ENCE claim EPICENTER group stage spot

Professeur
October 16th, 2018 15:29

As they are the highest ranked team that qualified for the EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier, ENCE will skip the preliminary phase and move directly to the group stage of the $300,000 tournament.

This is a result of the ruleset EPICENTER set down when announcing the Wild Card Qualifier, which would include five teams. However, only four of them would actually compete at the LAN Qualifier, with the team with the best HLTV ranking on October 19th set to receive an invite to the group stage.

ENCE are set to attend another Big Event next week

As our ranking updates once per week, on Mondays, it is already apparent that ENCE is the team with the highest ranking and will advance to the EPICENTER group stage directly. EPICENTER is yet to confirm this, though, and is expected to do so on the previously mentioned date, October 19th.

ENCE are currently ranked 11th, with their StarSeries i-League S6 win from last week helping them jump seven places since the last ranking update. ENCE has been a team on the rise for quite some time, though, as they picked up impressive BO3 wins at ESL One Cologne, finished third at the Europe Minor and, most recently, as runners-up at DreamHack Open Montreal.

With this, the team list for the EPICENTER group stage looks as follows::

The last two participating teams will be decided at the EPICENTER Wild Card LAN Qualifier, which will take place a day before the event starts, on October 22. The four teams will battle it out in a double-elimination bracket, with the two best ones advancing to the main tournament.

These four teams will compete at the EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier:

EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
lol nice for them sadly the tournament not as stacked as it was last year it lacks 2 best teams in the world rn, astralis and mibr
2018-10-16 15:32
#18
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Austria shaakeh 
expected 4 ence
2018-10-16 15:31
#155
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Russia Deponator 
EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE-------EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE-------EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE EZ4ENCE---------------------------------------------EZ4ENCE EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE--------------------------EZ4ENCE EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE-------------------EZ4ENCE EZ4ENCE---------------------------EZ4ENCE EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE-------EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE—----EZ4ENCEEZ4ENCEEZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 18:41
Northern lights flash in the sky. A blizzard blows, pelting on its way those too weak to withstand the fury of winter at its fullest. From the permafrost strikes a massive hand; the mythical giant once deemed dead off the coast of Italy now rises to life, regenerated, from Lappish soil. The time is due. Around the world, the word spreads. In Sweden, the best of the best cower in fear and lock themselves in the nearest IKEA retail store. The Brazilians run into the safety of the jungle, the Danes play dead in Legoland and the Slavs sprint crying to babushka’s warm embrace. Enceladus’s augurs are unleashed upon the scene. Aleksi “allu” Jalli hails from his journey spent in international teams. A man may leave Finland, but Finland never leaves a man. Once again, he picks up the green rifle, this time not for money or fame, but to smite all opposition in the name of Enceladus. Aleksi “aleksib” Virolainen leaves the fabled squad of HAVU to lead what we can finally describe as a Finnish superteam. Under his leadership shall the northern guns spit death and destruction upon foes who wail in their weakness. Jani “aerial” Jussila joins after the biggest transfer of the Finnish e-sport scene from his former team SuperJymy. No longer will he be the only stand-out player of his team, but instead, a vital ingredient of a chaotic cocktail made up of Finland’s finest. Jere “sergej” Salo thwarts all rumors of desperate Internet trolls trying to tell they know his parents who told him to stop playing. Oh, the humanity! Backed up by the forces at home, bursting from motivation like a wolf thirsting for blood, he returns to ravage everything in his path. Where skill rises to speak, experience sits silent and disciplined. Sami “xseveN” Laasanen fills the ranks from iGame, for what would the team be if they wouldn’t buy the best player from every other Finnish team? Vigilantly standing, supporting his teammates be the cause what it pleases to be, he will be the shield and sword his comrades need to achieve the ultimate. The warning has been given. The sky screams, the ground shakes and the oceans boil. ENCE is coming. #EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 21:00
#42
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
>best >MIBR Pick one
2018-10-16 15:34
Still can't believe that most Brazilians are still considering mibr top 2 which they will never ever reach anymore in their career.
2018-10-16 15:47
#83
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
I think if they go full Brazilian again they will, it’s just a case of finding the right 5 again. Fallen started from the bottom, no reason why he can’t do it again
2018-10-16 15:59
#106
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Other awzaq 
they dont need to go full brazillian again when they probably are already fluent in english, which opens a world of possible players they could sign. if they keep ynk or find someone at his level they can still improve more and become tier 1 again
2018-10-16 16:28
#114
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Finland Olter 
2nd laguage teams can never be as good as 1st language teams
2018-10-16 16:35
As #114 said, first language teams will always be better, due to the communication being so much better. Think, for cold to do a call he first has to translate it in his head, then say it, compared to just being able to reactively say it in Brazilian Portuguese.
2018-10-16 16:46
#118
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Other awzaq 
this only happens in the start, after some time you will be able to think the game stuff in both languages with little effort, if not then, big, mouz, faze, hellraisers and cerq would suck ass
2018-10-16 16:48
#120
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Other awzaq 
and you should also take into account that they are living in the US and that they play most of the time with english speakers outside their team, its basically a part of their lives by now
2018-10-16 16:50
That just depends on the player. Not a player, but for example I played most of my time in CS:GO while speaking English (Support, awp and later even IGL) and now playing in a finnish team and I actually think my communications are worse now than they were before, but when I get used to it it should hopefully get to the same level.
2018-10-16 16:52
#107
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Other awzaq 
how can you be so sure they wont?
2018-10-16 16:28
Still can't believe people are falling for obvious bait
2018-10-16 16:33
#158
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Argentina makuken 
Who is the top2 for you then? MIBR is the only team in months which put a good fight against Astralis..
2018-10-16 18:55
#169
Banjo | 
Finland jErmone 
0/8
2018-10-17 01:48
#68
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Sweden hypersenator 
>mibr >best team in the world Pick one
2018-10-16 15:48
#73
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Finland M0FF3 
mibr best team pick 0
2018-10-16 15:51
Mibr should be there....as far as astralis not there tournament is interesting
2018-10-16 15:55
#85
swag | 
Sweden frozze90 
Mibr who?
2018-10-16 16:02
#121
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Finland tetuan 
Navi is currently above MIBR as far as results go.
2018-10-16 16:51
#129
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United States VVintermute 
mibr< liquid, navi, faze u idiot
2018-10-16 17:04
+1
2018-10-16 18:17
#159
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Argentina makuken 
Liquid and Faze lul
2018-10-16 18:56
#170
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
mibr LUL
2018-10-17 03:59
#171
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Argentina makuken 
Mibr is better than both. Don’t be a hater..
2018-10-17 05:42
