Vitality beat NRG to reach semi-finals at ESL One Cologne

Vitality bested NRG 2-0 on Dust2 (16-7) and Mirage (16-7) to secure a semi-final spot at ESL One Cologne.

The series began on Dust2, where the Frenchmen kicked off the map with a dominant pistol round on the Terrorist side. A chaotic back-and-forth ensued, seeing both sides pick up force buy victories before Vitality were able to gain control of the economy to ascend to a 6-1 lead. A triple-kill from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt in the eighth round ensured control stayed with the Frenchmen who extended their lead to a commanding 9-1 scoreline. NRG found some form towards the end of the half with guns in hand, however, to pick up four of the following five rounds to go into halftime at a 10-5 deficit.

Switching over to the CT side, Vitality extended their lead thanks to a Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut double-kill on a 3v2 retake, securing the subsequent round also. Staring down a 13-5 score difference, NRG attempted to mount a comeback, acquiring two additional rounds, but a quad-kill from Alex "ALEX" McMeekin halted the North American side in their tracks, enabling Vitality to close out the map convincingly with a 16-7 scoreline.

ZywOo posted an incredible 1.87 rating across the series

NRG came out of the gates hot on the second map, Mirage, posting two rounds on the board briskly. NBK- was adamant to not allow the Terrorist side to cruise ahead by taking down Tarik "tarik" Celik in a 1v1 situation, but the North American side recouped immediately to hit straight back with three consecutive rounds. NRG looked on point to increase their lead further, but a sensational performance from ZywOo saw the Frenchman post two quad-kills successively to prevent the half from slipping away. The two sides then traded two rounds apiece before Vitality broke the bank of the North Americans to recover the half 8-7.

A double-kill on the pistol from Ethan "Ethan" Arnold as the solo B bombsite player was not enough for NRG to level the score, as Vitality steamrolled their way through to 14 rounds. Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and his squad attempted to hold Vitality off from hitting map and series point on the back of two saved rifles, but the Frenchmen proved too proficient on their offensive side. Vitality swiftly emerged victorious 16-7 on Mirage, and 2-0 in the series, to book their spot in the semi-finals.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 36 - 35 +1 82.9 1.07
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 33 - 36 -3 85.3 1.03
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 23 - 33 -10 54.9 0.78
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 25 - 39 -14 73.2 0.78
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 18 - 35 -17 41.8 0.66
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 52 - 21 +31 108.1 1.87
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 36 - 27 +9 76.5 1.19
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 38 - 31 +7 87.3 1.17
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 29 - 30 -1 74.3 1.08
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 22 - 26 -4 56.0 0.99
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1635
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
931
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
700
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
That was a boring match, NRG was really a wasted spot! Zywoo > all NA players NA CS OMEGALUL
2019-07-05 17:12
#2
oBo | 
Turkey Fugiart 
expected
2019-07-05 17:12
good job Vitality
2019-07-05 17:13
#17
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2019-07-05 17:14
Very expected
2019-07-05 17:21
Expected very very
2019-07-05 17:26
Unexpected
2019-07-05 17:27
Daps wasn't the problem
2019-07-05 17:33
#128
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France niouke 
too early to tell
2019-07-05 18:18
There wasn’t a problem. NRG just grabbed Stan cuz fuck it that’s why
2019-07-05 18:28
+1.
2019-07-05 20:31
#13
tabseN | 
Germany sinons 
god zywoo
2019-07-05 17:13
#22
mixwell | 
United States Frotha 
Vitality>Faze
2019-07-05 17:14
#97
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United States dougtheduck 
Cry
2019-07-05 17:36
Its true lmao
2019-07-05 17:48
#137
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Latvia Frip! 
He didn't say it's not Cry
2019-07-05 18:40
Faze fans LULW Cry
2019-07-06 10:13
#168
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Latvia Frip! 
Ok
2019-07-06 12:14
#110
TenZ | 
North America JC_123 
NRG > Faze too
2019-07-05 17:53
#36
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Hungary golliath 
EU FOREVER BRO
2019-07-05 17:16
#45
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Latvia Dimoc 
The tournament was a honeymoon for nrg and stanislaw, nobody would have expected them to get further. You're just mad cause faze isnt in playoffs, probably.
