Syman, DreamEaters open Major with upsets over Vitality, NRG

The StarLadder Major began with two huge upsets as CIS duo Syman and DreamEaters bested Vitality and NRG, respectively.

The French giants, who had the top seed of this stage, came out the brighter of the two sides in their Dust2 match against Syman and strolled to a 3-0 lead, but the landscape of the game changed immediately once their opponents had money to work with. The CIS side kept a water-tight defense for the rest of the half secured a massive 10-5 advantage, with Maksim "⁠t0rick⁠" Zaikin sitting on a 20-7 score.

Syman piled more misery on their opponents and further added to their lead after preventing Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin from clutching rounds early in the second half.

t0rick made light work of Vitality

Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, who was struggling to provide any sort of impact, finally woke up when Vitality were down 14-5 and put his team back in the game with a series of multi-kills. But Syman were by then too far ahead and t0rick continued to tear through the French defense, racking up 30 kills as his team picked up a surprisingly easy victory.

Matchpage
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23rd August 2019
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Dust2
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 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 20 - 19 +1 91.3 1.21
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 18 - 19 -1 77.3 1.12
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 17 - 18 -1 68.4 0.93
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 10 - 18 -8 64.2 0.69
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 10 - 21 -11 50.1 0.62
 Syman K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Azerbaijan Maksim 't0rick' Zaikint0rick 30 - 13 +17 107.3 1.73
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' ZalutskiyPerfecto 22 - 15 +7 108.5 1.48
Kazakhstan Ramazan 'Ramz1kBO$$' BashizovRamz1kBO$$ 15 - 14 +1 63.5 0.99
Belgium Nicolas 'Keoz' DgusKeoz 16 - 17 -1 86.6 0.98
Kazakhstan Sanzhar 'neaLaN' IskhakovneaLaN 12 - 17 -5 54.8 0.81

Over on the secondary stream, NRG were caught off-guard by DreamEaters' strong start to the game, forcing Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz to call a tactical pause when the score was 5-0 in the Russians' favour. Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov then single-handedly put NRG on the board, but there was no follow-up as the CIS side responded immediately. DreamEaters continued to add rounds to their tally before a late resurgence from NRG allowed them to cut the gap to five rounds before the break.

Now playing on the Terrorist side, DreamEaters replied immediately after losing the pistol round and went on a tear to secure nine match points. It looked the game was about to come to a close, but Svyatoslav "⁠svyat⁠" Dovbakh's troops the mental issues that had already plagued them in the Minors and allowed NRG to mount a spectacular comeback and force overtime.

DreamEaters left it late to beat NRG

In the end, NRG's comeback efforts would amount to nothing. The North Americans' double AWP setup earned them two rounds on the defense, but DreamEaters had a flawless CT side and picked up three rounds to walk away with the victory.

