably be torn between Cache and Train, both of which have been shaky for the Swedes in recent times. The last map seems destined to be Inferno, as the two teams have faced each other on that map in every match they have played.

Players to watch

Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell

The Kazakh star put in sensational numbers in the group stage, averaging a tournament-high 1.66 rating, a 106.3 ADR, and 0.23 opening kills per round. There doesn't seem to be any stopping to AdreN, who by and large led the way, figuratively and literally, for his team throughout the groups to secure Legends status.

JW may not have been as dominant as the "king with a 100 ping" at the Major, with a 1.05 rating in groups, but he was arguably fnatic's most consistent player, and he has been so for some time now, while his teammates have struggled to keep up good numbers tournament-to-tournament.

Friday, 16:30
Astralis 2.0   SK 2.0
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen  1.32   Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David 1.58
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 1.16   Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga  1.20
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 1.11  vs.  Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 1.15
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz 1.08   Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 1.09
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 0.97   Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 0.90
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)  

Group stage results
   
19-17 vs. Brazil Immortals on Overpass
8-16 vs. Brazil SK on Inferno
16-14 vs. Sweden fnatic on Nuke
16-6 vs. France G2 on Inferno
  16-13 vs. Europe PENTA on Inferno
16-8 vs. Denmark Astralis on Inferno
14-16 vs. Germany BIG on Inferno
16-9 vs. Brazil Immortals on Overpass

While all quarter-finals are seemingly as close to even as possible, the Astralis and SK showdown will almost certainly garner the most focus. After all, the two giants were supposed to meet in the semi-finals at the earliest, but fate had planned it to go down in the first round of the playoffs.

Both teams garnered three wins and one loss throughout groups, with the Brazilians shockingly dropping Inferno to BIG, while Astralis only lost to SK on their way to playoffs.

Apart from their group stage encounter in Krakow, the two shared a total of five maps dating back to April's StarSeries Season 3 Finals, with every single one going to at least 28 rounds, and there's little indication that this time will be any different.

 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 130 - 97 +33 80.5 1.21
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 111 - 97 +14 72.3 1.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 114 - 108 +6 79.3 1.11
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 106 - 106 0 71.5 1.02
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 106 - 116 -10 74.8 0.93
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 130 - 107 +23 77.4 1.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 107 - 114 -7 72.4 1.01
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 93 - 112 -19 75.2 0.93
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 102 - 120 -18 69.4 0.89
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 89 - 117 -28 70.3 0.88

Statistics from the six maps SK and Astralis have shared in current lineups

In their ECS Season 3 Finals series, which SK won by the slightest of margins, it came down to Overpass, Mirage, and Inferno. The same scenario is not completely out of the question, even though the earlier Inferno loss may sway the Danes away from the map.

SK could switch things up and pick Cache, which Astralis clearly aren't willing to play good teams on, but based on the Brazilians' vetoes here in Krakow, it doesn't look like FalleN is confident enough on the map to have it as their pick. He also doesn't seem like the type of leader who pays too much attention to his opponents' tendencies in vetoes, and rather focuses on his team's strengths.

Astralis could also change their minds and choose Train instead of Overpass, but the latter is still more likely and we're back to the trio that came out in London.

Players to watch

Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David

dupreeh, who underwent the change from entry-fragger to semi-lurker upon gla1ve's addition last year, has looked phenomenal so far, especially in the narrow matches that Astralis won against Immortals and fnatic. This tournament, he has actually gone for opening duels more often than usual and ranks second in opening kills per round at 0.20 and fifth in success in opening duels with 68.8%.

coldzera reached inhuman levels in his first three matches, in which he racked up 98 kills total. Despite dropping off in SK's last win over Immortals, in which felps took over with a godlike performance, last year's number one player in the world has the second highest rating of the tournament (1.58) and is in the top three in several other categories.