2019-07-05 17:18
Nt MIBR fan
2019-07-05 17:21
#96
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Latvia Dimoc 
Honestly does mibr even have fans anymore after consistent last place drop outs?
2019-07-05 17:36
If you're not baiting, it's because we still have hope, and want to see them succeed when everyone else wants them to fail, disband, retire etc
2019-07-05 17:45
#77
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
s1mple > ZywOo > FaZe
2019-07-05 17:25
+1
2019-07-05 18:24
#167
abdul | 
Europe men) 
F5
2019-07-06 10:39
#147
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Ethiopia BlackBird101 
you laugh at NA CS but liquid is #1 in the world and it’s not even close expected from faze fanboy
2019-07-05 20:16
#156
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Macedonia [toast] 
ZyWho?
2019-07-05 22:23
#3
kr4sylya | 
United Kingdom Wazerz 
s1mple > zywoo, cry more zywoo fans
2019-07-05 17:12
not really crying, s1mple is currently better but who knows what the future brings! it will be fun to see zywoo develop over time!
2019-07-05 17:14
#90
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China Rynaki 
Thanks for replying in a reasonable and civilized manner, unlike the other guy. Personally I'm not convinced that Zywoo lives up to the hype that is attributed to him since he still has bad games whereas s1mple's "bad games" are average rating games. He is still a newer name in the scene and definitely has the potential to develop into a contender for best player, but I don't know if Vitality is the best environment for him to do so in.
2019-07-05 17:30
#100
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Belgium Chuckyyy 
Zywoo's bad games also are average games bro
2019-07-05 17:43
it took s1mple a while to get consistent. zywoo looks like he is on the same path to greatness. not sure why everyone is fighting about who is better, the more god tier players we have in the scene the better!
2019-07-05 17:50
#132
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United States malarm 
+1
2019-07-05 18:28
Zywoo does have some bad games, but in general he is pretty consistent. For example, take Cerq, he has a very high skill ceiling, but he only had good games rarely, where as zywoo has good games very often
2019-07-05 18:04
3 very experienced players that gives him a lot of advice, and can help him fix his mistakes A very good coach who will help him to improve his team-based teamplay A very good friend (apex) for years that have been playing with him for years (fpl first, in team now) Definitively the best environnement he could get, it would be so much worse with shoxie "The problem" jesus, or any international team
2019-07-05 19:32
+1
2019-07-06 05:39
Thank you for replaying cevilized with respect not the like the other guy Personally im not civilized like you and give no respect so stfu
2019-07-06 00:38
#28
tabseN | 
Germany sinons 
s1mple baiter and s1mple cant carry alone but zywoo carrying alone
2019-07-05 17:15
#44
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United States Libtard 
+1
2019-07-05 17:18
+1
2019-07-05 17:21
#69
device | 
India lyncix 
+1 and zywoo not toxic
2019-07-05 17:22
#157
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Macedonia [toast] 
Why forsaken didn't bring major to India?
2019-07-05 22:24
#163
device | 
India lyncix 
Dude,this forsaken meme is older than tseries v pewds. Ffs.
2019-07-06 09:13
#164
device | 
India lyncix 
And for the record, even 5 forsakens cant bring major to India.
2019-07-06 09:14
Cause he fixed match like steel did xD
2019-07-06 13:41
#76
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
+1 ZyWoo is one of a kind. Can be fit in any team and has a very high ceiling = all-time great player right there.
2019-07-05 17:24
#102
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Palestine Geren_best 
Very high kg too
2019-07-05 17:44
#124
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
idiot
2019-07-05 18:12
#130
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Palestine Geren_best 
LuL Mad bcz navi won you?
2019-07-05 18:19
#139
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
no way furia is improving, they did a great game
2019-07-05 18:51
#141
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Palestine Geren_best 
No AUG No powerful furia Without the AUG they are not the team who beat astralis. Ence as well
2019-07-05 19:24
#142
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
Let´s see in the future brother, they are a new team I think that they played well this tournment, they can improve even more
2019-07-05 19:25
#146
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Palestine Geren_best 
Yeah but the AUG Nerf made them much less good
2019-07-05 20:09
#154
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
True, but let´s see what happens
2019-07-05 21:19
'Much less good' Please for future reference say 'AUG nerf made them much worse' :)
2019-07-06 09:47
#169
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Palestine Geren_best 
I meant that they still good team dude They are not bad
2019-07-06 13:37
That's actually true. s1mple at least has electronic (who is a god) and flamie (who has huge games as well even though he's inconsistent) on his team.
