One for the future: sergej

The third instalment of our "One for the future" series, which tackles young players to follow and featured ZywOo and CeRq in its first two iterations, focuses on Jere "sergej" Salo this time, the 15-year-old Finn playing for HAVU, and the youngest of the three players examined so far.

At the tender age of 15, Jere "sergej" Salo is already on—and has been for a while—more than just one"young players to watch" list amongst the likes of Martin "stavn" Lund, Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin, or David "frozen" Čerňanský, to mention some of the more notorious ones. His international debut came at SL i-League Invitational Shanghai when HAVU got lucky and took Space Soldiers’s place, the team they had lost to in the last round of the qualifier, due to scheduling conflicts.

The event didn’t go well for HAVU as they went out after two matches, although luckily all bouts were best-of-threes, so sergej & co. got to play five maps with plenty of overtimes, rendering the dozen hour flights worthwhile. By far the most inexperienced team at the event, with Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo and Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen also being prospects without much to go from, HAVU showed their lack of focus in crucial moments and ended up losing three of the five maps in overtime—two of them being Train and Overpass, by far sergej’s weakest maps.

In hindsight, it could be said that Shanghai was the normal beginning in a young player’s career: starting out as an underdog, going out early in an event with some particularly tough losses that can in large part be put down to inexperience, and going home with demos to watch that will help find and polish errors for similar situations in the future. But what led to this 15-year-old being in Shanghai other than Space Soldiers’s misfortune?

sergej bought CS:GO when it first came out, although he wasn’t particularly attracted to it and dropped it for a year before some of his friends asked him to pick it back up and play with them. First casually, and slowly getting more competitive, in 2015 sergej followed a path that many young players today take—the same route that propelled William "draken" Sundin and Fredrik "REZ" Sterner’s careers after they made it to the first EU Minor at the PGL Studios in Bucharest with CG—, making a team to play FACEIT cups and similar online tournaments.

Online, sergej is a King of Nordic graduate, a system that has also seen the likes of Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, Jakob "JUGi" Hansen, and REZ, to name a few, go through its ranks before landing their first big contracts. sergej played seasons 4, 5, and 6, the first two with him as the best and second best rated player, respectively. As far as LANs go, his first ones were local BYOCs.

Joonas "LOKO" Juuso, who played at LanTrek 2017 with Jussi "gstus" PeräläFR34KSHOW and was a early teammate of sergej’s in 5CORE.RED, the team the youngster broke through with locally, shares the following about their early days:

"If I remember correctly, I actually met him in a matchmaking game through my friends, that’s when I saw him play for the first time. We started playing together somewhere around 2015, just a bunch of friends playing tournaments such as ESL cups and casual FACEIT tournaments, for fun. That’s where it all started for us.

"I didn’t believe him at first when he told me how young he was when we started playing together, he was really mature for his age. There wasn’t any difference between his and the rest of the team’s attitude. He performed really well in 5CORE and he kept on getting better and better, which led to him becoming our star player. Eventually we couldn’t keep up with his rapid progression in skill."

What sergej considers his first breakthrough came at Vectorama, in 2016, when 5CORE.RED made it out of groups for the first time in a non-BYOC tournament. They finished second in Group B behind Aleksi "allu" Jalli’s and Miikka "suNny" Kemppi’s ENCE, for whom his would-be teammate Mikko "xartE" Välimaa was also playing at the time. At Vectorama, sergej also faced Findictus, which fielded his current HAVU teammates ottoNd Aleksib. sergej lost to his future teammates, but a milestone had been reached: non-BYOC playoffs at a national tournament.

Although sergej sees Vectorama as the first notable achievement of his young career, a couple months before, at LanTrek 2016, sergej was already being scouted by Matt Wright, NYYRIKKI’s current manager and a longtime figure in the Finnish Counter-Strike scene, who was in charge of SkitLite at the time.

"sergej caught our attention at LanTrek 2016, in Tampere, when he has playing for a team called 5CORE.RED at the non-BYOC event. His team literally came out of nowhere to qualify for that event and when they played the tournament he was a really standout player for his team. It blew everyone's mind that a 13 or 14-year-old was managing to pull off these insane clutches against good teams. That was the first glimpse anyone really got of him.

