JW: "We considered twist after the early StarLadder exit; he wasn’t really interested"

Professeur
September 11th, 2018 21:45

With the Major around the corner, Jesper "JW" Wecksell revealed that fnatic considered bringing in Simon "twist" Eliasson in February, but that the AWPer didn't want to make the move.

fnatic had an up-and-down year, as their top eight finish at the Boston Major was followed up by a group stage, 0-3 exit at StarSeries i-League Season 4, after which they lifted trophies at IEM Katowice and WESG World Finals. Just before their two tournament wins, fnatic was ready for a player change, with JW now revealing that twist was one of the considered players.

JW is still getting used to the hybrid AWP role, but he feels it fits the needs of the team

With twist not being up to moving from GODSENT/Red Reserve, fnatic continued playing with Maikil "Golden" Selim before eventually replacing their IGL and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson with Richard "Xizt" Landström and William "draken" Sundin. In our interview with JW, we went over the changes and how they impacted the team.

Let’s start with DreamHack Masters Stockholm—the most recent event—where you were underwhelming as a team. Walk us through the tournament, what happened?

Stockholm was a big letdown for us. Our preparation going into the event wasn’t necessarily bad so we were caught off guard, you could say we got a wake-up call. Prior to Stockholm, we only focused on becoming better during the bootcamp. At the event, we realized we had a few issues that we had to solve so after the tournament we focused on that instead of working on tactics. It was a big letdown but we can still rise from the ashes here at the Major.

How has everything been going with this roster in which Xizt is the in-game-leader and draken is the main AWPer? How does it feel?

For starters, Xizt is really easy to play with. He’s probably tied with pronax as the best IGL I have ever played with. He is always calm. He is a very calm person so he spreads that calmness across the team which I think is really good. What is taking more time getting used to is probably draken’s main AWPing and my moving into a hybrid role. That is a role I have played before but I have always been able to rely on the AWP and fall back on it, that’s the thing that needs the most work but overall we are feeling good together. Xizt is probably the best signing we have done in the last few years. I’m really happy we managed to do that.

'Xizt is probably the best signing' fnatic have done in the last couple of years, JW says

Talking of the hybrid role, you were somebody that wanted to get away from main AWPing as far as I remember. Did it happen that way?

Both yes and no. I'm the kind of guy that would probably rather be the main AWPer if I could pick and choose. But the thing is, in our previous roster with Golden and Lekr0 it felt like when I played the AWP, we didn’t have anyone taking map control, someone that played really aggressively. Then when I played aggressively and took map control, we didn’t have an AWPer. When we decided to make changes and sign new players, we realized that we could not get anyone else other an AWPer at that point. Everyone including myself thought that the best thing to do was to move me to a hybrid role and let someone else do the AWPing because everyone is confident that I can do both.

Touching on draken, he had a few issues hitting those easy shots while he was with NiP. It sort of became a meme but it was partly true. How do you approach that as a team? Is there something you need to do to make him feel better so he can hit those shots?

I think what’s important is not forcing him into situations he’s not used to be in. I remember a few years back when I was a really aggressive AWPer, in one match on Inferno, I was forced to play really defensive. I was standing in Library and I had the easiest angle but I missed the shot because I wasn’t used to it. So the important thing is to let him be in positions that he is confident being in, not forcing him into peeks and angles that he doesn’t like. I don’t think it’s that big of an issue. It’s not like we are building tactics around him hitting easy shots. I haven’t felt that it affected our team so far.

Talking about the AWPers that you were discussing you could have picked up for fnatic, another Swedish AWPer in twist comes to mind. He has been around for quite a while and was touted to join NiP and fnatic way back in time. It really didn’t pan out, he’s just stuck in the third Swedish team all the time, except when he was with fnatic for a while but he didn’t keep his place. Did you consider him during your latest roster changes?

We considered twist after the early StarLadder exit when we still had Lekr0 and Golden. He wasn’t really interested in playing with us which I can understand, in a way. People think that we are harder to play with. As the core we have played together for a long time, so maybe people are scared to join us because they think we are hard to play with, or he just thought that Red Reserve is a better team for him. I can respect that as well, if it’s the case. We considered him because in my opinion, he is still the best player outside of NiP and fnatic, easily. Hopefully one day he can achieve the things he wants with his team because I really respect his loyalty. It’s quite rare, I would say, to have a player that turns down all the offers which you could say are better. I wish him success.

