ENCE finish off NiP; Astralis clinch playoff berth in Cologne

ENCE have eliminated NiP with a 2-0 victory while Astralis beat Cloud9 with the same scoreline to secure a playoff berth at ESL One Cologne.

One of the first best-of-three games at ESL One Cologne featured NiP and ENCE who squared off for their tournament lives in the Group A lower bracket. The game kicked off on Inferno—ENCE's map pick.

Jani "Aerial" Jussila secured the pistol round for his CT-sided team with a quad-kill and ENCE made it 4-0 after winning two anti-ecos and the first weapon round. NiP responded in the fifth round with CZ75s but the Swedes were reset after losing the following round (5-1).

ENCE had an impressive performance against NiP

Aleksi "allu" Jalli & company ended the first half with an 11-4 lead and secured the second half pistol round after finding three opening kills. ENCE closed out the first map with a 16-6 victory.

Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's team started Train on the T-side and won the pistol round. However, ENCE hit back with seven rounds in a row with their strong defense and went on to win the half 13-2.

ENCE won the map 16-2 and took the series 2-0 to stay alive in the tournament. NiP, on the other hand, exited the tournament after winning a total of 11 rounds in three maps.

Sweden
Matchpage
0
2
3rd July 2018
6
Inferno
16
2
Train
16
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 22 - 32 -10 73.1 0.80
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 25 - 36 -11 70.9 0.76
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 16 - 31 -15 47.1 0.58
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 14 - 34 -20 51.6 0.55
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 11 - 34 -23 48.6 0.47
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 39 - 17 +22 95.5 1.58
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 31 - 18 +13 83.9 1.45
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 33 - 15 +18 86.9 1.40
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 30 - 19 +11 82.7 1.39
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 34 - 19 +15 85.5 1.38

Astralis faced Cloud9 in the Group A upper bracket semi-final which started on Mirage with Astralis on the CT-side. The Danes picked up the first two rounds but Cloud9's early buy in the third round worked, giving the North Americans their first round of the game (2-1).

Astralis were unfazed, grabbing eleven more rounds in the first half and leading 13-2 at halftime. Cloud9 had a hopeful start to the second half as they secured ten of the first eleven rounds and trailed 14-12. Astralis avoided a possible comeback and won the map 16-12.

Astralis beat Cloud9 in two maps

Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth opened up Overpass with a triple kill in the pistol round, giving the CT-sided Astralis the 1-0 lead. Nicolai "device" Reedtz & company made it 4-0 with the first weapon round victory and won a 3vs5 in the fifth round to extend their lead to 5-0.

Astralis had an easy time of it on Overpass which they secured 16-1. After winning the series, they have secured a place in the playoffs. However, the Danes will play one more match in the group against the winner of mousesports vs. G2 to determine which team directly advances to the semis and which one starts from the quarter-finals. On the other hand, Cloud9 has gone down to the lower bracket.

