ELEAGUE Premier Group B preview

Four teams have arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, and are getting ready to battle at the G-FUEL Arena this weekend. To give you some insight on what to expect from the action that will happen this Friday and Saturday, we have put together a preview of ELEAGUE Premier Group B.

Following last week's matches, which saw FaZe and G2 advance to the ELEAGUE Premier 2017 playoffs, four new teams have made their way to Atlanta in hopes of making it to out of the groups.

The second week of ELEAGUE Premier is about to start

Group B features DreamHack Open Montreal winners and DreamHack Masters Malmö runners-up North, PGL Major Krakow silver-medalists Immortals, ESG Tour Mykonos champions mousesports and fnatic, who have not had any memorable runs in recent times.

The teams will play out a now-standard GSL-style group stage, with the initial matches and the winner's match being BO1 and the rest of the matches being BO3. North playing against fnatic in the first match means we will have a Scandinavian duel in the opening round, followed by the clash between the European mixture of mousesports and the Brazilians of Immortals.

Let's take a look at the four competing teams and their chances this weekend:

North (#3) Age Rating 2.0
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke 20 1.21
Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså 22 1.17
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg 27 1.06
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 21 1.05
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 22 0.97
Denmark Casper "ruggah" Due (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
1st Canada DreamHack Open Montreal 2017
2nd Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017
5-8 Poland PGL Major Krakow 2017 (4/5)
9-11th Germany ESL One Cologne 2017 (4/5)

What might've looked like an open contest just a while ago is now a group in which MSL's team is the clear-cut favorite to finish at the summit. North have managed to turn things around after the break, with the addition of valde and a return to a more tactical style paying dividends for the Danes.

North kicked off the second half of the year with an impressive second place at DreamHack Masters Malmö—defeating SK, Immortals and Gambit along the way—before living up to the favourite status at DreamHack Open Montreal, taking the title in Canada over Cloud9 and Immortals.

The Danes can still rely on the star-power of k0nfig, who was the best-rated player in Malmö at 1.32 and also delivered in Montreal, where he finished with a 1.20 rating. The 20-year-old is currently on a run of nine above-average rated LAN events, making him a menace for the opposition in Group B.

k0nfig, who has been in great form this year, now has the backup of valde

However, there is more to North's post-break renaissance: with the addition of valde, cajunb and aizy, who had struggled for a whole, are now able to contribute more to the team. One may think that team's current ratings are a bit inflated by the lower tier competition at DreamHack Open Montreal, but North actually had more convincing wins in the playoffs, where they met Cloud9 and Immortals, than in the group stage, against Gale Force and Kinguin.

With a wide map pool that fits the opposition in Atlanta quite well and Immortals missing Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, it's hard to see a world in which North don't advance to the ELEAGUE Premier playoffs, even if they potentially get upset in one of the BO1 matches.

Immortals (#6) Age Rating 2.0
Brazil Henrique "HEN1" Teles 22 1.11
Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass 20 1.09
Brazil Lucas "steel" Lopes 23 1.02
Brazil Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles 22 1.01
Brazil Raphael "cogu" Camargo (stand-in) 32 1.02
Brazil Rafael "zakk" Fernandes (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
2nd Canada DreamHack Open Montreal 2017 (4/5)
5-8th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 (4/5)
2nd  Poland PGL Major Krakow (4/5)
12th-14th  Germany ESL One Cologne (4/5)
6th-8th Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier (4/5)
3rd-4th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer (4/5)

With a new tournament once again comes a new dose of out-of-game issues connected to Immortals. Leading up to DreamHack Masters Malmö, rumors about the team wanting to split ways circulated, but the organization managed to deal with the issues and keep the roster together. In the end, that didn't seem to have an effect on the team, who played well and earned a top-eight finish.

Last weekend, however, Immortals had to deal with a forfeit loss of the first map in the DreamHack Open Montreal grand final, caused by the three players who were allegedly looking to leave the team arriving late at the venue. It's impossible to ignore the potential turmoil this could create inside a team and, to make things worse, the squad has to field a stand-in for kNgV-, who has returned to Brazil to sort out his visa to re-enter the US.

