Liquid top Group A over G2 in Chicago; MIBR eliminate Envy

Liquid have secured themselves a spot in the IEM Chicago playoffs following a 2-1 victory over G2 (13-16 Dust2, 16-13 Overpass, 16-9 Inferno). Subsequently, MIBR sent Envy packing with a 2-1 victory of their own (11-16 Inferno, 16-9 Mirage, 19-15 Train).

The final round of matches on day one at IEM Chicago began with Liquid facing off against G2 in the Group A winners match, with the Frenchmen seeking revenge for their loss to the North Americans in the grand finals of ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.

A pistol round victory for G2 got them on the board early, but the ensuing anti-force buy quickly went the way of Liquid to allow Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski's side up to a 6-1 lead. A retake secured G2 their second round of the map, but a quick reply from Liquid saw the team get the bomb down in a 5vs5 to convert the round in their favour.

Despite the setback, G2 continued to fight back, with Audric "JaCkz" Jug picking up four kills to help his team narrow the deficit to a 7-5 scoreline. Keith "NAF" Markovic replied in kind with a four-kill round of his own to help his team work their way up to a 9-5 lead, although G2 managed to steal away the final round of the half in a 3vs5 thanks to yet another quad-kill round by François "AmaNEk" Delaunay with the Scout.

Liquid bounced back after losing the opening map of the series

Liquid's good form continued into the second half with a pistol round victory, which Nick "nitr0" Cannella followed up with an MP9 ace against the ecoing G2 players; however, the North American team's 11-6 lead was quickly left by the wayside as a stellar performance on the offense allowed for G2 to bounce back, giving up just two rounds on the road to a 16-13 first map victory.

EliGE opened up Liquid's pick of Overpass with three kills in the pistol round, allowing for his team to work their way up to a 4-0 lead. Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and JaCkz put a halt to the streak as G2 replied with six rounds of their own, but it was Liquid who once again remained ahead 9-6 at the half.

G2 tied up the match off the back of a pistol victory following the side swap, with NAF helping Liquid briefly remain ahead with a 4k before the Frenchmen added another two to their tally to take the lead. A slow anti-eco proved to be G2's downfall as Liquid got back on the board off the back of pistols, allowing Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and company to swing momentum back in their favour as they gave up just two final rounds on the road to a 16-13 finish.

Inferno began much the same as the previous two maps as Liquid took a lead at the start, but it was here that the North American team put on a clinic to show why they are currently ranked as the best team in the world. A stellar performance from Stewie2K in particular allowed for the North American side to completely dismantle G2's defense, winning twelve rounds straight before an AWP 3k by kennyS finally gave the Frenchmen their first round.

A trade of rounds at the end of the half put G2 at two rounds as the sides swapped over, seemingly sealing their fate, but a nine round streak that saw Richard "shox" Papillon secure a 1vs3 clutch allowed for G2 to reduce the deficit considerably before Liquid posted their first of the half. Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken finally sealed the deal with a 3k in the final round, allowing for his team to close out the map 16-9.

Matchpage
2
1
18th July 2019
France
13
Dust2
16
16
Overpass
13
16
Inferno
9
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 63 - 50 +13 82.8 1.22
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 53 - 49 +4 78.4 1.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 56 - 53 +3 80.3 1.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 46 - 54 -8 62.0 0.94
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 48 - 50 -2 56.3 0.93
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 60 - 49 +11 73.9 1.18
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 58 - 47 +11 70.7 1.15
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 48 - 60 -12 71.9 0.96
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 45 - 53 -8 67.3 0.94
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 44 - 57 -13 64.4 0.82

Simultaneously, a battle of coaches went down in the elimination matchup, with Zachary "Eley" Stauffer filling in for Noah "Nifty" Francis in a last-minute swap due to the player feeling too sick to play. A 1vs2 clutch by Epitacio "TACO" de Melo helped MIBR secure the pistol round as the series got underway on Envy's map pick of Inferno, but an immediate reply allowed for Bradley "ANDROID" Fodor & co. to bounce back and take control.

Although a number of situations went down to the wire between the two sides, it was Eley who proved to be the superior stand-in as he helped Envy secure eleven of the next twelve rounds, with MIBR edging out the final two rounds of the half to trail 4-11. Eley ended the half at the top of the board for his team, putting up 16 kills and averaging 106 damage per round to give Envy a considerable lead as they swapped to their CT-side.

The Brazilians looked to turn the tides as they looked revitalized on the offense following the side swap, managing a five round streak to narrow the deficit to 9-12. Three kills on the AWP by Sam "s0m" Oh gave Envy their first round in the half, with Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek securing four of his own with the sniper rifle in the ensuing round to help Envy on their way to a 13-9 scoreline. An eco round victory gave MIBR some life as they looked to fight back, but triple kills by ANDROID and Eley saw Envy seal the deal with a 16-11 win on the first map.

