Seven key storylines of the ELEAGUE Major

ELEAGUE Major Boston begins in a little over two days, on January 19, and with it come countless storylines connected to the 16 teams. Here are seven of the biggest storylines and questions that will be answered by the time the first Major of 2018 finishes, at the end of the month.

NiKo or olofmeister — a streak is bound to come to an end

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač has yet to pass the group stage of a Major, with five attempts behind him (four with mousesports and one with FaZe), while Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's name is written down in the history books as one of only five players to have made playoffs at all CS:GO Majors thus far. One of those streaks will come to an end by Monday, when the ELEAGUE Major's group stage finishes and we find out which eight teams become the new Legends.

The Bosnian superstar should certainly fancy his chances with FaZe, who are by all accounts a top two team in the world, making them one of the favorites of the entire tournament, not just the group stage — especially given the situation SK find themselves in. There is, however, that nagging voice that says "But that has been the case before". FaZe's status within the scene now is not dissimilar to their situation prior to the PGL Major Krakow, and the European mixture was still eliminated in last place some six months ago. The lineup is, of course, different now, so the circumstances change.

Will the sixth time be the charm for NiKo?

At the Main Qualifier, FaZe barely survived a Lucas "steel" Lopes-less Liquid and lost to Vega Squadron on two of their signature maps. That is a sign of either Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team not being in their best shape or of their overconfidence in a qualifier for which they were the biggest favorites by some margin. If the latter is the case, those two matches serve as a wake-up call for the FaZe Clan, who should then have little trouble making it into the playoffs to break NiKo's streak. Even if the former scenario is true, the likelihood of FaZe going out early is still low, but the list of players who have made the playoffs at every single Major may be cut short.

device comes in last-minute to save the day

The last three tournaments of 2017 saw Astralis stuck playing without Nicolai "device" Reedtz, who took time off to recover from his persistent health issues. The Danes managed to hold their own at two of the three tournaments, even surpassing all expectations at BLAST Pro Series with Dennis "dennis" Edman standing in throughout their runner-up campaign, but it was clear that the main star of the team was missing.

What was not clear until a little over a week ago was whether device would be able to make it to the Major, but the good news of his return was announced after all — Astralis will be able to field their full lineup from Friday on. The interesting part about device's reappearance is that the team have not reverted to their normal setup, in which the 22-year-old played as the main AWPer. Instead, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen will continue to use the 'Big Green' primarily like he did during his sidekick's medical leave at BLAST, Pro League and ECS.

device is set to return to rifling for the Major

Only time will tell whether the move will pay off. There are no questions about device's abilities as a rifler, and the option of having him AWP secondarily when it fits Astralis will surely only help, but dupreeh still has, in his own words, a lot to learn with the gun, and the change comes with certain playstyle differences that the Danes will have to tackle.

Can SK and Liquid overcome their handicaps?

One thing connecting SK and Liquid is that both come into the ELEAGUE Major without their full lineup. The Brazilian side see the return of João "felps" Vasconcellos, who steps in for Ricardo "boltz" Prass due to the Major cycle's roster rules, with the same applying for the Brazilian duo's former teammate steel, as Liquid will continue to field Wilton "zews" Prado instead.

And yet their stories are very different. Despite the fact that the Brazilian squad had no practice with felps ahead of the Major, no one should count them out simply because their stand-in is still a very good player who also has considerable experience playing with the team, having been part of the roster from February to October last year.

felps shouldn't be as much of a handicap to SK as zews is to Liquid

On the other hand, Liquid are forced to play with a coach who has fairly little experience at a high level and has been out of action for nearly a year. We saw during the Major Qualifier (and before that, at the Pro League Season 6 Finals) how much of an effect that has on the North American squad, who barely barely scraped by in the Main Qualifier to even earn their place at the Major, only doing so thanks to a ninth spot suddenly becoming available due to 100 Thieves pulling out.

Naturally, SK will not be at 100%, having changed their playstyle since felps' departure, which will cause issues with roles that they probably haven't had enough time to fix completely. Nonetheless, the Brazilians have a good chance of making a deep run, or at the very least keeping their Legends status; the same cannot be said for Liquid, given what we know.

G2 and North turn to the Major for salvation

North had a disappointing 2017 aside from a few tournaments in which they had a favorable route. The Danes are consistent at winning matches for which they are favored, but they could never take it to the next level by beating some of the best teams in the world in series.

