BLAST Pro Series São Paulo viewer's guide

As we approach the starting time of BLAST Pro Series São Paulo, we have put together a viewer's guide with all the information you need to know about the $250,000 event.

The first BLAST Pro Series tournament of 2019 will be held at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil, where six of the top eight teams in the world will be in action on March 22-23.

The competition will kick off with a best-of-one, round-robin group stage, with the top two sides advancing to the grand final to fight for the $125,000 first-place prize. The map vetoes for all the group stage games will be revealed on Thursday in a live stream session.

Hometown heroes MIBR will face ENCE in the first round

The first two group stage rounds will be played behind closed doors on Friday, while the remaining three rounds and the grand final will be held in front of a live audience on Saturday.

A bonus match called 'BLAST Pro Stand-off' will take place prior to the grand final, where the third-placed team in the group stage picks another side to play in a match featuring five 1vs1 aim duels for a chance to win a $20,000 prize.

Below you can find the six teams in attendance:

The complete schedule for this two-day event looks as follows:

Friday, March 22

Round one
23:00 - Europe FaZe vs. Sweden NiP | BO1
23:00 - Brazil MIBR vs. Finland ENCE | BO1
23:00 - Denmark Astralis vs. United States Liquid | BO1

Round two
00:30 - Denmark Astralis vs. Finland ENCE | BO1
00:30 - Europe FaZe vs. Brazil MIBR | BO1
00:30 - Sweden NiP vs. United States Liquid | BO1

Saturday, March 23

Round three
17:00 - Finland ENCE vs. Sweden NiP | BO1
17:00 - United States Liquid vs. Europe FaZe | BO1
17:00 - Denmark Astralis vs. Brazil MIBR | BO1

Round four
18:20 - Brazil MIBR vs. United States Liquid | BO1
18:20 - Finland ENCE vs. Europe FaZe | BO1
18:20 - Denmark Astralis vs. Sweden NiP | BO1

Round five
19:40 - Finland ENCE vs. United States Liquid | BO1
19:40 - Brazil MIBR vs. Sweden NiP | BO1
19:40 - Denmark Astralis vs. Europe FaZe | BO1

21:00 - BLAST Pro Series Stand-off | five 1vs1 aim duels

22:00 - Grand final | BO3

Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere, who will make her first appearance at an international CS:GO event, headlines the talent list. The famous Belgian host will be joined by the analyst trio of Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Christine "potter" Chi, and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez, while three commentator duos will bring you the action live.

Below you can find the complete on-air team for the event:

United Kingdom Adam Savage - Stage Host

Belgium Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere - Desk Host

United Kingdom Frankie Ward - Interviewer

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
United States Christine "potter" Chi - Analyst
Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez - Analyst

Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
Canada Mohan "launders" Govindasamy - Commentator
Canada Conner "Scrawny" Girvan - Commentator
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Commentator
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl – Commentator

The prize distribution will be as follows:

1. $125,000
2. $50,000
3. $25,000
4. $15,000
5. $10,000
6. $5,000

BLAST Pro Stand-off winner: $20,000

Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
155
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Christine 'potter' Chi
Christine 'potter' Chi
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
119
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#2
Slovenia kivoJ 
I'd watch.
2019-03-20 12:06
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-20 12:30
#116
device | 
Brazil bZkkk 
EZ4MIBR
2019-03-20 14:45
#135
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Tunisia darkoplax 
EZ last place 4 ENCE
2019-03-20 15:29
#234
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Brazil reiDuC4$h 
+1
2019-03-20 19:20
#50
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Poland F5_detector 
F5?
2019-03-20 12:35
No, I don't have it on the phone...
2019-03-20 12:41
#91
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Poland F5_detector 
F5 is in browser not on the phone
2019-03-20 13:42
I'd thought on the keyboard but no, it's not an F5.
2019-03-20 14:04
#3
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France SpooceCooke 
n3
2019-03-20 12:06
EZ4AST
2019-03-20 12:06
#14
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Brazil Allistar 
Not in Brazil, ma fren.
2019-03-20 12:07
#18
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United Kingdom XNL 
Make no difference where MiBR play, Astralis will still make them look silly.
2019-03-20 12:09
+1
2019-03-20 12:10
#93
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Brazil Smartzilian 
haha I kinda agree
2019-03-20 13:49
#96
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
True, Astralis is really strong atm
2019-03-20 13:51
+1
2019-03-20 14:55
#67
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Norway SaltySausage 
ez for MiBr after gerilja kills all other teams
2019-03-20 12:49
How's the Nepalese CS scene?
2019-03-20 12:28
Not that I know of.. :p
2019-03-20 12:30
Who would play CS when you have Nepal's nature anyway
2019-03-20 12:31
People do play, and there are a few decent players. But the society and all that stuff are just too complicated. Maybe, future generations will do better.
2019-03-20 12:32
I hear ya, i was travelling there about a year after the royal massacre.. Politics ruined life everywhere
2019-03-20 12:34
Nah, that event has nothing to do with this. It's about people believing that playing games is childish! They need time to adjust that eSport is a thing and a good career can be built around it... Hope you had a good stay. ^_^
2019-03-20 12:35
fucking loved it..was there for a month+- and went to India afterwards.. I thought you meant politics wise. eSport is making it's way to people's consciousness slowly
2019-03-20 12:37
I'm glad you did! :D ----------------------------------------- I am kind of the odd one out here and I love being that haha!
2019-03-20 12:43
I wouldn't say odd, just from an unexpected country :)
2019-03-20 13:25
#95
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India Pranav3112 
What’s up, friendly neighbour!! The situation is slightly better here but still shitty lol
2019-03-20 13:51
#90
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Finland Goofyraider 
you have meizing mountains in andorra too :D Ive visited in grandvalira.
2019-03-20 13:40
Isnt that "monastery map" situated in Nepal?
2019-03-22 17:49
HLTV ADMIN PepeHands
2019-03-20 16:24
Very nice
2019-03-20 12:06
#7
JaCkz | 
Hong Kong Road2Mars 
gl
2019-03-20 12:06
#8
Kazakhstan ajl3x 
ez4ence
2019-03-20 12:06
#9
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India SupratimO8 
fek
2019-03-20 12:06
#10
rain | 
Japan DRM. 
SJOKZ ♥
2019-03-20 12:06
#107
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
SJOKZ ♥
2019-03-20 14:12
SJOKZ LEGS ♥
2019-03-20 16:02
ast #1
2019-03-20 12:06
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-20 12:07
#13
Lucky | 
Germany Trax_ 
thx 4 deleting my comment.
2019-03-20 12:07
#58
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Finland Nuori_sergej 
Np
2019-03-20 12:39
#15
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Brazil cnh41 
I will be in Ibirapuera ginasium :)
2019-03-20 12:07
I'd love to be there as well... That's gonna be awesome!
2019-03-20 14:39
2 But sad that i am the only one who plays and like CS nearby, then i will get alone.
2019-03-20 15:21
#253
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Brazil cnh41 
i will travel for 14 hours, from east of minas gerais to sao paulo
2019-03-21 15:46
At least i live in SP hahaha But welcome dude
2019-03-21 22:11
#260
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Brazil cnh41 
ty bro, see you there
2019-03-22 06:02
I will be there, boys!!!!! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the best ticket. Still, I hope it's gonna be as epic as Lisbon's one was.
2019-03-20 17:59
#16
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Brazil camunguelo 
I'll be there
2019-03-20 12:08
This timetable sucks. 3:30am matches
2019-03-20 12:08
#23
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United Kingdom XNL 
That because you live in Asia, they can't play the matches at 7am to keep you happy.
2019-03-20 12:15
EU timings are nice
2019-03-20 12:27
#48
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United Kingdom XNL 
Of course. I'm not a massive fan of NA/SA tournaments cos of the matches times, but this isn't that bad.
2019-03-20 12:32
#27
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India ag07 
Well, Its Friday night, so everything is fine
2019-03-20 12:14
