steel replaces dapr on GX roster

GX have replaced Michael "dapr" Gulino with Joshua "steel" Nissan, the 19-year-old has revealed on Twitter.

The decision follows GX's disappointing performances in New York last week as they went out of the ESEA MDL Global Challenge and of the ESL Pro League Relegation Stage without winning a single map.

In a Twitlonger post, Michael "⁠dapr⁠" Gulino wrote that he believes the other GX members suspect that he "threw" the match against Rogue in the relegation stage, in which he averaged a 0.63 rating.

dapr is out of GX's roster

The 19-year-old admitted to being nervous at event, which was his first non-local LAN, adding that his lack of experience played a role in his poor displays in the two tournaments. He also claims that the other team members did not talk to him about this situation and have ignored him since the event.

"I honestly wish I was kidding," dapr wrote. "While I feel I am being scapegoated for a whole team breakdown at this event, I want to go into my side of the story and pretty much defend myself from this accusation.

"I will start off by saying I obviously didn't play well this bo3, which could be attributed to things such as changing IGLs mid-LAN (witmer decided to not AWP/IGL after practicing for a month before the LAN with him as IGL and give that task over to AZK while witmer is the entry fragger) and, honestly, nerves. This was, in fact, the biggest LAN and only non-local LAN I've been to and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous.

"Well to no surprise we got demolished 16-6 and 16-9. Right after this match ended, I decided to go to my room and unwind and chill before the next match, the next morning.

"Something happened this night that made the team completely believe that I was playing for the other team since the next match, against Rise Nation, we played the most embarrassing braindead Counter-Strike I have ever been a part of.

"I cannot go into specifics since the only reason I even know my team thinks this is because right after I left the venue to go home (I live locally), my friends on other MDL teams let me know that my team was telling everybody I threw our matches.

"They never spoke to me about it or anything, in person or online, completely ignored to this day which led to me making this post in the first place.

"As of now, my future is uncertain, but I will try to take this situation and make it as positive as I can and play on another team and chase my dream."

On GX, Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan will reunite with Keven "⁠AZK⁠" Lariviere and Braxton "⁠swag⁠" Pierce after playing alongside the duo on the iBUYPOWER roster that attended the ESL One Cologne 2014 Major. The 28-year-old spent the last season playing for Torqued, who finished in 11th place in ESEA Premier, with an 8-8 record.

GX will take part in the next ESEA Premier season with the following roster:

United States Braxton "⁠swag⁠" Pierce
Canada Keven "⁠AZK⁠" Lariviere
United States Shawn "⁠witmer⁠" Taylor
United States Matt "⁠Pollo⁠" Wilson
Canada Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan 