G2 are quite the opposite in the sense that they have proven they can beat great teams on the big stage but have done so with such inconsistency that the end result is similar to North's. Even though the Frenchmen clinched a few titles in 2017, they are sitting on the edge of the world's elite following up-and-down periods throughout the year.

shox has so far looked great back in his old role

North's troubles already led to two roster changes last year, at the beginning and at the half-way point, and that cycle now resets again as the Danes turn to the ELEAGUE Major for the salvation of their roster. G2 have managed to avoid changes thus far, but with some talent potentially available in Envy and Misfits, it's possible that a poor showing at the Major will break the roster, which was unveiled in February 2017.

With Richard "shox" Papillon returning to his comfort lurking zone, G2 might just have a better chance of staying intact compared to the Danish side, who may not have taken significant steps towards improvement. To be completely fair, we have yet to see North in action this year, but we'll find out whether they will bring something new soon enough.

Will Virtus.pro pull off a deep run again?

We once again find ourselves at a point contemplating Virtus.pro's chances with the ELEAGUE Major around the corner, and once again it's impossible to analyze which side of VP we're about to see. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas's men somehow rose from the ashes last time around, at the PGL Major Krakow, to battle their way into the semi-finals, in which they were no match for Immortals.

Since then, we've seen a similar occurrence once more, at EPICENTER — where the Polish legends barely missed out on the title after a grueling series with SK in the final —, only to take a massive fall again soon afterwards, at the WESG Europe Finals.

Perhaps even the Poles themselves are unable to fully comprehend what it is that makes them play amazingly once and bomb out in spectacular fashion the next tournament; otherwise they would have likely been able to do something about it by now. But that is the gist of the longest standing roster in CS:GO. As always, we will simply have to wait until they actually play, but it goes without saying that Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski — as one of the very best Major players — will need to step his game up for Virtus.pro to pull off a deep run once more.

There's no middle ground for Virtus.pro

The ultimate dark horse Gambit look to defend Major title

In one form or another, Gambit have always been a threat to some of the top teams under the right circumstances, and over time they evolved into a better team capable of eliminating bigger sides more consistently, after the additions of Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov in late 2016. That led to the Kazakhstani side clinching the latest Major title in Krakow in stunning fashion, beating teams such as G2, Virtus.pro, and Astralis in their campaign.

Even without Zeus, who returned to Natus Vincere shortly after the PGL Major, Gambit retained their status of a dark horse following the arrival of one of Kazakhstan's top talents, Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov. With a fairly unremarkable finish to 2017, during which in-game leadership was transferred from one of the main stars, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, to Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov, Gambit look to the Major for another opportunity to surprise the scene.

Can electronic help Na`Vi unlock the 'born to win' mentality?

There is no denying that Natus Vincere haven't been able to live up to their name for a very long time. In 2017, Na`Vi ended up making two lineup changes, with Zeus returning to the squad after Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács had joined FaZe, and Denis "seized" Kostin making room for Denis "electronic" Sharipov, as they looked to establish themselves as an elite side once again.

Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev was clearly born to win, but the team continue to miss something. With electronic on the roster, things looked up for Na`Vi late last year following their DreamHack Open Winter win, but their ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier showing wasn't convincing, mainly because of the huge losses to mousesports and FaZe.

Will electronic be the difference maker in Na`Vi?

Those losses may have been down to lack of preparation due to Natus Vincere spending the previous week in New York for EPL Relegation matches that, apart from one series, never happened. If that is the case, it's something Na`Vi will have partially been able to catch up on on the few off-days between the qualifier and the Major itself.

In any case, it's time to see whether electronic is the key to success for Natus Vincere. He certainly provides a boost in firepower over seized, but it's also possible that that was never the main issue in the first place.

