REZ claims IEM Oakland MVP award

HLTV.org's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for IEM Oakland goes to Ninjas in Pyjamas youngster Fredrik "REZ" Sterner.

The 19-year-old was already a strong contender for the award leading up to the final, and he acquitted himself really well in the best-of-five series, averaging a 1.13 Rating despite his team suffering two heavy losses.

Fredrik "REZ" Sterner had the highest rating among playoff players at 1.28 and only one below-average rating in 13 games. His remarkable consistency throughout the competition and his team-leading performance in the semi-final series against SK ended up earning him the award over teammate Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, who was NiP's top performer in the title decider (1.18 rating).

REZ wins his first MVP award

The former Epsilon member also stood out in opening kills by quite some distance (54), with his closest suitor being Håvard "rain" Nygaard (45), who was also a strong candidate for the MVP award alongside Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács.

This is REZ's very first MVP award, and it comes just five months after he joined NiP, replacing veteran Adam "friberg" Friberg.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
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Switzerland GoTMedicine 
god
2017-11-20 04:37
#4
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United Kingdom Tendies 
Deserved
2017-11-20 04:37
REZ -erved, but what about f0rest, he had a good tournament as well
2017-11-20 04:50
In a year or two, this man is going to be the best player in the world, with maybe some contenders like electronic, ropz, or s1mple. Mark my words.
2017-11-20 13:03
You forgot twistzz and sunny
2017-11-20 14:10
Oh yeah i didnt think about that lol
2017-11-20 15:11
And that boy cerq, maybe.
2017-11-20 17:37
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:37
R EZ
2017-11-20 05:18
#98
Laz | 
Japan Neion4ty7 
R EZ Clap
2017-11-20 05:55
#120
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Norway RNGtop1 
R EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZ
2017-11-20 09:38
#3
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Brazil NikosPetrakis 
expected
2017-11-20 04:37
#5
NAF | 
United States EZIBP 
WP
2017-11-20 04:37
wp
2017-11-20 11:54
Legendary play . Greetings from Venezuela
2017-11-20 04:37
#47
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Brazil nomurway 
how are you using internet from Venezuela? LUL
2017-11-20 04:43
Please not sk fans in this notice :)
2017-11-20 04:45
#53
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Brazil nomurway 
nice m8 but isn't me living in a dictatorship xD
2017-11-20 04:46
#71
f0rest | 
Sweden Jnordz 
Haha calm ur tits, living in a corrupt, garbage, favella country with like the highest murder rate worldwide imo..
2017-11-20 04:54
#86
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Brazil nomurway 
yeah but we still have democracy :)
2017-11-20 05:12
Keep telling that to yourself. corrupt democracy hardly any democracy
2017-11-20 06:50
#132
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Spain x_Dovi 
Hahahah keep dreaming, bro. And for your information: there are elections in Venezuela.
2017-11-20 11:25
#199
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Brazil nomurway 
HAHAHAHAHA you don't know nothing, search about the actual situation of Venezuela and about the fake democracy there. ;)
2017-11-20 21:53
#222
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Spain x_Dovi 
Yes, of course you pay attention to the mass media. Like they aren't fucking liars LOL
2017-11-23 02:07
The government of Venezuela is far superior to ours! There on the left has a voice.
2017-11-20 20:27
ur country is shit lul
2017-11-20 04:49
It's your problem? :)
2017-11-20 04:50
#76
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Brazil AntaresSlayer 
Just ignore them, dude That's how you handle people like them in HLTV, just ignore...
2017-11-20 05:00
But is true lul
2017-11-20 05:00
It’s true, but that guy is still a cunt
2017-11-20 14:17
#138
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Brazil Henriquecha 
Don't be stupid!! Because people like you they call us monkey! Babaca!
2017-11-20 11:54
#200
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Brazil nomurway 
the Venezuelans call us as monkeys? LUL they also are south americans
2017-11-20 21:55
Agreed, greetings from the US. :)
2017-11-20 06:14
#184
Bug | 
Brazil TTB 
Cheira meu ovo. Go study! #PAZ
2017-11-20 17:32
#8
kNgV- | 
Brazil codezera 
deserved
2017-11-20 04:37
#9
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
Well deserved.
2017-11-20 04:37
#10
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
Deserved, a fantastic player at a young age.
2017-11-20 04:38
#91
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New Zealand Hegz 
Agree
2017-11-20 05:21
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:37
Deserved
2017-11-20 04:37
#13
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Other mekkicsgo 
Deserved
2017-11-20 04:38
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:38
Deserved... much deserved
2017-11-20 04:38
;P
2017-11-20 04:38
NIP INCOMING!! <3
2017-11-20 04:38
#18
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Brazil LuTzzSS 
deserved
2017-11-20 04:38
YES!