As fnatic you have a great history at Majors. What is the general feeling going into this one?

The general feeling is still just like before DreamHack Stockholm. We are going into it to win it. We got caught a bit off guard in Stockholm but it’s not really going to affect us here. It’s the Major and we are known to play well in them, we know that we can perform here. We are going in not relaxed but happy knowing that it is a high stake tournament that we really love to play, so I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t perform well here.

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Russia jmqa: "After the last Major, our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions"
Russia flamie: "We still want to play Dust2 because no one is playing it well"
France SmithZz: "We aren't completely ready at the moment, but we are getting there"
United States RUSH: "Hopefully, after the Major, our ranking will reflect how we actually are as a team"

Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1066
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
439
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
703
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1418
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
684
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Ez
2018-09-11 21:45
not really
2018-09-11 21:46
#10
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United States KylieJenner 
I would choose twistzz over twist
2018-09-11 21:47
Ok
2018-09-11 21:50
I wouldn't if u asked me
2018-09-11 22:56
#86
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Canada PwnNewb 
luckily no one did!
2018-09-12 00:46
twista over twistzz (._.')
2018-09-12 03:19
#120
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World EXXXX 
what a plot twist
2018-09-12 12:40
2018-09-12 15:11
For me aiming is so easy, I just go into a match and that's it.
2018-09-11 21:52
#2
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
wow
2018-09-11 21:45
Hmm
2018-09-11 21:46
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-09-11 21:46
y wouldnt twist join Fnatic
2018-09-11 21:46
#21
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Denmark devvegod_pt2 
Only wants to play with friends and not actual skill level
2018-09-11 21:50
#71
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Netherlands Dust2isBest 
Twist is garbage, I'm surprised they approached him.
2018-09-11 22:41
Simon is incredible, where do you take this from? He's very good actually.
2018-09-12 02:04
#103
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Netherlands Dust2isBest 
From watching FPL and Godsent. He's OK as an AWPer but bad at rifles. And what is this 'Simon is incredible'? Is he your boyfriend?
2018-09-12 05:49
Who cares about FPL? It's a sandbox for pros. He always steps up in his team games. He also looks very good.
2018-09-12 06:32
>bad at rifles Shows you don't know shit, in am ideal situations you pick up twist to go rifle only
2018-09-12 06:46
#134
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
yes i remember him not awping usually
2018-09-15 11:43
Twist now declined fnatic and nip, like wtf man LUL
2018-09-11 21:46
#32
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
twist doesn't want to leave his team and team members
2018-09-11 21:55
Such a waste
2018-09-12 11:11
getting paid and playing with friends > getting paid and getting kicked 2 months later after "internal issues"
2018-09-12 11:31
How do you know? Did you play at top tier teams?
2018-09-12 13:02
fnatic has a history of "internal" issues for players leaving i.e pronax dennis lekr0 and golden, and to an extent olof because fnatic got screwed over when the swedish shuffle happen but then fnatic went to semis on eleague and 2016 fnatic had reformed in mid 2017 and yet they still bombed
2018-09-12 13:10
Which team doesnt? Lol in 5 years 5 playes have been changed. I think you are right. Better to stay in Txy team than to try my chances in top tier teams, because they might have some problem one day.
2018-09-12 13:12
#8
Czech Republic 0012 
twist is such a dickhead tbh...declined NiP offer, declined this...and then he´s smashing dest bcuz he cant get to the major with t2-t3 team.
2018-09-11 21:46
#85
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United States STERBENVII 
It’s not that he’s a dickhead, it’s that he’s loyal to his team.
2018-09-11 23:23
Loyal and filled with honor. He's the best player I knew after Happy. He did right.
2018-09-12 02:05
#132
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Kazakhstan tomik0 
jesus jovik too much vodka that morning? best player?? da fak u talking he just another tir2 overrated
2018-09-14 07:38
Read the full post Altyn.
2018-09-14 07:59
LUL wtf twist ? he had the opportunity of his life
2018-09-11 21:46
