MICHU: "Both players and organizations are responsible for the current state of the Polish scene"

In an interview with HLTV.org, Michał "MICHU" Müller shed some light on his time in Virtus.pro and revealed details about his future after parting ways with the ex-Virtus.pro squad.

Two unfruitful years with Virtus.pro have come to an end for MICHU, who announced his departure from the Polish team shortly after it was dropped by the Russian organization. The 23-year-old rifler is now looking for new opportunities, potentially outside of his home country.

MICHU has been taking English lessons for a year and is open to international offers

MICHU, who averaged a 1.11 rating in 2019, says that his individual form is a result of hard work, but that "it's hard to be fully satisfied" when the team results are underwhelming. Talking about the struggling Polish scene, MICHU says that players need to "start working" instead of just talking, pointing at Karol "rallen" Rodowicz and Paweł "dycha" Dycha as good examples.

The Polish rifler still didn't experience playing at a Major, so he noted that as one of his goals for 2020. To get there, MICHU is ready to play in an international team, as he has been taking English lessons for a year, and relocate outside of Poland if necessary.

When were you informed that Virtus.pro was not going to continue with the Polish lineup? Were you caught off guard or was the move expected as your contracts were running out?

As a team we weren't sure about our future till the very end, actually we found out about it after the news about new roster had been released. We weren't surprised though, there were a lot of rumors a few days prior, so we realized that the organization could eventually do this, but we didn't think it would happen before our contracts expired.

Do you think the organization's decision was a fair one? Was there more this team was capable of doing if you continued under the banner?

The decision was absolutely fair. Our recent results were really poor. Losing to many weaker teams, getting eliminated in the first rounds of open qualifiers and losing our spot in ESL Polish Championship are only some of the reasons. In my opinion, there was nothing more we could do, there were too many different views and characters inside the team in order to win international trophies.

You have been with Virtus.pro since 2017, back when pashaBiceps and NEO were still in the lineup. Could you compare the experiences playing in the 2017-18 and the 2019 rosters? Did reforming the team with young players change things for the better?

My arrival was supposed to be a panacea for a "little crisis" inside the team. I had a lot of respect because I joined a roster composed of a lot older and experienced players. I benefited a lot while playing with them. I was looking at their plays and ideas on how to approach the game.

The beginning was really good, communication was great and we had the same goal, but Snax decided to change the team and join mousesports. Since that time the "rejuvenation" of the lineup had begun and it resulted in NEO and pasha stepping down.

At the end of 2018, we formed a completely new team and after just a few months we needed some changes. During that time we were switching players, striving for perfection, which eventually never appeared. In the beginning, the game of Virtus.pro was based on experience, individual skill, and unique ideas, but continuous roster changes forced new players to learn the playstyle from scratch because they didn't have big experience in official matches and LANs. That extended our preparations and we were getting tired because when we would finally feel that everything was ready, we had to start from the beginning.

You have been the standout performer for Virtus.pro this year, averaging a 1.10 rating. Putting the team's issues aside, are you satisfied with the form you have been displaying?

It's nice to be the standout performer, everyone strives to be the best version of themselves as a player. Despite the poor results, I think that I've been working hard individually and that's one of the effects. But when the team doesn't work as it should and results are far from expectations, it's hard to be fully satisfied with individual performance.

The MICHU-Snax cooperation didn't work out as the Poles hoped it would

What is the atmosphere like in the Polish scene at the moment? As a country that had an elite team for so long and has now struggled for the past few years, is there a deflated feeling? Are players still hopeful they can return Poland to the top level?

Many people in Poland believe that we have a lot of talented players and I agree with that. We have many skilled guys, but we lack people with a proper attitude, motivation and those who are able to fully commit to the game and become professionals. And what's the most important, instead of just talking, they need to start working and treat the game like it's a dream come true and a big chance that you can't lose at any cost.

The Polish scene has a high number of paid teams, as well as domestic leagues and tournaments going on. How does that impact the scene? Often people say that not having enough resources limits players and teams, but in the example of Poland, it seems to be holding them back?

