IEM Katowice: Biggest talking points so far

The CIS revolution, the underwhelming story of G2, and Astralis' "six-man" roster are some of the talking points explored ahead of the playoffs of the tournament.

An action-packed week that saw 92 maps played across the play-in and group stage of IEM Katowice 2021 gave us a number of interesting results, highlights, and storylines. But what are the biggest talking points of the tournament so far?

Before the playoff stage kicks off on Friday 26 the with quarter-final matches - pitting Gambit against Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro against Astralis - we explored the exciting prospect of CIS Counter-Strike in 2021, what is holding G2 back, whether or not Astralis are really using a six-man roster, OG's struggles, and how Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo has rejuvenated Liquid.

CIS teams are here to stay

Natus Vincere's presence in the final stage of IEM Katowice was highly expected, but the same cannot be said for Virtus.pro, Spirit, or Gambit. The CIS will be represented by four of the six teams in the playoffs, making this year's IEM Katowice a historic tournament for the region.

Coming out of nowhere and doing well at big events is nothing new for teams from the region. FlipSid3, Vega Squadron, and Quantum Bellator Fire practically built their reputation on such upsets. But this time, it's a different ball game. Not only have these teams made deeper runs, but they have done so at the same time and by outclassing their opponents.

From the five highest-rated players at the tournament, four are from CIS

Going into IEM Katowice, Natus Vincere were ranked first in the world, Virtus.pro were just inside the top five, Spirit were 16th, and Gambit were 19th. NAVI and VP were clearly on a higher level, but Spirit's DreamHack Open January win and Gambit's steady rise throughout 2020 had put the pair on everyone's radar and given their opponents enough demos to see what they are all about.

Unlike FlipSid3, Vega Squadron, and Quantum Bellator Fire, who were nowhere to be seen ahead of a Major, none of the CIS squads in IEM Katowice were out of the spotlight before their deep runs last week. Their opponents had no excuses not to prepare for them, no reason to underestimate them going into a match. There was no surprise factor, no secret preparation period that allowed Spirit to almost beat Astralis 16-0, Gambit to send G2 packing, or Virtus.pro to make a run through the lower bracket without a map lost against NIP, Vitality, and FURIA.

The teams' combination of great tactical ability and immense individual skill from players such as Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov, Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov, and Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis makes these three CIS sides threats that don't seem to be going away soon, joining a class that was previously exclusive to Natus Vincere. On Monday, Spirit climbed to seventh place in the world rankings, becoming the third CIS side in the top 10, and depending on the outcome of the playoffs, Gambit could increase that number to four after the tournament is concluded.

Will we ever see the G2 we were promised?

When they broke up the French core and introduced Balkan duo Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač and Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković to the team back in 2019, G2's thinking was clear: With Vitality having snatched domestic prodigy Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, the only way to the top was through an international roster. The team reached the No.1 spot in the world at the start of the online era in 2020, and to continue to hit such heights, acquired arguably the biggest prodigy not called ZywOo or Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev - Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač.

But with a five-time top 20 player of the year and the holder of seven MVP medals, G2 have come no closer to becoming that dominant, world-beating force they aim to be. Why?

Before anyone jumps to conclusions that NiKo's addition has made no difference at all, it is worth pointing out that G2 had an atrocious record in the final weeks before the roster change, winning just two of the 14 series played before the Bosnian's arrival at the end of October. With some good initial results, the French-Balkan mixture bounced back from No.13 in the world to No.7, but the performances since then have shown how far they still are from the goal of becoming an international powerhouse.

Is kennyS' time in G2 over?

The individual form of G2's players is an apparent issue. Over the 49 maps that the lineup has played together, NiKo has averaged a respectable 1.15 rating, but the rest of the team hasn't been up to the task. huNter- sits on a 1.05 rating, but with strong performances at the last two events, IEM Katowice and BLAST Spring Groups, he looks to have left his poor period in the past. nexa (0.97 rating in the same period) and François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay (0.96), have not impressed individually, but they aren't the sort of players who are judged primarily on the number of kills they put on the board.

What about Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub then? The legendary sniper is barely outfragging the two support players on the side (1.02 rating), while he's also the second-least aggressive player on the team (17.6% opening kill attempts). In the period that he has played with NiKo and AmaNEk, he has had just one event that can be considered good, DreamHack Masters Winter in December (1.08), failing to go above a 1.01 rating in the other five. All these statistics put him way below the level you would expect from a world-class AWPer.

