NiKo's heroics not enough as NAVI take down FaZe in Pro League Stage 2

FaZe have been denied a top-three finish in the second stage of ESL Pro League Season 11 after suffering their fourth consecutive defeat, courtesy of Natus Vincere.

The international team went into their fourth match in a must-win situation after being previously defeated by fnatic, mousesports and Astralis, and they almost came away with a victory against the world No.1. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač put on a masterclass performance in a series that began with FaZe winning their map pick, Mirage, and then cruising to a 12-3 lead on Train. The same old problems then resurfaced for the European mixture, who lost their footing in the game after switching over to the Terrorist side.

Nuke was a keenly-contested affair, and once again NiKo did more than anyone else to win the game for FaZe. In the end, it was not meant to be as NAVI pulled through to join fnatic and mousesports at the top of the table ahead of Thursday's decisive clash against the Swedes.

NAVI kicked off the action with a successful pistol round, but, just like in yesterday's match against mousesports, they were unable to capitalise on an early lead. FaZe rallied back immediately and took control of proceedings for the remainder of the half as NAVI struggled to contain NiKo, who amassed 22 frags on the T side.

FaZe were in no mood to take pity on their opponents and hit map point shortly after switching to the CT side. It looked like the game was done and dusted, but NAVI refused to go down without a fight: the CIS giants began to chip away at the deficit with some great reads on FaZe's setups. After being outplayed seven rounds in a row, NiKo called a tactical pause to settle his team down, and it worked: they laid the game to rest in the following round without losing a single man.

FaZe are out of contention for a spot in the final

More misery was to come for Natus Vincere, who once again failed to convert the second round after winning the pistol on Train. It was the first of a series of blows that the CIS side had to endure on their T side: the rounds that they edged out were few and far between as FaZe kept their defense very tight and compact, taking a whopping 12 rounds into the second half.

After NAVI switched to the CT side, the entire dynamic of the game changed. FaZe, who had the second-worst T record on the map among top 10 teams in the last six months (just 42.5% of rounds won), suddenly looked static and completely devoid of ideas. They brought NAVI's winning run to an end when they were already down 12-14, and that round did not alter the course of the game as the CIS side quickly wrapped things up.

It all came down to Nuke, where a lively start from NAVI on the T side saw them race to a 5-0 lead. Things were starting to look desperate for FaZe, but then NiKo and Håvard "rain" Nygaard stepped up to the plate, combining for 31 frags as the international team dominated the rest of the half to head into the break up by one round.

A chaotic start to the second half saw force-buys traded after the pistol round had gone NAVI's way as NiKo and Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev both went huge with the Desert Eagle. NAVI tightened up after that scrappy start and shut out the FaZe offense, with the scoreline blooming to a 14-10 advantage. NiKo came to his team's rescue with a series of key frags to keep the game alive until the very end, but a comeback was not on the cards: with only one round separating the two teams, NAVI finally managed to hit series point and then Denis "electronic" Sharipov struck the final blow with a trio of frags in the lower site.

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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 86 - 55 +31 106.6 1.52
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 55 - 59 -4 78.1 1.05
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 47 - 49 -2 61.4 0.98
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 48 - 55 -7 60.1 0.90
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 40 - 49 -9 51.1 0.83
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 75 - 52 +23 81.6 1.24
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 64 - 59 +5 81.4 1.10
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' ZalutskiyPerfecto 48 - 54 -6 68.9 0.96
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4 46 - 58 -12 63.1 0.88
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 33 - 56 -23 51.3 0.72
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
907
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1237
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1160
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
What we learned from Faze in EPL so far: - NiKo is way better than s1mple - Buying coldzera for $1m was a mistake and scam - Faze is still choking
2020-04-08 22:07
#9
Maka | 
France Juriska 
Well they still went to phase 2, better than most team
2020-04-08 22:08
+1
2020-04-08 22:20
Expected from Nikosports
2020-04-08 22:25
#141
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Asia primoknows 
Get a good IGL. -olof +Alex
2020-04-08 22:48
+1
2020-04-08 23:17
Free Niko -Broky -Baitzera +Karrigan +Guardian (But guardian is allowed aimbot so he can kill something)
2020-04-09 00:03
electronic (Entry-fragger) huNter- (Support) karrigan (IGL) s1mple (AWPer) NiKo (Lurker) B1ad3/RobbaN (Coach)
2020-04-09 00:07
kennyS (AWPer) huNter/huNter's cousin (Lurker / IGL) electronic (Entry-fragger) ZywOo (Second AWPer (rotation) / Second Entry) s1mple(Second AWPer (rotation) / Anchor) maLeK/zonic (Coach) NiKo seems to do alright while IGLing, so going to still put him as IGL
2020-04-09 00:37
Tldr
2020-04-09 00:36
stop with these teams that just pick the best players in the moment, they don't work
2020-04-09 01:13
#225
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United States jaeger_steam 
but maybe iteration #4175 will! Who cares if they can barely communicate, they will win by the power of their names alone!
2020-04-09 03:29
Just use headsets with auto-translator built in
2020-04-09 19:28
it will if they use headsets with auto-translate
2020-04-09 19:27
hunter support? lol
2020-04-09 08:17
Yes. Have a good day!
