lurppis' 2012 team ranking

In this article, Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen presents the recent results and matches of and then ranks the top teams in Counter-Strike 1.6 heading into the summer season of tournaments.

As the summer season including DreamHack Summer 2012, GameGune 2012 and possibly others approaches, it's time to wrap up some of the results from the past few months and see where all the top teams stand after their recent changes.

This article goes over each teams' results from 2012 in terms of both placings at tournaments as well as individual match results against other top teams on the list.

It goes without saying this article is highly subjective, but the ranking is backed by an explanation to each team's rank below them.

1. Ukraine Natus Vincere (ceh9, Edward, markeloff, starix, Zeus)

1st IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev
2nd Kingston Trilogy Tour
2nd IEM VI World Championship
2nd Copenhagen Games 2012
5-6th K1 League 2012 Season 1 (CS:Online)

Recent matches:
2-0 vs Sweden fnatic (16-7 de_tuscan, 16-4 de_train)
2-1 vs Sweden Lions (16-6 de_tuscan, 7-16 de_tuscan, 16-3 de_inferno)
0-2 vs Poland ESC Gaming (11-16 de_train, 14-16 de_mirage)
2-0 vs Denmark Anexis (16-14 de_tuscan, 16-12 de_mirage)
0-2 vs Finland WinFakt (14-16 de_train, 9-16 de_inferno)
16-11 vs Denmark Xapso (de_mirage)
16-10 vs Germany ALTERNATE (de_inferno)
19-17 vs Sweden Lemondogs (de_dust2)
16-14 vs Finland WinFakt (de_tuscan)
25-28 vs Sweden fnatic (de_dust2)
1-1 vs Russia Moscow Five (10-20 de_dust2, 16-14 de_tuscan) 

Looking at results, Natus Vincere have clearly had the best placings overall in 2012 as they have reached the grand final of every event they have attended while others haven't been able to perform anywhere near consistently. This upcoming summer will be a tough test for the Ukrainians who have been having problems with arguments that seem to take a giant toll on their game at big tourneys, seemingly making them lose all of their focus during important games. If they can put their differences aside and only focus on playing Counter-Strike rather than arguing over who is right and who is wrong, they have the best team in the world when Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev and Yegor "markeloff" Markelov are playing well, but can they do it? Realistically, I don't think it's reasonable to expect them to make a complete 180 on it because even when they were doing well at IEM 6 WC, the arguments looked fairly bad from the outside of it. However, I think having such long breaks from competition this spring has probably helped them and should ease it a little, although I doubt it will be fully fixed.

With the end of CS 1.6 seemingly approaching and the Ukrainians often citing their dislike for CS:GO in various interviews, it will be interesting to see whether that is something that will motivate the team that has already won everything there is to be won in the world of CS or if it will cause their motivation to stagger, knowing it might be over soon anyways. DreamHack Summer and GameGune will be immensely important for Natus Vincere who can be the best team in the world when they set their minds to it, but will they, is an altogether different question. I don't think playing CSOL for K1 league caused problems for their preparation because they have been known to only bootcamp for a week before tournaments which could mean they are becoming easier to anti-strat, but at the same time Sergey "starix" Ischuk's team have usually been the anti-stratters, not the anti-strattees. As far as the losses against Moscow Five at Kingston Trilogy Tour and TECHLABS Belarus, I don't put much weight on them because they were such small tournaments that I don't think Na`Vi were anywhere near at their best. Similarly, K1 League should be forgotten when comparing results simply because it was played using updaterate 30 and cmdrate 20 with a low rate - and if you don't agree, go play some CS using those settings, it will be impossible to hit anything.

In the end, so far in 2012 they have been the best team in the world and I expect that trend to continue, although they will probably have to win one of the two big summer events to keep that title unless they place consistently in both and other teams get mixed results. K1 League might actually be exactly what Na`Vi needed to get a sort of a wake up call to prepare properly because they are definitely favorites in any best-of-three series you can put them to when they are prepared. However, it's impossible to tell from the outside if they are putting hundred percent of the blame on the server settings or if they are willing to look past it and realize they should still be beating those teams they lost against in Shanghai. Expect them to continue being the most consistent and overall strongest team around, especially with the lack of major events causing a drop in ESC Gaming's play.


markeloff has been consistently one of the world's best for over two years

2. Sweden SK Gaming (Delpan, f0rest, face, GeT_RiGhT, RobbaN)

2nd IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev
4th IEM VI World Championship (with trace)
5-6th Copenhagen Games 2012 (with trace)
1st Swedish Championship Qualifier
1st 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online 
3-4th fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
1-2 vs Poland ESC Gaming (14-16 de_nuke, 16-11 de_mirage, 14-16 de_train)
1-2 vs Sweden Lemondogs (16-2 de_mirage, 7-16 de_inferno, 9-16 de_nuke)
2-0 vs Denmark Xapso (16-6 de_mirage, 16-13 de_forge)
0-2 vs Finland WinFakt (8-16 de_mirage, 13-16 de_train)
14-16 vs Sweden Lemondogs (de_nuke)
2-1 vs Sweden fnatic (17-19 de_tuscan, 16-2 de_train, 19-16 de_dust2)
16-12 vs Denmark Anexis (de_mirage)
2-0 vs Poland ESC Gaming (16-7 de_train, 16-13 de_dust2)
2-0 vs Sweden fnatic (16-9 de_dust2, 16-11 de_nuke)
16-2 vs Russia Moscow Five (de_forge)
0-2 vs Denmark Anexis (14-16 de_train, 7-16 de_mirage)

SK Gaming started off well in Kiev with Marcus "Delpan" Larsson but had luckluster showings since then with the lineup featuring Martin "trace" Heldt as they failed to impress at IEM 6 WC and Copenhagen Games. Since Delpan was brought back the team started looking more like their own selves as they beat fnatic twice at Swedish Championship qualifier and 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online. They also beat ESC Gaming convincingly at the latter. The loss against Anexis dropped their stock a little because that is a team SK Gaming should be beating without much trouble, but as hinted in the post Larsson was late to the match and was minutes away from being replaced for the first map which surely affected SK's preparation and mindset going into the match.

On one hand Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Larsson all showed impressive individual play at Inferno Online last month, but it seems like Johan "face" Klasson has been in somewhat of a slump lately while Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström has also struggled if you compare both to their earlier performances from this year or even 2011. Another factor to consider for SK Gaming is CS:GO - Alesund has been playing a ton of CS:GO to already get the hang of it when the scene might make the switch and Lindberg has also been seen playing with him. In fact, Lindberg has seemingly stopped using a silenced Colt M4A1 altogether after playing CS:GO (whose beta version does not include a silencer for the Colt M4A1) which is fairly significant knowing I probably haven't seen him play a single round of CS 1.6 without a silencer in the past seven years.

While many would argue fnatic has had better results in 2012 since their player change, it would be impossible for me to rank them above SK Gaming whose roster has yet to drop a single map against the black and orange since Lindberg and Alesund changed sides in early 2011. This was once again showcased twice in two best-of-three series over the last month or so. They also took down ESC Gaming, who have been struggling since the last major IEM 6 WC, easily. While I consider SK Gaming to be the second best in the world, I don't think it would take them much to make the jump to number one if Na`Vi doesn't show up in good form at DreamHack and GameGune. I think SK Gaming's psychological edge will help them keep fnatic at bay in the future and I still question ESC's motivation. I don't see SK losing to anyone else consistently, and therefore I rank them two.


Delpan's return has moved SK up in the ranking and they seem to be back in good shape 

3. Sweden fnatic (Friis, Gux, karrigan, moddii, Xizt)

4th IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev (with cArn)
5-6th IEM VI World Championship (with cArn)
1st Copenhagen Games 2012
2nd Swedish Championship Qualifier
2nd 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online 
1st fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
2-1 vs Poland ESC Gaming
2-0 vs Germany ALTERNATE
2-0 vs Finland WinFakt
28-25 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (de_dust2)
16-12 vs Denmark Anexis 16-12 (de_inferno)
1-2 vs Sweden SK Gaming (19-17 de_tuscan, 2-16 de_train, 16-19 de_dust2)
2-1 vs Denmark eSrael (16-1 de_dust2, 13-16 de_tuscan, 16-12 de_train)
0-2 vs Sweden SK Gaming (9-16 de_dust2, 11-16 de_nuke)
2-1 vs Poland ESC Gaming (16-12 de_dust2, 12-16 de_train, 16-8 de_inferno)
2-1 vs Denmark eSrael (16-7 de_inferno, 11-16 de_train, 16-11 de_nuke)
2-0 vs Denmark Anexis (16-10 de_mirage, 16-11 de_train) 

fnatic has been nothing short of impressive since Patrik "cArn" Sättermon retired and Finn "karrigan" Andersen joined up as the new fifth member of the team. They won Copenhagen Games, lost two finals to SK Gaming (granted, one of them at a small qualifier) and then won their online league fnatic PLAY league 2012 this week with some solid wins over the Poles and the two Danish teams. Some will argue that fnatic should be ranked above Na`Vi already but their results have only been over a course of roughly two months, whereas the Ukrainians have been way more consistent - and SK has been taking them down as usual which forces them down to the third place. However, while ESC Gaming's achievements have been more impressive in 2012 (and especially if we think about WCG 2011 for a second), fnatic has realistically been a stronger team at the most recent tournaments.

