FaZe to IEM final over AST

FaZe are the second team to advance to the IEM Sydney finals after beating Astralis 2-1 in a thrilling series (16-13 on Cobblestone, 11-16 on Nuke and 16-9 on Train).

After playing each other in the Round 2 of the Swiss stage, FaZe and Astralis met again, this time for a place at the IEM Sydney finals. It all started on Cobblestone, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's men pick, with Aleksi "allu" Jalli killing four to help his team secure their Terrorist pistol round.

As well as in the first round, FaZe continued to consequently execute B, including in the first gun round, which the Danes were able to win. Despite it, the European mixture quickly reached the five rounds, but couldn't win the anti-eco in the following one – Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye closed it off in an 1v2 with an AK he picked in the beginning of the round.


With 28 kills and an 115 ADR, rain led the way for FaZe on Cobble

In the next round, FaZe did not execute B for the first time: Håvard "rain" Nygaard opened the way for his team at A with a fast quad-kill to secure a 6-2 lead. With their economy broken and failing to find key kills, Astralis only managed to get one more round in the first half – a pistol B stack in the 12th round.

In a slow-paced pistol round, the Danes executed B and got the first two kills. However, their adversaries traded other two and, from that point, Kjaerbye was left alone against three and almost pulled it off, but rain clutched the 1v1 to guarantee a triple-kill and the CT-side pistol for his team.

Astralis were down 3-13 and had to force-buy in order to stay alive on Cobblestone, which they did with a well-succeeded fast A execution. Despite having a double-AWP setup, FaZe lost their buy in the 22nd round after a 3v5 that Nicolai "device" Reedtz finished with an 1v2 clutch.

Even though allu did four opening kills during his opponents' round streak, the Danes kept on winning eight rounds in a row. FaZe were then able to reach the 14 rounds, but a 2v4 from gla1ve and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth in the next round got their team back to the game. Even with a 1v2 by the latter in the following round, FaZe denied Astralis' hope by winning two more rounds to finish the map 16-13.


With a 1.17 team rating on Nuke, Astralis took the series to a third map

Astralis started their adversaries' map pick, Nuke, with a near-flawless pistol round as Counter-Terrorists. In their anti-eco, the Danish five men couldn't hold Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Finn "karrigan" Andersen's Deagle as both of them had a double-kill with it to win the round. From that point, Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey's squad won the subsequent two.

As both teams had weapons, Kjaerbye helped his team secure one more round with a triple-kill. Although the Danish player killed another three in the next one, it was NiKo's triple that guaranteed a two round lead for FaZe.

After FaZe won yet another round, device assured his team's third round as CT with an AWP triple-kill. The Terrorists then executed A and broke Astralis' economy, which meant they easily reached a 7-3 scoreline. However, in the next two rounds, device had a triple-kill with the UMP at B and Kjaerbye, for the third time, killed other three at the upper bombsite. Furthermore, Astralis won two more for an 8-7 lead at the end of the first half.

It was NiKo who opened the second half, but it was the Danes who picked the pistol round. Nevertheless, the Bosnian player helped his team win the force-buy with a double-kill with the Deagle. With a 2v5 from Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Kjaerbye in the next round – although NiKo killed both, he did not have time to defuse – the Danish duo opened the way for a five round lead (13-8).

Despite losing four in a row and having to play with pistols, FaZe finally managed to pull one round out in the 22nd. In a 3v5, Astralis reached the 14 rounds after outplaying the European mixture with a slow-paced split at A.

After losing two more, Xyp9x was left all alone against four, which seemed like FaZe were going to able to get their 12th round. Still, the Danish player managed to clutch it out with a stylish play and, as he reset his opponents' economy, eventually take the series to a third map with a 16-11 win on Nuke.


Kjaerbye and his team say goodbye to Sydney

FaZe began the decider map, Train, with yet another fast pistol round. After winning it, karrigan and co. continued their Terrorist trial for five more rounds as they not only picked the anti-ecos but also the first gun round.

Astralis were then able to pick their first two rounds. Since FaZe managed to plant, they could buy one more time. This time, their firepower prevailed as they picked their sixth round – and eventually the seventh once the Danish five men had to save.

device stepped up in the following round with an AWP triple-kill to help his team secure their third round, but yet another fast push from FaZe guaranteed the eighth round in their favor – and another save round for Astralis. After losing their eco, the Danes won three in a row to close the gap to 6-9.

As for the second half, FaZe continued to thrive in their pistol rounds and got one more, the second on Train, in their favor. After winning the subsequent two anti-ecos, allu's good positioning at the A bombsite assured the first gun round for his team as Counter-Terrorists.

