The homecoming: BIG's wild run in Cologne

With the help of Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, Alexander "kakafu" Szymanczyk, and Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz, we set out on a journey through BIG's struggles in late-2017 and the restructuring of the roster in early 2018 before coming to our final destination, ESL One Cologne 2018, where the squad had the most surprising run to a big event grand final in CS:GO history.

The story begins in July 2017, in Krakow, Poland, as that is when BIG had their breakthrough at the top tier, becoming Major Legends after securing a flawless record in the Swiss group stage to take the first step towards making German CS great again. The PGL Major is the root of expectations BIG set for themselves that has led them to the point where they pulled off the most surprising run in CS:GO history, nearly a year later.

BIG couldn't meet those expectations. The Germans' Major success faded away as the months went by and many — perhaps even the team itself — began to think that their run in Krakow had been nothing more than just a fluke. They couldn't capitalize on their best result yet, but still showed promise against some of the world's best teams for a while at tournaments towards the end of 2017 until, ultimately, falling into the depths of the second tier by the ELEAGUE Major in January after losing their spot in ESL Pro League, which they had secured prior to the PGL Major, and posting some poor results at tournaments such as WESG Europe Finals.

An early elimination at the ELEAGUE Major was the final straw for the old roster

And that is the breaking point, when the core of the squad realized that the lineup they had created in early 2017 would not be able to reach bigger heights. An early elimination in the ELEAGUE Major group stage in Atlanta, where they finished the Swiss stage with a 1-3 record after heavy losses to Liquid, Natus Vincere, and Space Soldiers and a win over North, saw the team say goodbye to Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus, while LEGIJA stepped down from the active roster to become the new coach, with kakafu moving to an analyst role.

"There is no denying that we were all in a very good form before and during the PGL Major. I think a lot of it has to do with that we had to play every single qualifier, so there was no day off for us in three months, we were playing, talking, and watching CS as much as we could. I think during this period we learned a lot about the game and about the team itself.

"After our good and probably unexpected run at the PGL Major, things started getting worse within the team and several problems appeared, such as health, motivation, work ethic, and the results kept getting worse and worse. We said it might be only a for a period like this and we will bounce back, but truly not much changed. Talking about the ELEAGUE Major, I think there is not much to say about our performance, I think the action we took after the tournament by benching myself and keev says it all and was the right move at this point."

- LEGIJA

But completing the new roster proved difficult. BIG had their eyes set on ALTERNATE aTTaX's Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch, a former mousesports teammate of LEGIJA, Fatih "gob b" Dayik and tabseN whom they quickly managed to sign, but finding an AWPer that fit in with the rest turned out a challenge. The Germans trialed Niels "luckeRRR" Jasiek, but they weren't satisfied with his playstyle and ended up parting ways with the inexperienced sniper after two months and more unsatisfactory results at Play2Live Cryptomasters and WESG World Finals.

Facing the reality that there are no suitable AWPers locally, BIG turned to the international market and finally found their fifth in Epsilon's Owen "smooya" Butterfield, who had previously played in various British lineups and once stood in for FlipSid3 at iBUYPOWER Masters 2016. Their new addition naturally meant a shift towards communicating in English, something gob b, LEGIJA, and tabseN had had previous experience with as part of the old NRG roster, which resided in North America. However, they couldn't immediately hop on the server to start practicing with the Brit, as the few weeks without a fifth forced LEGIJA to step in for MDL and thus the Europe Finals and the Global Challenge, as well, due to a roster lock.

"Basically, tiziaN was quite an easy decision for us, as gob b, tabseN, and I used to play with him back in mouz and other teams. We knew that he would fit the team the best in several aspects such as communication, motivation and firepower. He obviously still has things he has to learn, but he is a hard-working player and he keeps improving.

"Now speaking about an AWP in Germany, there was only one player that could , skill-wise, have been a potential fifth and this is syrsoN, obviously. But both tiziaN and syrsoN were contracted to a different organization, so we only had the chance to buy one player out, and we agreed with ALTERNATE not to plan on taking syrsoN as well. That obviously made our life much harder than people think.

"Our manager then came one day and suggested luckeRRR for the team. None of us really knew anything about him, but, for some reason, we agreed to give him a chance even though he had zero experience and just 3000 hours in CS:GO. That was a bad call by us. Things were really bad apart from our decent winnings at WESG. So, after China, it was more than obvious for us that we would have to make another roster change. The team then also asked me to finish the MDL season with them and play the EPL qualifier with them.

