Why is there no clear favorite for the Rio Major?

The first half of the year was all about FaZe and Natus Vincere, but with the two giants looking vulnerable in recent months, the upcoming Major in Rio might just be the hardest to call in years.

The IEM Rio Major is now less than two weeks away and only the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown is left to play before the scene casts its eyes towards the Brazilian spectacle. A clear picture of the state of the competition is taking shape, and yet no obvious favorite stands out from the crowd at a time when the two giants of the not-so-far-away past have stumbled in recent times. It's no longer just FaZe and Natus Vincere who dominate the conversation of who should win the next title as they had for much of the first half of the year.

Ever since the two heavyweights locked horns in one of the most memorable and nail-biting finals of all time at IEM Cologne just three months ago, only one tournament with a real champion has taken place amid the BLAST Premier Fall Groups (a glorified qualifier with six different winners) and the Major RMRs (actual qualifiers where just making it through as one of 24 teams is considered a success).

FaZe's shaky RMR campaign raises questions about whether 2022's best team can once again show up when it really matters

At the only "real" tournament in between, ESL Pro League Season 16, FaZe and Natus Vincere went out in the quarter-finals at the hands of two teams who didn't even go on to play in the grand final in Cloud9 and G2. Instead, Vitality and Liquid battled for the title in another best-of-five decider to remember, with the Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire-led squad narrowly coming out victorious fresh off their summer signing of star Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi.

And it's not like the two best teams of the year looked particularly dominant otherwise in the latter half of the season to warrant labeling the ESL Pro League playoffs a one-off. Though successful in the end, FaZe struggled at the Fall Groups and at the European RMR, sweating against opposition they were expected to brush aside with no issues as they lost a series to a new OG squad in Copenhagen and played overtimes against GamerLegion, fnatic, and Sprout in Malta. Natus Vincere looked much more convincing at the qualifiers, but their group stage campaign in Pro League offered plenty cause for concern, as Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev & co. went 2-3 — losing to a sub-top-30 team Endpoint in the process — and only advanced to the knockout stages thanks to a favorable three-way tie in the round robin.

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The language coming out of the NAVI camp regarding the status of Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev is also far from confident, even if the team has remained highly competitive following the start of the 25-year-old's trial in June. Andrey "⁠B1ad3⁠" Gorodenskiy has repeatedly been on record saying the latest addition still needs to improve, and whether sdy will stay on remains uncertain, with his trial period now extended at least until the end of the IEM Rio Major.

Just three months ago FaZe and Natus Vincere were so far ahead in the HLTV ranking that the next team alone was nearly 500 points away, but now less than 300 points separate the No. 1 from No. 6 as of October 17. There is a new team sitting at the top in Vitality at the moment, but you would be hard-pressed to make a convincing case for apEX's team being the biggest favorite for IEM Rio. There is too little recent data to draw from other than a month-long Pro League and a plethora of matches that serve as precursors to real tournaments where there is a trophy awaiting a single champion.

Less than 300 points separate the top 6 teams in the latest ranking

In anticipation of the IEM Rio Major, this leaves the competition in an exhilarating position where it is incredibly difficult to call a clear favorite or even two — a position that it hasn't been in this close to a Major in almost six years.

Having won the previous two extremely competitive events in IEM Katowice and Pro League, FaZe were earmarked as the world's best team without a doubt heading into PGL Major Antwerp. No team other than Natus Vincere was ever in the conversation to win PGL Major Stockholm at the end of 2021. Before the StarLadder Major in 2019, Liquid had just won four events in a row and completed the Intel Grand Slam in record time. At the height of their era, Astralis hoisted the trophy at the majority of events they attended before IEM Katowice 2019 and FACEIT Major 2018. SK and FaZe were expected to duke it out for the ELEAGUE Major Boston title after having battled for months for titles and the No. 1 spot in the ranking. SK were also clear favorites ahead of PGL Major Krakow after lifting trophies at five out of six previous tournaments they competed at.

It's only when looking back at the first ELEAGUE Major at the beginning of 2017 can we find a state of the competition where there was a real discussion about more than a couple of names being far ahead of the rest. Eventual champions Astralis had ramped up leading up to the Atlanta Major off the back of the addition of Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and had been the No. 1 team, but were far from clear-cut favorites, as the six Big Events prior had six different champions: Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, OpTic, Dignitas, and Natus Vincere.


