FunPlus Phoenix in talks to sign GODSENT roster

The Chinese organization is looking to scoop the top-20 European lineup as it aims to return to Counter-Strike.

FunPlus Phoenix is in advanced conversations with GODSENT about acquiring the Swedish organization's CS:GO lineup, sources have told HLTV.org.

The possibility of GODSENT selling their team was first reported by DBLTAP earlier on Tuesday, with FunPlus Phoenix's interest coming after the Flashpoint-member team announced Petar "⁠peca⁠" Marković as their General Manager.

The Montenegrin star could be donning the FunPlus Phoenix jersey soon

peca, the former coach of Valiance and manager of CR4ZY, revealed at the start of October that FunPlus Phoenix would not be taking part in Flashpoint 2 despite being one of the competition's founding members as their focus was on building a "promising, long-lasting roster" for 2021.

That process could be expedited if the deal with GODSENT goes through as the European team is currently ranked 19th in the world after peaking at No.15 in September. GODSENT's squad are also in a good place in the Regional Major Ranking as they currently sit in sixth place in Europe with 3081 points.

FunPlus Phoenix, whose League of Legends team won last year's World Championship title in Paris, entered CS:GO in March, when they confirmed the signing of Heroic's roster ahead of Flashpoint 1. However, the deal fell through after Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen agreed to join Astralis on a free transfer in July, leaving the Chinese organisation without a team just one match into the league's Phase 1 stage. FPX ended up recruiting the Bad News Bears roster for Phase 2 after negotiations with the Swole Patrol lineup also broke down.

If the deal goes through, FunPlus Phoenix will have the following team:

Finland Jesse "⁠zehN⁠" Linjala
Germany Kevin "⁠kRYSTAL⁠" Amend
Slovakia Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk
Montenegro Pavle "⁠Maden⁠" Bošković
Denmark Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen

Sweden Jonatan "⁠Devilwalk⁠" Lundberg (coach)

Contacted by HLTV.org, a FunPlus Phoenix representative declined to comment on the story.