"The summer following LanTrek, ENCE approached us and bought arvid out of his contract. This left us with some pretty big boots to fill in the team and we had tried a few different guys. I had a talk with rEplan, who was essentially on the job of finding arvid’s replacement, and we discussed the possibility of giving sergej a trial, although we both thought it wouldn’t really work because he was so young. Our opinions changed instantly when we saw what he was capable of on the server, so we gave him the nod and his first contract as a player."

Under the SkitLite banner, sergej kept growing, first with the lineup that included Ville "rEplan" Ijäs, Simo "Leaf" Mykkänen, Joel "joel b" Borgström, and Mikael "ociriz" Karkinen, and then with a mix of players which included the likes of Jani "Aerial" Jussila and Joonas "aune" Rantala after the former lineup had been bought out by ENCE, leaving sergej behind due to his age.

Internationally, sergej hadn’t quite broken out yet, having only played a few online qualifiers and local LANs, but there was already a lot of buzz about a Finnish youngster causing a commotion in the local circuit by the time I traveled to Tampere earlier this year to learn about the scene while attending LanTrek.

Having started to play CS in 2015, sergej's genesis isn't far off

I sat through the first day of the event talking to players, managers, coaches, admins, and all of the cogs that make offline CS work, in order to learn about the ailments of yet another underdeveloped scene (my favorite pastime), but it was the second day I was anxiously awaiting as that was when SkitLite was due to play their first group stage matches. I was excited to see this kid who had been described as the team’s "little wizard" by Wright, who went on to call him their little version of Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev while standing behind him during the warmup ahead of their first match.

I quickly saw why Wright made that analogy, and realized that despite it being on the local level and against lesser opponents, the calm with which sergej played and the temperance and precision in everything he did, his movement—both mental and mechanical—, his aim, and his decision making, were indeed enough to garner all of that praise. Where the analogy failed to hold, perhaps, is that s1mple is all temper and bravado, perhaps even more so at younger ages, while sergej is extremely calm and calculating. As Wright recounts from his experience:

"Jere was honestly one of the easiest players I’ve managed in my 8 years of doing this. He kept himself motivated and just has a chilled-out vibe about him, which is why I think he’s so consistent as he very rarely loses his cool in difficult situations. On top of that he is really mature for his age and it has helped greatly with the age gap that he will face in pretty much every team."

After their first day, SkitLite won their two first matches, against sergej’s ex-teammates, ENCE, and a team that seemed to be on the rise but eventually fizzled out, Rynnäkköviikset, both by 11-16 scorelines. It was in the semifinal—which sergej & co. played against the core of the current HAVU, Aleksib, Jesse "KHRN" Grandell, and xartE—that the youngster really shone, as Wright recalls:

"He dropped 35 kills on Mirage, which was great to see, as people didn’t rate him because he hadn’t played against many big-name opponents in the past.

"This was pretty much where he managed to get his opportunity in HAVU, I believe, as Aleksib and co. were blown away with his ability after that game. I’ll never forget getting into the car to go back to our hotel after the tournament had ended. KIPSIk, aune, and I just looked at each other and laughed because we couldn’t believe how good he was."

A conversation with rEplan while walking down the halls of the Tampereen Messu- ja Urheilukeskus, where the event was taking place, the day he lost to his former teammate went in similar fashion as he replied "he’s f**king good, isn’t he?" with the massive grin of someone who has seen something particularly unique after I mentioned how pleasantly surprised I had been after watching the youngster.

Although his team lost two maps to ENCORE, and then lost to Jesse "zehN" Linjala and suNny’s ajuri in the third place decider, sergej ended up as the fourth highest rated player in the tournament, third if counting players with five or more maps, behind the aforementioned suNny and tournament surprise-player Ville "wils0n" Järvi—who had a standout performance there but has since been unable to break through or create a buzz with his current team, Conquer.

Unsure about SkitLite’s potential and having lost motivation after LanTrek, ENCORE's change to HAVU and with Taneli "disturbed" Veikkola stepping down, the youngster was finally given a chance to practice and stand-in for the team that took the #1 place in Finland from iGame.com, who were slowly disintegrating. "I heard about sergej for the first time at the end of last year and I had also played against him at local LANs," says xartE, sergej’s teammate in HAVU. "I noticed that he was putting up some big numbers against other Finns. When we realized that disturbed didn't have time to play as much as we wanted, we asked him if he would like to join our roster."

