starix joins Spirit

Former Natus Vincere player Sergey "starix" Ischuk has announced that he will return to activity on Team Spirit.

Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk had been looking to write a new chapter in his career after stepping down as coach of Na`Vi - the team he had also represented as a player between 2010 and 2015.

The 29-year-old will step into the shoes of Anton "⁠tonyblack⁠" Kolesnikov, who was released at the end of March. He immediately takes over as captain, giving a major boost to the Russian team with all the experience he has gained throughout his career.

starix to play again, now on Spirit

The former Na`Vi player has already joined up with his new teammates in a bootcamp as they prepare for the closed qualifiers for the CIS Minor, in which 16 teams will fight for eight spots in the $50,000 competition.

"I had quite a lot of proposals from different organizations, so the choice was very hard," starix said in a statement.

"I spoke with representatives of Spirit and also with the players, and decided that this is exactly the team and the organisation with which I want to continue my career in esports.

"Despite the long break from the game, I am quickly regaining my form, and soon I will be able to prove it in official matches."

Spirit now have the following roster:

Russia Vadim "⁠DavCost⁠" Vasilyev
Russia Dmitriy "⁠Dima⁠" Bandurka
Russia Dmitry "⁠S0tF1k⁠" Forostyanko
Ukraine Pavel "⁠COLDYY1⁠" Veklenko
Ukraine Sergey "⁠starix⁠" Ischuk 

Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1274
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Pavel 'COLDYY1' Veklenko
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Russia Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Vadim 'DavCost' Vasilyev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1001
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1310
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Australia Australis
Nice
2017-05-10 17:01
22 replies
#27
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Germany AdiZen
Nice to see starix back. But rip Kibaken. Spirit will become good mark my words :)
2017-05-10 17:03
15 replies
-dima +kibaken
2017-05-10 17:04
12 replies
#76
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Brazil MingLee69
lmao u dumb
2017-05-10 17:08
2 replies
#154
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Yugoslavia bruco
yup, its good already tier 2 at least
2017-05-10 17:55
1 reply
#212
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Switzerland zthoui
Spirit is already better than NaVi
2017-05-10 23:00
lol kibaken so bad
2017-05-10 17:14
1 reply
+1 huge bot
2017-05-10 19:28
dima best.
2017-05-10 17:15
4 replies
2017-05-10 17:17
3 replies
but he much better than Kibaken
2017-05-10 17:21
1 reply
#260
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Latvia sayb
5th of February 2016 22:00
2017-05-11 13:57
LOL TOP10 THROW AND TROLL TEAMS SPIRIT IS RIGHT NOW
2017-05-10 22:53
1 reply
it's a good start for him to go higher to the top team.kinda...
2017-05-13 05:08
kibaken was the worst link
2017-05-10 17:53
marked
2017-05-13 10:15
expected
2017-05-10 17:02
2 replies
#51
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Australia Australis
why?
2017-05-10 17:03
#277
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Estonia TehkarN
???
2017-05-13 11:24
Better than Na'Vi
2017-05-10 17:51
#177
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New Zealand PROALTO
kibaken is at another russian team EPL i think
2017-05-10 18:38
1 month max
2017-05-11 09:19
Unexcepted he so old
2017-05-10 17:01
10 replies
Ages around 30 are not so old for cs. Especially for those ex 1.6 players
2017-05-10 17:16
3 replies
Is it
2017-05-10 17:17
2 replies
#151
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United Kingdom Hammondo
There are plenty of players around that age.
2017-05-10 17:52
1 reply
You can't argue against russian kid cyka blyat.
2017-05-10 20:03
There is no age for gamimg my friend! It's life!!!
2017-05-10 22:46
4 replies
For professional gaming is it. I take Astralis as example they young 20-22 and if you near 30 you for professional gaming to old cuz your brain didn't realize and working so much as you younger. The same is in football. I don't have to mean that older players useless, it just mean old players can't hold on the level like youngstars, example Astralis can do it. So Team_Spirit plays on professional level and using a 30 years old player there must be smth wrong. In other games like SC2 is normally that the players 40+ but that another game.
2017-05-10 23:27
3 replies
nice england
2017-05-10 23:55
1 reply
+1
2017-05-11 06:25
Cristiano Ronaldo - 32 Sergio Ramos - 31 Luka Modric - 31 Keylor Navas - 30 Benzema - 29 Buffon - 39 Chielinni - 32 Alves - 34 Bonucci - 30 Barzagli - 36 Marchissio - 31 Khedira - 30 Mandžukic; - 30 Higuain - 29 :)
2017-05-11 13:07
theres no "past your prime" if the desire is there, the only thing that makes a player "washed up" is their change in priorities in life and if they are just tired of the game.
2017-05-13 10:14
#5
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Poland wlodkoVsky
Wtf
2017-05-10 17:02
#6
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Belgium rainb0wHRS
gg ez win gg
2017-05-10 17:02
#7
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Russia jeka401
ez major
2017-05-10 17:02
1 reply
nt
2017-05-11 08:06
Wow
2017-05-10 17:02
Unexpected - good luck in your career!
2017-05-10 17:02
#12
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Finland kAlluYT
ayyyy
2017-05-10 17:02
#13
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France Static2k
Nice
2017-05-10 17:02
Dammit Starix.
2017-05-10 17:02
lol
2017-05-10 17:02
nice
2017-05-10 17:02
wtf
2017-05-10 17:02
#21
moose | 
Sweden bigXD
gg wp
2017-05-10 17:02
expected
2017-05-10 17:02
he playing?
2017-05-10 17:02
#29
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France VeryG2Guy
GL
2017-05-10 17:02
#31
LUq | 
Poland dnbk1ng
unexpected
2017-05-10 17:02
#32
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Europe duke`
woohoo starix hype!
2017-05-10 17:02
#33
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Finland allu b
