FACEIT reveals ECS Season 7 Pinnacle Cup invites

FACEIT has revealed the list of teams who have been invited to compete in the Challenger Cups leading to season 7 of the Esports Championship Series (ECS).

The competition, which has been renamed the ECS Pinnacle Cup following a partnership with Pinnacle, a betting company that will support the ECS throughout 2019, will see 32 teams (16 invited and 16 qualified) across two regions battle it out over three days, March 5-7, in a best-of-three Swiss stage.

This tournament, the second stage in the newly-revamped ECS format after the open qualifiers, will create a ranking that will be used to fill any potential vacant spots in the ECS regular season tournaments, each one with $25,000 on the line. According to Roald van Buuren, Director of Esports at FACEIT, they will be third in line for Pinnacle Cup spots, after the top eight teams from ECS Season 6 and the two relegated sides from the league.

ENCE invited to compete in the ECS Pinnacle Cup

The winners of the first three regular season tournaments will earn direct entry into the ECS Season 7 Finals, while the fourth regional spot will go to the team that earned the most prize money over the course of the season.

IEM Katowice runners-up ENCE and French side Vitality headline the invite list for the European Pinnacle Cup. Across the Atlantic, FURIA, who were also in attendance at the recent Major, INTZ and Denial are some of the high-profile sides who have received invites to the tournament.

Below you can find the final team list for the ECS Pinnacle Cup:

Europe:

North America:

The match-ups for the first Swiss stage round, scheduled for March 5, are the following:

18:00 Finland ENCE vs. Belarus Nemiga
18:00 Kazakhstan AVANGAR vs. Europe Epsilon
18:00 Russia Spirit vs. Germany Sprout
18:00 Russia Winstrike vs. Spain Movistar Riders
19:00 France Vitality vs. Sweden Chaos
21:00 Denmark Heroic vs. Bulgaria Windigo
21:00 Russia forZe vs. Sweden x6tence Galaxy
21:00 Serbia Valiance vs. Poland x-kom

00:00 United States Party Astronauts vs. United States MASSIVEimpact
00:00 Brazil FURIA vs. United States Final Feature
00:00 Brazil INTZ vs. United States Old Guys Club
00:00 South Africa Denial vs. United States Infamous
03:00 Brazil TeamOne vs. United States iNTACT
03:00 United States Ghost vs. United States The Quest
03:00 United States Bad News Bears vs. United States Zone
03:00 United States Singularity vs. United States Mythic

