Gambit eliminate NAVI from IEM Katowice

Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov's team dealt the favorites a humbling defeat in the CIS matchup.

In the first playoff match of IEM Katowice 2021, Gambit managed to upset Natus Vincere, taking down the CIS powerhouse 2-0. Last year's champions are therefore out of the race for this year' trophy, while Gambit have set up a semi-final bout against Spirit.

The quarter-final game saw Gambit fight back from an early 6-2 deficit on Overpass and take their map pick 16-12, before rolling over Natus Vincere on Train, 16-6. Star AWPer sh1ro again showed up for his team, topping the scoreboard with a 1.45 rating for the series, followed by Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's 1.22.

sh1ro continues to deliver in the clutch

A second-round force-buy win for Natus Vincere set Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov's team on the right path on the CT side of Overpass, seeing them take a 6-2 lead on their opponents pick. Then, Gambit found success with B hits, which together with sh1ro's clutches got them back into the game, taking an 8-7 lead before the end of the T-side.

The second pistol went the way of Natus Vincere, which together with the anti-eco conversions, saw them reclaim the advantage. But Gambit stepped up in the rifle rounds, and after the score was equalized at 12-12, took the lead with a couple of key rounds. First, their B push worked out perfectly, then Timofey "⁠interz⁠" Yakushin pulled off a 1v1 clutch, and finally, the map was concluded in Gambit's favor with a 3v4 retake on A.

Gambit brought over their momentum to Train by winning the force in round 2, which allowed them to build a strong lead early into their CT side. In rifle rounds, nafany's team took control of A Main time after time and dealt with the B hits from Natus Vincere well, finishing the half 11-4 ahead.

After the switch, force-buys again found success, with Gambit finishing on top this time around. Natus Vincere could never get their economy going after that, which made Gambit's job of closing out the game, 16-6, a simple task.