The team has an interesting mixture of players whom would all mostly be any team's second best player apart from Andreas "moddii" Fridh (who was the clear star player of SK and ESC). However, as a result, on paper they don't have a weak link in the eyes of fans the way that many consider the players with lowest stats of other top teams. So far Richard "Xizt" Landström has been able to keep the boat afloat very well and his individual play hasn't suffered too much, but I have yet to see fnatic play against a team who would anti strat their playing style. I think watching Na`Vi play fnatic in a best-of-three series would be extremely interesting as I for one would like to know if Landström can keep up his calling when the other team is aware of what they like to do just about every round (which wasn't the case at Copenhagen Games because fnatic was a new team) or if he will have trouble adjusting his usual calls, especially because mid game adjustments and reading the other team always seemed to be former leader Sättermon's strong suites.

From what I hear, fnatic seems to be the most motivated team out there right now in terms of practice which is great news for every fan out there. I think they have probably realized they are one of the best teams which means with little luck they are competing for the title of every tournament. It will be interesting to see if this fnatic lineup can finally take down SK after over 18 months' drought or if that rivalry will become as one sided as the famous Na`Vi-mTw matchup did in 2010-2011. I think fnatic will be competing for titles in the summer and unless teams figure out Landström's calling style and counter them, they will likely be making the top four in their tournaments because of how much skill their lineup possesses. However, I still see them falling short to the two teams ahead of them and possibly ESC if they get things going - remember, that FCL quarter-final win was largely due to Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl's ninja-like defuse and it could have been a 2-0 win for the Poles.


Can fnatic continue their impressive play in the summer and can they finally overcome SK? 

4. Poland ESC Gaming (kuben, Loord, neo, pasha, TaZ)

1st IEM VI World Championship
9-12th Copenhagen Games 2012
3-4th 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online
5-6th fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
2-1 vs Sweden SK Gaming (16-14 de_nuke, 11-16 de_mirage, 16-14 de_train)
2-0 vs Ukraine Natus Vincere (16-11 de_train, 16-14 de_mirage)
1-2 vs Sweden fnatic (16-11 de_train, 10-16 de_dust2, 9-16 de_mirage)
14-16 vs Denmark Anexis (de_tuscan)
9-16 vs Germany ALTERNATE (de_dust2)
0-2 vs Sweden SK Gaming (7-16 de_dust2, 13-16 de_dust2)
3-16 vs Sweden WinFakt (de_dust2)
16-12 vs Denmark eSrael (de_train)
1-2 vs Sweden fnatic (12-16 de_dust2, 16-12 de_train, 8-16 de_inferno) 

When Filip "NEO" Kubski's team won IEM VI World Championship, they were undoubtedly the best team in the world, having also won the previous major tournament which was World Cyber Games in December. If the Poles are known for something, it is going all in for major tournaments and winning a lot of them, only to suffer problems at the smaller tournaments. That is exactly what they have done once again in 2012 after an oddly consistent 2011. They started off by winning the biggest event of the year, only to lose a close series against fnatic at Copenhagen Games and then fail to make top eight after a close loss versus Anexis. According to people on-site in Copenhagen their team was seen arguing Na`Vi style during those matches which could be a major factor, but it's also known they simply don't often bring their A game to the smaller, less prestigious events.

Same trend continued for the 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online where they went down to SK Gaming 0-2 in a fairly one sided series. On de_dust2 it looked like Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and company could force the series to three maps, but in the end the Swedes were simply better that time around. Add in one more close loss against fnatic online that could have been prevented by stopping Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl's ninja-like defuse in a four-on-two situation, and you have ESC Gaming's 2012. There have also been tons of rumours about Wojtas and Kubski being more motivated in playing League of Legends than Counter-Strike even if it hasn't shown too much in their performances, which could obviously cause some issues. Furthermore, Kubski stated in our pre-Intel Core Challenge interview that knowing CS 1.6 is struggling makes it harder to motivate themselves to practice, but I assume all these losses sting enough that they will improve for the summer.

ESC Gaming's future is up in the air, but luckily for them they are in the driving seat. Similarly to Na`Vi, if they get over the supposed arguments, decide to bootcamp before tournaments and put in effort, they will most likely end up on the podium. They have been a strong team for seemingly forever and they have shown that their A game is simply on a different level than everyone else's but SK's and Na`Vi's, with fnatic as a new challenger this year. ESC Gaming's preparation and motivation will determine how they fare at DreamHack Summer and GameGune, if they want it badly enough they are good enough to get it, but in 2012 they haven't played at the top of their game since early March. ESC Gaming will be an interesting team to watch at the next events.


ESC Gaming with their star player NEO in focus at Copenhagen Games 

5. Sweden WinFakt (FYRR73, kHRYSTAL, niko, threat, zneel)

5-6th IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev
3rd IEM VI World Championship
1st Swedish Championship Qualifier
4th Copenhagen Games 2012
1st Nordic Masters 2012
5-6th fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
1-2 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (6-16 de_tuscan, 16-7 de_tuscan, 3-16 de_inferno)
2-1 vs Sweden SK Gaming (2-16 de_mirage, 16-7 de_inferno, 16-9 de_nuke)
2-0 vs Denmark Anexis (16-14 de_tuscan, 13-16 de_mirage, 16-9 de_inferno)
0-2 vs Germany ALTERNATE (12-16 de_nuke, 11-16 de_inferno)
16-10 vs Denmark Anexis (de_tuscan)
16-14 vs Sweden SK Gaming (de_nuke)
17-19 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (de_dust2)
12-16 vs Denmark eSrael (de_tuscan)
15-15 vs Ukraine KerchNET (de_tuscan)
16-12 vs Germany ALTERNATE (de_tuscan)
16-3 vs Poland ESC Gaming (de_dust2)
0-2 vs Denmark Anexis (12-16 de_tuscan, 6-16 de_mirage)

The former Lions and Lemondogs team seemed to finally catch a big break at IEM 6 WC when they came back from a 2-16 loss on the first map of the third place decider against arch rivals SK Gaming and managed to win the series 2-1, and with that, for the first time take down SK Gaming. Unfortunately we will never know if they could have done something even better at Copenhagen Games with both SK Gaming and Natus Vincere in lower bracket as they failed to score the expected win over ALTERNATE and quickly went from looking to fight for the event title to simply trying to salvage what's left of their showing at the event. In the end they still scored two wins over Anexis and took down SK Gaming once again before losing to Na`Vi in overtime. Since then they won Nordic Masters over weak competition and struggled in FCL with losses against eSrael and Anexis and a tie against KerchNET for a 5-6th place.

WinFakt's clear strength over other teams lies in Björn "threat" Pers' leadership and the preparation work he does for this team. It would be hard to argue the team could compete with most others on this list in pure skill, but Pers has always put effort into playing the correct way strategically and due to his teams having stuck together for such a long time they are actually one of the strongest strategically along with Natus Vincere and eSrael. While online results hardly matter the same way when comparing teams, it's been a little surprising how weak their showing in FCL was overall especially since they recently picked up by the WinFakt sponsorship, which I would assume would motivate them to put in more effort into proving to their organization that switching Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä to them was a right choice. Missing the 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online also makes it harder to gauge the current level of the team.

One thing most people aren't looking into is Emil "FYRR73" Karlsson. Looking at his performances, I think him playing way above his usual level at DreamHack Winter, IEM 6 Kiev, IEM 6 WC and Copenhagen Games has been instrumental to ex-Lions' success. He became the clear star player in the team out of the blue but has also seemed to struggle lately with weak showings at Nordic Masters and fnatic PLAY league. If WinFakt is to continue competing for the titles, I think the key for this team is Karlsson's play because Pers' leadership and strategies won't go anywhere, but it's going to be interesting to see if Karlsson's new level of play is here to stay with the team surely planning on attending both DreamHack and GameGune this summer.


