Evil Geniuses outclass FaZe in New York

Evil Geniuses got their ESL One New York campaign off to a winning start as they took down FaZe in a two-map series.

In a match between a brand new team and one just making their debut under a different organisation, Evil Geniuses reminded everyone why they are an incredibly well-oiled machine. The ex-NRG squad got off to a slow start as they were put on the back foot during the early stages but then dominated proceedings during the remainder of the series against a FaZe team still trying to find their feet and lacking depth in their map pool.

One of the talking points heading into the match was how Helvijs "broky" Saukants would handle the pressure of playing his first big tournament, but the reality is that the Latvian was the only player who looked like making a difference for FaZe, who will fight for survival in the tournament against OpTic on Friday.

A flying start from FaZe on Nuke saw the newly-formed team reign from the outset as they strolled to a 9-2 lead on the offensive side of Nuke. Evil Geniuses were struggling to contain the pace set by the Europeans but tightened up their defense in the remainder of the half to bring the deficit to three rounds, with Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov leading the charge (15 frags and a 4-1 opening duel record).

EG were too hot for FaZe to handle

The ex-NRG team carried that momentum into the second half and won five rounds straight to take the lead for the first time in the game. FaZe still sought a response but lacked solutions and were ultimately denied by the home side, who kept the pace extremely high to secure the map at 16-12.

Next up was Vertigo, a surprise pick on the part of Evil Geniuses, who had played it just twice before, losing both games. A 1v2 clutch from Ethan "Ethan" Arnold in the pistol round put Evil Geniuses on the board, eventually setting his team up for a 3-0 lead. FaZe - who had lost three of the four games they had played on Vertigo - looked uncomfortable on the map and almost let a 5v1 situation slip before Nikola "NiKo" Kovač denied Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte the miraculous clutch.

FaZe started to get a foothold in the game after that and even took the lead, but EG ran rampant during the final stages of the half - powered by an in-form Brehze, who averaged 140 damage per round on the Terrorist side -, to secure a 9-6 advantage.

More misery was to come for FaZe. broky opened up B for his team with a trio of kills, but their failure to clear the site allowed Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz to single-handedly turn a 2v3 situation around. Evil Geniuses kept a water-tight defense after that, winning six rounds in a row en route to a convincing 16-6 success.