like every asia tournament for us
2019-03-20 12:48
Like 1 half-dead wesg in a year? TOP KEK. Meanwhile there is atleast 5-6 NA/SA/GB tournaments in a year, that eastern viewers cant watch.
2019-03-20 14:05
EU timings are not always good for us and we have to deal with it. I recommend you to do the same.
2019-03-20 14:36
Will forsaken watch this?
2019-03-20 14:33
I fear not but he will catch highlights
2019-03-20 14:59
NiP will not drop a map.
2019-03-20 12:10
Lmao. Thanks for that buddy
2019-03-20 13:15
#94
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Brazil Smartzilian 
You're for sure the biggest Nip fan lmao
2019-03-20 13:50
Fnatic wont drop a map either
2019-03-20 14:06
So how many games will Ence forfeit this time?
2019-03-20 12:10
#45
Aleksib | 
Finland Mitzu 
0/8
2019-03-20 12:30
1-4 probalby hahhaha lose 4 sprout dude
2019-03-20 19:15
#22
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Israel St4m 
Christine "potter" Chi - Analyst ????????????? i prefer fucking pimp over her why would you invite nova silver elite to fucking analyst
2019-03-20 12:10
#25
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United Kingdom XNL 
She's 200000000x better than you. Plus Pimp is the worst of the worst.
2019-03-20 12:13
#28
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Israel St4m 
if you say so
2019-03-20 12:14
#30
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United Kingdom XNL 
What's it like being a sad troll?
2019-03-20 12:16
She can at least talk English. Nobody can understand pimp.
2019-03-20 12:17
#160
Twistzz | 
Korea Jew2K 
If you can't understand pimp's english you're either not 100% fluent (not his problem) or you're just dumb (not his problem either)
2019-03-20 16:33
INB4 CROWD HELPING MIBR
2019-03-20 12:13
6° PLAYER
2019-03-20 12:23
#141
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Brazil llskll 
Like happen against them at any tournament? I see
2019-03-20 16:02
Lol no, mibr is just bad
2019-03-20 20:24
So you're blind not seeing crowd helping Fnatic, Cloud9, Liquid and so on...
2019-03-20 22:09
Stop blaming others and take responsability for the disgusting crowding!
2019-03-21 12:58
first match 00:00, are you serious
2019-03-20 12:13
#32
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Brazil I_Hate_North 
EU events on br time are like this as well
2019-03-20 12:18
#70
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India MihirX27 
Now Imagine Timings for India, or, even Worse, for Australia.
2019-03-20 12:57
#99
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Brazil Smartzilian 
What? EU/NA events are perfect to SA. EU +5/4 hours NA -3/4 hours I dunno why they gonna play so late here on friday (7 pm BRT).
2019-03-20 13:55
#123
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Brazil CaioOlive 
I guess they're considering the time time people and kids who study in the afternoon are confy back home.
2019-03-20 15:08
#139
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
No they're not.
2019-03-20 15:52
Dude, starts 19:00 in brazil, wtf is wrong with you?! People have to leave their jobs to go to the stadium. WESG games were all on shitty clocks for america. Be more understanding.
2019-03-20 13:21
#29
Estonia LKWD 
So. Opinions on Sjokz being a CS desk host?
2019-03-20 12:16
Its nice girl?
2019-03-20 13:11
Some people just pay attention to her legs, anyway
2019-03-20 22:09
she's done some serious research, watched vods and shit, I'm sure she's gonna do great
2019-03-20 23:05
i hope so.
2019-03-21 08:14
#33
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Europe erhansol 
great tournament, trash format
2019-03-20 12:20
6 teams playing, what did u expect?
2019-03-20 12:23
0/8. Obviously you have never been to live events.
2019-03-20 13:18
#122
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Tf do you mean? It is a shitty format
2019-03-20 15:00
#34
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Finland NUCL3AR 
ez4ence
2019-03-20 12:20
ENCE will crash hard
2019-03-20 12:24
#40
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Russia Nikosimus 
Where are the maps?
2019-03-20 12:28
Rip Non brassilian players
2019-03-20 12:28
rip eu viewers
2019-03-20 12:36
Anders? PogU also glad to see vendetta, is sjokz lol analyst i saw that name somewhere
2019-03-20 12:38
#128
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United States kearCS 
Sjokz is the desk host for LEC, EU league of legends. Her and Dash are probably the best desk hosts in that game.
2019-03-20 15:15
she is basically one of the faces of League EU pro scene for like 6 years now or something like that
2019-03-20 23:11
Go ENCE
2019-03-20 12:38
nice event hope there wont be any problems
2019-03-20 12:40
If Astralis doesn't win, who else would?
2019-03-20 12:41
I hope brazilians do NOT spit on asstralis players. I hope for this so much.
2019-03-20 12:42
BO1s suck.
2019-03-20 12:43
The brazilian crowd is the best, i already went to a CSGO event. They're so loud, so full of energy. I'll watch just because of it. Note: MIBR will be eliminated easy
2019-03-20 12:48
Yeah, the crowd is one of the best but we can't say the same for the teams sadly.
2019-03-20 22:10
ez 4 ence ence - nip final 2-0 ezpz
2019-03-20 12:54
#69
Aleksib | 
Italy Joedg 
+Pimp pls
2019-03-20 12:55
Adam Savage from Mythbusters BTW
2019-03-20 13:04
haha
2019-03-20 14:42
I think mibr will probably win the entire tournament
2019-03-20 13:09
#76
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Brazil cnh41 