With sergej on the team, HAVU went on a four-tournament win streak, which got increased to six after the inclusion of ottoNd, who joined in lieu of Timo "REFLEX" Rintala, closing any debate concerning which quintet was the best in Finland. On the best team in Finland, and as the word-of-mouth spread, sergej was invited to join FPL. "I definitely didn’t expect to be invited to FPL, but it felt nice that people wanted me in," he says, "It has gone well, I like everyone there."

After losing to Space Soldiers in the final of the European Qualifier for SL i-League Invitational Shanghai, HAVU got a lucky break as the Turkish team had to pull out of the event because of a scheduling conflict with the Minor. This prompted the tournament organizers to invite HAVU to Shanghai, where sergej would have first international LAN experience.

HAVU lost the first match to Renegades—who went on to win the tournament—, 2-0, with a particularly rough overtime loss on Overpass. sergej’s rating was 1.21 after both maps, the best in his team. The second and last match in Shanghai, against Flash, didn’t go as well for the youngster, as his team lost two maps that went to overtime after taking their pick, Cache, 16-1.

At IeSF, a tournament in which HAVU were, on paper, the team to win it, the Finns choked, bombing out in the quarterfinals to Alexander "SKYTTEN" Carlsson’s duttdutt, even though the trio of Aleksib, ottoNd, and sergej, all ended in the top 5 best rated players of the event thanks to a good showing in the group stage against mostly lesser teams.

sergej's international debut was in Shanghai at the SL i-League Invitational

With the rise of Robin "ropz" Kool, who signed with mousesports one month after LanTrek, and players crossing borders more frequently, like Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov, who is now in North America with NRG, interest in young talents to watch has started to rise and is prompting people to dig for the new up-and-comers. Alas, sergej’s name has started to pop up more frequently in the lists of rising stars, and has been mentioned by both players and pundits as someone who could possibly make the jump out of Finland soon should he want to.

sergej closed out 2017, the year that saw him go from playing his first events with a real team to his international debut on LAN facing top 20 teams, with a 1.24 rating (1.25 on LAN)—the best in Finland—, and as the star player for the best team in his country. At 15, it’s hard to see how he isn’t setting himself up for a bright future.

"He can definitely become one of the best players in the world if he stays motivated. Seeing him progress this fast and him being so young, you can’t really tell just how skillful he could become," says his ex-teammate LOKO. And Matt Wright agrees, adding that, "if he keeps grinding the way that he does now, I have no doubt in my mind that he will be the best player in the world someday. I wouldn’t be surprised if a tier 1 team makes a move for him when he turns 16, either, I think they would be stupid not to!"

But what makes sergej such an interesting player to follow is his extreme versatility. During his tenure in SkitLite he was the team’s main AWPer, and as the star was also an initiator, playmaker, and closer depending on what was called for. With HAVU, he is now back to rifling, and is taking on tough roles head-on, as his teammate xartE explains:

"He has good reads when to rotate and when not to, overall. He also likes to take 'not so comfortable' and risky positions and make them work for him. I think we have only seen a glimpse of his skill, but time will tell. He adapts pretty quickly when there is a tougher opponent, but he still needs more experience to be more comfortable on the server."

Besides his natural ability to play with both the AWP and rifle on a whim, sergej is also adaptable and can perform different tasks depending on what is needed of him as he is multifaceted and can be the team’s entry as well as solve clutch situations late in the rounds, according to xartE.

So what makes sergej a player to watch in 2018? For the most part, it’s his ability to be a disciplined player while also being very versatile. It isn’t common to see someone as young as sergej who can shine playing different roles—some requiring more sacrifice than others—, and still maintain high ratings consistently.

While a lot of players with high ratings who stand taller than their peers commonly have long highlight reels, sergej’s play is actually quite conservative, and many important multikill rounds of his seem rather mundane more than superhuman feats, and although he played with a lot of freedom and his teammates played around him and for him at the beginning of his career, it has been his cold, calculated play that has allowed him to put up big numbers. Saving the distances, his calm demeanour and patience in the server, especially since having picked up the rifle with HAVU, are somewhat reminiscent of Håvard "rain" Nygaard.

