Five key storylines of DreamHack Masters Stockholm

Yossarian
August 28th, 2018 20:42

Anticipation is brewing for DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, so we decided to look at the most important stories to watch out for at the $250,000 Swedish event.

Wednesday marks the end of more than a month without a top-tier CS event, and, if anything, DreamHack Masters Stockholm looks to be quite the blast off, with eight of the current top 10 teams in the world present in the Swedish capital.

For practical information about the event, be sure to check out our viewer's guide, which tells you everything you need to know about format, schedule, talent list, and more.

Astralis won the latest DreamHack Masters in Marseille in April

The three favourites, Astralis, Natus Vincere and FaZe, have been drawn into different groups, with, mousesports and MIBR, two other heavy-weights, finding themselves in the same group.

Below is a full overview of how the 16 participating teams have been split up:

Establishing the Astralis Era

The No.1-ranked Danes will probably have to win the FACEIT Major to well and truly make claim to 2018 as their 'era'. But their dominating performance throughout the year, with wins in such prestigious tournaments as DreamHack Masters Marseille, ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, ECS Season 5 Finals and the ELEAGUE Premier, has certainly laid the foundation for a glorious Danish dynasty.

Magisk has had the best results in his career in Astralis

For an in-depth analysis of Astralis' run this year,
HLTV.org Senior Writer Milan "Striker" Švejda has taken a look at their performance from last year's IEM Katowice up until the recent player break. In Stockholm, the Danes will have one final test of their strength before the ultimate prize that they have undoubtedly set their eyes on: the Major.

Getting out of the groups should be an easy task for Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's men, as neither the fellow Danes in North nor TYLOO or Grayhound should prove difficult for them to beat. In the playoffs, though, the only teams to beat Astralis in deciding games at big events this year (apart from Cloud9 at the ELEAGUE Major) will most likely be waiting for them. The Danes have lost to FaZe twice, at IEM Katowice and in the grand final of IEM Sydney, and to Natus Vincere in the ESL One Cologne semi-finals.

Against the European superstars of FaZe, Astralis have a slight edge in terms of maps won with a 6-5 score throughout 2018. Against Natus Vincere, they are tied at 4-4 with the same parameters (though Na`Vi are 2-1 in series), so things are sure to heat up if the Danes meet their two big rivals in Stockholm.

Last chance for the million bucks, Finn!

Talking about FaZe, Finn "karrigan" Andersen and co. will be coming into DreamHack Masters Stockholm with an extra reason to give it their all. The event is part of the Intel Grand Slam, where $1,000,000 is on the line for the first team to win four IEM events out of ten, and the European superstars only have Stockholm left to edge it out, as their win at ESL One New York 2017 is about to expire.

olofmeister only played at the ELEAGUE Premier after his absence

After a turbulent season, in which the team was without their Swedish superstar Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer for over three months due to personal issues, FaZe are looking to hit the ground running after the summer break. The team gathered for a week-long bootcamp in Copenhagen, the big question of course being whether they can muster the same level of play that won them ESL One Belo Horizonte in July, keeping in mind that neither Astralis or Natus Vincere were present in Brazil.

Getting out of Group C should be a manageable task for FaZe, though. They will face the highest ranked Swedish team, fnatic, as well as two Danish squads in OpTic and Heroic. But only the Swedes should be a problem for karrigan's men, as the last match they played was at the ELEAGUE Premier, where they lost 0-2 to fnatic and were sent packing before the group stage ended. OpTic and Heroic, on the other hand, shouldn't be threats, both don't seem to be stable enough to challenge a team like FaZe

Reaching the playoffs, and subsequently frying bigger fish such as Astralis, Natus Vincere, MIBR and mousesports will be contingent on olofmeister playing like he did in Atlanta, where he managed a 1.16 rating in spite of the team's disappointing result, while Håvard "rain" Nygaard, and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács will all have to step up after taking time off to recuperate during the player break.

