Natus Vincere edge out Cloud9

Natus Vincere have eliminated Cloud9 from ESL One Cologne after a close two-map series (Inferno 16-14, Overpass 16-12) in Group A's lower bracket semi-final.

The series kicked off on Inferno, the choice of Cloud9, who also got off to the better start after securing the pistol round as Terrorists. The first gunrounds went the way of Na`Vi, who defended the A bombsite twice while Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev clutched a 1v1, which led to a 5-3 scoreline. The two sides proceeded to trade rounds towards the end of the half, with Natus Vincere securing four more for a 9-6 halftime score on the defense.

The American side equalized things with the second pistol round win, but they once again faltered against full buys, as s1mple & co. powered to map point with six out of the next seven rounds. The match wasn't over just yet, as Tarik "tarik" Celik stepped up with nine kills including an ace over the next four rounds, but Na`Vi stopped the comeback attempt in the 30th round as s1mple found a triple in a B attack while Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko clutched the final 1v1.

Na`Vi will take on ENCE for a place in the quarter-finals

Na`Vi chose Overpass to follow and picked up a 4-1 lead as Terrorists despite losing the second-round antiforcebuy to Timothy "autimatic" Ta's triple. No one could keep their momentum for the next seven rounds, as the two teams could string a maximum of two together before the other replied, with each team securing a 1v1 clutch and an eco round. At 7-5, Natus Vincere decided to opt for three A attacks in a row, with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and s1mple each grabbing a triple on the way to a 10-5 lead on the offense.

Cloud9 began mounting the comeback after autimatic clutched a 1v2 in the pistol round while William "RUSH" Wierzba fended off a scary second-round forcebuy with a 1v1 clutch. Na`Vi won their first round in the half in the first full buy, but Cloud9 didn't let them gain momentum as autimatic destroyed his opponents with a single AK-47 in a half-buy round.

That, alongside another 1v2 clutch, that time from tarik up against a low buy, leveled the score at 11-11. Zeus replied with a 1v2 clutch of his own to retake the lead, but Cloud9 kept things even after the following round. The North American side fell to a forcebuy in the next, however, as s1mple grabbed a triple with a saved AWP, inspiring his team to secure map two and the series at 16-12, 2-0.

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 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 41 - 40 +1 75.9 1.17
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 47 - 40 +7 75.3 1.11
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 38 - 46 -8 82.9 1.00
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 32 - 42 -10 71.3 0.87
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle 18 - 36 -18 41.3 0.70
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 54 - 28 +26 86.5 1.50
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 40 - 32 +8 81.2 1.18
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 38 - 33 +5 67.2 1.06
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 36 - 43 -7 75.8 1.02
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 36 - 41 -5 68.7 0.98
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1219
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
991
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
All NA teams eliminated in groups...AGAIN. We need to keep EU events without NA teams, it will be way more exciting with teams who can compete on our level.
2018-07-04 19:01
s1mpleZ
2018-07-04 19:01
#55
gAuLeS | 
Liechtenstein KotoPRO 
MIBR or Renegades will win ... showing how EU shit teams are all crap
2018-07-04 19:19
#69
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Russia GramDEL 
Renegades and sk in 2018 lul
2018-07-04 19:26
Hahahahaha Nice try
2018-07-04 20:20
MIBR lul Renegades omegalul
2018-07-04 20:21
... lol?
2018-07-05 02:50
#10
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Lets give african teams a chance instead of NA
2018-07-04 19:02
+1
2018-07-04 19:02
+1 And also Indian
2018-07-04 19:02
Thanks OPTIC INDIAAA xd
2018-07-04 19:19
#148
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Pakistan Falconel 
Indian CS OMEGALUL
2018-07-05 10:34
Italian
2018-07-05 11:37
OH WAIT
2018-07-05 11:37
#16
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Germany fjdeN 
+1
2018-07-04 19:03
rofl
2018-07-04 19:03
#33
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Ukraine ravenous150 
+1
2018-07-04 19:05
+1
2018-07-04 19:08
#43
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South Africa jaczerdio 
+1 obviously
2018-07-04 19:10
#70
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Russia GramDEL 
+1
2018-07-04 19:26
yeah all 2 NA teams that attended good logic bro
2018-07-04 19:03
yeah 1st and 3rd best NA teams, because NA is trash
2018-07-04 19:06
Trash but has 2 top 10 teams logic
2018-07-04 19:12
#52
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Portugal DROOMcsgo 
HLTV rank means nothing .
