The year in photos: 2017

We have compiled some of the most momentous photos of 2017 captured by our photographers.

To prepare you for the upcoming year, we have put together some of the best photos from 2017, which started with Astralis' domination, continued with SK's claim for the first spot, and ended with the FaZe-SK rivalry that will potentially still deliver in 2018. Here are the photos that were picked by our photographers and that help to tell some of the biggest stories of 2017:

(January 28, ELEAGUE Major, Lucas Aznar Miles)

The legendary players of Virtus.pro coming onto the stage at the ELEAGUE Major. The Poles beat SK in the semi-finals but came up short against Astralis in the grand final.

(January 29, ELEAGUE Major, Lucas Aznar Miles)

Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen was overcome with joy after Astralis defeated Virtus.pro 2-1 in the grand final to become the Major champions in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

(February 19, DreamHack Las Vegas, Radosław Makuch)

The Polish team had an impressive set of results in the US, beating Astralis and SK in the playoffs to become the champions and earn $200,000.

(March 5, IEM Katowice, Radosław Makuch)

Astralis looked impressive in Poland, winning the grand final 3-1 against FaZe to lift the trophy at the Spodek Arena. With this result, the Danes showed that they had no intention of letting go of their #1 spot in the rankings.

(April 9, SL i-LEAGUE StarSeries Season 3 Finals, Josip Brtan)

Finn "karrigan" Andersen and the crowd; it's hard to name a better duo. His team, FaZe, were victorious in Kiev, Ukraine as they beat Astralis 2-1 in the grand final, taking home $125,000 and exacting revenge on the Danes, who had defeated FaZe a month before at IEM Katowice.

(June 1, ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, João Ferreira)

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken helped his team to a semi-final run in Dallas, Texas, USA as they beat Envy 2-1 in their quarter final match-up.

(June 29, PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier, Josip Brtan)

Dan "apEX" Madesclaire's team G2 were successful at the Main Qualifier, finishing in the top two to qualify for the Major. However, this didn't prevent the Frenchman from showing his frustration from time to time and a new meme was born.

(July 9, ESL One Cologne, Radosław Makuch)

SK were unstoppable in Germany, beating FaZe 2-0 in the semi-final and defeating Cloud9 3-0 in the grand final to win the event.

(July 10, Round 31 Football Match, Radosław Makuch)

Virtus.pro and SK played a 5-on-5 football match at the RheinEnergieStadion after ESL One Cologne. The match was won by SK with a 5-4 scoreline.

(July 14, DreamHack Open Valencia, João Ferreira)

Pujan "FNS" Mehta was in shock after his team failed to close out the last map against Red Reserve in the Group B decider match. The North Americans had a 15-12 lead and an easy bomb-defuse and, even though FNS had a defuse kit, Kenneth "koosta" Suen tried to defuse without one, resulting in the bomb going off and a round loss. That round propelled Red Reserve back in the game, with the Swedes eventually winning the match in overtime.

(July 23, PGL Major Krakow, Lucas Aznar Miles)

The Brazilian fans arrived in full force for the PGL Major Krakow grand final. Unfortunately for them, Immortals lost to Gambit and had to settle for second place.

(July 23, PGL Major Krakow, Radosław Makuch)

Gambit wow the community as they win the PGL Major Krakow against all odds after defeating Immortals in the final.

(August 30, DreamHack Masters Malmö, Lucas Aznar Miles)

After the player break, the ever-exuberant Immortals beat fnatic in their group opening match in Sweden.

(September 1, DreamHack Masters Malmö, Lucas Aznar Miles)

Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev & company took on Renegades in the Group B decider match in Sweden. The 20-year-old player once again showed how passionate he was about the game with his reactions.

(September 1, DreamHack Masters Malmö, Josip Brtan)

Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's first LAN with FaZe was in his home country but the European team were left frustrated as they made a group stage exit.

(September 9, ESG Tour Mykonos, Radosław Makuch)

Liquid had one of their best performances in the Greek holiday destination but came up short in the grand final, losing 3-2 to mousesports.

(November 12, iBUYPOWER Masters, João Ferreira)

Cloud9 were dominant throughout the tournament in Santa Ana, California, and beat Renegades 2-0 in the grand final to become champions.

(November 14, IEM Oakland, Josip Brtan)

IEM Oakland was the first tournament Lucas "steel" Lopes attended with Liquid, and, even though the North American team finished last, the Brazilian player continued to find joy as always.