Montenegro Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Pavle 'Maden' Bošković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
439
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1107
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
Sweden Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg
Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1653
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
509
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.09
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1295
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#1
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New Zealand SkirmishX
pog
2020-10-21 00:11
25 replies
#6
maleK | 
France DeVSS
lol
2020-10-21 00:11
11 replies
and now sign AZR
2020-10-21 02:54
10 replies
Definitely agree with this, but who calls now on Godsent? I'd hope Krystal from the ratings, but not positive.
2020-10-21 04:26
9 replies
Both bot igl
2020-10-21 05:50
7 replies
#127
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Pakistan hawrU
Azr alot better individually But krystal is so much better igl
2020-10-21 06:12
6 replies
#132
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Indonesia lukerey
"so much" ??????????????????? hell no. at least they're on the same level. never forget, AZR bring renegades to top 4 berlin major. kRYSTAL always been average IGL. just like AZR.
2020-10-21 08:39
4 replies
#134
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Norway LeTankT34
azr igl and krystal coach
2020-10-21 08:40
3 replies
#136
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Indonesia lukerey
+1 just like what i thought.
2020-10-21 08:41
+1
2020-10-21 13:09
Well but kRYSTAL wants to play.. You can't force player to go coach as long as he has the drive to frag
2020-10-24 21:12
#162
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Spain N0Love
+1
2020-10-21 15:35
#172
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Canada Droidd
You're right krystal is igl
2020-10-22 14:46
#7
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Brazil BRAZlL
ok
2020-10-21 00:12
Godsent has probably the coolest logo of any team, shame they only ever will have been to 1 major.
2020-10-21 00:23
5 replies
still got a sticker, i wonder if the GODSENT sticker prices will rise maybe good time to invest
2020-10-21 00:25
3 replies
probably, but at least fpx also has a decent logo
2020-10-21 01:40
1 reply
imo their logo is trash edit: of course fpx's logo
2020-10-21 07:50
#168
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Slovakia Daev0n
They might pick up other players. GuardiaN, shipz, hAdji, bodyy, kRYSTAL if they decide to kick him. Or just buy out Bubzkji from Astralis if it would be possible and you could build around him with GuardiaN and kRYSTAL.
2020-10-21 20:29
#173
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Canada Droidd
Fpx logo is kinda cool but it'd be cooler if in Rio major next year godsent get a new team and make the major run of a life time and beat Fpx in grand final
2020-10-22 14:48
Godsent makes so much profit from this, Would love them to keep krystal and let him build solid top 30 team with free agents and make even more $$
2020-10-21 12:07
5 replies
#154
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United Kingdom novaseer
no t1 free agents left, col and c9 took them all
2020-10-21 13:05
Hehe, krystal has done it a hundred times already. He will find some talent.
2020-10-21 14:29
1 reply
yea krystal is like daps/hunden
2020-10-21 16:42
olof, maikelele (they like eachother) , rusty, kreaz, dezon easy
2020-10-21 15:14
1 reply
sounds solid
2020-10-21 16:40
They could have had heroic
2020-10-21 00:11
2 replies
yes, imagine not signing heroic due to 1 player and then the team went on to become a top 2 team
2020-10-21 13:49
1 reply
#171
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Austria doMK0
Someone in management is not happy now;)
2020-10-22 09:36
#4
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Brazil kLv_
Pog
2020-10-21 00:11
nice
2020-10-21 00:11
#8
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Czech Republic Limacool
No, I want Godsent stickers :(
2020-10-21 00:12
3 replies
They are exist
2020-10-21 00:13
2 replies
#32
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Czech Republic Limacool
I know, but I want new once :D
2020-10-21 00:18
1 reply
Rio logo is not really good for GODSENT If GODSENT played Iem Kato 19...
2020-10-21 00:22
Can't make a lasting roster themselves so they gotta buy one out
2020-10-21 00:12
1 reply
#45
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United Kingdom Hammer0602
That makes entirely no sense, of course a new organisation coming in would want to try and buy a whole complete team who have been together a while. It’s a more proven quantity
2020-10-21 00:24
LUL
2020-10-21 00:13
#12
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Ukraine ksay
godsent dead again? :'(
2020-10-21 00:13
#14
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Germany Pforzfox
Kinda fitting At the time they tried to sign Heroic, they definitely were more of a mid-level team with potential as well, the same would go for Godsent
2020-10-21 00:13
downgrade for fpx
2020-10-21 00:13
9 replies
just replace krystal
2020-10-21 00:17
8 replies
0/8. Replace Farlig with a passive awper better then maikelele, and see the rifflers get great consistent performances again.
2020-10-21 00:56
6 replies
FPX want a top team. Krystal is decent for T2, but not good enough for anywhere near the real ambition of this squad
2020-10-21 00:57
4 replies
He dont need to frag as well as the other four. if the team as good synergy. With a hyper-agressive awper, they cant have the team consistent that they had , even with Maikelele , who is a not the best passive awper , but at least knows what to do sometimes.
2020-10-21 01:00
3 replies
#135
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Indonesia lukerey
if u have 4 teammates who are good fraggers like on mous/faze, maybe your IGL doesn't need to be a good fragger. but in GODSENT's case, they still need IGL who can frag too. not just brain.
