Luken: "I really hope to play MIBR or G2 or one of those teams in the playoffs"

We caught up with Luca "Luken" Nadotti as Absolute were beating FrostFire, which secured a spot for the Argentine player's Furious in the playoffs.

Furious started off the day by coming back on the first map of their opener agianst FrostFire, in a match that they would go on to win 2-0. Their second match didn't go quite as well, however, as they lost two maps to Absolute, but they were able to clinch a spot as the second seed in the three-team group.

Furious reached their goal of making the playoffs

In the interview, Luken, who was featured in our Five players to watch feature, talks about the team's formation, the players and their roles, their hopes for the WESG World Finals, regional aspirations, their group stage matches, his role as an in-game leader and AWPer, and a little bit of his personal history.

Could you start off by telling me a bit about the team for those who don't follow Furious?

We're an Argentine team, and only four of us are here, so we're a bit of a mix. I'm the IGL, then we have Nahuel "nhl" Herrera and Guillermo "guishorro" Areco, two entries, and Genaro "restikk" Hokama, our support player. We're playing this tournament with Nahuel "Straka" Vazquez, since we made it through the qualifier with him, although Nabil "nbl" Aleua is our fifth player. So we came as a mix team, we don't have much prepared and we're just trying to play as best we can.

Well, you're four, so it's not that bad...

Yeah, yeah... I mean we have a couple of things here and there.

I spoke with restikk for a minute and he told me nhl, him, and you have been playing for a while, right?

Yeah, we've been playing for like eight months or so. We played with Ignacio "meyern" Meyer and Maximiliano "max" Gonzalez, who are Isurus players now. We changed a lot of players and couldn't really practice for this event because we had the Pro League qualifier against them not long ago. But it's good, we're getting good experience here.

You played FrostFire and Absolute, who beat you in an exciting match on Cache. Can you tell me a bit about that map?

We knew Absolute are a very structured team. We started off as CTs and they didn't follow the gameplan we thought they would, so that screwed things up for us early on, but we eventually focused on ourselves instead of them and were able to get some rounds. We made a lot of mistakes, they were almost always playing with the advantage after getting an early kill, and we lost the trade battles during executes. We made it to overtime because we were able to make it a brawl, not because we were playing well as a team, but then it was the same in overtime. We lost a 2vs4, a 1vs3...

We also knew how they play on the CT side and wanted to anti-strat, but then they switched things around so that also cost us rounds. Then we had a lot of communication issues, which we didn't have against FrostFire. We made some mistakes against them, but nowhere near as bad as against Absolute, which sadly kept us from winning in overtime.

After 30 rounds it was you and Laz battling it out, both of you dropping 30-bombs. Did you know he was the star? Did you expect that?

No, we really didn't know them that well. We watched some demos, but we didn't know who was their star or their fragger, just like they probably didn't know I'm fragging for my team. Well, maybe they did because of the HLTV mention...

Yeah, Laz was in the honorable mentions, at the bottom.

Oh, right! I didn't notice...

So you're also the team's IGL. How do you call? Does the team play around you?

I give a lot of freedom to the players. Since we don't have a very solid default I just call whatever I want us to take and then let the players find out how to exploit the areas they're playing and have them talk so that it's not just me telling people what to do all of the time because that just leads to losing time and everything needs to be quick, so it's more about the whole team communicating properly.

I'm AWPing now, which is making calling a bit easier, but I don't like people to depend on me or what I call. On Dust2, for example, I'll say "let's play slow and take mid," and if we have the chance to split B we'll do that, if not then I'll call a play, but it all comes down to situations and decisions that we have to be able to make on the fly.

Going back to out-of-game affairs, you all live in Argentina, right?

Yes, we do.

Isurus, for example, live in Brazil. Do you have any plans to join them there?

It would be great to have a gaming house in another country because you learn much faster. Being at home, you have to do everything by video and so on, while in a gaming house we could all just sit together and look at stuff, I could tell people what to learn and so on, and that makes progress much faster, so I think a team that wants to compete seriously has to at some point go to a gaming house or you run the risk of stagnating.

Where do you think you stand as far as Latin America goes?

I think in Argentina we're the best team. Isurus as well, but I consider them more Brazilian now since that's where they live and play, and it's different playing against Brazilians from Argentina where you have much more latency. I think we're growing well, and I think if we can get a gaming house in Brazil we're going to grow a lot.

The last change, bringing nbl on, that just happened recently...

