smooya becomes free agent

Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield has announced that he is once again open to offers after being freed from his contract.

The British AWPer had looked set to further his career in Asia after agreeing to join Mongolian side TIGER together with Danish in-game leader Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer.

However, those plans were ditched following the team's recent uptick in form. Erdenetsogt "⁠erkaSt⁠" Gantulga's side are currently leading the Asian Regional Major Rankings (RMR) after winning the region's ESL One: Road to Rio tournament and would have lost almost half of their 1600 points in case of a double change.

smooya is currently open to offers

On Twitter, smooya noted that he will only entertain offers from European and North American teams, adding that he is determined to prove himself again following the abrupt end to his stint with Chaos.

The former BIG player moved to the United States in January and enjoyed a productive spell under Joshua "⁠steel⁠" Nissan, averaging a 1.32 rating. However, he ended up being released just two months into his contract due to visa issues after the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible for him to obtain a P-1 visa and reunite with the team.

smooya was the guest on the latest edition of the 'HLTV confirmed' show, where he talked about his time in North America, the TIGER situation, what he has been doing during the pandemic, and player burnout in esports. You can watch the VOD here.

Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
733
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Germany GermanEmpire 
good luck smooooya
2020-06-03 16:46
UwU Liquid Sexyaa
2020-06-03 16:48
#17
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
gl in liquid
2020-06-03 16:48
-gratata +smooya
2020-06-03 16:54
#110
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Australia WAZje 
+1 If 100T has another dip in performance then I could actually see this happening, 100t really do look good rn tho. Could see this happening but not likely
2020-06-03 18:42
They kinda talked about this om hltv podcast, i dont think it will happening after what he said about 100T and grat
2020-06-04 09:14
+1 and they will need to change strat and playstyle to fit Smooya in
2020-06-04 09:24
And attidude^^
2020-06-04 10:25
Attitude not really imo because he did say everyone in 100T got no ego and they are really passive
2020-06-04 10:31
Thats why^^
2020-06-04 11:59
Mb attidude not the right Word though
2020-06-04 11:59
#33
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Europe chespiZ 
Smooya is 2good rly like this guy
2020-06-03 16:50
#115
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Sweden frozze90 
toxic asshole, what isnt there to like. But hey, you got na'vi flair so you prolly like toxic players x)
2020-06-03 19:11
#116
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Europe chespiZ 
Swe players are toxic and ego sh1t, i just like forest real guy
2020-06-03 19:30
#119
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Sweden frozze90 
0/8. Say one swedish player that is toxic except JW? x)
2020-06-03 19:33
Maikelele
2020-06-03 19:42
#121
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Sweden frozze90 
Okay fine. Ill agree to that one. NAME ONE MORE! x)
2020-06-03 19:46
#123
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Sweden frozze90 
Damn it, came up with another one, Draken... x)
2020-06-03 19:53
#146
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Indonesia lumayan 
Wtf? Draken toxic? Lol He is literally the best awper in the history
2020-06-04 02:16
#168
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Sweden frozze90 
Sorry to break your high thoughts about him, but hes not the best awper. Yes he is doing incredible flicks. But cannot land the most obvious hits... And he got removed from both NiP AND fnatic because he got shitty attitude, coming late for practices and plays one way in practice and when playing games he plays in another way, so his teammates cannot rely on him.
2020-06-04 11:19
jebaited
2020-06-04 12:32
#189
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Sweden frozze90 
smd
2020-06-04 16:24
nah I'm not gay. I'm sure you'll find a boyfriend somewhere else tho.
2020-06-04 16:48
#196
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Indonesia lumayan 
im not baiting, he is literally the best awper in the universe lol.
2020-06-05 10:25
prateado
2020-06-04 16:58
#90
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Netherlands Armipotent 
smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooya
2020-06-03 18:01
#99
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
+1
2020-06-03 18:17
#126
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Finland Smoonah 
how bout nah
2020-06-03 20:50
#133
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Brazil Ahab 
who
2020-06-03 22:04
#198
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United Kingdom SlaySnakezYT 
i want smooya to be my dad
2020-06-07 16:31
#2