2020-04-09 09:04
#270
s1mple | 
Russia EGOism 
Dream team =)
2020-04-09 09:53
broky played really good this ESL, better than olof and cold...
2020-04-09 00:57
#238
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Brazil aexy 
lul kkkkkkkkkk kick olof only
2020-04-09 05:58
When will ppl on hltv stop seeking the solution in kicking half the team all the time....u think Astralis was on that insane run cause they changed half the team after every game they lost? Ffx Faze proved themselves as top 10 team with Potential....i dont know how they are not winning more cause they actually look fine, just having a problem to closebout games/stay in hard games But they are all very experienced and i think if they keep this roster for a longer time than half a year they can actually achieve sth
2020-04-09 10:13
#288
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Croatia KeZual96 
That's what people don't understand. In the beginning Astralis was the team known for choking, look at then now. 4 major titles and they're still going. No team is going to work if you change players every 6 months. FaZe is looking good right now.
2020-04-09 12:09
+1 sir Funny how i literally brought the same argument a few minutes ago to a guy who was acting like the classic hltv user with an IQ beyond 15 lol
2020-04-09 12:33
#302
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Croatia KeZual96 
+1 For some reason people think that just because FaZe got cold they instantly become number 1. And that doesn't work that way it's a lot of practice and chemistry to become best.
2020-04-09 16:48
I got that 8/8
2020-04-09 22:39
+1
2020-04-08 23:36
#194
Archi | 
United Kingdom KainZ 
Alex as IGL actually a really good move also UKCS PogChamp in Faze
2020-04-09 00:19
#81
rain | 
Israel ReakZez 
yea better then g2 and i dont thing they are really sad they almost beat num 1 4 5 in the world
2020-04-08 22:26
#132
Maka | 
France Juriska 
Shh i m so disappointed for g2 :'( that tie breaker was bs man i cry hard
2020-04-08 22:42
#165
nosraC | 
Ukraine SLGay 
Nah, tiebreaker is ok, if u are attending the tournament, u accept the rules. They knew that this could happen to them, therefore they HAD to win og, not to lose to them like idiots.
2020-04-08 23:09
#177
Maka | 
France Juriska 
Ye, they knew they had to win, but i feel like there could be a better system. Dont have the solution though
2020-04-08 23:23
Would be cool to have tiebreakers as bo1 series between the teams
2020-04-09 00:42
#215
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India illumination 
how many team will go ahead , from this group ?
2020-04-09 02:02
3 teams go ahead, the 2nd seeded and 3rd seeded team play a bo3, then whoever wins that plays a bo3 with the 1st seeded team
2020-04-09 03:11
KEKW
2020-04-08 22:08
NiKo is way better than s1mple
2020-04-08 22:08
sometime yes/no, coldzera sometime yes/no always random
2020-04-08 22:42
coldzera is mostly no. niko and s1mple are the only two big monsters IMO
2020-04-09 06:07
+1 right again
2020-04-10 12:55
100000% you are fucking right
2020-04-08 22:09
stopped reading at "- NiKo is way better than s1mple"
2020-04-08 22:09
#37
fer | 
Denmark iLoVeReD 
That's true tho.
2020-04-08 22:11
+1
2020-04-08 22:27
Niko is IGL and still frags 86 times in the series p1mple would never get past 60 frags without baiting nós team
2020-04-08 22:27
Except that NiKo is a bad IGL hence why FaZe lost in the first place
2020-04-08 22:40
#169
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Canada razneK1789 
he's a shit igl probably doesn't even think about strats just which site to go to and then he play on his own
2020-04-08 23:10
#324
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Croatia KeZual96 
Don't think it's like that. You can clearly see many planned strats that they do. He is starting to show good things and loosing to 1st, 4th and 5th team all in a 2-1 match.
2020-04-10 11:40
S1mple just baits
2020-04-08 22:45
still better than NiKo
2020-04-08 22:47
He baits his entire team and niko do not do that plus he does the igl part. Niko and simple are almost same mechanically. The stats differ because niko do not bait the whole team.
2020-04-08 22:51
#140
2020-04-08 22:53
Dude, you understand totally nothing, go back to minecraft kiddo.
2020-04-09 09:19
I understand enough. And see Navi are out.
2020-04-10 05:36
#224
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Myanmar Monolico 
Still better than baitzera
2020-04-09 03:16
Imagine thinking the god of choke ChoKo is better than the god of CS s1mple xD
2020-04-08 22:27
#44
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Argentina Joedash 
Look at the stats, it says everything.
2020-04-08 22:12
#74
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Argentina Joedash 
Talking about this game
2020-04-08 22:22
1 game won't make NiKo better than s1mple also #51 and #128
2020-04-08 22:40
#181
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Argentina Joedash 
It does, it doesn't make him number one, but it shows that NiKo in aim beated simple.
2020-04-08 23:39
in aim yes, but in the match no what is good on having 86 frags but still losing?
2020-04-08 23:44
#199
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Argentina Joedash 
We said better than, not team better than. It doesn't matter if they win or lose match, this game NiKo played way better than simple, I'm not talking about results but about stats.
