Fantasy Scout: IEM Katowice

With the first massive event of the year ahead of us, we prepared a special article to help you assemble your HLTV Fantasy teams for IEM Katowice.

Before going into specific players you could select for the tournament in Katowice, it is important to first understand the details of how Fantasy works. While, in short, it is just about picking the players that will perform the best, grasping the nuances of the game could make the difference between victory and defeat.

Delve deep into Fantasy ahead of IEM Katowice

The game is based on a pointing system with four categories being added up: rating points, team points, role points, and booster points. Points for each player are calculated on a series basis, with the matches then being added up throughout the tournament.

Rating points are calculated by finding the difference between a player's rating and a 1.00 rating, and then halving that to get the points.

Example 1: 1.12 rating -> 12/2 -> 6 points
Example 2: 0.80 rating -> -20/2 -> -10 points

Role points are based on the role assigned to a player before the event starts and cannot be changed. Depending on the player's performance in the match, he can receive a big bonus (+5), a small bonus (+2) or a penalty (-2). Use the back of the player cards to find stats that will help you select appropriate roles.

Team points were recently added to take into account the most important part of CS - winning and losing. A player who is on a winning side will receive a bonus (+6) while losers will be penalized (-3). Additionally, players from teams that are eliminated will receive a penalty (-3) for every round of the tournament they don't participate in.

Booster points are similar to role points, but they are acquired throughout the tournament by assigning one-time-use boosters to players. If the criteria of the booster is met, the player will receive a bonus (+5) while failing to do so doesn't have negative consequences. The point of boosters is to give users something to come back to during the event and add some excitement while watching the game as you hope your player will get an ace or two nade kills.

A concept that is important to understand as well is padding, which is used in some tournaments to level the playing field for teams that skip certain rounds, which happens in GSL group stages and other formats. The skipped rounds are padded with the points averaged in the previously played rounds.

Example: Astralis win their two first matches in IEM Katowice groups with device receiving 15 and 25 points. For the third round, which they don't play, device will receive (15+25)/2=20 points

With the basics wrapped up, we can start building teams. What comes into play there is the price of players (based off of LAN rating over the last six months, with adjustments based on team ranking) and the limitation of just two players from a single team per Fantasy roster (in Money draft mode). At small events, the first match and place each team has in the bracket can be crucial, but with a seven-day event such as IEM Katowice that isn't crucial.

The pricing system isn't perfect and often results in some players being way above or below their deserved price range. Looking at the IEM Katowice player list, here are some underpriced and overpriced players worth pointing out:

Underpriced:
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub ($206,000)
Serbia Nemanja "nexa" Isaković ($201,000)
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen ($204,000)
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken ($201,000)
Russia Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov ($200,000)
Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard ($202,000)

Overpriced:
Korea Seon-Ho "xeta" Son ($250,000)
Denmark Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand ($218,000)
Denmark Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen ($211,000)
Australia Christopher "dexter" Nong ($218,000)
Australia Joshua "INS" Potter ($213,000)
Russia Dzhami "Jame" Ali ($212,000)

While there are surely other slightly undervalued and overvalued players, what matters the most is making a team with five of them while respecting the $1,000,000 cap.

Who to pick - s1mple, ZywOo, or both?

To help you pick a squad, we've prepared three templates using the money draft rules, which limit the player selection to two members of the same team.

Old Gods

Denmark Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (Noob)
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz (AWP)
Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen (Leader)
Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken (HS machine)
Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic (Multi Fragger)

If you are willing to risk a big negative score from HUNDEN in order to pack your team with four of last year's most successful players, this is a template you should consider. It can be tinkered with easily, replacing device with Emil "Magisk" Reif frees up funds for Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, or going the other way, you could downgrade to Nick "nitr0" Cannella and invest into a pricier Astralis duo.

The Prodigies

France Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut (Multi Fragger)
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (Entry)
France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub (AWP)
Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev (Support)
Denmark Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (Noob)

Something we will probably never see in reality is ZywOo and s1mple on the same team, so why not try it out in Fantasy? Not only that, but we get another player with an astonishing peak level in kennyS as the third star of this lineup.

The drawback is that all three of these players could not make it to the playoffs, and the fact that AdreN and HUNDEN are bound to finish the event in the minus makes it even riskier - something we try to offset with good role selection. An alternative could be downgrading kennyS for a slightly cheaper player and getting Finn "karrigan" Andersen (Leader role) to have more longevity in the team.

