EliGE: "Want to break the NA streak"

Our second pre-interview prior to MLG Columbus 2016 is with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, who answered questions about his team's preparation, goals and more.

Liquid will be attending MLG Columbus 2016 with a stand in due to Kenneth "koosta" Suen not being eligible to play with the team due to rules, and Eric "adreN" Hoag will step in again after having qualified with Liquid.

Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski's team was placed in a group with domestic competitors Splyce, as well as FaZe and current number one fnatic. Read below to see what the player had to say on all things MLG Columbus:

MLG Columbus 2016 pre-interviews - Liquid
How will you prepare / how have you prepared for MLG Columbus? Was there / will there be a boot camp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically? 
A: We will by playing with adreN for the weekend prior to MLG Columbus to prepare for the major.  While adreN is playing with us, koosta will work with James and our analyst, Kieran, to prepare for FaZe as our first matchup.  The timeline didn’t work out for us to do a bootcamp before the major, so we will continue our practice routine we have been doing online.  We haven’t focused on anything too specific. Our main focus is to strengthen our map pool in time for the major.
Recently teams have stopped bootcamping prior to big events or only do it for short periods of time, mostly for less than a week, why do you think that is? Is it as important nowadays as it used to be? What are the pros and cons for your team?
A: It could be a mentality thing whereas before people needed a bootcamp to get into the competitive atmosphere coming up for the tournament.  For newer teams, I think it is still good and I believe we would benefit from it because of all of our recent changes. It makes almost every hour of the day about CS:GO and I feel as if it is easier to make our practice more time-efficient.  The only real negatives are burning people out or maybe it could be a waste depending on the team. 
There are many tournaments going on nowadays, usually at least two significant ones per month, does that make it hard for teams to be able to adapt and improve their gameplay significantly? Could it be part of the reason why CS:GO has become more based on individual plays rather than tactics?
A: I think it depends on the spacing of the tournaments. If the tournaments are one weekend after the other, then you won’t be able to make too many changes to your play. In regards to the current meta, I don’t think it has any impact. If teams wanted to have a strategy heavy playstyle, they would have it. Time is the only factor in this situation, which every top team has plenty of to make their strategies.
Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the match-ups (FaZe, fnatic, Splyce) and tell us how you should fare in them?
A: Aside from fnatic, we feel comfortable going into our group. FaZe and Splyce are very beatable for us and technically only need to beat them to advance out of the group if the worst comes to the worst.  We feel confident against them and there is always the possibility for an upset against fnatic.  We will not be playing with the starting 5 we have selected currently, but with adreN I still think we can come out of this group by beating FaZe and upsetting fnatic or making it in the loser’s final.
Could there be a better system of seeding other than based on the last major and the qualifier? Current format practically ignores all competitions taking place in between the majors, which is five months' worth of events in this case…
A: I don’t really think so unless you wanted to start over from scratch with a series of qualifiers, a league, or other league rankings.  The current format has been fine and there have been no problems in the past.  I think teams should be rewarded with higher seeds if they did good in the previous major and the better team will usually win regardless unless it is the group stage with BO1s.
What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?
A: Our expectation is for us to advance out of the groups in the second seed, and I would say the goal would be for us to make it to the semi-finals.  Obviously we want to break the losing streak we have for not getting out of groups at the major, so another loss at this major is unacceptable, no matter our lineup.  Making it to the semi-finals would be really great and anything further than that would be the dream.  If we can make it that far while breaking the streak, then that would be the best possible outcome.
With how different teams have stepped up lately (LG and Na`Vi especially) and others are stagnating or even dropping off, who do you have as favourites to make the top four? And, on the other hand, is there an underdog who could surpass fans' expectations?
A: From all the matches I have seen recently, I expect to see fnatic, Luminosity, Na’Vi and astralis in the top four. I think all four of these teams have had pretty consistent results recently and if any of them got knocked out early then that would be an upset in my eyes.  However, G2 has been playing really well recently and I was debating on whether or not I should put them in there instead of astralis, but I think astralis has a better chance. I would not be surprised to see them make a good run though.
Can anyone stop this seemingly unbeatable fnatic lineup (barring group stage losses), which has won the last six tournaments they attended? If so, who? How do you see your own chances against what has become one of the greatest teams of all-time should you meet them?
A: Na’Vi and Luminosity have the best chances of beating fnatic in the bracket stage for sure.  Their teamwork and chemistry has proved to be top tier these past few months and LG has already shown the fight they can put up against fnatic.  With our roster situation and our inconsistency in general, I don’t think we can beat them if it was in a best of three.  There is a possibility that we can give them an upset in the group stage, but they’re too dominant for our current state.
There will be four American teams in attendance (SPLYCE, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9), more than ever, is this the time to shine for North America? Which of them have the biggest chance to advance to playoffs and possibly upset one of the big names?
A: I think all of us have a good chance to make it out of the groups this major.  Cloud9 has stepped it up a lot recently and CLG has shown they can fight as well at the GameShow LAN. CLG probably has the best chance considering they play a shaky EnvyUs that just made a roster change. I believe we can win in our group as well vs FaZe and Splyce.
Valve implemented the new timers shortly after the previous major - now that we have seen almost three months of competition with them, how do you think they affect each of the sides and the overall balance? Do you believe Valve achieved what they wanted to with the change?
A: I think everyone adapted to it already and CT teams are holding on their nades a little bit longer because of the round times. T side has also been noticeably a little slower as well.  I don't know exactly what valve wanted with this change but if they wanted the rounds to slow down, then they achieved it
At the qualifier you ended up switching leaders around on-the-fly, what will the hierarchy be like at the major?
A: I wouldn’t say we changed leaders on the fly at all. nitr0 was the ingame leader for the whole qualifier and only mid round decisions and suggestions were given to him after the initial call.  For this major, we will have Hiko in game leading instead.
You are using the main lineup including koosta in officials, how have distributed priorities before the major? At which point have you started practising with adreN? Will he play everything, including officials, or are you going to be swapping the two players?
A: We will be using adreN the week before the major and koosta will be helping us prepare for our group stage matches. Thankfully, this week includes no official matches in any other league, so we will dedicate all of our time for practice with him.
It's been quite some time since you added s1mple, how has he developed throughout the past few months, be it in terms of his role in Liquid, communication, or anything else?
A: In terms of roles, he has went from an awper, when adreN was on the team, to an aggressive lurker when koosta joined. His English has improved a bit so his communication has gotten better as well. 

