GuardiaN to play in DH playoffs

As Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács' condition has gotten better and he was cleared to play by his doctor, he will travel to Malmö to play in the DreamHack Masters playoffs.

Only two days prior to DreamHack Masters Malmö Natus Vincere have learned that Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács wouldn't be able to play in the tournament due to his hand's condition getting worse.

However, his status has changed in the last couple of days, as doctors have cleared him to start playing again. The organizers revealed that the Slovakian will receive the last round of treatment for joint and muscle inflammation on Friday, just before travelling to Sweden.


GuardiaN cleared to play again

DreamHack have allowed for him to step back into the team for the DreamHack Masters playoffs despite Natus Vincere playing the group stage with coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk, who put in a solid performance during the first two days of competition.

The Swedish organizer quoted a few rules to explain why GuardiaN was allowed to play:

  • Teams are allowed to change players after receiving invites or qualifying
  • GuardiaN was on the player list attending Malmö
  • starix was on the list attending Malmö, replacing GuardiaN
  • If a player during a tournament would turn ill or for another reason can't participate the team can find a substitute
  • Players already participating in the tournament can not play for another team as stand-in

Natus Vincere's full roster for the playoffs is thus following:

Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko
Russia Denis "seized" Kostin
Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács

Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk (coach)

The team has advanced to quarter-finals from first place in group B, which means they will face one of the second-placed teams from the other groups on Saturday, April 16th.

Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
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
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#2
Hungary powi 
navi saved ^^
2016-04-14 12:48
ez
2016-04-14 12:47
z
2016-04-14 12:47
k
2016-04-14 12:47
n1
2016-04-14 12:47
#7
device | 
Morocco Morocco 
1
2016-04-14 12:47
#8
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Finland SexSeveN 
yay
2016-04-14 12:47
#10
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Slovakia VerySloVACGuy 
wow
2016-04-14 12:47
#11
f0rest | 
Algeria NS! 
1st
2016-04-14 12:47
Nt tho
2016-04-14 13:17
nt
2016-04-14 17:18
ez
2016-04-14 12:47
cool
2016-04-14 12:47
1
2016-04-14 12:47
treatment for joint ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
2016-04-14 12:50
#16
Twistzz | 
Poland Ilaald 
rofl
2016-04-14 12:47
wut
2016-04-14 12:47
n1ce
2016-04-14 12:48
nice
2016-04-14 12:48
YESSS
2016-04-14 12:48
n1
2016-04-14 12:48
#23
World m4x3 
awesome
2016-04-14 12:48
#24
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
2016-04-14 12:48
#25
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Canada ryxze 
.
2016-04-14 12:48
cUMBACK
2016-04-14 12:48
#27
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Poland Redrumowy 
rip, starix was better
2016-04-14 12:48
#28
AK9L | 
Guatemala rugal123 
1
2016-04-14 12:48
wow
2016-04-14 12:48
PogChamp
2016-04-14 12:48
WHAT! nip cant switch for pyth but they can switch to guardian? BS!! BS!!!!!!!
2016-04-14 12:48
#53
dennis | 
Slovakia Jarci 
this is not major
2016-04-14 12:48
so? 250k is still a big tournament.
2016-04-14 12:49
big tournament =/= major
2016-04-14 12:49
MLG =/= DH different organizers, different rules now it's clear?
2016-04-14 12:57
#198
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Finland Madd!z 
And the rules to majors probably come from Valve.
2016-04-14 13:19
You mean Valve =/= DH
2016-04-14 13:43
#139
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World Vidua 
That's not the point. DreamHack can have their own rules while on Major rules are set by Valve. That rule for pyth not being able to play was stupid. NiP did not play with "real" stand-in, they played with their coach. Same here with Na'Vi. It's a core member of the team, they don't change their lineup. In fact, I think 6 man CS teams should become a norm so that players could take time off.
2016-04-14 12:58
#205
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Australia Raychippy 
True
2016-04-14 13:23
#151
motm | 
United States teeKAYBE 
Dreamhack =/= MLG/Valve. Rules can change, not like NiP would have done any better with pyth.
2016-04-14 12:59
#257
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Portugal antCB 
Not like threat is a fucking podbot. I hold him in higher standards than pyth
2016-04-14 14:55
#260
motm | 
United States teeKAYBE 
In 1.6 but not in GO
2016-04-14 15:09
Pyth is god m8
2016-04-15 09:32
this isn't a major dude, calm your tits
2016-04-14 12:49
Different organizers, different rules, different conditions
2016-04-14 12:49
Valve vs Dreamhack
2016-04-14 12:51
#123
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Hungary FHarbor 
+1 this is ridicolus they win the final,then they need a bo7 Nuke game vs fnatic to get the money ahahh
2016-04-14 12:55
different org, different rules
2016-04-14 13:26
#220
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
Well this is DH so aren't they different organizers, hence, different rules? To be honest, I agree with you, but ..
2016-04-14 13:40
#243
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Slovakia sanjuro 
malmo organizers normal people columbus organizers braindead murican valve employees
2016-04-14 14:20
RIP LUMINOSITY
2016-04-14 12:48
Dignitas to win anyway xD
2016-04-14 12:53
n1
2016-04-14 12:48
Not Needed
2016-04-14 12:48
ez navi now
2016-04-14 12:48
wtf lmao
2016-04-14 12:48
lol ez na'vi
2016-04-14 12:48
is this legal?
2016-04-14 12:48
no guardian
2016-04-14 12:48
wow
2016-04-14 12:48
Wat
2016-04-14 12:48
starix can win this lan
2016-04-14 12:48
#44
kNgV- | 
Brazil brzcsgo 
starix >
2016-04-14 12:48
dreamhack best tournament i suppose :p
2016-04-14 12:48
yes GuardiaN AWP GOD
2016-04-14 12:48
#48
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Brazil gabrielrg 
wow
2016-04-14 12:48
Good rules imo
2016-04-14 12:48
lol
2016-04-14 12:48
COOL
2016-04-14 12:48
Sick!
2016-04-14 12:48
lol
2016-04-14 12:48
#55
Bosnia and Herzegovina NED1 
He will fail so hard, with starix they had chance :)
2016-04-14 12:48
completely agree, GuardiaN couldnt heal his wrist for such a small amount of time and probably didnt put many hours during his treatment period. And he even said he wont push himself to the limits. Ridiculuos decision by NaVi
2016-04-14 15:15
Yeeeeey
2016-04-14 12:48
WTF? PYTH COULDNT PLAY IN PLAYOFFS CUZ THREAT PLAYED 1 MATCH, SO THEY WHERE NOT ABLE TO CHANGE?
2016-04-14 12:48
its dreamhack and its not valve sponsored. they set up their own rules :p
2016-04-14 12:49
fuck america!
2016-04-14 12:49
nah fuck valve rather
2016-04-14 12:49
#98
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Korea Cormag 
Technically valve is american but its true you can't generalize to all of america
