ropz: "We want to go to the grand final; if we can't make it, we will not have met our expectations"

Following MOUZ' victory over ATK, we spoke to Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool to discuss the team's goals heading into EPL, their run in Odense so far and the upcoming match against Evil Geniuses.

MOUZ reached the single-elimination bracket after taking down Renegades and ATK on Thursday, and will lock horns with Evil Geniuses in the second quarter-final in Odense, kicking off at 19:50 .

ropz said the team is confident going into the quarter-final

In this post-match interview, ropz gave a detailed breakdown of the team's matches against ATK, Liquid and Renegades, spoke on the shaky Nuke performance against the Australian squad and gave us a gauge of the confidence levels going into the quarter-final of EPL Season 10 against Evil Geniuses.

What expectations did the team have coming into EPL considering your first-place finish at the CS:GO Asia Championships?

Our expectations are definitely very high since we just won a tournament and we're feeling very confident. We had a bootcamp before the tournament we won so we really want to go to the grand final, and if we can't make it, then we will not have really met our expectations. We hope to win the tournament if we perform how we did in Shanghai, that's our goal.

In the CAC 2019 MVP interview with woxic we learned that the team would be going home for a week before Odense. Did you manage to get some last-minute preparation going into the tournament?

We didn't really do anything specific after the tournament in Shanghai. We had a few days off after a long tournament, so we just picked up a few things and kept the normal practice schedule going. We kept up the hours, kept our routine up and kept doing what we had to in order to perform, but yeah, nothing special.

In both your group stage matchups against ATK you were very comfortable in taking them down without conceding too many rounds. The team had given both North and G2 immense issues, eliminating them in best-of-three series. How did you deal with their aggressive playstyle and the matchup in general?

We felt very confident against ATK, we feel like we are the better team and are better players individually. I think it showed today that if we are in form, we just shut them down and that's pretty much what happened. We didn't really expect the Vertigo pick, but they went for it, and we managed to win really confidently.

Overall, I think they surprised G2, but I feel like we have more experience as a team and we know where our gaps in the defence are and stuff like that, so it's really hard to surprise us nowadays and I think we managed to show that we can really dominate against these lower-tier teams.

About your series versus Renegades - the first map, Nuke, was a stressful one, as you lost one of your strongest maps 14-16 against the Aussies. What were some of the struggles on the T side that led to this happening?

I think we started off of the wrong foot on the T side. We said to ourselves before that match that we shouldn't play fast and we should slow things down, grind out rounds, but when the first gun round came around, we went for a fast A round, and then we did some more fast rounds outside and stuff like that. These were things we had discussed we shouldn't do but which we did anyways. Later in the match, we got the rounds on the CT side, but we just didn't close it out. I feel like if we had had a better T side in the beginning and played like had we discussed before, we definitely could have won Nuke.

The loss doesn't really change how we feel about the map since we know why we lost and it was definitely because of the T side. It doesn't hurt our confidence that much, but mistakes are mistakes and there's always stuff to take away.

How did the team bounce back after a nail-biter of a Nuke to take both Train and Inferno without giving up double digits?

We weren't the happiest after the Nuke loss. Obviously we expected to win the map, so it wasn't the easiest going into Train, but we started on the CT side, won the pistol round and the first few gun rounds, and then we just started rolling, closing out on the T side. If you get a good CT side, it's really easy to win as T.

Speaking of Vertigo, in the matchup against Liquid the series as a whole didn't go your way, but you managed to snatch the map off them, which is one of their staple picks. How did you take them down on it?

Vertigo is always a gamble, I guess since the map is always changing. There's no real meta on it, because it's evolving each month, it's getting updates. You kind of just play off what you feel like, and if it works, it works; if it doesn't, it's just unlucky, I guess. It's more important that you go as a group, you re-frag and get into the bombsites. As I said, there's no real meta on Vertigo, so it's hard to say anything on the map.

You're now through to the quarter-finals, where you will face Evil Geniuses in the second match of the day. It's an interesting matchup as both teams have shown great performances - any initial thoughts?

As a team, we are really confident. With this lineup we haven't lost to them yet, so that's a good thing for us. Me and Chris, historically speaking, I don't think we have lost to the lineup in like two years maybe (laughs), so we have a good track record against them and we're hoping to keep that up. It's definitely going to be a good match, EG is obviously a fired up team right now. It's always nice to beat them and get those ranking points from them. Hopefully, we can do it again; they are good opponents.

