trace announces return to activity

Martin "trace" Heldt has announced he will start playing again, going so far as to declare he will not quit until he can compete.

The Danish player, who shone brightest between 2009 and 2011 in MTW, has announced that he will start playing again and will not stop until he can play competitively. Hanging his mouse in 2013 after struggling in CS:GO with fnatic, and after having attempted a comeback in late 2015 to no avail, Martin "trace" Heldt will give making it in CS:GO another try.

trace (right) at his last event with fnatic, RaidCall EMS One Summer 2013

The last time there was a buzz around trace was in December of 2015, when he and his former teammates from 1.6 reunited under the MTW banner. That team, however, didn't last over a month, as soon after the team formed Danny "zonic" Sørensen took a coaching position with the core of players which became the Astralis we know today, where he still plies his trade. Without making an appearance, that MTW team faded away.

Whether trace will be able to replicate his 1.6 success remains to be seen, as player comebacks have been hit or miss, but a thriving local scene like the one in Denmark could help facilitate his homecoming.

Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Martin 'trace' Heldt
Martin 'trace' Heldt
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
125
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
expected
2017-08-15 16:16
#6
BASiC | 
Brazil SHOOWTiME 
yes
2017-08-15 16:17
hi there
2017-08-15 16:17
hey ? how can i help
2017-08-15 16:17
can you say SIEMA
2017-08-15 16:17
idk its hrd my a doesn't work all the time, this stupid keyboard needs air and im out :)
2017-08-15 16:18
SIE GIT ;)))
2017-08-15 18:22
Suh
2017-08-15 16:17
who
2017-08-15 16:17
Nooob csgo trash
2017-08-15 16:17
Played in the danish mTw in 1.6 around 2010ish. They were one of the best teams in the world and he was one of the best players on the team.
2017-08-15 17:37
#177
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Serbia r0niNsrb 
A god damn AWP god of C.S 1.6.All these new cs:go retard fans.
2017-08-15 20:16
896k id LOL
2017-08-15 20:17
best danish player on cs 1.6
2017-08-15 23:08
nice to hear!
2017-08-15 16:17
#13
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Europe _EpiC_ 
who?
2017-08-15 16:17
#122
i am | 
Turkey kwhrajex 
+trace +Gux and who?
2017-08-15 17:34
#141
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India Ad1_KaM 
Delpan, face, robban!
2017-08-15 18:07
#2
Petra | 
World forbii 
omg
2017-08-15 16:16
trace quit cs:go because he didn't seem good on it, while on fnatic roster he seemed to drag them down. While he was a monster in 1.6 even towards its end stage will he be able to keep a level equal to his name?
2017-08-15 17:27
not really, he was quite decent/average, he only didnt like the new game/change
2017-08-15 17:39
+1
2017-08-16 00:37
+1
2017-08-15 17:29
#3
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United Kingdom wtfprototype 
gl
2017-08-15 16:16
#4
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Netherlands theicewithin 
N1
2017-08-15 16:16
expected
2017-08-15 16:16
#8
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Germany simonmy 
6tth
2017-08-15 16:17
#9
jOELZ | 
Finland Baconguy3 
expected
2017-08-15 16:17
WElcome back legend!
2017-08-15 16:17
#61
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Brazil coldzao2 
yeah only came back cuz he sees a lot of money here, not playinig from his soul, lil whore
2017-08-15 16:28
yeah, being pro csgo player is actually a dream of everyone cuz u get ez money and travel free
2017-08-15 16:49
#98
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North America Kyl13 
and have fun
2017-08-15 16:52
And bitches and cocaine
2017-08-15 17:01
#134
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Latvia kenzai^ 
you went too far buddy :D
2017-08-15 17:57
But y?
2017-08-15 18:50
#176
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Portugal antCB 
maybe?
2017-08-15 20:16
you sound so damn stupid... freak!
2017-08-15 17:00
Ty.
2017-08-15 17:55
Cuz everyone else clearly plays for altruistic purposes only...
2017-08-15 18:15
#147
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Canada PwnNewb 
go team Ghandi!
2017-08-15 18:22
You think Fallen came back because he was motivated to play again? Fuck no he had other business ideas.
