apEX returns for IEM Katowice

Vitality will have their in-game leader back in action at the prestigious event.

Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire has returned to activity after taking a short break from competition earlier this month, the player and Vitality have announced. The French veteran is set to play in IEM Katowice, where the team will play their first match against OG on Thursday at 19:00 .

apEX is back after a short break

The in-game leader was put on the sidelines by coach Rémy "⁠XTQZZZ⁠" Quoniam in the middle of the team's campaign in the BLAST Premier Groups so that he could deal with personal issues, shortly after Vitality lost a one-sided match to Complexity in the tournament. With Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom stepping in, the team went on to lose a close encounter with Evil Geniuses to go out in last place and fall to the Spring Showdown.

Nivera is now expected to return to the role he has been fulfilling for the past three months, playing only on three maps: on Dust2 and on Nuke instead of Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier and on Inferno in Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon's place.

With the team back to status quo, Vitality will hope to return to form at the biggest tournament of 2021 yet as they're set to take on the double-elimination Group B, featuring the aforementioned OG, FaZe, Liquid, FURIA, NIP, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro.

France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
220
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1801
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
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Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
190
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1764
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
#1
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Austria Brandenburg
2021-02-18 16:02
22 replies
Krl did interview and he said hell return
2021-02-18 16:03
3 replies
ahaha, circus
2021-02-18 16:19
2 replies
Cry is free kid
2021-02-18 16:40
1 reply
ahah GOODBAY
2021-02-21 16:40
#34
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Georgia no_scene
apEX posted picture on Instagram and post said that he was ready for Katowice. Post got deleted after 2-3 hours i think.
2021-02-18 16:04
Returning so quick?? Somethings fishy...
2021-02-18 16:06
14 replies
he did it to confuse the opponents
2021-02-18 16:35
6 replies
People thought he was going A but he faked to B.
2021-02-18 16:37
4 replies
+1 He is a tactical genius
2021-02-18 16:46
#166
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Czech Republic Noxar
apEX is a tactical genius. He is best known for his signature tactic "I was never an IGL, and now I am", He also has a second little known tactic of "Fk this team, I'm taking a break, haha just kidding". What an absolute legend, TOP 1 six-man roster IGL for sure.
2021-02-18 18:05
2 replies
#184
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France s2ptik
+11111111111111111111111111111111111111111
2021-02-18 19:48
+1 was hoping someone would grace my comment with something similar.
2021-02-18 20:58
#202
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Germany azmq
Gotta confuse the opponents, right babe?
2021-02-18 22:41
sometimes only a few week break is more than enough. This aint astralis situation.
2021-02-18 16:44
2 replies
#159
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Greece Petsos
astralis players left cause of burnout , apex left for personal issues there is a difference
2021-02-18 17:34
1 reply
#159 it can be the same, you know, no difference.
2021-02-18 23:10
he was malding so hard he got forced benched for his own capillary safety
2021-02-18 17:01
What do you suspect is fishy?
2021-02-18 17:35
1 reply
Management forced him to return or bench/He wasn’t really taking a break
2021-02-18 17:40
The way the departure tweet was worded, seems like he had something like a close family funeral or something
2021-02-18 19:29
HLTV users best news for everything.
2021-02-18 18:33
#214
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France tyty1190
it was planned that he would come back after the blast
2021-02-20 05:25
wohoo
2021-02-18 16:02
#3
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New Zealand LewsTherin
He got bored.
2021-02-18 16:02
1 reply
Boredom is frustrating indeed, he need to find a hobby
2021-02-18 16:18
ApeX dream alive
2021-02-18 16:02
what a long brake!
2021-02-18 16:03
1 reply
#192
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Finland dooddi
yes long brake
2021-02-18 21:33
easy catch the odds boys
2021-02-18 16:02
#7
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Spain elskio
wtf
2021-02-18 16:02
damn, such a long break
2021-02-18 16:02
15 replies
yaa XD
2021-02-18 16:03
XD
2021-02-18 16:04
#36
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France ilian_87
It was said since the beginning that he would only be for the rest of blast groups
2021-02-18 16:04
10 replies
damn, such a long break
2021-02-18 16:10
