swag: "We have good offers"

We caught up with Braxton "swag" Pierce and Shawn "witmer" Taylor after their team topped Group G at Fragadelphia 11.

The ownage mix, composed primarily of players with Pro experience, made short work of both GamesRCheap and Heaven's Devils, dropping only six rounds across two maps.

Ahead of the playoffs, we sat down with both Braxton "swag" Pierce and Shawn "witmer" Taylor to discuss the former's recent unban by ESL, his future, and ownage's chances at Fragadelphia 11.

swag, it was just earlier this week that you and other players were unbanned by ESL, what does that mean to you?

Braxton "swag" Pierce: This is obviously a more fun event, just to have fun and get back into it, but of course I want to win.

witmer, you qualified for Pro League with Enigma6 (now Rogue), but won’t be playing with them in the upcoming season — how frustrating is that?

Shawn "witmer" Taylor: How many times do I have to qualify for this league before I actually get to play in it? (laughs) But it happens, I wasn’t the best teammate last season, I had a lot of stuff going on at home. They made their decision and I wish them the best of luck, I think wrath is going to do real well next season.

You were pretty critical of Enigma6 as an organization, anything further you want to say?

Shawn "witmer" Taylor: That was a massive miscommunication between me, the team, and E6. I actually ended up talking to them again and we hashed out a lot of details around the situation, so no bad blood towards them.

swag talks about his recent unban by ESL

swag, it’s known that ESL brought some players together to discuss whether to unban you, were you (the banned players) part of that process?

Braxton "swag" Pierce: I wasn’t involved in any discussions, from what I’ve heard they talked to the players, and pretty much all the players agreed we should be unbanned. They didn’t talk to us directly or anything, we just heard from the announcement.

You guys have pretty much confirmed that yourself, DaZeD and AZK are going to make a new team together, how far along is that process?

Braxton "swag" Pierce: Us three are confirmed, we’re looking for two other players and have a couple of options. We’re also talking to organizations, we have good offers, so everything is looking good.

You were contracted to Cloud9 for a long time throughout your ban, any thoughts on the organization?

Braxton "swag" Pierce: I have nothing but good things to say about Cloud9, they treated me well.

How do you like your chances at the event?

Shawn "witmer" Taylor: There’s some pretty good teams here, but we have a good mix. Kaboose is playing real well, swag is super motivated and I like to think I’m a LAN player (laughs). I think we have a good chance of taking it, actually.