Friday, 20:00
BIG 2.0   Immortals 2.0
Germany Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz  1.46   Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 1.19
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget 1.36   Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass  1.13
Germany Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus 1.07  vs.  Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles 1.13
Germany Fatih "gob b" Dayik 0.98   Brazil Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe 1.10
Serbia Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić 0.81   Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes 1.07
Austria Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk (coach)   Brazil Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)

Group stage results
   
16-8 vs. Europe FaZe on Inferno
16-11 vs. United States Cloud9 on Inferno
16-14 vs. Brazil SK on Inferno
  17-19 vs. Denmark Astralis on Overpass
16-6 vs. Russia Vega Squadron on Train
16-10 vs. CIS Natus Vincere on Overpass
9-16 vs. Brazil SK on Overpass
16-6 vs. CIS FlipSid3 on Train

The third quarter final of PGL Major Krakow will be a battle of underdogs, as two teams who came all the way from the Minors, Immortals and BIG, will face each other. The German side qualified for the bracket play with a 3-0 record, shocking viewers around the world by taking down three top five teams. BIG first took down FaZe, then Cloud9, and they closed the deal by beating the world's number one team, SK.

There are asterisks to BIG's group stage run, though, with the biggest one of them being their usage of the "crouch jump" bug. BIG perhaps weren't the only team using the mechanic, which has been deemed legal, but the extent to which they used it and the setups they built around them certianly helped them to get to their first two victories, over FaZe and Cloud9. Still, gob b's side proved that there is more to them than just the "crouch jump" by taking down the world's best team SK in their last game, after a gentleman's agreement to not use the crouch jump had been reached.

nex is stepping up at the right time

Immortals had a different run to the playoffs, starting with an overtime defeat to Astralis on Overpass. The Brazilians defeated Vega Squadron and Natus Vincere to bounce back to 2-1 before losing to SK thanks to an inspired performance from their former teammate felps—who managed 37 kills in just 25 rounds. Immortals secured a playoff spot with a convincing win over FlipSid3, but all combined makes for a much less impressive group stage performance  than that of BIG.

The veto in this matchup will be interesting, as the map pools of the two teams are somewhat similar. Both have been avoiding Nuke and playing a lot of Cobblestone and Inferno, with Overpass, Mirage and Cache following closely. Cache was the map these two teams played in their last meeting, at the Major Main Qualifier, but the Brazilians will probably hope to avoid playing it due to a 16-9 loss to BIG in Bucharest. With such a similar map pool, the veto will probably come down to three maps both teams are comfortable with, which should set us up for a tight series.

Players to watch

Germany Johannes "nex" Maget and Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles

tabseN has been a big part of BIG's success, but in this match, the player to watch is nex. Once touted as the new hope of the German scene, nex struggled to perform on LAN and especially at big events for a long period of time. Now back under the leadership of gob b, nex has been able to play like one of the stars of the team. Will he be able to continue his strong form when the matches move from the quiet group stage area to the roaring Tauron Arena? That is the question we will be looking to answer tomorrow.

It's hard to pinpoint a single key player for the Brazilian side, but it seems the team that features two explosive AWPers, HEN1 and kNgV-, relies mostly on the player that was relegated to a support position for so long. LUCAS1 has been on a tear recently, not finishing a single match at the Major with a below 1.0 rating, which makes him someone to look out for tomorrow.

Saturday, 13:00
North 2.0   Virtus.pro 2.0
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke  1.34   Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski 1.22
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 1.22   Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski  1.19
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 1.12  vs.  Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński 1.14
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 0.96   Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski 1.06
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 0.82   Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 1.00
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)   Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

Group stage results
   
12-16 vs. United States Cloud9 on Mirage
16-9 vs. Europe PENTA on Mirage
19-15 vs. Europe mousesports on Cobblestone
16-14 vs. Poland Virtus.pro on Mirage
  16-2 vs. Russia Vega Squadron on Nuke
16-11 vs. Sweden fnatic on Cache
11-16 vs. Kazakhstan Gambit on Train
14-16 vs. Denmark North on Mirage
16-10 vs. United States Cloud9 on Train

There is a lot of recent history between these two teams, reaching back to EPICENTER: Moscow, when the then-Dignitas team defeated the Poles in the grand final, securing their first big event trophy. The two would meet again at the ELEAGUE Major, where Virtus.pro managed a very memorable comeback on the third map, breaking North on Cobblestone despite an inspired Magisk performance in the first half.

