The headlines of 2018: a mid-season recap

Striker
August 12th, 2018 02:30

As the off-season has begun and teams are taking a much-needed break before they get back into action in late August, we look back at the first seven months of 2018 and recap the biggest stories and headlines of the first part of the year.

January - Cloud9 win ELEAGUE Major Boston

Just like last year, 2018 kicked off with the ELEAGUE Major. With SK having João "felps" Vasconcellos standing in as Ricardo "boltz" Prass was not allowed to take part in the tournament due to roster rules, FaZe were the main favorites to take home their first Major.

It all turned out differently than anticipated. Cloud9 started their run in the New Challengers Stage and cruised through the first phase without breaking a sweat, but the second Swiss stage proved difficult for them, as the North American side kicked it off with losses to G2 and Space Soldiers. However, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip & co. recovered after eliminating Virtus.pro, Astralis, and Vega Squadron, coming back from the 0-2 start to secure their berth in the playoffs.

In the single-elimination bracket, Cloud9 first disposed of G2 in a one-sided series before defeating the boltz-less SK in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, FaZe continued to confirm their position of the favorites after 2-0 series over mousesports and Natus Vincere, joining the Tarik "tarik" Celik-led squad in the grand final.

There, the European side kicked things off with a closely contested win on Mirage before Overpass went the other way, with Inferno left to decide the winner of the first Major of the year. FaZe were unable to convert a 15-11 lead as the nail-biting battle went to double overtime, with Cloud9 completing the miraculous comeback to give North America its first Major trophy, while tarik claimed the MVP award.

That wasn't the only surprise of the ELEAGUE Major, as G2 broke their streak of group stage exits with a playoff finish, while Quantum Bellator Fire (now Winstrike) shocked the CS scene after making it through the first two stages against all odds, beating the likes of mousesports on the way to the quarter-finals.

device returns

Nicolai "device" Reedtz had gone on a medical leave at the end of November last year and it wasn't until before the ELEAGUE Major that he made his return. While Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen kept his temporary role as the AWPer for the Major, device's comeback was slow as he recorded one of the worst tournaments of his career in Atlanta, but he was quickly back in form when he retook the AWP at the end of January.

100 Thieves pull out of the Major

For the first time in CS:GO, the organizers had to deal with a team pulling out of the Major at the last minute, as the new 100 Thieves, whose majority had previously competed under the Immortals banner, weren't able to acquire visas in time. ELEAGUE filled the spot by organizing a last-chance qualifier, which featured the three teams who had lost in the fifth round of the New Challengers Stage, with Liquid coming out on top to claim the ninth spot in the next phase.

February - Astralis, North, Liquid, Virtus.pro & NiP change lineups

The end of the Major often means plenty of roster changes, and this time it was no different. In retrospect, the most important was the abrupt departure of Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye from Astralis to North. That led Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's team to bring in Emil "Magisk" Reif, and we all know how that turned out; Astralis needed only about two months to start their own era.

The post-Major roster changes ensued in February

Meanwhile, Liquid opted to remove Josh "jdm64" Marzano and welcomed Keith "NAF" Markovic, who quickly went on to become one of their stars. Virtus.pro broke CS:GO's longest standing five-man roster by releasing Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas, who was replaced by Michał "MICHU" Müller, and Dennis "dennis" Edman replaced Richard "Xizt" Landström in NiP to end the longest standing three-man core.

FACEIT get their first Major

A month after the ELEAGUE Major had finished, it was announced that FACEIT had been chosen to host 2018's second Major in September. For the first time, the entire cycle was going to be organized by just one company, with all four Minors also taking place at the same location — at London's Twickenham stadium — to ensure that all teams taking part in the Major itself would have no issues with visas.

mousesports claim first big-event title at StarSeries i-League Season 4

mousesports took advantage of the post-Major shift at StarSeries i-League Season 4, defeating SK, Cloud9, G2, Liquid, and Natus Vincere to claim their first big-event trophy at the end of the month, while Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev secured his first MVP medal of the year despite losing the grand final of the $300,000 tournament.

March - SK go international, add Stewie2K

March saw Epitacio "TACO" de Melo leave SK after realizing he had lost the joy to play. The Brazilians contemplated multiple options, including buying out s1mple and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev from Natus Vincere, but, according to various reports, the deal fell through at the last minute and SK had to find another solution.