Yeah, we spoke with him in January and then put the roster together in February. That was the only change. We had talked with a couple of other guys that couldn't make it, Matias "tutehen" Canale, who was on holiday, and we had removed restikk because he didn't want to compete seriously. He couldn't practice because he had a job, but once we got contracts and pay then he came back into the team. The team's core was guishorro, nhl, and myself.

So you weren't getting paid until now...

Yeah, exactly, we just started in February, so it's all new, we haven't had much time to practice, either, and we had a lot of problems with the China visas and traveling to Brazil, but I think the results we've been getting show that we have a tall ceiling and a lot of room for improvement. Despite barely practicing we beat Isurus—who have been practicing in their gaming house for over a month—, on their map pick, 16-3, and lost in overtime in the decider in the Pro League qualifiers.

So not having been able to practice that much, have you set any goals for the event?

Our first goal was to make playoffs, which we did. Now our goal is to try and finish high enough to get some prize money, which would mean making it to the quarter-finals.

When you get back home, do you have a plan of action?

We're going to start practicing for the upcoming qualifiers, we're invited to the DreamHack Rio closed qualifier and we'll talk about the gaming house with the organization to see if we have any real chances of getting one, and just getting all of our affairs as a team in order to start practicing and try to win everything in our region.

Your name has started popping up in places, here on HLTV you were featured in our Five players to watch feature. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your background?

Yeah, I never thought about competing. I played 1.6 my whole life, but not professionally. I played CS:GO in 2014 for half a year, but then moved to League of Legends. In 2017 I gave CS a chance again because I knew I was good in 1.6. The team I learned most with early on had guishorro, tutehen, and Roberto "reversive" Themtham. At that time I saw that I could start to grow, people were starting to say that I was pretty decent and playing well.

At some point I was in talks with Isurus, there was no formal offer but it was kind of an option that was there, although I wanted to make my own team and lead it. I won't tell you I love to lead, but I do like to make decisions and make the calls, so I didn't want to step on somebody else's toes. Luckily it's working out, I think I'm doing things well and I do everything I can so that the people around me can learn from me and vice versa.

How about personal goals?

To play in North America. That's my goal. NA. Sure, playing a Major, but that's a whole other level. First, to play in NA. Then I could see if I'm really a good player. Playing in Brazil is nice, but it's not the same as playing Europeans who have a completely different playstyle, and I want to see that I can fight against those teams and those players. I really hope to play MIBR or G2 or one of those teams in the playoffs. I know they'll very probably beat us by a very large margin, but I would still like to measure myself against them.

