IEM Chicago 2019 announced

Eight teams will be competing at this years IEM stop in Chicago, which will take place on 18-21 July and have $250,000 up for grabs.

The group stage will be played out on the first two days, backstage, while the playoffs of the tournament will take place in the United Center, the 23,500-seater arena that is the home of the Chicago Bulls, on July 20-21. IEM Chicago 2019 will happen earlier in the year than it did in 2018, towards the end of July, making it overlap with the Americas and Europe Minors in Berlin.

IEM returns to Chicago, but with some changes

Only eight teams will be in competition, down from last year's sixteen, with the competitors being placed in two fully-BO3 GSL groups and only the two best squads advancing to the playoffs.

The full schedule is available below:

Thursday, 18th July
18:00 Group A match #1 & #2 (BO3)
21:50 Group B match #1 & #2 (BO3)
~01:40 Group A winners' match (BO3)
~01:40 Group A elimination match (BO3)

Friday, 19th July
18:00 Group B winners' match (BO3)
18:00 Group B elimination match (BO3)
~21:50 Group A decider match (BO3)
~01:25 Group B decider match (BO3)

Saturday, 20th, July
21:30 Semi-final #1 (BO3)
~01:20 Semi-final #2 (BO3)

Sunday, 21st July
21:30 Grand Final (BO5)

The Europe vs. North America rivalry is something ESL emphasized in the announcement, with the team list set to follow that as each region will be featured with four representatives.

