GuardiaN: "The past year was just a waste of time"

We spoke to another one of the teams who arrived in Malmö with a new lineup, this time Natus Vincere and their newest member, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, about his departure from FaZe and rejoining Na`Vi.

The AWPer told us about what led to his departure from FaZe and anticipating bigger changes, after the past year with the European side saw them struggle with stability as they were trying to find an in-game leader, first using Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev as a stand-in in the first months of 2019 before trialing Filip "NEO" Kubski unsuccessfully.

Having more freedom as an AWPer has been fun, GuardiaN says

GuardiaN also commented on the offers he received after the Major and whether rejoining his former team was the obvious choice, as well as on his relationship with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, which had looked broken down after his split from Natus Vincere in 2017.

The Slovakian also spoke about other topics such as how this Na`Vi differs from the 2017 version and how his role as an AWPer is different from his time in FaZe.

What do you think was the moment when you knew it wasn't going to work out with FaZe, that it was best for both sides to part ways?

I was awaiting it for a long time. The past year we were just changing players and I knew it would come, that the team would need more changes than just one. I have no hard feelings against anyone on the team or anything, I think everyone will be happy this way, that's all I can say. I just accepted the fact that everyone needs a change because the past year was just a waste of time, I would say, I would call it a huge waste of time, traveling to events with stand-ins, travelling to events not having NiKo sometimes like in Sydney. I think we just wasted one year of playing, so I hope everyone will be happy this way, I wish good luck to them and I hope it will work out for me, as well.

With your addition to Na`Vi, it seemed that things were moving pretty quickly, was it an obvious choice for you or were there other offers you considered?

I had some offers to build a team with players that I don't really want to mention because they're still not announced. I had like two or three offers besides Na`Vi and then I got a message from Na`Vi that the whole team wants me, so that's how it happened. Yeah, after I got the offer, it was just obvious that it would be my priority number one. The Russian language is more comfortable than English sometimes. English is no problem, but I think communication in Russian was much easier than playing in FaZe for me. For me, that was the best option.

After your departure back in 2017, there were some heated exchanges between you and s1mple, have you been able to repair that relationship since then?

I don't really feel like we had a broken relationship. People don't really know what happened and why I left Na`Vi, so they just tried to say we had beef between each other, but outside of the game we were always friends, we always talked if we met. It's not about the things outside of the game, it was everything inside the game, and everyone learns from their mistakes, everyone grows up, so there's nothing to be mad about or to have a broken relationship with each other.

"Everyone learns from their mistakes," GuardiaN comments on his relationship with s1mple

How different is Na`Vi now compared to the last time you played there, with Zeus now gone and Boombl4 and electronic being new teammates for you?

From the original team there's really only one player, that's flamie, if I don't count s1mple since he came much, much later. Of course it's completely different, completely different personalities and young players. I can see that everyone is motivated and I can see the fire in their eyes to play Counter-Strike, so it feels very good. I'm happy to be in this team.

How does your position in the team differ from FaZe, is it more strict?

Of course, the preparation and everything around the organization is more strict than in FaZe Clan. In FaZe it was more individual, fun preparation. We had strict bootcamps, but, besides that, you could do whatever you wanted. In Na`Vi it's more strict about making us more professional outside and inside of the game.

What about the role, though, as an AWPer?

As the sniper in the team I have more freedom on the map, so it feels much better than in FaZe. I didn't feel like I had that much freedom lately, the past half a year I didn't feel that I could do whatever I wanted. We were practicing, we had a bootcamp with Na`Vi, and I could just run around the map and do whatever I wanted, so that felt good, that was really fun.

Tell me about your group here. You've already beaten North, a matchup Na`Vi used to struggle with, and you already know you'll play OpTic after they beat Liquid. What do you make of your chances with so many other teams coming in after changes, just as you are?