Argentina Roberto 'reversive' Themtham
Roberto 'reversive' Themtham
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
261
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Argentina Nahuel 'Straka' Vazquez
Nahuel 'Straka' Vazquez
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
280
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Argentina Guillermo 'guishorro' Areco
Guillermo 'guishorro' Areco
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
284
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.12
Argentina Matias 'tutehen' Canale
Matias 'tutehen' Canale
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
370
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Argentina Genaro 'restikk' Hokama
Genaro 'restikk' Hokama
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
72
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Argentina Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Luca 'Luken' Nadotti
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
82
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Argentina Nabil 'nbl' Aleua
Nabil 'nbl' Aleua
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
437
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Argentina Nahuel 'nhl' Herrera
Nahuel 'nhl' Herrera
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
58
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Argentina Ignacio 'meyern' Meyer
Ignacio 'meyern' Meyer
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
116
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Uruguay Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Maximiliano 'max' Gonzalez
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
132
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
#1
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
first
2019-03-11 18:21
#5
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-03-11 18:21
why did this guy say MIBR was a good team?
2019-03-12 05:01
Because they made it to the major semifinals, unlike G2, and also has one of the better line-ups from back then, when they got back to back trophies, so Chinese mastermind probably sees potential in mibr, and I really do too tbh
2019-03-12 07:40
Ty for taking my b8
2019-03-12 16:08
"Back to back" won 2 majors and barely some event inbetween. Furious is Argentine not Chinese btw.
2019-03-12 16:58
well I actually meant this line-up, not the old school that won 2 majors, but the exactly the same line-up, from back in Sk I believe early 2017, they were pretty good until felps left and ye, I saw a chinese flag and I thought he was from china, but WESG just takes place in China, my bad
2019-03-12 18:47
Its fine. CSGO is kinda joke. MiBR core had its moments but back then all the teams changed players , same like "Astralis era". Of course they all work really hard , but they " shine " in bad times. Atm most teams are broken thats why Astralis are so dominant. Same for MiBR (sk/lg) back then. Same for Fnatic/NiP eras. Hope we'll see more structured teams like Astralis / Ence so we can watch actual competition but not " rekt ". Im Astralis fan , but major finals in 2 maps is boring..
2019-03-12 21:10
Ye you’re completely right about that and imo major finals should be bo5’s instead of bo3’s
2019-03-14 07:42
liquipedia.net/counterstrike/SK_Gaming if you scroll down and go to achievements, you can go to those events and see the line-ups of SK, the exact same line-up of MIBR right now
2019-03-12 18:44
#6
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Germany LegendOfBhop 
no1 cares
2019-03-11 18:21
#10
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Mad cus not first lol
2019-03-11 18:22
LMAO STILL NOT FIRST
2019-03-11 18:55
#42
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2019-03-11 18:55
#56
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Panama Cyain10 
LMAO STILL NOT FIRST
2019-03-11 19:24
#61
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Yes
2019-03-11 19:27
why he wants to play t4 teams like mibr?
2019-03-11 22:09
#14
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
"I tried so hard, and got so far But, in the end, it doesn't even matter" -Mad German
2019-03-11 18:24
i do
2019-03-11 20:09
#87
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
+<3 nohomo
2019-03-11 20:49
tks nohomo
2019-03-11 22:06
#2
 | 
Australia Renegades! 
Nice
2019-03-11 18:21
#7
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
thx mate
2019-03-11 18:21
Dont think his nice was replying to u
2019-03-11 18:25
#21
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
oh, thought it was #5 :) soory
2019-03-11 18:25
Congratz on #1 though
2019-03-11 18:27
#27
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
you dont even know for how long ;-;. Feels like i just won a major
2019-03-11 18:32
#8
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Israel wetz 
Aequus!
2019-03-11 18:22
#79
 | 
Israel FRIsaac 
Pls no );
2019-03-11 19:55
#3
 | 
Israel wetz 
Nice
2019-03-11 18:21
#4
 | 
Brazil Sukitay 
delusional
2019-03-11 18:21
#97
 | 
United States Bochanka 
+1
2019-03-11 21:32
I mean Some people like to get raped
2019-03-11 18:22
+1
2019-03-11 18:24
#46
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Brazil eoteamo 
oh god
2019-03-11 19:04
#64
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Canada Adipocere 
quick reminder that Luken is the highest rated player in the world. You have to take into account who hes playing against, but a 1.44 is nothing to scoff at.
2019-03-11 19:29
+1
2019-03-11 19:50
#119