Despite his ability to entry when needed thanks to decent first-bullet aim, sergej’s greatest strength on the Terrorist side lies in his ability to trade, play late rounds, and close out clutch situations, while on the CT side his patience is his greatest asset. sergej is usually an A site player, but often holds areas of the map by himself, becoming an anchor player akin to a Epitacio "TACO" de Melo or Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, waiting for teammates to rotate and repositioning as necessary.

While one may not remember a sergej flick—although when they do happen, they’re memorable—, especially with the more structured and fundamental CS of HAVU, his positional play will often have enemy players gravitate towards his crosshair as if it were a magnet. This ability to play on his own also allows for him to take lurking or map control positions on the Terrorist side when needed.

When rounds don’t get too chaotic, sergej is also quite a good decision maker, particularly on the CT side where he can abuse angles, and, although he is a good rotator, usually that is when he gets into most trouble and in situations that are harder for him to win—although by virtue of how the game works, unless one is particularly good at catching players out of position, this is the norm, particularly for youngsters who don’t have as many tricks in the bag as their more experienced peers.

All in all, it is his solid, fundamental, calculated CS, tied with an ability to play several roles and weapons well that makes sergej an exciting talent to keep an eye out for, and with a fair amount of local LAN experience and having dipped his toes in international waters, the young Finn is well ahead of the curve for his age.

