Feel good stories from Majors past

With the PGL Major in Antwerp just around the corner, it is the perfect time to explore some of the most loved and iconic runs in the last sixteen Valve-sanctioned events.

There is no tournament that represents the essence of Counter-Strike as much as a Major, and after more than a dozen events, sporting different systems ranging from GSL group stages to Swiss-system rumbles, great storylines developed that captured the attention of fans around the world. Whether it was a group of underdogs with a fighting spirit making their way to an unlikely result or a squad of loved veterans showing their fans they could still compete, Majors always made these occasions even more memorable.

Very few teams can claim as many Major heartbreaks as the original NIP lineup

Third time is the charm for NIP - ESL One Cologne 2014

The Legendary Swedish core was a force of nature in the early days of CS:GO, dominating the calendar for months and remaining undefeated on LAN until their loss to Virtus.pro in April 2013. However, Ninjas in Pyjamas did not immediately fall into decline following the end of their famous 87-0 run, remaining the kings of the Counter-Strike hill for a long time after their incredible feat. As the first CS:GO Majors began to take shape, the Ninjas remained favorites to lift the trophy at both DreamHack Winter 2013 and EMS One Katowice 2014.

As expected, Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström's men made it to the grand final of both Majors after topping their group and going through the playoffs without too much trouble. Ninjas in Pyjamas arguably had its hardest run at DreamHack Winter, defeating LGB and Kévin "⁠Ex6TenZ⁠" Droolans' VeryGames before being upset by a young and exciting fnatic squad in the final. Meanwhile at Katowice, the Swedes took on Complexity and Dignitas before falling once again in the grand final, this time to Virtus.pro.

Going into ESL One Cologne 2014, the Ninjas were not considered the clear favorites to lift the trophy, especially after their surprise exit from Gfinity 3 in the quarter-finals, with Ninjas in Pyjamas only winning two out of seven maps played. "We're going step by step," said Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund ahead of their third Major appearance. "I think it's time for us to clinch one those Majors... even though it's going to be really tough with so many good teams attending."

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Virtus.pro win EMS One Katowice

A loss against Epsilon left the Ninjas second in their group ahead of their playoff match against Cloud9, a team which GeT_RiGhT admitted could be challenging for them. After successfully going past the North Americans, a win over the Frenchmen of LDLC sealed their spot in the final against fnatic, setting up a rematch of DreamHack Winter 2013.

The matchup was a little different this time around, with the boys in black-and-orange coming in as favorites following the organization's acquisition of Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer and Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson from LGB. The transfer put fnatic among the favorites to take the championship as they only dropped one map against Natus Vincere on their way to the final. "They're a really strong team, everybody fears them, even us," later admitted GeT_RiGhT.

The game started in the worst possible way for the Ninjas, conceding an 11-4 advantage on the CT side of Cobblestone. Fortunately for them, Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg and GeT_RiGhT turned it around after switching sides, powering Ninjas in Pyjamas to their own defensive domination, stringing 12 rounds in a row to steal the first map.

A solid 16-8 victory on Cache and an initial advantage on the decider meant that fnatic were in pole position to take their second Major, but the Ninjas would not hear of it. Another strong CT side, this time on Inferno, propelled Ninjas in Pyjamas to the championship after a close match, taking their much-awaited Major victory in front of the German crowd.

It took three tries, but in the end, GeT_RiGhT got his Major trophy

From 0-2 to champions - Cloud9 at ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018

Cloud9 came into the 2018 ELEAGUE Main Qualifier ranked #9 in the world after a relatively successful end to 2017, winning ECS Season 4 North America and finishing third in their group at ECS S4 Finals behind Astralis and eventual winners FaZe.

The squad faced very few issues in the Main Qualifier, booking themselves a ticket to the group stage of the event after going 3-0. The troubles began in the next round of the competition with an opening loss to the French Superteam of G2, which relegated Cloud9 to the 0-1 pool where they faced Space Soldiers. The Turkish squad edged past the North Americans on Cobblestone, sending them straight to the 0-2 club with very little hope for recovery.

"The first two losses we got, we prepared a lot, almost to a point where it was too much," said Timothy "⁠autimatic⁠" Ta when talking about their start to the group stage. "It really just messed up our flow and we didn't really play our own game, we were always trying to counter and always trying to think about what they did instead of what we were doing."