Since Atlanta, the two have met only in group stages, but it was the Danish side coming out on top both times, narrowly defeating Virtus.pro on Cobblestone in Katowice and Mirage here, at the Major.

In the group stage in Krakow, Virtus.pro had a great 2-0 start by taking down Vega Squadron and fnatic, but defeats to Gambit and to their quarter-final opponents North put them in a dangerous situation. To the relief of many Virtus.pro fans who wanted to see the team play at the Tauron Arena, the Poles showed a strong game against Cloud9, defeating them 16-10 on train.

Get ready for the packed Tauron Arena roaring Virtus.pro in unison

North started their run to the playoffs with a loss to Cloud9 and an inspired Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert, but bounced straight back with a confident Terrorist side display against PENTA. The last two wins were both tight ones for the Danes, but an overtime victory against mousesports and a 16-14 one over Virtus.pro meant that MSL and co. were able to defend their Legends spot.

Map pool wise, North seems to be in a good spot as they permanently ban Virtus.pro's most played, Train, while the Poles could go for a Mirage ban, seeing that the Danes have had a lot of success on the map recently. However, the fact that the two teams played Mirage in the group stage already could make Snax and co. think that they can use that experience and take the win there, leaving them with an Overpass or Cache ban. 

Players to watch

Players to watch

Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski

The brightest star of North is k0nfig, the only player from the team who has consistently put in strong individual showings despite his team having a somewhat tough time. The 20-year-old is known for his aggressiveness, on and off the server, and surely won't be thrown off by the whole arena being against his team on Saturday. What is more, k0nfig is a player who will probably be fueled by it, which makes him the player to watch for North in this matchup.