"During this time, besides practicing, we also had to figure out who we would get as a fifth. We didn't find the perfect replacement in Germany, so we were thinking about going international, and smooya was the guy I personally really wanted because he had had some good showings against decent teams online and also had good games on LANs such as Copenhagen Games."

- LEGIJA

The majority of the team still got a taste of what playing with smooya would be like at the Qi Invitational, where gob b couldn't travel and so the AWPer stepped in. However, while the 18-year-old performed well, BIG were still only a mixture without their in-game leader and ended up placing last after losses to Eclipse and TyLoo.

It wasn't until nearly a month later — after BIG had qualified for Pro League and also triumphed at the Global Challenge with the coach slotting in — that smooya started practicing with the squad ahead of their first big test, at ESL One Belo Horizonte, in June. At that point, BIG were also invited to ESL One Cologne as the home team, though the decision was met with much criticism from the community at the time, as the team were hardly considered worthy of an invitation to a large-scale event after some of their disappointing runs at lower-tier tournaments.

New beginnings

In Brazil, the team was shaky, but not entirely without a spark of a promise, as they played two close matches with Liquid and beat Não Tem Como en route to a group stage exit at their offline debut with the full lineup. During the tournament, smooya looked disappointed with some of his performances in the first Liquid series and stated that BIG are running at 40% of what they could become, but we would see what a large portion of that remaining 60% looks like only weeks later.

"Going to Brazil, we really didn't know what to expect from our form and potential. Our practice results were probably the best we had had in a long, long time, but you could feel that in things such as communication and mental fortitude, people were not at 100%. We didn't realize how much those aspects could affect us when things don't start as well as they did in practice. Also, losing twice to Liquid during this time is not the end of the world, and we still had the pleasure to play in front of the amazing fans in Brazil (obrigado)."

- LEGIJA

The team decided to revamp their playstyle completely after Belo Horizonte, despite only having 10 days' worth of practice before ESL One Cologne came, as gob b and kakafu came up with a more straightforward system with less freedom and with clearer communication:

"After our exit in Brazil, we had some talks within the team with the players, coaches, and manager, and came to the conclusion to change our game style completely. We started playing more straightforward, with less freedom, and made much shorter calls so everyone is always on the same page, and then gob can balance the game and make the mid-round calls.

"Thanks to gob b and kakafu, we made a completely new system and approach on almost all maps. And huge respect to the players for really stepping up in these 10 days we had between Brazil and Cologne, they worked their asses off.

"Speaking about our goal for Cologne is very hard. I think everybody in the team wanted to play in front of the amazing crowd, but, on the other hand, everyone also knew that this road would be absolutely hard to go through, even if not impossible."

- LEGIJA

The first signs of improvement showed already at the beginning of ESL One Cologne, when BIG once again locked horns with Liquid in the opening match of Group B on Dust2. In what was their first triumph over the North American side since the PGL Major Main Qualifier, gob b & co. proved that Dust2 can be more than an individual-based map and a strong choice for them. It was very much a team effort that gave the German-British roster the 16-7 win, not only in terms of fragging contribution — all five players scored between 16 to 19 kills —, but also due to their utility usage; BIG scored 12 flash assists throughout the match and an impressive (especially for Dust2 as a very open map) 43.2 utility damage per round.

But the pressure was soon on BIG after day two, once fnatic sent them to the lower bracket after a dominant series, in which Jesper "JW" Wecksell went on a rampage, with the German side unable to shut him down as the Swede averaged a 2.00 rating across the 16-10 win on Cache and a 16-4 on Train.

"It was just a weird game, we played so badly and couldn't find our game. JW was playing without any respect and he was rushing us everywhere, we couldn't hold our ground against fnatic and we didn't have a good day, so it was just a match to forget."

- kakafu

In the lower bracket semi-final, BIG opted to pick Dust2 instead of Cache against Renegades — a choice likely driven by their opponents' strength on the latter map and by their own success on Dust2 in the opening match versus Liquid —, but it all went wrong when tabseN's side let go of control at 12-9 and went on to lose the opening map 13-16 after Renegades had converted multiple clutch rounds.

