SK, Cloud9 invited to ESL One Cologne

MIRAA
February 17th, 2018 16:20

SK Gaming and Cloud9 are the first teams invited to compete at ESL One Cologne 2018, the event's organisers have revealed.

The Americas duo contested the final of last year's ESL One Cologne event, with the Brazilians running out 3-0 victors to win their fifth title in three months - their last before replacing João "felps" Vasconcellos with Ricardo "boltz" Prass

Cloud9 began 2018 with a bang, winning the ELEAGUE Major after an incredible playoff run that saw them beat G2, SK and FaZe. The Brazilians are still looking for their first title of the year after crashing out of the Major in the semi-finals and of cs_summit 2 in third place.

SK invited back to ESL One Cologne after winning last year's event

ESL One Cologne will begin with a three-day group stage from July 3-5 and will culminate with the playoffs at the LANXESS Arena, from July 6-8. Sixteen teams will be taking part in this tournament, which will have $300,000 on offer - a $50,000 increase when compared to last year's $250,000 prize pool.

Tickets to ESL One Cologne are already available for purchase, with prices starting at 59€ (73$).

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
550
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Expected
2018-02-17 16:21
#4
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Austria shaakeh 
SICK
2018-02-17 16:21
pls no north
2018-02-17 16:45
Inviting C9 before FaZe LUL
2018-02-17 17:56
CUZ FAZE LOST TO SK I GUESS 8IN SEMIS AND THEY ONLY INVITED FINALS TILL NOW9
2018-02-17 18:01
O K
2018-02-17 23:03
#119
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Brazil spieker 
C9 x SK, final of 2017.... Why Faze???
2018-02-17 18:23
Didn't realise
2018-02-17 23:03
No NA teams pls. They BOT af.
2018-02-18 06:45
Wow. C9 first invite to what is probably now the most prestigious non-major, regardless of prize pool
2018-02-17 16:22
Yea the crowd is amazing
2018-02-17 16:31
#47
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Austria shaakeh 
Cologne is the best
2018-02-17 16:37
Katowice*
2018-02-17 16:39
#56
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Austria shaakeh 
Cologne*
2018-02-17 16:41
Katowice*
2018-02-17 16:52
#74
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Austria shaakeh 
Flag checks out, biased toilet cleaner Toilets are better in Cologne
2018-02-17 16:53
Toilets are better in cologne but polish crowd is the best.
2018-02-17 17:17
#86
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Austria shaakeh 
Not without VP, we are better in Cologne, you'll see
2018-02-17 17:18
#87
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Germany svNNN 
Da muss ich dir recht geben :D erst recht wenn Liquid invited wird =D
2018-02-17 17:19
#92
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Austria shaakeh 
moin
2018-02-17 17:23
#93
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Germany svNNN 
moin. :^)
2018-02-17 17:23
no...
2018-02-17 17:21
#91
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Austria shaakeh 
That wasn't a question.
2018-02-17 17:23
Everyone knows that polish crowd is the best crowd, thorin agrees
2018-02-17 18:58
Nobody cares to what thorin says
2018-02-17 21:20
Thorin is a god, you shall respect da ginger
2018-02-17 21:31
#120
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Poland Kuszotke 
XDDX implying cologne is better than katowice
2018-02-17 18:24
#146
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Germany enzin 
Cologne is way better!
2018-02-17 20:43
#178
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Switzerland Alzameister 
you both know that this is biased af because you are from germany and kuszotke is from poland?
2018-02-18 10:08
#182
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Germany enzin 
Yes
2018-02-18 12:22
#184
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United States dufs 
cologne
2018-02-18 15:36
Cologne'
2018-02-17 21:19
Gl
2018-02-17 16:21
#23
fnx | 
Brazil coldzao10y 
easy SK
2018-02-17 16:23
After getting destroyed by C9 twice and beat by Liquid at cs_summit in 2018 so far? Yeah, it'll be a breeze for them
2018-02-17 17:34
#3
s1mple | 
Denmark JustYes 
Nice!
2018-02-17 16:21
n1
2018-02-17 16:21
#6
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Brazil romp  
no thoorin pls.
