Winners and losers of ELEAGUE Major 2018

The ELEAGUE Major 2018 has come to an end, so it's time to take a look at the results and figure out which teams started the year as winners and which ones weren't quite as successful.

Sixteen teams competed in the New Legends stage of the Major, with different squads having different sets of goals in front of them. As SK's roster was incomplete, it was FaZe who were the main favorite at the Major, while squads such as Astralis and G2 were expected to make playoff runs based on their status in the scene.

The Swiss group stage, which  was held in Atlanta, saw highly rated teams such as Astralis, North and Gambit eliminated, with the massive underdog Quantum Bellator Fire making it through in one of CS:GO's biggest Cinderella stories.

With the dust settled and the confetti swept away, it's time to look at the winners and losers of the Major

After the action moved to Boston for the New Champions stage, we witnessed some memorable maps and series. The bracket play saw FaZe and Natus Vincere face off in the semi-final after dealing with mousesports and Quantum Bellator Fire, respectively, with Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men running out comfortable victors.

On the other side of the bracket, Cloud9 took down both G2 and SK to make the final. The match against FaZe went to all three maps, with the decider, Inferno, going to overtime. In the end, the home crowd was delighted as Tarik "tarik" Celik's MVP-worthy performance led Cloud9 to the first North American Major victory.

Best maps

Group stage     Map (VOD) Stage
Denmark Astralis  1614  Denmark North Train Group stage
Germany BIG   1612  Denmark North Cobblestone Group stage
Russia Quantum Bellator Fire  1614  Europe mousesports Train Group stage
         
Playoffs    
Europe FaZe 1916 Europe mousesports Nuke Quarter-finals (M1)
Ukraine Natus Vincere 16- 4 Russia Quantum Bellator Fire Mirage Quarter-finals (M1)
Brazil SK 1612 Sweden fnatic Mirage Quarter-finals  (M3)
Europe FaZe 1614 United States Cloud9 Mirage
Grand final (M2)
Grand final (M1)
United States Cloud9 2219 Europe FaZe Inferno Grand final (M3)

Winners

Cloud9

This squad has been trending upward ever since they shuffled their roster in August, but they weren't considered anything more than a solid dark horse leading up to the Major. Cloud9 started their journey to the Major title in the New Challengers stage, beating Envy, Sprout and mousesports to move on to the next stage with a perfect 3-0 record.

In the second Swiss system phase, Cloud9 found themselves on the edge of elimination after losing to G2 and Space Soldiers. The North American hope held it together and eliminated Virtus.pro, Astralis and Vega Squadron after one-sided games to get to the playoffs.

Cloud9's IGL tarik was the MVP in their Major run

Cloud9 were rising in form with every map played, which they showed by exacting revenge on G2 in the quarter-finals as well as by defeating the ever-dangerous SK in the semis. It all came down to the grand final, where Cloud9 had to not only defeat the main favorite for the title but also break their eight-map losing streak against FaZe to earn a victory.

Thanks to the emergence of Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham in the grand final, who had been the team's least impressive performer up to that point, Cloud9 were able to take the win after an intense three-map series. Cloud9 exceeded expectations and made history as the first North American team to lift a Major trophy, which obviously makes them the biggest winners of the event.

fnatic

By making the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major 2018, fnatic have silently gone on a streak of five consecutive playoff appearances with Maikil "Golden" Selim. The run actually started in Atlanta, at ELEAGUE Premier in September, and continued over WESG EU&CIS Finals, ESL Pro League S6 Finals and ECS S4 Finals.

The Swedes are establishing themselves as a playoff team

In the New Legends Stage of the Major, fnatic went 3-2, which could look deceiving, as their only losses were to FaZe and an infamously hot-and-cold Natus Vincere side who had everything go their way on Inferno. The Swedish side picked up three pretty confident wins to get to the playoffs, taking down Virtus.pro (16-6), Astralis (16-8), and Gambit (16-2).

