StarLadder Major rookie: Syman

Five teams will be Major rookies when the StarLadder Major begins with the New Challengers Stage later this month. We have prepared a series of articles so that you can learn about each of them, where they came from and what you can expect from them in Berlin. We begin with the CIS Minor runners-up, Syman.

After qualifying through the Minors, five new teams will enter the Major space when the StarLadder Major begins on August 23. The CIS region will be heavily represented in the New Challengers Stage with three new names, forZe, Syman, and DreamEaters, while the Americas Minor produced INTZ as a newcomer in this cycle, and CR4ZY will make their first appearance, as well, following a successful run on the European side of things.

Syman will play their first Major come late August

For this occasion we have decided to put together an information sheet of sorts for each of the Major rookies. We dug into their past to learn how the teams came to be and what their evolution has looked like, explained their playstyle and highlighted the star players, quizzed them about their first Major, and capped it off with a little prediction of how they will do when the Berlin event comes around.

The first team we delve into are Syman, the runners-up of the CIS Minor.

Line-up:

Kazakhstan Ramazan "⁠Ramz1kBO$$⁠" Bashizov
Kazakhstan Sanzhar "⁠neaLaN⁠" Iskhakov
Belgium Nicolas "⁠Keoz⁠" Dgus
Azerbaijan Maksim "⁠t0rick⁠" Zaikin
Russia Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy

Exploding at the right times

The core of Syman began forming itself in March 2018, when the organization was launched with a Kazakhstani-majority lineup featuring neaLaN, Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev, and coach Aset "⁠Solaar⁠" Sembiyev, who has remained with the squad to this day. That lineup went on to try their hand at various qualifiers for international tournaments without much success, only making it to their first CIS Minor closed qualifier and eventually missing out on a spot at the main tournament with a 9th-11th placing.

Although a few months later Syman managed to surprise at their first LAN showing at the MID.TV Cyber Cup, outplacing teams such as forZe, Nemiga, and Winstrike with a runners-up finish to DreamEaters, the team went through a big overhaul in the second half of the year. t0rick came first and in October Perfecto and Artem "⁠iDISBALANCE⁠" Egorov joined up with neaLaN and SANJI, forming a lineup that would stick together until IEM Katowice.

Apart from their Cyber Cup appearance, Syman lacked LAN exposure, which earned them the infamous "onliners" tag in the eyes of some of their adversaries when the squad made waves at the DreamHack Open Winter qualifiers on the back of big performances from the AWPer, iDISBALANCE, taking down Vitality, Space Soldiers, and AGO before losing to x6tence Galaxy in a close spot-deciding series.

Though unsuccessful in their first attempt, Syman impressed at the IEM Katowice CIS Minor

Syman continued to impress on the back of that experience, qualifying for IEM Katowice CIS Minor. Only t0rick and neaLaN had played such a tournament before then — and both placed last in their respective cases ahead of the ELEAGUE Majors in 2018 and 2017 —, so it came as a surprise when Syman traded four maps with Gambit and contested Spirit at the beginning of the year in Poland, improving their status on the local scene.

As it often happens with up-and-coming teams, a big blow came shortly after the promising showing, when the team lost in-game leader SANJI and the star AWPer iDISBALANCE to two teams further up the ladder, AVANGAR and Spirit. neaLaN took the reins while former Tengri star Ramz1kBO$$ and Keoz, a Belgian player with Ukrainian roots who had only played in a handful of Francophone teams, filled the gaps, and a stagnant period followed. All the progress Syman had made was gone and by the time the next Major cycle began, t0rick & co. were barely within the top-100 with no results to speak of.

That is until they made it to their second consecutive CIS Minor, passing the closed qualifier after close matches with pro100 and Winstrike. Two more months of work later, Syman surprised again in Berlin, making it through groups at the Minor this time after demolishing Gambit Youngsters in the decider. Pulling off a tough playoffs run, in which they had to go through two tight matches against DreamEaters and showed a certain level of mental fortitude as they won all of the close maps, including four that reached overtimes, neaLaN's squad clinched a spot in the StarLadder Major New Challengers Stage, having only lost to forZe twice during the tournament.

The youngest team of the StarLadder Major

With all 24 teams locked in for the StarLadder Major and all of the lineups known, it turns out that Syman will be the youngest lineup in attendance, with an average age of just over 20 years. At 18 or 19 years old, Keoz, neaLaN, Ramz1kBO$$, and Perfecto all rank among the 20 youngest players of the German event, with t0rick being by far the oldest member of the squad at 25 years of age.

