SK secure hard-fought victory over Space Soldiers

SK go up 1-0 in Atlanta after a 16-13 win over Space Soldiers on Mirage.

Starting off the game by losing the CT pistol round meant Space Soldiers had to wait until the fourth round to afford equipment that would allow them to challenge SK. Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli got a good bang for his buck, as his $4,750 AWP investment yielded him three kills that stopped the Brazilians' B site offensive and got his side on the board.

Fernando "fer" Alvarenga's relentless aggression paid off in the followup, as he found a gap in the CT defenses to flank the B site and make the score 4-1. SK couldn't break the bank of their opponents, though, as Buğra "Calyx" Arkın and Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş picked up doubles to start a streak of rounds going the way of the Turkish side.

Things were looking good for Space Soldiers to get their ninth round as they had a 5v2 situation going their favor, but fer's sneaky play paid off again as he picked up three kills that allowed Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo to clutch out.

fer single-handedly won rounds for SK, which ended up mattering a lot

After the switch, SK won the second pistol round as well, which made bringing back a 9-6 halftime deficit to a tied 9-9 score much easier. A few rounds later, Calyx pulled his side back into the lead by clutching a 1v2 against João "felps" Vasconcellos and Marcelo "coldzera" David on A. (11-10) 

coldzera, who was struggling early on, finally came to life towards the end of the game, playing key parts in SK getting back into the lead. (13-12)

After another back and forth round went SK's way, Space Soldiers decided to go for a fast-paced, mixed buy B site attack that worked out. The Turkish side wasn't able to take advantage of the equipment advantage in the followup, though, and that allowed FalleN and co. to close out the game 16-13.

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 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 28 - 18 +10 86.0 1.42
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 23 - 18 +5 81.1 1.19
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 20 - 20 0 84.9 1.07
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 16 - 19 -3 67.5 0.95
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 16 - 20 -4 70.1 0.94
 Space Soldiers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx 25 - 19 +6 90.5 1.24
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 23 - 22 +1 83.2 1.05
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R 19 - 24 -5 79.4 0.98
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN 15 - 19 -4 59.7 0.75
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz 13 - 20 -7 53.7 0.72

