Player stock shift: January-February

The Player stock shift returns as a bi-monthly feature, with the first edition of 2019 largely revolving around the IEM Katowice Major, which helped produce nine rising and eight falling players.

In 2018, the stock shift was a monthly feature. As you may have noticed, a lot of the time the trends shifted over a longer period of time than just one month anyway, which is why we're moving towards a bi-monthly series for 2019. That will allow us to have more data to mull over and to separate some of the players who simply had a one-off tournament from those who are trending one way or the other.

In January and February, no big events outside of the IEM Katowice Major took place and only some of the teams who played in Katowice had attended one of the smaller tournaments towards the start of the year, such as iBUYPOWER Masters, ELEAGUE Invitational, or one of the Minors. That means the dataset still isn't very large for some, particularly in the falling category. We will keep that in mind for the next time these players compete and move them back where they belong in case the trend discontinues.

Here are the 17 players whose stock rose or fell over the first two months of 2019:

Rising

Xyp9x had consistently appeared on the EVP lists in the second half of 2018, with his poor showing at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon almost seeing him end the year with a red arrow. Starting off 2019 with a bang, the 23-year-old averaged a team-leading 1.29 rating at iBUYPOWER Masters and, more importantly, at the Major, and was a strong contender for MVP awards at both events, which puts him in a league with the absolute best players of the first two months of the new year.

AVANGAR's AWPer was somewhat of a regular of 2018's releases of the stock shift, bouncing up and down a few times, which made it clear that inconsistency is the standard for the Russian. We have been keeping an eye on him for the past few months, during which he has looked a lot more stable both match-to-match and tournament-to-tournament, most notably leading the Kazakh squad to the win at the CIS Minor and to an impressive showing at the Major itself.

Kaze is a newcomer to the stock shift after rarely appearing on the international stage and barely raising eyebrows when he did. That changed with ViCi's showing in the Major cycle, pulling through the Minor Play-in stage to IEM Katowice, where the 24-year-old put up a few very impressive maps to help the Chinese side contend for a spot in the second stage, although to no avail.

REZ had made his way to December's list after performing below his standards at some of the last tournaments of 2018, but now he returns to his former place following some solid performances at the Major, playing a key part in NiP's run to their first Major playoffs since 2016 across the first two stages.

Cloud9's shift towards a mixed lineup saw the European portion step up their game, with flusha – who is no longer a part of the team – getting over quite a poor period dating back to his fnatic days in mid-2018 as he put up significantly better numbers after taking over leadership in the North American organization at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon and IEM Katowice. After settling in with the team at the first few tournaments, kioShiMa has been in great form, getting back to the sort of consistent level we did not see from the Frenchman throughout most of his time with Envy.

While Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Denis "electronic" Sharipov kept leading the way for Na`Vi at almost every tournament they went to in 2018, flamie's level deteriorated as the year was drawing to a close, with his only great event from the period of August to November being the FACEIT Major. Edward was in the same boat, relatively to his standards at least, hitting historical lows at IEM Chicago and BLAST Pro Series Lisbon.

Both players looked much better at IEM Katowice, with flamie earning an EVP mention in Na`Vi's run to the semi-finals in Poland to follow up on a promising showing in Portugal, while Edward contributed well throughout their journey, especially in the last few series at the Major.

GuardiaN closes out the list of rising players, also redeeming himself from a sub-par period at the end of 2018 that had seen him featured in the falling category in November. FaZe were one of the few teams to appear at all three tournaments considered for the stock shift, and the Slovakian AWPer was back in his place as the team's second-best player, even earning an MVP medal at ELEAGUE Invitational along the way.

Falling

HellRaisers had an awful showing at IEM Katowice, going 1-3 in the New Legends stage, with all of their losses being very one-sided affairs. You can see why when three of their players were the lowest-rated out of everyone in that phase of the Major, with ANGE1 dipping as low as 0.63 (his worst to date), while something similar could be said for DeadFox at 0.71 and Hobbit at 0.80, the second lowest in both players' careers.

Vega Squadron are an almost identical case, although for them it was the New Challengers Stage that went downhill and their matches were closer than HellRaisers'. They also went 1-3, with their only win coming at the expense of their local rivals Spirit. tonyblack and hutji were the two lowest-rated players of that stage, with the team's usual star, chopper, not very far off with a 0.82 rating.

