jR: "Reaching the Major feels like a dream"

MIRAA
July 14th, 2017 18:50

We sat down with Dmitriy "jR" Chervak ahead of the Major and discussed with him Vega Squadron's preparation for the upcoming Valve-sponsored event.

Vega Squadron are set to make their first-ever appearance at a Major after coming through the Main Qualifier, where they beat OpTic, TyLoo and dignitas

None of the players on the Russian team have ever competed at a Major, but they have shown in the past that they can never be taken lightly. Their 16-2 thrashing of NiP at the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier is still remembered by many, with that result marking the downfall of the Swedish giants, who have taken several months to bounce back.

jR says Vega Squadron were ready to face any team at the Major Qualifier

Read on as Dmitriy "jR" Chervak talks about the feeling of finally qualifying for a Major, the team's preparation for the event and the recent criticism of CIS Counter-Strike.

In a recent video Q&A, chopper said you only would qualify for a Major “when pigs fly”. And yet here you are. How does it feel to be at the biggest event in the world?

Yes, it seems that pigs can fly. I really cannot believe that we have qualified for the most important tournament there is. It feels like I am dreaming and about to wake up.  

You had come close to qualifying for the ELEAGUE Major, and this time you did it. What do you think that the team did better this time around? Between Atlanta and Bucharest, how much did the team improve?

This time we came into the qualifier with more experience and not as nervous. Everyone had grown individually and, of course, we had also improved as a team. Looking at what we had done wrong and fixed all the mistakes were key.

Of the five teams you faced at the qualifier, only one managed to qualify for the Major. Do you think that luck was on your side when it came to the Swiss draw?

I think so. Luck was on our side - finally -, but I also think we were ready to face any team that was in the qualifier. The victory against NiP gave us a lot of confidence and made us realize that we can beat anyone if we are well prepared and mentally ready for it. 

How is your preparation for the Major going? Are you bootcamping or just practicing online? What kind of aspects are you focusing on?

Apart from me, everyone went to our bootcamp place right after the qualifier. I had to solve some problems, so I was playing at home. During the bootcamp, we gave our best to improve our team play, fix and add some new strategies, and, of course, focus on our individual game. 

Your first match will pit you against Virtus.pro, a team you have never faced before in official matches. What are your thoughts on the Polish team?

I admire them as they have not made any changes to their lineup despite the fact that they are having a tough time. I still believe they won't jump into a reshuffle even if they do not get the results they would be happy with. Together, they can overcome this rough patch and strike back, for sure. 

What are your expectations heading into the Major?

To be honest, I do not know what to expect from this tournament. It will be a whole new experience, for myself and for my teammates. 

Mir was praised by jR

As we approached the Major qualifier, many people criticised the level of CS played in the CIS, but there will be four teams from this region at the Major. What do you have to say to those critics?

I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor being a waste of slots for the Major qualifier. I hope we proved that the level of Counter-Strike in our region is growing. The growth may be slow, but we are still giving our best to improve and have decent results. That is why we will have four CIS teams at the Major this time. 

A lot has been said about your players not being invited to FPL. Has that situation changed already? Have you been invited now?

They want to invite us but there not enough slots yet, so they have to remove someone before adding new people, I believe. Or perhaps they just do not want to listen to mad Russians screams "rush b c*ka bly*t" all over Teamspeak.

Your success has not gone unnoticed, and a player like Mir, widely described as one of the biggest young talents in Eastern Europe, could soon find himself courted by bigger teams. Do you think Vega Squadron will be able to resist the potential interest from other organisations?

There is no doubt that Mir is a big talent. I am pretty sure that there are teams out there who would want to have him on their lineup, but I am sure that will only happen if Mir wants that himself.

Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
260
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
#1
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Other anarh1st47 
gl
2017-07-14 18:51
hf
2017-07-14 19:22
u2
2017-07-14 19:28
#93
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Andorra RuleFive 
rush b c*ka bly*t
2017-07-14 21:03
#51
fer | 
New Zealand PROALTO 
very reasonable fella! I hope they do OK!! May the best teams move forward!!!
2017-07-14 19:32
"I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts " Thorin roasted
2017-07-14 22:59
I agree
2017-07-14 18:51
#3
s1mple | 
United States Bdon 
ok
2017-07-14 18:51
n1
2017-07-14 18:51
nice
2017-07-14 18:51
#6
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Sweden AstralisEzRa 
nip died for this
2017-07-14 18:51
ez 0-3 rusky
2017-07-14 18:51
#22
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China @_____@ 
How? They are against virtus.grandpas first match. EZ
2017-07-14 18:58
forgot about that
2017-07-14 18:58
Vp 0-3 Vega 1-3 Ez pz
2017-07-14 19:34
#8
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Germany TheFerox_ 
they will get 0-3'd anyways LOL
2017-07-14 18:51
>playing against VP in first match >getting 0-3'd ??????????????
2017-07-14 19:00
#29
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Germany TheFerox_ 
they get disqualified
2017-07-14 19:01
#30
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Germany TheFerox_ 
problem solved
2017-07-14 19:01
#62
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Czech Republic kick_Nik0_ffs 
for what ?
2017-07-14 19:44
#80
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Germany TheFerox_ 
when they get disqualified?? h 3 1 1 0
2017-07-14 20:06
#83
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Czech Republic kick_Nik0_ffs 
if u lose its not disqualified
2017-07-14 20:19
#116
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Germany TheFerox_ 
facepalm. they can get disqualified when they do shit i mean they get disqualified BEFORE they play so they lose 0-3 (cuz disqualified)
2017-07-14 23:10
ahahahah fat b talking
2017-07-14 21:39
#117
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Germany TheFerox_ 
ahaha "MsAmerika" from an unknown shit country talks?
2017-07-14 23:10
lul if u dont know where is this country u're so dumb af
2017-07-15 10:59
#122
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Germany TheFerox_ 
i know the country but ur so small so no one cares
2017-07-15 12:10
#123
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Germany TheFerox_ 
and atleast we have a pro team cunt
2017-07-15 12:11
your country is big and only one pro team xd
2017-07-15 12:14
#125
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Germany TheFerox_ 
our country is 5 times bigger than ur's and we have 2 pro teams (penta and big) and SK is based in Germany and penta is an ex-german team and based i ngermany
2017-07-15 12:15
And?Its only organizations,where is pro players?Only tabsen and nex xd
2017-07-15 12:16
#127
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Germany TheFerox_ 
and gob b and krystal and keev ant more
2017-07-15 12:17
#128
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Germany TheFerox_ 
u have pro teams? no
2017-07-15 12:17
we have one good player it's Flarich,what u want our country is small.gob b-good Igl but bad player,keev-best german sniper but ofc bad,krystal-good igl.bad player
2017-07-15 12:20
#130
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Germany TheFerox_ 
Flarich who? xD Latvian pro CS XD?
2017-07-15 12:25
lul pro100,81 million people and only one full German team,German cs xde
2017-07-15 12:27
#132
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Germany TheFerox_ 
at least German CS plays in the major :))
2017-07-15 12:28
xde 81 million,Dennmark-5 million and 2 pro teams on major
2017-07-15 12:30
#134
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Germany TheFerox_ 
u r just sad cuz u live in a poor small country no one cares about and with no pro players so stop crying pussy
2017-07-15 12:31
mad cuz German cs is bad?
2017-07-15 12:32
#138
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Germany TheFerox_ 
no we are playing at the major kid
2017-07-15 12:32
xdeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
2017-07-15 12:32
#142
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Germany TheFerox_ 
do u? NO U DONT :)
2017-07-15 12:32
xde i know that my country is poor but German is rich and still cant play cs xxd
2017-07-15 12:34
#145
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Germany TheFerox_ 
we have many semi professional pro teams but u cant know noob
2017-07-15 12:34
#146
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Germany TheFerox_ 