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Nice
2019-04-26 19:26
33 replies
2
2019-04-26 19:26
24 replies
2?
2019-04-26 19:29
5 replies
Cool
2019-04-26 19:37
4 replies
IEM Oakland pls 1 event on west coast its all we want
2019-04-26 20:35
3 replies
#89
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North America SLGam1ng
I live in san jose so i want iem san jose back :o
2019-04-26 21:43
1 reply
I totally forgot about iem San Jose. I live around 1 hr away from each so it doesn’t matter to me.
2019-04-26 22:16
ez4nip
2019-04-28 08:24
#45
Pol0 | 
North America oKei
imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-26 19:51
17 replies
Imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-26 22:30
16 replies
#114
Pol0 | 
North America oKei
imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-26 22:41
1 reply
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2019-04-26 22:43
Imagine 108 saying Imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-26 22:41
1 reply
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2019-04-26 22:44
Imagine 108 saying Imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-26 23:00
11 replies
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2019-04-26 23:03
10 replies
#138
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Denmark pistolen
Imagine being a loser like all theese guys
2019-04-27 01:28
9 replies
Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 01:44
8 replies
#143
OK | 
Germany Aachen
Imagine 139 saying Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 01:53
7 replies
Imagine 143 saying imagine 139 saying Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 02:08
6 replies
Hahah this shit cracks me up😂😂
2019-04-27 08:09
5 replies
Imagine 156 saying Hahah this shit cracks me up😂😂 to the guy who said Imagine 143 saying imagine 139 saying Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 08:11
4 replies
Imagine 157 saying magine 156 saying Hahah this shit cracks me up😂😂 to the guy who said Imagine 143 saying imagine 139 saying Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 10:49
3 replies
Imagine 163 saying Imagine 157 saying magine 156 saying Hahah this shit cracks me up😂😂 to the guy who said Imagine 143 saying imagine 139 saying Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 13:30
2 replies
imagine my dick being so hard right now to the guy saying this cracks me up #nohomo
2019-04-27 15:59
1 reply
Imagine 172 saying imagine my dick being so hard right now to the guy saying this cracks me up #nohomo to the guy who said Imagine 163 saying Imagine 157 saying magine 156 saying Hahah this shit cracks me up😂😂 to the guy who said Imagine 143 saying imagine 139 saying Imagine 138 saying imagine being a loser like all theese guys to the guy who said Imagine 125 saying imagine 108 saying imagine 45 saying imagine 3 saying 2
2019-04-27 17:47
Nice edit
2019-04-26 19:26
Nice hunting. Read rules
2019-04-26 19:26
#22
rain | 
North America N1tsuA
YESSSSS
2019-04-26 19:32
#27
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Poland Unluko
F5
2019-04-26 19:35
2 replies
F5 and #27 LUL
2019-04-26 20:26
#160
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Germany Ez4aVGgg
Nt ikea
2019-04-27 10:09
Lul like NA has any chance outside of liquid
2019-04-26 22:43
IEM Milwaukee pls
2019-04-27 18:11
Nice
2019-04-26 19:26
oof
2019-04-26 19:27
#5
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United States nword_shoe
cool
2019-04-26 19:26
Ez for Fnatic!!
2019-04-26 19:27
1 reply
fnatic will be potential on Minor
2019-04-26 19:32
Cool
2019-04-26 19:27
ez for liquid
2019-04-26 19:27
Crime in Chicago has been tracked by the Chicago Police Department's Bureau of Records since the beginning of the 20th century. The city's overall crime rate, especially the violent crime rate, is higher than the US average. Chicago was responsible for nearly half of 2016's increase in homicides in the US, though the nation's crime rates remain near historic lows. The reasons for the higher numbers in Chicago remain unclear. Crime rates (Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population 2016): Violent crimes Homicide 23.8 Forcible rape 52.4 Robbery 353.6 Aggravated assault 480.2 Total violent crime 903.8 Property crimes Burglary 481.9 Larceny-theft 2,089.7 Motor vehicle theft 374.6 Arson 16.9 Total property crime 2,946.2
2019-04-26 19:29
15 replies
Chicago isn't even in the Top 20 of the most dangerous cities in America. Edit: hell, it's not even the most dangerous city in its own STATE.
2019-04-26 20:05
6 replies
#56
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Greenland xen_
lies
2019-04-26 20:09
5 replies
Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis are top 3. Rockford, IL is worse than Chicago.
2019-04-26 20:17
4 replies
#66
