Stewie2K: "[Skadoodle and I] didn't have any arguments or bickering or anything like that"

We sat down with SK's new incorporation to the team, Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip, ahead of their decider match against mousesports.

SK had a rough start to DreamHack Masters Marseille after losing to NiP, but were able to get back on track with a very solid showing against Valiance. Now, the American team will have to face mousesports for survival in the tournament in their group's decider match.

Stewie2K thinks both Cloud9 and SK benefited from the move

In the interview, Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip wanted to clear out the air about the clashes he had with Tyler "⁠Skadoodle⁠" Latham, and touched on joining a team changing the language they communicate in, the adaptation to SK's structured style, and how the movements in Cloud9 and SK went down, among other topics.

How has the preparation gone for you guys, especially to get the new roster going?

Personally, from my perspective, I feel like we've only been a team for like three weeks, and three weeks seems like a long time but since I'm joining a team with four Brazilians whose first language isn't English, it's kind of hard to progress as fast. I think with the level of the players on the team we're still pretty skilled and we can be a pretty feared team, but right now the thing that hurts us the most is that we can't find our confidence. Once we get the ball rolling and teams start to fear us, it's going to be much scarier for them.

So getting the ball rolling definitely seems like it may be a bit hard because of the communication, right? They've always spoken Portuguese and bringing in a North American shakes that up. How has that gone, adapting the communication, are there still moments when some players speak Portuguese, and then there's also English thrown in the mix?

Yeah, it's kind of hard at the beginning because FalleN and fer speak English the most fluently, and they speak the most to me in-game, but cold has to think in Portuguese and then speak in English when he's in-game. I know he has a lot of good ideas, and I expect him to direct me a lot more, especially in mid-round situations, but since his communication's not as good in English yet I think he's a bit scared to tell me what to do because he can't say exactly what's on his mind perfectly. I think over time he'll fix and adapt it. As for boltz, I think his communication is a bit worse in English, but as long as he has the basics down I think we'll be OK.

How was the time on C9, you guys won a Major which was a bit unexpected and the biggest achievement in North American CS, but that then faded pretty quickly. What happened?

A lot of people keep asking why I left after we just won a Major, but when we won the Major we were very confident and playing without fear. We could feel the fear our opponents had, but after the Major, in my own head, I knew everyone would say it's a fluke. I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong so I played a lot of CS during the off-week, and I was very drained, but I eventually realized it was a hurdle I had to get over. I wanted to win summit which was the next tournament, but when we were playing there it just felt like we were going through the motions.

At the time I think Ska was pretty burnt out from CS and his communication was at an all-time low and far from the high standard he had set at the Major. When he was demotivated after the Major it caused some frustration for me, because he wasn't meeting the high expectations he had set before. At the time the team environment wasn't the best and it seemed like we were playing not to lose instead of playing to win, so adding FNS now benefits them because they have a good relationship with him from the past and there are good vibes running in the team. Also, after a break, I'm sure Tyler [Skadoodle] is back in form. We didn't have any arguments or bickering or anything like that, it was really just performance issues which were frustrating and causing a bad environment at the time.

When we went to Kiev for StarSeries we tried to get everything going again, but Ska's communication wasn't really on point there and that's when everyone started to accept that at that point we were just going downhill. Communication was low, there were several problems we didn't have time to address with tournaments going on, so we just had to go with the flow.

So when did you get the offer to join SK? Because the timeline was that Skadoodle was going to leave, but then you left and they kept him, right?

Yeah, that's how it went. I got the offer when I was at WESG. Once we got eliminated fer messaged me asking if I wanted to join. At first I wasn't sure if it was a serious offer, but he said it was pretty serious. I had to think about it, and he wanted autimatic to join as well. They wanted the duo. Tim had to think about it as well, but in the end, he said that he enjoyed playing with C9 a lot and loves being around the guys in that team, and he said that if I do decide to go without him that he encourages it and that there's no bad blood.

It was quite unexpected for SK to make an offer like that, indeed. What was it that pushed you to think that this is a great chance?

Well, we've always watched SK, especially when they were the #1 team. When I was IGL we always watched their demos and stole a lot of stuff from them as well as creating our own. They've been at the top, they have experience, and they know what they're doing. We practiced against them so much, and after tournaments they progressed so much that it was like playing a whole other SK. That's another reason I decided to join. I also think me leaving C9 will bring good vibes to their new team and I have a different vibe on SK, so I think both teams benefitted.