#172
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
Really, u are the truth hater in here. Mibr dont have any chance against Liquid, Navi and even Faze =))
2018-10-17 06:39
#145
draken | 
United States zSnuxy 
Liquid is there tho so how are they missing top 2 teams
2018-10-16 17:53
#157
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Finland Taynz 
Mibr tier 3 nt
2018-10-16 18:50
wasted spot
2018-10-16 15:42
like mibr xD
2018-10-16 15:43
like Bug as major legend
2018-10-16 15:56
BUG 3 majors 2 legends immortals 1 major and disbanded
2018-10-16 15:56
1/3 at major??? Kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-10-16 16:08
#94
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Brazil chcc 
mibr = 5 major winners of 3 majors
2018-10-16 16:15
#181
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Slovakia NyKnight 
LG 1 SK 1
2018-10-19 17:09
#182
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Brazil chcc 
C9 1
2018-10-26 20:34
EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
#109
shrek | 
Sweden Unluko 
4
2018-10-16 16:32
ENCE
2018-10-16 17:37
#3
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Europe retryyz_exe 
ez4ence
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
#5
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Russia furryfaggot 
ez 4 ence
2018-10-16 15:30
#6
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Sweden plikz 
EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
Yee boi
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
SO EZ FOR THE FINNISH ESPORTS ORGANIZATION ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ fail at group stage Trust me.
2018-10-16 15:30
#11
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Finland Stamppi 
EZ
2018-10-16 15:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:30
#14
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Poland cGev 
ez 4?
2018-10-16 15:31
Bug
2018-10-16 15:33
reported
2018-10-16 16:26
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
Sad that MiBR had been changed by Hellraisers, ENCE would destroy these noobs
2018-10-16 15:31
#17
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
yes
2018-10-16 15:31
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
#22
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Finland G0Dteukkab 
ez4ence
2018-10-16 15:31
#23
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Thailand beam2546 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:31
#24
Dosia | 
United Kingdom SickaBoy 
avangar > ence
2018-10-16 15:32
8/8
2018-10-16 17:46
#161
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Czech Republic realProkda 
change alias or I
2018-10-16 19:03
It was a quality bait. Simple yet effective and not too overblown. Simplicity is art even in baiting.
2018-10-16 19:30
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:32
#26
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United States TheKrakenKing 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:32
No top1 No last champion Lul event
2018-10-16 15:32
#61
hooch | 
Russia c0ldl3ss 
1)accepted the invitation, then refused 2)Just refused(not 100% sure) Blame the teams,who prefer rofltourneys like blast,not the epicenter. Sad tbh I would like to see them live this year =/
2018-10-16 15:45
"RFRSH Entertainment is an esports media production company. RFRSH represents and runs the strategic and commercial operations for Astralis and Heroic." So Astralis most certainly will always favor Blast over others, just like they skipped IEM NY for Blast in turkey, although IEM NY would have been grand slam eligible.
2018-10-16 17:03
Ofc,I knew about that.No problems here,just feeling a little dissapointed,cuz blast didn't look like a serious tournament,nothing more) And it's not in the first time teams do some sh*t at epicenter. For example at last year's tournament, faze team left before handing out autographs, as if nothing bad had happened, but probably unpleasantly.
2018-10-16 17:10
#28
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China serdim 
5Power get a chance
2018-10-16 15:32
praying for NiP rn
2018-10-16 15:32
#30
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Europe OfficialDash 
Expected
2018-10-16 15:32
#31
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Turkey Thunderball 
deserved actually
2018-10-16 15:32
Ez for NiP
2018-10-16 15:32
Nice
2018-10-16 15:32
#34
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Europe MBT_yt 
Ence will win Epicenter and all events they attend Ez for Ence
2018-10-16 15:33
final Avangar vs Ence
2018-10-16 15:33
+1
2018-10-16 16:18
nt prokda
2018-10-16 16:26
Im not prokda wtf
2018-10-16 16:26
No MIBR, Astralis, mouz... wtf happening rn, why is there not one t1 tournament with all the best teams, every time teams pulling out, it devalues all these tournaments... So sad
2018-10-16 15:33
#41
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Finland G0Dteukkab 
stil liquid, navi atleast are t1 team
2018-10-16 15:34
#47
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Belgium 69Savage 
Blast and Chicago will be good tho
2018-10-16 15:35
#37
ebot | 
Europe BeaVeR2K 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:33
#39
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Spain elskio 
tier2
2018-10-16 15:34
EZCE ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-10-16 15:34
mark my words swole patrol vs vp close match up in quali
2018-10-16 15:34
#44
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Poland cGev 
Ctrl+F -> "ez4ence"
2018-10-16 15:34
#45
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Norway PeteZz 
"EPICENTER: Now a T2 event.. SAD" @Donald Trump
2018-10-16 15:34
#84
s1mple | 
Russia foggy54 
NAVI and Liquid still there, along with two most promising rookie teams Avangar and ez4ence. Lineup is still great.
2018-10-16 16:01
#46
shox | 
India iejesus 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:35
#48
KRIMZ | 
Sweden AlexQ4 
Allugod
2018-10-16 15:36
EZ
2018-10-16 15:37
#50
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Canada Sharkey3322 
Eco Tournament lul
2018-10-16 15:37
#51
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Canada pureGOD 
WHERE THE FAK IS MiBR ?? winners of EPICENTER 2017 LUL
2018-10-16 15:39
in favela eating banana
2018-10-16 15:40
+1
2018-10-16 15:43
#71
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Finland eMBeJaana 
+1
2018-10-16 15:50
MIBR trash
2018-10-16 15:43
#79
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Canada pureGOD 
your doggo trash
2018-10-16 15:56
Tfu fucking cunt my dog died 2 months ago piece ofshit
2018-10-16 16:06
#91
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Canada pureGOD 
Sorry to hear that.. kappa then fucking buy new one
2018-10-16 16:11
hope ur mom will die soon and u gonna buy another cunt
2018-10-16 16:20
#86
s1mple | 
