Happy: "We are definitely good at killing people, but we have to learn to play as a team"

We spoke to Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer in Leicester, where his team is currently fighting for ESL Pro League survival at the relegation tournament.

So far, Envy have played two matches, beating Spirit in the opening one and falling to AGO, 2-0, in the second game. Now, the Frenchmen have one more shot at retaining an ESL Pro League spot, as they will take on Windigo in the final game of European relegation.

Happy wasn't surprised to find his team in relegation after a slow start to the season

After their loss to AGO, Dust2.us' Michael "DuckMoriarty" Moriarty spoke to Happy about progressing as a team, their struggles, and implementing Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss into the roster.

What were your initial thoughts after you found yourself in the ESL Pro League Relegation tournament, when you found out you have to be here?

People were a bit surprised in the team but I wasn't. We had a really tough beginning to the ESL Pro League season and like last year we made some roster changes and we didn't have any practice at all for the first match. We just got together and we had to play the WESG Finals as well. So it really hindered our practice. We lost unforgettable matches, we just played really bad at the beginning of the season, we started grinding back in the last parts of the season. It was kind of too late and... now we are here.

Online, you are also in ECS where your performances are on a similar level to what happened in ESL Pro League. Are you and your team looking at what is going on and trying to figure out a way of improving the situation at the moment?

Yeah, obviously, when we switched players we wanted to get a fresh start to the team. We did a bootcamp just before coming into Leicester and things were going pretty well, we were learning new stuff every day, we were actually learning to play Overpass and Mirage. But the focus didn't last that long, it could've been a more efficient bootcamp. But we are still definitely trying to improve ourselves. I think that unfortunately, the changes we made will not be good as soon as we hoped so, but they will pay out in the future.

Speaking of roster changes, you brought in kioShiMa back into the fold and also brought in hAdji from your academy side. Do those two players currently fit in the system you have been playing? How are they currently bedding into the team?

I think for kio it's pretty obvious, he is kinda a jack of all trades and has learned a lot from his experience in FaZe. hAdji is the young talent that first we wanted to use as an entry fragger, now we are still trying to figure out a perfect system in which he can evolve. But yeah, overall we are trying to make things work in the roles as well. We are just trying really hard to make the team work.

So far in the relegation tournament, you took a 2-1 win over Spirit and you've just recently lost to AGO. In terms of performances, what sort of level you would say you are currently at? Would you say that you are where you were expecting to be, is it a disappointment, or something in between?

I mean, we knew that it wouldn't be easy when we first started but, to be honest, I didn't expect us to do so badly in the first few months of the team. Even right now, when we are playing the relegation matches for EPL it's tough, it really is tough and I think none of the players were expecting to lose against AGO, even my self. I knew it would be really hard because of our map pool, but yeah, overall, I think we are slow burners, in a way. We always start pretty bad and we slowly grind out in a BO3. Sadly, it wasn't enough during the Train match and we lost 2-0. Yeah, we need to work things out and we have to make do with the difficulties that we have right now.

Heading into the future with your team, you have DreamHack Tours coming up, it's an event in your home country, how are you expecting to perform at that event?

To be honest it will be too close to the EPL Relegation matches. Obviously, we will improve during the time, but I still think it's too short. I have noticed that a couple of good teams are attending the event, for example, North and Gambit, so it will actually be a good test if we are moving in the right direction or not.

EnVyUs are still figuring out how to use hAdji

You were in qualifiers for certain events, didn't make it through, with more upcoming qualifiers, do you expect to get through and secure a tournament appearance in the upcoming future?

Qualification-wise, we feel pretty bad about it because last year we didn't get good results on LAN but at least we managed to pass the qualification online. In a way, we could feel that we were doing something good, that we could work from that part. Right now, I'm not going to lie, everything is pretty blurred. We see the difficulties, we see the problems that we have, and we are working on them, but it is definitely going slowly. As I said, we are just slow burners and it takes way more time than it should do.

This event has come in sort of close after Marseille. With the small amount of turnaround time, how much work have you, your coach, analysts, been putting into improving from what was a group stage exit, hoping to make sure you can persevere in the future?

