Valiance - A second chance for Serbian CS

With Valiance set to attend their first big international event this week, we take a look at the team, its history, and how their story developed over time.

Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, one of the best players in the world, Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, a prominent coaching figure, and Janko "YNk" Paunović, a leading analyst, were all a part of the same team at the start of CS:GO. Under iNation, the trio made their first breakthrough, and even though the squad represented organizations such as Refuse and GamePub at different LANs, the iNation name, which was essentially just a tag with no backing, gained notoriety and became a synonym for the best team in the region.

There was, of course, more to that team than the pieces that are currently well known internationally. After a few quiet years, the supporting cast in iNation's early CS:GO success would go on to creating their own story—now as Valiance.

Passing on the mantle

One player has been present through all of the iterations of the team. Luka "emi" Vuković was 19 years old when he played his first CS:GO HLTV match for iNation, slotting alongside the three aforementioned players and Nemanja "k1Ng0r" Bošković. Now 24, emi has never stepped outside of this slowly evolving core of players or played for a different team.

emi alongside k1ng0r and NiKo at DreamHack Bucharest 2013, where the team represented Refuse

Joining the squad before the end of 2013 were two more current Valiance members, as YNk stepped down and kassad shifted towards a coaching position. The first one was Nestor "LETN1" Tanić, someone very close to emi: the duo hail from the same town on the outskirts of Belgrade, Pančevo, and had been playing together for the majority of CS 1.6. The second one was Anel "NENO" Ceković, who was a part of ENTiTY in 1.6, attending big tournaments such as WCG 2010, SEC 2011 and GameGune 2012 with the regionally acclaimed Macedonian squad.

With LETN1 and NENO and under the GamePub name, the team had their biggest success, beating Astana Dragons, a highly ranked team at the time, in a BO3 series, to place third at StarSeries Season VIII. However, the main talking point back then wasn't the team as a whole, but the heroics of the young Bosnian NiKo, who outperformed some of the game's legends in Kiev.

Despite a lot of effort put in, the team was unable to even come close to a feat of that magnitude again, which led to them disbanding early into 2014, following a streak of failed qualifiers.

"After the old iNation lineup fell apart, me and LETN1 became inactive. I focused on my studies and didn't play CS competitively, I just did it for fun, and also attended some LAN tournaments in Serbia. That's how it was more or less until 2016, when I thought about getting back." - emi

In 2016, while NiKo and YNk were already making strides internationally, emi, LETN1 and kassad banded together once more, set to take CS seriously and breakthrough. Slotting in the AWP position was Đorđe "DJOXiC" Niciforović, who had been playing with the core—in their rare appearances—since 2015, while Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, who was talked into returning to CS:GO by his cousin NiKo, earned a spot in the side a bit later. After kassad, often criticized for his individual level, once again took a step back to a managerial position, iNation tried to play with a foreign player—Viktor "flash" Tamás Bea—but that didn't work out either.

"We first changed flash (flash) for nexa (Nemanja "nexa" Isaković) because we wanted to communicate purely in our language. It was difficult to communicate in Serbian between the four of us and then English with flash, the communication wasn't the best. After that, nexa went to Renegades, so we decided to try playing with NENO, he was the most experienced and the best option we had." - LETN1

"At that time, we tried a few different lineups until we found one that had what it takes to compete professionally. Obviously, bringing in NENO elevated us to a new level." - emi

For NENO, the offer to return to iNation came at the ideal moment, as almost a year had passed since he had parted ways from his last serious team, the Spanish-Balkan crossover x6tence, and his desire to compete was growing strong.

"I wasn't serious about CS in 2016, but I didn't take a break, I was playing for fun the whole time. At the end of 2016, I decided to invest in a stronger PC and better internet to try streaming and search for a good team. At the perfect time, iNation contacted me and asked me to join the team, they presented me a good project with people at the helm that are capable of making a big thing out of it. Of course, I accepted the offer." - NENO

The squad had been set for quite a while when the Macedonian, NENO, came in

But at this point, kassad, the main man behind of iNation, was already out of the picture, leaving Serbia to join Renegades as the coach. Someone had to step in to ensure the legacy of the team was continued, and it was Petar "peca" Marković, a well-known figure in the region with international experience, who took over as the team's manager.

"kassad contacted me at the end of 2016, shortly after he got the offer to join Renegades. iNation was our most successful and most decorated CS:GO team, and it needed someone who is willing to put in his time and effort to secure these guys, who have a lot of talent, the necessary conditions to play the game and succeed in it. kassad passed on the mantle to me and the guys took me in very well since we had known each other for years." - peca

The squad was set by the end of January: emi, LETN1, DJOXiC, huNter-, NENO, with peca as the manager. The drawn-out shuffle period took a toll on the team's ranking, though, so iNation found themselves at their lowest point, sitting at 105th.

