FACEIT Major opening match-ups revealed

FACEIT has revealed the match-ups for the first round of the upcoming Major's New Challengers Stage.

Space Soldiers and Rogue will open up the action in London on September 5, with the first round of matches pitting the bottom eight sides from ELEAGUE Major Boston's New Legends Stage against the teams coming out of the regional Minors.

The first round of matches will feature an exciting clash between two former Major champions, Virtus.pro and NiP, as well as an all-CIS encounter between Vega Squadron and Spirit. Astralis and Liquid, the two highest-ranked teams at this stage of the Major, have been drawn with Complexity and OpTic, respectively.

Space Soldiers will open up the action on Wednesday

The top eight sides of the New Challengers Stage will advance to the New Legends Stage, joining the eight-best teams of the previous Major. These first two stages will feature a Swiss format, with the Buchholz system being used as a seeding tool from rounds 3-5.

In both stages, the Swiss phase will culminate with a best-of-three fifth round, which, according to FACEIT, "will add value to both the competition and the storylines" of the tournament.

Below you can find the match-ups for the first round of the New Challengers Stage, which will run from September 5-9:

11:00 - Turkey Space Soldiers vs. United States Rogue
12:30 - Poland Virtus.pro vs. Sweden NiP
14:00 - Kazakhstan Gambit vs. China TYLOO
15:30 - Germany BIG vs. Australia Renegades
17:00 - Russia Vega Squadron vs. Russia Spirit
18:30 - Denmark North vs. Other HellRaisers
20:00 - North America Liquid vs. Denmark OpTic
21:30 - Denmark Astralis vs. North America Complexity