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1434
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
623
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
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
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Russia D1ma_ 
Ez
2018-01-17 16:00
nice
2018-01-17 16:02
Hello Legend27, who other than olof, krimz, device and xyp9x is legend at every major?
2018-01-17 16:44
cadian 69 btw
2018-01-17 16:49
Ah tank! GL in major btw I will be in stand cheering for you man
2018-01-17 16:50
#107
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Ukraine kramk0s 
eZ 4 Electronic
2018-01-17 17:59
Pretty sure flusha and jw have been at every major playoff?
2018-01-17 17:06
#86
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South Africa alluismyname 
"as one of only five players to have made playoffs at all CS:GO Majors thus far" kappa good b8 (Edit kappa kappa forgot about godsent 2nd fav team <3)
2018-01-17 17:14
I corrected myself, see #87
2018-01-17 17:13
Flusha went out in groups with Godsent at the Eleague major last year.
2018-01-18 03:29
#85
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Denmark MeToxi 
Dupreeh i think. Im pretty sure that astralis is the only team with a core that made all major playoffs
2018-01-17 17:12
Oh yeah, it's dupreeh + xyp9x + device the trio, and then krimz and olof, since jw and flusha were in godshit for one major.
2018-01-17 17:12
#111
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Russia McN1k 
But dupreeh don't play at ESL one Cologne 2016 :D
2018-01-17 18:11
#174
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Denmark JustYes 
He played in the groupstage so he still made the playoffs Have a cool day! -VeryCoolGuy
2018-01-18 00:38
#178
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Canada Herodionus 
Tbh i kinda wanna see fnatic go out in groups so it goes down to 4 players, then 3, till its only Ast core, ez domination
2018-01-18 07:12
#89
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Spain Alser 
I believe it's dupreeh. Yeah I know he didn't play the final match in Cologne 2016 but HLTV is counting him here
2018-01-17 17:14
#118
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Sweden @Milker@ 
Dupreeh, xyp9x, Device, olof and krimz are the 5 players who have attended every single playoff within a major
2018-01-17 18:34
I think Zeus was one of them
2018-01-17 22:31
where is "can ss win their first major ? " ?
2018-01-17 16:48
#81
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United States jaeger_steam 
Over in Narnia where that shit belongs (as in talks of them winning, the team is pretty decent).
2018-01-17 17:00
#101
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Denmark chrkloster 
Well if they would be as good as CT as they are as T's, they would have a realistic chance to win.
2018-01-17 17:43
#102
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United States jaeger_steam 
1) haven't seen their t side consistently against tier1 opponents 2) ct side is roughly half the game...
2018-01-17 17:46
#149
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Denmark chrkloster 
My point is that their T-side is reaaaaally strong, but their CT, on the other hand, is straight up awful. If they can improve their CT-sides, they could begin to challenge teams like FaZe, SK and Astralis for real.
2018-01-17 19:23
Job
2018-01-17 16:52
me too tanks
2018-01-17 16:53
#109
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Israel BingoBango 
Cringe
2018-01-17 17:59
#165
lover | 
Other Gala0 
Artemka for president
2018-01-17 21:23
Ne Dash, Ia Tebia Sam Otpisdu
2018-01-18 15:22
#2
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Norway NeverXXX 
Roma <3
2018-01-17 16:00
#112
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Estonia teremartin 
Roma is my city
2018-01-17 18:16
#3
Europe rEdYy 
first
2018-01-17 16:00
#7
Europe rEdYy 
nice try :(
2018-01-17 16:01
Rip man
2018-01-17 18:55
Rigged
2018-01-17 16:00
#5
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Brazil Setrock 
hey
2018-01-17 16:00
#6
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Brazil skindaskill 
nice
2018-01-17 16:00
Ez
2018-01-17 16:01
#9
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
hello
2018-01-17 16:01
#10
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Czech Republic _greenn_ 
1
2018-01-17 16:01
#11
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
Good read.
2018-01-17 16:01
#12
Friis | 
Poland Austinn 
nice
2018-01-17 16:01
#13
mir | 
United States Clem666 
#OnlyVega
2018-01-17 16:02
#15
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
Fuck Navi and SK go VP&FaZe
2018-01-17 16:02
Will Virtus.pro pull off a deep run again? NO that's like asking a week ago if F3 would qual again
2018-01-17 16:03
#37
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CIS Merlas_mtk 
same with mouz they will never past group stage
2018-01-17 16:18
#67
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Spain Miki2K 
:( feelsbadman (mouz fan)
2018-01-17 16:47
top 3 the past 3 majors
2018-01-17 16:23
#53