The struggles of going "pro"

As is normal for a team of their stature, iNation had to earn their stripes via low-level online competitions, in their example the Binary Dragons cups. Over three editions of the tournament and about three months, the Serbia-based team managed to climb to a top 50 ranking, which impressed the Binary Dragons management enough to sign them to their organization—and send them to the Copenhagen Games 2017 BYOC a few days later.

"We had searched for a home for a long time. We had had different offers from different sides of the world, both individually for our players and for the whole team. Still, we waited for the right offer, which could give our players the freedom to leave all of their other responsibilities behind and focus on the game 100%. Binary Dragons was the organization that offered us what we needed at that moment, so we accepted it and we were more than happy. "

"That was the first really professional contract a team from the Adria region ever signed, the players could finally focus on what they do the best— play the game. That was the moment we went full time, even though it was still hard to change the habits of people and having them adapt to the fact that they now had a professional contract and a real job." - peca

Sporting the Binary Dragons jerseys for the first time at Copenhagen Games 2017

At Copenhagen Games, making the main part of the tournament ended up being an unreachable goal, Binary Dragons fell short to Defusekids, a Benelux mix, in the last round of the BYOC qualifier. Some of Binary Dragons' weak points were exposed there, most notably their susceptibility to force-buys and a lack of composure in clutches.

Binary Dragons continued their online grind after that, but still found time to cruise to two domestic LAN victories and finish second at the regional ESL SEC S5, losing to Outlaws in the grand final. After floating around the 50th place in the HLTV.org rankings for a couple of months, Binary Dragons finally made a step forward by qualifying for DreamHack Open Atlanta 2017 at the start of June.

"There was a lot of pressure in the first few months under Binary Dragons. We had signed a professional contract and we expected to get everything we had in writing. In reality, it wasn't that great, so we still weren't able to focus on the game 100% . There were ups and downs, but the run that we had at the start of our professional careers was satisfactory, since we managed to qualify for DreamHack Atlanta in the end as the best team in the open and closed qualifiers.

"We didn't have any big issues in the team, the atmosphere was good, it was just hard to get used to how things were. The support from the organization was just a fraction of what was promised, which was one of the reasons we felt a lot of pressure and had some bad results." - peca

After having everything settled in over the summer break, Binary Dragons had a strong Minor Qualifier campaign, making it to the deciding match after eliminating HellRaisers earlier on. Against GODSENT, their lack of experience was noticeable as they struggled to deal with the Swedes' style and lacked composure in the late round situations:

"We were ready for that Minor, we were a step away from it, but GODSENT is a team that uses a style we have issues against. They are strong individually and they like to do crazy things around the map, they are all over the place. The state of the team back then was fine, but we weren't able to find a solution for that game style. As time passes, we are more and more ready to cope with teams like that." - NENO

Not long after the Minor Qualifier had ended, Binary Dragons signed for a new organization, the neighbouring Croatia-based Valiance, whose owners presented an ambitious plan: reach a top 16 ranking and qualify for ESL Pro League. Now, finally, the team had the backing they needed to give all of their focus to CS:GO.

"Things definitely changed when we signed for Valiance, they are our first real, professional organization, they are available for anything we need, finally allowing us to fully commit to the game. The people behind the project are true professionals, they help fix our problems, both inside and outside of the game. Right at the start, they got us a sports psychologist whose work affected the way the players act and perform positively. I hope the cooperation with Valiance will be a lasting one, they have shown that they are capable of supporting us, and we are growing together." - peca

Under the new name, emi and co. secured the title at the Vip Adria League Finals in November, adding yet another domestic LAN victory to their list, but couldn't do the same at the more competitive Esport Balkan League Finals a month later, where they were edged by Windigo 16-11, 16-13.

Valiance are the kings of the Adria region, but have to figure out Windigo before claiming the whole of Balkan

With the turn of the year, Valiance found themselves floating on the edge of the top 30 ranking, but unable to make the needed step forward. The Serbian squad was playing teams such as Heroic, Windigo and eXtatus online often, making it into latter stages of qualifiers for tournaments such as cs_summit 2, IEM Katowice 2018, and ECS Season 5, but a big result was still lacking—it seemed that the team had reached its peak.

An injection of fresh blood

After two months of mediocre results, Valiance started dipping in the rankings, but it was a 5-8th finish at the Play2Live Cryptomasters LAN in Minsk that was the final straw for the lineup, which had been together for over a year at that point. AWPer DJOXiC, who had dipped in form, found himself on the chopping block.