How will you prepare for MLG Columbus? Will there be a boot camp prior to the major or will you only practise online? Is there anything you focused on specifically? 

We will by playing with adreN for the weekend prior to MLG Columbus to prepare for the major. While adreN is playing with us, koosta will work with James and our analyst, Kieran, to prepare for FaZe as our first matchup.  The timeline didn't work out for us to do a bootcamp before the major, so we will continue our practice routine we have been doing online. We haven't focused on anything too specific. Our main focus is to strengthen our map pool in time for the major.

Recently teams have stopped bootcamping prior to big events or only do it for short periods of time, mostly for less than a week, why do you think that is? Is it as important nowadays as it used to be? What are the pros and cons for your team?

It could be a mentality thing whereas before people needed a bootcamp to get into the competitive atmosphere coming up for the tournament.  For newer teams, I think it is still good and I believe we would benefit from it because of all of our recent changes. It makes almost every hour of the day about CS:GO and I feel as if it is easier to make our practice more time-efficient.  The only real negatives are burning people out or maybe it could be a waste depending on the team. 


koosta has been helping the team with preparations for the major behind the scenes

There are many tournaments going on nowadays, usually at least two significant ones per month, does that make it hard for teams to be able to adapt and improve their gameplay significantly? Could it be part of the reason why CS:GO has become more based on individual plays rather than tactics?

I think it depends on the spacing of the tournaments. If the tournaments are one weekend after the other, then you won’t be able to make too many changes to your play. In regards to the current meta, I don’t think it has any impact. If teams wanted to have a strategy heavy playstyle, they would have it. Time is the only factor in this situation, which every top team has plenty of to make their strategies.

Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the match-ups (FaZe, fnatic, Splyce) and tell us how you should fare in them?

Aside from fnatic, we feel comfortable going into our group. FaZe and Splyce are very beatable for us and we technically only need to beat them to advance out of the group if the worst comes to the worst. We feel confident against them and there is always the possibility for an upset against fnatic. We will not be playing with the starting five we have selected currently, but with adreN I still think we can come out of this group by beating FaZe and upsetting fnatic or making it in the loser’s final.

Current format practically ignores all competitions taking place in between the majors, which is five months' worth of events in this case. Could there be a better system of seeding other than based on the last major and the qualifier? 

I don't really think so unless you wanted to start over from scratch with a series of qualifiers, a league, or other league rankings. The current format has been fine and there have been no problems in the past. I think teams should be rewarded with higher seeds if they did good in the previous major and the better team will usually win regardless unless it is the group stage with BO1s.

What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?