You mentioned the good track record you and Chrisj hold against them, do you think there's anything specific that gives you an advantage over them, or did this just happen to be the case?

I'm not sure, I think it just happens to be, but we always beat them in the most important matches, like elimination matches, semi-finals and all of these big matches.

Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
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2019-12-06 13:14
2 replies
#165
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Australia Dadecum
hi :^)
2019-12-08 02:06
1 reply
expectations met :)))
2019-12-08 02:50
Ok broly
2019-12-06 13:14
Ok hopefully they will win flukeg
2019-12-06 13:15
#6
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Ukraine martnlo1
Nt
2019-12-06 13:15
3 replies
nt ukrainec gandon
2019-12-08 11:26
2 replies
#221
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Ukraine martnlo1
Nt polski racist, reported
2019-12-08 11:34
1 reply
racist? nt ukrainec brain
2019-12-08 12:03
#7
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Ukraine d3adLY
Navi will win
2019-12-06 13:16
1 reply
nt ukrainec pizda
2019-12-08 11:26
#8
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Sweden ThorinEk
Okay Mr. Cool
2019-12-06 13:17
#9
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Spain elskio
Face Astralis Through to the gf pick one ropzzzz
2019-12-06 13:17
5 replies
😂👍 asdf
2019-12-08 02:02
1 reply
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-08 03:48
Both
2019-12-08 02:18
lol they did tho
2019-12-08 10:28
nt puta
2019-12-08 11:27
#11
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Greece NitrouZ
Already exceeded their run coz of G2 throw with ATK. Delusional
2019-12-06 13:17
3 replies
how? they obviously would have won against these french bots
2019-12-06 13:20
sounding pretty dumb now
2019-12-08 18:11
1 reply
#238
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Greece NitrouZ
haha not dumb, but they were SO hyped with the win on astralis from 9-14 to 16-14, they actually stomped fnatic and i was also on their hypetrain. Enjoyed this tournament with its upsets.
2019-12-09 09:52
LOL
2019-12-06 13:17
1 reply
LOL
2019-12-08 02:18
sorry to tell you roppie but you will go out to eg
2019-12-06 13:19
5 replies
People said that the last two times they played eachother :^)
2019-12-06 13:49
Ohh boy...Still sure about that ?
2019-12-06 23:43
Yeah yeah
2019-12-08 02:01
2 replies
trust me I couldn't be any happier, I won so much money off mouz vs astralis =D
2019-12-08 02:02
1 reply
That's nice to hear!!
2019-12-08 02:02
Lol bl ropz
2019-12-06 13:19
#21
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Slovakia giveitup
ez mouz
2019-12-06 13:22
#22
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Nigeria Fraggot
Imagine thinking that your fluke team could even beat fnatic
2019-12-06 13:22
10 replies
If they will play fnatic, they reached the grandfinal, nt
2019-12-06 13:26
5 replies
nt
2019-12-06 13:45
1 reply
nt
2019-12-06 16:25
haha n1
2019-12-08 02:05
2 replies
np, sadly i got banned for a fucking comment under this specific thread. my comment was "kool", fuck jonathan
2019-12-08 02:16
1 reply
haha ye some of these bans here are a joke
2019-12-08 02:20
interesting
2019-12-08 18:12
2 replies
#232
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Nigeria Fraggot
Enjoy it while you can
2019-12-08 19:52
1 reply
kinda non sense what u said right there
2019-12-08 21:03
bump
2019-12-09 07:56
Navi vs mousesports it is
2019-12-06 13:23
Can’t hate the man for his confidence.
2019-12-06 13:24
6 replies
Its delusion, not confidence
2019-12-06 13:28
5 replies
#209
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Estonia Nigatoni
Sure?
2019-12-08 10:44
Yes, you are delusional.
2019-12-08 11:28
1 reply
Hardly
2019-12-08 16:28
how are you feeling now?
2019-12-08 15:59
1 reply
Believe it or not but happy. Match was great and they showed astralis is still beatable in bo3. However it was hard to believe they could go past them and eg to finals.