Star player - Ramz1k

Despite his young age, Ramz1kBO$$ is the only member of Syman to have notable international LAN experience, having played at the WESG 2016 World Finals alongside a K23 mixture and, more importantly, at the PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier with Tengri, with whom he made his name as an up-and-coming star from the region. After Tengri broke apart in the first half of 2018, the 19-year-old spent much of the rest of the year in inactivity, only having a couple of short stints with AVANGAR and LAN DODGERS before getting his chance in Syman.

When iDISBALANCE left, Ramz1kBO$$ took up the mantle of the team's main AWPer and star at the same time. In the volatile playstyle of Syman, one that is now almost synonymous with the CIS region, the Kazakhstani is one of the most aggressive players on the team alongside neaLaN and Keoz. Because of his choice of weaponry and ability to switch up positions with it, it should come as no surprise that he is the main player responsible for finding key openings for Syman and is the best at it, getting the most opening kills on average (0.13) and with the highest success rate (56%).

Ramz1kBO$$ is statistically Syman's best player across 2019 with other solid numbers such as 0.72 KPR and 0.18 multikills per round, but the worrisome factor is that he didn't quite show it at the CIS Minor outside of a few crucial performances, mainly in the first DreamEaters encounter in the upper bracket semi-finals. In general, his consistency hasn't been at the same level as during the previous years with Tengri, but Perfecto and Keoz have been able to pick up the slack in the cases where the main star disappears, so keep an eye on them if that happens again in Berlin.

Five questions with t0rick

We had a quick chat with t0rick and asked him about preparation ahead of the StarLadder Major, the pressure that comes with attending a Major for the first time, and what Syman's goals will be come the New Challengers Stage:

Tell me about what has led to this improvement from the last Major cycle, where you showed some promise but ultimately were far from qualification, to now. What do you think were the main improvements in the last six months?

We mainly improved in the tactical aspect. Also, with the arrival of Keoz in the team and the fact that we switched in-game leadership to neaLaN, our view on how to progress changed, how to react in various situations, and we added structure. Ramz1k added some confidence. There isn't as much chaos as there was before. We mainly learned how to combat nervousness, which plays a big role at big LAN tournaments.

What does it mean to qualify for the Major?

To qualify for the Major means a lot to us, it means that the time we put in hasn't been for nothing. For me, it means that I'm the first Azerbaijani player at such a high level.

Do you feel any pressure to perform? You will be the youngest team in Berlin, are you nervous to play at the Major given how little your team or even the individuals have played on LAN?

I think we will be able to withstand it mentally, and even if not, we have a coach who will surely help us with that. There is a bit of stress, but we'll be able to deal with it with the help of our relatives and people close to us.

How are you going to prepare for the tournament, do you have anything special planned?

We're leaving for Königsberg [where the Syman organization is located] on August 9 to bootcamp. We're mainly going to work on the mistakes we made at the Minor, we will try to add some things to our game that we thought of at the Minor, and we'll also put a lot of time into individual form.

With what expectations are you going into the event? Have you set any specific goals?

We don't think we're that far below the other teams, skill-wise. The main goal is to stay in the Challengers Stage and to show quality CS again.

Writer's prediction

Although Syman have been able to explode at the right times so far and beat the odds after losing their in-game leader and star to other teams within a span of a couple of weeks, the reality is that it is a huge understatement to say they are very inexperienced compared to the competition they will face at the StarLadder Major. You could count their number of maps played on LAN against notable non-CIS teams on one hand, all of which are Ramz1kBO$$'s only, so the whole tournament will just be a big learning process for the whole team and every individual.

The only other team comparable to them in that aspect are DreamEaters, against whom neaLaN's side struggled at the CIS Minor, and that speaks volumes about their chances in Germany. The only thing going for them is the surprise factor, which can be big enough to get you some wins on the board, as other teams coming from the same position have proven at past Majors; Syman certainly have that type of a playstyle — unpredictable, individualistic, loopy, bordering on insane Counter-Strike —, but for them to make it past the first stage would equal climbing to the top of Mount Everest without any gear.

Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Kazakhstan Ramazan 'Ramz1kBO$$' Bashizov
Ramazan 'Ramz1kBO$$' Bashizov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
423
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.10
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
477
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Belgium Nicolas 'Keoz' Dgus
Nicolas 'Keoz' Dgus
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
344
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Aset 'Solaar' Sembiyev
Aset 'Solaar' Sembiyev
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.61
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.23
DPR:
0.54
APR:
0.09
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Sanzhar 'neaLaN' Iskhakov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
546
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Azerbaijan Maksim 't0rick' Zaikin
Maksim 't0rick' Zaikin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
335
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
351
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Ok, they definitely wont go 0-3 because grayhound and coL will
2019-08-08 19:55
ez 0-3
2019-08-08 19:54
who
2019-08-08 19:54
Team Dignitas
2019-08-08 19:55
Zeus
2019-08-08 19:57
God Zeus
2019-08-08 19:57
Who?
2019-08-08 20:21
The god of thunder in Greece
2019-08-08 20:22
Zews
2019-08-13 21:15
LUL oBo/malta will defeat these clowns 1v5
2019-08-08 20:05
In your dreams
2019-08-08 20:21
#59
 | 
Serbia nocturnSRB
in your dreams col will go 0-3
2019-08-08 20:46
Bruh coL and Grayhound t3 teams
2019-08-08 21:42
#90
 | 
Serbia nocturnSRB
syman t4 team
2019-08-08 22:02
No
2019-08-09 14:15
Yes
2019-08-09 15:44
yes
2019-08-09 23:27
#165
 | 
Russia sasha1608
INTZ trash , they`ll go 0-3 , even Dream eaters smashed them easily
2019-08-20 19:25
yes
2019-08-22 19:30
#172
 | 
Russia sasha1608
I was right bro)
2019-08-23 16:37
#53
 | 
Albania 9898
MIBR 27.3 AHAHAHAHA
2019-08-08 20:36
#60
 | 
Serbia nocturnSRB
OMEGALUL
2019-08-08 20:47
xdddd
2019-08-08 21:15
Turkish kebab talks ahahahaha
2019-08-08 23:45
#105
 | 
Albania 9898
Lithuanian education lol
2019-08-09 00:21
#127
OK | 
Albania Edjon
TURKISH OMEGALUL
2019-08-09 09:49
Bruh, that was a dick move
2019-08-10 09:04
Zews is playing damn ignorant
2019-08-09 00:01
#57
 | 
Serbia nocturnSRB
nt
2019-08-08 20:46
lol,gl with that
2019-08-08 21:38
Huns golden horde alga!!!
2019-08-09 15:50
They will sadly go 0-3
2019-08-08 19:53
Lmao nt
2019-08-08 19:53
Fuck😂
2019-08-08 19:53
jonestruckrental.com/jonesbbqandfootmassage
2019-08-08 21:48
2019-08-09 00:36
How this aged :)
2019-08-26 18:27
Im positively surprised by them
2019-08-26 21:09
nice
2019-08-08 19:53
0-3
2019-08-08 19:53
#8
 | 
Finland EdiEz
At least they have a cool sticker
2019-08-08 19:54
syman cool sticker pick 1 best regards, bring_back_dignitas_stickers
2019-08-08 19:55
#16
 | 
Finland EdiEz
It's better than Intz, DreamEaters, Crazy, and NRG
2019-08-08 19:57
how do you know when stickers are not even out yet
2019-08-08 19:59
#37
 | 
Canada LARRATT
he is from the future
2019-08-08 20:16
when dig stickers come back they’ll be in the shape of that down syndrome owl-thing
2019-08-08 21:48
DONT YOU MEAN CR4ZY????? #respekt #dontfakeit
2019-08-08 21:44
#80
 | 
Finland EdiEz
Yes
2019-08-08 21:44
#102
 | 
New Zealand rOtten_97
DreamEaters look like one of the best this major
2019-08-08 23:58
Imo DE stickers are the best
2019-08-09 01:12
Stfu DE and Cr4zy stickers will be amazing
2019-08-09 19:35
#138
 | 
Finland EdiEz
I never said that they wouldn't be amazing, chill :)
2019-08-09 21:14
-3--3
2019-08-08 19:55
#13