The Balancing Act

Slovakia David "frozen" Čerňanský (Multi Fragger)
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong (Leader)
Latvia Helvijs "broky" Saukants (AWP)
Serbia Nemanja "nexa" Isaković (Support)
Russia Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov (Entry)

This template is an attempt to have a balanced team in which every player is capable of bringing in points. To do so, we found a couple of players that have recently had a spike in performance, hoping they can keep it up: broky, frozen, nexa, and Boombl4. The lineup also doubles down on a rising team, mousesports, with chrisJ. This lineup can be changed in a number of different ways, such as downgrading to karrigan and replacing nexa with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač for more star power.

After you've finished analyzing all of the best combinations, head over to the IEM Katowice fantasy page and join the HLTV x 1xBet Fantasy league, which features $250 of cash prizes provided by our partner, or find a community league to compete in, such as the ones organized by mousesports or Renegades fans.

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
689
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Australia Joshua 'INS' Potter
Joshua 'INS' Potter
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
313
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1263
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
696
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1484
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
735
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
802
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
678
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1202
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1585
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1465
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1564
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1637
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Korea Seon-Ho 'xeta' Son
Seon-Ho 'xeta' Son
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
351
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.29
Maps played:
587
KPR:
0.87
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1233
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1659
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
HUNDEN :D
2020-02-23 12:01
ahaha
2020-02-23 12:44
"such as the ones organized by mousesports or Renegades fans." mouz > rng ;)
2020-02-23 13:18
#49
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Slovakia Lavend 
Real GOD
2020-02-23 13:22
Lets go
2020-02-23 12:01
I wasn't known this details.
2020-02-23 12:01
Ty
2020-02-23 12:01
#6
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Ukraine SLGay 
Yea
2020-02-23 12:02
Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (Noob) AHAHAAAHAHAH
2020-02-23 12:03
also prodigy :)
2020-02-23 12:08
#16
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Ukraine twil 
OMEGALUL HUNDEN AKA "THE PRODIGY NOOB"
2020-02-23 12:08
#18
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Japan Fanta_machine 
lool no respect from prof
2020-02-23 12:09
Lmaooo same reaction
2020-02-23 12:27
#8
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Canada Edward_Elric 
hunden god
2020-02-23 12:03
PRODIGY ADREN OMEGALUL
2020-02-23 12:04
#10
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Russia ToughGuy 
LULDEN OMEGALUL
2020-02-23 12:05
#11
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India mangoes 
Hunden noob bwahahahahaha
2020-02-23 12:06
#12
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Australia opzy 
xeta isnt overpriced
2020-02-23 12:06
But I already did it :(
2020-02-23 12:08
leave the league and start again, ez)
2020-02-23 12:10
KENNYS GOD
2020-02-23 12:08
Denmark Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (Noob) lmao
2020-02-23 12:09
#19
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United States tenki_cs 
The only team listed here that isn't complete trash is the first one
2020-02-23 12:09
#21
s1mple | 
Ukraine YUR4S 
LETS FAKIN GO
2020-02-23 12:10
#22
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
Where i can bet on tournament winner?
2020-02-23 12:10
#23
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
I don't like idea with team points, because even some player finish the tournament early before, he can have + points overall. Now i must guess which 2 teams you make deep run and limit to 2 players to pick from same team. There is IGL Role, which give a points....
2020-02-23 12:11
#24
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Europe NiKoGOD4ever 
Hunter - attacker/top of the scoreboard NiKo - multifragger/ clutch master Rain - pistol master/ entry fragger magisk - mister consistent/defender hunden - bottom of the scoreboard/noob Ez top500 in placeing
2020-02-23 12:14
any normal person won't take huNter He seems overpriced. idk why
2020-02-23 13:25
#55
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Europe NiKoGOD4ever 