nice
2017-05-10 17:02
#34
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Portugal ReaverpiT
wow nice :V
2017-05-10 17:02
#35
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Ukraine PeR4uk
gl legenda
2017-05-10 17:02
#36
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United Kingdom Nokzide
?????
2017-05-10 17:02
#37
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Switzerland notatree
damn
2017-05-10 17:02
#38
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Estonia Rebae
oh shit, he back playing boys
2017-05-10 17:02
unexpected, nice
2017-05-10 17:02
Gl starix, hf in the minor
2017-05-10 17:02
Legend
2017-05-10 17:02
#42
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Russia Reph
EZ SPIRIT STICKERS
2017-05-10 17:02
For real... Complete downgrade
2017-05-10 17:02
Nice :) Really glad he's back. Was a beast few years ago.
2017-05-10 17:02
#46
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
It'll truly be awesome to see Starix play again. He was an awesome 1.6 player! :D Congratulations, Starix!
2017-05-10 17:02
12 replies
but a shit csgo player so no it really wont
2017-05-10 17:04
11 replies
#81
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
True... unfortunately his CS:GO form was unlike his 1.6 form and was basically useless in most cases. His only upside being a great support-fragger for the entry and a somewhat decent secondary AWP'er at the time. Other than that, nothing special about Starix compared to his 1.6 form. I'm just excited to see him play again. Should be awesome and he;s obviously been training for this. I can only assume his role will be the same as when he was on Na'Vi at the time: Secondary-AWP'er/Support.
2017-05-10 17:10
3 replies
ok lol whatever dude i didnt ask for a lifestory
2017-05-10 17:20
2 replies
#244
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Australia Raychippy
LUL
2017-05-11 07:43
You need to talk briefly with him mate, he's busy watching out for terrorists trying to rape his family ; /
2017-05-11 10:58
he played well at malmö, stepping in for Guardian.
2017-05-10 17:37
6 replies
wow 2 maps, 1 against clg and 1 against godsent hes sick dude
2017-05-10 18:18
5 replies
I said well not sick mate
2017-05-10 18:20
4 replies
im not your mate
2017-05-10 18:21
3 replies
okey buddy
2017-05-10 18:21
2 replies
#232
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Russia YQKKE Q_Q
He's not your buddy But i can be yours <3
2017-05-11 05:42
1 reply
Thanks for the offer but I'll have to pass, have a good day mister.
2017-05-11 13:07
#47
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Latvia Faaakk
woooow legend is back, good luck starix
2017-05-10 17:02
n1
2017-05-10 17:02
+Ceh9
2017-05-10 17:02
Welcome back!!!!!!
2017-05-10 17:03
#53
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Sweden Div-\
Expected that he'd join another team. Wish him best of luck!
2017-05-10 17:03
#54
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Croatia mds818
dayuuuuuum
2017-05-10 17:03
wtf but ok. gl
2017-05-10 17:04
Gl
2017-05-10 17:04
#57
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United States ViKaLiBuR
Left a dying T1 team to a rising T3 team!
2017-05-10 17:04
4 replies
T3? lul
2017-05-10 17:21
"left" "T1" "rising T3"
2017-05-10 21:49
2 replies
what is wrong with u expected tier3 for tier1 captain
2017-05-11 08:03
1 reply
ez i mean
2017-05-11 08:04
expecteeed
2017-05-10 17:04
Good luck legend
2017-05-10 17:05
Hope he can recover his form quickly so he can join a top CIS team.
2017-05-10 17:05
1 reply
i think its fair to give him a shot in lower level CIS teams, if he can prove himself he will move up eventually.
2017-05-10 17:11
nice, gl to a normal one non-traitor player
2017-05-10 17:05
#64
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Austria shaak!
NOT expected :O
2017-05-10 17:06
#65
ropz | 
Latvia `DinGo
hell yeah
2017-05-10 17:06
lul , gl sereja
2017-05-10 17:06
#67
fnx | 
Brazil HRQ1
Niiice
2017-05-10 17:07
why not -seized +starix????
2017-05-10 17:08
gl
2017-05-10 17:08
noooo, why?
2017-05-10 17:08
#71
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CIS OREL_1337
ez minor
2017-05-10 17:08
#72
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Argentina w33nter
Legend alive!! Alwsys nice to see him playing. GL captain
2017-05-10 17:08
STARIX STICKER HYPE
2017-05-10 17:08
idk i think he lost his touch, not playing at the top level for so long will result in poor performance
2017-05-10 17:08
LUL
2017-05-10 17:08
#77
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Europe GytiZ
Watch out NiP.
2017-05-10 17:08
gl
2017-05-10 17:09
I really hope he will do well.
2017-05-10 17:10
What an upgrade!
2017-05-10 17:10
#83
