ESL One New York preview

ESL One New York begins tomorrow, September 15, so it's time for us to take a deeper look at the eight teams competing for $250,000 in the Big Apple and their chances to grab the shiny trophy come Sunday.

The post-off-season period full of LAN events hasn't stopped just yet. With the return of ESL One to New York, we have the next international tournament right at our door, alongside ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier's Group B.

The $250,000 event will gather eight teams, five of whom are in the top ten as per our ranking, plus the new-look Natus Vincere and Cloud9, as well as Envy.

Group A Group B
Brazil SK Europe FaZe
Ukraine Natus Vincere Denmark Astralis
United States Cloud9 United States Liquid
France Envy Poland Virtus.pro

For ESL One New York's format, on-air talent, schedule, and prize distribution, head over to our viewer's guide, which has all the information you need to follow the event. As always, we have also put together an in-depth preview to get you fully prepped up for the next three days of play in the Big Apple:

* Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

Group A

SK (#1)  Age  Rating
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga  25 1.18
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David  22 1.18
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 26 1.13
Brazil João "felps" Vasconcellos 20 1.10
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 22 0.97

Offline placings in the past three months
3rd Greece ESG Tour Mykonos
5th-8th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
5th-8th Poland PGL Major Krakow
1st Germany ESL One Cologne
1st United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
1st Sweden DreamHack Open Summer

SK's efforts of getting their confidence back came to no fruition last week at ESG Tour Mykonos. With many top teams missing, the Brazilians aimed to get back to winning ways, but a 2-0 defeat against Liquid in the semi-finals crushed their hopes.

With DreamHack Masters Malmö having gone awry at the beginning of September as well, when SK fell to their nemesis G2 despite looking fantastic for a 2-0 sweep, FalleN's side have failed to live up to the billing as clear favorites in both tournaments they have attended since the break.

No one is a clear favorite at ESL One New York

They should naturally be considered title contenders all the same, and still one of the main favorites, mainly because no other team has shown the consistency to snatch the No.1 spot away from the Brazilian side just yet.

For a team like SK, Group A should be more or less a formality. Envy have shown little improvement in an offline setting as we saw in Mykonos, and Cloud9 and Natus Vincere have yet to prove themselves.

To go further than the semis, which are bound to yield a tough match-up, SK will be looking at fer, who was a no-show in the aforementioned series with Liquid. If he and coldzera fire up as we know them to do, the sky is the limit.

Natus Vincere (#11)  Age  Rating
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev  19 1.23
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev  20 1.07
Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko 29 1.01
Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev 29 0.99
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin 23 0.91
Ukraine Mikhaylo "Kane" Blagin (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
9th-12th  United States ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier
5th-8th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
12th-14th  Poland PGL Major Krakow (4/5 of the current lineup)
3rd-4th Germany ESL One Cologne (4/5)
2nd Russia Adrenaline Cyber League (4/5) 

After the Zeus-led squad finished in a respectable 5th-8th place at DreamHack Masters Malmö, losing a narrow series to NiP in the quarter-finals, Natus Vincere faced a tough group in ELEAGUE Premier and went out following losses to FaZe and G2.

ESL One New York will be Na`Vi's third event within a little over two weeks, which means they'll still be rough on the edges this weekend, unsure about their map pool as much as about everything else.

Na`Vi will be back in action after their short campaign at ELEAGUE Premier

Nonetheless, they're looking quite good in Group A. As mentioned before, Cloud9 are in a similar position, and it's likely the two will duke it out for the second spot in the group. Odds are the match-up is as 50-50 as it can get, so it'll largely depend on individual form.

s1mple remains the team's superstar, but everyone else is up and down; first and foremost it'll be up to flamie to step it up if Na`Vi are to advance to the playoffs. Anything further than that would be a bonus, considering Astralis and FaZe are the teams most likely to make it out on the other side.

