HLTV.org live from Istanbul

HLTV.org is now live from the Ulker Arena as the first set of matches are about to get under way at BLAST Pro Series Istanbul.

The $250,000 event, which will have six teams, begins today with the first two rounds of the group stage. The round-robin, best-of-one group will feature three simultaneous matches in all rounds.

The teams have arrived at the venue earlier to prepare for round one games, which will be Space Soldiers vs. NiP, MIBR vs. Cloud9, and Virtus.pro vs. Astralis.

Istanbul is hosting its first big CS:GO event

For the complete schedule, the format, the talent lineup, and prize distribution, check out our viewer's guide. We have also conducted an interview with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist ahead of his Cloud9 debut.

Last but not least, make sure to follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with the tournament, as we'll be posting updates regularly on social media during the tournament.

Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
LETS GO FLUSHA
2018-09-28 17:39
At least half the people in this country hate me. They hate me for my gender or my sexual orientation or other things I don't want to talk about. They hate others for their race or ethnicity. They don't just hate us, they view us as subhuman. We can be beaten, raped, killed, and they don't care. They say we deserve it.
2018-09-28 17:41
#17
China o_O 
shut up
2018-09-28 17:44
This isn't politicians that we're talking about. This is ordinary Americans, the people in line with me at the grocery store, the neighbors next door, coworkers. Family, too. They put on a friendly face, but they hate us. They are devoid of any empathy for us. We are already dead to them.
2018-09-28 17:45
No one hates a Canadian! <3
2018-09-28 17:47
#25
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India MihirX27 
Are you talking about Afghanistan, or the Middle East in General? Or is this just another way to start a Bait thread? I'm confused.
2018-09-28 17:47
I go downstairs and I see my dad and brothers all vigorously agreeing with Kavanaugh. Sometimes my dad makes jokes about wanting to run for an office. I could see him doing it, he's smart, successful, and very political. I know what would happen if I tried to tell people how he treated me, or my mom. Nobody would believe me, just like they wouldn't believe my friend if they spoke up. It wouldn't matter to anyone. America doesn't care. It didn't happen, and if it did, who cares? It was in the past.
2018-09-28 17:48
#15
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Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-09-28 17:42
YES
2018-09-28 17:45
#28
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India MihirX27 
Fun Fact: Now you can also rename yourself as (someone from Astralis except Magisk)_2_Major_(some guy from FaZe maybe)_0_Major
2018-09-28 17:49
no JW best
2018-09-28 20:17
#2
khaos | 
Greece SneakPete 
Ok
2018-09-28 17:39
#3
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Malaysia byaIi 
woxic stream
2018-09-28 17:39
#4
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Denmark smizereens 
why not in ny
2018-09-28 17:41
#5
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Sweden yayer 
hi mom
2018-09-28 17:40
Erdogan will blow this up Lol
2018-09-28 17:40
sad but true
2018-09-28 17:41
#7
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United Kingdom Isquashua 
d
2018-09-28 17:40
#8
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Europe gayzera 
Hehs
2018-09-28 17:40
#9
Brehze | 
Cyprus endoinho 
2018-09-28 17:40
#33
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
lol
2018-09-28 18:27
thats real ?
2018-09-28 18:27
Event isn't open to the public today, so yes.
2018-09-28 19:30
bullshit.
2018-09-28 19:32
I'm at the arena, but okay. It's true either way. :)
2018-09-28 20:01
thx
2018-09-28 20:13
#10
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Europe FeeBA 
Expected
2018-09-28 17:41
#12
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Netherlands Kahv6 
LETS GO #SPACE GL ALL!
2018-09-28 17:41
Why hellraisers no invite
2018-09-28 17:41
#22
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Indonesia Alpha_Poland 
+1
2018-09-28 17:47
#16
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
I know
2018-09-28 17:44
#19
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Turkey Jarrod 
good atmosphere
2018-09-28 17:45
#32
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
damn players can't even hear themselfs with such a wild crowd.. chill guys
2018-09-28 18:26
Lets goooo SS #EZ4GODTARES
2018-09-28 17:45
Unexpected
2018-09-28 17:47
good view and good stream
2018-09-28 17:47
Astralis will retake Constantinople
2018-09-28 17:50
ANELE
2018-09-28 17:56
finally no visa issue for SS
2018-09-28 21:35
Hahah
2018-09-28 22:36
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