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United States jekl 
Yeah and Liquid got top 2 at one of the majors? Does that mean liquid can do that at all now? Of course not, shit logic from Norway, Trump should have called your country a shithole also.
2018-01-17 16:30
hahaha, jesus christ you got some issues. If you watch CS at all, you know you never should write off VP, right? I don't think they will win or anything, but i wouldn't be surprised if they reach semis/final either. Gambit did it, why can't VP pull off a deep run for the 4th major in a row? Don't think anyone would care if Trump did, he is THE shithole leading one of the most tragic countrys on the planet. Why drag Trump and countrys into this shit? you dense?
2018-01-17 16:45
To be fair, he's an American. Of course he's dense.
2018-01-17 22:32
#46
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
Everyone say this every major and vp always suprise stupid newfags
2018-01-17 16:26
#18
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Brazil Alfredao 
Nice post
2018-01-17 16:03
eZaF4FaZe
2018-01-17 16:04
#20
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Brazil FaelEz 
VP Is BIG <3
2018-01-17 16:05
Ez news
2018-01-17 16:06
QBF > VP
2018-01-17 16:07
#23
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Good read!
2018-01-17 16:07
#24
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
north 0-3...
2018-01-17 16:07
nice
2018-01-17 16:08
#27
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Greece Poor_Noob 
What is this drama?
2018-01-17 16:08
#108
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Israel BingoBango 
What
2018-01-17 17:59
#110
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Greece Poor_Noob 
Sacha Baron Cohen
2018-01-17 18:02
#28
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Brazil Chiquiim 
Ez4KabuM
2018-01-17 16:08
#30
JW | 
Turkey arkham 
what happened to felps ? what is he doing right now?
2018-01-17 16:13
#125
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Brazil baldok1 
I think that he is benched under contract with SK. But maybe they'll release him soon.
2018-01-17 18:58
#31
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
"Can electronic unlock the 'born to win' mentality?" "S1mple was clearly 'born to win' but this team has been missing something" Lul
2018-01-17 16:13
Good read
2018-01-17 16:13
8) Will Space Soldiers f*ck every hole?
2018-01-17 16:17
Haram
2018-01-17 16:21
be
2018-01-17 16:25
like
2018-01-17 16:27
No they will go out instantly vs sk and go back to the good o'll goat hole
2018-01-17 16:28
#73
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Latvia mosquito1881 
ayyy +1000
2018-01-17 16:51
#82
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United States jaeger_steam 
No
2018-01-17 17:02
#170
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Kazakhstan TimaTea 
XD
2018-01-17 22:51
#36
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Turkey eXeF 
Ez4Shoxie my friend!!
2018-01-17 16:18
GO NAVI
2018-01-17 16:18
No story about Cloud9?
2018-01-17 16:20
i dont get it as well.
2018-01-17 17:14
well I actually read the article :) glhf to the teams
2018-01-17 16:26
#45
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
VP either goes big or goes home.
2018-01-17 16:26
looks like you covered all the options.
2018-01-17 19:04
#51
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United States EmperorTrump 
can Vega repeat Gambit's underdog run to win Major?
2018-01-17 16:28
#65
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
hahahaha No.
2018-01-17 16:46
#52
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Cant wait to see astralis and vp. Both are hit or miss
2018-01-17 16:29
#54
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Europe An0n0n 
Where is Fnatic wtf, they are the dark horse not Gambit.
2018-01-17 16:33
#63
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Poland Hell2k 
+1 Fnatic can even win
2018-01-17 16:46
irrelevant
2018-01-17 16:52
#106
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Israel BingoBango 
Just like astralis
2018-01-17 17:58
Astralis is mentioned a lot, fnatic isn't nt though
2018-01-17 19:28
Mouz is actually the dark horse
2018-01-17 19:15
#56
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Croatia Jack Russell 
He certainly provides a boost in firepower over seized, *but it's also possible that that was never the main issue in the first place.* Hltv buying into the team destroyer meme :D
2018-01-17 16:36
#57
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India cruxxx 
nice
2018-01-17 16:37
#58
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United States 200IQ_______ 
Why can't we get fnatic into this. Or are they still the same skill level. And don't you mention how they lost to faze in the semis for esl and ecs
2018-01-17 16:38
done
2018-01-17 16:41
#60
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Sweden Dino1 
-Na'vi out in groups -SK-FaZe in semi's which SK will win -Mousesports will suprise and have close game in Semis -VP will get legend spot again -Gambit will suprise.
2018-01-17 16:43
#64
