NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"

Striker
September 4th, 2018 17:53

The longest-standing core in CS:GO will be a thing of the past after the FACEIT Major, as Virtus.pro announced last weekend that Paweł "byali" Bieliński will leave the team after the conclusion of the event.

His departure has, naturally, impacted the Polish team's preparation for the Major, and it also raises questions about the squad's future after the tournament ends.

Virtus.pro recently added Michał "snatchie" Rudzki after Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski left to play for mousesports, but it didn't take long before the news of byali's departure broke. Now the team will look to add yet another new player after the Major.

NEO told HLTV.org about the team's roster problems

HLTV.org talked to Virtus.pro's in-game leader NEO the day before their first match in the New Challengers Stage of the Major, where the Polish veteran opened up about the team's current hardships:

I'm not going to beat around the bush, I have to ask about the byali situation and how that all happened - we knew about snatchie coming in, but then you went out in last place at ZOTAC and it became apparent that byali had already decided to leave before snatchie was signed. Can you comment on that situation and explain what has been happening in the team for the past couple of months?

It's really hard to explain because there are as many perspectives as there are players. But byali wanted some changes even before Snax told us, so he said he wanted to leave, then he said he would quit if we don't make any changes, so for a while, we've been in this situation that we know something is going to happen sooner or later.

All of a sudden, Snax told us he's going to leave the team, that he got an offer, and that's why byali decided to stay until the Major and keep playing with us. So we knew there were going to be changes. It's not that easy because lots of players have contracts nowadays, so we can't really test anyone or just take a stand-in, so we just tried to keep up with new tournaments, waiting for the Major, and coming as strong as we could because that's not easy when you know you're going to change the team and you don't have enough practice. But yeah, there's been lots of fuss about everything, you know.

This is obviously a difficult situation for you, so how has that affected the team's morale?

It's really hard to say as everyone is just trying to give their best. We're all professionals and we're just trying to focus on the game, not think about outside factors. We're just trying to do our best and that's what we came here for. The goal is to advance and secure the spot for Katowice, at least. We'll see how it goes from now.

Still, it must have affected your expectations for this...

Yeah, of course. Since we knew we were going to make the change, we didn't do a bootcamp because that's a waste of time, maybe, there were still tournaments like Hong Kong two weeks ago so we couldn't practice as much as we should have, probably. We were just trying to get the most out of what we've had.

So how have you looked back at the loss to MVP at ZOTAC in trying to prepare for this?

Unfortunately, as we were finally able to sign snatchie and so on, maybe if we could have, we would have skipped ZOTAC. But we couldn't have, that decision was already made a couple of months ago, even.

We came to ZOTAC straight after the player break, we had like two days of practice with snatchie, so it's not really a matter of what we did wrong, we just didn't play the game because of the player break at some point. After we came back, it was just lots of hours put into the game to come back and feel confident after the break again.

Do you feel in better shape now?

We feel much better than at ZOTAC, for sure (laughs). Because it was the first tournament with snatchie, we got to know him more thanks to the trip and we've been able to discuss all the stuff and learn from each other a little bit, so we definitely feel much better than a week ago.

Tell me about snatchie and how he has fit into the team, meshed with the rest of the squad?

Well, he's a dedicated AWPer, so that's the change. The biggest change is probably for pasha as he was the AWPer, now he has stepped down from using the sniper that much. But that's still an option during the game, so it's even better because we've got two really good AWPers now.

He's really active in the game, he gives a lot of ideas during the game, it's really nice to have such a player. He's really open and during this last week he's been learning from our style and we've been adapting to him a bit, as well. I think he's a really talented guy.

Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
531
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.09
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1339
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1367
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
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Russia notBaitzera_SK 
LUL xaxaxaxaxa
2018-09-04 17:53
Hello dood
2018-09-04 17:53
xaaxxaaxax
2018-09-04 17:54
#12
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United States KylieJenner 
Traps are gey
2018-09-04 17:55
#8
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Russia notBaitzera_SK 
Privet xaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-09-04 17:54
How are you?
2018-09-04 17:53
#13
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India swast1k36 
Probably a 9 yr old
2018-09-04 17:56
but he didnt say how old are you
2018-09-04 18:14
#39
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India swast1k36 
WTF, probably edited
2018-09-04 18:18
#65
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Austria grammar_nazi 
if it was there would be a little pen showing next to the post date like in this comment.
2018-09-04 18:52
#66
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India swast1k36 
Oops sorry didn't know about that, I think I misread it XD
2018-09-04 18:53
#69
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Austria grammar_nazi 
WERE ONLY HUMAAAN AFTER ALL
2018-09-04 18:57
#70
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India swast1k36 
Except ScreaMy my friend, he's faakin machine
2018-09-04 19:04
#99
SPUNJ | 
Australia nazzle 
and except allu of course allu is literally god
2018-09-04 23:54
#108
TaZ | 
Poland Zer0Kurw0 
DON'T PUT YOUR BLAME ON MEE
2018-09-05 12:04
respect legend neo idiot
2018-09-04 20:23
who? xaaaaaaaxaxaxaxa
2018-09-04 20:24
#102
chrisJ | 
Netherlands blonde 
just look at the flag...
2018-09-05 04:46
#3
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
ok
2018-09-04 17:53
He was right
2018-09-04 17:54
2EZ4RTZ
2018-09-04 17:54
#31
Xyp9x | 
Denmark greenhz 
to be an airport champion
2018-09-04 18:12
like astralis.
2018-09-04 19:20
#105
Xyp9x | 
Denmark greenhz 
Oceania LMAO
2018-09-05 06:03
woot woot
2018-09-04 17:54
neo '2faced' toledo
2018-09-04 17:55
#11
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Poland Kain_aj 
RIP vp
2018-09-04 17:55
#14
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Mexico LEWORb 
Sad
2018-09-04 17:56
GO NEO TOP ONE <3
2018-09-04 17:56
It would be great to see VP as a top team again... I expect nothing in the Major but fingers crossed for 2019.
2018-09-04 17:58
VP is dead bro
2018-09-04 18:04
Michu & snatchie are really good players with many years ahead of them. IF** they replace Byali with someone who packs a punch, combined with the good leadership and experience of Neo & Pasha I don't see why they couldn't be top 10 again and making playoffs.
2018-09-04 20:16
#90
Finland em7 
Neo & Pasha are bots and Michu and snatchie aren't good enough to carry them.
2018-09-04 20:25
Fair enough. The future will tell. I like to try and be optimistic :P
2018-09-04 20:28
#93
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Portugal raaVz 
+1
2018-09-04 20:43
+1
2018-09-05 21:20
#49
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Poland NoMoreGames 
+1
2018-09-04 18:23
#17
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Poland Jancz1 
gl
2018-09-04 17:59
#18
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
Sad
2018-09-04 18:00
#19
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Poland Marcines 
rip vp
2018-09-04 18:01
Vp is dead it's sad :(
2018-09-04 18:01
GL guys, mature people have much respect for You, hope You gonna show some love to us also by playing your best!
2018-09-04 18:02
Would be nice to see Neo especially show us that he should still be playing at a professional level. Because I think we all have our doubts. I think Pasha has shown us that he still has some competetive drive left. I think its also a lack of motivation/confidence
2018-09-05 17:51
#22
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Spain VIKTORAL 
VIRTUS.PRO NEXT MAJOR WINNER SNAX COMES BACK BYALI DOESNT LEAVE TAZ LEAVES KINGUIN JOINA VP VIRTUS.PLOW ERA INC TEAMS FEAR THE ALMIGHTY BEARS #GOGOVP
2018-09-04 18:02
Wake up bro
2018-09-04 18:15
#51
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Spain VIKTORAL 