It seemed that focusing on their opponents was not the best fit for Cloud9 when preparing for their matches, and it was clear that a change was needed: "For these next two games, we're just going to focus on playing our own game," the North American rifler added after taking their first scalp in the group stage against Virtus.pro.

Their change in focus worked wonders. Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik and company would be undefeated from this point on, eliminating Astralis and Vega Squadron on their way to the playoffs, gaining momentum after every round won on the way.

Cloud9 took down Vega Squadron in the last match of their 3-2 run

Tyler "⁠Skadoodle⁠" Latham's first-ever Major playoffs didn't start with an easy match, facing G2 for the second time in this event, but this time it was in a best-of-three game with tournament survival on the line. Like most people expected, the series lasted less than two hours, but unlike the public's predictions, the game went in favor of Cloud9 — courtesy of William "⁠RUSH⁠" Wierzba's best performance a the tournament. "I personally did not feel it would be this easy," Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip famously said about G2 picking overpass.

The road would not get any easier for Cloud9 as they lined up to play SK in the semifinals. Despite coming into the event with very little practice alongside João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos, the Brazilians could still be counted as the favorites to reach the finals. The squad was coming in as the #1 ranked team in the world and had shown their experience and quality against fnatic in the quarter-finals, but Cloud9 would once again come out victorious against the odds, sealing the deal on Inferno after each team took their own map pick home.

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Cloud9 defeat SK; move on to grand final

The apex of the story, of course, came in the final against FaZe. The international mix had only dropped a single map in the competition up to that point, and by the start of the series, fans and analysts alike were just counting the rounds until Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač, Ladislav "⁠GuardiaN⁠" Kovács, Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen, and Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard got their first Major.

It all went out of the window when Skadoodle, who up until that point had been the most underwhelming member of his squad, turned up with the performance of his career. The 24-year-old showed us why he was at times considered one of the best players in the region, haunting FaZe throughout the series in front of his home crowd.

Despite losing Mirage, once both tarik and Stewie2K picked up their form, Cloud9 were able to steal Overpass and bring the series to Inferno, the perfect map for a decider. FaZe accumulated a 13-8 advantage after switching to the T side, but as their offense seemed to get close to breaking the North Americans, Stewie2K kept the "superteam" at bay with several fantastic holds of the B site, forcing two sets of overtime before they were able to close the series and lift North America's first and only Major trophy to date.

Cloud9 were the first North American Major Champions

NIP's return to the Legends Stage - FACEIT Major London 2018

One might make the mistake of immediately brushing the Swedes aside following the start of their decline, but the reality is that Ninjas in Pyjamas remained a decent squad for a few years past their peak, often cracking into tournament playoffs and even grabbing a few trophies along the way. Fans would come to label Ninjas in Pyjamas's ability to claim absurd victories and go on incredible playoff runs "NIP magic," but there was a limit to that as well.

Always spearheaded by the fan-favorite duo of f0rest and GeT_RiGhT, the Swedish squad's decline hit an all-time low between 2017-18, with the team failing to make the main stage of the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major after losses to HellRaisers, OpTic, and Vega Squadron in the Offline Qualifier. Unfortunately for Ninjas in Pyjamas, it would only get worse from there.

The Swedes went on to miss the following two Major cycles, dropping in the online closed qualifiers for both the PGL Krakow and ELEAGUE Boston Minor tournaments. Not qualifying for these Majors, especially when considering the core's rich history in the scene, was considered a complete failure. The acquisitions of William "⁠draken⁠" Sundin and Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner brought some fresh air into the roster, but it was not enough and more changes were needed. In the time between the Boston Major and the FACEIT London Major, Ninjas in Pyjamas made the decision to part ways with draken and long-time member Xizt to bring Dennis "⁠dennis⁠" Edman and Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson into the squad.

Atlanta saw NIP miss the main stage of Major for the first time

It took some time before the team was able to turn its form around following the changes, but a convenient peak in form coming into the Major cycle saw them lock in a top finish at the European Minor, just before securing a semi-final finish at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018.

The Ninjas would go on to surpass every expectation at the Major, destroying the collapsing Virtus.pro squad before moving into the 2-0 pool with a best-of-one win over TYLOO. Unfortunately for them, the Swedes were not able to relax for a second as their qualification match saw them line up against Major favorites Astralis, a team that was reaching its peak as a roster.