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
1028
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
755
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
#1
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
coldzera off game? sk don't give no shits (and coldzera just wins the last rounds with an insane 2k like we are used to see from him)
2018-01-20 01:24
#6
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
TACO saved them the game Space Soldiers played very well though gg
2018-01-20 01:24
#44
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
sK dOn'T gIvE nO sHiTs
2018-01-20 01:27
#91
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Netherlands RincoB 
Taco in the round before the last twitter.com/FalleNCS/status/931375083766..
2018-01-20 01:31
insane? i dont think so
2018-01-20 01:33
#130
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Brazil Cleits 
yep
2018-01-20 01:46
+1 Cold played very bad, but when Sk needs he shine again
2018-01-20 01:48
#2
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World aagii247 
aha
2018-01-20 01:24
#3
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Poland Fasterinio 
sx
2018-01-20 01:24
#4
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Argentina NoRiskNoGain 
SK TOP 1 CRY IS FREE
2018-01-20 01:24
#22
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Australia KatVian 
Relax
2018-01-20 01:25
#42
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
I think he mad
2018-01-20 01:26
#54
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Argentina NoRiskNoGain 
SK TOP 1 CRY IS FREE
2018-01-20 01:28
#67
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
Oh man, do not talk with him. He choked
2018-01-20 01:29
#74
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Argentina NoRiskNoGain 
jesus, u think im taking it seriously? ROLFMAO bye
2018-01-20 01:29
ez katka
2018-01-20 01:24
#7
Hiko | 
Turkey vVoLF07 
ss deserved to win
2018-01-20 01:24
#16
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Malta 74c00 
Not really since they didn't get 16 rounds
2018-01-20 01:25
#49
boltz | 
Brazil naikeen 
+1
2018-01-20 01:27
+1
2018-01-20 10:56
#45
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Brazil aAlem 
LuL
2018-01-20 01:27
#55
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
I'm not even slightly a fanboy of Space Soldiers but that was amazing to watch. If they keep playing like this, they might have extraordinary results in this major, considering they will also face weaker teams.
2018-01-20 01:28
#79
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Europe no_u 
Xantares deagle is so insane xdddddd
2018-01-20 01:30
They played better than the most teams, if they keep playing like this theyll probably become legends this major.
2018-01-20 01:35
#122
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India genesis6996 
Man Xantares!!! He is such a good player! Maybe one of the best! Reminds of Niko in MouseSports!
2018-01-20 01:41
#173
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World nakTriceps 
"weaker teams" Cloud9 is the next...
2018-01-20 06:20
Draws weren't out when I made this comment. And I meant weaker than SK (even without boltz), which C9 arguably is.
2018-01-20 08:05
The best teams in the world just win the game and dont said we deserved. A lot of surprises this Major and is awesome. Space Soldiers played really well Xantares was sick and Calyx too. Was a close game but finally just the best team win. Space Soldiers got a lot of chances in this performance. Now theyre really strong team in this Major and well that is awesome.
2018-01-20 01:29
#85
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
To win 1 kebab
2018-01-20 01:30
No it wasnt too close how it looks like ss just won bunch of sk eco's which were cuz sk bad economy
2018-01-20 10:56
#8
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Brazil diogo_dsc 
ez for felps
2018-01-20 01:24
EZ for Renegades
2018-01-20 01:25
#10
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Malta 74c00 
Gg
2018-01-20 01:25
Nt ss wp
2018-01-20 01:25
#12
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Well played SS. SK got lucky and will sweat in the next rounds for sure.
2018-01-20 01:25
Nyet
2018-01-20 01:26
lul
2018-01-20 01:55
Coldzera looked sketchy on T, they probably would have lost if he didn't bring it back
2018-01-20 01:26
#14
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Turkey Hydra16 
Unlucky SS
2018-01-20 01:25
#43
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Brazil Mirekz 
lol SS was actually luck that Coldzera didn't come back from vacation yet
2018-01-20 01:27
#83
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
Did you even watched the game bruv?
2018-01-20 01:30
#96
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Brazil Mirekz 
i did, Coldzera was 3/12 at some point, his first game of the year tho
2018-01-20 01:31
Remember xantares couldn't play too, he got carried xd
2018-01-20 01:56
SS was lucky all game with timing and sparaying through the smokes they didnt anything relleavnt SK juat made a lot of mistakes
2018-01-20 10:57