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Nuke
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Vertigo
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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 38 - 37 +1 86.0 1.11
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 29 - 33 -4 56.7 0.88
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 29 - 32 -3 59.1 0.84
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 25 - 40 -15 67.2 0.79
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 17 - 38 -21 41.2 0.54
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 40 - 27 +13 88.1 1.43
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 47 - 31 +16 92.3 1.39
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 38 - 30 +8 79.8 1.18
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 27 - 28 -1 69.5 1.07
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 28 - 23 +5 52.4 0.99
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
252
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
DELAWARE
2019-09-26 23:11
#HATES DON HACI
2019-09-26 23:12
woah brudda. y u so mad fam
2019-09-27 10:29
ez
2019-09-26 23:11
How ironic lmao
2019-09-27 12:12
#5
floppy | 
United States BlitzyOP 
Nice
2019-09-26 23:11
coldzera i trusted you fucking noob
2019-09-26 23:11
#22
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
Niko was awful, cold was okay tbh ... and ZYWOO > broky > all in FPL so expected
2019-09-26 23:12
NiKo noob unfortunately :((
2019-09-26 23:34
#8
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Chile nachooww 
wtf niko, need to retire now
2019-09-26 23:11
Dude.. he’s 22
2019-09-27 08:07
i see u are a man of culture. ola elemeNt fans are rare to see still being into the game
2019-09-27 10:34
It breaks my heart to remember the good ol' days </3 I would give up a lot of things to go back in time and appreciate eolithic destroying everyone.
2019-09-27 11:49
its a big oof indeed
2019-09-27 14:30
#186
kennyS | 
United States CSDash 
Nah
2019-09-27 15:15
#9
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
bruh
2019-09-26 23:11
#11
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
Niko LUL
2019-09-26 23:11
Broky great debut
2019-09-26 23:11
Solid.
2019-09-27 02:57
#14
Sakura | 
Japan Ron1E 
Nt broky
2019-09-26 23:11
#104
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Indonesia segopecel 
faze ruined him lol
2019-09-27 00:05
hehe
2019-09-27 07:52
#15
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Ukraine s1v9mple 
Choko alcoholic brain, always ruining it for faze
2019-09-26 23:12
#145
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Ukraine FGVM 
-Guardian = - Faze? feelsbadman
2019-09-27 03:54
#16
ZywOo | 
Reunion Frutik 
KEKW
2019-09-26 23:12
#18
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United States GiantDays 
"Brehze go kill"
2019-09-26 23:12
#23
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Mexico EuphoriaFTW 
Brehze: Yes
2019-09-26 23:13
Lmao!!! This joke is not old and so original
2019-09-26 23:15
Cold is the solution...
2019-09-26 23:12
#21
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Niko did a very nice Karrigan impression. Noice.
2019-09-26 23:12
+1 Niko is wasting his talent if he does the IGLing and therefore doesnt frag lol
2019-09-26 23:32
#187
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Denmark hersej 
True
2019-09-27 17:55
Hello, my name is Ricardo and i'm from brazil.
2019-09-26 23:13
#54
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
Hi :D
2019-09-26 23:20
Hello, nice to meet you!
2019-09-27 00:28
Alô Ricardo
2019-09-26 23:26
Hello, nice to meet you!
2019-09-27 00:29
#74
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Other Onizuka_go 
Hi. I'm Renata bliss. and I'm your Freestyle dance teacher.
2019-09-26 23:34
Hello Renata, nice to meet you!
2019-09-27 00:29
#141
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
Underrated meme
2019-09-27 03:34
Hi Ricardão of The Santos
2019-09-27 00:36
Hello, nice to meet you!
2019-09-27 00:47
#123
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Brazil SecondKS 
Hello, nice to meet you
2019-09-27 01:32
Hello, nice to meet you too!
2019-09-27 01:40
#25
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Belgium SummeR10 
1st game and already complaining jesus grow up kids
2019-09-26 23:13
#56
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
1st game and they played like shit if you look at the fact that they probably played together straight after the major
2019-09-26 23:22
#77
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Belgium SummeR10 
Its only game chill
2019-09-26 23:36
#81
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United Kingdom Cryaosic 
The first ever FaZe "superteam" , right after they bought olof and guardian , bombed out the first tournament in group stage. Than they went on to dominate the rest of 2017 , it takes time...
2019-09-26 23:37
#92
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
If that was domination for you, I dont know what to say
2019-09-26 23:46
#101
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United Kingdom Cryaosic 
So it wasn't ? They were the only team that rivaled SK at the time , and surely you must not forget esl ny and eleague , which they won without loosing a single map...
2019-09-27 00:01
#108
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
You can say that TL, NIP, SK was dominating or Astralis right now but not Faze when they won 2 tournaments in 2017
2019-09-27 00:21
#137
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Europe xrnavkha 