So, will we ever see the G2 we were promised? Probably. But it will take a much-improved kennyS - or the team finding a sniper who can keep up with the best in the world.

Astralis and the illusion of a six-man roster

Astralis, on paper, have a six-man roster. Actually, make that a seven-man roster for IEM Katowice. But can we really consider Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen a part of Astralis' active lineup?

The 22-year-old former MAD Lions player had impact when he arrived on the team, helping them reach the playoffs of ESL One Cologne, but since the return of Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander at the start of September, he has featured in just eight out of the 128 maps that the team have played. Even when we look at his total for the seven months in the black and red jersey, he has accrued just 16 maps, barely eclipsing what Niels Christian "⁠NaToSaphiX⁠" Sillassen had as a stand-in for Complexity last year (13 maps), or what Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson has recorded for NIP in February alone (13 maps).

All of Bubzkji's recent showings came from one map, Nuke, where he replaced Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth and slotted in as the ramp player. Aside from some early success, the experiment didn't work well for him or the team, seeing them move away from their former home map. This year, Astralis haven't picked Nuke a single time, going so far as to ban it on multiple occasions. To make things worse, the last time they did play it, as mousesports' pick at the start of IEM Katowice, Bubzkji didn't feature.

Bubzkji has not seen any action in the last month

While some will say Bubzkji's performances on Nuke justify him being slotted out (0.89 average rating, 50% winrate), if Astralis really had a six-man roster, wouldn't he be given a chance to show his worth somewhere else? Using an aggressive rifler as a replacement for Xyp9x is less than ideal anyway, so why not try him as a substitute for a different player on another map?

There is still a chance that Bubzkji could show up in the playoffs, but the likely scenario is that Astralis will stick to the five-man lineup on which their legacy has been built. It's hard to blame them for not putting someone like gla1ve, Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, or Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif on the bench to make space for Bubzkji, but that is past the point.

With Vitality and Natus Vincere using their six players actively, Astralis can't continue down this road and pretend that they are doing the same. Either give Bubzkji more playing time or admit that he is a backup player who will get time exclusively when one of the main five wants to take a break.

Have OG reached their limit?

One of the longest-standing rosters in the top 30, OG have gone 14 months without a roster change - or a trophy win. What is next for the international squad?

Building a team from scratch is no easy task, and it doesn't take looking further than Cloud9's latest attempt to see how things can go so wrong, so fast. OG deserve praise for what they managed to achieve in their first year in Counter-Strike as they peaked at No.6 in the world rankings at the end of 2020 following second-place finishes in Flashpoint 2 and IEM New York, and a victory in their BLAST Premier Fall group.

But the team have fallen into another hole in 2021. A string of poor results, including a 5-8th place finish at cs_summit, only beating Dignitas, a last-place finish in the BLAST Premier Groups without a single map won, and an early exit from IEM Katowice, have sounded the alarm for OG.

It could be time for a change in the long-standing roster

Considering their peak happened when most teams were falling off due to end-of-year burnout and that, even in those conditions, OG weren't able to lift a trophy, the criticism levelled at the team seems valid. Competition has made moves and upgraded over the break, and getting into the top 10 again, let alone challenge for titles, is only getting harder.

In a recent episode of HLTV Confirmed, Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen admitted that he thinks their playbook is really deep and that "the only thing that it takes [for OG to reach the next level] is for us to get headshots". The team seem to have reached the limit of what this roster can offer, and if firepower is their biggest issue, upgrading that department should be one of the easiest tasks in Counter-Strike at the moment.

Vintage FalleN revitalizes Liquid

After an up-and-down start, FalleN and Liquid seem to have found common ground. The initial decision to keep the Brazilian veteran away from the in-game leader role came as a surprise to many, but he was handed the keys to the castle just two tournaments into his tenure following a disappointing team showing in the BLAST Premier Groups.

Initially, FalleN wasn't inspiring on an individual level, but since picking up the in-game leader role, he seems to have found his comfort zone again. Averaging a 1.07 rating across the Play-In and the group stage of IEM Katowice, all the while being very hard to kill (0.60 deaths per round), FalleN has been crucial to revitalizing Liquid.

FalleN is finding form as the IGL

The Brazilian played his best map on Nuke, one that he usually avoided with his teams in the past, posting an incredible 2.11 rating against FaZe. While he didn't flourish in the final match against Natus Vincere, his team managed to pull through and secure at minimum a top-four finish at the $1 million tournament.

