kNgV-: "Playing with this team has been very pleasing"

The 28-year-old discusses what went wrong with the previous roster, the recent results and his relationship with the organisation.

It’s 10 am in Belgrade, and MIBR have just arrived at Relog Media — their training facility during this sojourn in the Serbian capital. Vito "⁠kNgV-⁠" Giuseppe hops on a quick video call before his team begin another long day of practice.

MIBR have been working against the clock since this roster was hurriedly assembled in late October, trying to cram as much practice time as possible. The goal is to give fans a reason to feel good again after the shocking and absolute disintegration of the previous team, both inside the game and in the public eye.

kNgV- praised the atmosphere in the team and everyone's eagerness to win

The hard work seems to be paying off. The team are through to the playoff stage of Flashpoint 2 and will fancy their chances in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown after beating rival FURIA and taking a map off Astralis and G2. It’s early days, but MIBR’s fans are at least being offered a chance to dream — something kNgV- can relate to as he’s still chasing his first title with the famed organisation.

“I think our first results have been very good, given the circumstances,” he says. “We had never played together and I think we have really surprised a lot of people. This roster was put together at the last minute so that we could play BLAST and Flashpoint, but we’ve been able to put as much energy as possible into it. Playing with this team has been very pleasing, and I believe we can win one of those tournaments.”

It’s impossible not to notice how much kNgV- seems to have matured over the last couple of years. Once a player who was no stranger to controversy or to making headlines for the wrong reasons, he is now the skipper and the voice of reason in this weird, alternative version of MIBR without any of the Major-winning players. The captain role, which he inherited from Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo while the previous team were still competing, strangely suits him well, even though he says that he’s still coming to grips with it.

“This is something I had never done before, so this has been new for me,” says the 28-year-old. “I think there’s a leader in me and now that is being put into practice. In the old MIBR, when FalleN kind of handed me the captaincy, I think I wasn’t able to properly explain the things I wanted to do. In this team of younger players, I think they have really been able to listen to me so it has been a very good experience. I think I’m doing well as a captain, I am happy in this role and I want to continue doing it.”

As MIBR enter the do-or-die stages of Flashpoint and BLAST Premier, one question lingers: is this just the proverbial honeymoon period or is there real change? Raphael "⁠cogu⁠" Camargo, the manager and coach, has talked up the benefits of the team’s aggressive, controlled-chaos style which doesn’t hold anyone back. Opponents have already started adjusting, but kNgV- says that he’s trying to keep things fresh all the time to prevent his team from being figured out.

“I think we need to improve our executions. We’re still making a few mistakes sometimes, but it’s a process,” he explains. “We are learning from our mistakes. We had only one week to prepare for the match against Astralis, so we adopted a style that, instead of being very tactical or complex, had a lot to do with communication and companionship. If someone wants to make a play, then the team will act accordingly, instead of having people making plays by themselves. I think everyone understood that philosophy in which everyone helps each other, and I think it’s working out.

“It’s important that we keep mixing up our game and I think we have been doing that in our games a lot. We have surprised a few teams. For example, we just played five games on Nuke and we played a different type of game each time, and that makes it harder for opponents to have a read on us. ‘Which Nuke are we going to play?’ We are in this process of making those changes, we analyse the match that we are going to play and then we draw some conclusions. ‘Let’s attack more this side of the map, or let’s play more through here…’ I think this has been very good for the team.”

Morale is quite high in the MIBR camp and everyone has been playing their part in the server. Alencar "⁠trk⁠" Rossato and Lucas "⁠LUCAS1⁠" Teles seem to be rediscovering their form, and Leonardo "⁠leo_drk⁠" Oliveira and Vinicius "⁠vsm⁠" Moreira are carrying the weight of expectations that come from playing for Brazil’s biggest team, with by far the most passionate fans, with class.

leo_drk continues to impress with his ability to open up rounds and willingness to sacrifice himself for the good of the team, while vsm is pure talent waiting to be unleashed. Every game that the DETONA star plays is a painful reminder of how Valve’s authoritarian system could be robbing one of the game’s most exciting talents of a bright future.

