Winners and Losers of StarSeries i-League S4 and IEM Katowice 2018

With February's big events, StarSeries i-League Season 4 and IEM Katowice, now behind us, it's time to assess the results and figure out which teams came out on top.

The post-Major season had a busy start, as in just three weeks, we had ESL Pro League kicking off, bringing down a roster lock, and two $250,000+, 16-team tournaments taking place. The first one was in Kiev, StarLadder's StarSeries i-League Season 4, which debuted the Swiss system BO3 group stage format. Eight days packed with CS:GO action were concluded with mousesports beating Natus Vincere in the grand final, and, coincidentally, both teams didn't make it to the event that kicked off just two days later in Poland—IEM Katowice.

One of ESL's biggest events of the year also debuted a new group stage format, an eight-team GSL, with BO1s in opening matches and BO3s for the rest of the rounds. The group stage resulted in Astralis and fnatic advancing directly to the semi-final, while FaZe, Cloud9, Liquid and NiP battled to make it there in the round-of-six. In the end, FaZe, who were the overwhelming favorites, fell to fnatic in a BO5 grand final series, and the Swedes lifted their first trophy in two years.

However, there is more to what happened in CS:GO in the last two weeks, so let's take a look at the teams that made the biggest step forward and those who struggled the most.

Winners

mousesports

mousesports were seemingly set do undergo a roster change following their first Major playoff outing in January, as rumours regarding Dennis "dennis" Edman replacing Martin "STYKO" Styk were running rampant in the transfer season. The move fell through in the end, and mousesports continued with the lineup they assembled in August of last year.

So far, it seems like not making a change was the right move, as the squad brought mousesports their first big tournament trophy in CS:GO, reaching new heights in the HLTV world ranking as well, where they are currently in fourth place. Their run in Kiev started with two wins, over Virtus.pro and SK, and they were within touching distance of taking down G2 2-0, which would see them have a perfect group stage, but the Frenchmen were able to mount a big comeback and take the series. mousesports then lost to Liquid and were on the edge of elimination as the final draw paired them with potentially the toughest opponent they could get—Cloud9.

chrisJ led mousesports to their first $250,000+ tournament win in CS:GO

The Europeans managed to edge the series on two maps and started their run of straight victories there, defeating G2, Liquid and finally Natus Vincere in the playoffs. Even though it was the usual suspects, Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, who were spearheading mousesports, their teammates also stepped up massively at different times to make the StarSeries i-League Season 4 victory possible.

What mousesports built on to grab the StarSeries title was their world-class Mirage, on which they only lost once over the course of the tournament, and, expanding even further, have a 12W-3L record since the start of 2018. Chris "chrisJ" de Jong and co. seem extremely comfortable and flexible on the map, which, if they are able to keep it up, gives them a shot at winning any BO3 matchup. Currently, no top 10 team has Mirage as their permanent ban (NiP and G2 used to avoid it), which means mousesports should always be able to pick it and be favored to at least take one map.

We still can't call mousesports an elite team, but when you add up this result, the second place at ECS and a solid Major, it's hard to deny that they have become a contender to win events. In the coming weeks, which will be packed with mainly online CS, Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov's squad will travel to the V4 Future Sports Festival, where they could make further strides forward as only FaZe look capable of competing with them.

Fnatic

The Swedes were slowly building some hype around themselves coming into StarSeries, as they had reached the playoffs at five consecutive events up to that point. The event in Kiev proved to be an underwhelming one, though, as fnatic bombed out of the BO3 Swiss group stage 0-3, losing to teams that are far from worldbeaters: Gambit, TYLOO and Renegades.

After being eliminated, fnatic went home and just played on their own, trying to get their individual level back up—and it worked. They were undefeated in the group stage in Katowice, beating Heroic despite playing their first match only hours after landing in Poland, coming back to take down G2 on three maps after losing Cache 16-7, and earning a semi-final place by cruising past FaZe 2-0.

flusha's clutch play on Train stole the trophy from FaZe's grasp

The playoffs were where it really got interesting, as fnatic dealt with a rising Liquid fairly comfortably and then managed to take down FaZe in a five-map thriller, even though the Swedes were looking down and out half way through the second map. The championship run was made possible by Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, who continued playing on his crazy-high 2018 level, as well as by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist who elevated his performance as the tournament went on. The final map, Train, came down to his two ace-clutches that happened in a five-round span, ultimately yielding him a well-deserved MVP medal.