In the end, Stewie2K made the transfer over from Cloud9, leaving behind Timothy "autimatic" Ta, who had reportedly received an offer alongside his long-time teammate but decided to stay in the North American squad. Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo & co. soon found themselves struggling with the shift towards communicating in English and extended their streak of group stage exits to four events before eventually making their first playoffs with the American player at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, two months later.

fnatic garner $1m+ after triumphs at IEM Katowice and WESG

fnatic took everyone by surprise at IEM Katowice with their first title in two years, since 2016's edition of the same tournament. The Swedes beat Heroic, G2, and Liquid on the way to the grand final, in which they rematched FaZe and triumphed after an exciting finish to the best-of-five grand final, with a red-hot Robin "flusha" Rönnquist pulling off a beastly performance to push fnatic over the line on the fifth map, Train, in overtime.

fnatic won their first tournament in two years at IEM Katowice

Maikil "Golden" Selim & co. then topped it off with their second consecutive title at the WESG World Finals with a win over Space Soldiers in the grand final, adding a total of $1,050,000 to their winnings over the course of the two tournaments in March.

shox gets benched from G2

In February, it had come to light that Richard "shox" Papillon would need to undergo a wrist surgery, but it had nothing to do with him getting benched from G2, who did not agree with his radical ideas regarding the roster and decided to try out Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas. Needless to say, the organization would give shox the reins after all, but not before the star player had spent three months on the bench to recover.

April - Astralis go undefeated at DH Masters Marseille

After a two-month adjustment period, Astralis started proving themselves as world beaters with Magisk at DreamHack Masters Marseille. In what marked the beginning of the Danes' journey to becoming the best team in the world, gla1ve's team went undefeated — only losing one map in a group stage series against Liquid —, moving past FaZe, fnatic, and Natus Vincere in the playoffs.

Once again losing in the grand final, s1mple received another consolation prize in the form of the MVP award after a carry performance at the French tournament, where he averaged an out-of-this-world 1.52 rating.

olofmeister takes leave of absence

At the very beginning of April, FaZe announced the acquisition of Xizt as Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer had to take a mysterious leave of absence for an undetermined period of time to deal with personal issues. That ended up lasting for nearly four months, as he only returned in mid-July ahead of ELEAGUE Premier.

Cloud9 add FNS, TACO joins Liquid

In response to the surprising departure of Stewie2K, Cloud9 turned to Pujan "FNS" Mehta to take over leadership of the team from tarik. It soon all went wrong after he and the team found "differences in philosophies", and the Canadian in-game leader was transfer listed towards the end of May.

Shortly afterwards, Liquid followed suit with their lineup change, bringing in TACO to replace Lucas "steel" Lopes, who had asked to step down from the team following a six-month tenure with Liquid despite promising results at cs_summit (first place), StarSeries i-League Season 4 (third), and IEM Katowice (third-fourth).

May - FaZe stun Astralis to win IEM Sydney

May began with IEM Sydney. Xizt played with FaZe for the second time after Marseille, and it was a redemption story for Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team, who largely played the Asian and Oceanic teams but also defeated Cloud9 and fnatic en route to the grand final.

FaZe struck gold at their second tournament with Xizt

In the best-of-five final, FaZe took their revenge for the Marseille defeat and bested their Danish rivals 3-0 on the back of Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's consistent play in one of the closest and most exciting finals of the year, as the first two maps, Cache and Overpass, went into overtime (double overtime on the latter), while Train reached the 30-round mark.

Astralis redeem themselves at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals

The second big tournament of the month, and the third in a row counting towards the Intel Grand Slam, saw Astralis go on another dominant run to the final, during which they returned the favor as they decimated FaZe in the semi-finals 16-3 on Mirage and 16-6 on Inferno.

In the 2018's first grand final between the Danes and Liquid, Astralis looked to run away with the best-of-five after destroying the North American side 16-1 on Dust2. However, Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team fought back on the next three maps and made it a closely contested series, though to little success, as Astralis ran out victors 3-1.

fnatic sign Xizt, Lekr0 benched

At the end of the month, fnatic brought in Xizt to take over the in-game leadership role, but he didn't replace Golden, who had been rumoured to be on his way out; instead, it was Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson on the chopping block.

June - Na`Vi, Astralis, FaZe grab big-event trophies

With Astralis and FaZe both skipping StarSeries i-League Season 5, the tournament was destined to go the way of Na`Vi, who had been struggling for titles ever since their win at DreamHack Open Winter 2017. Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko & co. lived up to the expectations, beating SK, mousesports, and the surprise of the tournament, NRG, in the playoffs to grab their first trophy in 2018.

s1mple with his third MVP of 2018 after Na`Vi won their first tournament of the year

Astralis and FaZe were back in action at ECS Season 5 Finals, this time with the latter team utilizing Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen's services. gla1ve's side once again proved why they are the best team in the world, dealing FaZe another blow in the semi-finals before repeating their win over Liquid in the grand final, hoisting another trophy after going undefeated throughout the tournament.

