degster, Patsi join Spirit on loan

The Russian team have secured one of the most exciting young talents in the region.

Spirit have announced that they have signed Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov and Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov on month-long loan deals from Espada. The AWPer will fill the spot that belonged to Artem "⁠iDISBALANCE⁠" Egorov, who has been made available for transfer, while the 17-year-old rifler will assume a sixth-player role in the squad.

The Russian pair were the stars of the Espada team that became a regular presence in the top 30 in the world rankings in the final quarter of 2020. They were the only two players that Espada decided to retain after disbanding the team earlier in the month, with Dmitry "⁠S0tF1k⁠" Forostyanko, Dmitriy "⁠Dima⁠" Bandurka and Vladislav "⁠FinigaN⁠" Usov having been released from their contracts.

degster will take the AWP from iDISBALANCE

degster is widely regarded as one of the most promising talents in Europe and was featured in our 'One for the future' series in December. The 19-year-old AWPer, who helped Sprout to win ESL Meisterschaft Autumn on Sunday after putting up a series-high 1.34 rating in the final against BIG, recently said that he felt ready for a bigger challenge in his career.

These are the first roster changes that Spirit have made since October 2019, when Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov and Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev were signed. The organisation hopes that degster's addition will allow the team to scale greater heights in 2021 after they plateaued in the world rankings in the final months of 2020.

"I am grateful to Artem for the two years that he spent in Team Spirit," Nikita Chukalin, CEO of the Russian organisation, said in a statement. "Together, we were able to build a stable team that performed well not only at the local level, but also internationally.

"However, we have big goals to accomplish, and to do that we need to become stronger. We will play our next tournaments with degster and I hope that he will be able to prove himself in our team. He is one of the most talented young players in the CIS and we appreciate the opportunity to work with him. If we succeed, Abdul will sign a contract with Team Spirit for the next few years.

"In addition, to further bolster the team, we felt we also needed tactical changes. The introduction of a sixth player is a logical step forward. For several months we have been looking for a suitable young talent to add, and Robert is literally the best option we could count on. So far, he is only on a test period, but we wish him good luck and hope that our cooperation will become very fruitful."

degster will make his first appearance for Spirit in a week's time, in DreamHack Open January, scheduled for January 27-31. He is also expected to feature for the team in the IEM Katowice Play-In Stage, which will be held on February 16-17.

With these changes, Spirit now have:

Russia Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov
Russia Nikolay "⁠mir⁠" Bityukov
Ukraine Viktor "⁠sdy⁠" Orudzhev
Russia Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev
Russia Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov
Russia Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov

Russia Nikolay "⁠Certus⁠" Poluyanov (coach)

Russia Artem "⁠iDISBALANCE⁠" Egorov (transfer list)