Their main carry throughout the New Legends stage was Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, who seems reinvigorated under the new leadership, while Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson hit his peak in the quarter-final match against SK. fnatic were not able to make it past Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and co., though, as the Brazilians came out on top of a thriller series (19-22 Inferno, 16-14 Overpass, 16-12 Mirage), but fnatic's level of play was impressive, and will give the fans of the Black and Orange a positive outlook moving forward.

Quantum Bellator Fire

The team that had barely earned a second place at the CIS Minor and impressed no one with their online performances was fairly labelled as a big underdog heading into the ELEAGUE Major 2018 Main Qualifier. The majorly-Russian roster still managed to scrape through to the Major, though, with wins over Flash, a Cédric "RpK" Guipouy-less Envy and AVANGAR.

As a team whose only goal in Atlanta was to "not go 0-3 in the New Challenger stage", the Russians had already exceeded their expectations, by far, when they met Virtus.pro in the second Swiss group stage. The victory over the Poles was somewhat put down to the struggles of Filip "NEO" Kubski and co., but Quantum Bellator Fire earned another victory on the following day, taking down Gambit in overtime.

QB.Fire managed upset after upset in Atlanta

Gambit didn't really seem on point in that game, or in the tournament overall, so Quantum Bellator Fire remained hard to figure out for many. However, the comeback win over mousesports, which made Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys, Gregory "balblna" Oleinick, Nikita "waterfaLLZ" Matveyev and Savelii "jmqa" Bragin Legends in their first Major appearance, showed that, if nothing else, this squad certainly has character and resilience.

By placing top eight, Quantum Bellator Fire have earned a place at the following Major, which is set to take place in August-September. In the meantime, the Russian side will surely play enough games for us to see if their Major run was a one-off or the start of something big and beautiful.

Losers

North

Going back a few years, one wouldn't think of a Major group stage exit as a big failure for the second best team in Denmark. However, things have massively changed since. Not only has Denmark developed into one of the most talent-filled regions, but the country's second best team—Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's North—faces none of the challenges that teams in that position historically did.

Having a player plucked away by a team higher in the pecking order—in this case Astralis—is something that has not happened to the team since they signed for North, while the organization was able to secure talented members from other squads—getting Philip "aizy" Aistrup from FaZe and Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså from Heroic. The team also has all the infrastructures one would need, as well as a strong support network in the form of a coach and an analyst.

The Danes left the tournament early and already made a roster change

None of that amounted to much, though: North peaked mid-2017 with some respectable results, but have been on a constant decline ever since. Leading the side to good results was Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, but he has nowhere been near the impactful entryfragger he was at DreamHack Masters Malmö and at the ESL Pro League S5 Finals. The 20-year old finished the Major with a below-average rating, as did all of his teammates, and, after losing three matches straight, North were on an early return flight to Denmark.

What makes it worse is that all of their defeats came from teams who didn't make it through to the playoffs, losing to Vega Squadron, Astralis—despite a 11-4 T-side Train lead—, and BIG. North's Major performance was way below the bar the team had set for themselves, and it has already resulted in changes: René "cajunb" Borg was replaced by Daniel "mertz" Mertz, a talented AWPer from their academy team, while Alexander "ave" Holdt has taken over the first team coaching role from Casper "ruggah" Due.

Virtus.pro

Virtus.pro finished the Major with a 0-3 record, picking up a total of just 16 rounds over those three games. They were also the worst rated team at the event, their five players averaging a 0.70 rating, and they trailed behind the second worst side by a significant margin. The poor showings and the struggles of the Poles are already well-documented, but this was the first time they were eliminated in the group stage of a Major since DreamHack Winter 2013, which deserves special notice.

The longest-standing roster in CS:GO lost their Major Legend status by going down to Quantum Bellator Fire, fnatic and Cloud9. Even though all of these teams eventually made it to the playoffs, we can't really take that as a massive asterisk for Virtus.pro, who looked flat throughout the tournament and didn't show anything that would lead us to think they would fare any better against different opponents.

Virtus.pro lost their Major Legends status after a horrific showing in the group stage

The poor results, combined with the overall lack of vigour from Virtus.pro, could see the Polish side finally opt for a player change, with rumours about Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas being the first on the chopping block already circulating. Even if that one change does happen, it is very questionable if it will be enough to get Virtus.pro back to where they were in the past.