2017-08-15 22:38
afaik fallen even quit 1.6 to play source cause he thought thats where the money was goin
2017-08-16 03:35
Please become who you were and join FaZe.. my fkn dream!!!
2017-08-16 02:54
#12
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France plagueis 
who
2017-08-15 16:17
#14
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United States AjAjCaptain 
lul gl
2017-08-15 16:17
Woahh
2017-08-15 16:17
#17
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Germany Sabba1 
called it
2017-08-15 16:17
#18
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Turkey Alkapon3131 
who
2017-08-15 16:17
#21
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France NeaZy 
Astralis Trace confirmed lul
2017-08-15 16:17
one of the best players and my top3 fav player from 1.6 returns, damn
2017-08-15 16:17
#75
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Ukraine lambrettaFM 
same. sounds good
2017-08-15 16:36
same, he's a legend
2017-08-15 23:09
#25
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Finland Al_Aziz 
gl shaker
2017-08-15 16:17
#25
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
Oh shit nice man
2017-08-15 16:17
#27
CeRq | 
North America Dacvid 
xyp9x 2
2017-08-15 16:17
???
2017-08-15 16:18
Xyp9x is trace 2
2017-08-15 16:30
comparing trace to xyp9x LOLOLOL:DDDD i will not even...
2017-08-15 16:47
#149
CeRq | 
North America Dacvid 
He looks like xyp9x to me
2017-08-15 18:26
do you mean visually or ingame? if you mean visually,just look at that photo in this article lol.if do you rly think that they are similar,you should visit an optician(this isnt an insult at all just to be cleare:D)
2017-08-15 18:29
that IS xyp9x in the picture. You're looking at the wrong person though. Trace is on the right. They both played for fnatic in 2012
2017-08-15 18:51
#189
CeRq | 
North America Dacvid 
Oh, I'm smart
2017-08-15 20:54
who
2017-08-15 16:17
#32
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
nice to see these ''old'' players coming back
2017-08-15 16:18
#62
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Brazil coldzao2 
yeah only cuz of big money
2017-08-15 16:28
#72
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
still more hyped to see these players than these newfags like ropz etc who probably just cheats
2017-08-15 16:34
thats ur problem then. go ahead and watch top200 semipro teams then if ur eager to see trace. he will never make it to the top again.
2017-08-15 18:04
#145
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
Maybe maybe not but still more entertainment to watch real skills than cheaters vs cheaters
2017-08-15 18:20
#207
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Lithuania Woozylul 
Delusional retard
2017-08-16 00:21
wut?
2017-08-15 23:10
#33
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Poland Shlatter 
in North i think
2017-08-15 16:18
tier 43 problems
2017-08-15 16:18
#36
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Turkey nonstopg0_0 
tracE^E
2017-08-15 16:18
Prepare your domes coz them headshots be coming
2017-08-15 16:19
One of my favorite players back in 1.6, wish him the best of luck :)
2017-08-15 16:19
who lul
2017-08-15 16:19
when people dont know who trace is :((
2017-08-15 16:20
#79
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Estonia swag420weed 
Weeaaboo probably. Taking name from Overwatch hero.
2017-08-15 16:38
I know that feeling bro
2017-08-18 01:02
When even a dane dont know who trace is (sigh)... Im playing with his own personal headphones which i bought from him after his retirement. Now touch me everybody :D
2017-08-15 21:50
My heart is broken, because there were so many 1.6 players who had HUGE impact on me and today there are only few left. My entire "counter-strike life" was based on watching best teams/players at LANs. I remember when I used to meet on ventrillo with my friends and we used to sit up till late night just to watch how the legends play. As a counter-strike fan it was best time in my life. When it comes to such news like today, they are always heartwarming but IMO it's already too late for trace to catch up. Maybe after a year he will be decent but I think he will never be on tier1 level :(.
2017-08-15 17:08
Unfortunately it's a harsh reality that it takes a lot of time and effort to get to the top teams, when it comes to players with a past coming back into the scene, sometimes taking too much time to find a proper team to pick you up isn't enough for even the most accomplished of players to continue trying. I've seen lots of big names come back to play or even just mixes but having them get back to the top level is really rare. If he's willing to dedicate the time, the effort, and really prove his talent in CS:GO I don't see why not though :). There are older players still in the scene and kicking butt, although they've spent years being in the top (of CS:GO) in order to remain at that level.