United States Shawn 'witmer' Taylor
Shawn 'witmer' Taylor
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
319
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.12
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
525
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
first mom get the camera i finally made it!!!!!
2017-07-29 14:03
k
2017-07-29 14:01
#26
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United Kingdom Tendies 
okay sure why not
2017-07-29 14:09
I hope they wil have no success. There is lizerally no team that does not deserve success like this team. Hopefully they will always be banned in other leagues
2017-07-29 14:14
#33
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United Kingdom Tendies 
i mean i think team endpoint deserve the major but life isnt fair
2017-07-29 14:15
What is team endpoint
2017-07-29 14:19
#40
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United Kingdom Tendies 
uk team they have 'Pickles' who Penta tried to buyout but endpoint is shady org so they couldn't
2017-07-29 14:20
Hmm. Luckely for penta that they didn't got him. I think the roster they have rn is pretty decent
2017-07-29 15:08
Everyone deserves second chance but not the third, they deserve 1 more chance, If they make the same mistake again then ban them forever but don't let good talent wasted just because they throw 1 game. Swag could be next NA superstar. Dazed is doing great as analyst.
2017-07-29 23:57
#94
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Europe funkydora 
Why though?
2017-07-29 16:02
#104
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Croatia DNM_ii 
Hate much?
2017-07-29 16:18
Give them a chance, my friend. EZ katka
2017-07-29 19:36
GL Daddy "Big Iron" Dazed
2017-07-29 14:01
#25
draken | 
Denmark fQu 
nice more0n, im proud of you :)
2017-07-29 14:06
Get a life nerd
2017-07-29 14:11
at least i dont upload minecraft videos on youtube called "the gshow"
2017-07-29 14:14
Fight me
2017-07-29 14:56
#132
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United States Artifactz 
Lol
2017-07-29 20:11
#134
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Finland Smoonah 
LOL rip
2017-07-29 21:03
HELGA, GIBT EINE KAMERA ! ICH BIN ERSTE HLTV
2017-07-29 14:52
I will never give up until I be the first in a motherfuck* thread
2017-07-29 15:40
#150
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United States Jimmbob 
You can have my cousin for being first
2017-07-30 01:10
O.o
2017-07-30 08:56
#155
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
The power of aspergers is one without limits + nazi speed internes
2017-07-30 07:54
busdriverme555 <3
2017-07-30 08:55
#161
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
2017-07-30 08:56
how did that pic get on wikipedia? :thonking:
2017-07-30 08:58
#164
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
You might be hateable, likeable, but definitely not ignoreable.
2017-07-30 08:59
ok
2017-07-30 09:02
#174
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Portugal legobrainiac 
XD
2017-07-30 14:24
swag should be in jail!
2017-07-29 14:01
#32
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Europe B37A 
lulz
2017-07-29 14:15
#60
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Estonia E$t0 
Your family tho
2017-07-29 14:53
#106
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Brax is back boys
2017-07-29 16:32
+1
2017-07-29 16:52
#136
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Finland Smoonah 
true. and have to pay back all the $$ he stole + court fees + felony charges + 25 years in prison
2017-07-29 21:04
What the 500$ in skins he got lmao
2017-07-30 00:32
#151
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United States Droidd 
how much?
2017-07-30 02:11
#177
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Finland Smoonah 
I don't gamble - nor would I bet on NA matches LOL. So $0.
2017-08-01 23:45
#178
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United States Droidd 
flag checks out.
2017-08-02 05:38
swag criminal
2017-07-29 14:01
i hope we have good odds on your future matches )
2017-07-29 14:01
haHAA good one dude! haHAA
2017-07-29 14:33
#154
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Europe KappaKaako 
HAhaa kabose and sweg fenboi
2017-07-30 06:15
XD
2017-07-29 14:01
#22
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Latvia Flinchester 
Sveiks braal
2017-07-29 14:06
#6
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Korea mg8968 
n1
2017-07-29 14:01
B1
2017-07-29 14:01
#10
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Denmark j1GGYYYYY 
PogChamp
2017-07-29 14:01
#11
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United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