Coach Eley stepped up in the first half of Inferno

A triple kill by Sonic kept Envy in control as MIBR's pick of Mirage got underway, but once the Brazilian side were on rifles, the momentum quickly shifted in their favour. Six rounds went the way of MIBR before individual heroics by Sonic and Jacob "FugLy" Medina gave their side three additional rounds, but it was MIBR who remained ahead at the half by 9-6.

TACO ensured a pistol round victory for his side as he opened MIBR's defensive half with four kills, helping the team work their way up to a 11-6 lead. Envy won two rounds of their own, only narrowly stealing away a round against a force-buy from MIBR thanks to a 4k by Sonic, but a Deagle 4k by TACO while his team was saving allowed for MIBR to regain control and take the map 16-9.

The deciding map of Train saw MIBR open up their offensive side with a pistol round victory, but Envy were able to immediately answer back as the sound of s0m's Deagle rung out for three kills. The 17-year-old continued to put up numbers for his side as Envy won eight in a row, with MIBR finally putting a halt to the streak to put their second round on the board.

A 1vs4 AWP clutch by Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo allowed for MIBR to avoid the reset and push up to five rounds, but that was all they mustered in the first half as Envy remained ahead by 10-5. An additional three rounds went Envy's way as s0m continued to rack up kills, but Fernando "fer" Alvarenga and FalleN rose up to meet him to help their team to a nine round streak and steal away the lead at 14-13. A 1vs2 clutch by s0m saw Envy work their way up to match point first, but a 3k from FalleN pushed the map into overtime, where the Brazilian side reigned supreme to close out the map 19-15.