A lot relies on FYRR73 for WinFakt to do well

6. Russia Moscow Five (Dosia, ED1K, Fox, hacker, ROMJkE)

3rd IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev (with xek)
1st Kingston Trilogy Tour (with xek)
5-6th IEM VI World Championship (with xek)
7-8th fnatic PLAY league 2012 (partly without Dosia)

Recent matches:
0-2 vs Sweden SK Gaming (17-21 de_mirage, 10-16 de_train)
2-0 vs Sweden fnatic (16-10 de_nuke, 16-10 de_train)
2-1 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (16-14 de_tuscan, 4-16 de_mirage, 16-12 de_inferno)
0-2 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (17-19 de_inferno, 9-16 de_tuscan)
0-2 vs Poland ESC Gaming (14-16 de_tuscan, 5-16 de_nuke)
6-16 vs Sweden fnatic (de_dust2)
16-5 vs Finland WinFakt (de_inferno)
2-16 vs Sweden SK Gaming (de_forge)
2-0 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (20-10 de_dust2, 16-14 de_tuscan)
15-15 vs Denmark Anexis (de_inferno) 

Moscow Five's spring has been quite uneventful ever since being knocked out of IEM 6 World Championship in the relegation stage by ESC Gaming. They were the only top team that went to India Gaming Carnival as opposed to Copenhagen Games and paid the price for it as the tournament ended up not being ran and the chances of receiving their prize money must not be high. The year started well with a third place finish in Kiev where they played reasonably well despite of the mixed group stage results. At IEM 6 WC the results were once again inconsistent in the group stage and this time it wasn't any better in playoffs where they lost a big lead against ESC Gaming and then completely fell apart in map two, seemingly giving up without trying. The team played FCL without star player Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov so the weak results can be overlooked but the TECHLABS Belarus win over Na`Vi seems to be one of more value as every round counted for $50 in the show match.

They managed to take down Na`Vi a few times this year at Kingston Trilogy Tour and the TECHLABS show match but since those tournaments weren't as important and Na`Vi showed their true level of play quickly after the Turkey trip at IEM 6 WC (and right prior to it at IEM 6 Kiev) it seems somewhat irrelevant in the big picture. The fact is, M5 still has a a relatively good chance of beating almost anyone on this list and some of the teams such as fnatic, WinFakt and the two Danes below them have actually gotten off a little too easy so far in 2012 because of the Russians absence from Copenhagen Games, 3rd Intel Core Challenge and fnatic PLAY league with their correct lineup.

Combine that with them having made one player switch in 2012 and it's close to impossible to know where exactly Moscow Five ranks on this list. As of right now I have to assume they are above both Danes because of their previous results, but the summer events will determine just how M5 will fare against both as well as the teams currently ranked above them. They have showed some promising results in 2012 but a player change and the most recent losses make it hard for anyone to realistically rate the Russians higher.


M5's decision to go to India and Dosia's vacation have forced them out of the spotlight 

7. Denmark eSrael (ArcadioN, coloN, trace, turkizh, Xyp9x)

1st DEL Finals (with zanoj)
7-8th Copenhagen Games 2012 (with zanoj)
3-4th 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online 
3-4th fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
0-2 vs Sweden SK Gaming (6-16 de_mirage, 13-16 de_forge)
11-16 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (de_mirage)
16-12 vs Sweden Lemondogs (de_tuscan)
15-15 vs Ukraine KerchNET (de_tuscan)
1-2 vs Sweden fnatic (1-16 de_dust2, 16-13 de_tuscan, 12-16 de_train)
2-0 vs Finland WinFakt (16-13 de_tuscan, 16-6 de_train)
16-7 vs Germany ALTERNATE (de_tuscan)
1-2 vs Sweden fnatic (7-16 de_inferno, 16-11 de_train, 11-16 de_nuke) 

eSrael first made waves by beating Anexis at DEL finals and then followed it up by an average performance at Copenhagen Games where Morten "coloN" Johansen played especially well, proving he can get kills in a LAN environment as well. Since then the team attended 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online where they took down the former Finnish WinFakt squad easily 2-0 but fell against fnatic in a close series after receiving a stomping on the opening map. Their results in FCL were good but not great and dropping out in the semi-finals against fnatic proved they are not yet on fnatic's level as they keep losing relatively close series against them.

There is no doubt that this team has already improved immensely and will keep improving with the likes of Martin "trace" Heldt and Timm "ArcadioN" Henriksen leading the way for them, but although they seem clearly better than Anexis and I would assume in the long run KerchNET, they have yet to play Moscow Five who have achieved more than them which forces them down to the seventh place in the ranking. I think eSrael and the new WinFakt team would actually match up against one another very well due to the two in-game leaders being some of the most strategy oriented ones left in the game, so that would be another interesting series.

I think eSrael could easily make the jump to as high as fifth place in the world with very little improvements, but due to the team not being in attendance at DreamHack Summer next week, that will have to wait at least until the end of July. With the newer players Morten "coloN" Johansen (who has seemed great online and in earlier rounds of LAN tournaments but has yet to transfer that game to the deciding matches) and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth still looking to gain experience, every event at home is a missed opportunity and we will have to wait and see how much further up eSrael can climb on the list during the summer.


eSrael has produced impressive results with coloN and trace leading the way

8. Denmark Anexis (BERRY, lomme, Nuggi, Snappi, zanoj)

11-12th IEM VI World Championship (with zE- & SFM)
2nd DEL Finals (with zE- & SFM)
7-8th Copenhagen Games 2012 (with zE- & SFM)
2nd fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
0-2 vs Denmark Xapso (14-16 de_tuscan, 9-16 de_mirage)
1-2 vs Sweden Lemondogs (14-16 de_tuscan, 16-13 de_mirage, 9-16 de_inferno)
0-2 vs Ukraine Na`Vi (14-16 de_tuscan, 12-16 de_mirage)
16-14 vs Poland ESC (de_tuscan)
10-16 vs Sweden Lemondogs (de_tuscan)
12-16 vs Sweden SK Gaming (de_mirage)
12-16 vs Sweden fnatic (de_inferno)
15-15 vs Russia Moscow Five (de_inferno)
2-0 vs Sweden WinFakt (16-12 de_tuscan, 16-6 de_mirage)
2-0 vs Sweden SK Gaming (16-14 de_train, 16-8 de_mirage)
0-2 vs Sweden fnatic (10-16 de_mirage, 11-16 de_train)
0-2 vs Denmark eSrael (16-12 de_inferno, 16-6 de_tuscan) 

Anexis had about six months of constant disappointment after close calls under their belts when they decided to recruit Jonas "zanoj" Velling from Xapso and Frederik "Lomme" Nielsen from Last Kings to replace former members Baljit "zE-" Lal and Samal "SFM" Mikkelsen. They would always come close, often even have the lead but then crumble over the pressure and excitement of possibly upsetting one of the big dogs and then go home empty handed after the group stage, or very seldomly, after the first round of playoffs.

While we can't exactly say this new Anexis squad has kicked the habit of disappointing, they managed to take down ESC Gaming at Copenhagen Games with their old lineup and since then have had some solid results online with the new group of five players. They took down both WinFakt (ex-Lemondogs) and SK Gaming in fnatic PLAY league's quarter- and semi-finals before falling short against fnatic in the grand final. While the online results aren't enough to bump them up any higher, I think the fact they were able to pull them off at least shows the new Anexis team is finally improving, even if at a slow pace.

Anexis aren't currently sure if they will attend DreamHack Summer which is a huge blow for the team who are riding high confidence levels after FCL and could have used that to achieve some real wins in a LAN environment. I'd imagine they will attend GameGune in July, but seeing as that's still over seven weeks away it's probably too far to use the FCL wins in their favor unless their level of play permanently rises from these results. Also, losing the domestic battle to eSrael over and over again has to hurt Nicolaj "Nuggi" Larsen & co who had a few months of being the best in Denmark after mTw's disbandment.


Will the addition of zanoj finally push Anexis over the edge? 

9. Ukraine KerchNET (B1ad3, bondik, Krutoi, Maloy, z1)

3-4th  TECHLABS Cup 2012
9-10th fnatic PLAY league 2012

Recent matches:
20-10 vs Russia Moscow Five (de_train)
16-14 vs Denmark Anexis (de_inferno)
18-12 vs France eSahara (de_nuke)
2-0 vs Poland ESC Gaming (16-8 de_nuke, 16-14 de_train)
0-2 vs Sweden SK Gaming (3-16 de_train, 9-16 de_inferno)
15-15 vs Sweden Lemondogs (de_tuscan)
15-15 vs Denmark eSrael (de_tuscan)
15-15 vs Germany ALTERNATE (de_nuke)
14-16 vs Poland ESC Gaming (de_nuke) 

KerchNET showed promise all the way back in February when their previous lineup that featured Aleksandr "shara" Gordeev took down Moscow Five, Anexis, eSahara and ESC Gaming in TECHLABS Cup online. Since then Gordeev was forced to leave the team due to internal issues, and he was replaced over a month later by Igor "Maloy" Marien. The team has yet to attend any LAN tournaments since last year's December, but they showed promise in fnatic PLAY league which they got into through a backdoor once fellow Ukrainians Natus Vincere dropped out.

Although they were knocked out during the group stage, if it wasn't for a format that didn't play overtimes, their fate in the tournament could have been entirely different. They went on to tie three teams; Lemondogs, eSrael and ALTERNATE while beating e2g and losing 14-16 against ESC Gaming. The lineup shows similar promise to the one they last competed with in February, but as these results are online it's too early to judge the team, especially as they seemed to lack killer instinct in closing out those games. They have shown promise, but it is up to them to make something out of that promise during the summer.