How hard was it when you and autimatic both got the offer but you decided to take it and he didn't? Did that make you second guess your decision, or did you not care too much?

The thing about Tim and me is we've always worked well in-game. We've had similar styles, maybe not in terms of the way we play, but we think the same way about the game when we play or when we come up with plays or watch demos. We try to think outside the box and create innovative things, and I think Tim is really good at that which is why I think he performs so well, because he's putting in a lot of work on his game individually and he knows how to play every situation by watching demos and constantly improving.

As far as leaving him, I wanted Tim to come with me. When he told me he didn't want to go it kind of stopped me a bit, but that was just because I would be joining a team that speaks Portuguese as their native language and it made me a bit nervous to join a new team like that. I would have liked to go with someone and have the experience together, but even though he didn't join in the end it didn't affect me that much despite knowing I could be stepping out of my comfort zone.

SK is famously known to run a tight ship. There's a system in which every player has his role and his job and it's in benefit of the team. For example, coldzera has become a great star in part by how he is set up by his team, and TACO was famously a very classic support player that did everything in benefit of the group. How has it been, adapting to such a structured way of playing?

Well, when I first joined it was pretty confusing for me because I'm not used to their system, and I didn't get a lot of explanations or direction and it somewhat felt like they expected me to just know how to play in that system. In some scenarios, I know what to do, but there are also other times when I'm lost, so that's what we've been working out in practice. That's is when I get to tell them what I'm comfortable with, or what I'm not comfortable with.

All in all, though, it's going well, but before joining the team I told them I wasn't willing to put myself into TACO's shoes because I don't think I would be the most effective that way. They told me that was OK because they're also trying to create a new system with new roles for everyone, and that's actually something I was really excited for. As of now they let me do a lot of things I want to do. I get a lot of freedom, and on CT-side they let me play a lot of spots that I'm comfortable with and let me do anything I want. For example, on Mirage, I played connector on Cloud9 and I play connector here as well, and they're willing to support me there and they tell me I do a good job, so there's a lot of leeway for both of us.

Coming into this tournament, did you guys sit down and talk about specific goals or certain things you want to achieve or what you want to improve, or something along those lines? Did you have any conversation about that?

We didn't have a specific conversation about this, the one thing that I love about this team is that the only goal is always to win the championship and they always have a great mentality about it. Our only goal is to win championships, and that's my goal as well. I know right now is a tough time for all of us because it can be pretty nerve-racking to bring in a new player that doesn't speak Portuguese. In our first game against NiP we were pretty nervous, but once we broke the lid we started to build some confidence. We all agreed that once we can get that first tournament win, then it's all going to start happening.

To close out the interview, are there any last words you'd like to say?

Everyone can hate me for leaving [Cloud9], but I didn’t want to live feeling regret that I didn’t take an opportunity with a team that has proved that they can be the best, and to live thinking about what could have happened if I joined. Seeing success from C9 without me doesn’t make me feel remorse, but happiness. I’ve been through thick patches with them and there’s no reason for me to wish for them to fail. Call me a traitor, a snake, anything you want, but the decision has already been made at the end of the day. Thanks to all the fans who supported me during my time on C9, and I welcome any fans wanting to follow me on my new journey.

