ESL One Belo Horizonte key storylines

LucasAM
June 12th, 2018 20:41

With ESL One Belo Horizonte set to begin on Wednesday, we take a look at the biggest storylines surrounding the Brazilian tournament.

The $200,000 event is set to begin on Wednesday, June 13, with the best-of-three, GSL group stage, whose first round will see two matches being played at the same time.

After the top two teams are found by Friday, the competition will move on to the Mineirinho Arena on the weekend with the best-of-three semi-finals and the best-of-five culmination of the tournament.

ESL returns to Brazil this week

ESL One Belo Horizonte features a variety of teams, with Astralis as the No. 1 team notably missing, giving the other top-ten teams — FaZe, mousesports (who will have Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert standing in for Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný), Liquid, and SK — a chance to claim silverware.

On the other side of the coin, we have the underdogs, Space Soldiers, Ghost, BIG, and Não Tem Como, who will be looking to upset the aforementioned favorites and gain some extra experience playing against some of the world's best.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the biggest storylines of ESL One Belo Horizonte:

FaZe’s Grand Slam dream could land foul amid roster instability

FaZe have been after the Intel Grand Slam ever since they won ESL One New York last year, an event in which the then newly minted European superteam decimated all opposition without dropping a map—and only let one team win more than ten rounds in a map (Liquid in the BO5 grand final). Much has changed since then, however, as FaZe have only been able to bag one of the six following Intel Grand Slam events and now need to win two out of the next three to cash out. This makes Belo Horizonte a crucial tournament for FaZe, who will have their last shots at the million dollars at two bigger and more competitive 16-team tournaments, ESL One Cologne 2018 and DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018.

The European team’s biggest hurdle in Belo Horizonte will be themselves, traveling to Brazil as the top ranked team.. On the bright side, FaZe caught a break as neither Astralis—the team that has been reigning supreme and knocked Finn "karrigan" Andersen’s side out contention for the ECS Season 5 and ESL Pro League Season 7 trophies in the semi-finals of both tournaments—nor Natus Vincere, who recently took the #2 spot on the ranking from FaZe, will be in contention in Brazil. On top of that, mousesports, one of their direct rivals, will also be fielding a stand-in.

FaZe's chances to claim the Grand Slam prize diminish with every event

If FaZe cannot make Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen work for them in Brazil, the dream of winning the Intel Grand Slam could quickly slip out of reach, but there is much for them to look forward to as no other team in the Belo Horizonte lineup is a clear favourite to take the trophy, and good performances by their star players could easily tip the scales in their favour. With Richard "Xizt" Landström, FaZe were able to beat both mousesports and SK without dropping a map in best-of-threes at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas. If they can mimic these results with cromen—who already got a feel for the team in FaZe’s semi-final run at ECS Season 5—and take the trophy, they could give themselves some time to get their roster issues in order, be it before ESL One Cologne or during the summer break prior to DreamHack Masters Stockholm, where the real battle for the Intel Grand Slam will play out for them. Were they to be unable to do that, FaZe’s real chances of taking home the $1,000,000 would be extremely diminished.

Reaching the top, a game of cat and mouz

mousesports steadily rose through the ranks during the end of 2017 and through the first quarter of 2018, but after peaking at #2 in April, mousesports have been struggling to play their A game. Currently ranked #4 in the world, the team lead by Chris "chrisJ" de Jong has been unable to make it past the semi-finals in the past four events, with two quarter-final finishes at DreamHack Masters Marseille and ESL Pro League Season 7, and two 3rd-4th finishes at IEM Sydney and StarSeries i-League Season 5.

ESL One Belo Horizonte could be the perfect chance for mousesports to show they are a team still capable of lifting a trophy, something they have been unable to do since they won back-to-back tournaments at StarSeries i-League Season 4 and the V4 Future Sports Festival, but while mousesports will have the advantage of being one of the top teams at the Mineirinho Arena, they will surely resent not having their highest rated player with them, oskar—who has a 1.15 LAN rating in 2018 with no event rating below 1. In turn, the fans will be able to see the return of n0thing, who will be back in action for the first time since August of last year, which in turn means chrisJ should once again be the main man behind the big green.

mousesports will be playing with n0thing instead of oskar in Belo Horizonte

The other favourite in Group B is Liquid, who maintain their #5 spot in the ranking after the June 11th update, but cut the distances with mousesports from 135 to 27 points. A good showing at the Mineirinho could eventually propel Liquid over their European rivals in the next update were mousesports to slip. Kicking off against BIG, an underdog in the match-up, Liquid could find themselves facing Robin "ropz" Kool's side in the Group B winners’ match were the Europeans to beat Não Tem Como, which is the most likely scenario. Having proven themselves on Inferno and Train, and with mousesports showing weakness on Mirage, Liquid could find themselves playing the role of the cat were the two teams to meet.

