Movistar Riders qualify for IEM Katowice Play-In

The team took down Endpoint to book their ticket to the Play-In stage of the Polish event.

Movistar Riders have completed the team list for the IEM Katowice 2021 Play-In stage, prevailing 2-0 over Endpoint in the grand final of ESL European Championship Winter. The team utilised Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield as a stand-in, with the British player being rumoured to be on the organisation's shortlist to replace Sebastian "⁠larsen⁠" Larsen.

Strong performances from Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano and Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet were key in Movistar Riders starting the grand final off on the right foot, with the Spanish duo helping drive home an 11-4 scoreline on the T side of Overpass before closing out the map in fast fashion in the second half, claiming a 16-10 victory.

Movistar Riders have claimed the final spot on offer at the Play-in stage

Endpoint's pick of Vertigo began in similar fashion as Movistar Riders held a dominant 10-2 lead on the defense, although Joey "⁠CRUC1AL⁠" Steusel and company managed to secure the final three rounds of the first half to close the gap to 10-5 by the break.

The map seemed set for a swift conclusion as Lucas "⁠steel⁠" Lopes and smooya combined to extend Movistar Riders' lead to 13-5, but Endpoint ordered a stay of execution as they won eight rounds in a row to tie up the scoreline; however, a complete comeback was not to be as multi-kill rounds from the aforementioned pair ensured victory for the Madrid-based organisation, edging out a 16-13 victory to take the series.

 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 39 +11 99.9 1.41
46 - 30 +16 77.7 1.25
40 - 32 +8 69.8 1.18
36 - 36 0 76.5 1.13
27 - 37 -10 57.4 0.84
 Endpoint K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 37 +1 68.8 1.00
35 - 42 -7 78.9 0.98
34 - 39 -5 66.9 0.95
34 - 39 -5 69.1 0.92
33 - 42 -9 65.2 0.92

The IEM Katowice Play-In stage is set to run from February 16-17 in Poland and will offer eight spots in the main tournament. Both stages will be held as in-person competitions at an undisclosed location in Europe, provided that the coronavirus pandemic does not represent "a major barrier to the safety of our talent, players and staff", according to ESL.

The $1 million tournament would mark the first major international LAN since its predecessor in 2020, when the majority of tournaments moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The complete team list for the IEM Katowice 2021 Play-In looks as follows:

Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
787
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
574
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
944
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1253
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Netherlands Joey 'CRUC1AL' Steusel
Joey 'CRUC1AL' Steusel
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Sebastian 'larsen' Larsen
Sebastian 'larsen' Larsen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
365
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
#1
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
Nice!!! SPUNJ and the boyz are gonna cheer for Movistar Riders now more than ever!!
2021-01-20 01:32
7 replies
yo mama is lookin nice also wtf shockz, embarrassing the rest of us estonians man. pick up the pace bud.
2021-01-20 01:35
5 replies
#7
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
smooooooooooooooya
2021-01-20 01:33
3 replies
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA
2021-01-20 02:20
whoooooooooooooya?
2021-01-20 03:26
1 reply
#60
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Japan HHazuka
Exactly
2021-01-20 06:24
#79
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Spain G3CK0
he had a bad game, he usually is up there
2021-01-20 10:15
them or snax's poles
2021-01-20 06:28
Smooya KEKW
2021-01-20 01:32
5 replies
He's a good player, but not a good person.
2021-01-20 02:48
4 replies
#68
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
He is both things
2021-01-20 08:13
1 reply
Not a good player and not a good person?
2021-01-20 09:48
Why not a good person? the interviews I've seen he seems like a pretty good guy
2021-01-20 14:08
1 reply
He's toxic af.
2021-01-20 17:10
#4
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Portugal BraZGod
where is flamez?
2021-01-20 01:33
10 replies
#9
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Croatia lucubista
join ence
2021-01-20 01:34
2 replies
#46
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Philippines batstew
thats spinx, not flamez
2021-01-20 02:44
1 reply
#94
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Croatia lucubista
yeah, mb
2021-01-20 13:11
Wasn't able to play as EP were coming from UK prem so had to have minimum 3 UK players
2021-01-20 02:28
6 replies
So basically lost because of that...
2021-01-20 12:42
5 replies
Perhaps yes
2021-01-20 13:00
1 reply
Should have used Smooya
2021-01-20 15:13
Thomas did It very good too and he had played with the teams for a long time, isnt like is a random player playing as stand in
2021-01-20 17:30
2 replies
sure, but flamez is a beast, I think he could at least helped take a map
2021-01-20 17:33
1 reply
Ye, i remenber a 1v4 by him last time Riders faced them
2021-01-20 17:38
Who tf is Thomas? Where is Flamez?
2021-01-20 01:33
2 replies
"Wasn't able to play as EP were coming from UK prem so had to have minimum 3 UK players"
2021-01-20 02:35
Thomas who played for major embarassment called Envy
2021-01-20 02:39
#6
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Spain PraKaN1
Nice!!
2021-01-20 01:33
1 reply
#72
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Spain N0Love
Beatdown incoming but yes it's actually awesome to see them playing against liquid and these t1 teams.
2021-01-20 09:39
Tier 1 billion
2021-01-20 01:33
6 replies
#BIgneverwonagainstriders
2021-01-20 02:13
3 replies
#48
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South Africa @FyreCS
+1000
2021-01-20 02:49
+11++1+1
2021-01-20 10:29
+111111
2021-01-20 13:47
#115
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Spain LoLaZo
AHAHAH BIG never won against MRS so please be quiet. Win statistics from records are MRS won 4 matches, BIG 0.
2021-01-20 18:29
So many angry friendly worlders xDDDDDDDDDDD ez
2021-01-20 22:44
LETS GO STEEL
2021-01-20 01:34
Respect Steelenda
2021-01-20 01:34
#12
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Portugal skiLfuI
does steel have spanish nationality? Wasnt Movistar supposed to have a core of iberian players since they came from an iberian tournament?
2021-01-20 01:34
14 replies
#14
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
he lives in Spain
2021-01-20 01:35
5 replies
#16
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Portugal skiLfuI
I know, but I thought that they needed 3 spanish players to be able to play these regional events
2021-01-20 01:36
4 replies
#18
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
no
2021-01-20 01:36
#24
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United States me_0_major
minor leagues are very lax with nationality rules
2021-01-20 01:52
1 reply
#73
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Spain N0Love
+1
2021-01-20 09:40
If want to play ESL Masters Spain (or this tournament) no need to be Iberian if you are living in Iberia for certain months (that I don't remember rn, I imagine like 3 or 6 months at least), steel ofc comply with the rule. So the core necessary to play this tournament is steel, alex and mopoz.
2021-01-20 02:25
they won the last season of esl master espana (2-1 vs saw) which guaranteed them a spot on these tournament thats how it works
2021-01-20 02:04
7 replies
Not really, #38
2021-01-20 02:26
6 replies
?? my friend, riders attended this tournament because they won the last season of esl masters espana. the same way that attended the dreamhack open in december BECAUSE THE LAST SEASON OF ESL MASTERS ESPANA GAVE INVITATIONS TO THE WINNER (RIDERS) FOR BOTH TOURNAMENTS liquipedia.net/counterstrike/ESL/Masters..
2021-01-20 03:48
5 replies
But to play ESL masters España and this tournament you need to have 3 players living in Spain or Portugal
2021-01-20 09:06
2 replies
#74
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Spain N0Love
Which they have, don't they? Steel and the Spaniards live in Madrid if I'm not mistaken (could be though)
2021-01-20 09:41
1 reply
Exactly
2021-01-20 10:05
They might have won but the rules state the permanence of at least 3 players in spain, so, if steel wasnt living in spain movistar would have to find a replacement like endpoint did
2021-01-20 12:44
You can win each fu**ing season but if you don't apply for the rules (#38 or #71) you won't get invited to the next season. chill bro
2021-01-20 16:54
#15
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Spain D1N0!
Vamos Riders!!!
2021-01-20 01:35
#17
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Germany sniffy1997
without smooya they will be not have any chance to play katowice qualifier
2021-01-20 01:36
8 replies
#19
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
without smooya they would get a similar awp, or would they get a tier37 awp instead? they needed an awp at the same level of the rest of the team, if you are mad coz you lost syrson better step up like Riders did. And btw, mopoz was the one who carried the whole tournament, so you better say "without mopoz they wouldn't have had any chance" :/