Our expectation is for us to advance out of the groups in the second seed, and I would say the goal would be for us to make it to the semi-finals. Obviously we want to break the losing streak we have for not getting out of groups at the major, so another loss at this major is unacceptable, no matter our lineup. Making it to the semi-finals would be really great and anything further than that would be the dream.  If we can make it that far while breaking the streak, then that would be the best possible outcome.


 EliGE expects Liquid to break the North American streak and pass the groups

With how different teams have stepped up lately (LG and Na`Vi especially) and others are stagnating or even dropping off, who do you have as favourites to make the top four? And, on the other hand, is there an underdog who could surpass fans' expectations?

From all the matches I have seen recently, I expect to see fnatic, Luminosity, Na’Vi and Astralis in the top four. I think all four of these teams have had pretty consistent results recently and if any of them got knocked out early then that would be an upset in my eyes.  However, G2 has been playing really well recently and I was debating on whether or not I should put them in there instead of Astralis, but I think Astralis has a better chance. I would not be surprised to see them make a good run though.

Can anyone stop this seemingly unbeatable fnatic lineup (barring group stage losses), which has won the last six tournaments they attended? If so, who? How do you see your own chances against what has become one of the greatest teams of all-time should you meet them?

Na`Vi and Luminosity have the best chances of beating fnatic in the bracket stage for sure.  Their teamwork and chemistry has proved to be top tier these past few months and LG has already shown the fight they can put up against fnatic.  With our roster situation and our inconsistency in general, I don't think we can beat them if it was in a best of three. There is a possibility that we can give them an upset in the group stage, but they're too dominant for our current state.

There will be four American teams in attendance (Splyce, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9), more than ever, is this the time to shine for North America? Which of them have the biggest chance to advance to playoffs and possibly upset one of the big names?

I think all of us have a good chance to make it out of the groups this major.  Cloud9 has stepped it up a lot recently and CLG has shown they can fight as well at the GameShow LAN. CLG probably has the best chance considering they play a shaky EnVyUs that just made a roster change. I believe we can win in our group as well vs FaZe and Splyce.

Valve implemented the new timers shortly after the previous major - now that we have seen almost three months of competition with them, how do you think they affect each of the sides and the overall balance? Do you believe Valve achieved what they wanted to with the change?

I think everyone adapted to it already and CT teams are holding on their nades a little bit longer because of the round times. T side has also been noticeably a little slower as well. I don't know exactly what valve wanted with this change but if they wanted the rounds to slow down, then they achieved it

At the qualifier you ended up switching leaders around on-the-fly, what will the hierarchy be like at the major?

I wouldn't say we changed leaders on the fly at all. nitr0 was the ingame leader for the whole qualifier and only mid round decisions and suggestions were given to him after the initial call.  For this major, we will have Hiko in game leading instead.

You are using the main lineup including koosta in officials, how have distributed priorities before the major? At which point have you started practising with adreN? Will he play everything, including officials, or are you going to be swapping the two players?

We will be using adreN the week before the major and koosta will be helping us prepare for our group stage matches. Thankfully, this week includes no official matches in any other league, so we will dedicate all of our time for practice with him.

It's been quite some time since you added s1mple, how has he developed throughout the past few months, be it in terms of his role in Liquid, communication, or anything else?

In terms of roles, he has went from an awper, when adreN was on the team, to an aggressive lurker when koosta joined. His English has improved a bit so his communication has gotten better as well. 

If you missed our first pre-interview, head over here to see what FaZe's Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad had to say on the subject of the upcoming major.