Liquid, who have been working their way up the ladder since Epitacio "TACO" de Melo’s acquisition with two finals in the last three tournaments—both lost to Astralis—, could find themselves once again in the same position, but this time with the exception of their bête noire not being in the server with them. Were this the case, Liquid could raise the trophy for the first time since February, when they won cs_summit 2.

The local heroes will look to strike gold in Minas Gerais

SK fly home on the back of a very minor win at Moche XL Esports, where they beat Winstrike and HellRaisers, both 2-0, to bag the $50,000 tournament. The event in Lisbon was reminiscent of their win at Adrenaline Cyber League, where they only had to make it past Gambit and AVANGAR to raise the trophy. After two group-stage exits at the bigger tournaments following Jake "Stewie2K" Yip’s acquisition, SK have been rising back up by making it to the first round of the playoffs on two occasions, at ESL Pro League Season 7 and StarSeries i-League Season 5. Belo Horizonte will provide SK an opportunity to keep the momentum going into the end of the season, especially not having to deal with the likes of Natus Vincere or Astralis.

Chances are, however, that Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo & co. will have to face FaZe at some point, be it in the group stage, most likely, or the playoffs. Were that to happen, it will be a good indicator of the state of SK, who will be looking to take revenge from Dallas where they lost 0-2 in the quarter-final to the Europeans. Playing on home soil, SK will have an extra motivation to play well and lift the trophy in front of their loyal fans, as rumours of this roster picking up the baton in what has been Brazil’s most decorated brand in the Counter-Strike franchise, mibr, abound.

SK didn't give their fans what they wanted last time around; can they do so now?

Group B will see the international LAN debut of Lincoln "fnx" Lau’s Não Tem Como and the return of one of the most lethal AWPs in CS:GO, Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe. The Brazilian squad has been growing too large for the Brazilian scene, where they won 12 of the 13 matches they played in the month of May, and will truly put their lineup to the test when they open against mousesports on Wednesday. Back in April, with Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles still in the lineup, Não Tem Como posted an underwhelming 9-12th place in the online GG:Origin IEM Sydney Qualifier, and although much may have changed in two months, the likes of Liquid and mousesports may prove to be be too big of a bite for a group of players that has been away from top-flight competition for months.

Can Space Soldiers nail the landing or will they keep orbiting around the world’s best?

After their second place finish at WESG in March where they lost a close final to fnatic, Space Soldiers hit two walls in the form of a 13-16th place finish at DreamHack Masters Marseille and a 9-12th at ESL Pro League Season 7—although were there forced to play with Çağatay "DESPE" Sedef instead of Buğra "Calyx" Arkın due to visa issues. The Turkish team has been slowly falling in the rankings after peaking at #12 in March. Currently twentieth, Space Soldiers showed they can still compete against Top 20-30 teams at DreamHack Open Austin, where they were crowned champions after wins over the likes of Rogue, Heroic, and OpTic.

Belo Horizonte presents an opportunity for Space Soldiers

The tournament in Belo Horizonte will be a great opportunity for Space Soldiers to bring the good form they found in Texas to a larger stage—albeit one that is not so big as to be overwhelming—, especially with the aforementioned stand-ins in FaZe and mousesports. Facing SK in their first match, Space Soldiers will then go on to play Ghost or FaZe, giving them ample chances of making it to the decider if they win, or if they lose and the North American side doesn’t upset Nikola "NiKo" Kovač & co. With rumours of bad blood between the team and the organization of the longest tenured roster currently playing CS:GO, most notably seen when the lineup blackened out their profile pictures and banners on Twitter, it is good to see the turmoil not getting in the way of their game as Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli’s side will need to play their best if they want to upset in Brazil.

Will BIG be rewarded for their big risk?

