C9: "Not content with summer 2015"

Striker
March 24th, 2016 23:02

Another pre-interview prior to the quickly-approaching MLG Columbus major is with Cloud9's players and manager, who took turns answering questions about the $1,000,000 championship.

As one of the four North American teams who are attending MLG Columbus, Cloud9 are placed in a wide-open group D alongside Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro and G2.

We have conducted a pre-interview with Cloud9, whose players, barring Mike "shroud" Grzesiek, and manager Tres "stunna" Saranthus took turns answering questions about all things MLG Columbus:

MLG Columbus 2016 pre-interviews - Cloud9
How will you prepare / how have you prepared for MLG Columbus? Was there / will there be a bootcamp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically? 
Tres: Leading up to Columbus the guys have been playing in EEPL matches or online tournaments almost seemingly every couple of days. With such crammed scheduling, it’s impossible to get away for a true bootcamp. The only logical place for us to bootcamp would be Europe so with the major being on home turf, it didn’t make sense to go. The last two weeks have been an effort to break down the weaknesses on both T and CT sides and patch them to make the team ready for the big show.
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?
Tres: Going into this major we wanted to try something different. In the past, we’ve been through bootcamps with lengths of an entire month to just one week. Now that we are in the team house, the enviroment is much different. The current pace of North American CS:GO is pretty steady in regards to events and organizers keeping the schedule packed so getting away isn't really an option. 
We elected to bring Andrew “Irukandji” Timmerman in to help as a trial coach, but so far we are nothing but pleased. Unfortunately, his dental school obligations will keep him from moving into the team house as well as miss some travel. In addition, we have also brought in a small analyst team to help prepare. So far, the results have been showing in our recent online performances and we hope to carry it over into the major. In a nutshell, we brought the bootcamp to us this time around.
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?
n0thing: It’s definitely tough, especially for the Europeans who play each other in so many different events. Usually as an American you have a sort of element of suprise playing certain foreign teams. Although, during this past summer I think we ran into a similar issue where extra work was required to keep the team fresh, and we kind of got stale. Being even slightly stale or predictable can add up quickly in CS:GO matches, where you can essentially lose a match by losing a few key rounds. I don’t know if things are necessarily more individual than ever before, but I do think individuals need to keep paying attention to what is being exploited in the current state of CS, also known as the “meta”. One unexpected death at a key area in the map can turn it into a very difficult round.
 
Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the possible match-ups (Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, G2) and tell us how you should fare in them?
Stewie2k: These teams have memorable history and are considered top teams in the world. I feel like we have an opportunity to make it out of groups and compete against these teams at a high level. Na’Vi will be tough because they’re so experienced, smart, and they utilize Guardian so well. Cloud9’s previous history with Virtus Pro isn’t good, but with this new way of doing things on our end I think we can come out strong and unpredictable. We’ve played G2 before with this lineup and having extra time would allow us to be more prepared.
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…
fREAKAZOiD: No I think this is the best seeding possible because some teams come alive during the major and play best under that atmosphere. I think the other way could be a round robin of 2 groups of 8 and let that be the seeding. To me those are the best 2 options.
What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?
Stewie2k: From our perspective, we have one of the tougher groups and we think we could make it out of groups. We believe that we could put up a good fight at the least. On one of the positive ends, we are a deadly team because we have a certain element of surprise about us going into this major. Speaking for myself, I would be satisfied with being out of groups. Some unacceptable things would be getting blown out or losing matches because of rounds that we shouldn’t lose like eco/force buys. However, we look forward to giving the best fight we can to the opposing team. 
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?
Skadoodle: I believe everybody is expecting LG, NaVi, Fnatic and Astralis to place top 4. NiP have been working hard and I can see them performing well if all goes to plan.
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?
fREAKAZOiD: I think they are beatable, but the biggest thing they have is the confidence and swagger when they play. They know they are going to win and thats what sets them apart from other teams that lack the experience and confidence. I think LG has the best chance at beating them and I’m always going to say our team can beat them. I have the same self belief, but most likely stronger because I understand what confidence and self belief can do for anything you do in life.
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?
fREAKAZOiD: We all have the chance, it just depends who is going to perform under pressure and under the lights. To me dealing with pressure and being mentally confident are the biggest things in this game. I believe any of the American teams have what it takes to upset teams and go far in the tournament. We just have to believe we can do it.
You have received a substantial amount of criticism for your lack of strategy on the Terrorist side, and n0thing admitted that he needed help with leadership. How have you dealt with this issue? Are you on the lookout for a coach?
Tres: Prior to the major, the main emphasis has been placed on finding a system that works. Sean was a big part of this squad, but he wasn’t the whole squad. As of late it’s been about figuring out just what needs to be done to succeed and we feel that we are on the brink of finding that sweet spot. I am beyond proud of n0thing for stepping up to the IGL role in the absence of not having an established in-game leader on hand. We don’t expect to have him call forever; however, while he’s on the job he will have the full support of the players to his left and right. With any luck, the brilliance of Irukandji will also help to push the team further along. No one on this line-up is content with just the results of the summer of 2015.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer, on behalf of HLTV.org we'd like to wish you good luck at the major!

