Five key storylines of ESL One Cologne

Counter-Strike returns to the LANXESS Arena this week as the time for one of the game's most iconic tournaments—ESL One Cologne—has rolled around.

The German city played host to three CS:GO Majors from 2014-2016, but even without Valve's support, ESL One Cologne remains one of the most prestigious events in the circuit. Last year's stop was slightly overshadowed by the PGL Krakow Major that followed shortly behind, but still lived up to the expectations. This year, however, ESL One Cologne will serve as a closer to the first half of the year, as it is the last 16-team event to feature the best teams before the player break.

In total, 16 teams are competing at the event, with three squads from each eight-team group advancing to the playoffs, which will be held in the "Cathedral of Counter-Strike"—the LANXESS Arena. The group stage will be held on the first three days, with Friday-Sunday being reserved for action on the main stage.

Among the attendees of ESL Cologne are Astralis, FaZe, Natus Vincere, mousesports, Liquid and MIBR, making it the most competitive event since DreamHack Masters Marseille. The event in France marked the start of Astralis' dominance and the Danes will be looking to continue it in Germany, where they are the favorites for the title, but a number of teams will be aiming to dethrone Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and co., giving us an interesting tournament to follow and talk about.

The Intel Grand Slam is within reach

With three different fifth players: Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, Richard "Xizt" Landström, and Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen, FaZe won three Intel Grand Slam tournaments, putting themselves in touching distance of the $1,000,000 prize waiting for the first team to grab four Grand Slam trophies within ten tournaments played. It comes as a bit of a surprise that the international roster is the first team to reach three titles, as they were, for the most part, considered second to SK in 2017 and have been second to Astralis in 2018, with olofmeister's absence doing them no favors either.

Still, with a dominant showing at ESL One New York, an upset victory over Astralis at IEM Sydney and a triumph over mousesports at ESL One Belo Horizonte, FaZe have the chance to go down in history as the first team to win the main Intel Grand Slam prize. Not only would claiming it be a great achievement in itself, but it would also shake Astralis, who are looking to build their own era.

FaZe are one win away from the Intel Grand Slam, but Astralis are poised to stop them

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, to claim the Intel Grand Slam prize FaZe have to beat out a strong collection of teams at ESL One Cologne—with the aforementioned Danes being the biggest challenge—, and accomplishing all of that will be no easy task. Finn "karrigan" Andersen and co. have shown that they can come out on top in frenetic matchups, against teams with standins and fresh off a roster move, but dealing with Astralis, who haven't attended an event in a month, will be a different beast. As FaZe will be attending their third consecutive tournament with cromen, with whom they have had limited time to practice and mainly rely on basic teamplay, Danny "zonic" Sørensen's boys will surely know what to expect in the potential matchup, which will give them an additional upper hand.

Overall, Astralis are the favorites to take the title, not only based on their impeccable LAN performances since adding Emil "Magisk" Reif, but also because of the fact that they decided to skip events, giving them more freshness and additional drive to claim the trophy in Cologne. If they take the title by defeating FaZe in the grand final, it will be twice as rewarding: not only will they stop their rivals so close to the finish line, but they will also net an extra $100,000 Intel Grand Slam "killer bonus". An ESL One Cologne victory would also tie Astralis with FaZe at three IGS titles, giving them a chance to seal the deal after the player break, at DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

s1mple and Na`Vi are looking for their first Intel Grand Slam tournament victory

The Ukrainian-Russian squad have been on a steady upswing, which started with the addition of former FlipSid3 star Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The youngster struggled to live up to expectations at first, but has grown into a true second-star for Natus Vincere in 2018. The team, after a period of high finishes which lacked titles, managed to make the next step at the start of June, when they won StarSeries i-League S5, and lived up to the favorites tag at the CS:GO Asia Championship shortly afterwards, securing a second trophy.

Na`Vi's duo is looking to win an event with all of the top teams

Consistent top-four placings since November of last year and a couple of titles are something Natus Vincere can be happy about, but they have not been able to win a tournament featuring all of the top teams yet, or more specifically, a tournament featuring FaZe and Astralis—something that they surely want to change. ESL One Cologne could be that tournament for Natus Vincere, who have just become the longest standing roster in the top 10, something that should give them an edge over the average, ShuffleMania-affected team. And, of course, Natus Vincere stand out in another regard by having the current best player in the world: Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's squad has shown that they are capable of defeating the best on LAN, with victories over teams such as FaZe, Liquid and mousesports in the last couple of months. But for the Cologne title, and their first Intel Grand Slam point, they will most likely have to move past Astralis—their last victory over the Danes dates back to StarSeries i-League S4, in February.

