flusha: "I thought FaZe were playing a bit scared; the nerves got to them"

We interviewed the IEM Katowice MVP, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, following fnatic's triumph over FaZe in the nail-biting grand final.

fnatic started off the final slowly, losing Cache 5-16, but an overtime win on Inferno kickstarted the Swedes into the match who soon grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series after a comfortable Overpass, despite having been dealt a huge blow in the form of a 1v5 clutch from Ladislav "⁠GuardiaN⁠" Kovács.

flusha agrees this might be the kickstart fnatic need to become an elite team again

After FaZe clinched Mirage, it was time for Train as the deciding map, which once again went into overtime, and fnatic yet again prevailed on the back of incredible play from Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist.

We talked to the Most Valuable Player of the tournament about the tight final and about fnatic winning a big event after almost exactly two years:

Let's talk about some of the key moments and details of the final, starting with the overtime on Inferno where it just went back and forth, how did you deal with the pressure there?

Just having Inferno as a second map was so big for us, because Inferno is the map where we always have a chance and we really needed a chance to get into the match. They just had full control of us and we didn't have the confidence and mentality that we had earlier at the event, so just being able to grind rounds and grind the win on Inferno was the key for us to beating FaZe.

Over to Overpass, a big round there was obviously the 1v5 from GuardiaN. In the grand scheme of things it didn't seem to affect things much, but how did it affect your morale at that moment and throughout the rest of the half?

We were trying to tell ourselves that it didn't and shouldn't affect us, but honestly some of us got more tilted than others. They got the momentum from there, maybe we could have gotten an even bigger score but we're happy as long as we win the map, we didn't expect much from us playing Overpass, so winning that was a big surprise to us and a big win, we really thought that there is no possible way for us to lose this now.

You had so many impact plays, particularly on Train, did this feel like a vintage performance when you were playing, that you could do anything?

I thought FaZe were playing a bit scared. Even though they're the top1 team in the world, they have the mentality against us, and they have more experience in total than our team, I just felt calm and confident. I knew that whatever I did I could still have a big chance of killing someone or winning the round. Honestly, I think the nerves got to them, they knew they were the better team and they were supposed to win this, but we just had a huge performance, they had big nerves and fell because of that.

Speaking about experience and nerves, Lekr0 and Golden have never been in a big final like this, how did they tackle the pressure of being in such a huge final and against a team like FaZe?

I don't think the grand final and the big stadium affected them much, I think what affected them was us playing against FaZe. Lekr0 and Golden get pretty nervous when they're playing against bigger teams, let's say FaZe and SK, they are the main teams we have problems against. We always go into those matches feeling like we're a big underdog, so just overcoming FaZe in the group stage was big for us and big for them as well, showing ourselves that we can do it. We didn't start the grand final by showing that, we were back to the same thing, being afraid of playing our game, playing aggressively, so that was why Inferno was so good for us.

Is winning a big event like this the kickstart you guys need to become an elite team again?