Gambit

Coming into the Major straight from the break was something that was felt in Gambit's game. The CIS team was visibly rusty, with players such as Rustem "mou" Telepov and Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov performing below a level we had seen them in Gambit's deep tournament runs, and below the level required to make it to a Major playoff. Gambit still beat Natus Vincere and Space Soldiers, but the overtime loss to Quantum Bellator Fire would end up costing them dearly.

AdreN helps Dosia with the calling, but the system isn't without its issues

On the last day of the group stage, Gambit faced SK and fnatic, with both matches featuring weird veto decisions from the CIS side, to say the least. Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov and co. faced the Brazilian team on Overpass and the Swedish team on Mirage—both of the maps considered the best ones for their opponents.

Gambit ended up losing both games and going out with a 2-3 score, and, alongside the veto issues and individual underperformances, something that was brought to the light even more in Atlanta was their lack of clear leadership. At times, the team looked lost, calls were being made too late and their decisions were easily read by the opposition. How they plan to deal with that issue is not clear, but their current calling system with Dosia and Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev sharing the workload doesn't seem to be working very well.

Astralis

With Nicolai "device" Reedtz struggling with illness, Astralis were in a pretty tough spot leading up to the Major. After spending the end of 2017 playing with different stand-ins, they had the 22-year-old come back into the active roster in time for the big event, but faced a big question—how would they use him?

Astralis didn't look like the composed squad they were in 2017

The decision was made to continue with the style they had used at the end of the year and have Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen be the main AWP, while device played a lurk role. One could say that the AWPing worked fairly well for dupreeh, at least on the one map they won against North, but the team didn't put up a great show overall, convincingly losing to mousesports (16-2), fnatic (16-8) and Cloud9 (16-6).

Astralis surely are not the biggest of the loser when the alleviating device factor is taken into account, but there is no running away from the fact that they are not close to the team that won the Major a year ago.

BIG

The German side had been the surprise package of the PGL Krakow Major, going 3-0 in groups and defeating the world's best team along the way, but they did not make the most out of their spot at ELEAGUE Major 2018, though, and were eliminated from the tournament with one-sided scorelines.

gob b and kakafu will have to figure out how to get more consistency out of their stars

In the first game, Fatih "gob b" Dayik's troops got matched against Liquid, one of the easier teams they could've drawn, but were completely overrun on Inferno, securing just five rounds. BIG then received another trashing on the same map from Natus Vincere, losing 16 straight rounds after winning the pistol.

BIG's main duo, Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz and Johannes "nex" Maget, finally showed up in the game against North, earning them the victory on Cobblestone, but the team was once again subdued against Space Soldiers. Overall, BIG's dependency on their two stars was made even more apparent at this event—without nex and tabseN getting in on the action, they can't get much done.