2018-02-17 16:21
#31
device | 
Brazil RIJK 
+1
2018-02-17 16:28
#35
FalleN | 
Brazil tails36 
+1
2018-02-17 16:31
#38
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Brazil FalsoRei 
+1
2018-02-17 16:31
+1
2018-02-17 16:34
#53
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United States DooteR_ 
+1
2018-02-17 16:39
+1
2018-02-17 16:43
#66
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Brazil FaelEz 
+1
2018-02-17 16:48
#68
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North America dr_ass 
+10000
2018-02-17 16:49
why not? best analyst ever
2018-02-17 16:49
3/8
2018-02-17 18:50
Excellent analyst, terrible internet user. Not that my nation is populated by people who use the internet properly, kek.
2018-02-18 04:59
#76
Austria zaql 
expected from brazil
2018-02-17 16:55
#77
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
+1
2018-02-17 17:02
#79
NAF | 
United States DervGuy 
Thorin is so fun though!
2018-02-17 17:05
+1 I don't want to get arrested for spiting in his face :-(
2018-02-17 18:38
#139
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Brazil romp  
ty for support guys
2018-02-17 19:59
+1
2018-02-17 20:33
-1 thoorin bestest You'll prove it or I'll make love to your boyfriend!
2018-02-17 21:10
#172
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United States FlagMaster 
kNg dID NoThINg wROnG
2018-02-18 01:57
#187
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Brazil TEUS1 
+1
2018-02-18 16:41
#7
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Brazil FaelEz 
VP please
2018-02-17 16:21
#65
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Kuwait EU_OMEGALUL 
LMAO
2018-02-17 16:45
#96
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Colombia AlejoBuh 
lol no
2018-02-17 17:29
#8
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Turkey teXet 
ROFL
2018-02-17 16:21
#9
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Slovakia wai7ing 
Nice from them
2018-02-17 16:21
#10
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Austria SPatrick_ 
facebook :(
2018-02-17 16:22
#138
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North America KingCole14 
Nope
2018-02-17 19:46
#11
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United Kingdom hehexdd 
inb4 sk gets lucky again LUL
2018-02-17 16:22
nice
2018-02-17 16:22
wow
2018-02-17 16:22
i forgot c9 made it to the finals
2018-02-17 16:22
#16
fer | 
Brazil Drezim1 
ez for ferGOD
2018-02-17 16:22
#17
karrigan | 
Denmark GYZ3P 
+ FaZe 100%
2018-02-17 16:22
#32
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Brazil RIJK 
+ astralis 100% too
2018-02-17 16:29
hopeful, was sad that I couldn't meet them there last year
2018-02-17 18:39
Now FaZe needs to get that inv too :D
2018-02-17 16:23
#19
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Belgium Ex666TenZ 
aaa
2018-02-17 16:23
fuck this facebook event
2018-02-17 16:23
#21
fnx | 
Brazil HueyNewton 
Nice
2018-02-17 16:23
C9 defeating SK again, very nice!!!
2018-02-17 16:23
F4ck you
2018-02-17 16:31
#43
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Brazil Mrsullivan0 
Sk in cologne is invencible !!
2018-02-17 16:33
Last Year um Cologne, 3-0 for SK
2018-02-17 16:43
Emphasis on "Last year" The rosters of both teams were different. SK had felps C9 has shroud and nothing You can't possibly be putting this C9 roster on the same level as that one
2018-02-17 17:52
SK wins anyway
2018-02-18 18:54
Who knows Dis gon bee gud either way
2018-02-18 05:00
#24
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Germany GG_Money 
Nice!
2018-02-17 16:23
Sk will win the 3 esl one cologne in a row. ez prediction
2018-02-17 16:23
fangay's prediction. we all remember what happened with them when they faced kings from Cloud9 at the last Major.
2018-02-17 16:50
With felps tho
2018-02-17 17:19
more excuses pls
2018-02-17 17:30
#185
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United States dufs 
it's a valid excuse lmao
2018-02-18 15:38
#121
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Brazil FalsoRei 
It's not an excuse, just like playing 2 BO3 in one day (MLG Columbus is the proof of it), look, they reach on semis without practicing with him because they wanted, there is no logic once they will have to play with Boltz the rest of the year. "but they won 5 tourne with him", of course they won, but do you remember what happened later? There is a reason why he got kicked, wasn't working having 2 agressive players in the team.
2018-02-17 18:30
#102
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Brazil FalsoRei 
Did you mean, when they faced Cloud9 in a BO3, right? Just remenber, ESL One Cologne is BO5. You're really mad because a brazilian is cheering for SK? You so smart... P.S.: Almost forgot, 2018 just begin...