2019-12-08 16:30
Eg and then astralis and he wants to reach grand finals
2019-12-06 13:27
9 replies
#32
tarik | 
Norway MD!
axaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-06 13:34
#34
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United Kingdom galaxyv2
literally beat eg last event ok
2019-12-06 13:36
4 replies
And?
2019-12-06 13:54
3 replies
MOUZ NEVER LOST AGAINST EG SPREAD THE WORD
2019-12-06 15:22
2 replies
8/8
2019-12-06 15:33
I'm here
2019-12-06 17:59
hahaha nice comment
2019-12-08 02:01
1 reply
Lol that was unexpected. Looks like ropz is not irrational hyper in interviews and he puts his money where his mouth is
2019-12-08 09:32
LUL
2019-12-08 02:19
#28
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Lmao ropz chill dawg
2019-12-06 13:28
We hope to win the tournament if we perform how we did in Shanghai, that's our goal. - ropz Asia = ENCE, Avangar, Tyloo Pro League = Navi, Fnatic, Astralis, Liquid Also their performance in Asia was bad. Yes, they won tournament, but it wasnt great (saw Tyloo and ENCE 2x). Mousesports are beating lower tier teams, but what about top tier teams with their inconsistency.
2019-12-06 13:32
3 replies
EG isnt a lower tier team m8
2019-12-06 17:56
#234
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Turkey Krytis
Asia = ENCE, Avangar, Tyloo -won the tournament Pro League = Navi, Fnatic, Astralis, Liquid -won the tournament
2019-12-08 23:09
1 reply
yep, they did it. Cg to mouz.
2019-12-08 23:10
he cute. !VAMOUZ!
2019-12-06 13:31
LMFAO ROPZ STOP BEING DELUSIONAL CUS YOU WON A TIER 2 EVENT, IMAGINE THINKING YOU CAN BEAT ASTRALIS AKA GOAT
2019-12-06 13:31
19 replies
+1
2019-12-06 13:46
Do you even think they can beat EG?
2019-12-06 13:57
2 replies
50/50 because eg sucks and is the na version of them, aka a fluke
2019-12-06 14:11
they had, they can. not sure about astralis tho xd
2019-12-06 14:22
+1
2019-12-06 14:45
#103
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Estonia Hoxpox
LMFAO, imagine thinking Liquid can beat fnatic
2019-12-06 17:24
6 replies
cry is free mouz fangay liquid always loses first map to fnatic so dw mouz will get destroyed by goatstralis btw
2019-12-06 17:28
5 replies
#115
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Estonia pufferG
ntntnt Fnatic 2-0 liquid hltv confirmed
2019-12-06 18:11
4 replies
LUL if they win about time liquid won the last ~5 bo3/5s they played against fnatic og sucks btw
2019-12-06 18:17
3 replies
#118
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Estonia pufferG
Imagine talking about OG, you never seen they play so maybe go to sleep boy?
2019-12-06 18:18
2 replies
lmao imagine thinking a roster with snake nbk and nonamers isssa and mantuu will work and even get 10 rounds vs tier 1 teams expected from estonia brain tho lmao ropz peanut brain is with good aim
2019-12-06 18:20
1 reply
#120
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Estonia pufferG
Imagine thinking liquid is better than Fnatic
2019-12-06 18:20
hahahahahaha
2019-12-08 02:01
IMAGINE THINKING YOU CAN BEAT ASTRALIS AKA GOAT
2019-12-08 02:06
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA HE DOESN'T HAVE TO IMAGINE
2019-12-08 02:50
this aged well
2019-12-08 07:36
HELLO MURICA
2019-12-08 09:07
#210
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Estonia Nigatoni
I quess ropz is a goat fuqqer...
2019-12-08 10:51
Ohh, murican :(
2019-12-08 11:28
>win against africa+na fpl team >grand finals pick one
2019-12-06 13:36
2 replies
Pick both ;)
2019-12-08 03:45
0/8
2019-12-08 18:20
going to b ez grand final for mouze
2019-12-06 13:45
2 replies
Yep, can't lose if you can't qualify for grand final 200iq ropz
2019-12-06 14:03
1 reply
delusional
2019-12-06 17:27
Ropz Woxic Valde Aleksi NBK would have been better. This Mouz team not good enough
2019-12-06 13:45
4 replies
NBK in 2019 OMEGALUL
2019-12-07 11:36
3 replies
Karrigan and ChrisJ in 2019 OMEGALUL
2019-12-07 17:01
2 replies
Karrigan is top 5IGL
2019-12-07 21:19
that's what astralis thought too
2019-12-08 02:07
Delusional
2019-12-06 13:49
5 replies