The budget of the organization is important when it's managed properly and is focused on getting better results. In my opinion, both players and organizations are responsible for the current state of the Polish scene. Everybody wants good results, but we need more professionalism. Polish teams lack some facilities such as sports psychologists, who could make players realize what else do they need and what should they learn, a psychologist could also show them how important discipline and hierarchy is in a team. Both I and the guys from Virtus.pro learned a lot about ourselves and building relations in the team. Thankfully we worked together with psychologist and it was one of the best experiences in my life.

Is a big Polish shuffle going to happen? Is it possible to make a Polish team that could be in the top 10 and who would be in it?

I think this is the right moment for the shuffle. There are many good players that could create something really solid. I think it was rallen and dycha who stood out recently. This duo could end up in a roster that would really achieve a lot.

What is next for you? What do you aim to achieve in 2020, be it on an individual or team level?

I don't want to get ahead of myself because right now I'm a free agent and it's hard to set the goals. My aim is to play on the international scene on a regular basis and compete with top teams as equals. Besides, I've never played a Major, so I think it's about time. :) In the near future, aside from individual practice in CS:GO, I'll be continuing my English lessons.

How good is your English right now, are you ready to play in an English-speaking team? Would an international team be a priority for you after some disappointing years in the Polish scene? And is moving to North America an option for you?

I speak English at the communicative level. For over a year now I've been learning it on language platform and attending weekly individual lessons. It's still not perfect, but if I got a chance to play in an international team and speak English every day, I'd improve faster. I would certainly need some time to adapt, but I feel ready.

I'm open for any offers, if I got a chance to play in a team that aims to win international tournaments, moving wouldn't be a problem.

Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
209
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowicz
Karol 'rallen' Rodowicz
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1339
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1501
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
nice
2020-01-07 16:28
Michu biggest polish talent, GL bro
2020-01-07 16:35
#29
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Indonesia lumayan 
Michu 2nd, Bntet 1st
2020-01-07 16:40
+1 bntet best polish player
2020-01-07 17:04
#52
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United States Hubterbean 
+1
2020-01-07 17:05
3rd dycha
2020-01-07 17:08
mantuu*
2020-01-07 17:43
+1
2020-01-07 23:16
Tabsen best polish player and xantares best german player
2020-01-07 18:22
+1
2020-01-07 18:48
#106
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Norway c00xd 
true
2020-01-08 00:26
honestly like 2 years ago I really hoped for him, unfortunately now I think he wont be a polish superstar
2020-01-07 18:39
#66
coldzera | 
India YESHU 
Sad
2020-01-07 17:47
#2
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Argentina Chief02 
wow good
2020-01-07 16:28
#3
aizy | 
Denmark FrankOcean 
michu come to USA
2020-01-07 16:28
We have enough, although I like Poland
2020-01-07 16:34
#69
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Poland LiquidWater 
ye enough Polish players in NA. Elige (ex player) Shroud Nitro and few more that i forgot because either 1. not relevant anymore 2. trash at the game
2020-01-07 17:49
#83
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Greece NitrouZ 
nitro is italian lol
2020-01-07 19:27
#91
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Poland Archasi 
+1
2020-01-07 19:47
More than Italian my friend
2020-01-07 20:48
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Americans We have enough, unless they actually want to work
2020-01-07 20:50
#99
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Poland LiquidWater 
10 million is nothing compared to other countries, Irish and UK have maybe combined 50+ million. Also pretty sure all Polish people in America are rich as fuck lmao. better eu education send them to america then get higher paid jobs than most NA scrubs
2020-01-07 21:23
“EU education” Acting like it’s the same, and here you go en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_America.. And it’s something when US has the most Polish people outside of Poland
2020-01-07 21:46
#126
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France LeDiplomate 
50+ millions lmao polish brain.
2020-01-09 18:48
#128
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Poland LiquidWater 
? you retard ? UK : Total 37,619,881 Ireland: Total 33 million Americans 33m + 37,619,881 = 70,619,881 that means me saying 50+ million is correct lmao french brain.
2020-01-09 19:01
#129
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France LeDiplomate 
There are not more than 500k polaks in the UK Don't use polish sources man.
2020-01-09 19:11
#130
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Poland LiquidWater 
Were talking about the US are you Illiterate?
2020-01-09 19:26
#120
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World breezy0 
rofl if they are polish michu, kennys, nbk, fxy0, boltz, meyern and others are german
2020-01-08 14:56
#4
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Brazil GBRMIBR 
Fala zezé,bom Dia cara
2020-01-07 16:28
#9
TACO | 
Brazil 1luucas 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-01-07 16:30
PQP KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-01-07 16:44
#76
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Brazil PedroIgor2K 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-01-07 18:20
#121
ZywOo | 
Poland st1r_ 
come to brazil
2020-01-08 14:59
Ok cool
2020-01-07 16:29
THE LAST POLISH HOPE AFTER BNTET
2020-01-07 16:29
#7
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Germany ToiletShitter 
Polish scene deaded with TaZ getting kicked.
2020-01-07 16:29
#70
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Poland LiquidWater 
Taz kick was not the problem. 1. Snax becoming igl. 2. Taz getting free benz mercedes (byali said so, but he says its not taz fault he didn't ask for it) 3. Neo saying "i'm tired of igl" (lack of motivation) 4. Snax declining stats as soon as becoming igl 5. Arguments within team (only 1 leaked of most likely many that weren't) all these contributed.
2020-01-07 17:51
More like: - Snax started to IGL'ing after making posts that some people are not performing up to the highest level standards - TaZ, NEO in particular, - Snax learning the fact that you can't be a star and IGL at the same time - at least in his case, - Snax going mad at everyone except himself and his cuck friend byali, - ELEAGUE Major where they lost last map due to Taz mistake - internal blaming started to happen from Snax and byali, - TaZ getting 4wheels for winning next tournament, eventho he was the sole reason they did not get 2nd major (in eyes of Snax), - Snax wanted Taz out pushing others into thinking that it is necessary. Beside the fact that he was thinking about leaving VP at that time - so kicking Taz was just to prove something, not to fix something.
2020-01-08 14:29
#123
NEO | 
Poland furleppe 
Snax fucked up, that's true for sure but at the same time it's not like he was all in the wrong. At that time he was playing godtier cs, and the feeling of team "letting him down" probably frustrated him. Kicking Taz wasn't really doomed to fail. He was replaced by a skilled player. But it seems that they lost some intangibles that are hard to define. And then everything went to shit. I kinda feel bad for him lol from hero to zero. Some say it was "deserved" but still, it's not like he didn't want to win more trophies and maliciously destroyed the team.
2020-01-08 22:49