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Of course, not always did the main favorite or even one of the favorites win — such is the nature of competition and what makes it exciting. Nothing compares to the rush of seeing a big favorite fall and not knowing what can happen next and who will be the team to take the highest step of the podium.

With IEM Rio Major now around the corner, it's difficult to predict what might happen from the start and there is a serious case for any one of five teams being able to win the coveted title. Yes, FaZe and Natus Vincere's longevity make them the safest bets. Time and time again they have proven that their team knows how to win tournaments more so than anyone else on the list. But several other names enter the conversation of who could take out one of the two giants at the very least and have a real shot at going all the way from there.

A IEM Rio Major power ranking, put together by the 11-man HLTV editorial

Vitality sits atop the list of the biggest challengers after they finally broke their title duck with the international roster at ESL Pro League Season 16 on the back of Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut's return to a level worthy of a world's best player, seemingly peaking at just the right time.

Cloud9's chances at a Major title in Rio are well within the realms of possibilities as well. Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's team haven't been in title-winning form for some time and have only done it once on LAN at the tier-one level at IEM Dallas five months ago, but they have consistently been a serious thorn in the side of some of the top teams and could cause a big upset like at ESL Pro League Season 16, where they eliminated FaZe in the quarter-finals.

Liquid aren't too far behind following their run to the grand final at ESL Pro League, where they were just a few rounds away from the trophy. Their progress with Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis is undeniable, and with the Latvian now finally signing with the North American team, the last bit of uncertainty is gone just in time for the new Liquid's biggest test yet.

The question is, who will rise to the occasion? Could FaZe pull off an Astralis-esque StarLadder Major recovery and show up when it really matters, as they did at IEM Cologne despite their stumbles leading up to the end of the first season? Will the ever-present NAVI step up to the plate? Could one of the three big challengers go all the way? Or perhaps it's none of the above, and everyone will be left in shock when one of the mid-field names pulls off a Boston-like surprise in a few weeks' time. Who knows?

Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
911
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
2046
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
485
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1730
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.27
Maps played:
1063
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1599
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
faze ezpz
2022-10-19 00:53
13 replies
#28
togs | 
Brazil hfdjk
There is a clear favorite, and it's IHC mongolian chads.
2022-10-19 01:04
12 replies
Or Grayhound gaming fkin gigantic australisan chads. AliStair mustache >>>> s0mple
2022-10-19 01:16
8 replies
#66
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Australia flashi
+1 AMEN preach brother
2022-10-19 02:21
1 reply
HLTV showing their anti Brasil bias yet again !
2022-10-19 03:36
+1 based hungary
2022-10-19 02:36
Grayhound gaming = 1 asian RMR 2022 S0mple, Choko, FaZe, NaVi, NiP, may0nesy, G2 COMBINED = 0. I rest my case
2022-10-19 03:11
2 replies
Bugesy
2022-10-19 05:08
1 reply
not making it to the major was karma for him
2022-10-19 05:21
W HUNGARY TAKE
2022-10-19 06:06
+1 hltv users always right
2022-10-19 10:44
+1 Based and throatSingingPilled
2022-10-19 09:54
#204
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United States f1nessd
+1
2022-10-19 20:41
+1
2022-10-31 08:19
No
2022-10-19 00:53
1 reply
#57
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Finland Kashmiir
Yes, because is UNclear.
2022-10-19 01:56
#3
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Europe tsken
FaZe will win ;)
2022-10-19 00:53
1 reply
#209
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Brazil Shinoky
delusional
2022-10-19 22:44
xd
2022-10-19 00:54
because anonymo missed out
2022-10-19 00:54
1 reply
+1
2022-10-21 15:59
I love that there is no clear favourite unlike the last two majors
2022-10-19 00:54
13 replies
yeah. I would love another underdog winners like cloud9 or 2017 gambit
2022-10-19 01:26
5 replies
Agreed, a new winner instead of the usual teams would be nice
2022-10-19 04:14
both those teams are now the same so...
2022-10-19 06:27
3 replies
Wait a shit true. There never was gambit it was always cloud9
2022-10-19 07:46
2 replies
--> Cloud9 2 Majors --> NA 2 Majors, CIS 1 Major --> NA > CIS
2022-10-19 11:50
1 reply
delusional
2022-10-19 18:19
#68
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Australia flashi
+1 hopefully this majors real competitive and we get an actually good gf for the first time since boston deadass no kiz
2022-10-19 02:31
5 replies
Only one gf for all of us? Sadge
2022-10-19 08:25
4 replies
#212
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Australia flashi
at least were getting one... AWARE
2022-10-20 01:59
1 reply
xDDD
2022-10-20 07:49
I'd be happy to share with a Ukrainian brother
2022-10-20 15:20
1 reply
I mean....okayyy 😋
2022-10-20 17:42
except it was the last 5 majors, only the favorite at berlin didn’t win
2022-11-02 19:49
#7
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Sweden Mega_brain
Me
2022-10-19 00:54
S1mple is favorit
2022-10-19 00:54
#9
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England pumk1n1
IHC is favourite
2022-10-19 00:55
Faze gonna win tf
2022-10-19 00:55
G2 looks strong.
2022-10-19 00:55
5 replies
+1
2022-10-19 01:08
but their only good map at the rmr was de_airport
2022-10-19 01:21
1 reply
+1, from 16-0 to home
2022-10-19 12:19
Nah astralis better
2022-10-19 07:34
+1 niko first major trophy 100%
2022-10-19 10:10
I thought it was obvious that EG will take this major
2022-10-19 00:55
G2 💪😎👌💯‼️‼️‼️‼️💥💥💥💥
2022-10-19 00:56
4 replies
#15
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Brazil GsV
G2 vs Astralis in the finals
2022-10-19 00:57
Imo, g2 could stay in the arena from the start of the playoff until the gran final, between all the top teams, they could easily reserve the best seats in the arena.
2022-10-19 02:14
2 replies
#106
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Finland KieZuZ
They already got the best seats in the airplane
2022-10-19 06:32
1 reply
They arleady collecting W and the major isn't started yet!
2022-10-19 10:25
#14
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Brazil GsV
ez for 00, third major for coldzera incoming, try mvp
2022-10-19 00:56
8 replies
Naa ezzz for imperial
2022-10-19 01:21
4 replies
#58
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Brazil GsV
the final it's going to be 00 vs imperial, both three maps will have OTs and the final will beat the major records of people watching at the same time, then I will wake up
2022-10-19 02:00
2 replies
Wake up because the game was so good 😀👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
2022-10-19 07:48
#232
