Blunders from Majors past

After having a look at some of the feel-good stories from the Majors, it is now time to remind ourselves of some of the howlers.

Over the course of the last 16 Valve-sanctioned events, several teams have experienced horror stories during their Major journeys, and while some teams feasted on success some collapsed or even disbanded on the spot. The prestige and the pressure mounted by CS:GO Majors can often be too much to handle, even for the best players, leading to unexpected results that definitely kept more than one competitor awake for the next few nights.

karrigan had his fair share of Major heartbreaks

Secret agent friberg - ESL One Cologne 2014

Cloud9 came into ESL One Cologne 2014 after their acquisition of the Complexity roster and began their journey with their new organization sharing Group D with Titan and Dignitas. Against the expectations, the North Americans defeated both the Danes and the Frenchmen, securing the top spot in the group, and went into the playoffs hoping to make a deep run on the back of the confidence boost.

Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen's boys went on to face NIP in the quarter-finals, and despite coming in as the underdogs again, Cloud9 managed to steal the first map from the Swedes. The soon-to-be Major champions were known to be a great team on Nuke, and beating them on the map came as a surprise even to the North Americans: "I don't think anybody expected us to win on nuke, we didn't expect to win on nuke. But it worked for us," said Spencer "⁠Hiko⁠" Martin after the game.

The pressure was now on as Cloud9 had a fighting chance to reach the semi-finals, and after losing the second map, everything came down to Cobblestone. The map had just been added to the competitive map pool and ESL One Cologne was the first LAN event to showcase the latest addition. "That was literally our first time ever playing it," stated the 24-year-old when talking about how little time they had spent on Cobblestone. Following a close CT side, SEMPHIS's team found itself 8-7 ahead before a successful pistol round in the second half gave Cloud9 the chance to run away with the game.

After a few skirmishes in round 17, the Ts poised themselves for an attack on the A site against the force buy of the Ninjas. With 22 seconds left in the round, the North Americans moved into the site at a big advantage, but that's when their lack of experience with Cobblestone came to bite them. Suddenly, Adam "⁠friberg⁠" Friberg came out from a position inside the site tucked in by the cannons which Cloud9 failed to check, and prevented the plant after taking down Jordan "⁠n0thing⁠" Gilbert with a CZ-75. That single frag turned the tide in favor of NIP as they crawled their way to a 16-14 victory. "We had no idea that spot even existed," said Hiko the day after their defeat. "Honestly, I think if we played cobble even one time through a full scrim, we probably would've won that game."

Titan disqualified - DreamHack Winter 2014

Hovik "⁠KQLY⁠" Tovmassian joined the Titan project in September 2014 alongside two of his companions from LDLC, but his time with his new squad did not last long.

On November 20, seven days before the start of the Major at DreamHack Winter, KQLY was hit with a VAC ban on his Steam account. He was not the only professional player to be slapped with such a ban, but he was certainly the most high-profile one, as he had recently won DreamHack Stockholm CS:GO Invitational, where he placed among the top three highest performers.

"As you saw yesterday, I was banned by VAC and unfortunately it was justified," wrote the Frenchman on his Facebook page. "My curiosity failed me and now my career is over CS after 12 years," he continued, stating that he had used illicit software for a week prior to joining Titan.

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KQLY handed VAC ban

The news broke the team apart, KQLY was suspended from the squad the following day and his team was disqualified from the Major by the event organizers alongside Gordon "⁠Sf⁠" Giry and Epsilon. Titan were one of the best squads at the time, and their inability to requalify for the Major raised some eyebrows, but in the end, CPH Wolves and FlipSid3 were the ones to reach the Major after going through the Last Call Qualifier.

FaZe collapse in Krakow - PGL Krakow 2017

Even before FaZe entered its superteam era, the squad could still count on great players such as Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač and Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard. Led by Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen, the core found success alongside Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli and a revitalized Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey, reaching the finals of four consecutive events and taking the trophy from one of them. This run of form coming into the PGL Major in Krakow meant they were among the favorites to take the title and expectations were high.