GREAT! No BIG?
2019-03-04 18:00
#6
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Other Fookin_Legend 
0-3 OMEGALUL
2019-03-04 18:01
+1 m16r is indeed 0-3 against BIG head to head OMEGALUL
2019-03-04 18:01
rekt lol
2019-03-04 18:02
#40
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Austria shaakeh 
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-04 18:13
+1 MIBR_NEVER_BEAT_BIG
2019-03-04 18:02
+1
2019-03-04 18:06
Imagine being mibr and don't win against big lel
2019-03-04 23:20
#20
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Other Fookin_Legend 
Proof?
2019-03-04 18:02
#23's name
2019-03-04 18:03
+1 OMEGALUL rekt
2019-03-04 18:03
+1
2019-03-04 18:03
#36
kioShiMa | 
Europe sejtn 
They never played bo3, cuz bug drops out early.
2019-03-04 18:10
#43
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Other Fookin_Legend 
Boltz and stew on the line up? Lol
2019-03-04 18:16
CRY IS FREE BRA71L
2019-03-04 18:19
#47
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Other Fookin_Legend 
No arguments?
2019-03-04 18:21
Seems like you got no arguments LUL m16r vs. BIG 0-3 head to head check hltv
2019-03-04 18:22
#50
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Other Fookin_Legend 
mibr has never played BIG in a bo3 with the new lineup, it's you who's making up stuff so you can somehow evade the fact that big went 0-3 at the major lol.
2019-03-04 18:24
And you cant live with the fact that BIG rekt m16r 3 times LUL #CryIsFree #0-5InBlastPro
2019-03-04 18:25
#57
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Other Fookin_Legend 
0/8.
2019-03-04 18:27
#59
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World nakTriceps 
You rekted this Germanski. He is totally afected after your replies
2019-03-04 18:28
#63
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United States Comethazine 
You rekted this favela LUL. He is totally afected after your replies
2019-03-04 18:29
+1
2019-03-04 18:31
#70
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Italy m16r_Bra71l 
+1
2019-03-04 18:30
#58
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World nakTriceps 
Even with that MIBR top4 in Major and BIG 0-3. So, that´s the reason for no BUG clan.
2019-03-04 18:27
I cant live with that but bra71l will never be able to live with the fact that m16r never beat BIG LUL 7-1 cry is free hugo
2019-03-04 18:29
#64
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United States Comethazine 
+1 rekt this noob
2019-03-04 18:29
#71
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World nakTriceps 
#67
2019-03-04 18:31
#74
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United States Comethazine 
MIBR_NEVER_BEAT_BIG cry more fan of trash team
2019-03-04 18:31
#75
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World nakTriceps 
MIBR never beat BIG and I have no problem with that. I´m only explaining to you the reason why no BUG clan. Beat MIBR and left Major 0-3 is not a good thing. cya dumbkid
2019-03-04 18:32
#77
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United States Comethazine 
MIBR_NEVER_BEAT_BIG MIBR_NEVER_BEAT_ASTRALIS MIBR_0-5_IN_BLAST MIBR_LOST_TO_A_COACH and still talking? cry more
2019-03-04 18:34
#79
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World nakTriceps 
oh, expected from a danish kid. How old are u? under 12? If yes, it´s all right. Sorry for the rekt in you, little boy.
2019-03-04 18:35
#85
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United States Comethazine 
Last time i check mibr got rekt by astralis and BIG cry is free kid
2019-03-04 18:38
#86
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World nakTriceps 
Ok. Now go back to your milk, little kid.
2019-03-04 18:38
#88
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United States Comethazine 
cry is free no scener
2019-03-04 18:42
Kid don't remember when asstralis core was meme :D
2019-03-04 19:22
#116
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United States Comethazine 
remember when m16r core was a meme? oh right they are still a meme kkkkk
2019-03-04 19:44
You so funny i can't be mad :) Have a nice day kiddo :)
2019-03-04 20:17
#134
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Spain NkdKMS 
Yes
2019-03-04 21:27
#136
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Spain BlaNcoW 
No
2019-03-04 21:42
#108
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Brazil Brazil! 
2019-03-04 19:31
#67
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World nakTriceps 
MIBR never beat BIG and I have no problem with that. I´m only explaining to you the reason why no BUG clan. Beat MIBR and left Major 0-3 is not a good thing.
2019-03-04 18:30
#106
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United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
yea and look at the core of MIBR and how many successes they have had, and then look at BIG and their successes lmao
2019-03-04 19:30
#151
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World nakTriceps 
Indeed! +1
2019-03-05 18:18
#69
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Italy m16r_Bra71l 
+1 rekt
2019-03-04 18:30
#73
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World nakTriceps 
#67
2019-03-04 18:31
Didn't knew Germans are so full of complexes. They can't win major or even go to semis, so all can they do is "but you never won against us" blablabla. That BO3 is best example. Bug never won major (they haven't go further than 1/4) lololololol. They haven't even won anything serious. Even VP won more (and played better on majors) when they sucked ass in 2017. That's how bad bug is. Just cuz you won few games (not tournaments) means shit. Deal with that. /rekt