Matchpage
2
0
3rd July 2018
16
Mirage
12
16
Overpass
1
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 45 - 18 +27 102.3 1.62
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 37 - 29 +8 101.3 1.36
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 34 - 20 +14 82.4 1.24
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 35 - 24 +11 70.6 1.22
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 31 - 25 +6 71.3 1.18
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 36 - 39 -3 91.0 1.16
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 25 - 35 -10 68.6 0.76
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 21 - 37 -16 54.0 0.66
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle 21 - 36 -15 50.6 0.58
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 13 - 35 -22 43.9 0.49
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
533
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
#3
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Wow, good for Ence
2018-07-03 19:32
NiP sure looked like rubbish but I think I speak for everyone when I say ence exceeded expectations
2018-07-03 19:34
#53
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
aside from the obvious meme im really impressed
2018-07-03 19:34
#132
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
EZ FOR ENCE
2018-07-03 20:14
#136
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Finland Nuori_sergej 
Hopefully ppl start realizing that ence is actualy decent team, top20 potential for sure
2018-07-03 20:19
#150
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
from what ive seen they look great, I love to see more teams from smaller regions
2018-07-03 20:51
#163
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Nepal Naughty_O 
Potential? Maybe potential top 10. They are in top 20 already. If SuNny joins they could be anything.
2018-07-03 21:50
#168
hecker | 
World heck9r 
calm down there buddy
2018-07-03 22:08
Not top 10, maybe in a year if there is a terrorist attack at a big tournament and all the good players die, top 20 tho
2018-07-03 23:44
#173
allu | 
Canada Lokomo 
Sorry I think you meant to type EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 22:55
#177
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
yes
2018-07-03 23:24
#4
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Sweden Trkmag 
NiP.....
2018-07-03 19:32
#7
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Finland autism@exe 
lesss goo ence
2018-07-03 19:32
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-04 05:48
#9
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Romania Gigelus68 
ENCE FUCKED NIP SO SO SO SOS SOSOSOSOSOSO HAAARD MAN
2018-07-03 19:32
Nip disband pls
2018-07-03 19:32
Expected
2018-07-03 19:33
ezz astralis
2018-07-03 19:33
#19
TENZKI | 
North America wintur 
haha
2018-07-03 19:33
#20
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
k
2018-07-03 19:33
#21
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Europe andyy_ 
STYKO xD
2018-07-03 19:33
At least he is back on his old Form :D
2018-07-04 09:34
#25
paz | 
Turkey aesky 
ez4ence and device
2018-07-03 19:33
#30
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Europe havebadday 
Sad for f0restwOw and GTR
2018-07-03 19:33
#34
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Brazil digozamaral 
Feelsbadman
2018-07-03 19:33
Support role
2018-07-03 19:33
#39
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Netherlands jonsve 
clinch noun 1. a struggle or scuffle at close quarters.
2018-07-03 19:34
Please refer to the first verbal definition of the verb, Mister Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
2018-07-03 19:37
#69
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Netherlands jonsve 
ok mr benjacs - hltv.org
2018-07-03 19:37
#70
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Netherlands jonsve 
2. grapple at close quarters, especially (of boxers) so as to be too closely engaged for full-arm blows.
2018-07-03 19:37
"first verbal definition" You referred to the second one
2018-07-03 19:38
#76
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Netherlands jonsve 
inbefore 10y ip ban <3
2018-07-03 19:38
No, I like your baiting style tho
2018-07-03 19:39
#83
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Netherlands jonsve 
awww ty i normally dont bait but when an admin replies i gotta be creative :)
2018-07-03 19:39
RIPNIP
2018-07-03 19:34
#43
Jame | 
Netherlands KarakurtJ 
#RUNENCE
2018-07-03 19:34
#45
allu | 
Sweden Cloything 
FeelsGoodMan
2018-07-03 19:34
#46
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Finland wrathh 
I see what they did there easily finnished
2018-07-03 19:34
=) EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 19:38
#81
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Finland wrathh 
facts now if the administration would stop banning me for creating new ENCE-related content, this would get even better ez for ence regardless
2018-07-03 19:39
If I had a say in those matters, you would only see ENCE content around here
2018-07-03 19:42
#135
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Finland Smoonah 