The North American side have shown strength on maps such as Mirage, Vertigo and Nuke, and have been able to get the most out of their two stars, Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski. If that trend continues and FalleN is still able to put up respectable numbers as the main sniper, Liquid could again be the dangerous squad we have been missing since the start of the online era.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1217
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1221
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
851
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
595
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1748
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
452
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1380
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1763
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
98
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1368
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1465
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1841
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
Big
2021-02-24 12:10
28 replies
NaVi will win katowice
2021-02-24 12:12
22 replies
+1
2021-02-24 12:32
nt sh1ro>s2mple
2021-02-24 12:39
9 replies
be real, navi are favorites, talking as both teams fan
2021-02-24 13:28
8 replies
navi gambit 65/35
2021-02-24 13:42
7 replies
#80
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Slovakia hassenux
+1 I agree. It would be a small upset if Gambit won but I wouldn't be that surprised. CIS teams are on fire this tournament so far and we all know NAVI can fail miserably against CIS opponents which they did many times in the past.
2021-02-24 13:51
3 replies
+1, spirit can win kato in that case
2021-02-24 13:52
navi lose to cis teams only in cis rmr events, in t1 events navi barely or never lost to cis teams stop talking shit. is gonna be 2 0 for navi and im pretty sure about this
2021-02-24 14:53
1 reply
#146
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Slovakia hassenux
This comment didn't age well. Told ya. "pReTtY sUrE aBoUt ThIs"
2021-02-26 17:15
If NaVi has a good day they will 2-0 every remaining team in the tournament. Since perfecto started to step up they don't have any weak link anymore, much better teamplay as well.
2021-02-24 15:32
2 replies
"Since perfecto started to step up they don't have any weak link anymore..." flamie: "Allow me to introduce myself"
2021-02-24 18:15
1 reply
+1
2021-02-25 12:49
hell yea they will.
2021-02-24 12:41
spirit will win katowice
2021-02-24 13:01
6 replies
+1
2021-02-24 13:06
+1
2021-02-24 13:24
+1
2021-02-24 13:24
#77
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Indonesia whyt0b
That would be an awesome story, ngl
2021-02-24 13:46
+1 I want either Spirit or Liquid
2021-02-24 15:17
God I hope so for mir's sake, he's been trying to get them there for the past year.
2021-02-24 15:29
you must’ve forgotten about liquid
2021-02-24 14:06
in your dreams, spirit will win
2021-02-24 14:08
seeing as navi lost to fucking k23 in cis derbies in the past, i wouldnt be so sure
2021-02-24 15:51
Same thing every time a report comes out regarding a tournament BiG played in. Hltv just refusing to comment on BiG
2021-02-24 13:58
4 replies
nobody cars about BIG (same roster since 2019)
2021-02-24 15:17
1 reply
76.605 follower on twitter ist not exactly nobody
2021-02-24 15:34
Note, they only had mostly negative points to make about the couple of teams they included from outside the playoffs. So not mentioning BiG should be a good thing.
2021-02-24 16:36
1 reply
Well I think it’s noteworthy that BiG as a top 5 team performed miserably. It generally just seems that BiG gets overlooked by most of the recent reports on tournaments.
2021-02-25 12:18
#3
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Nigeria PijanyStary
nice
2021-02-24 12:11
Spirit top 1 2021
2021-02-24 12:11
2 replies
+1
2021-02-24 13:17
+1
2021-02-24 14:40
cool article
2021-02-24 12:11
#6
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Netherlands tomjacky77
k
2021-02-24 12:11
#7
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Netherlands n0b8m8
ok
2021-02-24 12:12
#8
i am | 
Finland iBait
New Netflix original series: The Gambit Gambit
2021-02-24 12:12
1 reply
The Hobbit's Gambit
2021-02-24 13:25
k
2021-02-24 12:12
NaVi will win katowice
2021-02-24 12:12
Very nice
2021-02-24 12:12
Nice article
2021-02-24 12:12
#15
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Europe t.o.p
ez liquid
2021-02-24 12:13
5 replies
nice bait
2021-02-24 14:59
3 replies
nice bait
2021-02-24 15:21
2 replies
stupid shitquid fan
2021-02-24 15:22
1 reply
#139
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Australia CaZeR01
Stupid shartvi fan
2021-02-25 02:11
#121
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Kazakhstan kkkanat