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
ez for SK
2018-01-17 16:46
8) Will NiP ever qualify for the minor qualifier again :////////
2018-01-17 16:47
Will will be will for the wilk
2018-01-17 16:48
all answers is nO
2018-01-17 16:49
#75
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Venezuela BOBSENSEi 
electronic
2018-01-17 16:52
#77
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Portugal Sm1kess 
Ez GAMBIT <3
2018-01-17 16:53
wow, just wow. for hltv to write an article just completely excluding top 5 team #C9CSGO like that. just ridiculous. thebias against na of hltv admins has never been more unapologetic and blatant. disgusting rly
2018-01-17 16:54
0/8
2018-01-17 18:18
Personally, I am more concerned that they did not mention Quantum Bellator Fire. How can you not bring up a team with such a great name, seriously?! They could have made a story line whether NA will get their shit together, but that's not really a story; that's beating a dead horse.
2018-01-17 19:09
Storyline: will quantum get 4 or 5 rounds per map? tune to major to find out!!!
2018-01-17 19:23
VP might be a fluke you never know who will show up. Then they might play BIG or Liquid in the second round. After that they have 3 chances to somehow get to playoff... Legend status. Think about that. Then be sad.
2018-01-17 19:26
#171
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Kazakhstan TimaTea 
NA sucks
2018-01-17 22:51
8- can MAJ3R make Turkish CS great again?
2018-01-17 17:05
No he comes under pressure against this big teams
2018-01-18 12:12
Gambit will defend their title and surprise the world again
2018-01-17 17:15
#93
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China Yao_Ming 
G2, Faze, or Astralis will win it. Dont @ me
2018-01-17 17:25
#129
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Brazil baldok1 
G2 ? u mad ?
2018-01-17 19:01
#153
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China Yao_Ming 
G2 > sk Nt felps
2018-01-17 19:35
Looking at 2017 summer matchups????
2018-01-17 20:01
#185
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Brazil baldok1 
G2 reached semis in how many tournaments with this roster ? French Super Potato Team. nt NBK, keep holding Banana alone, one day you'll make it.
2018-01-18 12:45
#189
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China Yao_Ming 
SK with felps OmegaLUL
2018-01-18 16:02
#191
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Brazil baldok1 
SK with Felps won about 5 tournaments. I'm still waiting for the chinese dominating CS as well...
2018-01-18 17:12
Vp and mouz are the dark horses
2018-01-17 19:16
#94
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China M1rAiwOw 
2ez4 FaZe FaZe UP!
2018-01-17 17:26
Good read but why no piece about fnatic :(
2018-01-17 17:32
#96
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Brazil gabyzinhu 
8) Will zews kill ZeuS with zeus ?
2018-01-17 17:36
Please make it happen.
2018-01-17 19:09
Why no #4 team?
2018-01-17 17:37
There is only one story: Can QBF win the grand final against BIG or will they crumble in the end.
2018-01-17 17:38
hahah
2018-01-17 18:22
Thorin would have an aneurysm and make 5 more videos complaining how the Swiss system is fucked (to which I take offense solely b/c of the name) and explain why dev1ce is the best and that some team will have an 'era' now...
2018-01-17 19:17
#100
Russia zRo 
where are key storylines of not attending TyLoo and missing 100Thieves? they are main ones
2018-01-17 17:40
The storylines are quite short: They didn't make it.
2018-01-17 19:11
Olof, plz keep your streak BlessRNG
2018-01-17 17:51
#105
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Israel BingoBango 
VP will win the major
2018-01-17 17:57
EZ4VP
2018-01-17 18:27
>Will Virtus.pro pull off a deep run again? LOL everything has to be about VP
2018-01-17 18:45
#187
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
its alway about vp, always
2018-01-18 14:18
Zews & Felps = Handicap ??? ALLO HLTV WHATS YOUR PROBLEM ?? Felps is still a really good player & Zews is rank S :') Are u retard ?
2018-01-17 18:48
did you read the article or just the words that were printed in bold letter?
2018-01-17 19:11
electronic most overrated player atm. nothing special
2018-01-17 18:52
#128
Nifty | 
Ukraine ifhy 
What do you guys think I have one last spot in my pick'em mouz, VP or fnatic?
2018-01-17 19:00
#130
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Brazil baldok1 
fnatic, sure
2018-01-17 19:02
mouz they are the dark horse just believe
2018-01-17 19:17
#159
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Canada PwnNewb 
BIG of course
2018-01-17 20:07
#132
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Brazil baldok1 
Xantares will guide SS to playoffs this time, write what I'm saying.
2018-01-17 19:05
You are already writing and not saying stuff so no need for us to write what you already wrote. Give Dan_M a call, will ya? I miss his greenscreens.
2018-01-17 19:14
#184
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Brazil baldok1 
ROFL, DAMN YOU
2018-01-18 12:40
#136
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