How have you been preparing for MLG Columbus? Was there a bootcamp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically? 

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus: Leading up to Columbus the guys have been playing in EEPL matches or online tournaments almost seemingly every couple of days. With such crammed scheduling, it's impossible to get away for a true bootcamp. The only logical place for us to bootcamp would be Europe so with the major being on home turf, it didn't make sense to go. The last two weeks have been an effort to break down the weaknesses on both T and CT sides and patch them to make the team ready for the big show.


shroud's former teammate Irukandji has been brought in as coach on trial

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?

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus: Going into this major we wanted to try something different. In the past, we've been through bootcamps with lengths of an entire month to just one week. Now that we are in the team house, the enviroment is much different. The current pace of North American CS:GO is pretty steady in regards to events and organizers keeping the schedule packed so getting away isn't really an option. 

We elected to bring Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman in to help as a trial coach, but so far we are nothing but pleased. Unfortunately, his dental school obligations will keep him from moving into the team house as well as miss some travel. In addition, we have also brought in a small analyst team to help prepare. So far, the results have been showing in our recent online performances and we hope to carry it over into the major. In a nutshell, we brought the bootcamp to us this time around.

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?

United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: It's definitely tough, especially for the Europeans who play each other in so many different events. Usually as an American you have a sort of element of suprise playing certain foreign teams. Although, during this past summer I think we ran into a similar issue where extra work was required to keep the team fresh, and we kind of got stale. Being even slightly stale or predictable can add up quickly in CS:GO matches, where you can essentially lose a match by losing a few key rounds. I don't know if things are necessarily more individual than ever before, but I do think individuals need to keep paying attention to what is being exploited in the current state of CS, also known as the "meta". One unexpected death at a key area in the map can turn it into a very difficult round. 

Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the possible match-ups (Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, G2) and tell us how you should fare in them?

United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip: These teams have memorable history and are considered top teams in the world. I feel like we have an opportunity to make it out of groups and compete against these teams at a high level. Na`Vi will be tough because they're so experienced, smart, and they utilize GuardiaN so well. Cloud9's previous history with Virtus.pro isn't good, but with this new way of doing things on our end I think we can come out strong and unpredictable. We've played G2 before with this lineup and having extra time would allow us to be more prepared.

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…

United States Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir: No I think this is the best seeding possible because some teams come alive during the major and play best under that atmosphere. I think the other way could be a round robin of 2 groups of 8 and let that be the seeding. To me those are the best 2 options.

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

United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip: From our perspective, we have one of the tougher groups and we think we could make it out of groups. We believe that we could put up a good fight at the least. On one of the positive ends, we are a deadly team because we have a certain element of surprise about us going into this major. Speaking for myself, I would be satisfied with being out of groups. Some unacceptable things would be getting blown out or losing matches because of rounds that we shouldn't lose like eco/force buys. However, we look forward to giving the best fight we can to the opposing team. 


