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4th Sep '17 7:55:30 AM SeptimusHeap
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Professional gaming in the VideoGame scene is well established, and many teams and organizations have established popular brands with numerous sponsors dating back to ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'', ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI Brood War]]'', and other classic games' roots.

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Professional gaming in the VideoGame scene is well established, and many teams and organizations have established popular brands with numerous sponsors dating back to ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'', ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'', ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI Brood War]]'', and other classic games' roots.
1st Sep '17 9:53:55 PM HalcyonDayz
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** '''Team Solo Mid (TSM)''': Originally a fan-made team representing http://www.solomid.net created by Andy 'Reginald' Dinh and Dan Dinh, it has since evolved into one of the most popular LoL teams in the world and one of the most dominant teams in North America, to the point of securing a spot of all 3 previous World Championship series, a feat easier said than done as other accomplished older teams (CLG, CJ Entus Frost, World Elite) could not achieve it.
*** '''Top: Marcus "Dyrus" Hill (Retired)''' While originally a support for Reginald's previous team, All or Nothing, he later joined Dan Dinh's former team Epik Gamer as a top laner where he received recognition for both the moderate success of Epik Gamer and being one of the few pro LoL player at the time to stream his games, at one point he managed to rake in around 30,000 viewers at one time, essentially popularized the idea of streaming among the LoL community. Loved for his iconic laidback attitude with tons of funny moments in his streams. He was selected to be North America's All-Star top laner in 2013. After TSM failed to escape Group Stage in the 2015 World Championships, he announced his retirement.

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** '''Team Solo Mid (TSM)''': Originally a fan-made team representing http://www.solomid.net created by Andy 'Reginald' Dinh and Dan Dinh, it has since evolved into one of the most popular LoL ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' teams in the world and one of the most dominant teams in North America, to the point of securing a spot of all 3 previous World Championship series, a feat easier said than done as other accomplished older teams (CLG, CJ Entus Frost, World Elite) could not achieve it.
*** '''Top: Marcus "Dyrus" Hill (Retired)''' While originally a support for Reginald's previous team, All or Nothing, he later joined Dan Dinh's former team Epik Gamer as a top laner where he received recognition for both the moderate success of Epik Gamer and being one of the few pro LoL [=LoL=] player at the time to stream his games, at one point he managed to rake in around 30,000 viewers at one time, essentially popularized the idea of streaming among the LoL [=LoL=] community. Loved for his iconic laidback attitude with tons of funny moments in his streams. He was selected to be North America's All-Star top laner in 2013. After TSM failed to escape Group Stage in the 2015 World Championships, he announced his retirement.
21st Jul '17 10:37:34 AM Simonaro
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** '''Timo "Spiidi" Richter'''

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** '''Timo "Spiidi" Richter''''''Tomá "Oskar" ťastný'''



** '''Johannes "nex" Maget'''
** '''Nikola "[=NiKo=]" Kovac'''

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** '''Johannes "nex" Maget'''
'''Christian "LoWeL" Antoran'''
** '''Nikola "[=NiKo=]" Kovac''''''Robin "ropz" Kool'''



** '''Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill'''

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** '''Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill''''''Noah "Nifty" Francis'''



** '''Yaman "yam" Ergenekon'''

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** '''Yaman "yam" Ergenekon'''
'''Nemanja "nexa" Isaković'''



** '''Lincoln "fnx" Lau'''

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** '''Lincoln "fnx" Lau''''''João "felps" Vasconcellos'''



** '''Eric [="adreN"=] Hoag'''

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** '''Eric [="adreN"=] Hoag''''''Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken'''



** '''Spencer "Hiko" Martin'''
** '''Kenneth "Koosta" Suen'''

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** '''Spencer "Hiko" Martin'''
'''Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz'''
** '''Kenneth "Koosta" Suen'''
'''Joshua "jdm64" Marzano'''
21st Jul '17 10:31:58 AM Simonaro
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** '''Adam "friberg" Friberg'''

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** '''Adam "friberg" Friberg''''''Fredrik "REZ" Sterner'''
8th Jun '17 3:32:17 PM AmazingFish117
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** '''Aleksi "allu" Jalli'':The main [=AWPer=] of the team, from Finland. Played for Ninjas in Pyjamas for most of 2015.

