TaZ: "I want to win this really bad"

One of the last few pre-interviews before ESL One Cologne is set to begin is with Virtus.pro's Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas.

After a rocky couple of events, Virtus.pro are coming into ESL One Cologne with a CEVO Finals victory in the bag. The team have been put into a group with Cloud9, mousesports and Immunity.

We talked to Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas in one of our pre-interviews prior to the major, take a look below to see what the veteran had to say on a number of different topics about ESL One Cologne:

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne? Are you going to or did you bootcamp beforehand or have you only been preparing online? Have you focused on anything in particular? (e.g. teams, specific problems at recent events)
Hello, we did not bootcamp this time before the Major, but we were playing alot from home, as players didnt have to travel back to hotels etc. It was just like in the old days, u wake up at 10am, play till 5 am, go to sleep and do the same again each day. We did not focus on anything special.
Is there anyone who you think is underrated and could surprise in Cologne? 
I guess all teams played against each other in pracc sessions so it will be hard to surprise anyone. If I had to pick some teams I would say Luminosity and Flipsid3 can be fun to watch.
What are your team’s goals and expectations for the event? Where do you draw the line of what you’d be satisfied or happy with?
It’s been a long time since we won a Major, I want to win this one really bad.
The level of teams has been evening out recently, a number different names have reached the grand final at events in the recent months (EnVyUs, TSM, fnatic, Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, Cloud9), who will be the favourites to make it to top four in your mind?
Bracket draw will be the deciding factor, also the randomness of BO 1 in group stage might cut some of the top teams. I’d say that NiP, VP, fnatic and Envyus.
What do you make of the change in the group stage format? Is it better to have a chance to play against more than three set teams before the playoffs? Is it going to be harder to prepare for such groups?
I think that group stage format is bad, yet again they make a Major with Bo1 group stage. It’s almost 2 years now when we are talking about this problem. I dont see any difference, you will still have to win two bo1 to advance, or just have a bad luck at the map draw and go home.
Train has been in the pool for quite some time, but ESL One Cologne will be the first major to feature it, how has it developed over the recent months? Was it figured out in terms of playstyle, strategy, etc.? Is the current map pool diverse enough?
I really like the current map pool, we should stick to 7 maps, but fix the veto system, so teams really have to pracc all of them. It is also nice to see that Valve tries to change maps from time to time. As for train we really like the map and feel that it is well balanced, as u can dominate on both sides. Still I don’t think we will get a chance to play it… :(
What are your thoughts on your group? Can you go through each match-up and say how it is likely to play out?
It is a very funny group, as both mouz and cloud9 are hard opponents for us. Still I have high hopes for this tournament, and we should win against all teams in our group. We won’t underestimate any team, we had this problem in the past. I want to take revange on mouz and I don’t want to lose to Cloud9, nor Immunity. Mouz vs Cloud9 will be very interesting to see, and is hard to call a winner.
Yet again this major has not seen a prizepool change, even though the sticker money is likely to get bigger, would you like to see it get increased?
Looking at other e-sport titles, prize pool increase should be in best interest for Valve. Still I’m very thankful to Valve for what they are doing with stickers, and that they support teams and players. I just want CS:GO to be stronger and bigger than League of Legends nad Dota2. Counter-Strike is a legendary game, with so much history behind players, teams it should have a “World Championship” tournament like no other.
Lately the outrage against certain weapons has decreased (e.g. CZ-75 at the beginning of the year, Tec-9 during the second quarter of 2015), are you satisfied with the way Valve balanced them out? Are there any weapons you’d like to see nerfed or buffed?
Jumping with weapons should be fixed ;) It just kills the level of competition when u see a jumping usp/ak clutching the round. Beside that I would just fix the scout, I mean make it more expensive or something? It is very strong weapon in current meta game.
Do you think the new anti-doping measures being taken by the ESL are going to change anything from past events, has this been blown out of proportion since Semphis’ statements, or is it necessary?
I have no idea, but maybe finally the OLD MAN will shine?! :D haha I don’t know for me it’s just all magic, doping, cheats in mouse etc. I guess we had to come to this point some day… it is a step in good direction.
With the proliferation of both online and offline events, and having had at least one big event every weekend or every other weekend for the past few months, and with many teams travelling around Europe and North America—or both—, how do you think it will affect teams’ performances?
In my opinion it shouldn’t affect top teams. Gaming is fun, travelling is fun, it should work in the advantage of teams who attend many events, as they are on the roll. I love that we have so many events nowdays. :)
Your team didn’t have the best track record in the recent months up until CEVO Finals, did you resolve your issues within the game? Did the win boost your confidence going into the major?
I guess we needed 2 very bad tournaments to resolve the issues in our team. Cevo just showed us that if we really want to work with each other we can easily win events. Trust is needed in order to succeed, that win gave us some more confidence in each other. 
Lately we have seen Neo come on fire, in some cases outshining both Snax and pasha, who have been instrumental in your success in the past. Does the aforementioned duo need to step up for you to come back to winning ways?
If we want to win, we will need whole team to step up. I don't see any pressure on them, they simply need to play their game. 
You’re well-known for being a team led by your emotions, both negatively and positively, has it been a topic of discussion within your team? Are you trying to make sure your emotions don’t keep you down when you’re losing?
Nah it's not a big deal. We are not loosing or winning because of emotions durring the game. We need to be on the right track before it starts, then it will be a lot easier =) 