(November 19, IEM Oakland, Josip Brtan)

NiP went back to winning ways in the US after beating FaZe in the grand final. Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund couldn't hide his affection and once again earned the sympathy of thousands of fans.

(November 25, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, João Ferreira)

SK players watched on as FaZe played their last group stage game in which they lost to Astralis. Thanks to this result, SK finished the group in the second place, secured a spot in the grand final and went on to win the tournament.

(December 2, DreamHack Open Winter, João Ferreira)

The view from the playoff stage at DreamHack Open Winter during the Group A decider match between Natus Vincere and Heroic.

Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
963
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
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
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
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
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
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
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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
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
#1
f0rest | 
Taiwan tudoh 
first
2017-12-30 15:06
#12
gAuLeS | 
Brazil Verneth 
Gg SK year
2017-12-30 15:07
#38
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Sweden New@ac@low@id 
Astralis-first half SK-later half
2017-12-30 15:37
#57
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India TheOneFreeMan 
so VP winning DH Masters, NiP winning Oakland and moreover Faze winning Starladder, ESL NY, and ELEAGUE doesn't earn a mention at all??
2017-12-30 16:04
#59
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Brazil firekzzz 
Faze had your best year , they prove your skill
2017-12-30 16:09
#84
NiKo | 
Portugal kyzzj 
astralis 3 months xD
2017-12-30 18:38
#98
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Sweden New@ac@low@id 
Major + top 4 in every tournament first half not equal good???
2017-12-30 23:08
#87
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Brazil sikis 
+1
2017-12-30 19:58
Bestered!
2017-12-30 15:06
Thanks
2017-12-30 15:06
#4
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
when top20 start?
2017-12-30 15:07
#11
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
The top 20 starts january 1st, with #20, ending january 20 with #1
2017-12-30 15:07
#28
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Brazil Seleskva 
Actually it ends january 18. The top from #20 to #17 will be in the first 2 days of the top, 2 per day. I've seen that on twitter. Edit: because of the major date colides with It.
2017-12-30 15:18
^^ This, were gonna post aswell. twitter.com/Tgwri1s/status/9427486162209..
2017-12-30 15:23
#5
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
Great content hltv keep it up
2017-12-30 15:07
#6
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Denmark goFaZe! 
OMG EZ JOAO
2017-12-30 15:07
#7
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India Cutlass 
Rip
2017-12-30 15:07
#8
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Russia baryga007 
deserved
2017-12-30 15:07
#9
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Israel asc3nd 
Great photos
2017-12-30 15:07
c00l
2017-12-30 15:07
#13
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
csgo in 2018 ... LUL
2017-12-30 15:07
#89
Brazil Laan 
LUL
2017-12-30 21:36
NO GAMBIT HERE , INVALIDS ARE THOSE WHO MADE THIS TOPIC
2017-12-30 15:08
#81
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Slovakia twat 
Are you blind or baiting
2017-12-30 18:10
#82
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Denmark Twick_ 
Both
2017-12-30 18:22
#90
Brazil Laan 
who?
2017-12-30 21:36
Good
2017-12-30 15:08
#16
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Europe KariMez 
Happy new year <3
2017-12-30 15:08
Stewie2k one looks scary at first.
2017-12-30 15:10
#19
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Netherlands Deji 
Shit
2017-12-30 15:12
#21
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Spain JasonRacism 
Shit
2017-12-30 15:13
well done
2017-12-30 15:13
Good times, bad times. Thank you 2017 !!!
2017-12-30 15:13
#24
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Russia VanZ_7 
NO GAMBIT PHOTO?? WTF?
2017-12-30 15:15
#27
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Are you blind?
2017-12-30 15:17
#30
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Russia VanZ_7 
it was fixed later
2017-12-30 15:25
#91
Brazil Laan 
who?
2017-12-30 21:36
#26
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Europe JuliusCaesar 
Valve really have to pay more attention to CS:GO. Lets be honest - Counter Strike is most legendary game with online tournaments since "it feels like forever". The problem is that Major doesn't feel like "better" tournament than any other. I won't even start talking about online players, MM and stuff like that because I could talk sh!t about this game and Volvo for hours.
