VP receive Wild Card invite to EPICENTER qualifier

Virtus.pro will compete in the LAN qualifier for EPICENTER 2018 in Moscow, the organisers have announced.

Filip "NEO" Kubski's men will go to Russia to fight for a spot in the main tournament running from October 22-28. The qualifiers will take place offline as a part of the event and will see Virtus.pro go up against the winners of the CIS, European, North American and Asian qualifiers.

A total of three spots at EPICENTER 2018 are on the line, with the team ranked highest on the HLTV.org rankings as of October 19 automatically going through, together with the two top teams from the qualifier, which features a double-elimination format.

Virtus.pro have reached the EPICENTER finals twice

According to the organisers, the wild card invite is based on the team's 'previous performance, audience choice, and other factors.' Virtus.pro are two-time finalists at EPICENTER, the squad coming in second both times after losing to Dignitas in 2016 and to SK (currently MIBR) in 2017.

Paweł "byali" Bieliński and co. are currently in London for the New Challengers Stage at the FACEIT Major, which will be the last event with the 24-year-old on the roster.

Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Nice
2018-09-06 10:55
#9
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Sweden Unluko 
Why
2018-09-06 10:56
#20
leman | 
Yugoslavia w13lan 
viewership, otherwise i have no words
2018-09-06 10:57
also epicenter owners own vp so
2018-09-06 11:02
lol are u both retarded? what's the purpose to invite team who is sucking dicks atm and being hated by community? even if they got same owners so what? there's no profit in inviting vp, so they just invited them (to wildcard) as last year very close finalists
2018-09-06 11:07
#104
Xyp9x | 
CIS dotFive 
pasha isn't hated newcomers aren't (maybe) hated so, vp-media >>> vp-results
2018-09-06 11:22
no
2018-09-06 11:26
#158
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Finland Lehtori 
Virtus pro receiving the invite is fucking awesome! Now ence will make it to epicenter 100%
2018-09-06 12:17
More poor teams - ez for ence
2018-09-06 17:32
#225
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United Kingdom Yorveen 
you mean Kinguin kekekkeekekeekeke
2018-09-10 11:37
#116
oskar | 
Czech Republic SteveCZ 
you save money on winnings :)
2018-09-06 11:39
what winnings?
2018-09-06 19:36
#207
oskar | 
Czech Republic SteveCZ 
the prize money
2018-09-06 20:04
it was an irony, Steve.
2018-09-07 10:18
#226
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Finland Barista 
That's what Steve said, dude.
2018-09-10 17:03
He clarified my question which in reality was irony, didn't he?
2018-09-11 14:39
VP still have a big fanbase, that's where the profit is. HLTV isn't the be all and end all of CS fandom.
2018-09-06 11:49
#145
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Lmao, VP aren't hated. VP is pretty much loved by every guy out there. People who don't know cs "Oh these are legends of the game" People who know about cs "Oh it's papitobiceps" People who know a bit about cs "I saw them on the Atlanta final they were cool" People who are just polish "Lmao if they leave we're fucked" There is some hate for VP as there is for every other team in the world.
2018-09-06 12:01
What are you saying??? Do you have any idea what your talking about.... “People who don’t know cs: oh these are legends of the game... People who know about the game: oh it’s papitobiceps” I think it’s quite the opposite actually
2018-09-06 13:59
#197
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
I may have fucked that up while typing it, but yeah, that's what I meant. I'm just too lazy to edit.
2018-09-06 16:13
vp isnt a hated team, sure they aren't the massively loved team they once were but they have a normal amount of haters now
2018-09-06 13:35
You are the retard /closed
2018-09-06 19:53
/opened I am fucking your mother rn. thx for attention /closed
2018-09-06 20:01
Okay incel fucking my motherland hehe I beleive it ur mother sukkin my dick from the grave btw
2018-09-06 20:03
cant understand what you're trying to say
2018-09-06 20:12
cry is free ur mother sukks good from the grave :p
2018-09-06 20:12
then start crying
2018-09-06 20:13
Okay sir /closed
2018-09-06 20:14
#234
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Poland FabeN_PL 
Dont be silly boi. And dont worry about my TEAM! They will comeback with incredible style ;)
2018-09-16 23:42
#25
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Europe _EpiC_ 
THAT'S A SCANDAL
2018-09-06 10:57
#126
NEO | 
Yugoslavia sotomonte 
The final last year was incredible against SK. 5 maps with some overtimes. They deserve to be one year again in this tournament. They didnt deserve to be in other tournaments btw.