lol he has had plenty of opportunities of life that he declined
2018-09-12 03:10
i dont understand, he could play on a tier 1 team and he decides to stay with a tier 2-3 team, sure whatever you want about loyalty and all that stuff but lets take for example xizt, 5 years on nip, his teammates are his friends and it wont change it because leaving a team, so dumb that he didnt join any other swedish team (nip,fnatic)
2018-09-12 03:44
+1
2018-09-12 13:13
#135
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
dude maybe he wants to qualify on his own but nvm he got benched
2018-09-15 11:45
smh
2018-09-11 21:47
is it so? how fitting ain't no?
2018-09-11 21:47
wtf
2018-09-11 21:47
draken: y u do dis to me jw :"(
2018-09-11 21:47
#15
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France StickyRice 
twist is such a loser. After LAN dodging, twist has created the "best teams in your country"dodging. He deserves everything bad that happened with his loser team of BOTSENT, RED RESERVE.
2018-09-11 21:48
#59
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Europe HLTV70IQforum 
The guy has thousands of hours playing competitive CS at a pro and semi pro level, yet he doesn't take the final step, really strange
2018-09-11 22:23
#65
 | 
France StickyRice 
Yeah weird af. I'm often surprised by people saying "this game is fixed, they are throwing" and such day and night, but yeah why you would refuse the "ultimate" step of your CS career after having done everything needed to get to that point. Maybe he wants to throw games discretly online, and not having to travel often to big LANs like he would have to with NiP or fnatic. Or simply he wants to feel less pressure and still be a "pro" player on GODSENT/RR which is respectable but pretty surprizing indeed.
2018-09-11 22:28
#75
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World ZMDR 
pretty sure he doesn't give a shit about competing in tier 1 and just wants to play with his mates, so its the last one
2018-09-11 22:49
Don't play a fool. Simon is right, no need to sell your soul out for a bigger salary for if you really like the game, you should grind with your current mates that accepted you and believe in you.
2018-09-12 02:07
#136
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
didn't kniw that jovik is a twist fan like me
2018-09-15 11:46
My second favorite player after Happy.
2018-09-15 12:04
#142
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
why u like happy?
2018-09-15 14:30
He looked like one of the musicians I liked in 2014.
2018-09-15 14:32
how to waste your career by twist
2018-09-11 21:48
twist with the retarded decisions since day 1
2018-09-11 21:48
JW? more like "Ill take some more chocolate on my banana split"
2018-09-11 21:48
Twist is literally the most underrated player in the history of CS:GO. Huge respect to him. I really hope he finally wins some titles with this RED RESERVE roster
2018-09-11 21:49
#33
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
+1
2018-09-11 21:56
how is he underrated rofl...?
2018-09-11 22:01
#46
 | 
France Baitor 
hes rated correctly lol and he's an idiot
2018-09-11 22:14
He's smart actually but you clearly are.
2018-09-12 02:08
#128
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France Baitor 
ty
2018-09-12 20:46
You dont know shit about being loyal to people u love then
2018-09-12 13:38
#127
 | 
France Baitor 
cute
2018-09-12 20:46
You're so right buddy!
2018-09-12 02:08
#137
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
yeah just got benched
2018-09-15 11:49
Twist be like : tier 8 mixteam with my friends top 1!
2018-09-11 21:49
#23
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Europe tidiese 
feels like jw dont like draken, inb4 kicked after major
2018-09-11 21:50
#24
KRIMZ | 
Sweden FnerZy 
What makes you say that? He mentioned that they considered Twist way before they picked up Draken.
2018-09-11 21:51
#31
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Europe tidiese 
Well he mentions that xizt is the best signing the have done in the last years but he dont mention what he think about the draken signing. And he says himself that he would prefer to be the main awper.
2018-09-11 21:54
#48
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France Baitor 
"And he says himself that he would prefer to be the main awper." he also said that him moving to the hybrid role is the best option.
2018-09-11 22:16
#84
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Europe tidiese 
Best option in this case yes. But if JW had to choose they would have picked someone else. "we realized that we could not get anyone else other an AWPer at that point. " He wasnt their first pick and he says it takes time to get used to Drakens awping because it's consistently bad.
2018-09-11 23:27