On the other side, it's hard to look past Snax. Playing at a packed 15,000 seater arena in his home town, the swiss-army knife of Virtus.pro will surely deliver an impressive performance this Saturday. Competent with a variety of weapons and comfortable in different roles, Snax shouldn't be affected by taking back the in-game leader role once again.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1039
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:
950
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
729
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1190
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
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
Austria Alexander 'kakafu' Szymanczyk
Alexander 'kakafu' Szymanczyk
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
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
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
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:
1397
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Germany Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäus
Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäus
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
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
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
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
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1290
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
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
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
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
994
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1533
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
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 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
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1476
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1112
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
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
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
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
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
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1100
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
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
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 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
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
#2
 | 
Canada TwistZzZz 
Ezaf4SK
2017-07-20 23:33
#3
 | 
Russia dizzy_af 
hell yea
2017-07-20 23:33
#4
NEO | 
Poland PSZ 
nice
2017-07-20 23:33
#4
 | 
Pakistan hotpakiguy 
ez for sk
2017-07-20 23:33
#6
 | 
Kazakhstan Bombardian 
Ok
2017-07-20 23:33
ez for JUMP CLAN
2017-07-20 23:33
#77
 | 
Portugal ImPaynePT 
Nice joke
2017-07-21 01:33
#9
 | 
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez fnatic
2017-07-20 23:34
GAMBIT<3
2017-07-20 23:34
#12
 | 
Paraguay mcraepy 
Expected
2017-07-20 23:34
If Sk doesn't win this Major ( no G2 or Faze ) then they are a tier 2 team
2017-07-20 23:35
#19
 | 
United States ChocolateLab 
VP going to win, buh bye SK enjoy tier 2
2017-07-20 23:40
I can guerantee you that VP won't win...
2017-07-20 23:41
#27
 | 
United States ChocolateLab 
Screenshotting this Mr. Guarantee. You can't guarantee ANYTHING. All the teams except Big could concede and BOOM Big win. You are a fool, VP will win in front of home crowd, they have EZ side of the bracket.
2017-07-20 23:43
#46
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Chile satch 
nice logic, Kappa
2017-07-21 00:00
#14
 | 
Czech Republic MrM4sl0 
ok
2017-07-20 23:35
#15
Just2EZ | 
Europe 4ENCE 
cool
2017-07-20 23:37
#16
 | 
Hungary BostonTerrier 
Nice try hltv. Almost as well written as my prediction
2017-07-20 23:37
#17
 | 
Poland Alexkox 
VP will lose :P
2017-07-20 23:37
Godren is too good. Lowest rated player on gambit is tied with highest player on FNATIC LEL. GODREN>coldzera
2017-07-20 23:38
the rating won't matter when they get battered by fnatic tomorrow
2017-07-20 23:40
Come back when FNATIC get penetrated LUL
2017-07-20 23:43
i think you mean pADRENetrated...
2017-07-20 23:47
+1
2017-07-20 23:48
nah won't happen gambit gonna get shut down by my boys as always with zeus teams
2017-07-21 01:14
clearly 1 map in the best case for fnatic. what are you smoking dude?
2017-07-21 00:46
+1
2017-07-21 01:31
why stealing his name
2017-07-20 23:41
#20
YNk | 
Netherlands Polakva 
Gambit > Fnatic SK > Astralis Immortals > Big VP > North
2017-07-20 23:40
#101
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
+1
2017-07-21 08:52
#106
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
+1
2017-07-21 09:54
Go gambit!!! AdreN is too good for you all!
2017-07-20 23:40
+1
2017-07-20 23:44
GodrenMostConsistent and just a badass
2017-07-21 00:55
+1
2017-07-21 01:31
#25
 | 
Russia AR4ER 
Who wants Gambit vs SK in semifinal?
2017-07-20 23:42
If that happens it will b better than the actual final stupid bracket
2017-07-20 23:43
hell yeah! please god if you exist make it happen
2017-07-21 00:56
#26
Xyp9x | 
Romania Old_Guy 