"We started stagnating, stopped improving, and after giving the lineup a lot of time—we had been together for over a year—we reached a level we couldn't move past. I don't think that anyone likes lineup changes, but we realized that we needed a new talent, some new motivation in the team. We gave Impulse a chance, and now, that is paying off." - NENO

Despite the team's issues, it wasn't expected that Valiance would make a change, and it was even less expected that they would pick up such a "green" player like Aleksa "Impulse" Stankić. Most of the regional players always felt like the 'iNation core' was unreachable to players outside of their clique, a group of players who had proved themselves a long time ago, mostly all the way back to CS 1.6.

Picking up a young gun like Impulse is a new approach for this core of players

That feeling was shared by Impulse, a youngster who, almost out of nowhere, had broken out domestically in 2017. His rise happened under k1Ng0r's tutelage while he was wielding the AWP for RESISTANCE. After that team came to an end due to internal issues, Impulse moved on to the next best thing—Squared—where he earned a salary for the first time in his career. By the end of the year, the 21-year-old was topping the scoreboard for his team consistently, both against domestic and European opposition, showing that he had outgrown the level of CS played in the region.

"I think that about halfway through my stay in RESISTANCE I started to put in more effort, started thinking more about what I do while playing, that is when I improved most. After that, practicing against weaker teams started becoming more and more tiresome, it was apparent that my rate of improvement had slowed down, and with that, I looked for a way out of our region—considering the stories that circulated about Valiance at the time.

"To be honest, I also thought that the 'iNation core' was a closed circle. If I even had an inkling that they would be doing a lineup change, I probably would not have signed a contract with x6tence." - Impulse

The AWPer signed for the international squad x6tence White at the end of January, but would end up joining Valiance only a month later, first as a trial player and then on a permanent basis. Despite his lack of international and even limited local experience, NENO didn't see Impulse's signing as a risky move:

"We watched his matches, we saw that he was talented, and we heard that he was willing to work hard, which was the most important thing for us, so we didn't feel like we were taking a big risk by adding him. Impulse is a very good sniper and, with little more experience, no team will have an easy time dealing with him." - NENO

The mentality change and openness to a new player, to fresh blood, was just what Valiance needed. With their new AWPer, whose rapid fire rate immediately catches one's eye, they climbed from a 62nd ranking back to the brink of a top 30 placing in a little over a month. During that run, they managed another achievement: to be the first team from the Adria region to qualify for a big tournament, DreamHack Masters Marseille.

"Impulse brought the new motivation every team gets when they change a player. I, as the in-game leader, put in more time to make our game even better and also to perform well as a player so I have a lot of impact by playing, not just by calling. Other players worked on improving in their roles, they took them to a new level, and that will only get better when we get experience from tournaments such as DreamHack Masters Marseille." - NENO

After qualifying for Marseille, there was no time for celebration, as just days later the squad was in Denmark, playing the BYOC tournament at Copenhagen Games. Valiance was a more seasoned team than at last year's tournament, and displayed that by making it past the likes of Epsilon and NOREG to qualify for the main event. Their anti-eco play had become sharper against teams of this level, fewer mistakes were made and a sense of calmness was present in their clutches—that weren't slipping out of their hands as they had in 2017.

Valiance gave North a run for their money on the main stage of Copenhagen Games

In the main tournament, Valiance got placed in a group with North, Windigo, and Quantum Bellator Fire. The Russian squad seemed beatable, but North was the favorite to win the event while Windigo, even though are seemingly close to Valiance in the ranking, had been picking up victories over them consistently for quite a while. Making the playoffs was going to be a tough task, especially considering how drawn out the BYOC tournament had been.

Valiance took on North first and not only put up a fight, but pushed the Danes to the edge in front of their home crowd. Valiance played with no respect right from the pistol round, when they pushed middle on Inferno as Counter-Terrorists, and were in the driving seat during the majority of the map, despite regularly finding themselves on the losing side of clutches.

After taking Inferno, Valiance fell flat on Cobblestone, a map that has historically been an issue for them, moving to the decider—Nuke. NENO's team showed good team play and an understanding of how to play the map, but unlike in the BYOC, they cracked under pressure in late stages of rounds, time after time. After a poor CT half, Valiance were looking to bring it back on the T side, but ultimately lost to a USP-S stack in yard which stopped their comeback attempt and allowed North to take the series with a 16-12 win.

Quantum Bellator Fire wasn't a big challenge for Valiance, who then played Windigo for a place in the playoffs. On two fairly contested maps, the Bulgarians were the better side, with Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov's and Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov's aggressive play and entries being the biggest issue for Valiance.

A bar raised too high

NENO has drilled his squad well, building a system in which one can clearly see there is a set goal in each round, Valiance almost never look lost or bereft of ideas. On the Terrorist side, they like to mix in a fair share of contact plays, which are led by their entry fragger, emi. Even though he isn't the most prolific player in terms of first kills, there is always someone coming after him to get the trade frag—which can be seen in emi's Death Traded statistic from Copenhagen Games 2018, where he was the most traded player at 28,5%. The longevity of the squad' core, and especially the years-long partnership between emi and the second player in, LETN1, surely help in this regard.