Starting from the first best-of-one in the group stage, it was clear that FaZe were not at the top of their game. BIG easily dealt with the European mix as Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik' squad took advantage of a bug in the game during their CT side. MOUZ then came along, handing the European squad another defeat.

The elimination game against FlipSid3 crushed their chances of recovery as the Russian core ran over the Europeans on the T side of Mirage 11-4, a large enough margin to secure the win in the second half with relative comfort.

FaZe's 0-3 meant they left the Major in joint-last place, a shock to fans and analysts alike. From there, the squad would recruit Ladislav "⁠GuardiaN⁠" Kovács and Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer in an attempt to take that next step and finally clinch their desired Major title.

allu played his latch match wearing FaZe colors in Krakow

suNny takes a leap - ELEAGUE Boston 2018

MOUZ were a team on the rise in 2018, but they had not yet reached their peak by the time the first Major of the year rolled around. Regardless, they made it through the Challengers and Legends stages to reach the playoffs in Boston, where they faced FaZe in the quarter-finals.

The "budget superteam" went through its offensive half with Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi and Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool in good form, powering the squad to a 9-6 lead which they hoped to expand in the favored CT side of the map. However, karrigan had other plans and organized FaZe's T side to be as disruptive to the defense as possible, claiming a slight advantage.

It took a little time for MOUZ to get back in the game and eventually they strung the rounds necessary to lock a 15-13 scoreline. With their backs against the wall and a 2v4 disadvantage, FaZe made their way into the B bombsite to plant when, suddenly, they realized it was now a 2v3 situation.

suNny, while on his way to the lower bombsite, jumped off the old platform on A and collided with a roof hitbox, sending him straight down instead of landing on hut. The fall damage was enough to finish off the wounded Finn and turn the momentum around in favor of FaZe. The offense converted the round and the following to force overtime before taking the map 19-16.

It is difficult to say what would have happened if suNny had not jumped from the platform and his team converted the 4v2, but it is likely that the series would have gone to the decider on Train, a map on which neither team was a slouch on. Who knows, maybe MOUZ could have gone through to face an inconsistent Natus Vincere in the next round and reach the grand final.

Liquid's capitulation to Astralis - Starladder Berlin 2019

Coming into the Berlin Major, Liquid were the team to beat. The North American powerhouse had just gone through a fantastic summer, taking home the second edition of the Intel Grand Slam in a record-breaking 144 days after an incredible series of tournament victories between May and July.

The month-long player break between IEM Chicago 2019 and the Major, however, seemed to disrupt their incredible rise to the top. Whether it was complacency taking hold of the world's number one or other teams catching up during the break, Liquid never looked the same following the off-season.

Beginning in the Legends stage, Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's men showed their first moments of fragility following losses to NRG and AVANGAR. Despite the 1-2 record, there was not much anxiety building around the fanbase because at the end of the day, they were best-of-one losses, and Liquid eventually qualified to the playoffs. A comfortable sweep of North was quickly followed by another hint of what was in store for the North Americans, going toe to toe over three sets of overtime against karrigan's MOUZ, a team that regardless of their improving form should have never brought Liquid to such a close game.

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Liquid scoop $1 million Intel Grand Slam Season 2 prize

Everything came down during their quarter-final match against Astralis. nitr0 and company had spent the better part of 2018 and 2019 losing to the Danes in tournament finals, but the winds had changed direction and the North Americans had gained the upper hand over the course of the previous months. Things were seemingly going even better for them as Astralis picked Vertigo, a map on which Liquid was still undefeated on.

The early stages of the game were going smoothly for the North Americans until a heroic round from Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz on a force buy prevented the CTs from running away with the half. From there, Astralis was able to control the pace of the game and edge an 8-7 advantage before going into their defensive half.

Once the Danes settled in the second half, it was clear that they had been putting a lot of work on the map to counter Liquid, executing a great defensive half characterized by a series of controlled CT pushes in the early stages of the round. This aggression caught the North Americans off-guard, completely shutting down their T side as Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's squad cruised to a 1-0 series advantage.

