Astralis to skip ESL One Cologne

Astralis have decided against attending ESL One Cologne, the Danish organisation have announced.

In a Twitter post, Astralis justified the decision with the team's congested fixture during the Summer, combined with their "dream" of defending their Major title in Krakow.

The playoffs of ESL One Cologne will run from July 7-9 at LANXESS Arena. With PGL Major Krakow starting just a week later, some teams are expected to decline an invitation to the ESL tournament and prioritise the Valve-sponsored event.


Astralis will not attend this year's ESL One Cologne 

Still, SK, Virtus.pro and FaZe have already confirmed their attendance at ESL One Cologne, with more big-name teams due to be revealed in the weeks to come. The prize distribution and the schedule for the group stage of the tournament have not yet been revealed.

#4
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Finland Despasiitto 
Good, now Faze can win
2017-04-03 16:50
#34
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
+1
2017-04-03 16:50
#94
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Portugal manitoramos 
joke time
2017-04-03 17:16
Fox time?
2017-04-03 17:23
#106
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Portugal manitoramos 
i didnt see the new team play yet to say something :D
2017-04-03 17:24
#131
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Finland Despasiitto 
fox plays on Faze leftovers :DDDDDDDDDDD = players too shit to play on faze
2017-04-03 17:49
#150
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Portugal manitoramos 
yeah and allu dont leave nip?? why ? because too bad awp
2017-04-03 18:10
#161
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United Kingdom M0rr1s 
Fox is shit LUL
2017-04-03 18:34
#7
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Serbia Suckleus 
rip
2017-04-03 16:49
WTF
2017-04-03 16:49
#201
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Bangladesh drvken 
rip top1..
2017-04-03 20:30
#247
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Czech Republic Dkinimod 
not even top 5... VP, SK, FaZe, NaVi, Fnatic way better then tis noobs
2017-04-05 19:10
good
2017-04-03 16:49
#12
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Israel BingoBango 
yessssss mad danes
2017-04-03 16:50
LUL
2017-04-03 16:49
wat
2017-04-03 16:49
expected
2017-04-03 16:49
#17
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Norway odinsg 
lul
2017-04-03 16:49
no way :/
2017-04-03 16:50
LUL
2017-04-03 16:50
#21
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Estonia Rebae 
sad
2017-04-03 16:50
#23
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France France98123 
lazy plebs, scared to compete !
2017-04-03 16:50
Yeah I'd totally be scared too if I was the best team in the world ayy lmao
2017-04-03 19:11
#185
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France France98123 
since january, the only good team astralis beat on lan, was VP, and it was a close AF game .. just saying, thats how they rised to #1 they are still chokers and weak minded, and will never change
2017-04-03 19:26
chokers? they made VP choke in the fucking major final
2017-04-03 19:32
so astralis won 3 big tournaments and at Las Vegas they were 3rd. Why should they not ne #1? Your post doesn't make sense.
2017-04-03 20:17
#212
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France France98123 
they won during the time all other teams we in transition period/standins/shuffle ect... doesnt make them good
2017-04-03 21:03
That's why they become humble and take a time off to practice for major. What else do you want?
2017-04-03 21:19
so you want to tell me astralis is only the number 1 because the others have standins ? haha nice bro. They beat everyone fair, thats why they became #1. You sound like a Virtus Pro fanboy : "Astralis won because of luck"
2017-04-03 21:37
Actually what he's saying is astralis beat one solid team being VP. After the major mostly everyone was in transition with roster changes and that stuff. Which greatly undermines their performance. Sure they won the major, but look who the played NaVi (inconsistent) Fnatic (I am a fnatic fan) and they still barely won against them honestly. Then VP choke in the finals arguably one of the biggest chokes ever. So they haven't proven anything to me honestly but that's what he's saying :D nt though.
2017-04-03 22:03
#232
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Denmark U w0t m8? 