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne? Are you going to or did you bootcamp beforehand or have you only been preparing online? Have you focused on anything in particular? (e.g. teams, specific problems at recent events)

Hello, we did not bootcamp this time before the Major, but we were playing a lot from home, as players didn't have to travel back to hotels etc. It was just like in the old days, you wake up at 10 AM, play till 5 AM, go to sleep and do the same again each day. We did not focus on anything special.


TaZ and company are going through intensive training

What are your team's goals and expectations for the event? Where do you draw the line of what you'd be satisfied or happy with?

It's been a long time since we won a Major, I want to win this one really bad.

What are your thoughts on your group? Can you go through each match-up and say how it is likely to play out?

It is a very funny group, as both mouz and Cloud9 are hard opponents for us. Still I have high hopes for this tournament, and we should win against all teams in our group. We won't underestimate any team, we had this problem in the past. I want to take revenge on mouz and I don't want to lose to Cloud9, nor Immunity. Mouz versus Cloud9 will be very interesting to see, and it's hard to call a winner.

What do you make of the change in the group stage format? Is it better to have a chance to play against more than three set teams before the playoffs? Is it going to be harder to prepare for such groups?

I think that the group stage format is bad, yet again they make a Major with a BO1 group stage. It's almost 2 years now since we started talking about this problem. I don't see any difference, you will still have to win two BO1s to advance, or just have bad luck at the map draw and go home.

Your team didn't have the best track record in the recent months up until CEVO Finals, did you resolve your issues within the game? Did the win boost your confidence going into the major?

I guess we needed two very bad tournaments to resolve the issues in our team. CEVO just showed us that if we really want to work with each other, we can easily win events. Trust is needed in order to succeed, that win gave us some more confidence in each other.

Lately we have seen Neo come on fire, in some cases outshining both Snax and pasha, who have been instrumental in your success in the past. Does the aforementioned duo need to step up for you to come back to winning ways?

If we want to win, we will need whole team to step up. I don't see any pressure on them, they simply need to play their game.

You're known for being a team led by your emotions, both negatively and positively, has it been a topic of discussion within your team? Are you trying to make sure your emotions don't keep you down when you're losing?

Nah, it's not a big deal. We are not loosing or winning because of emotions during the game. We need to be on the right track before it starts, then it will be a lot easier =).

With the proliferation of both online and offline events, and having had at least one big event every weekend or every other weekend for the past few months, and with many teams travelling around Europe and North America—or both—, how do you think it will affect teams' performances?

In my opinion it shouldn't affect top teams. Gaming is fun, travelling is fun, it should work in the advantage of teams who attend many events, as they are on a roll. I love that we have so many events nowadays.

Is there anyone who you think is underrated and could surprise in Cologne? 

I guess all teams played against each other in practice sessions, so it will be hard to surprise anyone. If I had to pick some teams I would say Luminosity and Flipsid3 can be fun to watch.

The level of teams has been evening out recently, a number different names have reached the grand final at events in the recent months (EnVyUs, TSM, fnatic, Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, Cloud9), who will be the favourites to make it to top four in your mind?

Bracket draw will be the deciding factor, also the randomness of BO1s in group stage might cut some of the top teams. I'd say that NiP, VP, fnatic and EnVyUs.


The team gained some much-needed confidence after CEVO

Train has been in the pool for quite some time, but ESL One Cologne will be the first major to feature it, how has it developed over the recent months? Was it figured out in terms of playstyle, strategy, etc.? Is the current map pool diverse enough?

I really like the current map pool, we should stick to seven maps, but fix the veto system, so teams really have to practice all of them. It is also nice to see that Valve tries to change maps from time to time. As for Train, we really like the map and feel that it is well balanced, as u can dominate on both sides. Still I don’t think we will get a chance to play it...