a true warrior
2018-07-03 20:18
#169
hecker | 
World heck9r 
xD n1
2018-07-03 22:08
Nice man
2018-07-04 01:28
You are seriously the best HLTV admin out there. Hats off Benja.
2018-07-03 21:53
#47
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
Wtf nip
2018-07-03 19:34
#49
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Denmark Xipingu 
Noobs in pyjamas xD
2018-07-03 19:34
#51
shox | 
India iejesus 
its time to Retire Gtr :(
2018-07-03 19:34
ez 4 ENCE
2018-07-03 19:34
#58
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Brazil Charizaldo 
DRAKEN: "I THINK PARTING WAYS WAS GOOD FOR BOTH NIP AND MYSELF"
2018-07-03 19:35
#188
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Indonesia RaginGR 
HahhahahahahAHahAH
2018-07-04 01:43
xD
2018-07-04 05:57
#59
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Italy Er1cz 
NiP went to cologne for a trip? cant imagine at EU minor lmao..
2018-07-03 19:35
#60
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 19:35
#61
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Europe b7ack0ut 
EZ games
2018-07-03 19:35
Nip should pick up Styko before cloud 9 locks him in.
2018-07-03 19:36
Device is the best player in the world without a doubt.
2018-07-03 19:37
0/8
2018-07-03 19:38
So many years in top 5, this is his year for top 1 the way he's playing literally no one is at his level, it's really too bad for him though since Astralis smashes everyone he isn't getting enough rounds per game to really boost his stats to the maximum, way harder to get your rating up playing less than 20 rounds per map than other players who always playing close to 30.
2018-07-03 19:40
#96
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Brazil Dickzera 
Just an overrated player, hold your horses
2018-07-03 19:44
Over rated? Are you really that dumb? Imagine being the best hybrid awper/rifler in the world for several years and people calling you over rated.
2018-07-03 19:45
#105
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Brazil Dickzera 
Keep talking 💤💤
2018-07-03 19:49
You seem mad that coldzera has shit stats in 2018 and Device is dominating.
2018-07-03 19:49
#115
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Brazil Dickzera 
Bad year for coldxera, he's playing like shyt But device still overrated  💤
2018-07-03 19:53
#193
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
So simple also overrated because he had been retk by Smithzz like your brain think, nt kiddo
2018-07-04 04:01
#221
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Finland FlabbyL 
To call anyone else than simple top1 shows at least one of the following: 1) you have no idea what ur talking about 2) you are blind 3) pick 1 or 2 I don't even like NaVi but simple is showing a level no one (maybe gtr during 87-0) has shown
2018-07-04 10:40
xd
2018-07-03 19:57
smashing all the teams actually makes ur stats better than playing close games.
2018-07-03 20:57
No it doesn't and this guy is sharing stats with Magisk, Dupreeh who are both playing insanely good this year, even gla1ve and xyp3x can frag out when needed. s1mple is playing with electronic who imo is easily top 5 in 2018 and one of the smartest players in the world right now, his rotations alone are godlike, he reads the game at such a high level it's insane. IDK about you but if you ever played a 30 round game it's extremely easy to have 30-40 frags, not so easy in a 16-3 win when you have to share the map with 4 of the best players in the world and all of Astralis players will be top 20 this year without a doubt but only Device will be top 1.
2018-07-04 05:45
? 16-0 some team actually makes ur stats better than 16-14.
2018-07-04 19:04
Did you just say rating depends on the number of rounds? omegalul
2018-07-04 17:25
Where did I say that lol? If you're a good player and your team sucks it's very easy to have good stats in long games you see it everytime look at s1mple in the last match against C9, his team is trash they barely got past C9 but his stats are insane because he played almost 60 rounds in 2 maps if those games were short his stats are much lower.
2018-07-04 20:22
"(...) Astralis smashes everyone he isn't getting enough rounds per game to really boost his stats to the maximum, way harder to get your rating up playing less than 20 rounds per map than other players who always playing close to 30." You are suggesting that it's easier to get a high rating in a long game than it is in a short game (that the rating depends of the number of rounds), which simply isn't true. Of course your kills will be higher, but ratings don't take the absolute amount of frags into account. It's worse for your rating to play 30 rounds and get 30 kills than it is to play 16 rounds and get 20 kills.
2018-07-06 00:02
Yeah its way easier look at Astralis 3rd map for example, Device -2, pure baiting no impact at all 1.09 rating it's a joke literally.
2018-07-06 07:31
#99
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Czech Republic ufonk 
+1 Best Fortnite player in the world.
2018-07-03 19:46
Simple is the best no doubt but device can be top 3 if he keeps this up
