NiP CEO: "We definitely thought dennis would be out for more than two events; he is feeling much better and is very eager to play"

We caught up with NiP CEO Hicham Chahine to know more about Dennis "dennis" Edman's return to the team and the contractual situation of William "draken" Sundin.

dennis is set to return to action for NiP later on Tuesday after taking a short break from the game to relax and recover from an intense tournament schedule.

draken, a former NiP member himself, filled in for the team in dennis' absence, attending BLAST Pro Series São Paulo and StarSeries i-League Season 7, where the Ninjas placed fourth and 5th-8th respectively.

draken watches on as dennis returns to NiP's starting lineup

The Swedish AWPer has since spoken on his stream about his situation and admitted that he was surprised to see dennis return this quickly. He also confessed that he does not know what his future holds, with his previous team having already found a replacement for him in Tim "nawwk" Jonasson after signing with GamerLegion.

Read on as the NiP CEO discusses dennis' spell on the sidelines, the player's current state of mind and draken's situation after being left without a spot in the starting lineup.

When dennis announced that he had to take a break, did he ever give a timeline on how long he expected to stay out? Judging from draken's comments on his stream, dennis was expected to sit out something like six events, not just two.

We did not know how long he would be out for. The guidance was that it could be for a longer period of time, given the issue was likely burnout. From experience, burnouts can last for a very long time and we had to look for a person to fill his spot thinking long-term.

We definitely thought dennis would be out for more than two events. I am very happy he recovered faster and understand that it was not ideal for draken. It was impossible to know how long this would take.

NiP always mentioned draken as a stand-in, but in the interview that we did with him, he said that he was signed for the whole year. Could you clarify the sort of deal that he signed and whether or not he remains tied to the organisation?

The contract was signed for 2019 to make sure we had stability in the roster with only one change and did not have to look for a new player again in the worst-case scenario. When negotiating the contract with draken's father, we agreed on a termination clause to ensure he did not end up on the bench when dennis returned, so there is no buy-out required for draken. He is free to join any other team, and can terminate the contract in the event of benching. This was requested as draken would be standing in for the team, and ensured him full flexibility when dennis returned.

So until he has terminated his deal with NiP, he will continue getting paid, correct?

Yes. We can also terminate the deal but have not done so.

draken seemed disappointed that he missed out on the chance to sign for GamerLegion to play just two events with NiP. How did he react to the news that dennis was back on the team?

He was of course disappointed to not play more events with us, that is natural. He got thrown into the team at short notice, which is challenging. With only two events there is limited time to show what you can do and play at your best, he still feels like he had a lot to prove.

On a personal level he is a great person, and the tone has been positive since he got the news.

You have certainly talked to dennis in the last few days. How has he looked? What is his mindset like?

Based on our conversations, he is feeling much better; relaxed, in a good mood and very eager to play. I can’t wait to see our first games with him back tonight. I really like him on a personal level and really enjoy having him in NiP, I know the players feel the same way. He has a very high skill potential, but even when he is not performing at his best he gives a good sense of security to everyone by just being there.

NiP will take on Heroic in their first match in ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe Group B, at 22:00, with FaZe and devils.one making up the rest of the group.

Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
316
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
846
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ok
2019-04-16 16:39
#6
wannafly | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-16 16:39
#41
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Germany retardNumber1 
what he talking about
2019-04-16 16:55
#104
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Norway bruhfessor 
NiP Pita is a scammer #NeverForget
2019-04-16 18:35
It was not pita talking it was Hicham Chahine
2019-04-16 19:25
#117
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Norway bruhfessor 
Remember #104
2019-04-16 19:31
- Pita (Coach) + GTR (Coach) + drakeN (full time awper)
2019-04-16 20:27
+1
2019-04-16 21:05
#104
2019-04-16 21:42
Signed up 2018-07-08 Comments 3350
2019-04-18 20:59
#174
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Norway bruhfessor 
You cannot post more than 150 replies per day You cannot post more than 5 threads per day
2019-04-18 21:03
Nerd
2019-04-16 18:31
-gtr +draken/nawwk force dennis to play support ez fix
2019-04-16 16:40
#13
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Netherlands Xexer 
Draken overrated. 95 rated
2019-04-16 16:41
Easy ruining the team.
2019-04-16 16:58
"force player to play X role" yeah that has never backfired hahahaha
2019-04-16 17:20
orgs should seriously consider hiring hltv users as team managers
2019-04-16 17:29
+100
2019-04-16 18:10
Those orgs would bankrupt within a month after the hltv guy has purchased the 5 most expensive players on the market
2019-04-16 18:50
+s1mple +coldzera +NiKo +sunny +Fallen(IGL) ez top 1
2019-04-16 18:56
+zonic coach ez era for Made in BankRuptcy.
2019-04-16 19:03
true lol also +gla1ve for good nvidia settings))))))
2019-04-16 19:05
LMAO
2019-04-16 20:01
#165
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Portugal balele666 
hahahaha, yes like a IT manager xD
2019-04-17 16:10
#119
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Ukraine s1mple_ 
Nice one lul
2019-04-16 19:54
Lol
2019-04-16 20:22
#147
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Cyprus leoreoseo 
Fallen over glave. Hahaha, are you still in 2016? Seriosly, do you even watch cs?
2019-04-17 02:16
I don't consider FalleN a better IGL than gla1ve, it was just a stupid example of a 'MiBR fix'
2019-04-17 02:39
#64
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
Unfortunately, gtr is great for the fans.
2019-04-16 17:22
#74
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Europe UnlukoMaluko 
then he could go as a maskot and problem solved....but he seriously must stop playing
2019-04-16 17:38
#148
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Cyprus leoreoseo 
You do know gtr is playing as support? Please name 3 players from sweden who could do a better Job. If he was a free agent i bet almost every team top team in the world would try to sign him as a support player.
2019-04-17 02:37
#166
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Europe UnlukoMaluko 
and when you wake up, you realize your dream was just a wish
2019-04-17 16:50
He can become the coach, then he's still present and his moral and mental side will be much more valuable than pita's tactics and lackluster mentality as a coach (some of the most nervous bodylanguage in a coach I've ever seen).
2019-04-16 18:21
#112
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Netherlands Dust2isBest 
Pita is the best coach in human history (counting all kinds of sports)
2019-04-16 19:09
ROFL at NAWK pick. Another overrated Swedish player overhyped by swedish kids.
2019-04-16 17:43
#86
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Germany miinus 
"ROFL at NAWK pick. Another overrated Swedish player overhyped by swedish kids." – GeT_RiGhT fan
2019-04-16 17:54
#97
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Argentina MrRioKai 
+1
2019-04-16 18:17
#146
f0rest | 
Sweden ZeroXy 
Draken is better for Nip then dennis. They need a awp player. I dont know why they have not kicked out dennis.
2019-04-17 00:41
#163
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Bosnia and Herzegovina awn12 
He was scared for the spot, cuz draken played really good
2019-04-17 14:35
cool!
2019-04-16 16:39
mibr is your flair!
2019-04-16 16:44
#56
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United Kingdom seoseraph 
You are a very friendly Brazilian guy!
2019-04-16 17:11
your name is seoseraph!
2019-04-16 19:04
#5
rain | 
Norway Alexed 
God Dennis back in action
2019-04-16 16:39
#7
ZywOo | 
France GODme 
Lmao Dennis knoob
2019-04-16 16:40
Better than you
2019-04-16 18:31
#103
ZywOo | 
France GODme 
I doubt it
2019-04-16 18:32
