Europe RMR B in bullet points: Three things to know about each team
The final RMR tournament brings 16 more teams in a stacked field playing for eight BLAST.tv Paris Major spots. Here are three things about each one.
The second European RMR tournament is set to start, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from April 11-14. Eight more Major spots are about to be handed to the best of what looks like a very stacked and difficult-to-predict field.
As of the latest ranking update, nine top 20 teams and two more just on the cusp of that mark will play in the second and by many viewed as the obviously more stacked European RMR. The rest comes from a combination of recent risers and a couple of surprise additions from the open qualifiers.
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G2 (Power ranking: #1)
Jan "Swani" Müller (coach)
1. Though in recent times their terrifying form has dwindled, G2 are still the world's best team after winning two of the last three Big Events.
2. The same lineup struggled at the RMR last time around and missed the IEM Rio Major despite being heavy favorites to make it. Pressure will mount if they find themselves in a dangerous position again.
Richard "Xizt" Landström (coach)
1. Heroic are one of the most stable rosters in Counter-Strike. Four of their members have been together for over two years, and the core trio for over three years.
2. jabbi has gone from being the team's lowest-rated player upon joining (0.98 in the first three months) to the highest-rated player recently (1.16 in 2023).
3. Heroic are eyeing their fourth consecutive Major playoffs appearance after placing 3rd-4th at PGL Major Stockholm, 5th-8th at PGL Major Antwerp, and 2nd at IEM Rio Major.
Konstantin "groove" Pikiner (coach)
3. Cloud9 have the highest utility ADR in matches among top 30 teams in 2023 (28.9) and the second highest opening kill percentage (53.8%). All five players contribute well to the former, while the star trio of sh1ro, Ax1Le, and HObbit is responsible for the latter.
1. After losing Lotan "Spinx" Giladi to Vitality last summer, ENCE did not make it to a Big Event playoffs for half a year, but they immediately broke the streak upon the signing of NertZ at ESL Pro League Season 17 (3rd-4th).
3. ENCE played eight of the other 15 teams who are part of this RMR group this year, albeit in large part before NertZ joined the roster with either Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså or Henri "HENU" Ylilehto:
0-2 vs. Eternal Fire at CCT Finals
0-2 vs. Eternal Fire at CCT Finals
2-1 vs. Spirit at CCT Finals
0-2 vs. BIG at IEM Rio EU closed qualifier
2-1 vs. Monte at IEM Rio EU closed qualifier
1-2 vs. Cloud9 at IEM Katowice Play-in
Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)
1. ZywOo's stats so far in 2023 are staggering: 1.39 rating (#1), 87.8 ADR (#1), 0.86 kills per round (#1), 78.3% KAST (#1), 0.16 opening kills per round (#2), 1.48 impact rating (#1)
2. dupreeh recently sat out the majority of ESL Pro League Season 17 due to parental leave.
Artem "Fierce" Ivanov (coach)
1. After a period of struggles FORZE have recently impressed with a run to quarter-finals at ESL Pro League Season 17 and to second place at BetBoom Playlist Urbanistic. FORZE have gone from #46 in the world at the end of 2022 to #16.
3. zorte has some of the best flashbang stats — fourth-most flash assists (0.10), third-most flashes thrown (1.06 per round), and fifth-highest average opponent flashed time (2.48s).
Sergey "hally" Shavaev (coach)
1. Spirit seem to thrive at Majors: They placed in the top four at PGL Major Antwerp and in the top eight at IEM Rio Major, but never made it to a Big Event playoffs otherwise.
2. 2023 has not been kind to them so far — they have a 15-22 map record and 6-10 match record from IEM Katowice, CCT Central Europe Finals, ESL Pro League Season 17, and IEM Dallas Europe closed qualifier.
Kasper Hvidt (coach)
Alexander "Altekz" Givskov (substitute)
3. Astralis are looking to get back on the Major stage after missing the IEM Rio Major amidst the previous lineup's struggles. Despite being the most successful organization at Majors, they are also looking to return to playoffs for the first time since they won their fourth title in Berlin.
Fatih "gob b" Dayik (coach)
1. BIG added hyped from the academy team in February to replace Florian "syrsoN" Rische. Albeit inconsistent, the new AWPer has shown flashes of brilliance with his rather aggressive approach to the sniper rifle.
2. Krimbo has quickly grown into the team's star. His ESL Pro League Season 17 performance turned heads, as he averaged a 1.19 rating over 17 maps in Malta despite the team's group stage exit.
3. BIG are utility gods and tabseN is chief among them. They have the fifth-most utility ADR (27.5) and third-most flash assists (0.29) with the in-game leader dealing over a third of the damage (9.6) and getting nearly a fourth of the flash assists (0.07).
Ninjas in Pyjamas (#10)
Daniel "djL" Narancic (coach)
Max "maxster" Jansson (substitute)
3. Currently at six in a row, Ninjas in Pyjamas are looking to extend their streak of attending Majors dating back to FACEIT Major London in 2018. The organization also attended the first nine.
Piotr "nawrot" Nawrocki (coach)
1. 9INE have been among the most improved teams on the tier-two scene and currently hold an 80-36 map record (69% win rate) in 2023.
3. 9INE look to put Poland back on the Major map. The last time there was a Polish-majority roster in attendance was at the FACEIT Major in 2018.
Eternal Fire (#12)
Sezgin "Fabre" Kalaycı (coach)
3. The same core of players — MAJ3R, XANTARES, and Calyx — played together under the Space Soldiers tag for nearly two years from 2017-2018 and played in the ELEAGUE Major 2018 Legends Stage and FACEIT Major 2018 Challengers Stage.
Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)
Michał "MICHU" Müller (substitute)
1. Monte have terrorized tier two in 2023, winning four online tournaments this year: ESL Challenger League, European Pro League, CCT West Europe Series 2 and CCT Central Europe Series 5.
2. They have played 139 maps recorded on HLTV this year, the second most of any team behind Nexus (145).
3. Monte have a winning record on all six maps they play, but they are true Anubis specialists with a 22-4 record on the map in 2023.
Sergey "starix" Ischuk (coach)
Alexandr "Wh1te" Sokolov (substitute)
1. Aurora began the year with a 13-match win streak and then went on an eight-match win streak in February to March on the tier-two scene.
Denis "Grashog" Hristov (coach)
1. 500 come into the qualifier in poor form when it comes to playing teams ranked around them, boasting only a 35% win rate against top 50 teams in 2023.
2. The Bulgarians hope to put their country on the Major stage. Only one of their countrymen has ever attended Majors — Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov.
1. iNation is the lowest-ranked team in attendance at the European RMR at #56 and comes as a surprise addition from the open qualifiers.
2. DEPRESHN is the first Croatian player to play at a Regional Major Ranking tournament or the like.
3. The iNation tag has been represented in the past by the likes of Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, Janko "YNk" Paunović, NiKo, huNter-, Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, Nemanja "k1Ng0r" Bošković, Luka "emi" Vuković, and Nestor "LETN1" Tanić.