Although Rickeh didn't have a very impressive showing at the Major either, with him we also look back at the start of the year and compLexity's last-place finishes at iBUYPOWER Masters and the ELEAGUE Invitational, which took place shortly after the Australian player had joined the team. It's safe to say this move isn't going too well for the North American side as the new addition averaged a 0.83 rating across the three tournaments.

JW belonged to some of the most improved players of the end of last year, featuring as a rising player in November alongside Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin following the new lineup's impressive debut at IEM Chicago. Unlike his two teammates, the 24-year-old dipped into the red at both tournaments the Swedes have attended so far in 2019, including IEM Katowice, where fnatic bombed out with a 1-3 record in the New Challengers Stage, setting a new low for the organization at the Majors.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1387
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1514
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Bence 'DeadFox' Böröcz
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Ali 'Jame' Djami
Ali 'Jame' Djami
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
547
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.09
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
754
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Pavel 'hutji' Lashkov
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
346
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
487
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
435
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1294
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
545
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1186
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1447
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Malaysia Andrew 'Kaze' Khong
Andrew 'Kaze' Khong
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
468
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#3
God | 
Ukraine illinoize 
Good luck
2019-03-09 20:31
BotiaN and botward rising? lmao hltv
2019-03-09 20:34
They had a good Major? So yeah, they are "rising" from where they were before.
2019-03-09 20:55
#96
Thorin | 
Egypt True_ 
good major? you must be joking right
2019-03-10 06:01
No? Ratings-wise, Edward has had a +0.28 rise from the end of last year (0.75 to 1.03) GuardiaN has had a +0.12 rise from the end of last year (from 0.95 to 1.07). Hltv makes this list based on their ratings and how they shift. Both of these players were horrible last year and have been fine this year this far. They had a good Major "ratings-wise". I didn't reply to defend Edward or GuardiaN keeping their roster spots. I replied because someone was joking about HLTV's list. I replied to defend and explain why these players made the list.
2019-03-10 06:18
#101
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United States Jammin800k 
+1
2019-03-10 09:47
#115
Thorin | 
Egypt True_ 
I know they had a good major yes, but when your being carried by Niko and s1mple I don't think it is as good as their stats really show.
2019-03-10 16:05
#65
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Slovakia Kl4d1L 
How can you be so stupid retard
2019-03-09 22:38
#83
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El Salvador SenorFakeflag 
Did you watch Edward in kato??
2019-03-10 01:42
Thanks.
2019-03-09 21:24
#60
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Brazil ZerongBr 
Fer?
2019-03-09 22:07
#85
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El Salvador SenorFakeflag 
Only played one tourney. But he did look better than last year
2019-03-10 01:43
#113
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Brazil ZerongBr 
even better than Edward and Jame but he's still not growing wtf hltv
2019-03-10 15:04
Can’t agree with you but I do think fer deserved to be mentioned on the rising list
2019-03-10 20:23
Kioshima rising <3
2019-03-10 15:04
#4
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Israel wetz 
Gg
2019-03-09 20:31
#53
fnx | 
Brazil Joao@NTC 
Fer should be rising he played really well at major compared to his past performances
2019-03-09 21:46
#80
Xyp9x | 
Denmark baccster 
Flag checks out. If we're talking about it in that way, then the Renegades players should all be rising.
2019-03-10 00:52
#107
fnx | 
Brazil Joao@NTC 
they were playing well before , unlike fer
2019-03-10 12:05
#84
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El Salvador SenorFakeflag 
1 tournament to pull from.
2019-03-10 01:42
#108
fnx | 
Brazil Joao@NTC 
1 good tournament for flamie, rez, and they are rising 1 bad tournament for NRG and they are all fallin, your point?
2019-03-10 12:06
