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OG are looking to replace nearly everyone, while KRIMZ is out - temporarily - for a familiar face. At least the HLTV rankings offer some semblance of balance…
It’s a funky looking top ten.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, HLTV’s ranking update includes some teams who, pre-Major, were totally unforeseen. GamerLegion sneak into seventh - seventh! - while Apeks and Monte break top ten for the first time as an organisation.
Which shouldn’t be a surprise, but some weirdos will still try to tell you NIP or FURIA should be there for being lacklustre but at big events instead of being good at smaller ones.
In fact, it’s a genuine argument against the Louvre Agreement and the BLAST partnerships. These three teams have worked their way into the top ten without all the handouts and benefits of being in the agreement.
It turns out having to play against tier 2 teams and be better than them all the time is better for your level of play than qualifying for free at every event. Who knew?
At the top end of it, Vitality have the coveted 1000 points, probably because they smashed everyone at the Major without dropping a map, while FaZe somehow limp on to hold onto third.
NAVI manage to scrape fourth, with Cloud9 and G2 just after. Those three didn’t make playoffs at the Major, and C9 didn’t even make Challengers. The teams outside of the top two right now are not in great shape.
One could argue only Vitality look any good right now. Well, and GamerLegion, but people get angry when you say that.
Also, half of their team will probably get bought in the upcoming player break, leaving only Vitality and Heroic in group stages as the good teams.
It’s a tag that should send shivers down your spines. A tag so enshrined in CS history, one so iconic and so legendary that everyone, even the zoomers, know how special it is.
And, you know what? We’ll admit it. We’re one of those zoomers. We weren’t around for Source, let alone 1.6.
But there is still something so magical about f0rest in a fnatic jersey. There’s just an aura around the Swede, something that tells you that this is special.
It happened in 2022 at Pinnacle Cup and we’re getting to see f0rest deck out the black-and-orange once again in 2023, this time at IEM Dallas standing in for KRIMZ.
Whether KRIMZ comes back as is publicly planned or fnatic opt for a roster change after a disastrous Major cycle, f0rest is unlikely to be a permanent addition.
We’ve even heard rumours that they’ve trialled a few players, though it’s hard to know who is being replaced at the moment. A lot is still up in the air.
If anything, though, that it is so fleeting just makes this moment even more worthy of savouring.
fnatic can go out in last; as long as see f0rest bang a few heads, we’ll sleep well that night.
Tune in to this week's episode of Overtime on Inferno where your favorite hosts aizyesque and Logan Ramhap go deep on the biggest news in CS:GO:
Does anyone know what’s going on at OG? We ask because, frankly, we’re perplexed.
To start off, we had the announcement of OG using regali as a stand-in for IEM Dallas. A move we’re massively in favour of - he’s an absurd sharpshooter. If you doubt us, just take a look at his stats at CCT. They’re insane, highlighted by a 2.02 against AGO on Anubis. It’s been The Regali Show and he’s Mordecai.
Which of course means he needs a Rigby, a trusty companion, one he’s found in flameZ. The Israeli has really come alive recently, so… he’ll be leaving the team.
According to Blix.gg, flameZ, and stand-in turned-nexa-replacement niko will both be leaving the org. niko is their benson, for the sake of our earlier analogy.
Though don’t let the fact they’re lumped in together fool you. flameZ will be leaving the team due to his contract expiring. Instead of extending, he’ll be looking for new options. Smart move, because, frankly, who’d willingly stay at OG?
Well, probably niko because there’s no interest in keeping him. After all, recent results haven’t exactly made him an attractive option.
Who’ll fill the holes? We’d love to tell you, but we don’t know. OG, call us.
Even if the regali move isn’t permanent, The Regali Show will almost certainly continue somewhere else after its LAN pilot next week. Hopefully, somewhere that isn’t in perpetual mediocrity sprinkled with roster chaos.
Maybe he and flameZ can retire and go work in a park somewhere, really build their chemistry. Surely nothing wacky would happen.
After Dallas, OG are. theoretically:
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