nd german cs is in the major kid so shut up if we couldnt play in the major we wouldnt defeat teams like envyus penta liquid and some other NA shit
2017-07-15 12:35
xd ez 0-3 gl Big fangey
2017-07-15 12:36
#149
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Germany TheFerox_ 
we wont get 0-3'd noob u dont even have pro cs players u noob lol
2017-07-15 12:36
lul wats ur faceit lvl?
2017-07-15 12:37
#165
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Germany TheFerox_ 
BIG LOSES 0-3 :(((
2017-07-16 18:34
#135
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Germany TheFerox_ 
fake austria flagger btw
2017-07-15 12:31
xde u so stupid
2017-07-15 12:32
#139
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Germany TheFerox_ 
f a k e a u s t r i a
2017-07-15 12:32
cry is free
2017-07-15 12:32
#143
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Germany TheFerox_ 
your country is a slavery
2017-07-15 12:32
#148
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Germany TheFerox_ 
i dont want to talk in these small boxes pussy come here "MsAmerika" do u wanna be American son?
2017-07-15 12:36
#151
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Germany TheFerox_ 
stop talking fake austria
2017-07-15 12:37
#152
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Germany TheFerox_ 
i dont play faceit xd
2017-07-15 12:37
#153
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Germany TheFerox_ 
i dont want to answer u anymore fake austria so stop crying Ms/Mr Amerika
2017-07-15 12:38
#164
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Germany TheFerox_ 
and MsAmerika what did u say about 0-3? awww fake austria sad
2017-07-16 18:29
#97
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Sweden ezwuo364 
>playing against Vega in first match >losing ??????????
2017-07-14 21:45
#154
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World TheCarrotCR 
>nip fan said :>
2017-07-15 12:47
#155
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Sweden ezwuo364 
I meant at the major
2017-07-15 13:44
#161
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World TheCarrotCR 
Match versus ninjas was much more important for NiP than current one for VP, its not 1-2, its 0-0. I guess, but not for sure, that to lose first match is could even being better, cuz of easier opponents in next matches. But VP playing at home, mb it's the only team who dont need extra time to adapt or smth, especially way this riskey. I'm not saying it like VP obviously lose or Vega obviously should get playoffs, I just think people really underrate Vega's success and skill.
2017-07-15 22:02
#162
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Germany TheFerox_ 
see, they get 0-3'd
2017-07-16 15:19
didnt expect them to be so stupid
2017-07-16 15:19
they will get more from stickers than from salary...
2017-07-14 19:00
#28
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Germany TheFerox_ 
true
2017-07-14 19:00
#121
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Norway anMu 
True since 50% of cs community putting them as 0:3 team lol. Ez $$$ for ruski.
2017-07-15 11:36
Upset is real my boy
2017-07-14 19:18
Oh wowww
2017-07-14 18:51
0-3 inc [*]
2017-07-14 18:51
#11
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Sweden moxxy 
Will be quite a reality when you're out 0-3 :)
2017-07-14 18:51
U still mad cuz of 16-2?
2017-07-14 19:09
#12
f0rest | 
Germany Laser_ 
Vega Squadron Top 1 confirmed
2017-07-14 18:51
ginger analysts iks dee
2017-07-14 18:55
#14
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Russia AlexDude 
I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor lel
2017-07-14 18:54
#24
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United Kingdom Joshimitsu91 
rekt
2017-07-14 18:59
#32
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Estonia swag420weed 
-CIS minor
2017-07-14 19:03
#35
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Germany Merkelistan 
Made me laugh loud
2017-07-14 19:06
nice job jasonR
2017-07-14 18:55
#16
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Europe calypsoTHE 
"rush b c*ka bly*t"
2017-07-14 18:56
#17
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Israel 50BMG 
Gl in major
2017-07-14 18:56
#18
HObbit | 
Spain Alser 
"I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor being a waste of slots for the Major qualifier" haha
2017-07-14 18:56
#19
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Netherlands RichRamp 
I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor being a waste of slots for the Major qualifier. GODjR
2017-07-14 18:57
Xd
2017-07-14 18:57
#25
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North America northamerican 
"I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor being a waste of slots for the Major qualifier. " Bitch acting like he wasn't lucky as hell. GJ qualifying but don't act arrogant when you got ultra lucky and will go 0-3.