A new way of doing things could surprise teams of group D, says Stewie2K

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?

United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham: I believe everybody is expecting LG, Na`Vi, Fnatic and Astralis to place top 4. NiP have been working hard and I can see them performing well if all goes to plan.

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?

United States Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir: I think they are beatable, but the biggest thing they have is the confidence and swagger when they play. They know they are going to win and that's what sets them apart from other teams that lack the experience and confidence. I think LG has the best chance at beating them and I'm always going to say our team can beat them. I have the same self belief, but most likely stronger because I understand what confidence and self belief can do for anything you do in life.

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?

United States Ryan "freakazoid" AbadirWe all have the chance, it just depends who is going to perform under pressure and under the lights. To me dealing with pressure and being mentally confident are the biggest things in this game. I believe any of the American teams have what it takes to upset teams and go far in the tournament. We just have to believe we can do it.

You have received a substantial amount of criticism for your lack of strategy on the Terrorist side, and n0thing admitted that he needed help with leadership. How have you dealt with this issue? Are you on the lookout for a coach?

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus: Prior to the major, the main emphasis has been placed on finding a system that works. Sean was a big part of this squad, but he wasn't the whole squad. As of late it's been about figuring out just what needs to be done to succeed and we feel that we are on the brink of finding that sweet spot. I am beyond proud of n0thing for stepping up to the IGL role in the absence of not having an established in-game leader on hand. We don't expect to have him call forever; however, while he's on the job he will have the full support of the players to his left and right. With any luck, the brilliance of Irukandji will also help to push the team further along. No one on this line-up is content with just the results of the summer of 2015.

We will be conducting similar interviews with other teams heading to MLG Columbus. We have already released two others, one with FaZe's Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and one with Liquid's EliGE.

