Winners and losers of ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals

Striker
May 23rd, 2018 21:43

As the dust has settled in Dallas, we took a look back at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and found its winners and losers.

The group stage of the tournament, played in the GSL-like group stage format in which eight teams play a double-elimination setting, saw a few surprises, mainly the early elimination of NiP, who placed last, and Cloud9, who finished 9th-12th. Otherwise, the groups went quite as expected, as all of the other top-ten teams made it to the playoffs, with Astralis and Natus Vincere skipping the quarter-finals after topping their respective groups.

The playoffs saw Liquid, who played their second tournament with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, beat mousesports and Natus Vincere on the way to the grand final without dropping a map. Repeating a dominant performance not unlike the one at DreamHack Masters Marseille, Astralis took their revenge on FaZe in stunning fashion before claiming their second title this year, taking down the North American side for the second time at the tournament after a close final.

Winners

Astralis & dupreeh

Naturally, the talk of the town are the Pro League Season 7 champions, Astralis, who have shown that they play the best Counter-Strike in the world, securing their third grand final appearance in a row as well as their second title with Emil "Magisk" Reif.

The Danes looked stunningly dominant up until the grand final once again, just like they had at IEM Sydney, although this time they came out victorious from another close final series, against Liquid.

Astralis solidified their position as the No. 1 team

Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen gets some extra recognition not only as the MVP — his first ever award for being the best player of a tournament —, but also because he showed up in the big matches - in which he usually disappears -, especially in comparison with his performances throughout the earlier stages.

There is no question that Astralis are the best team in the world. With every single one of their players at their peak, or at least close to it, it's looking like it will stay that way for a while, unless some more contenders start showing up.

Liquid

Liquid were somewhat of a question mark ahead of the Dallas event, as their first showing with TACO at DreamHack Masters Marseille had gone quite poorly, but they had also had plenty of time to prepare as they had skipped IEM Sydney, a tournament many of the other top-ten teams had attended.

That definitely paid off. Admittedly, the North American side had quite an easy route to playoffs, as only Grayhound and a Buğra "Calyx" Arkın-less Space Soldiers stood in their way to quarter-finals, while Astralis beat them with ease in the match for first place in the group. However, Liquid certainly showed their worth in the bracket stage, beating mousesports and Natus Vincere without suffering a single map loss despite playing their opponents' best maps.

Liquid's month-long break paid off

Although it looked like they were going to get blown out by the Danish powerhouse again in the grand final after a landslide loss on Dust2, Liquid persevered and managed to make the best-of-five a very close affair; a feat that few teams have been able to achieve since Astralis returned to the throne.

With a very busy schedule ahead, which continues at StarSeries in just a few days, it'll be interesting to see where Liquid end up by the end of the road. Right now, it's looking like they'll be back in the top-five in no time.

SK

After SK had bombed out of DreamHack Masters Marseille in April and IEM Sydney at the beginning of May, most notably losing to Grayhound at the latter tournament, our expectations for the Brazilians had hit their lowest point ahead of ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

Even though the Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo we know still has not shown up after handing the leadership over to Marcelo "coldzera" David — or partially, anyway, as Inferno and Cache have stayed under his reign —, SK made playoffs for the first time with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, and that has to be seen as an improvement over their first two showings.

Signs of improvement

There is still a lot of lost ground to make up if you're SK, though. On the way to playoffs, they beat one top-ten team in NiP, lost to Astralis, and fought through the lower bracket by passing Renegades and OpTic before eventually losing their first ever series to FaZe.

In other words, coldzera & co. have to show more than that before we consider them an elite team again. They've got plenty of tournaments ahead of them to do so, but the question is whether a packed schedule will do the trick once more; it has worked out for them in the past, when they were adjusting to João "felps" Vasconcellos.

Heroic

As a team that had just lost one of their best players and their in-game leader in Jakob "JUGi" Hansen and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer, and ended up playing with a stand-in in Dallas, Heroic were hardly expected to get within touching distance of a playoffs finish.

They did, however, nearly defeat Natus Vincere in a grueling match for a place in the quarter-finals, in which Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev & co. prevailed after overtime on the deciding map, Mirage, with Heroic pulling off a comeback from a 3-12 deficit.

Dallas was a promising start for Heroic

To top it off, Adam "friberg" Friberg's new team eliminated Cloud9 from the tournament with Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen, the stand-in, leading the way. Although the Scandinavian squad didn't make it to playoffs in the end, they were still competitive on mousesports' best map, Mirage, in the lower bracket final.