Cloud9 (#13)  Age  Rating
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip  19 1.11
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta  21 1.11
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 21 1.10
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 24 1.02
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 23 1.01
United States Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
3rd-4th Canada DreamHack Open Montreal
9th-12th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
9th-11th  Poland PGL Major Krakow (3/5)
2nd Germany ESL One Cologne (3/5)
3rd-5th Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier (3/5) 
3rd-4th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals (3/5)
7th-8th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer (3/5)

Cloud9's new lineup's beginnings have not yielded the greatest results as of yet, with a group stage exit at DreamHack Masters Malmö being followed by a semi-final run at DreamHack Open Montreal.

That was to be expected from the new lineup, especially looking at the teams Stewie2K's men lost to at their first two events: North and SK in Sweden, Immortals and North again in Canada.

tarik and Stewie2K exchanged roles

Unless things changed again ahead of ESL One New York, tarik still holds the leadership duties, which in theory should have freed up Stewie2K, but the opposite seems to be the case right now.

With Stewie2K's role changed, he might need a bit more time to adjust; so far, he hasn't had much success against the better teams. Instead, it's tarik who seems to have profited from the swap, at least so far.

Envy (#16)  Age  Rating
France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy  28 1.12
Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom  23 1.11
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer 25 1.02
France Alexandre "xms" Forté 20 1.02
France Christophe "SIXER" Xia 26 0.98
France Damien "maLeK" Marcel (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
7th-8th Greece ESG Tour Mykonos
13th-16th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
1st United States DreamHack Open Atlanta
3rd-4th Spain DreamHack Open Valencia
4th Romania Europe Minor - PGL Major Krakow 

Envy were seemingly on the upswing when they made their way to three events via online qualifiers during the latter half of August, but their first two offline showings since then have resulted in early exits and disappointing performances.

The Frenchmen at least made things look competitive in Malmö, where they went out after close matches with G2 and fnatic; at ESG Tour Mykonos, they only showed up on one map against BIG.

EnVyUs' chances aren't looking good

nV's chances at ESL One New York are thus slim at best. The one thing going for them is that they will have a clearer idea of what their strengths are in the map pool than Natus Vincere or Cloud9, but having a more defined style than those two teams can just as well work against Happy's squad.

Both of those teams will have scouted what Envy like to do, but the same cannot be said from the Frenchmen, as Cloud9 and Natus Vincere are both new teams with new leadership. ScreaM & co. facing SK up first is most likely to end in tears, and beating both Cloud9 and Natus Vincere in best-of-threes is something a betting man wouldn't put money on.

Group B

Astralis (#4)  Age  Rating
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz  22 1.17
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen  24 1.14
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 19 1.09
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 22 1.05
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 22 1.00
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
5th-8th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
3rd-4th Poland PGL Major Krakow
3rd-4th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals
1st United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash

Astralis haven't looked fantastic themselves after the off-season, finishing 5th-8th at DreamHack Masters Malmö with their second loss in a row to Gambit, who caught the Danes off-guard with a quick 2-0 series.

Luckily for them, Gambit won't be present in New York, but their group is a tough one, nonetheless. Everyone will pose a threat to Astralis, starting with Liquid who proved they can take on the best last weekend.

Astralis will be facing a tough group this weekend

If the Danes pass that test, they could meet either Virtus.pro, who are still a tough opponent on a good day, or FaZe, a somewhat unknown entity with a roster whose majority has a great track record against gla1ve & co.

Astralis should still be seen as favorites to make it out of the group, but it's by no means a formality as is the case with SK; expect the Danes to have to fight for their place in the playoffs.

Beyond that, device's team has a lot to prove. They lost their streak of top four finishes with their current lineup in Malmö and haven't won anything aside from the Clash for Cash since IEM Katowice, in March. ESL One New York could be a great opportunity for Astralis to get back in contention for the No.1 team in the world, with SK in shaky form and many of the others still trying to prove their worth.

FaZe (#8)  Age  Rating
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač  20 1.21
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard  23 1.13
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 26 1.13
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer  25 1.03
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 27 0.89
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
9th-12th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
15th-16th  Poland PGL Major Krakow (3/5)
3rd-4th Germany ESL One Cologne (3/5)
2nd United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals (3/5) 

The first month of FaZe's new lineup's existence has yielded a group stage exit at DreamHack Masters Malmö, where Gambit claimed their scalp, and a playoff spot at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier thus far.