United States Matt 'Pollo' Wilson
Matt 'Pollo' Wilson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
123
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.74
United States Michael 'dapr' Gulino
Michael 'dapr' Gulino
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
118
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.68
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
153
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Canada Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Keven 'AZK' Lariviere
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
174
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
United States Shawn 'witmer' Taylor
Shawn 'witmer' Taylor
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
236
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.70
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
229
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
LOL
2018-01-12 21:01
39 replies
#13
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Germany AdiZen
Replacing witmer would have been a better decision tbh
2018-01-12 21:02
20 replies
tier7 team who cares
2018-01-12 21:03
16 replies
still witmer wud be logical. dapr not that bad.
2018-01-12 21:17
11 replies
They won't have awper then so dapr non-expirience is not bad decision..
2018-01-12 21:23
6 replies
-dazed+steel ironic
2018-01-12 21:50
5 replies
>he threw, better replace him with steel all of my what
2018-01-12 22:24
- pollo +dazed
2018-01-12 22:28
3 replies
#197
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Denmark LauritsKH
Dazed is retired feelsbadman
2018-01-12 22:49
still a chance
2018-01-13 00:37
1 reply
and then -witmer +ska when he gets kicked from c9 HAHAH ibp reunion
2018-01-13 06:17
Yeah, witmer is an awper apparently, so I guess he fills that role
2018-01-12 21:24
swag is tier1 awp material
2018-01-12 22:33
2 replies
that would just end his career
2018-01-13 02:04
LUL
2018-01-13 15:27
Swags tier one buddy
2018-01-12 21:19
2 replies
+1
2018-01-12 21:30
+1
2018-01-12 22:11
it is tier 7, but it is swag's and azk's team
2018-01-12 21:57
Except apparently they're sure enough that dapr threw. Even if he didn't you can't get over that lack of trust. Better to have witmer for MDL then get a new guy if they move up to Pro League.
2018-01-12 21:19
How? Oh we think Dapr is throwing so lets kick witmer. Did you even read the tweet?
2018-01-12 21:27
1 reply
#209
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United Kingdom daneclaw
Lol
2018-01-13 00:50
3 replies
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO STEEL YOU DA MAN OLD IBP IS BACK BBY Edit: just realized witmer is still in. wrong fucking move. dapr is a machine whereas witmer is a meme. anyway, happy for steel to be united with his old mates again. dazed who? :^)
2018-01-12 21:28
2 replies
#135
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Finland Smoonah
No it's not.
2018-01-12 21:21
#208
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United States benk125
Did you read the tweet They think dapr threw
2018-01-13 00:42
suspects him of throwing - gets another thrower kapper
2018-01-12 21:02
3 replies
Dapr deserves better anyway
2018-01-12 21:03
2 replies
+1 basically a bunch of throwers accusing another guy for throwing lmfao
2018-01-12 21:05
1 reply
Yeah I know, i read the tweetlonger before the hltv news. It's sad but NA Premier what did you expect
2018-01-12 21:06
#77
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Costa Rica disturv
gx should be dapr/pollo snakes swag steel azk
2018-01-12 21:06
8 replies
Leave snakeS in Soar, they are the future
2018-01-12 21:07
7 replies
he already left soar, that's why he can guess
2018-01-12 21:15
5 replies
Source? They just qualified for EPL
2018-01-12 21:18
4 replies
He's not old enough for EPL... or MDL next season. He's like 15.
2018-01-12 21:20
3 replies
I thought age restrictions were only for fucking MDL. Well this sucks even more than I thought. fuck off esl
2018-01-12 21:21
2 replies
Usually has to do with labor laws of countries they operate in, or have LANs in. I think.
2018-01-12 21:22
Age-restrictions are for both leagues, that's why we didn't see wrath play for Rogue at the start of EPL.
2018-01-13 04:05
#169
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Costa Rica disturv
i would leave snakes in soar, but esl dont eksde
2018-01-12 21:36
#78
kaas | 
Netherlands ImKuru
we knew this would happen already, we saw the video of AZK saying josh instead of michael/dapr
2018-01-12 21:06
Rip dazed
2018-01-12 21:01
4 replies
#212
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Brazil coldzao2
"which was his first non-local LAN" "I left the venue to go home (I live locally)"
2018-01-13 01:57
3 replies
Exactly what i was thinking
2018-01-13 02:57