Still, BIG recovered from the loss and grabbed Train after an 11-4 Terrorist half while Johannes "nex" Maget and tabseN began to stand out, with the former putting in a great performance on the offense, before closing it out at 16-12 on the defense. Their first Inferno of the tournament followed as the decider and that time it was tabseN at the forefront due to consistent play throughout the map, which BIG only just toppled in overtime after Renegades had survived two match points.

"During the game vs Renegades, as a coach I noticed something in the team that I had noticed myself as a player with this team: it doesn't matter what the score is, the communication and the mindset don't change. Once I felt this, I knew we could beat any team there if we kept this up."

- LEGIJA

Later that day, the hometown heroes took on MIBR and returned to their trusty Cache pick. tabseN picked up where he had left off against Renegades, putting in another great map while everyone else contributed well to the 16-9 triumph, most notably tiziaN — who had already been solid in the team's wins up to that point. The Brazilians responded with a clear-cut victory on Overpass, a map on which BIG looked out of their depth on the Terrorist side as they were unable to convert early advantages consistently.

It once again came down to Inferno. tabseN conspicuously went missing, but nex did not as BIG showed their mental strength, coming back from a 9-13 deficit with six rounds in a row as CT. Just like in the series versus Renegades earlier, they couldn't convert two series points, however, and the decider went to overtime yet again. gob b stepped up in the first set, while MIBR survived another series point to force double overtime, where tabseN finally reappeared to drive the series home and reach the LANXESS playoffs stage.

"I think the comeback versus MIBR was pretty key. We have history against them, we have played them in three important matchups: the PGL Major, WESG, and Cologne. They are a top team and very hard to beat in pressure situations. At this point, we took it as a test to be ready for the stage matches and the opponents that would come. The team proved themselves and to the world that we are capable of winning a close game and showing the will to win."

- kakafu

BIG took down MIBR to reach the playoffs stage

At that time, smooya was yet to show his true colors, as he averaged a 0.92 rating in the group stage (the lowest in the team), and he was about to step into the most important match of his career — as was tiziaN — in front of BIG's home crowd.

"I think playing in front of such an amazing crowd always has its pros and cons. It's an awesome feeling, being cheered on by thousands of people and your name being chanted. But in CS, focus and mental fortitude are key. So, for example, interacting with the crowd after a big round can take away your focus leading into the next round. And not every person has the skill and mental strength to refocus. I think that was for some of us an issue and obviously the experience."

- LEGIJA

It would have been fair to assume the two would not be able to deal with pressure, and that was the case for tiziaN at the beginning of BIG's quarter-final series with G2, as he got off to an awful start and looked shaken in-game during the first half of Cache. But smooya was in his element, getting entries and contributing a couple of clutches to BIG's third overtime win at the tournament alongside the strong-looking duo of nex and tabseN, as not even a red-hot Kenny "kennyS" Schrub could change the outcome of the first map.

"[tiziaN] has improved so much, I think he is one of the guys who has improved the most on our team. He has learned so much about his positions, he understands the game way more now. He is doing very well.

"I think it affected him a bit that he was on the big stage, but after some good rounds, after some good matches, he felt way more comfortable and he believed in himself like everyone else did, and he also felt that the crowd was behind him. In some way, it affected him positively."

- tabseN, cited from an interview conducted after the grand final

tiziaN had already started his recovery during the first map, but he was truly out of his shell on the next one, Dust2 — the second of BIG's favorite maps in Cologne alongside Cache —, where he and smooya (and the rest of the team, for that matter) were impenetrable on the CT side. BIG once again showed how powerful their molotovs and grenades can be, as they dealt 62.7 utility damage per round on the back of the dominant defense; there was little G2 could do to stop BIG as they stormed to the semi-finals with a 16-1 victory.

smooya started to show his teeth in the playoffs

That is where they faced their toughest test in FaZe. As Finn "karrigan" Andersen vetoed Cache, BIG did not get to have their two favorite maps in the pool like they had against G2, but they unsurprisingly opted for Dust2. Things didn't go well at the start, as BIG only got four rounds on the Terrorist side. Great play from nex and tabseN on the defense helped the German side pull off a comeback and take it to overtime, but they couldn't get past Nikola "NiKo" Kovač in the extra rounds and found themselves trailing 0-1 in the series.

Train followed as a map BIG had had mixed results on in the earlier stages of the tournament. A 4-16 loss to fnatic and a 16-12 win over Renegades were not very encouraging, but the underdogs stayed competitive, as smooya, nex, and tabseN shone again, and even looked to take control of the match when they were up 12-11 as CT. Things started to look dire when Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen crushed BIG's economy with an ace including a 1v3 clutch, but two rounds later, smooya turned around a 2v4 in an eco round and the momentum swung back, with BIG besting FaZe 16-13 in the end.