VP will destroy in 1/2
2021-02-24 16:05
I just think its time for G2 to change some playstyle with kennys, with him trying going for openings or something because with this rating he is slowly going to be guardian in the bad form
2021-02-24 12:13
5 replies
#48
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Czech Republic xANUx
they should give him one more event, if his game wont improve, i would suggest looking for a replacement
2021-02-24 12:49
1 reply
maybe some more time but kennys fans just keep giving excuses and that we should wait for LAN but idk... I dont think he is that great anymore, he has some games when he has like 25 kills with awp but then goes 10 kills with 0 impact
2021-02-24 12:54
+1 i don't know why they don't just let him do his old playstyle. Instead they force him to be a support player when they try to get map territory which is a dumb idea because the AWP should always be with the entry to trade, not stay back until they attack a bombsite. Just let NiKo and Kenny do their thing and keep the utility on the other 3 guys and he will improve massively. It happens way too often that they get caught with utility and it is always him getting shot in the back because he doesn't have his gun out. It's exactly the same shit that NaVi did with GuardiaN, he also was used as a ultra passive AWP with utility and only got to play when he already used all his nades. That is a playstyle for guys like s1mple who likes to set his team up, but not for everyone.
2021-02-24 15:39
2 replies
Exactly what you said, its something like broky in Faze when he just sits back with some player while others are pushing and I would like Faze to use broky more as entry with awp, it would be so much better aswell with kennys what you said
2021-02-24 15:45
#143
jks | 
New Zealand ^Roo^
Watching navi on awp rounds simple will often be second out and consistently trades the entry fragger. Awps just can't hold passive angles all day in today's meta
2021-02-25 10:02
#18
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Romania hurei
Glad to see Liquid do good, after so many bad finishes, things seem to finally go right again, for the first time in a while.
2021-02-24 12:14
4 replies
no one gives a shit
2021-02-24 15:01
2 replies
1 reply
yeah that annoyed me quite a bit but it happens and its funny. anyways navi still qualified for playoffs. and btw i wont cry about this. maybe i would if you sent the clip where s1mple tried to knife n1tro in esl cologne 2019 and failed and lost the match when it was 15-11 and liquid went on to win the whole tourney. probably would have cried if you did that. actually i think im crying right now
2021-02-24 16:36
Hopefully Fallen brings his leadership and past results versus Astralis and helps out NAF. Not catching the curse from the others will be good to see. Unlike Boombl4 for Navi who still cannot get them to stop regular losses to Liquid.
2021-02-24 16:42
#21
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India o_v_shake
fallen was the solution
2021-02-24 12:17
CIS teams are here to stay..How can YOU write it when you do not know it yet ,,,,, OMG THE REPORTER MUST COME FRA THE CIS COUNTRY,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
2021-02-24 12:20
4 replies
2021-02-24 12:21
1 reply
Understandable.
2021-02-24 12:52
#120
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Ukraine felzcsgo
when my team losing to spirit 2-0
2021-02-24 16:03
It's one guaranteed CIS team in the final already
2021-02-24 16:50
astralis and controversies name a better duo :DDD such a trash org
2021-02-24 12:20
11 replies
angry baguette hating the most successful org in csgo glassic
2021-02-24 12:22
10 replies
most successful at being in debt and imprisoning players yes they had their time and it ended in 2019
2021-02-24 12:24
9 replies
they won three tier S events in 2020 but nt.
2021-02-24 12:28
3 replies
don’t remember them winning actual good events like flashpoint (good=most $$$)
2021-02-24 12:32
2 replies
Interesting take... I'd argue that the most important events last year were the RMR events, but I suspect this to be a bait anyway.
2021-02-24 13:36
hltv.org/events/2564/wesg-2016-world-fin.. this is the best tournament in cs go history then
2021-02-24 13:46
wait can you explain about the imprisoning players and debt? because i havent heard about this and it sounds interesting
2021-02-24 15:03
4 replies
think hes referring to bubzkji and this: youtube.com/watch?v=dStDdfJnA2g most esport orgs operate on a net loss tho
2021-02-24 15:54
3 replies
you just replied to me with a clip of stupid2k knifing s1mple...
2021-02-24 16:38
2 replies
nt
2021-02-24 16:51
1 reply
no on another thread
2021-02-24 16:53
Nice
2021-02-24 12:20
That long brake between Week 1 games and W2 games is ridiculous and tbh I lost all of the hype for the tournament.