boring and irrelevent
2018-01-17 19:10
#147
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Bangladesh drvken 
ultimate dark horse
2018-01-17 19:18
vega vs g2 finals
2018-01-17 19:15
Ez for Device
2018-01-17 19:51
#155
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Russia razorVJ 
Eazy for Vega Squadron.
2018-01-17 19:52
#160
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Canada PwnNewb 
They use the word "Big" or some form of it 5X in article, yet don't even reference the LEGENDS team BIG! travesty of an article!
2018-01-17 20:08
There’s nothing notable about them...they honestly only got to legend status due to the jump bug and ALWAYS picking maps that they could abuse it back then on...no ones expecting them to go through again
2018-01-17 20:32
#163
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Canada PwnNewb 
no one expected them to last year and they did. GobB is a top 5 mind in CSGO, and tabseN has been cold but if he is hot he can play with any player in the world. Just wait.
2018-01-17 20:35
I just told you why they did...and thats why they couldnt advance out of the quarterfinals...no bug no BiG, sorry dude
2018-01-17 23:26
#173
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Canada PwnNewb 
yeah they only became Legends...and they won games without bug as well, but hey underestimate them it is better that way
2018-01-17 23:31
friendly rivalries so we shall see, entertainment for all in the very end!
2018-01-18 11:06
#197
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Canada PwnNewb 
yup, it will be fun! I have faith in your guy s1mple, I think electronic is learning the team structure and fitting in and playing better, and I think Zeus is starting to implement his strats and teamwork better...we KNOW s1mple can go off anytime its just a matter of the total team effort, but I think NaVi could win the major or go to final 4 and could end up being a very strong contender that people don't give enough though to going far.
2018-01-18 22:13
#193
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United States LookitsJrd 
They are going out 0-3
2018-01-18 18:03
#196
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Canada PwnNewb 
LOL they might not advance but I will buy you a skin if they go 0-3. I doubt you will backup your smacktalk though, or make an underdog pick of your own. If your boy Nifty didn't go 11-21 vs AVANGAR Renegades might be an underdog team to root for too!
2018-01-18 22:11
#203
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United States LookitsJrd 
They already got squashed by liquid on their best map inferno. Navi will rekt them next. No bug no big. Also Vega will become legends
2018-01-20 04:00
#206
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Canada PwnNewb 
ok Nifty
2018-01-20 04:06
#207
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United States LookitsJrd 
Cry is free
2018-01-20 04:16
#208
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Canada PwnNewb 
good thing or youd be broke from watching Renegades flop out of qualifiers
2018-01-20 07:46
#209
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United States LookitsJrd 
That's all you can say because I like ONE player? Pathetic comebacks
2018-01-20 07:53
#210
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Canada PwnNewb 
dont need to come back I am winning, its days later and your still on about it
2018-01-20 15:22
#211
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United States LookitsJrd 
I backed up my reasoning for the 0-3 and you came back at me over Nifty. Nice try goodbye
2018-01-20 17:06
#212
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United States LookitsJrd 
Anything to say based on the fact that BuG has only won 6 rounds total in the major and are now going to be crushed by North. Easiest 0-3 pick'em ever.
2018-01-21 05:13
#213
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Canada PwnNewb 
Yeah they sucked balls...damn are you still here in this 3 day old thread, coming back for "I told you sos" at 11:13PM on a Saturday night! NICE! WINNNING!
2018-01-21 05:14
#214
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United States LookitsJrd 
Waiting for my skin boi
2018-01-21 05:22
#216
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Canada PwnNewb 
sure thing I am a man of my word I got you if 0-3 happens. Now my question is are YOU gonna backup all your talk by hooking me up with something if BIG wins 1 game? you can get me like a $2 skin, and I will get you 1 for $5-10...deal? I dont even care about the skin or the $ I just want to see what kind of man you are, even though we are having some friendly banter/trash talk, I have a feeling your a man of action and not a giant pussy
2018-01-21 08:58
They got legend status by winning 3 best of 1s on Inferno abusing the jump bug, this team is one of the biggest embarrassments to CS Go, they cheated their way to a legend spot even with all the other players agreed to not use the bug because they have some integrity left.
2018-01-18 09:04
#204