On Overpass, despite claiming an 11-7 lead, Liquid were unable to close out the game, allowing Astralis to catch up on the T side and close out the series 2-0, knocking the favorites out of the competition on their way to securing their fourth Major title.

Liquid never looked the same after the summer break

NiKo's Deagle whiff - PGL Stockholm 2021

There were a few blunders to consider from G2 over the course of the Majors they attended. Their failed defuse against Astralis on Nuke at the Berlin Major 2019 serves as one example, but that was a group stage game they had already been losing. Their blunder at the 2021 Stockholm Major would prove far more costly.

After a year full of ups and downs for the European squad led by Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković, the return to LAN seemed to have given new life to a roster that had struggled to maintain consistency throughout the online era. At the PGL Major, G2 went through the Legends stage with a flawless 3-0 record and moved to the playoffs where they faced home favorites NIP, defeating them 2-0 before a semi-final match against Heroic. The Danes fought tooth and nail, but eventually G2 managed to go through to their first Major final against Natus Vincere.

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G2 advance to PGL Major Stockholm grand final following victory over Heroic

Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy's men took the first map, and going into their pick of Nuke they were feeling good about their chances, having strung a 17-map winning streak on it. G2 responded with a commanding CT side, going 10-5 up in the first half before quickly extending their advantage on the offensive. The Eastern European squad then managed to break the T economy, forcing NiKo and company to go into round 28 with a few upgraded pistols and a bundle of utility, hoping to get that last necessary round to drag Natus Vincere into a third map.

A push into the A bombsite had the offense fall into a 3v5 almost immediately, until Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač responded with two quick Tec-9 frags, bringing the round even as nexa found another lucky kill through the smoke while the Ts planted the bomb, putting G2 one step closer to the decider on Mirage. As Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev brought back the game to a 2v2, NiKo made his way from a ramp flank into the heaven position overlooking the site, catching the superstar AWPer and Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy off guard.

What followed would be one of the biggest blunders in a Major final, with NiKo missing two seemingly easy Deagle shots on s1mple, who was busy looking towards main. The Ukrainian quickly turned around and sniped NiKo just as b1t took down huNter-, allowing the CTs enough time to defuse the bomb and bring the game to a 13-15 scoreline. G2 would never get that sixteenth round as Natus Vincere crawled their way back to force overtime and, eventually, take the title of Major champions after two sets of extra time.

Honourable mentions

Olofboost - DreamHack Winter 2014

Following all the drama from the previous weeks caused by the VAC bans, spectators prepared for a Major hoping to have an exciting competition free of controversy. Unfortunately for them, the playoffs of DreamHack Winter 2014 saw fnatic come under scrutiny over their use of a boost on Overpass against LDLC which allowed them to look over large portions of the map directly from the A bombsite.

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LDLC file protest over fnatic boost

The boost allowed the Swedes to come back from a 2-13 deficit and eventually claim the map 16-13, but the celebrations would not last long as LDLC filed a protest to the tournament admins over the boost, citing "pixel-walking" rules. fnatic responded with a protest of their own, claiming the Frenchmen had used a similar position in the first half. DreamHack officials ruled Overpass was to be replayed the following day, but the rematch would never take place, as the Swedes forfeited the match and a Major they were favorites to take.

gla1ve kills his own teammate - PGL Krakow 2017

Before Astralis established their Major-winning dynasty, the Danish core was known for losing winnable series in playoffs. It was thought that they had left that trait behind them after winning their first Major in Atlanta, but their past came back to bite them in Krakow.

Astralis made it all the way to the third map of the semi-final against eventual champions Gambit. On Train, the Danes were facing a 2v2 situation while 5-8 down, until gla1ve's masterful flank brought the round to a 2v1 scenario in favor of the reigning Major champions. Nerves seemed to get the better of the captain as he suddenly found a frag on his own teammate Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth, allowing Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov to clutch the round by taking down gla1ve and defusing the bomb. Gambit eventually won the map 16-12.

FaZe fail to close out the final - ELEAGUE Boston 2018

Cloud9's fairy tale Major win was talked about in our article about Major feel good stories, but it's now time to touch on FaZe side of the story.