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Finland I_never_bait 
to faze
2020-06-03 16:47
#3
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Germany GermanEmpire 
haha no
2020-06-03 16:47
Faze needs no change.
2020-06-03 18:55
they need for sure... bymas too bad
2020-06-04 07:03
FaZe need an igl, mousesports would be better, -woxic or chrisJ +smooya
2020-06-04 12:37
#4
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
mby go play valorant
2020-06-03 16:47
#18
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Germany GiantCoq 
+1 rats to valorant
2020-06-03 16:48
unexpected from qoznyyy aka the best editor in Estonia
2020-06-03 16:49
#34
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Finland TheJullus 
Pick free agent smooya in Valorant NOW!
2020-06-03 16:51
he has potential to be tier1 and make more money than swapping to valorant. not worth
2020-06-03 17:20
#68
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
smooya and t1 ok
2020-06-03 17:21
not even t3
2020-06-03 17:47
Rip smooooooya
2020-06-03 16:47
smOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOya
2020-06-03 16:47
#28
riv | 
Taiwan idoleat 
Actually When I was in Berlin watching Major, whenever you yell smooooooooooooya there's always someone will reply you smoooooooooooya as well.
2020-06-03 16:50
smoooooooooooooooya
2020-06-03 16:47
#9
dupreeh | 
France dzkay1 
nobody wants him . toxic bot
2020-06-03 16:47
There is a difference between toxicity and British humour
2020-06-03 18:58
Name one
2020-06-03 19:07
Gordon Ramsay
2020-06-04 00:29
+1
2020-06-04 03:56
#162
broky | 
Latvia Rendoq 
+1
2020-06-04 09:57
There is nothing funny about not being able to find the lamb sauce
2020-06-04 19:06
xD
2020-06-04 21:42
I thought he was already one
2020-06-03 16:47
yes but this is about him becoming free, thats the price tag of his salary not team status.
2020-06-03 17:36
oh, well hopefully he gets to join a decent team
2020-06-03 17:37
#12
leaf | 
Spain aquacsgo 
who cars
2020-06-03 16:48
why is he interested in NA if he just left a team for not being able to stay in NA?
2020-06-03 16:48
Lockdown is being eased pretty much everywhere, so it's probably just a matter of time before he's able to get a visa again.
2020-06-03 16:50
No smooya would loot usa
2020-06-03 16:55
I could see him going NA easily, it's just a matter of where and in place of who
2020-06-04 00:25
Coronavirus limitations are starting to ease in the US and UK
2020-06-03 17:04
#19
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Japan Fanta_machine 
smooya so unluko
2020-06-03 16:48
??? didn't he ain't free agent already after quitting chaos
2020-06-03 16:49
He signed a contract with TIGER after Chaos but he never joined the starting line up so they released him from that contract.
2020-06-03 17:07
#55
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Belgium Ipufobanned 
No.. he was joining Tiger but astralis got snappi
2020-06-03 17:10
- emi - let + smooya + alex insta top 15
2020-06-03 16:49
#62
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Easily
2020-06-03 17:19
#63
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
+1 Good changes
2020-06-03 17:19
#91
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
What is the point of having two dedicated awpers? It's not like they are pretty good riflers too.
2020-06-03 18:05
Double awp
2020-06-04 07:40
#172
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United States Festive_ 
smooya's rifles are actually great. gob b didn't let him awp for a while in big because he thought his rifles were good and tabsen's awp was better for the team
2020-06-04 12:03
smooya beat XANTARES in a rifle 1v1
2020-06-04 12:40
#92
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu 
this looks good for alex, contact might just vibe in flashpoint tournaments which he kinda wants
2020-06-03 18:06
SMOOOOOOOOOOYA
2020-06-03 16:49
#24
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United Kingdom ronaldo9chen 
Endpoint plz
2020-06-03 16:49
OG smooya
2020-06-03 16:49
#66
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
not really needed for OG, Mantu is probably the best player on there
2020-06-03 17:20
#131
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Israel marleyjr 
Nt muslimers
2020-06-03 21:44
#141
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United States D4nny_122333 
A good roster move for OG would be either -ISSAA +Smooya, or -ISSAA +Lekro
2020-06-04 00:45
smoooooya god
2020-06-03 16:49
#29
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Iran oldHabit 
he's a pretty good awper
2020-06-03 16:50
Even there is a team picked him up, he wont be staying for too long.
2020-06-03 16:50
#31
acoR | 
Czech Republic thagog 
100t smooya
2020-06-03 16:50
fuck no
2020-06-03 16:52
#38
AZR | 
Australia Dathrogen 
+1
2020-06-03 16:54
+1 Grat is pretty good now, he has like a 1.12 rating past 3 months, almost the same as kennyS
2020-06-04 12:41
mazaalai +smooya
2020-06-03 16:50
smooya to liquid would be nice, but not happening
2020-06-03 16:51
#173
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United States Festive_ 