#8
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Ukraine vladiik69 
1st
2019-04-16 16:40
#23
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Ukraine JaikaZ 
nt
2019-04-16 16:44
#27
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Ukraine vladiik69 
fak
2019-04-16 16:46
#10
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Bulgaria R34 
Good to hear
2019-04-16 16:40
Lol he just comeback because drake had a decent tournament... And is playing like shit so...
2019-04-16 16:40
Drake? He's just toured the UK
2019-04-16 16:42
Lol dude. Ok then. NIP with Dennis is been playing wonderfully...
2019-04-16 16:46
I think you misunderstood me or something haha you said Drake in your first comment who has just been on tour in the UK not playing for NIP.
2019-04-16 16:47
LUL
2019-04-16 16:56
#35
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France FrighTyyy 
True, he was just scared that he would lose a place in the team.
2019-04-16 16:50
#71
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Switzerland mauricee 
draken did not have any good tournament lol
2019-04-16 17:30
Well we didn't watch the same tournament then. It was decent.
2019-04-16 17:39
#79
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Switzerland mauricee 
bro he had 0.95 rating all over his time in NiP
2019-04-16 17:40
What r u talking about. I just talked about the tournament nothing else. He had a decent tournament. Dennis is playing worse then draken
2019-04-16 17:46
With some burn out issues. Dont forget
2019-04-16 20:48
#12
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Finland Risezz 
nice nice
2019-04-16 16:41
So until he has terminated his deal with NiP, he will continue getting paid, correct? Yes. We can also terminate the deal but have not done so. Good guy NIP
2019-04-16 16:41
#25
rain | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
True
2019-04-16 16:45
#29
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Probably fears Draken's dad would buy the organization once and for all if they keep on shitting on him.
2019-04-16 16:46
#32
Happy | 
African Union Fuguu 
true x)
2019-04-16 16:49
Lul true
2019-04-16 17:14
lmao
2019-04-16 18:13
#121
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Ukraine s1mple_ 
Draken has wealthy dad? Sorry I don't know about it
2019-04-16 19:56
#152
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Indonesia Joji6661 
Draken's dad is the ceo of a music company in sweden i think
2019-04-17 03:45
#100
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
No NIP can't just terminate the deal. You don't know how contracts work. Both parts have to agree to do so.
2019-04-16 18:25
#116
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Can u read?
2019-04-16 19:28
#118
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
Yes i can: "Yes. We can also terminate the deal but have not done so. Good guy NIP"
2019-04-16 19:52
#154
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Read interview, not comments Why ceo of NIP would lie about this
2019-04-17 06:39
#159
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Israel TimeDani 
Maybe he signed that the contract can be terminated when Dennis comes back by both parties when ever they want and maybe the reason he did he though he’ll play for nip half a year and get his rep back up and then get a offer and leave nip with ez
2019-04-17 12:27
#160
NiKo | 
Sweden Flippee 
WTF are you talking about. Draken is still signed with NiP. There is no such contracts as the org can terminate them whenever they want.
2019-04-17 12:32
#164
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Israel TimeDani 
There is if the part of the contract says this contract can be terminated whenever the org wants, it can be terminated when ever the org wants yes he is still contracted to nip but they said they can terminate the contract to prevent him being benched but seeing as he has no option and draken going all in on nip the org was nice enough to keep him so he can get paid a little bit of reading won’t kill you
2019-04-17 15:28
Hes just eager not to lose his spot on NiPXD
2019-04-16 16:42
atleast give that draken bruv a few more events to flair up his chances with some other teams like hotdamn dennis go on a vacation!
2019-04-16 16:43
I hope he is actually better
2019-04-16 16:43
#19
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India gawd_right 
GoD_RiGhT
2019-04-16 16:43
This is why I've got respect for NiP. Thankfully he's still getting paid so there is at least that.
2019-04-16 16:43
#63
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
+1
2019-04-16 17:20
#22
rain | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