Post-break, Na`Vi look to prove themselves

Before ELEAGUE Premier in July, the last tournament before the break, Natus Vincere had won three consecutive events, including the prestigious ESL One Cologne . Despite being one of the favorites to win the title in Atlanta, Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's men bowed out 0-2 to eventual grand finalists Liquid in the semi-finals. In an interview with HLTV.org, Liquid superstar Keith "NAF" Markovic commented that they had the Ukranian team figured out:

"I feel like there is something about playing against Na`Vi, we know how to play against them. To me, I don't see s1mple as the star-studded player. He was just in the middle of the pack, not making any insane plays in this best-of-three [...] - NAF at the ELEAGUE Premier 2018

Will s1mple add another MVP award to his tally?

The comment sparked a fire in Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, who promised in a vk.com post post that he would "...train as hard as I can to solo destroy this team." While Liquid are not present at DreamHack Masters Stockholm, it's a safe bet that Natus Vincere still feel like they have something to prove before going into the Major in September after their ELEAGUE Premier exit.

The CIS superteam can definitely contest for the top spot in Stockholm, provided that s1mple himself will show some of the insane level of play that we've come to expect from the 20-year old, who as of now holds the HLTV.org and betway MVP medal lead with five awards this year. Also integral to a winning run at DreamHack Masters will be Denis "electronic" Sharipov, as the 19-year old talent has had a monster year, averaging a 1.22 rating up until the player break. To show how important the young Russian is to Natus Vincere, HLTV.org moviemaker Filip "filq" Szatkowski put together a compilation of his best plays this year:

electronic has been integral to Natus Vincere's success.

It's worth mentioning, though, that not all seems to be well in the Natus Vincere camp going into Stockholm. Last week, speculations arose that the team's rifler Egor "flamie" Vasilyev would not attend the event and that the squad had been practicing with potential replacements for the 21-year-old. On Monday, team manager Yevgeniy "ugin" Yerofeyev confirmed to HLTV.org that there had indeed been problems with flamie's attendance, but that he would ultimately travel with the rest of the team to Sweden.

Another reason Natus Vincere might have trouble going the distance at the event is their recent struggles on Dust2, as they are currently on a 6 map losing streak on it, most recently admitting defeat on the map in the aforementioned ELEAGUE Premier semi-final loss to Liquid. With most other top teams being able to play Dust2, Natus Vincere will have had to solve their problems on the map during the player break if they are to eliminate that potential factor for failure in Stockholm.

Are MIBR truly back?

One of the biggest surprises this year came in early August, as Serbian player-turned-observer-turned-analyst Janko "YNk" Paunović made yet another career move to become head coach of MIBR. The 26-year-old commented that he thought Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and co. had "lost some of its hard-working culture that got them to the top in 2016", and set out to start out strong at the ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018, which took place in Hong Kong last weekend.

All smiles as FalleN and his men come out of the break

And start out strong they did, as the Brazilian/American squad swept away most opposition in the, albeit, smaller event with teams such as Flash, MVP PK and Kinguin being their victims. Their captain, FalleN, picked up the MVP award at the event, while star players such as Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and Marcelo "coldzera" David managed rating as high as 1.46 and 1.44, respectively.

While MIBR were certainly the clear favorites to win in Hong Kong, the victory is an important part of their climb back to greatness after finding themselves in a slump for the majority of the year. It was clear, though, that they played with a certain swagger at ZOTAC, so perhaps the addition of YNk as orchestrator in combination with FalleN retaking all in-game leading duties can be what is needed for MIBR to go up against the greats in Stockholm.

Struggling Scandinavians

Also looking to swing back at DreamHack Masters Stockholm are the Nordic players in fnatic, NiP and OpTic, neither squad reaching the results you'd expect from their star-studded rosters.

fnatic were looking strong in the spring, as they won two back-to-back +$500,000 events at IEM Katowice and the WESG World Finals in China, as well as a respectable 3rd place spot at DreamHack Masters Marseille. After going out in the quarter-finals of IEM Sydney, the team initiated a big Swedish shuffle by signing Richard "Xizt" Landström who had been standing in for FaZe.

