chopper and Vega Squadron part ways

Leonid "chopper" Vishnyakov has stepped down from Vega Squadron's roster shortly after the team's failed run at the IEM Katowice 2019 New Challengers Stage.

chopper and Vega Squadron part ways after more than two years, when the Russian player joined Vega with Dmitriy "jR" Chervak and Pavel "hutji" Lashkov after their ALLIN team was picked up by the organization ahead of the first ELEAGUE Major's offline qualifier.

chopper will look for new pastures after leaving Vega Squadron

With Vega Squadron, chopper participated at three Majors and myriad events, including a second place run late last year at StarSeries i-League Season 6, where they lost the grand final to ENCE.

chopper's departure will mark the end of an era, as the original core of the lineup that upset NiP at the ELEAGUE Major's main qualifier in Atlanta will be no longer, with only hutji and jR left.

"Leonid's decision to leave was tough to accept, but I'd still like to thank him for the invaluable impact he's made on our team and all those amazing moments we've gone through for the last 2 and a half years. I wish him success and good luck in his new endeavors! I'm sure our paths will cross again!"

- Alexander "Lk-" Lemeshev, Vega Squadron manager

Following chopper's departure, Vega Squadron is now:

Russia Anton "tonyblack" Kolesnikov
Ukraine Dmitriy "jR" Chervak
Russia Pavel "hutji" Lashkov
Ukraine Igor "crush" Shevchenko

Russia Artem "Fierce" Ivanov (coach)

Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
560
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
410
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Alexander 'Lk-' Lemeshev
Alexander 'Lk-' Lemeshev
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.72
Maps played:
35
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.12
Russia Artem 'Fierce' Ivanov
Artem 'Fierce' Ivanov
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.57
Maps played:
5
KPR:
0.39
DPR:
0.75
APR:
0.11
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Germany Sabba1 
rip
2019-02-24 14:24
#8
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Sad
2019-02-24 14:24
#44
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Ukraine illinoize 
+marik
2019-02-24 14:28
Is he even alive ?
2019-02-24 14:35
#68
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Spain JustNo 
sad for vega
2019-02-24 14:38
#90
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
vega for sad
2019-02-24 14:55
expected for shaakeh
2019-02-24 15:05
For Vega sad
2019-02-24 23:17
#76
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Ukraine illinoize 
He is waiting for zeus to retire and replace him, inside info
2019-02-24 14:40
kappa
2019-02-24 15:00
ntnt
2019-02-24 16:39
expected
2019-02-24 18:47
+hooch
2019-02-24 14:37
NaVi or we riot
2019-02-24 14:25
+1
2019-02-24 14:28
#48
fnx | 
Sweden Blueface 
New choppa, new choppa, it came wit' the beam
2019-02-24 14:29
#95
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
lmao
2019-02-24 14:58
#74
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Sweden Unluko 
Rip carry
2019-02-24 14:39
:( sad
2019-02-24 14:24
*see you again *
2019-02-24 14:26
#89
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Kazakhstan KumysPower 
Ouoooooo ouooooo
2019-02-24 14:55
expected
2019-02-24 14:25
+1
2019-02-24 14:28
#4
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Canada YankeeM 
Na'Vi confirmed?
2019-02-24 14:24
#66
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Netherlands juandeag22 
I hope so, chopper so good with rifles something simple and co can use
2019-02-24 14:37
#93
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Switzerland x676 
0.98 so good
2019-02-24 14:56
#106
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Netherlands juandeag22 
He misses some good support believe me he can be so dominant
2019-02-24 15:10
#115
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United States Prji 
Zeus has a .80 rating
2019-02-24 15:31
#128
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Switzerland x676 
yeah but at least hire someone like Jame or sdy to replace
2019-02-24 16:15
so you are saying jame is a better choice but jame was better than chopper only in this event imo
2019-02-24 16:54
<Story of J6me: How to Save Your AWP>
2019-02-24 18:47
#174
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
+1
2019-02-25 12:08
#146
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
Jame or SDY have no experience, especially against Tier 1 teams, they couldn't IGL players of the caliber of Simple, Electronic or Flamie, it's like putting a a teenager to run a company xd.
2019-02-24 18:54
s1mple&co will help them then. lul
2019-02-24 19:14
#158
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Switzerland x676 
wasnt jR igl anyways ? or was chopper ? I would still pick jame or sdy to replace edward, -zeus is not enough
2019-02-24 19:23
#165
huyak | 
Russia Svirv 
Likely no motivation after carrying for so long yet staying in the same place, guy was nuts not too long ago. Surprised to see this rating actually (trait of not following CS religiously). If chopper goes to a big team I believe he will flourish
2019-02-25 00:19
#5
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Russia GramDEL 
Bad news
2019-02-24 14:24
CHOPPERGOD
2019-02-24 14:24
GO TO NA'VI AND RIP ASTRALIS
2019-02-24 14:24
#9
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Ukraine ram3n 
gg (
2019-02-24 14:24
#10
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Poland cGev 
This is so sad; Alexa, play Goodbye My Lover
2019-02-24 14:26
#11
ropz | 
Germany SteveMW 
f
2019-02-24 14:25
First
2019-02-24 14:25
go to gambit kappa
2019-02-24 14:25
Unexpected
2019-02-24 14:25
#15
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Russia Jengi 
F
2019-02-24 14:25
#16
Jame | 
Czech Republic arrowCZ 
Unexpected
2019-02-24 14:25
#17
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France TheIntelloBox 
+mou.
2019-02-24 14:25
better join na'vi
2019-02-24 14:25
#19
Laz | 
Russia moorlize 
Pog
2019-02-24 14:25
oof
2019-02-24 14:25
Navi Chopper
2019-02-24 14:25
Sad.
2019-02-24 14:25
#25
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Poland crouzzz 
unlucky
2019-02-24 14:25
unexpected :(
2019-02-24 14:25
#27
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South Africa nimmaJ 
CHOPPER TO NAVI BYE EDWARD THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
2019-02-24 14:26
why edward? he is doing fukkin great this major
2019-02-24 14:49
#84
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South Africa nimmaJ 
You're right lets kick s1mple, ah we cant hes the best player in the world Electronic? nope top 5 Zeus? Chopper not an IGL Does your memory not go past this major or? Do i actually have to explain how poor edward has been the past... year and clearly worse than flamie
2019-02-24 14:51
#147
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
Your logic is that because Edward did bad in the past he deserves to be kicked even though he's doing good now. He's gotta pay for his sins!!! Before s1mple joined Na'Vi, Edward was the carry for the team, just look back at 2015/16 and he was a beast. Apart from this, adding Chopper would make the roster mainly Russian and Na'Vi doesn't want to have a %60 russian roster, mainly because the organization is Ukranian and it has always hosted Ukranian rosters in games.
2019-02-24 18:57