This may be a bit of an unpopular opinion, but if Xyp9x steps up like he did at ELeague, Astralis will be able to beat SK, otherwise, I doubt it. Even in that case, they'll have to be firing on all cilinders to beat them. VP should be able to beat North in a series as long as Snax doesn't underperform. BIG wins as long as keev performs, they might be able to do it without him, but they'll have a much harder time. I'm sure gob b will find something, though. And finally, with the way things have been looking like at this major, Gambit should be able to beat fnatic in a BO3, tho I feel like it's 50-50 just because fnatic bullshit is a thing at majors. Final predictions: Astralis 2 - 1 SK VP 2 - 1 North BIG 2 - 1 Immortals Gambit 2 - 1 fnatic
2017-07-20 23:42
#31
 | 
Azerbaijan Talley 
3 of your 4 predictions will be wrong, just saying :D
2017-07-20 23:46
The gambit one is the only correct :)
2017-07-20 23:47
Nope Fnatic going to beat Gambit :)
2017-07-21 00:56
no fucking way. not this time
2017-07-21 00:56
yes fucking way ;)
2017-07-21 01:12
#107
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
Nice joke, btw he has only 1 wrong
2017-07-21 09:55
ez for finals br
2017-07-20 23:52
#GOBIGORGOHOME
2017-07-20 23:52
#41
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
Adren more kd then Cold LOL
2017-07-20 23:54
+1
2017-07-20 23:57
#50
 | 
Chile satch 
Actually Cold has a better K/D, but AdreN has a higher Rating wich is even more impressive.
2017-07-21 00:06
#116
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mancow 
Exactly, way more impressive
2017-07-21 13:51
#42
 | 
Denmark ta1ket 
Its gonna be a hard match against Astralis Vs SK Gaming!
2017-07-20 23:55
#43
 | 
Czech Republic Limacool 
Final will be Astralis vs Big
2017-07-20 23:55
#44
 | 
Poland mamba99999 
"North seems to be in a good spot as they permanently ban Virtus.pro's best map, Train" - that's a typo - their best map is Nuke.
2017-07-20 23:56
You're right. Train is the most played map. <3
2017-07-21 00:04
#47
 | 
World dddouseddd 
sad to see gla1ve rating is better than dev1ce rating, where are the exit fragssssssss devve?
2017-07-21 00:03
#49
 | 
Czech Republic Hazel_Eyes 
1. Gambit 2.SK 3.BIG 4.North Profit
2017-07-21 00:05
#108
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
1. Gambit and 2. SK? retard or what? They gonna be in semi finals... xD
2017-07-21 09:57
#51
 | 
Turkey Algan_Algan 
GO GAMBIT GO
2017-07-21 00:07
Lets go Immortals !!!
2017-07-21 00:07
Ez4kingwith100ping :-D
2017-07-21 00:09
#55
 | 
Brazil mth^ 
SK!!!!!
2017-07-21 00:15
sk is the only team that don't have a coach, nice
2017-07-21 00:23
AdreN MVP
2017-07-21 00:32
lul gambit in 2.0 better than fnatic
2017-07-21 00:48
I cant believe i will miss all games on friday
2017-07-21 00:50
#62
 | 
Poland Marcines 
papito is back
2017-07-21 00:55
Well guys, enjoy your PickEm's. It seems to me like anything you do, it will be wrong. :D Can't wait for tomorrow.
2017-07-21 01:07
I've always had this principle of picking the teams that I don't root for, meaning that either way, I'll at least have some positives to look at.
2017-07-21 07:40
Fnatic > Gambit SK > Astralis Big > Immortals VP > North
2017-07-21 01:15
#74
 | 
Japan sweet88 
+1 totally argree with you.
2017-07-21 01:24
Gambit SK BUG VP Ezpz
2017-07-21 01:22
Gambit, SK, BIG and North in semmis. Gambit is really strong rn + zeus tactics are very good. Astralis simply not as good as SK. BIG will 100% abuse the jump bug and win. I fear vp might choke, thats y i wont bet on this one...
2017-07-21 01:34
fnatic SK BIG (they will use the bug 1-2 times in the last map and win closely) VP
2017-07-21 01:40
Kind of cool to think about that either BIG, Immortals, VP or North will be in the major final!
2017-07-21 01:45
#102
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
true
2017-07-21 08:55
#82
 | 
Portugal MR_CAL 
sk win ez pz, best team of all time (yes fnatic fans, cry is free)
2017-07-21 02:06
#85
 | 
Europe Vallon 
Nice fanfic, favela junior.
2017-07-21 02:21
#83
 | 
Latvia Flinchester 
king with a 100 ping
2017-07-21 02:08
gambit < fnatic astralis > sk big < imm north > vp
2017-07-21 02:36
do you see the rating difference between gambit and fnatic
2017-07-21 02:55
#109
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
Rating doesnt mean anything, but gambit will win
2017-07-21 10:00
it shows current form
2017-07-21 10:01
#89
 | 
Brazil Matheuscgc 
Gambit-Fnatic 1-2 Astralis-SK 2-0 Big-Imt 2-1 Vp-north 2-0
2017-07-21 02:45
#92
 | 
Brazil eITApai 
if this happen I'd be soooo glad haha, good luck to astralis tomorrow!
2017-07-21 03:15
#111
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
Best joke in 2017 xD
2017-07-21 10:00
#117
 | 
Brazil Matheuscgc 
I don't think it was joke
2017-07-21 19:56
#120
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
oh rly? not a joke? xD ez money from gambit in 1/4 finals and semi finals :) and now 300 euro on gambit in finals :)
2017-07-23 14:33
gambit-fnatic 2-0 astralis-sk 2-1 big-immortals 2-0 vp-north 1-2
2017-07-21 02:57
#93
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go Brazil, we can do it! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-07-21 03:46
#95
 | 
India nathanekka 
Deadly matches
2017-07-21 06:05
#98
Snax | 
Poland dediw3e4 
Gambit SK BIG and VP
2017-07-21 07:49
#112
 | 
Latvia Frip! 
+1111111211111111
2017-07-21 10:00
"King with 100 ping" lmao <3 Inb4 AdreN vs Coldzera battle in semis
2017-07-21 07:59
ADREN 1.66 better than coldzera lululululu
2017-07-21 09:17
some selling tactic there from PGL. make VP play in day 2 of quarterfinal and put it together with semifinal, because if they put VP in first day and they lost the match, PGL ticket selling might be drop.
2017-07-21 10:25
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