damn, such a long break
2021-02-18 16:17
I don't think it was said like that, they never mentioned how long his break is going to be.
2021-02-18 16:18
2 replies
was said it was for the remainder of the blast groups
2021-02-18 16:28
#128
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Brazil |witcher|
They did
2021-02-18 16:51
they actually said it was ATLEAST for the rest of blast, not only
2021-02-18 16:31
3 replies
#174
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France ilian_87
Yes so nothing surprising to see him come back for the 2nd/3rd biggest event of the year
2021-02-18 18:37
2 replies
do you think he goes back to the break after haha ?
2021-02-18 19:34
1 reply
#185
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France ilian_87
Idk but it wouldn't be a bad thing if apex want to have more rest
2021-02-18 20:00
Damn such a long break
2021-02-18 20:06
#197
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Austria arngnr
makes sense, considering he said short break
2021-02-18 22:30
1 reply
I know, still kinda funny
2021-02-18 22:31
BIG MALDING INCOMINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG
2021-02-18 16:02
Unlucky
2021-02-18 16:02
my fantasyyyyyyy noooooooooooooooo
2021-02-18 16:03
#12
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Japan echoriz0n
Malding is over
2021-02-18 16:03
2 replies
i think we all get jebaited.
2021-02-18 16:05
1 reply
+1
2021-02-18 17:16
wtf?
2021-02-18 16:03
#14
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
expected
2021-02-18 16:03
#16
EAZY | 
Czech Republic prokda
clown
2021-02-18 16:03
1 reply
Yes you are
2021-02-18 16:04
#17
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Lebanon Dogman69
nice break, hope he is well rested now after long holiday
2021-02-18 16:03
1 reply
HLTV MAIN PAGE shows APEX takes break from compy and below that APEX RETURNS FOR KATO hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
2021-02-18 16:05
ahahahahahahaha oh boy
2021-02-18 16:03
#19
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France ilian_87
Surprise surprise motherfucker ! THE KING IS BACK !
2021-02-18 16:03
2 replies
#132
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Brazil |witcher|
The king of malding
2021-02-18 16:52
1 reply
#175
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France ilian_87
Ahah yes but still the king
2021-02-18 18:37
#20
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Turkey emirhaan
Hmm lets bench apex and l try nivera. Then uhh its worst move ever lets bring apex back . KEKW
2021-02-18 16:03
#22
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United States drac0z
FUCK
2021-02-18 16:03
Pog
2021-02-18 16:03
Shortest break ever. GL
2021-02-18 16:04
#26
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CIS Shvedixx
damn...
2021-02-18 16:04
#28
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Estonia sEEm4NN
woop woop gg og :D
2021-02-18 16:04
who?
2021-02-18 16:04
nice
2021-02-18 16:04
Lmao he took a 1 match break? Why did they make such a big deal about it.
2021-02-18 16:04
12 replies
#44
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France ilian_87
It was a break for the rest of blast groups, so no matter of match he missed. It is what was planned since the beginning
2021-02-18 16:05
When did they make a big deal about it? All they said is that hes taking a break from blast lmfao
2021-02-18 16:41
6 replies
#147
RpK | 
France HippzZ
+1
2021-02-18 17:17
When a tier 1 team has a roster change like that and hltv reports about it - it's making a big deal about it. We have over 500 comments now on apex taking a break, and over 200 on apex coming back 1 match later. That is the "making a big deal about it" we are talking about. Hope I could help ya.
2021-02-18 22:47
4 replies
thats HLTV, not apex and xtqzzz
2021-02-18 22:51
3 replies
Ok I agree with u on that one 50%. Hltv loves that kinda drama and me too. But look at the big a** statement they put out :D twitter.com/TeamVitality/status/13591430.. Looks kinda weirdchamp now in retrospect. Ppl were thinking apex would be out for a long time.
2021-02-18 22:55
2 replies
its not actually that long but they had to post two for english and french and it does say its only for blast premier
2021-02-18 22:58
1 reply
I again 100% agree with you m8. They should have hired Macron to read out the announcement and have Paul McCartney play that song about being in heaven and Pewdiepie play a 24 hour minecraft donation livestream for Apex - THEN and only then it would have been made a big deal. Edit: It's Eric Clapton (Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven) - sorry for mixing them up. ;D
2021-02-18 23:46
hes an attention whore
2021-02-18 16:43
3 replies
+1
2021-02-18 17:17
2021-02-18 17:17
1 reply
#203 so I'd say #116 is correct.
2021-02-18 22:47
#35
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Belarus jugadorJJ
wtf?! RIP my bet on OG
2021-02-18 16:04
2 replies
yes indeed wtf men, in situations like this we should be able to get refund since we've been betrayed
2021-02-18 17:17
Eziest scam lol.
2021-02-18 22:48
Will baby Apex rage quit again after a loss? That is the question 😂