Impulse will most often be accompanying the entry duo with the AWP, while NENO calls the shots as he is taking control of a peripheral part of the map. The team's leader is also a strong clutch player, often showing up in the final stages of the map to drag Valiance across the finish line, either by a securing big entry or a by solving a post-plant.

huNter- is Valiance's best-rated player overall, but still, he is not the hyper-carry player NiKo was in the past—since this team's inception, the fragging has always been fairly balanced out among the five players. huNter- is also set up to score well: having more passive roles in most of the tactics, coming in later in the rounds and doing the cleanup. However, as the team's star, he is also allowed freedom to do solo plays, such as walking up A ramp on Cobblestone or making João "felps" Vasconcellos-like moves in window on Mirage. Even though the Bosnian can pull those sorts of plays off, often times they will be out of tune with his team, who won't be in a position to capitalize on the eventual sneaky kill.

Valiance need the whole team to be in sync in order to do damage in Marseille

Valiance's main issues remain anti-ecos and clutches. An improvement has been apparent over the last year, but, when pressure is high, they still lack the presence of mind to close out these advantageous rounds, which can lead to the game spiralling out of control.

"We sometimes have issues when we lose a round that should've been ours, that can rattle us, but I think that we are progressing in that regard. We are not allowing those situations to affect us mentaly, we are able to focus on the next round and leave what happened behind." - NENO

"When we started working with Valiance's sports psychologist at the end of 2017, his first task was to deal with what happens in the minds of our players after we lose rounds we shouldn't have lost. The situation is improving, but there is still a lot of work to be done." - peca

This week in Marseille, Valiance will be pushed to the limits. Yes, since adding Impulse, they have shown that they can compete with teams outside of the top 10, such as North and Heroic, but the level of competition at DreamHack Masters will be much higher. Placed in a group with mousesports, SK, and NiP, the Balkan boys will have no easy matchup, and it is more than likely that these teams will employ a no-respect, all-aggressive style that Valiance can sometimes struggle to cope with.

The task ahead seems insurmountable, the bar raised too high, but perhaps the 'Balkan mentality'—often-cited as the cause of disbands and lack of success in the region—, will work out in their favor this time.

"The 'Balkan mentality' is something that definitely exists. You simply can't change some ways of thinking, they are a part of our DNA. We are Balkan people, we love success and simply can't cope with defeat—or the fact that someone could actually be better than us. And we are also very stubborn, we will do anything to show the world who we are, where we come from and what we want to achieve." - peca