The game on Mirage was not an easy one for either squad, with Lekr0 and Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen exchanging moments of brilliance to give their teams temporary advantages over the course of a prolonged 54-round marathon. The Swedes eventually came out on top, sealing a remarkable achievement against the best team in history and bringing Ninjas in Pyjamas where they belonged, among the Legends.

There was no sorcery involved in NIP's win over Astralis

EZ4ENCE - IEM Katowice 2019

Initially underwhelmed by Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli's decision to commit to a long-term contract with the Finnish organization alongside a few relatively unknown players from Finland, the public quickly came to love the squad. Led by Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen, the dynamic quintet appeared on the international stage at ESL One Cologne 2018 where they surprised everyone by sweeping both Ninjas in Pyjamas and a new-look MOUZ with Janusz "⁠Snax⁠" Pogorzelski in the lower bracket of Group A. ENCE barely missed out on a spot in the playoffs, losing in the lower final against eventual champions Natus Vincere 2-1.

Despite failing to make their way through the European Minor for the FACEIT Major in London, the Finns recovered some form, placing well at various DreamHack Open and regional events, even claiming their first relevant LAN trophy from StarSeries i-League Season 6.

StarSeries i-League Season 6 was ENCE's first big LAN success

A first-place finish at their second Minor gave ENCE a ticket straight to the 2019 Katowice Major and there was a bit of excitement following the squad. Aleksib's system seemed to get the most out of the team as the young blood of Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo and the firepower of allu were complemented by the versatility and tenacity of Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila and Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen. The Challenger Stage went as well as anyone could have hoped as they claimed a 2-0 record after wins over Spirit and G2, and despite a loss to an in-form Renegades squad, ENCE would secure their spot in the Legends Stage with a narrow win against Winstrike.

Their next adventure started in the worst way possible, with losses to Renegades and HellRaisers, which put them them on the edge of elimination and needing three consecutive BO3 victories to make it to the next stage. With the odds stacked against them, the Finns rolled up their sleeves and got to work, overcoming BIG, G2, and AVANGAR to secure their advancement to the knockout stage of the Major.

ENCE was welcomed into the playoffs by Liquid, the North American powerhouse, in a match that really put Aleksib's squad to the test. The Finns started the series by picking up Mirage 16-11, before embarking on a comeback on Inferno from 8-15 down to force overtime and advance to the semi-finals where they would face Natus Vincere.

Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev was hungry for his first Major, and had up to his point performed to his usual standards, but he really turned it up against ENCE, dropping a 1.47 rating across the whole series. Unfortunately for the Ukrainian superstar, like in many instances with older Natus Vincere lineups, his nuclear performance would not be enough. The Finnish squad managed to overcome a 6-12 disadvantage on Mirage to edge it 16-14 and secure their spot in the final.

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ENCE to IEM Katowice grand final over Natus Vincere

Alas, ENCE's fairy tale abruptly ended in the grand final against Astralis. The Finns were unable to find another upset in their repertoire, folding against the all-conquering Danish squad like many others before them. The two-time Major champions did not break a sweat in the series, comfortably sweeping the Finns while only dropping a total of 15 rounds in the process.

Aleksib would go on to get a small act of revenge against the Danes a few months later, defeating them in the final of BLAST Pro Series Madrid and ending their 31-game streak on Nuke, but even such a feat could not compare to a Major trophy.