If we've learned anything from their first two events, it's that GuardiaN is in great shape (olofmeister isn't doing badly himself), and that the European squad still likes Mirage, which FaZe have played three times and won them all.

GuardiaN is in tip-top shape

karrigan's team's playstyle is a bit all over the place as predicted, but that might work to their advantage for the time being, as long as the players perform and their opponents can't scout much of their tendencies from the few matches FaZe have played.

Nothing suggests the individuals won't perform, which makes a playoff run likely for the star-studded lineup. Whether they place first or second in the group should come down to the Astralis match-up, which has historically been favorable for karrigan, and that should determine whether they'll play SK in the semis or not. If not, FaZe have a good shot at making it all the way to the final, come Sunday.

Liquid (#9)  Age  Rating
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski  20 1.12
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken  17 1.10
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 27 1.05
Canada Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz  23 1.05
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella 22 0.96
Brazil Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
2nd Greece ESG Tour Mykonos
5th-8th  Germany ESL One Cologne
9th-11th  Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier 
5th-6th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals

After fairly uneventful several months following the addition of stanislaw and later Twistzz, Liquid finally lived up to their potential last weekend, at ESG Tour Mykonos.

Despite being praised for his leadership, stanislaw took a step back from the role and it instantly paid off. nitr0 has taken it upon himself to call the shots after the off-season, leaving the Canadian with a more comfortable position as a lurker.

nitr0's return to leadership allowed stanislaw to play a more comfortable position

A series win over SK is no easy feat, let alone a 2-0 sweep, but Liquid did it and it'll bring loads of confidence their way despite the loss to mousesports in the ESG Tour grand final. Now they have another tough challenge ahead of them in the form of Group B in New York, where they'll have to beat two of three giants, Astralis, FaZe, and Virtus.pro.

None of the match-ups is particularly favorable for the North American team, especially after they lost to Virtus.pro in Greece, but Liquid will not be fighting a lost cause; expect an exciting battle with EliGE at the helm.

Virtus.pro (#10)  Age  Rating
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski  29 1.08
Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński  23 1.08
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski 24 1.05
Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski  30 0.98
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas 31 0.92
Poland Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski (coach)

Offline placings in the past three months
4th Greece ESG Tour Mykonos
13th-16th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
3th-4th Poland PGL Major Krakow 
15th-16th Germany ESL One Cologne 
1st Russia Adrenaline Cyber League
2nd United States ELEAGUE Clash for Cash

Virtus.pro's struggles continue. There isn't much to be said about their performance at ESG Tour Mykonos, where the Poles lost the semi-final series to mousesports, other than it being yet another sign of the team's baffling issues.

It turns out that Snax's short period as the team's in-game leader has come to an end as TaZ has taken the reins. Having the star call the shots was a questionable decision in the first place, and, to be fair, Snax's numbers at the last several events had dropped significantly. 

The 24-year-old needs to be a superstar for Virtus.pro to come back from the grave, and freeing him up from the shackles of leadership is the first step towards bringing him back - and the team along with him.