Hungary Viktor 'flash' Tamás Bea
Viktor 'flash' Tamás Bea
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
555
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
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
Serbia Petar 'peca' Marković
Petar 'peca' Marković
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
939
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
797
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Serbia Đorđe 'DJOXiC' Niciforović
Đorđe 'DJOXiC' Niciforović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
487
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Serbia Aleksa 'Impulse' Stankić
Aleksa 'Impulse' Stankić
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
420
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vuković
Luka 'emi' Vuković
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
872
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1563
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Serbia Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Nemanja 'k1Ng0r' Bošković
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
357
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' Tanić
Nestor 'LETN1' Tanić
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Macedonia Anel 'NENO' Ceković
Anel 'NENO' Ceković
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
mother serbia
2018-04-17 18:30
#15
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Hopefully ChoKo leaves FaZe to join his cousin in his team, that's where he deserves to be!!! DO IT CHOKO!!!!
2018-04-17 18:34
#111
crank | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina g0c0 
i hope too :D
2018-04-17 22:48
Ynk was cs player? Thats new.
2018-04-17 19:35
#114
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
You are new :)
2018-04-17 23:04
Actually no. And I think I have more time watching the scene then you.
2018-04-18 00:18
#133
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
I've been on that scene in 1.6, so actually - no. Cheers hint - look @ when U created Ur acc, than look at mine :)
2018-04-18 00:42
#136
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
Newfag bought acc and doesnt know about banns
2018-04-18 01:18
#223
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
who cobra ?:)
2018-04-18 11:39
I talking about cs:go. Ps: I play cs since 2004. 11 years steam ( cuz usually play non-steam)
2018-04-18 01:19
#180
 | 
Denmark LnDcsgo 
Then you are new, welcome to hltv. :)
2018-04-18 05:46
#222
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
+1000
2018-04-18 11:38
#171
 | 
Oceania venjful 
You are the newfagboy not knowing yNk was a cs player for ination..
2018-04-18 02:46
Stopped readying at "Serbian CS"
2018-04-18 00:40
yes
2018-04-18 14:24
no chance for serbian CS
2018-04-17 18:31
#48
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
-1
2018-04-17 18:59
#82
 | 
Serbia LabtecSRB 
Syria CS ? hahahaahahha
2018-04-17 19:38
#138
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
Nt no scene
2018-04-18 01:19
Nt bad scene
2018-04-18 07:16
#184
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
3 majors You struggle to eat OMEGALUL
2018-04-18 07:18
2 Majors. And Europe +5 majors. Xaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-04-18 07:22
#188
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
lul country | continent? Choose one 3rd world irrelevant shit
2018-04-18 07:50
Xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa monkey mad? Xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-04-18 08:00
#203
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
LUL 3rd world no scener Cry is free
2018-04-18 10:00
3rd world xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa monkey ples. Try not stab in school xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-04-18 10:07
#209
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Denmark staraxe 
Nice english skills 3rd worlder huehuehuehue
2018-04-18 10:12
You too monkey favela xaxaxaxaxa
2018-04-18 10:13
#212
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
Ashuashuashuashua enjoy ban, I triggered tou so you insulted me and got banned, ez ashuashuashuashua
2018-04-18 10:15
Xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa. Monkey never heard of VPN? Xaxaxaxa
2018-04-18 10:33
#202
 | 
Poland Rotheran 
Sweden - 4 majors France - 2 majors
2018-04-18 09:56
#204
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
Poland 1 OMEGALUL
2018-04-18 10:00
#219
 | 
Poland Rotheran 
And? Still Europe > SA.
2018-04-18 10:39
2* dellusional boy.
2018-04-18 07:32
#84
 | 
Croatia DNM_ii 
OK Syria CS
2018-04-17 19:45
#139
 | 
Denmark staraxe 
Nt no scene
2018-04-18 01:19
I'm african
2018-04-17 18:31
#5
 | 
Estonia VeTox 
another fail
2018-04-17 18:31
Ez for Serbian players :D
2018-04-17 18:32
#78
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
ruski orthodox brothers
2018-04-17 19:35
#7
BOOBIE | 
Sweden kaffe_ 
remove kabab intensifies
2018-04-17 18:32
#8
 | 
Netherlands shavedballsack 
or mouz can win
2018-04-17 18:33
REMOVE KEBAB
2018-04-17 18:32
#10
 | 
Serbia Removekebab13 
Lezgo hltv remove kebabs
2018-04-17 18:33
#11
 | 
Poland ShymiX 
GL guys!!!
2018-04-17 18:33
#16
 | 
Poland dreamShow 
lets go valiance!
2018-04-17 18:34
+niko
2018-04-17 18:34
#18
Serbia Jopo 
EZ4Impulse 144hz gamer
2018-04-17 18:34
#19
NEO | 
Poland snakemtt 
balkan hope leggo
2018-04-17 18:35
>Serbia >Cs
2018-04-17 18:35
#88
 | 
Serbia reknon 
>space soldiers >good results on lan
2018-04-17 20:03
Looks really funny when kebab tries to make a joke after 2 good months of SS (where’s just no another team in turkey)
2018-04-17 20:10
#140
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Denmark staraxe 
Russian CS EleGiggle
2018-04-18 01:23
We lost 16-13 to the 2nd best team in the world on their best map.And you can't even get 16 rounds in 2 games to Astralis and Gambit.KEBAB CS OMEGALUL