It's hard to say, we only had four days at the bootcamp and one or two days besides the bootcamp. I don't know how prepared we are, but we came here with a set goal that we will do our best to achieve the highest placement here. If it doesn't work out, we won't be sad about it, we will just work harder. About the group, I don't really know which teams we have, but I know we play OpTic next. It will be a hard game, OpTic is not a bad team, I think they belong to the top teams because they have MSL and he knows how to call in the game, so everything can happen. It will come down to individual skill and how prepared the team is, so we'll see.

Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1432
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
GODian is right!
2019-10-01 16:57
LOLOLOLOL
2019-10-01 16:54
LULW
2019-10-01 16:55
#18
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Sweden Unluko 
LOOL
2019-10-01 16:57
JUUL
2019-10-01 18:35
Waste of money for Faze too cuz u were playing like a bot
2019-10-01 16:55
sounds like there wasn't a sense of team connection within FaZe... he said that practice was mostly individual and that he could do what he wanted. That's gotta be terrible for a game like CS, so i can totally see why their results were shit
2019-10-01 17:10
#71
Japan gfe 
He said he could do whatever he wanted as an individual but then he said he couldn't do whatever he wanted and it didn't feel right. Makes sense right?
2019-10-01 17:29
Read one more time "As the sniper in the team I have more freedom on the map, so it feels much better than in FaZe. I didn't feel like I had that much freedom lately, the past half a year I didn't feel that I could do whatever I wanted."
2019-10-01 17:39
yea for sure, we're thinking the same thing but maybe i didnt word it correctly haha
2019-10-01 18:01
Niko had bootcamp in bar also LOL
2019-10-02 03:47
Check all his major/big tournaments performances for faze, then check Niko's, then, be sad, cos u written shyt
2019-10-01 23:14
11th best player in the world, nt tho
2019-10-02 03:05
O it's me
2019-10-01 17:25
#129
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Germany Marcimeister 
Except that thing with MSLUL
2019-10-01 20:07
#2
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United Kingdom OneBinG_ 
Spicy
2019-10-01 16:53
#3
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India KNOX23 
Ez major 4 navi
2019-10-01 16:54
My f5 button broke, rip otherwise ez #1
2019-10-01 16:59
#6
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France iNolake 
OOF
2019-10-01 16:54
yeah but you stuck around for that big faze salary
2019-10-01 16:54
#33
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Germany Easyiwnl 
WTF men he left why should he Leave to an team want to join
2019-10-01 17:04
#35
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Slovakia Astatine 
no .. he had nowhere to go :D ... if i hade no choices .. i would stay in faze probably because of the salary too until space is made
2019-10-01 17:04
#112
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Wtf are u saying
2019-10-01 18:36
He's saying Guardian didn't leave because he didn't have a decent team offer him a spot. I'm sure his salary in Navi is smaller than it was in FaZe, but he still took the offer, 'cause it's a much more promising team, and a much more suitable team for him.
2019-10-01 19:24
#144
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Argentina Joedash 
even tho im a faze fan i'll say that, ATLEAST na`vi is worried about their csgo team, not like faze who gives a sh** for their csgo team, and for how guardiaN said everything, it shows why faze clan is suckin af
2019-10-02 01:28
pretty sure he had a contract with them.
2019-10-02 00:19
#8
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CIS dansukor 
The best!
2019-10-01 16:54
I have never been so early commenting before :D i actually feel relevant atm xD
2019-10-01 16:55
#26
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United Kingdom Jemers 
:DDDD XDDDDD
2019-10-01 17:01
#44
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Poland Repo_is_fit 
flag checks out, weird that not usa tho
2019-10-01 17:10
VIRTUS.PLOW!!!! Papito my friend :D
2019-10-02 16:54
#11
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Romania cataswag69 
Oooooo dayuuuum
2019-10-01 16:55
#12
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Spain elskio 
LOL FaZe get rekt by GuardiaN
2019-10-01 16:55
