Virtus.pro spoil new-look Cloud9 debut

The Flashpoint 2 group C opener went the way of CIS side, who swept the new European roster on Inferno and denied their comeback attempt on Overpass for a 2-0 victory.

Cloud9 wasn't able to start things off with a bang as the debuting lineup led by Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin lost to a rising Virtus.pro.

The CIS side, currently ranked #15 in the world, limited their opponents to just five rounds on their first map, Inferno, but Cloud9 was able to show more on Overpass. A new face on the top level, William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman, displayed his potential with a 1.29 rating on the map and was the team's best performer alongside Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker. However, Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's brilliant late-round play and some misplayed advantages for Cloud9 cost them a chance to push the series to the decider.

Virtus.pro will now advance to the winners' match of Group C, where they will wait for the victor of OG - Gen.G, while Cloud9 will try to bounce back against the loser of the same match.

Jame won key rounds to ensure the win for Virtus.pro

Retaking B worked out for Cloud9, earning them their first-round played with the new lineup, but the excitement was short-lived as Virtus.pro bounced back with a second-round force. After Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev denied mezii's clutch attempts twice, the CIS side was up 5-1, with Jame's 1v3 clutch ensuring a strong T-side for Virtus.pro.

ALEX had to step up with two triple kills, one on A and one on B, to earn Cloud9 two more rounds on the CT side, but that was all for the half as Virtus.pro ran up a 12-3 lead. Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis added to that with a quad kill from Pit in the pistol, and after some force-buys being traded, Virtus.pro closed out their map confidently, 16-5.

A scrappy, clutch-heavy start to Overpass resulted in Cloud9 taking a 3-1 lead, with rookie mezii leading the way for the European mixture. Jame stepped up in a couple of key rounds that followed, seeing Virtus.pro regain the lead and build on the momentum to finish the half 10-5 up.

The deficit Cloud9 found themselves in was increased as Jame won a 1v3 in the second pistol, his fourth clutch on the map. A hero play from Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen with the USP-S translated into an eco victory for his side and gave them a chance to recover on the defense, with Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery's Deagle triple really kicking off the comeback. ALEX and co. pulled it all the way back to 15-14 and overtime looked guaranteed as they found themselves in a 4v2 situation, but Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov and Alexey "⁠qikert⁠" Golubev stole away the round to conclude the series 2-0.