2017-08-15 17:40
wow GL
2017-08-15 16:19
#41
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Germany elseen 
PogChamp
2017-08-15 16:20
#42
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CIS Bushyba 
never understand why he retiried so young... he could easly be on top scene for years now, and making shit ton of money
2017-08-15 16:20
#43
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Norway billson 
Who old is he now?
2017-08-15 16:20
#47
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Lithuania xeNNw0w 
idk, who?
2017-08-15 16:21
27
2017-08-15 16:22
#58
SpawN | 
Iceland vasyl86 
still younger than TaZ
2017-08-15 16:26
always been a great player. gl
2017-08-15 16:20
i wish him all the best even tho i think he has no chance to return to topform in this game.
2017-08-15 16:20
comeback vol 9001 :DDDD maybe its time to give up already??
2017-08-15 16:22
#50
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Portugal shaarawyGOD 
WHO?
2017-08-15 16:23
#51
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
Good luck! Hope for success :)
2017-08-15 16:24
#52
chrisJ | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
GL traceGOD
2017-08-15 16:24
#53
JW | 
South Africa Papa_Chango 
2 minutes
2017-08-15 16:24
#55
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United Kingdom an0^_^ 
Nice, TRACE DUUUUUUUUUUDE! youtube.com/watch?v=4IBZASirNLY
2017-08-15 16:25
tapping in 1.6 was godlike, the real skill
2017-08-15 17:26
#123
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United Kingdom an0^_^ 
Without a doubt broski
2017-08-15 17:34
#56
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United Kingdom tr4c 
Ur welcome
2017-08-15 16:25
GOD TRACE. 2nd best 1.6 player after GTR for many years.
2017-08-15 16:26
3=many?
2017-08-15 16:50
#153
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Denmark eoNs! 
2008: who the f is trace? 2009: OK 2010 - 2011: markeloff, Edward and starix say "NO WAY" :p 2012 - rip 1.6 2013 - rip trace
2017-08-15 18:32
#59
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France t3r4byt3 
makes me sad to see people say 'who?' here :(
2017-08-15 16:27
#66
rain | 
Indonesia lather 
ikr
2017-08-15 16:30
#60
JORDAN | 
Jordan LBJ 
GL in tier4 team :))
2017-08-15 16:28
#69
NEO | 
Denmark felpv1ceH 
Wot noob ? Go play mm.
2017-08-15 16:32
The 1.6 child problem, a beast tho.
2017-08-15 16:28
#64
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United Kingdom C0RPS 
MTW was the best Danish line up of all time. Trance is a legend. Always happy to see him come back.
2017-08-15 16:29
Nice to hear that he's back, but it's hard to get your hopes up. Not a single one of the old "danish legends" that has tried to make a comeback has succeeded. A couple of years too late if you ask me.
2017-08-15 16:29
#68
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
Damn, nice too see legend like him coming back Good luck trace <3
2017-08-15 16:31
How old is he?
2017-08-15 16:34
Well not so old
2017-08-15 16:37
Welcome back Legend!!!
2017-08-15 16:34
#74
JD | 
Poland simbered 
LEGEND IS BACK!!!
2017-08-15 16:35
swag AZK DaZeD fxy0 trace lul
2017-08-15 16:36
get global on mm first nub
2017-08-15 16:36
how old?
2017-08-15 16:38
if u ask ''who'' u must be kid. trace is 1.6 legend good awp, rifle, clutch!! welcome back legend
2017-08-15 16:39
come on we all know these oldman cant do shit
2017-08-15 16:41
dude this guy is amazing, okey he was amazing but i'm pretty sure he will be good!
2017-08-15 16:42
Best case he is good support player like edward, markeloff so on, difference is they played from the begining of cs go, but he must learn it all now. Lets see after year how he does.
2017-08-15 17:57
#83
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Denmark lolzbananabe 
Isn't this like the third time he's said he's making a comeback? Probably going to be about as successful as the first two times.
2017-08-15 16:40
+100000000 no chance to comeback my frend
2017-08-15 16:54
#85
leman | 
Yugoslavia w13lan 
HYPE
2017-08-15 16:42
#86
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World fox>Kennys 
Who returns?