Even though KRIMZ and flusha, the duo that lifted plenty of trophies together in the past, were on the forefront of the action, the efforts of Maikil "Golden" Selim and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, who were playing their first big tournament grand final, can't be understated. They both played integral parts in fnatic's win, which was the first for the organization since the fnatic - GODSENT shuffle in 2016.

Liquid

Roster lock rules resulted in a couple of rough months for Liquid, who had to use Wilton "zews" Prado as a stand-in both at the Major and at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, making them unable to really test their new roster after replacing Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz with Lucas "steel" Lopes. Liquid still decided to go for another change right after the Major, securing the services of Keith "NAF" Markovic.

As Josh "jdm64" Marzano made way, the team moved away from a heavy AWPing presence and had Nick "nitr0" Cannella take over as the main sniper of the team, but in a flexible, hybrid style. The system worked wonders right from the start, and, inspired by NAF's stunning performance, Liquid took the title at their first LAN event with the new roster, cs_summit 2.

The MVP of the StarLadder Invitational Shanghai and cs_summit 2, NAF, continued his form in Kiev and Katowice

Liquid arrived in Kiev with a bit of hype surrounding them, despite still being a very fresh roster, and lived up to the expectations. They finished top four in the $300,000 tournament, defeating the likes of SK and mousesports on their way to a solid finish. The North Americans managed the same placing the following week, at IEM Katowice, getting another series win over Cloud9—after beating them in a BO5 at cs_summit 2—, and later on picking up an on-stage victory over NiP in the round-of-six.

Besides NAF, who has been in great form even before joining this team, Liquid also have Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski playing well, while their star of 2017, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, has been having some issues in recent times. Twistzz's rating has dropped off significantly this year; however, his performances in the last two series in Poland, against fnatic and NiP, were impressive and potentially a sign of the youngster returning to form.

With a win at summit and two top-four finishes at big events, Liquid are one of the hottest teams right now, still very early in their lifespan. As their next event is more than a month away, zews now have a lot of time to dig deep and make Liquid a even more dangerous team for the following tournaments.

Natus Vincere

Since adding Denis "electronic" Sharipov to their squad in November, Natus Vincere have quietly secured some respectable placings. The Ukrainian organization have only attended three LAN events since then, though, as their bad starts in EPL and ECS hindered them in that regard, but achieved solid results at all of them. At DreamHack Open Winter, their last event of 2017, Natus Vincere were victorious, and they achieved a respectable 3rd-4th place finish at the ELEAGUE Major 2018, losing to FaZe in the semi-final after a hot-and-cold group stage.

Most recently, Natus Vincere got close to winning their first big event since ESL One New York 2016, but Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko and co. were eventually denied the joy of lifting a trophy in Ukraine by mousesports. The main reason they even got that close to winning is Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, who has been playing at an incredible level ever since electronic was added to the squad, a level only seen a couple of times in CS:GO thus far. The 20-year-old was the frontrunner in almost all of the relevant statistics at StarSeries, even in two that are on opposite ends of the spectrum: entry frags and clutches.

s1mple almost got Natus Vincere the trophy single-handedly

Alongside him, it's the former FlipSid3 member electronic and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev who are capable of big performances , but both seem to go missing way too often, leaving s1mple to do the heavy lifting on his own. electronic is far from the fragger he was under Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy, which might be solved by utilizing him in a different way, while flamie has certain off-maps—such as the decider in the grand final against mousesports—that end up costing Natus Vincere dearly.

As long as they have s1mple playing the way he is at the moment, Natus Vincere can do big things. Some LAN-free time that Zeus and co. will use for a bootcamp after the WESG adventure may be just what they need to figure things out and unlock the full potential of this roster in the coming months.

Losers

G2

The Frenchmen are stuck in an unenviable position, with underwhelming results at the opening tournaments of the year that will be followed by Richard "shox" Papillon taking a break to undergo wrist surgery and post-op recovery.

Since DreamHack Masters Malmö, which they won in September of last year, G2 are yet to win a playoff series. They replicated their 5-8th finish from the Major at StarSeries and went even lower in Katowice, where they were eliminated in the group stage. Had the Frenchmen been able to at least finish this span of events on a high, the period of shox's absence would be easier to overcome. Now, G2 will be using Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux in online leagues, which not only makes it almost impossible to fix their problems but also lowers their chances of qualifying for upcoming LANs.