#148
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South Africa nimmaJ 
I mean hltv.org/stats/players/events/483/Edward.. 1.01 Good pick one and then look at his previous events, hes not "doing bad in the past" hes doing bad right now hltv.org/stats/players/483/Edward?startD.. Hes doing his role alright so far at this major, but has insane downside as a player. Its no longer 2015/16 that is a completely irrelevant point. He has poor nade usage and sub par mechanics for a top 5 team. When zeus retires, which he announced earlier this year that he would be in 2019, its going to be quite annoying to limit themsevles to find a Ukrainian specific IGL. Just because theyve always had Ukrainian cores doesnt mean it has to stay that way, theyre a CIS team, nothing more nothing less, all they require is that you speak Russian.
2019-02-24 19:07
#149
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
Russian and Ukranian are different languages tho.
2019-02-24 19:08
#150
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Whats your point?
2019-02-24 19:08
#151
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
That even if they change IGL to a Russian one there might be a lot of communication problems.
2019-02-24 19:09
#152
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South Africa nimmaJ 
They speak russian lol
2019-02-24 19:09
#153
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
No, I'm pretty sure they speak Ukranian, lol.
2019-02-24 19:09
#154
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South Africa nimmaJ 
2019-02-24 19:11
#156
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South Africa nimmaJ 
This is also russian youtube.com/watch?v=upu7JN_l3G4&ab_chann.. Theyve always spoke Russian, really surprised you didnt know that. Electronic doesnt really know Ukrainian either, neither did seized although im pretty sure theres some overlap
2019-02-24 19:15
Hahaha What an absolute moron
2019-02-25 04:08
#28
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Hungary StraYzie 
-hutji +keshandr +any promising russian
2019-02-24 14:26
#33
gla1ve | 
Russia SLX96 
agree with kesha
2019-02-24 14:26
#138
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Argentina MrRioKai 
-crushie +Keshandr -tonyblyat + Idk
2019-02-24 17:22
CHopper to FAZE BOIS
2019-02-24 14:26
#30
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United Kingdom SwaggaCake 
Sad :(
2019-02-24 14:26
#34
f0rest | 
Indonesia rareguy 
Hahaha, the main highlight was "NiP's upset".
2019-02-24 14:26
LYONYA CHOPPER WHYYYY????
2019-02-24 14:27
deserved
2019-02-24 14:27
#37
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South Africa nimmaJ 
+YEKINDAR BTW
2019-02-24 14:27
#38
simmo | 
Russia Katcum3 
vega no minor? xD
2019-02-24 14:27
#39
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Myanmar xdcc 
RIP Vega. Chopper to Navi/Winstrike/gambit?
2019-02-24 14:27
Chopper Gambit Incoming
2019-02-24 14:28
#42
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Portugal NACKZ 
dosia or styko inc
2019-02-24 14:28
expected
2019-02-24 14:28
Unexpected
2019-02-24 14:29
#47
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Spain Silber_ 
Flipside
2019-02-24 14:29
#49
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
-edward +p90
2019-02-24 14:29
-Edward +chopper?
2019-02-24 14:30
#51
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Russia 12344213123 
sad
2019-02-24 14:30
#54
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
gl to chopper
2019-02-24 14:31
#55
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Russia SonixRush 
Simple out chopper in? 🤔🤔🤔
2019-02-24 14:32
why, gl in future
2019-02-24 14:32
Really sad that vega keep switching players. Who is good addition russian fellows?
2019-02-24 14:32
#108
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
Norbert
2019-02-24 15:14
Nice
2019-02-24 16:48
-dima -davcost +chopper +?
2019-02-24 14:33
someone who may have a vac ban
2019-02-24 14:35
#103
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Turkey TheGreaTTest 
idisbalance
2019-02-24 15:09
did he get it 2 1/2 weeks ago?
2019-02-24 15:10
#107
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Turkey TheGreaTTest 
Dunno but he had one vac ban and many pros said him cheater
2019-02-24 15:11
winstrike for waylander.
2019-02-24 14:33
- waylander maybe
2019-02-24 14:34
#63
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Russia Sur10n 
RiP VegansSquad
2019-02-24 14:36
Unexpected
2019-02-24 14:36
#65
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Denmark dR_JaCkPoT 
NaVi -zeus -edward +chopper +seized (igl)
2019-02-24 14:37
SEIZED IGL ....omegalul
2019-02-24 14:39
Yes
2019-02-24 14:39
#109
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
watafak
2019-02-24 15:15
seized? IGL? please
2019-02-25 04:11
#184
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Brazil SecondKS 
Seized nooooo
2019-03-02 08:19
#69
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Kazakhstan Dgisey 
-chopper = -vega
2019-02-24 14:38
#72
xccurate | 
Indonesia k1yo_ 
Gl
2019-02-24 14:39
#75
mir | 
Switzerland Figurato 
Wtf why
2019-02-24 14:39
#77
Kaze | 
Asia Sab3r 
Lol
2019-02-24 14:43
Rip verga squadron
2019-02-24 14:44
Xaxaxaxa, sorry faze fans Edward will dropping 40 bombs against you lul
2019-02-24 14:48
#80
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Expected
2019-02-24 14:48
-edward +chopper would be great
2019-02-24 14:49
#82
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Russia M13f 
Winstrike confirmed.
2019-02-24 14:49
#85
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Brazil de_lite 
now we know we will never see vega in another major
2019-02-24 14:52
#86
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Ukraine beazztov 
NaVi chopper? LMAO, chopper is bot, he is good only against tier3 teams. Look at him stats hltv.org/stats/players/matches/7716/chop..
2019-02-24 14:53
CHOPPER CHOP CHOP CHOP
2019-02-24 14:53