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** '''Aleksi "allu" Jalli'':The Jalli''':The main [=AWPer=] of the team, from Finland. Played for Ninjas in Pyjamas for most of 2015.
8th Jun '17 3:31:31 PM AmazingFish117
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* '''[=FaZe=] Clan (Europe):''' There have been multinational teams before in CS: GO, but usually they consisted of players speaking same native languages (e.g. Belgians and Swiss in French teams, players from former USSR) or one player from a different country. [=FaZe=] however consists of a Dane, two Norwegians, Swede and Portugese. All of them were famous in the CS scene before, making it the first international superteam in CS:GO. Obvious communication problems and lack of a proper ingame leader led to wildly inconsistent results initially, but they are still capable of pulling upsets against top teams. It helps that all players are famous for their aim. They also started experimenting with having their coach taking over ingame leading (coaches usually have more of an assistant role to [=IGLs=]).
** '''Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad:''' Hastily brought in from Copenhagen Wolves to replace [=ScreaM=] when he left the team shortly before Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015. He proceded to have a breakout performance, being the crucial part of G2 miracle run which saw them reaching semifinals and barely losing to [=EnVyUs=].
** '''Ricardo "fox" Pacheco'''
** '''Philip "aizy" Aistrup:''' Former Dignitas player who took Dennis' spot after he left for Fnatic. Known for being an exceptional player usually stuck in a sub-par team, aizy now has his chance to shine in the [=FaZe=] lineup.
** '''Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey'''
** '''Havard "rain" Nygaard:''' His pinpoint aim with rifles and ability to both open up and clutch rounds made Norwegian LGB and London Conspiracy lineups prone to upsetting higher ranked teams.

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* '''[=FaZe=] Clan (Europe):''' There have been multinational teams before in CS: GO, but they usually they consisted of players speaking the same native languages language (e.g. Belgians and Swiss in French teams, players from the former USSR) or one player from a different country. USSR). But [=FaZe=] however currently consists of a Norwegian, a Frenchmen, a Finn, a Dane, two Norwegians, Swede and Portugese.a Bosnian. All of them were famous in the CS scene before, making it the first international superteam in CS:GO. Obvious communication problems and lack of a proper ingame leader led to wildly inconsistent results initially, but they are still capable of pulling upsets against top teams. It helps that all players They've gotten better, and are famous for their aim. They also started experimenting with having their coach taking over ingame leading (coaches usually have more of an assistant role to [=IGLs=]).
** '''Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad:''' Hastily brought in from Copenhagen Wolves to replace [=ScreaM=] when he left
now amongst the team shortly before Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015. He proceded to have a breakout performance, being the crucial part of G2 miracle run which saw them reaching semifinals and barely losing to [=EnVyUs=].
** '''Ricardo "fox" Pacheco'''
** '''Philip "aizy" Aistrup:''' Former Dignitas player who took Dennis' spot after he left for Fnatic. Known for being an exceptional player usually stuck in a sub-par team, aizy now has his chance to shine in the [=FaZe=] lineup.
** '''Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey'''
top teams.
** '''Havard "rain" Nygaard:''' His pinpoint aim with rifles and ability to both open up and clutch rounds made his old teams Norwegian LGB and London Conspiracy lineups prone to upsetting higher ranked teams.
** '''Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey''':Used to play for [=EnVy=].
** '''Aleksi "allu" Jalli'':The main [=AWPer=] of the team, from Finland. Played for Ninjas in Pyjamas for most of 2015.
** '''Finn "karrigan" Anderson''':Played for Astralis during their rise to the top. Is currently the ingame leader.
** '''Nikola "NiKo" Kovač''': Used to play for mousesports, where he pretty much carried the team. The team's slump took an evident toll on him, but he seems much happier after joining FaZe.
8th Jun '17 3:13:28 PM AmazingFish117
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* '''Fnatic (Sweden):''' One of three teams to win more than one CS: GO major (Dreamhack Winter 2013, ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015, also first time in ''GO'' a team won back to back majors). Ever since picking olofmeister and Krimz from LGB they've been widely considered one of the best team in the world, to the point of having one of the largest [[Hatedom hatedoms]] in the scene.

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* '''Fnatic (Sweden):''' One of three teams to win more than one CS: GO major (Dreamhack Winter 2013, ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015, also first time in ''GO'' a team won back to back majors). Ever since picking olofmeister and Krimz from LGB they've been widely considered one of the best team in the world, to the point of having being one of the largest [[Hatedom hatedoms]] most hated teams in the scene.



* '''[=EnVyUs=] (formerly LDLC.com) (France):''' One of the two teams that emerged from mid 2014 French scene shuffle. Envy are infamous for their aggressive play and aiming talent, often running the same strategy time and time again and putting themselves in infavourable situations just to come out on top thanks to their skill. They are also probably the best team in the world at winning pistol and eco rounds. Won majors at Dreamhack Winter 2014 and Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015. But their less than stellar results after led to a second French shuffle.