Well flamie was falling last time we saw him and Rez was outstanding. I think fer belongs though
2019-03-10 20:22
From my expectations most of mibr will be on the rising in March
2019-03-10 02:44
#5
ZywOo | 
France GODme 
Lul
2019-03-09 20:31
edward lul
2019-03-09 20:32
Yeah, but he's been improving lately, let's see how far he takes it.
2019-03-10 02:47
#12
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Norway stinkyfrog09 
explain how is Edward on the rising list?
2019-03-09 20:32
#19
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Poland boltzzon 
Mb he went from 0.8 rating to 0.9 lmao
2019-03-09 20:34
Lmao
2019-03-09 21:41
1.06 rating at Major 1.01 rating at Ice Challenge previously he had 0.8 rating ~
2019-03-09 20:53
#43
China o_O 
+1 people will look past him having good performances because the 'edward is trash' wave is hot for some reason
2019-03-09 21:20
wtf? good performances? other players get slaughtered if they have a 1.06 rating. gtfo.
2019-03-09 23:47
#75
China o_O 
wtf? good performances? other players get slaughtered if they have a 1.06 rating. gtfo.
2019-03-10 00:12
#103
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United States Jammin800k 
Not saying I like edward on navi but a supportive element on a team with 2 top 5 players with a 1.06 rating is quite good. Very rarely do all players on a team have a positive rating, Astralis being the only example of one that does. The players that "get slaughtered" for having a 1.06 rating are players that are consistently above 1.06 ratings and therefore when they have that rating they are underperforming. Those players are also being set up by their team constantly and put in positions to be successful unlike edward. Not sure you fully comprehend that these players are also facing other world class players and teams, holding a positive rating, while not everything, is nothing to scoff at.
2019-03-10 09:52
#110
China o_O 
+1 1.06 is impressive for a player in edwards shoes
2019-03-10 13:13
I’ve seen Edward die with full utility over 30 times in 1 month
2019-03-10 02:46
I’ve seen Edward die with full utility over 30 times in 1 month
2019-03-10 02:46
Proof? And even if he did, explain why he's rising. It's basically what shroud was doing. His role was to set up the better players so they can get kills and to be bait for them. So to see someone in that role have a positive rating is very impressive. And I don't think he'd still be on Navi if he died that many times in 1 month with full utility
2019-03-10 21:43
Watch any NaVi game You will find your proof You don’t even know Edwards role. His role is to trade frag the people who are already low. That is the only thing he does for NaVi. Check any other stat he is awful at everything else. If Zeus and Edward leave NaVi they could be a serious contender. However that won’t happen because NaVi is based entirely off of greed. They don’t care about being the number one team. They are content with being top5 and just keep on rolling in the checks. THEY HAVE THE BEST GLOBAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER EVER AND THEY CANT EVEN BE TOP3
2019-03-11 05:36
should be "finally" not "how did he get there"
2019-03-09 22:03
he had .75 rating at the end of last year. he's averaged 1.03 at the beginning of this year. a +0.28 increase in rating is pretty good.
2019-03-09 22:41
gg
2019-03-09 20:32
#15
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United States Kermac 
Ange1 0.63 lmao
2019-03-09 20:32
Mibr so bad lmao
2019-03-09 20:33
#33
 | 
Other 3ms 
at least they have become legends again different from your idol lmao
2019-03-09 20:50
#20
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Hungary StraYzie 
xseveN not rising? lol
2019-03-09 20:34
+1000
2019-03-09 20:39
Testo-Sami is a god and everybody knew that already
2019-03-09 20:40
#100
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Finland Madd!z 
+1
2019-03-10 09:19
#36
 | 
Finland Faust_fSt 
Apparently everyone from ENCE was pretty much expected to go 1.30ish vs NaVi or Liquid at any given time
2019-03-09 20:55
#21
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
Jwsad
2019-03-09 20:34
#22
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Brazil The_Merchant 
How is Fer not raising? He was amazing tbh in this Major.
2019-03-09 20:34
cry is free
2019-03-09 20:49
#42
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
cheap*
2019-03-09 21:12
#95
 | 
United States PrisMcsgo 
Flair and flag checks out
2019-03-10 05:55
#23
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Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
surprised to see JW here not gonna lie
2019-03-09 20:38
man
2019-03-09 20:39
#27
lsd | 
Uruguay SydBarrett 
-jw +znajder
2019-03-09 20:42
#29
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United States aimZnotHyper 