#88
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World Nydhogg 
-BOTFOX +Chopper
2019-02-24 14:54
#183
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Brazil SecondKS 
+1
2019-03-02 08:18
+s1mple
2019-02-24 14:55
#92
nak | 
Brazil hAGGRAZ! 
BONDIK
2019-02-24 14:55
oof
2019-02-24 14:57
NaVi -edward +sHopper -zeus +JamE=D-TNT-
2019-02-24 15:02
-Edward +chopper hltv confirmed Navi top1 team now
2019-02-24 15:02
#99
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Kazakhstan Apfund 
Rip vodka
2019-02-24 15:04
RIP BOTWARD HIS TIME HAS GONE.
2019-02-24 15:05
why wtf, unless he replaces edward, but i thought if anyone was gonna it would be adren
2019-02-24 15:08
he was the only one good player among those bots ...
2019-02-24 15:09
#110
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CIS sergioff 
NaVi chopper! pls navi make this possible
2019-02-24 15:17
#113
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
YES YES and then s1mple hve to find a better team, whit others players, morre international players whit big skills.
2019-02-24 15:27
spirit has removed 2 players, so he will probably go there
2019-02-24 15:37
#111
s1mple | 
Lithuania Gigska 
To pro100
2019-02-24 15:19
-S0tF1k +chopper in Spirit
2019-02-24 15:20
#120
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
according to nel, -dima -davcost
2019-02-24 15:50
Trusting to French insider in cis shuffles :thinking:
2019-02-24 16:03
#129
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
why not? he almost always was correct. Overdrive wrote about -chopper in vega and -davcost in spirit few days ago
2019-02-24 16:35
overdrive is closer, so might be right
2019-02-24 16:43
-dima davcost +chopper & who? xsepower?
2019-02-24 18:39
#160
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
unknown yet, they "testing few awpers", xsepower have contract with forze (they actually playing good now) so doubt.
2019-02-24 20:14
ty sir
2019-02-25 09:31
#182
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Brazil SecondKS 
+dimasick maybe? Or they need a awper? Waterfallz?
2019-03-02 08:23
dimasick is bad imo
2019-03-02 08:37
-waylander +chopper
2019-02-24 15:30
chopper 2 spirit
2019-02-24 15:36
navi 100%
2019-02-24 15:44
lul NaVi ? No way Winstrike Chopper -waylander
2019-02-24 15:50
wayLander is a star player. he played for FlipSid3 on majors.
2019-02-24 15:51
lmao, he is shit player, Winstrike lost alot rounds cuz he cant kill n0rb6r7 is star player
2019-02-24 15:52
Rating 2.0 0.92 Kills per round 0.61 star player lul
2019-02-24 17:24
#166
huyak | 
Russia Svirv 
You ever heard of a bait
2019-02-25 00:22
I got baited then
2019-02-25 00:29
#181
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Brazil SecondKS 
So good! Waylander is a shit!
2019-03-02 08:15
nooooooooo
2019-02-24 15:54
Alexa play "we rekt nip"
2019-02-24 16:02
#126
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Brazil vinett_ 
Should be more like, Vega Squadron parts away with CS GO
2019-02-24 16:04
they've lost everything ever since the first roster change
2019-02-24 16:05
+SDY
2019-02-24 16:49
#134
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
expected, this team doesnt work
2019-02-24 16:52
Please chopper to gambit
2019-02-24 17:05
he is a good player, i think he will find hes next team fast.
2019-02-24 17:09
#140
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Brazil cadik 
Winstrike Chopper PogU
2019-02-24 17:37
#142
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Russia Skipoda 
+norison
2019-02-24 18:35
+qrush
2019-02-24 19:21
I know fragging doesn't mean everything but damn...just saw that jR and chopper are the only ones on this team with a rating of 1.00 or above lol. They're going to have to vastly improve in order to become a Tier 1 team.
2019-02-24 19:35
He underperformed and disappointed. ELeague Major he was the standout player who made the difference and helped them to get the Legend Status.
2019-02-24 20:34
So it looks like a CIS Superteam might finally be coming, as every signs point at Na'Vi being a done team after the major... S1mple flamie electronic Chopper and ???
2019-02-24 20:40
#167
s1mple | 
Russia fnyke 
Navi under russian flag? Doubt that. Orgs' policy is to retain ua flag at all costs
2019-02-25 00:28
Maybe HR - chopper then ?
2019-02-25 08:19
#176
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Russia griskarD 
rumored to be chopper tested in Team Spirit
2019-02-25 14:56
#180
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Brazil SecondKS 
Team spirit will be good finally Navi: simple, eletronic, flamie, qikert, n0rb3r7
2019-03-02 08:14
#187
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Russia griskarD 
I think this year you need to finish the current roster. further search for a new captain and replacement for Edward (maybe qikert / Boombl4 and buster / Hobbit) P.S. sorry for my English :)
2019-03-04 16:31
#188
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Brazil SecondKS 
Boombl4, buster and hobbit are insane too, i agreed!!!
2019-03-04 17:00
eto govorit o tom, chto organizaciya - dolbaebi. hotya menya ustraivaet to, chto oni sosut s 2 botami iz ukraini, nadeus, 28 chisla faze klan viebut ix,, ili kto-to posle, chtobi poshel disband i s1mple sibalsya v normalnuy komandy, togda oni pochustvuet vsu mosh svoey orgi po cs sostavy, na tir2-3 urovne, a potom toje viletyat, kak gambot iz top30.
2019-02-26 02:41
damn good luck
2019-02-24 21:30
#171
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Russia griskarD 
Team Spirit - chopper inc
2019-02-25 08:15
Vega Squadron: -Chopper -jR
2019-02-25 22:46
#179
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Brazil SecondKS 
Chopper +gambit or +avangar?
2019-03-02 08:11
#185
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Brazil SecondKS 
New russian team: Keshandr, chopper, waterfallz, dimasick and dima
2019-03-02 08:22
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