peca joins FPX as General Manager

FunPlus Phoenix have signed Petar "⁠peca⁠" Marković as its new General Manager, the organization has announced.

The Serbian will be in charge of building the organization's new team and split his duties between managing its CS:GO and VALORANT divisions.

"Our main goal is to create a competitive, stable and winning roster that will be climbing the top of the HLTV.org ranking list in no time," the 28-year-old told HLTV.org. "My focus until the end of this year is going to be on finding and selecting players that would be interested in building this fortress."

"I'm now calling all of the tier-one players: If you are stuck with a wrong team or wrong organization and you think that you deserve a better home or better teammates, feel free to reach out to me via email or Twitter at any time," peca stated. "I'm always open for discussions, and we are ready to pay for quality."

The former Valiance coach will build a new team for FPX

He will be in a race against the clock to put together a new lineup for FunPlus Phoenix, as the second season of Flashpoint, where FPX is one of the member organizations, is expected to run in November.

peca is perhaps best known for his time coaching Valiance in 2018 and later managing CR4ZY following the rebranding of the organization, which peaked at No. 12 in the ranking after placing 9th-11th with the lineup featuring Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković, Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač, Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo, Rokas "⁠EspiranTo⁠" Milasauskas, and Nestor "⁠LETN1⁠" Tanić.

More recently, the Serbian turned his focus to broadcast production in his home country with Relog Media, who hosted tournaments such as Home Sweet Home and Nine to Five and produced the Eden Arena: Malta Vibes series.

peca will hope to turn the Chinese-based side's luck around in CS:GO after their entry into the game was filled with drama. FPX became a franchise team in Flashpoint early this year and entered the tournament with the former Heroic roster, but the deal between the two organizations fell through at the last minute as Astralis swooped in to snatch away Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen.

FunPlus Phoenix went on to search for a temporary team in the franchised tournament series, first setting their sights on Ryan "⁠freakazoid⁠" Abadir's Swole Patrol before eventually fielding the former Bad News Bears lineup around Peter "⁠ptr⁠" Gurney.