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
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
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
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
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
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
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
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 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
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
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
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
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
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
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
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 Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
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
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
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
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
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
532
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
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
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
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
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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:
32
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:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
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
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
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
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
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#90
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Brazil JeaNNGamer 
missing immortals
2017-09-15 01:37
wow
2017-09-14 20:15
#25
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Brazil coldzao2 
No one is a clear favorite at ESL One New York (SHOWING SK ON PICTURE) KKKKKKKKKKK
2017-09-14 21:03
#31
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Germany lawlig 
HELLO APE!! IQ MUCH?!
2017-09-14 21:20
#34
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Brazil coldzao2 
my iq is 170
2017-09-14 21:38
#67
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
-1
2017-09-14 23:41
#35
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Brazil LtMisto 
hello NAZI!!
2017-09-14 21:39
#112
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Germany lawlig 
Hitler did nothing wrong
2017-09-15 13:24
#117
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Brazil LtMisto 
kappa
2017-09-17 05:06
#37
NBK- | 
United States cliVine 
I mean SK was a favorite losing to liquid 2-0... and g2... are you sure your team is still so great now?
2017-09-14 22:14
#44
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Brazil coldzao2 
youtu.be/llfnmGAN3EY?t=2m51s vs your fav team ahaha 16-0
2017-09-14 22:59
#51
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Croatia DNM_ii 
RNG 16 - 0 SK, Liquid 2 - 0 SK, Astralis 2 - 0 SK, NiP 2 - 1 SK, C9 2 - 1 SK, VP 2 - 1 SK, G2 - SK (when G2 won multiple times), 2-3 record in groups on IEM Katowice etc.
2017-09-14 23:12
fan of FaZe never won sk on bo3 LMAO
2017-09-14 23:24
#68
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Brazil coldzao2 
rofl you just listed all losses of sk since the beginning if i will post every sk win then only char limit will stop me
2017-09-14 23:49
#88
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Canada Number1F1fan 
Just because sk is on title pic doesn't mean favourite
2017-09-15 01:20
#111
NBK- | 
United States cliVine 
That was when i liked envy m8 (didn't realize that g2 only has 2/5 of the current g2 roster?)
2017-09-15 13:21
they show them because they lost in ESG and that proves they weren't the favourites at ESG
2017-09-15 02:40
#3
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Turkey CamelotzZz 
yea
2017-09-14 20:15
xd
2017-09-14 20:15
#5
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Finland WhenItsJust 
nice
2017-09-14 20:15
nice!
2017-09-14 20:15
#7
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Portugal dabl1w 
Nice
2017-09-14 20:16
Taz plz
2017-09-14 20:17
#46
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United States Artifactz 
TaZ what (you root for VP even tho u are a fan of FaZe
2017-09-14 22:59
Being fan of faze doesn't mean I have to hate all the other teams
2017-09-14 23:10
#52
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Croatia DNM_ii 
Yea, I'm a FaZe fan but I really like Astralis.
2017-09-14 23:13
But liking astralis and faze at the same time is like liking Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi togather XD
2017-09-14 23:14
#57
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Croatia DNM_ii 
Lol.
2017-09-14 23:16
#60
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United States Artifactz 
wtf lol
2017-09-14 23:21
#53
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United States Artifactz 
no I'm just saying that If you're a fan of FaZe cheer for FaZe and btw Taz what
2017-09-14 23:14
Taz plz do something cause he was so bad lately
2017-09-14 23:19
#59
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United States Artifactz 