2020-04-09 00:26
#129
2020-04-09 00:29
But if simple got 80 frags and still lost like almost every game last year that is good? Pathetic
2020-04-09 12:08
?????? i didn't say that man wtf you're being pathetic here
2020-04-09 14:31
U kinda denied nikos outstanding perdormance...i wouldnt agree on niko>simple as well, but that game niko played better than simple.
2020-04-09 16:04
Ik, but in #1, he mentioned that "Niko is way better than s1mple", which isn't true even if u compare their stats in this EPL. i also agree that in that game niko played better than s1mple, but, as i said in #129, 1 game won't make him better also:"the stats say everything"
2020-04-09 16:39
Ok i apologise then, got sth wrong !
2020-04-09 21:47
np man :)
2020-04-09 21:48
LUL you're stupid if you think NiKo has better aim than s1mple. Tell NiKo to hit as many flick shots as s1mple, then I will rethink this reply.
2020-04-09 00:02
#196
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Argentina Joedash 
Stats don't lie, he played way better than simple today
2020-04-09 00:25
LUL if stats dont lie, this event alone shows that he is worse than s1mple, delusional fan.
2020-04-09 03:32
#310
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Argentina Joedash 
U BLINDED? In talking about this game omg.
2020-04-09 22:03
stats for all matches since this event starts, not just 1 series LUL.
2020-04-10 00:31
#321
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Argentina Joedash 
But we are talking about this match, not the entire year, so idk what u are talking about. Read a little more before answering.
2020-04-10 07:58
? we are talking about s1mple's and Niko's aim overall? youre an idiot mens)))??
2020-04-10 08:27
#323
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Argentina Joedash 
No, the discussion started with me saying that NiKo played better than simple this game.
2020-04-10 11:37
Authored threads Navi bla bla Navi bla bla Navi bla bla Navi bla bla
2020-04-09 05:54
»better aim »flickshots Pick one boiii
2020-04-09 13:27
you cant flick and hit all the shots without aim, dumb silver XAXAXAXA Probably never even get passed Nova your entire life.
2020-04-09 16:50
#311
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Argentina Joedash 
I've seen dev1ce do more flicks than s1mple, what about that?
2020-04-09 22:04
yeah in your dreams.
2020-04-10 00:30
#320
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Argentina Joedash 
It is true, cause device uses awp. So he does more flicks than s1mple lol. Either way, that shows that you are talking nonsense, niko played better than s1mple that day. Even when niko has to be IGL which means, he calls for the team, he also flashes for the team, and baits for the team. While s1mple was supported, his teammates baited for him, and flashed for him while he doesnt have to call, that shows a lot of stuff.
2020-04-10 07:58
LUL NiKo is literally the shittiest IGL. You are an idiot if you dont see it. He did no preparation for his teammates. They just play FPL strats. They are a team with no substance. Only aim. It's ez to call strats when you dont prepare b4 game. NiKo literally did nothing for his team except fragging. His normal strats are smokes and default. Useless on T side. 1 series doesnt mean shit. S1mple is a better aimer and player overall. LUL s1mple flicks more than Dev1ce. Dev1ce literally is set up by astralis to get ez kill. Literally always crossfire. S1mple has to go for opening kills. He requires more flicks to get them. Dumbass idiot mens)))) XAXAXAXA
2020-04-11 06:00
#329
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Argentina Joedash 
You are rlly easily to get baited. Anyway, you accepted NiKo is IGL, u didnt deny he flashes and baits for his team. So it shows that the NiKo's job is heavier than s1mple's, thats why he can freely make crazy flicks and so on, cause he just has to carry his team and yet again, this game NiKo played better than S1mple, u just cant accept that fact because and as a result u get baited with such stupid arguments like "dev1ce makes more flicks than s1mple". Pls.
2020-04-11 08:29
you are retarded right? Why would an IGL have to flash for his teammates? Flash can be done by anyone. Also, s1mple does flashes all the time. You are the biggest noob i have ever seen. Btw, the guy who flashes the most on faze is Broky. After that, Coldzera is the second guy who flash the most. Do you even understand what you are typing?
2020-04-11 09:07
#332
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Argentina Joedash 
I said NiKo flashes, not that he flashes the most. He flashes for the team, I didn't say that because he is IGL he flashes. So u misunderstand or mossread everything lol.
2020-04-11 20:09
You are just born idiot, accept it
2020-04-11 00:06
stfu silver XAXAXAXA you know nothing about cs.
2020-04-11 06:01
Funny guy, You are this world's biggest waste kid. Playing cs since since i was 11-12 years old, i could outplay you&your trash team of course if you had one, just get lost kid thats all
2020-04-11 11:16
#218
ARTeMis | 
Australia zebO 
Once lol, niko is garbage and an onliner.
2020-04-09 02:26
#333
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Argentina Joedash 
Well, this is the stupidest thing I've read. Then s1mple is an onliner also. Cause he plays better than LAN, being able to each 54 frags in one game lol.
2020-04-11 20:10
Imagine thingking niko is better than s1mple in just 1 game where there are 3 bots playing in NaVi
2020-04-09 05:36
#312
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Argentina Joedash 
Stats don't lie. Na'vi sets up s1mple to the best position and still doesn't beat NiKo. Lol.