2018-07-04 19:17
#62
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
its legit stats
2018-07-04 19:22
#63
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Portugal DROOMcsgo 
i know, but means nothing
2018-07-04 19:23
#65
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
yeh cause how they did in the past has noooothing to do with how they'll do in the future
2018-07-04 19:24
I would Think of the past if i was from UK too
2018-07-04 19:35
#81
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
We're still in tho; unlike the danish
2018-07-04 19:37
Sorry to say but im on the side of the dane. Even though smooya is a great player the rest of the the UK scene is a shitshow more than the NA or EU. Also your a flipside fan. Thats a joke on its own.
2018-07-04 19:48
And you straight away try to compete in WC terms. just proves my point haha
2018-07-04 21:36
hltv stats pretty much says how it is... like what teams are better than C9 and RNG outside NA?
2018-07-04 19:46
Then 2 of the top 10 teams should be better than this
2018-07-04 19:19
2 top 10 teams but all eliminated lo gic
2018-07-04 19:25
one hasn't gotten to play with taco because he's been in brazil so no practice the other is a 4 man roster. lmao
2018-07-04 19:46
#133
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Singapore Wadufuk 
Liquid have no excuse since taco been with them for a few event,and cloud 9 is a 4 man rooster but faze is a 4 man rooster as well,so no excuses
2018-07-05 05:13
#135
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Boris the blade aka Boris huy popadesh)
2018-07-05 07:08
rezkiy, kak udar serpom po yaiczam
2018-07-05 12:41
#163
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
XD
2018-07-05 12:50
#20
TACO | 
Europe JaneFoda 
kys, the team that has been eliminated was the team that won the last major against a EU team, your logic is just retarded...
2018-07-04 19:03
#31
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Bruh... c9 are clearly struggling now dont be ignorant. Dont know what happened with liquid though huge underperformance by them.
2018-07-04 19:05
#53
TACO | 
Europe JaneFoda 
I know that c9 is having poor performance but that doesn't mean they have to be sidelined in a tournament like this, the fact that they have won the last major helps them, by being invited, poor performance does not mean that they can't be invited to these tournaments, mibr is not in their best performance and still get invites from almost all the big tounaments.
2018-07-04 19:18
No offense but Gambit won the last major of 2017. So i think there is a curse against all teams that win the major and will then do shit.
2018-07-04 19:49
There is no curse. C9 and Gambit winning majors were a one-off thing. Both teams were never going to be able to uphold the same performance levels which they had in their major runs.
2018-07-05 03:57
#110
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Russia band1 
c9 major run was pure luck, just like gambots, look where are they know, in the trash and c9 coming here aswell
2018-07-04 21:49
>Spain >Our level Pick one
2018-07-04 19:04
#131
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United States Degree|CSGO 
Lmao +1
2018-07-05 04:51
#39
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
"Again" liquid to playoffs in their last 6 events and NRG in last 3
2018-07-04 19:07
imo NRG is better than Liquid and C9
2018-07-04 19:20
#71
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Russia GramDEL 
+1
2018-07-04 19:29
#150
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Albania w0lves 
+1
2018-07-05 10:57
#48
TenZ | 
Europe sickomode 
your level? name me one spanish player who's actually relevant
2018-07-04 19:12
#73
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Russia GramDEL 
It's just mixwell, but his performance rn is trash
2018-07-04 19:31
Lol ska 18 kills over 2 closed maps. BOT is better
2018-07-04 19:17
EU = European Union, not Europe...
2018-07-04 19:39
EU = Europe and EU
2018-07-04 19:39
#93
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Canada Bubb1es 
Yes because NiP a very EU team got absolutely smashed.. But hehe NA CS XD..
2018-07-04 20:06
#94
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United States Jamila 
0/8, C9 drew the two best teams in the world back to back
2018-07-04 20:07
#132
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United States Degree|CSGO 
Didn’t even realize this. Thanks for pointing that out
2018-07-05 04:52
#129
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United States Degree|CSGO 
Only teams not from NA I can think of that can compete at this level are Space Soldiers and OpTic. Also I would understand this comment if you are talking about Cloud9 but talking like this about all of NA is just rediculous. Tea Liquid has been a very good team with consistency issues and other teams like NRG have shown they have potential against top tier teams
2018-07-05 04:48
TEA LIQUID XD
2018-07-05 11:46
#3
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Finland autism@exe 
easy
2018-07-04 19:01
simple 1.50 kd again, nothing new
2018-07-04 19:01
#24
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Ukraine volanchick 
1,928571428571429 nub
2018-07-04 19:04
That's not the kd tho lol
2018-07-04 19:06
#66
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Brazil Noice_boyzZ 
Astralis champion S1mple mvp Just Another tournament in 2018...