Is Snax still hungry and is there enough place at the mouz table?

As competitive CS:GO has been around for over five years, we've seen a lot of organizations splash the cash on big signings, be it single players or whole teams. Some of them have lived up to the hype, some of them have not, but one of the teams not known as a big spender is mousesports. The Germany-based organization was the big dog locally, picking off players and whole cores off other German teams, but since their switch to an international roster, they had mostly looked for undiscovered and affordable players, which in the end earned them the nickname of a "Budget FaZe". The signing of Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, reportedly for a hefty buyout, is not just a small change in the way mousesports operate, but also a big risk.

Who will give way in mousesports to accommodate for an explosive player like Snax?

Will the signing pay off? Snax, without a doubt, has a track record a few CS:GO players have, with a Major win and numerous trophies lifted with Virtus.pro, as well as plethora of individual accolades: finishing amongst the top 5 of HLTV.org Top 20 list from 2014-2016 and being #20 in 2017. But seeing his last twelve months in Virtus.pro, the question is if he still has what it takes to get back to the top.

A CS:GO circuit that is tougher than ever, adapting to new teammates after playing in Virtus.pro for such a long time and switching to English communication are all things that Snax will have to deal with now that he is in mousesports. Frustrations will arise and tough times will come, and the 24-year-old will have to prove that he still has the drive, enduring through all of it in order to get back to the peaks of his legendary sneaky-beaky plays.

Even if the Pole ticks all the boxes individually, we still need to see how he will fit into the mousesports squad. The team that came together after the PGL Krakow Major exceeded all expectations, picking up three titles and reaching the playoffs at 12 consecutive events. The team's stars Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný, Miikka "suNny" Kemppi and Robin "ropz" Kool surely deserve a big portion of the credit for it, but the trio was given a lot of freedom as Chris "chrisJ" de Jong and especially Martin "STYKO" Styk were happy to do the "dirty work" whenever it was needed.

Snax is no support player, and even if mousesports use him in similar roles and positions than the ones STYKO played, it's hard to expect Snax to play them the same way. The Pole is known for a high-risk, high-reward style, which will require adapting from the rest of mousesports. Almost anyone could be taking the hit for the team, chrisJ has dropped the AWP and picked up IGLing to help the squad, but it seems wrong to use him in a non-aggressive way. ropz is perhaps suited based on his slow, methodical playstyle, but meddling with him too much could have a strong negative impact considering how early he is in his career. Perhaps the addition of Snax is even aimed towards relying less on the enigmatic AWPer oskar, who has carried mousesports to wins but also gone missing at critical times.

Whatever happens, mousesports with Snax will surely look different than they did with STYKO. If it's for better or for worse—time will tell.

FalleN and co. find stability with MIBR

It would be disingenuous to imply that the former SK team has been struggling in 2018 because of organizational issues, but friction between the players and SK, which happened during a tough transition from a fully-Brazilian roster to an English-speaking one, surely didn't help.

During their last couple of months in SK, the team didn't seem their usual selves. The debacle at WESG with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo was followed by more underwhelming results when Jake "Stewie2K" Yip came into the picture, but after scratching the surface, it seemed like the team was going through an experimental phase, figuring out what works and what doesn't. They went on to play almost every available event, even small ones such as Moche XL and Adrenaline Cyber League, while Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo forfeited the IGL role to focus on his individual game, which was also starting to become an issue. Since joining MIBR, the team seems to have a new level of focus. The 'Godfather of Brazilian CS' is back in charge as the IGL, no small events are in sight and they have even talked about adding a coach— a position that has remained vacant since Wilton "zews" Prado's departure.

MIBR are looking to impress in their debut in Cologne

With the long event tour ending with ESL One Belo Horizonte and the MIBR announcement event in São Paulo, the team had a couple of days at home to refresh and get ready for ESL One Cologne. Their bedrock is still Marcelo "coldzera" David, who has continued to put up big numbers throughout the ups and downs in 2018. He can certainly be relied upon to deliver the goods in Cologne as well.

MIBR will surely want to make a good impression while donning the black jerseys for the first time, and even more so considering the event takes place in the city their former organization is based. While winning the tournament doesn't seem like a reasonable expectation for MIBR at this moment, if they are able to just slightly improve on what we saw from them in Brazil, they are a good pick for dark horse status in Germany.