Awesome first matchups! Looks very balanced to me! Why is Vega vs. Spirit at 17:00? Switch it with VP vs. NIP so more people can watch good matches, thanks.
2018-08-30 20:07
#12
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Europe RJM 
Thanks
2018-08-30 20:00
#13
eneshan | 
Turkey Cherub 
Omg
2018-08-30 20:00
Ez for ENCE 4Head
2018-08-30 20:00
VP v NiP will be fun to watch
2018-08-30 20:02
#100
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United Kingdom Yuli 
NiP wins easily. No surprises.
2018-08-30 20:12
#131
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India swast1k36 
More than expected
2018-08-30 20:33
Easy for NIP
2018-08-30 21:00
#223
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Last time VP won
2018-08-31 09:46
#224
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Actually Byali singlehandedly won that game
2018-08-31 09:47
lul
2018-08-30 20:07
#77
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Netherlands Removed 
+1 there is actually people who have to be places
2018-08-30 20:08
#110
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Sweden Unluko 
okk
2018-08-30 20:17
#115
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Malaysia byaIi 
yeah thats sad
2018-08-30 20:21
#141
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United Kingdom Charlie___ 
balanced nothing like two two worst teams playing each other
2018-08-30 20:38
#188
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Canada herocoolzzz 
actually for me at 17:30 its VP vs NiP
2018-08-31 00:14
Indonesia master race
2018-08-31 00:40
#2
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Poland zmija9 
Fast 0-3 for vp
2018-08-30 20:02
Lul
2018-08-30 21:33
U right LUL
2018-08-31 00:19
VP LUL
2018-08-30 20:00
#5
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Portugal paulo103brito 
fnatic ez win major!!!
2018-08-30 20:00
VP ez 0-3
2018-08-30 20:00
Rip
2018-08-30 20:00
#8
tarik | 
United States nikolaii 
Poor Complexity
2018-08-30 20:00
Gonna be a spanky
2018-08-30 20:01
#47
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
+1
2018-08-30 20:02
#82
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Netherlands Removed 
inb4 they win
2018-08-30 20:09
+1
2018-08-30 23:24
#10
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
Ez For VP
2018-08-30 20:00
#11
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Sweden OfficalKN1GHT 
NiP atleast 0-3
2018-08-30 20:00
why does astralis also get easy openers
2018-08-30 20:01
should they get spirit or vega squadron?
2018-08-30 20:06
astralis will get ez openers since they are in the major qualifier no real compitition in it maybe liquid
2018-08-30 20:09
#203
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Because this isn’t the major, and only trash teams take part on this stage
2018-08-31 05:18
#221
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Switzerland Alzameister 
shots fired
2018-08-31 09:01
Yikes
2018-08-30 20:00
oh no team spirit vs vega, rip 50% of pickems
2018-08-30 20:00
+1
2018-08-30 20:02
well its only 1 point
2018-08-30 20:02
still but
2018-08-30 20:02
#87
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Netherlands Removed 
that's why you wait before doing pickems
2018-08-30 20:09
this is also why u can change your picks
2018-08-30 20:09
#96
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Netherlands Removed 
Yeah but then you already bought a Vega/Spirit sticker which is a wasted dollar
2018-08-30 20:10
I DID NOT
2018-08-30 20:11
My 0-3 is Rogue, pls SS
2018-08-30 20:15
Spirit will get place in top 16. Vega and VP 0-3
2018-08-30 20:47
#19
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France Gugus_Patacus 
VP NiP w0w
2018-08-30 20:00
pls vega win
2018-08-30 20:00
#22
NEO | 
Europe fahadinho 
VP VS NIP FFS LETS FUCKING PLAY ASTRALIS STRAIGHT.
2018-08-30 20:00
TyLoo doesnt have to play MiBR, FaZe or NaVi the first game for once. Noice. Ez win for TyLoo. Byebye Gambot.
2018-08-30 20:01
+1
2018-08-30 20:04
Why does a shit team like NiP get a easy matchup like VP... This is why results from months ago shouldn't determine seeding or if a team should maintain legend status Sidenote, VP is not even the same lineup as the one that was previously in the major too lmao 3/5
2018-08-30 20:02
#165
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India GET_REKT1337 
NiP haters 12yo
2018-08-30 21:04
NiP Fans are the ones that are young. Do not deny that NiP got an easy draw for no proper reason
2018-08-30 21:06
#222
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Switzerland Alzameister 
it is an easy matchup. But the first Round seeding is done by placing teams who qualified from the minor against teams that have been in the last major, otherwise there is no seeding.
2018-08-31 09:06