After Niels "luckeRRR" Jasiek and BIG parted ways on not great terms, the best in Germany decided to expand their horizons and looked to the UK for a new AWPer in the form of Owen "smooya" Butterfield. Similar to the changes in teams like SK, this means BIG will have to go through severe growing pains. This could already be seen in their first tournament with the Brit, the Qi Invitational, where BIG lost a map to Eclipse and two to TyLoo, going home in last place despite strong showings from the team’s shiny new acquisition. In a group with Liquid and mousesports, BIG are heavy underdogs—especially with BO3s being played all around—, but a good performance in the group stage could go a long way in smoothing out smooya's adaptation to the German team, even if they were to not make the playoffs.

A haunting presence

Ghost are, with Não Tem Como (#58), by far the lowest ranked team having made it to ESL One Belo Horizonte, coming it at #61. Of the Torqued team that made it through the qualifier, Braxton "swag" Pierce and Keven "AZK" Lariviere are now gone, leaving Joshua "steel" Nissan, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, and Matt "Pollo" Wilson as the team’s core. Joined by the Canadians Matthew "Wardell" Bowman and Yassine "Subroza" Taoufik, Ghost will have a tall order as they go up against FaZe in their opening BO3. With the odds against them, Ghost will most likely have to go through the GSL group stage through the lower bracket, where they will go up against Space Soldiers or SK. Having confirmed their roster last weekend, it is hard to imagine the North American squad will have much to do in Brazil, but to be able to have LAN experience against some of the world’s best when they head back home and prepare for the upcoming season of ESL Pro League could prove of great use.