Xizt was brought on to lead fnatic, prompting a big shuffle

fnatic then signed the AWPer William "draken" Sundin from NiP, who in turn ended up brining on Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, who had been benched in fnatic. Following the shuffle, which prompted Xizt to exclaim at the ECS Season 5 Finals that the Swedish scene was "a bit weird right now", fnatic went out in groups in both that same London event as well as at the ELEAGUE Premier before the break. Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and co. will look to rectify those results and prove that they are past the uneasiness of the Swedish shuffle by going far on home soil in Stockholm.

The same obviously applies to the other Swedish roster at DreamHack Masters, NiP. Also marred by the switching around in their scene, and before that a string of disappointing results both in late 2017 and this year, the Swedes were pushed out of the Top 10 in June.

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and his troops managed something of a relieving comeback at the European Minor, qualifying for the FACEIT Major with a 1st place finish. Now they will have to prove that they can continue that trend at a big event in their home country.

Snappi and OpTic bombed out of the ZOTAC Cup Masters

Also qualifying for the Major at the EU Minor was OpTic, who are still in the early stages of their new, entirely Danish roster with Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer at the helm. On paper, the team has plenty of firepower in their young stars Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Jakob "JUGi" Hansen, but have yet to convincingly show that they can utilise it properly. k0nfig especially is something of a hit-and-miss player, who can be a force to be reckoned with but who also has some very low lows.

