The headlines of 2018: An end-of-season recap

As the year draws to a close and teams take a deserved break before the action returns in January, we look back at the biggest stories and headlines of the last five months of 2018.

For an overview of the headlines up until the August player break, check out our mid-season recap by Senior Writer Milan "Striker" Švejda.

August - North win DreamHack Masters Stockholm

The first part of 2018 spelled hardship for the Danish side in spite of the highly publicised addition of Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye in Febuary. North's results varied wildly throughout the first months of the year, but in Stockholm, everything seemed to click for the Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen-lead squad, as they brought down heavy hitters such as Natus Vincere, mousesports and their rivals in Astralis to lift the trophy.

North surprised everyone with their win in Sweden

Shortly before the Swedish event, the side had gone through significant changes, bringing in Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen to replace Daniel "mertz" Mertz, which prompted a role switch that saw in-game leader MSL pick up the AWP. The Dane went on to claim the HLTV.org/betway MVP award in Stockholm, admitting that "no one would expect him to do well" in the role.

Virtus.pro announce the departure of byali

After four and a half years in Virtus.pro, the organisation announced that Paweł "byali" Bieliński would only stay in the lineup until the end of the FACEIT Major. The 24-year-old would be the third member to leave the legendary lineup that won both the hearts of many CS:GO fans as well as the EMS One: Katowice Major in 2014, after Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas was benched in February and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski was acquired by mousesports in June.

September - Astralis lift another Major trophy

The second Major of the year looked to be a highly-contested event, as Astralis, Natus Vincere, FaZe and Liquid all looked like contenders, each team barring the North Americans having won a Big Event over the summer.

In the New Legends stage, the Danes kicked things off by beating Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's troops in a close best-of-one before comfortably moving past Vega Squadron 16-4 and thrashing MIBR 16-0 to go 3-1 in the Swiss system, their sole defeat coming in an overtime loss to Nick "nitr0" Cannella's men.

Astralis added the second Major trophy to their cabinet in September

Everything was in place for intense playoff matches in the New Champions stage, but Astralis would shift into a higher gear to completely destroy any opposition in their path, as Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's men bested all the aforementioned Top-5 contenders without losing a single map, Natus Vincere having to swallow 6-16 and 9-16 losses to the Danes in a one-sided grand final.

To relive the playoffs of this year's second Major, you can visit our "Best photos of the FACEIT Major New Legends Stage" collection.

North bench MSL

Only days after the conclusion of the London event, where North disappointed by going 2-3 in the New Challengers Stage with losses to Spirit, Vega Squadron and HellRaisers, the organisation announced that MSL would no longer be leading the team. In his place, Casper "cadiaN" Møller was brought in after having impressed North by leading Rogue from the depths of ESL Pro League at the beginning of the year to nearly qualifying for the New Legends Stage of the Major. Simultaneously, North brought back Nicklas "gade" Gade, who had been loaned out to OpTic, with temporary stand-in niko moving in the opposite direction.

mousesports take ESL One New York with Snax

Everything looked in place for Liquid to finally lift a Big Event trophy in the Big Apple after comfortably taking down NRG, G2 and HellRaisers on the way to the grand final, in which they enjoyed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series and a 13-4 lead on the fourth map.

But Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's men had other plans, as they completed an epic comeback on Dust2, winning the map 19-17 to even out the series, before comfortably taking the Mirage decider 16-8 to lift the trophy.

In spite of the loss, Liquid's young star rifler Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken won the MVP medal in New York, making it the third time in 2019 in which the award went to a player representing the losing finalist, after Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev had won the medal at StarSeries i-League Season 4 in February and DreamHack Masters Marseille in March.

flusha goes to America

After having recruited Martin "STYKO" Styk from mousesports on loan to complete the team, Cloud9 turned to a different type in the fnatic legend Robin "flusha" Rönnquist ahead of BLAST Pro Istanbul. With the move across the Atlantic, flusha followed in the footsteps of compatriot and former teammate Maikil "Golden" Selim, who had been hired by Cloud9 in August.

October - forsaken cheating scandal shocks India and the world

After completing their goal of expanding their already far-reaching presence in esports, the OpTic organisation made headlines in the summer by revealing an all-Indian roster. Vowing to "be a pioneer in the Indian Counter-Strike space that identifies and nurtures talent from the country’s immense player base", OpTic put the team together by holding open tryouts and scouting out players for the team in partnership with local organisations and talent.