2017-11-20 04:38
nice
2017-11-20 04:38
R
2017-11-20 04:38
w0w
2017-11-20 04:38
Friberg was the problem exde
2017-11-20 04:38
#25
Twistzz | 
North America f^rax 
DESERVED
2017-11-20 04:38
#26
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Hong Kong MannaharaHK 
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:38
deserved
2017-11-20 04:38
#28
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
WP REZ
2017-11-20 04:39
everyone below here spam R EZ
2017-11-20 04:39
#49
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Brazil nomurway 
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:44
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:50
JasonR EZ
2017-11-20 06:38
#30
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Sweden yeeeeeee 
Get_rekt all haters
2017-11-20 04:39
good job kid
2017-11-20 04:39
#33
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China BodeFuceta 
Deserved tbh
2017-11-20 04:39
f0rest the REAL MVP!!!!!'
2017-11-20 04:40
Yea i think it too. f0rest should have get this. He did bigger amount of impact and gave them so many rounds that should have been taken by the enemies. REZ is great great player but f0rest was better than him in this tournament.
2017-11-20 08:31
If forest had higher impact how come he got a lower rating? :thinking:
2017-11-20 11:21
Stat never lie
2017-11-20 11:28
f0rest killed SK especially FaZe. REZ was also good but he had overall a better rating because of the Bo1 matches.
2017-11-20 12:17
or the fact that he had the best rating vs SK and f0rest had the worst.
2017-11-20 12:39
forest has a beard and rez not
2017-11-20 14:01
hard to argue with that
2017-11-20 14:11
winner!
2017-11-20 18:21
#35
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Nepal DRK_21 
Beast
2017-11-20 04:40
#36
f0rest | 
Sweden sKiDz1 
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:40
#37
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Norway namsayin 
he should give it to rain.
2017-11-20 04:40
#92
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Australia TheHypics 
What about the snow?
2017-11-20 05:22
Fu
2017-11-20 05:27
#146
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Denmark Xipingu 
Losers can’t get MvP, wouldn’t be fair.
2017-11-20 12:21
#38
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Kazakhstan dc7 
Really EZ
2017-11-20 04:41
GG R EZ NiP is Back !!
2017-11-20 04:41
#40
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United States ItsImpact 
Tbh I think rain deserved it or F0rest. But gg
2017-11-20 04:41
Nah Rez was a beast the entire tournament, I would have been very surprised if he didn't win the mvp
2017-11-20 12:47
#174
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United States ItsImpact 
True. But I’m talking just finals and F0rest carried them in the finals and rain had over 100 kills
2017-11-20 15:29
Yeah but that's exactly why the MVP award is given to the best player over the course of the entire tournament
2017-11-20 19:03
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:41
REZpect
2017-11-20 04:41
Rezurrection of NiP!
2017-11-20 04:42
Well deserved
2017-11-20 04:42
Rez plz become NiP - zet 2006 !!!!!
2017-11-20 04:42
#211
gody | 
Sweden Sanfan97 
source? rez was 7 yo in 2006 xD
2017-11-21 11:58
i mean...zet is crazy in 2006,and after that zet is not zet,he went to play CSS. i hope Rez become NiP - zet (2006) and make NiP successfull.
2017-11-22 14:48
#220
gody | 
Sweden Sanfan97 
Okaii ^^ I'm not old school enough for that stuff :p
2017-11-22 17:01
#48
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Brazil Teteu 
f0rest robbed
2017-11-20 04:43
#51
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Indonesia dikamamet 
Ggwp rez
2017-11-20 04:45
he certain doesn't deserved ............. f0rest top frags , why ?
2017-11-20 04:45
#64
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
cuz MVP isnt only about the finals, bro.. its not finals MVP
2017-11-20 04:51
#125
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France Kabby 
But f0rest was insane from the start (besides 1-2 map)
2017-11-20 10:14
he was, but REZ had the 2nd highest rating in the tourney at 1.28 and the guy above him was NAF who played only 5 maps they were both deserving, i think that REZ was more consistent tho.. f0rest had great games in the groups, and then kinda played worse against SK in the semis, while REZ went ham.. and then f0rest was better in the GF, but REZ wasnt far behind
2017-11-20 10:17
#148
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France Kabby 
yeah you're right, they both were MVP contenders and it's good for the young start to get his first MVP medal, I bet f0rest doesn't mind that much not getting the MVP
2017-11-20 12:29
#66
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Canada boiledbageI 
because frag count isnt everything???????