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United States LookitsJrd 
+1
2018-01-20 04:01
Something kind of interesting to note about Zeus as well is Na’Vi lost legend status at Krakow, but Zeus was in gambit before who have since long held it, meaning that if Na’Vi are knocked out before the playoffs, this will be the loss of him as a legend
2018-01-17 20:30
No cloud 9 story? So much bias against NA.
2018-01-17 22:48
#199
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Brazil hugoooo 
What HLTV would talk about them? What's their key storyline? The only worth thing to say would be: "will skadoodle finally advance to playoffs, after 8 failed attempts in a row?"
2018-01-18 23:41
Is this a joke or a bait? I'll spend 30 seconds. It's the first time C9 is competing with a completely revamped roster in the major and are finally looking in form. Not only that, all 5 players on this team found form and hit their peaks during ELEAGUE with their previous rosters. Are you telling me that electronic and Na'vi, who is entirely only relevant mainly because of s1mple keeping them alive this long, deserve the story even though they are like 8 times worse than c9 atm?
2018-01-19 00:49
#201
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Brazil hugoooo 
"they are like 8 times worse than c9 atm?" wow... that's some hardcore fanboy level comment right here. I understand your previous post now.
2018-01-19 02:33
I mean. Considering Navi has lost to c9 many times now, it isn't necessarily wrong if you are a C9 fanboy, which sadly I am not and was only using for figurative language. Additionally, since you are making such a conclusion on a hyperbole you probably have read numerous times, you're probably trolling. But i'll let you assume such a thing as long as it makes you happy, mate. See ya.
2018-01-19 02:49
#169
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Kazakhstan TimaTea 
Where is Dosia’s photo on Major Krakow , holding a big polish flag >:(
2018-01-17 22:50
What about the storyline of Skadoodle never making it out of the group stage. That's a way bigger storyline than the device, g2/north, and VP stories. This is finally an actual chance in their current form for C9 and Skadoodle to do what he has long tried to achieve and that is legend status in a major
2018-01-18 01:18
ez for FalleN
2018-01-18 03:37
Only five players to have made playoffs at all CS:GO Majors thus far. Who are the others??? Dupreeh, xyp9x, Device, olof and krimz ?
2018-01-18 09:11
#186
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Luxembourg alex24 
yes those also could have been JW and flusha.. but they played for godsent at eleague17 and missed the playoffs
2018-01-18 13:09
#182
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
Great post by Striker as usual. I really hope HLTV will make an article about the remaining teams not mentioned in this one!
2018-01-18 11:15
#190
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United States 200IQ_______ 
Isn't fnatic the dark horse? They always kept their legend status and they are the only team to win 3 majors. One of the majors Fnatic won was a comeback on dust2 against the the three shuffles to G2, the MVP in the 2014 major where ldlc won and nip. (Kennys,Apex,NBK,Happy). This was 2015 btw Why would Gambit be the dark horse. They only won ooooooooone major.
2018-01-18 16:59
#192
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United States 200IQ_______ 
I meant kio instead of nip
2018-01-18 17:57
not talking about FNATIC's 100% at least top 8 finishes at EVERY major in CSGO,okay then
2018-01-18 21:21
I hate the biase toward VP in the pro scene,theyre getting invite to tier 1 tournaments and praise like they're a top team even tho they arent even playing like a top 20 team currently,theyll probably step up a bit for the major but stop sucking their dick when theyre bad as fuck like this,so hypocrit
2018-01-18 21:24
#198
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Canada PwnNewb 
IDK man...if VP just sucked I would agree with you. But I have a theory about them. Every year they win an event it seems, and have others they are strong at. Then they sandbag and don't work hard and don't care and coast through...IDK if its laziness, or just their age or what. But when they REALLY care and try hard they do well, so I think they save it for when they want to go hard. And they will try hard here and be in top form I think and have practiced. I do agree with you though, Fnatic should get more respect for being Legends (top 8) every major, and also could do damage at this event but I only see like 3 teams given much of a chance/respect. NaVi REALLY could get hot and show something with new roster, but to talk about that and not talk about Fnatic chances to continue their history is ridiculous as this major is WIDE open to whatever team plays well and gets hot, and Fnatic does deserve respect for their tops 8s like you said AND respect for possibly going deep here.
2018-01-18 22:21
#205
REAL | 
Norway duffz00r 
^yeea
2018-01-20 04:03
storylines in csgo lmao
2018-01-21 08:33
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