“Leo is a great player, he is someone who has surprised me a lot because he has a lot of personality, he is someone who calls plays and guides the team when necessary,” kNgV- says. “In my eyes, that’s very important, so leo is without a doubt a top player. He just needs more experience because he has a lot of room to grow.

kNgV- says that leo_drk is "a top player with a lot of room to grow"

“vsm is undoubtedly a big talent. He plays the exact same way all the time, whether it's against Astralis or a Brazilian team. He’s always calm, you can see that he’s never nervous. I truly hope from the bottom of my heart that Valve unbans him. He deserves that.”

MIBR are fun and respectable again. The dark cloud hanging over this iconic name has been lifted. Maybe, just maybe, they can even end the year with the Flashpoint title in the bag. If nothing else, the early signs are promising, which begs the question: how can this team be competitive when nothing seemed to work for the previous one?

“I think that this team is more organised and every player here has a voice,” kNgV- notes. “That is something that we all feel good about and that didn’t happen in the old MIBR. There wasn’t enough freedom for everyone to play, to speak their mind, and that is something that really hurt the team, I think.

"Since everything is new now, we all have a lot of freedom, and I give everyone the chance to speak up. I think that has played a big part in our results. And then there’s also this energy in the team… I think it’s easy to see that we are really eager to win. I’m not saying that the other team didn’t want to win, but it was different. I think the priorities were different.”

For now, MIBR’s players are looking to make the most of their time together and just enjoy the game, for the path ahead is unclear. The MIBR organisation still has not revealed its plans for 2021, but reports suggest that, of the trio of stand-ins, the team could be looking to keep at least leo_drk.

kNgV- believes that the old team had "different" priorities

After being very critical of MIBR for meddling in team affairs, kNgV- suggests that he and the organisation have buried the hatchet. It’s anyone’s guess what the team will look like next year, but the 28-year-old admits that he wishes to be the face of the future MIBR squad in this new role that he’s taken to with gusto.

“I have a good relationship with MIBR, we have spoken a lot, especially after the departures of TACO and fer,” he says. “I think our relationship has got a bit tighter, but we haven’t spoken about what will happen with the team. We agreed that we would talk about it later, after the tournaments. I still don’t know what will happen. I want to continue here and be the captain of this team.”