I'm not feeling sorry for him at all. As well as I will not agree on his behaviour and reasons for it. Individual performance of 5 players is extremely important, but teams integrity and trust in each other is the key to surviving hard times. This is the time for really hardcarry players to be an example of dedication, motivation and heart for the game. Check out device during TSM/early Astralis period or Zywoo now. It's not like Snax and byali were tryharding, motivating and pushing others to keep up. Byali especially, given that he was either superb or shit in terms of performance - no consistency at all. I will not even mention that PUBG crap, he was really putting hours into wrong game. As for Snax? Well, he was playing Overwatch during preps on the ACTUAL LAN TOURNAMENT. He just lost it, he dropped the ball and never recovered it. Being shit to his teammates was just proof of that. The saddest part is that they really wouldn't achieve nothing if not for neo, taz and pasha. On the other hand I'm pretty sure that trio would put up results if they would go for other options (other talents). Don't get me wrong here, I loved Snax and byali during great times and I really think Snax was just a beast in terms of gamesens, but when they started losing and getting into conflicts I've started digging more. Watching streams, some TS comms I realized that in fact Snax was always a cunt and byali was always an immature kid. As sad as it is, I hope Snax and byali will never recover and get back to our or international scene. As for taz neo and pasha I wish them all the best.
2020-01-09 09:39
Big oof for PL scene
2020-01-07 16:30
#11
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China Blitzer 
right mentality gl michu
2020-01-07 16:30
+1
2020-01-07 19:41
+1
2020-01-07 19:47
Save Michu
2020-01-07 16:30
#13
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Albania Number1awper 
Poor michu, biggest wasted talent after Kjaerbye!
2020-01-07 16:31
Still 22, saveable
2020-01-07 17:54
he really said :)
2020-01-07 16:31
#15
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Latvia Revelatiombe 
Even Poland's best player says Polish scene is a joke.
2020-01-07 16:32
#77
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Norway SlimeThug 
Ofc he is. Who better to do so?
2020-01-07 18:21
PL scene will never be competitive
2020-01-07 19:39
#16
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Spain akproxx 
Gl in na
2020-01-07 16:31
-neo -mouz +dycha +MICHU or some good roster please pick those 2 cuz they deserve it
2020-01-07 16:32
#50
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Poland pi3trAs 
Dycha literally left Arcy
2020-01-07 17:04
#18
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CIS sergioff 
cryer
2020-01-07 16:33
#71
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Poland LiquidWater 
cryer goodbyer.
2020-01-07 17:51
#19
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Israel BingoBango 
"Our recent results were really poor" "recent" been shit for literally 2 years
2020-01-07 16:33
like your country has a decent team to compete in top50 lmao
2020-01-08 06:54
#112
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Israel BingoBango 
great roast dude. It's not like I live in a tiny country where every remotely decent cs player still has to do 3 years of military service
2020-01-08 07:25
What's the point of making your people serve 3 years in military when you have one of the smallest lands in the world lmao
2020-01-08 08:55
#114
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Israel BingoBango 
That doesn't make any sense
2020-01-08 09:05
Like you can win a war against any country with that small land space and population. Why train all your people to become puppets of war?
2020-01-08 10:48
#116
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Israel BingoBango 
You're trying too hard bro
2020-01-08 11:42
#127
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France LeDiplomate 
+1
2020-01-09 18:54
Leggo michu last polish hope 😂
2020-01-07 16:34
Really good interview, he is a really likeable guy Gl
2020-01-07 16:35
#23
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Sweden Black137777 
xd
2020-01-07 16:35
Good luck michu
2020-01-07 16:35
Polish CS FeelsBadMan
2020-01-07 16:36
He could do some damage at coL tbh
2020-01-07 16:36
MICHU great player.
2020-01-07 16:38
#28
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Japan Fanta_machine 
-RUSH + MICHU
2020-01-07 16:40
#30
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Switzerland x676 
Be grateful polish had VP, polish scene itselfs deserves 0, all you guys had x10000000 more of what you really deserve all these years just because of the name 5 guys built under the polish flag.
2020-01-07 16:41
Wanna see him in a better team with good teammates.
2020-01-07 16:41
#32
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Poland W0JT4Z 
Now, give us the interview without correcting mistakes in it, we will see how good his english is, I am just wondering beacuse on the 1v1 HTC he used translator in his interviews
2020-01-07 16:41
#33
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Spain elskio 
Yes because VP wont pay more money for Polish cs. So they‘re responsible of our scene. lmao
2020-01-07 16:42
True polish scene burned themselves on their own molotov
2020-01-07 16:42
#74
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
1g
2020-01-07 17:57
#35
MICHU | 
Slovakia S1W0 
Deserves a good team absolute monster on the server
2020-01-07 16:44
MICHU surely is in TOP5 polish players, he's aim is insane but he's way too inconsistent
2020-01-07 16:44
lol?
2020-01-07 17:36
#38
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Sweden meistr0 
+1. Just look at VP before they moved to CIS. Also "Our recent results were really poor", nah, i wouldnt call 2+ years "recent results", because this has been going on for a long time.