Swedish teams still looking for the winning combination

The Swedish flag has been a regular sight deep in the playoff brackets of tournaments throughout Counter-Strike history, but that sight is becoming a lot rarer these days. Long gone are the NiP and fnatic eras, with the two teams, while still the prides of the country, now limited to a couple of playoff outings and sporadic title wins.

In the most recent attempt to bring new life to the Swedish scene, fnatic added former Ninjas Xizt and William "draken" Sundin, while Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson went the other way, joining NiP. The knock-on effect is that NiP have shifted towards a Liquid-esque no-primary-AWP roster, while fnatic now have not one, but two snipers.

How will draken perform in the Black and Orange jersey?

NiP surely didn't wow the community at their first offline event with Lekr0, the CS:GO Asia Championships, where they finished 5-6th after a playoff defeat to TyLoo, but managed to achieve their main short-term goal last week—making it through the Europe Minor Closed Qualifier. That probably makes ESL One Cologne a less important event for Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and co., who will be using it to drill the structured style they aim to have at the upcoming Minor in London.

On the other hand, fnatic will be debuting with draken as the main AWPer and Jesper "JW" Wecksell moving to a hybrid style of play. A drastic change like this was perhaps what was needed for Xizt to reinvent the squad, whose core has been together since 2014, with a short pause in the GODSENT period, and has become somewhat stale.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1081
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1600
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
408
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1331
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1602
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Faze takes this, only Astralis can beat them.
2018-07-02 22:24
#3
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Best tournament this year expected
2018-07-02 22:24
#8
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United States ShawnM 
EXPECTED
2018-07-02 22:25
#10
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-07-02 22:25
#21
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Lithuania LuckyBitch 
Stewie Made in Brazil
2018-07-02 22:25
#53
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Portugal Fsgsh 
In cs 1.6 mibr had players from other countries too so were is the problem? FaZe is Overrated
2018-07-02 23:07
#56
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Lithuania LuckyBitch 
I just like the sentence
2018-07-02 23:19
What player played on Mibr on 1.6?
2018-07-03 00:53
Cogu, bit or for example fnx if we are talking about players from Brazil elemeNt and bsl from Europe
2018-07-03 11:15
Ohhh ok
2018-07-03 13:57
#9
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-07-02 22:25
#60
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Poland 0VERATED 
Facebook?
2018-07-02 23:25
#18
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Bulgaria Eso177 
Expected
2018-07-02 22:25
navi takes this* corrected
2018-07-02 22:27
NiP takes it in the ass
2018-07-02 22:34
#35
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Portugal dabl1w 
Ahahahahahah true
2018-07-02 22:37
The only teams that have a chamce are Faze, astralis and Maybe NaVi. If faze and/or Astralis choke before final then NaVi or mouz has this. The dark horse to upset a win are liquid if they continue a great preformance streak, MiBR if they regain form and confidence and Fnatic if they find flrm with xizt calling and a good double awp set up with Draken and JW. My predictions to make it out of groups are 1.Faze 2.Astralis 3.NaVi 4.Mouz 5.Liquid 6.MiBR 7.Fnatic 8.North/NiP/G2 Teams to make semis 1.Faze 2.Astralis 3.NaVi 4.Mouz/Liquid/Fnatic Final Astralis V Faze/NaVi 2-3 if faze 3-1 If NaVi
2018-07-02 23:30
#65
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Sweden FaZeInferno 
Only 6 teams makes it out of groups
2018-07-02 23:46
——Group-A———————— Astralis V Ence: 16-4 Astralis NiP V C9: 16-12 NiP Mouz V Gambit: 16-8 Mouz G2 V NaVi: 16-5 NaVi ——Group-B———————— FaZe V BootDS: 16-2 FaZe Renegades V MiBR: 16-8 MiBR Fnatic V North: 16-12 Fnatic Liquid V Big: 16-9 Liquid ——Elimination—————— Ence V C9: 2-0 C9 Gambit V G2: 2-1 G2 BootDS V Renegades: 2-0 Renegeades North V Big: 2-1 North ——Group-A-Upper———— Astralis V NiP: 2-0 Astralis Mouz V NaVi: 2-1 NaVi ——Group-B-Upper———— FaZe V MiBR: 2-1 FaZe Fnatic V Liquid: 2-1 Liquid ——Elimination—————— C9 V NiP: 2-1 NiP G2 V Mouz: 2-0 Mouz Renegades V MiBR: 2-0 MiBR North V Fnatic: 2-1 Fnatic ——Group-Finals————— Astralis V NaVi: 2-1 Astralis FaZe V Liquid: 2-1 FaZe ——Lower Finals————— NiP V Mouz: 2-0 Mouz Fnatic V MiBR: 2-1 Fnatic ——Quarterfinals————— NaVi V Mouz: 2-1 Mouz Fnatic V Liquid: 2-1 Liquid ——Semifinals——————— Mouz V Astralis: 2-1 Astralis Liquid V FaZe: 2-0 FaZe ——Finals————————— Astralis V Faze (If BO3) 2-1 Astralis (If BO5) 3-2 Astralis ——MVP-And-EVP————— Astralis win device named MVP EVPs Niko S1mple Guardian Naf