We did go through a coach change after DreamHack Marseille, so right now we are still experimenting with a new coach. As I said we are testing new things, again it's the same answer, it's a bit slow, it's a slow process sadly, we still have to find a perfect system where we can use the explosiveness of our players. I believe we are one of the teams that has the most aim potential, I'm not going to lie, we are probably in the top 10, but it goes to waste if you don't play around it, if you don't have strategies, if we don't communicate properly, all that kind of stuff. All of the things related to CS, except aim, we are lacking. We are definitely good at killing people, but we have to learn to play as a team.

Elsewhere in France at the moment, there are certain rumors of changes to teams in terms of G2 and also of LDLC. Do you and your team keep much of an eye on that, or is it just focusing on you and your own team?

I think it does affect us a bit, from what I've heard. I can't really say much, I think, but it's definitely something that crawling around us. We don't know exactly what is going on, but we can feel it. Personally, I try to not think about it because if it happens, it happens, no matter what. The only thing that matters to me is getting the team the results that we actually deserve.

With your final game in the relegation tournament being against either Windigo or Spirit, who would you rather play? 

I think we will play Windigo, they do look a bit sharper individually. I will say that, map-pool wise, we'd much prefer Windigo, but I think Spirit are overall the worse team. I think their individiuals are worse and their skill is worse, we already beat them 2-1, and except Overpass, it was a pretty comfortable win, in my opinion. So it's so-so. Map pool wise I'd prefer to play Windigo but overall I think I'd like to play Spirit.