A big performance from HEN1 is needed if Immortals are to get to the playoffs

Stepping in for kNgV- is the 32-year-old CS 1.6 legend cogu, who currently resides in the USA and plays for the Brazilian team Gorilla Core, but hasn't been able to accomplish too much yet. Having such a veteran on the team could bring Immortals together and help zakk with the tough task of keeping the egos and emotions in check. On the other hand, the lack of individual skill will probably make cogu a liability for the Brazilian side.

Considering the opposition and the format here, Immortals' biggest chance to make it out of the group is to win two straight BO1s. That could happen, even against the individually skilled lineups such as mousesports and North, if Immortals' two main players—HEN1 and boltz—are on point.

Big individual performances are something that Immortals often rely on to get wins, so it wouldn't be too crazy to see something similar happening in Atlanta. However, it is more likely that we will see LUCAS1 and co. outperformed here, leaving them with a group stage exit.

mousesports (#12) Age Rating 2.0
Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný  26 1.23
Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi  23 1.17
Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool  17 1.04
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong  27 0.96
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk  21 0.92
Ukraine Sergey "lmbt" Bezhanov (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
1st Greece ESG Tour Mykonos 2017
13th-16th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö
12th-14th  Poland PGL Major Krakow (3/5)
9th-11th Germany ESL One Cologne (3/5)
1st-2nd Romania PGL Major Krakow Main Qualifier (3/5)
5th-6th Sweden DreamHack Open Summer (3/5)

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A disappointing showing in Malmö, where they were eliminated after just two maps, certainly wasn't the start mousesports were hoping for with their new squad. Adding suNny from PENTA and STYKO from HellRaisers paid off soon after that, though, as mousesports got series wins over Heroic, Gambit, Virtus.pro and Liquid en route to the ESG Tour Mykonos title.

It must be said that the European side was helped by Liquid, who took out SK in the semi-finals, as beating the Brazilians in a BO5 grand final would probably be too tall of an order for chrisJ's team. However, nothing can be taken away from the impressive tournament oskar and suNny had as the duo lived up to the hype and played like true stars in Greece.

The win in Greece will raise the stock of chrisJ's team going into ELEAGUE

The map pool still feels a bit shaky for mousesports as there is a reliance on the likes of Mirage, Train, Cache and Cobblestone, with the latter being a map we could see a lot in this group. But two wins on Nuke—where chrisJ plays the main AWP role over oskar—could make mousesports turn to that map as well.

Unless mousesports show up in Atlanta in poor individual form or worn out from being on the road for the fourth consecutive week (OMEN Challenge Gamescom, DreamHack Masters Malmö, ESG Tour Mykonos and now ELEAGUE Premier in Atlanta), STYKO and co. should be able to secure a playoff spot this weekend.

fnatic (#14) Age Rating 2.0
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell  22 1.08
Sweden Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson  24 1.03
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson  23 1.01
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist  24 0.96
Sweden Maikil "Golden" Selim  23 0.94
Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)

Offline placings in the last three months
9-12th Sweden DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017
5th-8th  Poland PGL Major Krakow (3/5)
9th-11th  Germany ESL One Cologne (3/5)
7th-8th United Kingdom ECS Season 3 Finals (3/5)
2nd Sweden DreamHack Open Summer (3/5)

Somewhat similar to mousesports, fnatic didn't impress in their LAN debut with two new players in Malmö. With Golden coming in and taking the reigns, and Lekr0 once again making the move between GODSENT and fnatic, the Black and Orange picked up a win at DreamHack Masters, eliminating Envy, but went out to Immortals after losing a BO3 series - their second defeat of the tournament against the Brazilians. 

As mousesports' win at ESG Tour Mykonos shows, we shouldn't write off a team after a bad debut, so it is too early to get a good grasp of the new-look fnatic. The team's online results don't help us asses the Swedes either, as they have mostly faced and defeated "lower tier" opposition such as BIG, LDLC and Envy, not having faced teams of the caliber that they are about to go up against in Atlanta.