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United States destrossive 
He's pretty good. I'm surprised tbh. Dude it's like a mini FalleN: awping, leading and fragging wtf.. better than FalleN?
2019-03-12 01:25
#148
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Argentina XaiDN 
LoL
2019-03-12 23:45
who?
2019-03-11 18:22
#65
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Canada Adipocere 
Luken is the highest rated player in the world.
2019-03-11 19:30
you are right, against tier 99 teams
2019-03-11 23:42
#117
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Canada Adipocere 
Nothing to scoff at, 1.44 rating is so high you cant even understand it.
2019-03-11 23:43
Yeah sure I rake up a 3.00 rating by playing with easy bots too
2019-03-12 23:59
#151
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Canada Adipocere 
You seem to be ill in the brain, thanks for your time.
2019-03-13 00:06
Expected LUL
2019-03-11 18:23
#13
ZywOo | 
France GODme 
He hope to get raped quite strange
2019-03-11 18:23
Who?
2019-03-11 18:24
Upcoming SA Talent
2019-03-11 18:25
#47
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
+1
2019-03-11 19:06
#66
 | 
Canada Adipocere 
highest rated player in the world.
2019-03-11 19:30
+1
2019-03-11 21:31
YES LUKENNNNNNNNNNNN
2019-03-11 18:25
History
2019-03-11 18:26
I've been watching this player, probably he has level to play in NA or EU.
2019-03-11 18:26
#48
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
I hope one day he gets a chance to compete with a NA team or an EU team. He is very talented
2019-03-11 19:07
#25
Luken | 
Argentina tmszz 
PIJA A ESOS MALOS LUCA
2019-03-11 18:27
Ez bootcamp
2019-03-11 18:29
#28
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Argentina DxRama 
Go Luken go Fg
2019-03-11 18:34
Best player 2019
2019-03-11 18:39
papitoooooo andas en bolas neneeee
2019-03-11 18:39
#32
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
Cocky
2019-03-11 18:43
ez 4 papito
2019-03-11 18:43
#34
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Sweden fxzo 
He has level, yeah they play against absolute and other teams but he perform like a beast. Maybe in NA he can grow as a player
2019-03-11 18:46
#49
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
I hope he makes it to NA. Maybe he would be a great addition to c9 or maybe other teams
2019-03-11 19:08
C9 wtf
2019-03-11 19:27
#73
 | 
Chile Lionel_Hutz 
Why not m8
2019-03-11 19:40
#78
 | 
Sweden fxzo 
well maybe C9 if a bit high but he can make it to others teams and grow his skills and then if he success he can go to a good team. I was thinking about TeamOne since NikoM left. he might be a good option.
2019-03-11 19:53
#131
Luken | 
Argentina tmszz 
c9? wtf man
2019-03-12 15:18
#35
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Brazil kekeke9 
so you go home faster? dumb
2019-03-11 18:47
#52
 | 
Argentina Cushiion 
If you play against tier 1 or solid tier 2, you can learn faster, and that will teach you more that get in semi finals been played againts trash teams.
2019-03-11 19:18
#69
 | 
Canada Adipocere 
Quick reminder that Luken is the highest rated player in the world.
2019-03-11 19:31
#85
 | 
Brazil kekeke9 
omg don’t say something stupid like this.
2019-03-11 20:29
#86
 | 
Canada Adipocere 
Luken is in fact the highest rated player in the world, that is a fact.
2019-03-11 20:34
#105
 | 
Brazil kekeke9 
any proof? you’ve stated this two and still nothing proved lol
2019-03-11 22:36
#107
 | 
Canada Adipocere 
hltv.org/player/15914/Luken I appreciate you being so lazy that you can't even search his name.
2019-03-11 22:37
#109
 | 
Canada Adipocere 
Find a play that has a higher rating. You are looking at kill difference because your brain is small.
2019-03-11 22:40
#110
 | 
Brazil kekeke9 
isnt k/d what makes a player consistent? lmao nt
2019-03-11 22:40
#111
 | 
Canada Adipocere 
In some cases yes, that's why Luken has a higher kill per round and lower death per round than Zywoo. You just proved me correct.
2019-03-11 22:42
Brazilian mad xd. Cant accept that there are good argentinians players. Some day there will be a tier 1 argentinian team and you will be so jealous
2019-03-11 21:36
#106
 | 
Brazil kekeke9 
some day... we are in 2019 and still no good boludos team lmao
2019-03-11 22:37
Why so salty broooo
2019-03-12 02:38
#140
 | 
Brazil kekeke9 
im totally not lmao good luck waiting for some argentinian team becoming t1
2019-03-12 17:16
Instead of supporting SA scene, you’re acting like a kid... hating on Argentina without reason lol. Grow up, little boy..
2019-03-12 20:23
#152
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Brazil kekeke9 
just bcz im from brazil I need to support SA scene? lol stop beeing fucking dumb
2019-03-13 15:36
You don’t need to support it, but there’s no need to be fucking toxic, expected from macaco
2019-03-13 16:32
#155
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Brazil kekeke9 
>”grow up, little boy” >calls someone “macaco” expected btw.
2019-03-13 16:43
u mad or what, be a nice person (:
2019-03-12 15:57
#141
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Brazil kekeke9 
#140
2019-03-12 17:16
so u mad, because you still acting like a jerk lol good luck waiting for people to like you being so toxic:)))))))))))))))
2019-03-12 19:10
#153
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Brazil kekeke9 
yeah totally xdddd I really want people on HLTV to like me xdd dont reply anymore please
2019-03-13 15:37
i'll stop replying when i want to xdddd
2019-03-13 19:11