It's no shame to know what your goals is, and that tournement is not one of their goals
2017-04-03 23:53
#24
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Netherlands PATOZR 
>:(
2017-04-03 16:50
#25
aurora | 
Sweden Sheiken 
LOL
2017-04-03 16:50
Good. ESL Lose, Astralis win PGL.
2017-04-03 16:50
rip
2017-04-03 16:50
noobs
2017-04-03 16:50
expected
2017-04-03 16:50
#30
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Finland paahtis 
Here they come. Hope it won't turn out just a waste of a tournament.
2017-04-03 16:50
poor cologne
2017-04-03 16:50
lol
2017-04-03 16:50
they had to let another team win. too dominant
2017-04-03 16:50
+1 fluke teams like VP or SK have to get the chance to win a tournament once in a while
2017-04-03 17:14
#163
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Sweden aer1aL 
<3 royals more like <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 asstralis <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
2017-04-03 18:36
no
2017-04-03 18:40
but mom i wanna see astralis playing
2017-04-03 16:50
Good choice, hope they will win
2017-04-03 16:50
#40
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Malta Trance_Lover 
makes sense, get all the practice before the big one.
2017-04-03 16:50
#43
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
cya cologne
2017-04-03 16:51
#44
kNgV- | 
Portugal kaizzzer 
New Dignitas too ESL One Cologne?
2017-04-03 16:51
Hahaha scared xDDD
2017-04-03 16:51
#46
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Macau Bent0 
lul esl
2017-04-03 16:51
#47
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France Kasba 
:(
2017-04-03 16:52
#49
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World Nydhogg 
ez 4 VP
2017-04-03 16:52
Understandable. Shame that VP is going to attend even though there is a major comming in Poland. Huge mistake imo.
2017-04-03 16:52
I agree. They will probably wait to complain about being exhausted until after the major. I think that's a good decision from Astralis even though I would've like to see all of the top teams in Cologne.
2017-04-03 19:09
#52
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United States majdob 
who cares, boring ass team. lets teams people actually like play.
2017-04-03 16:52
lol
2017-04-03 17:52
afraid of losing in group stage, oh
2017-04-03 16:53
#54
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Norway Eng1s 
lmao rip Cologne :(
2017-04-03 16:54
scary of losing haha
2017-04-03 16:57
#147
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Mongolia flenny2k 
nice english
2017-04-03 18:03
#58
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Europe JuliusCaesar 
It will be sad if They lose in quarters in Krakow.
2017-04-03 16:57
Hm...-Astralis, + G2
2017-04-03 16:58
Good, I get bored watching Astralis play.. Inb4 they lose at Group Stage or QF in Krakow, that would be amazing.
2017-04-03 16:59
why? They just have a smart playstyle
2017-04-03 19:12
There's something about their roster and playstyle that I find boring. Fnatic in 2015 was just pure pleasure to watch.
2017-04-03 21:07
who cares they wont be top 1 in future. mark my words
2017-04-03 16:59
this is a smart decision, gives themselves more time to prepare for the major. hope the other top teams do it as well
2017-04-03 16:59
so sad, would have loved to meet them ... but FaZe is still there, I hope they will win it
2017-04-03 16:59
#64
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Other Mortal_Wombat 
makes sense for them, SK and faze however need all the practice they can get to dethrone astralis
2017-04-03 16:59
#65
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
might as well not go to cologne
2017-04-03 17:01
#66
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Australia sazzgsu 
lo3 rip astralis
2017-04-03 17:01
#68
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United States Vox_Lunae 
Completely understandable. Cologne is very close to the major.
2017-04-03 17:02
#69
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United States Theking5221 
Cool I don't really like Astralis anyway!
2017-04-03 17:02
Year ofc you dont when they always fuck NA teams
2017-04-03 17:21
#214
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Denmark anton^ 
yeap.
2017-04-03 21:14
nice from them to give other teams a chance to win something #RUNASTRALIS #MAJORCHAMPIONS #BESTTEAMOFALLTIME
2017-04-03 17:02
ESL to update anti-cheat and Astralis got tipped off?