United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
820
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1209
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
#1
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Nepal blackieJESUS 
nice elige
2016-03-23 21:01
2016-03-23 21:01
EliGE needs more adderall.
2016-03-24 16:33
#131
fer | 
Slovakia rky0 
cos cant read
2016-03-26 07:41
nt elige
2016-03-23 21:02
How did u read all of that in 1 second?
2016-03-23 21:02
#43
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Nepal blackieJESUS 
eyes innit
2016-03-23 21:02
#3
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Slovenia TOPKEKiksde 
asd
2016-03-23 21:01
1
2016-03-23 21:01
nt WWII survivor
2016-03-25 10:10
ez
2016-03-23 21:01
gg
2016-03-23 21:01
NA CS EleGiggle
2016-03-23 21:01
nt no scene
2016-03-23 21:19
#72
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Brazil prkz0r 
salty burger
2016-03-23 21:34
#80
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United States SjD 
Well yeah, burgers have a lot of sodium.
2016-03-23 22:22
I prefer my burgers without THAT much salt
2016-03-23 22:45
Except your shithole doesn't have any burgers
2016-03-24 01:21
#94
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United States SjD 
o
2016-03-24 02:25
Your right in Evil Japan we eat what Japan eats but we do it while laughing like villains in a movie
2016-03-27 16:33
Hey man, the UK has great complainers, though. Gotta give 'em credit for that.
2016-03-26 15:09
#74
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Turkey Shanon 
2016-03-23 21:45
nt xantares
2016-03-23 22:32
UK CS
2016-03-24 17:07
Hungary CS AYY LMAO
2016-03-24 18:01
Cool
2016-03-23 21:01
#9
Mexico hu5h 
EZ
2016-03-23 21:01
na
2016-03-23 21:01
Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
2016-03-23 21:02
LMAO hahahahaha
2016-03-24 17:54
kk
2016-03-23 21:01
wrong adren l0l
2016-03-23 21:02
#14
2016-03-23 21:01
:c
2016-03-23 21:01
#16
axoN | 
Portugal rageNator 
fuck this , im outta here
2016-03-23 21:02
ayy
2016-03-23 21:01
lol
2016-03-23 21:01
cool story bro
2016-03-23 21:01
1st
2016-03-23 21:01
hi
2016-03-23 21:01
yeah lol dream
2016-03-23 21:01
nt brussels
2016-03-24 14:17
thanks uk in universe
2016-03-24 17:46
:D :D
2016-03-25 00:51
n3
2016-03-23 21:01
d
2016-03-23 21:01
#25
Jame | 
Iceland xijmplr 
hiko ftw
2016-03-23 21:01
wrong adren loklololo
2016-03-23 21:01
1
2016-03-23 21:01
tldr?
2016-03-23 21:01
Lol, wrong Adren
2016-03-23 21:01
NO WAY. SUCK DICKS MY FRIEND.
2016-03-23 21:01
#90
 | 
United States r0seCS 
Poo in Loo
2016-03-23 23:52
nice Kazak AdreN
2016-03-23 21:01
Wrong adreN x)
2016-03-23 21:01
NA dream
2016-03-23 21:01
and Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev to liquid?
2016-03-23 21:02
wrong adren?
2016-03-23 21:02
lmao
2016-03-23 21:02
wrong adren xd
2016-03-23 21:02
#45
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
EZ for Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
2016-03-23 21:02
EliGE: "Want to break the NA streak" HAHAHAHAHAHA
2016-03-23 21:02
Why isn't k1ck at the major? Oh wait, it's because your country literally has only one good player and he isn't even on a Portuguese team!
2016-03-24 18:43
lol hahahaha my freand i from ucraine so my team is NAVI you fuking idiot!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOL
2016-03-24 19:39
But your country only has one good player, so...since you live within the arbitrarily-defined borders on a nearby landmass at the least, uhh...GET REKT NIGGA YEAH BAYBEH PORTUGALO NO SCENE xdddd
2016-03-26 15:12
PORTUGAL IS SHIT SHIT SHIT!!! I here just for my business - Spirulina superfood! My team is NAVI with 2010!!! beast team ever!!!!! so fuck off
2016-03-26 15:56
LOL AdreN
2016-03-23 21:02
LANLIGE
2016-03-23 21:02
NA teams will be a nice warm up for big boys
2016-03-23 21:02
lol says polish guy, have fun losing to g2 and not getting out of groups :))
2016-03-23 21:03
Vp in a slump is still 3 times better than any na team, besides they went out of it, put up a good fight against Navi which is top 3 right now.
2016-03-23 21:04
still g2 > vp even if na sucks dick i hope u agree with -pasha +michu or anyone in polish cs scene
2016-03-23 21:05
I agree, but that doesnt change a thing. Vp is now getting stronger and if they wont meet up with fnatic again in the quarter finals they could even get to the semis.
2016-03-23 21:07
tldr
2016-03-23 21:03
#53
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Poland DominnX26 
1
2016-03-23 21:03
#54
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Romania marcomasut 
wrong adren
2016-03-23 21:04
#58
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
gl
2016-03-23 21:07
he will be in for a suprise expecting to get out of groups against FaZe & fnatic
2016-03-23 21:12
*Splyce and FaZe
2016-03-24 12:26
