Five key storylines of ELEAGUE Premier

Professeur
July 21st, 2018 02:37

Ahead of ELEAGUE Premier 2018, which will see eight of the world's best teams compete for $1,000,000 in Atlanta, we look for the tournament's key storylines.

Hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, at the ELEAGUE Arena, which is a part of the Turner Studios, ELEAGUE Premier returns with another elite tournament. This time around we will see eight teams compete over a nine-day event, starting with fully-BO3 groups and finishing off with single-elimination, BO3 playoffs.

Top tier CS will be played in the ELEAGUE Arena over the next nine days

The competition at the tournament will be fierce as the field features seven out of the eight best teams in the world according to the current ranking, with only the Cologne heroes BIG missing, and, instead, domestic favorites and current Major champions Cloud9 having a spot at the event.

The participating teams have been split into the following groups:

The two favorites, Astralis and Natus Vincere, are looking to face off in the grand final if they get pass their group stage and playoff hurdles successfully, but the likes of FaZe and Liquid will be looking to spoil their plans and secure a big win—and a massive payout—for themselves.

Na`Vi aim for four

A fantastic display in Germany was just a continuation of Natus Vincere's good performances, as the Ukrainian-Russian side has now won three consecutive tournaments: StarSeries i-League S5, the CS:GO Asia Championship, and ESL One Cologne. But Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and co. will be looking to further add to their tally before the offseason, heading into ELEAGUE Premier 2018 as one of the favorites.

Natus Vincere are the longest-standing team at the event, and continuing their streak in Atlanta would send out a strong message that sticking together sometimes does indeed pay off. Even though perhaps the only reason they still have the current five is Egor "flamie" Vasilyev's obscene buyout, Natus Vincere was a team that needed time, and they have continually progressed to the point they are now. Perhaps key to their current level was changing Denis "electronic" Sharipov's role to allow him to have more freedom, which he has been using to put up almost MVP-worthy numbers.

Freeing up electronic has got Na`Vi to a championship-winning level

Having s1mple doing s1mple things, an on-point electronic, and flamie as an X-factor seem to ensure Natus Vincere go far in every tournament, but to defeat Astralis they still needed something more—dragging them over the line there was Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, who dropped a 30-bomb on LAN in regulation match for the first time since 2014. If they manage another win over the Danes at ELEAGUE Premier, Natus Vincere could go to the August player break with the psychological advantage over Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's side - which could prove crucial to their Major title bid in London.

Looking at the bad side, apart from Zeus and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev often struggling to hold their own, Natus Vincere's problem at ELEAGUE could be their Dust2 play, which has been significantly subpar in recent times when compared to the rest of their map pool. With Cache being their perma-ban, and all of the other teams in the group able to play both this map and Dust2, Natus Vincere could find themselves exposed in the veto process—if they have not managed to figure out the map in the meantime.

Astralis need more to cement an era

Excelling in all the key areas—teamplay, utility usage, and individual prowess—Astralis are no doubt the best team of 2018 so far. gla1ve, with the help of Danny "zonic" Sørensen, has created a great system in which every player can shine, even the in-game leader himself, who currently sits on a 1.20 rating for the last three months on LAN. But despite picking up three titles in dominant fashion and never placing outside of the top four, barring their first event with Emil "Magisk" Reif, it still feels like there is something missing before we can call this the Astralis era.

Losses to FaZe in Sydney and, more recently, to Natus Vincere in Cologne, combined with Astralis skipping quite a few $250,000+ tournaments that were then won by the aforementioned duo or by mousesports, make it hard to claim that gla1ve's squad is the absolute king of 2018. With only a couple of teams having ever truly asserted dominance on the whole scene, Astralis will surely want to add to what they have accomplished so far and convert their good run into a historic era, something a title in Atlanta will surely help achieve.

This Astralis roster need a few more titles to become legendary

Even though the competition at the event is quite tough, it doesn't seem like Astralis can be really challenged by anyone except Natus Vincere, creating an interesting stylistic matchup. The Danes are stronger as CT, winning a whopping 70% of the rounds they play on the defensive side, and are brilliant with their utility usage, with BIG being the only top team that comes close in that department. While Natus Vincere have sub-par utility damage and flash assists, they are great on the Terrorist side, where they have the highest number of multikills per round out of any top team.

With the two teams in different groups, everything points towards a Astralis - Natus Vincere match in the playoffs, in which gla1ve's team will have to prove that their Immovable Object can halt the Unstoppable Force that is s1mple and co.