2017-12-30 15:17
#55
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Azerbaijan Talley 
yeah majors don`t feel like biggest events of the year, at least for me.
2017-12-30 16:02
I dont know why Valve dont makes like an international (like dota where the prize is high as fok) from CS go, with skins that can raise up the peixe pool, and 2 more majors in the year. Would be fk amazing If they did It.
2017-12-30 16:41
#33
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Brazil cadik 
author is VP fan
2017-12-30 15:28
What a year! Can’t wait for 2018 and The tournaments
2017-12-30 15:31
#37
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
Thx Mr. josip
2017-12-30 15:36
#50
TACO | 
Brazil gabriezz1 
Thats why HLTV is só awesome. High quality jornalism with comunity interation. But watch ur mouth, If u fall, maybe The s1mple balls can be hurt.
2017-12-30 15:52
beautiful
2017-12-30 15:53
#54
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Bosnia and Herzegovina discoK1ng 
hello future
2017-12-30 15:59
#56
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Norway NeverXXX 
putin hyilo
2017-12-30 16:03
#58
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
too many tournaments... felt like every second weekend had a +250k LAN going on... what a turn off
2017-12-30 16:07
#60
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
June 29, PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier, Josip Brtan the best LUL
2017-12-30 16:24
#62
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Switzerland Andro7789 
G2 didn't win anything i guess xD
2017-12-30 16:32
#63
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
=3
2017-12-30 16:40
#65
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Europe Vallon 
Astralis, FaZe and SK all had their glory this year, solidifying them as the top 3 teams. Rest did good as well, I actually think the current ranking is accurate, except for C9 being top 5 (LUL).
2017-12-30 16:42
It was a good year for teams like SK, FaZe & Astralis.
2017-12-30 16:58
#67
cogu | 
Brazil blackg4 
NO BAD FALLEN PHOTO ? ok
2017-12-30 16:59
#68
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Argentina Zestv2 
NO EPICENTER PHOTO? ok
2017-12-30 17:14
get right <3
2017-12-30 17:16
#70
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Poland AiYokatashi 
Navi - top 4 2k18 <3 <3
2017-12-30 17:20
#72
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Brazil baldok1 
where is the librarian ? lul
2017-12-30 17:27
it's all downhill from here my friend. gaem ded in 2020
2017-12-30 17:32
#74
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Chile nachooww 
apEX was the best photo hahaha
2017-12-30 17:36
FNS and Apex have the best pictures of all time.
2017-12-30 17:39
no ECS?
2017-12-30 17:42
#78
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Mongolia Chuluun 
Some great photos, really well taken! Here's to a better 2018 for CS!
2017-12-30 17:47
#79
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Turkey lulpump1 
Nice
2017-12-30 17:47
#80
Jame | 
Iceland xijmplr 
where is godsent twist and devil fallen?
2017-12-30 17:53
apex' reaction is top-1
2017-12-30 18:27
NO G2 PHOTOS... really?!
2017-12-30 19:36
#88
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
apex
2017-12-30 20:42
Blind LUL
2017-12-30 21:46
vp had lead 4-2 or smth like that and they lost 4-5 xD
2017-12-30 19:53
Somebody from Poland talking shit about VP, thats something you don't see everyday.
2017-12-30 21:44
If not sarcasm, then u would see 3/4 Polish fans talking shit at VP in social media
2017-12-30 22:13
when i see pasha in first photo it remainds me the times when you see a hot girl from behind then she turns around and it's ugly as fuck
2017-12-30 21:40
Great photos!
2017-12-30 21:43
Stewie WutFace
2017-12-30 21:46
If they were to put all the photos that SK was champion, there would be no photos left for other teams lul #SKgamingIZI #fazeDOWN
2017-12-30 23:11
Who?
2017-12-30 23:29
they could not use SK winning photos, no room enough
2017-12-30 23:32
Fun reminders of early on
2017-12-31 04:16
pathetic photos
2017-12-31 09:30
gg sk year
2017-12-31 11:22
#105
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Poland Aloes 
Where is the photo of Major winner, the smartest player and sex god Dosia ?
2017-12-31 13:39
#106
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Germany Payynnkilla 
boltz needs a bigger size definitely lol
2017-12-31 15:35
Boston Major will be the super tournament where we got real deal teams!!! SK in form now, FAZE dream team, Astralis best teamplay, G2 best aimers, VP old school will show their best in lan, NAVI new ERA of CIS cs go with Zeus and Simple, Gambit sorry LANBIT, Fnatic and North strong teams they can beat any team on their maps, Cloude9 if they pass qual will be problem to many teams, BIG if they find BUGs can do some job) cant wait for Major!!!
2017-12-31 18:55
nice
2017-12-31 20:50
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