Brazil Vinicius 'vsm' Moreira
Vinicius 'vsm' Moreira
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
402
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
467
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
883
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1350
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Brazil Raphael 'cogu' Camargo
Raphael 'cogu' Camargo
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
89
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
748
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Brazil Alencar 'trk' Rossato
Alencar 'trk' Rossato
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
very cool
2020-11-25 16:30
41 replies
#3
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Austria shaak!
very pleasing being the third best brazilian team hehe
2020-11-25 16:31
39 replies
#9
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
wdym? mibr is actually the best brazilian team
2020-11-25 16:32
33 replies
#12
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Brazil ZerongBr
Watching it even more
2020-11-25 16:33
7 replies
#14
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
what?
2020-11-25 16:33
6 replies
#18
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Brazil ZerongBr
Yes
2020-11-25 16:34
5 replies
#76
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
no, i want to know what you mean
2020-11-25 18:26
4 replies
#77
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Brazil ZerongBr
Wdym?
2020-11-25 18:27
3 replies
#79
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
what #12 means? i need to watch what?
2020-11-25 18:28
2 replies
#84
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Brazil ZerongBr
kNg said that playing with them is a pleasure, and watching as well
2020-11-25 18:40
1 reply
#85
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
ah ok, ty
2020-11-25 18:42
FURIA > MIBR sorry
2020-11-25 17:02
24 replies
#57
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
flair checks out edit: also hltv.org/matches/2344833/mibr-vs-furia-b..
2020-11-25 17:10
20 replies
+1
2020-11-25 18:25
based in one game? noob
2020-11-25 19:45
18 replies
#94
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
and what are you relying on? the new line only played against furia once, you have no basis for furia > mibr, while i have at least one match for mibr > furia N O O B
2020-11-25 19:46
17 replies
youre a still focusing in one bo3...fucking noob... check the stats and the ranking - FURIA > MIBR in 2020 = FURIA > MIBR next year who knows k noobie fuck?
2020-11-25 19:50
16 replies
#96
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
you are hilarious, as i said, you are comparing the statuses with matches made against a totally different lineup, and comparing the rank of a team that has played since the beginning of the year with a team that appeared like 1 month ago
2020-11-25 19:51
12 replies
i guess we fucked up my dude
2020-11-25 20:12
11 replies
#98
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
no, you were fucked, I didn't 😎
2020-11-25 20:13
10 replies
HAHAHA you admitted its a new team and we have no base of comparison - therefore you will have to eat my crouch
2020-11-25 20:19
9 replies
#100
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
I would love to be eaten! 1 comparison match> 0 comparison matches
2020-11-25 20:20
8 replies
FURIA > MIBR ;)
2020-11-29 04:27
7 replies
#143
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
i will repeat: 1 comparison match> 0 comparison matches ;)
2020-11-29 04:44
6 replies
theres more than a match now
2020-11-29 06:26
5 replies
#145
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
what are you talking about? new mibr vs furia only had one match
2020-11-29 06:27
4 replies
we're using different measures to talk about the same thing... youre basing on matches they had with each other - im basing on their last 5 matches. FURIA is more solid.
2020-11-29 06:31
3 replies
#148
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
??? furia last matches: 1.won from virtus pro (that was interesting, certainly something interesting) 2. they beat isurus in a tough match (really?) 3. lost to mibr's newly formed team 4. lost to g2 2-0 5. won 100thieves in a final in NA (in my opinion it wasn't impressive, but it wasn't bad, the boost was interesting) mibr last matches: 1. lost to liquid (which makes me very ashamed to say :(( ) 2.won agaisnt faze 2-0, and this lineup won OG and Vitality 3. They lost to the BIG team, which is currently showing good results; in a tough match. 4 and 5. won from forze and envy, matches that didn't mean much, but also mean so little. final results: mibr is a newly formed team that is already competing against European teams, you need to see the context of the matches, not just who won or not
2020-11-29 06:38
2 replies
therefore, to get ahead of a team like FURIA, they need more time to practice and to mature this new line-up, until then - furia is better. the end. peace out.
2020-11-29 08:49
1 reply
#150
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
lol, what is your criteria now? the furia lost to the new mibr, that was my argument, so you started talking about the last 5 matches, I said that this also favored the mibr, so you said something like "furia for now is better" what is the argument this time?
2020-11-29 15:34
#123
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Brazil BRAZlL