One of those lows came at OpTic's most recent showing at ZOTAC Cup Masters this weekend, where the Danes shockingly lost to the underdogs in Ghost. The 21-year old rifler played his worst map ever on LAN in Hong Kong, only managing a 0.30 rating in the Inferno decider against the North Americans. A single loss to a lesser team is of course not necessarily showing of a lineup' absolute strength, but coming right after the break, OpTic's result at ZOTAC should be a wake up call for the Danes.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1227
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:
845
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
Belarus Yevgeniy 'ugin' Yerofeyev
Yevgeniy 'ugin' Yerofeyev
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.39
APR:
0.39
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
615
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
817
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:
1231
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1410
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
665
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
900
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1140
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1043
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:
621
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:
1294
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1367
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:
1005
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:
1096
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
804
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
932
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
864
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.11
kuty
2018-08-28 20:42
#14
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-08-28 20:50
Im hyped XD
2018-08-28 21:27
Oh
2018-08-28 20:42
lol i saw the title and thought ofc astralis will be #1 storyline even though they dont have to prove anything now (last time the were the key storyline too) but yeah ofc expected from danish website hahaha
2018-08-28 22:19
#62
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Danish website yet they still bring the "mibr storyline" as a key one, even tho they clearly ain't back and they won't prove shit this tournament either. If anything the key storylines are. Astralis winning/ FaZe with olof/ S1mple winning/ Local teams going for glory The only danish bias I can see here is Optic being in any storyline when they're pretty much like mibr. Idk how Optic or Mibr actually make a "Key storyline".
2018-08-28 22:44
#81
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Brazil humkij67 
MIBR will win
2018-08-29 00:15
A little bit too ambitious?
2018-08-29 06:42
#114
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Brazil humkij67 
Like Canada cs scene
2018-08-29 07:56
#127
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Turkey froki 
When your country's best team is half American LUL MIBR will get eliminated in group stage
2018-08-30 15:52
MiBR Winner! ISURUS TEam level50
2018-08-29 00:31
#97
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
The Optic one is kinda valid because they have alot to prove coming into Stockholm after doing so shit at ZOTAC. If they do bad here too then the project will probably fail
2018-08-29 02:04
#3
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Germany GODNiKo 
lul
2018-08-28 20:42
Bruh
2018-08-28 20:42
#5
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
lets go s1
2018-08-28 20:43
#6
oskar | 
Belarus kuver 
wow
2018-08-28 20:43
tldr: ez 4 astralis
2018-08-28 20:43
What is tldr?
2018-08-28 22:50
#105
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Brazil humkij67 
Search it up
2018-08-29 04:00
#105
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Brazil humkij67 
Search it up
2018-08-29 04:00
#107
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Brazil hansenbr 
"too long, didn't read"
2018-08-29 04:03
doesnot'nt
2018-08-29 05:52
Tnx <3
2018-08-29 06:52
#115
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Brazil humkij67 
Does not nt
2018-08-29 07:57
sucky event
2018-08-28 20:43
ez s1
2018-08-28 20:44
#10
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Spain Mahtu 
Ez for Navi
2018-08-28 20:46
Ez for mibr
2018-08-28 20:48
#78
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Nope long Way to bee a good Team,
2018-08-28 23:53
let me dream
2018-08-29 16:16
#12
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Poland KasPro 
Ez for mouz
2018-08-28 20:48
Easy mibr start for their miraculous run to provr themselfs top1 at 2k18 and coldzera #1 World player this year
2018-08-28 20:50
You’re very optimist
2018-08-29 00:02
#88
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
Sonhe mais
2018-08-29 00:41
Not even us are thinking like you
2018-08-29 05:52
#15
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Libya Eruptor 
Will s1mple add another MVP award to his tally? Come on HLTV, we all know the answer
2018-08-28 20:50
Lol GoD_RiGhT MWP
2018-08-28 20:57
Excited to have CSGO tier 1 tournaments back !
2018-08-28 20:51
#17
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Palestine Baitor69 
" Astralis Era " expected
2018-08-28 20:54
why is mouz never in these?
2018-08-28 20:55
#86
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United States nerv420 