From that point, Astralis lost a semi-buy but won the next round with a near-flawless. The Danish squad then changed their pace and did a fast B execution to win one more round, which broke their adversaries' economy and guaranteed the ninth round in their favor.

Despite failing to get the opening kill, a triple and a double-kill by rain and karrigan in the 24th round, respectively, opened the way for FaZe's trial to the IEM Sydney finals as they won one more to finish close the map 16-9.

Matchpage
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1
6th May 2017
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Cobblestone
13
11
Nuke
16
16
Train
9

 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 69 - 50 +19 84.7 1.30
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 67 - 57 +10 96.3 1.26
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 53 - 53 0 73.0 1.11
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 51 - 51 0 71.1 1.05
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 46 - 57 -11 62.7 0.83
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 62 - 56 +6 84.5 1.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 51 - 60 -9 77.2 0.99
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 54 - 53 +1 72.0 0.98
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 47 - 57 -10 69.2 0.93
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 54 - 60 -6 67.4 0.92

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1543
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1259
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#2
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World pcmasterrace 
FaZeUp
2017-05-06 12:52
#39
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Finland Lehtori 
FAZE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD GET DOWN CUCKSTRALIS ITS OVER
2017-05-06 12:55
#43
France Bouf 
G2 bestest
2017-05-06 12:56
#73
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CIS c4ncie 
Bestest? LUL is it kind of meme?
2017-05-06 13:40
#75
France Bouf 
yes
2017-05-06 13:42
#138
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Finland M0nzaa 
Very known HLTV-certified meemes :()
2017-05-06 15:48
bo1
2017-05-06 18:39
#137
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Portugal azetecapt 
yeah !
2017-05-06 15:30
#56
rain | 
Russia Flav 
ez FaZe, Gj
2017-05-06 13:05
#3
twice | 
Korea Tzuyu 
I love faze
2017-05-06 12:52
i dont
2017-05-06 23:43
#5
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
ez4faze godniko godrain godkarrygan godallu superkio
2017-05-06 12:52
Why kio super?
2017-05-06 13:33
#95
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
are you a newfag?
2017-05-06 13:52
Yes :):
2017-05-06 14:00
#97
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
superkio>superteam also it was his name for a while.
2017-05-06 13:53
#133
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Europe lalt 
did he pick it up during the last superteam hype or have he used it earlier too?
2017-05-06 14:55
#135
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
idk Xd
2017-05-06 15:13
Let's go Faze! <3
2017-05-06 12:53
#7
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Sweden pontus767 
Faze up
2017-05-06 12:52
#9
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Netherlands Lurox 
Astralis will win major, GGWP!
2017-05-06 12:52
#58
ZywOo | 
Brazil smm1le 
SK Will be back
2017-05-06 13:09
If they drop roster and sign Faze
2017-05-06 18:47
#11
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Finland terquie 
ez
2017-05-06 12:52
#12
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
ez
2017-05-06 12:52
gg
2017-05-06 12:52
god allu
2017-05-06 12:52
What an absolutely fantastic match! Sucks to have this matchup meaning only one can be through to finals compared to SK who were basically handed it, however this rivalry is probably one of the most exciting in a very, very long time. Was hesistant after FaZe let cobble through after their first matchup, but they played absolute tremendously! Congratulations to FaZe, and good luck in the finals! #FaZeUp
2017-05-06 12:52
#63
JZFB | 
Australia legesex 
Are u baiting? Sk played astralis and north before getting through
2017-05-06 13:18
Sorry, I was just referring to the semi-final stage of the tournament, where SK were matched against Optic.
2017-05-06 13:19
#67
JZFB | 
Australia legesex 
Oh yeah. They would face chiefs if not optic so... lol they got the best competitors available
2017-05-06 13:21
Chief > Sk though
2017-05-06 18:48
#158
JZFB | 
Australia legesex 
Clearly. All stats and numbers prove your statement
2017-05-06 20:03
Thank you for supporting my argument but I got this m8
2017-05-06 22:30
#16
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
nice
2017-05-06 12:52
ez 4 NiKo
2017-05-06 12:52
#19
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United Kingdom Szbitzel2 
SK BE READY TO FACE THE REAL TOP1
2017-05-06 12:52
#20
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Singapore Prawblems 
gl faze
2017-05-06 12:52
#21
broky | 
Latvia em1^ 
ez
2017-05-06 12:52
#22
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Netherlands Legendarycrab 
faze #1 i arent think that
2017-05-06 12:52