United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
868
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Serbia Petar 'peca' Marković
Petar 'peca' Marković
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1152
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
780
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' Tanić
Nestor 'LETN1' Tanić
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1111
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.11
Very interesting to see! Gl to him!
2020-09-25 12:44
interesting indeed.
2020-09-25 12:44
who tho
2020-09-25 13:16
#75
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Paraguay imjustmau
peca
2020-09-25 14:31
Maybe they can build a team around Daps
2020-09-25 15:47
FPX Fallen ?
2020-09-25 12:44
#8
frozen | 
Canada Swume
Well c9 kinda stole the best talent so let's see what they can do
2020-09-25 12:45
YEA THEY TOOK ALEX AND MEZII TWO GODS HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAHAHAHHA
2020-09-25 13:06
#42
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Europe Cirros_V2
Cs has huge igl deficit so yeah alex as good igl with experience is pretty valuable
2020-09-25 13:29
+1
2020-09-25 13:46
yes exactly, what good igls are around now that are available
2020-09-25 13:49
daps?
2020-09-25 16:31
+1 true
2020-09-25 13:56
fan of flamez HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAHAHAHHA
2020-09-25 13:49
FAN OF FROZEN XDDDDDD U TALKING BECAUSE 2 TIMES DESTROYED BY ENDPOINT AND GOD FLAMEZZZZZZZZZZ?
2020-09-25 13:56
bruh im not fan of frozen, canada is frozen men
2020-09-25 17:50
and australia was flamezzzzzz
2020-09-25 19:51
#60
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Europe Cirros_V2
the guys has big potenital dude. Laughing at him bcuz he has retarded fan doesn't look like a fair thing :D
2020-09-25 13:57
+1
2020-09-25 14:30
but furia is shit + have shit retarded fans :D
2020-09-25 16:03
#119
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Europe Cirros_V2
thank you for confirming your retardness
2020-09-25 16:25
thank you for confirming your retardness weather boi from iceland islandia kiiiiiiddo
2020-09-25 16:29
Why do you waste you time with this kiddo?
2020-09-25 17:31
People like you ignore the importance of good igl and support players and end up building abominations like faze
2020-09-25 16:01
#58
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Poland kvvach
fpx daps. obo
2020-09-25 13:56
Daps is too shaky tbh even for IGL standards his aim is bad
2020-09-25 14:08
#68
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Poland kvvach
you need igl. finding 4 fraggers will be easy
2020-09-25 14:12
Tbh a pick like hunden would be better
2020-09-25 14:12
#70
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Poland kvvach
not for pr
2020-09-25 14:13
first off, hunden is a banned couch right now for many events. Second, hunden is a worse fragger than daps, and third, he has less success than daps in the game even though he is a better igl(hint: it is because he is actually a way worse player).
2020-09-25 18:02
old c9 roster?
2020-09-25 15:43
FPX Fer?
2020-09-25 12:45
FPX Niko, Ynk and GOD Loba
2020-09-25 12:46
serbian friends who is this guy and why they choosed him when there are so many known People in the scene
2020-09-25 12:46
#13
Rob4 | 
Serbia e_loK
Idk lol
2020-09-25 12:48
ne znas koje coPe corleone ono kys
2020-09-25 12:52
+1
2020-09-25 16:43
#19
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Serbia bakedcs
Au druze
2020-09-25 12:54
botu glupi
2020-09-25 13:38
#84
Rob4 | 
Serbia e_loK
<3
2020-09-25 15:31
#48
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Serbia hltvmens
Idk men(
2020-09-25 13:40
Serbs decided to create the most powerful lobby in the history of CS by planting our countrymen in every single CS organization. By doing that we will create a stable monopoly which will enable us to take control of the entire market. Jews control the media, we will control Esports. Expect LETN1 or emi in your favorite org soon.
2020-09-25 16:14
+1
2020-09-25 16:43
+1
2020-09-25 17:36
+1
2020-09-25 18:04
+1
2020-09-25 20:58
+1
2020-10-21 08:52
HAHAHHAAHAHHHHAHAHHA
2020-09-25 23:01
W
2020-09-25 12:47
#14
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
They should 100% get daps and build a mostly-EU roster around him (if Daps is ok moving to Europe) Something like: Daps Dycha Fer Bodyy Maka
2020-09-25 12:48
"Our main goal is to create a competitive, stable and winning roster that will be climbing the top of the HLTV.org ranking list in no time," x Daps Dycha Fer Bodyy Maka
2020-09-25 12:56
#24
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
What
2020-09-25 12:58
dude your team is horrible. the only players that have somehow potential to play on t1 level are dycha and maka but thats it. that team would be barely t2
2020-09-25 13:00
#26
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
Fer 100% still has the juice to play t1 Daps is by far the best IGL on the market right now, and has history of building, then taking teams to a pretty high level Bodyy perhaps isn’t the best choice, but switch him out for a young talent like Rainwaker, flameZ or KEi and this team can easily be top 10-15 This team would also be fairly cheap, with the only fairly big buyouts being Dycha and Maka probably - and even those won’t be huge
