ECS Season 4 Finals preview

ECS Season 4 Finals taking place in the tropical Mexican destination of Cancun starts tomorrow, as the four best teams from each region's online division will begin their battle for a total of $750,000 in prizemoney. We have concocted a preview delving into all eight teams taking part in the three-day event.

ECS Season 4 Finals has gathered three of the top-five teams in the world, FaZe, Astralis, and Cloud9, as well as top-10 sides fnatic and Liquid. Group B will see four of the aforementioned teams in play, while OpTic, mousesports, and Luminosity are situated in Group A:

Group A Group B
Sweden fnatic  United States Cloud9
Europe mousesports  United States Liquid
Europe OpTic Europe FaZe
Brazil Luminosity Denmark Astralis

The group stage will use the GSL format, in which the upper part will be played in best-of-one matches, and elimination and deciding matches in best-of-three series. On the last day of competition, a single-elimination bracket will follow with top two sides from each group.

Ratings used are from the past three months on LAN

Group A

fnatic (#8)
(EGB Rate: 17.2)
Age Rating
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist 24 1.18
Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson 24 1.08
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson 23 1.08
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell 22 1.03
Sweden Maikil "Golden" Selim 23 0.93
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
3rd-4th Denmark ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals
4th Spain WESG 2017 EU & CIS Regional Finals (4/5 of the lineup)
5-8th United States ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 

fnatic travel to Mexico boosted by their recent campaign at the ESL Pro League Finals, where they finished second of their group after winning four out of five in the group stage, beating FaZe and making light work of Astralis. In the playoffs, the Swedish team edged past OpTic on three maps before falling short against FaZe in a one-sided match.

It was reassuring to see fnatic perform at a high level once again and finally translate their online form into some LAN results. But it was not all good news: Golden maintained his streak of below-average tournament ratings (0.84), and his sub-par performances really cost his team sometimes, especially on the CT side. This was particularly noticeable in the match against OpTic, who ruthlessly exploited fnatic's weak B defense on Inferno.

fnatic broke into the top 10 after reaching the semis in Odense

As fnatic attend more events, Golden's shot-calling will only improve, as will the other players' integration into his system. However, the fact that the team's big stars need to work very hard to make up for the in-game leader's poor fragging output is one cause for concern. In Cancun, that should only be an issue in the playoffs as the Swedes are expected to fend off the threat posed by their group opponents - two of whom they beat in Odense.

OpTic (#12)
(EGB Rate:  17.8)
Age Rating
Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif 19 1.13
Spain Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas 22 1.10
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli 25 1.03
Estonia Kevin "HS" Tarn 20 1.02
Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg 26 0.90
United States Chet "ImAPet" Singh (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
5th-6th Denmark ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals
5th-6th United States IEM Oakland
3rd-4th United States iBUYPOWER Masters
3rd Romania Europe Minor - ELEAGUE Major 2018

For the second time in a row, OpTic have managed to survive a six-team group, only to collapse in the quarter-finals. In Odense, the European mixture pulled off victories over eventual winners SK and over Misfits but came up short against NiP and North, two teams who were eliminated, which speaks volumes about them being a hot and cold team. In the knockout rounds, OpTic took the lead against fnatic following a convincing victory on Inferno, but let the Swedes turn the series around.

Magisk was the brightest light for an OpTic side lacking individual brilliance, which could be seen from mixwell's underwhelming stats against fnatic. At one point on Train, the AWP was switched to allu, who put it to much better use. This shows that the players are still coming to terms with their new roles, with the communication having improved from IEM Oakland, according to team coach Chet "ImAPet" Singh.

No excuses for OpTic - they will need to deliver in Cancun

Getting out of Group A will not be easy for OpTic, who will have a tough opening match against mousesports. But the time has come for friberg's men to finally live up to the hype surrounding the team when it was created. With no Major on the horizon for OpTic, anything less than a semi-final run in Mexico could make heads roll in the off-season.

mousesports (#15)
(EGB Rate:  21.3)
Age Rating
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool 17 1.25
Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný 26 1.17
Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi 23 1.11
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk 21 1.06
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 27 1.03
Ukraine Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Sweden DreamHack Open Winter
3rd-4th United States DreamHack Open Denver
1st Germany ROG Masters EMEA Finals
13th-16th United States ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier

mousesports are one of just two teams who will be in Cancun after missing out on spots at the Pro League Season 6 Finals. The European mixture travel to Mexico on the back of a convincing campaign at DreamHack Open Winter, where they soundly beat BIG and Gambit before falling short against Natus Vincere in the title decider.

ropz is looking better by the week and had in Jönköping his third-highest tournament rating on LAN (1.32) since joining mousesports. But oskar had a particularly disappointing event, failing to impress in the matches against North Academy, Envy and especially Natus Vincere.