With shox taking a leave of absence, G2 are in big trouble

What are G2's problems? The squad has seemingly already tried out everything, shuffling roles, changing styles, but nothing has worked in the long run. At StarSeries, they still picked up some decent results, going 3-0 in the groups but losing to mousesports in the playoffs. However, their success in Kiev was mainly down to Dan "apEX" Madesclaire playing extremely well and making space for the rest. Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was subdued, shox was uninspired—with their two main stars being off the pace, G2 can't hope to raise their level and get back to winning ways.

Whatever they plan to do to improve their results will have to wait a bit, as their in-game leader is about to step down the lineup until the start of April. In the meantime, expect G2 to be overtaken by even more teams that are getting into the groove of the competitive season.

SK

Considering the status Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's teams have reached in the last few years, anything less than consistently winning titles will seem like an underachievement from SK. After finishing 2017 on a high and playing fairly well with João "felps" Vasconcellos at the ELEAGUE Major, SK have been struggling to get back into form with Ricardo "boltz" Prass. The first warning sign was placing third at cs_summit 2 after losing to Cloud9 and Liquid, with a similar story repeating in Kiev, where FalleN and co. lost to mousesports in the group stage and later on to Liquid in the quarter-finals.

The second loss to Liquid, the one at StarSeries, was a 2-1 series in which SK won Liquid's map pick, Mirage, and then lost their own, Cobblestone, and the decider map, Inferno. That match is just one example of SK having a map pool issue, as in Katowice, the Brazilians lost their "home map", Overpass, to Gambit, despite being 14-4 up on the CT side. They have also been losing deciders on Inferno for some time now, but are still taking the map head-on, preferring it over Train.

The Brazilians bowed out to Liquid twice in the last three events

In the end, IEM Katowice 2018 was even more disappointing than StarSeries i-League Season 4, as SK couldn't even make it out of the groups there, losing to Cloud9 in the deciding game. Surely not helping their case is boltz's individual game, which has plummeted since the break from official matches he had after the EPL S6 Finals. The 20-year-old currently sits on a 0.94 rating for LAN matches in 2018, and SK need him to do better—and to figure out their map pool—to get back to winning ways.

Cloud9

Cloud9's victory in Boston elevated them to an elite team status, but, so far, they are failing to live up to it.

At StarSeries, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and co. went out in the groups following defeats to three very strong opponents: FaZe, SK and mousesports. This could be forgiven before, put down to an unlucky draw, but the reigning Major champion and current No3.team in the world are expected to do better. In Katowice, they lost to their regional rival Liquid, who look like the stronger North American team at the moment, but still achieved a better placing than in Kiev as they made the playoffs by beating TYLOO, Renegades, and, most importantly, SK.

Stewie2K shows frustration as Cloud9 struggle to play as they did at the Major

Tarik "tarik" Celik's team went on to pick Overpass against FaZe and got smashed on it in the round-of-six, but they still rallied back on Cache and Inferno and were actually a Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács-wallbang away from eliminating the European superteam and reaching the semi-final.

Overall, one could say that Cloud9 didn't perform poorly as they only lost to very good teams, but they weren't able to replicate the form they had at the Major and simply did not look like the elite team they had been in Boston and Atlanta.

Virtus.pro

How the Polish Powerhouse was going to do at StarSeries i-League Season 4 and IEM Katowice 2018, with the addition of Michał "MICHU" Müller, was one of the big talking points coming into this span of events. Could the youngster, who had played with Paweł "byali" Bieliński and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski in the past, reinvigorate the squad and help them reach their old heights?

The answer, at least with the limited preparation they have had so far, is no. A few well-played halves aside, Virtus.pro have looked like the same harmless, lifeless squad they were with Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, with no player stepping up or standing out particularly.

Not much has changed for Virtus.pro after adding MICHU

The Poles lost to mousesports, Liquid and Cloud9 at StarSeries, with their only series win coming against MVP PK, which they could've lost as well had the Koreans not thrown away a 4v2 advantage on match point. Playing on home soil didn't help Virtus.pro either, as a week later they lost to G2 and Heroic, ending up as one of the first teams to be eliminated from IEM Katowice.