2018-02-17 17:51
yeah in bo3, when Cloud9 f*cked them and won grand final vs FaZe Chokelan @ Boston Major.
2018-02-17 18:01
#116
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Brazil FalsoRei 
Honestly, i really want to see if they can keep this level of play and win more tourne or if they will be just like Astralis/Gambit. They talk so much about Sk been so lucky when they do comebacks, but no one talks about the 15-11 against FaZe. Sorry, but again, 2018 it's just beginning...
2018-02-17 18:12
Only thing i dislike sk for is winning that epicenter vs vp. Otherwise im with you ;)
2018-02-18 06:15
#183
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Brazil FalsoRei 
+1 nice :D hahaha
2018-02-18 14:05
#186
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United States dufs 
with a standin right
2018-02-18 15:43
#26
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Denmark Xipingu 
Expected really.
2018-02-17 16:24
#27
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Poland Marcines 
facebook LuL no thanks
2018-02-17 16:24
They really don't like students. Pretty much all German students have exams at that time. lmao
2018-02-17 16:24
#29
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Nepal TWiNTiMEeeeJW 
FACEBOOK MAJOR 2018 GOO Kappa.... facebook is shit af
2018-02-17 16:25
Where does it say its gonna be streamed on Facebook you fucking retard? You know thats only for proleague right you shit for brains?
2018-02-17 18:07
polygon.com/2018/1/18/16903872/esl-strea.. ESL, the company behind some of the world’s biggest esports tournaments, announced today that Facebook will be the new, exclusive streaming home of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League and the ESL One Dota 2 and CS:GO tournament series.
2018-02-17 18:34
#124 fucking toxic TFU
2018-02-17 18:46
Sorry didnt notice because i do not complain about such small issues Using no FB account streaming at 1080p/60fps with no stutters on chromecast You just don't like it because ur fucking stupid
2018-02-17 19:19
OK please dont write anymore cause you have no fuckin idea about it
2018-02-17 19:31
I watched almost every EU pro league game so far and have had literally no issues and i wasnt even logged in to facebook Its just u fucking pussies complaining over NOTHING because your 12 year old brains aren't used to change
2018-02-17 19:34
#1 You cant watch on mobile #2often freezing and lagging than yt and twitch #3sometimes you have bugged and you have to reset and more fuckin issues and dont tell me that only me because 80/90% ppl have this problem
2018-02-17 19:38
80-90% are making fake excuses Have never had to reset Have never had it stutter or bug
2018-02-17 19:43
Facebook knows what depraved porn you are into, what you enter into searchbars, other tabs you have open. INB4 "I wasn't logged in!!" doesn't matter if you are logged in or not. you got their player open in your browser, they are tracking the ever living fuck out of you
2018-02-17 20:27
#30
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United Kingdom hareeh 
confirms its not a major too, cant wait for faceits attempt!
2018-02-17 16:28
"confirms it's not a major" It's not like ESL hasn't hosted a major since 2016, and Cologne last year was not a major, and that Valve is only doing 2 majors per year, and Faceit has already been confirmed as the host of the next major. No none of that is known. It took until now for it to be confirmed as not a major.
2018-02-17 17:54
#193
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United Kingdom hareeh 
Not 'confirmed' actually, just reported. Last years major was in summer, and ESL imo deserve another major soon theyve really stepped up their game and their big events are always fantastic. Still, my comment was just expressing excitement for the upcoming major and theres no need to be rude about it.
2018-02-19 18:50
#33
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Brazil Didico 
WELCOME TO ESL ONE COLOGNE...!
2018-02-17 16:29
#34
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
EZ hat-trick for SK Gaming, the best team that ever existed
2018-02-17 16:30
#39
FalleN | 
Brazil tails36 
Facebook = garbage
2018-02-17 16:32
#40
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
lol too early invites lol
2018-02-17 16:32
How is it too early? C9 just won the major. SK has been consistent for quite a while. Even if they suddenly become bad teams they are still better invites than VP was at every event they went to after DH Las Vegas last year.