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Latvia Licha_
thats dream come true, love both teams and will absolutely love to see them
2022-10-22 22:37
Nt Imperial 2-00 Fallen MVP
2022-10-23 18:48
#116
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Slovakia Zolo22
nice try, dumau mvp
2022-10-19 07:09
Damn brodie both of ur teams went 0-3, unlucko
2022-11-02 11:12
1 reply
#248
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Brazil GsV
kkkkkkk unlucko asf
2022-11-02 19:37
#16
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Italy Karimk03
Nip more favorite than heroic lol
2022-10-19 00:58
11 replies
Honestly only the top5 feels like they can't miss playoffs. From 6-8th they can miss it and I think down to Outsiders anyone could go to playoffs too (except Mouz)
2022-10-19 01:01
6 replies
#26
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Italy Karimk03
Nha, heroic go to playoff imo.
2022-10-19 01:02
2 replies
In my opinion they make it too, but. They've been shaky, compared to the top 5 they're not as likely to reach playoffs.
2022-10-19 02:15
Tbh heroic fell off from the consistent force they have been in the last 1.5 years, but I still expect them to make it
2022-10-19 07:27
Never say never with Liquid
2022-10-19 20:43
Yea g2 can't miss the playoffs
2022-10-23 22:35
1 reply
Top 5 of the teams shown in the post u dingus
2022-10-24 04:20
Of course, much better than heroic.. writers on hltv are not what they used to be. Now they don’t understand the game
2022-10-19 01:03
3 replies
#27
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Italy Karimk03
Copium
2022-10-19 01:03
2 replies
you can cry all you want, no one cares
2022-10-19 01:09
1 reply
#170
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Italy Karimk03
Ok
2022-10-19 11:29
#17
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United States Warfororks
wdym? Liquid clear favorite
2022-10-19 00:59
1 reply
bruh
2022-10-19 01:08
Italy is the favorite , oh wait , they didn't even make it to the world cup
2022-10-19 00:59
FaZe wins it imo And I hope fnatic makes legends.
2022-10-19 01:00
C9 are favorites Hobbit mvp
2022-10-19 01:00
2 replies
+111111
2022-10-19 01:18
#229
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Brazil BrokeN35
Sh1ro
2022-10-21 19:19
cos you put Vitality on top 1 for no reason
2022-10-19 01:01
There is.. vitality and Faze are clear favorites..
2022-10-19 01:02
2 replies
That’ll probably be the two finalists unless if they fuck up the playoffs brackets
2022-10-19 20:46
1 reply
Yeah, it would be a great final! Hopefully the best teams of the major make if to the finals
2022-10-20 00:38
outsiders beat mouz and ence, are clearly better and more consistent than OG, spirit and furia and yet outside of top 10?
2022-10-19 01:02
5 replies
#41
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Australia m_Ke
+1 exactly this
2022-10-19 01:22
#114
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Brazil lul321
This must be a joke 4sure, outsiders is a team which can adapt and play against anyone
2022-10-19 06:50
The powerrating seemed pretty accurate to my tastes, with exception putting Heroic higher than NiP and yes, mainly Outsiders up few spots as well.
2022-10-19 11:13
together with fnatic you mentioned the underdogs right there. then you have the semi-contenders like heroic, nip and g2.
2022-10-19 11:50
1 reply
#239
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Finland LIPISMIES
You forgot Astralis
2022-10-29 08:46
#29
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Argentina Occultis
9z beat 00 and Imperial, how are they above them? I'm biased, but I think It's fair.
2022-10-19 01:05
Say what you want... navi and faze are clear favorites despite what happened in the previous 1 tournament (just remember what happened in dallas) Vitality epl is the flukest shit ever and believe me when I say if faze or c9 made it to the final it would have been an easy win for them. C9 is good and I see them in the semis and possibly the final.. Heroic and vita could make it to the semis Nip and Tl top 8 materials
2022-10-19 01:12
4 replies
??? you know Vitality in EPL had 300h each player grind just like FaZe had grinded way before the tourneys they had won like Katowice. To discredit is easy but to give props and chance to another team is hard in my opinion anyone atm can win anything proof is c9 of 2018 even though they fluked the major they literally started grinding MID major to defeat FaZe in finals
2022-10-19 09:03
faze's major was the flukest shit you delusional bot life games getting carried by rain
2022-10-22 16:42
1 reply
Yes sure 3/4 of the big tourneys won by them-> fluke and am delusional Wake up you fking npc all you know is hate on faze
2022-10-24 20:25
#240
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India DG_1998