2021-02-24 12:21
1 reply
its ESL, you cant expect much.
2021-02-24 12:29
Lets go fallen
2021-02-24 12:23
Call it honeymoon period if you wish, but ever since FalleN took over the IGL role from stewie, not just FalleN himself, but also stewie has been performing greatly. Naf has been amazing, and elige is their star. Grim's good too. This liquid roster with their roles, is indeed promising. After being demolished by Faze in Blast, Liquid have bounced back with role changes. All the best :)
2021-02-24 12:24
8 replies
+1 From bottom-fragging like a bot to dropping 20 kills per map on average, pushing through smokes, getting insane entries, godlike site-holds, stew seems to be back, after being freed from his IGL duties. Everyone's in their groove now. Astralis vs Liquid is gonna be awesome now :D
2021-02-24 12:27
7 replies
Yep :)
2021-02-24 12:28
1 reply
#83
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Ukraine GluckFM
Did you mean to say Yip?
2021-02-24 13:58
You mean VP vs Liquid?
2021-02-24 14:08
4 replies
🤣 Not happening, my friend
2021-02-24 16:23
3 replies
I wouldn’t be so sure after Astralis losing 1-16 to Spirit and VP coming from lower bracket without losing a single map.
2021-02-24 16:53
2 replies
#133
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United States Herabitix
The VP-Astralis game could go either way to be completely honest.
2021-02-24 17:09
I feel like Astralis will have prepared a lot in the 5 days after a loss like that though
2021-02-24 21:49
Lets go Girafallen!!
2021-02-24 12:26
give magisk a break the man deserves it, also i want to see bubzkji play
2021-02-24 12:26
#35
deko | 
Russia ErleN_
good nice
2021-02-24 12:28
Astralis should put Bubzkji on loan for some time, so he can get the feeling and experience of competive matches again Just not sure which team could be good for him. Maybe in OG alongside Valde as a replacement for Issaa could be good, as they clearly need a change, or Complexity as a replacement for Rush or Jks. They're doing equally bad, but I believe that jks got more to show and maybe Complexity could find a better harmony with another dane onboard. Funplus Phoenix was another idea, but they just got ChrisJ so that's unlikely and the sexy idea of seeing him in mousesports with Ropz, acor and bymas is equally unlikely I guess... We saw what he can do in Mad Lions, so let this guy play
2021-02-24 12:33
3 replies
You mean instead of bymas xD
2021-02-24 12:35
1 reply
Nah Bymas is a hot young talent. 17 years old with the experience of one in his 20's already, so will only get better
2021-02-24 12:41
#89
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United States PP_Bizon
replacing rush? no, you wouldn't want bubzkji playing the bitch roles I think a replacement from issaa wouldn't be too bad actually, that was my initial thoughts on where bubzkji could go. FPX unlikely, they need an igl mouz definitly not
2021-02-24 14:22
Atralis's 6th man roster is a mirage. Why fix something that isn't broken ? Especially since less practice with their major 5 will make them weaker on every map. ps : if they want bubjzki to play they should get him in in place of magisk who has been disappointing ( to say the least ) lately and whose role is closer to bub.
2021-02-24 12:34
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#51
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Czech Republic xANUx
its just a publicity stunt, nothing more, I have respect for the players but non for the org
2021-02-24 12:51
No question about it, a steady 5 man roster is optimal, bud a sad fact of life is people get sick or for whatever reason have to take a pause/break, Device was sick and couldn't travel for almost a year I believe and some got burned out.. not everyone is a machine like s1mple. Magisk is in a bit of downturn indeed.
2021-02-24 14:15
1 reply
s1mple's daily routine: eat, cs, repeat
2021-02-24 16:44
If magisk can't find his form he should take a short break and let bubz fill his spot for some time. Ideal role for bubz.
2021-02-24 12:37
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#53
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Czech Republic xANUx
+1, it just feels that since he took the igl role and then came back to his role again he never bounced back, he should take some time and let bubzkij improve
2021-02-24 12:53
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Technically speaking, magisk should be one of the best mechanical players in the game.. He always bounced back after having a short bad period. Maybe he thinks too much since his igl stunt. Maybe he's 2nd caller. We won't know. Maybe he is preparing 24/7 this week to be back on fire at the weekends. That would be awesome. Imo, if the problem occurring is due to a psychological factor he should not think about the game for some weeks and take a break and come back fresher than ever. Would be a great chance for bubzkji as well to show Astralis that they're doing him possibly wrong. I hope to see both of them shining again and both of them to succeed and be happy with their performance / role within the team. I don't mind how they might reach that again.
