Olofmeister – The most decorated player in CS:GO history
With the upcoming ELEAGUE Major in Boston, Olofmeister has a chance to become a three time Major champion and solidify himself as the most successful player at the Majors
Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer is one of only five players to reach the playoffs of every major in CS:GO history. Along with former teammate Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson, he is arguably the most successful player in the history of the majors. For the first time since the very first major, DreamHack Winter 2013, Olofmeister has to qualify for the main portion of the tournament. But even though their place among the top 16 of the tournament is not confirmed, Olofmeister and his team, FaZe Clan, are one of the favorites to take home the trophy.
Success from the get go
Olofmeister’s history at the majors starts from the first one, DreamHack Winter 2013. As part of the relatively unknown LGB Esports, he reached the quarterfinals, defeating more established teams like Natus Vincere and the surprise winners of ESWC 2013, Clan-Mystik. Olofmeister and LGB were only stopped by one of the favorites to take the tournament, Ninjas in Pyjamas.
With a slightly different iteration of the lineup, LGB Esports improved their result at EMS One Katowice 2014, reaching the semifinals, defeating the defending major champions, Fnatic. In the semifinals they were stopped by the winners of the event, Virtus.Pro, while being the only team to steal a map away from the Poles on their otherwise undefeated run.
The greatest lineup of all time
Despite LGB looking like they were only getting better, the team broke up, and Olofmeister and KRIMZ ended up joining up with Jesper “JW” Wecksell, Robin “Flusha” Ronnquist and Markus “Pronax” Wallsten in what would end up becoming the greatest lineup in CS:GO history as Fnatic. Although JW, Flusha and Pronax already had a Major victory under their belt, Olofmeister and KRIMZ still looked for their first victory on the biggest stage. With a strange format, two new maps and no clear favorite, ESL One Cologne 2014 was the first opportunity for the team to do so. Fnatic ended up making the final, but were defeated by Ninjas in Pyjamas.
While ESL One Cologne 2014 was a close call for Fnatic, DreamHack Winter 2014 was the first prime opportunity for the team to win a Major. The team was favored going into the event, having won three out of four of the previous LAN events. Unfortunately, the infamous “boostgate” happened in the quarterfinals against LDLC, and Fnatic ended up forfeiting the tournament.
Although DreamHack Winter 2014 ended up being a fiasco and there were talks of retirements within in the team, the success wasn’t halted, but only delayed. ESL One Katowice 2015 was Fnatic’s time, and after a close final against Ninjas in Pyjamas, Olofmeister could lift the trophy for the first time in his career. On top of that, he was able to claim the MVP award for the event. Previously, Olofmeister wouldn’t have been able to call himself the number one star of his teams, but now he was considered among the absolute best players in the world.
Fnatic repeated the success at ESL One Cologne 2015, albeit with slightly more difficulty. The team looked like they were done in the semifinals against Virtus.pro, but with an amazing comeback on the second map, Inferno, they were able to bounce back and eventually defeat the plow and their opponents in the final, EnVyUs.
After a fantastic run that included ten tournament victories, Fnatic’s run would end at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015. The team made it to the quarterfinals, but would end up being defeated by the eventual champions, EnVyUs.
The injury that stopped the perfect run
With the greatest lineup in CS:GO history ending, Pronax was replaced by Olofmeister’s former LGB teammate Dennis “dennis” Edman. After dennis joined the team, they would go on a streak of six tournament victories in a row. It looked like they might have been able to put the icing on the cake and make their seventh tournament victory the major, MLG Columbus 2016. With Pronax no longer in the lineup, Fnatic relied on individual skill more than ever before. They particularly relied on Olofmeister opening up the bombsites for them. Unfortunately Olofmeister had suffered an injury prior to the event and could not perform up to his usual standards. Fnatic lost in the quarterfinals against Astralis and the team has not won a tournament since.
Olofmeister attended the next three majors, ESL One Cologne 2016, ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017 and PGL Krakow 2017 under the Fnatic banner. Despite reaching the semifinals twice, partly due to lucky quarterfinals draws, the team never truly looked like they were in contention to win the tournaments.
Three time champion?
Only three players in the history of CS:GO have ever won three majors. Olofmeister’s former teammates, JW, Flusha and Pronax. At the upcoming ELEAGUE Boston Major in 2018, Olofmeister has a big chance to join them. With SK Gaming being unable to use their new player Ricardo “Boltz” Prass, Olofmeister’s new team, FaZe Clan, are arguably the favorites to win the event.
Since 2015, Olofmeister has been the primary focus of his team, having a lot of freedom to do what he wants. In FaZe that is no longer the case. In fact, he is arguably only the fourth best player in the team. With an all-star lineup that includes the likes of Nikola “NiKo” Kovacs and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs, Olofmeister has had to take more of a backseat for the team to be more successful. But even in a team that packs more skill than we have ever seen in CS:GO history, Olofmeister has still played a crucial role in certain maps and events.
With a win at the ELEAGUE Major in Boston, Olofmeister would add to what is already a massive trophy case and with a third Major title he would without question become the most decorated player in CS:GO history.
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