Return of the 'meister

Looking at FaZe's recent event placings, which read,'six tournaments played, six playoffs reached and two trophies lifted', it is hard to process that all of that was achieved with a stand-in, or, to be exact, two different stand-ins. Yes, FaZe are a team with so much star power that plugging in anyone will work to a degree, but the consistency the team had, especially in the period with Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen, during which they admittedly didn't even practice, is something that cannot be underplayed. The loss to BIG in Cologne was disappointing, especially as they could've closed out the Intel Grand Slam right then and there, but keeping the status of an elite team throughout a four-month period without Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer is definitely praiseworthy.

The whole situation with the Swede's absence is a bit unclear, as it seemed that FaZe were set on finding a new fifth or attending ELEAGUE Premier with cromen just days before olofmeister announced his return from an undisclosed-personal-issues hiatus. If it is the case that olofmeister was, in a way, pressured to come back to keep his spot on the squad, it might just be the case that the team's spirits might not be the highest at this tournament. We also can't forget that the 26-year-old, all of his accolades and achievements aside, has not played CS competitively since March, which will surely be felt in his game. Even though he is the type of the player FaZe want, initially, the team might fare worse than they would with cromen.

FaZe will have to get used to playing with olof after a long period with stand-ins

Going back to the star power is what Finn "karrigan" Andersen can rely on, regardless of potential problems he will have, such as getting the team back in a system in which olofmeister fits, and the Swede's individual form. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Håvard "rain" Nygaard were brilliant in Cologne, with the former finishing the tournament without a single sub-1.0 rated map, and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács is always capable of hitting that peak level that single-handedly wins maps for FaZe, which makes them dangerous no matter who they face in Atlanta.

NA in disarray

The year started so well for North American Counter-Strike, as Cloud9 were able to bring the region their first Major trophy by beating FaZe in Boston. The team then began to struggle following the big win, which isn't rare to see after a Major victory, but Liquid were quick to jump in and show some good results, contesting the title of the region's best team. Slowly, though, things turned sour for North Americans.

Cloud9 was the first team to hit a bump in the road as Jake "Stewie2K" Yip decided to leave the Major-winning team to join up with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Marcelo "coldzera" David. Cloud9 first went with Pujan "FNS" Mehta as a dedicated IGL, but it didn't work out, leaving them scrambling for a fifth as the end of the season neared. Martin "STYKO" Styk was the option they went for, trialing the Slovakian in Cologne, but losing to Astralis and Natus Vincere there, the two best teams at the event, wasn't really conclusive of the team's strength.

Nonetheless, Tarik "tarik" Celik decided to jump ship as well, following in Stewie2K's steps and leaving Cloud9 in an even worse position ahead of ELEAGUE Premier 2018. The North Americans turned to another European option, former fnatic in-game leader Maikil "Golden" Selim, who will be filling in for the event. The resulting lineup is surely not something that the team plans to go with long term, as the lack in fragging power is apparent, but more likely a trial for both STYKO and Golden. Cloud9 will be looking to see how the two will perform in Atlanta this week before deciding if they want to take one of the players, or splash the cash on some of the more exciting names available, such as Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt.

Are we witnessing another iteration of Liquid fail to live up to expectations?

When Cloud9 is on a downward trend we usually see Liquid rise, but Nick "nitr0" Cannella and co. haven't been that great since ECS S5, at the start of June. Playing too many events, combined with personal issues, resulted in limited practice time and saw Liquid's level drop off in Belo Horizonte and Cologne. Things should be in a better state for ELEAGUE Premier, but Liquid now have a new problem. Wilton "zews" Prado—their coach and the fatherly figure of the squad—will be absent from the tournament due to health issues, putting even more of a load on the makeshift in-game leader and AWPer nitr0.

Both North American teams are therefore in a tough position ahead of the Atlanta event, but at least Liquid have a stable roster and are looking for a good result—Cloud9 will have to focus on finding two more players before they can hope to achieve anything on the server.

MIBR with another roll of the dice

After living on borrowed time for a couple of months, as his departure had been rumored to come alongside Epitacio "TACO" de Melo's when the acquisition of s1mple and flamie was on the cards, Ricardo "boltz" Prass was removed from MIBR. The 21-year-old had impressed initially, helping SK lift the EPICENTER 2017, the BLAST Pro Series and the Pro League trophies, but struggled more and more as the time went on, and not helping his cause was that he was reportedly one of the Brazilians struggling the most with English communication.