2016-04-14 12:52
i have never seen a company work the same way valve does. they have some sort of god complex and it's pissing everyone off
2016-04-14 12:55
#227
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United States Doctor1597 
Blizzard has started doing it in recent years.
2016-04-14 13:48
my mistake, fuck valve!
2016-04-14 12:55
Let's keep the fingers off caps lock :)
2016-04-14 12:54
actually I just wrote, didnt notice i had caps on :D
2016-04-14 12:56
you type staring at your keyboard? nt
2016-04-14 13:02
i type staring at your naked mom
2016-04-14 13:03
why you always lying?
2016-04-14 13:04
add me on snap, i can take a picture if u want so see her :)
2016-04-14 13:04
just ask your sister for my number
2016-04-14 13:05
i dont have any.. hmm, maybe u mean my dad? ok, i ask.. faggot
2016-04-14 13:14
That is what you came up with , daddy issues mattie ?
2016-04-14 16:52
admin warning for capslock but all the vicious, toxic, insulting posts in the forum are just kept. Made me laugh
2016-04-14 12:59
#222
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Estonia swag420weed 
Mods always try to keep news comments clean, but dont' care that much about forums
2016-04-14 13:41
Not an admin :P
2016-04-14 13:45
It's better later than never, hopefully some organizers take note.
2016-04-14 13:03
This isnt a major
2016-04-14 13:18
#249
JW | 
Finland Ilucs 
Mad kid
2016-04-14 14:49
u mad cuz allu got kicked alcoholic fucktard
2016-04-14 14:50
#251
JW | 
Finland Ilucs 
You're so upset man. Why?
2016-04-14 14:50
#59
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Russia razorVJ 
Sounds like no longer an easy road to the grand final for Astralis.
2016-04-14 12:48
The same Astralis that got demolished by dignitas?
2016-04-14 12:52
#107
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Russia razorVJ 
I'm pretty sure it would have been a different game if it was a play-off game.
2016-04-14 12:53
Astralis is known for doing great in groups, and worse in playoffs though
2016-04-14 13:05
Top Kek
2016-04-14 12:57
#61
s1mple | 
Albania salkin 
NaVi DAVoI
2016-04-14 12:49
hmm Dreamhack > MLG obviously.. Pyth wasnt allowed to play... sick
2016-04-14 12:49
That is valves fault and not Mlg bro.
2016-04-14 12:57
Behemoth incoming!
2016-04-14 12:49
#64
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North America RarePun 
that's awesome now go win the event boys
2016-04-14 12:49
So why
2016-04-14 12:54
because dreamhack isnt mlg ? stupid question
2016-04-14 12:53
RiP GOD starix
2016-04-14 12:49
#70
zehN | 
Finland ludiMacak 
saved
2016-04-14 12:49
Da king is back
2016-04-14 12:49
#72
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Slovakia asdalanas1 
Nice gg brazilian bananas end inc.
2016-04-14 12:49
cool hope its right decision
2016-04-14 12:49
the age of the coach-sub? start botting zonic
2016-04-14 12:49
This age definitely would be welcomed. All tournaments should allow this kinda of roster changes during the tournament. After all, it never will help the team to change roster during the tournament, it will pretty much always be some sort of force majure issue.
2016-04-14 12:54
I wonder if zonic has ever touched CS:GO..I think he has like 1k or 500hours in game.Thats clearly not enough
2016-04-14 13:01
YES
2016-04-14 12:50
#82
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Romania fluxz0r 
wow. they really want to win this. they dont want any troubles with starix stand-in.
2016-04-14 12:50
Goood!
2016-04-14 12:50
Navi Davi!!!! <3&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;&#128153;
2016-04-14 12:50
:O
2016-04-14 12:50
#86
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Belgium kn0lle 
Now go win this, you deserve it!
2016-04-14 12:50
#87
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France t3r4byt3 
guardian = all the party = ez DH win
2016-04-14 12:50
I wonder is this a good choice, as GuardiaN probably hasn't played at all in 2 weeks.
2016-04-14 12:50
#89
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
wooo
2016-04-14 12:50
What the fuck? NiP couldnt change THREAT for pyth in mlg major. But Navi can? Gg valve. Gg. (Yes im a nip fanboy but anyways)
2016-04-14 12:50
#99
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Germany Dayjay 
dude, this is not a major. DH makes the rules this time, not valve.
2016-04-14 12:52
Valve is not involved. DH Malmö is not a major.
2016-04-14 12:52
Ik its not a major. But i thought that valve wasinvolved..
2016-04-14 12:54
#158
NEO | 
Poland LGf 
what give you a hint of that stickers, news on their site ? oh wait there was non of that
2016-04-14 13:02
the only thing valve is involved in is majors,thats why only tournaments with valve involved is a MAJOR
2016-04-14 13:10
pyth couldn't attend Columbus because of visa problems, but GuardiaN said that he will attend Malmo but not as a player
2016-04-14 12:53
Maybe read before rage
2016-04-14 12:53
This is not organized by Valve, get over it fanboy.
2016-04-14 12:54
Retard detected. mlg major (volvo) =/= dreamhack non-major (no-volvo). But what can you expect from NiP fanboy? to have a brain ? HaHaHaHaHaHa
2016-04-14 13:00