2017-04-03 17:02
+1
2017-04-03 17:11
#72
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
sk will win this tournament anyway
2017-04-03 17:04
No win nothing since july 2016, maybe if Vp and Navi skip too and maybe Sk have a little chance :/
2017-04-03 17:33
#151
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
So what? Just because they haven't won anything since then they don't have a chance of winning this one? It's not like they won the major and then became a shit team. They are maintaining top 3 in HLTV ranking for more than one year by now and are in great form. 3rd place in the last major, 2nd place in DH Master barely losing that final map to VP and 1st in ESL Pro League atm. Your logic makes no sense.
2017-04-03 18:12
Get used to it, people just want to trash SK here even though they're still a solid team. Being Top3 in the world for such a long time is a huge achievement.
2017-04-03 19:14
+1
2017-04-03 20:37
#209
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World neomax360 
+1 Some brain in HLTV.
2017-04-03 21:00
#223
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
+1 FINALLY!!
2017-04-03 22:01
dodged
2017-04-03 17:05
#76
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Poland mamba99999 
I kinda wish VP skipped Cologne as well, I want them to be 100% fit for Kraków.
2017-04-03 17:05
RIP Esl One Cologne
2017-04-03 17:06
#79
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez cologne for fnatic
2017-04-03 17:07
+1
2017-04-03 22:08
#80
rain | 
Other Mendelev 
Like one week isnt enough to rest lmao. WAKE UP PEOPLE ITS CSGO NOT FOOTBALL. I can play 3 days non stop and with 1 day off i'm all good,it's not like you made some physical efforts. You're sitting and playing with your hands. Btw, i think it's good to prac against tier 1 teams 1 week before major. In fact, Astralis just dont wanna get smashed by VP, FaZe or SK 1 week before the major.
2017-04-03 17:08
#89
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Brazil R_ananias 
Also Poland and Germany are next to each other.
2017-04-03 17:13
#119
flusha | 
Netherlands davin 
+1
2017-04-03 17:35
#125
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Portugal dascouves 
Agreed. But the fact that they have to travel so much can be a bit tiring. Still think even tought isnt easier, players are making it seem harder than it is, working as a professional player.
2017-04-03 17:41
I partly agree but you're aware that playing matchmaking for 3 days or competing with the best in the world takes an entirely different level of energy?
2017-04-03 19:17
Aaaaand its probably more about tactics?
2017-04-03 21:20
#81
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Malaysia phyzell 
1 Billion dollars!!!
2017-04-03 17:08
#87
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Brazil R_ananias 
Maybe they just wanna hide strats... The major starts 7 days after cologne is finished and both takes place in close countries. I mean, no problems with burn out or long trips there.
2017-04-03 17:16
Esl One Cologne is just a bootcamp for the Major. What a joke, hope many teams will do the same.
2017-04-03 17:17
Probably every top team will skip Cologne.
2017-04-03 17:13
#98
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Slovenia TOPKEKiksde 
hopefully they skip every esl event
2017-04-03 17:19
rip cologne rip esl long live PGL
2017-04-03 17:17
#96
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Finland jayss 
haha, they're so scared. they're not gonna even get in top4 in the major
2017-04-03 17:18
OMFG
2017-04-03 17:19
#100
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
lol astralis scared
2017-04-03 17:21
#101
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Brazil RauleS 
LAN avoid in 2k17 LUL
2017-04-03 17:21
ez loose for astralis
2017-04-03 17:21
ESL is shit everyone should skip their tournaments.
2017-04-03 17:25
if VP not choke its ez for them
2017-04-03 17:25
looool ez astralis no respect
2017-04-03 17:29
#111
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Austria gex0r 
i'd like to do VP the same thing... won't happen though
2017-04-03 17:30
#112
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Argentina roulettesoad 
''To all the fans asking about our participation in the ESL One Cologne event.'' LOOOL, everybody hates astralis, finally a tournament without them!