But everything came to a sudden halt in October, as a member of the freshly-minted team, Nikhil "forsaken" Kumawat, was caught red-handed using cheating software at the eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals in China.

forsaken was issued a five-year ban from competition

OpTic India were immediately disqualified from the event, with the North American organisation releasing the roster later that same day. ESL India later confirmed that forsaken had also been cheating at their Premiership Fall event in September, after finding identical cheating software in the hard drive used by the 23-year-old at the tournament. He would later receive a five-year ban from all ESIC events, admitting in a statement that he "was never confident in my aim, so to compensate that lack of confidence I had to choose the wrong path."

Former Major winners and a rising star form Vitality

Over the summer, speculations as to what the future held for former Major winners Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire intensified, after the duo were benched in G2 as Richard "shox" Papillon revamped the team, bringing in Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux in their stead.

After playing under the Waterboys name for a while, the duo were signed by French esports organisation Vitality alongside Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer, Cédric "RpK" Guipouy and the promising talent Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut as a new challenger in the French CS scene.

fnatic add twist and Brollan

After the benching and later departure of flusha, fnatic turned to Red Reserve to replace the 25-year-old by bringing in the young star Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin, with Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom filling in for the team on an interim basis.

Earlier in the month, the Swedish side had signed another Red Reserve player, Simon "twist" Eliasson, to replace AWPer William "draken" Sundin, who had only been with the organisation for four months after being recruited from NiP.

STYKO comes back to mouz

Despite mousesports winning ESL One New York with Snax, not all as well with the team, who recorded several mediocre results, including a last-place finish in the FACEIT Major's New Legends Stage and a 9th-11th place at StarSeries i-League Season 6. The team ended up benching the Polish talent to bring back STYKO, who had been playing with Cloud9 since June.

FaZe win EPICENTER

With Astralis deciding to sit out the Moscow event on the back of a "tough period for the team", schedule-wise, Natus Vincere, Liquid and FaZe once again looked set to battle it out to win a Big Event. The latter team would come out on top after besting the recent StarSeries i-League Season 6 winners ENCE and Zeus' men in the group stage before completing a flawless playoff run, in which they took down NiP and Liquid before once again 2-0'ing Natus Vincere to lift the trophy after a tough period following the return of Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, with dissappointing placements at ELEAGUE Premier, DreamHack Masters Stockholm, the FACEIT Major and ESL One New York.

November - Astralis win IEM Chicago and ECS Season 6 Finals as device breaks MVP record

The Danes started the month with a disappointing showing on home soil in Denmark, as they failed to reach the grand final of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen after losses to Natus Vincere and NiP in the group stage, before watching s1mple and co. take the final in a win over Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson's Ninjas in the Danish capital.

The result would quickly fade in their memories, though, as they flew to America to participate in and win both IEM Chicago and the ECS Season 6 Finals, having spent the period between the two events bootcamping at compLexity's facilities in Frisco, Texas.

Astralis moved in on the Intel Grand Slam with a win in Chicago

In the Windy City, Astralis would get off to a great start in the group stage with victories over MVP PK and North, before being stopped by FaZe. In the quarter-finals, they made quick work of mousesports to move to the semi-finals against fnatic, who, with the new recruits twist and Brollan, took the Danes to the limit in three maps, the decider, Inferno, resulting in one of the most intense overtime games of the year. Once again locking horns with Liquid in a grand final, Astralis were far too strong for the North Americans, winning three maps in a row in the best-of-five series.

At the ECS Season 6 Finals, the Danes would win another grand final without dropping a map, as they beat MIBR 2-0, with the second map, Overpass, turning into an overtime slugfest that ended 22-20 in favour of gla1ve's men.

Nicolai "device" Reedtz was named the HLTV.org/betway MVP of both American tournaments, breaking the all-time record for most accolades with 11 medals received throughout his career, surpassing Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund.

kioShiMa joins C9

With Cloud9 bringing in the Frenchman, many CS fans were quick to point out that, since the American organisation had already brought in the Swedes flusha and Golden, the team would now be considered European, only retaining William "RUSH" Wierzba and Timothy "autimatic" Ta from the American lineup that had famously won the ELEAGUE Boston Major in January.

Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey had already stood in for the team at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen and in the ESL Pro League after being released from Envy in June.

G2 make changes yet again

After the G2 roster was revamped in June, when Ex6TenZ and SmithZz were brought back to the fold, the duo were released again in late November after the team couldn't find their groove, never placing above 5th-6th place in the seven LANs the lineup played. In their place, G2 decided to bring in two yet unproven players in Audric "JaCkz" Jug and Lucas "Lucky" Chastang, the duo coming from 3DMAX, whom they helped qualify for ESL Pro League Season 9.