The Danes were again missing at ESL One Belo Horizonte, with FaZe looking better adjusted alongside cromen the second time around. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač & co. flew past the group stage as well as the semi-finals against Liquid before meeting mousesports, who had Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert standing in for Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný. Though the odds seemed against Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's team, the Dutchman put on a great show to help his team secure two maps, before ultimately conceding the best-of-five series to FaZe, who claimed their third Intel Grand Slam win.

G2 restructure

shox's return to G2's active roster meant a restructuring of the squad. After a couple of weeks during which he contemplated the changes, Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt got the boot, while Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux came back as an active player following a year-and-a-half long period as the team's coach. To fill the last gap, the trio of shox, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, and SmithZz reunited with their ex-teammate Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans.

fnatic and NiP continue shuffle

Still unsatisfied with the changes, the top two Swedish teams proceeded to swap players in June, with Lekr0 taking William "draken" Sundin's place in NiP, while the AWPer was transferred over to fnatic and the "extra" in-game leader, Golden, was left out in the cold.

mousesports replace STYKO with Snax

June's roster swaps continued with mousesports, who said goodbye to Martin "STYKO" Styk towards the end of the month to allow for a rather controversial addition of Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, as the Pole left his long-time home in Virtus.pro following a dismal period.

Players' Association officialized

The players' association had mostly been a project in the works for over a year, which had the aim of bettering the conditions of players and aiding them with legal counsel and guidance in signing new contracts, and it finally came to fruition at the end of June, when it was officialized with around 90 members and some big-name players. like Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, NBK- and tarik, in the founding board.

July - Na`Vi conquer ESL One Cologne

July saw Natus Vincere conquer one of the most stacked tournaments of 2018, ESL One Cologne, where the CIS-based squad made a real step towards challenging Astralis for the title of the best team in the world.

Despite a rather shaky group stage, in which Natus Vincere lost to the new G2 and barely survived their encounter with ENCE, s1mple & co. prevailed after taking down fnatic, the Danish powerhouse, and the Cinderella-like BIG in the playoffs. After yet another incredible tournament, s1mple claimed his fifth MVP award of 2018 - as many as the rosters of Astralis and FaZe have combined.

Na`Vi won ESL One Cologne over hometown favourites BIG

Katowice reclaims Major status

As one of the most established and storied tournaments in CS:GO's open circuit, the staple Katowice event lost its Major status in 2016, when the first Major of the year was given to MLG Columbus. In mid-February 2019, ESL will once again get to host the most prestigious tournament in the Polish city's iconic Spodek Arena.

One of the most important changes compared to previous editions and even previous Majors is that this time, IEM Katowice's group stage — now known as the New Legends Stage — will be held in front of a live audience at the International Congress Center, adjacent to the arena.

MIBR add tarik in boltz's place

Although MIBR looked on the uprise towards the end of their tenure in SK, ESL One Cologne saw the Brazilians suffer a group stage exit at the hands of BIG under their new banner. That led to the departure of boltz, who had been rumoured to be on his way out when TACO left SK, and the reunion of Stewie2K and tarik.

Astralis win ELEAGUE Premier

Losing to Natus Vincere in the semi-finals of ESL One Cologne did nothing but reinvigorate Astralis, who went into the second big event of July, ELEAGUE Premier, and showed everyone who the boss is. With device in peak form, the Danish squad went 8-0 at the tournament, beating Cloud9, mousesports, and Liquid twice to add the fourth trophy out of the last six events to their cabinet.