Flashpoint 2Best of 3
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 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic 35 - 36 -1 69.1 1.08
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merrimanmezii 39 - 35 +4 73.2 1.04
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 36 - 42 -6 81.9 0.99
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 34 - 42 -8 85.4 0.99
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemeryfloppy 22 - 37 -15 56.7 0.70
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' GaļinskisYEKINDAR 45 - 37 +8 86.1 1.28
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 38 - 30 +8 76.5 1.23
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' KulievSANJI 34 - 32 +2 71.0 1.21
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 38 - 34 +4 86.6 1.20
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 36 - 34 +2 78.8 1.10
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1120
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
580
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1012
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
621
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
926
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1006
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
199
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
EZ
2020-11-12 16:41
6 replies
#98
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Indonesia lumayan
lucky =/= ez
2020-11-12 17:22
5 replies
#104
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CIS vioriah
if clown9 choke it doesnt mean that vp or anyone else was lucky
2020-11-12 17:31
C9 trash
2020-11-12 17:37
Triggered C9 fanboy spotted
2020-11-12 18:02
NT Poland
2020-11-12 20:14
1 reply
ahahah
2020-11-13 02:56
#3
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Russia cardinaL_
bruh
2020-11-12 16:41
7 replies
tier 2 good established team won against new team full of tier2/3 players, did anybody expect c9 to actualy win ?
2020-11-12 18:16
6 replies
Considering the hype of HenryG it is quite fun to see them lose. And it'll continue for a while. Being a T1 IGL is quite a lot easier when you have players like Zywoo in your team.
2020-11-12 18:51
2 replies
+1 men
2020-11-12 19:16
yup, when he stepped down from Vitality he literally put a shotgun shell between the eyes of his career. Painful to see as British CS is historically weak, and what few players that are in the pro scene seem to make really silly decisions.
2020-11-13 17:04
When an org spends shit load of money the org expects it to win but a lot of people expected this result. It was fun to watch VP trash clown9 🤣 Especially the last round of the 2nd map 🤣
2020-11-12 21:24
1 reply
yeah that last round was clown fiesta from c9
2020-11-13 15:35
Cloud9_0_major_FaZe_1_major
2020-11-17 14:40
#4
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Poland KubusiekxD
Mezii suck
2020-11-12 16:41
7 replies
Suck???? Kurwa you stupid?
2020-11-12 16:43
6 replies
He played well. floppy wasn't great, C9 will likely play Gen.G next. They should beat them, and we'll see how they do next. Difficult for a new team to get off to a good start when playing against a hot-looking VP though
2020-11-12 17:31
5 replies
#132
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Estonia pj4
geng is shitting on OG and OG will easily win over c9 unless they are having some weird inner issues that caused him this performance against geng
2020-11-12 18:46
4 replies
This was said in the thinking that double stand-in GenG would not be a good team. But it does appear that they are proving me wrong. Agree that OG should beat C9 in any case though
2020-11-12 18:57
3 replies
Wouldn’t be so sure anymore
2020-11-12 22:06
2 replies
Though to be fair, there isn't any data on how GenG plays with their stand-ins. This might have left OG a bit dry on how to play against them. Not saying that OG should have lost, but you can get my point? I do think OG SHOULD win against C9, but I'm ready to be surprised
2020-11-13 00:17
1 reply
Yeah, it seems that OG are lost if they cant antistrat
2020-11-13 19:06
clown 9
2020-11-12 16:41
C🤡llOMEGALULsus
2020-11-12 16:41
4 replies
Underrated comment XD
2020-11-12 17:04
#89
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Denmark dyinbyran
Lol
2020-11-12 17:12
+1
2020-11-12 17:43
+1 spending millions on t3 🤣
2020-11-12 21:25
#8
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Korea HullU
colossal :/
2020-11-12 16:41
#9
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Latvia YungPan666
EZ4VP
2020-11-12 16:41
2 replies
#AlgaVP mens)))
2020-11-12 17:44
Ggggggg
2020-11-12 18:16