United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
779
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.11
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
United States Andrew 'Irukandji' Timmerman
Andrew 'Irukandji' Timmerman
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.79
Maps played:
13
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
522
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
572
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
n1
2016-03-24 23:02
probably should be because its the only accomplishment they'll ever have
2016-03-24 23:03
rip
2016-03-24 23:05
Headlines: C9 hires ISIS as coach. NA hope alive. Comeback is real.
2016-03-25 07:56
hhahahaha
2016-03-24 23:32
#86
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United States funnydunny5 
EZ SPLYCE
2016-03-25 03:53
#2
enk | 
Russia enkztw 
1
2016-03-24 23:02
#33
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Andorra KOVALSKII 
nt bruh
2016-03-24 23:05
WTF GIVE MTHIS COMMENT NO 1 !
2016-03-24 23:02
#5
Germany RyseN 
Good Luck C9
2016-03-24 23:02
#6
tabseN | 
Denmark RealDon 
n1
2016-03-24 23:02
#7
Philippines Yeas 
xd
2016-03-24 23:02
<3
2016-03-24 23:02
1
2016-03-24 23:02
#11
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China VJoy 
lol
2016-03-24 23:02
g
2016-03-24 23:02
ok
2016-03-24 23:02
lol
2016-03-24 23:02
Cool!
2016-03-24 23:03
da
2016-03-24 23:02
n1
2016-03-24 23:02
#18
United Kingdom BiGz 
n1
2016-03-24 23:02
no way!
2016-03-24 23:02
h
2016-03-24 23:02
#21
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Italy Yungxsteffe 
.
2016-03-24 23:02
oki nice
2016-03-24 23:02
ok
2016-03-24 23:02
n1
2016-03-24 23:02
good
2016-03-24 23:02
nice
2016-03-24 23:02
#27
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Guatemala bananamen 
ez columbus for cloud9
2016-03-24 23:03
#28
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United States mbrando 
stunna is a loser
2016-03-24 23:02
should be because its the only accomplishment they'll ever have
2016-03-24 23:02
#30
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Brazil spaark1 
not first
2016-03-24 23:02
LOOKIN FOR REVENGE
2016-03-24 23:02
clown 9
2016-03-24 23:05
LMAO THOSE RESULTS ARE THE BEST THEY WILL EVER GET
2016-03-24 23:06
#61
Norway Bjvf 
You are delusional
2016-03-25 00:02
#112
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France Escher 
How is he delusional?
2016-03-25 13:25
#72
Mexico hu5h 
If u can see into the future will this chroma 2 case give me a marble fade????
2016-03-25 00:46
Yes
2016-03-25 04:38
i think c9 can go out of grp they looked good lately and with crowd support na teams will actually surprise
2016-03-24 23:08
isnt the stadium for quarters-semis-grand final?
2016-03-25 03:30
group stage won't have a crowd
2016-03-25 07:47
probably should be because its the only accomplishment they'll ever have
2016-03-24 23:09
I'm most excited about them having a coach and a team of analysts. but I still think they're gonna crash out of the groups. navi/g2 are gonna take the group
2016-03-25 00:57
#39
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
good words...
2016-03-24 23:10
#40
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United States SjD 
oooo
2016-03-24 23:13
ALL SUMMER 16 ALL SUMMER 16 PLAYING DIRTY NOT CLEAN
2016-03-24 23:17
Freakazoid will bully everyone and w/o win for C9
2016-03-24 23:23
#44
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Lithuania Jaguaras 
I have the same self belief, but most likely stronger because I understand what confidence and self belief can do for anything you do in life.
2016-03-24 23:23
what is tl;dr version?
2016-03-24 23:24
they think they can do better results than summer 15' and freakazoid is delusional once more
2016-03-24 23:50
lol? Have you watched them lately?
2016-03-25 07:07
Yes. They beat na teams. Cool.
2016-03-25 10:59
Lol
2016-03-25 14:35
irukandji cant attend most weekday lans because he is dentist, including major
2016-03-25 00:05
#46
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Slovakia gr!nd 
Meh.. NA team...
2016-03-24 23:24
We need IRUKANDJI
2016-03-24 23:24
freakazoid think its all about confidence. hes forgetting about one important factor called skill
2016-03-24 23:44
Of course not, you didn't win anything. Good luck with the Major though, you'll need it.
2016-03-24 23:45
#51
Sweden thof 
"I'm always going to say our team can beat them. I have the same self belief, but most likely stronger because I understand what confidence and self belief can do for anything you do in life." so dumb FailFish
2016-03-24 23:48
Yeah after all a competitor in any sport when asked about their peers should say "nah we're gonna get fuckin destroyed".
2016-03-25 00:08
#57
Finland pulu 
tru dat liffe sack!
2016-03-24 23:52
#58
Finland pulu 
it doesnt matte-r you are good team in the 0-year not the 1. enjoy!
2016-03-24 23:55
"A new way of doing things could surprise teams of group D, says Stewie2K" I'm sure the teams will be ready for lunatics running throug smokes.
2016-03-25 00:06
#65
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Sweden Frodo Baggins 
