Zeus: "I wanted to play until the end of the year, but at the Major I felt lost"

Natus Vincere captain Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko has explained his motives for retiring from gaming after BLAST Pro Series Moscow.

The Ukrainian veteran announced on Monday that the tournament in Moscow will be his last as a professional player as he will be calling time on his long career to "give way to the youth."

The announcement came as no surprise as Zeus had admitted in an interview with HLTV.org at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon that he was planning to retire in 2019. Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, Na`Vi's latest recruit, has previous experience as an in-game leader and has been moulded to become Zeus' successor since joining the team, which indicated that it was only a matter of time before the torch was passed to the former Quantum Bellator Fire player.

Zeus confessed that he lacked confidence and energy at the Major

In a video posted on his Youtube channel, Zeus has now revealed that, even though he had been struggling for form for quite some time, it was at the recent StarLadder Major that he realised that the time was right to retire.

"I feel I cannot perform as well as I used to," he said. "Sometimes, I would have no power but I still told myself to keep pushing. I told myself, 'I have to do it, I need to work and do everything to win'. Even the tournaments we won were not so easy for me.

"We practiced a lot for the Major and everything was supposed to go well, but as a player I felt lost. I did not give my 100% to the game. Usually, I coordinate the team, I cheer the guys up, I scream, I tell the guys not to give up. I did not have full energy or confidence. I felt it during the Major.

"To be honest, I was not thinking about leaving the team after the Major. I wanted to play until the end of the year at least as we have a lot of tournaments. But I think I have made the right decision."

Zeus went on to explain that he is eager to pass on his experience to a younger generation. He will be paying close attention to one of his side projects, the CIS Esports League, as he dreams of creating a team that can win "a world championship" in the future.

"My goal is to save you time, so that you do not have to wait ten years, like I did, to win your first world championship, but, let's say, five years," he explained.

"I want to share my knowledge and experience, show you how things work, what you should focus on, etc.. That is what I was doing in Gambit and have been doing in Na`Vi.

"It will be an offline academy and we will choose the best of you, most likely from the CIS Esports League. So if you want to become a professional player and you have the potential, play in the league, show yourself, and we will offer good conditions and promotion. Our goal is to build a gaming house where we can take you and work with you so that you improve your game and we can build a team. That is how we see the academy process for now."

After BLAST Pro Series Moscow, Zeus will take some time off to rest, admitting that the constant travelling and the busy schedule have taken their toll on him. But he does not close the door on the possibility of one day becoming a coach, and gives the example of Danny "zonic" Sørensen, who has helped Astralis to become one of the most decorated teams in the history of Counter-Strike.

"If I want to coach, I will return with fresh powers, just like zonic did. He had a big break, then joined Astralis and has since won four Majors, the Intel Grand Slam and a bunch of other tournaments.

"His team was number one for a year. That is cool. That is how you should come back. There is no point in getting to work right now and rushing everything. I do not want to do it now."

Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
#2
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Serbia BigJB21 
What a legend, you will be missed!
2019-09-11 19:48
Ofc he did
2019-09-11 19:47
#190
XELLOW | 
Romania AaLaSt 
Stupid kids. When Zeus ,NEO, Get_Right will be no more in CS, then we'll feel how empty CS will be!
2019-09-12 06:31
#196
 | 
Russia xtkjdtr01 
No
2019-09-12 08:03
#198
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
+1 new talents like Rez, ropz, frozen, zywoo, brollan will make the scene good even without legends
2019-09-12 08:26
Its not about skill, but character. These players are one of the sweetest, most humble guys in the scene. Ever since Pasha retired, I feel like the scene became dull
2019-09-12 08:40
zeus humble lol
2019-09-12 08:53
#204
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
Yeah it's so full with stews trash talk, french people crying and big egos trying to get a better team
2019-09-12 09:22
#215
 | 
Germany Bier 
+1 money ruined cs even more tbh
2019-09-12 10:57
It's fun tho. Money and trash talkin' makes any game fun!
2019-09-12 11:26
True, the young talents and their skills are great to watch and couple that with good strategy, very fun to watch
2019-09-13 00:17
#237
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Faroe Islands sundby 
REZ LOL
2019-09-12 14:41
#218
 | 
India Hafnex 
+11111
2019-09-12 11:24
#233
 | 
Brazil Kaddor 
f0rest too
2019-09-12 13:54
#240
XELLOW | 
Romania AaLaSt 
f0rest too indeed, but i never heard he has plans to retire soon.
2019-09-12 16:13
#11
Machine | 
Finland gassed 
wow
2019-09-11 19:49
Rip((
2019-09-11 19:51
stop embarrassing urself old man. go home and be a family man
2019-09-11 19:57
#62
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
:( feelsbad for zeus
2019-09-11 20:20
0.97 rated in berlin not even bad for 32 year old IGL
2019-09-11 19:50
+1
2019-09-11 19:51
#32
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
danylows teslenkows
2019-09-11 19:56
Aleksi "AleksiB" Vittulainen
2019-09-11 20:00
#122
Finland em8 
*Virolainen
2019-09-11 22:46
*Vitolainen
2019-09-12 00:23
Finlaininen
2019-09-12 08:50
#234
s1mple | 
Netherlands xGrayZ 
*vittolenmens))
2019-09-12 14:18
#235
Aleksib | 
Finland f1nch 
I like him
2019-09-12 14:18
+1
2019-09-11 20:04
#79
flusha | 
Norway dr_fiji 
+1 respect
2019-09-11 20:43
32 is just he written real age might be 35 or so
2019-09-11 20:44
#85
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
he actually has a higher rating than Glaive but people said he lacked firepower this event lmao... ask s0mple why he was a bot just having no impact frags
2019-09-11 20:52
Lol, s1mple bad cause he play with new mouse pro players arent smart.. buy news mouse for event
2019-09-11 21:03
#123
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
Still his fault
2019-09-11 22:48
sauce?
2019-09-11 22:48
Just watch hes Mouse? Its not zowie i could tell on stream
2019-09-12 00:26
which one? the pink one?
2019-09-12 01:31
#197
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
S1mple and zywoo both have pink mouses, both play like shit...
2019-09-12 08:06
#205
 | 
Germany b1azed 
device also has one, but he won the major
2019-09-12 09:23
#256
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Team Astralis won major
2019-09-16 03:38
+1
2019-09-12 01:27
#219
 | 
India Hafnex 
+1
2019-09-12 11:25
F
2019-09-11 20:28
#73
 | 
Germany MackyGee 
+1
2019-09-11 20:33
#77
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
more like botgend
2019-09-11 20:38
in uk there never was and never will be such a player your maximum screaming "smooooya" at the stadium so stfu kid
2019-09-11 21:11
#97
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
imagine winning 1 major then being considered a legend LOL
2019-09-11 21:22
#108
 | 
United States astr0nom1cal 
You're joking right? The guy is the top rated CS IGL for multiple years, wins 4 1.6 majors and a CSGO major. His ratings at Berlin were even above Gla1ves, the literal major winner and he's still called a bot. This guy's been around the block and has been in CS before you were born.
2019-09-11 21:51
Imagine winning a t3 event and being relevant. I guess you're still waiting for that too though.
2019-09-11 21:52
#114
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
Clueless kid.
2019-09-11 22:05
Okay no scener
2019-09-11 22:42
#128
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
ur from new Zealand. Dont talk about "no sceners" lmao
2019-09-11 23:08
#130
 | 
Brazil LordQ 
Okay no scener
2019-09-11 23:30
#135
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
dont join this convo for no reason
2019-09-11 23:36
#140
 | 