Faze biggest fluke team this yr so far. Navi and c9 had war related issue that's why faze won every single tournament.
2022-10-29 08:51
Liquid vs faze final liquid wins
2022-10-19 01:12
if teams are sleeping on 00nation as hard as analysts they might have a punchers chance at taking the thing
2022-10-19 01:13
1 reply
Yes or no. Sure 00nation look really promising, but the young players can struggle in front of the homecrowd. The pressure will be at the top. 00nation will make at least to the legends stage.
2022-10-19 01:30
so much talk about how "open" this major is but I have the feeling that it will be another faze vs navi final
2022-10-19 01:15
10 replies
Same
2022-10-19 01:22
Probably Faze will reach finals. NaVi can't make it through with sdy and b1t avg performance
2022-10-19 10:06
5 replies
z0mple fans when they don't blame sdy for 5 minutes sweating_kid.jpg
2022-10-19 10:49
3 replies
Kid with Silver 2 brain. Go check his pov on CT side inferno and Mirage in EPL and RMR He had a pretty weak aim with bad timings.
2022-10-19 15:30
2 replies
Thanks for proving my point. youtube.com/watch?v=3KeDwNZd71w BIG had a longer era than n0vi btw.
2022-10-19 20:18
1 reply
OK BUG Fan keep winning roobet cups and have an era. Meanwhile NaVi will get another major
2022-10-19 20:25
b1t played his best cs at both majors, dont know about sdy though, navi usually plays better at majors than other events
2022-10-19 11:56
I dont think so. Vitality has a good shot imo. i donno at what stage they will meet but imo faze vs vitality is the final.
2022-10-19 11:52
2 replies
people value their epl run way too highly, zywoo went godmode he wont do it at every tournament especially at majors. I think Vitality will have a better shot at the Paris major not this one. This feels like Faze or Navi all over again
2022-10-19 11:55
1 reply
interesting take. perhaps you are right about vitality at the paris major. when is that one btw? but I think spinx and dupreeh have more in them apex is doing it here and there too. I dont believe in navi sorry they will do good but i predict not all the way. will the final be a 5 mapper?
2022-10-19 16:02
#43
Kvem | 
North America kommi
00nation GL and EG over bne, are we being trolled?
2022-10-19 01:23
2 replies
00nation is clearly better than bne. Eg not really probably the same level.
2022-10-19 01:31
Imo bne is the "puggiest" team at Rio and I don't think that style of gameplay will really be successful. Not saying that they're bad, because they're not, but their gamestyle doesn't seem as strategically advanced as other teams. Happy to be proven wrong when the event starts though
2022-10-19 04:32
One thing I'm certain: If NAVI and FaZe reach finals there's no way NAVI loses.
2022-10-19 01:24
3 replies
they said it before
2022-10-19 02:48
#86
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CIS I_D_R_C
I heard it from antwerp,and guess wat happened?
2022-10-19 04:48
There is always a way and faze will show it to them. The way goes to de_airport
2022-10-19 11:50
IHC got this
2022-10-19 01:24
ez major for Imperial
2022-10-19 01:27
"FaZe's shaky RMR campaign raises questions about whether 2022's best team can once again show up when it really matters" Like what?? They've never proved that they CANT show up when it really matters yet. In fact thats why they're so good, because they always show up when it really matters. Thats why they are still the favorite for the major.
2022-10-19 01:33
1 reply
Same people overrated NiP because of irrelevant RMR trophy
2022-10-19 12:26
There is no clear favorite because SANGAL isnt playing. duh.
2022-10-19 01:35
EG is the clear favorite moron
2022-10-19 01:35
The whole of Brazil will cheer s1mple's Na`Vi to yet another major. DAVAYE NAVI!
2022-10-19 01:42
4 replies
actually who will brazil cheer for when its not 00nation and imperial or furia? depends if any fanalist knocks them out? also would they cheer for a russian team?
2022-10-19 16:10
3 replies
Jame is a beloved player in Brazil, so I will think Outsiders will have a good reception
2022-10-19 23:34
1 reply
if thats the case then vp can be a real dark horse this tournament.
2022-10-20 18:02
I am pretty sure once the BR teams are out. Na`Vi is the only team that Brazil will support. s1mple is a household name in BR especially after he defended FalleN against Thoorin a few months ago.
2022-10-20 19:47
#54
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United States GiantDays
furia-liquid finals liquid win things that wont happen
2022-10-19 01:50
#55
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Switzerland ayygurl
BIG is clear favourite
2022-10-19 01:53
3 replies
#117
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Brazil qERROp
CJLGJDGKXLJGDHILMVHKCKDHDKWHDKEJWE I LOST
2022-10-19 07:18
