Sharks bench nak, RCF; announce NA plans

Sharks have announced the benching of Renato "nak" Nakano and Rodrigo "RCF" Figueiredo along with plans to move to North America to help further the team's development.

Both players have been transfer listed by Sharks as the Portuguese organisation look to fine-tune the squad in the aftermath of a fourth-place finish at the Americas Minor.

The Brazilian team made it out of the groups in Berlin following back-to-back victories over Singularity before being eliminated in the double-elimination bracket with defeats to INTZ and FURIA.

nak is available for transfer after two years with Sharks

The news marks the end of one of the most stable lineups in the scene, with a roster that had been untouched since March 2018. nak was one of the original members of the team, who signed for Sharks in July 2017, while RCF linked up with the squad eight months later after playing in North America with Gorilla Core.

"After a long time with this lineup, we feel this is the right time for changes," team coach Hélder "coachi" Sancho told HLTV.org.

"nak and RCF are great players, and we deeply appreciate everything they have done for Sharks, but we felt that this was the right time to bring in some fresh blood and try to reach a new level. We are open to offers for the players, and prospective organisations can contact me at heldersancho@sharksesports.com.

"We are still evaluating our options regarding the new players. For now, there is nothing done.

After splitting their time between Brazil and Portugal in the last two years, Sharks will begin a new chapter in September as they will be moving to North America to continue their development.

The Brazilian team ended 2018 on a high, reaching the 22nd place in the rankings after placing 9th-12th at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals and 3rd-4th at PLG Grand Slam 2018. They have failed to reach those lofty heights again, however, and have been outside the top 30 since February.

"We decided it was better for us to move our team to the United States so we can play with lower ping and fight to attend all the big tournaments in the world," coachi added.

"The new lineup will come to Europe for a bootcamp before moving to the US for the next tournament season."

Sharks currently have:

Brazil Raphael "exit" Lacerda
Brazil Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira
Brazil Jhonatan "jnt" Silva

Brazil Renato "nak" Nakano (transfer listed)
Brazil Rodrigo "RCF" Figueiredo (transfer listed)

Portugal Hélder "coachi" Sancho (coach)

Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
313
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Raphael 'exit' Lacerda
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Brazil Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Jhonatan 'jnt' Silva
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Portugal Hélder 'coachi' Sancho
Hélder 'coachi' Sancho
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.72
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.75
APR:
0.14
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo
Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
333
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.12
Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakano
Renato 'nak' Nakano
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
393
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
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Finland aqua_rius 
Long time project? OMEGALUL
2019-07-22 20:18
#12
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-07-22 20:19
rip nak
2019-07-22 20:27
age: 32
2019-07-22 20:29
#66
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Austria shaakeh 
wtf
2019-07-22 20:37
Hélder "coachi" Sancho (coach)
2019-07-22 21:20
RCF: age: 19
2019-07-22 20:38
liquipedia.net/counterstrike/Nak respect the legend
2019-07-23 14:46
Okay !!!
2019-07-23 08:02
#17
TaZ | 
Brazil Anux 
2 years is not long time?
2019-07-22 20:20
#49
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Romania SkipLD 
Not a project tho. Just useless online tournaments with no development.
2019-07-22 20:31
true...they are the most wasted money of all time rofl
2019-07-23 01:42
WHO?
2019-07-22 21:10
#119
jks | 
Finland v3gez 
CAREES
2019-07-22 21:37
Cold inc
2019-07-23 03:04
#2
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Germany saluxus 
expected
2019-07-22 20:18
#3
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United States YankeeM 
Ok
2019-07-22 20:18
first
2019-07-22 20:18
#138
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Brazil Skrol 
No
2019-07-22 22:19
#5
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
RIP nak a legend
2019-07-22 20:18
how lmao
2019-07-22 20:25
nt
2019-07-22 20:30
Nak won ESWC 2006 with mibr in 1.6
2019-07-22 20:31
he won a tournament, so that makes him a legendary player?
2019-07-22 20:33
I’m not saying he is a legend... I said that he won a big tournament a many people don’t know that
2019-07-22 20:37
#70
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France Dov 
2006? People didn't even know how to shoot
2019-07-22 20:39
#78
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
frenchies didn't, for sure.
2019-07-22 20:43
#79
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Ukraine ksay 
in 10 year people would laugh about current teams. why watching noobs play mens))?
2019-07-22 20:43
#81
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Brazil Davi_Dallarmi 
Here you proved that your knowledge about cs is 0
2019-07-22 20:45
#86
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France Dov 
I didn't watch cs at that time, I didn't even have a computer. I know for sure skill and team play wasn't that high in 2006
2019-07-22 20:47
#101
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Brazil IguiN 
"I didn't watch cs at that time" How could you take any conclusions then?! Stop talking shit
2019-07-22 21:05
#102
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Brazil JMB_17 
“I didn’t watc cs at that time” “I know for sure” You must be stupid. You don’t know shit for sure, so shut the fuck up
2019-07-22 21:06
#137
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France Dov 
Look all the br getting upset
2019-07-22 22:10
Different times you can’t compare - Now we have nice mices, keyboards, 144/240 Hz monitors and all that shit. - I played and watched CS since 2004 and for sure there wasn’t super strats but it was almost only aim.
2019-07-22 22:19
#163
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Brazil xandiinho 
+1
2019-07-23 00:05
auto-rekt
2019-07-22 21:18
Burning yourself it's pretty nice
2019-07-22 21:36
#151
mch | 
Brazil Tkkchrist 
you dont know a shit that you saying,
2019-07-22 23:07
#174
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Brazil Capi___ 
Lmao
2019-07-23 02:30
LOL
2019-07-23 10:40
+1
2019-07-22 21:19
#213
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Brazil Projectrv 
if u wont able to shoot in their time, it doesn't mean no ones doesnt knows how to do it. Cs is not only about CSGO, There's a lot of legends that u probably never heard about, and this guys was more important to the scene than some pros from csgo nowadays.
2019-07-23 22:23
#64