 | 
Serbia Jnordz
0-3 ez pick em
2019-08-08 19:55
imagine if syman wins the major XDDDD
2019-08-08 19:56
#19
 | 
Serbia Jnordz
yeah imagine, tho it's less chance then cold and niko goes to NIP lel
2019-08-08 19:57
you never know, syman next c9
2019-08-08 19:58
#36
 | 
Serbia Jnordz
na mens
2019-08-08 20:15
C9 were #6 in the world at the time of the Boston Major - when Syman win it'll be 20x cooler 😎
2019-08-08 20:16
at the time NA team making out of groups was christmas #2 for NA
2019-08-08 20:17
no, since 2016 all Christmas #s have been reserved to celebrate not being shot in a given minute
2019-08-08 20:19
Liquid 1 major semi and 1 major final before Boston but go head
2019-08-08 22:39
*carried by s1mple *Liquid after s1mple left, before 2018
2019-08-08 23:02
hahahaha, MIBR last in the list
2019-08-08 19:56
322yman
2019-08-08 19:58
throwers + ramzik fat 4sv ebanoe
2019-08-08 20:00
Fake GamersClub!
2019-08-08 20:01
#25
trk | 
Brazil NahT_
very cool mens )))
2019-08-08 20:02
ez 0-3 for this shit and DreamEaters
2019-08-08 20:02
hellraisers?
2019-08-08 22:08
Still waiting for CR4ZY sticker & Syman sticker how look like
2019-08-08 20:05
0-3 /close
2019-08-08 20:05
#30
 | 
Russia fmLchik
rightclickom ramz1k kypil starladeer I hltv
2019-08-08 20:07
Thought its about thier matchfix in online
2019-08-08 20:08
Mibr oldfags
2019-08-08 20:09
syman banned on kambi software, betconstruct and asia market OMEGALUL you know the team is shady when odd providers arent adding their matches /e banned on igaming also :D
2019-08-08 20:11
really? has any other team been banned on these sites
2019-08-08 21:47
these arent sites these are odd providers for bookies and not other team is banned as far as i know
2019-08-09 01:48
we never threw a match in the history of our careers :) -waterfallZ
2019-08-09 01:49
If they will be lucky to get INTZ then 1 win max otherwise 0-3
2019-08-08 20:12
#35
 | 
Russia razorVJ
They don't deserve this. There are so many better teams in western Europe.
2019-08-08 20:15
Go Keoz !!
2019-08-08 20:19
throwers at major OMEGALUL
2019-08-08 20:22
0-3 trash btw
2019-08-08 20:30
322
2019-08-08 20:30
You forgot to add boombl4 in the "youngest players" board
2019-08-08 20:31
Its the top 20 youngest and nearly 21 year old Boombl4 doesn't make it into top 20.
2019-08-09 12:09
boombl4 Birth:December 20 buster Birth:December 17 what u mean dude
2019-08-09 12:30
EZ 0-3 BUT NT. ALSO: age of ence high cus old allu lol.
2019-08-08 20:32
#66
 | 
Myanmar xdcc
3 players higher than their average allu 27, aerial 26, xseven 24.
2019-08-08 20:56
Didnt know lol. I thought they're all very young and allu old
2019-08-08 21:37
#51
 | 
Europe jizzus
good luck bois!
2019-08-08 20:32
#54
 | 
Turkey chrlea
throwers
2019-08-08 20:37
Best of luck to the rookies !
2019-08-08 20:39
ffs stfu
2019-08-08 20:44
#58
 | 
Turkey Aybars1
ez for my boiz ez legends stage
2019-08-08 20:46
#61
 | 
Serbia nocturnSRB
Now I know my 0-3 Pick'Em
2019-08-08 20:47
Syman 1-3 or 2-3 trust me
2019-08-08 20:50
#140
 | 
El Salvador Kyoblaag
3-0 and they win major mans :))
2019-08-09 22:57
SYMAN - DreamEaters in the final :DD
2019-08-18 09:40
Thx for pick em
2019-08-08 20:51
#64
 | 
Panama FUN4ENCE
Mibr so old wtf
2019-08-08 20:53
Zews is playing
2019-08-09 00:03
Fake hype lol
2019-08-08 20:55
nice
2019-08-08 20:59
ez for intz
2019-08-08 21:06
#69
ropz | 
Poland Anglk
Good luck on major! :)
2019-08-08 21:13
frozen 2nd yougest lol
2019-08-08 21:19
Obo yungest
2019-08-11 19:44
Let's go Syman
2019-08-08 21:22
#73
 | 
Czech Republic PaYaB
probably my 0-3 pick next options: hellraisers, INTZ or cOL
2019-08-08 21:28
dreameaters?!!?!?