The European "superteam" came into the event as the clear favorites to take the trophy home, and as such cruised through the Challengers and Legends stages without too much trouble. But once they reached the deciding map of the grand final against Cloud9 the favorites folded under the pressure as they failed to close out a 13-8 lead on Inferno, being forced by the North Americans into two sets of overtime and falling at the last hurdle.

Vitality bottle it against AVANGAR - Starladder Berlin 2019

Vitality came into the Berlin Major after a year that saw them climb up the ranks of the European elite thanks to a revelatory rookie season from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut. The Frenchmen were led in conjunction by Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin and Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt, a strange system that somehow allowed the Frenchmen to find success, becoming the only team that could slow down Liquid that year.

Despite not walking in as favorites, Vitality were nonetheless expected to give a great performance and put French CS back on the map after years of neglect. Unfortunately for them, Internal issues within the squad began to surface during the tournament, climaxing in the quarterfinals where the Frenchmen would drop to AVANGAR after a 0-2 defeat in the quarter-final. NBK- was shortly removed from the starting lineup and Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon was brought in to fill the void.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
2050
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.67
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1369
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
34
Team:
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1231
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
France Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
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
France Gordon 'Sf' Giry
Gordon 'Sf' Giry
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
183
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
420
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
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 Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1532
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1568
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1999
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1147
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
937
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1934
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.61
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1495
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1311
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1957
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1642
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
970
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.62
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:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1569
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Faze choke in Boston only a honourable mention ok
2022-05-07 21:25
8 replies
didn't want to trigger faze fans )))
2022-05-07 21:26
expected
2022-05-07 21:54
#47
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England Triturn
well second place isn't exactly bad
2022-05-07 22:46
2 replies
#80
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Chile 1cristiaan
it is if it was that way
2022-05-08 04:30
#90
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North America BoDaddy
Considering they have g2 finishing second because they think a deagle miss was the reason and no faze is just wrong.
2022-05-08 08:59
That was a Cinderella story for C9 not a blunder from FaZe!
2022-05-07 23:03
#78
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Philippines Fiorno
that is because everyone knows about it and is probably the first thing you think of when you read the title
2022-05-08 04:12
As Faze fan I can’t agree more with this.
2022-05-08 21:32
#3
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Czech Republic imotfhere
avangar goated
2022-05-07 21:25
3 replies
who? xD
2022-05-08 02:24
2 replies
avangar
2022-05-08 15:22
outsiders
2022-05-08 17:10
Imperial not winning antwerp would be the biggest blunder of them all
2022-05-07 21:25
4 replies
#76
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Australia CaZeR01
Nah man renegades have it for sure
2022-05-08 02:39
2 replies
nah ez for 9z
2022-05-08 10:44
1 reply
#94
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Belgium RobinDG
Have you seen IHC play, god damn
2022-05-08 10:52
Imperial vs BNE finals
2022-05-08 16:19
karrigan isn't tragic. it's what he deserves with his dumb rushing style
