fnatic secure final IEM Sydney invite

fnatic have received the final invite to IEM Sydney, ESL announced on Monday.

The Swedish side become the 13th team confirmed for the showpiece event, joining a list that is headlined by five top 10 sides, including Liquid, FaZe and MIBR.

Currently ranked 14th in the world, fnatic were last seen at the WESG World Finals, where they finished in fourth place after losing to AGO in the semi-finals and to G2 in the third-place decider, taking home $50,000.

fnatic will return to Sydney next month

Last year, fnatic finished in 5th-6th place in Sydney in what would turn out to be Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson's final event for the team before he was replaced by Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström in the starting line-up.

IEM Sydney will be held from April 30 through to May 5, culminating with the playoffs at the Qudos Bank Arena, where the winner of the grand prize of $100,000 will be determined. There are now just three spots left to fill, with the team list looking as follows:

Europe FaZe
Sweden NiP
Europe mousesports
Germany BIG
Korea MVP PK
China ViCi
Europe GG.BET Invitational winner
Oceania AU/NZ national champion
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
989
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1655
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
#1
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United States VRGcarsonqi
Wow, not expected given their poor performances recently.
2019-03-25 10:47
Yeah man
2019-03-25 10:47
No
2019-03-25 10:47
undeserved
2019-03-25 10:48
#208
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United States Bochanka
Extremely undeserved
2019-03-25 18:56
#23
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Sweden Zaser5
not deserved
2019-03-25 10:48
#210
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:56
#31
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Finland eMBeJaana
wasted spot wtfmen??
2019-03-25 10:50
#211
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:56
Perhaps they will get some redemption this time around...
2019-03-25 11:09
#72
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-03-25 11:09
#114
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Germany laic
Fnatic will lose every game, confirmed
2019-03-25 11:45
#212
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:57
#128
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Austria znamyy
will comeback stronger
2019-03-25 12:01
They need to from katowice so sydney is a perfect and good tier event for fnatic to show some good cs and thy have preformed in every IEM Event (except Katowice 2019 ofc).
2019-03-25 12:55
Expected
2019-03-25 10:46
#3
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France FrighTyyy
Undeserved
2019-03-25 10:46
#213
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:57
undeserved, also where the fuck is tyloo at
2019-03-25 10:48
#39
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India MihirX27
TyLoo got 3-2'd by ViCi in the China Qualifier. RIP.
2019-03-25 10:53
oh RIP
2019-03-25 16:36
I'm still crying
2019-03-25 19:28
Ez
2019-03-25 10:47
wasted spot
2019-03-25 10:47
#25
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Europe Joros
+1
2019-03-25 10:48
+1
2019-03-25 11:13
#214
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:57
I guess no good team wanted to go.
2019-03-25 10:47
#215
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:57
#10
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Spain elskio
no ence?
2019-03-25 10:47
#11
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Poland Hanse
Wasted spot
2019-03-25 10:47
#217
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 18:58
Wtf why no ence men
2019-03-25 10:47
#20
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Europe San4izeees
They are so good for this
2019-03-25 10:48
Might be. I guess thats why astralis and navi didnt go
2019-03-25 10:51
#43
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India MihirX27
Astralis says something about jet lag health issues.
2019-03-25 10:53
#82
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Australia Hexaze
Invites were sent out months ago. Hence, no ENCE.
2019-03-25 11:14
#127
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Australia NotSoMLG
BUT NIP ik bout invite situation though
2019-03-25 11:59
#218
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United States Bochanka
Fnatics invite wasn’t sent months ago XDXD wtf
2019-03-25 18:59
#219
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United States Bochanka
Ence just didn’t want any part of this shitty tournament.
2019-03-25 19:00
This shitty tournament didnt want any part of Ence.
2019-03-26 04:55
#272
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United States Bochanka
Y’all Australians are so sensitive and rude. Like ffs
2019-03-26 17:56
Yeah nah yeah nah
2019-03-27 12:27
undeserved
2019-03-25 10:47
#220
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United States Bochanka
I think we all would’ve rathered to see windigo then Fnatic. Fnatic literally suck and should’ve be a top 30 team.
2019-03-25 19:00
fn♿tic
2019-03-25 10:48
fn♿tic N♿rth N♿Vi
2019-03-25 11:58
NR♿
2019-03-25 16:40
lol, tru tho
2019-03-25 23:40
HAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-03-25 10:48