#15
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China BodeFuceta 
coldzera top1
2018-01-20 01:25
#17
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Brazil de_arnald 
not lucky
2018-01-20 01:25
#18
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France cedd 
ez
2018-01-20 01:25
#20
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Brazil Alfredao 
gg
2018-01-20 01:25
BADFALLEN
2018-01-20 01:25
#23
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Turkey BRUTALIXX 
lucky TACOO
2018-01-20 01:25
#72
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Brazil augusJ 
Skill my friend, skill..
2018-01-20 01:29
#24
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Brazil GKR48 
Got a drop from WALLEN <3
2018-01-20 01:25
#25
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Denmark JustYes 
ggwp both teams! have a cool day! -VeryCoolGuy
2018-01-20 01:25
#26
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Brazil digozamaral 
GG SS! They played so good! Deserved the win
2018-01-20 01:25
#64
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Albania blizaardy 
GG bru, I respect a guys like you eho respects other teams.
2018-01-20 01:29
#121
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Turkey 0vercast 
SK deserved it , not SS
2018-01-20 01:40
It was close, the game was decided on endgame clutchs. SS have an amazing future.
2018-01-20 04:03
How lucky was that from taco 1 hp 1 sec gg wp anyway
2018-01-20 01:26
#28
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
GG to both teams , ss unluko fallen 1 hp... SpaceForAll
2018-01-20 01:26
#29
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Brazil Coba1nK 
EZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
2018-01-20 01:26
SS played very well. Glad that SK went away with the win though.
2018-01-20 01:26
#31
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Brazil Anahera 
I almost had a heart attack here, but from sk it's expected
2018-01-20 01:26
#107
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Turkey KUYASH 
haha :) GG well played
2018-01-20 01:34
#33
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Portugal dracø 
Close call, SS are so much fun to watch. But in the end bad fallen delivers
2018-01-20 01:26
#36
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Germany eD!z 
I think the awesome lurking plays of fer won this game and also the force buy round in the 28th.
2018-01-20 01:26
#87
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
SS lost the game in this round, i'm afraid. But at least one good map to save the day.
2018-01-20 01:30
Godzera Kick TACO
2018-01-20 01:26
-10
2018-01-20 01:29
#78
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Brazil augusJ 
-100
2018-01-20 01:30
#113
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Brazil fabianosan 
-1000
2018-01-20 01:36
#151
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Turkey Mustafa- 
-10000
2018-01-20 02:50
-100000
2018-01-20 03:47
#39
swag | 
Turkey Jagernai 
Spaces deserved this match however they're did some simple mistakes NT
2018-01-20 01:26
??? Logic??? They didnt deserved the win, if they did they would have won.
2018-01-20 04:19
I'm a big fan of SK, but what the hell is that kind of thinking? Didn't deserve the win because SS did not win? Lol which side of favela are you on? A win is a win, yes but some do not deserve it (do bad guys deserve victory?) In this case though, he's prolly saying SS deserved to win because they put on a spectacular performance, putting SK, of all teams they could actually imagine fight against, on the ropes, and coldzera had a bad showing, particularly during the early rounds, although that also needs to be considered as well. But then again SK managed to grab the win. You're gonna say you're just fooling around. I'm gonna say I'm just being Captain Obvious. Bye! *flies away*
2018-01-20 06:17
#199
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Brazil Roufas 
There are no "bad guys here", your idealism is not necessary in sports, this is not war. It just happened as always, the better team won and deserved it, unless there is some kind of foul play or straight up cheating, the team that wins it is the one that deserves it, ALWAYS. It really is that simple. Saying a team didn't deserve their win is just a childish attempt to undermine that team's credit.
2018-01-20 18:28
#175
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
please don't be stupid :)
2018-01-20 07:30
Hehe
2018-01-20 10:47
#201
swag | 
Turkey Jagernai 
Nice fanboi
2018-01-20 20:49
Cold didnt even have to work this game, no need to fire up cilinders vs ss =] 2ez. hes waiting for a real opponent. Rest of sk brothers did it this time <333
2018-01-20 01:26
#46
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
nice try my boys i hope you will win at Round #2
2018-01-20 01:27
People who say that SK are the luckiest team ever are delusional....however, SK were lucky in this game lol
2018-01-20 01:27
Fuck yes man! I don't like to complain about loses or wins but SK was lucky AF. Pfffsss I'm so saltyyy lmao
2018-01-20 01:36
