BLAST Pro Series preview

A tournament that aims to innovate in the somewhat stale CS:GO competitive scene, BLAST Pro Series, will run over the next two days in Copenhagen. To help you get a better idea of what the people behind the tournament will be doing differently and of how that could impact the competition, we have put together a preview of the event.

BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen is announced as the first edition of a series of RFRSH-run tournaments to come, which will feature six teams and a $250,000 prize pool. All of the teams attending the Copenhagen event are currently placed in the top seven of our ranking, with only Cloud9, who leapfrogged North this Monday to go up to sixth, missing out.

You can find the full team list below:

Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
Europe FaZe Denmark North
France G2 Sweden NiP

With a big prize pool and an elite team-list, BLAST is already an exciting event, but there are a couple of added twists to the first CS:GO arena event to take place in Denmark.

Every group stage match at BLAST is extremely important

First of all, the whole event will span just two days, with three matches being played simultaneously throughout the BO1 round-robin group stage. Each team will play two matches on the first day— which will be held off-site—, with the remaining matches being played on the second and main day of the event, at the Copenhagen Royal Arena.

The two best-placed teams after the group stage will advance straight to the grand final, which will be played as a BO3, while the remaining four teams will match up in BO1 BLAST Pro Standoffs, which will yield $10,000 to the winners.

BLAST's group stage format, which allows only the two best-placed teams to move on and have a shot at actually winning the grand prize of $125,000, puts a lot more emphasis on the early matches than the average tournament. Depending on other results, at BLAST, losing just two out of five matches is likely to leave you without a chance to make the grand final.

Teams who tend to have slow starts will be punished in Copenhagen, as will those who get complacent after a good start, something Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo touched on in our interview with him in Oakland. Something that could also play a role in the group stage is that the vetos were done well in advance, giving each team time to prepare for specific matchups. However, with five out of six teams at BLAST attending IEM Oakland last week, it's questionable how much time CS:GO's finest have had to do their research.

You can find all the matchups on our event page, with full vetos available on match pages. 

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN


FaZe (#1)
(EGB Rate: 3.949)
Age Rating
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač  20 1.27
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 26 1.23
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 23 1.22
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer 25 1.09
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 27 1.00
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd United States IEM Oakland
5th-6th Russia EPICENTER
1st-2nd Russia EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier
1st  United States ELEAGUE Premier
1st United States ESL One New York
9th-12th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö

karrigan's superstar machine got back on track last week in Oakland after the engine had struggled in Moscow's cold weather at EPICENTER. At IEM, where rain and olofmeister played up to their usual standards, FaZe topped their group and then silenced the crowd at the Oracle Arena by running over Cloud9 in the semi-finals.

With massive underdogs NiP waiting for them in the grand-final, FaZe must have felt that they had the third title with this roster in their hands, especially with a BO5 on the cards. To start off the series, karrigan's Cobblestone gamble backfired as NiP took a convincing win, even though the Swedes haven't been playing the map a lot themselves. FaZe showed dominance on their map picks, Inferno and Overpass, but when the push came to shove, the difference in the individual performances of the two in-game leaders - Richard "Xizt" Landström and karrigan - decided the winner of the series on Cache.

Despite moving up to the #1 spot in the rankings, FaZe won't be happy about IEM Oakland

Frustration could be read from faces of olofmeister and NiKo as the game was slipping from their hands, and soon we will see if that defeat shook the star-studded lineup. A big part of the defeat falls on karrigan's shoulders: his Cobblestone gamble failed, he was unable to come up with a solution on Train and he struggled individually on Cache—could this game trigger a similar effect to TSM's defeat to NiP at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca? At the last Major of 2015, karrigan insisted on playing Train, it backfired, and the team slowly started losing faith in his ideas, calls and vetos, before finally replacing him with Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander.

