WESG EU & CIS Regional Finals: 5 players to watch

With the WESG EU & CIS Regional Finals about to start, we take a look at five rising talents that everyone should keep an eye on.

The WESG EU & CIS Regional event will feature 20 teams, determined by a series of qualifiers held across the continent, who will face off for the chance to attend the main WESG event, where a whopping $1.5 million prize fund will be on offer.

WESG event about to start

There will be many established teams in attendance, including Polish giants Virtus.pro, the current No.8 side in the world, but we have instead decided to focus on up-and-coming talents, running down five players who will be looking to catch the eye during the Spanish event.

Sweden Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin (fnatic)

Brollan is one of the players garnering a lot of attention heading into the Barcelona event. The Swedish youngster will get his first real chance to shine at a top level as he will step in for fnatic in Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson’s stead.

The 15-year-old burst onto the scene earlier this year after reaching the final of the GAMERZ reality show. His team eventually lost the match, but he still put in an impressive display to yield a rating of 1.16, the second highest of the series.

Since then, Brollan has played for a number of tier two Swedish teams, most notably Japaleno and passions, putting in great individual performances on a regular basis. In fact, of the 24 tournaments in which he has competed this year, only twice has finished with a below-average rating, which is telling of the youngster’s exorbitant amount of skill – even though he has not been properly tested against top opposition just yet.

Brollan will be looking to make the most of this experience, and the opportunity to play alongside some of Sweden’s most decorated players, and under the tutelage of Maikil "Golden" Selim, will certainly help him to develop his game. The fact that every team progressing from the group stage secures a spot at the main WESG event will take some of the pressure off Brollan as fnatic’s skill alone should be more than enough to see them top a group in which only AGO seem to be a viable threat.

Denmark Martin "stavn" Lund (Fragsters)

stavn has somewhat flown under the radar, mostly due to his team being overshadowed by North Academy and Tricked in recent tournaments, but he is one of Denmark's hottest prospects, and it should not be long before he makes the leap to the next level.

Just like Brollan, stavn is just 15 years old but has the raw skill that makes heads turn. After having just two LAN matches on record in 2016, this year stavn has already attended three events, the first of which ended with a trophy going to his team, who won the Danish Championship after beating the old Tricked and Singularity rosters, with the youngster averaging a 1.24 Rating.

Fragsters would find success very hard to come by at their next two LAN outings as they were eliminated by North Academy in the final round of the BYOC qualifier for Copenhagen Games, and by Tricked in the quarter-finals of Cross Border Esport. But they erased all doubts about their talent after pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the WESG qualifiers as they beat Heroic in convincing fashion, with stavn topping the scoreboard for his team.

The WESG EU & CIS Finals will be the biggest challenge in stavn's career. With a LAN rating of 1.19 and already some impressive performances against experienced teams (1.45 rating against ALTERNATE aTTaX and 1.85 rating against ARES), the 15-year-old will be out to make a name for himself. It is very likely that Fragsters will fall at the hands of AGO and fnatic in the groups, but they are still favoured for a third-place finish ahead of Limitless and RESISTANCE. If they manage to live up to expectations, Fragsters will earn a spot at the WESG event in China, which would be a reward for the hard work these Danish players, stavn included, have been putting in.

Russia Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov (Quantum Bellator Fire)

Boombl4 makes the cut after catching the eye at the most recent CIS Minor, where he inspired Quantum Bellator Fire to secure their first-ever Major qualifier spot with an impressive 1.18 Rating - the third highest of the event. The 18-year-old was the top performer for Quantum Bellator Fire in the last three series that the Russian team played in Bucharest, picking up a 1.23 rating in the consolidation final against Spirit and a 1.20 rating in the grand final against AVANGAR.

Prior to the Minor, Boombl4 was a largely unknown player outside of Russia, with no previous LAN outings on record whatsoever. Before joining Quantum Bellator Fire, the 18-year-old most notably represented EPG, playing alongside some well-known figures in the Russian scene, including veteran Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov.

It will be interesting to see if Boombl4 will be able to keep up the level from the Minor, especially since Quantum Bellator Fire should be playing with a loose style as they will be attending the event with a stand-in, Alexey "BAS" Kustov, who replaces Lithuanian member Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys. Without one of their key players, the Russian team will hope for another inspired tournament from Boombl4 to survive a stacked group that has in BIG and Space Soldiers its clear favourites, and in Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas's Wololos a playoff contender. 

Denmark Daniel "mertz" Mertz (North Academy)

This is the second time that mertz has featured in one of our "five players to watch" articles. Previously, we tipped the 19-year-old to impress at Copenhagen Games, and he managed to live up to our expectations as he averaged a 1.18 Rating in the tournament despite North Academy going out in the quarter-finals.