2021-01-20 01:39
6 replies
#23
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North America joeS
actually bro smooya def held his own and was either top fragging or runner up. he was playing in great form.
2021-01-20 01:52
5 replies
#44
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Germany sniffy1997
+1
2021-01-20 02:37
4 replies
#69
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
That's what's expected from a decent awp
2021-01-20 08:15
3 replies
+1
2021-01-20 10:31
#106
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North America joeS
t37 awper is not putting up those numbers. Plz stop
2021-01-20 16:41
1 reply
lol, learn to read!!!!!! fakeflagger
2021-01-20 16:52
#75
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Spain N0Love
From a Riders fan, smooya is defenitively a player that would be in a much better team than Riders if he hadn't done the shit he's done in the past that gave him this terrible rep
2021-01-20 09:44
i have so many teams i wanna support now
2021-01-20 01:42
#21
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Chile cristiaan
GO RIDERS!
2021-01-20 01:45
#22
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Spain TJSpain
Go Riders
2021-01-20 01:48
cant believe riders made it already, so nice for them also in LAN, cant wait.
2021-01-20 01:54
4 replies
#76
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Spain N0Love
Wait. The play-in is also on LAN??? Oh shit let's go bois
2021-01-20 09:45
3 replies
they are, not cleared yet if it will be in katowice, but is gonna be on LAN 100%
2021-01-20 14:15
2 replies
#102
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Spain T[]mB
Sorry guys but the increasing rate of infected population by now in Spain and some other places in Europe, probably peaking at hospitals in Spain by the date of the qualifier, won't allow them to travel, as well as other teams. I'd rather be realistic, the play in is gonna be held online
2021-01-20 14:45
1 reply
is a fact that the third wave is hitting hard everywhere, but ESL made a statement that they wanted to make that on LAN, maybe creating a bubble environment. until is not confirmed by ESL, it will be on LAN.
2021-01-20 14:47
oh ok cool
2021-01-20 01:59
1 reply
WMWMWMMWWMWMMWMWMWMWMWM is correct
2021-01-20 02:01
ok
2021-01-20 02:01
#29
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United Kingdom galaxyv2
where flamez
2021-01-20 02:03
well done riders \m/
2021-01-20 02:04
#32
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Spain Crusher_CS
Let's go boys!
2021-01-20 02:11
#33
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Spain Otanno
#VamosRiders
2021-01-20 02:12
gl boisis
2021-01-20 02:17
pretty ez for riders
2021-01-20 02:20
I'd be very surprised if Katowice is on LAN tbh. Would be very cool though.
2021-01-20 02:30
#42
RpK | 
France pol44r
SMOOYA WINNIN INNIT M8
2021-01-20 02:32
#49
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South Africa @FyreCS
Where was God Flamez tho
2021-01-20 02:49
looking like a good team
2021-01-20 02:51
LETS GO MOPOZ <3
2021-01-20 02:54
#53
REZ | 
Mexico PS5
LETS GO!!!!
2021-01-20 03:41
#55
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Spain danil0aim
Let's go Riders!
2021-01-20 03:49
i wish smooya would play valorant. not because he cant play cs or anything, but because he would be a really good jett and he really does deserve a stable org for once. dude is always getting hoe'd.
2021-01-20 04:00
2 replies
Stable Valorant Pick one
2021-01-20 12:07
According to smooya valorant is for players with no future in cs
2021-01-20 13:49
#57
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Brazil gtaube
Happy for steelega
2021-01-20 04:21
LETS GO SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYA!
2021-01-20 05:13
Thats a actually a good roster
2021-01-20 06:01
1 reply
xd
2021-01-20 07:27
#62
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Namibia Nachofish
smooya actually still op
2021-01-20 06:53
Endpoint should have picked up smooya.. and now Thomas is free again.. Hmm #UKDREAMTEAM
2021-01-20 07:17
i dont think riders will last 2 minutes against top tier teams tbh, hopefully they prove me wrong and they beat every single t1 team, i'd fucking love to see that but i dont see a possible universe where that is possible imo. smooya played ok, but same shit, not the same awping against t2 t3 teams that awping against vitality or astralis who will throw 46 flashes, 31 molotovs and doble nade every corner
2021-01-20 07:28
1 reply
Riders 100% win rate against BIG!!! Fnatic never beat Riders!!!
2021-01-20 13:50
Sad to see Thomas underperform this much. Smooya looks like he finally found okish team? But for how long again...
2021-01-20 07:58
1 reply
that depends on smooya, i dont think riders would kick him easily
2021-01-20 14:07
Noteasy4cruc1al((((
2021-01-20 07:58
#70
Jame | 
Poland SebL
They are looking great with smooya, TOP 30 team for me.
2021-01-20 08:50
spanish cs carried by uk cs
2021-01-20 10:15
1 reply
Mopoz carried all tournament tbh, but smooya helped a lot
2021-01-20 17:37
Looks like a very nice lineup. I hope the mood of the team helps smooya to behave like a normal human being. Steel, alex and mopoz are such nice mens.
2021-01-20 10:33
#84
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Portugal ImCooL
As a portuguese I want saw to be the strongest iberian team but with Movistar playing like that I dont know If it will Stay like that.
2021-01-20 11:22
1 reply
it's cool to wish Iberian teams gl, be cool
2021-01-20 12:09
GL Riders
2021-01-20 12:06
#88
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Europe Cirros_V2
Lets go smooooya
2021-01-20 12:11
#89
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Asia Blurblur
Ex-chaos?
2021-01-20 12:21
ez4riders
2021-01-20 12:34
#95
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Turkey yeeGeT
LAN imorr check this out look who qualified and who didn't. shame on you sangal
2021-01-20 13:43
3 replies
context?
2021-01-20 19:20
2 replies
#119
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Turkey yeeGeT
sangal having a 5-0 map streak on movistar
2021-01-20 21:47
1 reply
a
2021-01-20 21:55
feel bad for BIG. feel bad for Dycha and degster
2021-01-20 14:47
#112
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World Beard43
Smoooooyaaaa
2021-01-20 17:36
#117
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United States TopBaiter
Now i'm pissed Why Endpoint beat LDLC only to fall to these noobs
2021-01-20 19:26
3 replies
#118
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Turkey yeeGeT
why LDLC beat Sangal only fall to endpoint noob
2021-01-20 21:46
2 replies
#123
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United States TopBaiter
true, Sangal is a good team ngl
2021-01-21 15:33
1 reply
#124
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Turkey yeeGeT
ldlc as well. kinda low tier rivals .d
2021-01-21 16:06
gj Smooya
2021-01-20 22:27
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