MLG Columbus viewer's guide

With the next major, first in North America and first to feature a staggering $1 million, starting in under two days, here is the viewer's guide for MLG Columbus.

MLG Columbus 2016 is set to start on Tuesday, March 29th, with the first two rounds of group stage matches. The groups will see a standard GSL format being played, with all matches barring the decider played in best-of-ones.

A peculiar veto format will be used in best-of-ones, where one team vetoes three maps, the other only two, and the map will be chosen randomly out of the remaining two in the pool.

Groups are following:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Sweden NiP Europe FaZe France Envy  CIS Natus Vincere
Brazil Luminosity Sweden fnatic Denmark Astralis Poland Virtus.pro
Germany mousesports  United States Splyce  Russia Gambit France G2
Ukraine FlipSid3 United States Liquid United States CLG United States Cloud9

The entire group stage on the first three days will be played without audience in the MLG Arena, for the three-day playoffs the competition will move on to the Nationwide Arena.

The full schedule looks as follows:

Tuesday, March 29th
16:00 Sweden NiP vs. Ukraine FlipSid3 BO1
17:10 Brazil Luminosity vs. Germany mousesports BO1
18:20 Europe FaZe vs. United States Liquid BO1
19:30 Sweden fnatic vs. United States Splyce BO1
20:40 France Envy vs. United States CLG BO1
21:50 Denmark Astralis vs. Russia Gambit BO1
23:00 CIS Natus Vincere vs. United States Cloud9 BO1
00:10 Poland Virtus.pro vs. France G2 BO1
       
Wednesday, March 30th
16:00 Group A - elimination match BO1
17:10 Group B - elimination match BO1
18:20 Group C - elimination match BO1
19:30 Group D - elimination match BO1
20:40 Group A - winners' match BO1
21:50 Group B - winners' match BO1
23:00 Group C - winners' match BO1
00:10 Group D - winners' match BO1
     
Thursday, March 31st
16:00 Group A - decider BO3
18:20 Group B - decider BO3
20:40 Group C - decider BO3
23:00 Group D - decider BO3
     
Friday, April 1st
16:00 Quarter-final #1 (A1 vs. TBD) BO3
18:30 Quarter-final #2 (B1 vs. TBD) BO3
21:00 Quarter-final #3 (C1 vs. TBD) BO3
     
Saturday, April 2nd
16:00 Quarter-final #4 (D1 vs. TBD) BO3
18:30 Semi-final #1 BO3
21:00 Semi-final #2 BO3
     
Sunday, April 3rd
18:00 All-Star match BO1
19:30 Grand final BO3

The official English broadcast will be streamed via both Twitch and MLG.tv. The following 13-man lineup will take you through all the action in Columbus, Ohio:

United Kingdom Paul "Redeye" Chaloner - Stage Host

United States Chris Puckett - Interviewer

United States Scott "SirScoots" Smith - Desk Host

United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
United Kingdom Richard Lewis - Analyst
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Analyst
Sweden Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson - Analyst

Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator
United Kingdom James "JZFB" Bardolph - Commentator

There will also be an official Russian stream produced by SLTV, who promised to bring a massive production for Russian-speaking audience, with the following on-air team:

Ukraine Antonina "Tonya" Predko - Host

Ukraine Stepan "DonStepan" Shulga - Analyst
Ukraine Aleksandr "petr1k" Petrik - Analyst 
Ukraine Stepan "DonStepan" Shulga - Analyst
Ukraine Alexey "xaoc" Kucherov - Analyst
Ukraine Aleksandr "petr1k" Petrik - Analyst
Ukraine Ivan "Johnta" Shevtsov - Analyst 

Ukraine Taufiq "Tafa" Khidri - Commentator
Russia Igor "sL4M" Sopov - Commentator
Ukraine Juriy "strike" Tereshenko - Commentator
Belarus Konstantin "leniniw" Sivko - Commentator
Ukraine Fiodor "KvaN" Zakharov - Commentator
Ukraine Aleksandr "HomeR" Lysenko - Commentator

As mentioned above, the first North American major will also bring the biggest prize purse yet, a staggering $1,000,000, which will be distributed among the participants as such:

