NRG & FURIA top groups, advance to playoffs

NRG and FURIA have advanced to the playoffs after topping their groups, beating Bravado (2-0; Inferno 16-8, Train 16-7) and Envy (2-0; Inferno 16-14, Mirage 16-9), respectively.

Group A's winners match between NRG and Bravado began on Inferno, where the former side got off to a great start with a pistol round victory. The South African team picked up the first gunround, but the favorites were quickly back on the horse with three in a row. The North American team continued with the convincing first half and only let go of two more rounds on the offense, leading 12-3 before switching over to the CT side.

Rhys "Fadey" Armstrong denied Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte a 1v3 attempt to kick off the second half while NRG replied with the following forcebuy, but Bravado answered with one of their own to take control of the economy. They were too far behind to come back, however, with NRG's forcebuy victory at 13-7 on the back of Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov's 1v2 clutch all but securing the map. In the end, Bravado could only add one more forcebuy win to their tally before Damian "daps" Steele's team clinched the opening map 16-8.

NRG breezed past Bravado to make it to the playoffs at the Americas Minor

Train followed with NRG once again picking up the initial pistol round, this time starting on the CT side, and used it to gain a 5-1 lead early on. The South Africans got on their feet with Fadey and Ruan "ELUSIVE" van Wyk each picking up doubles to set up a three-round streak, but that was nearly all they could do in the half, as Ethan "Ethan" Arnold led NRG to a 10-5 scoreline.

Fadey and Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek grabbed doubles in the second pistol to close the gap to 10-7, but they could not defend from an in-form Brehze exploiting their flanks from ivy, with the 20-year-old adding a total of 12 kills to his name over the next four rounds. That allowed NRG to quickly close things out at 16-7, 2-0.

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Inferno
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16
Train
7
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 48 - 26 +22 110.5 1.69
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 43 - 23 +20 95.3 1.50
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 38 - 23 +15 77.4 1.37
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 34 - 21 +13 74.7 1.23
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 21 - 24 -3 51.4 0.83
 Bravado K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 29 - 35 -6 55.1 0.83
South Africa Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van WykELUSIVE 27 - 36 -9 67.9 0.82
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' ArmstrongFadey 25 - 40 -15 63.1 0.81
South Africa Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT 21 - 34 -13 61.8 0.72
South Africa Dimitri 'Detrony' HadjipaschaliDetrony 15 - 39 -24 48.9 0.48

Group B's winners' series also started on Inferno, where Envy went on a six-round streak to start things off with a hefty lead on the defense. However, once FURIA got on the board with their first, they didn't let the Finn "karrigan" Andersen-infused team string any more rounds together, securing seven out of the last nine rounds.

With the pistol going the Brazilians' way as well, they even grabbed their first lead in the match at 9-8, but Envy controlled the first gunrounds to go on yet another six-round streak, retaking the lead and putting themselves in a favorable position at 14-9. However, it wasn't over just yet, as FURIA started closing the gap with a forcebuy win as well as a couple of tough retakes. Envy could not find an answer to the defense, as the Brazilian team grabbed the first map at 16-14.

FURIA move on to the playoffs from first place in Group B

Mirage was chosen by Envy as the second map and they were also the ones to get an early lead once again with 4-0 on the T side. FURIA fought back, equalizing the score at 5-5, and the two teams kept going back and forth until it was 8-7 in favor of the Brazilian side.

Yuri "yuurih" Santos & co. added a pistol round on top to extend their lead to 11-7, while karrigan's squad came out on top of the first two gunrounds. Individual plays from Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato and Andrei "arT" Piovezan, each of whom grabbed a couple of multikills, helped FURIA reach match point at 15-9 and quickly close it out in the following round.