Virtus.pro aren't the only team that crashed out in groups at both events, but what separates them from someone like Gambit is that the Poles, for the largest part, weren't even close to winning games. At the two events, Filip "NEO" Kubski and co. took only three maps—one in overtime against mousesports and two against MVP PK—, while losing ten in which they picked up merely 8.3 rounds on average.

The failures at these two events shouldn't be on MICHU's shoulders, though: he did bring in more fragging than TaZ provided, but he simply didn't prove to be the missing part that would kick-start "the plow". The squad will get more time to practice with this roster before the V4 Future Sports Festival, where they must show more than they did in the last two weeks or they will be in trouble despite the competition in Hungary not being the toughest.

France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1776
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
838
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1426
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1045
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1435
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
792
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
521
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1034
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1350
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1475
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
939
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1561
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1558
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#2
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France ILimeGreen 
NR2!
2018-03-06 21:27
#3
gabs | 
Faroe Islands DiaRhea 
No
2018-03-06 21:27
#4
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North America Catpwnz 
Ok
2018-03-06 21:27
xd
2018-03-06 21:27
yes
2018-03-06 21:27
#7
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Sweden aer1aL 
LUL FaZe
2018-03-06 21:28
#8
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Netherlands PolandRepublic 
ok
2018-03-06 21:28
#9
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Portugal shaarawyGOD 
GFUCK NOT FIRST
2018-03-06 21:28
#34
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
GFUCK NOT FIRST
2018-03-06 21:47
#45
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Portugal shaarawyGOD 
+1
2018-03-06 22:19
#10
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Ukraine kek1 
ok
2018-03-06 21:28
nice
2018-03-06 21:28
#12
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Poland FTSinho 
nice
2018-03-06 21:28
okej
2018-03-06 21:28
#14
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Europe MBTDK 
b0b
2018-03-06 21:28
Lul
2018-03-06 21:28
#16
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
FaZe lose too
2018-03-06 21:28
#17
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
Gz
2018-03-06 21:28
balalaika
2018-03-06 21:28
#19
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United States MrDameLeche 
How is Faze not a loser lol 3rd straight final loss they are chokers
2018-03-06 21:29
a final and a semi final are nothing compared to going out in groups lol. are you really that dumb? nvm saw flag and flair, yeah you're that dumb
2018-03-06 21:34
+1 It's common knowledge really lmao
2018-03-06 22:00
#50
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United States MrDameLeche 
Olof fanboy triggered xD
2018-03-06 22:52
Maybe if your team stopped going out in groups you wouldn't stoop this low
2018-03-07 00:11
#75
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United States MrDameLeche 
#Fazeup haHAA
2018-03-07 00:32
#123
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Switzerland Alzameister 
lul triggered af
2018-03-08 03:39
#29
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Australia KatVian 
Yeah, but they made the final at Katowice and top 4 at star series. Still underwhelming but SK, Cloud9 and G2 all did a lot worse in comparison to their own skill level.
2018-03-06 21:35
At least they are consistent
2018-03-06 21:39
Semi final and a grand final going all 5 maps and then barely loosing is failure to you? Jeez in that case C9 would have to be ranked "absolute low level crap that should disband". But that would still be ludicrous at this point in time, so rating faze that low is insane
2018-03-06 21:51
IEM Faze 4 finals in a row btw Pretty impressive performance. Leave the salty hamburger alone in his tears.
2018-03-07 03:22
I must correct you so not many people get mistificated: It was not their 4th final in a row as they finished fourth at StarSeries Kiev.
2018-03-12 11:40
#20
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India transformer 
Vp should not be in this list, they are a failing everyone knows, it is like rubbing salts of already wounded and sad VP fans
2018-03-06 21:29
#30
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Australia KatVian 
VP are losers.
2018-03-06 21:36
Yeah but I dont need to see an article about it every week :(
2018-03-07 00:11
#21
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Brazil DooteR_ 
And Faze lose... Kappa