United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1301
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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Germany VeryNiceGuy
Ska <3 SAD that Stewie betrayed them! Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 11:54
25 replies
#6
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Netherlands Deji
Faze suck
2018-04-20 11:54
3 replies
This is a great read, respect to Stewie.
2018-04-20 11:56
1 reply
Great read indeed
2018-04-20 11:58
Lol they beat envy with two low fragging igls so envy must been like tier 7 if u think they suck
2018-04-20 12:01
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Netherlands Deji
How are you so fast
2018-04-20 11:54
12 replies
Wallhack. Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 11:55
11 replies
<3 VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 11:56
3 replies
<3 <3 <3 Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 11:57
He types anything quickly. Then edit to something smart ___________________________________ Twitter: @fallenzeraSK mail: fallenzeraSK@outlook.com "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have"
2018-04-20 17:36
1 reply
#118
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Malaysia byaIi
he always types: Twitter: @fallenzeraSK mail: fallenzeraSK@outlook.com "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have"
2018-04-24 13:51
No one likes you
2018-04-20 11:56
2 replies
I like him.
2018-04-20 11:57
1 reply
Because he is very nice guy KappaPride
2018-04-20 12:02
How lame are you seriously. No one cares that youre a very nice guy. You put your signature on as if anyone cares. -veryangryguy
2018-04-20 11:59
1 reply
Thanks for your opinion! Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 12:00
<3 Very nice guy
2018-04-20 12:05
1 reply
<3 <3 Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 12:07
This is a great read, respect to Stewie.
2018-04-20 11:56
"Edited"
2018-04-20 11:59
#40
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Brazil coldzao2
Call me a traitor, a snake, anything you want, but the decision has already been made at the end of the day. Thanks to all the fans who supported me during my time on C9, and I welcome any fans wanting to follow me on my new journey.
2018-04-20 12:05
#48
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Brazil tarb_ps
stewie did not betray them dude... this is just like football offers if a bigger team offer you a contract of course you are going to accept
2018-04-20 12:23
Dude this is business, he just took another path in his career. Those kind of decisions need to be seperated from personal relationships. Also, alles ganz easy ;-)
2018-04-20 12:31
1 reply
Sure but you should still talk with your teammates about it and not just leave them hanging. Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 12:33
Donald trump style comment ahaha
2018-04-20 13:51
stew <3
2018-04-25 15:35
1st
2018-04-20 11:53
3 replies
#7
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Germany VeryNiceGuy
Close! Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 11:54
1 reply
#14
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Singapore Kerk
Wth admin why u here
2018-04-20 11:54
#11
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Hungary Ilove2bait
Nt Dynamonko_
2018-04-20 11:54
Stew :O
2018-04-20 11:53
Yep
2018-04-20 11:53
3 replies
"SyrianChildren - <3 Drone" lmfao
2018-04-20 12:50
2 replies
LOL thats dark
2018-04-20 14:55
#91
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China GOD742
lmao
2018-04-20 17:51
#5
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Hungary Ilove2bait
Sk ez
2018-04-20 11:54
#8
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Singapore Kerk
I bet it was peanut brain
2018-04-20 11:54
#9
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Russia Shurnd
kys
2018-04-20 11:54
2 replies
#78
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France 1Faren
HLTV at it's finest
2018-04-20 14:22
1 reply
LMAO
2018-04-20 19:07
Ok.
2018-04-20 11:54
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Denmark JustYes
Yes -Mr.Yes
2018-04-20 11:54
5 replies
#79
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France 1Faren
Ye we see what your doing, the whole very nice guy immatation isn't gonna work but nt tho
2018-04-20 14:23
4 replies
#86
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Denmark JustYes
What do you mean? What is this Very Nice guy immitatation you are talking about? I'm JustYes
2018-04-20 15:09
3 replies
#87
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France 1Faren
LMAO good luck ;)
2018-04-20 15:13
2 replies
you cant write LMAO followed up by ;) tho it makes no sense
2018-04-25 21:17
1 reply
#121
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France 1Faren
Yes it does LMAO, gl ;)
2018-04-25 21:18
MOUZ 2- 0 SK EZ FOR OSKAR
2018-04-20 11:55
toxic confirmed
2018-04-20 11:55
wow
2018-04-20 11:56
Lying. I wonder how much C9 paid him to say that
2018-04-20 11:56
Who cares?
2018-04-20 11:57
#31
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World Nydhogg
Rat2k
2018-04-20 12:00
Nice haircut
2018-04-20 12:00
#33
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Portugal CRMN1