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Brazil DinooxP 
First major Brazil won
2019-07-22 20:37
Obviously
2019-07-22 20:38
#103
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Brazil trevz 
liquipedia.net/counterstrike/Nak he won a lot in 1.6, yes, he is a legend
2019-07-22 21:06
Pog
2019-07-22 20:18
Lol
2019-07-22 20:18
#8
elemeNt | 
Mexico tscXvnx 
stewie and tarik?
2019-07-22 20:19
8/8
2019-07-22 21:18
Rip nak the legend who won 2 majors With mibr
2019-07-22 20:20
xD
2019-07-22 20:24
Im not joking He won 2 majors in 2006/2007
2019-07-22 20:25
1
2019-07-22 20:27
Oh shit it was only 1. It was just because They came to so many finals or semifinals
2019-07-22 20:31
nak noob
2019-07-22 20:33
Wtf men(((
2019-07-22 20:34
its true tho men)))
2019-07-22 20:34
Ye men)))) But still won more majors then you have
2019-07-22 20:36
that is true men((( now im sad men(((
2019-07-22 20:41
men(((
2019-07-22 21:03
#97
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Brazil Xcoozee 
Both of u, made my day 😂😂
2019-07-22 21:04
I also made My day bye fapping
2019-07-22 21:05
You dont have to be sad men(((
2019-07-22 21:04
who
2019-07-22 20:19
MIBR RCF
2019-07-22 20:19
wtf? RCF was a very good player in this roster
2019-07-22 20:20
+1 way more consistent than leo_drunky
2019-07-22 21:50
#14
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Brazil Moo9n 
F nak!
2019-07-22 20:20
#15
Zeus | 
Europe Jakestarx 
who?
2019-07-22 20:20
former 1.6 mibr legend. youtube.com/watch?v=75sSQR8-h4A 1:46
2019-07-22 20:24
the legend nobody knows
2019-07-22 20:25
F*ck, I die way too many times in that movie :D
2019-07-22 20:49
#181
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
KIko and COGU Legends
2019-07-23 05:19
#16
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Slovenia ArlindEl 
Long time project LMAO
2019-07-22 20:20
#18
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Hungary StraYzie 
RIP nak F
2019-07-22 20:20
#87
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Brazil NahT_ 
F
2019-07-22 20:47
Nothing but respect for nak, legendary player.
2019-07-22 20:21
? what xD what has he done to be considered legendary
2019-07-22 20:24
? He won 4 S-Tier tournaments in 1.6
2019-07-22 20:26
not legendary, just a decent player in 1.6
2019-07-22 20:33
For an UK dude you seem to have some pretty high CS standards lmfao
2019-07-22 20:36
lol making fun of where im from, good job. I wont stoop to your level and make fun of Brazil 30iq because its pathetic. Also Smooya best player ever men)))
2019-07-22 20:42
#111
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
UK CS LUL
2019-07-22 21:17
GERMAN and BR CS LUL
2019-07-22 23:27
Na cs LULW
2019-07-23 00:26
#185
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United States Eduzera 
EZ4Who
2019-07-23 07:13
Na majors?
2019-07-23 07:50
#191
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United States Eduzera 
Cloud9 - 2018 Liquid - next 2019
2019-07-23 07:54
Oops Astralis is on the major the "era" is over lulquid fanboy
2019-07-23 08:11
#195
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United States Eduzera 
FURIA can beat actual Astralis
2019-07-23 08:13
AhahahahahahahahahH, you must be baiting and fakeflagging at the same time
2019-07-23 08:14
#197
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United States Eduzera 
lol
2019-07-23 08:18
Who?
2019-07-22 20:21
stfu ignorant kid
2019-07-22 21:41
OMEGALUL why so mad???? Faze doing bad????
2019-07-22 22:06
#22
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Europe keNLey94 
good luck nak, and good luck to sharks in the future
2019-07-22 20:22
Thanks bro
2019-07-23 07:30
#23
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United States RULE34TRACER 
Brazil taking over NA
2019-07-22 20:22
#164
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Brazil trollzeraBR 
yup give to us your's tornaments
2019-07-23 00:09
M16R nak great talent expected tbh
2019-07-22 20:22
nak - great talent rofl
2019-07-22 20:24
#43
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Brazil sinisterkid1 
>M16R >NA
2019-07-22 20:28
#83
Lox | 
Russia Tsarevich 
They live in NA
2019-07-22 20:46
LOL Expected
2019-07-22 20:22
#26
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
F to nak
2019-07-22 20:23
#182
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
F
2019-07-23 05:20
F for nak Mibr rcf?
2019-07-22 20:23
I've seen this one before
2019-07-22 20:24
#29
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Brazil soymask 
kng leaves intz mibr kng RCF leaves sharks intz rcf
2019-07-22 20:24
#37
rain | 
Russia NJLsensei 
nah i don't think so Gonna be like: RCF leaves Sharks MIBR RCF
2019-07-22 20:26
#45
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Brazil soymask 
