NRG stun FaZe, move on to semi-finals at ECS

NRG have defeated FaZe 16-8 on Cache to top Group B and secure their spot in the ECS Season 5 semi-finals.

Retaking B successfully in the pistol round, NRG went on a streak of five rounds to kick off Cache, with Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov clutching a 1v1 in the first gunround and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold chiming in with a quad-kill in the second.

Despite an early advantage, the North American side conceded the next round after Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács barely triumphed in a 1v1 against the Bulgarian AWPer, but they were quickly back on the horse.

nahtE led the way for NRG in the Cache upset

Another six rounds in a row went NRG's way as they kept getting early advantages while CeRq added seven kills to his name, including another 1v1 clutch against his Slovakian counterpart in a dangerous anti-forcebuy.

FaZe recovered at last, opting for a couple of quick attacks towards each bombsite, while in the last round Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and GuardiaN turned around a 2v4 situation in their favor to give themselves a chance in the match with a 4-11 scoreline.

However, NRG clinched the second pistol round on the back of fantastic play from Ethan, who clutched a 1v2 to help his team get to 14-4. There was still life left in FaZe, who won the next four out of five rounds to close the gap to 8-15, but it was all she wrote afterward, as a key opening from CeRq allowed NRG to close things out on A at 16-8.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 28 - 12 +16 112.9 1.87
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 23 - 15 +8 98.5 1.56
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 20 - 14 +6 75.9 1.25
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 16 - 15 +1 81.8 1.17
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 11 - 15 -4 59.5 0.94
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 25 - 20 +5 101.2 1.30
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 16 - 16 0 72.0 1.00
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsencromen 13 - 19 -6 61.5 0.72
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 11 - 21 -10 53.5 0.67
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 6 - 22 -16 45.8 0.43
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Unexpected tbh. Really bad game from the best team in the world...
2018-06-08 21:55
#4
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Palestine zwe 
expected EDIT: stop changing flags!
2018-06-08 21:55
#18
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
EXPECTED
2018-06-08 21:56
Expected af
2018-06-08 22:04
cromen -expected olaf -no expect
2018-06-09 05:35
#159
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Singapore Wyattbenko 
Olaf the frosty snowman
2018-06-09 06:42
#176
ahl | 
Germany Gojirah 
STUN? u got that wrong HLTV....
2018-06-09 10:40
#184
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Mexico d0naldtrump 
nrg era ?
2018-06-09 14:38
#223
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Singapore Wyattbenko 
No tempo storm era
2018-06-10 15:55
im not changing flags
2018-06-08 21:57
#46
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United States Trump2020KAG 
dudes the biggest troll on hltv different team and flag every 10 minutes
2018-06-08 22:00
ye man hes such a troll xdXdDdxDdd haHAA 12 btw
2018-06-08 22:40
#135
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Turkey lulpump1 
trump would say this too
2018-06-09 00:00
#189
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
trump #1
2018-06-09 20:36
NRG played really well, especially cerq individually in the first half. rain obviously played like shit
2018-06-08 21:57
#47
ropz | 
United States SercaCS 
-cromen +olof -rain +cromen
2018-06-08 22:00
#60
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India MistaJ 
Lol
2018-06-08 22:06
#86
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Chuckled at that one
2018-06-08 22:20
#95
ropz | 
United States SercaCS 
<3
2018-06-08 22:31
Rain just had a bad match xD
2018-06-08 22:35
#137
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Finland Tusku 
+1 :D
2018-06-09 00:24
#74
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Germany Sabba1 
Cant get eco frags if the opponent doent need to eco
2018-06-08 22:13
+1
2018-06-08 22:20
++11
2018-06-08 22:34
#143
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
+111
2018-06-09 01:21
#175
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India naetu 
+1111
2018-06-09 10:29
#181
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Denmark Twick_ 
+11111
2018-06-09 12:49
#34
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World halamadridsk 
Cromen LUL
2018-06-08 21:58
#44
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
rain OMEGALUL
2018-06-08 22:00
#80
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Ukraine kek1 
Raingod
2018-06-08 22:15
#105
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
dogniar
2018-06-08 22:39
#108
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Ukraine kek1 
Top1
2018-06-08 22:44
#114
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
dogniar sounds like a russian word omegalul OpTiC was never FaZe btw