Tutorial for understand the brazilians: 1 - We are a very loud crowd 2 - We're probably going to boo, but is not to disrespect the other team, its like a football match. I think i can't explain, but please believe me, its cultural thing... 3 - If you hear a chant "YOU GONNA DIE" o something similar, ITS NOT A DEATH THREAT (oh Lord, i don't believe you really think this ..../facepalm), its only a chant... 4 - The Brazilian Casters its loud too 5 - "GRINGO" its not a offense/insult, its only a word to "foreign"
2019-03-20 13:10
Tutorial for understand the brazilians: 1 - We are a very loud crowd 2 - We're probably going to boo, but is not to disrespect the other team, its like a football match. I think i can't explain, but please believe me, its cultural thing... 3 - If you hear a chant "YOU GONNA DIE" o something similar, ITS NOT A DEATH THREAT (oh Lord, i don't believe you really think this ..../facepalm), its only a chant... 4 - The Brazilian Casters its loud too 5 - "GRINGO" its not a offense/insult, its only a word to "foreign"
2019-03-20 13:33
#177
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Brazil llskll 
Nice tutorial MY FRIEND(PAPA) Although "you gonna die" actually happen because of our soccer culture and some cases this almost happen so we should repel this kind of behaviour imo
2019-03-20 16:37
#211
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Brazil llskll 
The cases where this almost happen are in soccer only. Where we have some crowds who get in stadium to fight against each others
2019-03-20 16:43
#78
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Brazil Charizaldo 
LESGO BOIS See you there brazilian brothas
2019-03-20 13:13
You lucky...
2019-03-20 13:18
#81
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Chile strong221 
POTTER <3
2019-03-20 13:17
#84
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Indonesia Minuteman_3 
Sjokz <3
2019-03-20 13:21
EZ!
2019-03-20 13:23
#88
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Austria Lottooo 
Missing Navi already
2019-03-20 13:27
Good teams, there will be plenty of good games to watch.
2019-03-20 13:48
Lets go Mibr. already my mother said, at home we will solve.
2019-03-20 13:52
#224
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Brazil llskll 
XD this is so funny when u read on english
2019-03-20 16:46
+1 lol
2019-03-20 22:12
#100
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Brazil Smartzilian 
Hype is real
2019-03-20 13:58
nice EU friendly as fuck too bad the BLAST events absolutely suck with their shitty format
2019-03-20 14:05
#105
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Brazil vectrax 
sjokz <3
2019-03-20 14:08
#106
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Denmark wakils 
ez4astralis
2019-03-20 14:09
#108
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United States ferric 
Ginásio do Ibirapuera means Gymnasium of iBuyPower in English Kappa
2019-03-20 14:31
No Machine? :(
2019-03-20 14:34
Nevermind, I hadn't read the full caster's list
2019-03-20 14:38
#114
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Finland f0pZ 
another 125k dollars to astralis
2019-03-20 14:41
#119
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
No henryg? No sadokist? Shitty format? Matches start at 12pm? No ty
2019-03-20 14:58
#124
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Hungary lrak3r 
Isn't sjokz from Romania?
2019-03-20 15:12
#130
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United States kearCS 
Belgium
2019-03-20 15:17
#136
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Hungary lrak3r 
yeah looked it up. idk why i thought Romania
2019-03-20 15:31
Where is navi
2019-03-20 15:13
Astralis easy win
2019-03-20 15:16
Really nice Tournament, but we all know how this is gonna end Congrats Astralis! mvp dupreeh
2019-03-20 15:23
#133
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GL NiP
2019-03-20 15:23
will MIBR suck again?
2019-03-20 15:41
Lol, no chance whatsoever for mibr. Watch out astralis.... Ez4ence
2019-03-20 15:44
Adam Savage (one of the Mythbuster guys) ?! Wow thats unexpected AF. Does anyone even know if he is into CSGO/e-sports?
2019-03-20 16:13
Tickets sold out just 4 hours after the release. Brazil is ez money.
2019-03-20 16:14
7PM Matches oh yeah thats hot
2019-03-20 16:20
1 Astralis 2 Liquid 3 Faze 4 ENCE 5 MIBR 6 NIP
2019-03-20 16:29
EZ $ ENCE
2019-03-20 16:34
So early on saturday wow
2019-03-20 17:05
#228
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
lets go mibr
2019-03-20 17:39
#229
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Poland Julka 
I like BLAST format, but I'd love to see semis too
2019-03-20 17:42
#236
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Denmark Ahandii89 
Mythbuster stage host woot
2019-03-20 20:44
nice. must watch. good entertainment, yes? I expect!
2019-03-20 22:23
#245
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Turkey guduf 
No bardolph ? Ok :/
2019-03-21 00:37
#246
shox | 
India iejesus 
EZ4FAZE
2019-03-21 02:05
#247
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China Yao_Ming 
bo1s? boring event
2019-03-21 03:30
#248
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Germany Xantennn 
I hope for sjokz and Frankie making out on stage.
2019-03-21 07:11
#250
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Sweden RoyceSW 
hype
2019-03-21 09:33
i think ENCE is going to suck - Astralis or Liquid FTW
2019-03-21 14:57
cool
2019-03-21 17:54
Just waiting to see Godstralis reck The favela Boyz 16 - 0 Gonna be epic AGAIN
2019-03-21 20:28
zzz
2019-03-21 21:34
Ezzz
2019-03-22 03:15
ez4ence
2019-03-22 03:17
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