+1 Agreed.
2022-10-19 10:48
Most sane BIG enjoyer, BASED
2022-10-19 21:06
EZ FIRST MAJOR FOR NIKO #WEAREJITU #KOVACGAMING2
2022-10-19 01:56
Outsiders favorites Qikert MVP
2022-10-19 02:01
hry mdpv
2022-10-19 02:04
FAVORITE = IMPERIAL
2022-10-19 02:06
L rankings
2022-10-19 02:09
Idk dude. Why you ask me?
2022-10-19 02:10
1 reply
lol +1
2022-10-19 16:11
I would put Heroic to 5th ahead of Nip and Vitality and Outsiders to 8th. And therefore Furia 9th. Placings of 10th to 21th are very hard to say any correct order and depends on how much stake we put to audience and stuff.
2022-10-19 02:30
#69
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France Kweyy
I'm the favorite to win it all
2022-10-19 02:34
1 reply
favourite <3
2022-10-19 16:11
never had a championship as unpredictable as Major Rio, all the teams that are in the top 10 can have chances to win, obviously Navi Vitality and Faze are favorites in theory but, let's wait for the results... Go FURIA!!!
2022-10-19 02:34
Zywoo major
2022-10-19 02:48
#74
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United States VlPER
Cloud9 over Liquid is an absolute joke. When will people realize this team won't meet your expectations
2022-10-19 02:49
1 reply
Liquid the only top 10 they beat in the last 3 months:Cloud9 Cloud and Cloud9 just because Yekindar reads this team 100% doesnt mean they have higher expectations than cloud9 who since 2020 got destroyed by yekindar
2022-10-19 06:35
#75
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Europe jigglep33k
because navi and faze sucky sucky because vitality and liquid shaky shaky because everyone else is darky horse
2022-10-19 02:52
#77
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Afghanistan Pewpo
Let's just laugh at these HLTV rankings, HLTV at it's best as usual.
2022-10-19 03:15
#78
Jame | 
Brazil siphas
cadian first major pog
2022-10-19 03:22
nip rio major winner 2022 no doubt
2022-10-19 04:02
I think this major winner is going to be that no one will be expecting imo C9/outsiders/NIP
2022-10-19 04:31
HLTV is aware Liquid has beat C9 three times in a row correct? Once you can write off. Twice you can chock it up to form. Three times and you are just coping.
2022-10-19 04:33
5 replies
Yekindar read c9 100% its like kryptonite
2022-10-19 05:52
Agreed. Especially considering that all the challlenger, legends and champion stages will be with the crowd. LAN teams (and even Brazilian teams) would get a buff.
2022-10-19 06:42
1 reply
I agree. There is a world where furia go on a run and win this. No bullshit. They are going to get a mega buff from a giant crowd IMO.
2022-10-19 08:05
just bcoz x>y doesnt x is greater than every alphabet , always know that . anyone can win this major . teams to look out are faze,navi,c9,vitality,liquid . out of these teams min 2 to 3 will make playoffs .
2022-10-19 09:19
1 reply
I understand that but it's three times in a row and better placements. I just don't see the argument. It doesn't matter either tho.
2022-10-19 15:33
#85
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Canada firtlast
weird title, i think "A look into why there are no clear fav...." would have been better. I can give you the best answer for the titular question in 5 words
2022-10-19 04:39
???? NiP vs zywoo grand final
2022-10-19 05:06
time for liquid to remove 2019 katowice major from their mind and win this one at rio. surely no chokes
2022-10-19 05:15
3 replies
Just 2019 Kato? I think 2019 Berlin was far more disappointing
2022-10-20 07:27
2 replies
Kato they lost to a meme team... At least in Berlin they lost to Astralis
2022-10-20 12:11
1 reply
BlAstralis was also a meme team up until that point, they were not expected to challenge Losing to ENCE was bad but that Astralis loss after they surprised with the recently 'patched' Vertigo will forever stay in mind, having parallels to EliGE's story of why he quit Star Craft interestingly
2022-10-20 18:01
Ezz for Navi
2022-10-19 05:35
EliGe and nitr0 will get their major win
2022-10-19 05:50
G2 is the clear favourite ez for Hooxi
2022-10-19 05:54
Why is this guy not considering G2 as one of the favorites along with Faze and Navi? #1 rifler in world #3 awper in world #1 igl in world Should be unbeatable
2022-10-19 05:58
3 replies
U b8ing right? Cuz they didnt even qualify..
2022-10-19 10:03
2 replies
??????? How is a top 5 team not at a major with 24 spots. Like they would have to lose to multiple tier 3 teams
2022-10-19 10:35
1 reply
Exactly as you desribed, they lost to t2-3 who were better few weeks ago..
2022-10-19 11:19
#97
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United States cmohr
Liquid destroyed C9 in Pro League in a studio LAN but are still below them in power rankings? No hate towards sh1ro but do you really think he is gonna perform better in front of the largest crowd CS has ever seen?