Canada Matthew 'Wardell' Bowman
Matthew 'Wardell' Bowman
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
329
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
United States Matt 'Pollo' Wilson
Matt 'Pollo' Wilson
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
246
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
237
KPR:
0.82
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Canada Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
279
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
266
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
590
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
333
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
893
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
792
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
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
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
786
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Canada Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Yassine 'Subroza' Taoufik
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
314
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
632
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
291
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
390
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1204
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Turkey Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
467
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
483
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1280
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Germany Niels 'luckeRRR' Jasiek
Niels 'luckeRRR' Jasiek
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
78
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.09
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1351
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
549
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
546
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
#1
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United States ascendaNt_88 
hyped
2018-06-12 20:42
#8
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-06-12 20:43
#33
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Austria shaakeh 
expected
2018-06-12 20:53
#88
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
expected hyped
2018-06-13 00:26
#95
Brazil Laan 
hyped expected
2018-06-13 02:57
#9
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
yes but didn't read this article
2018-06-12 20:44
#12
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United States ascendaNt_88 
did i have to though
2018-06-12 20:44
#15
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
no, I don't think anyone reads these
2018-06-12 20:44
#21
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United States ascendaNt_88 
i do sometimes, when i have time. most of the time i just look at headers
2018-06-12 20:45
#32
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Austria shaakeh 
I expect it
2018-06-12 20:53
#34
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United States ascendaNt_88 
Understandable, have an expected day.
2018-06-12 20:53
#96
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
I do
2018-06-13 03:10
hyped without astralis?
2018-06-12 20:44
#18
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United States ascendaNt_88 
i mean it's in belo horizonte and there's interesting teams there too
2018-06-12 20:45
#56
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Brazil vass28 
it's hard to see this kind of conscious comment on this site
2018-06-12 21:24
#66
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Brazil baitermeister 
What's so cool about bh? Average city and not touristic
2018-06-12 21:52
#76
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Brazil cotoadriano 
You clearly have never been here before... Or are you just jealous that it's not going to be on your town instead?
2018-06-12 23:12
True
2018-06-13 04:55
I live in bh,? If you think bh is a touristic city you're autistic sorry
2018-06-13 12:14
I live here???
2018-06-13 12:13
#104
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United States ascendaNt_88 
name checks out
2018-06-13 07:19
#108 #109
2018-06-13 12:15
Uk hype
2018-06-12 20:54
#36
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United States ascendaNt_88 
finally a decent chsnce for them
2018-06-12 20:54
I’m so happy
2018-06-13 13:14
#40
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Skilo 
I miss Astralis, tho... =/
2018-06-12 20:57
#42
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United States ascendaNt_88 
yeah, they've skipped like 2 or 3 events already but if they keep winning i gyess theyre doing it right
2018-06-12 21:06
#47
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Skilo 
Not talking about that. But i'd like to see a stronger tournament here in Brazil. Without top 1 is kinda... boring?
2018-06-12 21:06
#48
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United States ascendaNt_88 
agreed. it would be much better with astralis
2018-06-12 21:07
#74
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
It would be better with underperforming device?
2018-06-12 22:54
#102
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United States ascendaNt_88 
what?
2018-06-13 07:14
#128
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
you definitely havent read dev1ce's interview... he said he would be underperforming if he'd be in this event :)
2018-06-14 21:35
#129
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United States ascendaNt_88 
oh, i missed that. im gonna read it and think about it later. thanks for informing
2018-06-14 21:36
no
2018-06-12 20:42
#65
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Brazil coldzao 
no words about future BH champions aka NTC?
2018-06-12 21:49
ofc #FNXGODTOP1
2018-06-12 22:26
#130
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United States ascendaNt_88 
