Winners and Losers of ESL One Cologne

The dust has settled in the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, which means it's time to reflect on one of the most stacked tournaments of the year and find out who its winners and losers were.

Winners

Liquid

It wouldn't be much of a list of winners without the champions of ESL One Cologne, Liquid. The North American side had been favored to win the tournament since the start, so it comes as no big surprise, but it is a historic run coming to completion as Nick "nitr0" Cannella & co. got their hands on the biggest prize in CS:GO; the $1,000,000 Intel Grand Slam. They have done it in style, earning the huge handout with four trophies in a row at the fifth tournament of IGS' second season and looking nothing like the team that had struggled in finals and lacked big titles for the whole of 2018.

Liquid set off into the rest of 2019 looking to immortalize themselves as one of CS:GO's best teams ever

With a total of five wins and three more grand final appearances, much of the first half of the year was Liquid's without a doubt, and now they set off into the latter portion of 2019 looking ahead in hopes of immortalizing themselves as one of the most dominant lineups in CS:GO history. The NiP and fnatic of old, the SKs of 2016-2017, and the Astralis of last year are the kind of company amongst which Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken & co. could find themselves soon, should they keep up with this form when the next Major approaches.

Vitality

Vitality had an impressive run of their own in Cologne, which began with a shaky group stage showing, in which the Frenchmen lost the opening battle to NiP and had to go through the lower bracket gauntlet, surviving a couple of scares from fnatic and Heroic. Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt's team improved as they reached the playoff bracket, however, passing NRG and Astralis convincingly before ultimately falling at the final hurdle to Liquid.

Comparing the level of competition that they faced in Cologne from the one during the cs_summit 4 and ECS Season 7 Finals title runs, this silver medal might just be Vitality's most valuable showing so far and a promise that they are aiming for the skies after beating all of the other current top-five teams, including a first win against Astralis. That has pushed them to the No. 2 spot, where a French team last resided nearly two years ago, after a continuous climb through the rankings.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere come in as our third and final winner of ESL One Cologne thanks to a promising top-four placing in their debut tournament with Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, who replaced Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev on the roster at the end of May in the team's first lineup change since late 2017. Although he lacked more consistency, the newest addition looked like a decent upgrade and he is likely to improve with more time in the aggressive role Natus Vincere have put him in and, more importantly, at this level, which he is still adjusting to based on some rookie mistakes and overaggression.

A promising start for the new Na`Vi

Throughout the German event, the new Na`Vi only lost to the No. 1 side, Liquid, whom Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko & co. likely would have defeated 2-0 in the first out of their two encounters had it not been for Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's ill-advised knife attempt and the team's subsequent loss in overtime on Dust2. Meanwhile, the CIS-based team beat mousesports on two separate occasions, FURIA, and NiP – a good set of teams for their first official showing.

Losers

FURIA and MIBR

Both Brazilian teams had a rough go in Cologne as they got eliminated early on in the group stage. A disappointing Moche XL had certainly been a warning sign for FURIA, who have now given the theories on Andrei "arT" Piovezan's team's readability more fuel with a second consecutive sub-par showing following deep runs at the ECS Season 7 Finals and DreamHack Masters Dallas. However, at least they lost to two eventual playoffs teams en route to a 9th-12th placing at ESL One – NRG and Natus Vincere.

That cannot be said for MIBR. Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo & co. bombed out in last place on their debut with Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles after losses to fnatic, a struggling team, and BIG, who were on the outskirts of the top-30 and ended up falling to Heroic immediately after their triumph over the Brazilian squad. Things are bad enough that Marcelo "coldzera" David has asked to be placed on the bench and is seeking a new challenge in the middle of a busy schedule, which will see his team attend BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles and IEM Chicago before the Major comes around.

FaZe

When Filip "NEO" Kubski joined FaZe, the jury was out on how far he could take the European side. Their debut in Dallas ended with a promising semi-final placing, but a shaky run at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, where Nikola "NiKo" Kovač & co. only had to beat TYLOO and North to get to the playoffs before getting a tough beating from mousesports and G2, set them back again ahead of Cologne.

A frustrating showing for NiKo & co.

They weren't able to find the answers in Germany, winning just one close map against Renegades out of five in total after series losses to NRG and their new rivals in mousesports, which saw not only NEO put in one of his worst performances ever but also NiKo continue to struggle with finding some of his form from earlier in the year, making this FaZe's worst result thus far with this lineup.