2022-10-19 06:20
8 replies
Liquid had struggles againts furia Ef Movistar the o ly reason they can win Cloud9 is because Yekindar always read this team 100% their play style their movements their calls he knows everything about theirs since 2020 its his kryptonite
2022-10-19 06:23
5 replies
#101
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United States cmohr
They warmed into the tournament. They flew by mouz and fnatic and brought Vitality within rounds of winning the entire tournament.
2022-10-19 06:26
1 reply
Its like vitality alwqys lose to herpic they got destroyed by heroic in the rmr but they are still favorites over heroic cadian always destroy zywoo and reads apex
2022-10-19 06:28
Why don't you make the same arguements for Faze? Faze is notorious for being shit in group stages but then at a whole new level at playoffs (ofc they weren't at this level in Pro League).
2022-10-19 06:45
2 replies
Faze proves to. Be better in play off and wins tournaments destroying every top team Liquid just beat C9 and if elige didnt push 1 smoke in lucky timing they got 0-2 aagaints fnatic LOL
2022-10-19 06:48
1 reply
Faze didn't win against C9 twice now when it matters? They NEVER destroy top teams btw. They just were good at winning close games and some insane clutches. But Liquid won against Fnatic. I could make the same argument that if Zywoo didn't go ultra nuclear (just nuclear) in finals, TL would have won Pro League 3-1 easy.
2022-10-19 10:22
Also they didnt destroyed them it was a close dust 2 when nafany was playing for liquid...
2022-10-19 06:25
C9 kinda crumbles under pressure for sure we have seen it on LANs before but Sh1ro will play very well for sure even if C9 loose...
2022-10-23 18:52
Time for nip major
2022-10-19 06:21
#104
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Australia Roarix
FNATIC ON THE RISE
2022-10-19 06:29
#105
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Finland KieZuZ
Wait. G2 is clear favorite?
2022-10-19 06:31
#107
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Canada Jonesyk
HexT MVP incoming
2022-10-19 06:35
#109
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South Africa Criticle
No clear favourite???? Only one team has SeksiB last time I checked.
2022-10-19 06:40
Vitality coming out on top.
2022-10-19 06:48
#115
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Brazil lul321
Vitality, Heroic and NIP
2022-10-19 06:51
It's obvious that ihc is favorite, but na'vi will upset ihc and win rio major
2022-10-19 07:22
#121
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Brazil me_donk
because 00nation is clearly saving strats for the major
2022-10-19 07:39
degster to carry OG to Major glory, have faith brothers
2022-10-19 07:45
Ez MVP for Professor!
2022-10-19 07:46
#126
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Indonesia nouser
You say that but FaZe will probably win again if they reach semis even if they're shaky
2022-10-19 07:52
1 reply
Actually i have no clue if somehow i don't wanna Jinx shit. But if we get FaZe vs Vitality major final this could be the most close major ever to CS go have had going 3mappers with the player which will go individually nuclear win, theres also FaZe vs NaVi possibility only if s1mple is able to bring back form from 1st half and expand it abit ovr i rate the chances 1st scenario 15% 2nd scenario 10% rest is minor hard to describe i would just say to wait
2022-10-19 09:08
Ez4ence
2022-10-19 07:58
looking shaky in RMR doesn't mean a lot, there is still clear favourites when it comes to playoffs in front of a crowd, only dark horse for me is imperial with the home crowd
2022-10-19 08:08
I think FaZe is going to win but I HOPE NAVI/Vitality win it. Liquid winning would also be epic!!!!
2022-10-19 08:11
gamerlegion 😎🤙
2022-10-19 08:12
#132
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United Kingdom Leftie
With YEKINDAR, I think Liquid have a good chance
2022-10-19 08:20
Pro League results don't matter. You should know it by now.
2022-10-19 08:32
G2 vs Astralis Ohhhh wait
2022-10-19 08:37
1 reply
Hooxi MVP
2022-10-23 18:52
Rooting so hard for Vitality. Would be great for all the players to get a(nother) major, especially Zywoo and Goatpreeh.
2022-10-19 08:49
2 replies
Dupreeh with 5major would def need partition for Valve to create him exclusive pin coin for him 5x major with dupreeh diamond sticker or some shit on top of it as Champion. I Hope but at the same idk
2022-10-19 09:09
1 reply
+1
2022-10-19 09:31
This major will be like Gambit won in 2017.
2022-10-19 08:53
2 replies
are u sure about that ?
2022-10-19 09:14
1 reply
Yeah underdog gonna surprise.
2022-10-19 11:28
C9 will win this shit, mark my words
2022-10-19 09:11