2019-03-04 19:20
#107
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United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
+1111111
2019-03-04 19:30
#102
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United Kingdom Nokzide 
GERMWWIINY
2019-03-04 19:23
#105
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United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
old rosters?
2019-03-04 19:28
#66
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United States Comethazine 
+1
2019-03-04 18:30
#68
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Italy m16r_Bra71l 
+1 rekt
2019-03-04 18:30
#98
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Germany LULTARES 
REKT
2019-03-04 19:16
#18
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Russia Pushkins 
Starring Sprout as a new last german hope
2019-03-04 18:02
Eze 4 avangar
2019-03-04 20:07
#95
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Germany Cyasera 
they prob declined. I don't think they ever participated in ECS.
2019-03-04 19:00
#109
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United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
they play in alot - we came against them in IEM sydny qualifer and they spanked us, but realistically thats not saying much
2019-03-04 19:31
#132
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Germany Cyasera 
I just checked and BIG actually never played in any ECS qualifier. They prob just don't like playing these random online games unless they have to.
2019-03-04 20:39
#147
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United Kingdom RannarrCSGO 
i was talking about sprout
2019-03-05 12:49
Unfortunately they declined the invite.
2019-03-04 22:02
#2
kennyS | 
United States Mirbo1 
Ok
2019-03-04 18:00
nice
2019-03-04 18:00
Oof
2019-03-04 18:00
#5
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Germany istheGOAT 
ez 4 sprout 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎👌👌👌👌👌
2019-03-04 18:00
+1
2019-03-04 18:01
Dont think so
2019-03-04 19:55
#7
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Russia GramDEL 
Good
2019-03-04 18:01
#8
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India tinguwOw 
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-04 18:01
#11
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Czech Republic Rewask 
Ez for renamed Bravado
2019-03-04 18:01
#12
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United Kingdom munt_ 
12th
2019-03-04 18:01
>NA Invite >Old Guys Club R U fucking 4 real? This is just a mix for fun and nothing more.
2019-03-04 18:02
#22
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United Kingdom munt_ 
Ya the invites preddy dumb
2019-03-04 18:03
#32
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Europe lalt 
Who should they invite? All proper teams have already ECS spot. NA scene isn't very deep..
2019-03-04 18:08
Ghost? They made it from Qualifiers and they at least deserve this.
2019-03-04 18:10
#38
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United States gtmaniacmda 
They did get invited though? edit: they had already qualified, actually
2019-03-04 18:14
#35
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Finland Faust_fSt 
+1
2019-03-04 18:10
#91
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United States Stoical 
Envy
2019-03-04 18:50
Ez for ogc
2019-03-04 19:13
#14
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France StickyRice 
Only trash teams in the NA competition :(
2019-03-04 18:02
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-04 18:02
ISURUS ?????
2019-03-04 18:02
noscene doesnt play :(((
2019-03-04 18:25
brazil talking LOL
2019-03-05 01:28
#21
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Canada Matomoto 
What happened to all the T1 teams? Are they immediately qualified for the next stage, or did they just choose not to be in this season?
2019-03-04 18:03
They are directly invited to the ECS regular season tournaments
2019-03-04 18:03
#42
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France LanaRhoades 
And another question , how many slots there is in each ECS S7 region ? Because on the event page there is only 8 slots for EU, but 8 teams from ecs s6 EU are already invited + the teams qualified from the pinnacle cup so there is more than 8 slots ?
2019-03-04 18:15
Each regular season tournament will have eight slots. The teams who came from Season 6 and who are available for that week have priority. If there are any vacant slots, they will be filled by the teams from this Pinnacle Cup (ranking will determine the order).
2019-03-04 18:20
#56
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France LanaRhoades 
Ohhhh , ok thanks , it's a good format
2019-03-04 18:27
#27
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
first round wins: EU ENCE Vitality AVANGAR Sprout (spirit new roster) Winstrike Windigo forZe Valiance NA who FURIA who Denial who Ghost who who
2019-03-04 18:07
ahaha who who who
2019-03-04 18:57
#29
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Finland lasarus 
ENCE xd
2019-03-04 18:07
#30
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Panama Cyain10 
So easy for ence
2019-03-04 18:07
Oh no lollipop21k (best name) will destroy ENCE
2019-03-04 18:09
#39
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Finland XINK3R 
lets go ence
2019-03-04 18:13
Its going to be a while until I get the terminology for all these