2018-09-06 11:46
VP made finals at both of the EPICENTER events. I can see why that's a reason.
2018-09-06 11:51
Epicenter is russian + russian org with a lot of fans. Just think about it.
2018-09-06 12:38
#221
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
still biased af. cuz their results are MORE THAN HORRIBLE.
2018-09-07 00:21
#30
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India swast1k36 
WTF, not fuckin NICE, IT'S RETARDED
2018-09-06 10:57
#37
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
NICE? WILD CARD FOR TIER4 TEAM???
2018-09-06 10:57
#72
Europe LoCP 
They will sell more tickets and get more viewers
2018-09-06 11:01
#168
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Poland th1NKKK 
how much u lost
2018-09-06 12:30
#211
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
flag and flair checks out
2018-09-06 20:14
#215
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Poland th1NKKK 
zamknij ryj zjebie
2018-09-06 20:22
#216
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
i don\t speak your dog language sry
2018-09-06 20:27
VP wasted spot, Forge is better
2018-09-06 12:07
lol
2018-09-06 10:56
#13
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Sweden Unluko 
Lmao undeserved
2018-09-06 10:57
#31
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Poland vzk 
EXPECTED
2018-09-06 10:57
i am amazed that they did not get an invite to the main tournament knowing that they have the same owner.But we all know that they won t qualify to the main stage.
2018-09-06 13:33
#189
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United States Prattatat 
To be honest I was surprised too. You know you're not doing well as a team when you have one of the highest team salaries and you get invited to the qualifier of the tournament your owners are putting on. Heres to hoping VP changes some things and starts competing again, miss seeing those polish bastards on stage
2018-09-06 14:13
+1
2018-09-06 15:36
#3
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Norway Phancy11 
They say that invite is based on last year performance, but VP will have just 2/5 of that line up or even less who knows
2018-09-06 10:58
#14
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Sweden Unluko 
Xd
2018-09-06 10:57
Shook
2018-09-06 10:56
#18
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Sweden Unluko 
Lol
2018-09-06 10:57
#5
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
Expected
2018-09-06 10:56
#6
jks | 
United States Mirbo1 
Hahahhahahahahahah LOL
2018-09-06 10:56
#21
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Sweden Unluko 
True haha
2018-09-06 10:57
#7
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Germany cartii 
Why though
2018-09-06 10:56
#23
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Europe BanMeIfYouCan 
Vp and epicenter have the same owner Google ESForce
2018-09-06 10:57
#43
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Germany cartii 
Ah ty i didnt know
2018-09-06 10:57
#27
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-06 10:57
#148
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Poland Blaqqqq 
why are you asking 'why'? Have you even read a tweet and attached an explanation.
2018-09-06 12:05
#8
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Poland krzyu 
They always played well there.Maybe now too.Maybe :/
2018-09-06 10:56
#32
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Sweden Unluko 
Maybe
2018-09-06 10:57
They??? You do realize VP will have 2/5 of their original line-up in Epicenter
2018-09-06 11:12
#95
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Poland krzyu 
They-Virtus Pro Arsenal is changing players too and They keep making 4
2018-09-06 11:13
So, Optic should be next Eleague Champions, as they won Season 2?
2018-09-06 11:42
#123
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Poland krzyu 
Noone said VP should reach final so nt VP brand never let down Epicenter and always delivered so Virtus got invited
2018-09-06 11:44
made my day xdd
2018-09-06 11:43
Ye but last year performace was by 5 players not org ffs. Taz, byali, pasha, neo, snax will be forever VP we all knew. So Stop justifying VP’s invite everyone knows they got it only because owner of EPICENTER is also owner of VP, not because some bullshit like “HOW GOOD THEY WERE LAST YEAR”. Also pls don’t compare cs to a freaking football. There is one huge difference. 99% of CS org are built around players while in football players are built around clubs because they are decades some hundred years old.