Yes THAT'S EXACTLY THE POINT! VP WAS AT THE LAST MAJOR WHICH WAS MONTHS AGO WHERE THEY HAD DIFFERENT PLAYERS AND FORM
2018-08-31 21:12
#26
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Brazil potatoBRaln 
Vega vs Spirit xD
2018-08-30 20:01
#27
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Poland Prolack 
i told u to pick rogue for 0-3 :>
2018-08-30 20:01
#93
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Netherlands Removed 
lol Rogue will beat SS
2018-08-30 20:10
#101
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Poland Prolack 
no way, i think rogue is the worst team here
2018-08-30 20:12
#104
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Netherlands Removed 
Rogue is underrated AF
2018-08-30 20:14
#143
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United Kingdom Charlie___ 
what about vega and spirit?
2018-08-30 20:40
#166
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Poland Prolack 
i dont really know but i feel vega will vs spirit but its gonna be close
2018-08-30 21:04
#219
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Turkey darkh1ous 
spirit will win bro,vega is shit
2018-08-31 08:59
#220
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Turkey darkh1ous 
but everything can be happen maybe vega upset idk..
2018-08-31 08:59
space nip gambit renegades vega hr liquid astralis
2018-08-30 20:01
VP vs NiP Lets go NiP
2018-08-30 20:01
#30
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United Kingdom MatteusUK 
ez astralis
2018-08-30 20:01
rip vp
2018-08-30 20:01
#32
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Finland coswell 
GL teams
2018-08-30 20:01
#33
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Sweden Akoulad 
Major Qualification **********
2018-08-30 20:01
#228
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Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
Major ***********
2018-08-31 12:03
Major*******************************
2018-09-01 12:44
AYYY
2018-08-30 20:01
#36
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Hungary subzera 
vg vs spirit wtf. thats a cointoss for the 0-3 pickems
2018-08-30 20:01
#62
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
:((( def 50/50 game
2018-08-30 20:04
#69
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Hungary subzera 
yeah might change mine to col
2018-08-30 20:05
vp or rogue would be wiser i think
2018-08-30 20:33
#137
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Hungary subzera 
i would put rogue above col
2018-08-30 20:35
but accept that vp is a better choice mate
2018-08-30 21:25
Wtf 0-3 is VP for sure
2018-08-30 20:09
GL
2018-08-30 20:01
#39
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Russia Reph 
Vega vs Spirit wtf
2018-08-30 20:01
#40
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Greece knk74 
Not vp vs nip ffs :(
2018-08-30 20:01
ewwwww vega vs spirit but optic vs liquid lol
2018-08-30 20:01
#42
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United States BigmacAttack 
rogue wins, nip wins, tyloo wins, BIG wins, vega wins, north wins, liquid wins, astralis wins.
2018-08-30 20:02
#45
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Europe traqqi 
glhf
2018-08-30 20:02
some nice match ups apart from Astralis v coL
2018-08-30 20:02
#51
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
POGGERS
2018-08-30 20:02
#52
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Europe wai7ing 
Yay NiP vs. VP - a historical derby. Looking forward to it
2018-08-30 20:02
#151
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
Derby? nanda sore wa?
2018-08-30 20:50
#53
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Germany GqLqXY 
kdawodaklwödk
2018-08-30 20:02
#54
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United States st4rsh0t 
SS NIP Tyloo BIG Spirit North Liquid Astralis EZ
2018-08-30 20:02
#142
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Germany Youngnibba 
Should be BIG for Ez
2018-08-30 20:39
#155
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United States st4rsh0t 
Tru, Renegades is a good match tho
2018-08-30 20:53
#55
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Sweden pontus767 
Balanced, VEGA vs Spirit lul
2018-08-30 20:03
#136
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Slovakia GUZU 
+1
2018-08-30 20:35
NiP - VP? Hahaha always trying to help swedistan
2018-08-30 20:03
VEGA VS SPIRIT WHYYY
2018-08-30 20:03
They wanna see how low the viewcount can get
2018-08-31 07:40
#58
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Czech Republic mitsorubi 
Rogue NIP Gambit BIG Spirit North Liquid Astralis
2018-08-30 20:03
nice
2018-08-30 20:03
#60
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Norway Phancy11 
Damn coL unlucko
2018-08-30 20:04
#67