Yet again this major has not seen a prizepool change, even though the sticker money is likely to get bigger, would you like to see it get increased?

Looking at other eSport titles, prizepool increase should be in the best interest for Valve. Still I'm very thankful to Valve for what they are doing with stickers, and that they support teams and players. I just want CS:GO to be stronger and bigger than League of Legends and DotA2. Counter-Strike is a legendary game with so much history behind players and teams, it should have a "World Championship" tournament like no other.

Lately the outrage against certain weapons has decreased (e.g. CZ-75 at the beginning of the year, Tec-9 during the second quarter of 2015), are you satisfied with the way Valve balanced them out? Are there any weapons you’d like to see nerfed or buffed?

Jumping with weapons should be fixed ;) It just kills the level of competition when you see a jumping USP/AK clutching the round. Beside that I would just fix the scout, I mean make it more expensive or something? It is very strong weapon in current meta game.

Do you think the new anti-doping measures being taken by the ESL are going to change anything from past events, has this been blown out of proportion since Semphis' statements, or is it necessary?

I have no idea, but maybe finally the OLD MAN will shine?! Haha, I don't know for me it's just all magic, doping, cheats in mouse etc. I guess we had to come to this point some day... It is a step in a good direction.

Here's a list of all pre-interviews we have conducted so far prior to ESL One Cologne, check it out to see if you missed any:

France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer"We have a chance to win"
Sweden Mikail "Maikelele" Bill"LEGIJA is a great fit"
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson"Goal is always to win"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo"cold brought many changes"
Australia James "James" Quinn"Underdog status favors us"
Poland Piotr "peet" Ćwikliński "We don't feel any pressure"
Canada Pujan "FNS" Mehta"Having the same core helps us"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács "Facing Titan will be hard"
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Poland Piotr 'peet' Ćwikliński
Piotr 'peet' Ćwikliński
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Australia James 'James' Quinn
James 'James' Quinn
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
never heard a better joke , taz iz gud
2015-08-18 22:05
#6
United Kingdom plex- 
wants to win really bad because it's his last tournament with vp :(
2015-08-18 22:05
16:0 for VP, no KAPPA
2015-08-18 22:06
#8
hypn | 
Serbia hypn` 
4Head
2015-08-18 22:05
How much?
2015-08-18 22:05
16-0
2015-08-18 22:05
3-0
2015-08-18 22:06
you dont even have a team for go LAN.
2015-08-18 22:09
100 times 16-0
2015-08-18 22:10
3-0
2015-08-18 22:15
nt black japan
2015-08-18 22:16
#47
 | 
Turkey Shanon 
3-0
2015-08-18 22:18
3-0
2015-08-18 22:18
#52
 | 
Turkey Shanon 
16-1
2015-08-18 22:20
16-6
2015-08-18 22:21
#55
 | 
Turkey Shanon 
16-8
2015-08-18 22:21
#61
 | 
Turkey Shanon 
online also i meant gplay 16-8'd ss in nuke
2015-08-18 22:23
im done xd
2015-08-18 22:24
#111
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Turkey Shanon 
xdd
2015-08-18 23:17
i would prefer not to see a team going to lan instead of getting stopmped 16-1 / 3-0.
2015-08-18 23:20
lol. your brain is unbelievable. they came to final without any lose but lost a game in final at their second LAN tournament = suck team. brainless
2015-08-18 23:28
without any loose?Even a random LE mix can beat romanian pro teams xD.
2015-08-18 23:42
You're dumb as fuck? What does the romanian pro teams have to do with SpaceS? And they can not, don't you think you're a little cocky? and spaces defeated gplay a lot of times so stfu,thats the only good team you have .
2015-08-19 08:22
the only reason SS where in the finals was because they played against a tier50 romanian mix team and NO , SS never beated gplay on lan.Actually they are stucked with average 3 rounds per map on lan ;).
2015-08-19 12:40
They beated gplay only one game nt tho
2015-08-19 12:52
for go lan? u dont even have englando.
2015-08-18 23:44
#12
 | 
Russia Reph 
4Head
2015-08-18 22:05
I want to win this tournament too, doesn't mean i will be able to, i don't even know how to aim down sights
2015-08-18 22:05
hahaha the little excerpt under the photo of TaZ staring into space. Made my day
2015-08-18 22:06
#17
Sweden Stag 
no chance sorry ma friend
2015-08-18 22:06
I want too, but i can't participate :'(
2015-08-18 22:06
#19
 | 
Brazil hunte[R] 
gg
2015-08-18 22:07
gl
2015-08-18 22:07
n1 Taz but no win my friend
2015-08-18 22:08
#27
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Sweden larsbananas 
Nice read! GL VP! Would be nice to see an VP vs NiP final again!
2015-08-18 22:09
Nt
2015-08-18 22:17
#94
Poland n1u 
nt no flager
2015-08-18 22:46
16-0
2015-08-19 10:40
It would be cool :D
2015-08-18 22:37
yeah, classic derby never gets boring
2015-08-19 00:49
top1 is coming boys
2015-08-18 22:09
YES go Virtus.Pro YES
2015-08-18 22:11
16-0
2015-08-19 12:18
Counter-Strike is a legendary game with so much history behind players and teams, it should have a "World Championship" tournament like no other. +11111
2015-08-18 22:10
nice
2015-08-18 22:10
"We did not focus on anything special." mhm, 16;0 with kinguin inc
2015-08-18 22:12
"It just kills the level of competition when you see a jumping USP/AK clutching the round. " Lol,kqly and flusha seems mad
2015-08-18 22:13
16-0 inc against Kinguin
2015-08-18 22:18
you will !
2015-08-18 22:19
GeT_RiGhT - "I want to win this really bad" olofm - "I want to win this really bad" Happy - "I want to win this really bad" Maikelele - "I want to win this really bad" sgares - "I want to win this really bad"
2015-08-18 22:21
4Head
2015-08-18 22:22
probably this and DH15 will be last major for him so he wants to win it badly
2015-08-18 22:22
#87
 | 
World Vidua 
Why?
2015-08-18 22:41
alrdy he's the worst vp player and almost reached 30yrs
2015-08-18 22:47
#180
 | 
World Vidua 
He is the soul of the team. In game leader and hype man. Without him there is no VP. Just check past 4 months when Snax and Neo tried leading the game. Snax lost 0:16 to Kinguin. TaZ got back to leading and they won CEVO immediately.
2015-08-19 13:39
+1
2015-08-20 07:53
We really hope you won't
2015-08-18 22:24
come on old man. last time to shine. do it like in one of those corny hollywood sports movies where the underdog wins against all odds. creaking bones won't last much longer.
2015-08-18 22:25
#65
Brazil 1-19 
Go go VP <3
2015-08-18 22:25
Yep Taz is probably talking about retiring with the team ;( Cmon the dudes a beast at 29 for God's sake, he's the Teemu Selänne of esports
2015-08-18 22:26
Grandpa, why do you keep losing your pills? you think you're a cs pro when you dont take them :(
2015-08-18 22:29
10am to 5am You sure about this?
2015-08-18 22:29
TaZ is love 742 is lyfe
2015-08-18 22:30
Great, charismatic person. gl taZ
2015-08-18 22:30
no bootcamp no win
2015-08-18 22:30
you want to win taz so you can retire ;]
2015-08-18 22:32
All the pros wanna win, my friend. Just play with all of your soul, like it if was the last time. I believe in VP! All the luck, my friends! <3
