coldzera
Marcelo David 
Brazil
SK Gaming
Comes up just short against Liquid
September 16, 2017
coldzera posted an 85/54 in SK Gaming's 2-1 loss to Team Liquid in the semifinals of ESL New York.
ANALYSIS
coldzera had a pretty spacious backpack that all of SK jumped into at certain points in this series. This was no truer than in the first game where he posted a ridiculous 42/25 KD in what ended up as a 22-18 loss. He and jdm64 were battling back and forth all throughout this one until the North American side finally prevailed. He may have slowed down a bit in the final two games, but make no mistake, he was the driving force of this team. They won Game 2 handily but got tripped up a bit in the final frame. A little more help from his teammates throughout the match and SK may have walked away with the win here.
Smackdown in Game 2 for 2-0 sweep
September 3, 2017
coldzera went 35/29 on Day 3 of DreamHack Masters Malmo in a 2-0 SK Gaming win over Cloud9.
ANALYSIS
coldzera had a quiet first half on Train with a struggling offensive first half on one of their better maps. After winning the pistol, Cloud9 took over the lead forcing coldzera to play catch up. coldzera picked up a few entry kills but that was about it to finish the first half 9-6. The second half was all coldzera on the defense to crush Cloud9's hopes and dreams with a quad kill on the anti-eco to send his team to map point, taking Game 1 16-13. After a 3-0 start for Cloud9 on Cobblestone, coldzera cracked down on the offense to take over the B-bombsite split to overrun the first half 10-5. The second half had a contested start but a firm hold on both bombsites from Cloud9's offense claimed the series sweep 16-9.
Game 2 slump with series loss to North
September 2, 2017
coldzera posted a firm 56/51 KD on Day 2 of DreamHack Masters Malmo with a 2-1 loss to North.
ANALYSIS
coldzera ripped through the defense of North in Game 1 on Cobblestone with a hammering offensive side on the B-bombsite. He also turned a few rounds around on the quick rotation to the A-bombsite to further extend the lead of the first half 12-3. The second half was a bit of a slower start but coldzera's defense held off the B-bombsite push for a 16-5 win. In Game 2, coldzera had seen better performances on Train with a slow start on the defense. His A-bombsite was heavily taken down until in the later rounds to come back and even the score 8-7. However, the offense in the second half only won a single round for a tough 16-8 loss. The final game of the series came down to Inferno, with coldzera struggling to hold off the offense on the A-bombsite split and aggressive pushes into the B-bombsite for a 13-2 loss at the half. Despite the late comeback in the second half, it wasn't enough to close the series with a 16-11 Game 3 loss.
Elusiveness pays off
August 30, 2017
coldzera posted a 23/4 KD in SK Gaming's big win over B.O.O.T. on Day 1 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
It simply seemed as though coldzera had a forcefield around him during this entire series, as he only managed to die four times in the 18-round affair. During that time, he was easily picking up kills at every possible juncture. Whether it was on flanks, retakes, or anything in between, coldzera was doing it all for SK. With him playing so well after a few lackluster outings of late, SK looks poised to make a strong run here.
Rough showing in series split
August 25, 2017
coldzera struggled his way to a 31/36 KD in SK Gaming's 1-1 split with Immortals on Thursday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
coldzera is normally a rock for his team and one the top slayers in the game, but he struggled pretty heavily throughout this series. In the first half of Game 1, he only put up a 7/11 KD. It looked as though he was simply trying too hard in certain situations, which left him coming up short time and again. After SK dropped that game 16-8, he was again off at the start of Game 2. He was looking off once again with a 3/14 in the first half before going off in the second half to the tune of a 15/3 KD in that half to push his team to a 16-12 win.
Sets pace with strong fragging
August 23, 2017
coldzera put up a 41/27 KD in SK Gaming's 1-1 series with Team Liquid in the ESL Pro League on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
coldzera, despite the slow start to the series, was really on it in the second game to bring home this win. As for the poor start, though, it looked as though SK had no answer whatsoever for the aggression of Liquid in Game 1. Maybe it was just some rust from not having played a meaningful game in five weeks, as they came on strong in the second half of the game despite the loss. That helped them really keep rolling into Cobblestone for Game 2. coldzera was his normal self once again in the game, pushing SK along with a 26/9 KD. They will surely want to have more Game 2 performances as the season goes on.
Best of the best in win over C9
July 9, 2017
coldzera put together a 76/45 KD on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Cloud9 in the grand final at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
coldzera punished Cloud9 early, including his Round 2 quad kill to win the force buy on Cobblestone before taking the first half 10-5. A little shakiness in the second half didn't phase him as he still rallied back with the team earning a team-leading 28/10 KD and 111.8 ADR in the 16-9 win. In Game 2, coldzera had a slow first half on the defense on Train as Cloud9 threw a lot at once and was too overwhelming until the late rounds where coldzera came alive to hold off C9 by winning his duels to make it 10-5 at the half. The second half was all SK as coldzera helped rally against the Cloud9 defense to win 11 rounds, including his triple kill on the A-bombsite to send Train to map point, resulting in a 16-12 win. Game 3 coldzera took another brutal first half thrashing despite winning the pistol for the offense, but came back late in the half for a 10-5 deficit at the half. However, the second half was highly contested as coldzera fought back by winning trades and collecting rounds for the 16-14 series sweep.