"We knew that we should've won the round easily because it was a very safe round for us, [cromen] just did sick shots. But we were not that disappointed that we had lost the round, we kept our heads high and we knew that every round counted even though we had a low buy, an eco round or something like that. We knew that even with a low buy, an eco round or something like that, we knew that we could win every single round because we are going through a very good period.

"In the next round, they came out on a B explode and two of our CZs made two kills, someone came from behind and smooya got the last kill onto karrigan after he had killed me from oil, it was very close but we managed to come back with that. It was an amazing feeling that we won that round, it was really important for us."

- tabseN, cited from an interview conducted after the grand final

And so it was time for Inferno, the deciding map that had proved successful for BIG twice before after overtimes. This time, it almost looked easy for the home squad. While nex completed his best series of the tournament with another stellar performance and tabseN followed closely behind him, BIG put up 12 rounds on the defense and soon emerged victorious at 16-6, once again showcasing their strength in utility usage with 48.5 damage per round.

With a 1.38 rating across the series, nex shredded his reputation for breaking down in big matches, which LEGIJA sees as a result of the team's playstyle change before the tournament, which fits him and the rest of the team:

"As I said, we have changed our system to one that fits everyone well. Everybody was included and asked what kind of style they like to play and, if they had ideas, they should suggest them. And people started coming up with executes and ideas on how we can approach the game and support each other better, so gob b and kakafu started crafting the game plan.

"In practices, it was only about adapting the rounds a bit and adjust here and there. And that, I think, was a big factor in him playing well. Also the team's and especially his communication was twice as good as it had been in Belo Horizonte and in previous games. He has a very unique way to think and and understand the game, and if he contributes and shares it like he did in Cologne, I promise this team will be insanely hard to beat."

- LEGIJA

nex played a fantastic series against FaZe

Of course, the tournament wasn't over as BIG had yet to face Natus Vincere in the grand final, but that is where the Cinderella story came to an end. Though tabseN continued to put up a fight until the end, nex ended the tournament with two poor maps, as the Ukrainian-Russian squad bested BIG on Overpass, the only map BIG looked shaky on at the tournament, as well as Train and Inferno, while gob b's team could only challenge their opponents on Dust2, where nex added another impressive map to his resumé.

Still, the German team's run at ESL One Cologne is one for the history books. With the win over FaZe in the semi-finals, BIG already completed what is the most surprising run to a big-event grand final in CS:GO history, as they were ranked 25th when the tournament began — five places lower than NRG had been before their run at StarSeries i-League Season 5 a month-and-a-half before.

What does this mean for BIG's future? We've always known what tabseN is capable of, and now nex has proven his worth again with one of the best tournaments, if not the best, of his career, as both players received EVP awards for the event. Although the duo may not always be able to combine in the same way they did in Cologne, smooya, who is still only 18 years old and a completely new player in the upper echelons of Counter-Strike, has shown a certain potential, which could mean bigger things for BIG if he is able to stabilize and become a consistent star for his team. We also can't fail to mention tiziaN, who may not have been a star but was very stable throughout BIG's wins in Cologne despite being an inexperienced player at this level of competition.

What's more, BIG proved that they can win important matches even without their stars' ridiculous performances, thanks to great teamplay, gob b's leadership and tactical prowess, and particularly a utility usage that rivals Astralis'. With this part of Counter-Strike creeping its way into the current meta more and more because of the Danes' recent dominance, BIG might be a step ahead of the competition.

"We focus a lot on [utility]. As the stats say, tabseN and gob b had the best utility usage in this tournament, and that's mainly because they have a very good gamesense and understanding of the meta. They have great timings and good anticipation, so it makes it much easier for them to grenade or flash people, or block them with a molotov, etc. The same goes for Astralis - by probably having the best communication in the world, they can even make more out of it than we or other teams can.

"Thank you for all the support we have received lately."