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Germany NiceC 
+1
2018-08-30 20:05
#61
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Why all the time HR vs North -_-
2018-08-30 20:04
big-renegades the more balanced match
2018-08-30 20:05
#65
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Germany NiceC 
BIG vs Aussies again. GL HF Hope they both make it through
2018-08-30 20:04
BIG gonna win Mahor
2018-08-30 20:05
#73
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Germany NiceC 
Not sure, i just hope for top 6
2018-08-30 20:07
i trust in smooya.... this is his major
2018-08-30 20:14
#95
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France Teellioz 
+1
2018-08-30 20:10
VP vs NiP, a match that would be so exciting in 2014-2015, nowadays being an easy matchup for NiP :(
2018-08-30 20:05
HellRaisers certainly won’t be easy, but it’s doable. Also, Spirit vs Vega OMEGALUL
2018-08-30 20:06
#75
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Finland Smoonah 
rip complexity
2018-08-30 20:07
#76
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Colombia AlejoBuh 
Vega vs Spirit, my 2 teams for the 0-3
2018-08-30 20:08
cya astralis
2018-08-30 20:08
#89
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Europe wai7ing 
acting like they don't absolute trash everyone and end up 3-0
2018-08-30 20:09
It's wishful thinking to see every 3-0 to be incorrect.
2018-08-30 20:11
#102
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Europe wai7ing 
who do you think will end with 3-0?
2018-08-30 20:13
ez 0-3 for VP
2018-08-30 20:08
#80
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Denmark JustYes 
vega - spirit rip 50% of pickems
2018-08-30 20:08
#152
nEGRo | 
South Africa NIGGGAA 
Yep, I have Vega as 0-3
2018-08-30 20:50
Virtus pro vs NiP RIP VP XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-08-30 20:09
#84
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
- Space Soldiers - NIP - TyLoo - BIG - Spirit - North - Liquid - Astralis
2018-08-30 20:09
Vega vs Spirit Liquid vs OpTic NiP vs VP L M A O
2018-08-30 20:09
#86
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France Teellioz 
SS Virtus Plow Tyloo RNG Vega North Liquid EZ4coL
2018-08-30 20:09
astralis again ez draw
2018-08-30 20:09
luckers
2018-08-31 08:49
#92
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Canada Ayton 
RIP VP
2018-08-30 20:09
#94
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
AUF GEHTS!! #gobigorfuckyou!
2018-08-30 20:10
#97
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Belgium Hjawesomme 
Col Oof
2018-08-30 20:10
#105
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Denmark YOVNGPETER 
Bye VP
2018-08-30 20:14
#108
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Ukraine w1nth 
Liquid vs. OpTic :c
2018-08-30 20:17
in the meantime we have Vega Squadron vs Spirit....
2018-08-30 20:23
#123
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Ukraine w1nth 
FUCK I JUST REALIZED BOTH THOSE TEAMS ARE IN MY 0-3 PREDICTION. (I'll release it on Sep 2nd, check it out) ;]
2018-08-30 20:27
we are lucky for the first time
2018-08-30 20:17
Vp 0-3
2018-08-30 20:19
How does liquid have to take on optic but Vega squadron has to take on spirit?!?
2018-08-30 20:20
Liquid will lose to OpTic
2018-08-30 20:20
SS NiP Gambit BIG Spirit North Liquid Astralis
2018-08-30 20:23
#124
HS | 
Russia blessdevve 
Vega will smash Spirit, so as Renegades can’t lose to BIG
2018-08-30 20:28
HYPE HYPE HYPE And go NiP and SS
2018-08-30 20:27
#122
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Malaysia byaIi 
SS > Rogue VP < NiP Gambit < TYLOO BIG > Renegades Vega Squadron < Spirit North < HellRaisers Liquid > OpTic Astralis > compLexity
2018-08-30 20:27
#125
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Ukraine Caffity 
Vega Spirit Underdogs
2018-08-30 20:29
Space Soldiers <<<<< Rogue Virtus.pro < NiP Gambit <<<<< TYLOO BIG <<<<< Renegades Vega Squadron > Spirit North >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> HellRaisers Liquid >>>> OpTic Astralis >>>>>>>>>>>>>> compLexity
2018-08-30 20:30
#157
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
Space Soldiers <<<<< Rogue low quality bait
2018-08-30 20:58
no... shit soldiers are will be losted to Rogue ! NA BEST!!!!
2018-08-31 05:29
#128
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Ukraine Zed97 
Lol. Spirit vs Vega .... but let's have more Gambit vs HR JUST CIS CS :D
2018-08-30 20:31
#138
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Poland Arrow_1337 
cool, interesting matches
2018-08-30 20:36
#139
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
A lot more balance than at the last major. Good.
2018-08-30 20:37
rigged
2018-08-30 20:40
#146
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Poland ramones1 