With that conundrum in mind, and considering the track record of this FaZe team that sees them either finish top two or crash and burn in the group stage, it is likely that the European mixture will either have a great showing or a total blunder. It all depends on how they show up on the first day and if they have been able to get over the loss to NiP.

SK (#2)
(EGB Rate: 3.538)
Age Rating
Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David  23 1.22
Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga 26 1.18
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo 26 1.15
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass 20 1.14
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo 22 0.89

Offline placings in the last three months
3rd-4th United States IEM Oakland
1st Russia EPICENTER
9th-12th  United States ELEAGUE Premier (4/5 of the lineup)
3rd-4th United States ESL One New York (4/5 of the lineup) 
3rd Greece ESG Tour Mykonos (4/5 of the lineup)
5th-8th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö (4/5 of the lineup)

The Brazilians are set to attend their third LAN event with boltz this weekend, after two quite different campaigns at EPICENTER and IEM Oakland. In their first offline showing after replacing João "felps" Vasconcellos, SK looked strong and ended up taking the crown, edging out a rejuvenated Virtus.pro in a BO5 grand final. However, the more recent event didn't go so well. Following a good group stage opening, SK struggled to close out the game against Astralis and were outclassed by Cloud9. FalleN's side did make it to the semi-finals in the end, but were stopped there by the eventual winners NiP.

A constant at the two events was TACO, who struggled statistically and has been heavily criticized for it. The 22-year-old was always seen towards the lower part of the scoreboard for SK, which can be justified by the tough roles he took up: he was the small site anchor on the CT side and supportive T side player. However, since joining, boltz has taken over most of TACO's anchoring positions on the defensive side, something he seems to be struggling to adapt to. The main issue isn't in TACO's number of frags or his negative rating, as SK had been able to win with him being quiet in the past. The problem is that his overall impact has gone down and that he is losing crucial duels that are costing his team rounds, and, subsequently, maps.

The main stars of SK are on point, but there is more work to be done before they can reach their maximum

Considering the group stage format, which allows teams to take a good and hard look at the opposition on a specific map, SK will have to adapt their B hold on Inferno, which was heavily exploited by NiP, as they will play that map in the opening match, against Astralis. Helping in that matter could be the newly announced analyst Swani, formerly of Liquid, who should take some of the load off of Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia, who has been acting as manager, coach and analyst for the team.

As boltz has fit in nicely and the fer - coldzera duo continue to cause damage to their opponents, SK are still a team to be scared of. If they are able to fix some of their issues and if FalleN is able to to get just a bit more out of TACO, the Brazilians could easily be a contender for the title in Denmark.

Astralis (#3)
(EGB Rate: 5.282)
Age Rating
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen 24 1.10
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 22 1.06
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 19 1.01
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 22 1.00
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman (stand-in) 26 1.05
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
7th-8th United States IEM Oakland
4th Russia EPICENTER
2nd  United States ELEAGUE Premier
5th-6th United States ESL One New York
5th-8th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö

Astralis are attending BLAST in far from ideal circumtances, as their star player and main AWPer, Nicolai "device" Reedtz, is struggling with illness. The effect of it could be seen at IEM Oakland, where he first arrived late to the venue, forcing Astralis to field coach zonic in the opening match, and then underperformed in the remaining games, recording his worst LAN performance since Fragbite Masters Season 5, in December 2015.

The 26-year-old Swede will be standing in for Astralis, which could cause communication issues

The 22-year-old has been hospitalized and taken medical leave, forcing Astralis to use a stand-in at BLAST,GODSENT's benched player dennis, which significantly diminishes their chances of having a good run.

gla1ve and zonic are known for their tactical work, but, considering Astralis' limited time to practice with dennis, it is likely that they will mostly be focusing on their own game and won't be looking at the opponents much or take advantage of the possibilities the veto rules provide. On the other hand, due to the new player, they will also be somewhat of a mystery to other teams in Copenhagen, and a motivated dennis could punish the Danish team's opposition at the Royal Arena.