Out of all teams on this list KerchNET is the only team that has no LAN experience in 2012, and therefore has to be ranked the lowest. However, I consider them to have done more than any other team that is likely to attend tournaments in the upcoming months (e.g. TyLoo doens't count because they won't travel to Europe). Hopefully we will see them at an international tournament this summer, but it is still a question mark.


Will we see B1ad3 & co attend an international event this summer? 

Do you think a team should have made the list that did not? Who would you rank lower or high and why? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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gj
2012-06-06 17:34
agree)
2012-06-06 17:34
Insane news!
2012-06-06 17:34
Great Lurppis :)
2012-06-06 17:36
Great job lurppis!
2012-06-06 17:38
#14
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Azerbaijan Talley
Great job, but fonts are too little
2012-06-06 17:38
#15
blaq | 
Denmark Enk3lt
Statistics is statistics. I wasn't expecting Na´Vi on top and Fnatic and SK Gaming over ESC Gaming :/ but we can all be amazed :) <3 Good Job Lurpis :)
2012-06-06 17:38
15 replies
yup especialy ESC surprises on big tournaments
2012-06-06 17:40
true ranks.
2012-06-06 17:42
1 reply
#42
blaq | 
Denmark Enk3lt
I'm not saying they aren't true, i'm just saying they surprised me. But as the title says it's from 1. january 2012 -> Now Maybe Na´Vi had the best performance in that time. Doesn't change that i'm surprised to see Fnatic and Sk-Gaming over ESC-Gaming which in my opinion has been the best team the year of 2012 in MAJOR tournaments
2012-06-06 17:51
didn't expect Na`Vi at 1st only because of mad HLTV trolls.
2012-06-06 17:43
6 replies
i lold
2012-06-06 17:49
5 replies
I'm happy for Na`Vi team right now. So many trolls talking bullshit on them at this site, but they still proving that they're best and they're legendary team. :]
2012-06-06 18:10
4 replies
but they lost one tournament that they cant lose, iem, because they still top1 of this tournament past 2 years ... =\ navi lost to fnatic and esc (cph games and iem) of puerility, a lot of desmotivated rounds and moron movements T_T but still the best since 2010 imo
2012-06-06 18:26
1 reply
yep
2012-06-06 20:32
true, really true It was so awful to see all that comments about situations with ceh9 and zeus ("ghosting" and "kicking keyboards")
2012-06-06 20:17
1 reply
Just trolls... :/ They need something to troll about.
2012-06-06 20:32
LOL.. Na'Vi always rocks.. you Noobard...
2012-06-06 18:21
#105
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Netherlands JUNG13
Agree, ESC should be at least top3 with WC title in 2012... But anyways good read.
2012-06-06 18:42
2 replies
#369
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Estonia TehkarN
lol? wcg 2012 = noob event.
2012-06-07 15:14
1 reply
not wcg but iem wc intel extreme masters WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
2012-06-08 09:14
Dear Mads, I hope you didn't read that wall of text when you can't even read 2 lines of what im writing to you on steam.. gosh!
2012-06-07 01:02
gj, SK Gaming the best :)
2012-06-06 17:39
4 replies
Na`Vi the best, SK-GAYming top2.
2012-06-06 17:43
3 replies
mmm let me think... NOT.
2012-06-06 17:46
2 replies
THEN FIND YOUR SHITTY EYEES AND LOOK AT TEAM RANKSTATS. 1.NAVI 2.sk
2012-06-06 17:47
Na`Vi is on top, and lost IEM to ESC then to Fnatic on CPH Games of puerility...
2012-06-06 17:51
a bit early i think =)
2012-06-06 17:39
are you getting paid for this? :D
2012-06-06 17:39
too much lurppis on hltv.org
2012-06-06 17:40
gj
2012-06-06 17:40
Huge work
2012-06-06 17:40
NAVI!
2012-06-06 17:41
Na`Vi will be top1 again.
2012-06-06 17:42
where is WinFakt.fi?
2012-06-06 17:42
3 replies
#95
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Finland ZoqFotPik
i don't think that team exists
2012-06-06 18:33
2 replies
2 weeks ago they leaved the orga , but its June ! in six months they didnt win anything or top3 atleast?
2012-06-06 18:42
1 reply
#112
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Finland ZoqFotPik
i'm sure if they were still around they would make it to top9, but i guess lurppis decided not to put teams there that do not exist anymore
2012-06-06 18:46
Na`Vi - true legends...
2012-06-06 17:43
fnatic 2nd, SK 3nd imo
2012-06-06 17:49
5 replies
it's not about who's better or sth...it's about what they've achieved so far in 2012 lolz
2012-06-06 17:56
4 replies
i know.. and atm in 2012 fnatic archived better then sk
2012-06-06 17:58
1 reply
disagree #58
2012-06-06 18:00
Haha sk beat fnatic all the time so its redicilous to say fnatic is better than sk, sk is >fnatic
2012-06-07 19:30
1 reply
wtf? and what did I say? read & understand then reply
2012-06-07 19:36
Nice post :) Hope the underdogs will make a nice rise to the top :)
2012-06-06 17:49
now Nix0n can easily retire. GJ lurrpis :))
2012-06-06 17:50
Fair rank. GJ lurppis :)
2012-06-06 17:50
agree.
2012-06-06 17:51
I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks Tomi.
2012-06-06 17:54
kNet gl
2012-06-06 17:54
Kinda sad that there aren't even ten top teams anymore...
2012-06-06 17:55
1 reply
we could add Alternate and Virtus.pro to this list too :)
2012-06-06 18:17
sick stuff
2012-06-06 17:55
:)))
2012-06-06 17:55
Team ranking 2012 in june
2012-06-06 17:56
1 reply
First half..
2012-06-06 18:04
how is SK above fnatic.. they haven't won anything good.. fnatic won there online league and CPH games which both involved all the best teams in the world.. Whats your rating for this ?
2012-06-06 17:56
3 replies
2nd IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev - better than fnatic 4th IEM VI World Championship (with trace) - better than fnatic 5-6th Copenhagen Games 2012 (with trace) - we all know what happened and why, but still fnatic > SK at this tour 1st Swedish Championship Qualifier - defeated fnatic (LAN) 1st 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online - defeated fnatic and ESC(LAN) 3-4th fnatic PLAY league 2012 - they didn't expect to play with delpan and that caught them off guard...not to mention that Anexis probably had their best game ever + ONLINE I'd say that SK are clearly above fnatic
2012-06-06 18:01
1 reply
true, i'm just high
2012-06-06 21:15
i dont believe in ratings
2012-06-06 18:00
awesome article by lurppis as always :)
2012-06-06 17:56
IGC ghost returns for m5
2012-06-06 17:59
Esrael missing @ DH Summer...
2012-06-06 18:00
3 replies
eSrael*
2012-06-06 19:16
2 replies
Really? What a mistake! Burn him!
2012-06-06 20:15
1 reply
can u help me ? buy some gasoline.
2012-06-06 20:19
Great read as always, keep it up!
2012-06-06 18:02
#63
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Bulgaria J4R
Great work, man. Didn't expected Na'Vi on top, but i can see it all makes sense :)! Good job!
2012-06-06 18:04
hmmm.NO
2012-06-06 18:07
you should make from 9 to 1, intend of the other way around
2012-06-06 18:10
7 replies
#100
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United States lurppis
good point for the next one, noted. would surely be more interesting to read that way.
2012-06-06 18:37
6 replies
why not top 10? instead of 9
2012-06-06 20:30
5 replies
#217
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United States lurppis
could not think of a team that deserved to be ranked 10th but as i mentioned in #103, i was wrong "I most likely overlooked ALTERNATE and they probably should have earned the 9th place and pushed KerchNET to 10th, so that's my mistake."
2012-06-06 20:45
4 replies
kk cool
2012-06-06 22:48
"could not think of a team that deserved to be ranked 10th" so this is not stats?
2012-06-07 01:12
2 replies
#306
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United States lurppis
this is based on my opinion a written in the very first paragraph. however, my opinion is highly based on tournament results and therefore facts. take it as you wish, but it's not based on a point system (which wouldn't be any more factual anyways).
2012-06-07 03:46
1 reply
so modest =) i saw discussion that this was based on point system like you said. nice article.
2012-06-07 11:05
Great ranking. Glad that Na`Vi are top1. But I though that ESC are 2nd after them :P for me: 1.Na`Vi 2.ESC :)
2012-06-06 18:11
5 replies
For me esc is 3rd. Navi 1 fnatic 2 sk 4
2012-06-06 18:18
it's hard to say. 1. First they won probably the biggest tournament of the year (maybe we could add ESWC to this list too). 2. Second, they kinda played bad at all other tournaments. So it's hard to predict their real placement on the top list. Should we put them in 2nd place because they won 1 tournament, while in other one's they've finished 3/4, 5/6, 9/12 ? Probably no.
2012-06-06 18:22
3 replies
ESWC? wtf? :D
2012-06-06 20:17