2020-04-09 22:05
As i said, 1 game doesnt mean anything
2020-04-13 21:48
#336
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Argentina Joedash 
Yes, 1 game means NiKo played better than S1mple in that game. Which i said like from the beginning of the discussion.
2020-04-14 06:59
that's mostly cuz entire navi team baits for p1mple
2020-04-08 22:24
+1
2020-04-08 22:28
#134
s1mple | 
Romania OMW 
And I assume that you really watch when NaVi plays xD
2020-04-08 22:43
let me bait a brazilian, can i?
2020-04-08 22:59
But it works :)
2020-04-08 22:43
it does indeed
2020-04-08 22:59
With rifle and usp - niko is better With awp - s1mple is better With deagle - it's really close.
2020-04-08 22:12
NiKo is the deagle god
2020-04-08 22:28
youtube.com/watch?v=LhaiPfvOuYM&t=52s He streamed for like 2 weeks
2020-04-08 22:29
I watched it but forgot about it. It makes me change my mind.
2020-04-08 22:37
with AWP s1mple but we have never seen niko main awping at the very top deagle ez for Niko
2020-04-08 22:56
Truth bites your ears?
2020-04-08 22:13
2020-04-08 22:13
Why online?
2020-04-08 22:29
change that to lan or all matches s1mple still better
2020-04-08 22:39
Ik just wanted to point this point out
2020-04-08 22:41
cuz on #1, he spoke about EPL and EPL is online this year
2020-04-08 22:55
Atm he is better. Also have different roles. If you look at Niko, he is a playmaker, entry fragger and everything, carrying his team.
2020-04-08 22:30
#258
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
you wrote something stupid. S1mple always entry frag and everything, he carrying his team for 2-3 years.
2020-04-09 09:18
#313
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Argentina Joedash 
He is main awper, not entry Fragger. Perfecto is support and idk if entry Fragger.
2020-04-09 22:07
#55
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India pier3301 
+1
2020-04-08 22:14
#85
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Brazil Karlogaria 
+1
2020-04-08 22:27
#20
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Poland mentorjesus 
+ olof needs to be replaced for good IGL
2020-04-08 22:09
coldzera is a best fo ffs i want to break my pc now cause of you
2020-04-08 22:09
whyy no need to be that angry smh
2020-04-08 22:10
i can't handle my man testosterone. I need to fuck girl
2020-04-08 22:10
wowowow calm down u can fuck but plz dont rape ok ?
2020-04-08 22:12
no i don't rape you are crazy
2020-04-08 22:12
im not a grill so i wasnt thinking that but ok
2020-04-08 22:13
doesn't matter, a hole is a hole
2020-04-09 03:14
Wtf flag doesnt check out
2020-04-08 22:15
+11111111
2020-04-08 22:09
can't fucking close it in train wtf is their t side
2020-04-08 22:09
#28
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New Zealand ^Roo^ 
Except s1mple hard carrys navi when his team are being bots all the time. Niko cant hard carry faze to wins anymore
2020-04-08 22:10
You got a point
2020-04-08 22:45
you cant carry your team every time. it doesnt matter who you are, S1mple or NiKo. i remember big vs navi dust2 s1mple was carrying so hard but they lost the match
2020-04-09 06:05
#285
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New Zealand ^Roo^ 
yeah thats one in a million though. there are plenty of games where niko doesnt show up and faze does fine, its very very very rare to have navi win if s1mple doesnt turn up. He has to hard carry them haha
2020-04-09 11:45
#35
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United Kingdom Theriskk 
got to stage 2 while teams like g2 and vitality didnt they are playing against the very best #deluded
2020-04-08 22:11
#57
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Argentina Joedash 
They could have done better. But heads up, cause Rio qualifiers are coming up in 3 weeks.
2020-04-08 22:14
#70
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United Kingdom Theriskk 
indeed and they cant kick olof before would make no sense
2020-04-08 22:20
#72
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Argentina Joedash 
Yap
2020-04-08 22:21
lmfao
2020-04-08 22:11
#45
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Kazakhstan Vad1Chka 
KEKEKEKEKEW CoolStoryBob
2020-04-08 22:12
NiKo way better than s1mple for 1 game. LMFAO.
2020-04-08 22:18
#260
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
A good example of logic Faze fans. They forgot after 1 match that s1mple carrying his team 2-3 years and always has a 1.30 rating, while niko is not stable and showed only one match like this in a lot of time.
2020-04-09 09:22
+1 At least atm Niko is the best player in the world. Faze are just bad. They are really good players, expect Olof right now. But their team play is just not good enough. Also they are no more the greatest players in the team grouped up. Right now you have several players at the level as Faze players, so pure skill isnt enough.
2020-04-08 22:18
Hate to break it to you but Niko is not the best player in the world stats-wise this year. It's s1mple due to his performance in IEM katowice
2020-04-08 22:29
My not friend. where did I write that Niko is the best player of this year?
2020-04-08 22:37
"Atm niko is the best player in the world" But he is not. Not even in this tournament. hltv.org/stats?event=5226
2020-04-08 22:56
you rekted him
2020-04-08 23:02
#261
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
It's easy to rekt blind fans with elementary numbers. it is a pity that people at hltv do not know what statistics are.