Matchpage
2
0
26th February 2021
16
Overpass
12
16
Train
6
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 23 +17 87.8 1.45
36 - 30 +6 84.6 1.22
35 - 31 +4 74.0 1.14
39 - 30 +9 76.2 1.13
31 - 28 +3 64.6 1.04
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
32 - 35 -3 73.8 1.04
35 - 35 0 78.1 1.02
28 - 32 -4 68.3 0.89
25 - 36 -11 51.1 0.76
22 - 44 -22 55.8 0.62
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
871
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
597
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Russia Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Timofey 'interz' Yakushin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
580
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.59
let's go
2021-02-26 17:24
#3
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Malta 1ShadyY
gg
2021-02-26 17:24
Good, good.
2021-02-26 17:24
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
hahaa
2021-02-26 17:24
electrionic pls
2021-02-26 17:24
s1mple top 1 still
2021-02-26 17:24
unluko
2021-02-26 17:24
sosanya kneeling
2021-02-26 17:24
EZ 4 major winner Hobbit
2021-02-26 17:24
I hope Gambit wins KAtowice OMG
2021-02-26 17:24
3 replies
#144
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Luxembourg TheBudi34
+1
2021-02-26 18:10
+2
2021-02-26 21:55
+3
2021-02-27 00:52
BYE BOTS
2021-02-26 17:24
#15
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
ahahhahhahahahaha
2021-02-26 17:24
LOL ez4spirit
2021-02-26 17:25
1 reply
#238
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Poland Kac_Blyat
Aged well
2021-02-27 19:40
easy game
2021-02-26 17:25
GGG
2021-02-26 17:25
“EZ FOR S1MPLE AND GOAT BOOMBLA” 😹😹
2021-02-26 17:25
The biggest winner of this match is actually boomich. that fat-ass win big by geting free paycheck for being sh!t
2021-02-26 17:25
1 reply
#162
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North America joeS
mens please stop if you are complaning about free checks you need to be going for flamie not boom. Flamie collecting checks for years from navi and complete bot
2021-02-26 18:28
EZ Gambit nice boys 👍
2021-02-26 17:25
CRY NAVI FANS HHAHAHAHAHAHA
2021-02-26 17:25
ez for sh1ro
2021-02-26 17:26
Gambit 1 major Navi 0 major Expected
2021-02-26 17:26
1 reply
#86
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New Zealand Iuca5
+1
2021-02-26 17:41
#28
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Kazakhstan ajdoz
ezwws!
2021-02-26 17:26
gg
2021-02-26 17:26
Sh1ro 1.45 rating, S1mple 1.02 rating KEK
2021-02-26 17:26
GamGODS 💙
2021-02-26 17:26
lol
2021-02-26 17:26
s1mple is the problem. Covers up the problems in navi by his hard carrys.
2021-02-26 17:26
3 replies
#195
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Czech Republic Noxar
Nt Zeewoo
2021-02-26 20:24
2 replies
its true though, navi would be not a top 5/8 team without s1mple, he just does the hard carrys to win them maps and then navi think everything is fine.
2021-02-26 20:26
1 reply
It's not because he 'covers up' the problems that he IS the problem. It's not his fault if the team can't actually see that Flamie is shit :p
2021-02-26 21:56
#35
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Romania ViolentJ
wtf, gambit so good
2021-02-26 17:27
lost money but so happy :)
2021-02-26 17:27
#37
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Holy hell they got clapped. Overpass was close but Flamie losing every clutch there lost them the map. Train however. Sh1ro>S2mple confirmed.
2021-02-26 17:27
Didnt expected tbh, but Gambit played like GODS, deserved
2021-02-26 17:28
ggwp
2021-02-26 17:28
#43
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Norway Balta69
xaxaxaxa
2021-02-26 17:29
RIP my fantasy
2021-02-26 17:29
1 reply
#63
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Europe legal2333
+1. If we want to win a fantasy we always should pick underdogs lol
2021-02-26 17:34
Told you
2021-02-26 17:29
The scene needs to let more teams to tourneys instead of recycling old washed trash like it was the case with MIBR (old luminousity) for 2 years only for economical reasons and influence. Inbreeding in esports has to be the worst thing for the scene. Of course, some pros or teams would be happy to be paycheck stealing if you're part of a big Org ( cloud9, old faze, etc) but we need more ways to allow upsets by randoms. VP and CIS teams have been on the map for a long time, they're already good teams for a long time now so I'm not talking about them (they already beat Na'Vi multiple times for CIS RMRs). There are so many teams worth a try but the scene won't let new teams rise easely. Look how much spirit/VP or Gambit have to do to be on the map^^. They've been playing at a great level since 2019 but Orgs and tournament organizers never let teams they have no contract with. 1 or 2 qualified spots is clearly not enough. The circuit of CSGO has no money anymore it would seem since Valve never helped for anything and just give ridiculous measures like coaches or roaster restrictions. (Valve = utter trash).
2021-02-26 17:32
4 replies
#78
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Slovakia veeellys