2 replies
i had in mind that ESWC should be add to the list of the BIGGEST TOURNAMENTS, alongside with IEM and maybe Copenhagen Games.
2012-06-06 20:24
1 reply
aha :) k I thought of something else :)) imo every tournament at which we see the BIG4 attending is a major tournament...regardless of the money or attendance of other teams
2012-06-06 20:25
NICE
2012-06-06 18:13
Imo eSrael > m5
2012-06-06 18:15
3 replies
+1
2012-06-06 18:20
m5 with xek > m5 with hacker =\
2012-06-06 18:26
#370
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Estonia TehkarN
+1
2012-06-07 15:17
nice job
2012-06-06 18:15
gj! ;)
2012-06-06 18:16
I beleive Alternate should've made the list > KerchNET
2012-06-06 18:18
4 replies
nope :D
2012-06-06 18:20
1 reply
I'm not German...Alternate did well at CPH while kerchnet didn't attend any LAN tours this year
2012-06-06 20:14
yeah Alternate: 5/6 at Copenhagen Games 7/8 at fnatic PLAY League kerchNet: 3/4 at TECHLABS Cup 9/10 at fnatic PLAY League Since both events of what kerchNet was attending were held online, i would consider Alternate 9th on this list.
2012-06-06 18:29
+10000
2012-06-07 03:05
nice article lurppis! always nice to read it keep it up
2012-06-06 18:21
Amazing Article! Gj :)
2012-06-06 18:26
Nice read man! Well done.
2012-06-06 18:26
nice job but will you still advertise yourself ?
2012-06-06 18:29
Good job lurppis.
2012-06-06 18:33
- fanboys + lurppiscritery
2012-06-06 18:34
NA VI FIRST PLACE? HAHAHAH IMO 1. fnatc 2. SK 3. ESC
2012-06-06 18:37
2 replies
+999
2012-06-06 19:47
1 reply
envy more cry-fanboys)
2012-06-07 01:27
winfakt.fi?
2012-06-06 18:37
i told u stupid fanboys that navi are 1st
2012-06-06 18:38
Kind of nonsense since June just started lawl
2012-06-06 18:39
#103
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United States lurppis
I most likely overlooked ALTERNATE and they probably should have earned the 9th place and pushed KerchNET to 10th, so that's my mistake. The Finnish WinFakt team isn't included in the ranking because they no longer exist, I don't see a point in ranking them as a result. If they existed still, they would have earned the 8th place in this ranking.
2012-06-06 18:46
2 replies
you should've included winfakt imo, like mtw should've been included in 2011. Anyway great ranking for the first half, and i'm expecting a great moviefrag for the first half =DDD
2012-06-06 18:53
1 reply
#128
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United States lurppis
it's a ranking of teams today in my opinion, the former winfakt team doesn't exist anymore and therefore don't get ranked. if sk died today, tomorrow they wouldn't be on this list.
2012-06-06 19:08
1 - Na'Vi 2 - Fnatic 3 - ESC Gaming 4 - SK
2012-06-06 18:42
fnatic in 3rd !!!! goood but im sure , at the end of the year fnatic become top 1 !!!
2012-06-06 18:43
gj lurppis! :D #104 LOLD
2012-06-06 18:44
1 reply
+1
2012-06-06 18:46
#113
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Venezuela BOBSENSEi
NATUSVINCERE&#9829;
2012-06-06 18:48
Well done Tomi!
2012-06-06 18:50
sorry but esreal > m5
2012-06-06 18:51
Na`Vi 2012 /A+/
2012-06-06 18:51
well ranked!
2012-06-06 18:51
2 replies
Virtus.pro & HSBG > Anexis & Alternate ? Sorry but that ranking sucks a bit. Both HSBG and Virtus.pro shouldn't be above Anexis & Alternate just because they've placed first and second on a semi-pro event.
2012-06-06 19:01
not all teams are included there..for ex entity won more than znation and there are not on the lsit! And not all events have the smae prize money so this is not a fair ranking
2012-06-06 20:19
Tomi,i think TyLoo can be in your Top10 ...DDD
2012-06-06 18:54
4 replies
#130
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United States lurppis
"(e.g. TyLoo doens't count because they won't travel to Europe)"
2012-06-06 19:11
2 replies
For attending K1 League,they had given up Dreamhack Summer and ECL2012 Season 2 Lan Finals which will be held on June 15-17 in Beijing,i hope they can attend GameGune2012 -.-
2012-06-06 20:07
1 reply
#181
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United States lurppis
we have seen a chinese team at maybe 2 events ever outside of asia that they did not win a free trip to, and even when they did, more than 50% of the time they had visa issues. it would be cool if they attended gamegune, but i doubt they will - hence why they are irrelevant in this, since they probably won't compete with any of these teams in the near future.
2012-06-06 20:27
+1
2012-06-08 21:27
can't wait for the next big event! gj Tommi
2012-06-06 18:56
good read
2012-06-06 18:56
1.6 is dead... we don't even have enough teams to make a top10
2012-06-06 18:58
#126
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Poland maxiu
Na'Vi nr 1 ? hahahahahahahahah nice joke :D yeah Fanboy true ... this is the worst year by Na'vi ....
2012-06-06 19:05
3 replies
must suck to be navi then when in your worst year you only place top two in every event (ahead of sk in all of them, ahead of esc in one and ahead of fnatic in two).
2012-06-06 19:12
1 reply
+1
2012-06-06 19:15
This was a bad year for Na'Vi compared to 2010/11, but they still managed to win important events or get top 2/3 in most of them.
2012-06-06 19:15
Nice ;)
2012-06-06 19:05
I want to see more of M5, i'm sure they can top out fnatic or even ESC, Sk gaming would be a hard task but they can do it, Na'Vi, they could beat them but, that's very unlikely to happen.
2012-06-06 19:13
Did Pita end up teaching you his secret before he retired?
2012-06-06 19:15
100/100 agree!!!
2012-06-06 19:16
great read but cant realy agree that moddii was the clear star in ESC (Rage), i would say that it was atleast 1 brighter star there aswell as a great barbarrinho :D
2012-06-06 19:23
anyway ESC won most important tournament
2012-06-06 19:26
1 reply
true
2012-06-06 19:30
Great job and nice read as always lurppis! I do believe that IEM 6 WC should weigh more than the other events with CPH Games being second. Na'Vi didn't really win any major title, so I don't see how they can be #1! :) For me its: 1. ESC 2. fnatic 3. SK 4. Na'Vi 5. WinFakt 6. Moscow Five 7. eSrael 8. Anexis
2012-06-06 19:30
13 replies
i think IEM WC, ESWC, Copenhagen Games should be considered as THE BIG THREE tournaments at this moment.
2012-06-06 19:52
"for me" lol'd. in fact: 1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC
2012-06-06 21:03
11 replies
they didn't win shit.
2012-06-06 21:31
10 replies
lets read again Lurppis' article. and stop saying shit only because you're fan of swedish teams.
2012-06-06 21:33
9 replies
so that's why I place ESC first? big fan? and I could say the same about you.
2012-06-06 21:40
2 replies
do you rly want to compare: navi: 1st IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev 2nd Kingston Trilogy Tour 2nd IEM VI World Championship 2nd Copenhagen Games 2012 with 1st IEM VI World Championship u mad? and "Na'Vi didn't really win any major title" and what was iem kiev? small online tournament?
2012-06-07 06:22
1 reply
Yeap, Na`Vi's stats are much better.
2012-06-07 11:44
its true what sebbz said : )) i didnt hear about navi that much anymore.. more about esc fnatic sk and so on.. so jeah then i also would place ESC top 1 !
2012-06-07 08:42
5 replies
stupid decision, cuz Lurppis gave a lot of facts why Na`Vi top1.
2012-06-07 11:43
4 replies
but still i didnt hear much about navi.. which i said already.. and stats doesnt say all : ), coz you can pick 1 tournament where ESC attended and Navi didnt..so i also can pick those stats and clame that ESC is top 1! true story bro..
2012-06-07 13:29
3 replies
so i also can pick those stats and clame that ESC is top 1! which stats? they won only 1 tournament this year.yes i know that it was the biggest on so far but still only 1.nothing else...no more 2nd or 3rd places
2012-06-07 14:07
2 replies
thats not what i ment.. i mean that navi attend k1 league and ESC,sk,fnatic and others didnt.. still lurppis counted that as well in the stats.. you see my point? so those stats are not even fair.. if you want to compaire who is the best so far.. then u should take all the tournaments where everyone attended..
2012-06-07 16:13
1 reply
ofc i see your point:) but navi failed k1 league and you should count eim kiev as a big ournament even esc if didnt attend that tournament...but it was still major event so still in my opinion navi is 1st ATM nomatter how bad their play atm.im not their fan but thats my opinion(im fan of winfakt.swe btw:))
2012-06-07 17:34
#144
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Ukraine ritN
Natus Vincere 0-2 vs Moscow Five (10-20 de_dust2, 14-16 de_tuscan) fix pls 1-1 vs Moscow Five (10-20 de_dust2, 16-14 de_tuscan)
2012-06-06 19:34
1 reply
hehehehe
2012-06-06 19:35