2020-04-09 09:24
Niko just an onliner
2020-04-08 22:25
cold not scam niko > s1mple
2020-04-08 22:32
no one better than s1mple for now
2020-04-09 07:57
#256
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
niko>s1mple Ahahhahaha most funny shit i've seen on hltv.
2020-04-09 09:14
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA IMAGINE BEING THIS DELUSIONAL NERD 😂😂😂😂😂
2020-04-08 22:35
What we learned from this post: mad fan of roflclan toxic onemore time cuz no better player than simple.
2020-04-08 22:49
Lol just wait until faze got good igl because olof is slowing him down, not to mention he is old now he should be on dignitas rn -olof -good igl maybe awper igl
2020-04-08 23:13
lul albanistan kid talking to daddy
2020-04-08 23:56
#164
swag | 
Portugal Drago845 
Actually coldzera isn't the problem... Olof is :/ -olof +some IGL idk
2020-04-08 23:08
you are judging everything for 1 match. S1mple is away better for navi than niKo for faZe.
2020-04-08 23:09
lol s1mple is objectively MUCH better than niko what we've seen is niko getting 21 eco frags to boost his stats, and leading his entire team to support his own playstyle.
2020-04-08 23:15
+1 in everything
2020-04-08 23:17
#178
Ukraine bia 
coldzera brings a lot of new fans to FaZe, so he is definitely worth $1mln
2020-04-08 23:29
The only thing that is confirmed that Faze is a subpar to literally any team in this group (including OG, cuz they will lose to OG tomorrow). Nico could have a great match but in a long run Simple ---> Nico every day of they year. Faze been overhyped. You better start being a fan of another team while its not too late.
2020-04-08 23:38
Delusional indeed. S1mple does much more important plays.
2020-04-09 01:02
Niko isn't necessarily better than S1mple. Niko in that game did pretty much all of the heavy lifting while S1mple AND Electronic shared that role.
2020-04-09 01:30
better players don't lost every bo3 as igl
2020-04-09 01:32
Watching niko good on 3 game saying niko bwtter than s1mple you must be haters!!
2020-04-09 02:52
#252
kennyS | 
India Ryuota 
s1mple is arguably better than niko tbh, just niko having a good day. Also, faze did play well so its not that cols sucks, he is as good as you'd expect someone like him to be. They definitely have just one missing piece, that being an igl
2020-04-09 08:16
#255
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
Niko is way better than s1mple? WHAT ahahhahahahahhaba. 1 match against 3 years of domination, what a retard wrote this.
2020-04-09 09:13
#294
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Brazil EnzoAirezZ 
3 years? Can you even do math? 1 year and a half cuz NaVi in 2019 even with S1mple carrying couldnt win almost nothing...
2020-04-09 13:54
#297
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
Oh, s1mple is a legend, everyone who argue with it is people who don't understand anything in counter strike or stupid fans, that's all what i wanted to say. And atm he is best, it's obvious.
2020-04-09 15:26
faze never dominated the scene
2020-04-09 16:38
#267
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Serbia zeksonnn 
They need -olof its so obvy xD
2020-04-09 09:41
#286
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Latvia Natsuu1 
and olof bot
2020-04-09 11:52
Niko having a good series doesn't mean he's better than s1mple. S1mple has a better rating in this event alone. Niko is one of the best in the world, he's not better than s1mple.
2020-04-09 19:41
#334
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India lemuig 
-1 for the first one cus both are good s1mple has peeked more than niko so lets see what niko shows us this year
2020-04-13 10:54
#2
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New Zealand ^Roo^ 
Ez for the goat
2020-04-08 22:08
Navi era
2020-04-08 22:15
#82
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Armenia TiBoN29 
I don't think so It is competitive year
2020-04-08 22:27
+1
2020-04-08 22:29
#217
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New Zealand ^Roo^ 
I think with how competitive it is atm lots of teams will win events but navi will be the top team for the next six months or so until they get hard antistratted
2020-04-09 02:21
#3
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China longkas 
Faze LUL
2020-04-08 22:08
NIKO'S BACKPACK IS TOO HEAVY! ;(
2020-04-08 22:08
Nik0 cant carry botshits to win vs top 1 team no IGL no win no IGL = no T side.
2020-04-08 22:08
#6
osama | 
African Union NotZazir 
100€
2020-04-08 22:08
FAZE DOWN KEKW
2020-04-08 22:08
niko ego too big need real igl
2020-04-08 22:08
#50
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Libya s1v9mple 
+1
2020-04-08 22:13
Niko skill too big*
2020-04-08 22:18
#83
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
+1
2020-04-08 22:26
#12
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Ukraine |s1mple 
nt NiKo
2020-04-08 22:09
:( feels bad for him he carried so hard.
2020-04-08 22:14
olof, broky very bad.
2020-04-08 22:09
NiKo 1vs9 Mouz flashbacks
2020-04-08 22:09
#95
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
basically yeah
2020-04-08 22:29
niko carrying
2020-04-08 22:09
Top2 in 2020 so far.
2020-04-08 22:09
Niko top2 yeah for sure
2020-04-08 22:14
yeah, zywoo is not even top3 lol
2020-04-08 23:09
I forgot he existed.