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Mirage
16
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 41 - 36 +5 80.7 1.16
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 38 - 37 +1 80.9 1.05
United States Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC 37 - 34 +3 66.1 1.03
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 28 - 47 -19 62.8 0.75
United States Taylor 'Drone' JohnsonDrone 24 - 40 -16 51.3 0.66
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO 43 - 22 +21 75.2 1.39
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih 44 - 37 +7 97.1 1.24
Brazil Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT 43 - 38 +5 78.4 1.20
Brazil Rinaldo 'ableJ' Moda JuniorableJ 33 - 35 -2 58.9 1.03
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI 31 - 36 -5 69.3 0.93
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
526
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
539
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
554
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
462
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.12
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
South Africa Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Rhys 'Fadey' Armstrong
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
454
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
South Africa Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van Wyk
Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van Wyk
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Imagine losing to brazilian teams in 2019 LMAO EnVy is done
2019-01-22 21:26
#4
fox | 
Norway narktastic 
+1
2019-01-22 21:27
#41
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Brazil junera 
FURIA stickers 😍 #DIADEFURIA
2019-01-22 21:33
+1
2019-01-22 21:36
#47
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Brazil assisz 
They need to win two more bo3
2019-01-22 21:36
#62
mch | 
Brazil xandecaoo 
the hype is real
2019-01-22 21:45
The only team they couldnt realistically beat in bo3 at this event is nrg. They got this
2019-01-22 22:36
#96
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Brazil assisz 
I hope so
2019-01-23 01:38
#97
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Canada nikeewT 
I hope either them or bravado place 2 or 3 just so both can possibly get stickers
2019-01-23 01:49
#56
gAuLeS | 
Brazil GsF77 
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkksceraaaaaaaaaaaato
2019-01-22 21:39
MIBR KnG #ezfuriananoobs
2019-01-23 18:06
#11
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France StickyRice 
That brazilian team is good. They would likely qualify in CIS Minor as well for example (not in EU, but still a good team)
2019-01-22 21:28
Good? The won against fucking fns and jdm LMAO that far from being "good"
2019-01-22 21:29
#26
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France StickyRice 
still good enough to likely qualify on NA or CIS Minor Not a great team, but this is a Minor, and not the EU which is much stronger
2019-01-22 21:30
Its not really a challenge to qualify through NA or CIS minor tbh
2019-01-22 21:31
#35
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France StickyRice 
For karrigan it is actually. (jdm was good)
2019-01-22 21:32
Then go there and win. Your life should suck to waste time hating others
2019-01-23 00:16
They've 2-0'd Ghost and Luminosity in convincing/not very close map wins, which says a lot. Both were in December too, which is recent.
2019-01-22 21:33
#54
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France StickyRice 
Yeah FURIA is a good team. NRG is obviously very good (for a Minor tourney), and then behind you have NV/Bravado/INTZ in the middle of the pack. (eU maybe can wake up, but i don't really believe in T1, this team is pretty poor, at least not consistent enough)
2019-01-22 21:39
#84
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Brazil VinidoHS 
we are enough to steal 2 waves from your weak scene easy mano dinero easy brs stickers on the way next year we will have more teams br we will infest your scene dearly accept and see your scene being kneaded
2019-01-22 23:03
#107
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United States LookitsJrd 
English only please
2019-01-23 05:44
#86
ZywOo | 
Brazil Jordan21 
Your job is hating people behind a pc, great one, virgim!
2019-01-22 23:19
#48
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Brazil CAMgod 
You have an account only to hate brazillians teams, how old are you?
2019-01-22 21:36
#69
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Estonia BRAZlL 
idk why of this hate from this kid.
2019-01-22 22:11
#71
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Brazil Whillpull 
You answered the wrong person. But i guess he's an old guy w/o family, girlfriend and job.
2019-01-22 22:14
#14
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Sweden Unluko 
F5 cry
2019-01-22 21:28
#27