Definitely, it's a big kick for us, we've always felt like SK and FaZe have been the only two teams we actually don't feel comfortable playing against. All the other teams we feel confident against and we feel like we should beat these guys. But now, winning an event is good for us, we can get into a tournament knowing we can win this every time now, so this was a really good event for us in terms of both winning it and just getting the mentality and experience of winning it.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
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Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
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No, flusha is just a god, lekr0 and krimz also played insane. -- Page 13 of my book is out btw.
2018-03-05 01:20
ez for senor vac
2018-03-05 01:19
god flusher
2018-03-05 01:20
Ez for flusha lifter of trophies
2018-03-05 01:35
Nice one >.>
2018-03-05 01:46
Congratz Fnatic, Flusha carry them... I think
2018-03-05 01:45
Kyrgyzstan KNEEGGER
Flusha the beast
2018-03-05 02:35
your book is incomprehensible by my peanut brain
2018-03-05 02:53
I feel sorry for you >.>
2018-03-05 02:53
nt tarik
2018-03-05 13:11
2018-03-05 08:07
no >.>
2018-03-05 08:07
i think yes
2018-03-05 12:03
Flusha is hugging that cup like cup is his baby. xD
2018-03-05 08:18
Krimz died first almost every round and got tilted.. think that krimz did negetiviti in the team..
2018-03-05 08:55
Sweden Walker_38
2018-03-05 10:15
arT | 
Brazil limadavp
2018-03-05 01:19
2018-03-05 01:20
xD I like the way that flusha told at interview
2018-03-05 01:21
United States Globebuster
2018-03-05 01:19
what tho
2018-03-05 20:45
2018-03-05 01:20
2018-03-05 01:20
nice throw olof
2018-03-05 01:20
Other heavyhitter
ez for flusha
2018-03-05 01:20
United Kingdom Fizzhaz
Gotta talk smack
2018-03-05 01:20
Brazil Xambi
GOD flusha
2018-03-05 01:20
2018-03-05 01:20
flusha<3 #alwaysfnatic <3
2018-03-05 01:20
thx karrigan for choking in finals ?DDDD
2018-03-05 01:20
if anyone choked it was rain and niko again, but im sure everyone will make the excuse that rain was "sick"
2018-03-05 09:03
he was actually sick, your point?
2018-03-05 09:11
u know how many people have played sick before and performed extremely well? My point is that all u faze dickriders will say that fnatic only won bc rain was sick. Meanwhile flusha played out of his mind, as well as krimz/lekro playing very well too and the whole team stepping up at times and that is the actual reason fnatic won. But go ahead and begin taking away from the incredible win by making excuses and accusations of "cheats"...
2018-03-05 09:18
No, you are putting words in people's mouths. Fail to see that you are the dickrider. Get yourself some self awareness and think outside your little box. Rain played bad both times he has been sick (there are different levels to being sick). Usually he's one of the most consistent players.
2018-03-05 10:55
and there has been plenty of times he has played poorly while not being sick, and plenty of times people have played amazing while being sick...stop with the excuses. How am i a dick rider? Im not even a fnatic fan...just hate pleebs like u that need to make excuses for teams that they blindly follow bc they are the best team on paper. I bet u were an sk fan all of 2016 too. Im not putting words in anyones mouth. All the excuses have been posted on this site already. dickrider
2018-03-05 11:09
NiKo didn't choke.. He played bad on overpass and played really good on the other maps..
2018-03-05 11:17
he played bad on 1st 2 maps, for the #1/2 player in the world in a grand final, thats a choke...especially by hltv member standards.
2018-03-05 11:24
LOL, u are upseting FaZe fans dude, stop it. Its the best team in the world xD. In my opinion NiKo didnt choke, and maybe the sickness have affected rain... But what about Mr. OLOFMEISTER ??? Was he sick too ?? Its not the first time he underperform in big events. Did u see him checking B site on train while flusha raped him in the ass ? Who the fuck stands in B site on train like that, using the train ladder to go up and down for like 40 secs ?? Im fan of Olofmeister, but he didnt play well at this grand final...
2018-03-05 12:43
He had a rating of 1.63 on the first map, ARE YOU DRUNK? he only played bad on overpass, he played really good on all other maps
2018-03-05 17:01