1. $500,000
2. $150,000
3-4. $70,000
5-8. $35,000
9-12. $8,750
13-16. $8,750

Make sure to give our previews a read, as we have prepared one for each group during this past week:

MLG Columbus Group A preview
MLG Columbus Group B preview
MLG Columbus Group C preview
MLG Columbus Group D preview

We have also released pre-interviews with some of the teams attending MLG Columbus. Check below if you missed any of them:

Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "Getting to semis is our goal"
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski: "Want to break the NA streak"
United States Cloud9: "Not content with summer 2015"
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist"LG & NiP our biggest threats"
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas: "Slowly grinding back to form"
Ukraine Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy: "Gambit is the underdog"
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov: "We bootcamped for 10 days"

All of the information about MLG Columbus can be found on our brand new landing page for the event as well.

HLTV.org will be travelling to Columbus, Ohio with a four-man lineup to bring you a full coverage of the first $1 million major, including galleries, interviews, stats as well as live Tweets and more, so make sure to follow @HLTVorg for the latest updates about the event.

Russia Igor 'sL4M' Sopov
Igor 'sL4M' Sopov
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.20
Ukraine Ivan 'Johnta' Shevtsov
Ivan 'Johnta' Shevtsov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.54
Maps played:
9
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.06
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Alexey 'xaoc' Kucherov
Alexey 'xaoc' Kucherov
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Ukraine Juriy 'strike' Tereshenko
Juriy 'strike' Tereshenko
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.12
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United Kingdom James 'JZFB' Bardolph
James 'JZFB' Bardolph
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.33
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.68
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.81
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Taufiq 'Tafa' Khidri
Taufiq 'Tafa' Khidri
Age:
-
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Sweden Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
Belarus Konstantin 'leniniw' Sivko
Konstantin 'leniniw' Sivko
Age:
-
Rating 1.0:
0.60
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.89
APR:
0.13
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1505
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
no.
2016-03-27 21:53
So small prize pool Dota2 Internatinal got $18,429,613 prize pool Dota 2 winner team got: $6,634,661
2016-03-28 12:59
after 5 years of International event existing
2016-03-28 13:50
After international CS events existings 17 years (from 1999) biggest tournament just got ~1/10 what biggest dota2 (much newer game) tournament got ahhahahaha
2016-03-28 14:53
Nt
2016-03-28 21:17
Yeah but i rather have 3 onemillion $ events and some 500k events and maybe some smaller once, then 1 big one. As a fan of dota you only have one thing to look forward to al year. All the big teams only focus on the international an besides that they dont give a fuck about any other lan. So except for the international dota 2 is boring as fuck to watch. Rather then csgo who have way more events, every month with big teams attending everywhere.
2016-03-29 01:13
1
2016-03-27 21:53
gonna be good
2016-03-27 21:54
4242
2016-03-27 21:54
ez
2016-03-27 21:53
#6
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Brazil yxkz 
dasdsa
2016-03-27 21:53
#7
jks | 
Lithuania HomeInvader 
i arent think that
2016-03-27 21:53
flowsicks dark side youtube.com/watch?v=J-G5ExtrGJk 2:00
2016-03-27 21:53
#71
EAZY | 
Czech Republic k9fEinW0W 
what the fuck:DD link for the dildo vid? 4Head
2016-03-27 22:09
#92
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Germany Weisswurst 
LOL thooorin <3
2016-03-27 22:29
m8 i mis'd u
2016-03-27 22:30
#95
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Germany Weisswurst 