I WILL AWAKEN UP WHEN VIRTUS.PLOW RETURN #GOGOVP RUN POLISH BEARS
2018-09-04 18:26
#58
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Spain VIKTORAL 
wtf is this shit post VIRTUS.PRO HAS POLISH HEART POLISH BEARS #GOGOVP
2018-09-04 18:31
VP ended when TaZ left, all the idiots thought VP would become a better team without TaZ know nothing about VP but i'm optimistic with the current roster, they are playing without pressure and they have good players
2018-09-04 18:06
they should have kicked coach and pasha (they seem to be bringing toxic energy in the group as seen by chat logs between byali, snax and neo)
2018-09-04 18:10
maybe kicking pasha would have been a lot LESS worse than kicking taz taz was the heart of the team, and he did all the dirty work in the matches just like taco did in SK
2018-09-04 18:12
kick the coach is no1 priority though even before taz
2018-09-04 18:13
but he's good coach
2018-09-04 18:19
lmfaO idiot-
2018-09-04 18:27
nt fake fan
2018-09-04 18:31
#75
morelz | 
World Vidua 
VP of old is dead. Neo has created new team from scraps numerous times in his career. He can do it again.
2018-09-04 19:14
#25
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
'we've got two really good AWPers now' hahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahha
2018-09-04 18:06
XD exactly. who could even think pasha is any good, the fact that he had 1+ ratings while awping doesn't mean that he's a good awper
2018-09-04 18:10
#32
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
yeah yeah 1+ vs teams like mvp, tyloo, 5power in zotac cup, iem master. Damn this guy top 1 awp 4 sure
2018-09-04 18:13
come on he as shown his capability as an awper against the top awpers aswell stop spreading lies. he is definetely a solid secondary awp option. snatchie has to be the awping star not pasha
2018-09-04 18:18
#113
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
what now nub? your papa just went 0-3 in Challengers Stage, 4-17 0.52 rating vs MSLUL hahhaha go watch your papa's stream and spam VAC everytime he gets a kill. fucking noob player with his blind fanboy
2018-09-08 11:05
hahahah you are so embarrasing yourself where were you when he had 22 frags vs optic and the only who had impact kills you piece of shit. I can assure you that I am not even any streams of any streamers, but nice try you embarrassing weebish piece of shit
2018-09-08 14:06
#119
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
what now nub? your papa just went 0-3 in Challengers Stage, 4-17 0.52 rating vs MSLUL hahhaha go watch your papa's stream and spam VAC everytime he gets a kill. fucking noob player with his blind fanboy
2018-09-08 16:34
#123
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
0.79 rating Challengers Stage, stats dont lie. deal with it fucking noob shit player and noob shit blind fanboy hahahahahah
2018-09-08 16:46
#124
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
0.79 rating Challengers Stage, stats dont lie. deal with it fucking noob shit player and noob shit blind fanboy hahahahahah
2018-09-08 16:46
#76
morelz | 
World Vidua 
Tyloo has one of the best AWPers in the game, the hell?
2018-09-04 19:15
actually that is so wrong. remember 2017 how e wrecked fnatic at pgl (as an awper) or vs immortals or his epicenter performance 2017 or vs navi this year on nuke stop telling bullshit. pasha is capable and he is fine as an secondary awper. snatchie should be the main force as an awper
2018-09-04 18:17
#47
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
who cares about the past? hope your papa won't get 0-3 and less than 15 rounds 3 maps this major
2018-09-04 18:22
#80
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India MihirX27 
My 0-3 pick-em prediction is Vega Squadron. Atleast VP is better than that team.
2018-09-04 19:27
I'd just because he used the past to talk abou pasha lul
2018-09-04 19:56
#125
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
0.79 rating Challengers Stage, stats dont lie. deal with it fucking noob shit player and noob shit blind fanboy hahahahahah
2018-09-08 16:47
#114
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
what now nub? your papa just went 0-3 in Challengers Stage, 4-17 0.52 rating vs MSLUL hahhaha go watch your papa's stream and spam VAC everytime he gets a kill. fucking noob player with his blind fanboy
2018-09-08 11:05