Rain and Niko? U watched the game actually or justtalked shit because its a common meme on braindead hltv? Btw sure u arent even informated as u didnt knew rain is sick. NiKo was the only thing that kept FaZe on the battles at Inferno and Train.
2018-03-05 12:10
i said rain was sick....learn to read fanboy....guardian is the only thing that made that final good for faze.....not niko, give up
2018-03-06 00:21
niko choked uberlul did u even watch the game?
2018-03-06 01:26
u said uberlul, convo over
2018-03-06 03:35
you should thank me for even responding to such a retarded and clueless comment
2018-03-06 13:22
Estonia RaimanS2k
Karrigan was good wtf u talking about? Did u see how badly rain played yesterday? He really wasnt on fire :(
2018-03-05 18:09
exactly what I've been saying. FaZe played way too scared and passive. WP to fnatic.
2018-03-05 01:20
hahhaahhah easy for FNATIC bb Restart Clan and fan kids
2018-03-05 01:20
2018-03-05 01:21
2018-03-05 01:21
senor vac scared them xD they were all sweating xD
2018-03-05 01:21
May be it's psychological, they don't believe that they can win. fnatic think "we should win", FaZe may think "what if we don't win?". Just an assumption.
2018-03-05 01:22
This might actually be exactly what happened.
2018-03-05 02:55
who knows
2018-03-05 03:04
I actually think its the opposite , they think in their heada that they are the clear favorites and supreme to who they face but enemies always have something in the bag, i think faze are overrating theirself maybe on paper they are gods but as we can see top teams have proven that they can beat faze, maybe in the beggining it was a new team ,motivation to raise, what if they already think they are the best coz thats not the actual case and theyd get frustrated and nervous when things r not goin their way and now after they lost like 4 finals i think they get too scared in the finals and as it, every map that the opponent takes it tilts them like fuck
2018-03-05 04:09
This makes more sense tbh
2018-03-05 04:34
Yeah they are great players overall but really there is no scapegoat of that team like taco for sk i mean everyone wants to shine so badly and to take the match in their hands
2018-03-05 15:45
I don't know about that, I just believe that because they're always top 2-3 favorites in any tournament they play in and they usually destroy 90% of the teams in group stages and playoffs that they get overconfident and underestimate the opposing team.
2018-03-06 04:18
I also think that teams vs them on grand finals are more hungry than they are because they almost always make it there to the finals thats rarely the case for other teams bcoz we had all of the tourneys in 2018 different contenders apart from faze
2018-03-06 16:24
Germany Amber!
Wow this isnt even your own thought the castor said it duiring the game. plagarism much....
2018-03-05 06:52
Other Phinks
2018-03-05 10:33
Missed that part but glad someone else thinks the same way. I'd tell you even more - all that stupid hype from the fanboys, "oh they're a superteam, they should have an era, they can't lose" makes them being scared of not achieving what they're expected to. May be their org also puts that pressure upon them, who knows, but when you're afraid of losing you will most likely lose. It's like Titan/G2 that couldn't fucking make it to the major playoffs 9 (NINE) times in a row (the last 3 were without Ex6TenZ so it wasn't only his fault, it's again psychological), they failed vs HellRaisers on inferno (when Valve will finally make it bo3?..) at EMS Katowice 2014 and then the failfest began, no matter who played for them - shox, ScreaM, NBK, kennyS, apEX - whatever. They needed Happy for a long time to get to the playoffs, and if FaZe don't fix it with a psychologist then they might need some other huge change.
2018-03-05 11:19
+1 its kinda the same at the major final. C9 dont have anything to lose. So round after round when they win they gain momentum and start to trust more on their team and themselves. More pressure to faze when they lose easy round and each player start to lose aim duels, bad timing and poor decision making. They are the team who are suppose to win the series easily after other top 5 been knockout. That’s why we can see some good crazy play by underdog team when they start to have good form and gain confident.
2018-03-05 12:41
Exactly. FaZe were thinking "We should win, because OTHERWISE...", Cloud9 were thinking "We want to win" and that's it, no "otherwise", Cloud9 would lose nothing because they already made it so unbelievably high. I mean, FaZe should fucking forget that they're a superteam bla-bla-bla, they should stop thinking about what would happen, there's no past nor future, there's only NOW, and NOW they want to win, that's it, nothing more.