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Greenland xen_
nice
2019-04-26 20:30
+1 Springfield is dangerous af too.
2019-04-26 22:14
1 reply
I have family in both St. Louis and Baltimore, and Chicago feels so tame by comparison.
2019-04-27 01:51
the wire kek
2019-04-27 02:00
Retard
2019-04-26 20:08
#55
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Greenland xen_
13% make 50% of violent crime in USA] guess who?
2019-04-26 20:09
4 replies
#61
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Panama FUN4ENCE
Chicago-ans?
2019-04-26 20:25
Black people, sad but true
2019-04-26 21:41
Black ppl we all know this men)) 😤😤😎😎
2019-04-26 22:28
1 reply
#111
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Greenland xen_
n1 sherlock name check out 😎😎
2019-04-26 22:31
Still lower than any Brazilian city and that hasn't stopped them yet.
2019-04-26 21:59
#97
supra | 
United States Virgin Islands zj2
Chiraq
2019-04-26 22:00
8 teams lets go
2019-04-26 19:28
Pog
2019-04-26 19:29
Is this the first NA event in chicago?
2019-04-26 19:29
4 replies
1 reply
Weird, dont remember this one; thanks tho ;D
2019-04-26 19:30
wtf?
2019-04-26 19:32
#80
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United States noCap
Nah First EU event in Chicago
2019-04-26 21:16
#17
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Brazil hugoooo
I don't like 8 team tournaments.
2019-04-26 19:30
1 reply
#48
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Cyprus aazk
no one cares
2019-04-26 19:57
#19
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Italy NotNew
A lot of teams will skip this
2019-04-26 19:31
11 replies
#25
rain | 
North America N1tsuA
I don’t think so :>
2019-04-26 19:34
2 replies
#35
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Italy NotNew
There are teams playing both cologne and blast in the same month, theyre gonna skip this unless they can skip blast
2019-04-26 19:40
1 reply
#49
rain | 
North America N1tsuA
:< as long as ence or faze are there I’ll be a happy kid
2019-04-26 19:57
Thorin said that astralis are going to skip a 3rd big event so it's probably this one
2019-04-26 20:08
7 replies
#72
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Brazil Matheuscgc
I think they will skip Blast LA because its a week after cologne. I hope they go to Chicago
2019-04-26 20:50
6 replies
"Big Event," plus, Blastralis may never skip blast Edit: Maybe one or two
2019-04-26 21:03
5 replies
#78
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Brazil Matheuscgc
If they go to LA only 4 days after Cologne its confirmed that the jetlag excuse was completely bullshit.
2019-04-26 21:05
3 replies
#151
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Denmark Kon10R
There seem to be a significant difference between travelling "with" or "against" the sun. Going to i.e. Shanghai or Sydney from Denmark is apparently "tougher" for the body than travelling to the America's like Sao Paolo, Chicago or Miami. I'm no expert, but Dev1ce spend several months on recovery, needing Zonic to step in and stuff after going East at some point late 2017. NOT taking earlier mistakes seriously would be stupid and unprofessional.
2019-04-27 04:40
2 replies
There is no way they'd go to LA after a week in Cologne imo
2019-04-27 07:50
1 reply
#164
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Denmark Kon10R
You're probably right about this specific situation. I'm just elaborating on the "jetlag excuse": I think it's simply a straight forward and easy to understand professional decision to avoid too much physical stress. Playing in front of 10K crowds on huge stages against the best of the best is stressful enough! ;O)
2019-04-27 11:48
#92
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Denmark MeToxi
Astralis will skip 2 blast events in 2019. So will FaZe, so will liquid, so will MiBR, so will NaVi, so will NiP, so will C9. It really isn't rocket science.
2019-04-26 21:55
#20
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Sri Lanka khorkalba
Should be IEM Copenhagen so that Astralis don't have any excuse to skip.
2019-04-26 19:31
3 replies
#95
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Denmark MeToxi
I donno 'bout you but I wouldn't wanna travel long distances away from my doctor if I had this: webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/what-is-a.. and this; webmd.com/digestive-disorders/hiatal-her..
2019-04-26 21:58
2 replies
#162
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Sri Lanka khorkalba
Pls. The Astralis players all earn a lot more than doctors do, so why not just hire one to travel with them?
2019-04-27 10:34
1 reply
#171
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Denmark MeToxi