wasted spot
2019-03-25 10:48
#221
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-25 19:01
Not deserved
2019-03-25 10:48
Wasted spot
2019-03-25 10:48
LMAOOOOOOOO
2019-03-25 10:48
#26
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Singapore FallBlade
ripperonis
2019-03-25 10:48
fnotic
2019-03-25 10:48
#28
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France StickyRice
IEM idiots not inviting a team like ENCE, NaVi, Vitality or G2 but inviting washed up teams like Fnatic or BIG, OMEGALUL
2019-03-25 10:49
Obviously they tried to invite those teams, but for some reasons teams declined invitation
2019-03-25 10:50
#44
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France StickyRice
NaVi and Vitality should have tried to come for one of these Tier 2.5 events they could maybe win (or Liquid is Tier 1.5 there, any other team is definitely beatable to them) G2 probably was deciding what would be their roster, keep bodyy, remove him, how to get AmaNEk, and such when invites were made. And ENCE definitely deserved one (maybe they declined before) but Fnatic getting invited a few weeks after ENCE's run at a Major (and Fnatic was awful at Major in the meantime)
2019-03-25 10:54
#69
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France StickyRice
(only* Liquid is Tier 1.5 there)
2019-03-25 11:09
G2 Botsports don’t deserve invite either.
2019-03-25 11:35
Wasn’t G2 raped by BiG during the Qualifier?
2019-03-25 11:44
Yes they were. But french hate germans so they say BIG is washed up when G2 is more washed up than bot fnatic and BIG.
2019-03-25 11:45
Because it was online and we all know that onlineTARES=GODTARES Also G2 still had bodyy at the time, with Amanek they look like they have a wider map pool including train and nuke. Anyways G2 already qualified for Dreamhack Masters Dallas so I'm sure they are ok with not going to this one. The same qualifier where BIG lost to Valiance :0
2019-03-26 10:43
'washed up team' BIG beat G2 in the qualifiers to earn a spot, they weren't invited OMEGALUL Don't get triggered tho
2019-03-25 10:51
#47
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France StickyRice
my bad, still washed up, still BUGLINERS
2019-03-25 10:54
+ Rn it would make sense to invite a team like G2, but at the time of qualifiers G2 looked absolute shit and you can't expect IEM to predict a roster change Vitality at the time was also relatively unproven (it was before the major)
2019-03-25 11:00
#68
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France StickyRice
Thanks for your reply. Yeah i wanted to check when was the qualifier than BIG won, because since they have failed at the Major, and Vitality and especially G2 (G2 was disappointing still a few weeks ago with bodyy) but now they are improving a lot with AmaNEk Windigo definitely would deserve a spot as well.
2019-03-25 11:07
Bit mad that Grayhound have to qualify After last years performance at Sydney and with their recent results
2019-03-25 10:49
#30
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United Kingdom Koalathis
Wasted spot, should have been ENCE
2019-03-25 10:49
I guess they declined because the timezone
2019-03-25 10:54
Wasted spot
2019-03-25 10:50
#34
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Sweden AlexQ4
Nice, no astralis in this tournement
2019-03-25 10:51
#42
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Australia xlbelx123
I just wanted to see astralis lifting the trophy in my city T__T
2019-03-25 10:53
#35
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France StickyRice
Liquid has already won the trophy. This event is about guessing who will get rekt by Liquid in final : Renegades, NRG, Mouz (we don't know their level yet) or NiP lul FaZe to disappoint as usual
2019-03-25 10:51
Liquid hasnt won any tier 1 tournaments yet so maybe they wont win this either
2019-03-25 10:55
#51
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France StickyRice
No ENCE, no NaVi (even though NaVi isn't impressive or anything), NiP inconsistent as fak, FaZe super trash, MIBR even trashier. Even though FaZe and MIBR have 5 weeks to fix issue, they come from a pretty low point so ...
2019-03-25 10:56
I think ence doesnt care about this tournament because astralis isnt here. Aleksib said in finnish media that their only goal now is to beat astralis
2019-03-25 11:00
lol youre never sure with liquid in contrary to astralis, theyre weak mentally and never won anything relevant to this day even when they had really good chance to do so
2019-03-25 11:28
Undeserved for sure, where are vitality ence or navi, that performed better in the last iem...
2019-03-25 10:52
YESSS TOURNAMENT WITHOUT ASTRALIS ESKETIT
2019-03-25 10:53
Mous, swole patrol, fnatic, Big what a waste
2019-03-25 10:53
What's Swole gonna do? swag is literally the only guy on the roster
2019-03-25 14:04
tier 2 tournament lmao, still too much for fnatic
2019-03-25 10:54
#50
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Finland lasarus
ENCE HELLO?
2019-03-25 10:56
#175
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United Kingdom XNL
They declined the invite. Shows how much of an ENCE fan you are.
2019-03-25 14:49
#178
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Finland lasarus