“Local LAN” is used in the sense of dapr only ever attending LANs where there would be a small amount of prize money, if any, up for grabs and the field would be entirely American, nothing like a MDL Global Finals even if it’s in the city he lives in
2018-01-13 11:54
1 reply
#233
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Brazil coldzao2
okay thanks
2018-01-13 12:18
LOL WITMER HAHAHA
2018-01-12 21:01
#4
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Korea ropzGOD
Lul ez tier 14
2018-01-12 21:01
#5
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United States ^mac^
LOL
2018-01-12 21:01
nice
2018-01-12 21:01
#7
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Brazil Kova69
Now where is dazed
2018-01-12 21:02
1 reply
He leave from cybersport
2018-01-12 21:02
Wheres dazed lul
2018-01-12 21:01
2 replies
Who is dazed lul
2018-01-12 21:02
1 reply
this tbh
2018-01-12 21:22
#9
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Myanmar xdavidlm
EZ
2018-01-12 21:01
LOL
2018-01-12 21:01
#11
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Sweden aer1aL
OH NO.
2018-01-12 21:02
gl
2018-01-12 21:02
Rip dapr :(
2018-01-12 21:02
back to the business 8)
2018-01-12 21:02
1 reply
#168
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Denmark Zorrondo
+1
2018-01-12 21:32
expected
2018-01-12 21:02
lol expected
2018-01-12 21:02
LUL
2018-01-12 21:02
PogChamp
2018-01-12 21:02
NA cs. Accuse someone of throwing and replace him with someone who got caught match fixing. Actual fucking memes.
2018-01-12 21:02
3 replies
#58
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Italy NathaNN
+1
2018-01-12 21:03
#75
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Slovakia TatKo
not gonna like i kinda like it, so funny
2018-01-12 21:05
#203
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Germany Tunio
LMFAO
2018-01-12 23:52
Called it when he said he was looking for team LMAO
2018-01-12 21:02
#23
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Norway Noreg
hahahaha
2018-01-12 21:02
Great move
2018-01-12 21:02
lets go baby
2018-01-12 21:02
#27
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Russia Nikosimus
IBP inc?
2018-01-12 21:02
MADDDDDD
2018-01-12 21:02
lmfao inb4 throw
2018-01-12 21:02
I think a br Steel vac
2018-01-12 21:02
#31
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Uruguay Faq^v^
LOOOOOOOL WAT
2018-01-12 21:02
swag, steel => to the moon as XRP
2018-01-12 21:02
nice
2018-01-12 21:02
even if it wasn't dapr's fault, steel is a direct upgrade anyway so...
2018-01-12 21:02
Expected via stream
2018-01-12 21:02
So sad.
2018-01-12 21:02
#39
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Sweden Dino1
-Witmer + DaZed -Pollo +Skadoodle
2018-01-12 21:02
4 replies
+1
2018-01-12 21:21
#181
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United States KpleeZy
+1000
2018-01-12 22:15
Maybe top 20 at most
2018-01-13 03:03
1 reply
Top 1 at throwing tho
2018-01-13 21:59
#40
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Europe defirujaca
"Swag TwoFaced Throwledo"
2018-01-12 21:03
1 reply
this
2018-01-13 14:02
#42
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Brazil Setrock
Don't act surprised, boys... We all knew it...
2018-01-12 21:02
What a backstab
2018-01-12 21:02
hi
2018-01-12 21:02
WHAT
2018-01-12 21:02
ex-iBP HYPE BABY! DaZeD will never play on GX since now and to the moment when steel leaves GX sadly :(
2018-01-12 21:04
#48
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United States Clyer
I'm so excited for this
2018-01-12 21:02
LOOOOL
2018-01-12 21:03
#50
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Israel xpicyyy
swag steel azk are back
2018-01-12 21:03
#51
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United States rad1ey
why not become torqued?
2018-01-12 21:03
"horrible team", lol gud timming to cut it twitter
2018-01-12 21:03
#54
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Portugal dracø
lul thrower kicking a guy by accusing him of throwing 4HEAD
2018-01-12 21:03
#55
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Brazil WWWWWWW
oO
2018-01-12 21:03
they kick their arguably best player xDDDD
2018-01-12 21:03
Dapr fucking savage on his explanation
2018-01-12 21:03
#61
MSL | 
World Houzzy
LUL kick out their best player LUL
2018-01-12 21:03
#62
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Slovakia TatKo
oh the irony LMAO anyways gl dapr, maybe soar, ghost ( one or another ), or even rise can take you up.
2018-01-12 21:03
#63
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Spain elpastor
SKA COME BACK HOME
2018-01-12 21:04
accuse dapr of throwing to sign steel who actualy threw ok lol dapr deserves better anyways best player on gx
2018-01-12 21:04
3 replies
lmao thought the same thing. maybe they just wanted a more experienced thrower lul
2018-01-12 21:22
2 replies
wouldnt be suprised if all of them were throwing and kicked dapr cause he was being too obvius