2017 has been a dream year for mertz. The former Copenhagen Wolves member boasts an average 1.23 rating on LAN and is yet to finish an event with an under 1.00 rating, which shows just how dominant he has been, even if sometimes his teammates struggle to keep up with him.

North Academy booked their spot at the Barcelona event after easing past Tricked in the semi-finals, in which mertz put on a show to earn a 1.44 rating, topping the scoreboard by quite some distance.

In Catalonia, the Danish team will fancy their chances of reaching the playoffs, having been paired with two mix teams (Ukraine and NOREG), and two squads fielding substitute members, GODSENT and Endpoint. North Academy travel to Spain in high spirits, having qualified for DreamHack Winter with victories over in-form duo AGO and Space Soldiers. These two events will give the 18-year-old the perfect chance to show himself to the world; sooner or later, he will find himself playing for one of Denmark's big teams.

Norway Ole "Marcelious" Kristian Langan (NOREG)

Marcelious rounds off the list thanks to some impressive performances in recent months, mostly online. The Norwegian player first raised eyebrows in the opening Nordic Championship Season, in which he played a couple of matches for Zoctai, but it was only in the league's second iteration that he truly cemented his credentials, averaging a 1.17 rating as Acapella finished third-fourth in the online portion of the tournament.

The 18-year-old also acquitted himself really well in the decisive WESG qualifying match against VITALIS, picking up a rating higher than Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel and Morten "zEVES" Vollan, two of Norway's most experienced players.

It is hard to look past the fact that NOREG are a mix with little or no preparation, which, however, will mean little in a group that only features one team in the true sense of the word, without stand-ins. Some of this group's matches will come down to individual skill, and Marcelious has proved that he can hold his own, even though this will be the biggest event he has ever attended. Following the disbandment of dignitas, Norway's most famous team, the 18-year-old could be just the sort of rising talent that the Norwegian scene desperately needs to get back on its feet.