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
998
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.70
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
776
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1596
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
34
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
2083
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1166
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1093
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1745
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1972
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1610
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1532
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1568
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1273
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
996
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1525
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1903
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1772
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
941
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1560
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1569
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
2103
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1575
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
interesting
2022-05-03 22:17
10 replies
'which relegated Cloud9 to the 1-0 pool where they faced Space Soldiers." 0-1* i believe
2022-05-03 22:23
8 replies
#47
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Ukraine I_say_Ok
Major horror stories when
2022-05-03 23:27
7 replies
i have an ominous feeling that we'll see a major horror story live in less than 2 weeks. i just don't know for fans of which team
2022-05-03 23:40
4 replies
as a g2 fan i have no hope
2022-05-03 23:56
2 replies
Name will check out
2022-05-04 12:36
1 reply
pls
2022-05-04 17:45
aware
2022-05-04 01:33
I hope they don’t make one, I don’t want to think about Berlin anymore
2022-05-04 17:41
I mean... America is a major horror story right now, YAFEEL?!?!? XXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2022-05-06 17:39
"advance to the semi-finals where why would face Natus Vincere" they*?
2022-05-03 22:39
EZ4ENCE
2022-05-03 22:17
1 reply
these stories made me feel good
2022-05-04 00:33
EZ
2022-05-03 22:17
3 replies
4
2022-05-03 22:18
2 replies
Astralis
2022-05-03 22:19
1 reply
+1
2022-05-03 22:19
Top!
2022-05-03 22:17
Vitality winning the major was so great
2022-05-03 22:18
here before BNE upset
2022-05-03 22:18
#9
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Estonia Faceitgg
Cool
2022-05-03 22:18
FeelsStrongMan
2022-05-03 22:19
nip was truly heartbreaking
2022-05-03 22:19
1 reply
mine is still broken 😔💔
2022-05-04 07:39
no faze kato 2022 with jks standing in? edit: im not good at reading
2022-05-03 22:26
2 replies
#18
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Poland KrzyzaK__
lul that wasn't a major
2022-05-03 22:24
1 reply
oops mb xd
2022-05-03 22:26
lol where is Columbus 2016 literally the best story
2022-05-03 22:22
2 replies
+1
2022-05-04 00:13
where is antwerp 2022 tabseN major best story
2022-05-04 00:59
Lul, how is a hattrick for Astralis after losing out on the Legends spot back in ELEAGUE 2018 not a feel good story? Betrayed by their first ever Major MVP and hampered by device’s illness ever since late 2017, then winning 3 Majors in a row is definitely a feel good story. You’re clearly a bum, Rizzo.
2022-05-03 22:25
3 replies
#113
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Poland brochu
its a sad story for all cs go fans
2022-05-04 13:49
2 replies
You’re a disgrace.
2022-05-05 12:48
+1 Sad for everyone watching this boring cs
2022-05-07 16:20
Sad you ban people that have been here a long time, but you can't ban memories :)
2022-05-03 22:26
Old Nip :(
2022-05-03 22:28
4 replies
noobs abusing a time when nobody knew how to play kekw
2022-05-03 22:28
3 replies
idc, i liked all the players. Why are you hating?
2022-05-03 22:29
2 replies
i dont know, i am sorry i was mean for no reason
2022-05-03 22:30
1 reply
It's ok man :)
2022-05-03 22:33
Wholesome
2022-05-03 22:30
#27
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World Noldi_alb
Luminosity should also be included. All the hardships they went through to become champions and they werent clear cut favourites.
2022-05-03 22:31
2 replies
+1 I also think Avangar should've been here, considering they did almost the same thing as ence, and maybe even Zeus' redemption in Gambit.
2022-05-03 22:48
1 reply
#90
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Indonesia segopecel
maybe they'll make part 2 article
2022-05-04 04:17
i liked gambits win, krakow major was at the peak of my csgo interest and i remember the crowd was crazy for virtus pro and in the final we had dosia nade and zeus winning a major, adren too and hobbit ofc
2022-05-03 22:36
ENCE =( =) <3
2022-05-03 22:37