hold up this could be good nitr0 becomes coach and Adren becomes analyst smooya takes nitr0's spot would it be an upgrade tho?
2020-06-04 12:06
I mean smooya is a better awper than nitr0, but I dont think stew igling will work
2020-06-04 14:34
#182
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United States Festive_ 
he did a decent job in C9 but I'm inclined to agree just because of his personality
2020-06-04 15:14
#185
tarik | 
Indonesia ro2a 
then who will in-game leading then ? back to stewie ?!?!
2020-06-04 15:40
#186
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United States Festive_ 
yes... stewie is igling right now in liquid
2020-06-04 15:40
#39
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Brazil Map_Predictor 
EG Smooya - who?
2020-06-03 16:54
#53
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North America XANTARESTAN 
tarik
2020-06-03 17:08
#93
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu 
they have cerq already though
2020-06-03 18:07
#96
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Brazil Map_Predictor 
Smooya would be an improvment of Ethan or maybe tarik
2020-06-03 18:13
ethan no way but tarik sure
2020-06-03 19:32
#187
tarik | 
Indonesia ro2a 
remove snakeislaw tarik igl
2020-06-04 15:41
good luck smooya
2020-06-03 16:54
#43
JD | 
Poland tutatek 
who cares about this tier 3 bot
2020-06-03 16:56
#44
mantuu | 
Lithuania rageN1x 
smooooja smoooooooooja
2020-06-03 16:59
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2020-06-03 17:01
I don't see teams being interested in having him as teammate tbh, entitled spoiled brat who thought he was gonna have an easy ride to the top after leaving BiG, kinda TenZ like moron attitude. Have fun in the tier 2/3 scene
2020-06-03 17:03
That's not why he left BIG
2020-06-03 17:08
He has admit that he made a mistake by leaving BiG, he had some relationship problems or something and his attitude wasn't the best apparently, he got frustrated in that team iirc. Perhaps it's hard to keep your shit together ingame when you're going through a rough patch in your personal life
2020-06-03 17:19
Yeah exactly He said he had a much better relationship with his teammates for his second time in BIG
2020-06-03 18:23
#57
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Belgium Ipufobanned 
Stupid,he is humble for leaving The best team ever BIG
2020-06-03 17:12
#47
alex | 
Spain mokerz 
swhoyaa?
2020-06-03 17:03
#48
mir | 
Brazil Machine_sx 
smooya, lucas1, fox, maikelele and +1
2020-06-03 17:03
No thanks
2020-06-03 17:08
+olof B)
2020-06-03 18:21
no home for smooooooooya after godsent got farlig
2020-06-03 17:03
#56
apEX | 
France MarcoXY 
Again
2020-06-03 17:11
#58
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United States EmperorTrump 
Just move to Valorant ffs CSGO is a dead game with no healthy scene
2020-06-03 17:13
#64
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
Valorant is for washed up NA csgo players.
2020-06-03 17:19
#86
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Place for him then, despite being English
2020-06-03 17:50
Mixwell got put into the Valorant Pro League or whatever the fuck it is, same with devilwalk and another washed swede, I forget who
2020-06-03 18:22
#111
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
I tought that more tier 5 players would switch to valorant but they didnt. Didnt know about mixwell and devil.
2020-06-03 18:45
I dont think mixwell is officially switched and devilwalk I think is just playing in the thing they're running that's like FPL.
2020-06-03 20:18
#59
gxx- | 
Belgium ZxTox 
Wish him the best
2020-06-03 17:14
#60
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Ukraine FGVM 
It's good to hear that they actually just released him keeping him on the bench and trying to sell him, this way Smooya has better chances of finding a good team with no worries about the transfer payment.
2020-06-03 17:15
Chaos from what I heard is a really good org. I wouldnt have been surprised if they offered him a small contract to sit on the bench until he finds a team then just make it a free transfer just so Smooya has income
2020-06-03 18:23
nt Chaos CEO
2020-06-03 21:02
I wish I had that kind of money mens 😔 Am but simple taco bell worker
2020-06-03 22:41
#65
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Good luck to him
2020-06-03 17:19
#69
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Australia aussie_billy 
Remember how this dude left big? And to think he had real potential to be a top player... What a shame!
2020-06-03 17:22
#70
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CIS wmzgod 
MOUSESPORTS.SMOOYA
2020-06-03 17:23
100t
2020-06-03 17:24
QOTa?!
2020-06-03 17:25
#73
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Asia Blitzer 
SMASH smooya and i am serious
2020-06-03 17:26
Smooya has been constantly destroying FPL for a while. I don't understand at what direction all these top tier teams are looking.
2020-06-03 17:27
+1 I too don't understand this. He has consistency. a good player, awper. He's unlucky I guess.
2020-06-03 17:50
who ?
2020-06-03 17:28
#76
EliGE | 