ok get moe and you will win all
2017-07-29 14:01
#12
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Singapore Guard_CSGO 
n1
2017-07-29 14:01
*acts surprised*
2017-07-29 14:02
#14
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
bullshit mb someone wants to pick him and bench but with current rules no one will pick him
2017-07-29 14:02
#68
World MA1T 
There's probably a squad with no name players or no team at all that wants to at least form a team regardless of their current major ban. Maybe like an Echo Fox or TSM.
2017-07-29 15:10
#75
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Sweden 133665 
From what I've seen from the leaks coming out echo fox and tsm are not interested in CS anymore. Seems more than likely tempo storm will pick up swag's team
2017-07-29 15:21
#83
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United States Tater_Hater 
[Back on my regular account because the Android App screwed me...] I've heard that Tempo Storm wasnt a good org for the players. Regardless of where they go it will be great to see them in action again. Exciting times ahead!
2017-07-29 15:50
#140
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Sweden 133665 
Yeah supposedly dazed has been getting steam messages from the owner of tempo storm forget where I saw it think it was a Reddit post or something. I'm really excited to see dazed and swag play again! Hey who knows maybe C9 would even pick them up if there current roster really is leaving for another org lmao
2017-07-29 22:29
haha it's confirmed xD don't be an idiot and assume
2017-07-29 16:09
#100
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
who da fak are u or wtf u want
2017-07-29 16:10
I am your burger friendo armenia together we can colonize the kebabs
2017-07-29 16:11
#102
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
I was don't know this details.
2017-07-29 16:11
#121
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Armenia cGev 
We need not your help to rek kebabs
2017-07-29 18:05
If you say so. I guess we will remove all our bases in Turkey and take over another country.
2017-07-29 18:37
#15
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
Swag coming back , bitchez
2017-07-29 14:02
1+
2017-07-29 14:02
of course they have, they are fucking csgo celebrities lul.
2017-07-29 14:03
#18
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Spain Alser 
I find it funny how 2 questions just start with "swag, " such a dumb nickname lol
2017-07-29 14:03
he got swag so why not
2017-07-29 15:50
nice1
2017-07-29 14:03
yeah
2017-07-30 00:49
Swag is gna kill it.
2017-07-29 14:04
RUNBRAX
2017-07-29 14:06
#23
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Belarus ripnickname 
#RUNBRAX #GOSWAG
2017-07-29 14:06
#24
s1mple | 
Portugal Fasper 
swag - t1 haters - t100
2017-07-29 14:06
#28
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Australia xdxdxdxdCX 
good read!
2017-07-29 14:13
#29
NiKo | 
Brazil wnttl 
-TACO +SWAG
2017-07-29 14:14
if only SK didn't win majors ez xD
2017-07-29 14:15
felps cant speak english xD
2017-07-29 15:51
swag, it was just earlier this week that you and other players were unbanned by ESL, what does that mean to you? Braxton "swag" Pierce: This is obviously more fun event just to have fun and get back into it, but of course I want to win.
2017-07-29 14:15
#73
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Germany Exking 
Complete random answer
2017-07-29 15:17
I think the question was asked a little bit more confusing so swag missunderstood it but here on hltv they changed it a bit
2017-07-29 15:52
#96
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Netherlands Yak_41M 
hahaha caught that too, nice dodge :D
2017-07-29 16:06
#36
Nifty | 
Russia w1fty 
BRAAAAX
2017-07-29 14:16
gl winning a major
2017-07-29 14:18
unbanned by esl not valve !!
2017-07-29 14:41
no shit cant spot sarcasm?
2017-07-29 14:43
#113
Australia jar 
Noob
2017-07-29 16:55
#39
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Denmark beastd 
BRAX BRAX BRAX
2017-07-29 14:20
Disgrace
2017-07-29 14:20
#42
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
LEL NICE
2017-07-29 14:21
#43
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
What is the players in Swags team?
2017-07-29 14:22
Read the interview and you know it
2017-07-29 15:52
#91
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
i mean for frag not with dazed.
2017-07-29 15:56
Go to latest results and go on any ownage match and you know it
2017-07-29 15:57
Gut
2017-07-29 14:27
#BANBRAX
2017-07-29 14:30
Make new team and try like imortals
2017-07-29 14:30
#48
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