Space Soldiers Virtus.pro TYLOO Renegades Vega Squadron HellRaisers Liquid Astralis lets go
2018-08-30 20:44
#174
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
Rogue NiP BiG Spirit North
2018-08-30 21:23
VEGA V SPIRIT THE ULTIMATE 0-3 DECIDERRRR
2018-08-30 20:45
SS NiP Tylli Renegades Spirit HR Liquid Astralis
2018-08-30 20:46
ooooof vp can win 1 match
2018-08-30 20:52
yes
2018-08-30 20:59
hey guys, when you will make pickem?
2018-08-30 20:52
#156
Dosia | 
Denmark DRSEXY 
ez major for china
2018-08-30 20:53
VP VS NIP 2013 EL CLASICO
2018-08-30 20:59
SS NiP Tyloo BIG Spirit HR Liquid Astralis
2018-08-30 21:00
#181
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
SS so bad, and North will beat HR 100%
2018-08-30 23:04
I think they gonna perform well at the Major. Its their only chance. If they dont play good at these games, that means they wont show up at Blast Pro Series too.
2018-08-31 00:40
wow nip wont attend again :(
2018-08-30 21:01
#163
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Brazil hugoooo 
Why pairing two teams from same region (and same country) on the 1st round? To hell with that
2018-08-30 21:01
#204
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Your point makes no sense
2018-08-31 05:21
Will the legend stage be in the week of 17th of sept? Want to get a week of work but i want to see the legend stage
2018-08-30 21:06
Legends Stage - September 12-16 Champions Stage - September 20-23
2018-08-30 21:18
Fuck me then.. thought it would be played in 1 week...
2018-08-30 21:21
And what we gonna do 17-19 september?
2018-08-31 08:51
Hellraisers vs. North... of freaking course
2018-08-30 21:07
like always... i hope HR will win this time I cant describe how i hate North and Aimlock 'Kajerbye' Parkinson
2018-09-03 08:29
#177
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Liquid vs optic Hard match for liquid, gl my guys
2018-08-30 21:31
#179
i am | 
Romania MrYikes 
Ooooohhhh finalyyy Ss>ROGUE
2018-08-30 21:35
If NiP don’t pick cache and skip Vegas we’re safe !
2018-08-30 22:05
EZ Neo>>f0rest
2018-08-30 23:04
#218
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Indonesia EvilPolish 
name checks out
2018-08-31 08:53
Newfag
2018-08-31 16:00
VP VS NIP EZ 2014 Derby
2018-08-30 23:30
#186
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Brazil davidzor 
Shit, Vega Squadron vs Spirit fucked up my pick'em challenge. I've got no clue who to pick for the 0-3
2018-08-30 23:50
#191
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Philippines p0k1em0n 
Tyloo's easiest game of their life.
2018-08-31 00:31
#194
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Hong Kong Free_HK 
Astralis vs COL dis gon b gud
2018-08-31 00:41
#195
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas
2018-08-31 00:54
ez tyloo 3-0
2018-08-31 01:54
eZ 4 THE BEST CLUTCHER OF ALL TIME SPENCER "HIKO" MARTIN
2018-08-31 02:02
#199
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Poland Hell2k 
vp will crush dreams of nip lul
2018-08-31 03:40
#200
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Poland Hell2k 
SS VP Gambot Renegades Vega Hellraisers Liquid Astralis ez
2018-08-31 03:52
ASTRALIS GONNA WINTHIS AGAIN EXPECTED
2018-08-31 05:30
#208
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Netherlands Jonasio 
VP vs NiP, 2 washed teams
2018-08-31 06:27
#210
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Italy Laxity 
rip complexity :(
2018-08-31 08:06
#212
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Russia NiGaTiVe 
why not Liquid vs BIG ? XD
2018-08-31 08:42
#216
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Germany Vini_1337 
VP - NiP classico in first round bo1 of a major qualifier FeelsBadMan
2018-08-31 08:52
#217
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Indonesia EvilPolish 
SS > Rogue VP < NiP Gambit > TYLOO BIG > Renegades Vega Squadron > Spirit North > HellRaisers Liquid > OpTic Astralis > compLexity
2018-08-31 08:52
So there is Vega vs spirit and then there is Liquid vs Optic, LMAO
2018-08-31 09:49
VP doesn't deserve to be here tbh.
2018-08-31 09:59
#227
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
Finally SS have an lucky draw
2018-08-31 11:53
#230
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Denmark devexCS 
LOL only 1 good team?
2018-08-31 13:00
#238
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New Zealand YaBoiBunsen 
Vega vs Spirit is fucking up my pickems
2018-08-31 17:25
#239
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Turkey Slapdash 
INVADESPACE
2018-08-31 17:29
minors drop box aswell?
2018-09-03 14:11
yes my fakeflagging friend of friends
2018-09-04 18:47
im not fakeflagging tho. lol.
2018-09-04 19:14
yes my realflagging friend of friends
2018-09-04 19:14
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