SK, AGO through to quarter-finals in Kiev

SK and AGO are the first teams through to the playoffs at StarSeries i-League Season 5 after defeating Liquid and mousesports, respectively.

The Americas showdown between SK and Liquid began on Cache, the latter team's map pick, but it was the Brazilians who came out the brighter as they took the pistol round with a B execution on the back of a triple-kill from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.

Liquid responded in the third round with a CZ stack on B, which marked the beginning of a great run from the North Americans. Down 5-2, SK picked up the pace and ran over the Liquid defence in the rest of the half to go into the break with a narrow 8-7 lead.

The second half began with SK once again in control as the Brazilians won six rounds straight, bringing the scoreline to 14-7. It looked like SK had the game in the bag, but Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski rescued his team with a 1v2 clutch to give Liquid fans some hope.

The Americans started to put together a small run of rounds to pile the pressure on SK's players, who, however, remained calm and collected, bagging two rounds in a row to seal a hard-fought 16-12 success.

SK through to the playoffs

Next up was Train, where SK took the pistol round but once again could not make the most of it as they were caught off-guard in the third round while attempting to push the outer bombsite. Liquid took control of proceedings after that and strolled to a 7-2 lead, but SK fought back in the final stages of the half and prevented their opponents from running away with the game.

SK once again came out of the break the stronger side, taking the pistol round and the following anti-ecos to cut the gap to just two rounds. Surprisingly, Liquid were able to respond in the first gun round after overcoming a 2v5 situation thanks to a triple-kill from Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, who would stand out for the team throughout the half.

FalleN kept SK in the game with a series of multi-kill rounds, but he could not prevent Liquid from reaching map point at 15-12. Ricardo "boltz" Prass stepped up in the next round with a triple-kill to deny Liquid the map win, but it was in vain as the Americans would lock down the game in the 30th round.

Liquid are now in the 2-1 Swiss pool

Starting out on the CT side of Inferno, Liquid got out to a 7-2 lead after holding SK's players off any economic development. The Brazilians then finally figured out how to break through the North Americans' defence, bagging four rounds in a row, with a late resurgence from Liquid earning them a 9-6 half-time lead.

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip opened up the second half with a trio of kills to help SK pick up the pistol round in convincing fashion. The Brazilian team remained in the driving seat and brought the scoreline to 12-9, at which point Liquid called a tactical pause in a bid to halt their opponents' momentum.

After the short break, Liquid finally got a round on the board, but SK replied instantly and hit the 14-round mark. The North Americans refused to throw in the towel, however, and put together a small run of rounds after capitalising on a few uncharacteristic mistakes from SK.

The momentum was now clearly in Liquid's favour, but a double AWP kill from FalleN on a shoddy buy put SK on match point, with the Brazilians securing the next round to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

Brazil
Matchpage
2
1
30th May 2018
16
Cache
12
14
Train
16
16
Inferno
13
 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 69 - 60 +9 88.3 1.21
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 51 - 55 -4 70.7 1.04
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 59 - 51 +8 67.6 1.04
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 51 - 56 -5 63.6 0.99
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 53 - 63 -10 69.6 0.98
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 74 - 53 +21 98.3 1.37
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 64 - 56 +8 76.4 1.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 54 - 62 -8 72.2 0.93
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 46 - 54 -8 56.3 0.87
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 47 - 58 -11 56.9 0.86

The first match of the 2-0 pool began on Mirage, mousesports' map pick, but the reigning StarSeries champions quickly found themselves on the back foot despite drawing first blood in the game.

A third-round buy worked out for AGO, with Dominik "GruBy" Swiderski then pulling off a 1v3 clutch to prevent a reset for his team. The Polish team rode that momentum to run all over the mousesports defence for the rest of the half, cruising to an 11-4 lead after keeping their opponents from stringing rounds together.

Now on the Terrorist side, mousesports won the pistol round and the corresponding anti-ecos to keep themselves in it. However, AGO would not let a comeback and instantly regained control of proceedings after buying up, losing just one more round before running out 16-8 winners.

Train, the map that followed, began at a frantic pace as mousesports hit back right after losing the pistol, only to let AGO win a force-buy of their own. That sparked a terrific run from the Polish side, who brought the scoreline to a 9-1 advantage, putting significant pressure on mousesports' players.

AGO were the first team to qualify for the playoffs

With the game threatening to spiral out of control, the European mixture finally put an end to AGO's winning streak, with Chris "chrisJ" de Jong getting a quad-kill to his name in the following round. The final two rounds of the half would go to the Polish side, who took a commanding 11-4 lead into the break.

mousesports came out of the break a different side and picked up eight rounds without response to take the lead for the first time since the beginning of Mirage, constantly punishing AGO's fragile economy. The Polish side still attempted to issue a response, picking up two rounds in a row, but were kept at bay for the rest of the half by a resolute mousesports defence.