2018-07-02 23:59
Nice one, can see you spend time on this prediction. Btw final is B05
2018-07-03 00:06
if you get all right u are actually a god
2018-07-03 00:36
Nice try. Hope you're right about the finals.
2018-07-03 02:32
#120
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Denmark Twick_ 
But we want astralis to win...
2018-07-03 16:23
Definitely. But his predictions are totally wrong already ^^
2018-07-03 20:53
#122
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Denmark Twick_ 
Faze will get stomped. Hopefully. I cant take it if faze wins the iem grand slam
2018-07-03 21:50
I'm a bit worried after Sydney , props to FaZe but Astralis clearly choked..
2018-07-03 22:03
#88
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United States Skuter! 
I think you're putting too much stock in Fnatic dude....
2018-07-03 02:40
They look promising but only time will tell
2018-07-03 03:10
#93
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United States Skuter! 
The removal of golden will be their downfall
2018-07-03 03:17
#105
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World zebra_man3 
golden is so fucking overratrd he hasnt done shit to fnatic, the wins they got was ONLY because everyone overpreformed especially flusha
2018-07-03 09:27
Lmao he is literally saying theyre gonna lose in quarter and in groups to liquid, that actually a pretty pathetic result Btw that pretty stupid because its not possible for them to play against someone from the same group on quarter
2018-07-03 07:50
#104
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United States Skuter! 
Exactly, it's pathetic but not actually realistic
2018-07-03 07:50
C9 losing to ence?
2018-07-03 02:46
I say the winner after the score.
2018-07-03 03:09
That's very specific
2018-07-03 11:17
#132
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Russia PoTaSHiM 
Ahahah nice prediction
2018-07-10 11:34
#133
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Ukraine PhillHess 
Ez prediction
2018-07-13 14:45
#2
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
FIVE KEY THINGS THAT SHOULD HAPPEN: 1. mouz out in groups 2. astralis will again choke final to faze 3. faze will win intel grand slam 4. swedish cs will still suck after these swaps 5. s1mple mvp
2018-07-02 22:25
nt noob
2018-07-02 22:24
Ez4ence
2018-07-02 22:31
#44
fnx | 
Finland HekeH 
Cheater vac ban boy msucsgo talking heree, nice faceit accounts
2018-07-02 22:45
ja?
2018-07-03 11:21
#115
fnx | 
Finland HekeH 
nt noob
2018-07-03 13:41
I'll drink to that
2018-07-02 22:33
#36
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Portugal dabl1w 
True
2018-07-02 22:37
hmm interesting
2018-07-02 22:24
ez4ence
2018-07-02 22:24
#7
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Russia kay7 
EZ for Na’Vi
2018-07-02 22:24
#11
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Netherlands jonsve 
Interesting
2018-07-02 22:25
#12
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Russia Dedaireks 
nice
2018-07-02 22:25
easy for FaZe
2018-07-02 22:25
#14
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Germany Aquintus 
Nice
2018-07-02 22:25
E Z 4 E N C E
2018-07-02 22:25
#16
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Israel Netanyahu 
Waiting for the games tomorrow :D
2018-07-02 22:25
#17
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Sweden pontus767 
HLTV.ORG, Best site in the game!
2018-07-02 22:25
Cromen MVP
2018-07-02 22:25
#20
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Finland Keetahi 
what about ence
2018-07-02 22:25
#23
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United Kingdom tec9meister 
Draken MVP incoming bois
2018-07-02 22:27
ez 4 my ukrainian prodigies
2018-07-02 22:27
#25
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
How the fuck is G2 not a story?
2018-07-02 22:27
Tier 2 team
2018-07-02 22:33
#75
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Sweden ericlindberg 
you mean "How the fuck did G2 get invited?"
2018-07-03 00:46
Lmao
2018-07-03 07:47
#26
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Ukraine w1nth 
NaVi can actually win this.
2018-07-02 22:30
gl MIBR and mouz
2018-07-02 22:30