who cares about mouz
2018-08-29 00:31
all 15 fans of mouz do
2018-08-29 12:39
#GONINJAS
2018-08-28 20:57
#21
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
"The No.1-ranked Danes will probably have to win the FACEIT Major to well and truly make claim to 2018 as their 'era'." Not in the slightest... The term is being misconstrued for journalism which is fine in theory, but awful for reality. They'd need to be as dominant as the previous teams, win 90% of all games/tournaments and be consistently dominant for about a year in order to claim an "era", as that is what defined NiP and fnatic to fame. A slightly dominant team is simply the best team in the world subtracting the overrated fanaticism. "Astralis Era" is great for the Danes, but ultimately will fall flat on it's face given they've only been dominant for a few months, not an entire year... Otherwise -- Great read and thanks for the story-lines. :) Have a good day, Lars.
2018-08-28 21:00
who u talkin to
2018-08-28 21:10
+1 everyone is overusing the word "era". An era requires total domination of the scene, so saying that SK and Astralis have had an era is laughable.
2018-08-28 21:11
Hahaha you think fnatic won anywhere near 90% of tourneys they participated in during 2015 You are funny dude Just to add i dont think astralis have an era quite yet
2018-08-28 21:15
#30
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
"Games/tourneys" I never specifically stated tournaments alone, as TSM/LDLC won some at the time. The term is still being misconstrued and overused given Astralis has only had this form for a few months, not total dominance of an entire "era" for a straight year. I love Astralis and they are obviously the best team in the world as of right now, but I'm not going to overrate their success akin to fanaticism, that is simply their opinion to be respected. It's hard to see logic when you're a fan and there is nothing wrong with being a fan. :)
2018-08-28 21:17
Sorry no that was completely my fault i didnt read what you said fully even then fnatic didnt have an average 90% win ratio on every map By those standards fnatic had no era either
2018-08-28 21:20
#34
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
What standards? It was a figure of speech for a reason... fnatic didn't win everything, but they were the most consistent team during one of CS:GO's most competitive years - they won almost everything and if not for TSM, they probably would've done. There are only two teams credited with having "eras" in CS:GO history and those are NiP from 2012-2014, and fnatic from end of 2015 and start of 2016 before the Brazilians took over. Years of total dominance are in no comparison to just a few months of Astralis. Your criticism is also misplaced, as I am in agreement Astralis deserve praise and recognition for their dominant successes currently, it's still being unfairly overrated and credited as "era-defining" after only a few months. They are simply the best team in the world currently. Nothing more, nothing less.
2018-08-28 21:25
It is hard to tell if your words are just expressions or actual facts btw “They'd need to be as dominant as the previous teams, win 90% of all games/tournaments” These standards which fnatic happen not qualify for by these particular standards you set for era defining teams Only nip has an era then
2018-08-28 21:31
#40
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Then I apologise completely, as that clearly came across the wrong way indeed. My point stands as Astralis being the best team in the world, deserving all the necessary praise, but it is no "era". Your critiques at my awful sentence structure is definitely warranted in that regard. Have a good day. :)
2018-08-28 21:32
Have a good day yourself But why do you keep bringing up astralis I only ever mentioned them once the whole conversation was about fnatic
2018-08-28 21:36
#46
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Force of habit I suppose... I'm not trying to be a villainous cretin who hates Astralis, I'm just being logical and fair. I mistook your post as one of those very posts from Astralis fans trying to defend what isn't there. Nevertheless, I was foolish and didn't read your post accurately enough before making a justified reply, to which I apologise. xD Have a good day.
2018-08-28 21:42
u sound so deluded thats its making me cringe. fnatic had an era because they dominated the scene for 2 years , winning a lot of events and having no equal. same for nip. astralis hasnt done that. 4 months of dominance doesnt mean shit
2018-08-28 22:54
you completely misunderstood my point i never once said that fnatic werent dominant nor did i say that they didnt have an era my whole point was that fnatic doesnt meet his absolutely absurd standards yet specifically saying they had an era and fnatic totally had a rival they were called tsm
2018-08-28 23:02
yeah ok maybe i did misunderstand u and u are right about tsm being somewhat of rivals to fnatic in terms of their head to head games , but in terms of achievements fnatic blew tsm away. 2 majors and dozen events vs 0 majors and 4-5 events. imo astralis has yet to face their real test. liquid will be stronger now , faze have olof again , mouz has snax which could make them elite team , navi is just getting started , fnatic is coming back to tier 1 , mibr is getting back on track. teams have been shit for the last few months , but now everything is getting stable we will enter the REAL competitive era of csgo