2019-07-05 18:00
#144
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France Maxtrol 
+1
2019-07-05 19:39
#153
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Iceland ashyra 
S1mple can carry alone and has carried alone. Quite consistently as well may I add. You need to realize that S1mple and ZywOo are set up differently in their teams and their strategies are different.
2019-07-05 21:18
S1mple>zywoo for now but if zywoo keeps this up then rip everyone Hopefully final = Navi Vs vitality
2019-07-05 19:19
Zywoo doing zywoo things, apex playing well, good nade usage... Good luck for tomorrow to the world's 2nd best team Astralis.
2019-07-05 17:12
#25
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Romania kr1tex 
3rd, they already beat the 2nd one
2019-07-05 17:15
#68
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United Kingdom Crypt1cSV 
technically they would be the 4th best tho
2019-07-05 17:22
They are nr1
2019-07-05 17:18
Nope, not anymore. When they lost Blasts, ECS and EPL, they weren't nr1 at all. We are not in February anymore.
2019-07-05 17:28
They are bestest Astralis GOAT
2019-07-05 17:30
DId you watch the Astralis-Vitality match? AsTRaliS iS sTiLL nUMbeR oNe hurr durr
2019-07-06 19:15
Yes, they do in my heart Unless they will lose MAJOR, than </3
2019-07-06 19:17
Your heart doesn't matter, statistics does. Statistics doesn't lie. Liquid have surpassed them. A win tomorrow means Liquid era. Astralis can in no way be the best if there is an era of another team ongoing.
2019-07-06 20:46
stats past 1,5year check last 2 majors check last 3 months is called form, not the potential astralis higher potential
2019-07-06 20:47
#5
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Ukraine McSwell 
Zywoo is actually good, but want to see his play vs tough opponents, not some tier-2 NA team.
2019-07-05 17:12
ZywOo has a 1.51 rating and 100 ADR against top5 teams these past 3 months.
2019-07-05 17:14
emballé c'est pesé
2019-07-05 17:16
#33
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Romania kr1tex 
GODWOO
2019-07-05 17:16
#65
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France TheArchitect 
Zinedine Zywoo
2019-07-05 17:21
Top 5 teams? Which one? ENCE? NRG? or what? Those teams are top 5, because Navi and Astralis took some pause, lol. I love seeing Vitality playing and wish them luck tomorrow, hope to see great CS
2019-07-05 17:54
Lmao i think this guy only watched the tournaments navi played this year xD
2019-07-05 17:56
#29
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Romania kr1tex 
>Top 6 in the world >Tier 2 team Pick one
2019-07-05 17:15
Lmao dis you watch CS since last 6 month ? xD By the way, Vitality will win this tournament, IEM Chicago and the Berlin Major, ZywOo MVP for all of them. Then they will dominate the rest of the year and finish top 1 of 2019 overall, ZywOo best player of 2019 on hltv top 20. Don't poke me, just wait & see.
2019-07-05 17:16
Okay stop dreaming
2019-07-05 17:49
Will see ;)
2019-07-05 17:57
Okay msg me when that happens
2019-07-05 20:22
1.80 rating against NRG, 1.80 against FURIA, 1.70 against ENCE, 1.50 against Liquid (two times). 1.50 against G2... Just admit it. You guys will never admit how good he is no matter what he does.
2019-07-05 17:18
#101
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Ukraine McSwell 
The only strong team from that list is Liquid
2019-07-05 17:43
#107
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France kirua123 
I dont remerber against Who navi lost at the last major... Maybe not one of these strong team...