Snake this, snake that. Dude took another path in his business and business should be taken in a different way than any sort of friendship or personal relationship. As long as there's no bad blood, you're all making a whole drama out of nothing.
2018-04-20 12:01
if any duo wants to join, they kick boltz... how he feel right now if results didnt come they kick him....
2018-04-20 12:02
#37
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Europe WutZeFak
SK 2-0 Mouz
2018-04-20 12:03
#38
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Brazil g4laxI
Loved the interview. So honest. You are the best stewie! Runskg!
2018-04-20 12:04
He will get benched soon
2018-04-20 12:04
liquid benefited from the move
2018-04-20 12:05
#43
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Estonia knee_socks
snake2k
2018-04-20 12:06
I didnt expect fer to be the one who speaks english well. That's good to know, cold is the most motivated and competitive guy, if language is what is missing for him and affecting the way he and his team perform, he'll solve it fast. While for boltz I dont expect him in this team for long if he doesn't put that much effor, now that there is no language barrier they could bring a variety o players, and even so, make an "international" team, which would get everyone more comfortable
2018-04-20 12:08
1 reply
-boltz +s1mple
2018-04-20 12:43
Twofaced2K
2018-04-20 12:23
Maybe take Portuguese lessons stewie?
2018-04-20 12:25
1 reply
Dear God, no. As a portuguese speaker I can tell you that's way easier for boltz and cold to master english (and french and italian) before stewie gets the hang of portuguese. English is so much simpler, with the auxiliary verbs and all. What stew could do is learn the name of the main places of the maps, bc in the heat of the moment, the br guys can call it in portuguese (unknowingly).
2018-04-20 16:25
#50
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Sweden Trkmag
Fallen/Cold/Stewie in one team, very likable
2018-04-20 12:26
he left cuz he get more skrilla in sk thats all. this youngsters will never be loyal its sad
2018-04-20 12:29
In other universe s1mple and flamie join sk In other universe stew and autimatic join sk In other universe taco stays in sk WE GOT THE WORSE SCENARIO
2018-04-20 12:32
Stewie "TwoFaced" Toiletto Autimafic "Loyal" Dortkardes
2018-04-20 12:40
Stewie "TwoFaced" Toiletto Autimafic "Loyal" Dortkardes
2018-04-20 12:40
#58
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Brazil mlmarins
imagine: -boltz +autimatic so close...
2018-04-20 12:45
#60
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Korea Damianlee
We don't hate you for leaving C9, WE FUCKING THANK YOU ! thank you for leaving, now the team has a big brain and mental + the 12 y/o kids from your stream are not the cancer of the C9 fanbase anymore
2018-04-20 13:12
8 replies
I think you're kinda salty fam.
2018-04-20 13:40
6 replies
#64
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Korea Damianlee
just watch him play vs mouz lmao he was the worst C9 player post major by far
2018-04-20 13:42
5 replies
One tournament defines him? The worst C9 player has been Skadoodle and his inconsistency for years. 'Best AWPer NA' my ass.
2018-04-20 13:45
4 replies
#66
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Korea Damianlee
why are you even trying to argue while you apparently didn't watch the c9 games lmao
2018-04-20 13:47
3 replies
I watched a lot of games, but clearly you're just salty but it's fine, I understand you. Stewie was carrying C9, especially at DH Denver and iBUYPOWER Masters before the Major.
2018-04-20 13:49
1 reply
#73
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Korea Damianlee
Why would I be salty about kicking the one who had the biggest ego while being the major problem of the team ? C9 is doing more than great now that he's out why would I be salty just explain
2018-04-20 13:53
Fuck off little fangay Skadoodle is shit jdm even better than him
2018-04-20 13:50
... if anyone follows baseball.... the matt harvey of csgo.
2018-04-21 21:38
#61
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Brazil smile044
Tchutchucão, Brazil already loves you boy. Do not care about people who want to put you down, you're much better than that.
2018-04-20 13:18
Ska is overrated. Inconsistent af. If he invested more into his character, he would've been a better player. No emotion, no communication, no nothing. Seems like he doesn't care about CS and seems like he plays this game only for the money.
2018-04-20 13:40
2 replies
Exactly why I don’t like ska and never really have he doesn’t seem like much of a team player and when things don’t go his way he acts like a 4 year old and doesn’t want to speak to anyone
2018-04-20 13:49
1 reply
Exactly. He has enormous potential, but will never achieve it because of his child-like behavior. Like come on you're a grown ass man, doing something that somebody can only dream of, and he decides not to communicate properly. SMH.
2018-04-20 13:53
Skadoodle is retarded
2018-04-20 13:48
Skadoodle sucks and Stewie sucks, Cloud9 will be much better off without him
2018-04-20 13:48
#75
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Venezuela 643