2020-04-09 00:27
#212
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Argentina nymeros 
just wait the sg gets nerfed and we all back to lan
2020-04-09 01:50
#18
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2020-04-08 22:09
#24
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Australia Jazzyboy 
damn niko
2020-04-08 22:09
#25
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Libya s1v9mple 
NIKO'S "HEROICS" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Heroic BAITING action ahahahahahaha choko.
2020-04-08 22:09
Niko had most successful entry kills in this series (17) hltv.org/stats/matches/73403/faze-vs-nat.. Before thrashing any player, at least come up with a reasonable excuse u sh*thead
2020-04-08 22:16
#68
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Malaysia Suno[t] 
thx bro he always talk shit about niko like everyday wtf
2020-04-08 22:19
People are just ignorant bro. I am a s1mple fan but I saw how hard Niko tried in all 3 maps. It just broke my heart.
2020-04-08 22:32
#71
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Libya s1v9mple 
Here's what counts as an entry kill: Olof and rain run out on infront of Niko with broky popflashing them. Niko comes around the corner and takes the kills while olof and rain are having a crouchspraying duel with flamie and boombla. Wow.
2020-04-08 22:20
#89
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina DaddyNiKo 
We are not talking about s1mple , sorry if we got it mixed up for you.
2020-04-08 22:30
Lmao
2020-04-08 22:31
The "guys push door while I wait in hut" call comes to mind, I bet it was followed by "I'm the best and I'll trade".
2020-04-09 05:06
#103
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Europe NiKoGOD4ever 
Bro u are legit braindead
2020-04-08 22:31
+1 for the title
2020-04-08 22:09
Well, Faze just lost to all the top 5 teams this series.
2020-04-08 22:10
Man that Faze T Side on Train was so hard to watch. NAVI obliterated them
2020-04-08 22:10
#31
OKAYYY | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh 
niko > s1mple confirmed, not that anyone didnt know this already
2020-04-08 22:10
With rifle and pistols I agree. With awp and positioning, nobody's close to s1mple.
2020-04-08 22:19
#166
OKAYYY | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh 
i agree, but a literal monkey can awp and do decently, therefore niko > s1mple
2020-04-08 23:09
That's an ignorant reply which I expect from most of the hltv users. If anyone can awp, why is s1mple the best awper in the world?? How does s1mple have more impact and higher rating than niko in last 3 years?? Stats don't lie. Unless u r biased and delusional as u seem to be, u cant say Niko > s1mple.
2020-04-09 00:26
+1
2020-04-09 05:03
#263
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
Please don't write this stupid shit. 1 match vs 3 years of domination by s1mple by any weapon. Gtfo blind fan.
2020-04-09 09:26
#32
NAF | 
CIS bult0 
Olofmeister get the fuck out
2020-04-08 22:10
#33
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Ukraine McSwell 
Good game, teams were almost even but NaVi still better. Boom and flamie play decreased quite a lot, that's sad.
2020-04-08 22:10
#96
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Netherlands Throaky 
Good game? It was one big 4 vs 4 clown fiesta. Every team with somewhat of a IGL would have closed train. But enjoy.
2020-04-08 22:29
#139
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Yea big boom has quite down a bit lately, he is a fragging IGL.
2020-04-08 22:47
2020-04-08 22:11
Buy Coldzera for 1 million, for what? This useless player who real cost 150000$. And kick olof, bot on any map.
2020-04-08 22:11
Coldzera top 1 2020
2020-04-08 22:11
#275
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Brazil MonkeyLover 
+1
2020-04-09 10:33
tahts what happen when you lead for yourself, you're trying to boost your individual stats to look good, but you're still shit lol
2020-04-08 22:11
Cold is the real problem. Every time i saw him in this game he was losing duels to deagles and ump's while having ak or sg and knowing enemy's position. He's aim sucks atm. For example, about 7-8 bullet's in the opponent's back in the first pistol round and 0 damage dealt. Horrible staff from ex. #1.
2020-04-08 22:12
Meh, cold was having a bad stage 2 including trading frags. Olof, zzzzz. He was my fave player when he was on Fnatic until 2017 when he went to Faze. But now, he is no more, he's traded off his frags for being a lurker. He had more frags when he was awping or 2nd awper... He can entry instead at best with rain as 2nd. That's all.
2020-04-08 22:17
#52
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
0 4 XD
2020-04-08 22:13
#58
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Chile nachooww 
it was an easy 2-0, faze throwing like alwayssssssss
2020-04-08 22:14
#105
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
Their T side on Train was nonexistent, du to Olof and not good IGLing.
2020-04-08 22:32
#109
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Chile nachooww 
u know men:(
2020-04-08 22:32
#73
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Portugal ibizadr 
Niko igling for them to shine. When this dont happen faze become #1
2020-04-08 22:22
Choke Clan lol, replace olof
2020-04-08 22:23
nt mb next time
2020-04-08 22:25
-rain + huNter confirmed
2020-04-08 22:27
#99
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Netherlands Throaky 
rain? You typed olofmeister wrong bud
2020-04-08 22:30
#112
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
he hasn't seen the matches fro sure.
2020-04-08 22:33
+1 rain is nuts. Nobody in their right mind would suggest replacing rain. That would be ridiculous.