maybe if the former IBP players reach Pro League or maybe finals as well Valve has no other chance than unbanning them for Majors as well ... and then also Dreamhack, ... will follow as well and everythings getting fine again ... and still Dota Players got a 1 year ban for Matchfixing and their allowed to play again so don't say shit like they should be banned forever ...
2017-07-29 14:37
#166
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Finland gouca 
Lol, they have been banned for 2 years for major fraud and anti competitive behavior and here you are claiming "they shouldn't be permanently banned." They are scum, fishy low IQ degenerates that threw their match to scam their fans. Valve will never unban them no matter what lol.
2017-07-30 09:40
still dota players got 1 ban so they shouldn't get permanently banned because its simply not fair ...
2017-07-30 11:18
#179
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Finland gouca 
How is dota relevant? The pro scene of CS goes back a decade before dota. Think you're on the wrong site.
2017-08-05 12:38
nope ... CS and Dota are both under controle of Valve and the 1 year bans also came from Valve ... so it's non sense that Dota players get a 1 year ban while CS players getting a lifetimeban
2017-08-05 18:51
#49
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Finland f0pZ 
Tier 3 team incoming
2017-07-29 14:38
Tier 2 at least
2017-07-29 15:54
Braxxx dudeee
2017-07-29 14:40
#53
flusha | 
Netherlands davin 
swag <3 <3
2017-07-29 14:44
#54
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World breezy0 
swag, it was just earlier this week that you and other players were unbanned by ESL, what does that mean to you? Braxton "swag" Pierce: This is obviously a more fun event, just to have fun and get back into it, but of course I want to win. what?
2017-07-29 14:45
#55
fnx | 
Denmark Stefez 
Swag Dazed Azk ????? ????? Looking good
2017-07-29 14:48
#63
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United States y0rk 
Witmer and relyks should be the last two but probably won't be the case.
2017-07-29 15:00
swagbraxswagbraxswag
2017-07-29 14:48
#57
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
offers for throwing
2017-07-29 14:49
#139
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Russia Tarasov 
lol
2017-07-29 22:17
Lmao
2017-07-31 02:00
-hazed +brax blessrng
2017-07-29 15:03
#65
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Europe menda93 
GL to them
2017-07-29 15:08
C9.Swag -iwnl-
2017-07-29 15:09
+witmer +relyks or +friberg +pyth
2017-07-29 15:11
dazed and professional csgo gaming? i aren't think that. Gl anyway
2017-07-29 15:12
#71
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Russia KennySgodAWP 
Swag go to iBP
2017-07-29 15:15
yeah sure ;-)
2017-07-29 15:17
#74
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Switzerland Sylleo 
just baiting orgs
2017-07-29 15:20
+1 We have good offers = pls gibe me better or any offers
2017-07-30 02:55
#76
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Poland mamba99999 
He's not very talkative.
2017-07-29 15:23
swag azk dazed steel skadoodle
2017-07-29 15:23
#78
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Italy Growl 
If theres a god this will happen Ma porcoddio non c'è
2017-07-29 15:30
Dazed doesnt want to play with steel
2017-07-29 15:54
steel? lmao
2017-07-29 17:52
#79
coldzera | 
Belgium NoR09 
GOOD OFFERS? From who ? Betway ? G2A ? EGB ?
2017-07-29 15:31
Echo fox? TSM? Tempo Storm? Cloud9 players are looking for a new org as well so maybe c9 will pick up swag's team
2017-07-29 15:56
#80
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Poland dziad5 
playing only for ESL no sens
2017-07-29 15:39
stop teasing feelsbadman
2017-07-29 15:50
wow its dumb
2017-07-29 15:51
#95
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Romania KrieppeN 
Good luck, brax! :D
2017-07-29 16:05
#97
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Indonesia rareguy 
And then ownage disbanded because swag left to join ex-iBP's team.
2017-07-29 16:06
I lost 280$ betting on pgl major 2k17. Astralis f*cked me down :/ Maybe someone are betting aswell? And have like 0.1$-0.2$ to hook me out ( steamcommunity.com/tradeoffer/new/?partn.. ):D Thanks and Peace <3
2017-07-29 16:10
#103
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Finland f0pZ 
Just sent u factory new dragon lore, have fun
2017-07-29 16:14
LUL git gud son
2017-07-29 16:53
azk is back or not? he's playing ow atm for liquid
2017-07-29 16:26
swag, AZK, DaZeD, adreN, anger Playing under iBP Please make it happen!
2017-07-29 16:43