2018-01-12 21:42
1 reply
yup might be the case actually
2018-01-12 21:43
gl zinc
2018-01-12 21:04
lmaooo
2018-01-12 21:04
steel accusing someone for throwing
2018-01-12 21:04
now this team will get better dazed completly defeated and shamed steel real man with honor and pride. criminals unite #FREEBRAX #freesteel
2018-01-12 21:04
1 reply
#161
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Italy marxie
+1337
2018-01-12 21:28
I saw jamezirl stream with steel practicing with them lul
2018-01-12 21:04
*kick thrower* *Add another thrower to team* *?????* *Profit?*
2018-01-12 21:04
#71
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC
thats why NA will never be close to EU fucking dramafags
2018-01-12 21:05
1 reply
#200
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United States stotte
NA is already close to EU
2018-01-12 23:03
They probably didn't literally think he was throwing, just that he played like trash and possibly wasn't communicating well.
2018-01-12 21:05
8/8 hltv bait
2018-01-12 21:06
#80
smooya | 
United Kingdom azrl
AZK is back?! Since when?? Damn I've been away from the scene for too long.
2018-01-12 21:06
1 reply
About 6 months ago
2018-01-12 21:11
Irony to the max
2018-01-12 21:06
-suspects him of throwing -replace him with steel ???? Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-01-12 21:07
1 reply
+1
2018-01-12 21:10
-witmer -pollo +dazed +skadoodle
2018-01-12 21:07
fucking throwers LUL
2018-01-12 21:07
Amazing now add dazed and n0thing??? :)
2018-01-12 21:07
#88
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Belarus Starvoid
good
2018-01-12 21:07
#89
cogu | 
Brazil delfs
ex-iBP trio reunited! That's good for the scene
2018-01-12 21:07
GL STEEL
2018-01-12 21:07
#91
mir | 
Poland barmon
LUL IBP
2018-01-12 21:07
LMAO XDDDJ
2018-01-12 21:08
#93
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Bosnia and Herzegovina discoK1ng
IBP hype
2018-01-12 21:08
So they remove Dapr for throwing then replace him with Steel :P
2018-01-12 21:08
LOL RIP LIQUID
2018-01-12 21:08
#97
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Turkey onuRRRR
-witmer +nothing :)
2018-01-12 21:09
LMFAOOOOOOO kick their best player
2018-01-12 21:10
he was throwing?????????? he did better than wit and azk while "throwing" lul
2018-01-12 21:10
+adreN +anger ?!
2018-01-12 21:11
3 replies
-witmer +adreN AZK and adreN reunited /orgasm
2018-01-12 21:18
2 replies
not bad choise for adreN. but adreN awp then? steel igl
2018-01-12 21:25
1 reply
yes!
2018-01-12 21:28
From liquid to GX kappa
2018-01-12 21:11
1 reply
daps retarded Keepo
2018-01-12 21:16
finally that shitty is gone
2018-01-12 21:12
now add dazed and add n0thing, new iBP
2018-01-12 21:14
gg for GX, dapr is hundred times better than steel
2018-01-12 21:14
NACS Never change.
2018-01-12 21:14
#112
Ax1Le | 
Portugal KSED
I need to read the other side of the story, this sounds too ridiculous lol
2018-01-12 21:15
1 reply
The other side, from Pollo: twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqd70s
2018-01-16 12:51
O SHIIIIIIIIIT
2018-01-12 21:15
WITMER BOT STILL IN XDD
2018-01-12 21:15
Should be glad, that team has no future.
2018-01-12 21:16
#117
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Iceland caverat
what
2018-01-12 21:16
+dazed plz plz plz
2018-01-12 21:17
1 reply
they wanted dazed to leave so steel could join, conspiracy theory haha
2018-01-12 21:22
First non-local lan. 1 paragraph later. I live locally. Wut
2018-01-12 21:18
1 reply
non local teams attending
2018-01-12 21:38
Dazed XDDDD
2018-01-12 21:18
#125
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Malaysia byaIi
IBPower
2018-01-12 21:19
#129
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Namibia banned_so
matchfixers complaining about throwing lul
2018-01-12 21:20
damn felt bad for the kid no way he can prove..
2018-01-12 21:20
Im so happy for Steel <3
2018-01-12 21:20
AHAHAHAAHA nice team Dazed xddddd
2018-01-12 21:20
OMG it's happening
2018-01-12 21:20
ooooo
2018-01-12 21:21
lul kick dapr and keeping witmer hahaha
2018-01-12 21:21
dapr is a good player. They kicked the wrong guy.
2018-01-12 21:23
I like steel, so I'm fine with this, fuck dazed
2018-01-12 21:23
there is only one steel and he is black
2018-01-12 21:23
a team with 2 ex-throwers acuses teammate of throwing -na cs 2018 EDIT: and replaces him with another ex-thrower OMEGALUL
2018-01-12 21:25
two confirmed throwers kick a legit player for "throwing" and replace him with another confirmed thrower. NA CS is a fucking joke re-ban IBP
2018-01-12 21:24
2 replies
+1
2018-01-12 22:15
LMAO. SO TRUE
2018-01-13 09:51
Now its getting interesting? Lez go! :))
2018-01-12 21:24
just na things
2018-01-12 21:24
#154
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Sweden godname
FINALLY.. NOW WILL THEY DO SUCCES WITH STEEL, he is a realy smart guy in CS.. so this will work so much better an with dazed
