coldzera: "We are pretty confident on Nuke"

We caught up with Marcelo "coldzera" David during the media day at BLAST Pro Series São Paulo and heard about MIBR's early exit from WESG, adding Nuke to their map pool, and isolating from their family ahead of this tournament.

For the second year in a row, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and co. left WESG disappointed, with this time a loss to Windigo in the quarter-finals cutting their run short In our interview, coldzera admitted that they underestimated their opponent, but also learned from their mistakes.

MIBR decided to go into a "bubble" and isolate from their friends and family at this tournament

The 24-year-old also touched on his relationship with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and how cooperating with the former Liquid player enables him to play better, as well as giving insight on how the team has decided against having family and friends around for this tournament in order to focus on the game more.

I'll obviously ask about WESG because that just finished, before that tournament you stayed in Europe, you had a bootcamp, so obviously, finishing 5-8th, you can't be happy with that. So my question is, back at the ELEAGUE Major before the last WESG you said something along the lines that you don't care about the Major because you are playing with a stand-in and your focus is on WESG. Did you curse yourself with that, seeing that results at the last two WESG's?

(laughs) I mean, after the Major, I think it was a little bit stressful for us, we traveled to Poland to do a bootcamp and we had to do a lot of media stuff as well. We got a little bit tired and stressed out and when we traveled to China it looked like everything went wrong for us. We were really tired, we had a lot of jetlag, stressed out, the practices there were not good enough... We didn't play our best games, we played against Windigo and in our heads, we were supposed to win this match, so I think we played unrespectful. So that was not good.

The matchup was good for us, though, we practiced some maps against them [previously] and it was pretty easy during them. So after that, I think people started thinking that we were going to beat them easily, we played just to play, and that was not good enough to beat them. We were in a moment during the match when the players started to get a little bit nervous because we started losing the third map and everything went wrong for us.

But this tournament was good to see one thing, to never underestimate the opponent, just play our game and do our best and we are going to win. The tournament didn't have too many good teams so if we beat Windigo we were convinced we would beat G2 and play in the finals. We felt really bad losing this tournament, everyone was really sad after the loss, but in another way, it was good for us to lose because right now, in Brazil, we are focusing more and playing more CS and we are going to do our best.

You don't think the result took some wind out of your sails?

No (laughs), we realize we just fu**ed up this tournament.

You have been playing pretty well individually, reuniting the Brazilian roster there is TACO came in, so some people credit your level to you and TACO being that duo, but also the communication went back to Portuguese-Brazilian. So what do you think was the key thing that unlocked your current level? It is not like you were bad last year, but this is more like the coldzera of old.

Playing with TACO is really easy for me. When we brought in Stewie2K and tarik, it was kind of hard for me in the beginning, my English wasn't that good and it was very hard for me to understand when they spoke really fast. And they are really hard to control when playing with them. When I play with Stewie and tarik they like to move more during the round, we don't fix the setup, or we fix it, and then they move. To understand that was hard for me in the beginning, but with TACO it is really easy. We chose what we want to do, we play, he trusts me and I trust him. That how it works for us. We always create something and we always have a surprise for the opponent, so they never know which setup we have or how they need to play against us. That is the biggest impactful point during the matches.

Talking about surprises, you are going to be playing Nuke here against FaZe, you played it at WESG as well but against AGO and in a match that wasn't important. You also left it in the veto against Liquid, they banned it in the end... What is going on with MIBR and Nuke?

(laughs), we are pretty confident on Nuke, we played it at the bootcamp, we played Nuke in Poland, we played Nuke at WESG, we played Nuke in all the practices, we want to play Nuke more and more to get more experience, to play against everyone. Nowadays, not enough teams play Nuke so it is good to add it to your map pool.

A lot of teams have a good map pool against us right now and we want to fight this. That is why we started playing Nuke again. We are pretty confident that we are playing Nuke well, we played it against Liquid a lot in US as well and I think they are kind of scared because we beat them two times during practices. It was pretty good to play against good teams to get the experience.

Do you think that the map pool could be changing in the future, was that something you were considering when you added Nuke?

Yeah, when they bring Cobble back, I think that will be the secret to beating Astralis! Guys, trust me! (laughs)

When they bring Cobblestone back and I think they will remove Mirage because Cache is already being updated. So when they bring Cobble back, new Cache, I think it is going to be good to have Nuke because not a lot of teams are going to play Cobble.