#26
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
Flukestralis is back hahahaha ^^
2017-05-06 12:53
#30
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Australia Boucas 
Very good match, nice watch.
2017-05-06 12:53
#31
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
YEEEEESSS
2017-05-06 12:53
lol ast so idiots they cant understand that they need to rush much more
2017-05-06 12:53
#45
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
guess you're a better IGL then huh?
2017-05-06 12:57
#59
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Israel asafborger 
Then u play at pro scene
2017-05-06 13:12
#33
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Finland ginbay 
GG fazeup
2017-05-06 12:53
Expected win for faze, you live you learn :)
2017-05-06 12:53
When is SK vs Faze plzz scheduled ? Thanks
2017-05-06 12:54
7am for us bro
2017-05-06 13:18
tytyty
2017-05-06 13:48
#37
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Australia evaD3 
One of the best series i've ever seen in cs:go. Really intense CS
2017-05-06 12:54
Good matchup. FaZe, Astralis and SK can all beat each other on any given day. There's no real top1 right now.
2017-05-06 12:55
I love you
2017-05-06 20:17
astralis "era" 4Head
2017-05-06 12:56
#42
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
Astralis looked lost a lot during the match, FaZe were on fire. This was still a close match. If Astralis start winning pistols and have more than 1 person really performing at a time... woah. I think we saw the peak of FaZe today, although they did make a few mistakes (especially on Nuke).
2017-05-06 12:56
#53
rain | 
Other Mendelev 
Not rly I do feel that they still can improve, like something is missing. For example losing situations where they have 2 or 3 man situations and the forcebuys. Definitely not their peak but Astralis surely showed theirs ye
2017-05-06 13:04
#81
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
I more attribute that to Astralis constantly walking into allu (for example), after they knew his location they started bringing the situations back by just outaiming and outpositioning FaZe.
2017-05-06 13:45
please disband vp
2017-05-06 12:57
#96
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Germany leinaD^^ 
lol
2017-05-06 13:52
Hahah no worries m8 it will be summer soon Or the Cloud9 and VP Season
2017-05-06 18:50
dupreeh's underperforming loses Astralis so many matches!
2017-05-06 12:57
#48
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Australia r1se2k 
see you at the finals boys!
2017-05-06 12:58
#49
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
Expected
2017-05-06 13:01
#51
buster | 
China qwe8706 
rip sk
2017-05-06 13:03
allu izzz zeee god/bot
2017-05-06 13:03
FaZe > All atm. Great skills, great mix like a dream team
2017-05-06 13:04
FaZe Up!
2017-05-06 13:05
#57
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Sweden godname 
astralis´s era is over
2017-05-06 13:08
Fucking love FaZe. Them beating those cock boys from astralis makes it 10000x better
2017-05-06 13:14
#74
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Denmark DanishDelight 
cockboys? Jealous swedish fuckboy?
2017-05-06 13:42
Enjoy that semi final loss Loser hahaha. Imagine supporting a trash team like astralis. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES #FAZEUP #RUNFAZE
2017-05-06 13:45
#84
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Denmark DanishDelight 
haha at least we got a team in the semis, when was the last time your shit teams wwas in semis? oh yeah early 2k16 losers
2017-05-06 13:46
Hmmmm EZ KATKA THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
2017-05-06 14:44
#83
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Norway insy 
"DanishDelight" lul
2017-05-06 13:46
#85
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Denmark DanishDelight 
whats up kangaroo?
2017-05-06 13:47
#87
 | 
Norway insy 
"DanishDelight"
2017-05-06 13:48
#91
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Nice you can spell and read, +1 Kangaroo
2017-05-06 13:48
#98
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Germany leinaD^^ 
"DanishDelight"
2017-05-06 13:53
"leinaD" +1 for being so good at spelling
2017-05-06 13:54
#104
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Germany leinaD^^ 
thank you "DanishDelight"
2017-05-06 13:58
Can you spell your own name too? Without help?
2017-05-06 14:02
"DanishDelight"
2017-05-06 18:25
#164
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Sweden TutsiGOD 
"DanishDelight" XDDDDD xD
2017-05-07 02:44
Australia are cockboys get over it Lego
2017-05-06 18:52
the scoreboard looks like it should for Faze: starplayer starplayer support support IGL
2017-05-06 13:17
#99
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Germany leinaD^^ 
everyone of them is a starplayer in my opinion :3
2017-05-06 13:54
Yeah everyone is able to turn a game around... but NiKo and Rain are the "big hitters". Kio is clutch af though
2017-05-06 16:15
#62
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Finland Kashmir69 
FaZe UP
2017-05-06 13:17
FAZE UP it was amazing game to watch
2017-05-06 13:20
#68
Denmark cyb1 
you can't win 'em all