2019-07-05 17:50
Navi and Liquid*
2019-07-05 18:06
Surprise
2019-07-05 17:13
zywoo cheater 100%
2019-07-05 17:13
#27
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France Snabe_ 
Pepelaugt :right-point: O no no nononono
2019-07-05 17:15
#35
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Romania kr1tex 
lul
2019-07-05 17:16
#40
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China Gnikiv 
use your brain before talk. If you do so, then prove it
2019-07-05 17:17
LOL CHINA
2019-07-05 17:19
China>NA
2019-07-05 18:14
#9
ZywOo | 
United States Rxalize 
ZygOd
2019-07-05 17:13
#39
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Romania kr1tex 
Godwoo
2019-07-05 17:17
Ez for vitality Classic na
2019-07-05 17:13
#11
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Romania kr1tex 
EZ4VITALITY Astralis next, good luck baguettes, hope Vitality win
2019-07-05 17:17
zygod so good btw daps was the problem lul , we want stan because he is a better fragger lul
2019-07-05 17:13
Exit fragger
2019-07-05 17:29
#15
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
EZ 4 GOD ZYWOO
2019-07-05 17:13
Insane series from ZywOo, he’s proven to be the clear 2nd best in the world at this point. It’s possible that he could get better than s1mple, even. That rivalry will be sick to keep up with!
2019-07-05 17:15
Haven't seen a choke this bad since Cloud9 Won Major
2019-07-05 17:14
#26
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United States DervGuy 
Can't be a choke if the team doesn't even have a chance lmao
2019-07-05 17:15
#47
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Romania kr1tex 
NRG were leading 7-1 and then they choked
2019-07-05 17:18
#53
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United States DervGuy 
Well it's NRG, a team with a new IGL. Ofc they were gonna get owned by Vitality. But yes, they did choke that
2019-07-05 17:20
#66
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Romania kr1tex 
"Daps was the problem, we want Stan cuz he's a better fragger" they probably already regret this lul
2019-07-05 17:21
#72
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United States DervGuy 
Well it is their first event, don't want to assume too much rn
2019-07-05 17:22
up 7-1 to losing 12 rounds in a row if that's not a choke idk what is
2019-07-05 17:21
#67
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United States DervGuy 
Nah u right that's a pretty big choke
2019-07-05 17:22
Feel bad for Tarik tbh he was left in so many stupid clutches/situations he should've never been in
2019-07-05 17:26
#86
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United States DervGuy 
That's what happens when you're a b anchor and your a hold is shit
2019-07-05 17:28
#83
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
if it would be a 7-1 lead on nukes t side then yes otherwise this can happen so fast because of money struggle and so on
2019-07-05 17:27
you don't go from up 6 to losing 12 in a row easy cuz of money problems, 95% of the rounds NRG either had the advantage or it came down to a 1v1.
2019-07-05 17:31
ZywoOo, best player that ever touched the game.
2019-07-05 17:14
#51
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Romania kr1tex 
+1
2019-07-05 17:19
too soon
2019-07-05 17:26
NRG choke on stage like 9999 times before
2019-07-05 17:14
daps was the problem, and not the chocking mentality the stars in this lineup have...
2019-07-05 17:15
#30
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France FanchD 
Way to ez for GOD ZywOo
2019-07-05 17:16
#31
ZywOo | 
Greece Arba_ 
TOO EZ
2019-07-05 17:16
If vitality want to be top 1, they need to kick Apex and RPK
2019-07-05 17:16
#55
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Romania kr1tex 
Apex second best player in the team lul Le tank is good
2019-07-05 17:20
Nuuu they are a top 5 team atm If they wanna be top 1 those 2 gotta go :)
2019-07-05 18:02
You could maybe argue rpk but apex is still one of the best entries in the world. I bet you were arguing for them to cut Alex a few months ago.
2019-07-05 17:39
REDEYE stopped casting Cs? Or has the old chap retired?
2019-07-05 17:16
#41
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
Zywoo 2nd best player now! WOW!
2019-07-05 17:17
1st*
2019-07-05 17:18
#52
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
2nd**
2019-07-05 17:19
S0mple 1st?
2019-07-05 17:20
#70
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
Zyw00 1st? LUL what a joke... yes, he is monster, but s1mple still best player
2019-07-05 17:22
It is a pity that we will not see the ESL Final Na'Vi vs Vitality, it would be very interesting to see how Zywoo fuck S0mple
2019-07-05 17:28
#93
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
Yeah because zywoo will bait 4 his teammates to kill s1mple, and then died from Zeus because s1mple will kill all his teammates already
2019-07-05 17:31
#85
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
s1mple > dev2ce
2019-07-05 17:28
#42
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Vietnam weaboovietnam 
If vitality win this major , we will know who is top 1 hltv 2019....ZywOo is the real monter .