Brazil LordQ 
lmao ok
2019-09-11 23:50
Okay no scener
2019-09-12 01:32
Ok no scener
2019-09-12 03:45
Ok no scener
2019-09-12 05:15
#187
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Australia GaayCuunt 
Ok no scener
2019-09-12 05:32
More of a scene then uk
2019-09-11 23:30
#134
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
dont join this convo for no reason
2019-09-11 23:35
Lmao no Scener and uneducated, look at my flag again retard.
2019-09-11 23:32
#142
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
You do reliase that's a banned and offensive word...
2019-09-12 00:12
#154
 | 
Australia g00sey 
Welcome to HLTV
2019-09-12 01:00
welcome to hltv
2019-09-12 01:32
Welcome to hltv
2019-09-12 03:09
Welcome to hltv
2019-09-12 03:46
Welcome to hltv
2019-09-12 06:47
He actually won 4 more in 1.6. He is not considered the legend because he won in Krakow.
2019-09-11 23:22
and also atleast three times 2nd place at majors
2019-09-11 23:49
#138
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Lithuania Mr|Julius 
Yikes 14yo acting edgy for attention.
2019-09-11 23:47
#143
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
>edgy >Making a point
2019-09-12 00:13
#144
 | 
Lithuania Mr|Julius 
>edgy
2019-09-12 00:14
Newfag
2019-09-12 00:35
#220
 | 
India Hafnex 
Imagine being playing for Navi for like a decade almost....
2019-09-12 11:26
nt thorin
2019-09-11 21:26
#99
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
nt aleksib
2019-09-11 21:33
Pls give some respect bro
2019-09-12 01:33
#106
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Czech Republic Hopkins74 
+1 absolute legend and GOAT :)
2019-09-11 21:43
No
2019-09-11 22:13
+1 U will be remembered and missed Zeus a true legend... GL in the future and i hope to see you coaching Navi to at least 1 major or INTEL GRAND SLAM <3 :)
2019-09-11 23:33
#136
MINISE | 
Europe Cirro 
+1 True legend <3
2019-09-11 23:38
#188
XELLOW | 
Romania AaLaSt 
Good Luck, Zeus! One of the best!
2019-09-12 06:18
not really =)
2019-09-12 18:35
Press F to respect
2019-09-13 10:22
F
2019-09-11 19:47
#20
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Turkey DolandaX 
F
2019-09-11 19:50
F
2019-09-12 09:20
Press F to pay jame
2019-09-11 19:58
Kill 1 for jame time.
2019-09-11 20:27
no, James not gonna get his salary (:
2019-09-12 09:21
+1 xd
2019-09-12 17:03
#75
 | 
Germany MackyGee 
F
2019-09-11 20:33
#5
 | 
Netherlands Kaasplankje 
LEGEND!
2019-09-11 19:48
#9
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
50/50 chance your comment will be first
2019-09-11 19:48
Feels uhh...
2019-09-12 00:43
#150
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
MIRAA decided to spare "F" comments and only took #1
2019-09-12 00:43
#6
NiKo | 
Serbia Krosis 
F
2019-09-11 19:48
#51
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
we get that zeus now stop with these news... its getting cringy and annoying
2019-09-11 20:13
#7
 | 
Algeria Maxmeister 
F
2019-09-11 19:48
#8
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
gl legend
2019-09-11 19:48
#10
 | 
Brazil NahT_ 
F
2019-09-11 19:48
So sad 😭
2019-09-11 19:48
#13
 | 
Europe UhddiS 
GG
2019-09-11 19:49
#14
 | 
Estonia sux3ss 
Feels bad for the legend
2019-09-11 19:49
#15
 | 
Russia v1p3rrr 
F
2019-09-11 19:49
#16
fox | 
Portugal dave1906 
F......ckng legend!
2019-09-11 19:50
After all the critics he still one the best IGLs, legend
2019-09-11 19:50
#70
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
YES!
2019-09-11 20:31
+ major winner
2019-09-12 12:49
#19
s1mple | 
Europe Duff1N 
Just go.
2019-09-11 19:50
#21
ropz | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina jeonSuCc 
1 week ago everyone was trashtalking about him but now look at this legend & F spam. LOL
2019-09-11 19:50
Different people have different opinions on certain issues, such a surprise!
2019-09-11 19:52
#35
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Bulgaria Amerikana 
imagine zeus saying him leaving is a rumor
2019-09-11 19:58
#37
ropz | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina jeonSuCc 
it can be nice try.
2019-09-11 19:58
like in dota2 after the International chines player fade retired and after 1-2 weeks he came back to professional dota2 on different team
2019-09-11 23:55
That's just how it is.
2019-09-11 21:03
F
2019-09-11 19:50
#25
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
s0mple without Zeus LUL
2019-09-11 19:52
#103
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
Niko without karrigan LUL
2019-09-11 21:38
? NiKo was good without karrigan in mouz.
2019-09-12 01:36
#212
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
but now he is bad
2019-09-12 10:25