2017-11-20 04:51
#67
jOELZ | 
Finland stubey 
Its not only the finals that matters
2017-11-20 04:52
Rez dropped 40 frags every map in groups and played sick vs sk and did some insane plays and played consistently good cs vs Faze. F0rest was amazing too but certainly Rez deserves this.
2017-11-20 04:53
#123
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Australia Raychippy 
"Rez dropped 40 frags every map in groups" what?
2017-11-20 10:04
You get the point aussie :)
2017-11-20 12:12
#54
flusha | 
Sweden Cadde 
People who are saying, f0rest and rain are brainpoo. Rez is an entryfragger, thats why its amazing muppets!
2017-11-20 04:50
#55
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Canada shaayy 
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:47
#58
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Ukraine Alionek 
Deserved, ggwp
2017-11-20 04:50
#62
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Sweden yhomas0 
rip daddy draken
2017-11-20 04:50
#63
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:51
#65
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Canada boiledbageI 
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:51
It was indeed between him and f0rest, must feel really good for him to win this tournament and get the MVP award. Congratulations.
2017-11-20 04:54
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:54
#73
Fox | 
Iran ahmaden 
happened once , not gonna happen again , and to you guys saying nip era starts again , they won only this one , just look at the demos and see how bad sk played . gg forest and getright you won this , but if you think what you achieved with fiflaren for years, is gonna happen again , you are wrong dude .
2017-11-20 04:55
well well guy from analyst's desk.
2017-11-20 07:47
Idiot? Noone can win 58 games no loss today, competition too much today, just make 1 mistake and you can lose game Just let them be happy, they deserve it
2017-11-20 10:31
58 wins? Swede that doesn't know nips winstreak lul
2017-11-22 09:04
idk and idc
2017-11-22 19:27
The fucking ayatollah here with the counter-strike knowledge. Laughing my fucking ass off mate.
2017-11-20 17:06
#218
Fox | 
Iran ahmaden 
ayatollah :)
2017-11-22 12:13
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:55
R EZ
2017-11-20 04:56
RiP F0rest
2017-11-20 05:02
lol, forest had way more impact
2017-11-20 05:04
YAYAYAYYAYAAYAYAYYAYA NIP NIP NIP
2017-11-20 05:05
#81
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Sweden klvmeister 
REZ was insane the entire tournament but f0rest was nuts in final too.
2017-11-20 05:05
#82
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Romania pr0fu 
deserved
2017-11-20 05:09
Yeah sure
2017-11-20 05:08
#83
rain | 
Malaysia aaroNN 
expected
2017-11-20 05:05
#85
qz | 
China qinzhen2019 
R EZ EZ for Tyloo
2017-11-20 05:09
congratz, played amazing
2017-11-20 05:13
#88
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Denmark ddkk 
WHAT!! f0rest deserved it.
2017-11-20 05:13
#90
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Serbia whoa!! 
Gratz
2017-11-20 05:18
#93
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Albania JustKras 
Gratz NIP. Well PLayed REZ!
2017-11-20 05:22
too bad, not gonna happen. maybe if every single t1 lan was played in oakland xD
2017-11-20 05:23
#101
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Singapore derpydm 
Oakland major ez
2017-11-20 06:12
Dude impressed me a lot, kid has a bright future for sure, totally deserved the MVP award!
2017-11-20 05:52
who?
2017-11-20 06:04
Rez God!
2017-11-20 06:32
holy shit i tough REZ was worst player in NIP a month ago even draken are still better than him and suddenly he become 1st or 2nd best player in the team ps:you need drunken to upgrade his skill next tournament
2017-11-20 06:42
bad tournament from Draken, u know he has the skill, 6 month ago every game 20-30kills and rest of nip under 10 and lose every game
2017-11-20 10:32
If draken is on point and the rest too than you know you're fucked..
2017-11-20 14:12
#106
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Malaysia Level1Cam 
R EZ
2017-11-20 06:47
#108
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
Finally, totally deserved. GJ, GODREZ
2017-11-20 06:52
ez 4 R ez
2017-11-20 07:26
#110
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Malaysia ShukCS 
R EZ magic
2017-11-20 07:26
yee ma boy rEZz
2017-11-20 07:29
R EZ
2017-11-20 07:32
#113
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Sweden Unluko 
R EZ
2017-11-20 07:43
#115
hardstyle | 
Turkey B^S 
Undeserved, he should give it to forest
2017-11-20 08:11
Why do Justin Bieber always win the awards?
2017-11-20 08:35
#118
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Germany Bestgerman69 
Glad it's finally working out with rez, let's see if they can keep it up.