Will oskar bounce back after failing to impress at DH Winter?

mousesports will be hoping that the Czech star rediscovers his form to have realistic chances of making it out of the group. The fact that they did not attend the Pro League Finals has given them more time to prepare for this tournament and for the match-ups against OpTic and Luminosity - two teams they have not yet faced.

Luminosity (#24)
(EGB Rate: 24.5)
Age Rating
Brazil Marcelo "chelo" Cespedes 19 1.13
Brazil Gustavo "yel" Knittel 25 1.03
Brazil Gustavo "SHOOWTiME" Gonçalves 20 0.99
Brazil Vinicios "PKL" Coelho 23 0.95
Brazil Gabriel "NEKIZ" Schenato 22 0.94
Brazil Alessandro "Apoka" Marcucci (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
7th-8th Denmark ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals
7th-8th United States iBUYPOWER Masters 2017
5-6th Canada Americas Minor - ELEAGUE Major 2018

Luminosity were one of the big surprises of the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, despite not progressing from the groups. Going into the event, no-one really expected much from the Brazilians, who had a rather unimpressive LAN record, but they proved that they can indeed measure up with the best as they beat HellRaisers and Liquid, and had close defeats to FaZe, Astralis and fnatic.

Perhaps it was the fact that Luminosity played without pressure that allowed them to show their true colours; chelo, who has long been regarded as one of Brazil's hottest prospects, finally played to his true potential and boasted the highest average Rating of the tournament (1.34) after an indifferent start to his spell with the team.

chelo was a joy to watch in Odense

It is worrying, however, that Luminosity's fragging output relied so heavily on chelo in Odense; yel, the team's AWPer, was the only other player to finish the tournament with an above-average Rating as SHOOWTiME, PKL and NEKIZ all came up short. This means that, if by some chance one of the two star players is not performing, the team's level will drop considerably as the remaining members do not seem to be able to carry the team forward.

Luminosity will not have an easy task in Cancun; other teams will be wary of their capabilities, so they will be given very little room for manoeuvre. But in a group that seems to be wide open and without a clear-cut favourite, the Brazilians may still fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages.

Group B

FaZe (#2)
(EGB Rate: 1.53)
Age Rating
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač  20 1.25
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard 23 1.23
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács 26 1.19
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer 25 1.11
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen 27 1.01
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Denmark ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals
3rd Denmark BLAST Pro Series
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

FaZe's form at ESL One New York and ELEAGUE Premier was so impressive that it led fans and pundits alike to believe that we were about to enter a new era in Counter-Strike. However, it has been four events in a row without a title for karrigan's men, who know they will most likely end the year in second place in the world ranking.

At the Pro League Finals, FaZe recovered from a slow start and topped their group before beating fnatic in convincing fashion in the semi-finals to set up a mouth-watering title decider against SK. In the final, the Europeans took Inferno without too much trouble but looked off the pace on Overpass and Mirage, and on Train they had to work tirelessly to overcome an early deficit before eventually collapsing in overtime. 

Will FaZe get their hands on a trophy in Cancun?

That match showed that there is still a considerable gap between FaZe and SK, but, luckily for the Europeans, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's men will not be in Cancun. That gives FaZe an excellent chance to pick up their first trophy in two months and end the year on a high note, which would be a considerable boost ahead of ELEAGUE Major, where they will find themselves in the New Challengers stage.

FaZe will be fancying their chances of topping the group, having defeated Cloud9 on two maps in Oakland, and both Liquid and Astralis in one-sided games in Odense. And looking at the teams in the other group, there is not one who seems to be able to pose FaZe a threat at the moment. karrigan are firmly in control of their own destiny, and the ECS title appears to be theirs to lose.

Astralis (#3)
(EGB Rate: 12.7)
Age Rating
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen  24 1.08
Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth 22 1.05
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 19 1.05
Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander 22 0.95
Norway Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel 23 0.94
Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
9th-10th Denmark ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals
2nd Denmark BLAST Pro Series (4/5 of current lineup)
7th-8th United States IEM Oakland (4/5)
4th Russia EPICENTER (4/5)
2nd United States ELEAGUE Premier (4/5)
5th-6th United States ESL One New York (4/5)

Astralis come into Cancun with little to lose, playing their second tournament with RUBINO stepping in for star AWPer Nicolai "device" Reedtz, who has been grounded until at least the end of the year due to medical issues.