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* '''[=EnVyUs=] (formerly LDLC.com) (France):''' One of the two teams that emerged from mid 2014 French scene shuffle. Envy are infamous (in)famous for their aggressive play and aiming talent, often running the same strategy time and time again and putting themselves in infavourable situations just to come out on top thanks to their sheer skill. They are also probably the best team in the world at winning pistol and eco rounds. Won majors at Dreamhack Winter 2014 and Dreamhack Cluj-Napoca 2015. But their less than stellar results after that led to a second French shuffle.



** '''Mike "shroud" Grzesiek''': A slightly [BrokenBase controversial] player from Canada. Some consider him the "hope of NA", while others think he spends too much time [MoneyDearBoy streaming and not practicing].

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** '''Mike "shroud" Grzesiek''': A slightly [BrokenBase controversial] [[BrokenBase controversial]] player from Canada. Some consider him the "hope of NA", while others think he spends too much time [MoneyDearBoy [[MoneyDearBoy streaming and not practicing].practicing]].



** '''Timonthy "autimatic" Ta''':The newest player on the team, and currently the IGL.

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** '''Timonthy "autimatic" Ta''':The newest player on addition to the team, and currently the IGL.
8th Jun '17 3:07:31 PM AmazingFish117
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** '''Jesper "JW" Wecksell''':The main AWPer of the team, who is well known for his aggressive play-style.

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** '''Jesper "JW" Wecksell''':The main AWPer [=AWPer=] of the team, who is well known for his aggressive play-style.



** '''Andreas "Xyp9x" Hojsleth'''

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** '''Andreas "Xyp9x" "[=Xyp9x=]" Hojsleth'''



** '''Adil "[=ScreaM=]" Benrlitom:''' Famous for impeccable aim and having probably worst luck in CS: GO history. His first bullet accuracy and insane headshot percentage led to him being called "Human Aimbot". Unfortunately for him, Valve nerfing the ADAD spam badly affected his playstyle, which led to pefrormance slump. He got fired from Titan and replaced with rising star KQLY, who later turned out to be a cheater. He joined lower tiered Epsilon team, which collapsed soon after in a matchfixing scandal. Since then he's been a free agent until putting together Kinguin(which became FaZe Clan) with Maikelele, which he later left due to team communication issues to rejoin Titan(which became G2) for the record buyout of 150,000$. He joined EnVy during the second French shuffle.

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** '''Adil "[=ScreaM=]" Benrlitom:''' Famous for impeccable aim and having probably the worst luck in CS: GO history. His first bullet accuracy and insane headshot percentage led to him being called the "Human Aimbot". Unfortunately for him, Valve nerfing the ADAD spam badly affected his playstyle, which led to pefrormance a performance slump. He got fired from Titan and replaced with rising star KQLY, who later turned out to be a cheater. He joined the lower tiered Epsilon team, which collapsed soon after in a matchfixing match-fixing scandal. Since then he's been a free agent until putting he put together Kinguin(which became FaZe Clan) with Maikelele, which he later left due to team communication issues to rejoin Titan(which became G2) for the record buyout of 150,000$. He joined EnVy during the second French shuffle.



** '''Ladislav "[=GuardiaN=]" Kovacs''':A star AWPer, and amongst the best in the world.

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** '''Ladislav "[=GuardiaN=]" Kovacs''':A star AWPer, Kovacs''':The main [=AWPer=] of the team, and amongst the best in the world.



* '''Cloud 9 (USA):''' American team that used to do well at home, but struggle against European lineups. After catastrophic start of 2015 when they couldn't get a single map off Europeans, they changed two players and had a dramatic resurgence, going to multiple LAN finals and beating top teams.
** '''Jake "stewie2k" Yip:''' Young pubstar, brough in after sgares unexpectedly left the team. His propensity for running through smokes has already reached MemeticMutation levels.
** '''Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert'''
** '''Mike "shroud" Grzesiek'''
** '''Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham:''' First came to prominence as the [=AWPer=] in IBUYPOWER team, which stood at the top of North American CS scene until 2014. In early 2015 IBP disbanded in one of the biggest matchfixing scandals in CS history, with only Skadoodle surviving unbanned. He was supposed to make a North American dream team with Hiko (former C9 player), before Cloud 9 hired him for supposedly record price as far as CS scene goes. Since then he's been the crucial part of Cloud 9 resurgence, consistently putting amazing performances and establishing himself as one of top AWP players in the world.
** '''Alec "Slemmy" White'''