SS look really strong though. They should have a chance against C9, hope they do well
2018-01-20 01:38
I hope so man. They have so much potential. I wasn't expecting that performance. Anyway, well played :)
2018-01-20 01:43
Dont be salty mai frend SS will make legends for sure
2018-01-20 01:42
Prediction: SK win the major, Donald Trump dies and Bolsonaro wins the presidency
2018-01-20 01:27
#82
fer | 
Brazil nt_prodka 
+1 but I hope that Trump stays alive
2018-01-20 01:30
#197
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
Trump stays alive? How many times u sucked his dick for money?
2018-01-20 16:24
#50
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
Enjoyed watching it, wellplayed SK!
2018-01-20 01:27
cold was in hard winning#1party mode but FalleN was in hardcarry mode!
2018-01-20 01:27
#52
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Brazil Collee 
"hard" LMAO
2018-01-20 01:28
#53
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Norway anMu 
Undeserved noobs. Winning 2 pistols, defusing bomb with 1hp with 0,1 second left on bomb etc. SK are luckiest fuckers in csgo history aka double noscope jump shot by mr. retardzera.
2018-01-20 01:28
#76
fer | 
Brazil nt_prodka 
Now say this without crying
2018-01-20 01:29
#86
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Norway anMu 
Pls kys 3th worlder.
2018-01-20 01:30
#95
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
He is saying facts yk
2018-01-20 01:31
SK luckiest team ever is a fact? He's just hating, or probably complaining that he lost those spicy odds...
2018-01-20 04:05
#89
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Brazil augusJ 
Ok. Cry.
2018-01-20 01:30
#111
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Norway anMu 
Nice argument vs facts I said. I guess cry is first word they teach you in jungle school because you have to cry about fact you live in 3th world shithole called BRA71L.
2018-01-20 01:36
Shut the fuck up, you don't know shit about our country, racist asshole BTW If SK relied only on Iuck I don't think that team would be the best in the world for over a year
2018-01-20 03:41
#156
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Norway anMu 
2018-01-20 03:46
"SK are luckiest fuckers in csgo history" since 2016, right? Why are you so mad? kkkkkkkkkkk
2018-01-20 01:31
#94
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Brazil theambush 
They have a lot of plays like that, ending the round in the last seconds..if it is lucky, they're lucky all time
2018-01-20 01:59
Cry is free
2018-01-20 01:42
#125
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Norway anMu 
#111
2018-01-20 01:43
Cry is free
2018-01-20 01:45
#131
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Norway anMu 
Sadly for you brain cells aren't.
2018-01-20 01:46
Cry is free
2018-01-20 01:46
#144
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Brazil sprk1 
keep crying
2018-01-20 02:11
#152
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Turkey Mustafa- 
lol you are right but pls be respectful
2018-01-20 02:50
Sk had very very very lucky game I have ever seen. That 1hp defuse and following hs by Taco was the key round, so sad for SS anway gg
2018-01-20 01:29
#62
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Brazil unknownnnow 
Won to won teamwork > TOP HLTV Players not important /.
2018-01-20 01:32
#63
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Denmark aCggg 
"SS got unlucky" Funny how simple thing such as checking a corner(s) will cost you a game. Nothing unlucky in that, just plain stupid
2018-01-20 01:29
the ONLY good game of the day. well played ss
2018-01-20 01:29
I agree
2018-01-20 11:00
#68
fer | 
Brazil nt_prodka 
CHEATARES too good
2018-01-20 01:29
#196
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
Nt banana kid Try harder
2018-01-20 16:21
#70
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Brazil hugoooo 
SS is so good nowadays, they're definitely going to be a solid top 10 team, this year. cold had a rare bad match today, that helped a lot too, let's be realistic. It was not the cold very impactful cold we're used to see on 90% of SK matches. XANTARES is a beast, he's so damn skilled, calyx is not far behind.
2018-01-20 01:30
#153
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Turkey Mustafa- 
+1 cold was so bad
2018-01-20 02:51
#71
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Brazil theambush 
Almost lost. GG for SS
2018-01-20 01:29
Xantares > top1coldzera confirmed
2018-01-20 01:29
#90
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
in your dreams maybe
2018-01-20 01:30
Not my dreams this and before cache ss ez sk xantares ez just unlucky idiot
2018-01-20 09:26
#77
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Turkey onuRRRR 
unlucky game for us. GGWP SK!
2018-01-20 01:30
implying not checking corners is unlucky lmao
2018-01-20 01:32
#81
XANTARES | 
Turkey zay0 
In summary 1 HP!
2018-01-20 01:30
cold is playing bad cuz felps and his gamestyle dont fit very well,even more when they are playing seriously after a long time apart.i hope they can make it more balanced between both.
2018-01-20 01:31