2017-07-14 18:59
#56
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Russia Sur1on 
OpieOP CIS is so ba... OpieOP wait let me take a breath OpieOP CIS is s... OpieOP i need to take another one OpieOP fk give me another burger OpieOP
2017-07-14 19:41
#66
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North America northamerican 
I know that you have to be a fan of russian teams or else putin will have you killed but you could be less obnoxious and delusional about it.
2017-07-14 19:45
#69
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Russia Sur1on 
dude,i'm c9,nip,sk,fnatic fan as well,but cmon,brah,Vega played pretty good during quals,and i dont think what they will go 0-3
2017-07-14 19:48
#72
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North America northamerican 
Vega's qualification is probably the luckiest qualifier run of all time. They did not need to beat anyone good at all. They could very well win a match, the scene is very close right now, but they are easily the most likely to go 0-3.
2017-07-14 19:50
#73
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Russia Sur1on 
will see
2017-07-14 19:51
#74
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
Splyce??
2017-07-14 19:55
#78
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North America northamerican 
Hmm if you include the fact that they shouldn't have been there in the first place but got there from visa issues, splyce's run is easily the luckiest, but in terms of the actual qualifier CLG and Vexed at the time of MLG 2016 were probably better than Optic, Tyloo, and dignitas were at this last major qualifier.
2017-07-14 19:58
#82
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
You gotta be joking man. CLG was barely on the level of today's dignitas, imo. And Vexed? They were just bad, that team was definitely a lot worse than today's Vega
2017-07-14 20:18
#85
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North America northamerican 
Your memory is shit bro. CLG was consistently good, they made playoffs at MLG. Vexed had made the last two majors.
2017-07-14 20:21
#159
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
So? You know that back in GSL groups days making the playoffs was a thing of luck. i.e. FaZe, G2, SK, FNC group..
2017-07-15 19:56
4 CIS teams at the major and 1 NA team. I think it means CIS Minor is not bigger waste than NA Minor.
2017-07-14 22:11
But how many teams in the major came through the minors? Two teams in major came through americas minor, 1 team came through CIS minor, and the cis minor team had to play dignitas, optic, and tyloo lmao
2017-07-14 22:17
Do we measure region power by Minor teams now?
2017-07-14 22:18
We should compare the minors by the minor teams...
2017-07-14 22:19
Minors are made for each region growth. Teams that came from Minor get to play at international t2 level. Look at Vega. Last time they played Qualifier it gave them necessary experience for this time.
2017-07-14 22:22
Vega is the only team that went through the CIS minor that you can describe as having "grown" by playing in it tho.
2017-07-14 22:24
Gambit played Minor and grown. Or what do you mean by growth?
2017-07-14 22:28
Gambit was already good either way.
2017-07-14 22:28
Ehm... Gambit won Minor, got 9-12th at MLG and next time got Legends at Cologne and Atlanta.
2017-07-14 22:29
They weren't playing at the minor at the time they grew from MLG to cologne...
2017-07-14 22:30
Of course not. You don't need to play in Minor if you qualify to Major. Because now there are 4 CIS teams at the Major there will come weaker teams from Minor next time that won't probably qualify but this will help them improve.
2017-07-14 22:33
#33
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Ukraine ravenous150 
gl at the major
2017-07-14 19:04
#34
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Estonia iceicemaybe 
good luck guys
2017-07-14 19:05
Ginger refering to thorin lmao And cyka blyat on teamspeak lmao
2017-07-14 19:07
#37
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Russia Collapse777 
So happy for them! Finaly CIS got a team to be proud of. Young motivated players is what we were lacking of. And belive me they will not go 0-3. Not legendary but not 0-3
2017-07-14 19:07
#47
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
>tier3 team >proud of
2017-07-14 19:20
why not?
2017-07-14 19:39
#65
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
Already got t1 Na`Vi + t2 Gambit. Vega is not impressive. The fact they made it to major makes them decent, but they will probably fail and get back to their tier3 shape.
2017-07-14 19:45
did navi impress you a lot since s1mple joined or maybe gambit? some sort of stagnation in these teams which i am still proud of aswell as f3. so your point isnt even point at all.