France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
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
Russia Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' Matveyev
Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' Matveyev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Denmark Alexander 'ave' Holdt
Alexander 'ave' Holdt
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.03
DPR:
0.13
APR:
0.03
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1305
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
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
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
860
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Russia Savelii 'jmqa' Bragin
Savelii 'jmqa' Bragin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
887
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
607
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1432
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:
621
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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
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
Russia Gregory 'balblna' Oleinick
Gregory 'balblna' Oleinick
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
565
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
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
Feel good for C9
2018-01-29 20:46
#3
Portugal phvm 
Ok cloud 9 or faze diserved to win he major, faze played in a magical way in 2017 and c9 defeted vp sk astralis faze and the greatest team in the world VEGA ! XD sk roster are probably goin to imortals with boltz, the astralis will get cajunb probably and someone kill sixer and golden please? I hope you had a great day and +scream - body plz
2018-01-29 20:53
Hi
2018-01-29 20:47
#50
 | 
Denmark MeToxi 
Why would astralis ever take cajunb back?
2018-01-29 21:01
#53
Portugal phvm 
Becouse he is free agent and the major didnt go well to them
2018-01-29 21:03
#62
 | 
Denmark MeToxi 
And u think that 1 bad event would result in roster changes? Not gonna happen.
2018-01-29 21:06
#65
Portugal phvm 
Its my opinion respect it :)
2018-01-29 21:07
#66
 | 
Denmark MeToxi 
I respectfully disagree.
2018-01-29 21:08
I don think people understand how hard roster changes actually is. Unless you are big organisation like Faze who has money to support, settling in, training, paying the best of the best stars, then it will be a easier in the transitions. Its always best to keep current players and find new solutions.
2018-01-30 03:49
*cough* vp *cough* You are absolutely right. Best one to show it is VP without changing roster for So long. But looks like now is the Time, but hope they will work it out
2018-01-31 17:01
they actualy win something last year without roster changes.
2018-02-01 03:09
Astralis confirmed they won’t be making any moves
2018-01-29 23:41
Cajunb is playing terrible for North, never looked like a star aper so why pick him up
2018-01-29 22:46
cajun was the second best player for North. it wasnt "just" cajun that is the problem. it is the whole setup within the team.
2018-01-29 23:19
yea the whole team is a mess. i wouldnt blame any 1 particular player. however North have 3 good players and 1 great player (imo). but theyre all contributing to being a problem. thats worrying to think good players playing together, cant consistently show their worth to perform at the top. thats why cajun cannot help astralis imo. Aside from Konfig none of them have shown a level ready to contend with the top 4. and they dont even looking dominant vs the lesser teams. the 1 player i have 0 hope for is Aizy. been bad for 2 years
2018-01-30 14:58
#120
 | 
United States Festive_ 
They have a really good excuse tho. Dev1ce wasn't in good form and they were playing with different roles. no way they'd pick up cajun either, he played really badly this major.
2018-01-29 23:05
#67
 | 
Australia KatVian 
Rpk > scream < zywoo
2018-01-29 21:08
#76
 | 
Netherlands jonsve 
zywoo cheaty boy though
2018-01-29 21:15
#72
 | 
Sweden New@ac@low@id 
+cajun -WHO? Duppreh? Xyp? Kjaerbye?
2018-01-29 21:14
I think astralis with this roster is good
2018-01-29 22:06
#124
 | 
Europe wai7ing 
Device, xyp9x and dupreeh are good, gla1ve is the IGL so the only option is to remove Kjaerbye. Although Cajunb wouldn't be much of an upgrade. They need k0nfig.
2018-01-29 23:20
#170
 | 
Germany Fabbsen 
Jugi as Awp would be nice but i'm not sure if it would work out within the team and i like the team how it is. But i hope Jugi replaces Mertz tho,he is an incredible player,really nice, dedicated and deserves a better team