2018-07-03 23:47
#185
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Simple best no question but i think device is top3 with niko being second idk
2018-07-04 00:40
#194
2018-07-04 05:41
You overrate device, he is a solid player on a great team.
2018-07-04 12:13
Nice b8 bro but getting MVP of some shitty tier 2 Russia/Asian tournaments that Astralis won't even bother attending doesn't surpass what Device is doing this year. Device is the best player in the world in the best team in the world and is a large part of why they reached this level. s1mple I won't lie I think he's a really good fragger, pug star type player who runs around on LAN like he's playing an FPL match online, but I'm 100% when I say I miss the old Na'vi with Guardian carrying instead of s1mple when they actually played like team and had some of the sickest executions I've ever seen.
2018-07-04 05:40
#219
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Serbia NitrouZ 
device's balls almost got dry before you comment , but with this masterpiece licking his balls he is wet again. Goodjob
2018-07-04 10:19
#228
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Brazil Dickzera 
Lol
2018-07-04 15:40
#222
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Finland Tusku 
device is a good player, dont think he would do anything impressive outside the astralis core, but astralis are easily the best group in the world atm
2018-07-04 11:58
lmao nip losing against tier 5. so washed up
2018-07-03 19:38
Tier 5? Allu carried NiP so whatever tier you place Ence NiP is 10 tiers below that
2018-07-03 19:41
#77
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
nip disband pls :)
2018-07-03 19:38
#78
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Denmark YOVNGPETER 
E
2018-07-03 19:39
#80
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Finland coswell 
I think we all know why NiP lost; they were watching the football game at the same time... clearly. Ez4ence going forward. Ence vs astralis in the final.
2018-07-03 19:39
Everyone loves GeT_RiGhT, but it's fucking time. At this point he's just being selfish. Friberg is playing 4 times better right now. Mistakes have been made. Just play with my boy Fifflaren and stream Mr. Totte. GG.
2018-07-03 19:39
#86
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Finland NUCL3AR 
Nip didn't play bad, ence is just too strong
2018-07-03 19:40
#89
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Romania Gigelus68 
+INFINITE
2018-07-03 19:41
Allu was the problem
2018-07-03 19:42
-1
2018-07-03 20:14
It was a joke, everyone knows Allu carried NiP
2018-07-03 20:31
#95
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Laos El_Cholo 
The problem is easy to solve in NIP. Youngsters Plopski and Brollan 16 yo monsters. Try them out and you will see what im talking about
2018-07-03 19:44
#106
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Australia SUNSPY 
They need a real IGL like golden, and yep at least 1 young prospect f0rest and GR getting old and look washed up when they play a good team, even C9 smashed them and look what just happened to C9
2018-07-03 19:49
#114
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Laos El_Cholo 
agree but i wouldnt change gtr or forest if they add som youngters. They will get alot of experience from them and i think they are good still. And yes, they really need an igl. What i have seen both brollan and plopski are good with awp and very good with rifle
2018-07-03 19:52
#121
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Australia SUNSPY 
That is true THREAT era was promising even with the old players, this is just depressing I feel bad for Sweden but its been years in the making, they used to be great because the game was more about synergy and individual skill Now we have massive amount of analytical support for teams, and a new generation of aimstars.. kids who are pro mousers and their bodies have grown around them playing mouse games etc, you see kids like ropz, brollan and many more are coming
2018-07-03 20:01
What a bunch of mumbo jumbo. Sweden is not as great in CS anymore because everybody caught up that's all nothing more nothing less. The game is pretty much skillcapped since 10 years ago(obviously with an adjustment period when GO came). The game is just about having confidence and synergy. An off day can mean that you lose vs players way inferior because everybody can shoot hard when they are in the zone.
2018-07-04 13:44
#225
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Australia SUNSPY 
Sure bud if you say so
2018-07-04 14:11
Yes I say so but I am not your buddy. You are the offspring of unwanted degenerates.
2018-07-04 14:18
#227
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Australia SUNSPY 
aww you mad kid ? cry some more
2018-07-04 14:18
make get_bot the IGL . he have experience in csgo , and he is bad right now , just make dennis a good player again.. he is not a good IGL for NiP
2018-07-03 19:55
#124
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Australia SUNSPY 