ENCE

ENCE, on the other hand, had looked nothing short of impressive ever since their miraculous run at IEM Katowice, reaching two more big-event finals and winning one of them at BLAST Pro Series Madrid, which put them in the position of one of the favorites of ESL One Cologne. The Finns didn't live up to that status, however, suffering their first group stage exit this year and a dead-last placing at that.

That looks worse than it actually is, mainly because it was the opening best-of-one loss to Heroic (combined with Vitality's loss to NiP on the same side of the group) that put ENCE in a bad spot into a matchup against the Frenchmen, who have now defeated Aleksi "allu" Jalli's side in three series in a row. Nonetheless, it is a big disappointment deserving of a place among the losers.

BIG

BIG have been struggling all year long after their addition of Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş, facing poor results and continuous issues with the lineup, which saw Johannes "nex" Maget go in and out of the team, and more recently, Denis "denis" Howell replace him to take up AWPing in Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz's stead. That hasn't done much to change the outlook of the team, who couldn't deliver a good result this time around at their home tournament despite beating MIBR, losing to Astralis and Heroic.

BIG have lost their edge with utility

That might look like an expected result for Fatih "gob b" Dayik & co., and it is, but the main reason why they have found themselves in the loser category are the disappointing numbers in almost all facets of their game, especially in utility ADR, in which they had previously been able to rival even the likes of Astralis, whether their results had been good or not. That could in part be a result of changes in leadership, as tabseN has taken the reins from gob b.

Renegades

Unlike DreamHack Masters Dallas, for which Renegades had just come back together in full force last-minute following months of disturbance caused by visa issues, ESL One Cologne was a tournament for which fans of the Australian team had some high expectations.