Yeah I quickly realized that they had most probably declined the invite. But hey I'm just a fan from begginning of this roster...
2019-03-25 15:02
#179
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United Kingdom XNL
I thought you Finnish lot were meant to be smart.
2019-03-25 15:12
#180
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Finland lasarus
I can't understand what you're trying to say because either that doesn't make any sense or that my language skills aren't good enough.
2019-03-25 15:14
#181
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Finland lasarus
Or did you mean the -second- *first* post as a compliment??
2019-03-25 15:24
#182
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United Kingdom XNL
Lol, don't worry.
2019-03-25 15:20
#183
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Finland lasarus
I mean tf are you even trying to say? That I'm dumb, because of what? English isn't my native language and you should understand that.
2019-03-25 15:26
#185
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United Kingdom XNL
I'm not insulting your intelligence, it was a joke.
2019-03-25 15:40
#187
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Finland lasarus
Thanks for explaining and have a great day!
2019-03-25 15:51
#52
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Slovenia Tiooslak
No NaVi, Ence and Astralis.
2019-03-25 10:57
#70
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Poland Kaja
Astralis on this tournament = guess...
2019-03-25 11:09
#53
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Russia Astrali5
wasted spot
2019-03-25 10:57
#54
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Yugoslavia Esketite
finally no astralis. but maybe should have been navi or ence
2019-03-25 10:58
#173
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United Kingdom XNL
They all declined the invite.
2019-03-25 14:49
wtf wasted spot this is coming from a fnatic fan btw
2019-03-25 11:00
>ence,navi >Fnatic S1mple:IEM Sydney is f*cking shiiit
2019-03-25 11:01
#60
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Finland 0lter
No ence hahaha
2019-03-25 11:01
#172
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United Kingdom XNL
They declined the invite.
2019-03-25 14:48
wasted spot
2019-03-25 11:02
No Astralis, wasted event
2019-03-25 11:04
So Swole and Swag are playing?
2019-03-25 11:05
#73
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Russia razorVJ
No Astralis, no Na`Vi, no ENCE. Shit event, easy money for Liquid.
2019-03-25 11:09
#74
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Finland satkis
T2 event
2019-03-25 11:11
#75
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Myanmar xdcc
wasted spot
2019-03-25 11:11
G2 deserve it better
2019-03-25 11:12
kinda disappointing, must admit some of these EU teams need to get over this EU complex they have, for years NA and Asia teams have had to travel to Europe and jetlag wasnt an excuse but when its them they just say nah skipping cos jetlag. they are professionals right? i would understand if there was a major around the corner but there isn't. Iem Sydney was like one of the best non major events last year, now its just a tier 2 event
2019-03-25 11:12
like starseries or epicenter tbh , CS is so weird lately, probably due to the fact that astralis is dominating so it feels like there isnt any real top teams aside of them
2019-03-25 11:27
It's their choice
2019-03-25 11:28
#79
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Other NDRnews
Why invite t5?
2019-03-25 11:13
No NaVi , wasted event tier 10 event.
2019-03-25 11:13
#171
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United Kingdom XNL
They declined the invite.
2019-03-25 14:48
easy Liquid
2019-03-25 11:14
gl fnatic
2019-03-25 11:14
Invite Envy for Nifty can rek again
2019-03-25 11:15
WHAT, fnatic get invited yet g2 doesnt? what is this shit?
2019-03-25 11:15
Tier 2 event, no ENCE & Astralis LUL
2019-03-25 11:18
Great event if ence was also here.
2019-03-25 11:21
F
2019-03-25 11:23
srsly undeserved if they dont plan to at least kick xizt, this team has no future with inconsistent and poor decision making awper and old washed up dude that is a self proclaimed igl and isnt worth anything in reality+ trash veto
2019-03-25 11:25
undeserved
2019-03-25 11:26
imagine if Liquid loses this
2019-03-25 11:27
VP 2.0 xD
2019-03-25 11:27
WASTED SPOT , even G2 would have been a better option .
2019-03-25 11:29
#103
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Spain 7VultuR
What happened with the trio that left swole patrol to go to eunited? Is swole patrol finally playing the event? If yes, that would be awesome, karma for the snakes
2019-03-25 11:36
#104
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Other fo3nixz
no no no no. give beter deserving teams a spot
2019-03-25 11:31
#105
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Poland BAN_ANIME
wasted spot lul
2019-03-25 11:34
LMAO too bad, Sydney used to be great
2019-03-25 11:40
Tier 2 event rip
2019-03-25 11:41
Vitality should have been invited over Fnatic :/
2019-03-25 11:51
#118
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United States GiantDays
Why?
2019-03-25 11:54
wasted spot lul
2019-03-25 11:54
Fnatic is going to rise soon!! Ez for Krimz
2019-03-25 11:55
Where is ENCE?
2019-03-25 11:56
#170
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United Kingdom XNL