France Ali 'hAdji' Haïnouss
Ali 'hAdji' Haïnouss
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
617
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
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United States bigsex69 
Retire
2018-05-10 18:49
#30
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Paraguay imjustmau 
Happy killed nV
2018-05-10 18:54
#39
Snax | 
United States Waldu 
Lool
2018-05-10 19:00
#50
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United Kingdom ShreN 
He is the reason why they were ever relevant
2018-05-10 19:08
nice joke
2018-05-10 19:26
Expected
2018-05-10 21:07
#69
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
This roster is fighting for relegation. THIS roster. Ex6 survived EPL for 2 seasons while staying out of relegation danger, almost even qualifying to the LAN finals last season, with a way worse roster in LDLC. But yeah go on, tell me how good Happy is.
2018-05-10 19:26
2 majors, sit.
2018-05-10 23:48
#145
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Belgium bioZARRRD 
Relegated, sit.
2018-05-10 23:54
Gambit one major too, where are they now? Cloud9 one major too, where are they now? Majors aren't everything
2018-05-11 04:11
They're saying LDLC/Envy with Happy had more success than shox's G2 and Titan. I feel like most of it was because of kennyS tho. Then again, kennyS was in Titan so, I don't know. I have faith in shox's new roster though.
2018-05-11 05:31
+1
2018-05-11 10:40
haha good joke happy always been overrated and being carried by skilled players He made nV top 100 team
2018-05-10 19:33
Besides shox Kio nbk apex scream rpk and kennys, yes happy is the “only” person to make nV relevant
2018-05-10 21:24
How can he be carried when he is the IGL with most kills almost.
2018-05-10 21:17
+1
2018-05-10 21:33
fool Mr DonKing
2018-05-10 19:32
#77
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United States bigsex69 
oof
2018-05-10 19:32
#147
method | 
United States f0xes` 
+1
2018-05-10 23:55
#2
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
just shoot lol
2018-05-10 18:49
Retire
2018-05-10 18:50
no
2018-05-10 18:50
#5
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Germany zeolikk10years 
good at killing people nice try LUL
2018-05-10 18:50
#85
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India bozzmob 
Ha ha :D ikr! I was like wtf is he talking about?
2018-05-10 19:43
Yea if he was good at killing he wud had won rounds and eventually matches
2018-05-10 20:41
atcha
2018-05-10 21:16
Nt mate accha*
2018-05-10 21:17
ahaha :D
2018-05-10 21:17
U may be knowing lot more canada has so many indians also I have my uncles friend working there since 3 yeras
2018-05-10 21:18
Yes thats true, my buddy is Indian and he teaches me some basic words. There are a ton of Indians that immigrate here
2018-05-10 21:20
Ikr ;) Have a nice day its almost 1 am here so i gotta sleep Goodnight
2018-05-10 21:22
1/7 on the planet are Indians. Encroachment everywhere in the world.
2018-05-10 21:46
Racist shit, people from india are highly educated and extraordinary members of society, more so than americans
2018-05-10 23:09
What do you expect from an american?
2018-05-11 04:12
#164
shox | 
Canada dB- 
+1 Plus they make amazing, healthy food
2018-05-11 15:00
Curry boi
2018-05-13 21:29
#6
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
lul
2018-05-10 18:50
#7
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
THAT DOESN'T SOUND TOO GOOD LOL
2018-05-10 18:50
#8
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Poland Spectra_CS 
happy = ANELE kebab
2018-05-10 18:50
Stop destroying french scene
2018-05-10 18:50
#94
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France Waiit 
Our scene is dead anyway and the joke with Shox Ex6 and Smithzz will prove it
2018-05-10 19:53
I didn't know Happy is a killer
2018-05-10 18:50
#28
PAGO | 
Poland Kimanerq 
:D H3H3H3
2018-05-10 18:54
agreed
2018-05-10 18:50
#12
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
ANELE
2018-05-10 18:51
#13
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United States AjAjCaptain 
Expected from new France :D Have a nice day. ---------------------------------------------- Twitter: @ManelosCFT Mail: ManelosCFT@hotmail.com
2018-05-10 18:51
nt fake fallenzera
2018-05-10 19:17
#15
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Lithuania LuXe 
It's been what 1,5 years? Still can't play as a team? Disband
2018-05-10 18:51
#71
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United Kingdom Crypt1cSV 
A couple of months
2018-05-10 19:28
#72
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Czech Republic NtonyYoYoYo 
fan of Imperial hahaha , u will never be on their level..
2018-05-10 19:29
happy murderer confirmed
2018-05-10 18:51
#17
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France MIK120 
FBI! DROP YOUR WEAPONS AND FALL ON YOUR KNEES NOW!
2018-05-10 18:51
Plz sir i have a family to feed
2018-05-11 04:13
Very good players but can't play together, nonsense
2018-05-10 18:51
HAPPY: "WE ARE DEFINITELY GOOD AT KILLING PEOPLE flag checks out
2018-05-10 18:52
#21
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Poland Tyraelllll 
MSL v2
2018-05-10 18:52
MSl is way better than this fcker .
2018-05-10 19:07
#104
MSL | 
World Houzzy 
+1
2018-05-10 20:06
MSL no major but better than Happy lol not even NT
2018-05-11 10:43
#22