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Russia VanZ_7
So nice. GO GO SPIRIT
2017-05-10 17:11
GL for him all the respect huge legend !
2017-05-10 17:11
Nice Go Starix
2017-05-10 17:11
tier1 inc(no) LUL
2017-05-10 17:15
Starix will grow new players for Navi :D
2017-05-10 17:15
#92
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Russia white34
wow,gl
2017-05-10 17:16
very good pick. he's still good and you could always see that as he was standing in for navi at times
2017-05-10 17:16
#96
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Germany luciuscram
PogChamp
2017-05-10 17:17
Be interesting to see what kind of effect he has on the team with the experience and knowledge..
2017-05-10 17:18
#99
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Spain Alser
:O
2017-05-10 17:18
n1 gl
2017-05-10 17:19
ez major
2017-05-10 17:20
This is the best news for a past few month. Glad, that he will play again
2017-05-10 17:20
Good luck starix! Prove to all that you are the best!
2017-05-10 17:21
nice wanted to see him in f3 tho
2017-05-10 17:21
Starix Markeloff Zeus Edward S1mple
2017-05-10 17:22
12 replies
-S1mple + AdreN Five 1.6 legends
2017-05-10 17:27
5 replies
lul AdreN never was an 1.6 legend.
2017-05-10 18:22
4 replies
#173
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Japan ckN
he was, the best Kazakh player and one of the best russian speaking player ever
2017-05-10 18:26
2 replies
Ty for the secret info. This doesn't make him 1.6 legend, like not even close.
2017-05-10 20:30
1 reply
#267
ckN | 
Japan ckN
da voobshe pohui na samom dele legenda on ili net:D (nvm)
2017-05-11 17:42
agree he was best from hes region but not legend on grand picture of cs 1.6
2017-05-10 19:28
+999&
2017-05-10 17:30
#148
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Europe GytiZ
Starix kicked zeus from Navi. Now u putting them in the same team?
2017-05-10 17:51
4 replies
#233
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Russia YQKKE Q_Q
???? Wat
2017-05-11 05:45
#237
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Germany grimmtz
Are you retarded or what? Starix wasn't CEO or rven manager of Na'Vi organisation to kick Zeus. He is in hood relations with Zeus even now. He has nothing to do about Zeus' kick from the cs go roster.
2017-05-11 07:36
1 reply
#278
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Europe GytiZ
Starix and Seized wanted to kick Zeus. Edward said no. Cech9 confirmed it. It's not NBA or smth. It's player decision who kick who not. Even Shroud said if cloud9 players wanted to kick him, CEO only could put in on streamers cloud9.
2017-05-13 13:38
nt mr.seized
2017-05-13 11:02
#109
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Netherlands Cheesy
Glad to see him play again.
2017-05-10 17:23
inb4 starix team beats navi lul
2017-05-10 17:24
#111
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India Reaper1
Wish he had joined F3 playersssss
2017-05-10 17:25
Starix might not be the flashiest and the most insane fragger, yet hes still way better than kibaken and his experience alone just gives so much to the team. Look what happened to Gambit!
2017-05-10 17:25
good
2017-05-10 17:25
starix <3
2017-05-10 17:26
Nice.
2017-05-10 17:27
The monsterGOD of cs1.6 return
2017-05-10 17:28
ok nice why not in pro100?
2017-05-10 17:29
ez top1
2017-05-10 17:30
YOOOOO good luck Starix you deserve! We are the champions! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-05-10 17:30
#123
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Argentina damik1ng
Nice! Living legend! Na'Vi (1.6): starix, edward, zeus, ceh9, markeloff (old good times!)
2017-05-10 17:30
gl
2017-05-10 17:32
spirit>navi already
2017-05-10 17:33
dilma + cold = gg
2017-05-10 17:34
gg
2017-05-10 17:35
boy is back guys, rip NaVi
2017-05-10 17:35
starix <33 gl on Spirit!
2017-05-10 17:37
#136
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Brazil cadik
i wish best luck to starix
2017-05-10 17:38
#137
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Ukraine kalitajke
GGGGGGGGGGGGLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
2017-05-10 17:38
Im so f happy, nice to see u starix playing again!
2017-05-10 17:39
#139
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Ukraine WhiteREP
gl
2017-05-10 17:40
gl starix
2017-05-10 17:41
n1
2017-05-10 17:42
wasted
2017-05-10 17:44
ez for the don.
2017-05-10 17:45
nice
2017-05-10 17:47
#145
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CIS Laggy
very nice
2017-05-10 17:48
#146
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France t3r4byt3
-seized/Edward +starix Na'Vi top 1 gl in Spirit tho
2017-05-10 17:49
should have been optic's 5th and igl
2017-05-10 17:49