Karrigan has nothing to do with that...
2019-09-12 11:22
#229
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
same for Zeus and s1mple
2019-09-12 12:34
Wrong.
2019-09-12 15:36
#243
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
why?
2019-09-12 18:03
#26
 | 
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
F Hopefully Na'Vi can win Blast Moscow and Zeus can get one last trophy as a player.
2019-09-11 19:52
#52
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
would be cool but unfortunately mibr is going to spank navi asses
2019-09-11 20:14
LMAO
2019-09-12 09:26
#254
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
HUH ??????????????????
2019-09-13 20:53
#236
tabseN | 
United Kingdom riiN^ 
LMAO -1
2019-09-12 14:30
#253
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
HUH ??????????????????
2019-09-13 20:48
#255
tabseN | 
United Kingdom riiN^ 
spank =/= 16-12
2019-09-13 22:23
Men((
2019-09-11 19:52
#30
 | 
Turkey montpaylit 
so handsome men😎😎😎
2019-09-11 19:54
#31
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
you’ve been lost for past 3 years friend
2019-09-11 19:55
#86
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
he's won a major so I don't think so
2019-09-11 20:53
#88
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
i think so summer time lovin’
2019-09-11 20:56
lmao ence
2019-09-12 00:50
#165
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
lmao India space program
2019-09-12 01:49
can I fuck your mom so that I can give her a smart child
2019-09-12 09:45
at least we have a successful space organization what does your country has? cocksuckers for sure
2019-09-12 09:48
#250
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
about as successful as your recycling program.
2019-09-13 03:13
F
2019-09-11 19:57
#38
shox | 
India iejesus 
legend
2019-09-11 19:59
#40
 | 
Czech Republic QuertyX 
underrated as an igl, and he used to be such a beast in 1.6 F
2019-09-11 20:00
This is so sad can we have new Navi lineup already
2019-09-11 20:00
F
2019-09-11 20:02
#43
 | 
Europe R2D2s 
legend
2019-09-11 20:02
Legend! F
2019-09-11 20:03
from the outside, he played quite well in the major
2019-09-11 20:03
-zeus +guardian -kane +zeus
2019-09-11 20:03
RIP Zeus <3 One of the biggest Legends of CS !
2019-09-11 20:04
GL , my love.
2019-09-11 20:08
#50
 | 
Ukraine twil 
Absolute legend <3
2019-09-11 20:08
ok
2019-09-11 20:14
Legend!!!
2019-09-11 20:15
#59
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
poor zeus its probably hard being on a team with a toxic kid called p1mple zeus deserves better
2019-09-11 20:19
The best player ever retires
2019-09-11 20:19
#66
Aleksib | 
Finland Emvi 
Absolute legend in cs, gl to zeus whatever he will do
2019-09-11 20:26
#69
 | 
Europe BOOMICH 
LEGEND
2019-09-11 20:28
Sad that didn't end with win in his last major
2019-09-11 20:32
#72
fer | 
Russia chersclap 
gl zeus navi will never be the same again
2019-09-11 20:32
Clearly s1mple hate zeus or at leats disklike him i think zeus was holding navi roster together. I bet they will fall apart soon after blast because of bad results
2019-09-11 20:33
Why do you say that? Has s1mple already said smth bad about him?
2019-09-11 21:56
#169
 | 
African Union black1ch 
+1 I cant see bomich keep this team together like zeus did
2019-09-12 02:26
#76
Frankie | 
Finland jUPPE! 
Zeus_1_major_s1mple_0_major
2019-09-11 20:34
#78
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
Welcome back Zeus !
2019-09-11 20:39
Congrats Zeus for knowing when it's time to go. Legend!
2019-09-11 20:43
#83
s1mple | 
Croatia Tomo258 
true
2019-09-11 20:48
Better than gtr who keeps stealing paychecks though nip deserves this
2019-09-11 21:35
#126
 | 
Czech Republic wonderhead 
Yea I’m conflicted cuz gtr should know it’s time to leave but the org is even scummier
2019-09-11 23:00
#82
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
feelsbadmanaa
2019-09-11 20:47
#84
shox | 
Hungary raffai 
Absolutely legend, good luck for the future, whatever you gonna do next!
2019-09-11 20:48
WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU ZEUS LEGEND =C
2019-09-11 20:55
pls retire your tattoos aswell i know a laser removal guy, dm me
2019-09-11 21:05
can I fuck your mom so that I can give her a smart child
2019-09-12 00:53
Savage
2019-09-12 03:12
+1
2019-09-12 04:34
gl in the future
2019-09-11 21:16
#95
 | 
China SkywakerR 
great respect
2019-09-11 21:18
LEGEND
2019-09-11 21:20
Zeus = Navi. Navi would have such a difficult time next, probably fall apart
2019-09-11 21:35
L E G E N D Poor CS:GO without ZEUS
2019-09-11 21:37
#104
DaZeD | 
Slovakia S1W0 
Legenda !
2019-09-11 21:41
#105
 | 
Canada ZHF 
full respect for this legend