2017-08-15 16:42
w000t zonic & now trace... where are ave, minet, sunde, whimp, arcadion
2017-08-15 16:42
Ave is coaching North Academy atm
2017-08-15 16:55
#151
Savage | 
World Gunz95 
Minet is playing in tantrum with colon :)
2017-08-15 18:31
we need danish five back
2017-08-15 18:36
#89
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CIS CA1MAN 
gux tried and failed so far, let's see how this will go...
2017-08-15 16:44
#220
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
gux is bad tho
2017-08-16 15:42
Is that xyp9x to his right?
2017-08-15 16:46
#113
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Norway insy 
Yes, they were in a team at the beginning of CS GO.
2017-08-15 17:04
ty :)
2017-08-15 17:46
#91
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Sweden 133665 
k
2017-08-15 16:47
#95
Russia m4ze 
finally! my favourite player from 1.6 good luck to you martin
2017-08-15 16:50
arrow keys dude
2017-08-15 16:51
#97
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Netherlands Darkrain 
bit late. game is dead.
2017-08-15 16:51
shitty meme
2017-08-15 16:53
it reminds me cogu and his comebacks a little bit lol... he was surely beast in 1.6 but i rly dont believe that his another attempt will be successful,sadly...
2017-08-15 16:52
He wont make it.
2017-08-15 16:55
#104
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
good luck! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-08-15 16:56
#105
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Europe Skraj 
2 months and he'll be playing in Astralis.
2017-08-15 16:57
who is this?
2017-08-15 16:57
#107
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
Lost all respect for trace..... hes just in for money
2017-08-15 16:58
#221
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
his* or he is*
2017-08-16 15:42
#225
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
Ur not hltv_grammar_police so nt Mind ur owm business
2017-08-16 17:36
#226
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
I replaced him
2017-08-16 18:38
>not quit till i can compete. So when he can compete he will quit?
2017-08-15 16:59
No, that does not follow from this statement.
2017-08-17 04:38
Pimp Nico trace RUBINO jkaem P.S. He hasn't played this game competitively at all, and he's 27 already, I really doubt he will become at least a T2 player, it takes too much time.
2017-08-15 17:00
Even t2-t3 is hard to get to, not even considering he has no game exp
2017-08-15 17:59
i think he played 13-16 vs pride yesterday actually in the ny qual if i a not mistaken, considering he probably is around or less than 1000 hours, that is pretty sick isnt it?
2017-08-15 19:51
For 1k only, yes step in right direction
2017-08-15 21:17
i mean undefined (they played since forever i think? they lost 14-16 to pride as well.. So in that comparison he is actually at a good stage to compete I think xD
2017-08-16 17:08
#112
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Norway insy 
Tad bit too late.
2017-08-15 17:02
#115
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United States AjAjCaptain 
gl
2017-08-15 17:11
Lol
2017-08-15 17:19
if he regains just a bit of his former self im sure he can join a decent team
2017-08-15 17:23
#121
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Namibia nawledge 
no reason to return if ure 27 years old
2017-08-15 17:32
but Zeus just won major as 29 year old? It's not like he hasn't played for fun the last few years, and got to start from scratch.
2017-08-15 18:48
Welcome back!
2017-08-15 17:35
#128
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Poland kingWZRD 
2 weeks i guess
2017-08-15 17:40
#130
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Brazil VAC0 
I also came back. I never had such a low patent. (master guardian elite). what a shame. welcome to the clan trace
2017-08-15 17:50
YES ! gl
2017-08-15 17:52
one of my favorite players from 1.6! along side Gux and mSx
2017-08-15 17:55
good old days
2017-08-15 17:57
money whore =p will be irrelevant xd nt
2017-08-15 17:57
Fuck ye , trace was one of my fav players in 1.6, legend!
2017-08-15 18:04
nice 1.6 god
2017-08-15 18:10
Gux's new friend will be trace, mark my words
2017-08-15 18:16
#148
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Bulgaria TEDDSENN 
nice
2017-08-15 18:26
trace !!!