Oof, rip
2018-06-14 21:36
#3
flusha | 
Poland Austinn 
Wow
2018-06-12 20:42
No ty
2018-06-12 20:42
#5
paz | 
Other zueckomarin 
Hellö
2018-06-12 20:42
#6
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Canada Canadianranger 
Nothing about liquid... ez liquid taco wins in Brazil
2018-06-12 20:44
looks cool
2018-06-12 20:43
Easy for ntc they already won GG
2018-06-12 20:44
Ez for Space Soldiers, my friend.
2018-06-12 20:56
No way fake flagger Kng will be Mvp over Xantares
2018-06-12 21:03
#115
cromen | 
Sweden keel0 
VACO mvp incoming
2018-06-13 14:12
#11
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Turkey Styyx 
Can Space Soldiers nail the landing or will they keep orbiting around the world’s best? Wow nice title
2018-06-12 20:44
#31
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Turkey Avicenna 
+1
2018-06-12 20:53
no astralis!! ez for faze :p
2018-06-12 20:44
#46
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France Dealotts 
+1
2018-06-12 21:03
#49
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Switzerland Infi2k 
astralis and navy doesnt play to make it a littlebit easier for sk at home. maybe they take the present
2018-06-12 21:07
Navy :D?
2018-06-12 22:31
Pretty sure this is liquids tourny to lose
2018-06-13 14:14
#101
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Philippines Z3R0meister 
+1
2018-06-13 05:17
Nice
2018-06-12 20:45
oh ok
2018-06-12 20:45
nice
2018-06-12 20:45
Tl; dr
2018-06-12 20:45
trash tourny that will only be good beecuz of brazil crowd for SK
2018-06-12 21:35
Hahaha ty I guess
2018-06-12 22:58
#22
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Turkey Lagerke 
Can Space Soldiers nail the landing or will they keep orbiting around the world’s best?
2018-06-12 20:46
#GOBIGORGOHOME
2018-06-12 20:46
ez mibr
2018-06-12 20:47
#25
keev | 
Germany eXoNaTioN 
nice
2018-06-12 20:47
So EZ 4 Space Soldiers top 1 NA
2018-06-12 20:47
#37
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikolino 
where´s you argentina flag m8
2018-06-12 20:56
It fell off of my pocket
2018-06-13 00:57
stopped reading at "the most lethal awps, kNg"
2018-06-12 20:48
#41
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Russia PauloV 
You should make your own articles, then
2018-06-12 20:57
Reply needs to have actual content
2018-06-13 15:58
#28
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Brazil Juneco 
Comparing NTC to ghost??????? YOU SHOULD MAKE A FULL THREAD ONLY TO SAY HOW GREAT THEY ARE, IT'S A SHAME MOTHERFOCKERS. YOU ARE FAKE NEWS, NTC WILL RISE AGAIN THEY YOU CRUSH EVERYBODY IN THIS GAME, YOU AND YOUR MOMMA, YOU AND YOUR POPPA, YOU AND YOUR SISTA YOU AND YOUR BROTHA, ME AND MY PEOPLE, THEY GONNA REKT EVERYFUCKINGBODY.
2018-06-12 20:49
#69
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Brazil Charizaldo 
mad
2018-06-12 22:24
#97
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
Key word here is rise. They have proven nothing as of now. So yes fair comparison.
2018-06-13 03:13
ez 4 smooya Have a depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2018-06-12 20:52
#30
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
Really original titles .. Good read to be honest .. It's a shame I couldn't be there, so close but so far at this moment ..
2018-06-12 20:52
PREDICTIONS> Group Stages: A) SK X SS = SK Faze X Ghost = Faze B) NTC X Mouz = NTC Liquid X BIG = Liquid Semi-Final classification: A) SK X Faze = SK B)NTC X Liquid = NTC Elimination match: A) SS X Ghost = SS B) Mouz X BIG = Mouz Deciders Match: A) Faze X SS = Faze B) Liquid X Mouz = Liquid Semi-Finals: SK X Liquid = SK NTC X Faze = NTC Finals: SK X NTC = 3x2 NTC. Felps/kNgG MVP Why? Faze will play with cromen(who?). Mouz will play without Oskar their best player. And n0thing... I mean, do you really expect something from him? SK is finding their game and improving their communication. NTC already found their game and is ready for some LANs. SS is not the same team from the begin of the year. Ghost and BIG... I'm just gonna pass. The only thing that can ruin my predictions is Liquid. If Twistzz, NAF, Elige and TACO appers to play a damn good CS, things can be different, but I don't think so. Every brazilian playing in the stage will be hungry for this title, like they never been in years, and liquid only have TACO. (sorry for the bad english) xoxo
2018-06-12 20:58
0/8
2018-06-12 21:13
Stopped reading at NTC X Mouz = NTC
2018-06-12 21:18
#58
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Brazil vass28 
without oskar? let's see
2018-06-12 21:26
Even without igl they can win.
2018-06-12 22:24
Yeah probably 4v5 still win for mouz
2018-06-12 23:43
Lmao you're stupid OMEGALUL
2018-06-12 21:22
Ok, ok. I understand why you guys are underestimating NTC. But don't forget, kNg is a Major finalist, FNX is a 2 times Major champion, Felps won 5 big titles with SK and is a currently Major legend, CheloKING is only 19 and the brazilian Coldzera, all he needed was a good team, with experience to help him, now he has one. Bit1 is compared to KarrigaN, at least in skill, not in IGL role. But Bit1 has a huge story in CS. I'm gonna print it right now... then, after the tournment, I'm gonna come back here to make fun of you! (sorry for the bad english) xoxo
2018-06-12 21:41
#79
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Brazil !hAmu 
I understood your line of reasoning, it may even be so.
2018-06-12 23:34
NT who ?? lol 60# trash team from nowhere ! Brazilian mind are so delusional.
2018-06-13 00:40
lol a Tyloo fan (YEP, you got that right, FREAKING TYLOO) saying that Felps, kNg, FNX, Chelo e BIT1, the future line up of SK GAMING (one of the most traditional orgs EVER), already training in their base in Cologne, already with the contracts sign, are FROM NOWHERE!!!! OH MY GOD! Saudi Arabians mind are SO SMART!!!! 99999 IQ
2018-06-13 01:01
0/8 omegalul
2018-06-13 04:52
Imma keep it real with you chief. NTC? You crazy. Even the twins left that sinking ship