2018-07-04 19:24
#74
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Russia GramDEL 
+1
2018-07-04 19:31
not this time, navi would face astralis in semis, so there is no way that s1mple will get mvp award if astralis win tournament
2018-07-05 02:17
oh
2018-07-04 19:01
Expected
2018-07-04 19:01
#7
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CIS sergioff 
SO EZ
2018-07-04 19:01
#8
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Finland autism@exe 
easy vs NA noobs
2018-07-04 19:01
#9
EliGE | 
United States Jono13 
S1MPLE
2018-07-04 19:01
Send them home
2018-07-04 19:02
SEND THEM HOME
2018-07-04 19:02
We sent Faze home in Boston lmao
2018-07-04 20:51
And what have they done after the major? Rip Clown9
2018-07-04 21:20
mad cuz c9 1 major faze "superteam" 0 major?
2018-07-04 22:38
nobody gives a fuck about the major win if that's your only accomplishment as a team FaZe are about to take home the Intel Grand Slam meanwhile you're going on about a fluke major win
2018-07-04 23:56
lol what home bosnia, denmark, slovakia?
2018-07-05 00:01
yes and Norway it's coming home
2018-07-05 00:02
FaZe is getting stronger. Gl for FaZe.
2018-07-05 14:30
#15
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Europe andyy_ 
s 1 m p l e
2018-07-04 19:02
#17
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Slovakia zephh1337 
this is how you throw a game
2018-07-04 19:03
Typical american iBP v2.0
2018-07-04 19:21
Skadoodle wow
2018-07-04 19:03
Amazing Sasha
2018-07-04 19:03
Styko and ska sucks
2018-07-04 19:04
#25
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Europe Skraj 
Skadoodle once again showing he's the worst pro awper with one good game out of 15
2018-07-04 19:04
#27
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United States Ajkraz 
Skadoodle has such little heart it disappoints me, if he doesn’t want to play just get jdm at least he can get double digits in 30 rounds
2018-07-04 19:04
Seems all he wanted was a major I understand it but I gotta meme anyway Victory defeated him
2018-07-04 19:20
SKADOODLE RETIRE FOR FUCK SAKE
2018-07-04 19:04
#29
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Bulgaria 21petar 
NRG > C9,Liquid
2018-07-04 19:04
Nice performance from clown9 recommended
2018-07-04 19:05
#32
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Ukraine minemax 
And Navi have just beaten two Major winners in a row, by the way. :D
2018-07-04 19:05
#37
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France Astyx 
The 2 last
2018-07-04 19:06
2 weakest major winner
2018-07-04 19:31
hey there is also nip out there
2018-07-05 02:19
but nip used to be very strong
2018-07-05 06:48
Sasha most consistent and biggest talent in CSGO the whole 2018 already. BEASTMODE S-GOD <3
2018-07-04 19:06
btw i like skadoodle but hes in very bad shape lately (almost 3-4 months) I would not be surprised if he goes inactive (and c9 take jdm) With motivation hes sick player
2018-07-04 19:07
#86
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United States Kick_Rush_FFS 
yes, he clearly has no motivation and him wanting to retire shows that
2018-07-04 19:41
#98
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Jdm is just as bad. Cerq or nifty or otherwise go without a primary awp
2018-07-04 20:28
#40
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New Zealand onelover11 
-ska +jdm or cerq
2018-07-04 19:07
#42
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Belarus andryxa1337 
gratz navi
2018-07-04 19:09
NiP Top 1
2018-07-04 19:10
#45
smooya | 
United Kingdom Porking 
Ez for s1mple
2018-07-04 19:11
#46
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United States PH4RMA 
Funny how Navi barely won 16-14. 16-12 against Styko handicapped C9. S1mple carries as usual
2018-07-04 19:11
Everytime I check a navi match I didnt watch I think to myself "Surely s1mple didnt top frag again, he cant do this every single damn game" Open page 1.50 rating Again this guy dragging navi, kicking and screaming, to another win they wouldnt get without him
2018-07-04 19:13
#64
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Russia undeadc00l 
He is openfragger, without support, he dont kill
2018-07-04 19:24
Ofc he cant win alone, but would you rather have anyone else on your team atm?