2018-03-06 21:30
Faze ??
2018-03-06 21:30
#95
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United States EmperorTrump 
neither winners nor losers with their consistent high placements
2018-03-07 10:14
#24
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
24
2018-03-06 21:34
clown9
2018-03-06 21:34
losers SK LMAO
2018-03-06 21:35
Virtus.Pro hahah go disband pasha
2018-03-06 21:35
#31
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United States Artifactz 
Winners: Fnatic Goes 0-3 LUL
2018-03-06 21:37
#57
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
Can you read?
2018-03-06 23:21
#58
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United States Artifactz 
Didn’t read IEM part :p NA Brain
2018-03-06 23:26
It's fine :p
2018-03-07 16:28
Losers: faze??
2018-03-06 22:04
2nd place and 4th place,how are they loosers ?
2018-03-07 13:40
"We still can't call mousesports an elite team," Seriously? If mouz isnt elite, who is? mouz is prolly 2nd strongest team behind FaZe resultwise in last 3 months with ECS 2nd, Dreamhack 2nd, Major top8 and now Starladder 1st, which was arguably the most competitive tournament in csgo ever, even higher competition than the major itself with the amount of quality teams and bo3 system. /edit: You can even count the consistency factor for mouz, who needed to qualify for EPL/ECS finals months prior due solid long term online play aswell as dating back to Mykonos 1st place again, so they are easily top 10 for many months and arguably top 3 in last 3 months if you wanna be nice, but surely top 5 objectively.
2018-03-06 22:18
#53
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
i agree results wise they are top 3 consistency wise they are top 5
2018-03-06 23:06
Mouz first win csgo? And mikonos
2018-03-06 22:40
#52
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
first 250k + tourny
2018-03-06 23:03
#54
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Brazil hugoooo 
"chrisJ led mousesports to their first $250,000+ tournament win in CS:GO" hltv.org/events/3061/esg-tour-mykonos-20..
2018-03-06 23:07
Ok
2018-03-07 00:06
#48
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Ireland MikeRochburns 
winners= mouz losers= everyone except mouz
2018-03-06 22:41
#59
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United States Artifactz 
Winners: mouse and fnatic*
2018-03-06 23:27
nip became so irrelevant, theyre not even appearing in the losers list
2018-03-06 22:43
they have a new lineup and have been playing better than usual wtf
2018-03-07 00:15
#51
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United Kingdom Theodoooore 
Gambit have fallen so far that they're not even losers :(
2018-03-06 23:01
it is just a question of time.They will come back .
2018-03-07 09:51
it is just a question of time.They will come back soon.
2018-03-07 09:50
#99
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Germany ripseN 
it is just a question of time.They will fall even further.
2018-03-07 11:05
#100
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Germany ripseN 
it is just a question of time.They will fall even further soon.
2018-03-07 11:05
#55
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Poland Hell2k 
Winners mouz Fnatic and s1mple
2018-03-06 23:11
s1mple is a looser considering his performance and will to win in front of home crowd.
2018-03-06 23:28
#61
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United States jay_320 
I think only two teams have made a real upswing since the major. Liquid and Mouz. Mouz obviously has the win. Liquid stole CS summit from C9 and has played some really good games vs Euro teams and SK. If they do well at WESG I'll jump on board the Fnatic train but one absolutely awful showing and one amazing showing aren't enough for me. The only team that's a "loser" to me is SK. They've lost some match ups that they absolutely should have won. C9 did badly in Star Series no question (also had a murderers row of BO3s) but as the article mentions Guardian doesn't hit a lucky wall bang and they make the semis in Katowice and who knows what happens. It took Faze double OT to actually take the series. They put up a good fight. I think the five best teams playing right now are Faze, Mouz, Liquid, C9 and Navi. I don't have a ton of long-term faith in Navi. Could easily see G2 or SK come back strong going into the spring and summer.
2018-03-06 23:37
I definitely have a lot of faith in fnatic to keep making deep runs if their individual form keeps up I think you put a lot of stock into navi but if they are having an on day, they are definitely an elite team
2018-03-07 00:13
#69
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United States jay_320 
That's the thing with Navi that worries me. If Simple is not on then the team isn't going to do that great. If Simple is on every game or at least most then they can be a threat all year. Like what I've seen out of Flamie a lot too. Heck I like what I saw out of Fnatic. Just need to see it more.
2018-03-07 00:15
#72
nitr0 | 
United States H4wkx 
+1
2018-03-07 00:23
#124
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