Russia foggy54 
Having rest, obvious.
2018-10-16 16:03
#52
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Poland Kobel_ 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:39
wasted spot
2018-10-16 15:42
so ez 4 ence, opponents scared to play against them
2018-10-16 15:42
#60
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Finland Olter 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 15:43
She deservese it
2018-10-16 15:47
#63
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Lmao ence vs liquid/faze/Navi LMFAO This is the big leagues ence fans get real. Easy 16-6 type scores
2018-10-16 15:47
#69
kääbik | 
Finland Vkims 
Hahahahah rip liquid
2018-10-16 15:48
#70
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s go Finns Won’t score double digits vs liquid. Unless botallah goes off with the awp. Then maybe 11
2018-10-16 15:52
#72
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Finland eMBeJaana 
xD let's see
2018-10-16 15:51
Im Faze fan but EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 16:17
#98
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Nt Trump
2018-10-16 16:18
Im not Trump wtf
2018-10-16 16:18
nt maybe_fake_prokda
2018-10-16 18:25
fak ya got me
2018-10-16 19:42
#127
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Russia RIMJOBOB 
u will get get rekt fatty, u will see who u deal with also nitro sucks awp
2018-10-16 17:03
#134
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Nt Trump
2018-10-16 17:22
typical trumpist 20iq lmaooooo EZ4ENCE ENCE TOP 1 SERGEJ TOP 1 2019
2018-10-16 17:57
#149
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Nt Trump
2018-10-16 18:03
nt try nt
2018-10-16 18:03
#151
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Wtf I’m not nt try nt
2018-10-16 18:05
Navi can get over 10 rounds vs ence. Faze, liquid will get stomped. Ence is the future of csgo - a force of nature if you may. You cant deny that just like trump cant deny climate change. Party at natus jacuzzi and meet you at the marketplace. #encewonepicenter2018
2018-10-16 18:18
Allu was like: guy look at my hand. it god hand. call me godallu
2018-10-16 15:47
#66
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Finland muglobal 
EZ4WHO?
2018-10-16 15:47
#67
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Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
EZENCE
2018-10-16 15:48
From tier 1 event to tier 2. Lucky for ence that mouz and astralis quit this event.
2018-10-16 15:54
unluko for ence not to get play vs best teams* They got their invite as best ranked WC qualifier team to play vs the best, now is tier 2 event instead GG xdddd
2018-10-16 15:56
#75
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Denmark @Fridzu 
XDDDDDD KKK
2018-10-16 15:54
#80
pronax | 
Europe sundby1 
Final is ENCE-Liquid
2018-10-16 15:56
#82
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United States inflict 
Tier 3 event now
2018-10-16 15:57
#87
s1mple | 
Russia foggy54 
cmon, top-2 and 3 of HLTV still be there.
2018-10-16 16:06
#89
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India transformer 
If faze don't win this event then, for sure lineup changes are imminent
2018-10-16 16:06
#102
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Sweden meistr0 
Dude? Both NaVi & Liquid will attend. NaVi & Liquid are imo better than FaZe at the moment.
2018-10-16 16:25
#92
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Finland Emvi 
expected, ez4ence
2018-10-16 16:14
#93
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Russia VeryChokeGuy 
Tier 1.5 event. Only Navi and Liquid are decent teams. Btw, Navi already won this, but Liquid will make the way to lift the trophy a lil bit harder.
2018-10-16 16:15
when
2018-10-16 16:16
Liquid seems to second on that list to the left. decent.
2018-10-16 17:45
here is now t2 teams, so hello t2 after epicenter
2018-10-16 16:21
#108
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Germany zeolikk 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 16:29
#110
shrek | 
Sweden Unluko 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 16:32
#111
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Switzerland SolEk18 
ez navi
2018-10-16 16:32
#113
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Germany SSimonL 
ez4SwolePAtrol
2018-10-16 16:35
#115
flusha | 
Germany felo 
EZ
2018-10-16 16:39
hard work pay off , EZ 4 GOD ALLU
2018-10-16 16:45
#119
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Finland NUCL3AR 
deserved, gl
2018-10-16 16:49
ez4avangar
2018-10-16 16:54
#124
NEO | 
Romania carm34 
Ez4ence
2018-10-16 16:56
#125
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Finland ItzMqss ESBO 
Ez4Finnish superpower young boys
2018-10-16 17:00
#126
f0rest | 
Romania Rarej 
ez4ence
2018-10-16 17:02
Happy for ENCE, but where are MIBR?
2018-10-16 17:04
#132
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Finland IINomadll 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:13
Tier 6 event
2018-10-16 17:17
#135
f0rest | 
Finland gaazer 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:32
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:37
deserved. time to prove themselves against top tier teams that are not tilting, like mouz
2018-10-16 17:38
sadly ENCE can't be in the finals bacause Thorin said it was a one time deal. too bad. sad.
2018-10-16 17:42
btw if i read this correct, Astralis is a tier1 team and all below are 2 or less. hltv and tier xDDD
2018-10-16 17:46
#143
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
EZ4ENCE
2018-10-16 17:48
#144
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Portugal hugofilipe10 
epicenter 2017 - best tourment t1 in 2017 epicenter 2018 - best tourment t2 in 2018
2018-10-16 17:51
fuck we're doomed boys
2018-10-16 17:53
EZ FAZE
2018-10-16 17:54
#156
BASiC | 
Finland MikaelV 
Virtus pro now has a chance :P
2018-10-16 18:47
deserved
2018-10-16 19:01
nice!!!!
2018-10-16 20:16
Now this is beautiful
2018-10-16 20:23
nice! GJ
2018-10-16 21:56
EZ Wild Card Qualifier 4 Hellraisers and Swole Patrol
2018-10-16 22:58
#175
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Poland k@nios 
0/8
2018-10-17 07:42
Flair for terrible team checks out
2018-10-17 08:15
#173
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Ukraine minemax 
Approved.
2018-10-17 06:54
#174
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Poland k@nios 
VP will qualify ezpz
2018-10-17 07:41
#177
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Finland FinYuna 
EZ Hopefully
2018-10-17 08:31
#178
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Portugal fatheroffive 
wtf there are doing nip???
2018-10-17 10:29
#179
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Russia FanatHoocha 
vega spot pls
2018-10-17 16:33
awesome
2018-10-17 19:49
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