tbh making such a statement within a major is pretty stupid bc it implicates that twist was their first choice (over draken eventually) and it shows that the team chemistry is not perfect to say the least.
2018-09-12 22:01
gz twist
2018-09-11 21:52
sounds like we heard that before
2018-09-11 21:52
wow twist
2018-09-11 21:53
Twist isn't ambitious enough to become a -great one- in the CS:GO game.
2018-09-11 21:54
#30
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Brazil hypermite 
Young JW flex.
2018-09-11 21:54
expected
2018-09-11 21:57
#35
NiKo | 
India BCaddict 
BTW Fnatic's New Jersey sucks
2018-09-11 21:57
twist is really weird, even fnatic? lmao this kid deserves to sucks at tier4 teams.
2018-09-11 21:58
JW BACK to main awp pls
2018-09-11 21:58
People are gonna give Twist shit but the reality of the NiP offer is that they kept offering him a spot on a team with a revolving 5th member. Just like Maikelele, Allu and Pyth, surely he would've been blamed for the teams failures and would've been rotated out at some point. And honestly, he probably didn't wanna deal with JW and Flusha who seem to kick everyone that isn't named Krimz (whose patience and skill are godlike) on this post-Olof Fnatic team. The only big team he was up for joining was that brief Fnatic lineup with the Godsent shuffle, which made sense because it was new and it was with players he knew and liked, since he had played with Olof and Dennis before on LGB (and Lekr0, before he went back to Godsent). I get Twist. He could take the paycheck but he doesn't want to deal with drama bullshit.
2018-09-11 21:59
Makes lots of sense.
2018-09-11 22:00
#64
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Europe HLTV70IQforum 
If you're a spoiled person perhaps, logically it doesn't hold much. Back in the NiP days he was playing at a semi pro level at best, barely doing anything. So an offer even as a "rotating 5th" on a top5 team is easily the best career choice, if you are a serious player. Twist is not a serious player that much is clear, he doesn't care about winning titles
2018-09-11 22:28
He was probably waiting for offers from other teams.
2018-09-11 23:09
+1
2018-09-11 22:22
#40
suNny | 
Vietnam Oida 
Twist is rich?
2018-09-11 22:00
Spiritually rich.
2018-09-12 06:27
#138
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
yes +1
2018-09-15 11:51
#42
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Croatia mds818 
>>I think what’s important is not forcing him into situations he’s not used to be in. I remember a few years back when I was a really aggressive AWPer, in one match on Inferno, I was forced to play really defensive. I was standing in Library and I had the easiest angle but I missed the shot because I wasn’t used to it<< yes my dear bots, learn that.
2018-09-11 22:02
probably best answer i have ever read here
2018-09-11 22:15
#56
s1mple | 
Europe netowx 
Well you are not a pro, and he is. He has to be used to hit shots in every position, cuz the game itself can put you in it. So I think your argument is just dumb to compare your noob life to a pro.
2018-09-11 22:20
#62
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Croatia mds818 
not as dumb as yours but eh
2018-09-11 22:25
#94
s1mple | 
Europe netowx 
ok silver, go back to missing shots from library LOL poor kid is comparing himself to a pro, omg get a brain
2018-09-12 03:13
jw_3_majors_choKo_0_majors
2018-09-11 22:11
#44
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Sweden ThorinEk 
twist i dont understand
2018-09-11 22:13
LUL twist
2018-09-11 22:14
#49
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Ethiopia thiccboiww 
Twist is the dumbest fckin cunt in cs history lol.
2018-09-11 22:17
#52
s1mple | 
Europe netowx 
+1 what a idiot
2018-09-11 22:18
#50
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Germany Constikdw 
Oh man twist that makes me so sad, that would’ve been such a nutty move tbh Much better than draken
2018-09-11 22:17
why do fnatic fans hate draken? im a nip fan and ive got angry a lot of times because he missed an "easy" shot but hey brother you cannot hate him because he missed a shot i bet he sometimes has a lot of pressure because he may think a lot in not missing shots.
2018-09-12 03:51
#111
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Germany Constikdw 
Well I don’t rly hate him, I just think he’s not the right player for fnatic. His decision making is bad and yes he’s missing too many of these easy shots. I just think is the smarter and more reliable player, that would’ve been such a nice move for fnatic. I hope they’ll try it again when it doesn’t work out with draken.
2018-09-12 09:52
no we want twist in NiP when get right retire imagine NiP with reliable awper, would be top 3 ez
2018-09-12 11:01
#116
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Germany Constikdw 