oh ok
2017-09-14 23:21
#62
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United States Artifactz 
btw do u know what I like when FaZe gets knocked out of groups everyone is like "go back to cod" or "disband" but when other teams get knocked out their like "Next time"
2017-09-14 23:24
True
2017-09-14 23:29
#73
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Faze has that meme potential which most teams dont, dont get triggered
2017-09-15 00:04
#FaZeUP
2017-09-14 20:17
#61
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United States Artifactz 
#GREENWAL oh wait I mean #FaZeUP
2017-09-14 23:22
xd
2017-09-15 10:04
@Striker Ages at astralis are incorrect
2017-09-14 20:19
#11
SPERMY | 
United States Fledge 
Liquid or Cloud9 will win. Calling it it now. Haters fuck off
2017-09-14 20:19
Olofmeister time to go back to old form
2017-09-14 20:20
LOL device 28 years old
2017-09-14 20:23
Hehe thanks! fixed
2017-09-14 20:24
#74
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Device is a MAN
2017-09-15 00:05
#16
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Netherlands Yak_41M 
everyone is so inconsistent right now.. no idea who will make it out of groups, I guess SK is the only safe bet (and that VP won't)
2017-09-14 20:23
#75
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Serbia Removekebab13 
You forget the first rule of betting, never bet when vp is playing
2017-09-15 00:05
#103
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
I think Navi was at this rule
2017-09-15 10:12
And f3
2017-09-15 10:13
#105
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
U can always bet against f3 and never lose, not same for Navi and VP
2017-09-15 10:14
Nonono, if you bet against flipside you get shit teammates 10 games in a row
2017-09-15 10:15
#107
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Rofl
2017-09-15 10:15
#19
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Brazil bow1 
#RunSKG
2017-09-14 20:26
I see 6 teams that shouldn't be there. NaVi, Envy, VP, C9, liquid, faze
2017-09-14 20:31
#76
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Dignitas LUL
2017-09-15 00:06
" ScreaM & co. facing SK up first is most likely to end in tears" yeah for SK like the last time they met on lan.
2017-09-14 20:32
#22
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
s1mple highest rating outta everyone, while can't win anything with Na'Vi since ESL NY 2016, FeelsBadMan
2017-09-14 20:33
Group Rankings 1# SK 2# Natus Vincere 3# EnVyUs 4# Cloud 9 1# Team Liquid 2# Virtus.Pro 3# Astralis 4# FaZe Clan Group one is straight forward maybe envy instead of navi. But my reasoning for group 2. VP have had their shit tourney. Now time to see the true VP, Liquid have been on the rise lately, solid performances from JDM and Elige. FaZe are so sloppy its insane, karrigan can't igl that team and will most likely won't after ESL one NYC. Astralis have hit rock bottom, can see them not making it out of the groups and undergoing roster changes, possibly with north players but thats speculation. Anyway please feel free to tell me why I'm wrong :D these are just my ideas based on recent performances!
2017-09-14 20:43
#29
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Ireland Mackey91 
u're wrong cause UK don't know anything about CS, bye
2017-09-14 21:18
Northern Ireland > your mockery of a state.
2017-09-14 21:34
#55
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Croatia DNM_ii 
OK, FaZe has been pretty awful recently but we won't come last.
2017-09-14 23:15
6-2 In pro league and 2-0 Eleague and exit in group stage. I cant see that being bad...
2017-09-15 08:17
#30
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Virtus.Pro can't win a BO3 against nobody.
2017-09-14 21:20
#77
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Nice meme
2017-09-15 00:07
#82
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United States Artifactz 
Ikr just like kebab play style
2017-09-15 00:48
#83
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Serbia Removekebab13 
haHAA
2017-09-15 00:48
Unless ofc youre NA. VP can lose a BO3 to the Romanian team Nexus but they wont lose to Liquid or C9
2017-09-15 15:11
Group A there isn't even any point of trying to theorize who will advance in 2nd after SK... Could be any one of C9 Navi or nV depending on how they play.. all 3 are unpredictable and inconsistent teams as of late that appear pretty even skill-wise. It's such a toss-up between them that I'm not even going to try and guess. May as well just flip a coin. Group B my money is on Liquid and Astralis... VP I feel will struggle, and faze is just looking not so good yet.
2017-09-14 22:47
#47
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Netherlands Yak_41M 
+1 i think Navi have a slightly better chance than c9/nV but they still have a long way to go and probably more roster moves (-edward +electronic) as for the other side VP will certainly fall flat, Ast will be fine so it will be between Liquid and Faze.. again tough to call, Liquid seem to be playing well and Faze map-pool is totally up in the air, if they get lucky with maps and 1-2 players get hot they may squeak through
2017-09-14 23:02