Carrying their momentum into the final map, Inferno, chrisJ's side jumped out to a 7-1 lead on the CT side. It was only then that AGO's offence finally came to life, with the Polish side winning six of the last seven rounds of the half to bring the deficit to a solitary round.

AGO remained in control after the break and won five rounds right off the bat to carve out a significant 12-8 lead. mousesports then got on the board for the first time in the half, but the Poles kept their defence very tight for the rest of the half and quickly put the series to bed.

Poland
Matchpage
2
1
30th May 2018
16
Mirage
8
13
Train
16
16
Inferno
9
 AGO K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzkisnatchie 64 - 52 +12 77.5 1.25
Poland Dominik 'GruBy' SwiderskiGruBy 60 - 44 +16 77.6 1.20
Poland Tomasz 'phr' Wójcikphr 56 - 46 +10 80.4 1.14
Poland Damian 'Furlan' KislowskiFurlan 52 - 49 +3 76.0 1.14
Poland Mateusz 'TOAO' ZawistowskiTOAO 40 - 42 -2 62.4 1.00
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 56 - 58 -2 78.8 1.02
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 56 - 56 0 77.6 1.01
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 53 - 54 -1 74.0 0.98
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 44 - 50 -6 66.0 0.89
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 24 - 54 -30 44.8 0.62
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Poland Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1237
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
screw all the casters Godzera #1
2018-05-31 00:30
#9
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Brazil Fallenzera__SK 
won against Avanger, Flash and Liquid SK IS BACK BOYS!!!
2018-05-31 00:30
coldzera isn't so great? Are you kidding me? When was the last time you saw a player with such an ability and movement with the AWP and M4? coldzera puts the game in another level, and we will be blessed if we ever see a player with his skill and passion for the game again. s1mple breaks records. NiKo breaks records. coldzera breaks the rules. You can keep your statistics. I prefer the magic.
2018-05-31 00:31
#34
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United States weaboo 
Ez for Godzera with his pro igl calls. Liquid is a bunch of puggers and stood no chance.
2018-05-31 00:37
#35
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2018-05-31 00:39
That's literally the opposite of how they play
2018-05-31 01:41
#39
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Brazil ovomexido 
LMAO it gets me everytime
2018-05-31 00:39
#44
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Brazil bryandabliu 
Beautiful words, bro! Coldzera is so skilled. He is one of the best players of CS:GO history. I prefer the magic. I prefer coldzera, then!
2018-05-31 00:42
#86
NAF | 
Canada Chizten 
alex19 isn't so great? Are you kidding me? When was the last time you saw a player with such an ability and movement with fox? alex19 puts the game in another level, and we will be blessed if we ever see a player with his skill and passion for the game again. Armada breaks records. Hungrybox breaks records. alex19 breaks the rules. You can keep your statistics. I prefer the magic.
2018-05-31 02:57
#97
jks | 
North America alfredbond 
Well said Chizten. Who dis SK ?
2018-05-31 07:11
#103
Poland MJP 
great player , but movement LOL , awp decent but not great
2018-05-31 08:40
#54
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Germany currrro 
Wow funny
2018-05-31 00:46
#101
 | 
United States LookitsJrd 
Bruh the American carried
2018-05-31 07:48
#102
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Belgium T1ckeR 
Yeahhh men!!!
2018-05-31 07:56
ez
2018-05-31 00:31
Now that’s a real fan
2018-05-31 02:45
S1mple meanwhile:Coldzera best player in the world?NT MONKEY.
2018-05-31 12:43
Cry here Sk haters \_____/
2018-05-31 00:30
#14
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Brazil Collee 
+1
2018-05-31 00:31
#20
fer | 
Portugal shadow14 
Tempo Storm 3-0 SK Gaming 3-0 It's been a good day xd
2018-05-31 00:32
XD 100% agree
2018-05-31 02:45
#3
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Brazil Collee 
Very easy for SK gaming. GODzera already top 1 2018
2018-05-31 00:31
#4
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Rip liquid BTW STYKO -30 jeez
2018-05-31 00:31
#70
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
No aimlock no fun
2018-05-31 01:18
#5
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Brazil millerjmatos 
SK IS BACK
2018-05-31 00:30
#6
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Poland crouzzz 
Great!
2018-05-31 00:30
#7
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Poland cGev 
GO GO AGO
2018-05-31 00:31
#8
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
We did it ma boys Congratz to us! Let's go BRAZIL ZIL ZIL ZIL! GOOD Luck taquinho and zews <3 We smart, we loyal,we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-05-31 00:31
#10
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Brazil digozamaral 
Nice
2018-05-31 00:31
#11
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Europe b7ack0ut 
EZ AGO
2018-05-31 00:31