2020-04-08 22:34
He not bad rifler, but he so stupid and lose so many rounds, and rain role good for huNter, in olof place he will some worse
2020-04-09 01:24
#90
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Brazil Karlogaria 
FaZe is somewhat trying to climb ranks and be something, but olof is constantly dragging them down. He must go ASAP Props to NiKo for his numbers.
2020-04-08 22:28
niko clan
2020-04-08 22:30
#102
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Poland morosek 
NIKO'S LACKS OF TACTICS WERE NOT ENOUGH AS NAVI TAKE DOWN FAZE IN PRO LEAGUE STAGE 2
2020-04-08 22:31
#242
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Sweden changrai 
Lul
2020-04-09 06:16
Friberg 1 major (mvp) True legend status, many legendary moments. A legacy worthy of tier1 legends only S0mple: Will never become more than a frag movie guy. Will never reach the same typ of legacy as friberg
2020-04-08 22:32
who cars of the old faggot
2020-04-08 22:37
Mad
2020-04-09 07:53
#123
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Brazil _Awper 
Almost every map there is a spot called "friberg", i don't know any spot called s1mple... Friberg > s1mple
2020-04-08 22:37
+1 Amen
2020-04-09 07:53
#264
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
What a stupid shit u wrote. S1mple is most legendary player right now even without a majors it's a fact, everytime he rekt your Swedish scene without any problems, so gtfo.
2020-04-09 09:28
He's just the best, but not even close to greatest nor legendary. Only screamy greasy pre teens think that My statement still stands: Friberg 1 major (mvp) S0mple:
2020-04-09 22:41
#276
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Brazil MonkeyLover 
friberg washed up bot
2020-04-09 10:35
Wow
2020-04-09 22:41
Gotta say, og and faze are not up there with these top4 teams.
2020-04-08 22:33
#114
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
a team is as strong as it's weakest link. Olof is, sadly, the problem.
2020-04-08 22:34
This week its olof, next its rain and before that its broky then cold after that its niko. Doesnt matter wich todays "week link" is of this team. They are just not up there anyways.
2020-04-08 22:36
#152
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
The games are sadly quite close: 1-2 Fnatic, 1-2 Mouz, 1-2 Navi, they only got stomped somewhat on Overpass by Astralis. I wonder if they have some mental coach, since when it gets to the late stage, they can never finalize. But yeah, they are the weakest team with OG there, it is clear as day.
2020-04-08 22:55
#213
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Argentina nymeros 
zews to faze would've been an improve imo. coldzera transfer. was outdated tho. Sadly they will replace olof with ALEX (my guess) even tho i do recall olof was doing well while LAN tournaments
2020-04-09 01:57
#273
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
You cannot defend Olof at this stage. What Proffeseur shared, 0.5 KPR during the whole EPL is unacceptable sadly. And it's not because of his roles: Usually the lurk has maybe the best position, since he should be unexpected, unpredictable, it should varant getting some random easy frag from here and there. But all I can see is him losing almost every duel he goes into :-/ Not sure about ALEX.
2020-04-09 10:23
#111
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Serbia DjapeZ 
You literally cant compare Niko and Simple. Same fragging ability while Niko is IGL and Simple is Baiter. So please dont ever compare Nikola to Sasha. NIKO>SIMPLE NIKO>SIMPLE NIKO>SIMPLE
2020-04-08 22:34
#116
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
true all day, preach it brotha
2020-04-08 22:34
#151
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Russia Thfthf 
S1mple is a carrier. He's not a person who makes easy frags.
2020-04-08 22:55
#155
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Serbia DjapeZ 
I already said, BAITER.
2020-04-08 22:57
Yes, we already know that ur dumb as fuck.
2020-04-09 09:26
Nikoko awp, -olof -broky.
2020-04-08 22:34
#117
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Brazil hugoooo 
What a godlike 1v9 attempt
2020-04-08 22:34
Niko has to turn himself into Fallen.
2020-04-08 22:35
-olof plz
2020-04-08 22:38
#126
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Brazil _Awper 
It's time to top 5 from 2017 get togheter Cold, Niko, Fer, Rain and FalleN
2020-04-08 22:38
#163
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Brazil Karlogaria 
flair checks out
2020-04-08 23:04
Fallen and Fer are tier 5 garbage lol
2020-04-08 23:14
#192
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Brazil _Awper 
ok
2020-04-09 00:11
#257
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Hong Kong L_ONE 
TRUE
2020-04-09 09:15
sad for FaZe
2020-04-08 22:39
Niko always good, the best way to join Navi but Faze won't able to let him leave, XD
2020-04-08 22:44
lie,not stable
2020-04-08 22:50
We can not treat these heroics too harsh as everyone makes mistakes
2020-04-08 22:58
lie, simple is goat
2020-04-08 23:57
XD
2020-04-09 00:12
#142
TACO | 
Paraguay lekk1_ 
Faze FalleN soon
2020-04-08 22:49
Free Niko
2020-04-08 22:51
#147
shox | 
India iejesus 
Well played niko. You did a simple today
2020-04-08 22:51
86 bomb drop. Still L Sad.
2020-04-08 22:53
"Niko's heroics" Is this a reference to something?
