Ukraine at CS World Championships

 

The World Championships 2015 matches are in their full swing, so now is the right time to reminisce the history of the Ukraine's participation in the tournaments of this kind. We will recall the names of the players that have represented our country over the last few years, and mention their most successful and unsuccessful performances since ENC Season 2010. Apart from it, we will tell you a little bit more about the event itself.   

 

ESL ENC Season 2010

 

In 2004–2009, European Nations Championships featured relatively small prize money, but 2010 was a year of change. Tournament's organizers signed a partnership agreement with ASUS, and received the opportunity to increase the prize pool. It jumped up from € 8 500 in 2009 to € 14 400 in 2010. As a result, many new teams have joined a competition, and the Ukrainian national team was one of them. 

 
UkraineUkraine national team lineup in 2010:
 
  • UkraineAndrey «B1ad3» Horodenskyi (captain)
  • UkraineEmil «kucher» Akhundov
  • UkraineKiril «ANGE1» Karasyov
  • UkraineSergey «LMBT» Bezhanov
  • UkraineIoann «Edward» Sukhariev
  • UkraineYegor «markeloff» Markelov
  • UkraineSergey «starix» Ishchuk
  • UkraineArseniy «ceh9»  Trynozhenko
  • UkraineTaras «craft1k» Voitenko
  • UkraineDaniil «Zeus» Teslenko

 

2010 was a year of a relatively solid performance for the Ukrainian national Counter-Strike 1.6 team. Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskyi was that year’s IGL. It was him who led the team to most of their bright victories. In group stage, our players outplayed the rivals from the Netherlands, Poland, Austria and Norway, and lost only to Sweden.

 

 

As a result, our team has taken second place and won € 3 000. The Swedes, in their turn, have won € 6 000 and became the four-time world champions.

 
 

Electronic Sports European Championship 2013

 

Before the turning point, most world championships were hosted by ESL (the full name of the event was ESL European Nations Championship). In 2013 E-frag.net decided to reopen it after three long years of break. The renewed tournament was called Electronic Sports European Championship. In 2013, its prize pool was quite modest — $ 6 500, but the organizers also covered all hotel and travel expenses of the participants. 

 
Ukraine national team lineup in 2013:
 
  • UkraineIlyas «transik» Gadzhyiahyev (captain)
  • UkraineAndrey «B1ad3» Horodenskyi 
  • UkraineRuslan «krutoi» Kolodynskyi
  • UkraineKonstantin «Pr1zraK» Kryvosheev
  • UkraineIoann «Edward» Sukhariev
  • UkraineYegor «markeloff» Markelov
  • UkraineRoman «z1» Poltavchenko
  • UkraineSlavik «sozik» Sazonov
  • UkraineBohdan «Tresh1k» Nakonechnyi
  • UkraineEmil «kucher» Akhundov
  • UkraineKiril «ANGE1» Karasyov
 

Natus Vincere players didn't take part in that year's championship, as Edward had to play for Astana Dragons. In general, 2013 performance of our team was quite upsetting. The Ukrainians have ended their games against Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Italy in a draw, and were defeated by French and German players. They haven't advanced out of the group, and the tournament was eventually won by the Danish team represented by Pimp, device, LOMME, Xyp9x and dupreeh.

 
 

Electronic Sports European Championship 2014 

 

In 2014, the overall prize-pool of the tournament increased up to $ 10 000, so the players from more than 40 European countries were interested in taking part in it. The third place had to be rewarded with $ 1 000, the second — with $ 3 000, and a solid sum of $ 6 000 was the one prepared for the winners. As for Ukraine, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev was chosen to be a captain.

 

Ukraine national team lineup in 2014:
 
  • UkraineAlexandr «s1mple» Kostylev (captain)
  • UkraineEmil «kucher» Akhundov
  • UkraineKiril «ANGE1» Karasyov
  • UkraineIoann «Edward» Sukhariev
  • UkraineYegor «markeloff» Markelov
  • UkraineSergey «starix» Ishchuk
  • UkraineAndrey «B1ad3» Horodenskyi 
  • UkraineKonstantin «Pr1ZraK» Kryvosheev
  • UkraineVladyslav «bondik» Nechyporchuk
  • UkraineRoman «z1» Poltavchenko
 

The Ukrainians started competing from the second round of the qualifiers, where they encountered the Cyprus national team. After taking a convincing win over the Cypriots, they moved on to take part in the group stage. The clashes were very intense. Our guys have outplayed Hungary, Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic, and lost against the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina national teams. Finally, our team encountered the Russians in playoff stage. This match went one-sidedly and the RF team represented by Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov, Egor “flamie” Vasilyev, Georgiy “WorldEdit” Yaskin, Denis “seized” Kostin and Dmitriy “Hooch” Bogdanov has won with a 2:0 score. In fact, those matches were the most watched ones, especially among the Russian part of CS community. Anyway, the Polish, Finnish, French and Swedish teams went to Belgrade to decide who is the best. As a result, the Swedes have taken third place, the Poles finished second, and the French have won the entire tournament!

 

Russia vs.Ukraine — ESEC 2014 @de_overpass (1 map)

 

Russia vs.Ukraine — ESEC 2014 @de_cache (2 map)
AuthormJay Date19 September 2015, 13:58 Views1059 Comments0
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