crackryG knows how to spend his money !
2020-11-12 16:42
6 million dollars
2020-11-12 16:43
YEKINDAR tier 1 player everybody else tier 3
2020-11-12 16:43
6 replies
I guess you haven't seen those Jame clutches
2020-11-12 16:57
4 replies
but i saw those jame saves and baits.
2020-11-12 16:59
3 replies
Croatian cs omegalul
2020-11-12 18:09
1 reply
flair checks out
2020-11-12 18:10
Croatian cs omegalul
2020-11-12 19:41
sanji is rekting tier 1 players w mp9
2020-11-13 04:54
HenryG I'm so sorry 😀😀😀
2020-11-12 16:43
#15
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Kazakhstan xep1x
omg
2020-11-12 16:43
#16
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Peru Dropcon
Clearly need to work on coms, I just hope they can make it out of groups. Still nice showing on overpass!
2020-11-12 16:43
COLOSSERS
2020-11-12 16:43
Everyone wants to hate on stuff, just support the scene wtf lol
2020-11-12 16:43
1 reply
Hating =/= laughing
2020-11-12 18:24
Sadge
2020-11-12 16:43
#24
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Canada firtlast
hltv running out of verbs to use
2020-11-12 16:43
6m well spent I think
2020-11-12 16:44
#26
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Israel kuco33
lul...nothing more..just lul
2020-11-12 16:44
Floppy XDDDDD NA kid cant do a shit in eu, what a surprise hahahhah
2020-11-12 16:44
9 replies
Neither could eg or furia, WHAT A SUPRISE
2020-11-12 16:46
8 replies
Ikr
2020-11-12 16:47
6 replies
I’m not on your side, it’s called sarcasm ikea man
2020-11-12 16:48
5 replies
Idgaf, sry. Move on 🤡9 fanboy.
2020-11-12 16:57
if that was sarcasm then I'm the queen of england
2020-11-12 16:55
3 replies
Pls share immortality secret pls I pinky promise no leak 🥺🥺
2020-11-12 20:18
2 replies
a cup of bang and a good tea once a day you're welcome
2020-11-12 20:24
1 reply
😢mens
2020-11-12 21:05
mibr could because they werent lazy streaming and partying like furia and eg
2020-11-12 17:00
Not bad
2020-11-12 16:44
Expected 2:0 win for the very top tier pro gamers from Virtus.pro. Not too sure why anyone would have thought that this could’ve gone the other way, unfortunately for C9 it couldn’t have ever gone the other way, vp too good for their level. Gg bb :) Hopefully in the future they get better and win some games, its just the beginning, hopefully not a quick end and they do live to the hype.
2020-11-12 16:48
5 replies
We could not beat the power of Kazakhstan, they are too stronk
2020-11-12 16:47
4 replies
More like the power of Kazakhstan, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Russia with all speaking RU, which leads to conlusion ---> expected as always from CIS pros being better overall, gl in the future!
2020-11-12 16:51
3 replies
When will you guys invade...ahem, call those countries back to Mother Russia?
2020-11-12 16:55
2 replies
I just want everyone to be happy!
2020-11-12 16:57
only happen after the reich successfully unify europe
2020-11-13 03:50
New mibr did good than this clown9s
2020-11-12 16:44
For some reason ppl rate ALEX. No disrespect but it was kinda clear from Vitality stint that he is an avg igl. He himself says, his ststs were to enable zywoo, now his stats are to enable ... w0xic?
2020-11-12 16:45
3 replies
woxic missing a lot of defolt shots he sucked on inferno ngl
2020-11-12 17:01
2 replies
Dislike such teams whose win conditions depend on 1 or 2 players performing. Wanna support c9 so much :( but ..
2020-11-12 17:10
1 reply
me too, because I like es3tag so much. but I support vp too after major when they faced Astralis in final. tbh, I wanted to VP win and going into grandfinals, when c9 will make it from lower bracked XD
2020-11-12 17:12
They will be better next game #LETSGOC9
2020-11-12 16:46
VP looks hot, Jame is hot. Easily favourites to win FP2.
2020-11-12 16:46
2 replies
Jame is hot, also he played great
2020-11-12 16:50
1 reply
Jame was god, nah, he is a god with winning a lot of clutches
2020-11-12 17:02
clown9 since 2018
2020-11-12 16:46
1 reply
true
2020-11-12 16:46
They need to change roles
2020-11-12 16:46
#37
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France cedd
yekindar is a god, so is jame. then you add buster and qikert. prob better team than na'vi. going to be top 5 soon
2020-11-12 16:46
6 replies
Bro, how can you not include SANJI? His selflessness is one of the most important things about this roster.
2020-11-12 16:48
5 replies
Yeah SANJI will drop 2 awps and take zeus no armor if it will help the team.
2020-11-12 16:54
3 replies
actually he is very smart player, he has pretty aim and he is good at clutches. he is very safe player and can do anything even with farmgun. imagine going to fpl from Uzbekistan with 120+ ping lol.