2020-10-21 08:40
2 replies
krystal has 0.83 rating it is beyond saving
2020-10-21 11:38
1 reply
#144
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Indonesia lukerey
Yep. I mean its working out on MDL / 9to5 level of tourneys. But definitely not on flashpoint. Even mous & faze who had IGL with 0.90++ rating still struggle against tier 2-3 teams.
2020-10-21 11:53
#145
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Finland eenton
zehn is playing really good right now imo
2020-10-21 11:54
azr or dexter inbound
2020-10-21 01:43
Plz no China orgs in competitive cs
2020-10-21 00:13
10 replies
#21
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Myanmar Jacobiss_
why
2020-10-21 00:14
2 replies
They will push everyone others by huge $$$
2020-10-21 00:17
1 reply
that ship has sailed about 3 years ago
2020-10-21 00:18
#24
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Germany Pforzfox
Honestly CSGO is in desperate need of some of the bigger LOL orgs investing into lineups, otherwise they'll just all build Valorant teams
2020-10-21 00:15
6 replies
Valulrant will die in 1 year,investment into valulrant is like throwing money into black hole
2020-10-21 00:17
5 replies
#34
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Germany Pforzfox
Wishful thinking, Riot will just keep throwing money at it
2020-10-21 00:18
#104
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Australia Am2de
Not happening lol. Already kinda big thing in Asia/Ocenia, Increasing popularity in NA, No clue about EU.
2020-10-21 01:36
3 replies
R6 was also super popular in NA and EU and it was declining even before the killer updates.
2020-10-21 02:30
in most of EU it already died. everyone went back to cs or LoL or other games they played.
2020-10-21 02:31
1 reply
#117
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Australia Am2de
In asia and ocenia, more and more teams are signing val roaster. Probably getting ready for big riot event
2020-10-21 03:21
Good move
2020-10-21 00:13
5 replies
#38
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Poland kvvach
for Pronax yes for fpx decent
2020-10-21 00:20
4 replies
Good for FPX*
2020-10-21 00:25
for pronax who is at psychiatric hospital rn noice
2020-10-21 00:27
1 reply
#51
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Poland kvvach
and?
2020-10-21 00:28
Pronax don't own godsent anymore
2020-10-21 03:00
-krystal
2020-10-21 00:13
6 replies
#40
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Slovakia Daev0n
and + who?
2020-10-21 00:21
5 replies
azr
2020-10-21 00:31
1 reply
#59
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Slovakia Daev0n
would be a good move
2020-10-21 00:32
Maybe snax as a igl
2020-10-21 00:32
2 replies
#62
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Europe ROMAG
loled
2020-10-21 00:33
0/8
2020-10-21 00:45
#19
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United Kingdom the_NDR
PLEASE NO
2020-10-21 00:14
#20
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Poland JKG
Imagine buying fucking krystal LMAO
2020-10-21 00:14
4 replies
Imagine believe in full Poland lineup
2020-10-21 03:01
1 reply
#140
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Poland JKG
German talking hahahhahah
2020-10-21 10:39
Poland 2016: We strong we best Poland 2020: 3-16 3-16
2020-10-21 11:25
1 reply
#153
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Poland JKG
Czech Republic 2016: We don't exist We're a joke Czech Republic 2020: We don't exist We're a joke
2020-10-21 12:24
wat doink again
2020-10-21 00:15
#25
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
No pls
2020-10-21 00:16
FPX will have Krystal and ANGE1 LMFAO DOG
2020-10-21 00:16
#28
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United Kingdom ulan
surely they don't keep the full roster
2020-10-21 00:17
They might play Flashpoint 2 then since there are still invite spots unannounced, interesting.
2020-10-21 00:17
2 replies
#37
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Germany Pforzfox
Since they are one of the founding orgs, the wouldn't need an invite imo, they'd just get their original spot
2020-10-21 00:19
1 reply
Yeah, just that they weren't supposed to play originally due to building a new team, but if they sign this roster I guess they'll just take away one invite spot then.
2020-10-21 00:27
#35
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Europe DoktorEgg
Astralis should sweep in and sign Farlig. Just for the lols.
2020-10-21 00:18
1 reply
#70
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United Kingdom the_NDR
+1 might save godsent, astralis can always loan him back
2020-10-21 00:41
Imagine ANGE1 and kRYSTAL in one team, LMAO. But if seriously, it's a good thing for pro CS. I'm sure that with pronax talents GODSENT will build another promising team, while ex-GODSENT will get bigger salary and bigger support.
2020-10-21 00:22
10 replies
is there a beef between ange1 or krsytal or something?
2020-10-21 00:29
3 replies
I mean both has very bad mechanical skills)
2020-10-21 00:30
2 replies
#64
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Slovakia Daev0n
ange1 was praised to be one of the best fragging IGLs when he was in HR... Also he was the entry so it was even more impressive.
2020-10-21 00:34
1 reply
Well, now he's not as good as he was.
2020-10-21 00:37
+1
2020-10-21 00:33
ange1 in his good form was one of the best fragging IGL's. Back when HR was top 10, he had a LAN rating higher than 1.10
2020-10-21 00:44
4 replies
I know, but he's washed up.
2020-10-21 00:45
3 replies
I mean yeah, he is not on any team
2020-10-21 00:45
2 replies
Doesnt he play Valorant now ?
2020-10-21 01:02
1 reply
Oh I didn't know that. And he is playing for FPX of all teams, lol
2020-10-21 01:04
#42
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Argentina Maqu1nola
Good for everyone there, such great talents, and Krystal might perform bad but the rest are awesome
2020-10-21 00:23
1 reply
He does really well strategical
2020-10-21 00:30
#44