2018-06-13 07:19
#120
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Romania hiei59 
Ok man, meet you here after the tournament
2018-06-13 16:53
#124
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Romania hiei59 
Ok now, said what?
2018-06-14 18:59
KKKKKKKKKK oh my god! I was wrong. But doesn't make ANY sense Felps and kNgV frags 47-59 and 40-53 against BIG, fuc*** B-I-G. I don't know whats going on with brazilian CS in 2018. It really doesn't make sense! (sorry for the bad english) xoxo
2018-06-14 19:49
#126
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Romania hiei59 
Your mistake was thinking about Felps and Kng like some legendary players, that go in the server and destroy everything...but man, they were good, in fact, they were amazing...but their time is gone...
2018-06-14 19:51
Yep... maybe you're right. But I don't know, they are very young, Felps 21 and kNg 23... they still got time. FNX and Bit on the other hand... I think they are gone. Pretty sure Bit is, FNX is still fragging tho, he won't be the star, but maybe a decent support. Well, they're the future line up ok SK, and the team is together for only 3 months now... every team needs time to improve. But I'm really starting to get worried. Everything started with 100thievs beeing out of the Major. Then, SK looses to Cloud9 in semi-finals (ok, they ended up being the champions, but not expected at all passing through SK and Faze). After that... just shit, and getting worst. I think Thoorin is the real cause, he did some shit, kNg indeed hurt his feelings. (sorry for the bad english) xoxo
2018-06-14 20:03
#43
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Argentina lucOn_k 
Who ?
2018-06-12 21:01
you
2018-06-13 03:50
I do not understand why the Brazilian championships are never made in the most beautiful cities in the country.
2018-06-12 21:01
#50
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Switzerland Infi2k 
lol there is only one better place in brazil: Manaus
2018-06-12 21:10
#77
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Brazil beckergod 
manaus, sub city, irrelevant
2018-06-12 23:28
#52
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Turkey yenibo 
is belo a bad city ?
2018-06-12 21:11
not bad but it's not a pretty city
2018-06-12 21:26
Looking forward to smooya's big tournament debut
2018-06-12 21:10
Yes pls. Everyone talking about docc, but we already have the biggest FPL star aka lanmeister aka God aka smoogod aka smooya playing.
2018-06-12 23:45
Exactly, he also doesn't hack so clearly smooya>>>d0cc
2018-06-13 16:57
Yes
2018-06-13 18:57
#59
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Brazil igro1989 
I just dont understand why brazilians are putting so much confidence on NTC
2018-06-12 21:29
I play in the gamersclub, não tem como, nice to meet you!
2018-06-12 21:39
#63
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Reaching the top, a game of "midget the bot" and mouz
2018-06-12 21:43
NTC is going to rekt everyone.
2018-06-12 21:49
#67
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France Fran6k1D 
Titles rating : "Reaching the top, a game of cat and mouz" 3/10 "The local heroes will look to strike gold in Minas Gerais" 7/10 "Can Space Soldiers nail the landing or will they keep orbiting around the world’s best?" 2/10 "Will BIG be rewarded for their big risk?" 1/10 "A haunting presence" 6/10
2018-06-12 21:52
#71
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Ukraine StickyBomb 
1. 1/10 2. 7/10 3. 10/10 4. 0/10 5. 5/0
2018-06-12 22:30
#80
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Portugal raaVz 
1. 8/10 2. 10/10 3. 1/10 4. 5/10 5. 7/10
2018-06-12 23:36
#83
chelo | 
Brazil Deodato 
Second one is underrated, Minas gerais was known for it's "minas" (mines) where you pan gold, so its a little historical nuance in there
2018-06-12 23:48
#94
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France Fran6k1D 
yea i guessed it was about some gold mining, that's why 7/10 how is that underrated
2018-06-13 01:32
#117
chelo | 
Brazil Deodato 
sorry, i've mistaken the 7/10 with the 0/10
2018-06-13 15:10
#73
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Turkey cracklords 
Ss will win
2018-06-12 22:37
#84
fer | 
Brazil f3rgod 
its lan
2018-06-12 23:49
#106
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Turkey cracklords 
Doesnt matter my friend
2018-06-13 08:15
#118
fer | 
Brazil f3rgod 
nt kkk
2018-06-13 15:14
#78
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Portugal raaVz 
ez 4 NTC
2018-06-12 23:29
#85
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China NA_LUL 
hltv so good at puns
2018-06-12 23:53
NTC to win against SK 3-0 in finals, with a world class performance by lincoln "fnx" lau the only player in the world with a perfect record in majors fnx will then proceed to greet the washed up members of sk by saying: nice to clutch you! since he clutched 27 rounds in the finals EZ for the most gorgeous and skilled player in the world Lincoln "fnx" Lau
2018-06-12 23:54
#87
HUNDEN | 
Denmark Jehova 
if faze win this rip astralis grand slam
2018-06-13 00:10
#89
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
LETS GO NTC
2018-06-13 00:27
#91
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Brazil bizhuy 
"one of the most LETHAL AWPs in CS:GO, Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe" i see what you did there
2018-06-13 00:44
Can't tell if these people saying NTC will win are shitposting or really believe it
2018-06-13 07:22
#107
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Lithuania iNs6 
Free Money For SK
2018-06-13 08:16
Monkey?
2018-06-13 12:20
Ez NTC
2018-06-13 13:19
#114
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Denmark FeNoM_XD 
sorry but why the f sk is on #6? Just because they won couple of t2.5 tourneys? this shit is rigged af
2018-06-13 13:46
Don't use "in turn" back to back ever again. Thanks
2018-06-14 16:01
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