All in all, this was a promising result for Heroic, whose next event will be a much smaller challenge, as they're heading to DreamHack Open Austin in a week's time.

Losers

Cloud9

Expectations for Cloud9 had already been quite low, given that they had just come home from IEM Sydney, where they had placed 7th-8th, beforethe ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals began.

Their Dallas result might be their lowest point, though. Cloud9 once again suffered a big defeat at the hands of FaZe, had to come back from a map down against one of the biggest underdogs in Sharks, and were eliminated by Heroic after a one-sided series.

Cloud9 have failed to impress so far

The North American team clearly needs more time with Pujan "FNS" Mehta, who is in the process of adapting Cloud9's playstyle and seems to be having issues with it thus far, and it doesn't help that some of the players have been off form.

With a fairly relaxed schedule — two weeks before ECS Season 5 Finals begin and another month afterwards prior to ESL One Cologne —, they have enough amount of time to sort things out. But will they?

NiP

NiP were one of the three top-ten teams who didn't attend IEM Sydney, but that definitely didn't work in their favor as it did for Liquid. The Swedes finished dead last, alongside all of the biggest underdogs, MVP PK, Grayhound, and Sharks. Like Cloud9, NiP seem to be declining rather than improving with time, as their third offline tournament with Dennis "dennis" Edman came to a quick end after losses to SK and the new OpTic roster.

NiP are looking to StarSeries to boost their confidence

After Marseille had seen William "draken" Sundin dip way below his usual form, no one played well in Dallas; particularly the trio of Fredrik "REZ" Sterner, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, and dennis showed up in poor shape, which is a worrying sign for a team that will soon begin their journey of the next Major cycle.

The closed qualifier for the European Minor, for which NiP will likely be invited, will come in a month's time, so there is still time left for them to get back on their feet. As Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg said in our interview from Dallas, StarSeries should give us an idea of where NiP's chances stand. Another early exit one week closer to the aforementioned qualifier would deal a massive blow to the team's confidence, which may already be weakened.

The Australians

After IEM Sydney, the Australian teams looked to be on their way to bigger heights. Renegades had made the playoffs on home turf after beating FaZe in groups and barely lost to mousesports in the quarter-finals, while Grayhound had eliminated SK and looked more than competitive against FaZe as well.

But the Pro League Finals put them both back where they had been before the Australian tournament. Renegades only beat their compatriots in Dallas while losing to Space Soldiers and SK, and Grayhound exited the tournament one round earlier.