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Germany AYEON 
ANELE
2018-05-10 18:52
kNg too
2018-05-10 18:53
#63
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Brazil theluksabm 
prove it or i will ..
2018-05-10 19:21
hug you s2
2018-05-10 19:25
#67
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Brazil theluksabm 
SZ
2018-05-10 19:25
#24
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Russia alonsen 
HAPPY: "WE ARE DEFINITELY GOOD AT KILLING PEOPLE clips.twitch.tv/VastKindCormorantKappaRo..
2018-05-10 18:53
#86
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India bozzmob 
Lol :D good clip :D
2018-05-10 19:44
#25
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Finland Smoonah 
why company still pay this roster to do nothing?
2018-05-10 18:53
i think he meant that literally
2018-05-10 18:53
having watched almost every nv match i can say for certain that no, you're not very good at killing people. Every game i watch every player in the roster whiff their shots and give up bombsites costing them the round. You're literally consistently losing to tier 3/4/5 teams.
2018-05-10 18:54
Happy is the most toxic teamate u'll ever have in any pro team. He only kill ppl from behind and bait his teamates. Given 4 simple to team up with happy, this guy may have a chance of winning another trophy. Envy will be better off if happy is kicked and retired.
2018-05-10 18:54
lmao you newfag, he popularized the lurker position, it's his own playstyle and how do you know he's toxic? just because he's unexpressive, ppl just assume anything about him Truth is that you don't know more than what you watch on twitch
2018-05-11 10:45
He did what? Ever heard of GetRight? Happy "lurking" was always based on baiting. Even when he was in top 20 he had the least impact kills.
2018-05-11 15:22
His own playstyle ? LMAO. He contributes least in the team
2018-05-11 16:31
#31
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
he probably joking...
2018-05-10 18:55
#32
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Sweden Div-\ 
Come on happy, you can do it.
2018-05-10 18:55
Uhmmm. That doesn’t sound right at all. Good at killing people. Should of said we are good at getting frags or kills. But saying good at killing people. Well that’s can be taken out of context.
2018-05-10 18:55
#34
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Bulgaria slaughtersun 
holy shit, talk about bad wording
2018-05-10 18:56
This comes from top 1 baiter...
2018-05-10 18:57
#40
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Vietnam Oida 
SHUT THE FUCK UP MOTHERFUCKER U GUYS HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR YEARS YOU FUCKING IDIOT
2018-05-10 19:00
#41
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Kuwait Yarrak 
Wtf pls dont kill me
2018-05-10 19:00
#43
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer 15-36 -21 44.2 43.5% 0.45
2018-05-10 19:02
102 days, 64 maps played with hAdji How much more time do you need?..
2018-05-10 19:02
#45
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Poland Tyraelllll 
LUL happy started to b8 even in interviews
2018-05-10 19:03
#95
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France Waiit 
xD
2018-05-10 19:54
#121
Jame | 
Morocco Feit4N 
LUUL BUT you are not from indonesia
2018-05-10 21:03
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer 15 - 36 -21 44.2 0.45 Happy, if you see the comment here, just fcking retire. 2maps, 15kills, maybe 8 kill from behind. What's the meaning of keeping him ? to give enemy free entry ? LMAO
2018-05-10 19:06
OMG, they're assassins
2018-05-10 19:08
#51
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Brazil sprk1 
murderer
2018-05-10 19:09
Jebaited
2018-05-10 19:09
terorrist
2018-05-10 19:12
they really should do roster changes because right now g2 suck envy suck very hard and ldlc is non existing team of silvers..
2018-05-10 19:13
baited
2018-05-10 19:14
true
2018-05-10 19:16
Neat.
2018-05-10 19:16
killing ppl laughing like a bitch
2018-05-10 19:18
You'll prove it or...
2018-05-10 19:21
#65
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Brazil theluksabm 
we are definitely good at killing people.
2018-05-10 19:21
#64
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Europe Skraj 
>Have to learn to play as a team Been together for a great while and still can't play as a team? Especially considering all of them have played CS competitively for many years ?? Nah, envy just sucks
2018-05-10 19:21
If you didn't learn to play as a team for like 16 months you never will. Just disband you suck.
2018-05-10 19:26
#73
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Czech Republic NtonyYoYoYo 
kNg too good
2018-05-10 19:30
I wish he finds a better team instead of wasting time with Scream cuz he deserves to be top.
2018-05-10 19:31
#75
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Brazil Charizaldo 
I thought only muslins and american shooters were good at killing ppl
2018-05-10 19:31
IGL talking about learning to play as a team rubbish trash player
2018-05-10 19:33
"good at killing people" for real? is he retarded?
2018-05-10 19:34
I'M DEFINITELY GOOD AT BAITING PEOPLE, BUT SOMETIMES THEY DONT LISTEN TO ME
2018-05-10 19:35
Retire Crappy.
2018-05-10 19:36
that title rofl
2018-05-10 19:36
kNg: im good at killing people too
2018-05-10 19:38
#87
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India bozzmob 