2019-08-08 21:46
0-3 hehehehe
2019-08-23 22:50
when will the stickers and pick em come out?
2019-08-08 21:38
Throwers
2019-08-08 21:39
actual matchfixers tbh maybe instead just banning ibp you could reduce the cis minor slots and give them to EU instead
2019-08-08 21:45
GL Syman!
2019-08-08 22:04
why is tyloo logo Hellraisers lmao
2019-08-08 22:23
#98
 | 
Norway SlimeThug
Why would you write an article about throwers? HLTV is starting to lose its grip.
2019-08-08 22:41
#108
 | 
Canada Gumpypoo
These disguting fat fucks don’t deserve to be in the qualifier let alone run a fucking article on them fucking shame on you hltv and valve for letting them get this far
2019-08-09 00:47
+1111
2019-08-09 00:59
#125
 | 
Germany ConAction
+1
2019-08-09 09:36
Match fixers at Major. Rip CS integrity .
2019-08-09 01:01
#112
 | 
Ukraine xhh
Where is info about match fix vs Unicorns and Espada? mm
2019-08-09 01:24
#124
 | 
Germany ConAction
+1111
2019-08-09 09:36
I really hope semen do well
2019-08-09 02:09
They can easily stomp DE / INTZ, so 0-3 pick is really scary here
2019-08-09 02:20
#117
 | 
China Yao_Ming
How do these match fixing bots attend a major meanwhile ibp still banned? China teams consistently throwing too
2019-08-09 05:35
#123
 | 
Germany ConAction
+1000
2019-08-09 09:36
#118
 | 
Russia Astrali5
KKKKKKK throwers
2019-08-09 07:52
#143
 | 
Russia Astrali5
also Ramz1k face is punchable
2019-08-10 04:36
-Syman +VP
2019-08-09 08:25
#120
 | 
Germany zwet
Syman 0:3 )
2019-08-09 08:43
Guys, on your picture with all teams TyLoo loaned from HR not only Johnta, but also their logo.
2019-08-09 09:23
#122
 | 
Germany ConAction
they shouldnt even be allowed to participate in this major fucking online matchfixxers!!!
2019-08-09 09:35
matchfixers in major wtf
2019-08-09 09:40
rookie in major? no
2019-08-09 12:44
#134
 | 
Brazil vinett_
Sorry but cis Minor and asia Minor should be played together as one tournament with 3 slots. They suck hard and the major keep this ass teams instead of more EU power. Make major Fun again
2019-08-09 16:59
Liquid young. Top1 forever.
2019-08-09 18:21
They could make a dream team with 5 of this younger talents. ropz Kscerato / sergej ZyWoO Twistzz CerQ
2019-08-09 21:09
0-3
2019-08-09 22:16
Their logo is the a copy as Gamersclub's logo, the most played CSGO platform from Brazil, that is owned by Fallen. Gamersclub kindly allowed them to use the logo on the stickers, with no sues. Ez gamersclub sticker
2019-08-10 01:30
Disgusting CIS scums attending Major , rip csgo
2019-08-10 08:11
wasted spot
2019-08-10 09:48
why?
2019-08-10 10:04
#148
 | 
Indonesia Namesk1Y
Wait, ramz1k is Ted in Spiderman?
2019-08-10 14:12
0/3 Syman Can they go home already?
2019-08-10 15:02
Major throwkie
2019-08-10 18:10
the MIBR guys are old as fuck dude whaaat
2019-08-10 22:57
post about fixers? nice
2019-08-11 15:14
there’s actually a post about match fixing genius,are you serious hltv?
2019-08-13 18:35
Yikes I’m lowkey rooting for these guys after reading the comments here
2019-08-15 17:53
0-3 imcoming
2019-08-16 10:33
#169
 | 
Asia Asfmankey
RIP pickems
2019-08-23 14:23
for me too
2019-08-23 14:25
EZ for Gamers Club
2019-08-20 04:12
#164
 | 
Brazil EGMonster
Too many young players teaching them how to scam people rigged csgo
2019-08-20 18:24
I've seen this team play and the way they play... this team won't even win 1 game.
2019-08-21 23:11
Whoops :)
2019-08-23 14:22
#173
 | 
Mongolia OMgL
ow, this didn't age well
2019-08-23 16:40
ooooopppsssssss... vitality got DESTROYEDDDD AND North almost lost against Syman...
2019-08-24 10:49
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.