LG/SK players living in usa for almost 3 years and not being able to speak a proper english is unbelieveable
2018-04-20 13:57
Stewie "TwoFaced" Toiletto Autimafic "Loyal" Dortkardes
2018-04-20 14:16
Can't believe what I've read. The guy complains that Skadoodle had a lack of motivation and thus isn't communicating well in game (or poor communication / lack of comms) but still joins SK who have always had a full Brazilian line up and only two of them are speaking proper english. What's this shit move ?
2018-04-20 14:19
2 replies
+1 He must be retard If he join SK because communication problem.
2018-04-20 14:33
Obv no one on hltv knows but it seems pretty plausible that Stewie was the source of all whining in the C9 org the past few years.
2018-04-20 14:41
Expected from Snakie2Faced
2018-04-20 14:29
im calling it right now, in like a month boltz will get kicked from the team and after that stewie will be replaced in like 2-3 months... they talk about my predictions skills by the way apocalypse is coming.
2018-04-20 14:50
I feel like I'm reading YouTube comments in this post.
2018-04-20 15:03
He is a free guy, and no one should talk garbage to Stewie. saying that, he should have stayed.He won a major with cloud9. its his family. and no one should talk shit about ska too, he was playing bad with low communication. but they should have done what faze did to olofmeister, go on vacation. and then came back. Nothing or Shroud or Fns or other free agent like steel. subs ska and Stewie goes to full awp. and the with ska back with time. lets win the next major. the problema with c9 is that they wanted to win everything, sometimes take a time off, is the best.
2018-04-20 16:06
#92
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Brazil davidzor
Very insightful interview. Props to them for being professionals.
2018-04-20 18:05
I'm glad he's gone. He's more about himself then any specific group unlike Autimatic who also happens to be an immensely better player then him. Stewie hovers in the top 25 at big events while Auti is typically top 10 or 5 nowadays. I'm good with where C9 is. Could care less about the fading SK/LG core. Have a good trip back home boys. See you next tournament.
2018-04-20 18:11
1 reply
+1, very disappointed in Stew blaming Ska like this. No Stew you did this on your own and you made your selfish decision on your own also. Stand for it.
2018-04-20 20:36
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United States Will767
That's a great insight on why Cloud9 wasn't performing too well
2018-04-20 20:28
Stewie has the best interview right after FalleN. He has always been one of my favourite players, since the time he joined C9 and everybody doubted him and used to say he was just a pugstar, I always thought his fearless and unexpected playstyle would work very well inside the top tier pro scene. Hope SK finds their path again. GL ONLINE PIECE OF ASIAN SHIT.
2018-04-20 22:05
Sk just need time to get over this and be a great team again!!
2018-04-20 22:29
Stewie was specifically playing badly also. This interview makes no sense in terms of what actually happened at Star Series.
2018-04-20 22:35
Stewie in SK isn't long for this world. He's consistently bottom-fragging despite not playing a support role. Stewie has elite aim and reaction time, but he makes unforced errors inexcusably often for a player of his skill level. It was true on C9, and now it's worse on SK.
2018-04-20 22:50
1 reply
true his style relies on luck
2018-04-21 01:19
I don't think Stewie's style fits at all in SK. Not in the long term, as we could see with felps. Autimatic would have been much better for them. Also the language barrier is huge.
2018-04-20 23:22
Stewie "TwoSnake" Toledo killed SK and made C9 better?
2018-04-21 00:51
TRAITOR2K
2018-04-21 01:19
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North America Jkhes
Glad stu is out. Ska will play better rush will play better and the finally havean igl. Stewie was always the worst when it really counted anyway
2018-04-21 01:55
2 replies
lol don't know how you can type with no eyes
2018-04-21 05:12
1 reply
#117
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North America Jkhes
same way i watch csgo, in braille
2018-04-22 22:12
XD
2018-04-21 05:06
low key stewie outing that boltz is on the cutting block
2018-04-21 05:13
Stewie2K:"ofc it's SK"
2018-04-21 05:19
Why don’t you go back to China?
2018-04-21 05:26
4 replies
It has nothing to do with china
2018-04-21 09:55
3 replies
But he looks like a chinese
2018-04-21 12:36
2 replies
and u look like racist sh*t
2018-04-22 19:19
1 reply
tbh he does look chaylees its an observation
2018-04-25 21:19
tldr: rip sk
2018-04-21 12:10
so whos lying tarik or stewie2k?
2018-04-25 21:20
#124
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Europe n0kay
good one!
2018-04-26 08:55
#125
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Brazil Dedstars
Good luck to you and my Brazilian idols. I wish you the greatest success possible, and that you can get this team to meet again. GL
2018-04-27 20:43
lmao he wanted to play in team where fallen is calling and guess what? coldzera is calling now lolololol
2018-05-04 16:14
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