I love dennis's playstyle when he is feeling it lets fucking go
2019-04-16 16:44
+1 Its like Fer on steroids and maybe even lower IQ <3
2019-04-16 17:58
#88
rain | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
Iq means nothg its so entertaining to watch
2019-04-16 18:00
Agree 100% ))))
2019-04-16 19:54
If we get Prime Dennis back... I can see NiP in the top5
2019-04-16 16:44
#40
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Denmark GODSENT|Klint 
-gtr +any swedish player over 1.00 rating Then we have a top 5 NiP team
2019-04-16 16:54
+any swedish Support Player who is better than GeT_RiGhT at helping his Team oh wait there aren't any
2019-04-16 16:57
#61
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Denmark GODSENT|Klint 
Thats a bait, would say KRiMZ is better (dont know if he is still a support) gtr had his time, but he is just so bad now. Tbh i think bååten would do a better job. I dont think you knows this, but gtr is a lurker, so i cant see why they would replace him with a support.
2019-04-16 17:22
In which World is krimz a Support player GeT_RiGhT is an amazing Support Player, even other pro players credit him for his work, sadly most people just look at the kills and be like "Oh My GaWd He HaS a K/d bElOw 1 GeT gOoD fUcKiNg TrAsH pLaYeR" I never saw baaten play but i heard his Name once in 2 years+ of Pro csgo so I guess he probably isn't that popular for being a helpful/good Support player
2019-04-16 17:24
#68
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Denmark GODSENT|Klint 
M8 gtr isnt a support xDDDDDDDDD
2019-04-16 17:26
PFFFHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA IM PASSING OUT Not gonna waste one more second with your big brain OMEGALUL XDDD
2019-04-16 17:27
#78
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Denmark GODSENT|Klint 
The fact that you dont even know he is a lurker is worrying lol
2019-04-16 17:40
this isn't 2015 anymore
2019-04-17 02:52
lately yes he is
2019-04-16 17:39
#82
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Denmark GODSENT|Klint 
Source? I have unfortuneatly not read anything about it
2019-04-16 17:51
...watch games?
2019-04-16 18:12
#131
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Finland dev2ce 
source? lmao you think teams have defined roles? watch the games dumbass.
2019-04-16 20:43
Nobody's going to write an article every time a player takes on a new "role" lol Roles in CS:GO are super flexible.
2019-04-17 02:53
Lol
2019-04-16 16:45
#31
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Denmark mindgames 
To be honest that's a hell of a deal draken has made. Getting paid for not playing... Of course, NiP could just terminate the contract, but I guess they want to wait and see how well dennis will be doing on the team.
2019-04-16 16:49
#33
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United States subzera 
Unfortunate for draken but I'm glad Dennis is back. Great to hear
2019-04-16 16:50
#34
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United States godkeno 
yall gonna see draken playing for NoChance. the one and only team that could be fit for draken. ofc, for now.
2019-04-16 16:50
xaxaxaxa draken used like a disposable bottle of forest’s finest eucalyptus and tea tree beard oil
2019-04-16 16:52
#39
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Belgium jorneiro 
lmao
2019-04-16 16:53
lmao wtf did i just read. +1
2019-04-16 18:15
How many Bambi's did he killed to feel better?
2019-04-16 16:52
Good job Draken, joining Nip for 2 months when you can join GamerLegion, now he'll be teamless for few months
2019-04-16 16:53
#42
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Sweden yayer 
a.k.a we didnt mean to fuck draken up
2019-04-16 16:55
It was rather expected that was the case.
2019-04-16 16:59
#43
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Ukraine Dragonb0rn 
ez4draken, wait
2019-04-16 16:55
Nice to see Dennis back in the team.
2019-04-16 16:57
#48
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Europe R2D2s 
In first photography, he looks like Paul Walker :/
2019-04-16 16:58
It's been a long day without dennis, my friend.
2019-04-17 09:55
I like Dennis, but I'm not sure if this return isn't a downgrade
2019-04-16 17:00
I'm sure every player is eager to sub for NiP now they can see the full extent to which they can get rekt like draken
2019-04-16 17:04
#52
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Asia jelly_taeyeon 
#EZ4NIP
2019-04-16 17:05
hello back denis! 🗿🗿
2019-04-16 17:07
and so what ? he is still washed up ....
2019-04-16 17:09
#55
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
here is no buy-out required for draken. He is free to join any other team lmao, still no one wants him