I know I look at this with different feelings than you, but I feel that Cloud9/fnatic/Astralis are all equally strong at the moment. I also rate NaVi as a worse team than those 3 considering their consistency. Without s1mple playing like a god NaVi is not top5 team imo.
2018-03-08 10:08
The loser is faze on overpass When are they going to dominate on there again? Everyone knows they are sick on cache so a lot of teams are going to take overpass going into them
2018-03-07 00:15
Yeah, it's frustrating to watch. One day they are dominating on it and the next day they shit the bed. Pretty inconsistent
2018-03-07 03:35
It seems like they lost their touch on overpass and inferno as they brought cache and train into the pool
2018-03-07 05:05
#74
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Belgium Odynessia 
+1
2018-03-07 00:31
#76
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Estonia Shekz1 
Y mouz didn’t play on katowice?
2018-03-07 00:37
they lost the online qualifier vs AVANGAR I believe here: hltv.org/matches/2319239/avangar-vs-mous..
2018-03-07 03:30
#125
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
They also lost the online closed qualifier vs GAMBIT here: hltv.org/matches/2319072/gambit-vs-mouse.. They tried to qualify 2 times but sadly lost 2-1 in close series twice.
2018-03-08 10:11
#77
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African Union mikecool 
Overall I find this article fairly accurate.
2018-03-07 01:39
NaVi ?
2018-03-07 02:54
#82
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Finland Sandetek 
Astralis still best team
2018-03-07 04:37
#92
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Slovakia AdorrioN 
+1
2018-03-07 09:51
S1mple = BEST!
2018-03-07 05:47
#85
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Brazil Seleskva 
Winners: Fnatic Losers: everyone else
2018-03-07 06:07
#86
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
i would also put renegades into that winners list to be honest, a pretty good showing by them
2018-03-07 06:25
#106
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Australia nomitycs 
boys will never get recognition in these
2018-03-07 12:27
Fnatic: Let's get last place in the smaller tournament then first place in the bigger one.
2018-03-07 08:53
Winners: Cheats - Valve Losers: everyone else that loves csgo
2018-03-07 09:02
#89
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Finland ginbay 
Nc mousesports
2018-03-07 09:05
#93
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India Ba[N]gd0 
YaY Fnatic back to good old glory days
2018-03-07 10:07
#96
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United States EmperorTrump 
1 tournament fluke win just like NiP, C9 and Mouz
2018-03-07 10:16
#108
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India Ba[N]gd0 
Whatever dude.My favourite team won I dont care if they win by fluke or they win by dominating Winning is what matters
2018-03-07 12:58
#94
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United States EmperorTrump 
SK, C9, G2 and VP are losers OMEGALUL HLTV delivers as usual
2018-03-07 10:15
where are Faze? Forever second xD
2018-03-07 10:16
Faze not on the loser list? rigged ! they attended both events as #1 , placed 4th and 2nd , lost 4 BO3 against 3 different top10 teams and they are not on the loser list? gg
2018-03-07 10:42
they consistantly got into finals in basically every event they attend, ofc they didnt win alot, but they get there and threw to much, still more consistant then any other team by a huge margin despite mousesports. SK is also considered top 3 and hasnt done shit for months
2018-03-07 13:39
this article is about the last 2 events. and no, they didnt played finals in kiev. SK is on the loser list because "Considering the status Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's teams have reached in the last few years, anything less than consistently winning titles will seem like an underachievement from SK" With the same argumentation you can put faze on it. they are #1 and the expectations were that they win these 2 tournaments.finally win any fucking tournament. if you are the set winner of 2 tournaments and you go out in semis and lose a Bo5 final, where else you should be but on the loser list?
2018-03-07 13:51
you are a retard
2018-03-07 13:49
#101
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Poland kick_michu 
VP 3x maps on last two LAN and all with huge problems in OT
2018-03-07 11:09
Vp losers ^2
2018-03-07 11:36
#111
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Europe trey_ 
FaZe are the biggest losers fosho
2018-03-07 13:48
#114
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Germany t_mmey 
astralis not considered as losers, at least something i guess lol
2018-03-07 14:14
MICHU OMEGALUL
2018-03-07 15:01
#122
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China Netori 
test
2018-03-07 20:20
meh, c9 won a major, finished second at summit, got shitted on at star ladder by panda to make room for home town teams, and make the playoffs of katowice. If that is not a winning 3 (2?) months, then I am not sure you guys understand what winning and losing is.
2018-03-09 15:53
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