noobie fuck ???? translate pls
2020-11-26 13:40
2 replies
a variation of "fucking noob" - a horrible one i might say lol - next time google it buddy.
2020-11-29 06:37
#151
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
a tip: don't search it, it's not worth it
2020-11-29 15:36
being de_Stroyed by everyone
2020-11-25 17:44
1 reply
#152
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2020-11-29 15:39
Sorry, MIBR prove that they can beat some tier 2 Europe team and have some close game against tier 1 Europe team. Furia still unproven and you can't judge a team base on fake hltv ranking. BIG #5 and get rekted by complexity.
2020-11-26 01:47
#16
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United States MemeCrea
hes best
2020-11-25 16:33
8/8
2020-11-25 16:35
#38
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Germany I_car
You mean best team in America?
2020-11-25 16:46
First of, which team would be the 2nd best if they´re the only Brazilian team playing in tier 1 tournaments (besides Furia) and u think they´re the 3rd one, secondly they actually beat Furia and some other good tier 1/2 teams in just a couple of months so they´re not only a contender for the top1 Brazilian team but the best north american one and last why couldn´t he be pleased even if he was playing with the "third best brazilian team" ??
2020-11-25 16:51
Check my name
2020-11-25 16:55
#156
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United States Surviberg
as in cheating and winning and taking credit of skill although you cheated -.- screw anyone who said #freevsm lmfao
2020-12-05 19:20
#4
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Brazil Xambi
AMEM KN
2020-11-25 16:31
#6
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
fells happy
2020-11-25 16:32
fallen was the problem
2020-11-25 16:32
6 replies
#10
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Brazil Xambi
dead*
2020-11-25 16:32
#43
HEN1 | 
Brazil bzz1
dead was the problem
2020-11-25 16:50
3 replies
how? mibr's core was the problem 3 washed up players actually
2020-11-25 17:20
1 reply
My boys old VP flashbacks :/ That one hurts
2020-11-26 23:50
+1
2020-11-25 22:08
#87
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Brazil Soulsix
+1
2020-11-25 18:54
proof it
2020-11-25 16:32
4 replies
Or
2020-11-25 19:29
3 replies
I
2020-11-27 09:42
2 replies
i think something that had to be explained to someone that are not from brazil is that what with kng was a occassion with bad english. "i will kill you" in brazil is like "i'll beat your ass" and for us is not agressively, kng just forget that he was not talking to someone from brazil. Different cultures. sad.
2020-11-28 14:49
1 reply
That is still bad. it is unacceptable for a player to threaten another player even if it just means fighting (and not killing). Also, not aggressive??, kng was looking for fns in the hotel???? that is aggressive sad that you think this 'miscommunication' means there is no fault. not to mention kng never apologized until years later...
2020-11-29 15:52
#SOMOSMIBR
2020-11-25 16:33
#13
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Brazil ZerongBr
#FreeVSM
2020-11-25 16:33
KNG is the best brazillian player
2020-11-25 16:35
1 reply
+1
2020-11-26 08:31
Atleast they doing better than fer & co
2020-11-25 16:36
vsm only 21 whaaaat #freevsm
2020-11-25 16:36
#25
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Brazil Cupinxa
#FREEVSM
2020-11-25 16:37
It's very pleasing to watch them playing
2020-11-25 16:38
#28
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Romania own420
nice
2020-11-25 16:40
Well yeah, you no longer have to play with three bots. Just one.
2020-11-25 16:40
6 replies
Who
2020-11-25 16:44
5 replies
LUCAS1 has been playing poorly. Definitely a weak part of a team that stops them from winning more games.
2020-11-25 16:46
3 replies
+1
2020-11-25 16:54
#72
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Brazil magicsgo
+1
2020-11-25 17:55
Every team needs a TACO
2020-11-26 01:35
fer taco fallen
2020-11-25 16:48
"Every game that the DETONA star plays is a painful reminder of how Valve’s authoritarian system could be robbing one of the game’s most exciting talents of a bright future." Absolutely loved this line. #FreeVSM
2020-11-25 16:41
#32
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Portugal TimiKS
aisbhvkajvbawukvbawvwavawvawvawv
2020-11-25 16:41
#33
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France margheriti
You gotta show some props to this new mibr, I never thought I'd actually like watching them playing. Mibr is indeed fun and respectable again, just like their 1.6 elo. Hopefully cogu stays guiding the boys
2020-11-25 16:43
1 reply
+1
2020-11-26 19:04
kngV has evolved a lot. #FreeVSM
2020-11-25 16:44
God. Very well said. Run mibr, I believe!
2020-11-25 16:45
#40
FalleN | 
Brazil Uzem
Watching this team playins has been very pleasing
2020-11-25 16:47
Watching this team lose has been very pleasing too
2020-11-25 16:52
1 reply
fat guy
2020-11-25 18:28
in other words kng is saying thank you gaules. i remeber one day gaules said to kng on twitter "há males que vem para o bem" and he was very criticized by kng. and guess who was right?
2020-11-25 16:58
#47
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Pakistan LoOuU2
KNGV on the greatest redemption arch ever
2020-11-25 16:54
#50
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