2018-03-05 12:49
ofc they are scared when playing the best player in global offensive history
2018-03-05 01:23
Flusha is in every HLTV news btw,deserved for the legend
2018-03-05 01:24
Congratulation Fnatic and Senõr Vac! Deserved and happy to see Fnatic back to wins
2018-03-05 01:25
VAC Player, cry
2018-03-05 01:25
United States BioLine
2018-03-05 05:39
2018-03-05 15:18
Rip faze...
2018-03-05 01:25
Flusha GOD, FaZe might just consider disbanding
2018-03-05 01:28
United Kingdom Vura2k
What a stupid ass comment
2018-03-05 09:20
Finland t33mu
2018-03-05 01:36
true but NiKo played great this final tho
2018-03-05 01:39
GOD flusher
2018-03-05 01:34
Denmark Zorrondo
Expected the finals are only for mens, plastic stars like faze players can't win anything (except olof and guardian)
2018-03-05 01:36
Well the flusha ace was possible mainly because olof did horrible job holding site. Riding the ladder wasn't a great idea it seems.
2018-03-05 19:29
faze was scared and knew the round wasn't over if flusha was still alive. :)
2018-03-05 01:37
Fnatic fan since 2013, they have a lot of work to do if they want to be an elite team again. Congrats on the win (:
2018-03-05 01:37
Honestly the choking follows Karrigan. TSM were and argue still are the biggest chokers in history (case can be made for liquid and maybe soon FaZe). I feel like Karrigan can’t call under pressure and Niko tilts under pressure. Not to mention it’s physiological as Faze are probably thinking omg we have to win we’re a superteam. Personally think Karrigan has to go or at the very least Robban. I get “plastic fan” “faze always kicking” but honestly this team shouldn’t be just reaching finals with the players they have it should be winning. Side note: GG WP flusha you are a god and a true CS legend!
2018-03-05 01:38
the funny thing is that they have world class awper like guardian and insane riflers like niko and rain AND yet they still choke. What do they fear.. honestly.
2018-03-05 01:42
karrigan is retarded to be honest. he is loser his whole life, dont know why they dont change him for ANY other better fragging player
2018-03-05 02:04
Oh my fucking god not you again KarrigaN hasn't been very impressive in csgo, but saying he's been a loser his whole life is just stupid. One of the better cs 1.6 players. Also all-fragger teams will never work.
2018-03-05 06:11
He never won anything in CS 1.6 either my friend. It's all in his head now. Of course it will work, noone tried it, faze tried with 4, but its quite obvious that its not so easy playing with a man down all the time
2018-03-05 10:49
Lul retarded newfag trying to sound like an old-timer You're hilarious kiddo
2018-03-05 10:51
The kid is prob 15 and thinks he knows it all.
2018-03-05 10:57
Im 32, been in the game from 1999. Now go kneel
2018-03-05 11:05
Yeah and I'm Barack Obama
2018-03-05 11:21
Yeah and I'm the King of England
2018-03-05 11:44
so you are bit*h
2018-03-05 16:51
Nice baits. But in case you mean it seriously, karrigan was part of the best 2012 1.6 team fnatic and he also won the last big 1.6 LAN DH Bucharest 2012.
2018-03-08 10:18
CS 1.6 in 2012? LOL ... kys
2018-03-08 12:17
Take a shot of tekila every time he says "for us"
2018-03-05 01:49
France Deadfish
Flusha hit where it hurts, faze mental always weak btw.
2018-03-05 02:16
Brazil noidplayer
EZ for Señor vac. These words shows the real veteran champion at the game. Congrats to FaZe they're beasts all tournament, but legends still legends!!!
2018-03-05 02:17
VAC shots
2018-03-05 02:21
They were scared, at least Rain was
2018-03-05 02:31
FaZe always plays scary on decisive matches. their confidence is shit right now.
2018-03-05 02:32
Brazil Dedstars
FAZE = VASCO -emoction RIP
2018-03-05 02:37
2018-03-05 02:51
2018-03-05 02:37
flusha actually just wrecked them on train which is what decided it in the end the only map faze really played badly on was overpass because of niko, and rain was just absent this whole series
2018-03-05 02:50
would never happen vs SK
2018-03-05 02:53
Yeh because sk would never reach a final again
2018-03-05 02:54
World ascet
2018-03-05 03:33
2018-03-05 03:44
2018-03-05 06:12
2018-03-05 04:01
fan of blew his face up guy KKKKKKKKKKKK
2018-03-06 01:21
?????? I didn't understand
2018-03-06 04:50
2018-03-05 02:54
cry = free
2018-03-05 03:01