You had a couple of big tournaments in Brazil, notably ESL Pro League S4 and ESL One Belo Horizonte, but you still didn't lift a trophy here for your home crowd. Is there some pressure, that you need to do it now?

Of course, we always want to win in Brazil, we had the chance at ESL Pro League but we lost to Cloud9. Right now, we are kind of in a bubble. We didn't invite girlfriends, family, stuff like that for this week. We are in the hotel, just focusing, concentrating on the tournament, practicing all day, studying the opponents, watching some games to get something new or check how teams like to play against other teams. And we are going to do our best because we want to bring this title home.

At the Major as well you were kind of isolated, usually, at Majors, there would be the whole Brazilian family with you. Do you think that is something that was an issue for you guys previously?

I don't think so. But everyone agreed to not bring family and girlfriends to important tournaments, we now chose just one tournament in a season at which we bring them. For this season we are going to bring them to one tournament, and that is going to be Sydney. We talked about it and everyone is going to bring them to Sydney, that is it. And in the second part of the year it is going to be the same thing. We are going to choose one tournament and it is going to be only one tournament at which we can bring family or girlfriends. It is going to be good for us, we should be a little bit more professional in those terms and just start to think about our game, try to be better and better each tournament.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
991
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1036
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Lul
2019-03-21 20:51
nt
2019-03-21 20:52
What nt?
2019-03-21 20:53
You were close
2019-03-21 20:54
#150
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Brazil SecondKS 
What is nt?
2019-03-22 04:31
#154
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Finland JHdash77 
nice try
2019-03-22 06:35
#176
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Brazil SecondKS 
thanks
2019-03-22 19:05
#155
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Australia t0rrent 
Northern territory
2019-03-22 06:37
#158
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China jacobzhaojy 
lol
2019-03-22 09:35
Ok
2019-03-21 20:51
#4
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Brazil Capi___ 
Nice
2019-03-21 20:51
#5
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Belarus fan_of_North 
Kek
2019-03-21 20:51
#6
shox | 
Ecuador Inflamezzz 
Nice
2019-03-21 20:52
#8
gla1ve | 
India Taystee 
Then why don't you play Astralis on it
2019-03-21 20:52
#11
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Poland friendlySeb 
Cuz they are too good.
2019-03-21 20:52
#53
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India Assassin_KP 
Cuz astralis is the best brooo. No one beats astralis on nuke
2019-03-21 20:59
If you are confident you can ride a BMX you don't start racing down Mt. Everest
2019-03-21 21:01
ahahaha nice example
2019-03-21 21:06
#69
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Brazil blankenstein 
HAHAHAUAHAHAHHA
2019-03-21 21:07
#90
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Brazil yalamix 
+1
2019-03-21 21:25
#121
cocada | 
Brazil Xeruh 
+1
2019-03-21 22:20
xd
2019-03-21 22:18
#140
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Argentina ManaosRules 
+11111
2019-03-22 00:05
#151
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Brazil SecondKS 
Hahahahaha true, true.
2019-03-22 04:32
ur on reddit now
2019-03-22 12:14
#162
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United States kearCS 
Congrats, front page of reddit
2019-03-22 13:07
feelsgoodman
2019-03-22 13:08
+1 Perfect
2019-03-22 13:10
10/10
2019-03-22 16:37
#172
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Brazil Capi___ 
+ LUL
2019-03-22 18:11
Hahahahaha nice one
2019-03-22 18:27
#190
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India AMKW 
Thanks to Reddit
2019-03-23 12:39
#168
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
Because they are the gods of nuke
2019-03-22 17:24
then play it against Astralis
2019-03-21 20:52
not that confident lmao
2019-03-21 20:52
#55
2019-03-21 22:18
#15
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Brazil markinhozz1 
Vai Braziliam
2019-03-21 20:52
easy for mibr
2019-03-21 20:52
#35
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United States WashamGaming 
+1
2019-03-21 20:54