This child is nonsense No Tier 1-2-3 teams gonna give him offers The team that he is in, will not be able to play at majors. Majors are final targets of teams. Probably he got offers from Tier 4-5 and he is making specualitons. Nobody gonna give that overrated thief a good offer. Liquid, Cloud9, Optic are only a dream. Their only hope is making a full 5 thief team and win ESL tournaments, but this is an only dream too.
2017-07-29 16:47
#176
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Turkey datflickshot 
+steel what's next thief ? lol I think ex-ibp have a chance to win an esl tournament not dream. dazed doesn't want to play with steel but if they couldn't get a new player he will have to.
2017-07-31 10:17
Braxxxx gratata :DDDd
2017-07-29 16:46
#SWAGTOCHAIR
2017-07-29 16:52
#114
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Korea GodPutin 
+steel
2017-07-29 17:16
#115
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Belgium subfal 
TSM incoming!
2017-07-29 17:21
#117
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Greece her-1g 
A really nice team would be dazed azk swag guardian magisk (lol) j/k They will pick players from low tier teams good players wanna try at minors and majors
2017-07-29 17:53
In my opinion "swag" deserves it the most. Idc about rest. I hope they achive something at least for brax
2017-07-29 17:54
#119
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Poland neverbait 
gl swag love from POLAND
2017-07-29 17:57
#120
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Malaysia phyzell 
Offers are everywhere. What's the deal then?
2017-07-29 17:57
#122
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Macau jinxw 
Witmer: "i don't care, NA EPL is shit"
2017-07-29 18:06
na cs kkk
2017-07-29 18:10
#124
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
Scam people and get paid for it. GGCSGO. Valve, NEVER unban these idiots.
2017-07-29 18:27
ez for swag
2017-07-29 19:07
Lets see how they will perform after 2 - or more? - years brake. I think there is WAY too much hype for (almost) n0thing :P But NA fans are way too desperate i guess. On a serious note i think they should be unbanned also by other organizations (maybe except Valve, cause they stated they will never do so) as this is kind of wierd situation and frankly they did not deserve lifetime ban at first place.
2017-07-29 19:37
#130
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Belarus thrlpl2004 
i think ex-ibp must be banned for forever, because its cybersport. there are two ways: 1. U are pro 2. U must go fck urself
2017-07-29 20:06
ez4swag
2017-07-29 20:09
Even though OW is dead right now it's a pretty big risk for AZK to ditch out on it before the new league comes out and only compete at t3 csgo events and ESL.
2017-07-29 20:13
c9 fix -n0thing/shroud +brax/dazed na dreamteam
2017-07-29 21:04
I like his confidence, hope other organizers unban them too and we see if hes the " real deal "
2017-07-29 21:05
fucking throwkids......
2017-07-29 22:52
Swag going to get ruined by dazed. So sad.
2017-07-29 23:01
#143
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Denmark cabronnn 
the only NA team that have chance to win a major are ex-IBP azk steel swag skadoodle dazed bring them backkkk
2017-07-29 23:04
You realize that team never made it out of groups before? Never. And besides skadoodle. None of the players have ever made it out of groups.
2017-07-29 23:14
#146
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Australia tymeedits 
Yeah i suppose, but think about it from his perspective, everyone is so much better on the team now, well at least brax...
2017-07-30 00:14
#158
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
lol newfag iBP groupstage exit 4 times in a row Liquid Semis+Grand Final Clown9 -n0thing -Shroud +FNS/Daps +JKS/EliGE = Major Winning Potential
2017-07-30 07:59
Swag to eZaF
2017-07-30 00:32
#153
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Canada reizel 
AZK is not going to quit his pro career on Overwatch to come back to CS, where his future is definitely uncertain.
2017-07-30 03:34
Ye, cuz you know better than swag what's going on, LUL.
2017-07-30 08:58
#156
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
TempoStorm : DaZeD TempoStorm : Swag TempoStorm : AZK TempoStorm : Fxy0 TempoStorm : QKLY/SiCK
2017-07-30 07:57
-shroud +swag
2017-07-30 09:59
and -nothing +dazed. would be the dream team
2017-07-30 11:29
#171
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Lithuania floosfa 
2017-07-30 12:23
#172
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Czech Republic thek!ng 
I don't believe that any good org would pick them up just for playing ESL and ESEA events.
2017-07-30 12:26
#173
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Ukraine TheVodkaGuy 
SwAg Braxxx
2017-07-30 13:54
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