tbh, its not the doctor which are the biggest problem but more like not being in familiar surroundings, being very stripped for freedom of movement on a plane and the jetlag. It is after all a stress factored disease. Which is also why they've said that they won't go to sydney anytime soon as the jetlag is way worse in that direction.
2019-04-27 14:22
8 teams wtf mens)))
2019-04-26 19:33
#26
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Italy Fil0Nerd
EU will win obviously
2019-04-26 19:35
No Oakland I cry
2019-04-26 19:35
1 reply
#82
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Sweden changrai
Trueeee😭😭🏳️‍🌈👌🏻
2019-04-26 21:20
Hype
2019-04-26 19:35
Ez 4 NiP
2019-04-26 19:36
Rip oakland rip nip
2019-04-26 19:36
#33
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Finland Emvi
"NA vs EU" Yikes..... Obviously this isn't for a good competition its their lame excuse to invite shit na teams like c9 because sponsors
2019-04-26 19:39
1 reply
C9 will most probably be playing in the minor at that time.
2019-04-26 21:43
#34
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Norway PeteZz
YT Boyyyyyyys
2019-04-26 19:39
#36
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Lithuania Paulius_CS
Chicago is cool
2019-04-26 19:41
#37
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South Africa @FyreCS
Let’s go!!!!! EZ tier 1 event!!!!! USA USA USA
2019-04-26 19:41
#38
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Sweden Nokkeri
Fnatic Ence Astralis Navi MIBR Renegades BIG C9
2019-04-26 19:42
5 replies
???? 5EU and 3NA ??????
2019-04-26 20:15
2 replies
-Astralis (not Blast and/or Major, so they gonna skip) +Liquid
2019-04-26 20:29
1 reply
#65
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Sweden Nokkeri
Missed liquid, - Big + Liquid
2019-04-26 20:29
2019-04-26 20:29
#98
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Sweden pontus767
-Fnatic -C9 Playing minors.
2019-04-26 22:01
#39
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Brazil steamxvk
ez for NIP
2019-04-26 19:43
Oooo Noice
2019-04-26 19:46
Finally, an event I can actually go to!
2019-04-26 19:46
#42
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Sweden Lagge15
Why in end of July? What teams (except for Berlin qualifying teams) will go all in or even want to attend this? Guessing a semifinal lineup between Fnatic, Hellraisers, Mousesports and some NA team
2019-04-26 19:46
2 replies
#67
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Sweden Nokkeri
I do not understand why it wouldnt be 8 top 10 teams? (A tier 1 tournament)
2019-04-26 20:30
1 reply
#105
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Sweden Lagge15
It is a great tournament but it is in a bad timing because of the major. To enter this tournament you have to shorten your summera break if you are a big team. Teams who will play the Minor will already have a short break due to the early Berlin major and therefore wanna attend this tournament to get in form for qualifiers and minors. While teams like Liquid, Astralis, Na'Vi, NiP and the other legends (probably even challengers) got a few extra weeks to find there form and see this tournament to interferens with there warmup for the major
2019-04-26 22:25
#43
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Brazil lullaby1
2019-04-26 19:47
IEM Chiraq top 1 IEM
2019-04-26 19:50
1 reply
#46
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France Uexo
IEM Jacques Chirac ?
2019-04-26 19:54
Nice event !
2019-04-26 19:55
If mibr there i am there
2019-04-26 19:58
#52
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Spain elskio
ez for defending champion Astralis
2019-04-26 20:04
1 reply
Thorin said Astralis will be skipping one more big event after Dallas. I'm gonna assume this is the one considering it's very close to ESL One Cologne. This or NY is being skipped.
2019-04-26 20:17
Are they shooting in or outside of the arena?
2019-04-26 20:18
1 reply
Why not both?
2019-04-26 21:42
#68
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Brazil CaioOlive
No mibr then?
2019-04-26 20:31
7 replies
#73
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Hungary subzera
Why would mibr not be there?
2019-04-26 20:55
6 replies
#99
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Brazil CaioOlive
NA vs EU. Even tho mibr plays in NA region, I don't think it's really fair to invite them as NA representatives. But, now you that you made me think, apart from NRG and Liquid, their representatives are kinda weak (exception maybe C9?), so I think they might be invited as NA representatives.
2019-04-26 22:03
5 replies
#103
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Hungary subzera
mibr will probably be invited. the main issue with this event is that it overlaps with the NA and EU minors. mibr is already invited to the next major so they wont be at the minor. neither will liquid. nrg and c9 probably wont be at chicago because theyll be at the minors. id say mibr is like 97% gonna be at schicago