#17
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Panama cyain2029 
lul
2019-03-21 20:52
hahhaah astralis 16 0 u on nuke
2019-03-21 20:53
#70
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Brazil blankenstein 
The way mibr is playing, that is more than Just a possibility hahahaha
2019-03-21 21:08
not the worst joke that I've heard today
2019-03-21 20:53
lol
2019-03-21 20:53
cant wait to see them playing vs astralis XD
2019-03-21 20:53
#26
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Poland boltzzon 
they only beat AG♿ on it lul
2019-03-21 20:53
#27
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Hungary TiboRr 
COLDZERA: "WE ARE PRETTY CONFIDENT ON NUKE" Astralis: Hold my beer
2019-03-21 20:53
#65
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Brazil VeryColdGuy 
this
2019-03-21 21:05
Same thing he said in major ''lets see world no. 1'' they were 16-0ed lul
2019-03-22 18:28
#28
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Turkey midgetim 
lul
2019-03-21 20:53
#29
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Brazil Charizaldo 
words that preceeds the death "We are pretty confident on Nuke"
2019-03-21 20:53
haha
2019-03-21 20:58
#30
TaZ | 
Poland trollorowy 
ez
2019-03-21 20:54
cold is baiting so people dont pick it against them
2019-03-21 20:54
300iq
2019-03-22 09:55
#32
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Well good luck back to back worlds greatest csgo player. Get shit on by liquid. Ezzzzzz
2019-03-21 20:54
TACO would choke you out if you ever talked shit to Coldzera He's jacked, went to Ju Jiustu 8 times a week since he was born
2019-03-21 20:57
#86
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Lol. U the guy I was doing that to except with Elige ?
2019-03-21 21:20
yee boi
2019-03-21 21:44
#133
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Haha gg
2019-03-21 22:54
"I am pretty confident I can bait my teammates on Nuke" - Coldzera
2019-03-21 20:54
nt
2019-03-21 20:56
+1
2019-03-21 20:58
here we go
2019-03-21 20:54
#37
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Europe Ligm@ 
Nice joke from C OMEGALUL ldzeras.
2019-03-21 20:55
#38
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Denmark meganice 
And another from the big book of excuses... The other team beat you because they were better than you Mr.Zera.
2019-03-21 20:55
#44
HUMANS | 
Europe Men))) 
Nexr excuse: we know that Astralis win tournament, and we dont play
2019-03-21 20:56
#48
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Denmark meganice 
Seriously.. Its kinda pathetic.. Its EVERY time they lose a tournament. Always the excuses.. Jetlag, no monitor, lag, mouse problems blablabla..
2019-03-21 20:58
3x BO1 in one day and they're tired.
2019-03-21 21:22
#39
HUMANS | 
Europe Men))) 
Nt baitzera
2019-03-21 20:55
ezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
2019-03-21 20:55
#41
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Jeanzera 
The arrogance, baby the traditional arrogance
2019-03-21 20:56
hes bluffing
2019-03-21 20:56
#51
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Brazil Smartzilian 
+1 hahaha Obviously they're trying to bait the opponents.
2019-03-21 20:58
YOU ARE GOD
2019-03-21 20:57
"Stewie and Tarik were hard to control, BUT TACO WAS TOO EZ" LMFAO BAITZERA
2019-03-21 20:59
leave it open vs astralis and let's check
2019-03-21 21:00
ASTRALIS DOWN WINDIGO NEXT #CRYISFREE
2019-03-21 21:02
Like you were going to pick d2 before the astralis game, but removed against astralis :D
2019-03-21 21:02
#59
NEO | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
King of le bait
2019-03-21 21:03
#60
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Brazil Agamenovsk 
thats bait
2019-03-21 21:03
OMG he just speak to ASTRALIS ,,,,,,,ASTRALIS is GOD ON NUKE,,,,,it is a sign that MIBR is afraid to play agents ASTRALIS, it might seem like a boy of 10, but against the best team in the world ,,,, hahaha MIBR i just have to play better ,,,, loser
2019-03-21 21:05
4/8
2019-03-21 21:04
#63
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Brazil perucs_ 
Go there and beat them all, cold <3
2019-03-21 21:05
16-0 in the major,,,,Dream on, ASTRALIS is the BIG BOOS kid. Hahaha
2019-03-21 21:12
Astralis gonna break that confidence though
2019-03-21 21:05
Cant wait for them loosing every game XD
2019-03-21 21:06
Can't wait for faze disband
2019-03-21 21:11
cant wait for afghanistan getting internet
2019-03-21 21:11
#71
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Brazil NotMibrFan 
nice joke
2019-03-21 21:09
#72