- LEGIJA

United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
456
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
414
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Austria Alexander 'kakafu' Szymanczyk
Alexander 'kakafu' Szymanczyk
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäus
Kevin 'keev' Bartholomäus
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1540
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Germany Niels 'luckeRRR' Jasiek
Niels 'luckeRRR' Jasiek
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.10
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1586
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
lol BIG in 2018
2018-07-18 21:35
#4
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Omg so fast
2018-07-18 21:35
#60
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
amazing fucking team. <3
2018-07-18 22:25
#62
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Germany svNNN 
expected vom redhead , lol
2018-07-18 22:26
#63
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
This is an international site, please write your comment in English. Comments in another language will be deleted.
2018-07-18 22:27
#80
nex | 
Germany Der_Pabst 
ahwa
2018-07-18 23:07
#123
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Germany GutenTag 
sven what doink
2018-07-19 14:09
#133
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Germany svNNN 
what doinK
2018-07-20 02:08
#139
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Germany GutenTag 
aber da grüß ich dich auch :------)
2018-07-20 12:32
Lol UK CS
2018-07-18 21:35
#9
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Germany AdiZen 
big #7 cuz of one tournament elegiggele
2018-07-18 21:37
#13
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Austria frazn 
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2018-07-18 21:36
???? your comment makes no sensao
2018-07-18 21:37
#50
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Europe _EpiC_ 
Turk, Polish and Brit make this "amazing" German team kek
2018-07-18 22:08
Nex is good
2018-07-18 22:46
#138
Kirby | 
Luxembourg TriZiuS 
Dafuq r u talking bout? Everyone except smooya started to play CS in Germany as they were all born here except gobb. So it’s still Ger/UK CS !!
2018-07-20 12:12
So many FNC fans responding Kreygasm
2018-07-18 22:07
UK CS OMEGALUL
2018-07-18 22:32
#104
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Mongolia Chuluun 
LUL
2018-07-19 06:17
Ez katka
2018-07-18 21:35
big homecoming lmaooo
2018-07-18 21:36
#7
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Finland perkelemeister 
Vadafak
2018-07-18 21:35
#8
mertz | 
Russia godmertz 
smooyagod btw
2018-07-18 21:36
#119
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Portugal RAPM 
u mean smooooooooooooooooooooya?
2018-07-19 12:03
#10
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Slovakia ypsylonnn 
yes
2018-07-18 21:36
Pure blood
2018-07-18 21:37
#18
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Russia Dedaireks 
wow
2018-07-18 21:37
wtf is that surname, Butterfield????? wtf
2018-07-18 21:37
Overwatch Battlefield*
2018-07-18 21:50
#117
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Germany TheYStriker 
N1
2018-07-19 10:32
ty
2018-07-19 10:59
isaac butterfield
2018-07-19 04:29
#110
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United States CousinBilly 
fuckin cyclist
2018-07-19 08:02
#22
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Germany simonmy 
Einfach für BiG
2018-07-18 21:37
#24
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
"most surprising run to a big event grand final in CS:GO " Hmm. Gambit vs Immortals were in a major final
2018-07-18 21:38
#28
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Germany Sabba1 
i mean gambit were a solid team back then and look at the opposition imt had to face nowhere near the likes of mibr g2 and faze
2018-07-18 21:40
#95
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Argentina Demonark 
Gambit wasnt solid. They were in a slump, thats why after winning the major zeus left, not because of their couch. Winning that major was a miracle for them.
2018-07-19 04:32
Gambit were doing pretty poorly prior to the major, and there were already rumours that some members were heading out of the team.
2018-07-19 06:03
#26
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Germany Sabba1 
+1 too einfach for Berlin International Gaming
2018-07-18 21:39
Remove Legija = become decent team. Wasnt that hard to figure out...
2018-07-18 21:39
But legija gob b senpai duo. Rip.
2018-07-18 22:19
just lucky germans. nothing has changed in terms of their skill.
2018-07-18 21:40
#97
jks | 
Germany ColdClaw 
Completely wrong! nex stepped up a lot in his consistancy smooya showed how good he is with AWP And with rifles tabseN showed once again how good his aim and gamesense is and in addition to that, how good he is with the AWP tizian showed good performances and his importance in this team Gob has had great calls as always and was really good at fragging as well...
2018-07-19 04:56
#97
jks | 
Germany ColdClaw 