>Boston's Cloud9 >Good story Pick one Also where's AVANGAR Berlin 2019? They had better run than ENCE, but you didn't mention them. Based to CIS as always?
2022-05-03 22:37
19 replies
in which world Avangar run is better than ENCE's :D Beating top 2 and top 3 team in front of the crowd and then being top 5 team for 6 month straight vs beating RNG?
2022-05-03 22:39
9 replies
ENCE fluked playoffs, AVANGAR didn't
2022-05-03 22:43
#81
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Lmao AVANGAR made the Finals having beaten both prime #1 Liquid and #2 Vitality, who were the main favorites to win the Major, and decent #8 G2 LoL Right after that they managed to win the Blast Pro Series Moscow after beating #5 ENCE, #7 Navi, and old Mibr in front of thousands of people. Also, before the Berlin Major, AVG almost made the playoffs(2/3) at the previous Katowice Major having beaten #4 NRG and #5 FaZe. Now I’m not claiming that AVG’s run was any better than ENCE’s one or anything like that but here you’re not giving AVANGAR enough credit they deserve and kinda diminishing their achievements.
2022-05-04 02:06
7 replies
#88
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Indonesia segopecel
yeah, if ence good enough to be included, avangar should be too tbh. and their core has longer history than majority teams
2022-05-04 04:15
#101
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Finland giliuss
I wouldn't say vitality were in their prime at the major, in the challenger stage they lost to dreameaters and syman (both who aren't really around anymore) barely making it through. In the legends stage all their wins came from teams who didnt make the playoffs, losing to ence, when facing the only team that made the playoffs. And not to bash renegades as they had an amazing tournament, but something was clearly going on with ence, with them announcing to bench aleksib right before the major. They crumbled in the playoffs and renegades definitely wasn't a huge contender from the start. After beating these teams avangar then won even less rounds in the final versus astralis than ence did. This compared to how ence was 0-2, being down a map AND 0-8 in the second map during the deciding game and managing to climb three straight best of threes to make the playoffs, THEN beat liquid, the arguably favorite along with Astralis. The navi game was a thriller as well The tournaments after you could say are comparable with the blast pro wins, but I wouldn't say the fairytale is the same
2022-05-04 11:03
3 replies
wtf cares about some challenger stage losses lol even the prime Astralis was losing to some shit teams on occasion. In fact That Vitality in that period of time was the strongest version of themselves. They went to the Major as a bigger favorite than Astralis, alongside Liquid: Before the Major ECS 7 - 1st Cologne - 2nd IEM Chicago - 3rd After the Major: DHM Malmo - 2nd IEM Beijing - 3rd EPICENTER- 1st Now you’re saying that ENCE getting to the finals after beating #2 Liquid and #3 Navi was crazier than AVG doing so against #1 Liquid and #2 Vitality or what?Actually I don’t give a fuck about Ence. I didn’t say anything about them and wasn’t trying to figure out who was better in the first place, reread the last sentence of my comment. But now that you have started, where’s the ENCE’s core now? in T4 Havu and T6 Gorillas? Meanwhile AVANGAR’s core have made tons of playoff of T1 LAN events since then btw and even won some online events like Flashpoint 2, Summit + reached another Katowice 2021 Grand Final having beaten Vitality, Astralis, Liquid once again
2022-05-04 17:13
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#124
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Finland giliuss
>*major* feel good stories >''where is ences core now?'' AVG beat liquid in a bo1 in a game that didn't matter as much as a playoff game. Them beating vitality and renegades also weren't as big thrillers as ence's journey to comeback against liquid and navi. It's not always about statistics, but the journey it takes the viewer that will make the remember the moment. Also i don't care whether you are on avangar's or ence's side, the point is that ence's storyline was a lot more exciting for the average viewer, which is why it's here and AVG is not
2022-05-05 13:57
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you’re finnish ofc you think that way but for me as a viewer and many other people here as they have stated AVG’s run was also exciting as hell
2022-05-05 16:12
Blast Moscow was the biggest Mickey Mouse tournament ever with Forze in finals, ENCE right after kicking Aleksib, MIBR without Cold (never were good again) and NAVI with Zeus leaving too
2022-05-04 13:08
1 reply
Who cares they were all still top teams and they would’ve been beaten either way cuz AVG came to Blast with a huge confidence right from the Major Final having defeated Liquid, Vitality and G2
2022-05-04 15:09