Early dominance in 2-0 sweep over FaZe
July 9, 2017
coldzera had a blitzing 48/29 KD in the semifinal win over FaZe Clan at ESL Cologne on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
coldzera was part of the four round streak to start Overpass on the defense thinning out the offense to hold off the A and B-bombsite. coldzera continued to dominate and only allowed two rounds against for the 13-2 lead at the half, including his Round 11 triple kill on the A-bombsite hold. The second half was still pure dominance as FaZe still won two rounds, but coldzera was too much on the offense and overran the bomb sites with entries for the 16-4 Game 1 win, posting a team-leading 22/8 KD and 112.0 ADR. coldzera was red hot on the offense in Game 2, as he breezed through the FaZe defense for a 3-0 start. However, FaZe fought back and coldzera was contested, but not put down as he excelled to a 9-6 lead at the half. The second half was a toss up as colderza found himself struggled when the economy was low, which allows FaZe to force overtime. However, the extras rounds allowed some wiggle room for him to take Cache 19-16, earning a 26/21 KD and 78.4 ADR.
Invisible second half
July 6, 2017
coldzera came up short in the second half with a 21/16 KD in SK Gaming's loss to G2 Esports on Thursday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
coldzera came out the gate firing on all cylinders in this game. He looked like his old self again and was shutting things down from every angle. He had some early nasty rotations to prevent G2 from locking down bombsites. This was all well and good until G2 started to make a comeback in the second half. He didn't manage to find a kill between Rounds 20 and the final round, and by that point, G2 had all the momentum in the world. cold's drop off in those final rounds really hurt SK, and he's got to shore up his play if they want to make the playoffs.
Returns to prowess
July 5, 2017
coldzera came alive with a 22/15 KD in SK Gaming's win over North on Wednesday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
While coldzera never lost a step per se, his performance of late certainly hadn't been as strong as what we've come to expect from him. Things started off much the same in this game, as he only tallied two kills after the first five rounds. Towards the end of the first half and into the second half, he came alive in a major way. He found four kills in the first two rounds of the second half and never let up from there. He especially came alive when he started running a double AWP setup with FalleN to really keep SK pushed ahead. With those two on the AWP in that half, North could do nothing to stop the Brazilians from running off with the game.
Can't save his team from upset loss
July 4, 2017
coldzera put up a 17/19 KD when SK Gaming were surprised by Space Soldiers on Tuesday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
coldzera continued his trend of starting off pretty slow in this game against Space Soldiers. He started to get into a groove after he picked up a double on the AWP in Round 10 to allow FalleN to get a clutch defuse, but he followed that up by losing a 3-vs-1 with his teammates. The second half was a bit better of a showing from coldzera, but it still wasn't enough in the end. He came up with a huge peek on a 1-vs-1 in Round 29 to push things to the final round, but SK came up short and were taking down 16-14.
Quiet performance in win
June 26, 2017
coldzera quietly put together a 62/53 KD in SK Gaming's tight series win against FaZe Clan in the grand final of the ECS Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
While coldzera ended up with the third highest number of kills in this series, you wouldn't have known that with how his play translated onto the map. While he was pretty consistent in the game, he seemed to shrink away early on the rounds, which left his team scrambling to stave off a hot FaZe Clan in the later stages of each game. This seemed like a continuance of some of his recent performances that haven't been up to his usual high level of play. Although it's quite telling of his overall level of play when a 62-kill series is an underperformance. That's just the reputation that coldzera has garnered. Should he return to his early 2016 form, SK will be truly unstoppable.
Quietly dominates mouz in series sweep
June 1, 2017
coldzera put up a massive 41/24 KD in SK Gaming's sweep of mousesports in the quarterfinals of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
coldzera was his normal dominant self in this series against mouz on Thursday. While FalleN put together some of the early rounds in Game 1, coldzera was always right there pushing SK along. He used the early round of Game 1 to show off the continued utility of the recently nerfed UMP. Not only that, but he ran in a double AWP setup with FalleN in many rounds, and it always paid off in spades. This allowed SK to push out to an easy 16-7 win in this first game. He used the momentum of the first game to open up the second with an incredible start to the pistol round. He opened that map with a quad kill made up of all headshots to show mouz what they were going to have to work against in the game. To mouz's credit, they fought valiantly to take an 8-7 lead into the half. The second half saw coldzera once again get back on the UMP and AWP to shut down mouz at every turn. SK won all nine rounds of the second half to lock up the 16-8 win.
Leads the way in dismal loss to nV
May 31, 2017
coldzera contributed mostly with an 18/15 KD on Wednesday, Day 2 in a tough loss to EnVyUs 1-0 in the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals.
ANALYSIS
coldzera had a dismal display overall despite leading the team in kills with an 18/15 KD. The first half was a grueling performance on the defensive side, with SK only winning three rounds in the first half for a 12-3 deficit. The second half was nothing better as SK struggled to get any offense going over EnVyUs on Inferno for the massive 16-3 loss. SK overall had a poor performance in the tough loss as coldzera led the team in damage with an 84.5 ADR on Inferno.
Shrinks away when it counts
May 31, 2017
coldzera put together a 13/17 KD in SK Gaming's loss to G2 on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
In what sadly has been a bit of a pattern at this tournament, coldzera had another rough showing when his team took on G2 on Wednesday. He helped get his team their first win in Round 6, but these round wins were few and far between for SK. Another came in Round 13, but they still went into the half down 10-5. In the second half, they tried to hold off G2, including a Round 21 win that included a coldzera double kill, but it was far too late in what turned out to be a 16-6 loss.