He isn't expecting to get out as first seed in the group, so they're focusing on Splyce and FaZe, which are both beatable.
2016-03-24 18:45
NA CS lol
2016-03-23 21:14
#62
k0mplex | 
Europe R4as0n 
and i want bugatti
2016-03-23 21:15
#66
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Hungary lemusz 
n1 interview
2016-03-23 21:21
Not a big fan of mental defeat in regards to fnatic in a bo3 but I understand he is young and in his mind he is speaking genuinely. Anything can happen in CS, that should be the mentality when you're the underdog.
2016-03-23 21:23
I got the opposite idea, he's not ruling out an upset against fnatic, that's both keeping it real and having a good fighting spirit. Good interview I thought.
2016-03-24 12:21
I noticed he said that early on. It seems that he means only in bo1's though if you read further. I thought it was a great interview too! I really enjoyed it.
2016-03-24 14:40
Ah my bad, didnt see the difference bo1 vs bo3 :)
2016-03-25 00:27
#68
Spain Ayrr 
rap god
2016-03-23 21:23
gl but wont happen
2016-03-23 21:24
#70
Estonia rYm 
haha dreamers
2016-03-23 21:24
#71
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Thailand hahahoha 
Putting s1mple as lurker, fail
2016-03-23 21:31
Hasn't seemed to be failing much recently.
2016-03-24 18:46
Ahahaha waiting for the moment when CLG upset EnVyUs
2016-03-23 21:40
#76
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United States MAY0 
Pretty honest dude in saying that they can't beat fnatic in a box instead of saying "we can do anything if we try"
2016-03-23 21:54
#78
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Estonia jossd 
gl, I believe
2016-03-23 21:59
NO
2016-03-23 21:59
#83
allu | 
North America hesh 
inb4 get 16-0'd 2 maps and out
2016-03-23 22:39
Well splyce are the future major winners so expected
2016-03-23 22:48
They want to beat Fnatic but lose vs Winterfox okay EliGe
2016-03-23 22:40
Everyone lose to waterfox
2016-03-24 02:31
#88
 | 
United Kingdom Theodoooore 
I want to see liquid upset fnatic. "What" "Up" "Now" "Swedes" "Blyat"
2016-03-23 23:12
nt no scene
2016-03-24 12:39
nt dank memes
2016-03-26 15:14
elige entry/rifler nitr0 entry/rifler/lurker s1mple entry/rifler/awper/lurker hiko entry/rifler/lurker koosta rifler/entry/awper all members can do entry fragger, support role and can frag heavy. unleash the fire, unleash unleash
2016-03-23 23:26
>hiko >entry EleGiggle
2016-03-24 03:28
hiko is the man who go right lol joke hiko not entry he is the man who goes in the mid leading the wolfs while elige nitro s1mple and koosta do the duels
2016-03-24 09:57
#93
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Sweden lagcats 
gl with that EliGE :D
2016-03-24 01:49
ez win bois
2016-03-24 02:27
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK is a joke
2016-03-24 02:29
lmao no bootcamp and they can only play 2 maps. This will end well.
2016-03-24 07:15
the NA strek is eternal, it is unbreakable
2016-03-24 09:48
#104
Xyp9x | 
Other GunnerL 
We will not be playing with the starting five we have selected currently, but with adreN I still think we can come out of this group by beating FaZe and upsetting fnatic or making it in the loser’s final. PogChamp such confidence, I see adreN and Elige being the weak links though :s "For this major, we will have Hiko in game leading instead." Kreygasm (how will he focus on lurking then?)
2016-03-24 11:19
Confidence is good :) better go in there thinking you can upset fnatic rather than give up before it starts (french teams very good at that, sadly...)
2016-03-24 12:22
#110
Xyp9x | 
Other GunnerL 
True :/ but s1mple,nitr0 and Hiko need to be on point for the upset to happen, and if they were to lose to fnatic, to win the B03 against Faze Playing on home soil might give them some motivation/form of advantage as well.
2016-03-24 13:35
faze vs liquid is p much 50 50 game. let's be real- faze lost to vp for crying out loud, a tier 3 team.
2016-03-25 05:09
n1
2016-03-24 16:41
Good interview even though they're asking the exact same questions as the Jkaeim interview (except for like the last 3 who are personal ones)
2016-03-24 17:20
he needs some milk.
2016-03-24 17:25
#132
jR | 
Russia interlolso 
need russian translate X)
2016-03-26 15:00
nt
2016-03-26 20:47
hehe, EliGE is too optimistic There will be four American teams... I think all of us have a good chance to make it out of the groups this major.
2016-03-27 19:38
EliGE on point with his predictions
2016-03-31 20:44
And you did, young one. You really did. What a game to get them out of groups, as well: hltv.org/?pageid=188&matchid=29552 sigh... I really thought I gave NA CS to good hands. We'll see what happens from here. Keep on the look out, for good talent, James. You too, Dan. [*] NA CS
2016-04-21 06:37
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