NiP (#4)
(EGB Rate: 4.785)
Age Rating
Sweden Fredrik "REZ" Sterner  19 1.15
Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg 29 1.14
Sweden William "draken" Sundin 22 1.11
Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund 27 1.10
Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström 26 0.95
Sweden Björn "THREAT" Pers (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
1st United States IEM Oakland
9th-12th  United States ELEAGUE Premier
3rd-4th  Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö

The Ninjas pulled off another miraculous run in Oakland last week, mirroring their 2016 success, now with draken and REZ on the lineup. The latter was the key to their win as he had a great event overall and was simply impressive in the playoffs, which was a huge difference from ESL One Cologne, where the 19-year-old's level dropped significantly as the action moved from ESL's studios to the LANXESS Arena.

Lifting the IEM trophy put a target on NiP's back

In his MVP interview, REZ gave a lot of credit to the team's newly-added mental coach, Jens Hofer, who helped him get over the stage jitters and got the whole team playing on a new level. f0rest had a vintage performance in Oakland, something we are used to seeing from him every now and then, but it's not a given that he will bring the same fire in Copenhagen. The other NiP veteran star, GeT_RiGhT, is managing a stable above average rating, while draken is the complete opposite. The team's AWPer is, interestingly, similar to Mikail "Maikelele" Bill in that way, with erratic performances and sometimes questionable decision making, which make him the X-factor for NiP.

The Swedes have something close to a seven-map pool, alternating their first bans between Inferno, Mirage and Cobblestone depending on the opposition, but they will be playing Train for the majority of the group stage. NiP showed in Oakland they can perform well, but, paradoxically, last week's tournament win will hurt the Ninjas' chances. Now that they are a big event winner, teams will give them a much deeper and harder look than they used to, and changing and innovating after a tournament win is always hard.

G2 (#5)
(EGB Rate: 9.688)
Age Rating
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub  22 1.21
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire 24 1.11
France Richard "shox" Papillon 25 1.07
France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt 23 1.04
France Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro 20 1.01
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
9th-10th United States IEM Oakland
3rd Russia EPICENTER
5th-8th  United States ELEAGUE Premier
1st Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö

G2's second half of the year started brilliantly, with a win and an overall great showing at DreamHack Masters Malmö. After a somewhat long period of almost no LAN events, the Frenchmen got back in action in October in the ELEAGUE Premier playoffs, where they were outmatched by Cloud9. It could've been considered a one-off result at the time, but a top-four finish at EPICENTER, where they lost to Virtus.pro, and a 9-10th place at IEM Oakland have shown that G2 are a strong team but nowhere clinical enough to be an elite squad just yet.

G2 are struggling to find consistency

In the group stage games at IEM, where they lost to FaZe, OpTic and Renegades, we saw G2, once again, return to their old vice—force buying. Not only are the Frenchmen limiting themselves in terms of equipment and rifles, they are preventing their best player and potentially the best AWPer in the world at the moment, kennyS, from playing with the big green gun, making it harder for themselves to win games.

The 22-year-old sniper is still putting up impressive numbers, and the ratings of all five players look solid. The only player who seems to be underperforming, at least when compared to his early-G2 level, is bodyy. However, cannot simply say that he is struggling as he keeps doing what is expected of a player in his role.

As is the case with practically every team at the event, G2 could make the full run if things align, but it feels like every other side has more going for them than the Frenchmen.

North (#7)
(EGB Rate: 13.554)
Age Rating
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke  20 1.20
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 22 1.07
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 21 1.07
Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså 22 1.06
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 27 1.03
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
5th-6th Russia EPICENTER
3rd-4th United States ELEAGUE Premier
1st Canada DreamHack Open Montreal
2nd Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö

Similarly to G2, North had a good start to the second half of the year, finishing second at DreamHack Masters Malmő, topping their ELEAGUE group and picking up a win at DreamHack Open Montreal. But the Danes were pretty quiet after their semi-final run in the ELEAGUE Premier playoffs, only attending EPICENTER, where they couldn't make it out of a group that also featured Astralis and G2.