hahahah you are so embarrasing yourself where were you when he had 21 frags vs optic and the only who had impact kills you piece of shit? (except of byalis 3k and snatchies 3). I can assure that I am not even watching any streams of any streamers, but nice try you embarrassing weebish piece of shit
2018-09-08 14:07
#120
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
what now nub? your papa just went 0-3 in Challengers Stage, 4-17 0.52 rating vs MSLUL hahhaha go watch your papa's stream and spam VAC everytime he gets a kill. fucking noob player with his blind fanboy
2018-09-08 16:34
#122
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
0.79 rating Challengers Stage, stats dont lie. deal with it fucking noob shit player and noob shit blind fanboy hahahahahah
2018-09-08 16:46
#112
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Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
what now nub? your papa just went 0-3 in Challengers Stage, 4-17 0.52 rating hahhaha go watch your papa's stream and spam VAC everytime he gets a kill. fucking noob player with his blind fanboy
2018-09-08 11:04
Some parts were really hard to read and some sentences as a whole don't really make sense. Anyways, I hope snatchie signed knowing byali would leave, otherwise it really sucks for him. You guys could also have asked if he feels confident as an IGL because it was a long time problem in VP where they kept switching it up... Which ended up fucking up all the talent Snax had.
2018-09-04 18:12
they don't make sense most probably because neo tried to maneuver around the truth
2018-09-04 18:11
#103
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Europe fahadinho 
ITS CONFIRMED THAT HE KNEW
2018-09-05 04:47
#33
mouz | 
Poland farr 
Polish teams fix 1. neo IGL / Support Snax Lurker / Secondery AWP byali Entry Fragger Snatchie AWP GruBy Second Entry 2. TaZ - IGL / Support SZPERO - AWP innocent - Second entry MICHU - Entry fragger rallen - Lurker / Secondery AWP 3. reatz - Entry fragger minise - AWP mouz - Second Entry furlan - IGL TOAO - Lurker
2018-09-04 18:13
polnish team fix with snax, neo and mr inconsisten byali omegalul
2018-09-04 18:19
#54
mouz | 
Poland farr 
Snax for me is not doing great in mouz. The biggest problem in VP is kuben he should be kicked first not TaZ and neo is still one of (if not) the best igl in PL.
2018-09-04 18:30
agreed with you, but not sure if neo is actually that great anymore as an igl.
2018-09-04 19:55
sucks to be a polak, is there anything neo can do aside from playing cs? he's 30 and sticks to it as a job. LULULULULU
2018-09-04 18:17
#41
NEO | 
Europe S3bjastjan 
NEO 1.6 best player #1 in 2011 <3 hltv.org/news/8054/top-20-players-of-201..
2018-09-04 18:19
#48
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
Aaaaaaaaaa <333
2018-09-04 18:22
#61
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
good old WCG, the world cup of cs :)
2018-09-04 18:38
#42
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Sweden Trkmag 
I hope VP makes top 16, just not at the expense of NiP
2018-09-04 18:19
#45
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
good luck NEO <3
2018-09-04 18:20
Byali "TwoFaced PUBG Player" Toledo
2018-09-04 18:26
#52
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United States Contii 
"We've got two really good AWPers" LMAOOOOOOO
2018-09-04 18:27
well vp is over sad but true gl neo and pasha on the future
2018-09-04 18:30
vp 0-3, sad but true
2018-09-04 18:31
true ez points in pick ums
2018-09-04 18:56
#60
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Guatemala unb11 
VP, G2, Gambit, Luminosity in 2K18 lmao
2018-09-04 18:34
#62
Poland InuT 
You couldve asked about Kubik aswell, he came with them for the major :(
2018-09-04 18:41
HHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-09-04 18:47
Stopped reading at “ so it's even better because we've got two really good AWPers now.“
2018-09-04 18:49
and yet you still haven’t changed much?
2018-09-04 18:55
NEO pls leave or go to some tier3 kinguin.. u guys just waste byali & snax co.. fucking 1year ago should be like: -taz -neo -pasha this 3oldFUCKZZ focus more on IRL.. imagine michu, byali, snax, snatchie + some kurwa
2018-09-04 19:05
#73
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Poland TOOMUCH6969 
+11111111
2018-09-04 19:09
#74
EspiranTo | 
Poland bow_ 
+morelz
2018-09-04 19:10
#72