2019-04-16 17:09
#58
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Sweden ThorinEk 
papa draken hard negotiater i see
2019-04-16 17:17
He needs a good start and positive vibes from the comunity, thats for damn sure..
2019-04-16 17:18
ahaha
2019-04-16 17:19
tier 31534 team, who cares...
2019-04-16 17:22
#98
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Literally in the top 10 of hltv
2019-04-16 18:20
fluke wins
2019-04-16 19:17
#125
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Argentina MrRioKai 
With that criteria, ENCE Is a fluke as big as motherfucking russia
2019-04-16 20:26
#127
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Just an example
2019-04-16 20:27
flair and flag axaxax
2019-04-16 20:28
#129
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Argentina MrRioKai 
At least isurus Made it into EPL, where Is ence? Xd
2019-04-16 20:29
2nd in major axaxa
2019-04-16 20:29
#138
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Argentina MrRioKai 
And didnt qualify for EPL. By your criteria, a big ass fluke
2019-04-16 21:05
#161
fer | 
Brazil redv4nced 
Tier 30 Isurus qualifies for EPL, loses against Detona
2019-04-17 13:26
#162
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Argentina MrRioKai 
A- It was against w7m B- I dont see detona in the masters dallas
2019-04-17 13:28
#66
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United States Sh00ze 
this guy could use a pistol all game and id be convinced
2019-04-16 17:22
So fucking obvious that dennis is only on the team because they like him. He is a really nice guy but draken is a lot better for the team.
2019-04-16 17:30
Seeing draken play well put his back on his feet
2019-04-16 17:31
#75
Davidp | 
Sweden meistr0 
"We Definitely thought Dennis would be out for more than two events" Yes i agree, he should be out forever from NIP roster, same with Bot_Right.
2019-04-16 17:38
#132
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Finland dev2ce 
nt nawwk and hampus are trash and wont get an offer from nip
2019-04-16 20:45
0/8.
2019-04-16 20:48
#136
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Finland dev2ce 
they will stay in tier 5 until forever
2019-04-16 20:50
#80
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African Union mikecool 
GL in finding a new team draken. I'm sure he'll be able to find some decent team willing to pick him up soon.
2019-04-16 17:41
he saw how good draken was playing and decided to cum back before he got permanently replaced
2019-04-16 17:47
#85
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
-dennis + flusha
2019-04-16 17:54
good to see Dennis back... he never was the problem. GTR is the problem
2019-04-16 18:00
#90
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Germany miinus 
Nice guy Mr. NiP not terminating contract
2019-04-16 18:02
#91
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United States Jkhes 
Hopefully they bring draken back permanently.
2019-04-16 18:08
draken is still pissed and tries to fuel that into his play.
2019-04-16 18:14
#106
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Spain RobertoTN 
draken is better
2019-04-16 18:55
ok pal
2019-04-16 19:04
#113
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Germany igNite_ 
F in chat for draken Pog
2019-04-16 19:12
will be Draken died for this?
2019-04-16 20:18
#133
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Sweden Bakkmann 
Still Draken > Dennis Gl tho to my bros
2019-04-16 20:47
I thought King HeatoN was CEO
2019-04-16 21:08
me2. Where is HeatoN now?
2019-04-17 08:43
#140
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Europe Ru1n 
Plopski nawwk draken lekr0 rez future nip
2019-04-16 21:16
lol
2019-04-16 22:19
That picture is nuts lol
2019-04-16 22:22
Dennis was afraid Draken would play well and the team would replace him, so he came back so fast
2019-04-16 22:33
20iq ceo
2019-04-16 23:24
so Friberg will play against nip now a great player.
2019-04-17 04:07
dennis, take down top teams from inside "I am better than olof."
2019-04-17 09:08
-gtr +draken Kkthx
2019-04-17 12:07
> dead game > burnouts choose both
2019-04-17 17:26
dat draken in the background be like "wat?"
2019-04-17 18:30
#169
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Malaysia GatzfiX 
draken just go create new team with flusha nawwk hampus plopski ez t2 swedish lineup
2019-04-17 19:18
Finally draken is out, I can cheer for NiP again.
2019-04-17 21:19
-gtr +flusha as igl and lekro as support/lurk k thx bye
2019-04-18 08:52
dennis, krimz, flusha should create a new swedish superteam maybe with draken
2019-04-18 09:14
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