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
Finland Jussi 'gstus' Perälä
Jussi 'gstus' Perälä
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
40
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.19
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
534
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
671
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
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
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Finland Mikael 'ociriz' Karkinen
Mikael 'ociriz' Karkinen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
48
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.19
Finland Timo 'REFLEX' Rintala
Timo 'REFLEX' Rintala
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
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
Finland Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Taneli 'disturbed' Veikkola
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
216
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Finland Jesse 'KHRN' Grandell
Jesse 'KHRN' Grandell
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
860
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
588
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
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
Sweden Alexander 'SKYTTEN' Carlsson
Alexander 'SKYTTEN' Carlsson
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
382
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Joonas 'LOKO' Juuso
Joonas 'LOKO' Juuso
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
5
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
737
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1046
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
732
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Finland Joel 'joel b' Borgström
Joel 'joel b' Borgström
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Finland Simo 'Leaf' Mykkänen
Simo 'Leaf' Mykkänen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
58
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Finland Ville 'rEplan' Ijäs
Ville 'rEplan' Ijäs
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
38
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Finland Ville 'wils0n' Järvi
Ville 'wils0n' Järvi
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
91
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
538
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
964
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Finland Joonas 'aune' Rantala
Joonas 'aune' Rantala
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
221
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
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
#1
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Portugal Olapinto 
first <3
2017-12-24 18:28
how much did sergej paid u hltv lul
2017-12-24 20:41
8/8
2017-12-25 07:15
LUL-est LUL in recent LULs .. 3 days after news on hltv for future , sergei is a retire take
2017-12-27 15:57
he will be back just acting hard to get soon -niko +serhej in FaZe
2017-12-27 20:05
#202
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India bozzmob 
lol :D HLTV is the best forum on the planet! :D I don't get to laugh so hard anywhere else :D
2017-12-28 19:59
Sir Gay LUL
2017-12-25 19:24
#173
LASER | 
Europe Laser_ 
sehr gay
2017-12-27 14:26
joelz on lan?
2017-12-28 07:58
#2
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Slovenia TOPKEKiksde 
cool
2017-12-24 18:28
Overrated
2017-12-25 17:54
Hmm overrated? Carrying almost all the fucking games :D
2017-12-26 04:21
#3
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Poland v1ctorex 
yh
2017-12-24 18:28
Cant wait
2017-12-24 18:29
#5
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Czech Republic VeryCzechGuy 
First ( maybe not )
2017-12-24 18:29
#6
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Spain alk1z 
2nd
2017-12-24 18:29
ez
2017-12-24 18:29
who
2017-12-24 18:29
Nice play from young star
2017-12-24 18:29
#119
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Finland Smoonah 
he deserves to be in NIP or something. might need another year of LAN experience though.
2017-12-25 02:23
He is not getting kills in lans that much, he need some experience in Finland lans and then go to bigger team.
2017-12-26 04:22
#159
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Finland Smoonah 
ye indeed
2017-12-26 04:22
Like in iff he didnt get any kills. But in fucking Finland LANs he is fucking god :D Hope he will get better.
2017-12-26 04:24
#10
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Turkey Diacryses 
ok
2017-12-24 18:29
#11
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Ireland Mackey91 
who
2017-12-24 18:29
who what do when with whomst?
2017-12-24 18:29
XANTARES #2 AHAHAHAHHAHAHWAHWHAdshjfsehnesiojdruitujwepter
2017-12-24 18:30
#14
ISSAA | 
Japan LiLeX 
noob i am better
2017-12-24 18:30
#15
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
Gooooooo havuuuuuuu
2017-12-24 18:30
Nice article. Didnt read tho
2017-12-24 18:30
+1
2017-12-25 01:44
first ez
2017-12-24 18:30
He looks fine.
2017-12-24 18:30
Lmao that 'new talent' watchlist with dev1ce on it, yess is very gud new player yis very new to scene
2017-12-24 18:30
It said talents under 22 and device is under 22 years of age
2017-12-25 14:21
#20
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Brazil XEMBAO 
choker
2017-12-24 18:30
#21