lurppis, someone wrong. navi played 1:1 with moscow5 on showmatch in Minsk. 20:10 1st map for m5, 14:16 second map for NaVi
2012-06-06 19:35
gj lurppis!
2012-06-06 19:44
It could have been helpfull for my little brain if the dates of the events were added :p Smthing like this : "2nd IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev (January 19th to 22nd)". Maybe next time! And nice job btw :)
2012-06-06 19:49
100% agree!
2012-06-06 19:50
SK has from son to fnatic :E hahahah
2012-06-06 19:55
amazing job lurppis! n1 navi
2012-06-06 19:56
n1 fnatic n2 ESC Gaming n3 Na'Vi n4 SK ... !
2012-06-06 19:56
1 reply
retard? go read article again.... 1.NAVI 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC STUPID STUPID STUPID -.-'
2012-06-06 20:25
where is WinFakt.fi?
2012-06-06 19:58
1 reply
2012-06-08 00:46
1- Na'Vi 2- fnatic 3- SK 4- ESC GAMING 5- Anexis I like so much winkfakt, but is playing very bad u.u
2012-06-06 19:58
No one gives a shit CS is dead
2012-06-06 19:59
#158
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Ukraine ritN
only polish fanboys don't agree it's fun
2012-06-06 20:00
1 reply
Why all polish fans? Some retards maybe, but some swedes disagree too. Na`Vi top1 without any doubt, but fans are fans.. :D
2012-06-06 20:27
I stopped reading at 1.Navi.
2012-06-06 20:07
Well, it's subjective. I don't agree with a lot of what Lurppis has to say. IMO : 1. NaVi 2. ESC 3. SK 4. fnatic
2012-06-06 20:09
5 replies
lol that article is all but subjective -.-
2012-06-06 20:22
3 replies
As far as i can see, it IS quite subjective. Not to mention Lurppis himself said it in the first few sentences.
2012-06-06 20:31
2 replies
yeah he said that so that he'll avoid flamers just like you....nearly all the rankigns are supported with irrefutable arguments
2012-06-06 20:48
1 reply
Sure, whatever.
2012-06-06 21:22
rofl, fnatic in 4th? you know nothing...
2012-06-07 13:57
for me is 1. fnatic 2. sk 3. na vi 4. esc and eSrael esc please wake up in second half
2012-06-06 20:14
5 replies
SK and fnatic's newline-up played against each other 2 times so far and SK came out on top both times....so fnatic could not be ranked above SK
2012-06-06 20:23
2 replies
this ranking isnt about matches between 2 teams(sk x fnatic) but about achieves...so fnatic can be pretty easy before sk nomatter how many times they lost against them:) (im not saying that they rly are,only that they can:))
2012-06-07 06:25
1 reply
yeah well this is the criteria used, because the ranking fails under the first criteria, their achievements are not really enough to rank them appropriately
2012-06-07 11:41
1 - Na'Vi 2 - Fnatic 3 - ESC Gaming 4 - SK but the truth is : 1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC :(
2012-06-06 20:26
#202
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Germany grimmtz
1.Natus`Vincere 2.SK-Gaming 3.fnaticRC 4.ESC-Gaming And now stfu with your "FANBOYISH LOVING".
2012-06-06 20:35
very nice read :)!
2012-06-06 20:18
NAVI 16:14 m5 tuscan @ tehlabs
2012-06-06 20:27
The guys from ESC are only motivated to major tournaments, and when they are motivated always reach the finals, and usually win, as the IEM, they are a top 1 for me, second place to Na'vi and SK and Fnatic fight for third place.
2012-06-06 20:27
4 replies
are you retarded? read the article. we need facts, who cares about your "FOR ME"?! 1.NAVI 2.SK 3.FNATIC 4.ESC
2012-06-06 20:29
3 replies
#194
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Germany grimmtz
agreed, fanboys are too stupid to read some text that made by lurppis.
2012-06-06 20:31
do you have some mental problem? can't read? " Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!" i wrote what i think, and IEM is the major tournament yet, and ESC won, this is a fact if you don't know. don't miss the opportunity to remain silent.
2012-06-06 20:40
#69 (your comment) you just wrote your "for me" :D by the way the ranking is great! even though i'm a navi hater i'd say #1 so far, but i couldn't choose between fnatic/sk for 2nd place. very nice article!!!
2012-06-06 23:38
great job lurppis but for me would be: 1- SK 2- Fnatic 3- NaVi
2012-06-06 20:28
4 replies
#195
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Germany grimmtz
So? We all need to be interested in your "for me" stuff?
2012-06-06 20:31
3 replies
cant i give my opinion?
2012-06-06 20:32
2 replies
#200
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Germany grimmtz
What for? What for you posting that shit, called "your opinion"?
2012-06-06 20:34
1 reply
so what? this is a free forum i can say what i want and if i want to say my opinion i just say it. .|.
2012-06-06 20:35
lurppis can you rank top players of 3rd Intel Core Challenge by Inferno Online or top players of 2012 plzzzz :(:(:(
2012-06-06 20:30
9 replies
#261
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United States lurppis
basically the only matches i've seen in 2012 (besides the ones i've played in) are the matches i casted at iem 6 wc, winfakt vs na`vi at copenhagen games and winfakt vs esrael at 3rd intel core challenge by inferno online. i haven't seen anywhere near enough of all the players playing to write something like that, it would require (up to) hundreds of hours of research to do properly, otherwise it's just guessing.
2012-06-06 21:57
8 replies
ty for answer
2012-06-06 22:08
7 replies
top players in 2012 were: neo markeloff delpan forest get right face taz pasha starix trace
2012-06-07 14:15
6 replies
+edward
2012-06-07 15:53
1 reply
sorry, i was telling my opinion about 2011 best players not 2012. edward did not played well 2011.
2012-06-07 16:48
funny but ty
2012-06-07 17:15
where are suffz & arch1eb?
2012-06-07 23:20
2 replies
Sorry, i dont know who are those. Please tell me!
2012-06-08 02:02
1 reply
Suffz & arch1eb are playing for Free Agents.UK and UK National Team. They showed to us great performances in Nations Cup 2012 and everyone knows them. Suffian "Suffz" Arshad : hltv.org/?pageid=173&playerid=796 Christian "arch1eb" Pedersen : hltv.org/?pageid=173&playerid=1187 You should watch their hltv and in-eyes demos my friend.
2012-06-08 02:31
NAVI 1st? OMG... ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE !
2012-06-06 20:31
1 reply
#196
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Germany grimmtz
Yes, they are. Read again.
2012-06-06 20:31
#216
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Sweden ShageN
1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC SO: 1.NAVI 2.SWEDEN 3.POLAND HAAAAAAAAAAA xD
2012-06-06 20:44
mintt owned hard.
2012-06-06 20:50
Where tenth squad??? Top9 lol?
2012-06-06 20:51
1 reply
2012-06-08 00:50
grimmtz-dA-kiNg =D Nice discussion.
2012-06-06 20:55
2 replies
#234
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Germany grimmtz
I don't think he is good for discussion with me. But AWKAY.
2012-06-06 20:55
1 reply
you rocks :DD
2012-06-06 20:59
So: 1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC mmm, dats great.
2012-06-06 20:58
Na`Vi 2010 - TOP1 DOMINATION Na`Vi 2011 - TOP2-3 good results. Na`Vi 2012 - TOP1 CURRENTLY. GJ Na`Vi guys... :>
2012-06-06 21:07
2 replies
yap :)
2012-06-06 21:10
possible :]
2012-06-06 21:14
Seems like Na`Vi is top1 team in CS history... So many success in a row.
2012-06-06 21:10
2 replies
Anyway they're legendary team.
2012-06-06 21:15
I dont think any team will do what they've done in 2010. Even play like they played, even them cant do that again. 4 sure better CS team all times, NAVI 2010. Please understand, any sport is about the moment, having same line up in other moment makes it a different team.
2012-06-07 14:17
mmmmm interesting
2012-06-06 21:12
Na`Vi on top of top. Great work by Lurppis. He is so important for HLTV.org imo :)
2012-06-06 21:14
Nice article. Next time do the ranking in the opposite order. IMO #9 should be first and #1 last.
2012-06-06 21:28
3 replies
?! lolwh00t
2012-06-06 21:34
#262
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United States lurppis
someone already pointed that out above, noted.
2012-06-06 21:58
1 reply
#343
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Finland PAA 4L.
Lurppis, fix please. Na`Vi [10:20] [16:14] M5 (1:1) not 0:2. =D Some guys said that.
2012-06-07 11:53
for now this is the best ranking : 1.fnatic 2.Na`Vi 3.SK 4.ESC 5.eSrael 6.Anexis 7.WinFakt 8.M5 9.KerchNET
2012-06-06 21:36
6 replies
how can you rank Navi this high? They havent played a good European for how long? 4 weeks?! SK should definetly be above NaVi if you just think of the last 2 weeks up to now!
2012-06-06 22:09
5 replies
at the beginning I thought about this, navi has time without playing and sk has shown that she is a strong team but seeing the navi results my opinion changed.
2012-06-06 22:31
4 replies