For Renegades, this isn't too much of a setback. They will still compete at big events in the near future — StarSeries at the very least —, but Grayhound will now return to their region and will find very limited opportunities to play on an international level again, especially if they don't qualify for the Asia Minor, on May 26.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
887
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
580
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
667
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
878
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
253
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1308
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
670
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
933
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1321
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
736
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
861
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
660
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
665
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
#1
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Lithuania Blueyyz 
Nice
2018-05-23 21:44
#12
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Brazil kukuxumu 
expected to SK
2018-05-23 21:47
#63
Gas | 
Germany te1mo 
Expected
2018-05-24 01:48
i love how the still underestimete SK, #1 for 2 years 'yet to be considered elite team again' braindead writers
2018-05-24 04:43
This sk roster is obviously not an elite team
2018-05-24 06:16
#79
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Australia kaos0002 
And what makes you think they're being underestimated? They havent been performing and other teams are getting good really fast. The writers aren't braindead
2018-05-24 07:38
Nobody is underestimating them, they are actually trash right now. Their past achievements mean fuck all now.
2018-05-24 13:04
Gud
2018-05-23 21:45
#6
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Poland b7ack0ut 
ok
2018-05-23 21:46
#7
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France FanchD 
sk in winners ? wtf
2018-05-23 21:46
#30
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Sweden C0P_t 
Comparison of result from previous events
2018-05-23 22:04
#39
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France FanchD 
its still bad
2018-05-23 22:39
#49
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Brazil Hellskull 
It's good man
2018-05-23 23:35
Slowly improving but NTC is better than them
2018-05-23 23:53
#56
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Brazil Hellskull 
Can't wait to see NTC, <3 fnx
2018-05-23 23:55
Getting eliminated in group stage to getting eliminated in quarter finals That's a win, I guess? Xd
2018-05-24 08:02
#88
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Slovakia Reve_nant 
Considering they didnt make playoffs in last 4 events. It is an improvement, but wouldnt considered it as a win. Especially when you look at teams they had to beat in order to go to playoffs
2018-05-24 08:37
Blame hltv man, i'm just explaining xd
2018-05-24 18:43
#8
woxic | 
Turkey CHAMPTZ 
SK mhmm
2018-05-23 21:46
#9
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Macedonia the_hitman 
Astralis should be under losers
2018-05-23 21:46
BIG LMFAO
2018-05-23 21:50
#93
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Spain N0Love 
They lost a map dude. They should really consider suicide because of It.
2018-05-24 10:29
Astralis is the best team in the world, dimwit.
2018-05-24 18:58
#10
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France ShadeZzcss 
OpTic is a winner too
2018-05-23 21:46
#11
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France Ghoul98 
+1
2018-05-23 21:47
+1
2018-05-23 21:51
#28
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Canada RONOK 
+1
2018-05-23 21:57
+1
2018-05-24 00:25
+1
2018-05-24 04:01
#70
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United States dr01d 
+1
2018-05-24 04:10
+1
2018-05-24 04:51
#75
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Stvn_ 
+1 they're improving alot
2018-05-24 05:41
#78
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Denmark mersault17 
Yes
2018-05-24 06:25
+1
2018-05-24 08:30
#90
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Norway C9suso 
+1
2018-05-24 08:53
#95
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Denmark denDAY04 
+1 I was surprised they weren't up there. Such a new squad showing a lot of potential.
2018-05-24 10:34
SK winners... WTF????
2018-05-23 21:48
#29
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Canada RONOK 
They did make it to the playoffs, which not a lot of teams did.
2018-05-23 21:58
They struggled to beat Nip (tier 2 team) and Optic (a team under construction), were rekt by Astralis and Faze (with a stand in). That wasn't enough to be considered a winner at all
2018-05-23 22:24
#45
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Canada RONOK 
FaZe stopped having a stand-in when they signed Xist. As for Astralis, they are obviously the best team in the world right now and there is no shame in losing to them. Also OpTic is a really good team with tons of talent and k0nfig and cajun stood on their heads during their match with SK. I'd say this is a major improvement for SK over what they've been doing
2018-05-23 22:59
#65
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Other Wadufuk 
Faze sign xizt as a stand-in,xizt is not a permanent member and secondly xizt stated before that he will like to continue as a igl
2018-05-24 02:10
#16
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Slovakia SLAVak 
15th
2018-05-23 21:48
sk from winning tournaments to barely pass groups and "winners" lmao
2018-05-23 21:49
probably hltv is baiting themselves as well
2018-05-23 22:05
I could be first this time but keep reading dem post wtf Bluezyy u first but only cuz I dumb
2018-05-23 21:51
#24
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Russia RoneEZ 
SK WINNERS! NEW ERA! EZ TOP1! FAVELASK RUNSKG EZZZ
2018-05-23 21:53
nt prokda
2018-05-23 22:52
tfw faze are neither winners nor losers
2018-05-23 21:53
+5. lost so terribly to astralis. guardian.. FeelsBadMan
2018-05-23 23:51
#57
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Australia CaZeR01 
Because they didnt do anything notable for winners or losers..??
2018-05-23 23:58