2017-11-20 08:35
#119
Kaze | 
Portugal sennsei 
Team leading in the semi finais? He got 30 Kills on the map they lost, the other Maps he wasnt even decisive...
2017-11-20 09:09
amount of kills /=/ impact
2017-11-20 10:32
#175
Kaze | 
Portugal sennsei 
Yup, he was not the MVP of the semi-finals or the finals, it was without a doubt f0rest. But everyone gets on the hype train because he's new blood and is be given an MVP he does not deserve.
2017-11-20 15:44
#181
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Sweden Bangs 
"The former Epsilon member also stood out in opening kills by quite some distance (54)" >not deserved
2017-11-20 16:52
rezGOD top 1
2017-11-20 09:50
#122
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Vietnam rollofocker 
Rez <3
2017-11-20 09:57
I watch CS for players like Rez. Insane talent.
2017-11-20 10:36
R EZ
2017-11-20 11:37
Deserved, amazing tournament from him
2017-11-20 11:48
#137
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Well deserved. Without REZ and f0rest NIP would have been stomped hard.
2017-11-20 11:49
You can say that with any team tho. Without cold and fallen SK would be shit Without niko and rain FaZe would be shit Without device and Gla1ve Astralis would be shit Without kennyS and Shox G2 would be shit Without K0nfig and valde north would be shit
2017-11-22 09:07
#217
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Without Device and Gla1ve? LOL ??? You mean without Dupreeh and Xyp9x. Device you could easily change out for JUGI.
2017-11-22 11:18
#145
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Finland TommIC 
sweden cs still sux
2017-11-20 12:19
Totally deserved it! Glad for it goes to the young blood and ofc best aimer of IEM OAKLAND!
2017-11-20 12:24
#149
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Russia ZzzonkeDD 
R'EZ
2017-11-20 12:34
AR EEZY
2017-11-20 12:36
Yes yes I know salty faze fan blah blah blah But on a super serious note I’m just really curious how Rez who has tbh been pretty shit on nip for the past few months and now he performs like this? I get maybe it was role changes or practice but I just think it’s reallly really interesting.
2017-11-20 12:47
#157
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Denmark Xipingu 
Your point being? I doubt you just came here to say that it is really interesting, makes for a pretty hollow time wasted.
2017-11-20 13:03
He played also godlike in ESL one cologne
2017-11-20 14:13
Only in group stages though
2017-11-21 04:38
#155
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Denmark Xipingu 
Deserved.
2017-11-20 13:02
Everyone is a Wannabe here, feeling safe behind their PC in their cellar. COME OUT AND PLAY
2017-11-20 13:50
#168
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
Hahahaha all of these NiP retards saying "ReZ NumBeR 1!!1! " Winning 1 tournament doesn't mean shit..They still didn't qualify for major LUL SK or FaZe will win Blast Copenhagen..Mark my words
2017-11-20 14:27
#169
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Slovakia w8maxG 
His cobblestone b oppenings from plat 1V3 was fucking amazing ...
2017-11-20 14:50
R EZ
2017-11-20 14:53
One might think the major qualifier system is flawed.
2017-11-20 15:01
#173
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Russia Nikosimus 
Pfff, R EZ
2017-11-20 15:12
#177
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United Kingdom InstincT! 
he was a beast again faze
2017-11-20 16:26
rez bait
2017-11-20 16:47
f0rest deserved
2017-11-20 16:47
#183
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United States darkun 
NO SHIT! how the fuck did f0rest not win MVP...
2017-11-20 17:32
All I know is REZ had all that time to wallbang that crouched player behind the box and he didn't...
2017-11-20 18:04
#187
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Sweden shirre 
Congrats REZ! Well deserved!
2017-11-20 18:05
R EZ what a beast
2017-11-20 18:08
Thank Mr. Friberg. 4Head
2017-11-20 18:08
#210
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Russia Sur10n 
Thank Mr.REZ Kappa
2017-11-21 11:54
good job young
2017-11-20 18:33
noice
2017-11-20 20:22
Is it REZ or R.E.Z?
2017-11-21 03:44
MVP award is white privilege. Tell me one black people who got it. See you can't tell me one name. It should be called Most Valued Privilege. Which is clearly white privilege.
2017-11-21 03:47
#206
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Europe Donzii 
R EZ deserved MVP
2017-11-21 04:51
#207
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Indonesia kiryuki 
R EZ the carry my man FeelsGoodMan
2017-11-21 06:58
f0rest > rez
2017-11-21 06:59
#209
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Poland zJe 
Overperformed
2017-11-21 11:51
#214
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Brazil diixon 
REZpect for R EZ GOD!
2017-11-21 16:51
2017-11-23 07:27
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