LOL +1
2016-03-25 00:16
LMAO
2016-03-25 01:30
#79
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United States Scrub_Disney 
Or maybe they have strats saved for the major just saying
2016-03-25 02:31
ahahahahaha they will bomb out in groups like always delusional retards brickheadzoid fucking bully they will never achieve anything
2016-03-25 00:29
nt cheater
2016-03-25 03:40
Stunna was NEVER their coach, he's always been their manager.
2016-03-25 00:32
#69
United Kingdom Dird 
"element of suprise" nice englando 'murica disappointed there was no question about s1mple...Striker you pussy
2016-03-25 00:39
#75
Nepal TEIN 
why would we wasted his time to mention that dick head kid
2016-03-25 01:17
stewie going thru smokes won't get them thru the groupstage lmao
2016-03-25 00:41
#73
United Kingdom Alth 
That's unfortunate since it's the best they will ever achieve. P.S You seriously asked the brick head Freakazoid about the seeding system? No wonder he thinks results from 3-4 months ago should matter in seeding.
2016-03-25 00:49
nt Thooorin
2016-03-25 01:43
ahhahahah c9 is a joke
2016-03-25 01:33
Yeah Team Liquid is going out.
2016-03-25 03:35
Dental School HAHAHAHAHAHAHA +1 Dental school Lol +2 Dental school lmao
2016-03-25 03:39
Is cloud 9 the best team in CSGO history? yes Do they have the best awper in CSGO history? yes Are their entry frags the best in CSGO history? yes Do they have the best the aimer in CSGO history? yes Cloud 9 is obviously the best team in CSGO history stop crying and deal with it. Btw sign my profile so when i Join cloud9 you can say you did !!! steamcommunity.com/id/scarypandas
2016-03-25 03:56
NIP Were 84 games or smthing like without losing a single game in CS GO,and u dild suckin tellin me and the other people here,C9 best cs go team? B1tch please,but imo shroud is top 3 world rifle
2016-03-25 04:06
Lmao what they mean to say is that there is no such thing as a bootcamp without seangares. PS: I think stewie should head towards the direction of being an igl and not try to be a entry/madfragger. He has that Yung developing brain with a fresh perspective. PSS: I hope teams shit talk the other team even more on this major. I mean directly from booth to booth not in game.
2016-03-25 04:26
#111
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Estonia swag420weed 
Lol, booth to booth with soundproof booths. K, m8
2016-03-25 12:47
It doesn't matter, if you can see them shouting to each other. Imagine if they actually got out of the booth to shout at each other. XD That should most definitely not be illigal to do.
2016-03-25 15:34
Unfortunately MLG rules prohibit "excessive vulgarities" within earshot of the crowd. So no trashtalk FeelsRestrictedMan
2016-03-25 22:42
#128
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Estonia swag420weed 
So, no FAK on stage?
2016-03-26 00:49
I'm not talking about vulgarities, just general aggressiveness.
2016-03-26 01:49
well
2016-03-25 04:36
LMAO Even n0thing understands that something is being exploited in the current CSGO when he said: "I don't know if things are necessarily more individual than ever before, but I do think individuals need to keep paying attention to what is being exploited in the current state of CS, also known as the 'meta'." And people are saying there's nothing wrong with the game.
2016-03-25 07:11
Give me a few things that are really being exploited
2016-03-25 09:52
guessing he means all these dudes that run, jump, walk or flash and run/jump thru smokes.. I love doing that :D
2016-03-25 10:45
does a flash blind you if you're in smoke?
2016-03-25 11:30
Obviously
2016-03-25 22:07
Basically doing stupid shit that otherwise in 1.6 wouldn't have worked so easily.
2016-03-26 03:46
inb4 they crash in groups and blame the EEPL schedule for not being able to bootcamp
2016-03-25 07:40
#101
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Other rss___ 
Out of groups instantly cya
2016-03-25 08:38
I think c9 and vp aren't getting out of groups g2 has been playing very well vs top 5 teams lately with rpk and ex6 stepping up a lot for them these past few weeks and navi are in the best forum in there whole run in csgo being a top 2 team world and are favored to make the final again
2016-03-25 09:42
RIP in groups
2016-03-25 09:42
RIP GROUPS
2016-03-25 11:35
#113
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Sweden Mrjohn 
c9 will fail
2016-03-25 13:43
Out of groups. gg, trash team.
2016-03-25 14:05
nice
2016-03-25 14:55
I wanna know what they say but I'm too lazy to read it FeelsBadMan
2016-03-25 16:21
What kind of answers where the ones given by Freakazoid? "Any NA team has the chance to upset". Splyce have any chance to upset? I think not. Poor guy is still probably mentally recovering from the bullying seminar he attended, thats why he is spouting such nonsense.
2016-03-25 22:36
hehe, freak is too optimistic There will be four American teams... We all have the chance
2016-03-27 19:39
c9 after major "We should have been content with summer 2015"
2016-03-27 19:41
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