2020-04-08 22:58
#160
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Naej 
-coldzera+Whatever Danish IGL -olof+whatever Young FPL Awp
2020-04-08 23:00
replace olof or rain with any good igl lol
2020-04-08 23:15
Botofmeister
2020-04-08 23:04
+31
2020-04-08 23:16
#185
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Europe JuliusCaesar 
solid performance by 1 milion$ player. worth every penny. K A P P A
2020-04-09 00:01
lul
2020-04-09 00:07
#190
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Poland morosek 
NIKO'S AWFUL TACTICS WERE NOT ENOUGH AS NAVI TAKE DOWN FAZE IN PRO LEAGUE STAGE 2
2020-04-09 00:08
+1
2020-04-09 05:02
#191
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Lithuania chingo 
sad for niko
2020-04-09 00:11
#195
Luken | 
Sweden fxzo 
Niko is igling the T side so he is the problem, I'm not saying they have to kick him, but if he don't improve his igl - olof + Some decent igl, at least for T side
2020-04-09 00:24
#247
XigN | 
Indonesia RaMzz412 
+Ange1 i think
2020-04-09 07:26
#197
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Poland friendlySeb 
Both of these teams looked really shaky and i don't think they played to the level they should have. I'm saying it over and over again, and I won't stop. If s1mple doesn't have the great game, NaVi loses. It's not NaVi who are TOP 1. It's trio of s1mple, electronic and Boombl4 who are TOP 1. As for FaZe, they won't move forward until finding the real IGL.
2020-04-09 00:25
s1mple goat
2020-04-09 02:01
+1
2020-04-09 05:01
#216
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Canada rayrayrayray 
poor niko
2020-04-09 02:12
olof can only hold an angle, not skillful enough for risky plays
2020-04-09 02:58
NIKO'S HEROICS NOT ENOUGH
2020-04-09 03:05
#244
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Heroic disband
2020-04-09 06:45
So who will replace olof?
2020-04-09 03:41
I like Niko but saying he is better than SImple is just delusional. Simple has much worse teammates than Niko and yet he still clutches in most important games. That's what matters. Wins and clutches, not eco frags. Niko did good these series, but he is not better than simple. He is however, close second.
2020-04-09 03:53
+1
2020-04-09 05:01
#230
Frankie | 
Italy J1reN 
even tho electronic wasnt on his best form,navi still won,idk why Electronic not on his top as at lan
2020-04-09 04:37
'lan'
2020-05-06 15:32
nik0 team destroyer and n00b: hltv.org/forums/threads/2277305/niko-des..
2020-04-09 06:15
It's really sad that s1mple does many little things when he plays, but many people don't understand. For example, he always adjusts his position base on his reading, especially in clutch situations. Sometimes one step back/out makes huge differences. But many people cannot even notice that s1mple did what. People won duels not only because of aim but also because of those details. One of the reasons why S1mple is the most skilled player of csgo is that he always makes his enemy uncomfortable when they take duels against him.
2020-04-09 06:36
#246
s1mple | 
India P1^t0N 
+1
2020-04-09 07:17
So True. he is a beast!!
2020-04-09 07:44
#265
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
Unfortunately, people on hltv have too low iq to understand this. They would better say that Niko is best player judging by one match (while s1mple has 3 years of domination over everyone on cs go scene). What do you expect from baiters and kids?
2020-04-09 09:32
+1
2020-04-09 11:34
Good game from both teams. Although Faze is moving towards a strategic gaming, still some individuals are not stepping up. Management should take thoughtful decisions to keep their reputation. Otherwise soon they will be forgotten!!
2020-04-09 07:14
#266
ropz | 
Europe Fatalist 
Faze clan fans is really stupid kids. Say that niko better than s1mple judging by one match...Hltv every time more and more disappointing.
2020-04-09 09:37
#268
ropz | 
Sweden FreddyLL 
LMFAO Isnt it a niko's fault why they threw this matchup at train? Literally lol.
2020-04-09 09:44
LUL
2020-04-09 09:47
agreed on coldzera totally waste of money washed up player but, Niko its not better than s1mple ;)
2020-04-09 10:15
#277
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Brazil MonkeyLover 
nt cold 1.11 rating in 2020
2020-04-09 10:36
go watch his impact on game. 0
2020-04-09 11:12
#281
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Brazil MonkeyLover 
still better than olof
2020-04-09 11:14
cold is a new sign olof is not
2020-04-09 11:43
#274
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Indonesia Exodd 
Niko and S1mple... 2 monsters carrying their respective team from time to time
2020-04-09 10:27
faze doomed to lose
2020-04-09 10:48
#279
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Portugal dracø 
niko setting himself to shine while they keep on losing
2020-04-09 11:00
#283
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
title to bait danish niko to heroic roster situation
2020-04-09 11:38
#289
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Serbia bra1np 
Poor niko
2020-04-09 12:26
It was good showing from both Niko and S1mple. Good to see :)
2020-04-09 12:29
1v9
2020-04-09 13:03
faze entertainment and fan based team . nothing problem.
2020-04-09 14:43
barely got into the 2nd phase bcs luck and now showing their true faces as Niko's weight as it was with s1mple and navi a few months back
2020-04-09 21:22
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