December - Astralis become first Intel Grand Slam winners

With wins at DreamHack Marseille, the EPL Season 7 Finals and IEM Chicago, Astralis only needed one more victory to complete the four out of ten victories at MTG events to win the million dollar prize.

In Odense, Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth and co. beat ViCi, HellRaisers and Liquid to reach the semi-final, in which they made quick work of mousesports, with device garnering a massive 1.75 rating in the 2-0 win over chrisJ's men.

Astralis gave the home crowd a million reasons to cheer for them

Liquid found themselves in a grand final against the Danes for the fifth time this year, and once again, the task was insurmountable for the North Americans, who claimed first blood in the series but then lost three maps in a row. With the win, Astralis cemented themselves as the undisputed kings of 2018, with (fake) gold bars representing the one million dollar prize that came with the Intel Grand Slam victory.

CS:GO becomes free-to-play, gets a BR mode

In one of the most hyped up updates in recent years, Valve announced early in the month that the game had become free-to-play, a move that, as expected, has brought in many new casual players. Valve had previously hinted that they would indeed make the game free with previous updates that allowed newcomers to utilize certain parts of the game free of charge, including playing offline and spectating matches.

What also made waves in and outside of the community was the release of a Battle Royale mode called 'Danger Zone', which sees up to 18 players compete on an all-new map called Blacksite in a manner that resembles most of the well-known BR games while retaining the unique gunplay and tactical elements of the competitive mode.

Virtus.pro cease operations and rebuild

After further disappointing results towards the end of the year, Virtus.pro General Manager Roman Dvoryankin decided to put a halt to the team's participation in competitive play, the latest blunder being a failure to qualify for the Europe Minor after a loss to x-kom. With Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski and Filip "NEO" Kubski as the only remaining members of the legendary lineup, the organisation decided to rebuild the team entirely "around young players", stating that they would stay out of competition until further notice.

Ten days later, Dvoryankin revealed to HLTV.org that the new roster going into 2019 will consist of byali, Michał "MICHU" Müller, Michał "snatchie" Rudzki, Mateusz "TOAO" Zawistowski and Snax, who was brought back from mousesports.

karrigan benched by FaZe

Having told Danish news site tv2.dk ahead of BLAST Pro Copenhagen that his head was on the 'chopping block' because of FaZe's less than optimal results this year, Finn "karrigan" Andersen was moved to the bench in mid-December. During his time with the team, the 28-year-old won seven trophies, including ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, ESL One New York and IEM Sydney. The move to deactivate karrigan came months after Nikola "NiKo" Kovač had taken over in-game leading duties while at the FACEIT Major, where FaZe had barely made it to the playoffs.

ESL Pro League goes to LAN

This year, the ESL Pro League and ECS came under heavy fire from fans and players alike, as the obligation to fit online games into an ever-busier LAN schedule spelled trouble for both teams and tournament organisers.

After the conclusion of the eighth season of ESL's Pro League, the company revealed that next year's league will feature a new format for the European and North American divisions. Teams will travel to LAN to play a compressed version of the league in an effort to decrease the number of matches played and further the competitive integrity of the tournament. For a more detailed explanation of the change, click here.

MIBR, Liquid trade Stewie2k for zews and TACO

Perhaps the biggest roster move of the season came right as the year was running out, as Wilton "zews" Prado and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo moved back to a Brazilian set-up with MIBR. In a video released by Liquid, the organisation revealed that the Brazilians themselves had asked to be transferred to shortly before the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.

TACO is back with his old teammates

In return for TACO and zews, MIBR transferred Jake "Stewie2K" Yip to the North American organisation after having brought him in to play alongside the Brazilian core in late March. Replacing zews in the coaching position is Eric "adreN" Hoag, who played for the team from January 2015 to May 2016. MIBR are believed to have finalized their new all-Brazilian squad by bringing in INTZ's João "felps" Vasconcellos, who played with the other four members of the team under the SK banner during 2017.

Minor and Major teams make last-minute moves

With the roster lock for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major and the Minor leading up to it set for January 1, teams with spots in either event spent the last part of December finalising their rosters. The Germans of BIG signed ex-Space Soldiers star Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş to replace Johannes "nex" Maget, who will undergo surgery on a wrist problem, while Vitality replaced Happy with Alex "ALEX" McMeekin, who comes from a succesful 2018 run with LDLC.

After teasing the move for several days, Complexity signed Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland and brought in veteran Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert on a temporary basis, replacing Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor and Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker, who had been benched earlier in the month.

Cloud9, who won the Major with an all-American roster in January, looked at several upcoming North American talents before settling on Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro. With only autimatic and Rush remaining from the lineup that lifted the trophy in Boston, it is still unclear whether they will retain their spot for Katowice, with the rules stating that a team need a core of three players to keep their spot.