Declined invite.
2019-03-25 14:47
all these people crying undeserved-true its undeserved but are you guys new to how IEM operates? they always prioritize name value-from players to orgs not current form or results -prime example is their ELO system at major which bo one knows how they make up some random numbers LUL
2019-03-25 12:05
AU/NZ national champion Mosquee left the chat
2019-03-25 12:07
#131
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Luxembourg alex24
wasted spot
2019-03-25 12:08
#133
ropz | 
Russia k0zh
Na'Vi? Ahm, OK... 🙃
2019-03-25 12:11
#169
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United Kingdom XNL
Declined.
2019-03-25 14:47
#246
ropz | 
Russia k0zh
OK, thank you for the info, but how did you know this? I didn't notice the news.
2019-03-25 21:19
Easy for Liquid (or maybe Renegades)
2019-03-25 12:13
+1
2019-03-25 12:18
What a major :Kappa:
2019-03-25 12:16
Dead last once again
2019-03-25 12:17
wasted
2019-03-25 12:19
Meh. Was hyped for this tournament but not anymore
2019-03-25 12:19
What
2019-03-25 12:24
#144
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Finland Emvi
used to be a good event, now look at it
2019-03-25 12:25
Wasted spot, won't get to playoffs anyways
2019-03-25 12:37
#146
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Israel FRIsaac
flair? lel
2019-03-25 12:40
I don't believe in this team with trashxizt
2019-03-25 12:44
+1 legit want them to loose so they FINALLY kick him, pretty insane that they need so many trash result to take that decision
2019-03-25 12:45
Yet they probably still think he was a good pickup and an improvement over golden
2019-03-25 13:23
#147
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Sweden Lagge15
Did all other top 30 teams decline?
2019-03-25 12:42
#168
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United Kingdom XNL
Astralis, ENCE and NaVi all declined.
2019-03-25 14:43
#150
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo#/ stop crying about invite.... fnatic is still a top 12 team in esl rankings.There were 8 invites and 4 teams declined invite. Also don't forget that fnatic was still a top 8 team when invites were sent.They would have got invitation no matter what even if astralis & navi participated.
2019-03-25 12:48
Would rather have vitality over fnatic all day everyday
2019-03-25 12:58
#184
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
Well vitality is not even top 12 ranked team in esl rankings. Fnatic in their worst form is still top 12. So you get the picture
2019-03-25 15:40
This event became tier 2 wtf
2019-03-25 12:53
So now teams are getting invited because they have a famous name. No one cares that they bacame so trash :D
2019-03-25 12:57
Big orgs bring more people and are way more likely to comeback in the future even if they struggle atm, not saying its good to invite them instand of rising teams but everyone know we wont hear much about teams like windigo ago n shit in the future while teams like g2, fnatic or faze will surely make changes and somehow make it back to the top if things arent working
2019-03-25 14:07
Fnatic OMEGALUL what rank are they these days 37th
2019-03-25 13:32
Wastes spot omegalul
2019-03-25 13:49
the very definition of a wasted spot. There are like 10 EU teams that are better than fnatic right now.
2019-03-25 15:00
wtf , I just realized that that there's no astralis
2019-03-25 15:50
undeserved
2019-03-25 16:01
no Astralis, Ence, and Navi... :(
2019-03-25 16:41
liquid vs mibr on final already xd
2019-03-25 16:43
bench xzit
2019-03-25 17:20
#197
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United States NoteStars
Let's bet on Liquid choking without Astralis again
2019-03-25 17:24
Renegades, NRG and Liquid are interesting, but most of the teams here are simply bad or badly out of form.
2019-03-25 17:34
These invite spots are legit becoming a joke. Your previous status as a top team is not relevant if that same line-up is no longer together. Give this invite to a performing team such as ENCE.
2019-03-25 18:40
Wasted invite
2019-03-25 18:58
#222
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United States Bochanka
What a joke of an invite.
2019-03-25 19:01
#226
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Lithuania andy_
AAHHAAHHAH UNDESERVED
2019-03-25 19:19
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA NO ASTRALIS INV HAHAHAHA
2019-03-25 19:28
they declined invItation
2019-03-25 21:00
Where's Astralis?
2019-03-25 20:56
they declined invItation
2019-03-25 21:00
Ohhh fairs
2019-03-25 21:01
I know a lot of the other top 10 teams (ENCE, Astralis, Na’Vi etc) refused invites, but FNATIC have looked awful recently. I would’ve preferred they invited G2 (I know they played in the qualifier) or North or C9, just someone with a chance to do something. FNATIC are gonna get banged out my most teams here, even some of the Asian Teams.
2019-03-26 03:22
ez for CSK
2019-03-26 05:41
what even is this for event, lmfao tier 1,2,3, in the same league xD
2019-03-26 14:17
Please kick Xizt out of Fnatic!
2019-03-27 02:30
#278
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Canada $t4Rboy
Definitely given over their brand clout - not performance...
2019-03-27 06:37
Let's hope they will find their form again.
2019-03-27 15:32
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