2017-04-03 17:32
lmao +1
2017-04-03 18:13
#115
gob b | 
Germany creaven 
rip cologne major
2017-04-03 17:33
#116
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Europe KappaKaako 
Best team in the world more like pussiest team in the world :DD
2017-04-03 17:34
#117
flusha | 
Netherlands davin 
GOOD :)
2017-04-03 17:34
#121
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France t3r4byt3 
they better win the Major for doing this
2017-04-03 17:37
#123
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Czech Republic pashul1n 
HAHA XD u think u can win next major XD sure XD with retardet IGL and ShakyHand, last time it was pretty lucky,Dupreeh,Device leave this team pls ure surrounded by .....
2017-04-03 17:40
bunch of pussies lmao top1 LMAO
2017-04-03 17:41
mad no scenes up n this biitchhh
2017-04-03 17:42
#142
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Czech Republic pashul1n 
its not about scene its about how much u dont like the team for example ama fanboy of nip but even if i know they are bad which is sad still ill be cheering for them, i know astralis is sadly top 1, they dont deserve it which is not h8 its subjective opinion and the things about shakyhand and retard Gla1ve its just joke and provocation if u dont see it ure retardet... no offense my dannish frendo
2017-04-03 17:56
and what's your reasoning behind them not deserving to be top 1? they've clearly proven themselves to be the best team in the world over the last couple of months, so I don't see your logic.
2017-04-03 17:59
#167
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Czech Republic pashul1n 
as i said its just my opinion i think they won major cuz vp chocked really hard lets be nice and honest u can disagree with me i totally respect it cuz we are different :/ i aint argue with you i respect you
2017-04-03 18:40
pussy astralis
2017-04-03 17:44
lost all respect
2017-04-03 17:46
well this just shows that there are too many competitions going at the same time.
2017-04-03 17:49
S C A R E D C A R E D Psychologist needed ASAP
2017-04-03 17:49
Imagine if they go out in groups next major.
2017-04-03 17:54
astralis cs is boring so who cares
2017-04-03 17:54
lmao, they won't defend title in Krakow
2017-04-03 17:55
All the hate for Astralis, just because they destroy all the favorite teams, time and time again lol
2017-04-03 17:55
#140
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Europe GuardianC4 
they should skip all other events too
2017-04-03 17:55
#144
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
wait... what? We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-04-03 17:59
L 0 L
2017-04-03 18:02
no balls?
2017-04-03 18:10
low prize pool = no interest
2017-04-03 18:21
why would they do that they are going to get rekt from VP xd
2017-04-03 18:20
I'd laugh if they miss out on this and fail horribly at the major.
2017-04-03 18:22
Oh look, just a coindence when the battle between ESL + WESA vs RFRESH started astralis suddenly pull out from esl colonge, ye sure Kappa.
2017-04-03 18:27
#160
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Korea Damianlee 
Happy to see teams skipping Cologne :)
2017-04-03 18:33
L A N D O D G E
2017-04-03 18:34
#164
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Greece her-1g 
Why this shitstorm? Its the logic thing to do!! They will only participate at the 2 major online leagues and major tournaments
2017-04-03 18:36
Hahaha scared xDDD
2017-04-03 18:40
#168
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United States Artifactz 
FaZe might actually win ESL One Colonge
2017-04-03 18:41
They can only invite one true top tier team to replace astralis. That team is ofcourse ence esports.
2017-04-03 18:41
#170
ScreaM | 
Denmark Kranzz 
Well VP might win something now xD
2017-04-03 18:43
#172
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Expected. And also gives a chance for other teams to win :D Now please invite North, Immortals, Navi, Gambit, Heroic, G2, Envyus, NIP and Fnatic Qual: Flipsid3, Hellraisers and C9
2017-04-03 18:50
expected good teams prefer win major whats the big deal
2017-04-03 19:00
what an ego though, you only skip events like this if you know you is the best astrallis era? i think yes.