With a month between the two tournaments, they had enough time to catch up with practice and return to the kind of form they had showcased at IEM Katowice and StarSeries i-League Season 7, but Renegades were still far from that level when they came to play again in Germany. Losses to FaZe and FURIA resulted in immediate elimination from the stacked event, which leaves us wondering whether Aaron "AZR" Ward's team will ever be able to regain their former status now that other teams have taken their place.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1038
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1632
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1156
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1223
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
876
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1383
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1385
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1099
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
474
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
745
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1354
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
MIBR LUL
2019-07-10 20:17
#8
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
L for FaZe
2019-07-10 20:19
FURIA LUL`
2019-07-10 20:22
why Astralis not loser ?
2019-07-10 20:27
They look a lot better, and they placed higher than last time.
2019-07-10 20:29
Faze losing to karrigan omegalul
2019-07-10 21:45
Expected.
2019-07-10 23:41
Because they finished in the top4
2019-07-11 01:04
#89
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India MihirX27 
Astralis is, what golfers say, "At Par" with expectations.
2019-07-11 06:54
#94
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Indonesia bringsik100 
Ah! Cricket champion talking about Golf. . Teach me how to swing a batter :D
2019-07-11 10:00
#98
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India MihirX27 
Ah yes, of course, you mix flour and water in a bowl, and swing that bowl until the batter swings out from the bowl! On a side note, our team got defeated in the Semi-finals by Gratisfacation's country team. RIP.
2019-07-11 10:47
#112
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North America ItsBl4z3 
what do u expect from a site based in denmark?
2019-07-14 01:48
F5
2019-07-10 20:23
Furia OMEGALUL
2019-07-10 23:36
- XANTARES
2019-07-10 20:20
#15
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Brazil bernog 
OMEGALUL
2019-07-10 20:20
#39
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World breezy0 
-XANTARES -gob b -denis -tiziaN
2019-07-10 20:44
honestly BIG are winners for this. They beat MIBR, which was expected, but everyone thought they would get 13-16th.
2019-07-11 02:12
S1mple zywOO electronic Elige and nik0 beat 5 players of 2019.
2019-07-11 03:44
#91
cogu | 
Brazil KevinSoul 
what are your problem??..just live your life cheering for your team..so that only joy for a team is not going well?
2019-07-11 07:08
#111
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Brazil ValberBastos 
NT Brazilian.
2019-07-13 16:23
Ez 1
2019-07-10 20:18
#3
b0RUP | 
Austria Phil_1337 
n1
2019-07-10 20:18
#4
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United Kingdom StigOHara 
who ?
2019-07-10 20:18
#5
autimatic | 
Poland XERGI 
BIG LOSERS BUT THEY GOING TO TOP ON RANKING LUL
2019-07-10 20:19
nice
2019-07-10 20:19
#7
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United States Tom_Brady_GOAT 
winners: liquid losers: the rest
2019-07-10 20:19
Delusional
2019-07-10 20:30
#59
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United States jlocash 
You are right. Vitality were the first to get second place!
2019-07-10 21:56
4 straight rn I’m expected that to stop around 12 or 13
2019-07-10 22:32
+1
2019-07-11 13:15
MIBR LUL
2019-07-10 20:19
#32
device | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
long time no see
2019-07-10 20:37
hi menenn
2019-07-10 23:36
#92
cogu | 
Brazil KevinSoul 
what are your problem??..just live your life cheering for your team..so that only joy for a team is not going well?
2019-07-11 07:09
coldzera leaving mibr, no name Lucas joining it, only reason I still have this name is because fallen is in it. Its not the team I used to know.
2019-07-12 14:52
#10
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India aj0102 
Very informative mens
2019-07-10 20:19
#11
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Finland pauski 
And how about astralis then?
2019-07-10 20:19
They were considered winners prior to the semi-finals but then we took them out, given how they performed on the two maps that they lost against Vitality.
2019-07-10 20:21
Where is mouz
2019-07-10 20:19
#23
jks | 
North America Fule 
It is like a F1 winners losers. They showcase the biggest winners and losers of the race/tournament.
2019-07-10 20:24
#34
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
I would have put Heroic in the winners section. They played quite well
2019-07-10 20:38
won a close opener stomped 2 0 vs nip and vita won vs big with 4 support plaxers ???
2019-07-10 21:55
#73
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
Wouldn't say stomped by vitality. And they still placed 7-8th which is impressive looking at how stacked the tournament was
2019-07-11 00:39
#74
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United Kingdom C4Golden 
13-16, 14-16 is a "stomp" but winning 16-10 is close??? Wtf
2019-07-11 00:40
ok I may have exaggarated it but still how can you place them in the same category as "winners" with Vitality whose star player got MVP and they won like 5 bo3s and Liquid who won the tournament dropping only one map where their only notable result was winning 16-10 opener ?XD
2019-07-11 01:00
#97
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Croatia Matejstrlek 
Mouz lost like 5 matches versus cr4zy legends
2019-07-11 10:17
M16R LMAO
2019-07-10 20:21
#60
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Brazil vNyT 
AFRICA SCENE LMAO
2019-07-10 21:58
flair and flag checks out LMAO
2019-07-10 21:58
nt BRA71L
2019-07-12 06:50
#FaZeUP :(
2019-07-10 20:23
Why FURIA ? LUL
2019-07-10 20:24
That flag actually has the same colour as the sky in Stardew valley lmao
2019-07-10 21:33
#24
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Europe Sadeas 
MiBR in 2019 lul
2019-07-10 20:27
BR CS back to tier999 again
2019-07-10 20:31
#31
apEX | 
France Axpie 
It is already
2019-07-10 20:35
you mean back to the airport once again
2019-07-12 06:50
#29
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Brazil MadBettorGrr 