I just went with him instead of KennyS or nexa, its just inside feeling because he always turns on when NiKo is playing same tournament so Hunter can prove everyone that he is 10 times better than NiKo
2020-02-23 13:27
not biased but kennyS would be better option. So much better to have one AWPer in your team. I even take multiple and put them on entry,AWP and stathunter roles. nvm its good.
2020-02-23 13:29
#59
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Europe NiKoGOD4ever 
Alright, I am kinda new to the fantasy and stuff but will take this advice from you, thanks mens Edit: what is your fantasy team btw?
2020-02-23 13:33
#70
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
Don't let people change your opinion, no matter new or old.
2020-02-23 14:49
#72
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Europe NiKoGOD4ever 
Well he speaks truth tho, obv i will take it as advice but in order him to change my opinion I need to see some evidence
2020-02-23 14:53
#25
AM | 
Malta Yarrak 
wtf is this
2020-02-23 12:17
#26
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
I think my team is the best, but every time i am hype and than on first round i understand i am fucked. s1mple - AWP role kennyS - entry fragger Boombl4 - IGL Role Brehze - Stats Hunter HUNDEN - noob WHy ? Because usually NaVi make deep run on big tournaments like IEM Katowice, majors, Cologne. Simple will destroy everyone and Boombl4 for IGL above 1.10 rating per tournament its not bad. KennyS have +8 diff per match first kills, Brehze should carry his team. and 5th i have no chance because money draft.
2020-02-23 12:27
s1mple -noob with AWP kennyS - noob without AWP Boombl4 - huge noob Brehze - Evil noob HUNDEN - old noob
2020-02-23 12:32
respek god hunden
2020-02-23 13:26
Why you disrespect god HUNDEN? Also why simple is entry? He is basically baiter which is opposite of entry
2020-02-23 12:23
#28
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
They should swap roles with kennyS.
2020-02-23 12:24
+1
2020-02-23 13:26
In Bible,putting HUNDEN and Noob on the same line is considered as blasphemy and should be crucified in public.
2020-02-23 12:32
#32
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
Guys. don't peak 2 players which cost 220k+, this is bad tactic
2020-02-23 12:37
#33
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Singapore epen 
can someone explained this ?? imgur.com/a/Jait9Ms How to count Role/Boost on HLTV Fantasy league, Base from what anyone know ? Same pick but different result
2020-02-23 12:37
#36
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
I haven't this problem, but now the stats from Round 2 missing. They editing something.
2020-02-23 12:41
#37
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Singapore epen 
i Know right ?
2020-02-23 12:43
different role... only the booster was the same
2020-02-23 12:45
link your team(s)
2020-02-23 13:25
He didn't cluch and your role is clutch king -> so -2 points prntscr.com/r6h7r2
2020-02-23 14:35
#84
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United Kingdom Ollisium 
Gotta be putting Poizon on the awp role, unless you have multiple awpers, then could put him on stathunter or entry
2020-02-23 18:26
#90
Edward | 
Europe xztzonn 
Do you have the same role for him on both teams then? It shows that you have the same booster, but I'd assume you picked different roles?
2020-02-23 18:53
HUNDEN wrote bible? is he so old?
2020-02-23 12:39
navi not won this major thank to me later
2020-02-23 12:40
#38
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Poland Hanse 
Lower points from boosters aka coinflip and we are good to go
2020-02-23 12:44
hunden noob
2020-02-23 12:48
#42
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Netherlands Flevo 
Anyone notice at Overpriced the flag of jame is Kazakhstan
2020-02-23 13:00
WeirdChamp
2020-02-23 13:00
#44
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Korea XigNGODtop1 
Xeta is underpriced if anything
2020-02-23 13:10
#45
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
"Example: Astralis win their three matches in IEM Katowice groups with device receiving 15, 20 and 25 points. For the fourth round, which they don't play, device will receive (15+20+25)/3=20 points" If Astralis win Round 1 and Semi Final on the group, they will play group final, so (15+20)/2 = 17. They will not playing first three matches unless lost second for example. That was before. Round 1 - first match Round 2- upper semi final in group A/B/ Lower Round 1 Semi final Round 3 - semi final Lower Braket Round 4 - Upper braket final / Lower braket final
2020-02-23 13:11
I'll check with admins but I think upper bracket final goes into round 3
2020-02-23 13:18
#48
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
Ok, if you are right delete my post, because you probably make changes with padding for this too. I don't to be insolent.
2020-02-23 13:22
Actually you are right, upper bracket final is round 4. Doesn't change much for the example but will adjust it