2015-08-18 22:34
what are we talkin about my frend
2015-08-18 22:35
wake up at 10AM and play till 5AM? only sleep 4-5 hours? how do u win titles with that much of a sleep these days. . . It could payoff I guess still, but damn, only 4-5 hours of sleep is bad...
2015-08-18 22:36
#79
Poland eiur 
top1
2015-08-18 22:37
All those pro's saying that LG is gonna surprise. I hope that not happen the same as when they predicted seized to be the best player on those old top 20 interviews. GL LG!
2015-08-18 22:37
no chance
2015-08-18 22:37
taz is good player but pashabiceps is better!!!!!!!!
2015-08-18 22:38
kappa
2015-08-18 23:00
Oh no he said mentioned luminosity here comes the fangays
2015-08-18 22:41
#90
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
PLZ Guys, TaZ said VP is practicing 19 hours a day. Other teams = no chance.
2015-08-18 22:42
Actually, they are playing more solo while they should've been fixing mistakes, practice teammate, etc. When I read that, I got sad because I want so much that win to VP but instead of playing all day long on faceit servers, they should do what c9 and mouz were doing, trainning and fix team mistakes.
2015-08-18 23:31
#188
f0rest | 
Poland ksk111 
dude they are playing as a team so much trust me i know it
2015-08-19 14:46
on stream taz say he end stream ad 15;30 cause they have practice at 16 to 23-1,2am soo
2015-08-19 21:07
nice to know that! :D
2015-08-19 23:42
VP = 3rd best team in poland.
2015-08-18 22:44
What drug did you take?
2015-08-18 23:28
u wot?
2015-08-19 00:06
Let's go boys! At least reach semis! Good luck!
2015-08-18 22:47
Can we get some 4Head in the chat ?
2015-08-18 22:50
TAZ is the ONLY one who placed NIP in their TOP4. GJ TAZ.
2015-08-18 22:51
you should never underestimate NiP on majors if you have any clue about CS:GO majors history
2015-08-19 00:52
pronax put nip in top4 tho
2015-08-19 13:25
#100
 | 
Brazil NaScene 
4Head
2015-08-18 22:53
#101
Estonia rYm 
everyone wants /close
2015-08-18 22:54
vp ez top3
2015-08-18 23:07
Yes, then 16-0
2015-08-18 23:08
POLAND! VIRTUS!
2015-08-18 23:09
Sorry TaZ, u won't :c
2015-08-18 23:09
He wants CS:GO to be bigger than LoL and Dota2. Well, good luck with that, my friend.
2015-08-18 23:12
#139
TaZ | 
Poland reap3r 
I don't get how ppl can willingly watch LoL and dota2 tournaments.
2015-08-19 00:45
this +1 those games are so fuckin retarted. no offence.
2015-08-19 00:53
they're not actually (lol atleast). i thought the same until i started to watch lol more often and wanted to actually undestand the game itself. it's really exciting to watch if you have a team that you cheer for really badly.
2015-08-19 13:01
I guess you're right. But I think you have to know LoL/Dota to enjoy watching it, but you don't have to know CS at all to enjoy it.
2015-08-19 16:13
Wtf everyone hyping LG?!? This is not smelling well
2015-08-18 23:18
Ye tournament is rigged kappa nokappa???
2015-08-18 23:51
I know ur trolling, but my fear is that LG are showing all their strats and thats the reason they r winning praccs... hope they dont do this bullshit
2015-08-19 02:46
#167
Brazil lc 
no, they arent doing that.
2015-08-19 11:44
2015-08-18 23:29
#125
jOELZ | 
Finland stubey 
gl virtus pro u can win it or maybe is lose but part of lifes
2015-08-18 23:31
#129
 | 
Europe uppermost 
"I want to 16:0 kinguin really bad"
2015-08-18 23:47
Counter-Strike is a legendary game with so much history behind players and teams, it should have a "World Championship" tournament like no other. Holly words
2015-08-18 23:50
+1000
2015-08-18 23:52
Taz only in for the money
2015-08-19 00:34
Pasha is playing like shit for months. Dont think they have a chance to win all 3 games in the group.
2015-08-19 00:39
Sorry to say, but ya won't.
2015-08-19 01:16
ez
2015-08-19 02:00
4Head
2015-08-19 02:21
"It was just like in the old days, you wake up at 10 AM, play till 5 AM, go to sleep and do the same again each day." good luck everybody else
2015-08-19 07:54
well said, hf old man :)
2015-08-19 07:56
#155
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
lu taz gl
2015-08-19 07:58
You wish TaZ
2015-08-19 09:55
Probably because he will retire after?
2015-08-19 10:47
It will be the end of VP :c
2015-08-19 13:34
#191
rain | 
Saudi Arabia notsure 
That will be new start for VP: -Taz + anyone with aim
2015-08-19 17:07
COME ON VP!!
2015-08-19 12:17
#181
 | 
Estonia sux3ss 
Go Virtus. Win this scheisse!
2015-08-19 14:02
ameno cuz vp ez win
2015-08-19 14:07
#183
NEO | 
Poland differ 
GL GL GL !!
2015-08-19 14:18
VP has 0% chance to win NiP is probably favorite with fnatic considering NiP is crushing everyone online atm
2015-08-19 17:41
#198
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Turkey powergs 
expected from Swede but ill tell you secret neither NiP or Fnatic wont win Cologne now go to your bed and start crying kiddo
2015-08-19 19:25
HAHAHAHA neither wont win yeah i know
2015-08-19 19:39
Taz can win his return to home ticket
2015-08-19 17:42
fkin fag u won katowice 2014 and cevo thingy be satisfied u old fuck.
2015-08-19 17:58
wtf everyone want to win very bad lol
2015-08-19 17:58
VP ez win this major
2015-08-19 19:07
-BOT TaZ +Michu
2015-08-19 19:34
Lmao unfortunately VP has to be consistent if they want to win anything. Tier2 Tier2 Tier2 Tier2 Tier2.
2015-08-19 20:11
Really really really bad?
2015-08-19 21:43
really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really bad
2015-08-20 06:17
This is a very funny group TazFace TazFace TazFace HUEHUE
2015-08-20 16:21
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