Lekr0's second debut for fnatic didn't go too well

What could go fnatic's way is that Immortals, who would normally be the second favorites to get out of the group, don't have their full lineup for this event, and mousesports have played a lot over the past few weeks, allowing Jumpy and Golden to get a good grasp on what and how they play. Anti-stratting has never been something fnatic have relied on, but it just might be something they need to add to their repertoire to break back into the top ten—and get out of the groups here.

Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
963
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
95
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1312
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1046
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Brazil Raphael 'cogu' Camargo
Raphael 'cogu' Camargo
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
89
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
536
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.67
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.46
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
784
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
804
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
#1
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United Kingdom Tendies 
Praying for my boy Martin Styk to shoot some heads
2017-09-14 02:55
#2
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Canada j0osy 
ez for fnatic
2017-09-14 02:54
ez for kNg
2017-09-14 02:56
#9
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Canada j0osy 
You'll prove it or I'll kill you.
2017-09-14 02:56
Kappa
2017-09-14 20:46
lul nt ez awp drop
2017-09-14 05:08
#3
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Sri Lanka ShaNStrygwyR 
GoGo :D
2017-09-14 02:54
#4
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Europe Kusancho 
xui,h ello, ez for fnatic and north
2017-09-14 02:56
#5
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
cool
2017-09-14 02:55
#6
fnx | 
Brazil NextL 
Don't have preview for this group
2017-09-14 02:56
#8
COCAINE | 
Syria Kansur 
ez for UK
2017-09-14 02:56
ez north mouse
2017-09-14 02:57
Agreed. If mouz fails to make it to the playoffs they could blame it on the jetlag just like the legendary brazilian team Immortals did at DH Montreal Kappa
2017-09-14 08:06
Nah north wins it and IMT second. Mous sports will revert to terrible again.
2017-09-14 09:11
I'd go with IMT too if they would play without a stand-in. But since kngv isn't in the US and they have to play with cogu instead i'm not sure about that. He may be a 1.6-Legend but he is 32 y.o. and is not used to play against top 15 csgo teams. I am curious if IMT can overcome their internal troubles from DH Montreal though. Could be an interesting group.
2017-09-14 10:33
#55
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Brazil wittyusername 
Imt are probably going to disband in the long run. I'm guessing boltz and steel are staying and the other 3 will join FNX. This change would be nice for the Brazilian scene. Imagine: Hen1 Lucas1 Kng Fnx Bit And Boltz Steel Chelo Yel Exit/NEKIZ/Maluk3
2017-09-14 14:58
#63
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Europe vvitozz 
Where is horvy??
2017-09-15 20:02
#63
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Europe vvitozz 
Where is horvy??
2017-09-15 20:02
#65
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Brazil wittyusername 
You're right! So maybe Steel (Support/IGL/Entry) Boltz (IGL/Entry/2nd star) Maluk3 (AWPer) Hoorvy (Rifler/Lurker) chelo/NEKIZ/Exit (Star player)
2017-09-15 20:14
Without KaNcerGV they should perform much better, hen1 is nuts. Lucas is good, boltz and steel are good. Covu should perform.
2017-09-14 16:50
#66
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Brazil wittyusername 
I do hope Cogu performs again like old times. Would be awesome and maybe he can move to a better team than fucking Gorilla Core.
2017-09-15 20:16
iv been picking them to do good in tournys for a while now and it finally happened. Trust me all they needed was the confidence boost that they got from esg. Same thing happened to optic in last years new york. It was the first lan they did good at then they won their next two lans and came in second their third.
2017-09-15 02:18
#11
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Brazil GhostzeraNTC 
Ez for Cogu
2017-09-14 02:58
#48