2018-08-29 00:45
i completely agree but it hasnt really been that weak but i would really like to know why you think that liquid will be better considering they havent made a roster change
2018-08-29 00:48
they have been on an upward trajectory ever since they first formed , why wouldnt they be ?
2018-08-29 00:50
i mean they could have already peaked for all we know is what i am saying
2018-08-29 00:51
that may be true as well, i still think they have a bit more to offer
2018-08-29 00:58
funny that you call others deluded, because fnatic didn't dominate the scene for 2 years. they barely screaped by in cologne2015 where they had to make several huge comebacks, that's not dominating. and after that they didn't win anything for MONTHS (including the cluj major) untill they made the roster change to dennis. they did dominate for prolonged periods of time, but not 2 years consecutively.
2018-08-29 00:21
that gap between esl one cologne till adding dennis was the only long gap in fnatic era and it was like 2-3 months , and soon after that they won 6 in a row , and before that they also picked up at least 1 event every month or two. thats domination. and i know that they barely won cologne , but they did it , and they won 2 majors in a row in the most competetive era in csgo. and they also dominated in other tournaments like astralis is dominating now. u also have to take into account that what they barely managed to win 2 times , was the tournament in which teams were at their absolute peak (majors). the only asterisk in their era is their losses to tsm and that 3 months gap
2018-08-29 00:40
it's actually 3.5 months they didn't win anything. and they won 6 tournaments with dennis, across 4 months. 3 of those tournaments were small and mid-tier (fragbite for example). if the 1st half of 2015 was the most competitive is definitely debateable. your last sentence is an oxmoron. how can it be their era, if there's a 3.5 month gap? clearly that's NOT part of their era. as i initially said: fnatic wasn't dominating the scene for 2 years. that's objectively wrong.
2018-08-29 02:26
then fnatic has 2 eras
2018-08-29 02:29
Honestly this. Instant cringed and eye rolled because I knew this would be a "key storyline" in the article. They finished like what 16th at the major? We're dogshit before then, and dropped tournaments to both faze with a ringer and navi in their few "era" months. Yet they've been dominating all year apparently, OK. If there is one thing I'll give them it's the domination with which they won their tournaments. But they're nothing more than the strongest team atm, far from what people viewed fnatic and nip during their domination days.
2018-08-29 03:59
#22
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Brazil Charizaldo 
let's go bois finally high level CS again
2018-08-28 21:07
#33
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Sweden Trkmag 
Yes unlike when MIBR plays
2018-08-28 21:24
#39
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Brazil Charizaldo 
nt NiP fan
2018-08-28 21:32
#41
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Sweden Trkmag 
Just saying the truth
2018-08-28 21:33
#44
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Brazil Charizaldo 
check rankings then you talk to me ma fren
2018-08-28 21:41
#48
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Sweden Trkmag 
NiP is bad as well, we are both in it man
2018-08-28 21:43
This guy think the hltv ranking is legit lmao, lets be real both team are bad atm but the only reason why mibr is in the top 10 is because they attend tier 3 tournaments, they arent even better than nip
2018-08-28 22:09
#57
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1 I mean they could be better than NiP, we don't know anything about any of those two teams right now, but you are 100% right that MIBR is just farming points at these 3 tier 3 events that have attended to keep their fans happy.
2018-08-28 22:35
#43
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Brazil davidS_ 
Nip OMEGALUL
2018-08-28 21:38
#49
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Sweden Trkmag 
You have to handle the truth
2018-08-28 21:44
yes, very good words now handle the truth: NiP were invited only because the tournament is in SWEDEN
2018-08-28 22:25
#58
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Sweden Trkmag 
Yes that is true MIBR is only in HLTV top 10 because they farm points at tier 3 events
2018-08-28 22:36
#61
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Brazil davidS_ 
Nip not even top 10 Lul
2018-08-28 22:43
#64
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Sweden Trkmag 
MIBR wouldn't be either if they didn't farm events with tier 3 teams
2018-08-28 22:51
there were no ranking update lmao
2018-08-28 22:55
#67
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Sweden Trkmag 
Adrenaline Cyber League and Moche XL counts as well. MIBR is only surviving in top10 because of invites
2018-08-28 22:59
Ez for NaVi NiP FaZe and Gambit
2018-08-28 21:09
#26
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Europe loonek4 
dickstacy mvp
2018-08-28 21:12
#28
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Germany FlashTop1 
>OPTIC LUL
2018-08-28 21:14
mousesports left out once again. C'mon now...