Russia Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Artem 'iDISBALANCE' Egorov
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
381
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Russia Vladislav 'FinigaN' Usov
Vladislav 'FinigaN' Usov
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
424
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.63
Russia Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Dmitry 'S0tF1k' Forostyanko
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1274
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
303
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Viktor 'sdy' Orudzhev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Russia Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Dmitriy 'Dima' Bandurka
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1310
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.71
Russia Nikolay 'Certus' Poluyanov
Nikolay 'Certus' Poluyanov
Age:
37
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
47
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
gl degster
2021-01-21 14:30
11 replies
but why patsi?
2021-01-21 14:46
4 replies
#63
JD | 
Poland Banzanic
they prob were package deal
2021-01-21 14:49
3 replies
#102
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Asia Blurblur
What's a package deal? I don't know it exist here lol
2021-01-21 15:16
2 replies
suppose they got them cheap since espada has that situation
2021-01-21 15:22
1 reply
#129
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Finland SunMutsi
its a loan
2021-01-21 15:50
very nice
2021-01-21 14:52
how unexpected :D Espada = Spirit Academy
2021-01-21 15:37
6 player sqauds are going to kill csgo
2021-01-21 20:10
3 replies
teams like Vitality and NaVI use their sixth very often and strategically as well so its a good thing
2021-01-22 06:31
2 replies
but it takes away from other teams building competitive rosters against them if you can horde all the talent then whats the point
2021-01-22 17:07
1 reply
Excellent point. In the grand scheme of competitive cs go it will handicap the scene in a unproductive way. For the teams' results it might be ok, but less true competition will be at hand. Unless of-course new hundred cs go stars come to the PRO scene... from the shadows of the online lobbies, who knows...
2021-01-28 13:49
+1 good move
2021-01-21 14:30
1 reply
#100
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Estonia theHeniek
+1
2021-01-21 15:15
lets go
2021-01-21 14:30
GOD DEGSTER
2021-01-21 14:30
nice
2021-01-21 14:30
#6
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Norway thenewdagon
nice
2021-01-21 14:31
oof
2021-01-21 14:31
LETS GO!
2021-01-21 14:31
Very sad((
2021-01-21 14:31
6 replies
#18
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Pakistan LoOuU2
mens((
2021-01-21 14:33
2 replies
Mens(((
2021-01-21 14:36
1 reply
#105
mir | 
Russia ErleN_
mens((
2021-01-21 15:16
Good luck in Valorant!
2021-01-21 14:37
mens((
2021-01-21 17:47
#169
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Russia m0hito
mens((
2021-01-22 18:36
#10
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United Kingdom S7AYER
gg spirit tier 1 now
2021-01-21 14:32
#11
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India xEleanorex
ok
2021-01-21 14:32
Decent
2021-01-21 14:32
#13
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Philippines batstew
gl degster!
2021-01-21 14:32
Patsi as well? Wow, interesting
2021-01-21 14:32
#15
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Germany Droidd
Neat that the font on jersey has spirit S
2021-01-21 14:32
#16
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Pakistan LoOuU2
LETS FUCKING GO! Great news, Spirit needed a boost like this. IDISBALANCE though the 2nd best CIS awper but he was terribly inconsistent and rarely ever displayed that form. GL to him and these 2 guys!
2021-01-21 14:32
8 replies
#47
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Germany Koalafire
Are you ste IDISBALANCE is the 2nd best? CIS has a lot of great AWP Player, while the best player is easily s1mple, sh1ro, Jame, degster and IDISBALANCE seem on the same tier 1 potential level. All can outperform the other depending on the day...
2021-01-21 14:42
7 replies
+sexpower
2021-01-21 14:47
1 reply
#122
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United States TopBaiter
+1 too sexy for CIS
2021-01-21 15:36
#68
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i hear what you say and those are all pretty good names but i am serious. I have seen his games and when he pops off , he cant make a mistake , cant miss a shot simply cant be taken down. He would peek down Inferno mid , get a kill , push ahead to 2nd mid get a kill and then back off . Guy`s unstoppable when on sing, But all of those guys you mentioned , they are simply more consistent than him , i will give you that.
2021-01-21 14:52
4 replies
Being one of the best players requires consistentency. IDIS has his moments indeed, but he is falling out of far too many games. I would definetely say players such as xsepower, sh1ro, jame and even degster are better prospects
2021-01-21 15:57
3 replies
#135
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Pakistan LoOuU2
These guys are definitely better than him when it comes to being a complete player who is consistent as well. I am merely talking in regards with their skills , where i would rate him above every other CIS awper barring we know who.
2021-01-21 16:12
2 replies
xsepower should be mentioned as inconsistent too. He's probably the most talented when it comes to reaction speed and aim, but his desire to flick like crazy all the time is a serious problem. You never know if he's gonna hit the shot or not, even the easy ones.