2020-09-25 13:07
fer is average player nowadays. acting like an asshole, not willing to even train, bad english. horrible pick up for any team that want to be t1 daps should focus on coaching. great mind, good igl but horrible fragger. in current meta you cant have dead weight like that if you dont have another 4 insane players(which you dont) we already had a chance to see bodyy on t1 level. average player. he has maybe 1.19 rating this year but against which teams? 0 maps vs top5/10/20 and 1.01 rating vs top30 dycha and maka are surely good options but the rest is really meh. barely t2. why dont you have for example nivera there since you have maka? much better option than both bodyy and fer. lucky could be also an option as an igl. he has experience with that role(with good coach it could surely work) and he is better fragger than daps. xellow is stucked in nexus. young talented player that wont be that expensive as well and im pretty sure that i would be able to find way more better options than fer. btw they are pretty rich and if they are really ready to pay like they said then they can poach way better players
2020-09-25 13:26
lucky better than fer ahahahahahah
2020-09-25 14:20
#157
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United States diimey
fer still a good player
2020-09-27 19:01
#63
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Poland kvvach
obo
2020-09-25 13:58
#73
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
Sure he’d be great but it depends on whether the team would be based in NA or EU
2020-09-25 14:24
#15
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Croatia nAmeless69
Floppy oSee oBo FalleN Taco/fer or coldzera if available
2020-09-25 12:49
You won't get into The only one, col would give for free is bot rush
2020-09-25 13:18
Big for Peca. Hello Relog media!
2020-09-25 12:49
#20
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Serbia bakedcs
Wtf so happy GL
2020-09-25 12:55
Expected
2020-09-25 12:56
#23
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Europe Nuskel
Haha, they're all finding similar words to describe their rosters. Firstly complexity's juggernaut, then cloud9's colossus and now FPX's fortress xD
2020-09-25 12:57
#28
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Portugal eilzinho
Another EU juggernaut incoming?
2020-09-25 13:09
Flatro,rigon,gxx,loba,blackeagle
2020-09-25 13:10
Loba is ok but rest who?
2020-09-25 14:10
0/8
2020-09-25 16:13
No but really who are these people and where have they played?
2020-09-25 16:17
#117
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Serbia bakedcs
No but really simply typing their names in the search bar will provide you with your answer. Where has Loba played? I like Loba and i don't think he's as bad as people make him out to be but to say he's better than flatro or rigon is just bs.
2020-09-25 16:23
Loba is a cool streamer but those players have never played in even t2
2020-09-25 18:10
#109
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Serbia bakedcs
0/8
2020-09-25 16:15
2020-09-25 16:18
#30
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Serbia LtN))
We want CR4ZY back :(
2020-09-25 13:11
pls no
2020-09-25 13:11
ITS TIME BOYS for balkan superteam NiKo Nexa HuNter Maden ??? Any croatian talent out there?
2020-09-25 13:16
Damn this would be huge tbh
2020-09-25 13:18
#46
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Serbia CoIe47
cerq or guardian :)
2020-09-25 13:35
#107
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Serbia bakedcs
Just get Necrogenesis and make Maden or Niko AWP
2020-09-25 16:14
Necro good? But we need a croat, i have 25% croatian blood
2020-09-25 18:32
#142
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Serbia bakedcs
Has like no experience but looked super solid to me in the matches i watched - might be inconsistent i dunno. Only croatian player that comes to mind is DEPRESHN but he has even less experience - like none pretty much. Both could be future stars and i don't know a 5th serbian (/croatian/bosnian/whatever) speaking player that's at the level of Niko Hunter and the likes, the team would already be super stacked so might as well go for an up and comer. But if we're talking about reality i hope G2 get's rid of kenny and get's broky. That is if the Niko deal does happen of course.
2020-09-25 18:39
who cares dont even have a roster
2020-09-25 13:22
#40
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Netherlands Sem0733
Ain't happening chief.
2020-09-25 13:23
Ok
2020-09-25 13:33
#44
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Slovakia Daev0n
fpx GuardiaN inc?
2020-09-25 13:33
#45
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Serbia CoIe47
Gl Cope
2020-09-25 13:34
#49
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Malaysia Suno[t]
gl. balkan power house when
2020-09-25 13:41
Who?? But seemes good, good luck. Also everyone building teams instead of buying hehe. This might become better than c9
2020-09-25 13:56
N E P O T I S M E P O T I S M
2020-09-25 13:57
#104
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Serbia bakedcs
Huh? It's a chinese org am i missing something
2020-09-25 16:11
wait guys wait a secound who join where???????
2020-09-25 13:58
#80
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Romania SplaXie^
SPLAXIE1 SPLAXIE2 SPLAXIE3 SPLAXIE4 SPLAXIE5 Coach SPLAXIE