2021-02-24 13:03
#49
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Russia VelsVivard
Nice read about CIS, you didn't avoid anything. Well written.
2021-02-24 12:49
#50
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Brazil Par4dox11
GOD FALLEN!!
2021-02-24 12:50
PRESENTE PROFESSOR
2021-02-24 12:55
I think Spirit will win IEM Katowice
2021-02-24 12:57
#59
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Russia mshkoda
CIS era and free Bubzkji
2021-02-24 13:02
"Vintage FalleN" sounds perfect :)
2021-02-24 13:02
#63
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Chile esanchez47
FalleN god. Also Astralis' six (or seven) man r omegalul ster. CIS will dominate 2021.
2021-02-24 13:09
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NT Chile Fallen #top20 #liquid top1
2021-02-24 13:54
fallen <3
2021-02-24 13:10
#BubzkjiKidnapped #FreeBubzkji
2021-02-24 13:25
My respect for fallen has increased. I admit I thought he was a washed up legend, but great to see him redeeming himself in Liquid. He knows he has to perform or he is done and it shows in a good way.
2021-02-24 13:29
LETS GO AMERICAN BROTHERS #LIQUID BROTHERHOOD KATOWICE BELONG TO US!!! #LIQUIDTAKEMYENERGY #LIQUIDTOP1SOON #FALLENGOD #STEWIESMOKER #ANYNAFFERS? #ELIGESTRONGAIM #WHATISURPROBLEMGREEN?
2021-02-24 13:38
#74
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Poland Kycek223
Let's go liquid top 1 hltv
2021-02-24 13:38
feels bad for bubjski
2021-02-24 13:46
I’m new here. Enjoyable articles.
2021-02-24 13:49
#91
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United States Jeebur
"Befor"
2021-02-24 14:33
Liquid will win Katowice
2021-02-24 14:38
#94
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Japan Icar_noob
Good article! I like the no nonsense style of writing for this one
2021-02-24 14:39
NaVi wont win Katowice 100% !
2021-02-24 14:39
If you guy actually watch spirit, you know they should be in favor to win here. A prime example is that Inferno map against Heroic, multiple rounds where Spirit have a 2-3 man advantage yet they still wait out for any other mistakes before entering a bombsite. It was very suffocating even for a viewer to see Heroic get outplayed like that
2021-02-24 14:41
>Astralis can't continue down this road and pretend that they are doing the same. Either give Bubzkji more playing time or admit that he is a backup player who will get time exclusively when one of the main five wants to take a break. And people were talking about Danish bias
2021-02-24 14:57
nice
2021-02-24 14:59
poor Bubzkji
2021-02-24 15:34
#115
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Poland SebL
Honestly it's something incredible that most of the teams in playoffs are from CIS, I mean, we always compared EU scene to NA, but now what, CIS vs EU fighting for the TOP? Could be interesting. For G2 I think that they should swap roles or something, maybe give worse positions to nexa while try to unleash kennyS and AmaNEk, the roster could be good but I feel like some players are not playing in spots they would like to. I wish Astralis would give Bubzkji some maps to play, he is a really good player and he is being wasted atm. OG needs some changes, I think that players are way to focused on themselves rather than playing for the team, overall the individuals aren't that bad really, but this team doesn't seem to function well as a team, that's what I feel like. For Liquid I think they still need more time with FalleN being new IGL, but when they get their time and they pracc together for longer they can be really strong if Stewie2K comebacks to his form.
2021-02-24 15:39
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CIS always was better than NA (maybe except for 2019 year), only brain-dead wouldn't notice that.
2021-02-25 03:58
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#141
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Maybe, but they weren't even close to EU level, now it is changing.
2021-02-25 07:52
#141
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Maybe, but they weren't even close to EU level, now it is changing.
2021-02-25 07:52
Will the playoffs be held offline?
2021-02-24 17:06
NAVI vs TL REMATCH in the Grand Final, LETS GOOOOOO!!!!
2021-02-24 22:02
online. russians. just two words to say what is csgo right now. dogshit online era.
2021-02-24 23:48
I enjoyed watching this tournament to far! ♨️ I hope team sp1rit gonna win this
2021-02-24 23:50
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