2022-05-07 21:26
6 replies
imagine calling the IGL style of one of the best IGLs of all time "dumb"
2022-05-07 21:44
3 replies
karrigan: "I will rush and die guys, go and kill them and win the round"
2022-05-07 21:56
1 reply
bad bait and you know it or you don't know how much karrigan does as IGL
2022-05-07 22:01
that's typical hltv, randoms calling names to people who achieved a lot
2022-05-07 22:08
+111!dat bot 🤣🤣
2022-05-08 08:58
That style got Boombl4 a major
2022-05-08 16:20
#7
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Finland Kashmiir
Ouch. Niko's part. It hurts
2022-05-07 21:26
#8
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Morocco Oxion_CS
biggest blunder is liquid losing to ence to avoid playing astralis and getting humiliated
2022-05-07 21:37
3 replies
+1 Big true
2022-05-07 21:35
they just dodged the bullet only to run straight into it in Berlin KEKW
2022-05-07 21:45
They also forgot Liquid vs Lumi
2022-05-07 21:49
Classic NA chokes
2022-05-07 21:28
#10
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Pakistan LoOuU2
I will never forget the 400IQ 3D chase by Glaive and Co when Astralis picked Vertigo in the Berlin Major QF and Adren and Nitro right then and there knew, they were fucked.
2022-05-07 21:30
4 replies
it was only one map tho, Liquid played like trash on Overpass as well.
2022-05-07 21:47
1 reply
#59
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Pakistan LoOuU2
The veto alone was enough to tilt Liquid right from the start for the whole series.
2022-05-07 23:28
#28
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Asia flipflop
I can still remember elige's clueless face at that moment.
2022-05-07 21:48
1 reply
#60
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Pakistan LoOuU2
As an Astralis fan, that was satisfying af. They got destroyed in next 2 hours.
2022-05-07 23:28
olof boost match was 3-13 comeback or 3-12, not 2-13
2022-05-07 21:30
1 reply
mind fixing it lol ?
2022-05-08 11:01
Coldzera benching himself right before a major.
2022-05-07 21:30
NiKo was a part of three "blanders", the god of choke
2022-05-07 21:31
FaZe Boston only honorable mention The WHAT??
2022-05-07 21:31
1 reply
this is an article about moments, not matches
2022-05-07 22:31
I still remember winning that bet on FNC vs LDLC in 2014. csgolounge was a great thing back then, newfags don't even know what it is now
2022-05-07 21:33
1 reply
Imagine thinking youre oldschool cuz you were around in 2014
2022-05-08 12:33
3rdest
2022-05-07 21:33
#17
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United States Pronouns
NA GOATS, Liquid is factually the most dominant team of all time. Coming into the Berlin Major, Liquid were the team to beat. The North American powerhouse had just gone through a fantastic summer, taking home the second edition of the Intel Grand Slam in a record-breaking 144 days after an incredible series of tournament victories between May and July.
2022-05-07 21:34
4 replies
NaVi 2021 was more dominant than Liquid. Half a year of them winning every tournament they go to, not dropping a single map at the Major etc.
2022-05-07 23:02
3 replies
#58
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United States Pronouns
Nope 2 years to get grand slam vs month nt tho
2022-05-07 23:23
2 replies
I don't care about the Grand Slam really. Liquid's dominance can be counted starting in the beginning of May (IEM Sydney), and ended in July (IEM Chicago). In that 4 month period there were several smaller tournaments that didn't have all the best teams. Half of these tournaments were 6-8 team tournaments with some no-name teams from smaller regions sprinkled in. Meanwhile, Na'Vi started at IEM Cologne in July and ended at the end of the year at the Blast World Finals. In that time they won EVERY LAN they attended, including the Major (without dropping a map, something never done before). Their period of dominance was longer and in my opinion more oppressive, with 3 star riflers being on fire every single tournament. So I personally favor Na'Vi in this discussion, because I feel like their dominance was equal in effect, but just lasted longer. I don't count their Grand Slam as legitimate either, so it's 0 Grand Slams vs quickest Grand Slam for me.
2022-05-07 23:44
1 reply
Astralis last half of 2018 beats both of their runs by miles though. Not only were they dominant for longer, all of their wins were on lans all around the world unlike navis.
2022-05-08 00:20
Faze throw vs cloud9 VP throw train 13-7 ct side vs astralis last map for major win Liquid throw vs LG x2 in a row
2022-05-07 21:38
Vitality kek
2022-05-07 21:43
#21
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England Jerry2805
The Noth Americans
2022-05-07 21:40
biggest blunder by far is liquid choking 6 map points on 1st map, and 9 map points on the 2nd map vs luminosity