I'm not really sure what "results" of navi youre talking about? They last thing I heard from them was that they dropped out of... pretty much everything. They werent even able to win some random chinese teams lately
2012-06-06 22:36
3 replies
Everything happened unexpected ... SK Lose against Anexis NaVi out of K1 League ... (CSOL)
2012-06-06 22:48
2 replies
Their last game against an good european team was over 1 month ago. Thats why your current ranking doesnt make sense.
2012-06-06 23:02
1 reply
my mistake ok ? :)
2012-06-07 09:54
GREAT! I tought about this some days ago and realize Navi been top1 this year too! Congrats Lurppis great job!
2012-06-06 21:41
because mid game adjustments and reading the other team always seemed to be former leader Sättermon's strong suites. Alas some fools only see the kills :/
2012-06-06 21:52
disagree.. sorry for my ENG)
2012-06-06 22:00
Yea why the fuck creating ranking 2012 after only 6 month -.- Also this ranking is a joke. Who cares about some shitty Swedish Championship Qualifier WTF?? OR Kingston Trilogy Tour ? HAHA
2012-06-06 22:19
4 replies
You are just saying this because SK > ESC and Na'Vi > All.
2012-06-06 23:28
2 replies
Na`Vi > SK > fnatic > ESC
2012-06-07 00:11
yeaph, like f0rest >> neo like xisco >> trace hahaha
2012-06-09 06:20
He's doing it now because there are some big tourneys coming up, so we can see where teams sit before those come
2012-06-06 23:33
gj, very nicely told.
2012-06-06 22:19
Great job lurrpis, don't mind the under-aged idiots on here, they just can't face the facts.
2012-06-06 22:20
WinFakt? Lurppis mastertroller.
2012-06-06 22:52
2 replies
They had decent placements in lots of events, winning against SK and ESC.
2012-06-06 23:03
2012-06-08 00:51
really, =D Na´Vi is top haha, yes! Natus Vincere <3
2012-06-06 23:04
at this moment fnatic is way better team that SK, ESC or Na'Vi and they gonna proof this winning another tournament, Dreamhack summer
2012-06-06 23:38
1 reply
blah-blah-blah...
2012-06-07 12:14
off-topic: do we speak lurppis' like lurppises? i mean, i was watching the office once and heard this: youtube.com/watch?v=fZCOf_4wYQE sounds like "jesuses".
2012-06-07 00:05
2 replies
In that video, he's got probably the best point ever.
2012-06-07 06:27
1 reply
that is one of the best quotes imo :D among with this youtube.com/watch?v=SG3ukkBCKO0
2012-06-07 06:53
Lurppis, Na`Vi did not lose in match with M5 They lose 1st map de_dust2, but won 2st: de_tuscan 16:14. So 1-1) Na`Vi the best! Im proud of them! Destroy all as you did it in 2010.
2012-06-07 00:07
3 replies
2nd * not 2st.
2012-06-07 00:12
2 replies
sorry, sleepmod on)
2012-06-07 00:28
1 reply
no problem, brah ;D
2012-06-07 00:28
damn lurppis, amazing coverage!! respect ;)
2012-06-07 01:31
this is someone's opinion, not an actual ranking. some people here are complete idiots... good read lurppis.
2012-06-07 02:34
1 reply
+++
2012-06-07 13:37
good job tomi. keep it up
2012-06-07 04:01
No recognisation for ex-Winfakt? :(
2012-06-07 05:25
i agree totaly but esc won iem6 come on :p i think esc should've been in the top 3 teams just sayin..
2012-06-07 05:44
KerchNET in 9th? hummmmmmmm
2012-06-07 06:41
navi best team ever
2012-06-07 06:59
ESC 4th ..!! :(
2012-06-07 07:18
ESC top 3
2012-06-07 07:51
Lurppis, can you remove this news please? This is a proof of that you don't even get how good teams really are. First off, ESCGaming is first. They're the most stable team in the gaming scene. They won the major titles last year (WCG) and so on. They also won IEM this year. I'd say ESC 1st, NaVi 2nd. 3rd would be fnatic. 4th would be SK. ESC still won the biggest title of the year sofar which was IEM IV. All those others events sofar has just been mid-tier events. I'd still say when it comes to stepping up to the plate, ESC is by far the best team. I don't think winning CPH Games is that important for it to be decideing.
2012-06-07 08:19
15 replies
Hey, I'd wanna quote you lurppis. "Like if I cared to attend a BYOC in Denmark." or "Yeah, winning BYOCs is probably like winning games at home." If you remember, you were actually bashing CPH Denmark because it was BYOC So. I think CPH Games shouldn't count in your list. That means ESC Gaming is still the overall champion of the year.
2012-06-07 08:43
1 reply
#421
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United States lurppis
if you're going to quote me i would prefer if you didn't butcher my lines and make it seem like i can't speak english for shit, because i can. personally i don't care much for byoc tournaments because they give an advantage to teams that can bring crt monitors or who like to play csdm all day etc, it simply isn't restricted enough. winning matches at byoc tournaments isn't the same as winning matches online because it's still a lan, but it's also not the same as winning matches in a real tournament with tournament computers and limited warmup time imo.
2012-06-08 04:18
This.. nothing more to add : )
2012-06-07 08:45
4 replies
It's his own words. He disliked CPH Denmark because it was BYOC. So I don't see why he should add CPH games in this list since he was too busy not attending the event since it was accordingly to him "just a waste of time." "he'd rather do something else than attending a byoc in denmark". hahahahaa lurppis gets lawyered again. this time on his own bash. he tried to bash me by telling me that this event was waste of time attending.. so now he got his own sock up in his mouth so.
2012-06-07 08:52
3 replies
haha : P
2012-06-07 08:53
#422
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United States lurppis
yes, i personally don't like copenhagen games because it's a byoc event and in denmark. i also don't like dreamhack events or anything held at cebit (iem wc, old sec events) because of the venue. that has nothing to do with how valuable the event is in terms of results or to the rest of the world (apart from the byoc factor). i didn't attend because i had personal reasons not to and quite frankly, i didn't want to continue playing with winfakt because of allu, and i didn't want to change players and go through the re-building process once again (more on that in the upcoming article). just because you can't understand my clearly written reasoning and you try to twist my words to fit your personal agenda it doesn't mean i've been in any way wrong or "lawyered". and if you seriously think i was ever "bashing you" by saying copenhagen games isn't worth it for me to attend, you clearly aren't aware what the word "bash" means; try translate.google.com
2012-06-08 04:24
1 reply
I think this is the right time to say "lawyered" ;)
2012-06-11 13:02
#329
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Austria osorexyz
Lurppis doesn't give a shit, bro;)
2012-06-07 11:05
1 reply
I don't give a shit about lurppis. So what's the point and I'm definately not your bro :) I just think its funny to have double moral on the internet :D
2012-06-07 11:27
1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC
2012-06-07 11:45
#341
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Finland PAA 4L.
1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC just suck it dude, your opinion is dumb compared to any pro player! ;D
2012-06-07 11:50
The problem is that it's very hard to make a team raking you could go with prizemoney (which isn't that fair because if you win CPH,DH,GameGune all with all the top teams you wont reach IEM WC) or you could go with places in tournament which is more fair but it should be considered that the tournament with more prizemoney should have more points in the ranking because more prizemoney = more motivation and the teams will give their very best
2012-06-07 13:20
+1
2012-06-07 15:28
#420
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United States lurppis
I made this ranking to show how good teams have been in 2012 (not in 2011, nothing that happened last year matters in this ranking as I specifically mentioned in the beginning by saying this ranking is made solely of 2012's events) and what their current form is. If I was to make a "team of the first six months of 2012" ranking, then ESC would be first because they have won the biggest event. However, they aren't currently in the best shape of all these teams. In fact, it's been proven by recent events that they are currently in worse shape than Na`Vi, SK and fnatic, hence the fourth rank. Also, you might have missed it since I doubt you even read the article, but I also mentioned that this article is *HIGHLY* subjective.
2012-06-08 04:16
1 reply