2019-09-11 21:42
legend and goes out with some dignity unlike others who refuse to step down
2019-09-11 21:46
*cough* GTR *cough*
2019-09-11 22:01
#110
 | 
Korea ecsta_s1 
RESPECT LEGEND
2019-09-11 21:54
ofc he felt lost, he was fucking drinking a beer
2019-09-11 21:59
nice
2019-09-11 22:31
#117
 | 
Spain elskio 
Drinking vodka?
2019-09-11 22:35
zeus legends bro
2019-09-11 22:43
#120
 | 
Brazil diixon 
RESPECT TO THE LEGEND!
2019-09-11 22:45
Danya molodec. Vseh blag
2019-09-11 22:46
Danya molodec, huesos
2019-09-11 23:00
#127
 | 
Norway Str1mp 
See you soon legend. GL in the future
2019-09-11 23:02
Lul dogshit player happy to see him go, maybe now s1mple can finally be on a team that is capable of winning
2019-09-11 23:45
keep trash talking kiddo... good for noob like you asshole
2019-09-12 00:52
Lul mad
2019-09-12 02:24
8/8
2019-09-12 03:13
#147
 | 
Hungary StraYzie 
:'( F
2019-09-12 00:30
lol he shouldnt compare himself to zonic or astralis fluke era, they abused the nvidia bug long before others realized, during a SUPER weak as fuck era after the great SK team dropped off. The only Legit full respect win from the danes was this latest win against Avangars. Just take your time Zeus. You are greater than these TSM tryhards can ever dream to be and everybody in the scene knows it.
2019-09-12 01:01
Cringe
2019-09-12 03:14
Name checks out
2019-09-12 04:33
that's cute, and dumb
2019-09-12 11:52
mens((
2019-09-12 01:05
respect
2019-09-12 01:27
#166
 | 
African Union black1ch 
F Zeus was last men, who won astralis in major playoffs
2019-09-12 02:23
Zeus top3 igl of all time , respect (bow)
2019-09-12 02:39
lost cause he playing with bot kids that only have aim
2019-09-12 02:51
#193
 | 
Philippines etalynx08 
Sounds like Liquid lol
2019-09-12 07:29
whole scene except astralis basically kinda feel sad for csgo pro scene atm
2019-09-13 00:41
It's been a long day without you, my friend And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again We've come a long way from where we began Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again When I see you again
2019-09-12 02:55
#177
 | 
Indonesia Exodd 
I still remember that pinned tweet he had on his profile for so long, saying “I won’t give up until I win a mother****ing major” then a year later he went on to win the major with Gambit. Respect, legend of the game.
2019-09-12 03:22
Legend for sure. F
2019-09-12 04:33
#183
 | 
United Kingdom babystig 
GOOD LUCK Zeus.
2019-09-12 04:41
nt 007 james bond
2019-09-12 04:49
rating0.92
2019-09-12 05:11
Respect. I hope he coaches one day.
2019-09-12 06:19
We're gonna miss you, Zeus. Good luck!
2019-09-12 07:08
#194
 | 
Brazil cadik 
zeus legend <3
2019-09-12 07:55
CSGO deserves good uninstall and valve servers shutdown.
2019-09-12 07:58
Zeus can suck my dick.
2019-09-12 09:31
he is busy sucking kane's so you are out of luck bro
2019-09-12 10:57
No major with NaVi :'( F for legend
2019-09-12 09:53
#211
Jame | 
Russia el_drako 
F
2019-09-12 10:01
you had to leave when people applauded for you
2019-09-12 10:36
no one retires at his peak
2019-09-12 11:56
i know but it is just ideal
2019-09-12 15:36
"To give to the youth" In comes Guardian..
2019-09-12 10:40
Gl with everything in the future Zeus
2019-09-12 11:50
legend since cs1.6. now former navi cs team had markeloff,starix,edward,ceh9,zeus, now only zeus is moving the mouse for navi, soon no old faces on screen
2019-09-12 11:52
#226
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Switzerland Odesza 
As Kane leaves NAVI as well, I fell like Zeus should try himself as coach I have a strong feeling he will succeed Has teammate respect Knowledge of the game Knows strong and weak NAVI sides Can hype up players Know to motivate (Gambit VS Immortals, Train, he was talking something to he’s team on a eco round)
2019-09-12 12:02
u dont understand he is tired of sitting every day 8h at PC. maybe he will try this in 2 years. but now he need a break
2019-09-12 19:24
#227
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Germany Booya 
F
2019-09-12 12:14
#228
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Turkey duxs1 
it had to be a year ago..
2019-09-12 12:25
#231
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Germany HLTV_GERMANY 
men((
2019-09-12 13:29
Good decions mate.
2019-09-12 13:42
yes men!
2019-09-12 19:00
You have been lost for the last couple of years to be honest
2019-09-12 17:41
#247
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Turkey kadirw0w 
legend
2019-09-12 19:33
#252
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Ukraine UnEpickid 
Press F to pay Respects
2019-09-13 14:40
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