Gl. Zeus and starix navi was my favorite team for a long time.
2017-05-10 17:52
This team needs way more firepower.
2017-05-10 17:53
starix playing again <3 plz +zeus +markeloff
2017-05-10 17:57
FUCKING LEGEND
2017-05-10 18:06
spirit vs na'vi soon
2017-05-10 18:07
#159
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Poland papaski
omfg yass
2017-05-10 18:11
#162
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Portugal dracø
Gl starix
2017-05-10 18:16
I think this can actually work out
2017-05-10 18:18
#167
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Belarus NikTAR-
Starix to the major ;)
2017-05-10 18:21
I hope it will work out, glhf
2017-05-10 18:22
Spirit > NaVi I WANT TO SEE THAT HAHHAA
2017-05-10 18:25
Realy?!
2017-05-10 18:28
Starix legend, cs 1.6 <3
2017-05-10 18:35
omg
2017-05-10 18:35
#178
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New Zealand PROALTO
very interesting ... Spirit becomes top5 CIS right away
2017-05-10 18:40
3 replies
They were top5 cis already lol
2017-05-10 23:56
2 replies
#261
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New Zealand PROALTO
I disagree but I tend to understand your point of view since I´m talking results-wise and you are considering team-wise
2017-05-11 14:07
1 reply
1.Gambit 2.Na`Vi 3.Vega 4.Spirit 5.F3 i dont consider HR as a cis team
2017-05-11 16:43
finally kibakken got replaced PogChamp
2017-05-10 18:40
gl bro
2017-05-10 18:50
Unexpected... Anyway, gl starix!
2017-05-10 19:12
hahahah Spirit tier 3
2017-05-10 19:12
Gambit 2.0
2017-05-10 19:22
left options for optic +cadian +adren
2017-05-10 19:29
1 reply
CadiaN is on Epsilon sadly
2017-05-11 05:46
#190
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Russia Sur10n
nice!!!
2017-05-10 19:30
starix is bad
2017-05-10 19:31
2 replies
#242
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Germany grimmtz
NA CS is bad and starix is the Legend and Veteran of cybersport. Newfags...
2017-05-11 07:40
1 reply
and he's bad
2017-05-11 17:36
nice move, gl!
2017-05-10 19:33
happy for starix! good luck in new team!
2017-05-10 19:33
He can be a very good igl but he needs to improve he's aim...
2017-05-10 20:26
#199
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Russia EMP1RE
boost for Spirit, they just easy will take CIS minor. GL
2017-05-10 20:36
LOOL, GL
2017-05-10 20:38
Yess, ez STARIXez
2017-05-10 21:13
#202
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Slovakia EvErisT
gl starix
2017-05-10 21:26
+markeloff pls
2017-05-10 21:27
gl
2017-05-10 21:28
gl legend
2017-05-10 21:34
#207
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Russia numanox
wow! so glad for him!
2017-05-10 22:29
How much time will Team Spirit need, bypass Na'Vi in the rating of Hltv? xD
2017-05-10 22:39
GL HF!
2017-05-10 23:01
lets fucking go BABY LETS FUCKING GO STARIX!
2017-05-10 23:52
n1 I want to see them at PGL major
2017-05-10 23:56
true legend! GL
2017-05-10 23:58
Starix mastermind + Coldyy1 explosive raw skill = Spirit win
2017-05-11 00:05
1 reply
#240
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Germany grimmtz
+1
2017-05-11 07:39
Rock bottom, here it is
2017-05-11 00:18
welcome back =)
2017-05-11 00:37
Disappointing, Could have joined a better NA team that lacked a leader and actually made them a threat to the EU scene
2017-05-11 03:07
3 replies
#239
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Germany grimmtz
Would be interesting also.
2017-05-11 07:38
2 replies
Cloud9 Optic and Renegades are all teams that could be great if they had a good IGL :(
2017-05-11 07:40
1 reply
#243
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Germany grimmtz
Totally agree with you.
2017-05-11 07:41
GL
2017-05-11 03:13
starix was a god awp when he filled in for guardian back in 2015
2017-05-11 03:14
Bye bye navi. Spirit > navi
2017-05-11 04:16
1 reply
DIMA new simple but not toxic
2017-05-11 18:21
just retire
2017-05-11 04:37
#230
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Germany grimmtz
Godrix
2017-05-11 04:38
#253
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Russia timurt
gl legenda
2017-05-11 11:17
#254
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CIS sergioff
yes! <3 starix
2017-05-11 11:30
the LEGEND is back to the business!
2017-05-11 12:04
Welcome back legend!
2017-05-11 14:10
-davcost +ceh9
2017-05-11 14:45
1 reply
nahuj ceh9bot =)
2017-05-11 18:20
yEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHH!!!!!
2017-05-11 18:16
haters always hate! nice to see starix back in action. Hopefully you get to play as you like!
2017-05-12 08:42
#279
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Russia RomJkeH
+Zeus +ceh9 +markeloff
2017-05-14 10:54
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