2017-08-15 18:32
#154
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Spain akproxx 
gl
2017-08-15 18:32
it will be interesting
2017-08-15 18:35
Hopefully, +Friis and +Delpan
2017-08-15 18:44
He was a legend, he is a legend and will be one. I don't care about the outcome of this interest or activity today... Will respect him for what he was and how much he contributed to the game in 2009-11
2017-08-15 18:48
#166
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
+1
2017-08-15 19:06
legend <3 , btw hate the new fags :DD
2017-08-15 18:52
Well, so many of you have come back to duty, but only RpK comes to mind out of all of them who was actually able to compete!
2017-08-15 19:05
#164
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
I hope he means it. Best player ever.
2017-08-15 19:05
#165
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Malaysia phyzell 
The Old stays gold. Obi wan Kenobi.
2017-08-15 19:06
#167
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Hong Kong TROIIDA 
Yes please!
2017-08-15 19:15
#168
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
hes jobless or what? some months ago he said he can be the best coach in scene now wants to back as player :> no chances tbh
2017-08-15 19:16
#169
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Brazil cadik 
who?
2017-08-15 19:26
do some research before you ask, or else you just make a fool out of yourself.
2017-08-15 19:30
what if hes genuinely asking a question because he doesnt know who he is? Could answer his question instead of acting like he HAS to know who trace is. Typical 1.6 fan boy response.
2017-08-15 20:34
Usually persons asking that question are ironical, hence my answer.
2017-08-15 20:38
#182
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Brazil vass28 
+1 trace GOD
2017-08-15 20:36
Good luck oldtimer !
2017-08-15 19:30
#172
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Brazil cadik 
>oldtimer LUL i watched 1.6 in the past and a i remember ave, mJe, XeqtR,elemeNt but who the fuck is trace
2017-08-15 19:43
he played in mtw with ave zonic and mje if I remember corectly. At once they where ranke no. 1 and he was part of the team. I used to fucking love XeqtR !
2017-08-15 20:36
#185
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Brazil vass28 
sorry to inform you but trace was better than this players
2017-08-15 20:39
#174
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Russia imzbe 
wow, nice to hear
2017-08-15 20:06
#175
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Denmark BATISTUTA9 
Best news 2017
2017-08-15 20:10
TraceB'10 -.-
2017-08-15 20:30
#181
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Brazil Collee 
gl traceps
2017-08-15 20:36
trace'11-.- Welback
2017-08-15 20:40
Oh fuck yeah
2017-08-15 20:43
AnJ who?
2017-08-15 21:18
stfu he is sick player
2017-08-15 21:24
the best
2017-08-15 20:47
#190
NEO | 
Argentina Cepheus 
OMFGGGGGGG YESSSSSSS!!!!!!
2017-08-15 20:58
gl 1.6 legend
2017-08-15 21:17
Finally!
2017-08-15 21:34
#196
Sweden fuq 
<3
2017-08-15 21:47
#198
cogu | 
Brazil rESN 
Welcome back! GL, legend!
2017-08-15 22:08
#199
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Brazil AnthonySilva 
I thought it said retirement so I was like, "NOOOOOO". Then I hovered over it and it said returned. <3
2017-08-15 22:11
PogChamp <3
2017-08-15 22:34
Lol I heard mtw got absolutely niggered by the 50 teams. Make a team with na2 and rezex or gtfo
2017-08-15 22:36
#206
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Russia Windcast 
tRaCe-dA_DeVaSt8R
2017-08-15 23:41
#208
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
i legit have no expectations, so i won't get disappointed
2017-08-16 00:32
welcome back legend :)
2017-08-16 00:37
#211
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Europe TriHard_8R 
legend
2017-08-16 01:12
#212
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Brazil hugoooo 
He was the most complete 1.6 player for a good time. A fucking beast.
2017-08-16 01:44
#214
NiKo | 
France Meduza 
He was great at 1.6. But I dont see him being that good in csgo. Totally different game. Good luck tho.
2017-08-16 03:28
gl
2017-08-16 03:58
Legend amongst legends, I really hope to see him reaching the highest level of CSGO competition.
2017-08-16 04:08
Ím sorry, but wasnt this the idiot who thought he could offer more than any coach you had, as a coach?
2017-08-16 15:09
#219
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Europe keNLey94 
wb trace
2017-08-16 15:18
GL
2017-08-16 17:27
Expected GL trace dA KInG ^^
2017-08-18 00:48
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