the fact that sk are considered winners with their performance says enough tbh
2018-05-23 21:54
no arguments here; do agree with @shadez, optic was winner too, I do think magisk was most clutch for 'stralis though
2018-05-23 21:55
#43
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Denmark Absi 
Plus one
2018-05-23 22:54
#33
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Portugal raaVz 
sk
2018-05-23 22:16
#36
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Poland HTMFS 
And where is Optic? +20 in ranking and no mention about them? They are bigger winners then astralis.
2018-05-23 22:34
*than
2018-05-24 00:16
#67
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Poland HTMFS 
I know but my phone always correct me from than to then. Sometimes I don't catch that.
2018-05-24 03:07
#109
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United States Jammin800k 
no they aren't but they're winners
2018-05-24 20:38
#37
NAF | 
Bangladesh Ligma_ 
lul kick fns
2018-05-23 22:35
> Winners > SK lmao wtf can HLTV be anymore biased ahahahaha
2018-05-23 22:39
#40
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United Kingdom Isquashua 
losers: esl after such low viewership
2018-05-23 22:45
#60
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Denmark Xipingu 
+1 ESL is retarded
2018-05-24 00:44
#41
flusha | 
Sweden moxxy 
SK winners, but not Optic?
2018-05-23 22:52
losers: esl after such low viewership
2018-05-23 22:58
#84
es3tag | 
Denmark Mutsgah 
The Facebook streaming sucked
2018-05-24 08:20
tbh those Brazilians should realize felps&Taco wasn't the problem in their team
2018-05-23 23:13
#47
swag | 
United States Kuulers 
Winners: Astralis Losers: All /close
2018-05-23 23:15
SK as a winner, lol
2018-05-23 23:41
#51
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Brazil beckergod 
why not? their results before this tournament its so fucking bad, eliminated in 4 group stages in a row, playoffs is a victory for they
2018-05-23 23:49
#62
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Brazil Doador 
+1
2018-05-24 01:28
thats fair, but that doesnt make them neither losers or winners, they made playoffs, so just not mentioning would be best rated imo, at least thats for the former SK lineup, maybe or even probably the new one wont ever get the top 3 status again, so getting playoffs might be their "new" landing spot if u see the 4 groupstage exits. so youre probably right, my bad. :)
2018-05-24 01:58
SK winner LUL
2018-05-23 23:53
WINNERS SK THANKS FOR THE LAUGH HLTV, BIASED AS EVER
2018-05-24 01:06
#66
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New Zealand JK_77 
Winner astralis Losers everyone not astralis
2018-05-24 02:36
#68
shroud | 
Australia Hythrex 
Liquid beating NaVi in playoffs without dropping a map and putting up an entertaining spectacle against Astralis in the final OpTic with an incredibly new roster almost making playoffs nt braindead VP fan, mad that you lost to avangar
2018-05-24 03:08
#73
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Brazil BlueLighting 
I think that he says Astralis is the only one who won the tournament.... and that is truth... and you got baited probably too
2018-05-24 04:46
#72
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Brazil BlueLighting 
I dont think that sk is a winner on this.... just let then with faze on the non-winner non-loser group
2018-05-24 04:44
Winner : Astralis Loser : other all teams
2018-05-24 06:15
#80
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Luxembourg alex24 
how are SK winners ? they got rekted very easy
2018-05-24 07:43
so what bout NaVI?
2018-05-24 08:00
#83
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Germany t_mmey 
SK winners OMEGALUL
2018-05-24 08:18
#85
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Something should be Said about optic! Thy did Amazing in their first event!
2018-05-24 08:22
#87
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
Losers: s1mple - didn't earn an MVP medal this time :DDD
2018-05-24 08:33
Where is Optic ??
2018-05-24 08:38
There is no question that Astralis are the best team in the world. With every single one of their players at their peak, or at least close to it, it's looking like it will stay that way for a while, unless some more contenders start showing up. Danish bias in hltv? I arent think that.
2018-05-24 09:16
#96
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Denmark denDAY04 
The "Danish bias" argument can only get you so far when you realize pretty much every analyst shares this sentiment right now. Just watch any broadcast of a match involving Astralis since Marselis.
2018-05-24 10:37
#92
Snax | 
United States Freakmode 
It’s now considered a win for sk just to make the playoffs xd
2018-05-24 10:19
#97
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Denmark denDAY04 
It's obviously a win in the sense that they are showing improvements again through their placement, compares to the last few months' slump. Of course it's not a win in comparison to their performance in the mid/late 2017, but that time of dominance has passed.
2018-05-24 10:39
rofl take my comment more seriously
2018-05-24 22:19
#94
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
Losers: ESL for low veiwership, Viewers for shitty Facebook mainstream Winners: local casters
2018-05-24 10:31
#102
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Brazil Collee 
+1 the whole CSGO loses tbh. No one getting more than 40k
2018-05-24 11:58
#98
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CIS VeryCISGuy 
C9 losers lul
2018-05-24 10:50
Liquid <3 TACO <3
2018-05-24 11:00
poor dennis
2018-05-24 11:54
#101
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Brazil Collee 
SK winners omegalul
2018-05-24 11:56
#103
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Brazil cadik 
where is biggest looser aka s1mple aka eco/exit fragger team ruiner
2018-05-24 12:06
#105
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Portugal Isaacovsky 
SK in the winner's side looks biased, we've seen teams do just as good as SK in similar circunstances and not being in the winners .
2018-05-24 16:27
astralis is the winner!
2018-05-24 20:24
#110
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United States Jammin800k 
Loser: Fans Winner: Facebook
2018-05-24 20:39
#112
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
SK IS THE WINNER !!
2018-05-25 02:39
dupreeh carry
2018-05-31 19:42
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