#145
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Argentina Joedash 
7 days and we'll prbbly see a Na'Vi vs Faze game, just wait for it(faze fan btw), wanna see how guardian will work now... Faze have been disappointing me for a long time, its hard to be fan atm :/
2019-10-02 01:31
waste of time, also known as playing with niko
2019-10-01 16:55
#34
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
niko is unprofessional kiddo
2019-10-01 17:04
#78
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Germany killmichi 
+1
2019-10-01 17:32
#93
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Belgium KYC 
+1
2019-10-01 17:50
+1337
2019-10-01 19:57
+1
2019-10-01 20:32
#146
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Argentina Joedash 
is not only NiKo dude, is the whole org... Faze doesnt give a damn for their csgo team, they only focus on fortnite and maybe on COD, thats it. It sucks to be faze fan atm :/
2019-10-02 01:32
#15
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Germany Neckarstadion 
LOL FaZe rekt
2019-10-01 16:56
FaZe Down
2019-10-01 16:56
Niko rip
2019-10-01 16:56
#19
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Sweden meistr0 
LOL shots fired.
2019-10-01 16:58
TRUE LOL
2019-10-01 16:58
#21
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Sweden Trkmag 
Great interview, gl
2019-10-01 16:58
#22
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France Guedain 
oof
2019-10-01 16:59
#23
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Serbia Suckleus 
big oof
2019-10-01 16:59
Would be nice to see him play well again.
2019-10-01 17:00
#25
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Asia tyrkjaranid 
OOF
2019-10-01 17:01
#27
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Argentina Fa7e07 
not lying tbh
2019-10-01 17:02
xd
2019-10-01 17:02
OOF
2019-10-01 17:02
#30
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United Kingdom InsCS 
jesus christ guardian, calm down bro
2019-10-01 17:02
NOT FALSE LULW
2019-10-01 17:03
#32
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Asia SomaliaLegend 
True tho, faze was playing with random 5th stand-ins last year.
2019-10-01 17:03
yeah. not only a waste of time for Guardian, but for everyone of them
2019-10-01 19:36
True
2019-10-01 22:12
True
2019-10-01 22:12
#147
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Argentina Joedash 
true
2019-10-02 01:32
xaxa
2019-10-01 17:06
#37
Grim | 
Czech Republic hanylive 
right right
2019-10-01 17:06
#38
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Romania decis1ve 
"I had some offers to build a team with players that I don't really want to mention because they're still not announced. I had like two or three offers besides Na`Vi and then I got a message from Na`Vi that the whole team wants me, so that's how it happened." Curious, 100Thieves Godian?
2019-10-01 17:07
Faze was a failure right from the start. Mashing players great players together don't make a good team. studies have shown time and time again, that communication is the most important thing in team games. Faze didnt have alot of that. they were just great talents. good luck to guardian I think this time he has found the right place to stay and grow even stronger
2019-10-01 17:08
they were top 1 for a while so not a failure right from the start brother
2019-10-01 17:31
I argue they were, its true they were number 1 and even could have taken the major at Boston. but that didn't happen and its has been going downhill ever since. they are not good just because they mash good players together. Coldzera, won't make a difference in the number of trophies won. so gg
2019-10-01 17:36
#40
shox | 
India iejesus 
LEGEND
2019-10-01 17:08
#41
Snax | 
Poland Emmson 
clickbait, he meant something else, stupid people will only catch title without context
2019-10-01 17:08
+1
2019-10-01 17:29
#74
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
+1
2019-10-01 17:31
#42
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Slovakia sanjuro 
He was polite enough to not mention NiKo's ego that wasted them year of life.
2019-10-01 17:08
+1
2019-10-01 17:16
+1
2019-10-01 17:26
+1
2019-10-01 19:27
Or maybe he knows better than random hltv users who only look at stats and leaked news to formulate their ideas.
2019-10-01 22:14
#148
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Argentina Joedash 
+1
2019-10-02 01:33
iam older than slovakia
2019-10-01 17:10