2018-06-08 22:54
FAZE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD OMEGALUL XD
2018-06-08 21:59
#119
Sunde | 
World sfu 
Low bait
2018-06-08 23:06
#120
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Brazil Insan3__ 
faze best team??? you make me laught so hard
2018-06-08 23:14
fan of coldzera LUL
2018-06-08 23:16
#126
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Brazil Insan3__ 
2 times best player in the world, what about that?? without even mension 2 majors in a row. Cry is free.
2018-06-08 23:24
where is he now without a bait (taco) coldzera is a fraud
2018-06-08 23:28
#128
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Brazil Insan3__ 
He's still delivering great performances. Just wait. We will talk again in 3 months...
2018-06-08 23:32
dw ignore him. coldzera is a beast and im not even a fan.
2018-06-08 23:39
#152
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Brazil Insan3__ 
yeah this guy is just a hater, i mean, look at his nickname LUL
2018-06-09 04:24
the real thing: No fnx, No Major
2018-06-09 07:43
#150
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Indonesia Exodd 
Best team in the world couldn’t keep up with the newly-rising NRG? Ok dude
2018-06-09 04:20
From most overrated team you mean...
2018-06-09 09:08
It was expected, faze has cromen and nrg is just good
2018-06-10 10:02
#2
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Palestine zwe 
XD
2018-06-08 21:55
#87
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Brazil coldzao2 
rain 6-22 XD
2018-06-08 22:20
make it rain
2018-06-10 10:02
Ez NRG
2018-06-08 21:56
#6
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Denmark potatomato 
E X P E C T E D
2018-06-08 21:55
ez
2018-06-08 21:55
-rain? :-(
2018-06-08 21:55
bad experience :-(
2018-06-09 11:42
#9
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Algeria FATALSki 
CeRqKing
2018-06-08 21:55
expected
2018-06-08 21:55
Expected
2018-06-08 21:55
Faze sucks!
2018-06-08 21:55
No, tbh, they are pretty decent atm, but this LU changes break her consistancy. Right now i think is time for they think who'll be the 5th player and move on, cause olof'll not back. In the possible transfers, I can see ISSA joining them, cause his low price, and he's a very good talent, maybe brehze too
2018-06-08 22:49
#136
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Norway kakemann 
Nah they got too much Money to think about price. They Will probably het nbk if Olof isnt comming bacl
2018-06-09 00:05
if ISSAA goes to FaZe then rip woxic, he and ISSAA are the only ones playing good consistently
2018-06-09 07:59
#13
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Switzerland codplayer 
wp rain
2018-06-08 21:55
#14
f0rest | 
Russia goodjob 
RAIN ROFL
2018-06-08 21:55
cerq top1
2018-06-08 21:55
#16
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United States SleepDeprived 
bot faze
2018-06-08 21:55
#17
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
Ez
2018-06-08 21:55
#20
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Germany rema1 
Navi>Faze
2018-06-08 21:56
#118
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Russia GramDEL 
Obviously. They've already shown it by defeating them a few times.
2018-06-08 23:01
#21
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Mexico 6ix9ine 
Hell yeah
2018-06-08 21:56
#22
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
rain LUL
2018-06-08 21:56
OMEGALUL
2018-06-08 21:56
gg
2018-06-08 21:56
EZ
2018-06-08 21:56
plz rain get gud again
2018-06-08 21:56
i will, thanks for continously supporting me
2018-06-08 22:11
#27
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Chile furpU 
NRG new top 1 world
2018-06-08 21:56
It could very well be :) They almost beat Astralis last time.
2018-06-08 22:09
#134
Xyp9x | 
Asia B15HOP 
LuL
2018-06-08 23:59
#28
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Chile nachooww 
what happened here
2018-06-08 21:56
#36
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United States Artifactz 
Well FaZe has Cromen so yeah
2018-06-08 21:58
#48
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard 6 - 22 -16 45.8 0.43
2018-06-08 22:00
#100
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United States LookitsJrd 
He did better than rain and Karrigan sooo...
2018-06-08 22:36
NRG are just on fire atm
2018-06-08 22:14
#30
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Sweden Akoulad 
"stun", we all knew this was coming!
2018-06-08 21:57
#31
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United States Eduzera 
eZ katka cyka blyat
2018-06-08 21:57
#32
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Onliners btw
2018-06-08 21:57
#35
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Poland KasPro 
Rain is so bad lmao so overrated
2018-06-08 21:58
#37
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United States jay_320 
Ethan and Cerq I think are playing at top 10 levels right now. Amazing to see if they can keep this going. I'd love to see them face Astralis. Don't know if anyone noticed but they use HE grenades much like Astralis does. This is a team that's skilled and clearly watches the top teams and what they do. Great recipe.
2018-06-08 21:58
#54
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Sweden Kasidro 