starix > GuardiaN
2016-04-14 12:51
I'm glad he fixed his injury so fast. GL NA'VI P.S. God starix
2016-04-14 12:52
#95
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
rip starix he carried and now kovac takes it from him
2016-04-14 12:52
#97
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
ffs just let him rest, starix is doing a fine job
2016-04-14 12:52
+1
2016-04-14 15:16
#101
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Spain StarkForce1 
The prince comeback home
2016-04-14 12:52
Kek
2016-04-14 12:54
#109
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Russia Reph 
ez dreamhack win for Na'Vi
2016-04-14 12:54
Awesome news but then again I loved seeing starix play again and would have loved to see more. He did pretty great.
2016-04-14 12:54
#113
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
really unnecessary, just let him fully recover.
2016-04-14 12:54
+1 this is risky, the injury cab get worse if it doesn't recovers completely
2016-04-14 13:12
#116
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Poland DominnX26 
Wtf nice
2016-04-14 12:54
not fair..
2016-04-14 12:55
cry more
2016-04-14 14:52
starix is better
2016-04-14 12:55
YEEEES!!!!
2016-04-14 12:55
ez for navi if gardian hand is ok
2016-04-14 12:55
n1ce :)
2016-04-14 12:56
Ez navi But I would let him fully recover instead
2016-04-14 12:56
#146
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Sweden Div-\ 
*********** I would have rest more.
2016-04-14 12:58
VEEEERY NICE!
2016-04-14 12:56
RIP LG
2016-04-14 12:56
Stupid a tear injury dont heal that fast. Hope it get worse.
2016-04-14 12:58
2016-04-14 13:05
#199
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Germany HansLanda 
Wtf how can u be that toxic
2016-04-14 13:20
Obviously fnatic fanboy
2016-04-14 13:37
Because people are stupid with these injuries if he tear it enough it will become chronic and can never be fixed again.
2016-04-16 13:46
#134
NAF | 
Slovakia MajloSK 
Navi ez
2016-04-14 12:57
sosi huy sin shlyuhi
2016-04-14 12:57
Seriously? It healed in a little more than a week? 2 weeks ago he couldn't play without using 5 sens... We'll see, though!
2016-04-14 12:58
#142
sergej | 
Finland Mervii 
rip navi :(
2016-04-14 12:58
ez win
2016-04-14 12:58
ez for guardian <3
2016-04-14 12:58
God is back :3
2016-04-14 12:58
#148
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Russia Drinkins 
rekt
2016-04-14 12:59
Very nice for NaVi (even though he most likely didnt practice a lot), Valve should enforce the same rules for their tournaments
2016-04-14 12:59
#154
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Latvia Spec1aL 
Great news for Na`VI and all Na`VI fans! ;)
2016-04-14 13:00
eyy NaVi smart
2016-04-14 13:00
Out of nowhere almighty Guardian appears, rip DH I guess. Show 'em what you got ivaN.
2016-04-14 13:02
that's how rules should works
2016-04-14 13:02
I wonder how they will divide the winnings between starix and Guardian
2016-04-14 13:02
#164
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CIS sergioff 
yes!!!!
2016-04-14 13:03
ez rip guardian
2016-04-14 13:03
starix>guardian.
2016-04-14 13:04
Well done, to throw fake information to weaken opponents and to drag. Easily, the Brazilians are afraid.
2016-04-14 13:05
GodiaN
2016-04-14 13:06
EASY TOURNAMENT FOR NAVI
2016-04-14 13:08
1.3 sens or 5.0 sens ?
2016-04-14 13:09
#202
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Germany HansLanda 
1.337
2016-04-14 13:21
lol
2016-04-14 13:09
Now this is fair. wp to DH :)
2016-04-14 13:10
#182
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Spain rezpekfull 
shoutout to starix who has shown he still got it
2016-04-14 13:11
+1
2016-04-14 13:13
Ne}|{dan4ik :D
2016-04-14 13:12
Congrats to guardian
2016-04-14 13:12
doctors have cleared him to start playing again topkek
2016-04-14 13:13
#189
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Poland adriannB 
i hope he will perform as he always does
2016-04-14 13:14
idiots. NiP playing all time with standin. and now Navi can playing with guardian. retard orgs
2016-04-14 13:14
rip starian
2016-04-14 13:15
#193
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Poland Mannix 
DreamHack have allowed for him to step back into the team for the DreamHack Masters playoffs despite Natus Vincere playing the group stage with coach Sergey "starix" Ischuk, who put in a solid performance during the first two days of competition. watch and learn VOLVO
2016-04-14 13:15
NICE
2016-04-14 13:16
Fucking unfair. Now envyus's chance r low. Dreamhack are just fucking anti- sweden and french. NiP pyth cant but guardian can LOL. Fuck gaben's wife, Fuck Valve
2016-04-14 13:18
#200
gob b | 
Germany creaven 
cheat got updated. undetectable again. gz.
2016-04-14 13:20
#203
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Germany HansLanda 
0.01/10 b8
2016-04-14 13:21
Look at his flag, they know about cheats everything , trust him
2016-04-14 21:07
Look at his name. He wouldn't admit to cheating, would he?
2016-04-17 11:46
gg navi lost
2016-04-14 13:22
Easy for Tyloo
2016-04-14 13:23
Nice! We can't let the chinese win like this!
2016-04-14 13:26
#208
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Norway haXx7 