lmao
2019-12-08 03:49
lmao
2019-12-08 07:37
lmao
2019-12-08 10:52
#236
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Turkey Krytis
lmao
2019-12-08 23:10
#241
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Russia cumdump
lmao
2019-12-09 19:10
GODPZ
2019-12-06 13:53
#45
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Denmark Bal0
They lose to ast in semi
2019-12-06 13:54
1 reply
sure
2019-12-08 10:15
Guess you wont meet your expectations then
2019-12-06 13:55
2 replies
are u sure about that?
2019-12-08 02:01
1 reply
i bet youve been waiting for that one
2019-12-08 03:42
Fking jinxed themselves ffs
2019-12-06 13:55
4 replies
#55
FASHR | 
Netherlands p2dr
Ikr Every time there's an interview before a match, where someone says "we feel confident" you know they will lose, they always do
2019-12-06 14:05
3 replies
#76
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Germany mainak90
+9999999 Nailed it, true for every team except Astralis, somehow Astralis always walks the talk
2019-12-06 14:50
2 replies
#134
FASHR | 
Netherlands p2dr
i counter-jinxed it men))😎
2019-12-07 01:05
1 reply
#135
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Germany mainak90
The one one counter jinx i wouldn't regret ;)
2019-12-07 01:09
He shouldn't its well done with what they have achieved so far.
2019-12-06 13:57
2 replies
Okay hltv analyst
2019-12-08 10:12
1 reply
I mean holy shit, I am so happy I am mousesports fan wtf you mean
2019-12-08 11:22
#54
woxic | 
Nigeria Blues
free for mouz
2019-12-06 14:04
LMFAO
2019-12-06 14:06
1 reply
NA CS LMFAO MOUZ FINAL HAHAHAHA
2019-12-08 02:07
#57
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Sweden flippig
Expectations of grand final, lol
2019-12-06 14:07
ez 4 k00l
2019-12-06 14:12
everybody so 🧂🧂🧂 over an interview lol. if everybody at mouz hits their shots, they can take down any team (well maybe not astralis). but the truth is that mouz rely on whether their players are feeling it or not. obviously they can stomp eg and get stomped by them both. so pls less 🧂
2019-12-06 14:17
9 replies
and gl my boys
2019-12-06 14:18
Honestly they just need one of Frozen ChrisJ or Karrigan to play good along with Ropz and/or Woxic and they would win
2019-12-06 14:45
1 reply
well ropz is god after graduating high school. he is definitely out of his slump. yes, just need woxic and chris/frozen to frag regularly and eg is not a hard opponent.
2019-12-06 15:22
elige can literally 1v5 them anytime he wants
2019-12-06 15:36
4 replies
na
2019-12-06 15:55
haha remeber the ChrisJ AWP ace against liquid ESL one new york 2017 to get championship point? Ace of the year
2019-12-06 17:55
2 replies
that version of liquid was dogshit. elige 1v5 them anytime any map any gun
2019-12-06 18:48
1 reply
elige eliminated already, mouz today in semis facing astralis.
2019-12-07 18:22
+1
2019-12-07 18:19
Totally 11 rounds for mouz against EG
2019-12-06 14:20
4 replies
#77
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Slovakia giveitup
2019-12-06 14:51
1 reply
bro brehze ll show up i think tonight
2019-12-06 15:29
This aged well
2019-12-07 00:56
lol
2019-12-08 18:21
grand final XD
2019-12-06 14:34
3 replies
nt (:
2019-12-08 02:07
2 replies
and thats a bruh momento
2019-12-08 08:35
1 reply
momento Hermano
2019-12-08 10:16
Ahahhahahaga
2019-12-06 14:42
Taking down FlukEG wont be hard, but then they meet the goat 0% chance of making it to the grand final
2019-12-06 14:46
5 replies
Nt Frankie fan
2019-12-06 15:32
2 replies
She's hot, ok
2019-12-06 15:32
1 reply
Freya is better
2019-12-06 16:15
nt (:
2019-12-08 02:08
dayum
2019-12-08 18:21
#75
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Germany staxie
Going into a tournament with no special preparation and expecting to reach a grand final when Astralis and Liquid are there. Good Job
2019-12-06 14:48
1 reply
Yeah you were saying?
2019-12-08 03:38
Sorry bro, but you will lose to EG. If not, you will lose to Astralis
2019-12-06 15:34
5 replies
#89
acoR | 
Sweden Ardoz
MOUZ NEVER LOSE TO EG XD))
2019-12-06 15:35
2 replies