2017-04-03 19:02
0/8
2017-04-03 19:36
#182
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Sweden Minik0jan 
go home astralis, first april was 2 days ago... u drunk
2017-04-03 19:18
nice april fools Astralis
2017-04-03 19:24
lmao nice they still wont win again xD
2017-04-03 19:27
HAHAHAHA all the hatefull vp and sk fans in here :D in my opinion teams should skip esl one cologne and do the thing astralis does. good decision and full dedication :)
2017-04-03 19:33
boring Astralis Team will not be there, thats about it. Thank you Ass Tralis.
2017-04-03 19:35
What is up with these teams skipping events? When fnatic and SK won Majors they didn't skip any event in order to prepare for the next Major or anything like that.
2017-04-03 19:36
there has never been a big event like cologne 1 week before a major
2017-04-03 20:03
But I mean is a good event to kinda try a bit ur tactics so you can guess if it will work on the Major...but thats just my own opinion
2017-04-03 20:23
It can affect your motivation It is tiring to travel Saving strats maybe Trying tactics can be done in everyday pracs
2017-04-03 20:54
You don't get to try your tactics against top teams everyday but most of it you are right
2017-04-03 20:58
top teams practice everyday online against each other
2017-04-03 20:59
wesg was biggest event ever,it was 1 week before major ,vp went :P
2017-04-03 23:43
esl cologne tier2 event, ofc world top1 team skip this shit lol. go nip,onliners hellraisers,sk etc.. who cares this shitty event?!
2017-04-03 19:41
Astralis on LAN? I aren't think that
2017-04-03 20:18
seriously they heave 0 respect for their fans. how many fans, even from denmark, have bought a ticket just for them? i`d bet enough..
2017-04-03 20:36
#210
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Poland zJe 
Good decision astra.
2017-04-03 21:03
expected, Keepo For real though good decision from them in my opinion.
2017-04-03 21:53
So many stupid comments in this article. Why are Astralis getting all this hate? Is there really so many salty fanboys?
2017-04-03 21:59
#233
rain | 
Other Mendelev 
Be passive and be hated. Be manly and be liked.
2017-04-03 23:54
#227
NEO | 
Poland Trausky 
expected from pussies
2017-04-03 22:12
#231
rain | 
Other Mendelev 
Astralis passive again. When will they take risks in their lives ? Their children would be so bored of them
2017-04-03 23:48
What are you talking about with them being passive? Because they skip one tournament, to prepare in the best way for the first and maybe only time they get the chance to win back to back majors? Not their fault, Valve screwed Cologne this time
2017-04-04 01:23
And if somebody look at the past 3 years, then i'm sure Astralis will be one of the 3 teams attending the most top tier tournaments.
2017-04-04 01:24
#237
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Sweden PowerDSK 
Astralis won't win another major 100%. The only reason they won elgeaue was because of virtus trow and it only happened like once in 100 games.
2017-04-04 01:38
Pussies.
2017-04-04 01:43
#239
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United States darkun 
+1 they've always been pussy ma fuckas.. why i never liked them since departure of fetish
2017-04-04 03:16
#240
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
astralis you are a joke a fucking joke!
2017-04-04 03:19
#242
gas | 
Korea kaiske10v 
expected from pussies
2017-04-04 05:56
#243
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Hong Kong eldoodaks 
esl get fucked so hard haha
2017-04-04 09:58
Expected from landodgers and whiteflaggers xd
2017-04-04 10:21
They dont want to lose two tournaments in a row :D
2017-04-04 19:57
skip the esl yet still lost the major. i will give them XD
2017-04-05 07:01
Ez for SK
2017-04-21 21:30
Hahaha how many tournaments are Asstralis going to skip? It-s not like they are winning or have any strats to show xD all their strats are "oh wer're losing, lets kill through smoke and rush with tec9"
2017-05-13 10:13
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