The superstars of ESL One Cologne

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ESL One Cologne ensure the Brazilians inSK Gaming claim their second major trophy after toppling North American Team Liquid in the grand final. It was a tournament filled with cinderella tales, superb stand-ins, and one particularly gracious flying Ukrainian. With more than a week run, it’s time to look back at who the hotshots of ESL One Cologne really were.

Lukas Gla1ve Rossander

Astralis couldnt have asked for more from their stand-in for ESL One Cologne. Gla1ve stepped in for the side when their newest addition, Markus Kjaerbye Kjaerbye, couldnt attend. Gla1ve has been an outsider in the Danish scene recently, but has earned respect in the past for being a capable in-game leader with high fragging ability.

Before the tournament began, the team made it clear that they were merely aiming to retain their “Legend” status by getting out of the group stage. Despite having low expectations they almost failed to achieve that goal, though it was thanks in part to the capable performances of Gla1ve. Though he was never the highest fragging member of the team, he certainly held his own and proved that he has the ability to perform at the highest level.

After defeating Dignitas to retain legend status, Gla1ve once again proved that he can hang with the big boys in their series against Virtus Pro, dropping 26 and 29 kills in their 0-2 defeat to the Polish side. Over seven maps, Gla1ve finished with 1.05 K/ D ratio and an ADR or 82 very respectable for a stand-in at the biggest stage of the game.

Wiktor Taz Wojtas

Putting young whippersnappers in their place is one of Virtus Pros favorite pastimes. Its been a while since Taz and co. demonstrated up a tournament and looked like real competitors for the title. But at ESL One Cologne, there were moments in their series against SK Gaming that induced me believe Holy shit, Virtus Pro was likely to win this thing.” It was a team effort. But Taz makes my listing for demonstrating his critics incorrect and showing that he still has what it takes after all these years at the upper part of the scene.

Taz came to life in game one of the series against SK: 31 kills on cobblestone was enough for VP to take the first map and have everyone scrambling in confusion. The fairytale objective there, and SK closed the series out two games to one. But VP was the only team to take a maps off the champs, and that’s a respectable accomplishment.

Taz was a consistent force throughout their operate. Wins over Mousesports and eventual finalists Team Liquid in the group stage included performances with more than 20 killsand, of course, their victory over Astralis in the one-quarters( only slightly diminished by the fact that Astralis were use two replaces ). Nevertheless, Taz and his Polish brothers are back, but for how long? That we can’t be sure of. All I know is theres no better sight in CS: GO than the plow in top gear.

Marcelo Coldzera David

There was a debate, pre-Cologne, as to who was the best player in the world. The tournament is overand the debate is over.

Coldzera is undoubtedly the hottest player in CS: GO right now.

His performance at ESL One Cologne wasnt merely the best, it was the best by a pretty large margin. SK Gaming played nine maps at ESL One Cologne, and in eight of those nine maps, Coldzera picked up 20 or more frags.

In a tournament where other superstars failed to shine, Coldzera demonstrated all of them how its done. Cologne marks his second MVP at a major tournament, with the last one coming at MLG Columbus earlier in the year. Yes, SK Gaming has an outstanding lineup with multi-talented players, but there is no arguing anymore that Coldzera is a crucial part of their success. The guy can essentially do anything, whether as a rifler, or a secondary AWPer behind Gabriel Fallen Toledo.

Its difficult to see how Coldzera can get any better than this. Were seeing a player on a level with Olof Olofmeister Kajbjer when the Fnatic player was in the form of his life( prior to the recent wrist injury ). Coldzera and his team havent been at the top long enough to throw his name into the “best player in CS: GO history” deliberation just yet, but one more major tournament even close to this and youd be foolish to not have him in that discussion.

Oleksandr S1mple Kostliev

For the second time this year, S1mple has come to the aid of Team Liquid and essentially carried them to an outstanding placing at a major. Admittedly, this time around his teammates are considerably improved. But it was still the Ukrainian player who did most of the heavy lifting that led to a grand final for the North American side.

This leaves Team Liquid in a tight spot. They already admitted that S1mple would only be used for this one tournament. But if they dont keep him now, they’d be letting one of the best players in the world run. The only person at the tournament who maintained S1mple quiet was Coldzera, who is simply unplayable in his current form. Olofmeister was no match, Ladislav Guardian Kovacs was no match. None of the other top-tier players in the world were a match for S1mple.

S1mple has already admitted that hes received at least five offers in the days after the tournament, and its actually surprising that he hasnt had more. His often mentioned “attitude problems” are becoming more and more irrelevant with every great performance.

Georgi WorldEdit Yaskin

Flipsid3’s majority Ukrainian roster secured legendary status at Cologne with the help of Russian AWPer WorldEdit. Hes been one of their more promising players for some time, but always failed to deliver on the big stage. While this tournament had its ups and downs, WorldEdit ultimately showed he’s capable of matching tier-one opponentsat times.

A big performance against Ninjas in Pyjamas in the group stage final helped secure his side a spot in the playoffs. His 65 kills in three maps, including a 26 -8 performance on Cache, were essential in getting his team through the gauntlet. Unfortunately for WorldEdit, he didn’t remain consistent against SK Gaming, observing himself overwhelmed on map one. But he finished strongly on the second map, Nuke, where he and his side fell in overtime to the reigning champions.

WorldEdit constructs the listing for finally proving hes capable of outstanding performances against top-tier sides. Since the tournament, his team crashed out of ELEAGUE at the hands of Renegades in a bitterly disappointing performance. Hopefully for him, that was just a fluke, because it eventually looks like WorldEdit could be ready to face the best in the worldif only he can remain consistent.

Freddy Krimz Johansson

At ESL One Cologne, Fnatic’s unsung hero stepped out of the supporting role and reminded the world just how talented he is. Its not often you consider Krimz topping the scoreboards these days, with the likes of Olofmeister and Jesper JW Wecksell often contributing most of the firepower. But with those two out of kind, Krimz stepped up.

In a grueling group stage featuring matches against Faze and G2 Esports, Krimz put in solid performances time after time, ensuring their legend status by progressing out of the group stage. His numbers werent huge in the quarterfinals because they didnt need to be. Fnatic predominated Gambit Gaming, with Krimz going +22 over the course of the series. The run ended against the cinderella story that was Team liquid in the semi-finals. Despite the loss, Krimz was actually one of the only each member of Fnatic to post a positive scoreline.

Fnatic are in a strange spot at the moment. They have no doubt lost their status as “best in the world” and will be looking to try and regain the form they had in 2015 and the early stages of 2016. Since the trauma to Olofmeister, they seem to be missing some firepower. But if Krimz can keep up these performances, and the rest of their vastly experienced lineup can once again step up, theres no doubt that Fnatic will once again be challenging for titles.

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