''Losers FURIA and MIBR'' nice brazilianphobia, hltv 👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿
2019-07-10 20:34
So.. Stating facts is now considered phobia. Dam...snowflakes everywhere. Get a tissue fast please 😉
2019-07-10 20:40
#46
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Yugoslavia HeavySmoker 
nice brazilianphobia
2019-07-10 21:10
#48
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Canada StanleyLy 
Delusional lol
2019-07-10 21:16
OMEGALUL shut up bro, mibr and furia had an terrible event, it would be strange if they werent here
2019-07-10 21:45
0/8
2019-07-11 02:58
HLTV rekted Brazil and German oh shit...
2019-07-10 20:33
Shit luck for ence but should have actually prepared for the tournament. Inferno vs vitality was legit winnable
2019-07-10 20:37
#36
ALEX | 
France MrWowo 
Chicago man, np :)
2019-07-10 20:39
Yes will be exciting, but I swear if they fuck up again like that
2019-07-10 20:57
#42
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Ireland FirestormRR 
Combination of bad luck and not being prepared, yes. Vitality hit a really good peak at a really good time, and ENCE were somewhat unfortunate NiP won their opening BO1. Also Zywoo
2019-07-10 20:58
#35
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South America FAN_OF_M16R 
what about Fnatic lul ?
2019-07-10 20:38
No Aug no Ence
2019-07-10 20:42
#40
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
wtf tabsen igl
2019-07-10 20:56
#43
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Yugoslavia HeavySmoker 
Losers: FURIA AND MIBR, FAZE XAXA
2019-07-10 21:10
FaZe are winners. KAPPAAAAAAAAA
2019-07-10 21:10
#45
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United States jeonseol 
ENCE LUL
2019-07-10 21:10
#47
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Europe TheKasztan 
EZ4ENCE ENCE EN- oh wait...
2019-07-10 21:15
DENS PUTTED UPPERBELT
2019-07-10 21:20
#50
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India ASTRALNINJA 
Rofl xD
2019-07-10 21:27
WINNERS: Liquid LOSERS: rest ez
2019-07-10 21:30
Expected from plastic
2019-07-10 21:32
Only facts i wrote lul
2019-07-10 21:42
ENCE got unlucky tbh. Lost random BO1 and then had to face Vitality in the Lower Bracket. I swear the god, they would've beat Astralis, NRG and NIP if they had a chance. But unlucky.
2019-07-10 21:37
Renegades lul
2019-07-10 21:59
decent list. I'd put navi slightly over vitality on this list, this was a pretty big shot in the arm for them, especially with the roster change, where vitality have continued to be on form, vit looks like a potential world beater right now though I'd throw heroic in here, they are on an upward trajectory, and their performances showed it, again placings are hard to come by here, good tourney for them though. nip and astralis both right on cusp of winners here if not winners, nip with their roster change show some promise, astralis shows they are still making people pack their sweat pants. ence needs to just let this roll off, they are not losers here, but placing says they are. sometimes it be like that.
2019-07-10 22:28
#85
s1mple | 
India KNOX23 
+1
2019-07-11 05:09
#64
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Norway Lotharito1337 
LOSERS: Intel
2019-07-10 22:29
#95
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Indonesia bringsik100 
All hail the prosperous AMD Empire empire and glorious empress Lisa Su of Ryzen Dysnasty! . THOUSAND YEARS! THOUSAND YEARS! THOUSAND YEARS!
2019-07-11 10:05
#104
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Asia fakedollface 
+3900X
2019-07-11 15:23
#66
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CIS Merlas_mtk 
WINNER: LIQUID LOSERS: ALL OTHERS LMAO
2019-07-10 22:32
It’s common knowledge that big consistently gets carried by tabsen. Xantares is a fraud, and the other deutsche are mediocre-to-bad.
2019-07-10 22:33
#68
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Peru AgentLF 
Wow, imagine if S1mple didn't go for the knife on D2
2019-07-10 22:47
#69
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Turkey Slapdash 
Big and mibr two joke teams
2019-07-10 23:11
#75
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North America Techno_Lover 
Vitality is the best French team since NV in late 2015.
2019-07-11 00:52
#78
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
winners: liquid losers: everyone who isn't liquid
2019-07-11 01:12
#81
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African Union mikecool 
+1
2019-07-11 01:30
Big only lost because Denis, aka the next KennyS, did not play the AWP enough. The bad money situation in almost every game caused them not having the AWP on their starAWPer, denis, so ofc they could not win. I hope they will stop force buying next tournament so denis can play the awp every round it's possible.
2019-07-11 01:12
#80
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African Union mikecool 
I'm confident the boys can make a comeback again.
2019-07-11 01:29
#86
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Heroic should be in the winners,very good run for them
2019-07-11 05:32
#87
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Canada LiquidTop1 
renegades should bring back smooya
2019-07-11 05:40
#96
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Indonesia bringsik100 
Or. They can bring Xcurrate. Come on m8! We are your neighbor. But why aussies always look at us like Polish. WE ARE YOUR NEIGHBOR, NOT POLISH! LET ME IN!
2019-07-11 10:07
Winner : Liquid Loser : other
2019-07-11 05:49
BUG LUL
2019-07-11 07:04
#93
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Latvia Zigis 
It is very painful to see the struggles of mibr and faze - great teams in the past. Hope they can redeem themselves in the future as it would benefit the whole scene of cs.
2019-07-11 08:47
#99
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United States Fin4life 
losers: furia and mibr....even hltv knows this...ajajajaj...caca teams...
2019-07-11 10:48
#100
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
why arent blastralis listed as losers? WTF?
2019-07-11 11:08
#101
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Ukraine Chipaet 
Astralis is not losers or winners. top4 in the world and top4 in ESL
2019-07-11 11:31
tabsen igl xd
2019-07-11 12:46
#105
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Europe Jimboo 
nip are winners too imo
2019-07-11 21:12
#109
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Ukraine q_kolibri_p 
Wher Astralis?
2019-07-13 12:29
#110
s1mple | 
India KNOX23 
S1mple dance lul
2019-07-13 12:40
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