2018-08-28 21:14
#32
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Sweden Trkmag 
I hope NiP makes the playoffs here, would be an okay showing
2018-08-28 21:24
well hltv is from denmark...
2018-08-28 21:29
#37
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United States botlove11203 
nip ftw
2018-08-28 21:31
#45
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India Hrishimeister 
Ez 4 FNATIC! <3
2018-08-28 21:42
#47
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Latvia 6matko 
I have a feeling that flamie will leave NaVi after major :/
2018-08-28 21:42
I hope Faze will show how strong they are,MIBR are not back i watched them at Zotac that was some bad cs..I think that Fanatic is coming back strong.Na vi is shitty theam and people can t see how bad they are simple,eletronic,flame are good but Edward need s to go u can t have Edward and Zeus in same team and u see that in their matches agains Liquid who always win against them on raw aim. So i expect Astralis,Faze,Liquid,Mouz,Fanatic to be strongest contendors for 1st place,Optic Mibr dark horses.Gambit disband
2018-08-28 21:49
Indeed, key storylines ! and then the major :) hype at maximum LETS FUCKING GOOOOOO
2018-08-28 21:52
Lmao once again a story line that overrate MIBR, theyve been shit the whole year and yet they get a story line at every event when there are so many more interesting teams atm, pathetic biase
2018-08-28 22:07
#59
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1
2018-08-28 22:36
#72
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
mibr has history , respect
2018-08-28 23:13
that has Nothing to do with current roster and state of CS and those article arent even about it, expected stupid answer from a br but im still getting bait everytime I guess
2018-08-28 23:16
#113
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United Kingdom h4mm 
He probs means the people in mibr for example fallen who have had a good history with 2 majors and many tourney wins
2018-08-29 07:52
then theyve been bad for more than 8 months now, still no point of making a story line about them at every tournament, especially when theyve shown no sign of improvments at relevant tournaments
2018-08-29 10:17
#55
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Switzerland hanniba1fade 
mouz era starts tomorrow
2018-08-28 22:23
ez navi
2018-08-28 22:40
Mibr gonna fuck all of them
2018-08-28 23:05
#71
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
+10000 ez NIKOM 30 cm t1
2018-08-28 23:12
#70
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ezz mibr, the mibr era
2018-08-28 23:11
#73
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Ukraine sargon32 
Ez for NAVI
2018-08-28 23:14
Ez ghost
2018-08-28 23:18
#76
kennyS | 
United Kingdom Thijo_ 
Stopped reading at “Astralis era” , then started reading again, then stopped reading at “MIBR”
2018-08-28 23:45
Yea me too. Started reading when I saw letter K. Then I started reading again when I saw letter L.
2018-08-29 00:21
#77
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United States Acetk 
EZ4AUCS
2018-08-28 23:46
#79
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Brazil ig0w 
Ez for mibr
2018-08-28 23:53
Reaching the playoffs, and subsequently frying bigger fish such as Astralis, Natus Vincere, MIBR and mousesports Hahaha? Is that a joke? Top tier of b8? NiKo will singlehandedly destroy these noobs.
2018-08-29 00:24
#101
shox | 
United States Covahh 
Reminder that NiKo "chokes" at most finals. glhf
2018-08-29 02:44
nice
2018-08-29 00:46
#100
shox | 
United States Covahh 
K0nfig is one of the most confident players in CS. While this is a great plus, it's also one of the biggest minus. So it's either him on top of the game with his confidence, or he's at the very bottom with his arrogance. Basically, you can't trust on him to win every match. So he doesn't qualify to be a complete "star".
2018-08-29 02:43
Bitch hes the biggest and shiniest star in top teams keep licking shoxs bun who can't even make top20
2018-08-29 08:02
#123
shox | 
United States Covahh 
Yeah sure, Biggest star in what ? Failing to show he's a star ? The only literal tournament where he went ham was ESL Pro League, where they lost in the finals to G2. Only thing I said was, you can't trust on him to be the main star for every match, because he's inconsistent AF.
2018-08-29 11:58
#121
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Europe p1peb0mb 
JW more confident than k0nfig ever will be lul
2018-08-29 11:14
#124
shox | 
United States Covahh 
I did say "one of the most confident" JW uses his confidence in a much smarter way too imo.
2018-08-29 11:59
#102
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Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
Mibr era
2018-08-29 03:26
OMAGALUL
2018-08-29 06:22
#103
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
gOgogoOoo NiP
2018-08-29 03:44
The comment sparked a fire in Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, who promised in a vk.com post post that he would "...train as hard as I can to solo destroy this team." This wasnt his post lol
2018-08-29 11:09
It was posted by some guy in FAN-PAGE
2018-08-29 11:12
Nice fake info HLTV
2018-08-29 11:12
#122
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Other mikecool 
Spoiler alert: Australis will win
2018-08-29 11:18
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