 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 32 - 24 +8 83.6 1.35
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 28 - 22 +6 85.3 1.22
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 22 - 26 -4 79.9 1.06
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 24 - 25 -1 72.5 0.98
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 20 - 26 -6 59.5 0.83
 DreamEaters K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Anton 'speed4k' Titovspeed4k 31 - 24 +7 79.2 1.15
Russia Semyon 'kinqie' Lisitsynkinqie 22 - 28 -6 85.9 1.05
Russia Igor 'Forester' BezotecheskiyForester 21 - 23 -2 67.8 1.04
Russia Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakhsvyat 26 - 25 +1 76.6 1.02
Russia Vladislav 'Krad' KravchenkoKrad 23 - 26 -3 57.7 0.86
Russia Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1848
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1024
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
721
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Azerbaijan Maksim 't0rick' Zaikin
Maksim 't0rick' Zaikin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
335
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1173
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
#1
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Europe obvious
great, knew syman could surprise vitality
2019-08-23 14:43
ez
2019-08-23 14:43
I hope nrg or vitality go out , didn't even bet but i fucking hate them both
2019-08-23 14:44
#53
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New Zealand rOtten_97
I legit expected NRG to lose, but Vitality... LUL
2019-08-23 14:45
Who?
2019-08-23 14:49
Only the #2 team
2019-08-23 14:56
imagine thinking vitality is #2 team in world LOL
2019-08-23 15:04
even Navi doesnt rely on Simple as much as Vitality does on Zywoo lol. No Zywoo carrying = no party
2019-08-23 15:27
Because Vitality play around Zywoo they know Zywoo is isane so they adapt their game on him
2019-08-23 15:44
#185
adreN | 
Switzerland 2022
CIS too stronk
2019-08-23 16:08
4 guys willing to support one is a good TEAM. although they won’t last because Zywoo will want a major and this team won’t be doing it
2019-08-23 16:01
Checked the rankings recently?
2019-08-23 15:36
my point stands, they just lost to DREAMEATERS LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL
2019-08-25 00:07
Why do you hate them??
2019-08-23 14:45
Dirty teams
2019-08-23 14:50
agree
2019-08-23 14:52
Man you fan of North that wasnt deserved to be even on minor play-in i dont talk about major lul.
2019-08-23 14:57
Yes i too hate team Syman! This WTF!
2019-08-23 15:46
#66
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Bulgaria doge_one
Damn
2019-08-23 14:46
Same
2019-08-23 14:50
i bet.. and got fucked by these baiters assholes lul
2019-08-23 15:01
I called it only morons had these 2 at 0-3
2019-08-23 15:01
wow
2019-08-23 14:43
LUL
2019-08-23 14:43
#4
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Indonesia segopecel
throw inc edit: plus nrg jersey and logo so ugly meanwhile vitality's getting better
2019-08-23 14:45
rip ems
2019-08-23 14:43
+1
2019-08-23 14:52
2true4meirl
2019-08-23 15:22
haa imaging picking vitalityoo00 over mouz 3-0
2019-08-23 16:50
I’m crying mens)))
2019-08-23 20:31
LUL
2019-08-23 14:43
ez
2019-08-23 14:43
#8
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Denmark le_mub
damn cis looks great but still bo1's
2019-08-23 14:43
#9
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Ukraine McSwell
Fluketality title contenders they said LUL ZyWHO top player they said OMEGALUL CIS Tier-2 >>>> French CS scene
2019-08-23 14:43
Lul
2019-08-23 14:46
+1
2019-08-23 14:52
Big Upset
2019-08-23 14:43
lmao
2019-08-23 14:43
#13
who | 
North America Shehp
Simple4Syman?
2019-08-23 14:43
#14
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Netherlands Alvinnie
CIS > EU/NA, Vitality and NRG aint even tier 2 teams playing like this.
2019-08-23 14:43
LMAO
2019-08-23 15:46
#15
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Netherlands zeoligma
rip pickems
2019-08-23 14:43
yes(
2019-08-23 15:47
lmao
2019-08-23 14:43
crispy major
2019-08-23 14:43
This diamond coin will be spicy
2019-08-23 14:43
F for everyone who doubted Grayhound to go 0-3 and gambled on CIS teams who are famous for upsets since forever xd
2019-08-23 14:49
#121
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Switzerland Odesza
Everyone putting Vit or NRG 3-0 are actually dumb, they will probably go through new legends anyway, but will not give any points for it. 3-0 should be either North or Mousesports, And never place a cis team on 0-3 as well
2019-08-23 14:55
#20
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Czech Republic Noxar
Pickems ruined
2019-08-23 14:43
#154
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Ukraine Chipaet
DreamEaters is in my Pickem :)
2019-08-23 15:17
HAHAHAAH
2019-08-23 14:43
Starladder = CIS = CIS teams win ?? hmm suspicous... but gg i guess NA CS so bad lol