Changing a player was surely warranted, as FalleN and co. have been going through probably their deepest crisis as a team. At ESL One Cologne, where they finished 7th-8th after losing to BIG, MIBR had coldzera and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga delivering individually, and they were one of the teams that impressed in terms of opening kills, getting one in 54.9% of the rounds. But the team fell apart in 5v4 situations and had a low amount of traded deaths, both of which are not something we associate with the SK teams of the past. Bad mid-to-late round communication seems like a natural cause of their issues, so replacing boltz with a native English speaker in tarik, does make sense, at least in theory.

Stewie's first couple of months didn't go as expected

Looking at the roles, though, it doesn't seem like tarik is a player naturally fit to replace boltz, who practically took over TACO's positions. Even though tarik might be a better player individually, a Cloud9 player that would seemingly fit the role better would be William "RUSH" Wierzba, with tarik's addition potentially only leading to more playstyle clashes for MIBR. Another headache for the team is FalleN's individual drop off. The 27-year-old dropped both main AWPing and calling for a short period of time earlier this year, and while he has taken back the reins of the team, he is still struggling to recover as an AWPer, passing on the weapon to the likes of coldzera when the going gets tough.

Despite a lot of problems, they are in a group featuring a struggling Cloud9 and a Liquid side they beat in Kiev, so MIBR could still make the playoffs, but they should stand little chance against the likes of Natus Vincere and Astralis. Their main objectives are to show team improvement, especially in terms of the late-round game, and to demonstrate that tarik can actually be implemented into an already aggro-heavy setup.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1381
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
909
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1269
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
784
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
119
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
32
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:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1215
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
872
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
949
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
256
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1262
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
432
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1076
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1336
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1049
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
822
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
876
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
872
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
EZ NAVI
2018-07-21 02:37
s1mple GOAT
2018-07-21 02:37
Fuck you nolifer
2018-07-21 02:38
#16
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Brazil Eusouimortal 
+1
2018-07-21 02:42
#90
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9----------EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9----------EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9--------------------------------------------EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9----------------------EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9-------------------EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9--------------------------------EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9---------EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9 EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9—------EZ4CLOUD9EZ4CLOUD9
2018-07-21 12:44
#101
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United Kingdom Charlie___ 
idiot
2018-07-21 15:42
#103
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Russia kosty404 
xDDDD nice joke
2018-07-21 17:30
> Hungry for #1 >F' you no lifer I guess once you reach that #1 comment your life will be accomplished.. hashtaglifegoals omegalul
2018-07-21 02:51
OMEGALUL
2018-07-21 14:24
#25
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
Ez Cloud9, best team in the world, will win opening against asstralis 2-0 (16-13, 16-4)
2018-07-21 02:59
Hey bro i just wana say Your mom gay
2018-07-21 03:19
#31
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India reDREAMER 
U wish my frnd but ur wish is way to frictional
2018-07-21 03:30
#34
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
i dont wish, i know
2018-07-21 03:36
#36
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India reDREAMER 
That the days of c9 are over
2018-07-21 03:38
#43
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
something that will never happen(:
2018-07-21 05:20
#44
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
You are fan of a team with only 1 player, atleast we got 3 players atm and 2 standins, na'vi got 1 player and 4 i really dont know
2018-07-21 05:23
#45
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India reDREAMER 
Hahhaha i see u dont know the pro seen enough mate
2018-07-21 05:23
#46
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
loooool, have been c9 fan since complexity, even though we got no more from that squad, i think i know the csgo scene more tha you, Na'Vi played well at cologne, they all showed up, but that will not happen again, maybe in 3-4 years, but not for long, na'vi got 1 player
2018-07-21 05:25
#66
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Well surely any Na'Vi player >>> any C9 player atm