dejavu
2016-03-27 22:34
#149
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Europe duke` 
what the actual fuck!? that BURN! :DDDD
2016-03-28 11:41
#9
TaZ | 
World squallyo 
1st
2016-03-27 21:53
s
2016-03-27 21:53
n1
2016-03-27 21:53
adsa
2016-03-27 21:53
1st
2016-03-27 21:53
nice
2016-03-27 21:53
cool
2016-03-27 21:53
first
2016-03-27 21:53
#19
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Portugal tnyk1ng 
cheering for LG :)
2016-03-27 21:53
gl
2016-03-27 21:53
n1
2016-03-27 21:53
k
2016-03-27 21:53
#23
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Norway Bakudi 
1
2016-03-27 21:53
ok
2016-03-27 21:53
#25
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Poland Barcelonista 
2
2016-03-27 21:53
Hey hows everyone
2016-03-27 21:53
HYPEEEE
2016-03-27 21:53
lets goo
2016-03-27 21:53
Me gusta
2016-03-27 21:53
Nice
2016-03-27 21:53
1
2016-03-27 21:53
im gay
2016-03-27 21:53
Let's GOOO!
2016-03-27 21:53
noo I was supposed to be first
2016-03-27 21:53
Splyce EZ
2016-03-27 21:54
YES LET'S GO NAVI
2016-03-27 21:54
#40
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United States Drifter808 
All Star Match Hype!!!
2016-03-27 21:54
Fnatic ez MLG win
2016-03-27 21:54
#44
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Germany 1criT 
I actually thought the time of the matches would be worse than that
2016-03-27 21:54
Time is Europe or US?
2016-03-27 21:55
europe
2016-03-27 21:56
It's your local time automatically ;)
2016-03-27 21:57
ok thx u guys
2016-03-27 21:57
site shows it in your timezone
2016-03-27 21:57
doesnt for me?
2016-03-27 22:28
set your timezone
2016-03-27 22:31
no YNk :/
2016-03-27 21:56
Thanks god, i hate that guys and his accent so much p.s: no worries he is there -.-'
2016-03-29 21:15
#goninjas
2016-03-27 21:56
#55
f0rest | 
Slovakia axelis 
thorin DansGame
2016-03-27 21:57
Love Anders Blume :D Best commentator ever. Looking forward to loads of stream in the upcoming week!
2016-03-27 21:58
#58
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Europe menda93 
cool
2016-03-27 21:59
Winners match should be bo3. But the first elimination matches should be kept as bo1. So I'm saying that anyone who has won a bo1 has to play a bo3 to go into the quarters
2016-03-27 22:03
#65
United Kingdom Dird 
SO EXCITED!!! thorin, lewis & ddk <3
2016-03-27 22:04
There should be a BO5 Finals :(
2016-03-27 22:05
#73
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Russia razorVJ 
Not necessary the BO5 final, but BO1 in groups again? What the fuck?
2016-03-27 22:13
#68
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
LETS GO BRAZIL! #LGLOYAL! We can do it! IS OUR TIME NOW! we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-03-27 22:08
#151
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Europe duke` 
yea, guess what, we know you are from brazil. everyone can see your flag. no need to write that retarded shit all the time.
2016-03-28 11:45
+1
2016-03-28 13:34
#69
United States Bels 
69th thanks dad
2016-03-27 22:09
are these times CET or local?
2016-03-27 22:09
its YOUR time zone
2016-03-27 22:15
so its cet, ty
2016-03-27 22:17
#152
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Europe duke` 
depends. you have to set your own timezone, so all date/time things automatically shows in your local time on hltv.
2016-03-28 11:46
ty m8, good to know :D
2016-03-28 11:52
If you drag the mouse to the times and hold it for a second or so, the timezone will actually pop up. For example, mine says "Europe/Copenhagen". Pretty smart... You will always know, if you are the least in doubt :D
2016-03-28 21:48
#74
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Europe DeusCUTE 
Why fucking Tuesday holy shit
2016-03-27 22:14
its a 6 day turnament and big finals always on Sundays soooooo....
2016-03-27 22:16
Needs more Pansy... Who is observing for the event?
2016-03-27 22:16
Great staff, moses is the best
2016-03-27 22:18
CANT WAIT!
2016-03-27 22:20
What the hell is that veto format
2016-03-27 22:20
#85
Thorin | 
Finland KARJALA 
Late as fuck, I guess we have to deal with it. :(
2016-03-27 22:20