#36
f0rest | 
Argentina enzo27Q 
Best SA player by far. He plays naked.
2019-03-11 18:49
coldzera, fer, felps, taco, fallen, kng, yuurih, kscerato, chelo, are NA players?
2019-03-11 18:51
#43
f0rest | 
Argentina enzo27Q 
Definitely Luken > coldzera
2019-03-11 18:58
#50
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Luken > BR scene
2019-03-11 19:09
Vsm >>>> luken
2019-03-11 19:16
#59
f0rest | 
Argentina enzo27Q 
Who's vsm? The cheater?
2019-03-11 19:26
The isurus' destroyer xD
2019-03-11 19:52
Yeah vsm good player kappa hltv.org/matches/2330744/detona-vs-isuru.. Brazilians think that a ranked pro player who kills level 18 noobs in gamersclub while streaming are going to be something some day...
2019-03-11 21:34
2019-03-12 02:40
Desilusional af Luken majors? Luken Top 1's?
2019-03-11 20:09
I'm not exactly a fan of BR scene but wtf has this Luken done exactly to justify this statement?
2019-03-12 06:29
They’re playing in NA...
2019-03-11 19:27
who the hell is this guy?
2019-03-11 18:49
Who are you? Lol
2019-03-11 19:27
#72
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Canada Adipocere 
highest rated player in the world, thats who he is.
2019-03-11 19:31
#38
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
Let's be honest, in Argentina is always the same .. Teams don't practice that much, they are always changing players and on "mix-we haven't practiced that much" mode .. I haven't seen a "pro" Argentinian team showing good tactics and teamplay to battle against global teams in a decent way yet .. Hope they can get decent numbers on the next stage, gl Furious Gaming!
2019-03-11 18:50
#44
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Maybe there is no orgs who would pay them - they need to actually work to get money, so they dont even have time to practise.
2019-03-11 19:03
#132
Luken | 
Argentina tmszz 
Exactly
2019-03-12 15:24
#40
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Brazil lul321 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK LMAO WTF????
2019-03-11 18:52
#45
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France mat660 
And Fnatic ? XD
2019-03-11 19:03
#53
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Denmark pistolen 
A team like that with players like that finally with the chance of competing against top teams at lan they should be prepared as fuck.
2019-03-11 19:21
Straka is retired lol
2019-03-11 19:26
#70
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Argentina Cushiion 
They have to play with straka, bcause they qualify with him and he is retired. So if they would be training with straka rather than with the real 5 they would be wasting time and opportunities in SA, just to see how they would have been playing against some tier 1 or 2 team
2019-03-11 19:31
They didn’t have to, they choose to play with Straka. I’m sure that he demanded that because they qualified with him
2019-03-11 21:24
asian teams are always so obsessed about upsetting the most known teams xD
2019-03-11 19:22
lol good luck
2019-03-11 19:23
#58
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Brazil davidzor 
I wish you good fortune my latin brother.
2019-03-11 19:26
#68
NikoM | 
Argentina rvoltoso 
SI BEBETO ESTAS DE RUCULA
2019-03-11 19:30
#71
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United States anon1g 
MiBR rocks their world... G2 will too! NEVER give an opponent white board material... It won't EVER turn out well for you...
2019-03-11 19:31
#74
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Argentina damik1ng 
LukenGOD GL Furious for the rest of the event!
2019-03-11 19:45
#76
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Russia Ou7bReaK 
who?
2019-03-11 19:51
#80
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Brazil xMoita 
GL bruh
2019-03-11 19:56
Wanna get raped by KennyS?
2019-03-11 20:10
From 2014 or 2019?
2019-03-11 21:17
Even the 2019 kennyS can deal with him
2019-03-11 23:29
#123
shox | 
India iejesus 
i agree
2019-03-12 03:34
Losing to Japanese team and hoping to get destroyed by g2 or mibr. Even tier3 optic would rape them.
2019-03-11 20:24
So? He just want the experience to play against a top team
2019-03-11 21:25
#103
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Argentina DxRama 
they play with a stand-in (STRAKA) remember that he retired from the professional scene, the same coach said that they had not prepared any map with him, so the results have nothing to do with what a good player LUKEN is
2019-03-11 22:29
#88
Luken | 
Finland 0lter 
God luken
2019-03-11 20:55
good player.
2019-03-11 21:25
GL Luken! so sincere, too much I think!
2019-03-11 21:26
Argentinian players have been always there. And even argentinians teams, but they manage to screw it up.
2019-03-11 21:32
#104
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Brazil joojpaulo 
who
2019-03-11 22:35
This boy is incredible <3333333333333333333
2019-03-11 22:47
LUKEN TIER 1 PLAYER
2019-03-11 23:11
YES LUKENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
2019-03-11 23:51
#122
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Argentina IvanLBS 
SI PAPITO
2019-03-12 03:06
#124
shox | 
India iejesus 
ooh
2019-03-12 03:35
jap dogs
2019-03-12 04:37
i hope he plays it
2019-03-12 16:52
3st
2019-03-12 16:55
#149
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Argentina XaiDN 
Why brazilians so mad?
2019-03-12 23:49
#156
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Argentina KevoEsports 
Yes Luken
2019-03-13 17:11
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