Lol :D i laughed hard. Good one!
2018-05-10 19:44
#88
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
Lol good joke happy
2018-05-10 19:45
Not you - absolutely garbage player, was only valuable when envy and ldlc was tier 1 because his teammates were doing most of the job and he could get some lurking kills. After envy started to struggle in 2016, he became dogshit untill this day.
2018-05-10 19:47
#90
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Lithuania aisTISsS 
XD sure happy, whatever u say..
2018-05-10 19:48
almost 2 years and they say cant play as team hahahahahah
2018-05-10 19:49
#99
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France Waiit 
The Shuffle was 1 year ago and they changed 2 players. Not even 2 years x)
2018-05-10 19:55
#106
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Poland kick_michu 
this team is dead since 2015
2018-05-10 20:09
#130
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France Waiit 
The French scene is dead
2018-05-10 21:24
fangay spotted,btw it was bait
2018-05-10 21:50
#140
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France Waiit 
I'm agree with you but who cares
2018-05-10 22:01
enjoy MDL
2018-05-10 19:51
#93
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United States chikinnn 
Weren't good at killing windigo LOLOL
2018-05-10 19:52
what a stupid thing to say.
2018-05-10 19:55
#97
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Portugal dracø 
Not even that as of late.. Never seen a team with such low synergy. They bring each other down at every fuck up they make
2018-05-10 19:55
haha
2018-05-10 19:55
yes and lose to windigo
2018-05-10 19:56
"Good at killing people" Sure buddy, we'll see that in MDL now, good luck :D
2018-05-10 19:58
#103
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Latvia s1^ 
this is not ww2 wtf is he talking about
2018-05-10 20:05
#105
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
"HAPPY: "WE ARE DEFINITELY GOOD AT KILLING PEOPLE" LUL
2018-05-10 20:09
#107
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
but you have " kio the problem" & the overrated scream in your team it won't help
2018-05-10 20:09
LUL
2018-05-10 20:19
Really questionable headline there HLTV
2018-05-10 20:27
@EnVyUs team, HAPPY. Hello? u mad drunk idiot? "good at killing people, but have to learn to play as a team?" damn what a shameless retard, the only one who is good at killing people, 1 on 1 situation is only SCREAM. u drunk, asshole EnVyUs csgo team? what a nice excuse u've got after playing such dramatic match
2018-05-10 20:28
killing people makes me happy too!
2018-05-10 20:31
#113
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Netherlands NEEFBROERMAN 
xaxaxaxaxa
2018-05-10 20:39
#115
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Luxembourg MCSALO 
Envy disband incoming
2018-05-10 20:41
Lost yeees :DD
2018-05-10 20:41
#117
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Netherlands Nubaex 
they suck
2018-05-10 20:42
Awp master
2018-05-10 20:53
#119
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Greece knk74 
FBI ITS HIM
2018-05-10 20:57
#120
Stewie2K | 
Switzerland DaoB 
G2 > Envyus
2018-05-10 20:59
HAPPY: WE ARE DEFINITELY GOOD AT KILLING PEOPLE"<<HAHHAHAHA envyus vs Ago ( overpass ) Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer 3-17 -14 42.0 35.0% 0.27 YES happy you are DEFINITELY GOOD
2018-05-10 21:28
#135
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
He obviously meant real life.
2018-05-10 21:33
He's French. In real life he would be even worse
2018-05-11 15:36
#133
jks | 
North America xdrax 
true
2018-05-10 21:32
i hope nv will take mixwell + maybe someone else for hadji/rpk
2018-05-10 21:35
"...BUT WE HAVE TO LEARN TO DO IT INGAME"
2018-05-10 21:38
#142
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Netherlands Deji 
Mark my words, envyus will be top 10 at the end of the year
2018-05-10 23:42
#150
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France StickyRice 
What does NV "will be top 10 at the end of the year" mean ? If it means that line up or at least a core of 3/4 from that line up, i doubt it, if it means "NV's org" will have a team top 10 then yeah buy Astralis or FaZe lul and you're sure to get a top 10 team ...
2018-05-11 01:58
#160
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Netherlands Deji 
They get better everytime
2018-05-11 10:37
#144
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Happy not that happy
2018-05-10 23:50
#146
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Still need to learn to play as a team? How much more time do you need? Retire.
2018-05-10 23:55
#148
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France Deadfish 
Happy killing people XD
2018-05-11 00:22
Laughable
2018-05-11 00:29
Lmao killing people
2018-05-11 03:37
pure disband material
2018-05-11 04:53
LOL you guys can't frag for shit, just go to LDLC ffs
2018-05-11 05:42
sure u can put it that way i guess
2018-05-11 05:57
Maybe if nV wouldn't play 4v5 all the time because Happy is lurking and it's really obvious, if the enemy team kills Happy they know that the other team is going to attack the other site.
2018-05-11 10:26
they need a rosterchange, theres no 2 ways about it... and it will most likely happen after the new g2 is formed!
2018-05-11 16:33
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