2019-04-26 22:20
4 replies
#110
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Brazil CaioOlive
Trueee, I forgot that. Then, it'll be a shitty event by NA. I can't even imagine who they are inviting, since most good NA teams will be at minors. Renegades and coL, maybe? Should be hard to hard to fellow NA friendos.
2019-04-26 22:30
3 replies
#112
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Hungary subzera
yeah. I bet its gonna be an event of top teams that are already in the major (astr, navi, mibr, rng, nip) and low tier teams that werent good enough to make the minors. I doubt teams like nrg, c9, furia, fnatic, big, north, mouz, optic will attend
2019-04-26 22:36
1 reply
#149
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Brazil CaioOlive
nah, europe is fine tho. teams that are in major and main qualifier in eu: ast, faze, navi, ence, nip, g2, vitality. even if ast skippes it, which i dont think they will, there's other options. NA is the real bad thing tho. teams in that same situation are only coL and TL. You also have mibr and renegades. But I doubt coL will get an invite tho. seems bad.
2019-04-27 03:59
CLG Red. At least if i'm watching shitty CS I can rub a few out during the games ;)
2019-04-27 01:28
Ez for mibr
2019-04-26 20:32
Astralis, faze, navi and ence against liquid, mibr, nrg and renegades
2019-04-26 20:35
2 replies
no chance for nip ? :(
2019-04-26 21:00
1 reply
maybe instead of ence
2019-04-27 03:09
#74
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Hungary subzera
Noice. But super unlucky overlapping with the minors. No NRG confirmed
2019-04-26 20:55
3 replies
No fnatic, NRG, BIG at this tournament.
2019-04-26 21:05
2 replies
#83
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Hungary subzera
Mouz probably. Maybe optic and north
2019-04-26 21:25
1 reply
Yea the minor means none of these guys, unless they want jetlag
2019-04-26 22:55
Chiraq oof
2019-04-26 21:10
lets go liquid
2019-04-26 21:18
best TO!
2019-04-26 21:27
Why always the same locations? Why not in other larger cities in the US like San Francisco or Phoenix? ESL One NY and IEM Chicago were played last year and they are not as iconic as cologne or Katowice.
2019-04-26 21:28
3 replies
Iem signed a deal with either the venue or some Chicago tourism thing for the next couple of years I think 3.
2019-04-26 21:46
1 reply
+1
2019-04-26 22:47
I'm waiting for an event in Indianapolis or Louisville. One day
2019-04-27 17:04
BRING IT BACK TO OAKLAND
2019-04-26 21:29
nice
2019-04-26 21:56
Please dont invite a bunch of noob NA teams
2019-04-26 22:08
dont forget your glocks :)
2019-04-26 22:21
from one of the best big events of the year to a shitty 8-team tier99 tournament congratz Chicago
2019-04-26 22:25
Inb4 every team is wasted spot
2019-04-26 22:30
Oh, just realized the date. Failure incoming, no T1 team will show anything so close to the major and T2-3 teams will play the minor. So...yeah
2019-04-26 22:51
#126
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Sweden HYPPE1
ez4NiP
2019-04-26 23:00
IEM PYONGYANG WHEN!?!?!!?
2019-04-26 23:02
1 reply
iem racist against asia people :(((
2019-04-27 01:52
#129
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Singapore IamNada
think astralis will win again...
2019-04-26 23:18
Cool
2019-04-26 23:54
very nice
2019-04-27 00:00
wasted spot
2019-04-27 00:00
Wonder how many reddits threads will there be claiming ppl got their wallets missing kek
2019-04-27 00:52
ugh, NA crowd Booooooorrrrring.
2019-04-27 02:35
Ok
2019-04-27 02:49
#150
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Australia vamped
Is Chicago dangerous? I heard on the news a few weeks ago that heaps of people were getting shot regularly
2019-04-27 04:28
1 reply
its america, people get shot everywhere
2019-04-27 13:35
#152
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Japan Legoshi
BRING BACK OAKLAND REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2019-04-27 05:40
#153
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Estonia RopzTop1
no eUnited please
2019-04-27 05:52
Bad
2019-04-27 08:21
Grand final on my birthday. Noice :)
2019-04-27 09:58
Fnatic plzx
2019-04-27 10:16
nice
2019-04-27 14:11
#169
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Vietnam ngththtr
Navi invite please navi win
2019-04-27 14:12
EZ4MIBR
2019-04-27 14:14
#176
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Macedonia ydjoon
if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermindif NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermindif NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind if NiP not here, nevermind
2019-04-27 22:37
damn
2019-04-28 17:53
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