2020-09-25 15:14
Who
2020-09-25 14:01
Maybe they’ll build a roster better than the current G2 lol
2020-09-25 14:07
Can't they just sign the current c9 team?
2020-09-25 14:20
#77
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Chile esanchez47
Almost can see them picking the actual C9 roster
2020-09-25 14:37
#78
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Nice, new T1 teams new opportunity for players and a new team making CSGO more competitive. :D
2020-09-25 14:44
they have sooooo mcuh money they will probably just end up buying hunter,nexa, niko and someone else.
2020-09-25 14:45
#103
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Serbia bakedcs
One can only dream
2020-09-25 16:10
Ajmo peco legendoo!
2020-09-25 15:15
why not acquire current c0ntact's roster? -snappi +flamez. put rat king as an IGL maybe. smooya ottonD espiranto flamez sphinx coach : emi
2020-09-25 15:27
#85
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Sweden Lagge15
Because the Flashpoint partner teams don't fully benefit from getting eachothers players. Making another partner weaker makes the whole league weaker, which makes the project weaker I think it will be rare we see Flashpoint teams get players from eachother, especially now that ESL and Blast are so far ahead when it comes to skill level and rankings
2020-09-25 15:37
oh dang i forgot about that. cuz i dont see any good possible pick up unless they willing to spent a lot of fucking money.
2020-09-25 15:38
#91
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Sweden Lagge15
They got money. They have looked into buying full rosters earlier. But there are players out there, the issue will be IGL If I were in Peca's position I would most likely get a seasoned IGL and a decent coach to start up the project just to get proper youngsters slotted into proper roles and have a protocol built. But where the IGL know that he will be out of the team after 6months or a year, but will get a staff position once the roster is full. As soon as a decent/better IGL become free or cheap, you do the swap. For instance: Get Emi or Letn1, since 1 is FA and the other one is on the bench. Both have worked as coaches, both have been IGL's, both have knowledge and experience in developing talent and long term projects in international lineups. Then you slot in players like RigoN, MALI, Xellow, Tudson, Nukkye, HS Almost no cost and you got something to build on for at least 6 months.
2020-09-25 15:44
#106
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United Kingdom StonkBonk
Surely such a big org like FPX who have paid a large sum of get into FP would go for a better roster than Emi and some young unproven europeans. There are definitely better available players to build around, either on the free agent market or via a buyout (as Peca stated FPX will be willing to do)
2020-09-25 16:13
#115
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Sweden Lagge15
Sure, that's the hope. But the current climate and the price development of players between 2019 and 2020 have made it more difficult. The one "road" I mentioned was to build something from the start and take bigger risks and build longterm so you get a good team for Flashpoint 3 instead of for Flashpoint 2, as Cloud9 are doing. But there are a lot better solutions, but it will cost. Peca's statement is more or less like a soft vesion of Jason Lake and HenryG. Both Cloud9 and CompLexity got shit from the community when they announced their players. But I wish they start in the right way like both CoL and C9 did: IGL and structure first, then build after a common vision.
2020-09-25 16:22
#83
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Portugal SHROOMz
I would like to see Hallzerk out of dignitas and Fpx building a team around him and Guardian, these 2 with a good IGL can actually carry
2020-09-25 15:39
#86
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Portugal SHROOMz
But im assuming that they want some youngsters i would say hallzerk and sh1ro but idk if sh1ro english is decent
2020-09-25 15:37
#87
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Sweden Lagge15
Why would you start by getting 2 AWPers?
2020-09-25 15:37
#92
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Portugal SHROOMz
I think hallzerk can be 2nd awper, hea good with rifles
2020-09-25 15:46
#102
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Serbia bakedcs
Build team around washed up 30 year old with no motivation nice one
2020-09-25 16:09
#89
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Poland ethereal0
FPX letn1 inc
2020-09-25 15:42
#94
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Australia csRIOTgo
Why dont they just buy out cloud9? simple...
2020-09-25 15:47
#96
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Sweden Lagge15
ORG is in AS Manager is in EU Team is in NA I got no issues here, the conference calls will be perfect
2020-09-25 15:52
"ORG is in AS" doesn't matter "Manager is in EU" he will move for Flashpoint anyway it really is no issue
2020-09-25 16:19
#116
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Sweden Lagge15
Flashpoint isn't fixed. Flahspoint 1 was supposed to be split between LA and Stockholm, but they had to stay in LA due to travel restrictions. AFAIK they look into having Flashpoint 2 in Europe. My guess would be Balkans or Kiev.