2020-01-07 16:44
#42
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Denmark ghostan11 
now please tell me what has new vp done after getting signed? ye nothing both are trash teams
2020-01-07 16:51
#48
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Sweden meistr0 
Smh you again.... They have been with VP for legit 4 isch weeks dude lmfao. 3rd - Summit 5
2020-01-07 17:03
#57
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Denmark ghostan11 
summit5? you dumb? it was ex-vp and avangar achievements have been wank since blast so even if they will be 3 weeks or 3 months in vp org it still wont change anything that both of these teams are wank
2020-01-07 17:21
#58
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Sweden meistr0 
I meant Epicenter* My bad. Anyways, my point is that they switched org to VP not long ago and before in AVANGAR they actually won stuff as well. You are saying "now please tell me what has new vp done after getting signed? ye nothing", they legit signed a month ago or so, lol.
2020-01-07 17:27
Feel sad for MICHU because he was the only one who really cared about going forward and the rest were holding him back
2020-01-07 16:46
#40
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Myanmar xdcc 
taz mercedes killed vp snax too greedy)
2020-01-07 16:48
#41
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Poland ZimmyS 
Really good interview.
2020-01-07 16:50
“I think it was rallen and dycha who stood out recently. This duo could end up in a roster that would really achieve a lot.” Dycha just killed ur dream 😂
2020-01-07 16:56
#44
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Poland Lukovsky 
finally someone said it good luck MICHU, I hope he can find a proper team, definitely has the skill
2020-01-07 16:56
He is the only light in the dark for Poland
2020-01-07 16:56
AGO team was really promising 2 years ago hltv.org/news/20950/ago-gaming-sign-csgo.. but snatchie move ruined polish scene
2020-01-07 16:58
Well rallen dycha and him are already a solid core of a team and no need to get international. But i feel like they will split into different teams (which is probably shame because of marketing reasons). They would have big fanbase potentionaly. Gl anyway.
2020-01-07 16:59
Ok sprout just signed dycha few moments ago, nevermind :( Now i kinda want to see him in sprout, which would have 2 germans, 2 polandos and oldskar, still interesting team for mideurope fans i guess :)
2020-01-07 17:16
oldskar, lol
2020-01-07 17:48
-botdenis -botspidi +michu +good IGL top 15 team
2020-01-07 19:50
Finally he said that +1
2020-01-07 17:04
#53
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Romania TheWizard741 
Would be interesting to see him in an international team. This guy is pretty talented and I feel he wasted those 2 years he spent with VP. He can always improve his English. It'd take a while for him to get used to comming in English but I think it's worth waiting for
2020-01-07 17:07
gl
2020-01-07 17:16
Polish teams really deserved their curse to stay at tier 2 level, the reason of which is becausw they prefer to matchfix rather than - focusing the fuck off.. Sad for the new talented ones getting ensnared for that
2020-01-07 17:25
#101
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Germany Frotha 
8/8
2020-01-07 21:56
Smartchu
2020-01-07 17:29
#63
World Kobs 
Michu good player ! should join Og when nbk get kicked after a few tournaments / jk
2020-01-07 17:40
dycha + michu + mhl + rallen + oskarish
2020-01-07 17:40
Uninstall already. Shit games do not have place on your disks.
2020-01-07 17:48
-guardian +michu NAVI top 1 2020
2020-01-07 17:52
#75
meow | 
United States Tom_D_Cat 
lol the pic with snax in the front...whatcha hinting at hmmmmmm?
2020-01-07 17:58
#81
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India Wise_Indian 
Ok cool
2020-01-07 18:56
#82
Dosia | 
Latvia hellsave 
MIWHO?
2020-01-07 18:58
#84
Europe Dov 
Vp gave more than enough chance to the polish scene
2020-01-07 19:28
#85
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Canada SoldatHeero 
He deserves to play in a major, sharp player
2020-01-07 19:29
He should've left earlier, now most teams locked their rosters.
2020-01-07 19:30
Nope only the players are to blame
2020-01-07 19:41
#94
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Poland ryhupeja 
EliGE TabseN mantuu BnTeT Michu Best possible PL team, discuss.
2020-01-07 20:10
Well said!
2020-01-07 20:51
#102
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Malta MIHAJA 
When I supported VP, I always said that MICHU was wasting his talent with us. Good luck champ. You'll make with that positive mentality 🔥
2020-01-07 21:56
"Instead of just talking, they [Polish players] need to start working and treating the game like it's a dream come true and a big chance that you can't lose at any cost" i love this one. Gl Michu, hope will get some rly good team u deserve.
2020-01-07 23:06
#105
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Argentina XaiDN 
Michu is the very best of polish scene rn.
2020-01-08 00:24
#107
MICHU | 
Poland kaspr02 
Good luck
2020-01-08 01:27
That’s the attitude!
2020-01-08 02:51
Snax with his poor attitude single handedly took down whole Polish scene along with his fat ass.
2020-01-08 03:28
#111
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
low sens god
2020-01-08 07:22
Lol at blaming Snax...team was shit far before he left
2020-01-08 11:58
#118
Aleksib | 
Estonia KoiKa 
Michu Nordavind?
2020-01-08 14:20
lol, just powered AGO
2020-01-08 20:20
#124
kNgV- | 
Canada AyWays 
this guy is a changed man
2020-01-09 05:51
#131
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Brazil SecondKS 
Michu, dycha, snatchie, rallen, mantuu gg ez
2020-01-11 04:31
GL man
2020-01-14 14:38
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