If you were Born earlier than WW2 happened, then cg
2019-10-01 17:21
they were indepent in 1993 jan 1 ;) you should go back to the school my friend
2019-10-01 17:31
The (First) Slovak Republic (Slovak: [Prvá] Slovenská republika), otherwise known as the Slovak State (Slovenský štát), was a client state of Nazi Germany which existed between 14 March 1939 and 4 April 1945 It still existed although it wasnt independent, our independence doesnt mean we didnt exist, so i am not The one who should GO back to school
2019-10-01 18:02
reported for nazi propaganda
2019-10-02 00:13
#157
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Latvia kArnyje 
Stfu pusy
2019-10-02 04:07
guardiantard
2019-10-01 17:11
I luv u GuardiaN. Best guy.
2019-10-01 17:12
#48
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Canada ZHF 
HAHHAH LMAO
2019-10-01 17:12
but u stayed there 1 year getting $$$$$$
2019-10-01 17:13
#50
nitr0 | 
Sweden ScineLy1 
ChoKo is the problem
2019-10-01 17:13
#57
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
+1
2019-10-01 17:19
#149
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Argentina Joedash 
says the Nitr0 fan xD
2019-10-02 01:34
#51
osama | 
Nigeria nikkj 
ez4ladislav
2019-10-01 17:13
FiVe Clan
2019-10-01 17:14
Oooooof
2019-10-01 17:16
"faze = wasted spot" confirmed by Guardian "suka" Kovacs himself
2019-10-01 17:17
#56
NiKo | 
United Kingdom JuggerOG 
RIP 100T Guardian
2019-10-01 17:18
#58
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
Goat s1mple and GODian ez 100 majors
2019-10-01 17:19
GuardiaN . What an absolute legend. Good luck in the future man. Hopefully you can get that elusive major.
2019-10-01 17:20
:Ddddd
2019-10-01 17:20
#62
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China Alar1c 
oof
2019-10-01 17:23
#63
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Korea ecsta_s1 
FaZe did almost nothing since Katowice last year, so he is just right. It was not a full lineup, always changed during an year. Hope NaVi can get back to top scene soon
2019-10-01 17:23
Waste of time? I don't think so when u look at ur pocket
2019-10-01 17:24
+1 that's true.
2019-10-01 17:27
OOF! Salty af
2019-10-01 17:24
Getting kicked because he is bot fragging every game = trash talk ur former mates ... lost all my respect
2019-10-01 17:28
Did you atleast read that part where he is talking about this or you just wrote your comment immediately after you saw that clickbait title?
2019-10-01 17:31
No i didnt waste my time reading what did this 2face man said ...
2019-10-01 17:36
Congratulations, you were successfully baited by that flashy title. :)
2019-10-01 17:39
He didnt talk trash about anyone not even about niko.
2019-10-01 22:17
#113
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Jebaited
2019-10-01 18:39
its true watching faze play for the past year was a waste of time aswell saying this as a exfaze clan fan
2019-10-01 18:05
"I just accepted the fact that everyone needs a change because the past year was just a waste of time, I would say, I would call it a huge waste of time, traveling to events with stand-ins." he said nothing wrong wtf.
2019-10-01 19:26
#70
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
2faced "GuardiaN" Toileto, piece of shit noob who was probably the worst player on FaZe among likes olof, neo and adren lol
2019-10-01 17:28
Olof raiting last 3 monthes > niko raiting last 3 monthes nt
2019-10-01 17:34
#84
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
Yeah these two players were playing only 3 months together
2019-10-01 17:36
#114
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Why so salty bruh?
2019-10-01 18:41
0/8 Niko trash IGL trash player, just average rifler.
2019-10-01 19:26
mad
2019-10-01 20:01
#73
Thailand fsjp 
SAVAGE!!
2019-10-01 17:30
#81
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Chile strong221 
savage motherfucker D:
2019-10-01 17:36
team is going nowhere, no amount of star players can fix that + international team is disadvantage by default unless they fluent in 1 language
2019-10-01 17:36
when niko started calling instead of karrigan on some major it was already a hint of some problems and seems like they're still present
2019-10-01 17:39
Comments from re**rds who can't read whole article just clickbait title are already here. Expected from some HLTV users.
2019-10-01 17:37
nt guardian
2019-10-01 17:52
Thank you G2.
2019-10-01 17:56
Faze LULW
2019-10-01 17:42