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Poland kick_michu 
young Joelz on LAN ?
2017-12-24 18:30
#120
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Finland Smoonah 
joelz lul LAN xD
2017-12-25 02:26
#24
tarik | 
Yugoslavia bleaq 
INVEST NOW AND HOLD
2017-12-24 18:31
#25
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Brazil cadik 
Is that TOP20 already? sergej TOP20 confirmed
2017-12-24 18:33
good luck in future
2017-12-24 18:33
#27
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Spain akproxx 
Joelz best
2017-12-24 18:33
Thank Mr. Matt "nexz" Wright
2017-12-24 18:33
#29
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Finland Juzaa 
Sergej monster
2017-12-24 18:34
XANTARES ISN'T YOUNG LMAO. CALYX IS STILL YOUNG
2017-12-24 18:34
#32
suNny | 
United States VAZ1R 
Xantares and dev1ce on that list. SMH
2017-12-24 18:35
EZ FOR ENCE
2017-12-24 18:35
Sergej is ruski right ?
2017-12-24 18:35
#38
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Poland Oleczeq 
Yes
2017-12-24 18:38
#54
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Finland niklaSjj 
no
2017-12-24 19:04
probably a joke name against ruskimen in mm and he just stuck with it
2017-12-24 23:24
#135
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African Union hdlmb 
...or most likely just derived from his real name, Jere.
2017-12-25 13:25
I don't get this, how could it be derived from Jere? I think it's a joke against ruski, seems obvious.
2017-12-26 11:53
Who
2017-12-24 18:36
ez fr serj
2017-12-24 18:37
ok i have to say the video was really nice
2017-12-24 18:39
#141
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Portugal proutounz 
I'm glad you like it!
2017-12-25 16:00
i have done quite a lot of editing myself, and i really liked the style. it had nice effects and really great flow.
2017-12-25 21:07
also i know masking can be a pain in the ass but you did it very nicely!
2017-12-25 21:08
ez f0rsakeN
2017-12-24 18:41
overrated, he will continue as pro in his future but he will not be a legend
2017-12-24 18:42
#46
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Bosnia and Herzegovina FaZeTier3 
Like Xantares then
2017-12-24 18:46
Also like HS :D
2017-12-24 18:47
#50
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Bosnia and Herzegovina FaZeTier3 
No HS top 1
2017-12-24 18:53
throwing kid from havu that lost to asterion? hHahaha, make topic for me better
2017-12-24 18:44
2.0 over 1.05 throwing :/
2017-12-24 19:09
Someone bet their mums credit card away again gg
2017-12-25 00:25
#43
Estonia pj4 
EspiranTo > sergej
2017-12-24 18:45
#45
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Bosnia and Herzegovina FaZeTier3 
God sergej <33
2017-12-24 18:46
sereja nihuya ne jestkiy, u nas daje la3euka i to skillovee naverno a on ewe tot volodya
2017-12-24 18:46
#56
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Russia judoka 
xD
2017-12-24 19:06
why not jOELZ !!!
2017-12-24 18:48
Kipen oppipoika, vähän kunnioitusta suomen parhaalle virolaiselle ;)
2017-12-24 18:55
nice edit
2017-12-24 18:55
Vitya_somedy for Na`Vi.Juniors Such an outstanding and huge topic by LucasAM for such a no-name... impressive! xd
2017-12-24 19:03
flag checks iq out
2017-12-24 19:09
#55
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Finland niklaSjj 
ez
2017-12-24 19:04
nice joke
2017-12-24 19:07
who???
2017-12-24 19:16
who?
2017-12-24 19:16
ez4ence
2017-12-24 19:22
sergej to FaZe ez world top1 team
2017-12-24 19:29
lul shit player
2017-12-24 19:32
#154
zehN | 
Finland lekelele 
why faze ?
2017-12-25 23:18
every finns = russians suka blyad garbage
2017-12-24 19:33
#70
ile | 
Finland tmziburger 
0/8
2017-12-24 19:57
#88
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Finland Jonzu95 
kys
2017-12-24 23:23
#91
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
Finland is Russia, they are also slow thinkers and alcoholics.
2017-12-24 23:31
Education on point
2017-12-24 23:40
#94
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
It took you 9 minutes to figure out what to answer, second point is yet to be proven
2017-12-24 23:41
Yeah because I was here refreshing the page to see when "Vechnyp" posts so I get to reply immediately afterwards That brain of yours doing some work
2017-12-24 23:57
#98
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
Take a chill pill, i knew fins are weak minded, but there is borderline somewhere, alcoholism is a bad thing, get help. =(
2017-12-25 00:01
You tried
2017-12-25 00:03
I cant help you man, stop replying.
2017-12-25 00:03
I knew you were useless but damn
2017-12-25 00:07
#209
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Sweden tyc0n 
mitää kuuluu can u help me in betting
2017-12-30 17:22
Upcoming talent for sure
2017-12-24 19:36
#67
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Brazil Collee 
why not jOELZ?
2017-12-24 19:37
"I think people overhype me due to my young age" (c) sergej
2017-12-24 19:38
#69
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Turkey tastemycobra 
He has great potential for sure but overhyping him is not a good idea.
2017-12-24 19:39
This is what these articles are about, not saying he is at a top level, nothing like that, but showing youngsters that are somehow special because they already compete at a high enough level and can still pogress a lot. Obviously it could end up in nothing, but it could also be the birth of a star, and everyone likes to see that, which is why we try to tell his story and show it to those that may not follow, and explain why he is interesting to follow.