2020-11-12 17:04
2 replies
I cant understand how these guys with 100ms reach fpl xD you can hit some shots with deagle, but they are doing it consistently..
2020-11-12 17:30
Yeah haha, and he seems nice guy outside the game too 😃
2020-11-12 17:33
#100
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France cedd
ya sanji is dope ass player too
2020-11-12 17:26
virtus.pro didn't spoil this roster, the players did
2020-11-12 16:47
#44
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Japan esy
1 NA guy -15 KEKW
2020-11-12 16:47
#48
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Russia ADisAsstah
everybody hating on a completely new roster -typical hltv
2020-11-12 16:50
3 replies
Isn’t this roster supposed to win FP2?
2020-11-12 17:00
1 reply
when flashpoint was announced it wasn't clear who was playing in it, it was just partner teams. it is a fair assumption that c9 coul win against many of them. vp, forze, fnatic, og, big are teams of another caliber though, establishedd, strong, vp is on fire right now. So there is no surprise c9 lost. they probably can't win the first officials agains established teams. they need time n experience as a roster.
2020-11-12 17:42
before the game everyone was on hype train, so...
2020-11-12 17:20
#50
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African Union mikecool
floppy living up to his name... kekw
2020-11-12 16:52
#51
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Denmark twinseN
Gotta say Vp Looks great again :)
2020-11-12 16:53
ofc the only na player is deadweight last in ratings
2020-11-12 16:54
its there first match dont judge lol, Yekindar too stronkk
2020-11-12 16:55
EZ
2020-11-12 16:57
C9 don't have a single aggressive rifler, team roles make no sense. They have no entry, all their riflers are lurkers
2020-11-12 17:00
3 replies
#77
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
floppy?
2020-11-12 17:05
1 reply
floppy has never been entry in his life, he's always been a lurker clutch player, so has mezii and so has es3tag. The roles don't work
2020-11-12 17:08
#110
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United Kingdom novaseer
es3tag is supposed to be entry, and apparently he wanted to be entry
2020-11-12 17:41
#66
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
ahhahahahahaahhahahahhahahahha
2020-11-12 17:00
Virtus.pro looking strong.
2020-11-12 17:02
eh first match
2020-11-12 17:02
clown 9 🤡 mezzi < ronaldo
2020-11-12 17:03
you know shits fucked when the only player to go positive is a British cs player
2020-11-12 17:03
1 reply
#111
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United Kingdom novaseer
+1
2020-11-12 17:42
CLOWN9 KKKKKKKKK
2020-11-12 17:04
gg expected
2020-11-12 17:04
#78
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
expected from their first match. 14-16 is pretty good all things considered
2020-11-12 17:06
I wonder if it would've been interesting to have Jame in Navi in place of Perfecto as main awp and s1mple on rifle and 2nd AWP, hmmmmmm, i think it could've been tasty!
2020-11-12 17:07
2 replies
Two baiters in one team bruh... I dont think so!!!
2020-11-12 17:27
#102
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France cedd
honestly you can just -boombl4 -perfecto -flamie and +jame +yekindar +buster/qikert and that shit will be top 3 easily
2020-11-12 17:27
#83
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Poland Astoner55
So EZ for VP LUL
2020-11-12 17:09
Hype train over kids? didn`t expect casters to be so dumb to pick c9 over VP.
2020-11-12 17:11
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk 139k per month for this
2020-11-12 17:11
ez 4 jame time
2020-11-12 17:13
#96
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Spain Pog_chaos
6 million team... NO REFUND
2020-11-12 17:19
1 reply
Astralis Scammed HenryG
2020-11-13 03:54
lmfao
2020-11-12 17:23
SLAPPED by jame and yeki...xd?????????
2020-11-12 17:32
50k/month OMEGALUL
2020-11-12 17:43
#116
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Canada Droidd
clown9
2020-11-12 17:44
bruh
2020-11-12 17:55
bruh the comments, give it time ffs. this is their first official match and if you think this isnt gonna be a good lineup u will have to wait and see. if u ask me this lineup has a lot of potential with floppy and mezii. GL C9
2020-11-12 18:00
LMAO LOOSING AGAINST TRASH VP HAHAHHAHA NICE TEAM U GOT THERE HENRY GO BACK TO CASTING YOU BRAINDEAD MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2020-11-12 18:04
Lesgoooo
2020-11-12 18:07
expected solid tier2 team vs clown tier5 team
2020-11-12 18:08