2021-01-21 17:04
1 reply
#157
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Yea Xse's playstyle has that tendency where even for simple shots he still tries to flick at the end, just like Draken used to and it makes him miss those sometimes. But he is still more consistent compared to disbalance.
2021-01-21 19:31
new cis top1
2021-01-21 14:33
rip c9
2021-01-21 14:33
And who can patsi replace? Only sdy, in theory
2021-01-21 14:33
17 replies
Haven't known that Patsi is joining as well. Quite interesting.
2021-01-21 14:34
#24
sh1ro | 
Romania AlyBu
6th
2021-01-21 14:35
15 replies
But the sixth player usually replaces someone on certain maps, as do nivera, bubzkji and bit
2021-01-21 14:39
14 replies
degster , mir , chopper - 100% no Only magixx or sdy left out
2021-01-21 14:41
7 replies
is chopper the igl?
2021-01-21 14:44
1 reply
yes
2021-01-21 14:44
But magixx is not that bad
2021-01-21 14:53
4 replies
But he not better than sdy.I think it depends on what positions they want make changes.
2021-01-21 14:55
3 replies
sdy goes to navi to replace flamie. source " trust me bro"
2021-01-21 15:03
1 reply
hopefully mr trust me bro is right
2021-01-21 15:13
Dude, magixx is ​​definitely better than sdy, if only because sdy went to the support role and no longer takes shooting skills so seriously
2021-01-21 15:30
#50
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Germany Koalafire
sdy or magixx are more likely as they had in 2020 this days.in which they performed horrible...
2021-01-21 14:43
5 replies
Magixx is not that bad
2021-01-21 14:53
4 replies
#123
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United States TopBaiter
none of the players are bad, this is to prevent burnout
2021-01-21 15:37
3 replies
But spirit took him for a trial period, how can they test him?
2021-01-21 15:53
2 replies
#131
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United States TopBaiter
Patsi might replace magixx
2021-01-21 15:54
1 reply
It's better to replace sdy, magixx is not that bad
2021-01-21 16:20
#21
sh1ro | 
Romania AlyBu
nice gl degster
2021-01-21 14:34
POG
2021-01-21 14:34
#25
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Nicee change
2021-01-21 14:36
#27
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Russia Slavaa
i hope spirit know what they do and they will not outplay themselves
2021-01-21 14:36
GL
2021-01-21 14:37
#29
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Russia Jmishenko
LETS GO MY BOY DEGSTER
2021-01-21 14:37
This team is going to be fookin stronk
2021-01-21 14:39
1 reply
hope so
2021-01-21 17:26
LETS GOOOO. DEGSTER + MIR MY WETDREAM
2021-01-21 14:39
4 replies
Hope Mir go to navi instead flamie or s2mple
2021-01-21 14:40
2 replies
No sir Mir don’t want to join shit’vi :) he is god that will make team spirit all gods
2021-01-21 14:41
1 reply
Sooo... Hope spirit overcome navi and become the best CIS team
2021-01-23 14:28
+1
2021-01-21 14:58
Degster is good ,but idisbalance is underrated
2021-01-21 14:39
why degster, why? that aint a solid t1 team u were talking about
2021-01-21 14:39
Expected
2021-01-21 14:39
lmao why degster
2021-01-21 14:39
6 replies
Are you dumb
2021-01-21 14:40
#48
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World ScottGetto
Literally best russian player rn
2021-01-21 14:42
3 replies
by far*
2021-01-21 15:00
1 reply
#90
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World ScottGetto
+1
2021-01-21 15:05
Electronic, Mir, Jame, sh1ro: ok
2021-01-22 13:24
1000 times better than yamppi & allu lul
2021-01-21 15:19
#38
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CIS russkich3t
sad for ibalance
2021-01-21 14:40
#40
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Namibia Nachofish
i wonder if degster isnt willing to join a english speaking team yet or ever, cause I cant imagine there being no bigger Int. team who wanted to sign either way GL
2021-01-21 14:40
4 replies
C9 wanted him.
2021-01-21 15:10
3 replies
#94
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Namibia Nachofish
source? would have been a pretty solid move
2021-01-21 15:12
2 replies
Alex said that. Actually i dont remember where.
2021-01-21 15:22
saw the post on vk(russian network) with clip of alex, but it was deleted
2021-01-21 17:28
#42
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Brazil Gildocsg0
rip idisbalance
2021-01-21 14:41
Now spirit looks fucking insane
2021-01-21 14:41
#45
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World ScottGetto
Sick move!
2021-01-21 14:41
Spirit being forced to take all the good CIS players because Navi cant kick botflamie and botperfecto LOL
2021-01-21 14:43
1 reply
actually pogchamp
2021-01-21 17:28
Gratz, GODSTER is awesome
2021-01-21 14:43
#54
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United Kingdom galaxyv2
good move, patsi is cracked
2021-01-21 14:45
#55
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Russia 1hebest!
I knew it! My comment # 140 hltv.org/news/30944/degster-patsi-on-tra.. EZ...
2021-01-21 14:46
#56
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France zarlemci
that line up looks actually insane, depending on degster's development, I can see them get into top 5
2021-01-21 14:45
#57
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CIS russkich3t
what's "back up" mean?
2021-01-21 14:45
10/10
2021-01-21 14:46
Thats some Cis superteam
2021-01-21 14:47
#62
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Russia Kalacia
This is the upgrade we needed
2021-01-21 14:48
degster in spirit is so nice.
2021-01-21 14:51