UHHHHHH what do you mean there is no rising Ence players????
2019-03-09 20:48
#30
 | 
Other 3ms 
ez 4 JW
2019-03-09 20:49
Jame Jesus Pog
2019-03-09 20:50
#40
 | 
Brazil fallenzer@ 
xDD
2019-03-09 21:09
+1
2019-03-10 01:11
edward rasing POGCHAMP
2019-03-09 20:59
#38
REZ | 
United States bunnery5 
Rez
2019-03-09 21:06
Very nice!
2019-03-09 21:08
#41
Russia M13f 
Jamesus
2019-03-09 21:12
#44
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
Were buster and qiqert???
2019-03-09 21:23
#47
undead | 
Brazil retardd 
they are trash
2019-03-09 21:24
#48
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Hungary HunsOrdkazakh 
Y trash idi nahui
2019-03-09 21:26
#46
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United Arab Emirates K1o7a 
Jw lul
2019-03-09 21:24
Why no one from ENCE rising ??
2019-03-09 21:32
ENCE guys' ratings, at least in major, were not good due to winning by small margin and losing several matches by a large round difference.
2019-03-10 00:31
#50
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Israel Xpicyy 
God Edward
2019-03-09 21:38
#52
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Argentina XaiDN 
Geez
2019-03-09 21:42
Where is f0rest ???
2019-03-09 21:47
+999
2019-03-10 19:20
Electronic should be falling
2019-03-09 21:47
#56
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Brazil de_lite 
eww
2019-03-09 21:51
#57
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Nobody from renegades. Nice
2019-03-09 22:00
#59
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
edward and guardian rising and no ence players? xDDDdddd!!!1111one!!
2019-03-09 22:05
Jame took Happys place at baiting. He is on another level of baiting teammates. Miss one shot and save like a rat
2019-03-09 22:27
#63
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Germany Naviever 
+1
2019-03-09 22:30
Gratifactopn?
2019-03-09 22:28
#64
 | 
North America SLGam1ng 
no godimatic? :(
2019-03-09 22:33
#66
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Finland lasarus 
No xseveN? what a joke..
2019-03-09 22:39
#125
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Finland Goofyraider 
where is X7? should be there because played fantastic at major.
2019-03-12 13:37
hahaahahahahah ence win vs navi and liquid still edward and flamie on a rising thrend all ence players should be on the rise side also at least 2 players from renegades should be there on the rise. nice brain.
2019-03-09 22:40
I agree. I think the numbers don't show it as ENCE won by a small margin but lost maps with big round difference. Should use common sense. xseven and aleksib at least overperformed at the major.
2019-03-10 00:33
Could also make a case for Allu but he did underperform badly in some maps, but in some cases he would be playing amazing
2019-03-10 21:47
#116
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United States Jammin800k 
Requires multiple tournaments to stock shift. 1 tournament could easily be a fluke so we need repeated results to determine
2019-03-10 17:30
actually accurate
2019-03-09 23:00
JAME H@H@H@H@H@H@H@H@H@ the PUBG GOD
2019-03-09 23:11
Without Ence players?
2019-03-09 23:11
xD
2019-03-10 00:18
Where is god of csgo
2019-03-09 23:35
He's at the top of the mountain, how can he rise any further.. maybe you should realize what this article is really about ;)
2019-03-10 02:51
Magisk isn't rising? Winning the Major MVP will leave you pretty much even? Such is the life of gods I suppose.
2019-03-09 23:59
#79
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Poland kick_michu 
ranking based on Major many players played +15 maps and nobody from Ence ?
2019-03-10 00:44
#81
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Netherlands xEKOy 
who cares ... this game is dying :o
2019-03-10 01:01
kaze Pog
2019-03-10 02:02
#87
Jame | 
Israel uffiez 
ez for GOD Jame
2019-03-10 02:15
Jebaitedme
2019-03-10 02:37
ENCE?
2019-03-10 06:19
ez for kaze
2019-03-10 08:25
#102
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Denmark minosss 
deadfox allways falling xd
2019-03-10 09:49
#104
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Lithuania Sealll 
what about my boy Boombl4. Dude's sick
2019-03-10 09:57
boombl4_4_majors_dev2ce_3_majors
2019-03-10 12:40
No ENCE players on the rise? xseveN?
2019-03-10 11:45
very very ez for Andreas
2019-03-10 11:54
xist not falling? must be a rock bottom then
2019-03-10 13:47
#121
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
yep
2019-03-10 20:24
ANGE1: "I HAVE NOT LEFT MY MARK ON THE HISTORY OF CS:GO. I AM STILL ON MY WAY. I HOPE I HAVE ENOUGH TIME." ANGE1 hahahhahahaha
2019-03-10 15:34
#118
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Italy f8nt 
JW pig
2019-03-10 19:37
FLUKENCE
2019-03-16 19:16
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