2018-01-30 14:52
#79
 | 
Belgium KevinGatesYo 
MiBR | FalleN MiBR | fer MiBR | coldzera MiBR | TACO MiBR | boltz
2018-01-29 21:20
#86
Portugal phvm 
The mibr was bougth by imortals man
2018-01-29 21:31
#94
 | 
Canada SummerClassic 
The name hasn't been bought yet and sk are going to the Immortals org soon
2018-01-29 21:58
Br crownd have problems with imt CEO
2018-01-29 22:11
Understandable LUL I can understand why but find it kind of ridiculous. Do they hate 100 thieves now as well for the kng kick?
2018-01-29 22:13
#111
 | 
Canada _Dark__ 
Yes.
2018-01-29 22:39
No lol At least, not the reasonable amount above 16yo. Brazilian kids sounds like monkeys all the time, but they aren't our whole community
2018-01-30 16:11
Fair enough!
2018-01-30 19:15
I disagree kng attitude but Noah never take his side, as CEO he have to protect and support his players, and for us in brasil his 1st tweet was very normal, for u guys "I will kill you" is heavy but here we understand "I will punch your face".
2018-01-30 21:51
#184
 | 
Brazil phelipet2 
no , "vila mix" have problem with CEO , boltz already player of imortals/MIBR
2018-02-07 15:13
#109
 | 
Belgium KevinGatesYo 
So what? They will play under mibr tag, not immortals
2018-01-29 22:23
#84
 | 
Sweden ThorinEk 
cajun is definitley not going to astralis, who should he replace, dev1ce? dupreeh? i arent think that
2018-01-29 21:22
#97
Portugal phvm 
I dont like x9pix, my bad
2018-01-29 22:00
#159
 | 
Sweden ThorinEk 
i saw him at the airport in krakow, nice dude. took time for a picture
2018-01-30 06:58
#160
device | 
Denmark CaraX_ 
X9pix? You mean Xyp9x, right?
2018-01-30 08:13
Are you sure isn't x9p9x? or x9pyx? or...
2018-01-30 20:26
Sixer is a great choice for a secondary AWPer but he's being forced to play the primary role. Not his fault.
2018-01-29 21:29
Just sixer, golden is pronax 2.0
2018-01-29 21:50
#91
Portugal phvm 
I didnt like pronax becouse he wasnt a very impactfull player... insted of golden i would like to see twist and lekro as a team captain
2018-01-29 21:52
#95
 | 
Canada SummerClassic 
Why? Golden's IGLing has helped them immensely out of a long slump, they now look like they can compete and he's not a bad fragger either
2018-01-29 22:00
#98
Portugal phvm 
But in the atlanta major twist was playing very well with lekro and krimz
2018-01-29 22:01
I know twist is an amazing player, I just don't think that replacing golden will make the team better. Golden has unlocked old amazing krimz , even he is playing very well! They need discipline from a real igl
2018-01-29 22:11
In Atlanta, Lekr0 was in GODSENT. Fnatic roster was Olof, Krimz, Dennis, Twist and Doplan.
2018-01-29 22:14
#102
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Denmark Xipingu 
Golden > Pronax atm. Pronax used to be able to frag just a little bit back then, but when I see Pronax play now, tier 1 and 2 is completely out of the question for him. He just can't frag. Golden is slow to start and not where some of his teammates are clearly, but he does get frags every once in a while. Pronax' last performances on GODSENT versus average tier 3-4-5 teams wasn't impressive, to say the least. 3 of those I watched had him finish on 3-4 kills.
2018-01-29 22:07
Wot golden is Pronax 0.0.2 at best, barely pre beta version. Against Na'Vi they would have won if they didn't try the same broken strat over and over, only counting on the mistakes of their opponents. Worked against gambit because they have even less of an IGL.
2018-01-30 19:27
#100
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Denmark Xipingu 
CajunBOT is an overrated piece of trash, if he gets back into the team, the team is doomed. It's that easy. His awping is at best average, and he misses double the shots Device misses when he is in form. All Astralis needs is Device to get back into form, and then kick Kjaerbye back into what he used to be able to - if Kjaerbye has to get kicked, replace him with a player like K0nfig. Much better.
2018-01-29 22:04
cajunb has missed quite alot shots on the AWP recently but I wouldn't say device is much better, better yes but not much better. And I'm not judging this because he played bad recently but misses easy shots way to often, even when people said he was "in-form"
2018-01-29 22:57
#135
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Denmark Xipingu 