FaZe's playoffs streak ends at 13 upon olofmeister's return

The same event saw olofmeister return to active duty following a four-month break, but it didn't go quite according to plan as FaZe exited ELEAGUE in last place after close losses to mousesports and fnatic. That ended the European team's playoffs streak at 13 events in a row, dating back to BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, where FaZe had placed third and only two teams had made it through the group stage.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1363
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
726
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
903
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1197
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.82
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:
253
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1489
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
654
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1140
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1212
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1028
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
603
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
601
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
736
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1215
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
839
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1270
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1055
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1317
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1216
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1260
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
879
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
983
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
846
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1325
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
828
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1212
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1274
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Astralis era?! This would be the first era after fnatic and NIP.
2018-08-12 02:31
#5
s1mple | 
France Lioxys 
You're paid from htlv to steal our 1st place
2018-08-12 02:31
Prove it or i'll report you!
2018-08-12 02:32
#11
s1mple | 
France Lioxys 
Ok so first 1-7 Second 2-1 Whoops my bad not the right scores
2018-08-12 02:33
reported
2018-08-12 02:34
#17
s1mple | 
France Lioxys 
Why would you ?
2018-08-12 02:37
yes
2018-08-12 02:44
#22
s1mple | 
France Lioxys 
Yhw dluow uoy ?
2018-08-12 02:49
that comment, should award you the entire internet! Holy shit thats funny :D
2018-08-12 10:10
#55
s1mple | 
France Lioxys 
Thank you
2018-08-12 10:11
He means "nice script kid"
2018-08-14 20:05
+10000000
2018-08-12 02:32
#70
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Denmark white_sheep 
+1
2018-08-12 12:35
#73
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Norway TranSactIon21 
+2
2018-08-12 12:42
#12
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Ireland lander1337 
you're right.
2018-08-12 02:34
#84
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Oceania kergastino 
+1
2018-08-12 13:42
#25
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Europe V1rus_ 
Nicely documented
2018-08-12 03:25
#51
Zeus | 
India reDREAMER 
Sk had their era once as well 2 majors some tournaments and cs summits etc
2018-08-12 09:01
take a look at this: plot.ly/~reidan/117.embed the orange line towards the top is luminosity/sk/mibr. 1 era was middle of 2016 with 2 majors and epl s3, the other one was middle of 2017 with sydney, ecs s3 and cologne. i don't count cs_summit (btw, they only won the 1st one) because, aside from sk, no other top teams were there. same with dh austin 2016, only na teams, none of the top tier at the time. the end of 2017 features 3 more big wins - epicenter, epl s6 and blast. but faze also had 3 wins at the same time period, that's why it's called the "faze-sk battle", not an era. i hope this helps :)
2018-08-12 10:54
#60
Zeus | 
India reDREAMER 
Wow nice anyway i just wanted to know what are your speculations for upcoming major my challenges picks are astralis liquid big optic nip tyloo n north team with 0-3 vega ...?? I m still doubtful in last 2 pics as vp gambit and ss may shine
2018-08-12 11:00
imo Tyloo has no chance of making it out of groups with this roster. They'd be lucky to win a match
2018-08-12 13:28
#104
barce | 
South Africa Barter6 
i are definetely not click that
2018-08-12 16:30
it literally says in the link that it's a plot :D a graph, you know? lines 'n shit ;P
2018-08-17 13:42
so according to you an era is defined by being no1 on hltv ranks for more than 1 month? I arent think that
2018-08-13 09:51
between cologne 2015 and dh winter 2015 fnatic didn't win anything for 4.5 months. i refuse to count that as part of their era. same with sk, between cologne 2016 and cs_summit they didn't win anything for 9.5 months. so either you call the short periods where they actually won stuff an era, or there were no eras since nip.
2018-08-17 13:41
ESL One: Cologne 2015: Aug 20 - 23, 2015 (fnatic won) FACEIT 2015 Stage 3 Finals: Nov 26 - 29, 2015 (fnatic won) thats 3 months. but I get your point. what is an ear an what not is cleary a subjective thing. for me, fnatic had one and nip. no one else
2018-08-17 13:49
agreed, very subjective.
2018-08-17 13:57
#69
device | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
+1 yes!!
2018-08-12 11:59
+2
2018-08-12 13:45