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Brazil igster 
mad cuz brazilians fucked you 2 years straight
2019-01-22 21:30
im not homosexual wtf
2019-01-22 21:31
#34
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Brazil igster 
nt homo its ok to be gay tho
2019-01-22 21:31
you gotta know
2019-01-22 21:32
#98
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Australia iPinK_Guy 
#27 sorry but hes right......thats y u hate br
2019-01-23 02:01
nah i was actually cheering for them when they were new to the scene the real hate started after they kicked taco
2019-01-23 02:08
#111
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Brazil BlueLighting 
So go mad at MiBR, not at Furia....
2019-01-23 09:47
FURIA players have no honor, they BM veterans like karrigan or jdm I usually would not mind if furia had players who achieved something in their career but they are unknown unsuccessful player who done NOTHING in cs i hope they get karma'd hard now
2019-01-23 13:37
LUL
2019-01-23 11:12
#99
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Australia iPinK_Guy 
+1
2019-01-23 02:02
#37
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Brazil LuanLCgCabral 
respect somewhat the FURIA
2019-01-22 21:32
#38
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Brazil LuanLCgCabral 
#DiaDeFURIA
2019-01-22 21:32
#45
FalleN | 
Brazil dihshow 
You mad bro?
2019-01-22 21:36
#53
chelo | 
Brazil kinzee 
you hate BR, but BR Favela>NA/CIS/EU
2019-01-22 21:39
LUL
2019-01-22 21:39
with real guns, against real police, he means! About games they even not play cs go in favelas, they play crossfire!
2019-01-23 11:14
#90
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Canada herocoolzzz 
LUL
2019-01-23 00:55
Imagine losing for NA teams in 2019 omfLUL
2019-01-23 15:37
#2
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Brazil Thovisk 
NA CS OMEGALUL
2019-01-22 21:27
+1 always disappointing
2019-01-22 21:27
#3
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Brazil Nickzim 
KSCERATO IS THE BRAZILIAN COLDZERA WHAT A MAN
2019-01-22 21:27
#29
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Brazil igster 
43-22 not even hard
2019-01-22 21:30
HELLO NA??? 📞 4Head FURIA HERE 📞 4Head WHY SO QUIET 📞 4Head HELLO NA??? 📞 4Head FURIA HERE 📞 4Head WHY SO QUIET
2019-01-22 21:27
#51
frozen | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Lul :D
2019-01-22 21:37
And what you have to talk about INTZ?
2019-01-23 11:14
#6
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
WHAT A TEAM. DESERVED
2019-01-22 21:27
#8
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Brazil g4g4 
KSCERATO TOP20 HLTV RANKING 2019
2019-01-22 21:28
#9
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Brazil oBarros 
EZ 4 FURIA
2019-01-22 21:28
One could say NRG Brehzed pass Bravado
2019-01-22 21:28
#17
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France StickyRice 
yeah also saw the line from HLTV
2019-01-22 21:28
Lul
2019-01-23 00:59
#12
ropz | 
Argentina rawe1337 
ksceragod
2019-01-22 21:28
CARRYGAN
2019-01-22 21:28
HELLO NA??? 📞 4Head FURIA HERE 📞 4Head WHY SO QUIET 📞 4Head HELLO NA??? 📞 4Head FURIA HERE 📞 4Head WHY SO QUIET
2019-01-22 21:28
carrygun they said
2019-01-22 21:28
They lied
2019-01-23 08:19
Kscerato new coldzera ?? "ksceratozera
2019-01-22 21:29
#52
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Brazil assisz 
he is the brazilian coldzera bro
2019-01-22 21:38
#19
fnx | 
Brazil Shoout 
Who is Kscerato they asked...
2019-01-22 21:29
There’s the answer!
2019-01-23 01:00
#21
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Brazil igster 
"who?" they said
2019-01-22 21:29
#22
fer | 
Brazil Br1ghtEyes 
kscerato 1.39 rating OMG top 1 2019
2019-01-22 21:29
#63
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
yurih had way more adr than hijm
2019-01-22 21:46
#112
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Brazil BlueLighting 
but kscerato is a entry fragger
2019-01-23 09:48
#118
arT | 
Brazil WdoFer 
Vini and Yuriih are entry for Furia, bro. Ksc is trader and lurker sometimes.
2019-01-23 12:07
#121
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
ksc is heavy lurker :d
2019-01-23 14:54
drone is very bad player.
2019-01-22 21:29
God arT
2019-01-22 21:30
#25
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India nAgent 
GG!Furia.ART.KSCERATO. LuL!Drone.
2019-01-22 21:30
Drone is fucking bad
2019-01-22 21:30
#30
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India nAgent 
+72000
2019-01-22 21:30
#32
chelo | 
Brazil kinzee 
ez for furia, favela alive!
2019-01-22 21:31
#36
fnx | 
Europe Taehyung 
EZ FOR BRAZILIAN COLDZERA: KSCERATO
2019-01-22 21:32
HELLO NA??? 📞 4Head FURIA HERE 📞 4Head WHY SO QUIET 📞 4Head HELLO NA??? 📞 4Head FURIA HERE 📞 4Head WHY SO QUIET
2019-01-22 21:35
#46
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China BodeFuceta 
kscerato the new coldzera
2019-01-22 21:36
Fake flag
2019-01-22 21:46
#66
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China BodeFuceta 
no im not?
2019-01-22 21:54