"vsm is pure talent waiting to be unleashed. Every game that the DETONA star plays is a painful reminder of how Valve’s authoritarian system could be robbing one of the game’s most exciting talents of a bright future". YES!!!!
2020-11-25 16:56
#51
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Poland SebL
kNgV- is a really good player, + he is the IGL, really like this guy. I don't think this MIBR roster will work out at all, but gl.
2020-11-25 16:58
No FalleN, No Team.
2020-11-25 17:01
1 reply
#78
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Brazil zinum
Hello?
2020-11-25 18:27
#54
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Europe t.o.p
gl kng
2020-11-25 17:02
vamos brasil
2020-11-25 17:03
That's nice, fun > wins.
2020-11-25 17:03
1 reply
#62
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Jordan Zereeni
ence agrees
2020-11-25 17:18
Dang I hope they’re able to stay together for a while because that roster looks quite good
2020-11-25 17:10
#59
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Brazil Z1DAN
please mibr, buy vsm for sixth
2020-11-25 17:13
#60
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Brazil lekk1
kng such a big leader
2020-11-25 17:13
cool
2020-11-25 17:19
Kng igl and second awp Hen1 awp Luca1 support? Leo_drk Felps I member a similiar team that faced gambit in a major finals :)
2020-11-25 17:20
9 replies
#92
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United States FriesNcoke
That hen1 had flashes of being the most dynamic awper in the scene.
2020-11-25 19:42
That could actually be the future l.u. for mibr 2021, just cant see how you would mesh felps and leo together, they seem kinda overlapped.
2020-11-25 22:01
3 replies
Yeah idk their roles etc, but they could change themself, they are young, or just add boltz/Trk, but would prefer these 5.
2020-11-26 07:12
2 replies
Leo uses exactly the same playstyle of Art, and apply the same idea as him too. Felps is a bit more cool in the head but he gets itch when the rounds are too passive. Trk and boltz being more colected have a similar style as cold, they would def be a better choice in this case.
2020-11-27 20:51
1 reply
hmm... yea, just add coldzera instead actually, faze will disband, niko left, fallen/fer/taco gone so cold could join again. KNG Lucas1 hen1 COLDZERA leo/felps
2020-11-27 21:04
Trk? Vsm?
2020-11-26 03:31
3 replies
Vsm vac Ban, no? Trk older and worse (need both brothers)
2020-11-26 07:11
2 replies
trk's the same age as, and is way better than, bot lucas1 Should be: kng hen1 trk leo_drk and vini, felps or boltz actual major contending squad.
2020-11-26 10:26
TRK is beeing a monster player.. are you watching mibr matchs? He is the best player acctually. About vsm, i believe valve is going to remove his vac ban.. make no sense keep that ban just cause he cheated in MM when he was 12yo. Its not fair
2020-11-26 14:59
#66
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Australia popoto
KNG SHELBY
2020-11-25 17:22
#69
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Poland Yomenik
<3
2020-11-25 17:45
#70
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Finland Jambi_
k
2020-11-25 17:45
#73
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Canada firtlast
prove it or..
2020-11-25 18:13
say what you want kng is a hustler, a rare trait in our community
2020-11-25 18:34
KNG as IGL has been great. Looking forward to seeing more!
2020-11-25 18:36
#83
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Peru devbot
Fallen was the problem
2020-11-25 18:37
and seeing them playing is also very pleasing
2020-11-25 18:48
he should prove it or....
2020-11-25 18:54
2 replies
He has proven it. Biggest redemption story in CSGO ever. (kill you etc)
2020-11-25 19:08
he just did
2020-11-25 22:02
STILL A BOT HAHAHHAHAA
2020-11-25 21:14
1 reply
poland
2020-11-26 03:44
#102
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Brazil V1per_eye
Kngv = god
2020-11-25 21:52
#103
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Brazil V1per_eye
It's more nice to see this new team playing than to see the old... (I would like to see Felps on this team...)
2020-11-25 21:58
KING VITO
2020-11-25 23:37
I'm happy for MIBR!
2020-11-26 01:35
vsm vac ban?
2020-11-26 08:42
1 reply
yup. He had a vac ban when he was 13 and therefore he can't play majors.
2020-11-26 15:51
“Brazil’s biggest team, with by far the most passionate fans, with class.” BRUH Mibr fans classy? I’m not so sure of that.
2020-11-26 10:02
1 reply
Read again
2020-11-26 16:10
#freevsm
2020-11-26 12:58
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. #freevsm
2020-11-26 15:45
+ rep beograd 2 stronk 4 NA bootcamps
2020-11-26 15:54
#130
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Argentina Soullesss
“It’s been very pleasing....” what’s up? Was not it the same with the old team? What is he trying to say? Kngv is a cheeky, after making a lot of money with the help that Fallen gave him, unbelievable.
2020-11-26 20:34
prove it or I'll kill you!
2020-11-26 22:50
nice
2020-11-27 23:06
richard lewis is a cock sucker and do not deserves any attention or respect #freevsm
2020-11-28 13:38
1 reply
brazil always cry when ppl insult them yet brazil act like this to other ppl SAD
2020-12-03 20:41
#155
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Turkey xC|sliCer
Wow he is 28y old? behaves like a kiddo
2020-12-04 14:37
2 replies
check his flag
2020-12-06 17:51
1 reply
hah true
2020-12-08 23:46
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