That fact makes him worse than NiKo
2018-01-20 02:14
RESPECT most enjoyable match of the round 1 wp
2018-01-20 01:30
ss put up a great show,tho i think if it was boltz the story wouldve been different cause felps changes coldzera's gamestyle so much.
2018-01-20 01:32
nt ss
2018-01-20 01:31
SUPER EZ
2018-01-20 01:31
felps > coldzera
2018-01-20 01:31
#99
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
FERGODTOP1 VAMO PRIMO
2018-01-20 01:32
We did simple mistakes and match gone. So disgusting... Congratulations SK
2018-01-20 01:33
#105
fer | 
Brazil cyrax12 
OMG FALLEN STOP BLOWING MY MIND
2018-01-20 01:33
+1 fallen went to a new gear to get a few of those rounds
2018-01-20 06:14
The most interesting and close rounds that i see nowadays. Cold wasnt on his day but fallen did extra things to make difference. Also congrats ss prove they have potential to make any tier1 team upset. Ss need to check default hiding spots to win. #SSHYPE #ITSNOTOVER #FALLENGOD
2018-01-20 01:34
#143
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Brazil Henriquecha 
+1 #RUNSKG #RUNSS GL!
2018-01-20 02:09
Hopefully this will be a lesson for SK not to underestimate their opponents. They played pretty bad compared to their usual play style and so did SS with those blind site entries not checking corners. Good job SS!
2018-01-20 01:36
Even though SK looked sloppy and Cold wasn't on form, gz Turkish brothers for making best game of today and doing really good vs N1 team. You guys deserve top 8
2018-01-20 01:37
#115
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Indonesia DezfanzeR 
Wtf cold?
2018-01-20 01:38
Dont get me wrong ppls saying cold played bad..you guys need to realize this team was playing with felps...many situation cold and fer fallen will change many spot in game...u can see felps going to cold spot place ...and when felps dont fell confortablr he changed to fallen spot..fallen just have to play with rifle almost time as suport (boltz role) o ct...and fer go to window (fallen role)on ct bcz of it..taco forced full time awp as tr too and many changes bcz felps join back on team..about space soldiers they played well but both team full buy space will lose...sk push forced buy at vry risk round without nades and will over ss full buy... (14vs13)that full buy for sk i thought sk was trowing the game...but they win with that sh..t but lol....
2018-01-20 01:39
#118
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Finland Smoonah 
plz do 3-0 for pickums
2018-01-20 01:39
#120
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Iceland caverat 
lucky
2018-01-20 01:40
HLTV BRAZIL: "SK SECURE HARD-FOUGHT VICTORY OVER SPACE SOLDIERS" HLTV WHEN NORMAL TEAM GETS RAPED: "GAMBIT OUTCLASS NATUS VINCERE ON NUKE; GO 1-0 UP" HLTV WHEN DANISH GETS RAPED: "OSKAR STARS AS MOUSESPORTS OVERRUN ASTRALIS"
2018-01-20 01:46
#134
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Belgium BIG__DADDY 
cry is free
2018-01-20 01:49
#168
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United States Hosch 
0/8
2018-01-20 04:53
#137
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Mexico d0naldtrump 
toxic brazilians
2018-01-20 01:58
np SS 3-1 ez
2018-01-20 01:59
ez
2018-01-20 02:00
This game proves that Coldzera doesn't carry SK (Except for TACO KKKKKKKKKKK)
2018-01-20 02:07
#145
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France plagueis 
nt SS hahahaha
2018-01-20 02:11
nt SS
2018-01-20 02:28
Fallen > Cold
2018-01-20 03:18
kkkk
2018-01-20 03:47
If SK lost, "it was because of felps". SK won, but close, "it was because of felps". LOL
2018-01-20 04:00
#167
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Brazil erfur 
You are very critical about this first game of the sk ... remembering that it is the first official game after the vacation ... to realize the lack of game rhythm and how cold missed today as he never misses... xantares 1.05 rating against a tier1 team....
2018-01-20 04:53
#174
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
GG space soldiers
2018-01-20 06:29
#180
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Romania SirNeo 
1. GG Space Soldiers 2. Where is boltz?
2018-01-20 09:59
SS didnt papy well it was more that SK palyed bad
2018-01-20 10:58
#190
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
0/8
2018-01-20 11:34
Pls stop acting like SS were overplaying SK
2018-01-20 13:26
#192
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
pls stop acting like retard
2018-01-20 13:29
You are talking to yourself?
2018-01-20 14:17
#194
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
since when denmark got such a lot of autists?
2018-01-20 14:24
#195
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Australia StVincent 
HLTV BRAZIL: "SK SECURE HARD-FOUGHT VICTORY OVER SPACE SOLDIERS" HLTV WHEN NORMAL TEAM GETS RAPED: "GAMBIT OUTCLASS NATUS VINCERE ON NUKE; GO 1-0 UP" HLTV WHEN DANISH GETS RAPED: "OSKAR STARS AS MOUSESPORTS OVERRUN ASTRALIS"
2018-01-20 15:54
#200
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Turkey Sekolelele 
<3 GOD CALYX <3 90.5 ADR
2018-01-20 19:16
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