how am i crying? just stating the fact that flusha is cheating and sk will never get to a grand final again jokes on you sir
2018-03-05 03:10
i think he's cheating ++
2018-03-05 03:16
United States BioLine
yeah he's gonna cheat with 500,000+ ppl watching him and analyzing his plays, hav u ever considered he's a pro player and actually good at the game lmao
2018-03-05 05:41
But , but he beated faze :(
2018-03-05 06:10
And you just 'beated' english
2018-03-05 06:13
2018-03-05 08:46
2018-03-05 08:25
Guys it's finally time to kick kariggan. Maybe add fallen or simple or something. Faze will never win anything as long as the choker is still there in the team
2018-03-05 03:08
Fallen agree but simple? There will be zero brain in the roster then
2018-03-05 06:13
Rain and Niko is enough brains. Karrigan is silver brain
2018-03-05 06:35
Oh no! You're retarded!
2018-03-05 06:40
Oh the irony. Get well soon drhomeo.com/autism/autism-homeopathic-tr..
2018-03-05 06:47
ya thats why FaZe playing a lot of better under him:D They were so shit before karrigan add. Silver spoted.stfu
2018-03-05 10:17
Faze started playing good because they added guardian and olof you retard. Not because of bottigan's intellectual prowess or anything. Wood rank spotted
2018-03-05 10:29
Wrong. They played great with Allu and Kio as well. Olod really didn't bring anything.
2018-03-05 11:00
Yeah "played good" And then got rekt by sk in finals like always LUL
2018-03-05 13:35
not true olof is great all round player he can play lurk he can play support he can play awp + very smart player.
2018-03-05 16:01
And he can bait. Best player of 2016 OMEGALUL
2018-03-05 16:07
I would like to see you in real life. Autistic kid
2018-03-05 16:12
you are just delusional retarded piece of shit thats all he brings a lot to the team tactical wise and control nt kid
2018-03-05 16:00
What part of that was delusional exactly? You're the delusional piece of shit if you still think that faze is even top3. Tactical and control my ass. Nt kid
2018-03-05 16:06
FaZe is still best team in the world atm :) And no i am not FaZe fan. 100% sure you have like 1000hr in csgo never been good at cs and never play competive. You just dont understand csgo man.Typing bullshits and being delusional t on hltv everyday Just shut up , trash.
2018-03-05 16:11
>Faze >Best team Pick one You keep saying delusional and you keep saying that faze is the best team . I don't really get it Do you know what delusional is?
2018-03-05 16:14
Ya desribe yourself i will no more talk to autistic baiter get a life cya
2018-03-05 16:16
Rain was off!
2018-03-05 06:17
Lmao excuses from faze fan boys
2018-03-05 06:35
I'm not a fan of any team or player! I mentioned Rain because you talked about kicking karrigan when he obviously can't be blamed when one of the team's madfraggers is underperforming.
2018-03-05 13:34
>Karrigan >Mad Fragger Pick one He is the main reason why faze loses everyone. If the igl itself is bad then it spreads throughout the team
2018-03-05 13:38
I clearly said that the others are madfraggers and karrigan is not. What if we look at CS as a team game where everyone has to do his part of the job ? Lattely karrigan was doing OK in term of frags.
2018-03-05 14:51
Who's better? A igl who frags and has actual strats or an igl who doesn't frag with shitty strats who always manages to choke in a final?
2018-03-05 15:18
The first one :D But who can replace him right now ?
2018-03-05 15:20
FalleN as IGL Guardian + FalleN double Scout Setup every round + triple deagle for olof/niKo/rain eZ top 1
2018-03-05 21:08
so ez for faze clan to choke lul
2018-03-05 03:11
Norway anMu
As YnK said problem with faze in grand finals is when they are under pressure they “don’t play to win” they “play not to lose”. Sadly boys don’t have a mentality of champions (maybe only olof but his role in team is minor to do huge impact, he isn’t set to be star player like niko).
2018-03-05 03:16
Finland kappaboi
thats something sport psychologist or good shotcaller/igl could fix
2018-03-05 04:38
Other Phinks
Guardian is always trying to carry them through. As a teammember and in the server.
2018-03-05 10:37
Bht if you are not playing to lose, you are playing to win, its a logic thing.
2018-03-05 15:20
Playing to not lose means pressure mounts a lot more if you underperform. If you're playing to win, you gain a lot more confidence and momentum as you string together rounds.
2018-03-05 19:12
Finland Smoonah
get nervous and cry
2018-03-05 03:17