2018-07-04 19:29
#77
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Russia undeadc00l 
Nope, but I think, s1mple is dont carring NaVi
2018-07-04 19:33
I didnt watch this game, so I cant speak about it, but usually across a tournament he has the highest number of both opening kills and clutches.
2018-07-04 19:35
#87
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Russia undeadc00l 
Because, he is NaVi superstar, but each doing kills, s1mple doing more kills, because, as I already wrote, he is main openfragger.
2018-07-04 19:43
#149
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Pakistan Falconel 
If you watch their gambit matches. S1mple didnt perform as well, shows they dont rely on him for everything
2018-07-05 10:45
Just give c9 elige and cerq life will be good
2018-07-04 19:14
ez for s1mple
2018-07-04 19:20
C9 LUL
2018-07-04 19:22
simple smurfing again ?
2018-07-04 19:33
S1mple smurfing against ANY team in the World.... such a GOD
2018-07-04 19:34
+1
2018-07-04 19:53
SmithZz was smurfing against s1mple & Na'vi in the opening game.
2018-07-04 20:21
1 game is 1 game. S1mple is CONSISTENTLY GOD.
2018-07-04 21:00
IN tier 2 events against dogshit teams yes he is not against Astralis though.
2018-07-04 21:01
in any event against any team, stop this shit talking dude. he already proved everything in 2018 against anyone.
2018-07-04 21:01
anyone except Astralis yes, only tier 2 teams.
2018-07-04 21:01
are you sure? maybe check match history of Na`Vi 2018? they beat Astralis in play-offs. so you failed with your hate again.
2018-07-04 21:02
Bro I don't know what your point is exactly? Astralis are way better than s1mple everyone on that team is better than s1mple, 2018 is Astralis year stop fanboying and actually watch CS please cause just checking stats and nothing else is what Messi fanboys do cause they have 0 arguments.
2018-07-05 07:57
stopped reading at: "Astralis are way better than s1mple everyone on that team is better than s1mple" LMAO he is the best player of 2018. you must be diehard fanboy of Astralis or rather troll.
2018-07-05 08:02
I could give a shit about some meaningless HLTV ranking honestly, and yes they will give him rank 1 because HLTV fankids riding his dick every second of the day, just like they give him MVP awards for losing, kennyS had way better performances when he was in his prime and they never gave him shit it's pretty obvious how retarded this site and it's users have become so at the end of the day I just actually watch the game and don't give a shit about any of the politics. Every single player on Astralis has more skill and is better in their role than s1mple is.
2018-07-05 08:04
S1mple is consistent GOD of the game, while KennyS is 1 match a year player. How the f*ck can you even compare them rly???? Astralis are more structured team at the moment (AT THE MOMENT!) than Na`Vi, but they are no where near S1mple's individual skill level dude.
2018-07-05 08:10
In 2014 kennyS was consistently dropping 30 frags a game playing with shit teams until he finally got in Titan literally solo carrying tier 3 and 4 French teams to tier 1 and people had same reaction to s1mple now, kennyS had the highest peak ever they literally nerfed the awp because of him don't even talk shit about him. Most people that play this game and follow pro scene are shit pug players so they over rate the shit out of s1mple cause all they know is garbage pug CS, when I watch Astralis I watch real CS, how the game is supposed to be played not some guy running around like a JW want to be doing the most retarded actions. Astralis are not just more structured they understand the game at a way higher level than just playing pug, they understand it's a team game and having one player doing everything is never going to consistently win you tournaments unless that player is Olof ofc before injury. Individually everyone on Astralis is better than s1mple, they play their roles at a higher level and they play together as a team something Na'vi haven't done since Starix left.