2021-02-18 16:04
god bring him back pOG
2021-02-18 16:04
POG
2021-02-18 16:05
#40
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Brazil xofizz
Esse não sabe o que quer, parece uma pica com fimose.
2021-02-18 16:05
2 replies
#73
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Brazil dssstroyer
Q
2021-02-18 16:16
#134
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Brazil |witcher|
Q
2021-02-18 16:54
#42
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Sweden RaaCCooN
ok
2021-02-18 16:05
King is back
2021-02-18 16:05
Imagine OG bettors thinking its payday 🤣 Both teams good strats but only one team has good comms and good skilled individuals, gonna be a quick 2-0 this one.
2021-02-18 16:06
1 reply
ffs OG actually had a chance this time :(((
2021-02-18 16:27
2021-02-18 16:06
Welcome back, king.
2021-02-18 16:07
#50
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France naveJ
RHAYAY apEX
2021-02-18 16:07
rage quit wasnt long
2021-02-18 16:08
Navi: a che vsmisle)
2021-02-18 16:08
#53
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Brazil MatNoites
LUL
2021-02-18 16:08
Oh shit.....
2021-02-18 16:09
seriously what du hek are they doin ?
2021-02-18 16:10
Rip Na’Vi
2021-02-18 16:11
#60
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France Kaaai
pog
2021-02-18 16:11
Fak rip my prediction
2021-02-18 16:11
haahhahhahah come back to ruin team xd
2021-02-18 16:14
yeah! gl&hf
2021-02-18 16:14
#64
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Sweden boyyscout
free win for OG then, ape x is the problem in Vitality
2021-02-18 16:14
3 replies
#92
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France cedd
0/8
2021-02-18 16:27
2 replies
#98
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Sweden boyyscout
0/8 what? the guy is a useless tilter and a worse IGL than ChoKola
2021-02-18 16:28
1 reply
0/8
2021-02-18 17:27
he took a break for one BO3, wow
2021-02-18 16:15
#66
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United States Rambeard
I was expecting a gla1ve type of break. This man comes back after a week lol.
2021-02-18 16:15
3 replies
He is a madman, dedicated player and a hardworker, that's why he rage a lot and that's why he came back so fast. I think he needed a 0% CS for few days to come back stronger
2021-02-18 16:33
#118
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France Kaaai
That was always the plan but HLTV users have some trouble reading the reports
2021-02-18 16:44
1 reply
#152
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United States Rambeard
I didn’t bother reading it, just saw the headline at work back when it was posted.
2021-02-18 17:21
Apex's girlfriend : IT IS CS GO OR ME Apex : okey my love i choose you 1 week later KING IS BACK
2021-02-18 16:15
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-02-18 16:15
#69
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
I hope the break helped you, apEX. :) I look forward to seeing you back with the Vitality lineup again. :D
2021-02-18 16:16
What a long break!
2021-02-18 16:16
HAHAHAAH EZ LOSE WITH TILTED MALDIBNG BOT
2021-02-18 16:16
Let's freaking gooooooooo
2021-02-18 16:16
desperate for money lmao, can't blame though
2021-02-18 16:17
#76
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Poland SebL
Honestly I thought he is not going to comeback, he seems like a pretty medicore player, but maybe after this break he will be better, we will see. Wish him and Vitality GL.
2021-02-18 16:17
2 replies
Watch his interview with thorin and you will see that he definitely is not a "pretty mediocre player"
2021-02-18 16:19
1 reply
#177
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Poland SebL
I don't have to watch his interview with Thorin, I'm just saying what I see in the server, he is a good leader but his individual skill is lacking, maybe after this break it will be better, hopefully.
2021-02-18 19:03
#77
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Czech Republic Hoja26
oh no my sticker investment :((((((
2021-02-18 16:17
Damn, this ruins my fantasy, why did this come so late :/ Good to see him back tho :)
2021-02-18 16:19
lets hope he had time to play death match so he can at least shoot someone in the back
2021-02-18 16:18
nice
2021-02-18 16:18
LETS FUCKING GO BRO
2021-02-18 16:19
#86
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
hope break went well for him
2021-02-18 16:20
Lets gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
2021-02-18 16:22
#90
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United Kingdom HuzzyBoii
no six man no win XD
2021-02-18 16:25
LMAO 9 DAY BREAK
2021-02-18 16:26
nice
2021-02-18 16:27
RIP OG ;(((
2021-02-18 16:28
#97
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Russia Kirillqa89
Lurker
2021-02-18 16:28
They will still lose haha
2021-02-18 16:28
nice 1 week break kkkkkkkkk
2021-02-18 16:29
Vita top1 let's gooooooo
2021-02-18 16:30
#105
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Brazil Rafaking
My fantasy bets lmao
2021-02-18 16:31
One bo3 break, and 2 big posts on main page. Ahahahahah, cfiesta
2021-02-18 16:33