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Brazil perucs_ 
OFF TOPIC : In upcoming matches on BLAST for example above each map pick there are some stars. Some has 3 stars, some has 4 and some even has 5. Do you know what does that mean?
2019-03-21 21:10
3 stars-2x top 10 teams playing 4 stars-2x top 5 teams playing 5 stars 2x top 3 teams playing if you click on the match it shows.
2019-03-21 21:15
#83
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Brazil perucs_ 
Really thanks, bro
2019-03-21 21:16
Yeah, when they bring Cobble back, I think that will be the secret to beating Astralis! Guys, trust me! (laughs) +1 cold
2019-03-21 21:10
#75
tarik | 
Turkey Kebait 
2. MIBR removed Nuke nt baitzera
2019-03-21 21:10
bosszera
2019-03-21 21:12
#80
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Brazil Matheuscgc 
Either Cold is baiting (as always) or Mibr are actually retarded. Mibr needs to work on all maps except Nuke. Inferno is currently a joke, they don't want to play Cache, Dust2 seems fragile, didn't play Mirage with Felps, Overpass is Ok and Train is clearly their best map. If this is true they are just confirming they can't beat Astralis and prefer to focus on beating the others teams
2019-03-21 21:13
#84
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Venezuela 643 
Maybe they realised their nuke is proportionally better than their cache/inferno. And i think it's pretty fair, as long as they don't pick it vs astralis. "If this is true they are just confirming they can't beat Astralis and prefer to focus on beating the others teams". What??? Astralis don't play cache, in a bo3 between them, mibr bans nuke, astralis bans cache, and things stay the same they always had
2019-03-21 21:20
#136
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Brazil Matheuscgc 
They want to be number 1 again so they NEED to beat Astralis the best team in the world (maybe history) on Nuke. Why would Mibr waste time on Nuke. They need to focus on maps that the top teams play Train, Mirage, Overpass, Inferno, The ONLY situation this would make sense is if they permaban Inferno from now on. So they switch Nuke for Inferno and the pool remaining the same.
2019-03-21 23:02
true, teams should focus on Overpass, Train and Mirage (and Cache) to try to beat Astralis, not Nuke and Inferno
2019-03-21 21:21
#139
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Venezuela 643 
I think this has to do more about mibr themselves than about astralis. Mibr realised they nuke is better than their cache (or their inferno). One of these two will become their permaban
2019-03-21 23:45
#82
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Venezuela 643 
This is the 9th or 10th time a mibr player says "we didn't play our game", or "we disrespected the opponent". C'mon, you either admit the other team played better or you stop losing to much weaker teams
2019-03-21 21:15
Ikr? They have a shit ton of experience, one of the most stable rosters (or cores, at least) and they still underestimate opponents. And of course, exSKcuses continue with "jet lag" and "stressed out". Also, they just recently said that while most teams are trying to copy Astralis's professionalism, they (mibr) need to find their own style. And now they stopped bringing families to tournaments and are acting professional-like. Too bad they still lose to Windigo :D
2019-03-22 09:07
Tomorrow faze 16-4 mibr on nuke cmonBruh
2019-03-21 21:18
faze players get outfragged by brazilian non pros on fpl, they will lose all games
2019-03-21 21:25
mibr a lot less shittier than faze
2019-03-21 22:34
#195
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United States AproximateCS 
Aged well
2019-03-25 12:17
#89
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Brazil llskll 
Respect the best player in the world! I can't wait omg
2019-03-21 21:23
#92
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France StickyRice 
Expected from Nukezera
2019-03-21 21:27
#95
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Poland crouzzz 
>mibr >confident on nuke
2019-03-21 21:32
#97
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Other VladimirLucas 
fallen hates nuke
2019-03-21 21:43
now lets win all this sh*t cry Astralis fanboys
2019-03-21 21:44
HAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-03-21 21:45
well, im not!
2019-03-21 21:47
rip faze
2019-03-21 21:48
#103
fer | 
Brazil grandao0 
mithzera on the spot good one
2019-03-21 21:48
#104
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Finland Lehtori 
Fallen made cold say that so teams like navi would ban it against them :>>