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Slovakia Daev0n
I was hoping for a new roster with GuardiaN... Oh well..
2020-10-21 00:23
This lineup deserves to play in epl, not shitpoint
2020-10-21 00:27
Ez farlig
2020-10-21 00:30
Good idea.
2020-10-21 00:32
Do it
2020-10-21 00:33
boring.
2020-10-21 00:34
God Godsent rekt faze and now they'll sell them lmao
2020-10-21 00:36
#66
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
Expected lol.
2020-10-21 00:37
-krystal +azr
2020-10-21 00:37
i wish FPX bought Gambit instead, so they could play in flashpoint.
2020-10-21 00:38
9 replies
Isn't they one of the funders teams in Flashpoint? They'll play anyway. But GODSENT roster actually deserved to play on EPL, not fucking Flashpoint.
2020-10-21 00:47
8 replies
FPX are founders in FP, not gambit?
2020-10-21 00:47
7 replies
They're not funders, Gambit qualified to Flashpoint, wtf are you talking about?
2020-10-21 00:48
6 replies
#83
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Brazil KingDavi
No they didn't. They lost to Forze. hltv.org/matches/2344745/gambit-vs-forze..
2020-10-21 00:50
Are you drunk? 1. FPX are funding members of flashpoint 2. Gambit are not. 3. Gambit failed to qualify (lost to forze) = Gambit will NOT play in FP FPX will play in FP (likely godsent under FPX banner)
2020-10-21 00:50
4 replies
Sorry, my bad.
2020-10-21 00:52
3 replies
i think FP still have invites left though and a team like gambit would be a perfect fit. Not sure if they would invite them though and if they're concerned about optics if a team who failed in qualifier gets an invite
2020-10-21 00:57
2 replies
+1 about Gambit But I think that GODSENT roster actually deserved to play on EPL, not FP.
2020-10-21 01:00
1 reply
Yeah they would be in if they didn't threw inferno from 12-6. EPL is maybe better for their ranking & development, but they're not good enough to win/top4. In FP they got a real shot at a deep run and the prize pool is much higher than EPL. hltv.org/events/5242/flashpoint-1 hltv.org/events/5372/esl-pro-league-seas.. 500k/250/100/50/35/35/15/15 100k/50/30/30/30/30/25/25 Imagine playing astralis in final for 100k or you could play against Forze/VP/geng for 500.
2020-10-21 01:10
Finally my flair won't be useless anymore
2020-10-21 00:43
2 replies
Welcome to the club.
2020-10-21 01:33
1 reply
#146
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Finland eenton
Mine will be :(
2020-10-21 12:02
FPX must be cheesed as fuck losing out on heroic
2020-10-21 00:43
1 reply
+1
2020-10-21 02:34
Owned by China. Bad move. No wonder es3tag, opportunist of the year, chose to leave Heroic before the deal came through.
2020-10-21 00:46
1 reply
how does that even matter???
2020-10-21 04:39
#81
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Brazil KingDavi
Imagine signing Krystal
2020-10-21 00:48
not a good pick up unless they get rid of krystal and get a FRAGGING igl
2020-10-21 00:49
1 reply
yeah they should get NiKo!!!!!!!! xdxdxdxd
2020-10-21 12:24
#85
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Asia Blitzer
shittttttttttttttt
2020-10-21 00:50
pog
2020-10-21 00:55
#91
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Estonia qoznyyy
what a bad decision
2020-10-21 00:57
No
2020-10-21 01:04
#97
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United Kingdom JupiterACE
I mostly support GODSENT because of Pronax co-founder and Devilwalk
2020-10-21 01:06
1 reply
#102
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Portugal Surya
+1
2020-10-21 01:32
imagine signing a team with krystal in 2020
2020-10-21 01:08
1 reply
It's a team that qualified for the major. It's worth a lot of money
2020-10-21 04:23
wait what
2020-10-21 01:15
Godsent will buy out Fnatic’s roster for 50 maps
2020-10-21 01:18
big mistake
2020-10-21 02:04
and sack them like heroic?
2020-10-21 02:17
God Krystal finally getting the pay he deserves
2020-10-21 04:25
#122
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France Uexo
Godsent -krystal +AZR
2020-10-21 04:27
azr and grat to godsent
2020-10-21 05:27
rip stickers :(
2020-10-21 05:46
1 reply
Wym?!?!?! FPX stickers are insane, they won worlds wtfff
2020-10-21 08:40
#129
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Poland SebL
The GODSENT team is showing some life in them, but honestly signing the whole full lineup is pretty bad decision for me, it would be much better I think to actually remove kRYSTAL or make him a coach and take new IGL.
2020-10-21 08:12
#130
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Germany sommares
Contacted by HLTV.org, a FunPlus Phoenix representative declined to comment on the story.
2020-10-21 08:18
Godsent has the best logo!!
2020-10-21 08:35
after major disband)))))))))))))))))))))))))))
2020-10-21 09:26
#138
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Greece 1926
whatever they do just kick botstal
2020-10-21 10:13
Whoever they want to sign, the team's member gonna get bought out soon, seems Maden will join another team lol.
2020-10-21 10:29
Peca 100% will try to get some boys of c0ntact current roaster as he worked with them a lot.
2020-10-21 10:44
NOOOOOOOOO GODSENT THE BEST LOGO EVEER. GODSENT BUY A NEW ROSTER PLZ
2020-10-21 12:06
Waste of money
2020-10-21 12:16
#150
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Europe Cirros_V2
Gl, interesting move.
2020-10-21 12:18
#151
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Serbia bra1np
madenk0 G0D
2020-10-21 12:24
good for them if they find a new home. still sad though that they leave godsent
2020-10-21 13:05
pogU
2020-10-21 14:22
NoChance, SMASH, Godsent, now Phoenix.. Next team?
2020-10-21 14:44
#163
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Bulgaria radofjc
WTF?! NO, THANKS!!!!!!!!
2020-10-21 16:22
#166
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Vietnam khaii
ez 4 Doinb
2020-10-21 16:43
Kick krystal and team doubles it worth
2020-10-21 17:27
whats the point same team, same thrash
2020-10-21 20:31
Godsent is a dead team. I doubt they will ever improve
2020-10-21 22:45
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