So this ranking is based about their current form, hence their recent performances right? Maybe i'm wrong but don't you think that basing this ranking in 1 month or 2 of match results would not be very precise? Since a lot of teams like ESC tend to perform really good one month and then the next month do really poorly. Or maybe their are just saving strats for upcoming events like dream hack or something else @.@ Just wanna know your opinion. and good job making posts like this one. keep them coming, because lately there hasn't been anything interesting to read in hltv.org
2012-06-08 14:10
#326
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Slovakia oKoOOooOO
NaVi da BEST !
2012-06-07 10:01
Great ranking man! Thank you very much for bringing this up!
2012-06-07 10:39
sad..
2012-06-07 11:30
good read gj lurppis
2012-06-07 11:37
1.Na`Vi 2.sk 3.fnatic 4.esc Great ranks, lurppis. King! :p
2012-06-07 11:47
#340
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Finland PAA 4L.
lurppis <3 good job mate.
2012-06-07 11:49
#344
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Germany grimmtz
Your work at HLTV.org is just amazing, Tomi.
2012-06-07 12:13
NAVI and lurppis are on TOP! :D <3
2012-06-07 12:13
1 - fnatic 2 - Na`Vi 3/4 - SK, WinFakt 5/6 - Moscow Five, Anexis 7 - ESC 8 - eSrael 9 - kerchNet
2012-06-07 12:34
well, looks like nobody reads what lurppis say's about navi, sk and other teams, looks like every one just check who is first and who is second, thats it. what a fail
2012-06-07 12:48
1 reply
+1
2012-06-07 15:44
I would like to see some grafic stats of results on tourneys that the top9 teams attended together. Please bring that to us lurppis!
2012-06-07 14:05
6 replies
#424
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United States lurppis
what kind of graphs? just a simple thing like this: i.imgur.com/izITf.png or something more advanced? i'm not very good with graphics, just made that up quickly in ms paint for an example :D
2012-06-08 05:39
5 replies
Wow, nice! Thats already really cool! Numbers dont lie! The only problem is finding the correct numbers to analize. TY!!! Please bring that after every majors if u could :)
2012-06-08 13:10
This DH is going to me amazing. Lets just start our bets on DH people? DH 1 - SK 2 - NAVI 3 - FNATIC 4 - ESC
2012-06-08 13:24
3 replies
#449
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Germany grimmtz
1.Na`Vi/ESC 2.ESC/Na`Vi 3.SK/WinFakt 4.WinFakt/SK
2012-06-08 17:31
2 replies
2 teams in each position? U have too much odds cheater! :)
2012-06-08 17:33
1 reply
#451
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Germany grimmtz
xD
2012-06-08 17:37
1. fnatic 2. SK Gaming 3. Na`Vi 4. WinFakt 5. Moscow Five 6. eSrael 7. ESC/Anexis 8. Anexis/ESC 9. kerchNet
2012-06-07 14:08
5 replies
donk!
2012-06-07 14:20
1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC
2012-06-07 15:27
#431
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Germany grimmtz
Again blind fanboy, READ AGAIN: 1.Na`VI 2.Sk 3.fnatic 4.ESC BTW, where r' your eyes? In ass?
2012-06-08 09:09
2 replies
fnatic the best, fnatic 1st, fnatic 4ever, fnatic fnatic fnatic :P I'm fanboy, so?
2012-06-08 11:52
1 reply
donk!
2012-06-08 17:29
1)Fnatic 2)ESC 3)Navi 4)SK 5)Anexis 6)WinFakt 7)eSrael 8)KerchNET 9)m5
2012-06-07 14:37
1 reply
1.Na`Vi 2.SK 3.fnatic 4.ESC
2012-06-07 15:27
Navi best team forever! If you have another opinion, shut up bot
2012-06-07 14:49
xaxaxax siiiiiick rank but GJ Lurp
2012-06-07 14:52
1. NaVi 2. SK 3. ESC 4-5 fnatic 4-5 M5
2012-06-07 15:33
WTF, As From 2012 1. Navi 2. ESC 3. SK 4. Fnatic 5. M5 6. Winfakt 7. Kerchnet Lurrpis Wrong Move U noob :P
2012-06-07 15:51
1 reply
I think his ranking is the most TRULY, than just fan's opinion ! ;D
2012-06-07 15:52
navi fans happyyyy
2012-06-07 15:52
+1
2012-06-07 16:41
I miss WinFakt.fi in this ranking. Got some good results this year, more successful than KerchNet. But ofc, nicely done, lurppis.
2012-06-07 16:44
1 reply
#419
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United States lurppis
that is true, but the team no longer exists and i don't keep dead teams in the ranking
2012-06-08 04:01
1.6 is dead... we don't even have enough teams to make a top10...
2012-06-07 17:12
1 reply
cs 1.6 they want to kill shit cs: go, do not realize that this wonderful game has many more followers than any other?
2012-06-07 18:25
NAVIIIIIIIIII N1
2012-06-07 19:32
i wouldnt take navi on 1 maybe on third or second and esc on 2/3 as well
2012-06-08 01:06
7 replies
#430
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Germany grimmtz
For sure you wouldn't, cuz you have some dislikes on them. I don't know because of, but still. This rank is fair, not only based on fanboys' opinions.
2012-06-08 09:08
6 replies
what? dislikes?
2012-06-08 11:07
5 replies
#443
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Germany grimmtz
I mean, you don't like them. But that is not a reason to change their place from 1st to 3rd or 2nd.
2012-06-08 14:25
4 replies
what? from my point the 3 other teams in the top4 achived better results this year. i still dont know why you think i dislike them
2012-06-08 21:10
3 replies
from ur point? who the fuck cares about ur point? there are just facts IEM is more significant then any other event.
2012-06-11 11:43
2 replies
maybe i should become a navi hater just about you
2012-06-11 22:45
yes from his point. i care about it and you are just trying to prove that your beloved navi is first. that's not a problem but don't want everybody to think the same way you do, not even if the article is more or less correct. by the way the whole news is based upon another opinion(lurrpis'). but you care about it because your countrymen are no.1 here. people like freddy_krueger, grimmtz started this "who cares about your..." and you follow them? what are you trying to achieve? in most people's eye you will be the idiot and not the one who wrote something about his opinion on topic. peace out
2012-06-14 12:50
i would like to pick esrael over M5,i didn't see M5 win against big team.
2012-06-08 01:18
SK TOP#1 - 4SHO
2012-06-08 05:25
1 reply
#429
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Germany grimmtz
Are you blind? Read the article again. 1.Na`Vi 2.Sk 3.fnatic 4.ESC
2012-06-08 09:08
Lurppis can you tell me what does Sk need to do to be on top? I mean how can they beat Na'vi ? do they require more teamplay and strats ?
2012-06-08 05:51
1 reply
#427
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United States lurppis
with delpan on the team they have looked significantly better due to the added presence of aggressive play (e.g. in sk vs anexis delpan scored 4 or 5 gun round entry frags on train terrorist side alone as the first frag of the round). i don't know if they will because na`vi is still a more rounded team, but the series will be close.
2012-06-08 05:56
#428
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Germany grimmtz
Na`Vi on top, great job by Lurppis.
2012-06-08 09:07
1 reply
agreed
2012-06-08 09:14
There are 2-3 small kids aka retards who disagreed with rank. SPECIAL FOR YOU KIDS: TRY-TO-READ-THE-ARTICLE-AT-FIRST-THEN-WRITE-YOUR-SHITTY-OPINION. P.S. lurppis-dA-mAstAh. good to read.
2012-06-08 09:14
#437
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Macedonia EXTOL[t]
Wonderfull job lurrpis. EDIT: No need to reply lurrpis.
2012-06-08 12:39
SK Gaming <3
2012-06-08 16:33
1 reply
#447
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Germany grimmtz
only 2nd...
2012-06-08 17:30
Na`Vi on top
2012-06-08 21:09
LOL
2012-06-08 21:27
Far too much weight on small tournaments. I agree with placing Navi first, but as things stand right now ESC is second and Fnatic third. SK hasn't achieved anything significant this year. A couple of head-to-head wins over Fnatic in small tournaments is not enough to put them above the team who won the biggest and most competitive event of the year. I want some of what you're smoking, Lurppis :P
2012-06-09 05:11
1 reply
#460
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United States lurppis
if we were doing a team of the year type thing esc would probably still be first because of winning iem6wc while na`vi would be a close second. however, this article is more about the current shape of the teams based on their results in 2012 and currently esc has not proven to be in good shape as they haven't scored any legit wins in their last 3 tournaments (one of which was online) while their competitors (sk, na`vi, fnatic) have all looked stronger.
2012-06-09 06:05
yeah yeah SK
2012-06-09 13:43
this ranking is shit, sorry
2012-06-09 15:24
1 reply
for sure... SK are not #1... RANKING IS SHIT.
2012-06-09 16:14
navi 1st... are you kidding? xD
2012-06-09 16:03
1 reply
what so weird? it is just so obviously... xD
2012-06-09 16:14
2012-06-09 16:05
Na`Vi <3333
2012-06-10 10:00
fnatic win all, lurppis ranking wrong. please lurppis, continue putting that fnatic cant be the first, that produce more looky for fnatic ^^
2012-06-18 19:06
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