Matchpage
1
2
18th July 2019
16
Inferno
11
9
Mirage
16
15
Train
19
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Sam 's0m' Ohs0m 73 - 57 +16 84.1 1.21
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 61 - 56 +5 68.7 1.03
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID 53 - 53 0 71.8 0.98
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 50 - 66 -16 71.0 0.94
United States Zachary 'Eley' StaufferEley 47 - 69 -22 56.8 0.78
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 84 - 52 +32 92.2 1.48
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 77 - 67 +10 95.9 1.26
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 51 - 52 -1 69.0 0.96
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 48 - 59 -11 74.6 0.89
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Pradozews 40 - 54 -14 53.6 0.82
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
507
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
590
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Zachary 'Eley' Stauffer
Zachary 'Eley' Stauffer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.82
Maps played:
140
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Bradley 'ANDROID' Fodor
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
604
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Sam 's0m' Oh
Sam 's0m' Oh
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
225
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1565
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
WP Elige and Stewie!!!! Also, so EZ for Mr.Sloth
2019-07-19 03:42
#7
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Mibr OMEGALUL
2019-07-19 03:41
MDL match XD
2019-07-19 03:42
#16
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
If FALLEN (GOAT) had a good team they would beat liquid!
2019-07-19 03:43
OMEGALUL
2019-07-19 04:03
Well that's easy to say xd
2019-07-19 04:51
#64
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Germany killmichi 
If S1mple hat 4 more s1mples on his team he would beat Liquid easily. These hypothesis is based on nothing. If you are as focussed on the brazil scene as Fallen, you will never play in a comparable team with that much talent. Also imo he is not GOAT
2019-07-19 07:42
North omegalul
2019-07-19 03:43
#8
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Canada herocoolzzz 
EU OMEGALUL
2019-07-19 03:41
MIBR GOAT
2019-07-19 03:42
+1
2019-07-19 03:44
#47
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
+1
2019-07-19 04:39
Pog Old fallen is backkkk Fermonster The rest is shit
2019-07-19 03:42
#78
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Brazil GuGa62 
What about TACO? He played very well
2019-07-19 12:33
#72
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Sweden Unluko 
Gg
2019-07-19 10:41
#2
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
The eco round on overpass cost them the series otherwise it would have been 2-0. ggwp anyways
2019-07-19 03:42
#44
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
I take this as a positive sign, If not beating the best team in the world g2's always taken a map or being close in other map, it's a good sign for g2 tbh
2019-07-19 04:27
#45
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Other Phinks 
True but still sad. They couldve closed it out and be in play offs. Let hope they beat mibr again. If fallen has his vibe we know what he can do.
2019-07-19 04:31
#46
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Nah mate it'll be a easy ride again, just mibr getting a few more rounds then before, G2 didn't even played strat heavy against them, nothing's Exposed just some default rounds
2019-07-19 04:33
#55
kennyS | 
France namiexe 
yeah g2s gonna make it to the playoffs for sure Hope i see a g2 vs liquid final WITHOUT INFERNO as the decider
2019-07-19 05:53
#65
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Germany killmichi 
Problem is that you cannot play only Dust 2 in a BO3/BO5 :)
2019-07-19 07:49
Lmao shots fired. 8/8
2019-07-19 12:01
#81
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Serbia Captain992 
But you can't ban nuke and train, one of those maps whould be a win a we can win on overpass against liquid (talking about bo5)
2019-07-19 12:37
#89
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Other Phinks 
Well, i expected this
2019-07-19 21:57
#90
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Sad times,let's all keep sailing
2019-07-19 21:58
#92
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Other Phinks 
You're right. It still hurts tho. After fallen had that miracle game i knew he would somehow show up massively today again. Typical bad fallen. Also lucky has to go after the major, he has not enough impact, even in his role and can't stand his own fragwise.
2019-07-20 00:58
#93
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Lucky has been missing on frags for quite a time now, I've been seeing this for past 2 months, but this time it's worse then ever
2019-07-20 05:04
#94
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Other Phinks 
Yeah.. though in 3dmax he played really promising. I don’t know who g2 should take in for lucky. Kio would be good on paper but personalities will clash probably. It’s pretty hopeless.
2019-07-20 10:39
#95
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Remember when lucky and jackz newly joined g2 and it was lucky blowing up getting cool frags not jackz, thorin.in his g2 video said this teams need last player swap replacing jackz and actually praised.lucky that such a gold find g2 did ouf of the blue, what happened since then? Jackz definitely showed up but lucky?
2019-07-20 14:02
#96
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Other Phinks 
I remember this but honestly i never really bought that. I always expected and hoped jackz would blow up. And honestly his impact in 3dmax was at least as high as lucky’s. Maybe even higher, though lucky fragged more. Yet jackz is older and probably handles pressure more!
2019-07-20 15:37
g2 in 2k19 lul
2019-07-20 15:40
#98
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Other Phinks 
Yeah. Improving quite a bit.
2019-07-20 16:43
yes ..and lucky is the proof they improved <3 he got 6 kills in 27 rounds
2019-07-20 19:25
#100
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Nitro fan calling other pros moon
2019-07-22 05:08
IS THAT SO??? HAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-07-20 00:24
#3
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Brazil 4raer 
dale
2019-07-19 03:41
#4
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Brazil AleYYYY 
MIBR lul
2019-07-19 03:41
#5
BnTeT | 
China Crocisme1 
Lmao envy
2019-07-19 03:41
#6
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Finland perkelemeister 
maluko who tf is eley??? aloo
2019-07-19 03:42
#75
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
Eley is envys coach. He had to reppace nifty. Idk why