2019-03-04 18:18
#49
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s go ghost
2019-03-04 18:22
#51
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Ez4Riders!
2019-03-04 18:25
Nice
2019-03-04 18:25
Where is vp? I mean they should play challenger cup because of the prev season.
2019-03-04 18:26
#60
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World nakTriceps 
So fucking ez for FURIA.
2019-03-04 18:29
#62
Aleksib | 
Europe KRiSEF 
Where is g2? they should be their because they got relegated in the prev season?
2019-03-04 18:29
#78
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Switzerland x676 
same with Virtus Pro
2019-03-04 18:34
#82
Aleksib | 
Europe KRiSEF 
You can justify VP with saying that they dont have 3 out of the 5 anymore but G2 has, so?
2019-03-04 18:36
They are already qualified to the 1st week, so that's why they won't play the relegation
2019-03-04 21:09
#65
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Switzerland x676 
forze failed to qualify in the 4 open qualifiers and they get an invite... totally undeserved
2019-03-04 18:30
#83
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
+1
2019-03-04 18:36
2 and 4 qual*. pog
2019-03-04 18:58
#76
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Poland Requ1228 
Where is VP and G2?
2019-03-04 18:32
#81
Kojtas | 
Poland maskyo 
Like, wtf, they should be invited
2019-03-04 18:36
#96
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
yes lol, invite Winstrike but not G2 or VP 4 invites for CIS players / 8
2019-03-04 19:11
#112
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Poland godBASR 
winstrike > g2 and vp
2019-03-04 19:33
#121
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
lol Winstrike failed at Challengers Stage in 2-3 while G2 was qualified on 3-2 and lost 1-3 at the Legends Stage G2 >>>>> Winstrike >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> VP
2019-03-04 19:56
#80
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
One thing, why is ForZe here? They lost 0-2 against chaos at open qualifier and then they get invite ????????????
2019-03-04 18:35
#84
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Switzerland x676 
and that was the one where they managed to go farthest in brackets, they also choked in the other 3 qualifiers, lul
2019-03-04 18:38
#90
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
Yep, I saw it. Lmao
2019-03-04 18:47
lmao maybe they knew they would be invited to closed qualifiers like Team Spirit.
2019-03-05 02:43
#148
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Switzerland x676 
Of course not.
2019-03-05 12:54
#87
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Korea GodPutin 
Where is navi?
2019-03-04 18:39
#89
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Switzerland x676 
+Navi +BIG +HellRaisers/G2 -forze -windigo -valiance
2019-03-04 18:47
great
2019-03-04 18:52
#99
NEO | 
Poland OmgBRS 
wtf faceit , you inviting 4 cis team and no VP ?
2019-03-04 19:20
All of this CIS teams better than vp stop it
2019-03-04 19:24
#104
NEO | 
Poland OmgBRS 
you must be drunk
2019-03-04 19:26
Im not but probably you are. Check the last matches for vp and speak. We arent in 2014
2019-03-04 19:32
#111
NEO | 
Poland OmgBRS 
''MDL league'' online '' who cares still you must be drunk
2019-03-04 19:33
#113
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Poland godBASR 
lmao fuck tier 50v p who cares about dead team
2019-03-04 19:34
#114
NEO | 
Poland OmgBRS 
fan of wizards who the fck is wizards talking about dead teams
2019-03-04 19:36
#126
sh1ro | 
Australia juspeK 
do u mean AGO?
2019-03-04 20:12
#115
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Norway SpZ[9] 
No norwegian teams... mhm
2019-03-04 19:36
#123
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Hungary subzera 
i cant think of a single norwegian team
2019-03-04 20:01
#117
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United States YANGGANG2020 
LUL GHOST (#17 with prominent names) FORCED TO QUALIFY BUT FINAL FEATURE (#79 with 5 no namers) INVITED WHAT A JOOOOKE
2019-03-04 19:45
#118
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
Just watch the different of tier between EU and NA OMEGALUL
2019-03-04 19:49
#119
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Hungary subzera 
no nv?
2019-03-04 19:54
Unfortunately NV rejected the invite.
2019-03-04 21:42
#139
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Hungary subzera 
damn, thats lame
2019-03-04 21:51
I wonder why BIG isnt in the list. Declined the invite?
2019-03-04 19:57
Tier 6 teams not invited
2019-03-04 20:16
Nt triggering me. I know that BIG is better than the most of this teams, still tier 2 and most likely declined the invite
2019-03-04 20:22
#124
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Finland NUCL3AR 
Should be easy for ence
2019-03-04 20:05
#127
HUNDEN | 
Poland Lowi 
2019-03-04 20:14
#130
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Brazil hugoooo 
T1 but no LG???
2019-03-04 20:21
LG are already in the Regular Season.
2019-03-04 21:32
#138
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Brazil hugoooo 
Really? Totally forgot about that
2019-03-04 21:44
leggo sprout !
2019-03-04 23:06
This time it’s goink to be EZ4ENCE. Suomi!
2019-03-05 00:10
Wow na bracket full of some amateur teams.
2019-03-05 01:05
EZ4ENCE !
2019-03-05 14:13
#150
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Denmark Nix0z 
They dropped out
2019-03-05 17:48
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