2018-07-21 09:52
#85
GuardiaN | 
Slovakia Akos 
Zeus better than autimatic?
2018-07-21 12:24
#91
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Yes, a legendary cs:go igl >>>> some fortnite kid
2018-07-21 13:24
#105
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
looool wtf, are you on shrooms? maybe legend, 1.6 legend, biggest noob in csgo
2018-07-21 18:01
#109
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
*wants to reply* *sees flair* *writes /closed* /closed
2018-07-21 19:15
#110
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
hahahahahah nooooooob
2018-07-21 19:28
#112
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
??? Reply needs to have actual content
2018-07-21 21:46
#35
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Brazil bryandabliu 
nt
2018-07-21 03:38
#49
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United States realHaxy 
says the faze fan, BANDWAGON
2018-07-21 05:54
#106
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
+10000000
2018-07-21 18:02
MIBR out in groups again :/
2018-07-21 02:37
#17
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Brazil Eusouimortal 
nice dream
2018-07-21 02:43
u made my day .ç:D:DD:
2018-07-21 03:11
#47
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
yeah mibr should feel lucky they got invited
2018-07-21 05:48
#93
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Brazil cleytonton 
Why u hate Mibr so much? Because we almost won everything in 2016 and 2017? Or it is because coldzera goat have been the best in the world 2 years in a Roll?
2018-07-21 13:37
Its because of cancer fans lol also no taco no cold not top 1 this year without baiting LUL
2018-07-21 14:43
#102
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Brazil aionzito 
No Taco No Major Ez for Liquid
2018-07-21 17:17
+8
2018-07-21 17:31
#114
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Brazil cleytonton 
See some vídeos of him playing in the Lg era. Please, even before Taco he was good
2018-07-22 15:50
#4
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Europe trey_ 
eZaF
2018-07-21 02:38
#27
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
haaaaaa, no
2018-07-21 03:11
#58
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Europe BreezyEU 
NA CS zzzzz
2018-07-21 07:37
#59
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Denmark FrodoDaKing 
atleast im not a faze fan xD always loosing finals/semis you should win, all i can do is laugh
2018-07-21 07:38
#89
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Europe trey_ 
omegalulllllllll esl one belo horizonte iem sydney ecs season 4 esl one new york eleague premier starseries season 3 c9 1 major fluke xDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-07-21 12:44
#111
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Europe BreezyEU 
+1
2018-07-21 20:21
Yes
2018-07-21 02:38
EZ LIQUID
2018-07-21 02:38
EZ4LIQUID TOP 3
2018-07-21 04:42
#8
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Indonesia Konerd1 
hi
2018-07-21 02:38
#9
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Finland perkelemeister 
Who cares ENCE plays in the minor tomorrow
2018-07-21 02:39
they will beat up Sprout's asses
2018-07-21 02:45
#116
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United States fatburger 
Rip ence
2018-07-26 21:24
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-21 02:39
#75
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Denmark NikolaiBC 
EZ4ENCE in a tournament they not even are in? ##EZ4ENNCE!!
2018-07-21 11:21
eZaF4FaZe
2018-07-21 02:39
U guys seen My dad?
2018-07-21 02:41
no, and neither did you
2018-07-21 06:52
#15
Salah | 
Egypt Guterman 
EZ4LIQUID
2018-07-21 02:42
MOUZZ EZZ
2018-07-21 02:43
return of the meister <3
2018-07-21 02:44
#21
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France FanchD 
EZ FOR GODTRONIC
2018-07-21 02:46
EZ win for FaZe
2018-07-21 02:48
#23
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
nice read
2018-07-21 02:51
EZ4Faze with GODOLOF
2018-07-21 03:06
All 3 teams that compete in NA leagues are in the same group - that's pretty boring. I wish they mixed it up a little more at least. It wouldn't make a difference really, but it'd be more entertaining to watch the matchups imo.
2018-07-21 03:14
#72
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Denmark MeToxi 
Its just to ensure that one of the NA teams makes playoffs ;)
2018-07-21 10:25
LOL; regardless though, I'd rather have a bit of diversity to mix things up and make it more enjoyable to watch the matches.
2018-07-21 14:25
#107
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Denmark MeToxi 
Yeah, sure thing. But for groups it might aswell just be a coincidence since it wouldn't make sense to base groups of of regions. Another point to make though is that all of the 3 NA teams has a handicap in some way, making it way easier for Astralis to progress.
2018-07-21 18:30
Yeah, what I said is just wishful thinking that the groups would be more diverse despite it being a coincidence haha. In regards to Astralis, I already expected them to be ahead of the other 3 teams.
2018-07-22 02:52
#32
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Brazil Doador 
ez for dream team(mibr)
2018-07-21 03:34
#37
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Brazil Heske7H 
Astralis ERA???? Good joke.
2018-07-21 03:43
#38
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Australia t0rrent 
If they can stay #1 for the whole year then I'd say that defines an era
2018-07-21 03:51
#39
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United States EdgyBlob 
NA in disarray I like the rhyme
2018-07-21 03:58
cool rhyme
2018-07-21 05:00
Ty
2018-07-21 12:25
#41
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Czech Republic AXAXAXAXA 