it was? until their major choke that faze was arguably the best team at the time... if they didnt choke vs c9 they would be viewed very differently rn
2019-09-27 02:54
29-1 in maps
2019-09-27 04:39
#142
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
"Dominating" LUL SK had problems with Felps at the same time, when Boltz joined they just starting winning everything again. Faze was just lucky that Felps have insecurity problems.
2019-09-27 03:37
Its basically a new line-up (2 new player and none of the awpers) picking Nuke against EG, which is not a new line-up and which has one of the bests nukes. Vertigo was probably a surpise for Faze. I think they didnt pratice it a lot cuz there are more important maps for them. And Niko was in a bad they.
2019-09-27 00:52
"1st game and they played like shit" This sentence doesn’t make any sense. Do you expect them to just outperform the #4 in their debut?
2019-09-27 08:10
#183
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
I'm not saying that they should win every game but I was expecting a lot better performance from them if you look what names they got in their team. Niko played 1 of the worst games of his career and his getting worst and worst every game
2019-09-27 14:23
u gonna be saying that after 3 months but its never going to be a good team
2019-09-26 23:37
#100
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Belgium SummeR10 
u never know life us full of surprises
2019-09-27 00:00
bronkxy > Niko
2019-09-26 23:13
brehze is insane
2019-09-26 23:13
0.54 xDD I like NiKo
2019-09-26 23:13
broky looks awesomely good, not a bad match imo.
2019-09-26 23:13
ez for Arteezy
2019-09-26 23:14
#36
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United States LookitsJrd 
+1
2019-09-26 23:14
judaszera
2019-09-26 23:14
#33
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Argentina Macaca_Sinica 
axxaxaxaxa
2019-09-26 23:14
#34
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United States LookitsJrd 
Ez for Eg
2019-09-26 23:14
#35
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Latvia EmBee 
Niko was decent
2019-09-26 23:14
Coldzera and Niko in one team, wdye? Niko as the IGL is the worst
2019-09-26 23:15
#38
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
NIKO KICK WHEN
2019-09-26 23:15
#39
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United States Nohj_10years 
easy for NA as always
2019-09-26 23:15
#41
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United States matteyo11 
NiKo_did_nothung_wrong
2019-09-26 23:16
hhahahaha expected noobzera and bot niko
2019-09-26 23:16
#45
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Other Onizuka_go 
Karrigan : (Laugh so hard)
2019-09-26 23:17
Nice million dollar investment, Niko igl xDDD
2019-09-26 23:17
#51
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United States Artifactz 
Good try guys :(
2019-09-26 23:19
Nice to see Latvian on big stage - keep it up ! Last time Latvian/s played in big tournament in USA was WCG 2004 -team eclipse :)
2019-09-26 23:19
Not only that. Top fraging against a top4 team and in a team with formerly #1 players of the world :) Not bad, not bad.
2019-09-26 23:36
+1 he had a great debut
2019-09-26 23:47
Lithuania is 5 steps ahead in csgo :)
2019-09-27 13:37
I wouldn't say so - none of us have 5 one country player team that is on decent level. Sadly. LT have more pro players that's true. But now with Flarich joining HellRaisers, YEKINDAR is in pro100 plus few more in t2-3 team players - its getting better.
2019-09-27 13:55
Niko wat doink mennn :(
2019-09-26 23:20
#55
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Australia Cleostar 
EZ for my boy sumail. oh wait
2019-09-26 23:21
Expected
2019-09-26 23:25
#59
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
Party more Niko and #1 will be yours
2019-09-26 23:25
#62
NEO | 
Poland Trausky 
3/3/18 NIKO the beast
2019-09-26 23:27
#63
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Latvia latvianguy 
Easy for A$AP Broky
2019-09-26 23:27
#64
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United States xiquo 
Ya they did.
2019-09-26 23:28
funny how best performing are new players.
2019-09-26 23:29
Niko is dead f
2019-09-26 23:30
#67
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
cold was ok but niko..omg
2019-09-26 23:30
#68
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Russia FriZZeh 
"EG were too hot for FaZe to handle" XDDDDDD
2019-09-26 23:32
FazeDown
2019-09-26 23:32
#71
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Poland _EXILON_ 
XDDD
2019-09-26 23:32
haters gonna hate... broky is a god, coldzera played like he should be playing, but niko... ffs what the fuck was that. if he'd show up like he used to before then it would be 2-0 faze
2019-09-26 23:34
#86
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Finland Smoonah 
mousesports niko? PogChamp
2019-09-26 23:40
yeah mouz niko was a god. he seems to have cooled off since then. hope he gets his form back soon - really liked him when he was with mouz.
2019-09-27 01:00
every day faze loses is a good day
2019-09-26 23:35
#76
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
Niko maybe spend less time making love to coldzera and more time working on your game xD
2019-09-26 23:35
#82
World csgo 
Niko LUL
2019-09-26 23:38
#83
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Brazil inv1se 
GJ EG stinky hotzera
2019-09-26 23:39
#84
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Finland Smoonah 
maybe spend more money on players that don't mix well in the teams chemistry you bunch of dingleberries. Give me manager roster changer job I'll fix shitter clan