Despite showing great results with Dennis "dennis" Edman at BLAST, the Danes' first tournament with RUBINO didn't go so well. Astralis only managed to win one out of five matches at ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals with the Norwegian, against the group's big underdogs, Luminosity.

Astralis will need Kjaerbye to keep his form and others to step up in order to advance

The only good thing to come out of that event for gla1ve & co. was Kjaerbye continuing his streak of good form despite the results, thanks to consistent performances across the board. Otherwise, no-one played up to par with the competition in the team's losses.

Considering Astralis find themselves in the much harder group of the two, pitted against the second-best team FaZe as well as two good-looking North Americans Cloud9 and Liquid, their fate seems sealed. Nonetheless, they have now gotten some experience with RUBINO and have the players to shake up the group and make life harder for the others, especially Liquid who might not be at their best with Lucas "steel" Lopes just yet.

Cloud9 (#5)
(EGB Rate: 8.31)
Age Rating
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip  19 1.17
United States Tarik "tarik" Celik 21 1.16
United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta 21 1.09
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 24 1.04
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba 23 1.02
United States Soham "valens" Chowdhury (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
3rd-4th United States IEM Oakland
1st United States iBUYPOWER Masters
1st United States DreamHack Open Denver
3rd-4th United States ELEAGUE Premier
3rd-4th United States ESL One New York

It has been almost a month since Cloud9's last offline outing as the North American team played no part in the last two big international events, BLAST Pro Series and the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals. Because of that, there are high levels of anticipation surrounding the team, who have picked up two minor titles and made three deep runs at big events in the space of three months.

Cloud9 have had plenty of time to prepare for this event, where they will be looking to cash in on the unpredictability factor. They looked to be in great shape in the $25,000 CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series at the start of the month, even though the field was not very stacked.

In New York and in Oakland, Cloud9 were outplayed by FaZe, so their chances against the current No.2 team in the world look slim. But apart from that, they should still progress from a group that includes a Liquid side that they twice beat in the final week of the regular ECS season and an Astralis side who disappointed in Odense with RUBINO as a stand-in.

Liquid (#10)
(EGB Rate: 17.2)
Age Rating
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken  18 1.19
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski 20 1.16
United States Josh "jdm64" Marzano 27 0.98
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes 24 0.95
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella 22 0.94
Brazil Wilton "zews" Prado (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
11th-12th Denmark ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals (4/5 of current lineup)
11th-12th United States IEM Oakland
3rd-4th United States iBUYPOWER Masters (4/5)
1st Canada Americas Minor (4/5)
7th-8th Russia EPICENTER (4/5)
1st-2nd Russia EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier (4/5)
2nd United States ESL One New York (4/5)
13th-16th United States ELEAGUE Premier (4/5)

The North American side will once again be able to play with steel, who was not allowed to play alongside Liquid at ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals due to a roster lock being in place before his arrival.

His first tenure under the new banner at IEM Oakland went sour, understandably so as he only had a few days' worth of practice with the team, who went on to win two out of five matches in overtime.

Liquid should be a very different team compared to their first tournament with steel, IEM Oakland

Liquid should still be at a point where every day of practice makes a difference; they've now had about two more weeks with steel, plus some change in Odense where everyone had practice rooms. There's no doubt they've grown a lot more accustomed to each other since IEM Oakland, so we should see a very different team in Mexico.

Whether that will be enough to take down at least two of FaZe, Astralis (albeit with a stand-in), and their big rivals Cloud9, that is left to be uncovered, but they should have a good chance of doing so this weekend.