2019-07-19 11:39
1
2019-07-19 03:42
Ferllen GOD
2019-07-19 03:42
Imagine getting eliminated by a team playing with their coach lmao [NEVERMIND]
2019-07-19 03:45
Envy also play with their coach?
2019-07-19 03:44
Oh fr? I didnt watch lol
2019-07-19 03:44
Yes, eley is their coach. Nifty didn't play
2019-07-19 04:09
they were playing with their coach too retard
2019-07-19 03:45
Calm down bud, i didnt watch the game lmao
2019-07-19 03:45
so when you didnt see the results with some random person named eley instead of nifty who even got his own picture you didnt realize?
2019-07-19 03:47
Didnt look at that either. Just commented
2019-07-19 03:48
Ah ok. Sorry for being rude i got baited earlier today and im tilted
2019-07-19 03:48
Np :)
2019-07-19 03:49
#33
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France LanaRhoades 
Don't say sorry , this guy is retarded and talks without knowing anything he is piece of shit
2019-07-19 03:57
#56
kennyS | 
France namiexe 
agreed. If u dont know the facts dont be toxic
2019-07-19 06:00
#59
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Brazil Xcoozee 
Case closed.
2019-07-19 06:31
am piece of shit cause i made a bait comment about a match of csgo... baguette logic
2019-07-19 06:29
#15
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Brazil centjeefizik 
King FalleN
2019-07-19 03:43
Fallen had a s1mple's day in mibr carry the whole fkng team
2019-07-19 03:44
#38
KRIMZ | 
United States KevinUSA 
god fallen
2019-07-19 04:08
Fallen
2019-07-19 03:44
Whatta game. So good to see fallen playing in this level.
2019-07-19 03:48
#30
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African Union mikecool 
Almost mibr... Almost became a laughing stock like my boys atm....
2019-07-19 03:51
#31
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
What's happened with Nifty? Which desease he's have?
2019-07-19 03:51
#76
kennyS | 
France namiexe 
ligma
2019-07-19 11:53
stop talking shit about "playing with coach". zews is pretty good player, not only coach. so..it doesnt matter
2019-07-19 03:54
#48
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Brazil hugoooo 
LMAO are you serious? He was a player years ago
2019-07-19 04:39
and?
2019-07-19 09:48
#85
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Brazil hugoooo 
So he IS A COACH, and he WAS A PLAYER... so yeah they are playing with A COACH.
2019-07-19 14:09
you cant understand what i mean. nevermind
2019-07-19 14:10
#34
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Sweden Akalsky 
MIBR ERA STARTS ! MARK MY WORKS ..TOP 1 SOON JUST NEED TO ADD 5 AND HE WILL BE PASHABICEPS
2019-07-19 03:59
#60
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Brazil Xcoozee 
You're not my friend, you're my brother, my friend.
2019-07-19 06:33
Nice to see FALLEN doing well. Really used to enjoy watching him play.
2019-07-19 04:01
Nice try G2
2019-07-19 04:01
#39
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Now that's some heroic MIBR action. Props to FalleN, great performance, owning with deagle and AWP kills. Also shout out to zews, playing in a level coaches rarely do (performing on the same level tier 2/3 players do, as some of BIG, Cloud 9 and so)
2019-07-19 04:09
You’re saying zews was the best in the team? -mibr tier4 team -zews played like tier 2-3 player. Big and Cloud9 are better teams than mibr
2019-07-19 09:45
#79
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Brazil Karlogaria 
What are BIG and Cloud9 titles compared to that of MIBR players? Does BIG even have a relevant title? Not even on major again lol
2019-07-19 12:34
Im liveing in 2019, u?
2019-07-19 12:36
#83
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Brazil Karlogaria 
So the past doesn't matter at all? Alright, let's take 2019 then. MIBR titles? 0 and a complete let down of the team. BIG and Cloud 9 titles? Also 0, BIG on its way to break down and Cloud9 starting a new roster after the complete failure of the previous. And Cloud9 only have their major because it was against FaZe, who never fails to fail.
2019-07-19 13:07
All 3 really bad, mibr and big has a negative trend (being worse and worse and keep on being worse) while c9 actually got a positive trend by showing a lot of potential while also being a new team. Conclusion: C9 best of the three atm and with positive trend Big and mibr about the same level atm and both with negative trend. BUT: mibr has never beaten big, hence being the worst of the 3
2019-07-19 13:34
#87
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Too early to tell C9 has a positive trend. MIBR and BIG equally bad, but BIG players have no titles at all and are on the verge of a breakdown, while MIBR is trying to refresh itself. So MIBR > C9 > BIG, despite the ridiculous results of last months.
2019-07-19 14:35
#82
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
are we in 2017 ?
2019-07-19 13:02
#41
KRIMZ | 
United States KevinUSA 
Will MIBR take zews to the major? Time is ticking.
2019-07-19 04:11
True, I think they will focus on IEM Chicago and then start a quick search for the 5th player, maybe Kngv, Hen1 some people also talk about Felps going to Mibr but not giving Lucas1. Lets see through the next weeks!
2019-07-19 04:42
Bruh rip. They're gonna play with zews
2019-07-19 07:36
#66
jhd | 
Finland JHdash77 
They can't change players tho, they have to play with cold or zews
2019-07-19 08:15
#122
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Brazil Karlogaria 
It's their only option
2019-08-09 19:16
#42
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United States oll3m 
Fallen on god mode, I loved to see that.
2019-07-19 04:21
#43
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World taco__ 
IMAGINE LOSING TO A COACH
2019-07-19 04:24
IMAGINE A GAME WITH 2 COACHES
2019-07-19 04:39
#52
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Brazil trevz 
4x4 + 2 coaches, New game mode coming
2019-07-19 05:08
All tie breakers should be decided by 1 v 1 coach aim map duels.
2019-07-19 05:26
#74
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Czech Republic Noxar 
Sounds like a pretty memy format, for Blast Pro perhaps. But not all teams have a coach.
2019-07-19 11:30
I was 100% kidding.
2019-07-19 14:41
#54
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Philippines LYrpz 
Nice to see shox and kennyS carrying.
2019-07-19 05:40
#61
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Norway beastin 
Naytjloh
2019-07-19 07:08
mibr lose inferno and took train to OT, like i know they are using Zews but fucking hell, he isnt even playing that shit
2019-07-19 07:36
kenny pog
2019-07-19 09:10
g2 looking sharper
2019-07-19 09:23
#69
cyx | 
Belarus IgNor4ik 
G2 nor bad to beat Liquid on Dust 2
2019-07-19 09:35
#73
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Indonesia Exodd 
G2 looking good
2019-07-19 10:43
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