2018-02-17 17:55
#122
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Brazil FalsoRei 
+1
2018-02-17 18:31
#41
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Brazil skyreach 
Facebook OMEGALUL
2018-02-17 16:33
#42
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Brazil CHMaacedo 
2 great teams, anxious already. #RUNSK :)
2018-02-17 16:33
FUCK facebook
2018-02-17 16:34
It won't be on fb
2018-02-17 16:36
the best two teams of the world are invited right now that EU star team, yes this team that youre thinking are 3rd
2018-02-17 16:37
2018-02-17 16:37
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk in 30 sec you reply omg even the EU events dont see this EU star team top 1 sry :(
2018-02-17 16:39
hltv.org/ranking/teams/2018/february/12 unlucky :>
2018-02-17 16:41
kkkk funny if you see the top 1 team lost the last series against the top 2 and top 3 kkkkk nice top 1
2018-02-17 16:43
and C9 and SK lost to LIQUID kkkkkkkkkkkk nice top 1 kkkkkkkkk
2018-02-17 16:45
Liquid> EU star team any day
2018-02-17 16:52
nah
2018-02-17 16:55
#156
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
U fall for shit baits ? Give me your contact u can fall for my shit baits i do one every now and then and don't get any attention i think u would be of use to me
2018-02-17 21:35
nice english
2018-02-17 21:39
#163
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Ty
2018-02-17 22:22
so, cologne won't be a major
2018-02-17 16:38
Wow champ how did you deduce that one? Was it the fact that ESL hasn't hosted a major since 2016, Faceit was already confirmed multiple times as the next major host, and that there is pattern of there being only 2 majors per year. No it took this article for you to figure it out.
2018-02-17 17:57
didn't know about the faceit major, CALM DOWN
2018-02-17 18:19
#144
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Brazil Hijynxfps 
Smartass how i love this kind of persons
2018-02-17 20:40
Fb is only for EPL retards
2018-02-17 16:38
#55
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Romania Tise 
Two wasted spots, kek
2018-02-17 16:40
It's very ironic when you see comment like this from the Na Vi fan LUL....
2018-02-17 16:48
#73
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Romania Tise 
Do you see Na'Vi anywhere in the announcement ? Fans of these teams are perhaps the most cancerous shit I've ever laid my eyes on.
2018-02-17 16:52
Your team flair is NaVi. That is why he mentioned NaVi.
2018-02-17 17:58
#123
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Brazil FalsoRei 
+1
2018-02-17 18:33
#57
CeRq | 
France noctisS 
facebook - - ''
2018-02-17 16:41
#59
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Brazil HEN1_ 
next invites: Liquid, Astralis, Natus Vincere, Hellraisers, Renegades, and fnatic.
2018-02-17 16:42
#80
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Malaysia byaIi 
dont forget NIp VP BIG
2018-02-17 17:06
#81
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Brazil HEN1_ 
why would they invite tier 3 teams?
2018-02-17 17:10
#83
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United States NA_CS_FAN 
BIG OMEGALUL
2018-02-17 17:16
Yes, Yes, Maybe, No, No, Probably.
2018-02-17 17:59
#78
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Germany VeryFlaMezGuy 
no majorinho :l
2018-02-17 17:03
How did you figure that out? Was it the fact that ESL hasn't hosted a major since 2016, or the fact that Faceit has already been confirmed as the next major host, or even that Valve only does 2 majors per year. No it took this article for you to realize that Cologne wouldn't be a major.
2018-02-17 18:00
okay then please give me the source where the "official" announcement was ... mr einstein
2018-02-17 18:54
dbltap.com/posts/5960576-sources-faceit-.. Plus it was the only thing people were talking about for a week following the Boston major.
2018-02-17 20:29
oh wow ... still where is an official Valve/Faceit statement mr einstein? i just see a site that writes "per sources" there were also "sources" that dennis will go to mouz ... so it's nothing
2018-02-18 12:01
Dennis to mouz was just rumors not reported by actual journalists. This was an actual journalist, DeKay who also reported on Michu replacing Taz before anyone else even thought Taz would go, and has a history of being right long before anyone else knows. Typical German not accepting basic facts.
2018-02-18 17:24
and DeKay works for Valve or Faceit?
2018-02-18 18:20
He knows what he's talking about. Just keep denying facts it proves my point more.
2018-02-18 18:39
nice fact ... i still dont see any facts ... just a journalist says sth ... when many sport journalists say neymar and kane go to madrid it still has not to happen until both clubs say it is so
2018-02-18 18:43
#147
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Brazil Hijynxfps 
Oh shit u m8 are so fucking stupid stop being a asshole go fucking masturbate or something else my gosh fucking kiddo
2018-02-17 20:44
#157
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
We know that are a really important guy u have inside info about the next major so please stop being a dick now ok
2018-02-17 21:37
#82
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Poland snaviwnl 
Please don’t invite VP.