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 Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' Gonçalves
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1570
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Gabriel 'NEKIZ' Schenato
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
542
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
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
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
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:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
917
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:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Estonia Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
656
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1382
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
635
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
838
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1384
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Gustavo 'yel' Knittel
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
658
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Vinicios 'PKL' Coelho
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
697
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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:
1435
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
527
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1301
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
950
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1559
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:
1096
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
521
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1350
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1475
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#2
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Brazil dng0 
ez for steel
2017-12-14 18:57
#80
rain | 
Russia Flav 
ez for rain - absolute MONSTA
2017-12-15 00:20
#4
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
nice
2017-12-14 18:58
ez for sk
2017-12-14 18:58
Lol
2017-12-14 19:40
NIce
2017-12-14 18:58
#7
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
Not as good as season 3
2017-12-14 18:58
+1
2017-12-14 19:34
#9
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Germany cartii 
ez mouz
2017-12-14 18:58
#10
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Finland k0rnEr 
nice
2017-12-14 18:58
FaZe will probably win this event
2017-12-14 18:58
2
2017-12-14 18:58
Should be easy for fnatic
2017-12-14 18:59
#16
rain | 
Kyrgyzstan Inv1ctuS 
8/8
2017-12-14 19:03
#14
rain | 
Kyrgyzstan Inv1ctuS 
First group fnatic and mouse Second group Astralis and Faze
2017-12-14 19:03
#45
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Germany MineMFM 
Fnatic NT flusha
2017-12-14 20:40
With Rubino on Astralis and Cloud9 in a better form, I believe it'd be Faze and C9. Though, C9 can't beat Faze...
2017-12-14 21:12
yeah but they can beat astralis even in bo3 if liquid upsets faze (which is not going to happen) ez for c9 otherwise close between c9 and astralis, faze should go through easily
2017-12-14 21:54
Aye and now it's Faze vs C9.... Well, may we hope for the boys in blue to make it through and past Faze.. For once..
2017-12-16 20:46
#85
Jame | 
Brazil mbassier 
optic and mouz
2017-12-15 00:56
#15
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Estonia MadColonel 
ez for mouz
2017-12-14 19:03
#17
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Brazil vass28 
gl stew
2017-12-14 19:04
#18
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Brazil NOOBUSTERS 
Without the top1 nobody cares
2017-12-14 19:05
#25
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Sweden wyv0 
Indeed
2017-12-14 19:18
#34
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Finland Taynz 
EZ for faze
2017-12-14 19:47
They were in the tournament, just so bad they couldnt make it over LULminosity LMAO
2017-12-14 23:58
#79
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Brazil NOOBUSTERS 
Playing with DEAD, drop series, Felps in Brazil, Botz not allowed do play. Yeah, they couldnt make it, and you are a smart guy.
2017-12-15 00:09
still your top1 couldn't qualify from NA scene
2017-12-15 00:41
I would take Taco Fallen Fer and Coldzera with a harmless bot everyday over luminosity xD
2017-12-15 00:44
#96
chrisJ | 
Germany 1buffen 
Got 'em...true story
2017-12-15 11:43
Go greenwall
2017-12-14 19:05
#21
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Ez 4 SK.
2017-12-14 19:09
ez for c9, they're the monsters in Group B.
2017-12-14 19:11
#29
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Sweden wyv0 
Top 1
2017-12-14 19:31
#23
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Ropz = Niko GG ez
2017-12-14 19:15
Go faze, optic, and mousesports!
2017-12-14 19:17
10-20k viewer tournament cause its NA..
2017-12-14 19:20
no its not
2017-12-14 21:42
#92
ALEX | 
France Telt 
Mexico is part of North America
2017-12-15 08:58
If mexico is SA like Brazil, but you say is NA that's means NA top 1 ez
2017-12-15 00:46
"Europeans took Inferno without too much trouble" on the faze part, they won 16-13 (won both pistols) is not much trouble? pls fix it mira
2017-12-14 19:22
#35
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Brazil Charizaldo 
If SK didn't lost 2 dumb eco rounds it would be a 3x0
2017-12-14 19:52
The first map was not as close as the scoreline suggests. FaZe were pretty much always in the lead, and SK had to fight back multiple times. It was a great effort from SK, no doubt, but FaZe were the better team from the start on that map.
2017-12-14 20:24
#28
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Brazil FuRiouSzZ 