2019-08-23 14:43
Illuminatti confirmed
2019-08-23 14:48
#84
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Russia M13F
starladder BERLIN, BIG win this.... oh wait.....
2019-08-23 14:49
xd +1
2019-08-23 14:56
the best players in CS come from Slavic/CIS countries, not many people realize this unfortunately tho
2019-08-23 14:59
LMAO
2019-08-23 15:46
am I wrong tho?
2019-08-23 15:50
Eleague = NA C9 = NA C9 win a major Tatatata
2019-08-23 17:04
#24
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China serdim
lmfao
2019-08-23 14:43
ez odds for Syman
2019-08-23 14:43
#26
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Sweden crittaN
Rofl
2019-08-23 14:43
w0w
2019-08-23 14:43
RIP pickems
2019-08-23 14:43
#29
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Russia Glihhh
Expected since they CIS
2019-08-23 14:44
ez
2019-08-23 14:43
ez
2019-08-23 14:44
ez for t0rick OMEGALUL
2019-08-23 14:44
#34
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Syria zloyezhik2
Ahaha
2019-08-23 14:45
#35
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Russia evg1804
F to guys who picked 3-0 Vitality and 0-3 Syman & DreamEaters
2019-08-23 14:44
Thanks I got syman as 0 3 rip and cr4zy as 3 0
2019-08-23 14:50
CIS tier1 NA EU tier 2 nice job
2019-08-23 14:44
Everyone pickem died
2019-08-23 14:44
#38
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Poland Crai9Xen
Clownfiesta Syman win + DE win + Tyloo, complexity pls win and i will be rich asff
2019-08-23 14:44
#39
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Finland Polki
Sad nrg & vitashitty
2019-08-23 14:44
Vitality disband pls
2019-08-23 14:44
hahahaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhah
2019-08-23 14:44
NRG LUL
2019-08-23 14:44
Expected early wins from CIS teams who prove every year they are always a challenge to better teams, proven fact backed up by results, but we'll see if they can go far or this is just for the one/two matches only!
2019-08-23 14:45
expected from cis
2019-08-23 14:45
CIS CSGO garbage?:DDD HAHAHAHAHHAHA
2019-08-23 14:45
zywoo cheats off ? xD
2019-08-23 14:45
Maybe cheats Syman on? This lol team!
2019-08-23 15:49
Vitality fluke exposed, or should I say ZywOolity. The two cockiest players are at the bottom.
2019-08-23 14:45
t0rick>tarik CIS so stronk
2019-08-23 14:45
rip syman 0 3 pick'em, cr4zy 3 0 please
2019-08-23 14:45
#56
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Russia KaStrEek
Vitality and NRG SUCK!!!
2019-08-23 14:46
Thats why you put INTZ 0-3
2019-08-23 14:45
Vitality ranked #2 XDDDD lmao
2019-08-23 14:45
ez4 CIS tarik
2019-08-23 14:45
xdddddd ez money
2019-08-23 14:46
DAAAAAAAAA
2019-08-23 14:46
lmao I won 10k
2019-08-23 14:46
#65
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New Zealand rOtten_97
speed4k > cerq
2019-08-23 14:46
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?
2019-08-23 14:46
#68
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Serbia nocturnSRB
What the fuck
2019-08-23 14:46
t0rick aze flag but he is ethnically russian right ?
2019-08-23 14:50
Yes, He's not azer
2019-08-23 14:53
xd
2019-08-23 14:55
CIS always starts strong then drop off
2019-08-23 14:47
big true
2019-08-23 15:03
#71
Jame | 
Europe Dan11a
"Syman or DreamEaters 0-3!" -AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-08-23 14:47
EZ CIS victory in Germany once again.
2019-08-23 14:47
hahaha
2019-08-23 14:47
#75
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Turkey Lennon1923
underdogs on fire
2019-08-23 14:47
#76
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Russia Praeter
ez for CIS
2019-08-23 14:47
omegaluuul
2019-08-23 14:47
cis wasted spot )))0000))000 "typical kid from hltv"
2019-08-23 14:47
#79
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Russia XcmlX
Rip pickems
2019-08-23 14:48
#80
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Russia razorVJ
LMAO is this real?
2019-08-23 14:48
EZ CIS
2019-08-23 14:48
#83
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Ukraine zCainee
F for pick ems
2019-08-23 14:48
#85
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Finland Faust_fSt
3 days ago: HAVU 2 - 0 DreamEaters HAVU 2 - 0 Syman So it is clear that HAVU>>NRG & Vitality
2019-08-23 14:49
>havu on lan
2019-08-23 14:49
rip 99% of pickems 3-0 and 0-3
2019-08-23 14:49
yes world! LMAO
2019-08-23 15:50
expected
2019-08-23 14:49
#95
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Israel fvlion123
CIS #1
2019-08-23 14:50
#97
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Kazakhstan k4harman
HELLO? is anyone here who picked 0-3 syman and dreameaters?
2019-08-23 14:50
Stupid to put 0-3 CIS Teams and not INTZ
2019-08-23 15:53
#217
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Kazakhstan k4harman
+1
2019-08-23 20:04
Yes... i had syman 0-3...
2019-08-23 19:59
#98
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w
LUL
2019-08-23 14:50
1 won has no meaning
2019-08-23 14:50
1 won
2019-08-23 14:54