When you decide to take a vacation but bank balance 0 on day 2
2021-02-18 16:32
Saving strats for Katowice ?
2021-02-18 16:35
CEO of malding is back
2021-02-18 16:37
what? lol
2021-02-18 16:41
He left the team after getting frustrated because he was such a bot and later the team managed to convince him that its okay but still are important and he returned....LOL
2021-02-18 16:43
What a clown!
2021-02-18 16:45
That's actually good, Vitality would suck without Papex
2021-02-18 16:46
Nooo, rip fantasy
2021-02-18 16:47
They benched him..then begged him to cum back lol
2021-02-18 16:48
#126
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Israel Dvirholl
so long break wow
2021-02-18 16:51
my guy literally ragequit a qualifier
2021-02-18 16:51
lets gooooooo #VforVictory
2021-02-18 16:51
rip vitality
2021-02-18 16:52
Bet gg
2021-02-18 16:52
#135
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Romania dmyiwnl
ah yes very big pause
2021-02-18 16:54
Expected , VItality got 1 milliions of reason to comeback him , NEO is the funcking boss
2021-02-18 16:56
#138
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Europe BEAR_XD
RIP OG :(
2021-02-18 16:56
If Vitality get 2-0’ed now will apex take another break?
2021-02-18 16:56
#140
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France Uexo
Welcome back captain. #VforVictory
2021-02-18 17:01
wtf
2021-02-18 17:09
rapex
2021-02-18 17:12
Dude must have been malded of the planet after that complexity game
2021-02-18 17:15
returns? I didn't even know he was gone XDDDDD
2021-02-18 17:19
NICE
2021-02-18 17:19
The break was so long I don't even know who apex is wtf
2021-02-18 17:27
1 reply
apex good but not best (jw bestest)
2021-02-18 22:34
the king is back
2021-02-18 17:28
good
2021-02-18 17:29
can u even say he was gone? xd
2021-02-18 17:33
lmao
2021-02-18 17:33
Hope he enjoyed that winterholiday. Did he go snowboarding?
2021-02-18 17:36
#162
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Europe LordSF95
Definitely benched for toxicity, even more confirmations
2021-02-18 17:39
#164
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Russia mshkoda
Hope he cured his nerves, good luck
2021-02-18 17:49
Who cares which bots Zywoo has to carry.
2021-02-18 18:01
No one cares
2021-02-18 18:07
What the heck lol
2021-02-18 18:10
Return to MALD again XD!
2021-02-18 18:14
MALDex on road
2021-02-18 18:20
If it is true that he needed time then this might be too early. I hope it doesn't ruin his mental thus hinder Vitality's chance to win.
2021-02-18 18:22
You couldn't live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me.
2021-02-18 18:24
Vitality will win Katowice
2021-02-18 18:53
sad news
2021-02-18 19:10
expected
2021-02-18 19:17
Wtf. I hope there will be rules on this topic at some point. You can't just fucking come and go as you like. The other teams have prob pracced for a different team and now this frog comes back after a week of vacation. Ridiculous. Same with roster changes. Unless it's bco illness people should be prohibited from transfers until a transfer window. Like football. Not cool, Apex
2021-02-18 19:21
1 reply
Not cool to have a tragedy in your family and rest a week ?
2021-02-18 23:50
#183
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France s2ptik
EXPECTED MON GATER , PUTIN TU NOUS A MANQUER GROS , C'ETAIT PAS PAREIL SANS TOI HAHAH Traduction: we missed you, it wasn't the same without you
2021-02-18 19:46
Please retire finally 4 kills apex trash
2021-02-18 20:11
#188
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African Union falaflani
imagine being a cs pro and only playing three maps.
2021-02-18 20:23
#189
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Hungary szia
what? lol. "APEX TAKES BREAK FROM COMPETITION" makes it sound like several months. dude legit just sat out 1 match lmfaooo
2021-02-18 20:57
5 replies
Yeah he was gone for like.. one week? xD
2021-02-18 21:22
3 replies
#193
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Hungary szia
liquipedia.net/counterstrike/ApEX 2018-10-08 – 2021-02-09 Team Vitality 2021-02-09 – 2021-02-18 Team Vitality (Inactive) 2021-02-18 – Present Team Vitality 9 days and only missed 1 match lol
2021-02-18 21:34
2 replies
Pffffttt, that doesn't sound like nearly enough to fix your problems maybe they will give him a bigger break after Katowice I guess
2021-02-18 21:36
1 reply
#195
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Hungary szia
Vitality's tweet kinda gave me the "death in the family" impression. maybe that was it and he needed some alone time, but yeah, thats a very short time to work on that
2021-02-18 21:43
2 articles and 700 comments for a one map break.
2021-02-18 22:32
9 days?!?!
2021-02-18 22:15
1 reply
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD 2 articles and 700 comments for a one map break. Can't really make this fun up.
2021-02-18 22:31
#212
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Brazil themsk3
so good read this
2021-02-19 04:27
lol
2021-02-19 10:19
But really.. 9days break.. why to post it at all?? Seems strange.
2021-02-20 16:14
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