Ez for mouz
2018-07-21 04:54
#48
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Kazakhstan sundby 
Liquid will rekt everyone Even Asttalis
2018-07-21 05:50
Did you just brush off mouz? They just brought in a legendary player and you just ignore it? What?
2018-07-21 06:17
The 21-year-old had impressed initially, helping SK lift the EPICENTER 2017, the BLAST Pro Series and the Pro League trophie,, Pls fix
2018-07-21 06:52
nice observation about olof............ it will be interesting to see how the team plays with him.......
2018-07-21 07:06
#55
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Ukraine Caffity 
Expected
2018-07-21 07:12
#56
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Netherlands knalorgaan 
Why is C9 a “key storyline” and Mouz is not. There is nothing interessting about c9
2018-07-21 07:17
EZ 4 GOAT OLOF
2018-07-21 07:33
#ToTheStars!
2018-07-21 07:39
Yes. Ez for astralis
2018-07-21 10:06
not ez, they'll find many worthy opponents, but eventually, they will stomp on them and win that event.
2018-07-21 10:20
True
2018-07-21 19:01
"The two favorites, Astralis and Natus Vincere, are looking to face off in the grand final if they get pass their group stage and playoff hurdles successfully, but the likes of FaZe and Liquid will be looking to spoil their plans and secure a big win—and a massive payout—for themselves." Lmao im already done with this article, liquid couldnt win a shit even when they were at their peak and other teams were struggling and now theyre shit as fuck, literally the worst team there with c9, really overrated
2018-07-21 07:41
#74
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
+11111111111
2018-07-21 11:01
#117
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Russia OlegShev 
nt, but 0/8
2018-07-27 23:50
These Hltv storyline are a titlter, every tournament we get a MIBR story line that is always the longest even tho the team is shit and a NA story line instand of story lines of actual good teams from EU like mouz and Fnatic who did roster change, are the writer fan of Fallen and co or dafuq is this shit? Cant remember the last time they didnt do a story line for that shit playing lineup that isnt even relevant anymore
2018-07-21 07:54
#63
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Indonesia Speartuna 
This gon b gud, my money’s on Astralis winning it all
2018-07-21 08:02
Great use of statistics in this article, and I'm really enjoying how you implemented them in the site, even if the colors need some work The writing for even the routine pieces like these storyline articles has really improved over the past few months. You include more context in the storylines, and do a great job combining them with team play borderlands stats. On top of that, the language has really gotten better as well. I haven't seen nearly as many redundant phrases or awkward wordings
2018-07-21 08:22
#73
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Denmark MeToxi 
+1, i dont get why there are so many haters, maybe just baiters, who knows, but I find all of the recent articles really interesting to read. It also feels like their articles is a lot more varied now. With the TaZ one (really well made btw), the BIG one (also rly good) and the storylines they make before big events. I also loved how they made a 2in1 interview with Jks and Nifty. And even if this is an unpopular opinion, i also enjoyed getting a interview from the female cs scene.
2018-07-21 10:42
Thanks for the kind words guys <3
2018-07-21 12:27
"The two favorites, Astralis and Natus Vincere, are looking to face off in the grand final if they get pass their group stage and playoff hurdles successfully, but the likes of FaZe and Liquid will be looking to spoil their plans and secure a big win—and a massive payout—for themselves." WTF FaZe not favorite ?
2018-07-21 09:47
#67
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United Kingdom Hamshanks 
No?
2018-07-21 10:01
NaVi and Astralis - 1st favorites Liquid and FaZe - 2nd favorites
2018-07-21 10:02
#70
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United States ascendaNt_88 
let's go astralis
2018-07-21 10:07
#76
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
AND "fnatic back to top 1"
2018-07-21 11:41
with draken and xizt LOOOOOOOOOL
2018-07-21 11:51
#79
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
well xizt is a given in the best Swedish team, but draken is shieet yea, but it doesnt really matter when you have flusha, krimz and JW killing every1 FeelsGoodMan
2018-07-21 11:55
when you play against flamie,there is nothing to do.
2018-07-21 11:56
#81
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
krimz> flamie so idk what you on bout m8
2018-07-21 11:59
lul of lulend
2018-07-21 12:00
#GONAVI
2018-07-21 11:51
#84
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Latvia pumasiK 
Navi take my energy!
2018-07-21 12:05
#88
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Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Mouz fuck FaZe pls
2018-07-21 12:39
#92
World Jeza 
tarik one of the most underrated players in CS:GO, interested to see how mibr perform. I don't understand how he will fit in the team at all but there's no doubt that -TACO -boltz +Stewie +tarik is a big firepower upgrade.
2018-07-21 13:26
#94
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Czech Republic ufonk 
Are you kidding me? Where is Story about mouz and Snax?
2018-07-21 13:45
#95
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Czech Republic ufonk 
6th Key for me
2018-07-21 13:48
>disarray >NA pick’em
2018-07-21 14:14
#115
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Ukraine den37773 
EZ for NAVI
2018-07-22 16:13
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