2017-07-14 19:55
#77
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
well they are in a bad shape, but still tier1 and still are able to beat tier1 teams, they have been in top10 of the world for a year, and most of this time in top5.
2017-07-14 19:58
#59
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Russia Sur1on 
>Major participant >tier3 team
2017-07-14 19:43
#68
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
Huh and what tier1 teams have they defeated in bo3 in a last year? What tier1-2 tournaments have they attented and what prizes gotten?
2017-07-14 19:46
#76
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
mad cuz NaVi bad?
2017-07-14 19:56
#79
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
can you stick to the subject? I will answer on my own question: vega have not beaten up any tier1 team since 2015. They have not even beaten up any tier2 team since then. And last few months the only decent t3 teams they have met is F3 and Penta, both matches lost. Get rekt kido.
2017-07-14 20:01
#81
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
"beaten up" nice london
2017-07-14 20:17
#87
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
Whats your problem?
2017-07-14 20:26
#158
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
that you don't know what does "beat up" mean
2017-07-15 19:55
#160
s1mple | 
Ukraine Lev1 
i know, but i agree that use of "beat up" was inappropriate in this case.
2017-07-15 20:02
#95
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Ukraine vrbcs 
coz they had no opportunity.Game against ex-dignitas was lucky at some point;dthey are good enough to upset anyone rn
2017-07-14 21:42
who you think they will beat?
2017-07-14 19:45
#38
fer | 
Brazil cadik 
CIS Region is BACK PogChamp
2017-07-14 19:08
#40
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
LET'S GO
2017-07-14 19:08
#41
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
make thorin proud
2017-07-14 19:09
#45
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Latvia DanShu 
Or perhaps they just do not want to listen to mad Russians screams "rush b c*ka bly*t" all over Teamspeak. My favorite <3
2017-07-14 19:19
0-3 inc
2017-07-14 19:20
#52
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Lithuania alon9 
"I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor being a waste of slots for the Major qualifier." =D
2017-07-14 19:32
vega power
2017-07-14 19:40
#57
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Bulgaria milusheffCS 
vega new major champions !
2017-07-14 19:42
Understandable. Ez sticker money. Too bad you'll go out 0-3
2017-07-14 19:42
nip fancuck vega will win at least 1 game for sure
2017-07-14 19:43
in your wet putin dreams you ballgurgling yellow-toothed cockmuncher
2017-07-14 19:49
#63
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Synthyy 
Good luck!
2017-07-14 19:44
#64
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Ukraine  Pasha 
Davaj jR za ukrainu
2017-07-14 19:44
Good Luck cisBrothers!
2017-07-14 19:49
#84
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Hong Kong myRxD 
Or perhaps they just do not want to listen to mad Russians screams "rush b c*ka bly*t" all over Teamspeak. :DDD
2017-07-14 20:19
Need some oredictions from thorin... :'D
2017-07-14 20:26
"I would like to give a shoutout to all the ginger analysts who keep talking about the CIS Minor being a waste of slots for the Major qualifier." LMAOOOO Shots fired, tweet war incoming?
2017-07-14 20:37
#91
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United States st4rsh0t 
+1 Thorin wrecked, absolute savagery
2017-07-14 20:50
he is right tho, vega is just a +1 win for any other team that will play them, it's like champions league and the teams that go by 4th place ROFL.
2017-07-14 21:44
#98
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CIS r4jkkYNWA 
like ludogorets ? :>
2017-07-14 21:56
ye
2017-07-14 22:43
Ludogorets fucked by zalgiris xDdd
2017-07-15 14:32
who the fuck cares about those teams. lol
2017-07-15 15:04
#89
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Russia elk0ng 
GL B O Y S
2017-07-14 20:43
Shots fired Thorin got hs'd and not coming to polando sorry
2017-07-14 20:45
#92
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Kazakhstan Bombardian 
Rush b c*Ka bly*t
2017-07-14 20:56
#99
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Kyrgyzstan mvs 
gj Vega. Go go!
2017-07-14 21:58
jR to president!
2017-07-14 22:11
#112
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
GL a fun team to watch!
2017-07-14 22:37
jR GOD.
2017-07-14 22:41
#118
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Canada officeglobal 
a miracle that Vega Squadron is in the major but not NiP
2017-07-15 01:51
Thorin rekt so hard
2017-07-15 07:17
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