2018-01-12 21:25
Two confirmed throwers suspect him of throwing and replace him with another thrower... LUL
2018-01-12 21:26
NA CS EleGiggle nevertheless i kinda hope they finally get their shit together. im still convinced that steel, azk and especially swag have soemthing to give beyond crappy mdl bullshit. however their games at MDL (at least the last ones that i actually got to watch) were so fucking god awful that im not sure whether i should have much hope or not. in any case, steel should remedy some of that since he is a capable IGL.
2018-01-12 21:26
#158
CMX | 
United States LuWi
YUNG DAP NOOOO
2018-01-12 21:26
i really lost respect for swag being a convicted thrower and having the chance to actually play in big events and after that he goes trash talking his teammate and saying he threw the match? maybe he forgot about what he did with ibp lmao
2018-01-12 21:28
Gj kicking best player in the team
2018-01-12 21:29
Expected, should’ve been -witmer though.
2018-01-12 21:29
Solution is to add the biggest thrower to the team ? rofl
2018-01-12 21:30
Now watch them actually be half decent... ty Dazed
2018-01-12 21:32
give this team ska and dazed back ... just wanna see that!! =D
2018-01-12 21:40
NA CS in a nutshell.
2018-01-12 21:46
Good luck. Steel is a good IGL / Game Planner. AZK will only get better. Should be back near the top of MDL. Will missed torqued though. A2Z might be an interesting 6th to sub-in just in case.
2018-01-12 21:47
1 reply
They should kick witmer and put A2Z instead !! A2Z is really good !!
2018-01-12 21:50
#180
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China Yao_Ming
steel will lead them well. they will make it to pro league for sure
2018-01-12 22:13
#183
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United States Rambeard
swag under steel's guidance. oof. I like where this could go.
2018-01-12 22:18
lost all respect for this team
2018-01-12 22:18
#185
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United Kingdom TBass
When Ska steps down from C9 over the summer, who reckons that DaZeD would consider joining GX again with him?
2018-01-12 22:21
now pick up hiko????? would me a lot of sense to me because of his friendship with azk/swag.
2018-01-12 22:21
I've lost all the respect I had for these idiots.
2018-01-12 22:34
this was the best thing possible that could happen to this GX team. GL Steel ;)
2018-01-12 22:34
still trash why bother ROFL
2018-01-12 22:37
What a scumbag team
2018-01-12 22:38
ma man steel gl
2018-01-12 22:42
-Witmer +Dazed -Pollo +Skadaddy
2018-01-12 22:55
poor dapr, hope he finds a new team. people thought that these ex throwers "changed" lul
2018-01-12 22:58
#204
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Germany Tunio
NA CS XD
2018-01-12 23:53
replacing possible thrower with the biggest thrower in history of cs lmao
2018-01-13 00:36
1 reply
#219
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China Yao_Ming
VP are biggest throwers
2018-01-13 03:12
ez Immortals steel
2018-01-13 01:20
#211
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Korea LEVi_
Steel <3 glad to see him with Swag and azk again !
2018-01-13 01:27
IBUYPOWER
2018-01-13 02:43
What the actual fuck
2018-01-13 02:57
Why dapr????????
2018-01-13 03:11
the jews are making a comeback
2018-01-13 03:13
W I T M E R M O V E M E N T
2018-01-13 03:28
GOD STEEL YES
2018-01-13 03:31
ex-iBP reunited
2018-01-13 06:14
#227
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Brazil hugoooo
steel+AZK+swag... is real
2018-01-13 06:21
Just based on how swift and secretive they were about this move and doing it behind dapr's back you can kind of tell GX already had this roster change planned (to bring steel in for him) and were probably just waiting for any sort of small mistake to use as an excuse to get rid of him. I highly doubt this has anything whatsoever to do with his performance at the actual event and this was probably in the works well ahead of time.
2018-01-13 06:22
what are u aiming at?!?!?!??!
2018-01-13 10:03
#231
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United Kingdom aimcsgo
This could be what GX needs, and i mean steel is a great addition i personally think but the way GX treat this issue was appalling and should really talk to dapr and release a professional statement on it, as they are an organisation.
2018-01-13 10:55
question is: will they pass the drugtests?
2018-01-13 17:06
#244
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Latvia Tibro
lol steel xD
2018-01-14 15:33
-witmer -pollo +freakazoid +cooper- Won't ever happen but it'd be interesting
2018-01-15 10:48
1 reply
-witmer -pollo +coldzera +fer Won't ever happen but it'd be interesting
2018-02-02 22:15
Cry is 0.22$ DaZed
2018-01-22 14:11
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