2017-12-24 20:01
#73
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Turkey tastemycobra 
i don't know, man... i feel like a 15 year old may feel achieved enough in game when he sees an article about him on hltv and lose motivation. (it may also just boost confidence and help him as well, you cant really know). i hope it doesnt happen for sergej. he has a game sense ahead of his age. he's definitely not all about aim. hope he is able to act ahead of his age in real life, too.
2017-12-24 20:11
#92
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Belgium n1ckst4r2OO2 
hes not a cocky player at all, cool and calm
2017-12-24 23:35
#129
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Turkey tastemycobra 
if that article was about me, i would just show everyone at school, bully them and forget about CS xd. i hope he isnt like me :D
2017-12-25 08:50
#136
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Finland saunamdma 
That's why the article could never be about you, it takes a different attitude to get to the top.
2017-12-25 14:12
#146
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Wrong idea. There are always superb talents with shit attitudes that are once hyped, then get lost in the course of time. i respect sergej and i believe in him. My point isn't specifically about him. But it is about saving young players from getting harmed by too much attention.
2017-12-25 18:59
#76
f0rest | 
Indonesia rareguy 
+1 I like reading this kind of article to boost unknown high rated player to the top
2017-12-24 20:20
2018 sergej>cold
2017-12-24 20:08
nice music, how it is called?
2017-12-24 20:12
74st
2017-12-24 20:17
#78
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Algeria rahimou111 
joelz on lan ?
2017-12-24 20:47
hi m8
2017-12-24 21:10
seems like a goodlooking, upstanding, ambitious, 100% aryan gentleman.
2017-12-24 21:12
#115
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Norway zyxsaje 
lol
2017-12-25 01:32
#81
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Greece Gianopoulos 
Maybe in 2 years he can be in a tier1 team.. he is a good player
2017-12-24 21:14
#82
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Hungary BostonTerrier 
Nothing special in movie
2017-12-24 21:16
another onliner kid , getting sick of this
2017-12-24 21:22
jelly
2017-12-24 21:30
Rating 2.0 - 1.24 LAN rating 2.0 - 1.25
2017-12-24 22:26
Someone didn't even bother looking at the article smh.
2017-12-24 23:56
Dat edit on the vid is SICK
2017-12-24 21:37
#86
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Canada Matomoto 
Oof
2017-12-24 22:16
#90
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
"highest W/R in FPL" yea dukiii and his friends, a.k.a whole joelz friendlist, were also raising stars of esea,fpl, you name it. Ironically got banned, not saying he is cheating but winrate in fpl, esea, cevo or whatever isnt really something you have to look at
2017-12-24 23:29
Yeah. He is cheating like Coldzera. Pros playing with him in FPL just don't understand it quite like HLTV experts.
2017-12-25 00:09
940k id, you have missed a lot
2017-12-25 00:10
Probably been watching CS longer still, but good that you are proud of the hltv expert levels.
2017-12-25 00:17
Good thing that you havent studied reading at age of 12, could have at least attempted to read what i posted
2017-12-25 00:19
If your point was not that low ID number implies some sort of delusion of knowledge (lmao) or that hltv actually was different before either of us was her then I admit that, I don't understand what you wrote.
2017-12-25 00:33
Or maybe you mean your first post and truly are retarded. Saying: "a lot of people cheat... Im not saying that he is... just saying you know... a lot of players cheat." Implying things in a manner that you did and then trying to claim that you never meant it like that either means that you are lying or that you truly are oblivious to communications if that is the case I apoligize, Im not used to dealing with high schoolers.
2017-12-25 00:40
Should look in a mirror you'll learn how to deal with high schoolers. Gonna read what he wrote or witter to yourself again?
2017-12-25 19:08
When your only argument is about the other person’s userID, you know you’re running low on stuff to say
2018-01-01 05:31
Glad you have same problem as him, you are probably one of those who create bait threads and call everyone favela. Btw browsing hltv at new years eve.
2018-01-01 11:05
ropz had an insane winrate on fpl too the first months like 70+% and stuff and he is just a good player agains tier1 teams
2017-12-25 00:17
sir gay
2017-12-25 00:10
how about espiranto ???????????
2017-12-25 00:39
sergej is the future of Finland !
2017-12-25 00:45
Allu son
2017-12-25 00:54
8 out of the 9 players listed are onliners.
2017-12-25 01:00
zehn on lan fucking lan dodger (c) portuguese faceit player stadodo zehn on major after several months
2017-12-25 08:17
#117
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Argentina ccritical 
10/10 edit
2017-12-25 01:46
goatest.
2017-12-25 03:52
got the mega mind forehead Have a mook day! -VeryMookGuy
2017-12-25 04:53
Child Soldier
2017-12-25 05:04
another clean sheet
2017-12-25 06:11
EZ FOR VITYA AKA NONAME AHHA
2017-12-25 06:34
#127
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Russia razorVJ 
Shiet, that was an actually good video.
2017-12-25 08:07