lol, why mibr pick RCF? exit is much better than RCF
2019-07-22 20:29
#46
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Brazil soymask 
or... TeamOne -TRK +RCF MIBR TRK Pog
2019-07-22 20:29
Sounds about the most logical option for all parties
2019-07-22 20:47
#186
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United States Eduzera 
T1 will not release trk to MIBR and they needs to study the best player (for role) to fill roster
2019-07-23 07:17
#76
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Brazil hugoooo 
mibr RCF?? hahahahahahahhaahha
2019-07-22 20:42
#36
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Brazil skazzi 
RCF and nak are a good options for TeamOne. -iDk -bit1
2019-07-22 20:26
That is actually great option for t1. Also ANYFUCKINGONE>bit, just saying.
2019-07-22 20:31
#187
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United States Eduzera 
1%
2019-07-23 07:18
#41
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Sharks = budget Vega Squadron
2019-07-22 20:27
#61
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Romania SkipLD 
Old Vega? New line-up is very bad.
2019-07-22 20:36
#152
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
logo
2019-07-22 23:19
#52
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Norway Napapijri 
nak still relevant in 2019? nak, bit etc
2019-07-22 20:31
#53
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Brazil parrud0www 
ok
2019-07-22 20:31
#57
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United Kingdom JayCe97 
This is stupid. When they play their A game they can beat anyone. No changes are needed.
2019-07-22 20:33
#65
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World breezy0 
+1
2019-07-22 20:37
#162
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Poland Lukovsky 
lmao +1
2019-07-23 00:00
#198
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Thailand beam2546 
+1 they look actually decent recently and they can improve to become something like FURIA currently is
2019-07-23 08:50
#67
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
actual NA PLANS LULW
2019-07-22 20:38
#71
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Poland mamba99999 
who benches who?
2019-07-22 20:39
#72
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Portugal Eucalyptus12 
one of them to giants 100%
2019-07-22 20:40
#89
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
Giants started praccing today with Cunha and arki :)
2019-07-22 20:48
#95
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Portugal Digassmen 
Thanx for the info, where did u see that info? Any news outlet? Or just connections?
2019-07-22 21:01
#104
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Portugal Eucalyptus12 
omg cunha and arki are sh*t
2019-07-22 21:06
#123
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Portugal R3ktzinho 
no, they're not.
2019-07-22 21:44
#126
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
I hope you are trolling D:
2019-07-22 21:50
#140
fox | 
Portugal IndiSCSGO 
Hope ur wrong. We dont want spanish guys
2019-07-22 22:26
Racist
2019-07-23 12:13
#205
fox | 
Portugal IndiSCSGO 
Not that xd. Portuguese fans only want a full pt team and not a mix.
2019-07-23 13:24
#212
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Spain akproxx 
Racist as fuck
2019-07-23 20:58
#214
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Portugal 7santos 
- Killdream + arki + Cunha??
2019-07-24 12:31
#73
 | 
Brazil hugoooo 
One more BR team to try to steal spots from NA teams... nice
2019-07-22 20:41
nak: are we gonna kick somebody? sharks: nah nak: ok sharks: sorry, i mean nak
2019-07-22 20:42
+111
2019-07-23 12:14
#80
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Brazil NahT_ 
would be great if they had got the major spot, nak deserves a sticker
2019-07-22 20:44
But ... but .... but drunken Leo said they could beat anyone? :O
2019-07-22 20:45
He was drunk
2019-07-22 21:53
#85
gAuLeS | 
Canada Yohazin 
F Nak But y -Rcf?
2019-07-22 20:47
nak, bit, bruno, cogu, fnx Could be possible now.
2019-07-22 20:47
old times player detected! great roster tho! MiBR was a beast! It’s funny see too much kids who don’t even know cs 1.5-1.6 era and keep talking shit. Never got in as a spect on hltv inside the game To watch the games, they know only youtube and twitch hahah
2019-07-23 08:08
#90
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Brazil ocult0 
+biguzera +PKL
2019-07-22 20:48
#109
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
+1 probably, although i don't know if i agree with -rcf instead of -jnt. What do you think?
2019-07-22 21:11
#121
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Brazil ocult0 