HYPE HYPE
2022-10-19 09:13
Vitality will win the Rio major.
2022-10-19 09:49
Faze ez win. Asians are wasted spot like asstralis
2022-10-19 10:05
imperial is winning this ez
2022-10-19 10:08
There is, it's Faze. And HLTV ranking is a meme.
2022-10-19 10:25
Ez 4 ence
2022-10-19 10:40
2 replies
#161
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India ananthu
Only if they sign jimphat instead of maden
2022-10-19 10:44
1 reply
If only ;__;
2022-10-19 15:10
#158
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Germany X5ander
it's hard to predict, because no one knows, how my boyz will perform. The BIG machines can win this tournament, but also can go out in the challenger stage.
2022-10-19 10:44
#159
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India ananthu
Ezz for liquid
2022-10-19 10:44
I wish a brazilian team reach to trophy. Would be a great moment for Cs. Brazilian CsCommunity 100% deserves it.
2022-10-19 11:04
I called Na’Vi when they won, and i called FaZe… But this time i am blank
2022-10-19 11:14
3 replies
Call Liquid to win :D
2022-10-19 12:19
2 replies
I want to, but i think one of the reasons Liquid did so well last tournament, was because of YEKINDAR being a new addition to the team... You could see none of the other teams knew how to handle him, because they didn't know where he was playing ( besides banana on inferno ) but they would have figured that out by now. I also want Liquid to win, because maybe that would improve CS:GO in NA
2022-10-19 12:23
1 reply
I hope Liquid win this one or a Brazilian team. But this will be a toughie for sure, I do think that Yekindar is still unpredictable although he isn't, you know he is going to peek and for some reason he can still get 2 entry kills. But we will see for sure
2022-10-19 12:24
fave are favs it's as clear as day, c9 are not even in top5 to win the major
2022-10-19 11:25
#177
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Spain x0s3
EZ4BNE
2022-10-19 12:05
#186
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Brazil darkfroid
ez4Furia
2022-10-19 15:49
I think it will be the most competitive major I've ever watched, Stockholm and Antwerp were pretty predictible with NaVi and FAZE winning. This will be great! :D
2022-10-19 15:53
ez4imperial
2022-10-19 15:54
I would say Faze, but still it's not very clear tbh there must be certainly some dark horses teams who would change things and impress especially Brazilian teams I think they've got something hidden under their sleeves in this Major well to simply say that they got their word to say 100%
2022-10-19 16:00
#194
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Argentina Chipox
Final 9z Vs 00Nation (Its a Joke BTW)
2022-10-19 16:14
#196
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Canada loldougie
00Nation at Number 17 is going to be a surprise for everyone, they will definitely upset their way past many higher ranked teams.
2022-10-19 18:36
#197
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Sweden wnsz
NiP vs FaZe in final and NiP wins 2-1!!!
2022-10-19 18:39
Furia with akkari poker gigachad will take this
2022-10-19 18:58
#199
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United States w0lvesTF
Striker throwing shade at Blast being glorified qualifier +1
2022-10-19 19:11
These 'Power rankings'' look 1000x better than the '' official '' rankings
2022-10-19 19:19
No ERA = BEST ERA When a tourney is unpredictable, that's when it gets the most enjoyable. Let's do this, RIO !
2022-10-19 19:44
EZ 4 9Z THE NEXT SK/LG TOP1 HLTV. DGT,NQZ,BUDA,MAX AND DAV1DEUS WILL FINISH WHAT IMMORTALS COULDN'T IN 2017. MARK MY WORDS
2022-10-19 21:15
When all team are so close to each other, it is no longer about strat, stat, shooting, fire power. It is about mentality and perseverance to win this major. “The winning team may not the strongest team, but mentally the strongest team”
2022-10-20 04:25
grayhound clear favorite to win the major
2022-10-20 05:34
imperial win chelo mvp
2022-10-20 14:36
Depends on what navi we see lol
2022-10-20 21:36
I can’t believe G2 isn’t gonna be there lmao
2022-10-20 23:27
2 replies
Only good teams allowed. Why surprised?
2022-10-20 23:36
1 reply
I know they shit the bed and sealed their own fate, but they still have a higher ceiling than many other teams
2022-10-21 12:51
easy major for heroic
2022-10-22 19:12
#241
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Estonia Kukkel
Vitality 3rd and C9 4th in power ranking? They need to go get to Legends stage first lmao. HLTV and it's rankings, delusional.
2022-10-31 08:06
g2 #5 lul
2022-10-31 08:19
Soo ez for K0nfig and BlameF duo
2022-11-02 10:47
clown9 and vitalulty kek
2022-11-02 10:57
what a joke list HLTV GJ
2022-11-02 12:09
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