2017-05-06 13:29
#69
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Norway just_sAvage 
FaZe UP Baby!
2017-05-06 13:32
Faze baby
2017-05-06 13:39
I wish you still did the PLayer of the Match section, that was great
2017-05-06 13:39
device <1.0 rating in a big match, surprised? no
2017-05-06 13:43
"Kjaerbye and his team say goodbye to Sydney" - LMAO, did he died according to this photo?
2017-05-06 13:44
#80
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Norway insy 
Wish that was true.
2017-05-06 13:45
#78
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Denmark DanishDelight 
It's funny seeing all the swewdish cocksuckers talking shit about Astralis. So jealous because your own teams sucks donkeyass, and instead of cheering for your neighbours, you're all so mentally retarded that you have to talk shit about them instead.. Typical swedish mentality
2017-05-06 13:44
#79
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Norway insy 
Trashtralis major win was a fluke.
2017-05-06 13:45
#88
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Denmark DanishDelight 
At least they won it, something your shitty teams will never do :)
2017-05-06 13:48
#92
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Norway insy 
"DanishDelight", just hang yourself, salty dancuck. Lmao.
2017-05-06 13:49
#93
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Give a better comeback shitty aboriginie. I'm not salty, just giving back to you stupid little kids that have to talk shit always for no reason
2017-05-06 13:50
#94
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Norway insy 
"DanishDelight" so mad
2017-05-06 13:52
lol not mad at all, but i guess you got nothing else to come back with? typical kid
2017-05-06 13:56
#103
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Norway insy 
I have nothing to comeback to. You're a sad, mad Astralis fangay dweeb. Get a life instead of raging in the forums, nerd.
2017-05-06 13:58
Haha you're the one being pathetic, having to talk trash about one of the two best teams out there, when your own 'best' team, god rekt by them and is the worst one playing in NA, but nice try to talk shit about other teams
2017-05-06 13:59
#112
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Norway insy 
FaZe=SK>Astralis, it's not "one of the two best teams", unfortunately. Now, stop typing or you'll choke like you usually do.
2017-05-06 14:02
Cute, look at the rankings and last 6 tournaments, Astralis in all those finals, so check up on your facts before embarrasing yourself, little special needy boy
2017-05-06 14:04
#120
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Norway insy 
That's like saying that NiP was the best team in the world constantly making into major finals, rofl. Yeah, gl with that. How many did they win, btw?
2017-05-06 14:07
Cause Nip was not the best team by then, and their 87-0 streaks counts for nothing? lol you're more braindead than i thought, you know nothing, are you like 10 years old newboy?
2017-05-06 14:08
#126
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Norway insy 
87-0? xDDD And when talking about making finals consistently, it obviously goes from 2014 to 2015, you fucking retard, but you're obviously too stupid to understand, stop fucking replying to me, lmao, blocked.
2017-05-06 14:09
haha you put me on ignore now, thats cute
2017-05-06 14:10
#150
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Australia Spionier 
you defend astralis everywhere in this thread lol. do they pay you or are you just that butthurt?
2017-05-06 18:39
Dude, just stop embarrassing yourself, ok? :)
2017-05-06 14:11
Gratz to Faze for making it to the finals. Hope Mr. Rain beat those favelas
2017-05-06 14:16
When a fan of the losing team sticks around to pick fights and argue his team is better. Honestly when your team loses you just shut up and fk off because no one cares about your losing team. It's like spurs fans still talking shit after losing to West ham. Your team are known bottlers. They have been forever
2017-05-06 15:27
#108
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Sri Lanka King Ye 
2017-05-06 13:58
#86
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Croatia mds818 
typical nikosports
2017-05-06 13:47
#90
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Norway insy 
NiKo and rain went toe-to-toe. Beautiful.
2017-05-06 13:48
gg
2017-05-06 13:57
faze top1 inc
2017-05-06 13:58
#124
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Denmark BrezzyOG 
if they win the major yes.
2017-05-06 14:09
They can go top if they win enough events and not win the major too
2017-05-06 17:04
#129
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Finland wrathh 
-allu
2017-05-06 14:14
hahahaahahah australis xDDDDD
2017-05-06 14:39
FaZe Top1? wut?
2017-05-06 15:01
Device best awper, astralis best team xDDDDDDDDDD
2017-05-06 16:01
The major is going to be amazing! I really hope Niko can keep up this insane performance
2017-05-06 16:01
karrigan was the problem
2017-05-06 16:40
Astralis era
2017-05-06 17:03
happy for karrigan, idiotstalis get_powned.
2017-05-06 17:15
It was sick, I was there
2017-05-07 02:19
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