2018-09-06 15:38
#199
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Poland krzyu 
Yeah, you are right.That is going to be brand new team so why ppl talking about inviting VP. who cares that old vp was shit or vp with byali still is shit. its going to be new team on Epicenter
2018-09-06 17:35
New team who didn’t prove shit if they are good and such a team is getting invite? Lmao joke
2018-09-06 18:43
they cant even make 4 so
2018-09-06 21:15
#133
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
3/5 edit. oh right, byali leavin
2018-09-06 11:50
Gotcha
2018-09-06 15:35
#10
NEO | 
Poland Striker112 
waste tbh
2018-09-06 10:56
#34
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-06 10:57
:thinking:
2018-09-06 10:56
#36
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Sweden Unluko 
Lol
2018-09-06 10:57
#12
NEO | 
Pakistan LeGiT^ 
Unless papa retires and byali leaves
2018-09-06 10:57
#42
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Sweden Unluko 
Yeah
2018-09-06 10:57
#15
n0thing | 
Finland no_man 
lmao
2018-09-06 10:57
#45
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Sweden Unluko 
Xd
2018-09-06 10:57
Expected, VP & Navi both owned by ESForce, same as EPICENTER, I sound like a broken record at this point..
2018-09-06 10:57
#40
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Poland polskikrul 
+1
2018-09-06 10:57
#46
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Sweden Unluko 
Xd
2018-09-06 10:57
But Navi got invited to the main event Vp didn’t
2018-09-06 12:26
I bet if they fail to qualify they'll be invited to the main event, just like HellRaisers with Starladder, failed at open, invited to closed quals, failed at closed quals, invited to main event, sponsor : Hellcase.
2018-09-06 14:02
#17
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Poland Hamadoshi 
What the hell
2018-09-06 10:57
#47
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Sweden Unluko 
Lol
2018-09-06 10:57
lol
2018-09-06 10:57
#48
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Sweden Unluko 
Lmao
2018-09-06 10:57
#22
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
RIGGED SHITTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2018-09-06 10:57
#50
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Sweden Unluko 
R I G G E D
2018-09-06 10:58
#24
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Poland vzk 
EXPECTED
2018-09-06 10:57
#52
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-06 10:58
#26
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Poland barti38 
it's actually rly fu**ed up.
2018-09-06 10:57
#54
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Sweden Unluko 
True
2018-09-06 10:58
#28
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Norway neveredgy69 
waisted spot..
2018-09-06 10:57
#55
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Sweden Unluko 
Yeah
2018-09-06 10:58
funny like ur cs scene
2018-09-06 20:15
#29
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France Kabby 
wasted spot if u ask me
2018-09-06 10:57
#56
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Sweden Unluko 
Yeah lol
2018-09-06 10:58
That’s only for the qualifier
2018-09-06 12:26
#33
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
UNEXPECTED AS FUCK NOOOOOOOOOOOOT
2018-09-06 10:57
#57
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Sweden Unluko 
Hahaah
2018-09-06 10:58
#35
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Finland pornokarhu 
why tho???
2018-09-06 10:57
#59
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Sweden Unluko 
Wasted af
2018-09-06 10:58
#79
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Finland pornokarhu 
+1
2018-09-06 11:02
Fuck right off
2018-09-06 10:57
#60
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Sweden Unluko 
Lol
2018-09-06 10:58
#39
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Portugal R4nger)( 
The fact that they still get invited to tournaments pisses me off .
2018-09-06 10:57
#61
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-06 10:59
Waste
2018-09-06 10:57
#62
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-06 10:59
Man you answer almost on every comment in this topic, lul you have time for this?