what a champ, saying as it is, faze afraid to play final :D... Hopefully faze can also face their issues straight like this, maybe then they can improve in the future, not like they were so bad they had no chance to win anyway or something so it is just about doing small things right in the end and decide we came here to win not pussy out xddd...
2018-03-05 03:26
United States BioLine
2018-03-05 05:42
Deserved. And fnatic, playing out of their minds.
2018-03-05 03:53
2018-03-05 04:42
easiest bet of my life. you can always count on faze to choke in the finals, unless theyre playing chokestralis.
2018-03-05 05:10
karrigan was the master semi-finals choker when he played for denmark and now hes the master grand finals choker lul
2018-03-05 06:28
United Kingdom daneclaw
Betters are gay.
2018-03-05 09:18
best csgo player all time, robbed twice for best player of the year by hltv, good too see him shine again
2018-03-05 05:11
flusha top1 2018.
2018-03-05 10:01
traitormeister wants to comeback
2018-03-05 06:00
Romania Tise
>Retardation the post
2018-03-05 06:05
2018-03-05 06:36
2018-03-05 06:26
H O W M U. C. H
2018-03-05 06:48
Brazil Collee
...as usual
2018-03-05 06:37
Finland Alk0
tbh fnatic didn’t play better it was one man show
2018-03-05 06:50
Flusha has always been the best player in Fnatic. So glad olofm isnt there anymore to steal the spotlight doing ONE cool play while having lower rating than flusha and even JW in every tournament
2018-03-05 07:56
I honestly think it's a tie between him and Krimz for all these years on who the best player on the roster is and have been. They both show up huge when it matters every single time. The best part is now they have an entry worthy of the name. Lekr0 with a 70% success in entries in Kato, that's just insane.
2018-03-05 10:03
Guys come on really? No shout out to lekr0 and his godlike deagle? How many eco rounds has lekr0 stolen back for fnatic? Of course flusha is amazing... but lekr0 is the perfect piece to the puzzle. Throughout the whole tournament and against faze lekr0 has been a giant piece of the pie
2018-03-05 08:07
+1 Lekr0>olof
2018-03-05 08:53
Yeah 70% success in opening duels is just insane. Lekr0 played well this tournament and opens up so much for flusha and krimz to do what they do best.
2018-03-05 10:04
that's what happens when your team is full of chokers (karrigan + niko)
2018-03-05 08:17
Turkey okokaslan
GOD Flusha
2018-03-05 08:19
Scared of Señor VAC
2018-03-05 08:28
beast blood
2018-03-05 08:39
Why waiting Faze to win the cup? Just say Faze number two forever! lol
2018-03-05 08:53
Olof throws
2018-03-05 08:54
-karrigan -olof +HUNDEN +OCEAN and god Smithzz as a coach.
2018-03-05 09:03
HAY NO LMAO MAN........ CANT BELIEVE FAZE DOWN AGAIN. ..............................WHAT A SHIT!
2018-03-05 09:21
To sum up, fnatic won because faze choked and rain was ill, great victory, enjoy it fnactic, next one will happen maybe in 5 years.
2018-03-05 09:58
Fnatic won because they played better than FaZe.
2018-03-05 10:06
LUL you are delusional, next tournament fnatic won't even get past group stage. They won because faze played like total retards.
2018-03-05 10:10
They played better than FaZe in this tournament, beating them both in groups and in the grand final. What does that have to do with the next tournament? Absolutely nothing. Get a grip kiddo.
2018-03-05 10:11
fnatic is trash tier 10 team, they could only win because faze choked. You will see that on next tournament.
2018-03-05 10:11
Kazakhstan tomik0
Bet you ass danish boy?
2018-03-08 12:19
2018-03-05 10:23
Time for shoxie replacing carrigun
2018-03-05 10:29
Legend is return
2018-03-05 10:34
but your english is not return yet
2018-03-05 10:51
flusha: "I thought FaZe were playing a bit scared; my hacks got to them"
2018-03-05 10:39
2018-03-05 14:43
flusha hax. FazE need a doctor :D
2018-03-05 10:57
Karrigan played very well this event. Too bad NiKo/rain didn't really show up in the finals.
2018-03-05 11:30
Niko was topfragging
2018-03-05 11:44
He was ok I guess, but I still saw quite a few scenarios where he didn't put up the numbers.
2018-03-05 12:51
He played bad on Overpass, but in general it comes down to rain underperforming..
2018-03-08 10:20
Russia slyfoxxdd
Fnatic is a GODS
2018-03-05 13:13
trophy lifter :>
2018-03-05 13:31
well hacked
2018-03-05 17:16
2018-03-05 23:04
2018-03-05 23:06
nerves would get me too if i would play against cheaters on lan
2018-03-08 10:18
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