True, but they only played them twice...
2019-12-06 15:38
1 reply
#124
acoR | 
Sweden Ardoz
They played 4 times
2019-12-06 19:32
LOL
2019-12-08 03:38
lul
2019-12-08 07:37
Bruh Eg at the quarters and Astralis in the semis *reach the finals* Yeah right
2019-12-06 16:05
3 replies
*reach the finals* Yeah right you said it
2019-12-08 02:08
2 replies
Bruh Astralis always chokes on home soil
2019-12-08 09:13
1 reply
Ooh stfu, first you completely deny them having a chance at reaching finals. Then when they do beat astralis you just make up an excuse of "AstRaLis cHoKEs oN hOMe sOiL"
2019-12-09 11:49
looks like you wont be meeting ur expectations....
2019-12-06 16:08
2 replies
yeye
2019-12-08 03:37
This didn't age well
2019-12-08 10:11
keep your mouth shut ropz no1 in mousesports thinks ull make the final
2019-12-06 16:52
1 reply
anything u wanna say now budget latvia
2019-12-08 03:38
ropz is kind of disappoint imo
2019-12-06 17:19
people actin like eg have a chance against mouse xD
2019-12-06 17:50
GL to mouz
2019-12-06 17:55
As if. This man is delusional
2019-12-06 17:55
1 reply
You were saying?
2019-12-08 02:50
#114
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Finland Miroyev
I aren't think that he's going to meet his expectations
2019-12-06 18:08
4 replies
#159
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Brazil Allistar
nt
2019-12-08 02:03
3 replies
#160
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Finland Miroyev
haha good for them Xd really surprising
2019-12-08 02:04
2 replies
#162
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Brazil Allistar
Best tournament so far
2019-12-08 02:04
1 reply
#173
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Finland Miroyev
yupp true
2019-12-08 02:08
#121
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Poland sosiad
XD
2019-12-06 18:21
That's some nice use of future Perfect
2019-12-06 20:50
#127
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Turkey bitterzie
NA noobs are mad
2019-12-06 20:51
ROPZ: "WE WANT TO GO TO THE GRAND FINAL; IF WE CAN'T MAKE IT, WE WILL NOT HAVE MET OUR EXPECTATIONS" Well good luck with Astralis on your side of the bracket...
2019-12-06 21:45
3 replies
XD
2019-12-08 02:01
OMEGALUL
2019-12-08 02:08
right...
2019-12-08 07:25
Well after kicking EG to the curb like that who fkn knows
2019-12-07 04:28
Good kid
2019-12-07 23:36
#145
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Russia cumdump
HAHA, "DELUSIONAL" THEY SAID. "THEY'RE NEVER GONNA GET PAST ASTRALIS" THEY SAID. WHY SO QUIET NOW?
2019-12-08 01:57
They did it <3
2019-12-08 01:57
W
2019-12-08 02:01
#155
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Chile ViSelol04
YOU DID IT DADDY!!!1!!111!!
2019-12-08 02:02
This aged very well
2019-12-08 02:04
pacan skazal - pacan sdelal 😎
2019-12-08 02:03
620$ win - thanks boys. gyazo.com/be42c47106b48156dd64bf4806fea6.. Predicted the 2-1 scoreline win, but didn't think Mousesports had it in them to claw back from 14-8 down. This is such an exciting team to watch - I think we may be potentially entering the highest level and most competitive age of counter-strike we've yet seen. Mousesports, Astralis, Fnatic, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, G2, Navi, all capable of beating each other at any given moment. Fun time to be a CS;GO fan boys.
2019-12-08 02:04
nothing better than reading these comments :D
2019-12-08 02:07
ROPZ YOU FUCKING BEAST YOU KNEW IT
2019-12-08 02:08
#175
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United States Zenoth
THEY DIDNT BELIEVE HIM, ABSOLUTE GOD TOP 1 HLTV 2019 FOR SURE, CRY IS FREE
2019-12-08 02:10
congrats ropz 😎
2019-12-08 02:14
#197
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Israel SOEZ4NIK0
Pog
2019-12-08 07:37
Nice
2019-12-08 08:41
wow
2019-12-08 10:55
#215
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Denmark twinseN
Ropz Mvp , so stellar and consistant :)
2019-12-08 11:25
PogChamp
2019-12-08 19:46
The comments here are pure gold, lmao.
2019-12-09 10:51
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