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Poland TOOMUCH6969 
DISBAND
2018-09-04 19:09
#77
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Poland Guareen 
They kicked TaZ and whole team got destroyed 4Head
2018-09-04 19:17
#79
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Netherlands Vincenz0 
2 words: NEO GOAT sad he had to deal with toxic kids such as byali and snax in the team. bring back TaZ PLEASE
2018-09-04 19:25
#81
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Portugal raaVz 
VP TOP 1 NOW
2018-09-04 19:28
Nijo <3 the best in 1.6
2018-09-04 19:35
Knew it. Pasha is probably going next then :(
2018-09-04 19:39
Run byali, run!!!
2018-09-04 19:57
#91
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Romania xBlackDragon9 
rip vp!!!!!
2018-09-04 20:26
I'm following Polish CS scene since Pentagram G-Shock. I was believing in "Golden five" after They kicked LuQ and Pasha replaced him, even if They were just "decent" for a year. After that Pasha started to adapt to pro scene and "Golden five" was on top of CS 1.6 again. I believed that They can be great at CS:GO and They were at some point. Every1 is talking about major VP vs NIP when VP won but for me the best tournament was Dubai. TaZ was fully focused monster back then and every1 was believing in him, whole team. The point is I was always believing in VP but the truth is that They're gone. Like it or not but its over. I just hope that when neo and pasha retire, poland would be able to do 2 great teams. AGO has potential to be top10 and Poland has enough talents to make second great team. I thought I would never say this but I'm not believing in VP, not even a bit.
2018-09-04 21:00
#104
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Europe fahadinho 
im really closeto it :( nut if psha and neo retrethen it wont be any longer vp.
2018-09-05 04:48
#95
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Yugoslavia ToBeHonest 
sad to see that
2018-09-04 21:10
*It's really hard to say as everyone is just trying to give their best. We're all professionals and we're just trying to focus on the game* Does anyone believe in this?
2018-09-04 21:31
Byali toxic kurwa will destroy every team
2018-09-04 21:42
#98
fer | 
United States Phaqs 
Sounds like a tough situation for everyone involved.
2018-09-04 22:36
#100
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Sweden godname 
BYALI U fucking toxic
2018-09-05 00:02
Expected to happen after the TaZ kick.
2018-09-05 00:36
neo, i started following you since 2009. you are the best to watch interms of every aspect of cs. expert at different weapon, read and adapting to opponents, aiming with stunningly smooth movement or without proper positioning you can still go wild and manage to do crazy like stuff like no other. by the end of 1.6 times you were still owning like routine. you and taz switched to go at a later time than most others and saying that afraid of not achieving the same in1.6 but looking back now you still made many history in go, a much different game than the one you mastered. thats something kids and silvers never understand. its easy for many no names in 1.6 to start to shine after switching to go, but its alot harder to do it the other way around. now it seems truly a tough situation for everyone in vp, snax and byali are to leave but as long as you decide to go on with pro cs, i and many still have faith in you to build a great team again. you are the real boss to be remembered by all who really know cs. good luck anyway at the major
2018-09-05 06:16
#107
yay | 
Poland zector 
we've got two really good AWPers now. >pasha >really good awper choose one
2018-09-05 08:27
#110
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
"Since we knew we were going to make the change, we didn't do a bootcamp because that's a waste of time" Wow, just fckin retire then, wtf is that supposed to mean? Major isn't important enough for you to practice? Yeah, very proffessional, nice.
2018-09-05 19:12
TaZ Neo Snatchie MICHU Some good polish player VP TOP1
2018-09-08 14:11
#121
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Poland dreamShow 
neo is a bot
2018-09-08 16:35
#126
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Latvia 6matko 
Reminds me of current NaVi. They have 2 great veterans and bring in new players. NaVi is rising, hopefully VP will do the same.
2018-09-09 23:24
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