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Norway Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Norway Ole 'Marcelious' Kristian Langan
Ole 'Marcelious' Kristian Langan
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
92
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
690
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
509
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1316
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Russia Alexey 'BAS' Kustov
Alexey 'BAS' Kustov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
256
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
521
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
840
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
cool
2017-11-22 23:27
#33
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Spain Miki2K 
Stavn POGCHAMP
2017-11-22 23:40
#6
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Slovakia rage999 
lul
2017-11-22 23:28
#7
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United States Kirbygon 
sure mr brollan
2017-11-22 23:28
no gruby omegalul
2017-11-22 23:28
you can´t categorise him as "rising talent" with 22 years, when they obviously focused the article on players under 20.
2017-11-22 23:29
Gruby have played with eBettle/vexed on 2 Majors in 2015, knocked out Titan of Cologne 2015 Major and is well known in esport scene (especially in Poland) for at least 2 years now :D
2017-11-22 23:32
> and is well known in esport scene lmao
2017-11-23 11:19
#72
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Denmark ghostan11 
Flag definetly checks out
2017-11-23 15:30
where is xantares???
2017-11-22 23:28
he is most famous than him, everybody know him
2017-11-23 15:40
Where is Calyx ??
2017-11-22 23:28
onliners
2017-11-22 23:28
#12
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Europe L30n@rd0 
i thought i would be first
2017-11-22 23:28
Did they delete yours too XD
2017-11-22 23:29
Was 2nd btw
2017-11-22 23:29
#13
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Brazil ^7|1 
Ok
2017-11-22 23:28
bombI4 lychiy bratan
2017-11-22 23:28
Two 15 year olds? Woaw.
2017-11-22 23:28
age doesn't matter if you are 14+ only hours played ;)
2017-11-22 23:47
#16
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United Kingdom XNL 
Nothing on my boy Stanley.
2017-11-22 23:29
gl stavn & mertz
2017-11-22 23:29
cool
2017-11-22 23:29
#22
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Poland Hamadoshi 
where is Furlan?
2017-11-22 23:30
#23
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Brazil RIPPI^ 
No who's gonna think this kids can play CS haha, watch smart cs players not this shit
2017-11-22 23:30
Marcelious > fox
2017-11-22 23:30
who lol? norwegian bot
2017-11-22 23:34
Stop crying aika dignitas will kick that fox shitter and loWel for a norwegian lineup
2017-11-22 23:37
lmao u do reazlie fox has left dignitas????????? He literally told that in Lisbon game weeks u still slow after all this months :>
2017-11-22 23:39
"left"
2017-11-22 23:39
yes he literally left but it seems u still too bad into updating ur self into the scene u prolly dont even know the reason why, u still inferior to me in every aspect, did u also knew sk invited fox to play with them next major in 2018? did u also knew fox will most likely play with them in ECS lan? And yes fox left dignitas if you dont believe make the research for urself because if u dont speak portuguese then there is no point
2017-11-22 23:43
Did fox say he left dignitas? fox is a disgrace for CS:GO, you cant take his word for real. Also its just logical from RUBINO, zEVES and cromen to add better norwegians than these two shitters they have right now.
2017-11-22 23:46
Yes he said in Lisbon games week this past week, also rubino told him to stay saying he believes they will improve funny that u say fox is a shitter since he is factually the best player in terms of stats Like I said, I state facts, u use replented sarcasm, typical mouse and cat game, the superior being me
2017-11-22 23:48
>in terms of stats Oh wow thats really hard in a team as AWPer where everyone plays for him. RUBINO is support anyway and zEVES IGL. loWel is just bad and got now finally kicked with fox.
2017-11-22 23:49
Lowel was not even kicked, literally only fox has left...zZzZzZ YOU are so boring and worse than before
2017-11-22 23:51
Its obvious that they will sign that NOREG lineup lol. It doesnt matter if that overrated shitter left by himself or not.
2017-11-22 23:52
Yes it makes a difference since u literally said he was kicked? And that was what we were arguing about??????????????
2017-11-22 23:53
#24
2017-11-22 23:54
this should give u a lead, do the rest of the reserarch urself , stop being a normie , twitter.com/rubinoeu/status/929398927568..
2017-11-22 23:44
Damn RUBINO rekting fox on twitter after kicking him hahahaha
2017-11-22 23:47
0/8 cmon dude, u were better, replented sarcasm wont hide the fact u not refuting anything
2017-11-22 23:48
refuting?
2017-11-22 23:50
You not refuting anything , you jsut saying stuff without any backup aka replented sarcasm
2017-11-22 23:50
oh OK doesnt change the fact that Marcelious > fox soon
2017-11-22 23:51
How is that a fact and not an opinion ? Do you have any events where marcelious played that backs up your argument?
2017-11-22 23:52
No and they are not needed. I watched some matches of him and he has more talent than 30 yo fox. Just wait until he played for some time under zEVES.
2017-11-22 23:54
Fair enough but he still needs to devolp that "talent" online games do not make u skilled than someone that has achievied way more
2017-11-22 23:55
So fifflarenn is more talented than fox because he achieved way more?
2017-11-22 23:57
Nope because fiflaren was the worst player while on foxa chievements like 2 semi of major he was the best player after jkaem in the 1st and on the 2nd one he was best sk player in playoffs and 3rd best overall in the major from sk There´s a difference, also fiflaren played in 2014
2017-11-22 23:59
Ah the good old fox was best in the playoffs with SK argument. I missed you aika.
2017-11-23 00:00
like I said... facts are like bible for me. I state facts which are stats
2017-11-23 00:02
#25
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Norway tumblevalley 
ez 4 NOREG
2017-11-22 23:31
where is 2010 markeloff?
2017-11-22 23:34
+1
2017-11-22 23:36
#34
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Spain NitroXmeister 
EasTor pls
2017-11-22 23:42
eastor insane player
2017-11-24 08:39
Lel
2017-11-22 23:46
stavn is a huge onliner lol who even wrote this article???
2017-11-22 23:49
#45
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Norway Radification 
The champ!
2017-11-22 23:50
#66
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Norway JoVoCS 
Your username triggers me.
2017-11-23 07:46
XANTARES ?
2017-11-23 00:30
go away kebab
2017-11-23 23:49
drink milk and go to sleep
2017-11-24 00:55
#61
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Russia v1p3rrr 
booboombl4 Bble6et
2017-11-23 00:36
yeah he is so bad lol, why would someone want to watch him
2017-11-23 23:48
#79
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Russia v1p3rrr 
he had good perfomance before but now qbf are really bad :/
2017-11-24 08:35
#62
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China wordEXE 
no stan1ey wtf
2017-11-23 00:56
ez 4 freddieb
2017-11-23 01:06
#64
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Norway syregutten99 
Marce my booooy, that mans not hot
2017-11-23 01:21
#65
SpawN | 
Bulgaria Sickzz_ 
So online
2017-11-23 06:00
#68
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CIS OREL_1337 
Boombl4 horowo igraew
2017-11-23 09:19
#69
Germany [ml] 
Boombl4. Yes.
2017-11-23 09:22
boombl4 :DD lololol, worst player on this tournament
2017-11-23 18:40
Yes top 5 onliners on lan... Fun to see these kids go negative on their first lan
2017-11-24 01:42
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