What a terrible article, literally implying SK's fall since 7 month was due to the org when they just fucked up their whole communication by adding stewie and their player are just struggling really bad individually, trying to make fake hype around the MIBR org. Btw doing more paragraph just for snax joining mouz when we have a big swedish shuffle with interesting story lines and its not even developped, only 2 or 3 sentences saying NIP lost to tylul and qualified to the minor, wow thanks for the story line
2018-07-02 22:32
Couldnt agree more, lousy journalism, seems like the author of this piece is a little bit out of touch with csgo-reality. Completely overlooked the structural reason why mibr is failing, only to create false hype for a team that's done and dusted.
2018-07-02 22:51
#119
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South Africa nimmaJ 
#98
2018-07-03 14:50
#98
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Do you not know what this sentence means: It would be disingenuous to imply that the former SK team has been struggling in 2018 because of organizational issues. ? Hes literally saying exactly what you said and your poor reading skills made you think the opposite. And then he even goes on later in the paragraph to say that they have obvious communication issues due to their language swap. And theres an entire storyline about the swedish shuffle called "Swedish teams still looking for the right combination". Wow you got everything wrong.
2018-07-03 06:36
The paragraph doesnt have any interesting story line it just doesnt say anything interesting at all when there are so many story line you could make out of it, compare it to the one of SK who didnt do a shit this year and the addition of snax who has been terrible for a whole year and you will see there is a problem, trying to build so much fake hype around teams or players that seem to be struggling and didnt deserve that hype when we have a whole region shuffling to comeback on top , and yes swedish scene has been struggling too but we never speak about them and it would have been interesting to make an at least decent story line about this shuffle especially when the other are full of fake hype and assumption
2018-07-03 07:46
#118
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South Africa nimmaJ 
I guess you can have your opinion but they talked about all the roster moves all the role swaps and finding success in the swedish scene again under new IGLs. There really wasn't that much more to talk about. And like you said the swedish scene has been struggling just a long as snax and longer than mibr. It's not unreasonable to expect a team that was dominant for so long to return for the top or for snax to find success in a team with a such a highly regarded core and one of the best overall IGLs right now. Not sure what more you wanted them to talk about in the swedish shuffle.
2018-07-03 14:49
Astralis probably, FaZe hopefully
2018-07-02 22:33
#34
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France Fran6k1D 
"Is Snax still hungry and is there enough place at the mouz table?" 8/10 title nice improvement from last article HLTV
2018-07-02 22:35
#37
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Poland KasPro 
Go snax goooo
2018-07-02 22:38
#38
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Belarus andryxa1337 
GO GO NAVI
2018-07-02 22:39
O_O
2018-07-02 22:40
#40
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Norway mohzart 
ye
2018-07-02 22:40
#41
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Russia otsu 
Very interesting, can't wait the start anymore
2018-07-02 22:40
ENCE
2018-07-02 22:40
#43
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United States cataclysm 
Astralis will probably win this one. However, I think Navi could give them a run for their money. Based on the bracketing that would lead to a Navi v. FaZe grand finals which could be a toss up. Although chances are if Navi are playing well enough to take down Astralis they should be able to win. Some other interesting side stories would be if MIBR, FNATIC, and G2. These are all teams would could possibly make surprising runs although I wouldn't really count on G2 as much as the other 2. Additionally c9 and nip have pretty free brackets despite both being bot tier orgs atm. So the match ups where they play should be interesting in a sense that it should be a toss up.
2018-07-02 22:42
#45
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Finland Smoonah 
stickos haha
2018-07-02 22:46
#46
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Finland Juzaa 
ENCE storyline ty
2018-07-02 22:47
This could be the best tourney of the year. Hyped as frick for it
2018-07-02 22:49
#51
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United States Acetk 
So stacked for ENCE 😴
2018-07-02 22:58
#48
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Germany Trax_ 