Judging from the fact that Devve performed really good even in pain for most of 2017 (it started 1-2 months after the Atlanta major), he's still a fair bit ahead of CajunB. I can't see him replace anyone on Astralis. He's simply not that good right now, and will not help Astralis go anywhere. This major both teams performed like shit, so that we can't deprive anything out of. Only that Astralis is still a tiny bit better than North in terms of T-side executions. K0nfig is the superior choice, if Kjaerbye (the obvious choice, he has underperformed a lot recently) is to be replaced. North probably won't say goodbye to him though, and I fear that's the only real good choice they can make atm. Maybe JUGi, but I dunno if he is ready for the tier 1 competition just yet. He definitely makes a good candidate though.
2018-01-30 01:36
#132
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Indonesia Not_A_Carry 
Well, if they took cajunb to replace, let's say kjaerbye, then it will be like a downgrade
2018-01-30 00:33
#134
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Denmark Xipingu 
Yep, quite the downgrade.
2018-01-30 01:33
gz
2018-01-29 20:47
#152
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Spain Edunox 
<3 GJ NA
2018-01-30 04:10
Gg redline bois
2018-01-29 20:46
#36
shroud | 
Canada sukuful 
Why dont you send my ak?
2018-01-29 20:53
#136
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Denmark Xipingu 
Did you expect someone on HLTV to give you anything?
2018-01-30 01:37
#4
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Brazil antonionetobs 
GREAT JOB HLTV!! ALWAYS WITH THE BEST ARTICLES, LOVE IT
2018-01-29 20:47
You didnt even had time to read it
2018-01-29 20:48
#78
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Germany skraby 
ahahahahahaha
2018-01-29 21:17
North in losers tab when in reality they just belong there xDDDDDDDDd
2018-01-29 20:47
#51
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Finland Alienx15 
That is probably why they are there then...
2018-01-29 21:02
#7
fox | 
Netherlands ohitsporto 
great
2018-01-29 20:47
#8
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United States Mol10 
ggwp fantastic job boys
2018-01-29 20:47
#9
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North America T1RANT 
Fast af ppl here
2018-01-29 20:47
C9 :D
2018-01-29 20:47
USA #winner
2018-01-29 20:47
#15
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Poland ramones1 
c9winners
2018-01-29 20:47
nice.
2018-01-29 20:47
skadoodle #1 winner of all time CS
2018-01-29 20:47
#113
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
Skadoodle the best awper in the world
2018-01-29 22:46
#18
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United States DEATHRAIN 
Winner is faze too :D
2018-01-29 20:47
#96
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Canada Sipr 
Nope
2018-01-29 22:00
mouseports should be in winners
2018-01-29 20:47
#21
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Belgium KYC 
NORTH LUL VP LUL ASTRALIS LUL GAMBIT LUL BUG LUL
2018-01-29 20:47
#22
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
Lol
2018-01-29 20:47
nice
2018-01-29 20:47
Faze XD
2018-01-29 20:48
c9 top 1
2018-01-29 20:48
#27
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Greece Gianopoulos 
Nice
2018-01-29 20:48
#28
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
T
2018-01-29 20:48
Gg
2018-01-29 20:49
#30
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United States pSilent 
I'd say G2 were also losers. They underperformed heavily and it is clear that they ultimately aren't satisfied with their current level of play. While they made quarters, it was done in an underwhelming fashion and they were crushed in that quarterfinal.
2018-01-29 20:50
#52
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Denmark MeToxi 
Its not like they had a sick player or anything.
2018-01-29 21:02
#99
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Canada SummerClassic 
He said g2, not envy. Envy had rpk (who was sick and didn't get to play). The players on g2 underperformed such as nbk, apex and kennys. Only contributers were shock and body
2018-01-29 22:02
#103
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Denmark MeToxi 
Sry, my mistake
2018-01-29 22:10
No worries! Simple mistake
2018-01-29 22:17
I don't disagree with anything you said, however, I wouldn't really call them losers compared to the others listed. At the very least they guaranteed their place at the next major, that's more than they had going into this one.
2018-01-29 21:48
#31
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Portugal EddyParera 
NEXT MAJOR is already chosen (spoilers) It will be FACEIT London 2018 in September... On Arena Wembley/SSE Arena. Thank me later
2018-01-29 20:50
major in UK ? xD are u kidding me
2018-01-30 12:28