Yeah you could really see that they have been studying and trying to incorporate what other teams does. Really cool to see, and how individually good they play
2018-06-08 22:02
#38
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Malta HeadRipper 
GG
2018-06-08 21:58
How is it a stun when faze are using a last minute stand in and NRG are the best team in NA atm.. fuck this writer is so dumb
2018-06-08 21:58
lol
2018-06-08 22:00
when it was g2, people were so offensive. insulting this and that when they clearly just did roster change, but when it comes to faze clan there's an excuse for 'last minute stand-in'. typical faze clan fanboy LUL.
2018-06-08 23:22
How's that funny. It's a fact you retard. If you think this is an excuse then you're just trash and know nothing of the game. Thanks for wasting my time with a mindless and brain-dead post.
2018-06-09 02:08
#40
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Asia mocity123 
rekt
2018-06-08 21:59
#42
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Sweden Unluko 
ez
2018-06-08 21:59
#45
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Poland Hamadoshi 
progress
2018-06-08 22:00
#49
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
ez katka
2018-06-08 22:00
Give me an NRG sticker
2018-06-08 22:01
#51
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United States TupacNTC69 
-rain soon pls
2018-06-08 22:01
He's literally the embodiment of FaZe, plus he's a top 10 in the world
2018-06-08 22:15
Not anymore, no
2018-06-08 22:39
rip :( he's still pretty damn good tho
2018-06-09 11:39
Man, I am a faze fan, but honestly the only match where rain performed well was IEM Sydney. And somewhat in major too. I hope he steps up soon, Niko and Guardian seems to be the only one fragging
2018-06-09 14:20
#52
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Russia bralBry 
So... All of you literally destroyed G2 after losing to NRG, but FaZe will get away with "last minute stand-in" excuse? Expected from HLTV "2faced" Toledo.
2018-06-08 22:01
+1 leave the baguettes alone!!! Have a less depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2018-06-08 22:08
+1 G2 just went through a change, so we can use that as an excuse. Not to mention SmithZz hasn't played pro CS for over a year and Ex6 was in LDLC so he didn't get many LAN chances. Idiots
2018-06-08 22:28
#173
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Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
Well, so did FaZe? And G2 had more practice, so they should've been better, and a new person on the roster is basically the same thing as stand-in.
2018-06-09 09:38
G2 had 2 new players, and no, they actually had 5 days of practice
2018-06-09 15:23
#200
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Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
And G2 had about a month.
2018-06-10 11:41
Upset? It was clear that NRG win. Upset would be if FaZe won lol
2018-06-08 22:02
#59
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United States jay_320 
Right. The team with three players in the top 20 last year and a legendary IGL that can actually frag decently was the underdog vs a team with three 18 year olds carrying. Get out with this nonsense.
2018-06-08 22:04
The only reason the three of them were top 20 is because HLTV.org, as well as most casters and analysts like to bury their tongues up FaZe's a-holes.
2018-06-09 07:10
#162
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United States jay_320 
Or because they took home multiple titles and had extremely high impact ratings. It could be that. Maybe. Does sound conspiracy like though.
2018-06-09 07:12
xD
2018-06-09 07:46
Rain go sleep
2018-06-08 22:03
WTF??? That title??? Should write "NRG decimated Luminosity" Hahaha, expected results, why need to write NRG stun Faze??? Retard HLTV
2018-06-08 22:03
#170
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Brazil BlueLighting 
by the simple fact, draw the attention of the people
2018-06-09 09:05
is this vp
2018-06-08 22:04
#61
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World taco__ 
I didn't expect to see rain doing so poorly, ever. Hope its a one time thing.
2018-06-08 22:06
#70
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Norway felt 
watch him drop 35 kills next game just to shut everyone's mouth. these newfags that doubt him are digusting
2018-06-08 22:10
+1
2018-06-08 22:12
Ikr
2018-06-08 22:16
#102
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United States LookitsJrd 
Rain fangays lul
2018-06-08 22:37
Tbh Rain sucks since the Major and i can see him getting replaced
2018-06-08 23:51
condeded omegalul
2018-06-08 22:07
Rain trash throwing game with retard bhop in 2nd pistol round. Saying this as Norwegian btw
2018-06-08 22:07
WTF??? That title??? Should write "NRG decimated Faze" Hahaha, expected results, why need to write NRG stun Faze??? Retard HLTV
2018-06-08 22:07
16:1 16:8 Find difference fake burgerland
2018-06-08 22:10
Hahaha, Faze fan mad, retard!
2018-06-08 22:15
Nt fake burgerboi
2018-06-09 01:48
Another NA fan dog mad, hahaha
2018-06-09 05:00
:P mean. :(
2018-06-09 05:07
Erm he's not from USA friend
2018-06-08 22:29
#104
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United States LookitsJrd 