2019-09-26 23:40
But you have to be 18+ in order to have a job, wait 6 years and ask again
2019-09-27 08:12
#188
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Finland Smoonah 
I had my first job at 14.
2019-09-27 18:11
-olof - rain +Aleksib +Jamppi
2019-09-26 23:40
#87
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Finland Smoonah 
+1 -rain -weatherman -olof
2019-09-26 23:41
i feel like if they -rain he will end up on mousesports and do better than them
2019-09-27 09:20
0.54 rating for niko, yikes..
2019-09-26 23:41
nikos plan to have broky join and blame broky for everything that goes wrong to life the burden on himself isnt going to plan
2019-09-26 23:43
I guess Faze is the new NIP.
2019-09-26 23:44
#91
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Nice 40 adr LUL
2019-09-26 23:46
#93
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Hong Kong CalvinYCK 
Stand-in carrying Faze smh
2019-09-26 23:46
#96
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
So EZ man EG top1 soon brehze best player in the world
2019-09-26 23:54
#98
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
Yeah he's amazing
2019-09-26 23:58
#99
ptr | 
Poland EvilMack 
O U T C L A S S
2019-09-27 00:00
#102
cyx | 
Switzerland HUFTGOLD 
Niko and rain became such deadweights it's almost sad to see. Coldzera in 2k19, tho xaxaxax
2019-09-27 00:04
#103
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
Brehze is a god! One of the more underrated players
2019-09-27 00:04
Latvia carry faze trash lmao.
2019-09-27 00:16
#107
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Bulgaria goatse 
+1 k/d :D
2019-09-27 00:19
#106
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Taiwan Himeii 
not bad broky
2019-09-27 00:16
-coldzera +TACO
2019-09-27 00:30
from when EG picked up CS division ?
2019-09-27 00:31
#118
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Singapore FallBlade 
faze carried by kid
2019-09-27 00:39
"FaZe started to get a foothold in the game after that and even took the lead, but NRG ran rampant during the final stages of the half" NRG who?
2019-09-27 00:55
#135
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Canada thelegend27 
never heard of this Nice Red Geronimo team
2019-09-27 02:28
#124
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Venezuela xoile 
rip niko
2019-09-27 01:32
#125
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Niko overrated as f
2019-09-27 01:34
Niko igling. You can accept low frag but what about rain??
2019-09-27 01:34
#127
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Brazil SecondKS 
-rain +aleksib or top IGL. Maybe Jame!
2019-09-27 01:36
#129
NiKo | 
Argentina frexs 
RIP Niko
2019-09-27 01:49
#156
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
who cars about tier 3 player
2019-09-27 04:58
#131
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Brazil aquaplayy 
Cold horrivel do caralho, bot de merda
2019-09-27 02:01
#133
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Brazil millerjmatos 
Reported
2019-09-27 02:25
#136
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Brazil aquaplayy 
kkkkkkkkkkkk cyka blyat
2019-09-27 02:28
+1 KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-09-27 03:41
tá ganhando milhões e vc aqui xingando o cara e morando em um barraco kkkkkkk
2019-09-27 06:07
#139
NiKo | 
Serbia budic 
That was a bad game... for FaZe :(
2019-09-27 03:06
Niko getting a dose of reality, aleksi to faze when?
2019-09-27 03:29
What happened to NiKo
2019-09-27 03:52
#146
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Indonesia coffstr 
niko is igl
2019-09-27 04:00
#154
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
washed up just like olof
2019-09-27 04:51
It seems olof is better recently
2019-09-27 19:44
#190
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flair checks out
2019-09-27 19:53
Sure it is
2019-09-28 05:21
#147
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
Faze , you should get papa Robban back as coach
2019-09-27 04:27
#149
loli | 
United States credit 
SO EZ 4 RTZ
2019-09-27 04:43
#155
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Kazakhstan tomik0 
lul ez 4 rtz
2019-09-27 04:56
#153
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
N I K OMEGALUL
2019-09-27 04:50
How long till NiKo realises again he's not any good at IGLing? Give him Astralis and he will suck, he's like shox - thinks he's a good IGL but he's not.
2019-09-27 05:40
#163
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Kazakhstan Areskz 
lose vs tear 100000+ team nice Faze xD
2019-09-27 07:55
You mean the 4th best team in the world is ~tear~ 10000? Logics
2019-09-27 08:05
Since avangar had a tournament run of their lifes, they think that every team behind them is miles behind avangar. Don't mind them :DD
2019-09-27 08:13
putting Niko to igl role is the dumbest move ever !
2019-09-27 08:16
#176
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World LeviathaNz 
He did it to himself. NiKo is the worst at taking decisions.
2019-09-27 12:09
#170
rain | 
Canada tempOcs 
not expected expected not expected
2019-09-27 08:18
Expected
2019-09-27 08:54
Brehze and Cerq so good
2019-09-27 12:11
Ayyyyy LMAO, only Broky at POSITIVE K/D AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA I would leave these noobs if I were him xD Never kek'ed so hard at Niko as this time. Made my day.
2019-09-27 12:48
Neo&Guardian were the problem
2019-09-27 14:00
#185
FalleN | 
Brazil Gagazo 
faze disband
2019-09-27 15:10
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