2019-07-05 17:17
#57
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Romania kr1tex 
+1
2019-07-05 17:20
1.87 better than s0mple
2019-07-05 17:18
#58
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Romania kr1tex 
+1
2019-07-05 17:20
#50
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Europe b7ack0ut 
EZ Clap
2019-07-05 17:18
nrg wont win a single lan until fat choker aka cerq is on the roster they removed wrong player lulw
2019-07-05 17:21
Zywoodine Zidane
2019-07-05 17:21
#71
ZywOo | 
Sweden Redennn 
Rivality like Messi and Ronaldo incoming..
2019-07-05 17:22
Now Zywoo playing free without any pressure from opponents,no one sees his demo and not playing agains him like they playing against s1mple,after several events we will see how Zywoo playing if he will be under individual pressure
2019-07-05 17:23
#74
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Other Shnwy 
zywoo reminds me of my source days.
2019-07-05 17:23
#88
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
zywoo isnt silver tho
2019-07-05 17:29
#108
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Other Shnwy 
there were no ranks in source. I still remember destroying verygames
2019-07-05 17:51
yeah sure, so why aren't you some remembered legend if you claim to be so good? oh
2019-07-06 02:36
I see the madfragger stan 18-35 lul
2019-07-05 17:24
#111
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Sweden Lagge15 
Clearly better than 31-46 Daps had last time ge lost 2-0 to Vitality. Great idea ImAPet
2019-07-05 17:54
18-35 better than 31-46? Ns maths
2019-07-05 18:01
#120
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Sweden Lagge15 
-17 is better than -15? KD ratio 51% > 67%? For being indian Chet is not as smart as he should be!
2019-07-05 18:06
Lol Higher kd ratio is better U must be baiting or dumb as fck
2019-07-05 18:14
#129
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Sweden Lagge15 
I am trying to be too obvious about how fucking retarded ImAPet is to add Stan instead of Daps.
2019-07-05 18:19
Ah ok, didnt read that
2019-07-05 18:37
#138
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Sweden Lagge15 
I am a Daps fan (have become because of the NRG stupidity) hltv.org/forums/threads/2067034/nrg-now-..
2019-07-05 18:44
plastic fan
2019-07-06 02:38
52-21 in a Bo3. Yikes.
2019-07-05 17:26
#92
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Poland crouzzz 
21 deaths on whole 2 maps wow
2019-07-05 17:30
#99
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France s2ptik 
ez ez VITA /.° ;)
2019-07-05 17:41
#109
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Sweden Lagge15 
Biggest 2-0 loss for NRG in more than 2 years (tieing one from last June) Nicely done Stan
2019-07-05 17:51
+31 omg, he's a beast
2019-07-05 17:59
Has anyone commented "Daps was the problem" sarcastically yet?
2019-07-05 18:11
#123
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United States WumboCumbo 
Zywoo no toxic kn1fmple is toxic Zywoo > Kn1fmple
2019-07-05 18:12
#152
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
How the fuck would you even pronounce knifmple? Trying too hard
2019-07-05 21:17
#155
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United States WumboCumbo 
wait you're right wtf I could pronounce it in my head before but now I can't out loud
2019-07-05 21:19
effortless for zywoo...
2019-07-05 18:16
Is he even a human?
2019-07-05 18:29
no, probably not
2019-07-06 02:38
#135
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Turkey Thunderball 
Nrg undeserved this rank and placement Mouz is way better
2019-07-05 18:30
#145
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France Tox27 
ZywOoGOD O(-)O
2019-07-05 19:46
Kick daps OFC
2019-07-05 20:40
My name is Woo... Zywoo.
2019-07-05 20:55
#171
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United Kingdom smelt4 
Well done by NRG to get this far in their first tourney with Stan, I hope they can go on to do great things. Zywoo really excelled that match though, no way NRG was gonna beat that. Wp Vitality!
2019-07-06 14:06
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