He said "fake" burgerland
2018-06-08 22:39
#67
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
unluko
2018-06-08 22:09
rain is so fucking good, it would be too bad if they replaced him with apEX
2018-06-08 22:09
saving strats
2018-06-08 22:13
NRG major winners 2018
2018-06-08 22:14
faze without olof lul
2018-06-08 22:15
#81
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Slovakia TatKo 
Win 2 bo1s semis very nice
2018-06-08 22:16
#106
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United States LookitsJrd 
+1
2018-06-08 22:40
Pretty sad tbh :/ NiKo is going off atm and that's sure to be a blow to his confidence Well done to NRG tho
2018-06-08 22:17
#84
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African Union hdlmb 
lmao what retarded result
2018-06-08 22:19
Umm ...
2018-06-08 22:23
#89
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Brazil diixon 
Unluko Maluko
2018-06-08 22:26
#92
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Finland Smoonah 
rain really playing bad this year.
2018-06-08 22:29
Stun would be the word to use if Faze actually has wonnereded lately.
2018-06-08 22:30
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
2018-06-08 22:31
nrg top 1
2018-06-08 22:34
HUAHUAHUAHUAHUA wtf brother
2018-06-08 22:36
They said "the best team in the world" lul KKKKKKKKKK
2018-06-08 22:37
#112
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United States Artifactz 
SK fan talking LUL
2018-06-08 22:52
I'm not SK fan bro, I cheer for every brazilian team, or teams with brazilians like liquid
2018-06-08 22:58
nt dough_the_duct
2018-06-08 22:59
#131
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United States Artifactz 
Not my name it’s dougtheduck not dough_the_duct
2018-06-08 23:48
nt docked_the_dungeon
2018-06-09 04:22
#191
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United States Artifactz 
Still not my name retard it’s dougtheduck CAN YOU READ
2018-06-09 21:14
nt dollar_thine_dynamite
2018-06-09 22:38
#193
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United States Artifactz 
Nt theretard27
2018-06-09 23:05
much appreciated
2018-06-10 01:12
#195
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United States Artifactz 
Same here have a good day my friend :)
2018-06-10 01:13
see you soon mr dougtheduck
2018-06-10 01:14
#197
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United States Artifactz 
Same mr thelegend27
2018-06-10 09:44
WTF??? That title??? Should write "NRG decimated Luminosity" Hahaha, expected results, why need to write NRG stun Faze??? Retard HLTV!!! Hi Faze fan, mad? Hahaha, you should be, retard
2018-06-08 22:46
do you even know what decimate is? or just baiting?
2018-06-09 08:00
Rain is back
2018-06-08 22:48
#113
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United States hoobit 
Ez
2018-06-08 22:53
Ez
2018-06-08 22:59
Didnt know rain was able to play like this
2018-06-08 23:16
csgo is shame.
2018-06-08 23:20
#124
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France rezpecful 
Everything is going as expected, god CeRq is starting to show dominance over all these overrated "stars"
2018-06-08 23:20
OMEGALUL
2018-06-08 23:43
Faze overrated, investors jebaited
2018-06-08 23:51
HELL YEAH DUDE
2018-06-09 00:38
LETS GO NRG! I just got home from a long day of work and didn't know any of the results. I'll be watching the VODS. So happy for NRG!
2018-06-09 00:40
NRG first in their group straight to semi's PogChamp This team is really turning out to be something!
2018-06-09 00:46
ez for the best team in the world
2018-06-09 00:57
NRG decimated Faze, hahaha
2018-06-09 01:01
Wher are all the morrons with onlners? fucking morrons .
2018-06-09 01:37
#147
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Poland blokzieNTC 
2x bo1 > move into the semifinals? Nice format ecs LUL
2018-06-09 02:10
ethan is nuts man
2018-06-09 03:56
GOD rain
2018-06-09 04:17
NRG Top 1/2 NA rn, ez.
2018-06-09 04:48
NRG Online Kreygasm
2018-06-09 05:46
NRG had a good day and FaZe had a bad day. That's all. They'll still go to final and even may take the trophy.
2018-06-09 06:00
#160
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Russia Slava_slava 
AHAHAHAHHAHAHA ChoKe Clowns
2018-06-09 06:50
Ez
2018-06-09 07:38
rain is god awful. honestly
2018-06-09 07:47
retard spotted, their best player (arguably) is awful xd says na
2018-06-09 14:03
NA > Sweden in EVERY fathomable category lol. You used to be better than us at cs. That died a while ago. Now you have nothing so I understand you being upset.
2018-06-09 19:11
#167
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Brazil chasehawk 
Horvy>>>> cromen
2018-06-09 07:49
#172
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Brazil BlueLighting 
Rain played very good..... for NRG lol
2018-06-09 09:09
LANERS
2018-06-09 10:04
#177
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CIS Pi4ra 
NRG onliners LUL
2018-06-09 10:47
good for G2 for their next matches, less shame XD
2018-06-09 11:17
FAZE DOWN
2018-06-09 14:41
#187
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United States T4RK3SH 
I hate Brehze ... looks like D.B
2018-06-09 15:38
How the F is NiKo always in team full of bots ? :D
2018-06-09 21:14
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