bot styko. fucking replace him pls
2018-05-31 00:31
#106
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Denmark Xipingu 
+1 Styko is just a walking headache
2018-05-31 10:28
#13
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Poland vzk 
Gg
2018-05-31 00:31
#17
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Brazil S3bjastjan 
EZ for AGO new Virtus.pro <3
2018-05-31 00:31
#18
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Brazil m4ri 
sk still top1 <3
2018-05-31 00:31
#19
 | 
Brazil VictorGM_ 
GG #RUNSK
2018-05-31 00:32
#21
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Poland Bialeczny1998 
soo ez ago <3
2018-05-31 00:32
#22
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
This match was the perfect example of why stats alone don't say everything (although they do say a lot). Coldzera was so freaking impactful when he was needed. We still see glimpses of old cold. But not his old consistency. Speaking another language might be taking a toll on him.
2018-05-31 00:33
I'm hyped for sk honestly
2018-05-31 00:33
The two least expected teams
2018-05-31 00:33
#71
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Please...
2018-05-31 01:19
hm?
2018-05-31 13:49
#115
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Least expected is a little too much, dont you think?
2018-05-31 14:55
yea sure not least expected, but srsly no one expected AGO and SK to go 3-0
2018-05-31 15:43
#121
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Yeah, I would guess navi and mouz probably...
2018-05-31 19:33
#25
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Sk won't win
2018-05-31 00:33
#75
 | 
Brazil d1rk 
What did u say?
2018-05-31 01:24
#107
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Denmark Xipingu 
No Astralis and no FaZe, so they have a chance though.
2018-05-31 10:29
Nah ,Navi has s1mple ,thats like having 2 a fallen and a fer combined in 1 Player.
2018-05-31 12:45
#112
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Denmark Xipingu 
Yeah but Navi can choke. They are not known for it in the past like Astralis and Liquid is, but they have had massive chokes before, namely in the two grand finals at the two consecutive majors, Cluj 2015 and Columbus 2016.
2018-05-31 13:21
AGO to VP, current VP to x-com!
2018-05-31 00:33
#27
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United States Skuter! 
Impressed by AGO, SK expected.
2018-05-31 00:34
#28
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Netherlands jonsve 
-styko + any free agent= mouz back in actual top 5
2018-05-31 00:34
#49
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Brazil Charizaldo 
mouz mixwell
2018-05-31 00:45
#51
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Netherlands jonsve 
That's actually not bad!
2018-05-31 00:46
#53
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Netherlands jonsve 
Although mouz comms in german
2018-05-31 00:46
mouz doesn't have any german player
2018-05-31 01:10
ye, and navi comms in polish
2018-05-31 01:13
#29
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Poland Marcin2115 
I think AGO win this tournament :D Make Screen xD
2018-05-31 00:36
#72
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
I would like to see this, they're looking good
2018-05-31 01:21
#108
HEN1 | 
Poland maxiu 
this
2018-05-31 11:09
#30
oBo | 
United States Plactus 
Go AGO
2018-05-31 00:36
#31
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France JBzOo 
I hope they gonna stay together ! Don’t do the fuck’in c9 or sk mistake :) good chemistry don’t pick guy after the major please keep TAO
2018-05-31 00:36
#32
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Peru vaniIIa 
Brazilians can finally show themselves again
2018-05-31 00:37
#33
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Brazil PhoKiLL 
GG SK! What's happening to mouz? O.o GG AGO!
2018-05-31 00:37
#41
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Brazil Dickzera 
Ago was better
2018-05-31 00:40
#58
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Poland KubelakK 
+1
2018-05-31 00:54
#73
 | 
Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
No aimlock no fun
2018-05-31 01:21
#36
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Great fucking played, geez what a game
2018-05-31 00:39
#37
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El Salvador Sp1x 
Wins against Flash and Avangar means SK is back...mkay. The Liquid win is legitimate, but SK is nowhere near top form, and neither is coldzera.
2018-05-31 00:39
#122
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World nakTriceps 
SK is proving that the problem with them was communication. And to deal with it, it´s necessary time together, practicing. They are not in top form yet, but they are a much more strong team than when they picked stewie. Never doubt of this SK guys.
2018-05-31 20:48
#38
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Brazil PhoKiLL 
Martin 'STYKO' Styk 24 - 54 -30 44.8 0.62 WTF? Please, set this bot to hard... or at lease to medium.
2018-05-31 00:41
#80
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Europe tweekzter 
+1 lel
2018-05-31 02:05