2020-02-23 13:46
#80
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
I think the change - halved the rating for a player make the calculations very complicated and addition of team points. hltv.org/fantasy/40/league/74404/team/50.. If that is overall points for a player individually with every boost +team points + role . Down below against Round 3 it's 166, but when i calculate it's 160.
2020-02-23 17:30
hunden is stathunter not noob wtf hltv????
2020-02-23 13:26
+1
2020-02-23 13:30
#57
NEO | 
Poland z0ruu 
Old Gods Denmark Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (Noob) Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz (AWP) Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen (Leader) Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken (HS machine) Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic (Multi Fragger) xD
2020-02-23 13:29
imagine writing noob and god hunden he literally created csgo and people saying noob.
2020-02-23 13:31
broky AWP? Who made this?
2020-02-23 13:30
#63
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Australia ragearainbow 
Professeur did you noob
2020-02-23 13:47
can see who is noob for picking god hunden as bot XD
2020-02-23 14:59
jebaited I can see FANTASY SCOUT: IEM KATOWICE Professeur 23/2/2020 - 16:30 So funny to pick broky for AWP. I'm sure he will not AWP half of the time and others will share with him. Its like he will be new olof for the team.
2020-02-23 14:56
#82
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United Kingdom Ollisium 
To be fair Broky was awping at blast which was Fazes last event. But your right, i wouldnt put anyone on the awp from a team like Faze or Liquid which doesnt have a decidated awper
2020-02-23 18:20
finally someone gets it
2020-02-23 18:23
#85
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United Kingdom Ollisium 
I like to think so aha whats your 1xbet league team?
2020-02-23 18:34
flusha,kennyS,electronic,karrigan,shox didn't see I'm buying karrigan and shox both lol and my other team is dupreeh,kennyS,electronic,NiKo,hunden Whats yours?
2020-02-23 18:42
#87
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United Kingdom Ollisium 
I was going to get flusha but went with flamie in the end, i also got rpk isntead of shox, just because hes cheaper and has been playing better the last 3 events. Then i went with Woxic and Frozen instead of electronic and kenny just because they are lethal together and i think mouse can win katowice or atleast go very deep. Then went with Amanek as last player, i did think about karrigan but his stats are too bad i think
2020-02-23 18:45
yeah but to be fair I should've picked rpk there. Also didn't realize karrigan in the team. Ofc AmaNEk is better. My second team would do worse though cuz I picked hunden. PS: I really think electronic,kenny and NiKo are bargains.
2020-02-23 18:48
#89
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United Kingdom Ollisium 
Yeah they are cheap tbf especially Kenny. I also have a hunden team, i went with hunden, woxic, frozen, magisk, niko. also a cheap player to look out for is Roej only 201,000 but his stats are really good, barely ever goes negetive at an event, even against top 30.
2020-02-23 18:53
Professeur (noob) xaxaxa jk nice work mens
2020-02-24 01:02
#91
Edward | 
Europe xztzonn 
broky played awp at blast so I assume he'll continue playing it.
2020-02-23 18:58
that is true but he isn't dedicated you will get normal bonus.
2020-02-23 19:05
HUNDEN GOD NOT BOT
2020-02-23 14:13
Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen (Noob) HOW DARE YOU HLTV
2020-02-23 14:32
"If you are willing to risk a big negative score from HUNDEN in order to pack your team" KEKW
2020-02-23 14:34
#71
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Brazil user_namer 
frozen golden woxic broky olof
2020-02-23 14:50
#75
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
The recipy is to pick 2 players from the best two teams on the other side of the bracket, so they make a deep run, ideally meet in the finals + someone who stays in at least a few positive points. I dont think 4 players out of 5 different teams work.
2020-02-23 14:59
#76
eraa | 
Montenegro Kladiz 
Finally the points are explained
2020-02-23 15:02
#77
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Australia zanics 
why i cannot pick 5 hunden?
2020-02-23 15:18
#78
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Europe H1P_STER 
EZ 4 GODHUNDEN
2020-02-23 17:08
How to report a thread in HLTV? How come someone calls HUNDEN "noob" ? Gg. (its a joke btw)
2020-02-23 17:11
#81
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Poland BAN_ANIME 
HOW DARE YOU INSULT HUNDEN >:C
2020-02-23 18:16
#93
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
GOGO KENNY!!
2020-02-23 19:18
#94
Ex6poN | 
Europe EssoNr 
HUNDEN (GOD)
2020-02-23 21:35
#95
BOOBIE | 
India Women 
Hunden noob? Lost all respect for Professeur.
2020-02-23 21:39
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