2022-05-07 21:41
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+1 and it didnt even get mentioned fr fr?
2022-05-07 22:28
Faze really have a bad major track record
2022-05-07 21:43
how is the Faze Boston one only an honorable mention, it literally is the biggest blunder in csgo history
2022-05-07 21:54
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that one goes to liquid vs luminosity
2022-05-07 22:31
#33
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Hong Kong sti11fac
NIKO DEAGLE MISS TOP1 FOR EVER
2022-05-07 21:56
VP throwing against Astralis ;'(
2022-05-07 21:56
fnatic still should've won DreamHack Winter 2014 tbh
2022-05-07 21:59
Olofpass never forget
2022-05-07 21:59
#38
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Finland Vkims
YOU JUST HAD TO BRING UP NIKO DEAGLE HUHHHH
2022-05-07 22:01
#40
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
damn they put Niko's deagle lmao
2022-05-07 22:08
Niko is washed up bot
2022-05-07 22:20
how is liquid vs lg/sk not on here. that choke kept me awake at night
2022-05-07 22:23
I really like those in depth articles not related to recent news, good job!
2022-05-07 22:50
What about 1g in major qualifier?
2022-05-07 23:00
#54
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Czech Republic PaYaB
i still can't get over that mouz choke in 2018, they could have won it all
2022-05-07 23:11
liquid vs lg is up there surely
2022-05-07 23:11
FaZe at Krakow was tragic
2022-05-07 23:19
#61
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Hungary szia
where is G2 not knowing bomb was planted at Berlin major?? not even an honorable mention wtaf hltv youtube.com/watch?v=RMnSzNcmZPw
2022-05-07 23:32
2 replies
It's mentioned in the G2 section
2022-05-08 00:03
1 reply
#77
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Hungary szia
if you remove the context, I would call the bomb a far bigger blunder. like, how did none of the 5 G2 players not notice bomb was planted. how did none of them think "hey we killed all 5 enemies, why isnt the round ended?". not even silvers could make this mistake one of these was at the very end of the latest major final, and the other was while losing 15-7 in a group stage match, so one had a far costlier result, but if we remove that, not knowing the bomb was even planted is far more egregious than missing a deagle shot
2022-05-08 03:22
#65
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
The biggest choke in all of CS:GO history against LG back in MLG Columbus 2016 definitely is Top 1 - Over a full half worth of match points and they couldn't close out a single map... Honourable mention is NiP underestimating fnatic way back in the first ever Major grand-final in 2013.
2022-05-08 00:07
Lets hope Faze don't have another match on the list next major.
2022-05-08 00:08
#67
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Czech Republic ZiFFiK
Old wounds are re-opening
2022-05-08 00:08
those days mann
2022-05-08 00:09
cool article!
2022-05-08 00:12
The FaZe loss in Boston Major should have been higher on the list. That literally created the Choke Clan meme that haunted them for a few years. They choked vs Fnatic in Katowice final right after the Major as well. Plus, looking at the implication of that loss. If they had won, NiKo, one of the best riffles and GuardiaN, one of the best AWPer, would have been Major winner. GuardiaN is probably gonna retire with a Major. That's a real shame. He was amazing during that period.
2022-05-08 00:56
SuNny's article doesn't list the map, which makes it confusing on initial read if you don't remember/didn't see the game.
2022-05-08 01:36
The Niko whiff is just one of the most painful things a human could have ever witnessed
2022-05-08 02:15
#74
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Serbia DjapeZ
I felt that Spunj NOOOOOOOOOO
2022-05-08 02:22
NiKo whiff :(
2022-05-08 04:18
#81
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United States TARIK_GOAT
Tarik goat
2022-05-08 05:00
HLTV should update SEMPHIS photo loool
2022-05-08 07:10
Olofpass <3
2022-05-08 07:18
#91
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Romania wadd
NiKo whiff 😭
2022-05-08 09:10
KEKW niko
2022-05-08 11:15
#100
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Somalia rs6a
Conclusion: NiKo = choke god
2022-05-08 13:18
Choko kekw
2022-05-08 15:36
Ain't nobody talking about LG comebacks vs Liquid. Insane comebacks back to back if you think about it. The coldjumpingawp overshadowed the comebacks.
2022-05-08 16:14
Niko choking is the best lol we will never forget lol
2022-05-08 19:17
#110
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United Kingdom spxrkk
came for niko
2022-05-08 19:21
Prime Astralis on vertigo🥰 ️😍
2022-05-08 20:46
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