United States fyi 
There’s not a single current top30 team I could see smooya in except cloud9
2020-06-03 17:32
#79
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Brazil parrud0www 
again
2020-06-03 17:42
Trash toxic player, stay a free agent or in t5 pls
2020-06-03 17:44
#81
fnx | 
Brazil shvssss 
go be happy in valorant
2020-06-03 17:45
Who cars
2020-06-03 17:49
Overrated bot who's only worth, because of the memes.
2020-06-03 17:50
#87
arT | 
Europe t.o.p 
He should team up with ALEX and destroy online leagues
2020-06-03 17:52
#88
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United Kingdom whatacliche 
Chaos became irrelevant after he left.
2020-06-03 17:53
#152
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Austria doMK0 
+1
2020-06-04 06:27
#89
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Germany BIG2020 
gl smooya <3
2020-06-03 17:54
#94
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu 
cloud9 smooya? -osee
2020-06-03 18:09
we need smooya bm back on lan
2020-06-03 18:11
#97
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Poland SebL 
He can be TOP 5 player if he joins right team. Maybe Liquid smooya?
2020-06-03 18:16
envy?
2020-06-03 18:17
join mouz for woxic OmegaLUL
2020-06-03 18:17
#101
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Brazil notfakeflag 
who?
2020-06-03 18:19
SMOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAA
2020-06-03 18:24
insane player who has not yet reached his prime Liquid lets go!!
2020-06-03 18:25
He deserves a decent team, gl to him At least C9 or GenG should definitely pick him
2020-06-03 18:31
Maybe liquid pick him up. I’d 100% support liquid then -nitro +smooya pls Edit: -gratisfaction +smooya and I’ll convert to a 100T fan as well
2020-06-03 18:39
Go play Valorant, your toxic bot
2020-06-03 19:31
someone get this man a team smh
2020-06-03 19:53
#125
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Denmark Zaerdna 
Astralis 9th man.
2020-06-03 20:34
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2020-06-03 20:51
again, again and again, toxicooya
2020-06-03 20:57
#130
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United States _ATaXiA_ 
-nitr0 +Rat King LuLquid #1
2020-06-03 21:38
#132
OKAYYY | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh 
-Junior +smooya Grim and Smooya would be greatest duo in a long time
2020-06-03 21:56
no one wants screaming grill smoyuauauaoaoaooauauauaua
2020-06-03 22:45
Irrelevant in 2020 so weird flex but k 😂😂😂
2020-06-03 22:49
join decoy seized’s mix and x2 meme stats
2020-06-03 22:53
#139
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World Beard43 
100T Smoooooooyaaaa
2020-06-04 00:27
Smooya to valorant
2020-06-04 00:46
Whats to prove here, he was smurfing in na, but when he words it like this, it seems that na was shitting on him.
2020-06-04 00:53
#144
steel | 
Europe @d1nh0 
switch to valorant please uk cs KEKW
2020-06-04 01:16
would earn more money in valorant so good idea
2020-06-04 09:15
#145
rain | 
Norway apx- 
Astralis 9th?
2020-06-04 01:51
Rat king <3
2020-06-04 03:19
#149
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China xycao 
If he could possibly go to Tiger (an Asian team), Why not any Chinese csgo team invite him? Smooya is such a good player.
2020-06-04 04:55
-BOTACO +smooya I bet smooya can learn portuguese faster than TACO learn how to play cs
2020-06-04 05:53
xD why does mibr need to take 2nd awper?
2020-06-04 07:05
3rd*
2020-06-04 09:15
Ok. +
2020-06-04 18:03
fallen kng and smooya
2020-06-04 18:15
so are alot of shitty players...
2020-06-04 06:11
in faze please... smooya 1st awp. broky 2nd = faze top 3 at least. -bymas ofc
2020-06-04 07:04
I guess no one can stand his celebration scream 😂😂
2020-06-04 07:08
OK -nitr0 +smooya
2020-06-04 10:52
better yet -crucial +smooya
2020-06-04 10:52
He was such a skill player but unfortunately being skill player was not equal as being good teammate. A team with a psychologist will be great for him.
2020-06-04 11:16
#171
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Ukraine YUR4S 
gl smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooyaaaaaaaaa
2020-06-04 12:02
#178
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Portugal dascouves 
If c0ntact doesn't get rid of emi and letn1 now they never will. Get ALEX aswell and you have a solid team with 2 awp setup potential if needed on CT. Both ottoN and smooya can rifle pretty good aswell so it would make good sense to trade them for those guys.
2020-06-04 12:51
#180
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Turkey Blackpainted 
Good luck
2020-06-04 14:37
#181
Prism | 
Denmark MAMS 
Good luck SMOOOOOOOOYAAA
2020-06-04 14:40
#183
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United States Bunker_Boy 
good luck
2020-06-04 15:30
literally who?
2020-06-04 15:35
#188
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Europe AlL1n 
That toxic kid suckya must have some friend admin on hltv he's most washed up topic on hltv.
2020-06-04 16:00
already moved to valorant imgur.com/0wWVoXw
2020-06-12 11:47
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