Completely wrong! nex stepped up a lot in his consistancy smooya showed how good he is with AWP And with rifles tabseN showed once again how good his aim and gamesense is and in addition to that, how good he is with the AWP tizian showed good performances and his importance in this team Gob has had great calls as always and was really good at fragging as well...
2018-07-19 04:56
#30
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Denmark danishwarrior 
Nex playing great like every 4th summer. He will be back to normal bot mode very soon. Also; Home turf.
2018-07-18 21:41
#31
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United States JacobSick954 
It took me a long time to scroll down here lol
2018-07-18 21:42
#34
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United States G0LDEAR 
German/UK cs in 2018
2018-07-18 21:44
#48
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
liquid overrated
2018-07-18 22:06
#127
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United States G0LDEAR 
Not really. Outside of esl one cologne, liquid has been consistently getting good results.
2018-07-19 14:55
#38
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Sweden Akoulad 
Who gives a shit about this fluke team
2018-07-18 21:50
#42
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Poland ramones1 
it's coming home
2018-07-18 21:50
For now, i dont really understand that kind of hype because of one good tournament .. i wish them the best for sure, the Cologne run was really solid, but i will be trully convinced about them, after they will be playing at the same level at next tournaments, mostly at Major main qual.
2018-07-18 21:53
#68
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Germany L4Ndo 
the hype is mostly about how they achieved this coming out of a slump with a new player and playstyle delievering great and close games throughout the tournament and the fact that it was in front of a homecrowd i guess.. in manners of real quality of the team and how they will compete after this the hype is irrelevant i have to admit.
2018-07-18 22:36
#81
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Denmark MeToxi 
Even if some think the hype is to 'hyped' for now, i still found it really interesting to read about. It was an excellent article imo. I really want to see big continue to perform well now. ;)
2018-07-18 23:09
#84
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Germany L4Ndo 
+1 hltv really has been improving with quality content over the last months
2018-07-18 23:26
Was a good interview I agree. I've always been a big supporter. In fact they are my favorite team to bet on I bug events. I've won more on them than any team and the biggest wins on them. They have cost me a lil bit this year but more than made up for it in cologne :) glad they had a good showing. Hopefully they can make the cut in some future events.
2018-07-19 05:02
True, anyway, like the guys said, good article and im looking forward to next tournaments to see how they will perform :)
2018-07-19 12:41
ezz for legija the real hero
2018-07-18 22:03
#83
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Denmark LGoony 
Highest jump on a major ever. Kings
2018-07-18 23:14
BIG must get double the amount of money from t-shirt ads compared to other teams given they have double the real estate available.
2018-07-18 22:05
#59
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Poland Ryunar 
topkek
2018-07-18 22:25
douuble the real estate?
2018-07-18 22:32
Amount of space on their shirts.
2018-07-18 22:48
<3
2018-07-18 22:09
2late4first
2018-07-18 22:10
I'm just waiting for BIG in Japan
2018-07-18 22:14
I see what you did there
2018-07-19 12:29
Ohh finally, you must be a CS 1.0 player too ;D
2018-07-19 14:30
#55
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Germany NiceC 
62.7 utility damage per round is sick tho.
2018-07-18 22:20
#56
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Europe KittyChamp 
"smooya started to show his teeth in the playoffs" LOL BRITISH TEETH STEREOTYPE?
2018-07-18 22:21
HLTV has come out with some really great content this year Some of my favorites were the qbf feature, the mixwell interview, and the most recent hltv confirmed. I would really also appreciate if you published some more statistical and analysis pieces Petar puts a lot of interesting tidbits up on his Twitter, but it would be great to get some context in article format, or at least include more statistics in other articles. At the very least adding access to all stats on the site would be nice so people can look for them if they wish to. I remember with the new hltv unveiling they mentioned there would be increased functionality in that section of the site, but changes have been slow to come out I understand you don't want to he ridiculed for any false conclusions in articles, and that making raw stats accessible is a huge undertaking, but it really is the next logical step in the quality of the site
2018-07-18 22:28
We are constantly working on adding new stuff, since launching the new site quite a bit of new stats have been added including: Rating 2.0, KAST, team lineups, opponent stats & flashbangs. A new stats page will be launching tomorrow if all goes to plan, so stay tuned for that.
2018-07-18 22:31