default. Better team loses bo1 to younger players. Still, amazing matches, gj cis teams.
2019-08-23 14:52
Lmao
2019-08-23 14:52
apex and nbk ffs
2019-08-23 14:52
#108
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Brazil 3nzow
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-08-23 14:53
#109
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Netherlands staticNL
never underestimate CIS teams at majors
2019-08-23 14:53
I hate to repeate this to everyone. They think passing eu minor with sprouts and penta is heavier than against winstrike or vega
2019-08-23 19:06
Ez4azerbaijanianbeast
2019-08-23 14:53
2019-08-23 14:55
İt doesnt matter if he is turk or not. At least he has Azerbaijan citizenship. İt is enough for me xdddd
2019-08-23 15:09
xdddd
2019-08-23 15:10
Fuck my pickems wtf is this lel
2019-08-23 14:53
Legit match fixing
2019-08-23 14:53
AlgaCIS Alga KZ
2019-08-23 14:54
RIP my pick ems
2019-08-23 14:54
Team Liquid 0-3 Syman grand finals
2019-08-23 14:54
Alga KZ alga CIS
2019-08-23 14:54
LUL
2019-08-23 14:56
#127
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Sweden Trkmag
Seeing the new CIS teams pick up the mantle from F3 and Vega... beautiful
2019-08-23 14:56
#128
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Finland 0lter
low iq pickems ruined more news at 5
2019-08-23 14:56
OMG some people are upset
2019-08-23 14:58
#131
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Hungary bill25
RIP PICKEMS
2019-08-23 14:58
SYMAN FLUKE TORICK LUCKY
2019-08-23 15:00
#135
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North America Neshie
Sigh rip my predictions.
2019-08-23 15:00
upset is real
2019-08-23 15:02
#140
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Canada Gumpypoo
3-0 and 0-3 already fucked
2019-08-23 15:03
thank god didn't buy the pass
2019-08-23 15:03
#143
ropz | 
United States DV19
Rip 0-3 bruuuh
2019-08-23 15:04
vitaLULty, top 2 OMEGALUL
2019-08-23 15:04
i hope CR4ZY got 3-0
2019-08-23 15:06
rip pickems Syman 3-0 LUL
2019-08-23 15:11
#151
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Latvia tibr0
lol ez
2019-08-23 15:13
Expected Kappa
2019-08-23 15:13
#153
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Kazakhstan ajdoz
ez wws! Alga Syman!
2019-08-23 15:14
Daps > Stan
2019-08-23 15:19
The chance of upset is always great during the first round when teams had weeks in advance to prepare for the opponent; it will be less likely in the following rounds.
2019-08-23 15:22
some fixers are still out there??
2019-08-23 15:24
RIP pickem
2019-08-23 15:24
#162
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Ireland kaffet
mother russia gonna win major
2019-08-23 15:32
#166
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Germany cTm|oNe
Rip 0-3
2019-08-23 15:38
So EZ for CIS Also RIP Pickem for most ppl :)
2019-08-23 15:40
#168
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Turkey LULTARES
LUL AHAHAHHAHAHHHA LMAO
2019-08-23 15:41
Pretty much confirmed Vitality isn't going to win this major. There's no excuse.
2019-08-23 15:43
Ez azerbaijan
2019-08-23 15:44
Wtf
2019-08-23 15:50
#186
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Hungary raffai
Rip my pickem alreary
2019-08-23 16:13
LMAO
2019-08-23 16:27
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA EZ4CIS
2019-08-23 16:34
that is insane my pick was ruined
2019-08-23 16:35
Ez for Syman
2019-08-23 16:40
#191
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Malaysia Suno[t]
WHAT HAPPENED
2019-08-23 16:48
rip pickemss but not for mee haha Mouz 3-0
2019-08-23 16:49
Imagine putting vitality 3-0 PepeLaugh
2019-08-23 16:52
This Major turns out to be interesting lul
2019-08-23 16:52
RIP 0-3 Dreameaters and 3-0 vita
2019-08-23 17:00
Don’t worry guys Vitality is still saving up their strats for the major.....in 2020 lmao
2019-08-23 17:11
Pick'em is going smooth
2019-08-23 17:12
sup CIS haters ) Omega Bettors LoLuMaded by CIS 0-3 Pickem's
2019-08-23 17:26
Ramz1kBO$$
2019-08-23 17:38
ZYWHOOO OMEGALALUUYY
2019-08-23 17:43
He's great, but i can't say the same about his teammates
2019-08-23 18:36
#203
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Hungary Shiron212
I was at work, watching these 2 matches and my mind is blown The CIS teams are always taking me by surprise
2019-08-23 17:50
There go everyone’s brackets haha!
2019-08-23 18:09
am i alone who didn't fucked up pick'em yet?
2019-08-23 18:16
i went for 0-3 grayhounds and 3-0 crazy
2019-08-23 18:27
lol good luck with that mine 3-0 furia and 0-3 intz xD
2019-08-23 19:19
#219
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Serbia XD___
I see you have mixed feelings towards Brazilians.
2019-08-23 22:17
intz is looking ever more likely...
2019-08-24 00:14
Save ZywOo
2019-08-23 18:36
Rip 3-0 pickems
2019-08-23 18:55
EZZZZ FOR CIS
2019-08-23 19:23
I literally knew it they wont go 3 0. On pickem
2019-08-23 19:53
Ez betting mens)))
2019-08-23 20:02
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