#89
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Liberia LamureMetal 
+3
2018-08-12 13:53
#121
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North America nitrospam 
SK/Luminosity Era dude (2016 sucked but it still "Xist"ed)
2018-08-14 17:46
exept fnatic dominated the 1st 3 months of that year and sk didn't win anything in the last 5 months of that year. 4 of 12 months dude ;)
2018-08-17 13:55
#136
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Ukraine PhillHess 
You want to say Navi era?
2018-08-16 13:24
#2
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Lithuania SiK_ 
cool
2018-08-12 02:30
#26
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Europe V1rus_ 
Nt
2018-08-12 03:25
#27
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM 
Nt in major final
2018-08-12 03:28
#28
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Europe V1rus_ 
Nt afterwards
2018-08-12 03:29
#30
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM 
Cloud9_1_Major_Faze_0_Majors
2018-08-12 03:30
#32
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Europe V1rus_ 
Pick one > Winning Other tournaments 4-5 in a year > Win few Majors only > Cloud9 - win only a major by luck
2018-08-12 03:39
#33
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM 
Luck my ass /close
2018-08-12 03:47
#131
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Europe V1rus_ 
Yes. It was /closed
2018-08-14 21:14
i dont see how you can win a major by luck
2018-08-12 05:36
#42
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Europe V1rus_ 
I am not playing for faze
2018-08-12 05:51
>Win major by not choking when you're clearly the FAVORITE team to win it
2018-08-12 06:57
NA only ever won a major ... Once RIP coz so bad
2018-08-14 20:06
#132
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM 
UK CS
2018-08-14 21:18
so s1mple
2018-08-12 02:31
#34
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Europe V1rus_ 
Ez win intel grand slam for faze. Ez money $1000000
2018-08-12 03:53
#48
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India MihirX27 
Which tournaments count to the Intel Grand Slam? Does DHM Stockholm and ESL One New York count?
2018-08-12 07:46
#54
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India Qu1cKy_0 
Yes both counts and Faze have only one chance to win it they have total 3 victories. They have to win next tournament or else they have no chance to claim Grand slam.
2018-08-12 10:10
#72
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Denmark white_sheep 
Which of the tournaments that Astralis won count as Grand Slams?
2018-08-12 12:38
#81
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India Qu1cKy_0 
ESL Proleague season 7 and DreamHack Merseille
2018-08-12 13:32
xD
2018-08-12 12:50
#4
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Germany owjdb 
Ok
2018-08-12 02:30
ok
2018-08-12 12:47
OKA
2018-08-12 02:32
#9
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
cloud9 lol
2018-08-12 02:32
#88
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Denmark SizedxD 
lul
2018-08-12 13:51
#10
YNk | 
Brazil TEUS1 
Nice
2018-08-12 02:33
#87
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United Kingdom Varjuuu 
+1
2018-08-12 13:49
#13
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Lithuania Fuksas 
S1
2018-08-12 02:34
S2
2018-08-12 13:47
Yep
2018-08-12 02:36
yap
2018-08-12 13:40
#16
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Czech Republic HonzisENVYfan 
nt
2018-08-12 02:36
#78
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United Kingdom Varjuuu 
xdd
2018-08-12 12:49
BIG reaching final of Cologne after everyone shittalking them, coming back from bottom might be worth mentioning at least. lmao please
2018-08-12 02:39
#43
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Indonesia Volt_OW 
Yeah ikr
2018-08-12 06:11
+1
2018-08-12 12:45
#68
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World bigb1rd 
"and the Cinderella-like BIG in the playoffs" It was mentioned. HTH
2018-08-12 11:49
#19
ropz | 
Estonia mouthsex 
niiiiiiice
2018-08-12 02:41
Ropz 0 major Stewie 1 hah America> Estoshit
2018-08-12 15:52
Crying coz NA only ever won A major over rest of world
2018-08-14 20:09
#21
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Spain elskio 
ezz
2018-08-12 02:46
#24
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CIS Sforz 
navi era incoming
2018-08-12 03:07
#37
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Europe V1rus_ 
*Astralis
2018-08-12 03:57
#61
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Portugal henri1227 
*G2
2018-08-12 11:16
#65
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Portugal EzLegend 
*Virtus.pro Xxaxaxaxxaxax
2018-08-12 11:46
#29
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Brazil l0ner 
fnatic's roster changes were absolutely nonsense they win tournaments under Golden's leadership, with Lekr0 perfoming really well, and then decides to make completely dumb moves?? Xizt??? DRAKEN??? they will do really bad next major.
2018-08-12 03:30
#35
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Europe V1rus_ 
Ya. Picking draken was not a good choice at all
2018-08-12 03:54
#49
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
Xizt , draken >>>> Lekr0 GOLDEN was okay bht he couldnt frag for shit
2018-08-12 07:53
That would only be true a couple months ago before nip ruined draken’s performance and confidence
2018-08-12 11:31
#82
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
true draken is a good awper just inconsistent af
2018-08-12 13:38