Even godsent are better than this overpaid lineup, feel sad for woxic and alex
2020-11-12 18:11
#129
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Poland SebL
Virtus.Pro is looking great rn., TOP 10 team for me. As for Cloud9 it's looking dead rn., but maybe they need some time, in fact it's very likely that they do.
2020-11-12 18:24
nice
2020-11-12 18:37
Cloud9 is such a joke lineup. Mezii is a nobody Woxic is extremly bad at communication with his team (reason booted from mousesport) Alex and es3tag are the only decent players on the team, Alex isn't an heavy fragger and Es3tag needs a team to set him up for his heavy hitting. Floppy is just a nobody that could frag somewhat against Na t2. One of the most money and time invested in making lineups of all time is just doomed to flop. No synergies in the team. -floppy + HS and they would get a player with experience in different teams and he could give them a decent start -woxic +GuardiaN his english has gotten really good lately and he's been pumping fpl matches lately with good performance, give him a few weeks in team enviroment and he's gonna pop off
2020-11-12 18:40
4 replies
I am not a fan of woxic, but saying he is bad at communication is nonsense.
2020-11-12 18:58
1 reply
Flag checks out, turkey flag, turkey player. You got any solid counterproof?
2020-11-12 19:07
So you saying is: - team is "doomed to flop" after one loss - change roster after one official match is the best way to make team work, - new player that has no team for a year that will come in will need few weeks to "pop off", but for some reason you will not give that time to current players, Man, your team management skills are off the roof. You know CS as nobody else. You should be hired by C9 or other org. :-)
2020-11-13 01:40
#171
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Canada RhysEvans
mezzi did great. shut mouf fat man
2020-11-13 05:35
-20K from salary for losing this match lmao
2020-11-12 18:50
1 reply
Ahahahahahahaah
2020-11-13 03:34
#135
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Germany xoutblaze
clown9
2020-11-12 18:53
The CoLULsus Idk what happened to floppy ngl. He played awful.
2020-11-12 18:54
Collosus XD
2020-11-12 19:34
Clapped by YEKINDARGOD
2020-11-12 19:50
collosus bahahaha more like poopsus deluxe
2020-11-12 19:54
#145
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Russia razorVJ
They'll get better with time. C'mon Cloud9 I believe in ya.
2020-11-12 20:06
NA colossus
2020-11-12 20:17
$6 MILLION WELL SPENT G IN HENRYG STANDS FOR GENIUS
2020-11-12 20:26
colossus OMEGALUL
2020-11-12 20:43
yekindar was better pick than i thought (and i thought it was good :P ) :)
2020-11-12 21:28
Oh wow, what a surprise, didn't expect Vp to beat the COLOSSUS /s
2020-11-12 21:48
Your everyday Clown9
2020-11-12 23:06
This is the team that they called COLOSSUS?? More like COLOLSUS
2020-11-13 00:18
Did anybody really expect Cloud9 to win? Virtus Pro aren't that great of a team, but Cloud9 finalized their roster not too long ago, so them winning against VP was a bit of a long shot. I like both teams, but VP has fallen off so hard over the past year and Cloud9 has some great players, but some of them lack experience playing against actual Tier 1 teams.
2020-11-13 00:27
1 reply
Aint that great of the team? Huh? They win navi like 3 times in a row, so its pretty much confirmed vp > navi. Ofc navi “inst that good of a team also” but then who is? All the teams gets constantly fucked up by “upsets” atm.
2020-11-13 11:39
#163
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Germany Shackrag
wait so c9 is not going to win flashpoint... ?
2020-11-13 02:06
#165
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Japan Inlivino
expected because they just start pracc, and first fight was VP. damn
2020-11-13 03:20
Ahahahahahah bunch of bots Get rekt
2020-11-13 03:33
#172
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Philippines J4DEM
COLULSUS
2020-11-13 05:50
#173
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Denmark Alphamon
C9 looks like a mediocre pug team atm, hope the prove me wrong.
2020-11-13 06:13
#174
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South America ZyvvOo
Mibr did better
2020-11-13 07:04
Being a T1 IGL is quite a lot easier when you have players like Zywoo in your team.
2020-11-13 21:24
#181
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Hong Kong TROIIDA
How much money does cloud9 have when they waste it on a dead roster like this? Crazy.
2020-11-14 03:55
What happen to c9 if they lose they will get eliminated ?
2020-11-15 03:55
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