his nickname and second name totaly blow my mind :D
2017-12-25 09:06
#131
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Ukraine Tosinijo 
}I{epe CaJIo ukrainian boii
2017-12-25 09:11
#132
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
finland produces the best russian players csgo has ever seen... sergej, waylander.... G.O.A.T.s
2017-12-25 10:16
#133
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Switzerland hoooooray 
lol his (nick)name :D
2017-12-25 10:32
#134
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United States EmperorTrump 
Joelz #3 winrate FPL LUL LAN WHERE?
2017-12-25 11:10
#137
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Finland saunamdma 
Pls Joelz stop being a burger landodger and join Havu.
2017-12-25 14:13
#155
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Finland niklaSjj 
+7212
2017-12-26 00:02
#139
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Poland Commonwealth 
For a guy that started to play in 2015 and already making a pro scene debut? Damn. Either big talent or simply cheater. TBH there are quite many cheaters on the scene so wouldnt be really suprised.
2017-12-25 14:42
He isn’t a cheater though.
2018-01-01 05:32
#140
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Finland Abelzini 
gogogo!
2017-12-25 14:45
i think he is a cheater no way you are that good at 3000h if you compare to real pros that have 12000h and isnt as good at this guy he can still prov me wrong
2017-12-25 16:44
#167
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
It is impossible to be that good obvious cheater just like ropz was. But anti-cheat in csgo is a joke just go buy cheats and you can be like this guy.
2017-12-26 15:26
true
2017-12-26 16:08
Forget about Allu! PogChamp
2017-12-25 18:01
sergej > allu, suNny etc together
2017-12-25 18:03
#147
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
Nice read! And sick edit
2017-12-25 19:08
How many hours does he have in CSGO?
2017-12-25 22:06
+chelo guy is nuts
2017-12-26 01:46
#161
Nifty | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dhrzg 
He isn’t even allowed to get this game leagaly
2017-12-26 10:25
#170
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Finland niklaSjj 
age preference, not a restriction
2017-12-26 16:30
I am positive he is Aerial's lost little brother; the two are such close lookalikes D:
2017-12-26 10:45
Im sorry but my personal opinion is that the kid is good, but not as good as Plopski that is allso 15 and is a beast on lan. Plopski, sergej, BrollanCs, Frozen and zywoo and these kids will take all. All 15 years old= dreamkids
2017-12-26 11:44
#169
lehtori | 
Finland rroxy 
Good article!
2017-12-26 16:24
Device top
2017-12-27 09:04
#172
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Brazil ztxizhan 
>device young star >device major winner pick one
2017-12-27 09:08
lmao
2017-12-27 15:56
#175
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Denmark Whispyy 
Rip
2017-12-27 15:57
#177
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Portugal SNG_1997 
Rip
2017-12-27 15:59
#178
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Czech Republic ThePechy 
lmao xDDD
2017-12-27 16:07
Lucas got PLAYED by sergej
2017-12-27 16:11
Not really, if your comment is about his ”break”
2018-01-01 05:33
#180
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Turkey HLTurkeyV 
hahaha
2017-12-27 16:22
#181
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Finland t33mu 
xaxaxax
2017-12-27 16:32
One for the future LOOOOOOL
2017-12-27 16:37
#183
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Brazil Charizaldo 
I think it was a very brief future
2017-12-27 16:37
#187
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Europe Spoonman20 
Future of Brazilian economy is even more brutal.
2017-12-27 17:03
#190
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Brazil Charizaldo 
to ez to trigger
2017-12-27 18:11
200 IQ play from sergeJ
2017-12-27 16:49
Are we past the future already??? Damn
2017-12-27 16:59
#188
ISSAA | 
Japan LiLeX 
LUL
2017-12-27 17:15
Rip sergej.
2017-12-27 17:24
Funny how this was posted recently and sergej just decided to take a break from cs
2017-12-27 18:55
He’s still playing thoo
2018-01-01 05:33
RIP
2017-12-27 19:34
#193
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Ukraine w1nth 
RIP
2017-12-27 19:36
#194
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France iNolake 
Karmated
2017-12-27 19:37
#196
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
this aged well
2017-12-27 21:55
LMAO
2017-12-27 23:23
Is no one here able to realize that he will come back?
2017-12-27 23:32
One for the past
2017-12-28 04:14
#200
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Thailand beam2546 
LMAO
2017-12-28 07:17
One for the - RIP LucasAM writing this long ass article for sergej to retire next day. XD
2017-12-28 20:23
RIP [*]
2017-12-31 14:27
;_;7 Your deeds for hltv will be remembered.
2017-12-31 17:36
Break from competetive CS =/= retirement
2018-01-01 05:34
When is frozen getting one?
2017-12-29 06:53
shit onliner is shit
2017-12-29 10:55
#206
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Hungary hardrise 
Well that was quick. :D Singularity is close.. :D
2017-12-29 14:54
>ONE FOR THE FUTURE: SERGEJ >HE LEAVED CSGO
2017-12-30 07:16
Unluko
2017-12-31 05:21
#212
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Russia EN42! 
gg wp
2017-12-31 15:33
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