2018-02-17 17:15
Ez 3rd cologne in a row for sk
2018-02-17 17:17
#89
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Netherlands autimotic 
Im going for sure now! Who do i meet there xD
2018-02-17 17:21
#94
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Germany vipitis 
well, ESL placed the event on the last day of school for all of us. But I really think about going this year and skip one day for the party
2018-02-17 17:26
#95
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Japan BodeFuceta 
Clown9 wasted spot
2018-02-17 17:26
#98
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Thanks ESL Cologne, we appreciete that! Let's go my team, we can do it (AGAIN) We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-02-17 17:33
Smart? No. Loyal? Only until SK or Immortals had a bad result. Friendly? Definitely not friendly. From Brazil? Only true statement.
2018-02-17 18:01
#148
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Brazil Hijynxfps 
M... other fuk u must have a really sad life or maybe daying with cancer but do us all a favor ok?! Stop being a h8r an go find something productive to do please... i hope see u here in hltv with less hate in your atitude and bring more good atitudes. Bye.
2018-02-17 20:48
If you want to find me proof that SK fans are smart go ahead. But you clearly have shown you aren't with that atrocious jumble of letters. If you want to find me proof SK fans are loyal go ahead. But I know they aren't given all the mad SK fans after they lost to Liquid. If you want to find me proof that SK fans are friendly go ahead. But you aren't helping your case by being an asshole. /close
2018-02-17 21:02
#160
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Americans are the dumbest people on this planet wtf are u talking about mate hahahaha. Now waiting for a terrorist joke because that's all u know
2018-02-17 21:40
You go out of your way to find me in other forum posts just to be a dickhead. You still have yet to find me evidence that I am retarded, and now you call me an idiot. Just accept that you are wrong and move on with your worthless life.
2018-02-17 21:46
#162
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
"You go out of your way to find me in other forum posts just to be a dickhead. " The fuck ?
2018-02-17 22:21
I was dealing with your stupidity in the other article about starseries first round draws. Now you come into this article and continue to be a dickhead.
2018-02-17 22:23
#165
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
Yeah i just realised that u are the michu/taz guy. I'm not following u or anything lmao i just happened to see your comment while scrolling down a thread. Anyway I'm not being a dickheads , just like u think Brazilians are dumb i feel the say way about American people i wasn't targeting u specifically
2018-02-17 22:30
Well statistically speaking Brazilians are much dumber than Americans. iq-research.info/en/page/average-iq-by-c.. USA tied for 9th with 98 Brazil isn't even on the list which isn't a good sign for their defense of not being dumb. Special shout out to Pakistan tied for 23rd with 84.
2018-02-17 22:33
#194
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Brazil Hijynxfps 
Asshole no m8 that one you are talking about is about yourself friendly of course i am . Not for some random assfucked like u but lets see i never said that i m smart or intelligent but dumb and fool i absolutly am not but you i cannot say the same well Bye now Now its closed/
2018-02-20 12:41
#99
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Europe Spoonman20 
SK undeserved tbh.
2018-02-17 17:34
#166
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
No one needs your honesty then :D
2018-02-17 22:30
too bad cologne is going to get no viewers
2018-02-17 17:39
#118
shox | 
France kleps0 
C9 going to lose cuz not in NA
2018-02-17 18:20
#131
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North America Arixx 
LUL, big event streamed from facebook
2018-02-17 19:09
#140
s1mple | 
Iceland cy_ro 
nice event but rip esl streams
2018-02-17 20:16
#145
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Finland Ingested 
didn't know felps could possess and different emotion other than -_-
2018-02-17 20:40
#151
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United Kingdom smsjb 
In other news water is wet
2018-02-17 21:14
This is good news, cuz i dont watch a tournament unless c9 is there. thanks
2018-02-17 21:34
#158
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Denmark happyDane 
wasted spots for top 2 & top 3 aaaaaxaxaxxaxaxxaxaxa
2018-02-17 21:38
#170
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
so no major for us :(
2018-02-18 00:28
looks like valve have had it with ESL majors for some reason rumors of next major are that it will be faceit
2018-02-18 04:39
ywet
2018-02-18 01:06
Crazy to think how bad Sweden is at CS now. Don't see a lot of flags on HLTV anymore.
2018-02-18 10:14
#180
JW | 
Colombia Escobario 
na shit
2018-02-18 11:35
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