2018-09-06 11:02
#159
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Finland neksu 
maybe he is just really pissed off because VP gets invited to these
2018-09-06 12:22
lul. when you have one owner. And invite t3 team on t1 tournament
2018-09-06 10:57
waste LUL EZ 4 ENCE
2018-09-06 10:58
even vp being trash I'm glad for this <3 they are legends fading away, let the legends play ffs and shut da fuck up kids, if u guys are mad go back do minecraft reddit section ffs! #RUNVPG #vployal #thecryisfree #neoGOAT
2018-09-06 10:58
You sir are a true man who supports the legends despite being a retarted shit mibr supporter kid. Respect earned. **GTA SAN ANDREAS MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND**
2018-09-06 11:01
+1 I are very honored my friend thank you <3 #pronaxGOD top 1
2018-09-06 14:09
lmao 0/8 what a shit post
2018-09-06 11:01
#53
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Poland cinos 
Money speaking
2018-09-06 10:58
ESforce event invites ESforce team. no surprises there
2018-09-06 10:59
Lmao!!! EZ4ENCE I guess
2018-09-06 11:00
Why the fuck
2018-09-06 11:00
VALVE should ban them for rigging this
2018-09-06 11:00
wtf shit team
2018-09-06 11:00
VP and Moscow so expected
2018-09-06 11:00
#70
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China NoAWPNoBrain 
wasted
2018-09-06 11:01
#73
hooch | 
Russia c0ldl3ss 
ESFORCE powah. Anyway,they can't make it,so it's just waste of spot for some other tier2 eu/na/cis team
2018-09-06 11:01
what a fucking joke man, so many more deserving teams and virtus fucking premier gets it.
2018-09-06 11:01
What a joke
2018-09-06 11:02
inside job
2018-09-06 11:02
#80
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Sweden Akoulad 
Of course they do!
2018-09-06 11:04
LUL HAHAHH
2018-09-06 11:04
Wasted spot not even debatable
2018-09-06 11:05
this is not direct invite to epicenter, just wild card qualifier liquipedia.net/counterstrike/EPICENTER/2.. vp still no chance against ence or nrg lul
2018-09-06 11:09
Well this is sad
2018-09-06 11:06
#86
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Russia razorVJ 
When tickets will be available?
2018-09-06 11:06
Good decision, thanks god they werent invited to the main event
2018-09-06 11:07
lmao
2018-09-06 11:08
maybe the org payed a bit...
2018-09-06 11:09
#90
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Finland NUCL3AR 
Not deserved
2018-09-06 11:10
#91
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Poland kick_michu 
aaaaaaaaa so every others teams must fight for spot in online quali but VP get fucking wld cards
2018-09-06 11:12
#93
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Finland Jonzu95 
ez win 4 ence
2018-09-06 11:12
#94
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World waltsuu 
why not invite directly? invited to a LAN qualifier, what a joke.
2018-09-06 11:13
#96
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
as long as they represent massive org as virtus.pro this will keep on hapening :D not a surprise tbh
2018-09-06 11:13
Thats so fucking retarded. ez4ence at least
2018-09-06 11:15
#98
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Poland kkkkkkkkkkkkk 
i hoped that by "VP" they mean Vireo.Pro which would be less waste of a spot
2018-09-06 11:16
+1
2018-09-06 14:12
#99
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United Kingdom kenconut 
You're taking the piss right
2018-09-06 11:16
Hahahahahaha looolllollll XDDD
2018-09-06 11:17
#101
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Thought it was about a relevant team vireo_pro.
2018-09-06 11:17
theyy should just get invited they were in final with sk last time wtf was nice game.,
2018-09-06 11:17
Just happy that they're getting a chance. I know they won't be able to achieve anything though but this entry was given to them due to their bounce back in 2017 at this particular event. Plus viewership is a plus if they get VP
2018-09-06 11:18
#110
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Hungary lemusz 
+1
2018-09-06 11:28
#114
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Germany Payynnkilla 
Its all about viewership nothing more
2018-09-06 11:35
#114
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Germany Payynnkilla 
Its all about viewership nothing more
2018-09-06 11:35
True they be owned by CYKA owners (I mean russian, no hard feelings)
2018-09-06 12:04
What a joke, hahah
2018-09-06 11:22
#106
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World taco__ 
wasted spot
2018-09-06 11:22
why top2 team of last event can't get invite to QUALS, not even main stage?
2018-09-06 11:23
#108
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
so unexpected wow
2018-09-06 11:25
but why
2018-09-06 11:30
XDDDD
2018-09-06 11:31
Will there even be a VP by then?