Being the only team at BLAST that didn't attend IEM Oakland and having all of the maps for the group stage decided before the North American event started, North should be well prepared for each BO1 match. And out of all of the teams on the list, North are probably the one that would benefit from the most from this situation, as MSL surely scoured the recent demos of the team's upcoming opponents with the help of ruggah and cajunb, while valde is no stranger to watching VODs while preparing for upcoming games.

BLAST's format should suit MSL and co.

Coming in fresh, playing on home turf and having a lot of time to prepare, North should have a big edge at BLAST. That could outweigh some of the issues they had at recent LANs, most notably certain players simply not performing up to the level necessary for the team to pick up wins against CS:GO's best. Just a glance at the player ratings is enough to spot a massive anomaly - MSL is currently the team's second-best rated player. The difference between the team's leader and aizy and valde is minimal, which, considering MSL's historical individual prowess, is telling of their issues.

If North come into the event as prepared as one would expect, the Danes should pick up wins even without their stars kicking in a higher gear, which would make them a strong pick for the grand final. Should they progress from the groups, the title decider is where their main man k0nfig will need help, if North want to take the title in front of the home crowd.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1086
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:
996
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
966
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
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
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
970
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
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
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1543
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
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
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
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:
1158
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
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
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1146
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1336
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.08
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1589
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Oof 2nd
2017-11-23 19:32
#5
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Sweden AlexJonesVEVO 
finna bust a fat dab *DAB* consider your life DAB'D
2017-11-23 19:34
#14
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
me too thanks
2017-11-23 19:33
#44
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Germany No_Kappa 
NO NA TEAMS LUL FINALLY A TIER 1 TOURNAMENT
2017-11-23 21:48
SK?
2017-11-24 00:27
brazil located in north america? :thinking:
2017-11-24 00:38
hmmm :thinking:
2017-11-24 01:32
name contains xD :thinking:
2017-11-24 01:37
ezyy faze
2017-11-23 19:33
#3
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
gl Faze
2017-11-23 19:33
#38
 | 
Brazil coldzao2 
egb rate 3.5 for SK and 3.8 for FaZe, you know they are smart ;)
2017-11-23 20:55
#40
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
ok?
2017-11-23 21:22
#54
 | 
Brazil coldzao2 
you 1st day on hltv? im just cheating top comment
2017-11-23 23:27
#4
apEX | 
Israel YoavAZ 
S
2017-11-23 19:33
ez for astralis
2017-11-23 19:33
#10
Azerbaijan GKey 
ez 4 dennis
2017-11-23 19:33
North is gonna take this one over NiP 2-1
2017-11-23 19:33
Nice
2017-11-23 19:33
#16
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Sweden Dino1 
MSL second highest rated in North and ppl be like "kick this nub" LUL
2017-11-23 19:34
#18
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
let's go FaZe
2017-11-23 19:35
#19
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Colombia yvngwonder 
lame tournament
2017-11-23 19:37
It will be easy for G2 Esports.
2017-11-23 19:39
#21
suNny | 
Russia spop3d 
So ez to k0nfig
2017-11-23 19:42
This format tilts me every time I see it. Rather look T2 and T3 at WESG EU.
2017-11-23 19:50
teams from rankings 1-5 are all here plus north at 7 gonna be interesting
2017-11-23 19:50
lets go astralis and denniscsgod! not the ideal circumstances but we still believe! we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are Astralis fans! Kreygasm #ToTheStars #DennisPistolGod #DeviceGetWell #PrayForDevve
2017-11-23 19:51
BORING Pro Series
2017-11-23 19:54
#26