ez Astralis, FaZe down
2018-07-02 22:49
6. Can anyone stop ENCE? ps I arent thi k that
2018-07-02 22:52
+1
2018-07-02 23:24
Ez for Smithzzz
2018-07-02 23:00
I don't like FaZe but, I want someone to win the grand slam. I hope G2 doesn't go out in groups and at least makes semi finals. My expectations are too high :(
2018-07-02 23:08
#55
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
Key storyline: Will ENCE win the grand final without losing a map or will they drop one?
2018-07-02 23:09
+1
2018-07-02 23:24
#1 key story is ENCE being there #EZ4ENCE
2018-07-02 23:24
#61
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China ZerOck 
GL NiP
2018-07-02 23:27
#63
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Romania moetxxx 
my favorite post before a nice tournament gl fnatic and hf everyone
2018-07-02 23:36
Astralis to go out in semifinals to NaVi
2018-07-02 23:41
ESL New York doesn't have Astralis, easy 1 million for FaZe.
2018-07-02 23:47
#72
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South Africa jaczerdio 
This is Faze's last chance
2018-07-03 00:11
#67
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United States pepehands420 
ez for c9
2018-07-02 23:53
#68
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Finland NUCL3AR 
ence era number one storyline here, no kappa keepo
2018-07-02 23:59
draken is kinda bad, but FNATIC will with these FIXED ROLES shred the opposition!
2018-07-03 00:01
JW on rifle now?
2018-07-03 00:51
just like before, an all around player with a bit less awp, vari nice! AK ENTRY GOD CT SHOTGUN GOD
2018-07-03 12:11
Cool, gl fnatic.
2018-07-03 14:37
no g2 as usual ye ok no problem not biased at all
2018-07-03 00:26
#76
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Sweden ericlindberg 
nobody cares about tier 3 BOT team
2018-07-03 00:47
I care lol, idk why but i really want shoxies project to succed. Looks dope at all, really enjoyed tactics of sex6tENCE in ECS. Lets see what he can deliver in Cologne
2018-07-03 00:50
#79
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Sweden ericlindberg 
what are you talking about hahahahahaha they didnt use tactics in ecs
2018-07-03 00:52
Didn’t use strats* they did use tactics, strays and tactics are different things
2018-07-03 01:04
#84
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Sweden ericlindberg 
hahahha delusional
2018-07-03 01:08
Talking as if nip are any more relevant than G2. Take your 0-2 against ence and go home, meanwhile “tier 3 BOT team” are in the playoffs bitch
2018-07-04 02:44
#125
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Sweden ericlindberg 
who cares about nip i am fnatic fan also g2 0-2 against anyone they meet
2018-07-04 10:32
Ahahahahaha right I’m not wasting my time on someone who’s too scared to keep their player flare in an argument
2018-07-04 14:55
Newfag and NiP fangay, your words mean nothing
2018-07-03 01:05
#85
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Sweden ericlindberg 
I watched cs since gtr joined fnatic and you call me a newfag :D
2018-07-03 01:08
Yet you signed up in 2018
2018-07-03 02:04
#108
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Latvia Matematikis 
signed up in 2017 and calls people newfag....
2018-07-03 10:06
#114
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Sweden ericlindberg 
and that means what ?
2018-07-03 13:22
#81
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Poland bialyJ 
mousesports win 3;0 in grand final vs faze and snax gets mvp
2018-07-03 00:58
k
2018-07-03 02:42
just want to see how Boot sucks in this event. Can they get total 9 rounds through all matches? They can beat anyone online but not LAN.
2018-07-03 03:35
Peacemaker to mibr...mark my word
2018-07-03 05:54
#97
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Brazil bandicoot 
oh god pls no
2018-07-03 06:05
#96
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Sweden plikz 
Astralis winning without losing a map
2018-07-03 05:56
#99
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Armenia 1915 
Why not make cologne major again:(
2018-07-03 06:57
TESTOSAMI PAINAA KAIKKIA PERSEESEEN. EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 07:17
#106
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African Union hdlmb 
What about the storyline of how easy this tournament will be for ENCE?
2018-07-03 09:46
finally mouz is playing 5vs5. ez win
2018-07-03 09:57
"they have even talked about adding a coach— a position that has remained vacant since Wilton "zews" Prado's departure" I thought dead filled this role...
2018-07-06 16:02
#131
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Poland Marcin2115 
ez Navi
2018-07-10 01:43
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