2018-04-18 21:28
Rip Valiance Hardest group at DH Marseille
2018-04-17 18:36
Remove kebab
2018-04-17 18:36
#24
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Brazil digozamaral 
Ez hunter
2018-04-17 18:37
Who Cares ??????
2018-04-17 18:37
Me
2018-04-17 18:48
We know who doesnt...USA
2018-04-17 23:09
#132
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Sweden Dino1 
There's actually alot of people from Balkan that care :)
2018-04-18 00:21
who
2018-04-17 18:38
Signed up 2017-04-29 Comments 18392
2018-04-17 18:40
nt taz
2018-04-17 18:41
get a life kid!!!
2018-04-17 18:42
#63
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Finland jakem0n 
+1
2018-04-17 19:19
+1
2018-04-18 08:17
#141
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Denmark staraxe 
Newfag who never got banned cuz no brain to form own personal opinion kid
2018-04-18 01:24
lets remove kebab
2018-04-17 18:38
How when they lose their map pick against washed up Havu hahahahaha
2018-04-17 18:41
ez 4 impulse
2018-04-17 18:41
#33
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
useless article
2018-04-17 18:42
#35
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Greece knk74 
Go valiance
2018-04-17 18:43
hehe
2018-04-17 18:44
#37
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Finland Smoonah 
always get Serbia and Syria mixed up
2018-04-17 18:44
#39
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Serbia Djomla2 
It's all good as long as it's you and not that retard Trump with his allies.
2018-04-17 18:47
Trump is the man! Go go TRUMP!
2018-04-18 02:30
how?
2018-04-17 22:41
Finland education
2018-04-17 23:10
Nah he is just a braindead one.
2018-04-18 01:00
#232
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
Finnish education better than germanys LUL
2018-04-18 14:10
yeees, SURE. and estonia is bigger than russia, and you are richer than germany.
2018-04-18 22:46
#249
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
Lmaoo did not say that, i said that finland has better education, not ESTONIA. Kannst du lesen?
2018-04-18 22:50
u kid should really learn to use internet better. maybe try to google best universities in europe, best university cities in europe, most known scientists in europe, inventions and stuff like that. than compare that between germany and finland.
2018-04-19 01:49
#127
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Finland Smoonah 
same word -2 letters
2018-04-17 23:22
their names sound completely different
2018-04-17 23:40
He's probably not a native English speaker and isn't used to hearing the words
2018-04-18 05:16
🤔 hm...
2018-04-18 15:50
#38
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Poland Klenny 
Srbija god
2018-04-17 18:45
>second chance >lose to havu
2018-04-17 18:48
#115
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
pointless match?
2018-04-17 23:06
#142
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Denmark staraxe 
Fangay kid
2018-04-18 01:27
#224
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
lol I have like 5 years more than U and yes its pointless 'cause they both qu for the main event
2018-04-18 11:41
2018-04-17 23:10
#43
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Netherlands HetIsPatat 
WHO????
2018-04-17 18:49
#44
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Finland ceresje 
WHO ? SERBIAN ??
2018-04-17 18:50
for me, the best ex yu line up ever was : niko neno emi k1ng0r ynk
2018-04-17 18:54
#46
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France Teellioz 
ez 4 kebab removers
2018-04-17 18:55
#47
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Slovakia Ganjamel 
Ynk > Valliance
2018-04-17 18:57
It's a big achievement for them guys, no need to make fun of them, yes the scene in that region is underdeveloped and that's understandable, but them even getting to such distances is more than they've ever achieved, let them have their time.
2018-04-17 19:00
+1000
2018-04-17 19:21
+1
2018-04-17 19:23
+1
2018-04-17 22:41
#116
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
+3598023523
2018-04-17 23:07
#51
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Macedonia balich 
CMON GUYS!!!
2018-04-17 19:01
#57
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United States Dr1GeR 
Ez Chance for New Niko!
2018-04-17 19:10
#59
NiKo | 
Macedonia Doche321 
Good luck !!!
2018-04-17 19:15
#61
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Spain GonGon 
SK choke incoming
2018-04-17 19:18
#143
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Denmark staraxe 
Spaniard scene EleGiggle
2018-04-18 01:29
#145
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Spain GonGon 
What's the point of saying that in this coment xDDDDD
2018-04-18 01:33
#149
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Denmark staraxe 
Nice logic boludo
2018-04-18 01:37
#153
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Spain GonGon 
Typical brazilian hahahahahaha
2018-04-18 01:44
#155
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Denmark staraxe 
LUL you and your country are irrelevant in everything LUL
2018-04-18 01:53
#156
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Spain GonGon 
how old are u? Hahahahhahahhahahahhahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahaha
2018-04-18 01:55
#163
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Denmark staraxe 
Gets rekt and asks age as a way of submission... expected from 3rd world no scene bot
2018-04-18 02:06
3rd world calling someone else 3rd world. Man I love hltv
2018-04-18 02:34
#172
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Spain GonGon 
OMRGALUL HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-04-18 03:26
#181
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Denmark staraxe 
Triggered 3rd world burguer no scener OMEGALUL
2018-04-18 07:10