Yeah, you Asians are so fucked at this event... 11 hours ahead, so most of the matches start and end at fucked times. Feel your pain, dude! Perfect for central Europeans though!
2016-03-28 22:15
Aim from Poland will be back! youtube.com/watch?v=pH7AIq3WQCg
2016-03-27 22:20
n1
2016-03-27 22:22
NIP LG FNATIC LIQUID ENVYUS ASTRALIS VP NAVI Winner = VP Ofc
2016-03-27 22:23
POLISH FAN KID DUDUDUUDUDU Can anyone do remix with that shit? xd
2016-03-27 22:35
#98
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Turkey OdinA 
xD VP?? G2 going to quarter finals
2016-03-27 22:36
and where is kebab goin?
2016-03-27 22:49
+100
2016-03-28 11:14
#178
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Turkey OdinA 
we are so bad without xantares we dont have tier 2 players..
2016-03-28 16:38
what up now kebab? G2 going quarter? AHAHAHAH 1 round was even too much for them against VP u gay. turkish shit got REKT as always
2016-03-30 11:32
#211
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Turkey OdinA 
Yes VP shocked me like all the time.. When i bet vp they throwing when i bet other team they playing like top 1 team.. But why you hating Turks.. Haters gonna be hate not matter for us.
2016-03-30 16:10
-Liquid + FaZe -VP + G2 -nV +Gambit
2016-03-28 13:39
Omg hype Hype
2016-03-27 22:29
#96
Ex6TenZ | 
Brazil LeTANK 
g2 ez
2016-03-27 22:35
#99
 | 
CIS OREL_1337 
-xaoc -petrik +someone
2016-03-27 22:37
#115
device | 
Russia mcs#  
-lenniw -kvan -Homer Sl4m, Strike, Tafa to cast all matches
2016-03-28 00:32
#166
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
I want it too, but they aren't robots and we can't clone them :D
2016-03-28 13:58
#100
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Turkey OdinA 
NiP Dream is back??? GL NiP and both of teams!
2016-03-27 22:37
#102
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Romania rockNoob 
when mlg will started? because i wonder in europan time
2016-03-27 22:42
Why no bo5 grand final ((
2016-03-27 22:44
where is PANSY? :///
2016-03-27 22:48
Busy getting fatter and uglier
2016-03-28 10:53
:D
2016-03-28 11:13
this is going to be sick!
2016-03-27 22:54
#107
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Greece hekzy 
Very nice times for EU. Ty NA.
2016-03-27 22:55
+1
2016-03-28 09:47
#139
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Greece hekzy 
I think its just a very little bad for us for the group stages phase (still awesome for western europe). But all the other days are fucking awesome.
2016-03-28 09:53
Well, they can't go earlier than 10 am so this is the best they can give. I'm okay with the schedule if no delays occur .
2016-03-28 10:52
#146
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Greece hekzy 
Wasn't whining. I was just admiring the maturity of MLG as an org.
2016-03-28 11:14
#108
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Germany Bestgerman69 
who is playing in the allstar match?
2016-03-27 23:05
games closing at around 1 am? luckily i got vacation xaxaxaxax
2016-03-27 23:42
#110
shox | 
Denmark Bagsy 
when mlg will started? because i wonder in europan time
2016-03-27 23:50
-petr1k ot some shit and +ceh9!!!!!!!!!!!
2016-03-27 23:53
#168
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
Ceh9 doesn't work in Starladder, unfortunately.
2016-03-28 14:02
Nice
2016-03-27 23:57
Wy the f they've done 4th quater on the next day then oters?
2016-03-28 00:26
ez for Gambit you heard it here first
2016-03-28 00:32
miss xaos as player
2016-03-28 02:33
#121
tarik | 
Yugoslavia bleaq 
6 days? foreal?
2016-03-28 02:35
fnatic group tho
2016-03-28 02:35
BO3 final 4Head
2016-03-28 03:20
Is the time messed up on the match pages, feel like they are using copenhagen not central usa times, edit: didn't have my timezone submitted
2016-03-28 04:58
this time ex6 make it out of groups this time pls ...
2016-03-28 05:02
Nice times.
2016-03-28 05:31
rip LIQUID if they play against FNATIC
2016-03-28 05:33
love the timezone being set to our own locations automatically
2016-03-28 05:49
ahahhAHAAHHA NA TIME ZONE FOR MAJORS WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
2016-03-28 05:57
NA games normally have reasonable times for aussies. all these times suck 1am - 9am :(
2016-03-28 06:18