BodeFuceta clearly means “respectful man” in Japanese you dork
2019-01-22 22:13
#80
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United States Eduzera 
LOL GoatFuceta, fake flagger
2019-01-22 22:26
he is brazilian coldzera
2019-01-23 06:59
YES FURIA, LET'S FUCKING GO!
2019-01-22 21:37
Jesus those numbers by brehze. I know it's just bravado but damn
2019-01-22 21:37
BRA71L
2019-01-22 21:40
#58
KSCERATO | 
Europe L1iMA 
sticker furia coming <333 #GOFURIA,EZ4KSCERATO
2019-01-22 21:40
#59
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World nakTriceps 
Like Corinthians' supporters said :" THE FAVELA IS HERE!". Come on mabois!
2019-01-22 21:43
Furries for the win
2019-01-22 21:43
Hoping Bravado can make it still
2019-01-22 21:43
+1 Spam those avacados to help bravado !
2019-01-22 21:53
Hell yeah - hoping for Bravado and NRG to go through, personally (and then EnVy through the 3rd place qualifier bc karrigan)
2019-01-22 22:16
Now you're talking! Really hope for Karrigan's sake that Envy can get that 3rd spot :)
2019-01-22 22:20
Yesss - NRG definitely deserve to win the Minor, and will almost certainly at least get a Major place, but really hoping for Bravado too - gotta buy up them foils when SA makes it back to a Major
2019-01-22 22:23
This aged well
2019-01-24 16:40
Karrigan -19 in a tier 4 match...
2019-01-22 21:56
#81
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Myanmar xdcc 
People said it's win-win situation for karrigan (good results: karrigan God, bad results: bad team) so karrigan wanted to prove them wrong by going -100 in event.
2019-01-22 22:27
#87
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China Rynaki 
LOL 200 IQ play by Carried Again
2019-01-22 23:24
brutal
2019-01-23 00:25
#68
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Brazil @cm 
#DIADEFURIA
2019-01-22 22:09
#72
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ez4furia
2019-01-22 22:15
#73
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
Ksceratooo <3
2019-01-22 22:15
#74
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
niceeee lets goooo
2019-01-22 22:15
#75
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Hungary subzera 
brazilian fans are actually the worst
2019-01-22 22:16
#101
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Brazil PedroJym 
Butthurt fans from a scene that only serves to Brazilians get some easy monie and wins, stay salt and fat murifag LUL
2019-01-23 04:52
#105
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Hungary subzera 
yeah i am salty but win or lose, brazil fans always flame someone
2019-01-23 05:38
#113
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Brazil BlueLighting 
well... you have a point.... but you guys aren't that good too
2019-01-23 09:51
#79
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Myanmar xdcc 
Haven't watched envy games in a while but stats wise isn't there someone better than drone?
2019-01-22 22:25
The Envy team is probably waiting until after the major to pick up some people. They only signed the Drone/Semphis/reltuC core for the pro league spot. They have deep pockets so I'm assuming they will pick up somebody who gets cut. Nifty and JDM are fairly solid players, and reltuC looks like he can still hang. I would have liked to see them keep Pollo, and cut drone when Karrigan joined. If nothing else I think they could be a solid top 8 NA team if they picked up Android, Relyks, or Yay for Drone and the opening Karrigan will cause.
2019-01-22 22:31
jdm is a bot
2019-01-23 01:22
#106
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Hungary subzera 
well duh theyre waiting til after the major. roster lock was the 1st, nothing they can do until after.
2019-01-23 05:39
#85
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United States DV19 
Ez 4 Kaike "Brazilian Coldzera" Cerato
2019-01-22 23:15
#104
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Brazil _mith 
+ 1
2019-01-23 05:34
+1
2019-01-23 19:10
#91
World Jeza 
Was a pretty bad throw on Inferno from nV, that's the only game I saw. I think they lost 7 straight from 14-9 to 14-16. Props to FURIA though, I way prefer to see teams that have been grinding it out with a core group of players succeed than the random ass 3 month lasting pug teams that keep popping up in NA.
2019-01-23 00:58
Kscerato > SHOWTIME >>>>>>>>>>>>FELPS
2019-01-23 01:11
#103
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Brazil _mith 
+ 1
2019-01-23 05:33
#115
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Brazil kaiknux 
Kscerato >>>>>>> FELPS >>>>>>>>>>>> SHOWTIME
2019-01-23 11:13
#102
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Brazil _mith 
Kscerato goddddddddddd
2019-01-23 05:32
Expected
2019-01-23 09:39
#119
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Brazil nakahz0r 
jaguar eat you today, karrigan
2019-01-23 12:19
Kscerato hard carry
2019-01-23 17:37
lmao
2019-01-23 18:39
hahAA
2019-01-24 04:54
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