"People don't really know what happened and why I left Na`Vi, so they just tried to say we had beef between each other" Dude stop lying. S1mple talks about Guardian leaving Navi "He lied to team for 1 year" youtube.com/watch?v=02JK9tcu7U0
2019-10-01 17:42
Oof
2019-10-01 17:49
#95
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Ukraine GluckFM 
I really cant tell if he is bitter for being kicked from faze and kind of putting blame to his former teammates, or it is just what it is, just being sad they never got to have a stable roster
2019-10-01 17:53
1. he didnt get kicked 2. he is not blaming anyone 3. read the interview before posting demented comment
2019-10-01 17:55
#104
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Ukraine GluckFM 
Faze never officially transfer listed him, but that might have been cause they already had offers and just hinted him he should sort his options. Guardian has always been a nice guy, so i wouldnt expect him trash talking and directly putting the blame in an interview. I also wouldnt expect hltv experts to be so good with quick diagnosis. Is there any hope 4 me, doctor?
2019-10-01 18:05
Its between organizations who cares about ,official tranfer list´´, he wasnt even day without team, so i stand behind what i said he didnt get kicked.
2019-10-01 18:11
#102
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Canada Kry^tech 
hes blaming the org, to much swap and shuffle. not as strict when it comes to practise clearly. language barrier. ect. people are right, no amount of star power can contend with good comm. teammates. astralis being a shining example.
2019-10-01 18:03
He wasnt kicked,he left himself.
2019-10-01 18:04
Any international team is waste of time :)
2019-10-01 17:57
#99
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
bla bla bla bla bla razyebu bomzhei bla bla bla bla bla
2019-10-01 18:01
LMAO SAVAGE GUARDIAN
2019-10-01 18:12
#108
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Europe Luboss 
+1 Niko and friends are just a clown fiesta, it's unprofessional to have a childish coach "friends" with their player. Players should have no power within a team. XTQZZZ the coach of Vitality is friend with everyone on Vitality yet it doesn't mean he'll give them any power over the lineup, the fact that YNK can't make the difference between his role and his players is unbelievable
2019-10-01 18:29
same tbh
2019-10-01 18:27
#110
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Asia mocity123 
TRUE
2019-10-01 18:32
#115
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Portugal faizk 
Its really nice to see GuardiaN playing for NaVi again. Now we can see the real s1mple.. as a riffler!
2019-10-01 18:44
+1
2019-10-01 22:19
oof
2019-10-01 19:14
He has a point.
2019-10-01 19:20
Guardian looks like a cute fat panda
2019-10-01 19:29
wtf lmao most relevant comment here :DDD
2019-10-02 03:16
Why does HLTV post click-baited tittles? This is a news site, not 9gag
2019-10-01 20:00
Well, they need those clicks and you can see it's working. They know many people here just see some controversy title and immediately are posting a comment, while in reality, it's not so spicy... There would be much less comments if the title would be normal and not this clickbait shit.
2019-10-01 21:28
GodiaN
2019-10-01 20:04
twofaced
2019-10-01 20:05
If s1mple is s0mple, dev1ce should be dev4ce.
2019-10-01 23:18
#151
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Australia Lon3wolf12 
Correct.
2019-10-02 02:20
#130
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Chile nachooww 
ur pocket don't say that
2019-10-01 20:22
nt paycheck stealer
2019-10-01 21:42
#139
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Brazil SecondKS 
guardian my man!
2019-10-01 22:38
#150
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Australia Lon3wolf12 
Good luck Guardian, Boston should of been yours.
2019-10-02 02:19
#154
HUNDEN | 
Other ToRu 
he is absolute right, nice to se someone being honest
2019-10-02 03:19
ez4guardian<3
2019-10-02 04:03
#158
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Denmark Laren2k 
True shit
2019-10-02 06:06
Welcome back
2019-10-02 12:36
#161
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Ukraine w1nth 
I have waited for this mentality for 2 years... SloVACich <3
2019-10-02 22:26
#162
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Korea SKT_T1_KAFER 
THIS YEAR IS MORE WASTED THAN LAST YEAR
2019-10-23 12:06
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