2020-09-25 16:23
Interesting in what roster can they field, I can see them getting emi, he would be a really good pickup imo., hoody would be really good aswell, if they have some money then they can take sAw, because he is a really good leader, ZOREE is one of the best players in Finland would be nice to have him to, sinnopsy as the last one would be insane, it would be based on old HAVU but with addition of emi and sinnopsyy, for me it would be nice.
2020-09-25 15:47
#97
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Sweden Lagge15
Not bad pickups, but they are a Flashpoint team which means they will need to aim for a top 20 in a decent ranking (currently using HLTV) This mix you're talking about will be fine for an MDL or lower EPL team, but that's not the aim for the FP teams
2020-09-25 15:54
There are no FLASHPOINT teams that are TOP 20, they can aim for it, but it doesn't have to be TOP 20, + you don't know how will they play.
2020-09-25 15:57
#101
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Sweden Lagge15
Gen.G is top 20 right now MIBR, Cloud9, c0ntact & MAD Lions have been top 20 since Flashpoint 1, but as soon as they dropped out all 3 started making quite big changes, because being outside of top 20 isn't good enough. You can compare this to VP, ENCE, North and other non-Flashpoint teams who wait for about 6 months of decline before they do a roster change. Current roster changes of at least 2 players in Flashpoint teams: DIG, MAD Lions, MIBR, Cloud9, c0ntact, FPX, ENVY That is 7 out of 8 Flashpoints team trying to do drastical changes to improve. 8th team is Gen.G who currently trial a young PUG-god because they weren't happy with their results and development even though they were quite constantly between 10th and 20th for almost 6 months. The only reason they're out of top 20 right now is because they did a roster change.
2020-09-25 16:05
Making changes so quickly doesn't make those teams better, that's why teams like ENCE or North are waiting with changes. And Gen.G are testing young PUG god because their IGL left them not because they wanted changes. And Gen.G rn. aren't even close to TOP 20, and with daps it wouldn't be better.
2020-09-25 18:35
#144
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Sweden Lagge15
Ence went I months without a roster change where they only won about 2 matches against top 20. North is one of the worst managed teams in history. Did you read the Statement? Gen.G is 21st (17th with IGL which mean they are close to a top 20 team They missed out on playoffs in EPL by 1 game and most of their losses were really close
2020-09-25 20:09
I did, and all of those teams that are making changes qucikly are not good, so it's funny. And Gen.G is getting destroyed by teams like EG, Liquid or FURIA, and they are even losing to Chaos, they are not good.
2020-09-25 21:19
#151
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Sweden Lagge15
Against Liquid they lost 2impsct rounds and on OT 2-0 Against Furia they got beaten due to playstyle Against EG the lost 1 impact rounds on each map. 2-0 Losing 2-0 might look bad. But they did it as closely as possible, while having internal struggles/issues
2020-09-25 23:39
But they lost every of those matches, they are not a good team, if they would be good then they would show it, they would play well, get some results, and they are terrible. And for me they can lose 2-1 closely or 2-0 with no competition, they lost, they didn't win, and that's the problem.
2020-09-26 02:55
#111
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Asia Blitzer
YIKES! that piercing is so 2010 remove that shit ffs
2020-09-25 16:18
Guys I just realized ptr is 30 years old :O
2020-09-25 16:22
#118
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Serbia bakedcs
Man has looked 18 his entire life
2020-09-25 16:24
True
2020-09-25 16:47
No fucking way I thought he was like 22 or 24
2020-09-25 17:34
Yeah, same. He looks so young
2020-09-25 20:55
Damn, he has been given two great challenges. Best of luck to him!
2020-09-25 16:48
#127
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Portugal FiZzYgAy
mini peca to join next
2020-09-25 17:17
I mean...who are they gonna sign lol?
2020-09-25 17:36
Good luck peca and FPX! I hope FPX will build a good team and I hope FPX will be successful.
2020-09-25 17:39
#133
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Serbia bra1np
peca > HenryG but c9 will be a better team because of kassad and I'm not nationalist
2020-09-25 17:42
who?
2020-09-25 17:43
Would love to see some Asian talent joining them, so much untapped potential, could be possible considering its a Chinese org. Someone like Kaze, Jamyoung or Xign would be sick.
2020-09-25 20:28
#146
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Macedonia bentR
lol
2020-09-25 20:40
DOINB RYZE HACK? 400 CS 24 MIN
2020-09-26 02:32
mhl kei innocent + 2 :)
2020-09-26 16:14
#156
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Poland pimaZo
No way, mhL took a break becouse of school, he will join AGO soon. KEi told smth like this too
2020-09-26 17:02
#155
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Poland pimaZo
dexter is coming
2020-09-26 17:01
@Striker CR4ZY placed 9th-11th at which tournament?
2020-10-03 22:03
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