So many losers aha,why inferno between sk and fnatic isnt in the best matches of the major and the unwatchable MM match between QBF and NAVI is?
2018-01-29 20:50
Because they didn't play each other on inferno.
2018-01-29 20:52
bait?
2018-01-29 21:14
EDIT: Read #82
2018-01-29 21:20
did you Watch the quarters?
2018-01-29 21:20
Read that as Faze for some reason. RIP my eyesight. Nevermind
2018-01-29 21:19
#58
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Russia agrachiv 
May be they aded it because Flaimie had beaten world record
2018-01-29 21:05
"fnatic only went 2-3" lol. No they definitely went 3-2.
2018-01-29 20:51
+1 was going to say
2018-01-29 20:56
Disgusting major.
2018-01-29 20:52
#47
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
was an amazing major. upsets left right and center and one of the best grand finals in recent years. both teams in the final wanted the win so badly and it showed in the last map in overtime
2018-01-29 20:58
Lots of stand ins Lots of sick players Lots of visa issues.
2018-01-29 21:00
Not for any of the teams that mattered
2018-01-29 21:03
#56
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Denmark MeToxi 
I do have to agree with you but you gotta admit, it was a great grand final.
2018-01-29 21:04
Delays
2018-01-29 21:06
Shitty major tbh but great final.
2018-01-30 00:29
#37
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
looking forward to all the juicy roster changes.
2018-01-29 20:53
+1
2018-01-29 21:15
#38
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
The NA crowd was the winners
2018-01-29 20:54
#39
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
VP : (
2018-01-29 20:54
Why do HLTV defend Astralis? Device has been shit for a long time, he only gets anti-eco kills, has nothing to do with illness. Also, even since he met that swedish gold digger Hult he has been even worse
2018-01-29 20:55
#59
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Denmark MeToxi 
He has been sick for over a year and still is one of the most consistent players out there
2018-01-29 21:05
it's a danish website lol
2018-01-29 21:06
Ah, that explains it xD always wondered why Astralis and North are soooo praised, it's not like they do anything anyone will ever remember
2018-01-29 21:07
Typo with fnatic, they went 3-2
2018-01-29 20:56
Losers: all the legends that lost their spot lolz
2018-01-29 20:57
New legends except QB.Fire >> Previous legends
2018-01-29 20:58
Astralis is good
2018-01-30 02:08
Change QB.Fire for Astralis
2018-01-30 02:12
No bug, no big
2018-01-29 20:57
Na`Vi ????????
2018-01-29 20:58
#57
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Sweden magist3rn 
Well played Fnatic I am very proud!
2018-01-29 21:04
Yes. And I hope they will get even better comming up to Starseries and iEM.
2018-01-29 21:51
Ikr. Lekro was on fire. As a SK fan, I was so mad with his aim. Man, Fnatic was really on fire. Dare to say that if SK didn't outsmarted them on some plays (Mirage B's and such) Fnatic would be the major winners.
2018-01-29 22:59
#180
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Sweden magist3rn 
Yeah, I think SK is a better team, teamwise if you get what I mean, They have better strats and work togheter much better than Fnatic. But with time I hope Golden can get Fnatic to SK's level.
2018-01-30 21:04
#60
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Brazil Collee 
SK were winners for me. Another top 4 with a standin, losing 1-2 against the strongest team. They'll become really strong with boltz. This major had so many losers tho...
2018-01-29 21:06
#68
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Denmark MeToxi 
True
2018-01-29 21:08
Yea SK still easily the best team in my eyes, Cloud9 just won their first big LAN in almost a year and a half. So congrats to them, but I hope they can keep it up and prove they are elite like SK and Faze.
2018-01-29 21:15
Didnt c9 win against SK in brazil on LAN not too long ago? Too lazy to look up atm but I’m pretty sure it was recent
2018-01-30 06:54
#162
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United Kingdom Argyl 
That was last year with the old line ups I think.
2018-01-30 10:06
#168
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Brazil FuRiouSzZ 
that was in 2016
2018-01-30 12:52
#178
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Norway SlimeThug 
Flag checks out
2018-01-30 19:43
So many losers. Downfall of the "legends"
2018-01-29 21:14
First losers were 100T. Not even set foot on the arena.
2018-01-29 23:33
#129
cype | 
Europe dip6o 
Well, who gives a fcuk about drugged and drunk monkeys But it's sad that Tyloo had visa issues