The C9 run in Boston is one of the greatest runs in major history :)
2022-05-04 00:15
8 replies
0/8
2022-05-04 00:48
2 replies
How isn't it?
2022-05-04 00:48
1 reply
#74
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Slovakia AdorrioN
Faze fans still mad
2022-05-04 00:53
It was great but it was also a fluke
2022-05-06 14:33
4 replies
Doesn't take away from its greatness I don't think, it was still a very impressive win even if they couldn't replicate the success
2022-05-07 00:52
3 replies
In my view it does take "the greatness" away. You win the Major, you reach the absolute Top and then just break up. Both the Major winner and the runner-up broke down. Far from "great".
2022-05-07 13:07
2 replies
NiP never won a major after Cologne 2014 and the team would slowly crumble, Astralis would fall during the online era and much of the roster would break down, but do these effect their major win(s)? I don't care what happens after the major, I care about the buildup to the win and the major itself
2022-05-07 16:12
1 reply
Can't argue with that logic. To me, and many others, it does matter what happens next. Lucky you.
2022-05-07 22:39
#36
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World streetson
Luminosity/SK core first major win was a really cool story
2022-05-03 22:41
#38
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Finland AliSabid
nice
2022-05-03 22:43
#39
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Sweden Cveta
Noth america
2022-05-03 22:45
For me its NiP vs Astralis Katowice 2019 in the quarter finals. NiP for the first time in 3 years in the play offs and they get beaten like a drum, until REZ and f0rest win the pistol round and deny the 0-16 and f0rest is cheering. I had to laugh so hard as a long time NiP fan.
2022-05-03 22:52
I know the Navi one was literally the last one but that was a field good story too for ppl followed or known s1mple for years
2022-05-03 22:55
#43
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Brazil _Awper
LG Colombus?
2022-05-03 23:02
The only feel good I want to hear about is Feel Good Inc
2022-05-03 23:06
1 reply
amen
2022-05-04 12:29
Good article but I would've liked to see fnatic winning katowice 2015 after all the hate on the major before. Of course they got boo'ed by the polish crowd and lots of swedish fans for example didn't like them but must've been great for them as a revenge. Beating envyus too if i remember correctly
2022-05-03 23:14
2 replies
They did not beat envyus
2022-05-03 23:14
Didn't feel very magical to me, they got a pretty weak group and topped it by trashing Na Vi, had the easiest quarter final matchup against that PENTA team which was just carried by nex all the time, beat VP in the semifinals, first map was great second was eh. The final, usually the pinnacle of the major, was really close but in all honestly it felt like it was a stolen final. If NiP won that event, it would have been one of the best majors ever. Sadly Katowice ended with the favorites of the event avoiding the other favorites and beating down one of the craziest comeback underdog stories in major history (NiP looked very weak before the major).
2022-05-04 00:13
Hopefully f0rest gets to one more major 😤
2022-05-03 23:27
8 replies
A little while ago I was thinking about that question, if f0rest can ever win a tier 1 LAN event again (including a major). I think something big would need to happen, right now my hopes lie in Fnatic attempting to form a Swedish "super team" (wouldn't be very super, just a decent team) but I'm not sure if it'll happen since brollan left. Right now my idea would be something like Krimz, f0rest, dennis(?) or flusha, draken (seems to be on point in Savage), and probably HEAP. Not really a good team looking at it rn, but its the best Sweden has right now outside of NiP. How would you think f0rest could get a major?
2022-05-04 00:07
7 replies
I mean to be fair Dignitas wasn’t far from qualifying. Unlucky in the EF game with the bomb bug and then drawing Outsiders in the 1-2 matches. I can see them qualifying for a major, but as far as winning a tier 1 LAN it seems pretty impossible sadly for GOAT f0rest. I will still hope though!
2022-05-04 00:31
1 reply
Modern Dignitas doesn't have a chance in hell to win unfortunately, thats why I'd say that his best chance at winning would be leaving DIG. Qualifying is a different story, they did alright in the RMR but it wasn't crazy. I mean they usually can't even win stuff like Pinnacle cups, even in DIG I can feel some changes coming :(
2022-05-04 00:48
#65
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Estonia Kizma
dig -friberg +krimz and they have a decent chance to make it through the rmr
2022-05-04 00:36
4 replies
IGL?
2022-05-04 00:48
3 replies
#75
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Estonia Kizma
i forgot friberg is an igl now. +flusha then, hellslayers calling doesn't seem too bad and he can still frag out
2022-05-04 00:56
2 replies