I think the perfect changes will be -jnt +land1n to. Land1n is such a better awp and he is growing on the brazilian scene.
2019-07-22 21:38
#124
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
I would prefer +brutt to be honest. We know landin's peak, whereas brutt is 18 with a lower buy-out (i think).
2019-07-22 21:48
Tier 231312313 Team
2019-07-22 20:51
#93
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Portugal Digassmen 
So north american players going to take the 2 places?
2019-07-22 21:00
who
2019-07-22 21:01
Sharks | Coldzera incoming
2019-07-22 21:05
who
2019-07-22 21:07
horvy and some brazilian talent to sharks
2019-07-22 21:08
Sharks coldzera
2019-07-22 21:11
""WE NEED CONSISTENCY; WHEN WE PLAY OUR A-GAME, WE CAN BEAT ANYONE"" THIS AGED WELL LUL
2019-07-22 21:12
#116
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New Zealand CZR^ 
Hiko incomming
2019-07-22 21:21
br cs dead
2019-07-22 21:28
they could beat anyone, but in the end they only beat themselves lmao
2019-07-22 21:37
#125
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
They were playing in the wrong region they should have gone to Na not to Eu
2019-07-22 21:50
This doesn't matter as they ran away to Brazil to play easier qualifiers.
2019-07-22 22:52
#154
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
they left brazil because our scene is dead only shit tournaments with shit prizepools
2019-07-22 23:20
That's why they come back to play qualfiers. To beat shit teams. Because they can't beat play againts gringos
2019-07-23 18:09
#129
fox | 
Portugal IndiSCSGO 
Rcf and nak giants confirmed?
2019-07-22 21:53
Interesting shuffles incoming
2019-07-22 21:54
#133
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
+1
2019-07-22 22:04
tier10 shuffles oof interestink
2019-07-22 22:06
You are fakeflagging right? INDIANCSLUL
2019-07-22 22:49
bruh your flag knowledge makes me sad
2019-07-22 22:51
Lmao. Sorry, Ivory Coast. I though it was Ireland at first
2019-07-22 22:55
wtf that's racist I'm not Conor
2019-07-22 22:57
good, fuck Sharks, now let's disband INTZ
2019-07-22 22:02
#132
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
GL Nak !
2019-07-22 22:04
tier10 who cars
2019-07-22 22:06
Welcome to Mibr
2019-07-22 22:29
#142
jeyN | 
Latvia `DinGo 
yo wtf
2019-07-22 22:31
#143
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Lithuania microgam1ng 
Nak to mibr confirm
2019-07-22 22:33
#144
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Portugal Furiosoo 
+PKL +biguzera pls
2019-07-22 22:35
NAK IS GOOD PLAYER BTW
2019-07-22 22:52
#153
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
respect for every old 1.6 player
2019-07-22 23:20
+Horvy (IGL) +BiguZera
2019-07-22 23:32
#157
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United States Fin4life 
CACA team....
2019-07-22 23:38
+ fnx and coldzera rcf to mibr
2019-07-22 23:39
Nak Rcf Horvy Land1n Biguzera
2019-07-22 23:46
Rip nak 😢
2019-07-22 23:49
#161
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
Mibr +Kng INTZ +TRK T1 +NAK/RCF
2019-07-22 23:56
+1
2019-07-23 00:41
#183
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
Sharks +Biguzera +Hardzão
2019-07-23 05:24
#206
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Brazil Allistar 
T1 - Bot
2019-07-23 14:40
#165
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Portugal buba46 
+rmn +mutiris
2019-07-23 00:14
#167
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Denmark Zorrondo 
this guys were tired of being destroyed by Isurus TOP 1 SA
2019-07-23 00:22
#173
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Portugal Gome3z 
furia top 1SA
2019-07-23 02:24
#178
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Denmark Zorrondo 
not even close
2019-07-23 04:34
#209
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Portugal Gome3z 
has isurus win against furia?
2019-07-23 14:47
#207
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Brazil Allistar 
0/8
2019-07-23 14:40
-fallen -fer +nak +rcf ez fix
2019-07-23 01:04
Furia and INTZ are by far the best SA teams.
2019-07-23 05:10
#171
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Brazil okozpinho 
sharks | yuji confirmed
2019-07-23 01:19
<3 nak
2019-07-23 03:54
Finaly
2019-07-23 04:00
NO, Nak is the only reason you fuckers made it anywhere gl, but i'll doubt you'll have fun
2019-07-23 05:04
Obvious +rmn +JUST
2019-07-23 06:00
#200
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
rmn is not leaving Giants JUST is not leaving OFFSET
2019-07-23 10:31
how the fuck do they have money for this
2019-07-23 07:36
unlucky for them
2019-07-23 13:18
Good luck in the future!
2019-07-23 14:58
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