You've been doing great work lately, and I really liked the use of statistics in this article Pass my gratitude on to the rest of the team
2018-07-18 22:40
#135
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Denmark MeToxi 
Do you have an ETA for the new stat page? As a big fan of stats im really looking forward to this one. Also, really great job with HLTV. I feel like everything is moving in the right direction on this site. I'm also enjoying all these new articles your writers have been making. Especially those like this one that gives a bit of insight to what've been going on in different teams to get them to where they are. EDIT: Forgot to mention that I like the initiative with HLTV Confirmed. I have only had the opportunity to watch the first episode so far, but I really liked it.
2018-07-20 11:40
Later today, wanted to do a few more features for it.
2018-07-20 11:36
#137
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Denmark MeToxi 
Great! Looking forward to it. ;)
2018-07-20 11:39
Thanks for the comment. We are always looking for ways to do better content, not just statistical but also when it comes to storytelling. <3
2018-07-18 22:44
Just wondering. Is the rating 2.0 code/algorithm publicly available? Can't find how it is calculated
2018-07-19 01:19
Don't think it is (I don't handle that area), but you can find an explanation about it here: hltv.org/news/20695/introducing-rating-2..
2018-07-19 01:50
Yup +1 same here. Well said. GOOD job hltv crew. Your game has stepped up a lot in the last year. I find myself checking threw the day to read the newest articles. I appreciate the site! Gives me something to read at work :) just don't tell my boss!
2018-07-19 05:06
#58
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Poland Ryunar 
german cs was never great xD
2018-07-18 22:25
#64
PAGO | 
Poland Karmowski 
spiderman
2018-07-18 22:27
scripted
2018-07-18 22:40
BIIIIIIG <3
2018-07-18 22:41
#Gemeinsam #GOBIGORGOHOME
2018-07-18 22:42
#77
xeta | 
Netherlands Cebix 
FaZe disband incoming
2018-07-18 22:57
#78
Poland MaYy 
lol people still cares on shit teams xd
2018-07-18 23:02
#82
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Denmark LGoony 
No actually nobody cares about the polish scene these days
2018-07-18 23:13
savage xD
2018-07-19 03:07
What's a "polish" scene? They all poka dancing? Or? I know they don't have a cs team or I'd know about them....
2018-07-19 05:08
still better than top NA team carried by 2 canadians and monkey rofl
2018-07-19 17:20
Who polish scene? How high are u.. please give me ur drug dealers number so I can join you in the land of the lost
2018-07-19 19:52
is there any australian scene?
2018-07-19 17:18
Article a little late isn't it? Cologne was like almost 2 weeks ago
2018-07-18 23:26
#108
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Other Phinks 
It was posted yeterday already
2018-07-19 07:43
#141
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Poland Walixx 
Wow
2018-07-20 20:36
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2018-07-18 23:53
#87
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
smooya started to show his teeth in the playoffs.
2018-07-19 00:19
#90
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
i saw that bait.
2018-07-19 01:31
Good view on things!
2018-07-19 00:42
ez4biG
2018-07-19 03:57
#96
NiKo | 
France Dealotts 
" smooya started to show his teeth in the playoffs " easiest report of my life.
2018-07-19 04:35
#105
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Indonesia Exodd 
+1 Easy to make fun of British teeth lul
2018-07-19 06:19
#107
hardstyle | 
Turkey B^S 
Lmao
2018-07-19 07:39
<3 BiG
2018-07-19 05:13
Watch them never make it to another grand final ever again
2018-07-19 06:45
#109
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
nt swedistan CS
2018-07-19 07:58
Just tellin the truth germanistan
2018-07-19 15:44
fluke team once a year they play out of their minds. guess their cheats are so expensive that they can buy them for only 1 event a year
2018-07-19 17:20
#111
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Finland HLTVCOUP 
N1664 PLEASE
2018-07-19 08:23
Great history. GZ
2018-07-19 08:32
We will never see them again
2018-07-19 08:34
NANI ?
2018-07-19 09:13
#115
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
big was wylin
2018-07-19 09:21
#116
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Finland ceresje 
Spiderman ?
2018-07-19 10:18
#124
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Germany GutenTag 
A U F G E H T S
2018-07-19 14:09
BIG Tier 1 now
2018-07-19 14:54
Imagine writing that much about a shit team. You better have gotten a huge pay
2018-07-20 06:01
BIG`s coach also broke the rules several times in Cologne by speaking during freeze time without pause. He was served a warning only in the final against NAVI, but he did it in all the previous matches thus helping his team by breaking the rules of ESL One. All that aside they played well and deserved to get at least in the semi finals.
2018-07-20 13:50
#143
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Russia NiGaTiVe 
He shows that he does not care about the game of the guys and wants to advise them something
2018-07-30 15:58
expected
2018-07-28 22:51
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