Flusha Lekr0 f0rest Hallzerk HEAP While I think the team will improve I'm not too sure if this team could even break top 30, so many issues with DIG would still be very present even with the change
2022-05-04 00:58
1 reply
#78
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Estonia Kizma
considering how close they got in the recent rmr b i can see it happening, obviously would need some luck and good performances, but a chance nonetheless
2022-05-04 01:20
#49
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United States ScanDull
Uh excuse me? I mean yeah the Boston Major obviously about how about Krakow 2017? Gambit?
2022-05-03 23:29
2 replies
#55
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Germany Ann3
+1. Exactly so Astralis major after they were known to always choke when it matters. Not the best article tho.
2022-05-04 00:12
+1
2022-05-04 00:17
FeelsGoodMan
2022-05-03 23:31
ESL One Cologne 2014 still remains my all time favorite major
2022-05-04 00:02
eleague 2018 is not a feel good major
2022-05-04 00:17
7 replies
Yes it is
2022-05-04 00:29
6 replies
flag
2022-05-04 00:42
5 replies
i was rooting for FaZe, GuardiaN is one of my favorite players of all time and I was still salty about C9 dropping n0thing for RUSH, but that doesn't take away from the insane run by C9
2022-05-04 00:49
How come the only NA major winner, come back from 0-2 group stage, skadoodle first playoff run is not a feel good moment. Like i know its subjective but please
2022-05-04 08:32
3 replies
niko robbed
2022-05-04 11:14
2 replies
+1
2022-05-04 14:04
thank you for specifying your reason +1 definitely not feel good for FaZe fans
2022-05-04 14:15
#62
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Finland Vkims
EZ4ENCE <3 Greatest underdog story ever
2022-05-04 00:30
no gambit? tf
2022-05-04 00:47
#73
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Brazil Mattzs
Brazilian CS?
2022-05-04 00:52
#80
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Turkey yeeGeT
hypehypehype
2022-05-04 01:55
No gambit :( legendary players won major there
2022-05-04 02:05
#83
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
HLTV you coulda done better, where’s at least one of the insane runs by Gambit or AVANGAR? Wtf? But ok, nvm, next time do better than this
2022-05-04 03:01
What about LUMINOSITY 1st major? Its a beautifull story too
2022-05-04 03:07
5 replies
why is it a beautiful story? they were top4 before major and the only real upset they accomplished was the final against navi
2022-05-04 03:32
3 replies
semis vs Liquid, 2 big comebacks on same match and one of the most memorable plays in history, I think it's a good story
2022-05-04 06:44
1 reply
i dont think its a good "story", but it was a very good major run for sure
2022-05-04 06:48
#91 says all... Comeback on mirage from 9-15 > 19-15 after Coldzera's jump shot... On cache 6-15 > 19-16... To win the title against NaVi with a convincing victory 2-0! And 1st major for our BR Scene
2022-05-04 20:29
+1
2022-05-04 09:34
pretty funny half of these are "they did super well and beat all expectations but lost to astralis"
2022-05-04 03:13
no gambit major and no avangar run, sad
2022-05-04 03:23
Lots of people might not agree with you there on c9
2022-05-04 04:16
Ence sadge
2022-05-04 07:26
No LG/SK core ? Wtf...
2022-05-04 07:29
1 reply
the champions of SK and LG have already written their names in history, this is just a topic poorly prepared by some intern... Luminosity Gaming 2016 and SK Gaming 2017 4ever... 🤗
2022-05-04 09:33
Fun read, thank you
2022-05-04 09:04
#100
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Russia ToughGuy
Another bias article
2022-05-04 10:43
Where is G2 @ Cluj
2022-05-04 11:09
If ~30yo zeus making that tweet and actually winning a major with a team u wouldn't even expect with isn't a good storyline idk what is..
2022-05-04 12:00
1 reply
#110
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Poland Kobel_
+1
2022-05-04 13:20
KennyS' redemption in Cluj after a terrible performance in the previous major final? Surely that has to be one of the best major stories to date
2022-05-04 12:01
gambit with zeus was pretty nice too
2022-05-04 12:42
1 reply
ye pure cs
2022-05-07 02:10
#111
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Poland Kobel_
I have no clue how can you leave Zeus out of this one
2022-05-04 13:21
Did not feel good
2022-05-04 13:40
it says majors past, but u added IEM etc? damn you did a bad job Rizzolini, hltv should hire someone else
2022-05-04 15:50
#121
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Finland RamboAAA
Saw all of these live Feelsgoodman
2022-05-04 19:44
3 replies
all? must feels good im 19 kinda yo for cs..
2022-05-07 02:10
2 replies
#134
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Finland RamboAAA
Yeah I've been watching CS:GO since its beginning, not so much lately but I always try to watch the biggest tournaments
2022-05-07 16:50
1 reply
wp man
2022-05-07 17:34
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