I put Astralis as moving through because I feel like they'll be hungry and tired of shitting the bed lately.. so I think they'll be playing really fired up and good CS. As for group A.. I feel Navi if I had to say will probably skim through in 2nd barely.. but I just don't like their roster.. I feel as if they need to - either Edward or seized to get some younger blood and more consistent firepower in there. Their roster just feels awkward because it's basically 3 veterans past their prime.
2017-09-14 23:18
#65
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Netherlands Yak_41M 
I think Ast might win the whole thing, if they make it to the final that is. Agreed about the Navi lineup, simple as toxic as he is, is carrying the team. The rest don't seem to respect zeus or just play really shoddy cs. Seized has actually been better, but nowhere near the clutches he pulled off in the past. Flamie/Edward gotta go tho, one is totally lost and the other is over the hill. They def need younger cis talent, like MIR/electronic.. still i hope they put on a descent show of defending their title, ill be in the stands so i dont want to watch garbage for my first eSports event haha
2017-09-14 23:26
your logic: Faze and astralis are inconsistent lately, so THERE TOTAL SHIT AND WILL COME LAST, virtus pro got less then 10 rounds in all of dreamhack malmo and came dead last, bruh they will come back, means nothing. Putting Faze and astralis under VP and liquid is insane.
2017-09-15 09:59
Group A #1 SK #2 Cloud9 #3 Na'Vi #4 EnVyUs Group B #1 Virtus.pro #2 FaZe Clan #3 Astralis #4 Liquid SK is a given, but I think C9's aggressive, give no shits style is a perfect counter to both Na'Vi and nV. As for Group B, VP played very well at Mykonos, at least against SK. I think they got some bottled up magic waiting to explode. I think FaZe also have had a good amount of time to iron out their issues. So have Astralis, but they still seem to be lacking lately, which is why I dont see them beating VP or FaZe. Liquid were great at Mykonos too but I still dont believe theyre on Ast-VP-FaZe levels yet. I HOPE they prove me wrong and do some real shit but this is my logic ranking. #TLWIN #TLGO #LETSGOLIQUID
2017-09-15 15:18
Let's get it Liquid. Dish some pain and make the playoffs. Prove the haters wrong. Show youre a world class team #TLWIN #TLGO #LETSGOLIQUID
2017-09-14 20:57
Woot woot!!! \_etsGo\_iquid!!!
2017-09-14 23:58
#78
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Serbia Removekebab13 
_/dm gonna carry
2017-09-15 00:08
#27
NBK- | 
France sacrebleu 
G2 will win it
2017-09-14 21:12
#28
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Ireland Mackey91 
ez clouwn9
2017-09-14 21:17
#32
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Time to wake up, coldzera and fer! Even Taco was better last championship!
2017-09-14 21:22
#36
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Brazil piratajaum 
i like dance mararena in NY
2017-09-14 22:13
#38
GuardiaN | 
India wakar 
EzAf 4 FaZe
2017-09-14 22:26
#39
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Brazil gdavel27 
Brax ?
2017-09-14 22:29
#48
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Denmark VeryDanishGuy 
fak all of u north wins
2017-09-14 23:04
#56
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Other Phinks 
Implying SK will be in the semis in a preview. Chances are big obviously but shouldnt a news site be neutral? Regarding the groups. Literally all the tops teams are so mega inconsistent that basically anything can happen here. Lately i see so many pro games where players overpeek and over commit which cost them rounds, they do stupid pushes(example fer+felps on banana). Like wtf are they thinking. If certain players from certains teams would play like they should play. How every proper player on faceit and esea plays than there would be so much less upsets and comebacks. Its ridiculous. I think the level is pretty bad atm.
2017-09-14 23:16
#64
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United States Artifactz 
iBP nice don't they throw really far when iBP performs just vote for the other team EZSKINS EZLIFE
2017-09-14 23:25
#69
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Other Phinks 
I don't know what you are on about.. i just like their logo. I support gambit ;). Also if you can't reply on the subject just be silent
2017-09-14 23:49
#80
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United States Artifactz 
Lmao it was a joke
2017-09-15 00:45
#98
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Other Phinks 
Lol sorry :')
2017-09-15 09:38
#70
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United States V1ruh 
GO FAZE GO
2017-09-14 23:55
#84
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United States Artifactz 
#FaZeUP
2017-09-15 00:48
IF SK doesn't win this, they are officially fallen off
2017-09-15 00:49
#89
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Denmark Vle8 
LETS GO ASTRALIS
2017-09-15 01:36
#91
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Malaysia phyzell 
SK is inconsistent or the gun recoils is driving everyone nuts ? :|
2017-09-15 02:23
where is Gambit? =(
2017-09-15 09:26
#99
flusha | 
Costa Rica XzD 
Go LIQUID!~
2017-09-15 09:50
Astralis d champ
2017-09-15 10:58
#109
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United Kingdom daneclaw 
ez for Envy
2017-09-15 12:44
#115
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Latvia Maksii_kush 
Will there be souveniere box drops?
2017-09-15 15:35
VP in final
2017-09-15 16:21
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