#233
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
Please monkey shut your mouth nobody wants to listen to your shit
2018-04-18 14:11
#239
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Denmark staraxe 
nt 3rd world no scener btw ez report for calling me a monkey, enjoy ban :>
2018-04-18 15:35
But you are? Why would they ban?
2018-04-19 02:05
Rip Turkey
2018-04-17 19:20
stopped reading after "Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, one of the best players in the world" lmao -final choker -no major won -has only been relevant for a few months due to incredible statpadding with his strong bait play
2018-04-17 19:22
Niko doesnt bait
2018-04-17 19:35
#118
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
Who are You to talk about player in #1 clan in the world? ....
2018-04-17 23:08
Good Luck to Valiance. Make us proud boys.
2018-04-17 19:22
bosnia serbia pick one
2018-04-17 21:11
You dumb f**k ever heard of Balkans? Make Balkan proud. You do realize that many people from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro etc. support Valiance? It's nice to see that a team from a region where eSports in most cases isn't profitable and chosen as carrer to compete with top tier teams around the world.
2018-04-17 21:14
sry but only serbians can say make us proud. rest of "balkan" irrelevant btw
2018-04-17 21:17
Name checks out.
2018-04-17 21:17
#147
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Macedonia balich 
Neno is macedonian hunter is bosnian but you skipped geography classes
2018-04-18 01:35
you skipped english classes since u cant even read my name
2018-04-18 04:33
they did sixty years ago when yugoslavia saved world ass with fking nacism,but this new brainwashed generations dont know that. yugoslavia was in top 4 forces in the world. ok then its fuked up in 90s but this bastards act like they dont know who we are
2018-04-17 22:02
Ahh Yugoslavia. To Joseph Stalin: "Stop sending people to kill me! We've already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle... If you don't stop sending killers, I'll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send another." - Josip Broz Tito. Legendary quote. Even to Americans. They wouldn't stand a chance at that time.
2018-04-17 22:20
to americans in white house he lighted up his cuban cigar and president of that Regan told him, -WE DONT SMOKE HERE -lucky you he said and continued to smoke cigar. He two times made Americans idiots,he sold them false project of going to Moon and second time sold them worst car ever went to America Yugo thats why America was mad on us,he fucked them both,then they revenged to us after he died
2018-04-17 22:25
True. Totally agreed.
2018-04-17 22:26
he was savage. Copavi was fucking savage and best leader ever.God stopped watching Balkan after he died
2018-04-17 22:28
USA Education Pick one
2018-04-17 23:11
germany reading skills pick my name
2018-04-18 04:34
I can bet my head on it...you are just stupid, nothing to do with baits lol
2018-04-18 22:46
you just have been megabaited, do u think ppl takes hltv seriously? u might be the only one
2018-04-19 14:20
I dont have to think anything...you are american = you are stupid...simple as that
2018-04-19 23:08
nt nazi go back cheating in mm
2018-04-20 07:44
go back to killing civilians in the world for oil
2018-04-20 10:59
go back to make cheating system for exhausts hairy german gay midgetto
2018-04-20 12:45
what do Indians think about that? oh wait...
2018-04-20 19:18
Indians? retarded germanistan nice.
2018-04-20 19:19
ye, those people you murderer, you know? oh, you dont know...damn...you tend to forget really fast
2018-04-20 19:20
2nd? when was their first? serbia sucks
2018-04-17 19:24
ur mam suk dickS
2018-04-18 01:38
no scene cs all tier 5 players im better than them lmfao. any global mm team is
2018-04-18 10:39
#254
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Serbia Vekss 
For our country this is huge success i dont know why you need to hate...
2018-04-19 10:18
Newfag detected
2018-04-18 08:21
well done you watched cs for 15 years u feel old? and ur still broke
2018-04-18 10:39
Serbia CS pick one hahahahha
2018-04-17 19:24
#72
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Serbia ZAG0R 
cs gods
2018-04-17 19:27
Makin this kind of long thread for serbian cs
2018-04-17 19:30
Ez for sarma and cevapi boys
2018-04-17 19:36
good luck to our Serbian brothers!
2018-04-17 19:47
#87
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Serbia KS4 
"The 'Balkan mentality' is something that definitely exists. You simply can't change some ways of thinking, they are a part of our DNA. We are Balkan people, we love success and simply can't cope with defeat—or the fact that someone could actually be better than us. And we are also very stubborn, we will do anything to show the world who we are, where we come from and what we want to achieve." - peca GOD PECA
2018-04-17 19:50
good read, nice one Professeur
2018-04-17 20:20
#91
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Croatia Kozmos241 
So many toxic comments from people who probably never will understand and experience how difficulty it is to reach this level. Valiance is here for a marathon and not for the race. All best to our team. To be here and to have DH experience is valuable and will be a great learning for future. I dont feel like we are outsiders on this event, worst ranking team on hltv ladder from all teams attending ofcourse. However this spot we have is deserved, by hard work, and determination. Big thank you to all supporters.
2018-04-17 20:35
They can do some noice upsets in this group, GL!
2018-04-17 21:07
#97
vsm | 
United States Plactus 
Wow, one of the longest news articles I’ve read on hltv in a while. GL Valiance in future tournaments
2018-04-17 22:01
good luck to my brothers and nice guys ,you are amazing.keep up