PREVIEW >>>>>> FAZE CHOKE AST WINS GG
2017-12-14 19:24
#37
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
LMFAO nt
2017-12-14 19:56
Astralis won't even make it to the final unless they play someone like LG or Liquid in the semis
2017-12-14 19:59
#47
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Brazil FuRiouSzZ 
dupreeh will unleash god mode and shit in everybody's face just like he did in Blast PRO Series against SK
2017-12-14 20:42
LOL AST won't get out of groups. C9>Ast(with stand in)
2017-12-15 06:26
#97
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Brazil FuRiouSzZ 
breaking news C9 will be leading 13x5 and will choke
2017-12-15 12:22
lol
2017-12-14 19:32
dupreeh is def not 21
2017-12-14 19:36
#36
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Brazil Charizaldo 
LG can made it out of groups but they really need yeL in best form
2017-12-14 19:53
#38
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
It's funny that If SK was there instead of Faze, everyone would be calling it a tier 2 event. Since SK is out, now an event with so many irrelevant teams suddenly becomes awesome (as long as Faze takes it, of course. If they don't, it's just tier 2 event anyways). At least summit had Gambit.
2017-12-14 19:58
#62
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United Kingdom hArdLad 
You're crying because SK didn't qualify? Deal with it, watch the event, have fun.
2017-12-14 21:37
#63
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
I will, and I don't even think it's tier 2, don't really care about that. Only HLTV's hipocrisy that gets to my nerves.
2017-12-14 21:37
Lol it would be tier 1 if SK was there or not, it's only tier one because mousesports LUL
2017-12-15 00:49
#39
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Turkey orox2 
Sinyor Trump please dont deport these teams gracias
2017-12-14 19:59
If SK made it through the finals, would they be able to play with boltz?
2017-12-14 20:14
#64
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United Kingdom hArdLad 
No :( Coldzera mentioned somewhere that even if they qualified for ECS, they wouldn't be able to play with Boltz.
2017-12-14 21:40
That's not true (I guess it was at the time coldzera mentioned it). SK would have been able to attend the event with boltz because Immortals pulled out of the league. As such, the rule about no transfers within the league did not apply in this case.
2017-12-15 16:28
Nop
2017-12-14 21:47
Yes
2017-12-15 16:29
Thanks for clarifying.
2017-12-15 16:41
SK lul
2017-12-14 20:32
Its a weird situation. SK is always the main team in big championishps. Its sad they had to play with Dead in a lot of matches and didnt qualify.
2017-12-14 20:36
Thats true... even though I'm a die hard C9 fan, I still like to see the team's that deserve it the most getting chances
2017-12-14 22:36
daily reminder jdm is trash
2017-12-14 20:42
Thx almost forgot
2017-12-14 22:37
#48
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
No SK/NiP - FaZe should take this.
2017-12-14 20:45
#49
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Finland Hunajaperse 
gl fnatic and optic
2017-12-14 20:47
Faze / Astralis in same group LOL
2017-12-14 20:54
Gl lg
2017-12-14 20:56
Boring event tbh. Won't be surprised if the viewership is less than 100k for finals.
2017-12-14 20:57
both fnatic and c9 have a massive fanbase. Pretty sure they will have a lot more viewers than that for le INSANE bo3 final PogChamp
2017-12-14 21:07
No dude YouTube is a huge letoff for viewers.
2017-12-14 21:16
Oh youtube LUL nvm then, herrow 30K viewers most of the event! maybe 50K for fnatic/c9 games, perhaps optic/faze/liquid can add some extra viewers as well
2017-12-14 21:19
ikr and most of the EU and NA are a bit busy with pre Christmas stuff and a lot of other users have zero interest.
2017-12-14 21:26
lul you must be the only one thats busy with christmas stuff eksdee but yaa on the other part.
2017-12-14 21:35
lol no not me I don't celebrate it btw. I'm talking about 15-18 year old kids in general :D
2017-12-14 21:36
GO LIQUID!!!!!!!
2017-12-14 21:14
Ez 4 chelo the brazilian fer
2017-12-14 21:46
#69
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Europe L30n@rd0 
3 players under 1.0 wtf liquid
2017-12-14 22:11
#72
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Denmark nebpyhita 
CS is so boring.. look at Astralis last 3 months.. and they are TOP 3 WORLD???? didn't won anything if SK or FaZe are playing we know that one of them will pick the trophy zzz ez FaZe btw
2017-12-14 23:13
#73
apEX | 
France Angryy 
Final FaZe - Cloud9
2017-12-14 23:15
#8, 12, 15, and 24 in one group #2, 3, 5, and 10 in the other group hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Good luck C9
2017-12-14 23:19
#75
f0rest | 
Taiwan tudoh 
these groups are literally retarded +1
2017-12-14 23:22
ty potato
2017-12-14 23:23
#77
Summer | 
North America Jxmes 
fuck dude! Why does FaZe Clan and Cloud9 have to be in the same fucking groups again
2017-12-14 23:24
#86
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Taiwan SCVready 
hype
2017-12-15 01:19
Super ez for FaZe but wtf are this groups can someone tell me how they where decided ?
2017-12-15 02:22
lol @ 1.53 for faze to win the whole event looks like it's almost a done deal
2017-12-15 03:40
Twistzz will shine
2017-12-15 04:57
wanna see optic vs FaZe in finals
2017-12-15 05:34
#93
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Austria gex0r 
no SK - should be easy for FaZe. But it's CS so everything can happen
2017-12-15 09:37
#94
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China haskell_cg 
FAZE will win without the sk boss
2017-12-15 10:36
#95
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Tunisia nivac 
#vamouz
2017-12-15 10:38
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