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* '''Cloud 9 (USA):''' American team that used to do well at home, but struggle against European lineups. After catastrophic start of 2015 when they couldn't get a single map off Europeans, they changed two players and had a dramatic resurgence, going to multiple LAN finals and beating top teams.
teams. They've had multiple roster changes since, but are still usually the best North American team.
** '''Jake "stewie2k" Yip:''' Young pubstar, brough brought in after sgares unexpectedly left the team. His propensity for [[LeeroyJenkins running through smokes smokes]] has already reached MemeticMutation levels.
** '''Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert'''
Gilbert''':One of the two original members, the other being Shroud.
** '''Mike "shroud" Grzesiek'''
Grzesiek''': A slightly [BrokenBase controversial] player from Canada. Some consider him the "hope of NA", while others think he spends too much time [MoneyDearBoy streaming and not practicing].
** '''Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham:''' First came to prominence as the [=AWPer=] in the IBUYPOWER team, which stood at the top of North American CS scene until 2014. In early 2015 IBP disbanded in one of the biggest matchfixing scandals in CS history, with only Skadoodle surviving remaining unbanned. He was supposed to make a North American dream team with Hiko (former C9 player), before Cloud 9 hired him for a supposedly record price as far as CS scene goes. Since then he's been the a crucial part of Cloud 9 resurgence, consistently putting amazing performances and establishing himself as one of top AWP players in the world.
** '''Alec "Slemmy" White'''
'''Timonthy "autimatic" Ta''':The newest player on the team, and currently the IGL.
8th Jun '17 2:51:18 PM AmazingFish117
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** '''Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev''':A young star, whose toxicity made him a difficult teammate on Flipsid3. He has since improved his attitude. His time on the American Team Liquid led to the most successful results from a North American team at a major. Has a [[Odd Friendship odd friendship]] with former Liquid teammate Hiko.

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** '''Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev''':A young star, whose toxicity made him a difficult teammate on Flipsid3. He has since improved his attitude. His time on the American Team Liquid led to the most successful results from a North American team at a major. Has a [[Odd Friendship [[OddFriendship odd friendship]] with former Liquid teammate Hiko.
8th Jun '17 2:49:42 PM AmazingFish117
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* '''Virtus.Pro (Poland):''' Team built from remains of the '''Golden Five''', the most decorated (7 majors) lineup in CS 1.6 history. After floundering in early days of CS: GO they added two new players and almost immediately won a major in front of the home crowd at EMS One Katowice 2014. Since then they've been dangerous (especially in big tournments), but inconsistent, hence the fans refering to them as either Virtus.Plow ([[CurbStompBattle stomping even the strongest teams]]) or Virtus.Throw (losing upsets against tier 2 teams). Some of it may be a result of constantly rotating shotcaller duty (between Taz, neo and Snax).

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* '''Virtus.Pro (Poland):''' Team built from remains of the '''Golden Five''', the most decorated (7 majors) lineup in CS 1.6 history. After floundering in early days of CS: GO they added two new players and almost immediately won a major in front of the home crowd at EMS One Katowice 2014. Since then they've been dangerous (especially in big tournments), but inconsistent, hence the fans refering to them as either Virtus.Plow ([[CurbStompBattle stomping even the strongest teams]]) or Virtus.Throw (losing upsets against tier 2 teams). Some of it may be a result of constantly rotating shotcaller duty (between Taz, neo and Snax). They are also known for being an "old" team, and haven't changed their lineup in years.



* '''Natus Vincere (Ukraine):''' Another team built from a legendary (winning 4 majors in a row) 1.6 lineup. Famous for their methodical play and slow late round executes. Before getting flamie they were considered middle of the road team, carried by incredible AWP play of [=GuardiaN=]. Since then they became a serious contender for top positions.
** '''Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko'''

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* '''Natus Vincere (Ukraine):''' (CIS):''' Another team built from a legendary (winning 4 majors in a row) 1.6 lineup. Famous for their methodical play and slow late round executes. Before getting flamie they were considered They used to be middle of the road team, carried by incredible AWP play of [=GuardiaN=]. Since then After adding flamie, they became a serious contender for top positions.
** '''Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko''''''Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev''':A young star, whose toxicity made him a difficult teammate on Flipsid3. He has since improved his attitude. His time on the American Team Liquid led to the most successful results from a North American team at a major. Has a [[Odd Friendship odd friendship]] with former Liquid teammate Hiko.



** '''Ladislav "[=GuardiaN=]" Kovacs'''

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** '''Ladislav "[=GuardiaN=]" Kovacs'''Kovacs''':A star AWPer, and amongst the best in the world.
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