2018-04-17 22:03
this was a very well written article and it's really disappointing to see all these disrespectful comments not really apreciating the effort the players made to reach their place and the people at HLTV to make this article
2018-04-17 22:53
#146
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Denmark staraxe 
Asslicking boludo kys
2018-04-18 01:34
recognizing a good work is not asslicking, if you think that way then your life must be very sad, which doesn't surprise me looking at your flag
2018-04-18 02:00
I honestly wish the admins cleaned up these article comments
2018-04-18 05:13
#121
NiKo | 
Serbia NEXIXOX 
GOOOOO BAINPA
2018-04-17 23:10
omegalul
2018-04-17 23:14
remove kebab x5= valiance
2018-04-18 00:14
#144
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Serbia catweazle 
Loving this rise of Valiance, gl boys!
2018-04-18 01:33
#148
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Denmark staraxe 
No name shitlords from 3rd world, expected post from shitty cancerous hltv balkanic writers
2018-04-18 01:36
7-1
2018-04-18 01:39
#154
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Denmark staraxe 
Serbia OMEGALUL cant even qualify to the worldcup or anything tbh
2018-04-18 01:52
Group E Brazil Costa Rica Switzerland Serbia u stupid or what?
2018-04-18 02:01
#162
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Denmark staraxe 
Kys boludo cancer fdp
2018-04-18 02:04
you talk about cancer because you've got experience living it, right?
2018-04-18 02:14
We qualified for WC in Russia, always beat Brasil in basketball whether its Olympics or WC, had a lot of wins vs Brasil in voleyball, way better in handball, tennis and other sports than BRA71L lul rekt
2018-04-18 02:04
#161
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Denmark staraxe 
Nt irrelevant 3rd worlder
2018-04-18 02:04
Serbia - Brasil 84 - 56 basketball WC quarter finals LUL youtube.com/watch?v=LXom2cxxueo Serbia - Brasil 3-0 voleyball in Rio in front of your fans LUL kys youtube.com/watch?t=8s&v=ict9uaZTkv8
2018-04-18 02:15
it's pointless to try and reasonate with a faveland habitant
2018-04-18 02:15
I know brah Im just bored :)
2018-04-18 02:20
#183
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Denmark staraxe 
Mad 3td worlder, real sports like football or cs you do shit cancerous europes ass piece of shit kid from unknown country who people names all end with itch OMEGALUL
2018-04-18 07:17
huNter is NiKo's bro?? kovac...
2018-04-18 01:40
while Nemanja "huNter" Kovač, who was talked into returning to CS:GO by his cousin NiKo, earned a spot in the side a bit later.
2018-04-18 02:02
thx
2018-04-19 05:22
#170
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
they need to become the best balkan team first which is not happening anytime soon xd
2018-04-18 02:41
I dont see windigo nowhere close to lan events.
2018-04-18 08:23
#195
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
2018-04-18 08:31
CPH Games omegalul
2018-04-18 08:39
#199
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
u sound like Valiance are participating at every big event gratz for them for qualifying at DH Marseille but still not even close to windigos/efrag/gplay etc achievments
2018-04-18 09:00
I have to agree with you dear backstabber.E frag was at one point top 15 team and only thing holding them back was dreamers vac ban.
2018-04-18 14:12
#174
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Canada Kenny2k_ 
Serbian CS lol
2018-04-18 04:15
Hltv has been coming out with some really great journalism this year Its such a shame the users of this website don't seem to hold similar standards The forum is irredeemable, but maybe you could purge article comments?
2018-04-18 05:12
#205
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World Notb8ing 
yea, I feel they should just get rly harsh with bans, maybe we have at least bit less dumb messages soon as people realize really bad messages aren't allowed at all...
2018-04-18 10:02
+1, they need to go for ip bans
2018-04-18 12:34
Serbian Ence. Ez for them
2018-04-18 08:02
I feel sorry for this newfags who dont even know how good ination was... Stupid kiddos GO VALIANCE
2018-04-18 08:24
#196
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Croatia Kozmos241 
+1
2018-04-18 08:35
Very nice article guys , thx for this!
2018-04-18 09:29
Article about Serbian CS First sentence starts with NiKo Lol???
2018-04-18 09:53
#215
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Serbia aXilelele 
Well he is kinda serb from bosnia
2018-04-18 10:27
#238
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Serbia SF94 
but even if he wasn't he was a big part of Serbian CS scene back in the day
2018-04-18 14:43
Good article, Valiance is in the toughest group but maybe that's what they need to push through. Every single team was an underdog at some point. Best of luck to my Serbian brothers. :)
2018-04-18 10:16
#220
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Romania Cuntstantin 
GL!
2018-04-18 10:41
what serbian cs you have 2 serbs in a team, gtfo. Its chance to put Balkan on cs map and fuck muslim sweedes in the ass
2018-04-18 11:31
Kako dvojica Srba, majke ti?
2018-04-18 14:08
#242
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Serbia livefour 
iskompleksirao se lik
2018-04-18 15:59
#225
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Serbia Daki187erz 
GL
2018-04-18 12:24
we will see what will happen today, nice text
2018-04-18 12:53
#228
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Malaysia byaIi 
easy for huNter
2018-04-18 13:33
bots
2018-04-18 14:19
Nt
2018-04-18 18:15
A SECOND CHANCE FOR SERBIAN CS I arent think thatz.
2018-04-18 19:50
not yet
2018-04-19 05:17
OMEGALUL
2018-04-19 12:36
im a monkey im 12years omegalul
2018-04-19 19:25
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