twitter.com/FoxgloveCSGO/status/71962039.. seized was right, look at his comment
2016-04-14 13:26
Sosi hui, sin blyadi
2016-04-14 13:49
#235
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Estonia swag420weed 
Seems like Guardians hand didn't get injury while playing CSGO :D
2016-04-14 13:55
RiP Starix :(
2016-04-14 13:27
if only MLG admins let this happen with NiP :(
2016-04-14 13:27
eeeee haha nice nice nice!!! love this team! <3 but Starix... :((((
2016-04-14 13:29
#213
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
starix is the best coach, starix is the best igl, starix is the best awper, starix is jesus starix are past, starix are present and starix will future starix bestest
2016-04-14 13:32
ez win
2016-04-14 13:34
#216
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Brazil Gunzel 
ayyy NaVi gonna be champions here for sure. LG so bad
2016-04-14 13:34
#217
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Sweden SuXes_! 
I will be there cheering!
2016-04-14 13:34
GG Na'Vi, LG too stupid.
2016-04-14 13:34
#221
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Denmark Fr0nda 
DH > MLG's rules
2016-04-14 13:41
Starix EleGiggle was EleGiggle the EleGiggle problem EleGiggle
2016-04-14 13:43
Wanted to see starix play
2016-04-14 13:47
#231
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Finland de_suomi 
+1 and hear an interview from someone else but Guardian.
2016-04-14 13:50
Yeah the reason they attribute Navi success to him is because he's the only who speaks English on the team. Navi really needs some basic English lessons.
2016-04-14 13:53
he is not speak english ingame :D watch ts povs.
2016-04-14 14:56
bad idea. Let Guardian rest properly, there will be plenty of tournaments. I'd prefer him healthy to fight with LG on equal terms, not like last 2 times..
2016-04-14 13:49
Doctors said all is good now
2016-04-14 13:50
#232
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Serbia R4ngO 
starix was performing dope, I doubt that GuardiaN perform at his level?
2016-04-14 13:51
now Luminosity can prove they are better than a fully able NaVi
2016-04-14 13:52
#242
Zeus | 
Ukraine LoqoJoqo 
nt amigo
2016-04-14 14:19
should of worded that better, now they have the opportunity to prove they are better. Personally i don't think they are.
2016-04-14 14:20
only after they prove they are better than t3 China. Maybe next Malmo...
2016-04-14 14:23
LOL tru
2016-04-14 14:55
Good luck Guardian!
2016-04-14 13:58
it should be -zeus + starix
2016-04-14 14:01
Pretty stupid. I get that he wants to play and all, i would've too. But just wait it out..
2016-04-14 14:06
5 sens inc
2016-04-14 14:09
Yeeeah, GuaaaaaaardiaN <3 Hope he has recovered 100%!
2016-04-14 14:11
#246
cyx | 
Russia airton 
starix >>> guardian
2016-04-14 14:29
Very nice. Ty GODSTARIX:)
2016-04-14 14:34
Miss event due to hand injury. Can play now, cleared by doctor. What is it ? UFC ?
2016-04-14 14:37
#252
fer | 
Brazil Luizim 
Fallen is out, Guardian is back, expected 16-2 never forget lmao
2016-04-14 14:52
saying 16-2 never forget after getting rekt by tier 5 team in a BO3 lmaoooo
2016-04-14 14:55
#267
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Austria gex0r 
+1 :D comeback isnotrael
2016-04-14 15:43
Gl hf guardian, nice to have you back so quick!
2016-04-14 14:53
Must have been a real serious injury if he's healed in less than a week LOL. Telling me he couldn't take a week off before the major to seek treatment rather than losing and using it as an excuse? LOL these players are such whiny bitches.
2016-04-14 15:06
#263
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
yep seems like navi have no idea whet they are doing
2016-04-14 15:19
i liked starix better
2016-04-14 15:20
guardian playing with fire here... i hope his doctor knows what he's doing.
2016-04-14 15:25
#269
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Austria gex0r 
+1 !
2016-04-14 15:54
How come nobody can properly think in this thread...Even if mlg allowed player switching, pyth wouldn't have made in columbus because of his visa being delayed, most of the people don't fucking mind thinking before typing on hltv...
2016-04-14 15:47
noooo(
2016-04-14 16:01
GodiaN is back :>
2016-04-14 16:47
he is good awper but still worse than markeloff in 1.6
2016-04-14 16:48
#276
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Turkey powergs 
RIP Starix
2016-04-14 20:59
YES GUARDIAN <3
2016-04-14 21:10
seriously... i like guardian and for me he is the absolute number 1 if it comes to awping... but starix did such a nice job he really deserved to play this tournament till the end...
2016-04-15 00:16
^v^
2016-04-15 09:00
Starix is better
2016-04-15 09:09
#283
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Russia refrain 
starix > guardian
2016-04-15 12:04
first?
2016-04-15 16:14
Almost ;)
2016-04-15 16:14
navi choke inc
2016-04-15 17:46
Navi cant choke now,Navi go always to the finals in every fck tournament,so ez Navi P.S Navi will choke in the finals
2016-04-15 23:07
He recovered that fast? was he even injured? EZ Tyloo <3
2016-04-15 23:10
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