Good boost for Spirit
2021-01-21 14:51
PogU
2021-01-21 14:52
#70
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Georgia Megobari
better than Navi XD
2021-01-21 14:53
Team Spirit > Na'vi (except when s1mple and electronic are dropping 30+ frags both)
2021-01-21 14:53
2 replies
gambit,spirit > s0mple squad
2021-01-21 14:54
1 reply
unironically yes
2021-01-21 15:30
#73
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Jordan Zereeni
good change
2021-01-21 14:54
LETS GOOOO 2ND BEST CIS TEAM AFTER GAMBIT GODS gL degster <3
2021-01-21 14:54
4 replies
Don't be cocky, we will see what will happen on DH January ;p
2021-01-21 14:55
nt Virtus.bro > Spirit and Gambit
2021-01-21 15:16
2 replies
flag checks out nt yekindar
2021-01-21 15:16
1 reply
caught me and my alt 😳
2021-01-21 15:17
espada died for this and this is worth
2021-01-21 14:55
spirit now strong
2021-01-21 14:55
#80
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Norway N3sHie1k
expected top 5 incoming
2021-01-21 14:57
Mouz save degster pls
2021-01-21 14:58
#83
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Russia mshkoda
Nice move
2021-01-21 14:59
sick move, good luck to Spirit and degster, cant wait for Dreamhack to see his debut.
2021-01-21 15:00
Tier-1 roster potentially
2021-01-21 15:00
gl spirit, hope u sign valorant roster
2021-01-21 15:04
PAGCH=OMPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP TOP1 TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NAVI WHO????????????
2021-01-21 15:11
#91
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
Congrats for joining a tier 2
2021-01-21 15:08
LET'S GO! GOOD LUCK!
2021-01-21 15:10
Is this the team degster called an “established tier 1 team”? LOL
2021-01-21 15:13
#97
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United Kingdom tank6123
Friendship broken with espada Spirit is the new best team!
2021-01-21 15:13
3 replies
#98
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United Kingdom tank6123
#1 uk spirit fan here we go
2021-01-21 15:14
2 replies
flair checked Espada literally died for this xD
2021-01-22 08:03
1 reply
#167
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United Kingdom tank6123
uk spirit fans rising ?
2021-01-22 14:24
#99
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Russia evg1804
Good Luck guys! I hope in 2021 you will become the greatest CIS team
2021-01-21 15:15
Sick team, top 1 cis for sure.
2021-01-21 15:15
That means that someone is moving to NAVI
2021-01-21 15:17
#109
mir | 
Russia ErleN_
I hope iDISBALANCE finds a team for example Nemiga -speed4k
2021-01-21 15:20
1 reply
+1 hope iDISBALANCE will find a good team,but for me nemiga is a bad choise for him
2021-01-21 15:23
#112
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Poland iOFF
degster top 1 hltv 2022 incoming my boyyy
2021-01-21 15:23
gl, good signs-up..
2021-01-21 15:27
#115
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France Uexo
Degster deserve better
2021-01-21 15:28
#116
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Thailand hahahoha
stronger lineup than navi on paper
2021-01-21 15:29
1 reply
+1
2021-01-21 15:39
I like Spirit even more now, I would love to see them playing some good CS
2021-01-21 15:30
i♿ to 🤡9?
2021-01-21 15:35
SUB HYPE SUB HYPE
2021-01-21 15:35
#125
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United States TopBaiter
lol best player from CIS has finally arrived in t1 cya s1mple
2021-01-21 15:37
Top 1 CIS and tier 1 incoming
2021-01-21 15:39
Spirit clever, they knew degster would end up in solid EU team if they didn't get him. Gonna be fun watching them, ofc unlucky for iDISBALANCE
2021-01-21 15:43
Absolutely wasted. -flamie/+degster soon please.
2021-01-21 15:54
lets go Abdul <3
2021-01-21 15:56
great news! gl degster
2021-01-21 16:18
desgter i understand for awp but why patsi????
2021-01-21 16:39
1 reply
Six man roster to motivate others.
2021-01-21 16:46
Mouz bymas ropz frozen dexter degster
2021-01-21 16:46
#141
mir | 
Russia M13F
Lmao Faze? mouse? Team Spirit! aha
2021-01-21 16:50
#142
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Ukraine slivdNhq
plotnaya tier1
2021-01-21 17:02
Wow such unreal pro gaming tier pro kid hltv.org/matches/2346133/big-vs-sprout-e.. unreals, just many wown, unbeliavabled bestered pro gamer, how is this even possible, there is no way world could have such pro tier playa :O many wow, unreal doge!
2021-01-21 17:18
#149
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Russia Syonamaru
Should be go to mouz(((
2021-01-21 17:54
Degster v sebe uveren, 100% dobavit uverennosti i ostalnim tipam
2021-01-21 17:59
-simple +iDisbalance ?! jk but mens((
2021-01-21 18:01
#152
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CIS Shvedixx
good luck, degster bro
2021-01-21 18:05
Spirit vs Gambit is the next CIS El Classico
2021-01-21 18:16
All sucess to Degster, his an amazing player, almost the best, but Sh1ro still better...
2021-01-21 18:43
#155
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Poland SebL
GL.
2021-01-21 19:05
expected
2021-01-21 19:13
#159
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Hungary szia
ez for germanys #1 russian
2021-01-21 20:17
lmao this team looks like the CIS superteam of non navi players
2021-01-21 20:25
#161
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Europe Cirros_V2
certus looks like the guy you imagine when u hear russian.
2021-01-21 21:16
#162
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Ukraine StaR1y
degster⁠ this dont tir-1 team!
2021-01-21 21:36
Sad for iDisb, but Im so hyped because of this squad
2021-01-22 13:25
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