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Brazil sant1[v] 
+1
2017-09-14 12:37
ez mouz
2017-09-14 02:59
#13
World $oft 
no KNG no Kills
2017-09-14 03:11
Prove it or he'll kill you
2017-09-14 03:17
#15
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Malaysia phyzell 
Interesting group because we have mousesport in ATL!
2017-09-14 03:27
No Olof no win for Fnatic.
2017-09-14 03:51
yea because they were winning with him right xdDxDxD
2017-09-14 04:55
Last tournament they won was with Olofmeister xdddddd
2017-09-14 05:17
#17
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Mexico romoresp 
GL mouz
2017-09-14 03:55
#18
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France t3r4byt3 
"Group B features DreamHack Open Montreal winners and DreamHack Masters Malmö runners-up North, PGL Major Krakow silver-medalists Immortals, ESG Tour Mykonos champions mousesports and fnatic, who have not had any memorable runs in recent times." fucking RIP Fnatic :((((((
2017-09-14 04:10
#49
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Switzerland Alzameister 
fnatic got roasted by hltv xDD
2017-09-14 13:04
#19
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United States lLub 
FaZe #1
2017-09-14 04:17
#20
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
straighjt
2017-09-14 04:26
#23
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Brazil wAc 
ez for Cogu
2017-09-14 05:15
#25
 | 
United States gtmaniacmda 
"The team's online results don't help us asses the Swedes either" huehue
2017-09-14 06:19
I hope immortals do really well, but Hen1 and Lucas1 play badly while cogu carries. Then -kng +cogu, later -twins, and i can actually like a BR team.
2017-09-14 06:26
#33
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Singapore derpydm 
ye those 3 are fucking retarded i swear
2017-09-14 08:05
and then we will have bad boy favela, partying, drug using, bad ass clothing, tattoos and zero practice team with fnx kng hen1 luca1 - Sort of Kreygasm
2017-09-14 11:06
dude, practicing a little, this would be a tier1 team, gg ez
2017-09-14 13:16
#27
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Slovakia Martini69 
Fnatic will win this tournament cause of no body know their stats etc. it is their big advantage just like when their added dennis in 2015
2017-09-14 06:47
Strats had literally nothing to do with their success when they added dennis lol...
2017-09-14 07:06
rofl, exactly. You couldn't antistart vs Fnatic cuz they had no strats at all. Everybody got rekt from pure skill and aim. Golden times :)
2017-09-14 14:18
North and fnatic
2017-09-14 07:03
hen1 and lucas are ugly noobs
2017-09-14 07:04
#31
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
KNg is about to kill everyone there who looks at him funny.
2017-09-14 07:29
Not bad
2017-09-14 08:03
#35
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Indonesia RsL_ 
Ez 4 koonfig
2017-09-14 08:54
#36
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
North and Mouz 1st and 2nd? i mean Fnatic looks kinda "weird" atm, and Immortals got standin (but sure, Cogu could do some damage)
2017-09-14 09:01
So ezzz for mouze
2017-09-14 09:29
#41
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Poland trancemeister 
Fnatic - wasted spot. ez North and IMT.
2017-09-14 10:41
#42
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Brazil cadik 
EZ FOR 32-year-old CS 1.6 legend cogu
2017-09-14 10:44
ez North/IMT
2017-09-14 11:05
Ez fnatic and north
2017-09-14 11:06
Godsents go home
2017-09-14 12:06
ooops. fnatic
2017-09-14 12:06
#51
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Czech Republic Oskaraswell 
So Easy for Czech superstar GodSkar!!
2017-09-14 13:16
#52
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Brazil Charizaldo 
ez 4 cogu, the greatest awper of all time in CS
2017-09-14 13:20
#54
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Macau jinxw 
Ez Homesent
2017-09-14 14:48
#56
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Very exciting and even group. Feels like RIP fnatic tho. North and mouz will go through IMO
2017-09-14 14:58
#57
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Poland mamba99999 
ResidentSleeper group. PS. RiP kNG
2017-09-14 15:23
Plz cogu go wild and make imt kick kng :D I hope Trump doesnt release kng p1 visa to live in US too it would be awesome.
2017-09-14 17:36
#62
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Russia TheWizzard 
Ez kng
2017-09-15 16:55
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