They werent winning under Goldens leadership. Lekr0 didnt perform at the level he was supposed to perform with the roles he got. Stop thinking about it in just one way.
2018-08-12 11:33
Ew I'm agreeing with Brazil... But I agree
2018-08-14 20:10
#130
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Brazil l0ner 
thank mr brit
2018-08-14 20:46
#31
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Brazil beckerzin 
danish cs era after swedish and brazilian era
2018-08-12 03:33
#36
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Europe V1rus_ 
Swedish era > brazil era > danish era > NA era(OMEGALUL)
2018-08-12 03:56
#38
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Brazil l0ner 
+1 NA ERA 2 weeks
2018-08-12 04:16
#66
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Portugal EzLegend 
Na era never exist lmao :3
2018-08-12 11:47
there was never a Brazilian era nt
2018-08-12 05:34
huh 2 majors back-to-back LET THAT SINK IN
2018-08-12 07:00
These 2 major wins were really lucky because of the circumstances such as GuardiaN and olofmeister injuries, in Cologne gf they met chokestars Liquid with Hiko and jdm OMEGALUL. In the world of CS GO there is only NiP and fnatic era. If Astralis win DH Stockholm and FACEIT Major there will be Astralis era too but it's not happening
2018-08-12 10:54
#74
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Denmark white_sheep 
Astralis will win those two event, wait and see. But i agree, it is too early to talk about and Astralis era. They need more wins for it to become an era.
2018-08-12 12:43
#92
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Brazil beckerzin 
lucky OMEGALUL NA BRAIN
2018-08-12 13:59
You only won 1 tourney other than the majors
2018-08-12 21:13
You're retarded
2018-08-14 20:12
You better believe it's happening
2018-08-12 17:43
For Astralis Brazil worse than UK scene
2018-08-14 20:13
tell me 1 good UK team, that has won majors, big events... oh wait, there isn't one
2018-08-14 20:23
#110
jkaem | 
Norway Toonga 
It was no brazilian era, its known at the battle between faze and sk. There were no era...
2018-08-12 20:01
#119
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Brazil beckerzin 
faze not win a bo3 against sk in 2017 lol
2018-08-13 21:04
There is no Brazil era
2018-08-14 20:10
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2018-08-12 05:27
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2018-08-12 06:40
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2018-08-12 17:03
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2018-08-12 17:10
#67
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Portugal EzLegend 
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2018-08-12 11:48
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2018-08-12 17:03
#112
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Portugal EzLegend 
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2018-08-13 00:55
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2018-08-13 01:55
#115
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Portugal EzLegend 
Oh shit
2018-08-13 01:56
#113
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Portugal EzLegend 
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2018-08-13 00:57
#47
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
"Astralis needed only about two months to start their own era" lul hltv really triggering its users
2018-08-12 07:31
Shut up maniac
2018-08-12 15:53
nt shitpizza
2018-08-12 17:14
lmao budget sweden shh
2018-08-13 20:55
Thank you for the article. Really nice.
2018-08-12 08:38
So faze will be back to sucking a** again? Bcoz I don't think they stand against Navi or astralis now, they may get past against Mibr, fnatic but the best they can go is to the playoffs.
2018-08-12 10:07
I think they just didn't practice even close to enough with Olof
2018-08-12 10:48
faze can incinerate even astralis now with olof
2018-08-12 14:34
But with the recent results against mouz and fnatic like losing close matches didn't show their enough strength
2018-08-12 15:09
meh it was close it happens . i still think FaZe its the only team can shut down Astralis in a good day .
2018-08-12 15:50
Hmm, let's hope they can get back to their original form and regain their status
2018-08-12 15:52
#101
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Indonesia linekerrr 
Navi? You said good day.
2018-08-12 15:53
navi will be shit for rest of the year now mark my words
2018-08-12 16:03
#57
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World bigb1rd 
Great summary of a pretty interesting CS year so far.
2018-08-12 10:52
+1
2018-08-12 11:26
#75
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Denmark white_sheep 
+1
2018-08-12 12:45
#95
s1mple | 
Singapore VOLDje 
s1mple era
2018-08-12 15:05
India is gey
2018-08-12 15:53
Wheres da ence hype? :3
2018-08-13 07:59
#120
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Sri Lanka khorkalba 
What a mess of a year. The only consistently dominant force has been s1mple, so I guess it's his era? Can't really call it the Astralis era when they've failed to win the three most prestigious events (EL Major, IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne).
2018-08-14 08:09
#133
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
dumb comment. reported for dumbness
2018-08-15 03:19
#134
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
ez for da danish powerhouse , fnatic
2018-08-15 03:57
#135
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Poland PiterixXx 
nice
2018-08-15 08:43
wow
2018-08-16 20:57
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