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Estonia teremartin 
rush b cyka blyat > rush b kebab
2017-11-23 19:59
izyest title of SK history...
2017-11-23 20:04
one of the most stacked tournaments but I am not sure about the format
2017-11-23 20:07
#46
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Brazil HueyNewton 
agree with you, the format seems a bit strange
2017-11-23 22:06
Stacked tournament and good prod but the format is really shit
2017-11-23 20:16
0.89 lol Taco worst player in an top 5 team
2017-11-23 20:28
I was thinking the same lol.
2017-11-23 20:35
#31
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Sweden Rexz 
Let's go NIP
2017-11-23 20:30
#32
REZ | 
Hong Kong katt1n 
North are so bad that they placed the other teams 1-5, and skipped place 6 to place north on 7th
2017-11-23 20:35
#35
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Germany WYU 
did you dumbfuck realise that this are their hltv ranks?
2017-11-23 20:47
I came from the future to say that the Final is between SK vs G2! SK 2x1 on G2! Taco will shine on the Overpass. You can take print!
2017-11-23 20:47
#36
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Brazil DooteR_ 
TACO bad Rating lol
2017-11-23 20:47
"A constant at the two events was TACO, who struggled statistically and has been heavily criticized for it. The 22-year-old was always seen towards the lower part of the scoreboard for SK, which can be justified by the tough roles he took up: he was the small site anchor on the CT side and supportive T side player. However, since joining, boltz has taken over most of TACO's anchoring positions on the defensive side, something he seems to be struggling to adapt to. The main issue isn't in TACO's number of frags or his negative rating, as SK had been able to win with him being quiet in the past. The problem is that his overall impact has gone down and that he is losing crucial duels that are costing his team rounds, and, subsequently, maps." A bit too harsh, no? We all know that he is struggling hard Professeur, but as FalleN himself said several times he works hard, and no one better than FalleN to decide what is best for SK, so if TACO is still on the team, he should start performing his usual game very soon.
2017-11-23 20:48
#39
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Just realized how sick this could be top tier cs only boys!
2017-11-23 21:06
Format kind of sucks could have made it more like epicenter and it would have been better imp
2017-11-23 21:28
#42
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Brazil wonderful861 
TACO worst rating
2017-11-23 21:30
this format suCks
2017-11-23 21:39
#45
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
NIP LETS GO
2017-11-23 21:53
#47
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Taco had trouble adapting since Boltz came to the staff. Cheering for him to perform well, let's go SK, GL Boyz!
2017-11-23 22:11
#48
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Sweden lagcats 
I see a lot of Swedes in these teams.
2017-11-23 22:12
HLTV's Professeur know whats up, #HearTheRoar
2017-11-23 22:23
#50
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas
2017-11-23 22:28
Wow the best 6 teams in the world, this is gonna be an awsome tournament!
2017-11-23 22:40
#52
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Brazil HarryPorra_ 
EZ for SK.
2017-11-23 23:02
#53
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
''Epitácio 'TACO' de Melo" Rating 0.89 WTF HOLY FREAKING SHIT
2017-11-23 23:21
#55
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United States TruthEmbargo 
dab
2017-11-23 23:35
faze wins this one
2017-11-23 23:55
#57
blameF | 
North America inkrias 
FaZe inconsistent so they'll bomb out last
2017-11-24 00:26
#63
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Finland Strobester231 
Fake fan right here - nt SK brasilia
2017-11-24 02:00
So hyped all the top 7 teams in one tournament Well thats a first
2017-11-24 00:44
#64
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Singapore derpydm 
can't wait to see what k0nfig tweets :D
2017-11-24 03:49
TACO 0.89......................
2017-11-24 05:58
excited if NIP can bomb them self in as a true contender being part of the top 5.
2017-11-24 11:48
#67
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Denmark DanishDelight 
I see the maps for all groupmatches have been decided already. Is it random choice by the organizers or did they actually have a vote?
2017-11-24 12:15
#69
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Europe erhansol 
ez faze
2017-11-24 17:57
#70
TACO | 
Brazil teuS11 
faze wins ?
2017-11-25 23:23
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