Can watch Grand Finals (11pm), but RIP those group matches, last match starts on 3:40 am Thank god NiP in group A, can watch all their matches
2016-03-28 07:44
#137
cyx | 
Russia airton 
bo3 grand final NICE!
2016-03-28 08:50
#140
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Ivan "Johnta" Shevcov - Analyst Can someone tell, how active has he been; and in what capacities ??
2016-03-28 09:56
#141
DD | 
Russia @sL4Mtv 
ex-F3 coach.
2016-03-28 09:58
Nindzi v pijaaamaaah
2016-03-28 11:14
Quarter-final(D1 - TBA) in the same day with semi-final So propably Na'Vi will play quarter-final then after 3 hour another bo3 in semi agaist some supreme team that will watch them play quarter and get prepared for them gj MLG! is it diffucult to play 4 quarter in 1 day?
2016-03-28 11:02
Great talent line up
2016-03-28 11:45
"A peculiar veto format will be used in best-of-ones, where one team vetoes three maps, the other only two, and the map will be chosen randomly out of the remaining two in the pool." what
2016-03-28 11:52
SL4M TOP
2016-03-28 11:54
Gonna be good
2016-03-28 12:31
what timezone is that?
2016-03-28 13:04
-Thorin +Pansy
2016-03-28 13:06
Redeye whooooohooo
2016-03-28 13:26
ez gambit
2016-03-28 14:01
rip timezone
2016-03-28 14:10
#170
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
Btw, will there be souvenir drops from both russian and english streams or I should launch game if I want to watch starladder channel?
2016-03-28 14:19
#171
DD | 
Russia @sL4Mtv 
Souvenirs drop will be on starladder channel :)
2016-03-28 14:26
#172
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
Wow, thanks. You're the best commentator :D
2016-03-28 14:33
#173
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Slovakia drikaN 
-Gambit + HellRaisers i mean like wtf
2016-03-28 14:39
will be good to see james and white james in action, been missing those guys. *waits for the awkward silences and baiting* I love these guys
2016-03-28 16:57
only bad thing is that the matches are played at like 3am where i live.. hopefully the final is played earlier than midnight
2016-03-28 17:34
time zone?
2016-03-28 17:49
#189
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
set time zone in your profile, and there will be shown correct time for you
2016-03-28 21:22
stop, but where are Navi? :o
2016-03-28 18:36
Is this for Europe time?
2016-03-28 19:14
#190
Zeus | 
Ukraine Ckopoxog 
#189
2016-03-28 21:31
#185
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France Kanti 
Spoiler alert, Retard Lewis gonna be ban from MLG.
2016-03-28 19:59
Pls no more tournaments in the US - noone likes them, the crowd sucks and any US team goes out instantly anyways - way too often players have VISA problems due to some patriot act shit - guaranteed jetlag for all top players - and please don't tell me US players have jetlag when they come to Europe, all of them are shit --
2016-03-28 22:08
lmao russian all russian speakers are ukrainians except one, ruskis cant act nice on television or in cs
2016-03-29 05:37
all teams on the left side will win their matches
2016-03-29 08:18
#201
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Russia telosll 
SLTV on major,thanks mr.friberg )
2016-03-29 09:43
#202
chrisJ | 
Netherlands Echie 
The talent is amazing :D
2016-03-29 09:50
more like ukrainian stream lol
2016-03-29 11:50
I was so happy to see Fiffi back again, i thought we got rid of that retard slavastig guy, Mr. "juknov"(youknow) And now before fnatic match he is F***ING there.. Isis, it's vis here, pls some bomb to the analysis desk in Columbus, ohio thanks
2016-03-29 21:13
how does veto work for 2nd day? who bans 3, who bans 2?
2016-03-30 12:06
#210
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Canada ryxze 
Someone can donate 1 dolars for my? steamcommunity.com/tradeoffer/new/?partn..
2016-03-30 12:07
Why LG D1 ?
2016-03-31 05:22
Robin "flusha" Rönnquist: "LG & NiP our biggest threats" Whooops...
2016-04-02 11:43
lol
2016-04-02 16:11
#216
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Slovenia Josip09 
easy for fnatic no way monkys can win this
2016-04-26 15:05
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