It sounds good but when you analyse it fully it doesn't work.. golden is a proper IGL chrisJ is the only one atm who is doing a good job of going from non IGL to IGL but he has a great coach supporting him and he played under a mastermind gob b for YEARS ! And he is still making plenty of bad calls !
2018-07-03 20:04
Well, f0rest is still good imo. Most of the time f0rest carrying the team.
2018-07-03 23:20
#100
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United Kingdom DyNamiq_ 
Did NiP forget they were playing in a tournament?
2018-07-03 19:46
#107
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
wtf nip
2018-07-03 19:49
Allu finally getting payback on NIP. Kicking Draken was the worst move ever.
2018-07-03 19:50
#110
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
FINNISH OFF
2018-07-03 19:50
Laughed way too hard
2018-07-03 20:08
ikr
2018-07-03 21:54
nip lose minor comfirmed
2018-07-03 19:52
xaxaaxaxaxaxa
2018-07-03 19:58
#119
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Ukraine w1nth 
HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-07-03 19:59
#120
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
XDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-07-03 19:59
expected
2018-07-03 20:02
Fuck sake NiP, really? And it wasn't even a close one. 16:2 16:6. Wow.
2018-07-03 20:11
16-3 vs crowd9
2018-07-03 20:34
EZ 4 ENCE difficult 4 NIP
2018-07-03 20:27
#143
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Finland f0pZ 
EZ AF
2018-07-03 20:29
#146
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United States jaeger_steam 
So how is this roster change working for nip? They were actually showing decent results with draken still. Even when lekro gets numbers, they arent doing well, so this really doesnt seem like a good fit. Forest, dennis, rez, +two youngins. Maybe still keep lekro but somethings gotta change...
2018-07-03 20:37
#148
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
maybe it's time to go and disband to save your legacy
2018-07-03 20:42
#149
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Austria luxxnn 
Ez for GodAllu
2018-07-03 20:43
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 20:52
#152
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Brazil Botzera__ 
Allu was the problem LUL
2018-07-03 20:55
NiP so bad, disband please HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-07-03 20:55
#154
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Finland ceresje 
god allu
2018-07-03 20:56
BoT_RiGhT
2018-07-03 21:00
Don't know why but i laughed so f hard for this xD
2018-07-04 05:58
#159
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Portugal mrsc 
GOD ALLU
2018-07-03 21:25
FREE f0rest FROM THE PRISON FFS
2018-07-03 21:29
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 21:29
#162
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
Very impressed. Tomorrows going to be a real test.
2018-07-03 21:32
#166
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Brazil Danxd22 
Martin 'STYKO' Styk 13 - 35 Wtf is this?
2018-07-03 21:55
#167
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
EZ4ENCE
2018-07-03 21:57
O_O
2018-07-03 22:24
Styko is so bad lmao, I feel sorry for him cuz now nobody is gonna pick this man
2018-07-03 23:20
ence..
2018-07-03 23:42
Lets go nip dont worry you are doing it right Eksdee eksdee noobs
2018-07-04 00:26
#186
allu | 
Indonesia KAKKIKU 
allu was the problem??
2018-07-04 01:25
styko wtf r u doink
2018-07-04 02:00
#190
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Venezuela CACHi 
NiP need a real IGL... -GTR +golden
2018-07-04 02:50
#191
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United States Prattatat 
Damn this thread got absolutely nuked like 70 comments deleted, ouch
2018-07-04 03:06
ez for professional eSports organization ENCE E-sports containing of lurker Aleksi "Allu" Jalli, support player Mikko "xartE" Välimaa, rifler Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, entryfragger Juho "Juhob" Lampinen & AWPer Tom "stonde" Glad from the finnish eSports organization ENCE e-sports from the nordic country Finland.
2018-07-04 03:07
#198
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Asia HikaruS 
ENCE top tier team now
2018-07-04 05:51
#199
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United States SilveryoHD 
ENCE ERA BOYS
2018-07-04 05:56
#202
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Tunisia WaveQPAD 
ENCE FiNNish* off NiP
2018-07-04 06:03
#203
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African Union mikecool 
ENCE4EZ
2018-07-04 09:01
lmao imagine losing to ence its got to be a disband from nip it can't get worse than this
2018-07-04 09:11
really sad for NiP, lets go boyz
2018-07-04 10:09
I am NiP fane for ages, same as GTR AND FORREST, but it's time to move on, for GTR (he lacks motivation)....
2018-07-04 10:30
This is the problem I think that's with esports compared to traditional sports. Let's say in hockey or football you support teams for life but in esports it's hard to have that kind of a feeling.
2018-07-04 15:42
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