2018-07-05 08:24
S1mple knows about the game and rounds more than you think. He won't be so good without super knowledge of the game. He is by far the best player who knows every flashes / tricks on every map and he knows how to play together with the team. stop talking about "pug style" when you talk about such level. Na`Vi are top2-3 team right know and they proved it many times. and you must be blind if you didn't saw them winning ALL top teams in 2018 on some events, I mean they won EVERY team in bo3 in 2018 so they proved that they are able to win ANY TEAM, depends on the mood. "PUG STYLE" LMAO are you serious? do you believe that you can play "pug style" against even tier2 teams right know? LOL Individually there is NO PLAYER on the Earth who is better than S1mple, at least right know, at least from known pros. so it's proved by his performances, MVPs and rating.
2018-07-05 08:35
1st paragraph no he doesn't he's just a good awper getting stats against shit teams and unstable rosters, same level as he's always been but teams & players are way lower level than past years and rating 2.0 doesn't hurt either can get crazy #s since they added so many stats that weren't in the previous rating 1.0. You could drop 50+ on a single map in rating 1.0 and still have a lower rating than someone dropping 30 on rating 2.0, another reason why all good players stats are way higher look at Krimz for an example. When the scene stabilizes I bet he will drop off, when teams actually have a stable 5 man lineup and start playing at the level they should be he will drop off, this is a small period where the scene is so weak it's just so easy for him to farm stats same goes for a lot of other players atm. I always say it's really shit that Astralis hit this level when the scene is so low, this team could of done damage in any era in this form, but it's somewhat tarnished by having only garbage teams to play against it makes them look 10x better than they actually are but that level is still good enough to beat any team in their prime imo.
2018-07-05 08:41
i won't even answer on your whole post, cuz you started it with ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT. "1st paragraph no he doesn't he's just a good awper getting stats against shit teams and unstable rosters" - NO he has GODLIKE stats against ANYONE even against SK / Astralis in 2018 so stop spreading bullshit.
2018-07-05 08:58
Only 3rdie you wasted enough of my time, always the same retard Barvinok defending s1mple every post someone says anything about him, you're a dick rider, not worth anyone's time in reality stick to sucking him off cause that's all you know how to do.
2018-07-05 09:00
I'm not defending, I just don't like when people manipulate with fake arguments. Like you do. And for sure I'm far above your level so I won't answer on your "suck dick" shit. You are ill or troll, not sure. But you completely failed with your bait if it's bait. If it's not bait, then I have bad news for you - you are sick.
2018-07-05 09:02
sure astralis is the team he strugles the most, but he sure shits over rest of the teams like its nothing
2018-07-04 22:40
Not against astralis? DO you know how he received his second MVP? Top fragging on both maps vs astralis even though still losing. XD
2018-07-04 23:38
Yeah it was awesome actually he had insane stats and it literally did nothing for Na'vi against Astralis, I actually got those demos to rewatch the games because it's insane how they're the only team that knows how to handle s1mple so easily, they just force him into situations where his frags have no impact on the outcome of the round, he's going to frag everyone knows that but they understand if he's just putting up #s but it has no effect on them losing the round it doesn't actually matter.
2018-07-05 07:54
No, the truth is that no man can carry alone the whole team. He did his job, his teammates did not.
2018-07-05 11:33
even in that game he still had 1.00 rating
2018-07-04 22:35
TRUE
2018-07-04 23:31
S1mple's KDR is going to crash down after he faces Sergej. Good luck Na`Vi, you'll need it. ENCE is waiting. #EZ4ENCE #SERGEJMVP
2018-07-04 19:39
#159
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Ukraine 69Leveee 
HAHAHA FAN ENCE
2018-07-05 11:38
#84
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Finland Smoonah 
skadoodle and stickos haha
2018-07-04 19:39
goddoodle and stickouch
2018-07-04 20:52
skadoodle washed up since 2014
2018-07-04 21:18
#109
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United States pepehands420 
ska gotta go :(
2018-07-04 21:37
#111
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
ska with the 41.3 adr feelsbadmen
2018-07-04 22:31
#115
720 | 
Estonia HDTanel 
S1mple is +26 kd and na'vi still can only barely win c9 lol what
2018-07-04 22:55
Lul s1mple giving USA that sweet eastern bloc dick on Americas national day
2018-07-05 00:05
S1mple is the reason Soviet won the Space race
2018-07-05 00:06
Americans getting slaughtered just like Vietnam
2018-07-05 00:14
#128
Laz | 
Japan Neion4ty7 
why replying to yourself?
2018-07-05 04:13
Because hes retarded.
2018-07-05 04:50
#143
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Romania seVeNz 
NA ERA XD
2018-07-05 08:41
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