2018-01-30 00:25
Thanks for an amazing final C9 and thanks for that inferno map! I even had a few tears myself re-watching the winning moment! It was sick!
2018-01-29 21:14
It honestly meant so much to all NA fans
2018-01-30 02:21
How is SK not a winner making it to semis with felps (underperforming a lot) and eventually losing 2-1 against the major champions? Not to mention coldzera didn't perform like he usually does. SK is definitely a winner here.
2018-01-29 21:15
#88
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Venezuela xoile 
Best map Natus Vincere 16- 4 Russia Quantum Bellator Fire Mirage really?
2018-01-29 21:50
Terrible article wtf was that
2018-01-29 21:56
What's wrong
2018-01-30 02:22
BEST MAPS - NAVI VS QBF - 16 - 4 LOL
2018-01-29 21:57
Flamie that's why
2018-01-30 02:22
Faze is a looser
2018-01-29 22:28
Winners: NA Losers: EU Haha sorry
2018-01-29 22:41
nt dabbing kid, no majors for NA anymore
2018-01-29 23:16
I've never dabbed in my life.
2018-01-29 23:59
c9 fans showing their true colors
2018-01-30 00:34
Excuse him pls. Sry
2018-01-30 02:10
"showing their true colors" Have you seen the Brazilian fans? Jesus christ
2018-01-30 02:54
#151
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United States Meatty 
Are you referring to SK BMing early in the match and then losing, or Faze talking about silencing NA the day before and also losing? Karma.
2018-01-30 03:56
#115
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Austria znamyy 
no sk-fnatic inferno lmao
2018-01-29 22:46
#118
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Brazil davidzor 
Best maps Natus Vincere 16- 4 Russia Quantum Bellator Fire Mirage Quarter-finals (M1) Not really, it was a boner
2018-01-29 22:59
Mainly just to watch Flamie that's why
2018-01-30 02:10
liquid was a winner in my books. Did so well given zews was playing
2018-01-29 23:02
#130
cype | 
Europe dip6o 
It's not that big of a deal, they've struggled a lot even in a qualifier
2018-01-30 00:27
SK vs Fnatic Overpass??
2018-01-29 23:09
#128
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Spain Alex_GV 
Envyus....
2018-01-30 00:15
#138
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Canada gritabit 
FaZe not winning major they could have =/= lose? EDIT: ChrisJ breaking playoff dry streak =/= win?
2018-01-30 02:09
Navi also winners despite being regarded as T2 they managed to sneak their way into the semis having beat only Fnatic which was noteworthy. Other wins against weak teams with standins and such
2018-01-30 02:43
+1
2018-01-30 10:59
#147
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Norway anMu 
I would really consider Faze as a loser. Ye sure they end up being 2nd which is never bad, if they lost against c9 in normal fashion for example 16:10 on 3th map then there is no reason to pick them as a loser BUT they were up 15:11 on inferno vs really weak buy and could not close the game and honestly lost “their major to win” by themselfs (not trying to discredit c9 great performance but let’s be real faze choked hard espcially niko) vs a team they had 8:0 win record. So even if I am faze fan and it was really hard to see them lose in such a fashion, I honestly think faze deserve to be in losers group despite ending up with a silver medal.
2018-01-30 03:08
They werent against a weak buy at 15-11,thekr buy was actually weak since they all died the round before it and didnt manage their money well,but i agree theyve choke super hard and should have close this game out,karrigan calls were terrible
2018-01-30 12:34
Deserved C9.
2018-01-30 03:32
Weird how Gambit didn't make it through the group stage. They looked so solid at times, yet lost 3 times.
2018-01-30 03:46
Lol
2018-01-30 05:14
c9 one hit wonder !
2018-01-30 05:36
No way a military vet is ever gonna give a MVP trophy to a mooooslam on national TV no less. Well played Eleague for being patriotic.
2018-01-30 05:42
SK They still have good streak Bo3 vs Dumb Clan
2018-01-30 06:41
Faze was also a loser, winning was something they needed to do
2018-01-30 09:54
c9 : winner other : loser
2018-01-30 11:27
#167
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Brazil FuRiouSzZ 
Winner = CLoud9 Loser = FaZe eZ "News"
2018-01-30 12:50
isnt SS winner? every1 told them ''onliner'' but they went 2-3
2018-01-30 13:42
cloud9 still looser they are just like gambit, one time wonder.
2018-01-30 16:15
#175
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Shit major. Swiss BO1 is a joke. "Grand" final should be a BO 5.
2018-01-30 16:52
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