2019-03-21 21:49
plays 1 map on Nuke versus AGO * we are confident on Nuke
2019-03-21 21:49
#111
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Brazil VeryMibrGuy 
Apparently you didn’t read the interview.
2019-03-21 22:00
he is just baiting lul
2019-03-21 21:57
Mibr undefeated on nuke Cry is free
2019-03-21 21:58
We are very confident with nuke . "plays Astralis" 1.MIBR removed de_nuke
2019-03-21 21:59
#126
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France funKKush182 
Not only MIBR..mind you !
2019-03-21 22:26
#112
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Brazil VeryMibrGuy 
Let’s go!
2019-03-21 22:01
#113
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Brazil ralfera 
they will get rekt on nuke,
2019-03-21 22:08
#114
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Sweden Lefty138 
"Isolating from the family at the same time fnx returns😁 They don't trust him do They...
2019-03-21 22:10
#116
jOELZ | 
Andorra Kuulers 
16-0---------16-0---------------------------------16-016-016-0 16-0-------16-0----------------------------------16-0---------16-0 16-0-----16-0-----------------------------------16-0-----------16-0 16-0-----16-0-16-0-------16-016-0-------16-0-------------16-0 16-0----16-0---16-0------16-016-0-------16-0-------------16-0 16-0----16-0----16-0-------------------------16-0------------16-0 16-0----16-0---16-0----------------------------16-0---------16-0 16-0-----16-0-16-0------------------------------16-016-016-0
2019-03-21 22:16
#125
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France funKKush182 
+1
2019-03-21 22:26
#157
Zeus | 
Russia Mickeeey 
+1
2019-03-22 09:33
#117
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Brazil Collee 
Should take this more seriously. If you can't win this, it means you have no chance in tier 1 tournaments either
2019-03-21 22:17
cool
2019-03-21 22:24
#124
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France funKKush182 
ASTRALIS : Am i a joke to you?
2019-03-21 22:25
#127
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Denmark U w0t m8? 
Not confident enough to play it against Astralis
2019-03-21 22:29
#129
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Sweden 1iber 
He's confident till moment they play against astralis
2019-03-21 22:30
Incoming call from Astralis...
2019-03-21 22:48
RIP ASTRALIS kAPPA
2019-03-21 22:53
Astralis 16-0 Nuke LUL
2019-03-21 22:55
#135
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Argentina XaiDN 
Astralis xd
2019-03-21 22:57
Krappa
2019-03-21 23:06
#138
frozen | 
Slovakia XMBT 
“And the final score is 16-0 for Astralis”
2019-03-21 23:18
kkkkkkkkkkkk nuke
2019-03-22 01:15
Lets see what you got
2019-03-22 01:40
#147
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China maybe_banned 
1. Mibr banned nuke
2019-03-22 03:48
2. Astralis : thank MIBR, we r so scared of losing on NUKE, kappa
2019-03-22 04:19
2. ASTRALIS removed train What is the problem? Both are banning the each other's best map
2019-03-22 05:47
#149
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
nice !
2019-03-22 04:22
Hahahahaha don't win against Windigo and fells confident? Mua-haaaaaaaaaaaa!
2019-03-22 05:03
#160
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
thats a bait they will ban it vs astralis
2019-03-22 10:02
But not confident against Windigo xaxaxa
2019-03-22 14:08
i think cold its not a baiter at game, like haters likes to say but he baited at this interview!
2019-03-22 16:57
5-16 vs Astralis
2019-03-22 17:25
hahahaha
2019-03-22 23:42
axaxxaaxxaaxxa
2019-03-23 01:35
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK MIBR looking so good
2019-03-23 01:35
#180
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Russia Pushkins 
COLDZERA: "WE ARE PRETTY CONFIDENT ON NUKE"
2019-03-23 01:38
#182
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Well, this aged well.
2019-03-23 02:07
OMEGALUL GOATZERA
2019-03-23 02:09
LMAO
2019-03-23 02:12
#185
kNgV- | 
Brazil Soulsix 
LUL SURE
2019-03-23 02:12
#186
flusha | 
Sweden Cadde 
Baitzeras stock will finally drop
2019-03-23 02:12
#187
easy | 
Finland ENCEL 
Cant even beat Faze on nuke AHAHAHAHA
2019-03-23 04:11
hahahahahahaaha lose against bot clan
2019-03-23 08:11
#189
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India L1nu5 
HHAHAHAHAHAAHAH
2019-03-23 08:15
WE ARE PRETTY CONFIDENT[to be rekted by AstraGODS] ON NUKE
2019-03-23 14:59
faze 16 x 11 mibr
2019-03-23 18:39
OMEGALUL BR BRAIN
2019-03-23 19:38
0-5 LUL
2019-03-25 10:38
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