#40
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Poland Kobel_ 
Proud of u boiz
2018-05-31 00:40
#42
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Brazil PhoKiLL 
I really loved to watch SK vs Liquid, this was a fking nice game!
2018-05-31 00:41
#46
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Australia SUNSPY 
Best series in ages, ggwp to all
2018-05-31 00:44
#74
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Indeed
2018-05-31 01:22
Was insane
2018-05-31 06:31
#43
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Brazil trakinera 
congratulations FalleN, WP SK hail Brasil
2018-05-31 00:41
#45
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Australia SUNSPY 
SQUANCHY on top gg AGO
2018-05-31 00:43
#47
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Norway BigCannon 
gg for both but i wish someone could explain me why SK is mentioned first in title? AGO played before SK + if youre pointing a few teams in title you should use the one with an "earlier" letter in alphabet as first.
2018-05-31 00:44
These titles are always a mess.
2018-05-31 00:46
#117
draken | 
Poland xavist 
SK = more clicks
2018-05-31 15:46
#48
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Brazil Charizaldo 
What a game from SK. Happy birthday FalleN! And very nice job AGO!
2018-05-31 00:44
#52
MICHU | 
Poland Arknes 
What a game from AGO. Happy birthday FalleN! And very nice job SK!
2018-05-31 00:46
#57
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Happy birthday SK! What a game from FalleN. And very nice job AGO
2018-05-31 00:48
#60
MICHU | 
Poland Arknes 
Happy birthday AGO. What a game from FalleN.! And very nice job SK!
2018-05-31 01:09
#76
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Brazil Brunelson 
What Birthday from Ago Happy Job SK Happy and nice Fallen
2018-05-31 01:24
#78
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Brazil GKR48 
What Birthday from Ago Happy Job SK Happy and nice Fallen
2018-05-31 01:26
#59
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Belgium BIG__DADDY 
expected
2018-05-31 01:05
ez MIBR
2018-05-31 01:09
#63
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
ez for sk teleton
2018-05-31 01:11
Grats to sk. It was a hard road to the finals having to vs VG, Avanger and an average Liquid.
2018-05-31 01:13
Oh yeah Stewie2K with the 69 killz
2018-05-31 01:13
#67
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Brazil millerjmatos 
Stewie69k
2018-05-31 01:14
#68
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United States stephcurry30 
-taco +stewie liquid top 1 kappa
2018-05-31 01:14
Expected from AGO, But SK? I expected them the first ones out. Lul they beat VGFlash, Avangar and Liquid omegalul
2018-05-31 01:25
#81
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Brazil d1rk 
Cry is free
2018-05-31 02:19
Fry is cree
2018-05-31 02:57
Free is cry
2018-05-31 05:14
#96
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Brazil BlueLighting 
Is free cry
2018-05-31 07:01
Coldzera is like a GOD
2018-05-31 02:27
Sk is taking the first steps to get in top form again. MAKE SK GREAT AGAIN!
2018-05-31 02:30
i like the fact that stewie top fragged and taco bottom fragged
2018-05-31 02:57
#89
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Asia mocity123 
STYKO -30 OMEGALUL
2018-05-31 03:17
Carried by NA hyperlul
2018-05-31 03:23
#91
n0thing | 
Australia mavv_ 
American carrying Brazilians, why am I not surprised
2018-05-31 03:48
Coldzera had way more impact than Stewie2K though.
2018-05-31 10:10
#92
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Russia evg1804 
When SK win against 2 tier3 teams and 1 tier1 team, most of Brasilian - Wow. SK IS BACK. Cry is free, haters of SK. SK is great again. Ok. let's see
2018-05-31 04:01
ez
2018-05-31 06:21
#98
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Bulgaria nekzcs 
SK doubters?
2018-05-31 07:24
#99
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Poland B1tTrix 
Ago destroing in this tournament. I promise you. Let's do this!
2018-05-31 07:43
AG2-1
2018-05-31 07:44
#104
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Denmark YOVNGPETER 
AGOD
2018-05-31 09:55
SK is top 3 at the moment, im pretty sure only Astralis and Faze can match SK, so you haters go cry at the bed. SK4LIFE. We'll be the #1 again, sooner or later.
2018-05-31 14:54
#118
draken | 
Poland xavist 
they will if Astralis or Faze disband
2018-05-31 15:49
#120
steel | 
Brazil 1930 
I believe not choking mouz and Navi could be on till top4 aswell, considering astralis faze and liquid as other great teams
2018-05-31 16:53
#123
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World nakTriceps 
Astralis, Faze. Then, SK, Mouz and Liquid. But SK is promising a lot. The problem with them was communication. And it will be solved with time, with practice. So, let´s wait.
2018-05-31 20:50
Ez For SK
2018-05-31 16:04
#124
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Denmark der1nn 
Nobody expected AGO to go that far,yet i think they are now one of the main candidates to win in Kiev.GO GO AGO !!!
2018-05-31 21:32
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