2018-09-06 11:35
another wasted spot for vp
2018-09-06 11:40
ahahahah russians
2018-09-06 11:43
#121
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
VP is a russian org, expected
2018-09-06 11:43
#122
NEO | 
Poland k@nios 
I find it OK to invite multiple major winners and real legends with the biggest and the most devited fanbase in overall e-sports
2018-09-06 11:44
xD
2018-09-06 11:45
XDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-09-06 11:45
OMEGALUL
2018-09-06 11:46
#128
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Switzerland codplayer 
still? lul
2018-09-06 11:46
This is like showing the middle finger the all the other teams that deserve it 1000 times more.
2018-09-06 11:47
+1
2018-09-06 11:57
#130
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
i know they have same owner but still its wsated spot :D:D
2018-09-06 11:48
#131
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
hope vp wont disband until
2018-09-06 11:48
LMAO
2018-09-06 11:52
#137
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Asia mocity123 
wasted spot
2018-09-06 11:53
#138
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
but why
2018-09-06 11:57
pathetic. VP literally standing in the way of development of the scene at this point, stealing spots from more deserving up-and-coming teams I hope they disband before this event
2018-09-06 11:57
wtf
2018-09-06 11:57
waste spot
2018-09-06 11:58
#143
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Europe FlyingObject 
Expected, lets go boiiiiz
2018-09-06 11:58
WHYYYYY
2018-09-06 11:59
#149
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Luxembourg alex24 
cuz VP russian mob owned.. so easy
2018-09-06 12:06
russian, polish, french, turkish teams should be banned from every event.
2018-09-06 12:03
2018-09-06 12:11
french? wut
2018-09-06 12:11
they dont deserve the spot ! they are to shit atm
2018-09-06 12:11
Who would have thought? ESForce for the win.
2018-09-06 12:14
#156
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Poland Htcobakel 
Sorry but they don't deserve it.
2018-09-06 12:15
wasted spot
2018-09-06 12:16
they should get direct invite to the tournament
2018-09-06 12:24
Please dont
2018-09-06 12:25
#162
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
OMEGALUL
2018-09-06 12:25
Why, waste spot
2018-09-06 12:26
#167
qikert | 
New Zealand SixAB 
ez for ESforce
2018-09-06 12:27
Wasted spot
2018-09-06 12:37
say what you wanna say, they aways do great at epicenter ! Let's go VP !
2018-09-06 12:47
#172
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
gonna be rigged for vp like last epicenter "miracle" run??
2018-09-06 12:53
#173
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Indonesia Yenki 
Wth? 2nd place epicenter 2016 2nd place epicenter 2017. They should get the main tournament invitation not the qualifier
2018-09-06 12:53
#224
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
since they are tier4 piece of dogshit in 2018, they shouldn't.
2018-09-07 15:36
#174
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Turkey Thunderball 
Wasted
2018-09-06 13:03
Inviting vp over basically every team in the top50 ahhahahahah
2018-09-06 13:16
why....
2018-09-06 13:19
#179
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Poland Talonerski 
They got two finals plus big fanbase.
2018-09-06 13:37
#213
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
"big fanbase" and 100x more hate-base HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-09-06 20:15
#217
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Poland Talonerski 
They got like 12-15k ppl in esea vs random mix. They have really big fanbase which still love them. Neo and pasha are most iconic duo.
2018-09-06 21:02
#220
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
0/8 bruv
2018-09-07 00:21
#180
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Malta NjiNjiNji 
XD as usual
2018-09-06 13:45
wasted spot.
2018-09-06 13:46
And G2 have to go through a qualifier...
2018-09-06 13:47
VP get's invite to qualifier not to main event. Can you read?
2018-09-06 14:05
+1 + they were second last epicenter
2018-09-06 14:11
vp is bad
2018-09-06 14:17
#191
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Europe b7ack0ut 
wasted invite LuL
2018-09-06 14:22
#192
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
x d HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHA
2018-09-06 14:31
I literally have no words
2018-09-06 14:35
#200
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India GET_REKT1337 
Sadly, they'll disband before this. :(
2018-09-06 18:37
#202
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
no flipsid3?
2018-09-06 19:33
#227
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Sweden KarlXII 
Ehm.... Hello? F3 got a 2 man roster lol. hltv.org/team/5988/flipsid3
2018-09-10 17:06
9/10
2018-09-06 21:13
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