Aside from MIBR, FaZe are the only squad who, at the time of writing, have not announced their final roster for 2019.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1635
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
940
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
972
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
597
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Mateusz 'TOAO' Zawistowski
Mateusz 'TOAO' Zawistowski
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
626
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1190
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
821
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
558
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1594
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
914
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
802
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Jaccob 'yay' Whiteaker
Jaccob 'yay' Whiteaker
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
756
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1520
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
515
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1283
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
494
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
881
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1723
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1343
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
593
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1467
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
426
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
India Nikhil 'forsaken' Kumawat
Nikhil 'forsaken' Kumawat
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
27
KPR:
0.89
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.09
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1380
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1515
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1279
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
137
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1405
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1385
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1447
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1186
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1501
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1009
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1515
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1519
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Nice, happy new year folks
2018-12-31 17:01
Happy new year to all hltv users
2018-12-31 17:05
U 2
2018-12-31 17:03
#21
God | 
Ukraine illinoize 
navi top1 2019
2018-12-31 17:04
#28
tabseN | 
Germany sinons 
nt ruski 2017-2030 astralis era
2018-12-31 17:12
#34
God | 
Ukraine illinoize 
2030 valve fix nvidia smoke bug? 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
2018-12-31 17:25
#38
tabseN | 
Germany sinons 
astralis best team in the world
2018-12-31 17:50
The GOAT of teams
2019-01-01 11:30
#30
 | 
Bulgaria karucar 
lmao simple will leave NaVi next year
2018-12-31 17:14
2k18 was a pretty bad year for pro cs tbh
2018-12-31 17:04
#29
 | 
Finland t33mu 
shut up fakeflag
2018-12-31 17:13
lol ok
2018-12-31 17:26
No just astralis kicking ass. T2 cs is better than its ever been. NA is finally catching up to eu too
2018-12-31 17:45
Happy New Year CS community. Guten Rutsch ins Jahr 2019!!😀
2018-12-31 17:14
#42
 | 
United States Samsquanch_ 
Tldr : every headline is about Astralis winning a lan..aside from forsaken word exe haxor. Yu welc. Happy 2019!
2018-12-31 21:54
#2
 | 
United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Wow ok
2018-12-31 17:00
#3
 | 
France Nicolito 
expected
2018-12-31 17:00
#4
RpK | 
Japan Archy69 
Nice
2018-12-31 17:00
#5
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan 96kg 
ooh
2018-12-31 17:01
#6
Rejin | 
Brazil BRAZlL 
Nt
2018-12-31 17:01
#7
 | 
Panama Cyain10 
2019 will be ruled by ENCE
2018-12-31 17:02
brouva
2018-12-31 17:02
#9
 | 
Brazil ERO0N 
OMG FORSAKEN THE BEST INDIAN PLAYER
2018-12-31 17:03
#10
 | 
Turkey CHAMPTZ 
I just want FaZe news....
2018-12-31 17:02
#13
NiKo | 
Russia katro 
faze adren ffs
2018-12-31 17:03
#18
 | 
Turkey CHAMPTZ 
nah man HR AdreN
2018-12-31 17:03
#11
swag | 
United Kingdom sc4rycs 
'dominated by a bunch of danes, please try again next year'
2018-12-31 17:02
#17
 | 
Europe Kilian_9047 
Lmfao
2018-12-31 17:03
#12
 | 
Czech Republic Rewask 
No, Astralis didn't beat Liquid in the New Legends stage
2018-12-31 17:03
They did, round 3 High seed. 19-15 Inferno.
2018-12-31 17:22
#33
 | 
Czech Republic Rewask 
Why is it edited then? I would say I was right
2018-12-31 17:23
2019 will be fire! CS:GO back to the top where it belongs!
2018-12-31 17:03
Cmon, where is blast lisbon
2018-12-31 17:03
#19
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
WHERE IS THE TOP 20 WTF
2018-12-31 17:03
#23
 | 
Ukraine dashbug 
+1
2018-12-31 17:06
#24
 | 
Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
ok
2018-12-31 17:08
forsaken oof
2018-12-31 17:08
#27
 | 
Slovenia Kuduz 
Thank u hltv
2018-12-31 17:08
happy new year guyss....
2018-12-31 17:44
forsaken cheating scandal shocks India and the world ....NOT unless u dont know the basics.
2018-12-31 18:07
i wish you all happy new year
2018-12-31 18:20
thanks komsu
2018-12-31 19:53
and astralis cheating is not a scandal
2019-01-01 22:32
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