everyone wants twist :D Id also be ok with twist joining nip if olof comes back to fnatic and jw goes back to awping.
2018-09-12 11:02
#139
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
i want twist at my faceit team
2018-09-15 11:58
#51
s1mple | 
Europe netowx 
Is he braindead or just the dumbest person alive ?
2018-09-11 22:17
wow, biggest loser ever
2018-09-11 22:18
#54
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Germany AYEON1 
twist is a retard lmao i guess he wants to keep playing with noobs and underdeveloped talents
2018-09-11 22:19
its more about they prefered dennis and olof over him and doplan despite that they finished 3-4th at the major
2018-09-11 22:24
old lgb <3
2018-09-12 05:52
3-1 to play off
2018-09-11 22:19
#57
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India fulltiltkid 
twist is acutally a fucking retard lol
2018-09-11 22:21
#61
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Russia @Slava 
Xizt is probably the best signing we have done in the last few years HHAAHHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHA
2018-09-11 22:24
another proof that fnatic threw dh on purpose
2018-09-12 03:15
xizt is nuts and i bet you hate draken too, well let me say that i dont hate neither dennis or lekr0 in fact i love them, i dont get why do fnatic fans hate xizt and draken ffs
2018-09-12 03:52
#130
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Russia @Slava 
i dont hate draken, lol. He is a talent and not bad player
2018-09-12 22:10
guys twist is still young it's not like he won't get a chance in a bigger team again, f0rest(and GTR along with Dennis?) will retire soon and he'll build a swedish team that will be remembered forever
2018-09-11 22:26
twist what the fuck man how do you let an NA kid take your name like that not only is his brand nonexistent but also declines offers to join better teams holy shit
2018-09-11 22:33
expected
2018-09-11 22:37
#68
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Niclz 
twist > draken every day of the year.. so yeah, sad. -draken and fnatic can be successful again.
2018-09-11 22:37
>xizt >2k18
2018-09-11 22:37
Twist is what you call a real BITCH
2018-09-11 22:39
twist makes more money matchfixing in tier 3 and spends less time practicing and putting in effort. i see why he never wanted to join any good teams
2018-09-11 22:43
t3 twist Pick OMEGALUL
2018-09-11 22:46
#78
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France StickyRice 
He is playing in Tier 3 (even close to Tier 4 scene) team as his team is out of top 30 ...
2018-09-11 23:01
Twist is tier 500
2018-09-12 10:21
Twist = Totti
2018-09-11 22:48
#102
NBK- | 
Asia banditt 
Francesco Tottititititititi
2018-09-12 04:10
#140
twist | 
Russia Shumrud 
a benched totti
2018-09-15 12:03
#76
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Sweden Trkmag 
God JW, I hope fnatic does well at the major
2018-09-11 22:50
#79
cyx | 
China kazuk1 
only in LGB
2018-09-11 23:02
#80
f0rest | 
Pakistan pak0s 
good decision by twist coz he knew these fat cunts will throw him out after 2 months just look at what they did to dennis and lekr0
2018-09-11 23:03
Twist is a loser lol...
2018-09-11 23:12
#83
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United States Jkhes 
man i wish nip still had xizt instead of dennis
2018-09-11 23:13
i dont know i like dennis but yeah im not sure. I dont get fnatic fans, they all hate xizt and draken they make me get angry ffs
2018-09-12 03:54
#109
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Sweden flippig 
i dont hate either
2018-09-12 07:04
#92
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Portugal b0mb4st1k 
oink oink
2018-09-12 02:12
now im 100% sure that fnatic will win the major
2018-09-12 03:16
#105
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Poland ReHowskyy 
Now im sure fnatic make playoffs easily.
2018-09-12 06:04
#110
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Spain SecondCalifa 
No one talking about that he said that twist is the best swedish player outside fnatic and nip??? Twist better than olof?? Dont think so
2018-09-12 08:52
> Xizt is probably the best signing we have done in the last few years. G2's signing Ex6TenZ is better xDDDDDDD Their results at the major will prove that. Kappa, both fucking suck.
2018-09-12 10:25
Wise words from Wonderchild! -draken/+twist
2018-09-12 11:00
#118
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Spain akproxx 
Twist always refuse to play with bigger teams he refuse nip and fnatic many times dunno why but if he is not super rich or something he is an idiot
2018-09-12 11:28
#131
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Russia Autistkek 
Lul
2018-09-13 16:36
Xizt is probably the best signing' fnatic have done in the last couple of years Jesus fkin christ
2018-09-18 01:50
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