"The scene needs to let more teams to tourneys instead of recycling old washed trash like it was the case with MIBR (old luminousity) for 2 years only for economical reasons and influence." - true i want add that orgs have to add young new players like NIP,FNATIC did before...and don't let oldies getting paycheck for underperfoming like olof, xizt , fer , fallen , friberg and many others did
2021-02-26 17:37
1 reply
#80
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Slovakia veeellys
scene needs to be refreshed faster
2021-02-26 17:38
#84
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United States bobbyfelps
In order to sustain tourneys teams can pay for permanent slots like MiBr has in blast. The TO's are businesses and will continue to do this in the future, however more qualifier spots could be good
2021-02-26 17:40
#196
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Czech Republic Noxar
+1 agreed But #84 is right as well, can't have it all I guess
2021-02-26 20:26
EXPECTED
2021-02-26 17:30
#50
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Qatar olaolakaka
Russian mafia rigged it again i see. Must have been juicy money
2021-02-26 17:31
3 replies
how much
2021-02-26 17:44
2 replies
only idiot bet this match the odds were too good for navi on russian betting site, instantly knew something was fishy
2021-02-26 18:11
1 reply
navi shouldn’t of had good odds, they don’t play well vs other CIS teams and it’s online
2021-02-27 05:04
s1mple 0 major gambit 1 major
2021-02-26 17:31
this one is hard to swallow as a navi fan. :(
2021-02-26 17:31
Disappointed but not surprised.
2021-02-26 17:32
GG the only team in history that won Katowice 2 times in a row remains NaVi (2010 and 2011)
2021-02-26 17:32
1 reply
FAIL... first Katowice was held in 2013.
2021-02-26 18:15
#56
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Jordan Zereeni
expected
2021-02-26 17:33
like i said sh1ro > S2mple it was soo obv gl vs spirit!
2021-02-26 17:34
1 reply
Name explains result
2021-02-26 17:36
Hobbit 1 major s1mple 0
2021-02-26 17:34
#61
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Europe Velurom
Let's go Gambit!
2021-02-26 17:34
good for them!
2021-02-26 17:34
simple still in the black.))
2021-02-26 17:35
KING SH1RO
2021-02-26 17:35
#68
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
flukeeeeeee
2021-02-26 17:35
That mapveto kick the guy who decided it even if it was S1mple. And kick flamie that bot. After 1 year you can expect better overpass tactics...
2021-02-26 17:36
2 replies
lol i thought navi were gonna pick dust 2 but apparently not
2021-02-26 17:37
1 reply
It is like they wanted to lose. Train in a cis match up only as decider
2021-02-26 17:53
#70
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Chile cristiaan
expected 4 goat sh1ro
2021-02-26 17:36
ez4sh1ro
2021-02-26 17:37
#76
boltz | 
Brazil xxAxx
Gambit_1_Major_NaVi_0_Majors
2021-02-26 17:37
1 reply
NaVi 4 major tho
2021-02-26 18:35
Expected from CIS online
2021-02-26 17:37
Easy for team spirit in 1/2 !! :)
2021-02-26 17:38
EZ4GAM
2021-02-26 17:39
#83
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Germany sniffy1997
Katowice is Done we will get a boring Final because liquid vs astralis Could be only in semifinal
2021-02-26 17:39
9 replies
No one wants Liquid vs Astralis. Same matchup we've seen a million times, and even with new players Liquid will lose.
2021-02-26 17:41
8 replies
I actually want Spirit vs VP/Liquid tbh
2021-02-26 17:48
4 replies
Of the teams here, I'd prefer either Liquid or Spirit take it. Spirit have been posting solid results for a while now, and it'd be cool to see them finally win something.
2021-02-26 17:55
3 replies
+1 yeah Spirit is a very good team atm and I will cheer for them. Liquid would also be nice to take it since Elige deserves winning some tournaments imo
2021-02-26 19:30
2 replies
100% agreed. Either way, I want the winner to be literally anyone but Astralis. I don't hate them, it's just nice to see people outside the "top" take it home.
2021-02-26 19:45
1 reply
I like the Astralis guys but I somehow don't like the org so yeah I'm glad Astralis lost. Btw I don't get it why they have a 7men roster on paper but don't use bubzkji and the Guy from Astralis Academy
2021-02-27 00:45
But it will be liquid vs astralis in semi if vp doesnt win against them.
2021-02-26 18:09
2 replies
I know. I'm just saying that it's not super exciting since we've seen the matchup so many times.
2021-02-26 18:32
1 reply
True
2021-02-26 19:29
GG EZ FOR GAMBIT
2021-02-26 17:42
flamie kick when
2021-02-26 17:47
Gg Gambit
2021-02-26 17:47
#97
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France cedd
god sh1ro
2021-02-26 17:48
wtf just happened?
2021-02-26 17:48
ggs gambit :D
2021-02-26 17:48
gg easy
2021-02-26 17:50
Navi flair where
2021-02-26 17:53
#103
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Iceland caverat
nothing to say btw good for bettors
2021-02-26 17:53
#106
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United Kingdom novaseer
of course NaVi lost, it's tier 2 CIS duh
2021-02-26 17:54
As i said ez 2 0 for gambit
2021-02-26 17:55
Poor fangirls
2021-02-26 17:57
What the actual fuck? What? This is how navi are losing this tournament after such a great run? LOL
2021-02-26 17:57
Hobbit 1 major > s1mple 0 major
2021-02-26 17:58
Eazy
2021-02-26 17:58
2 replies
Congrats guys, gg for Hobb1t and co
2021-02-26 18:01
1 reply
Yeah happy for him
2021-02-26 22:30
botvi
2021-02-26 17:59
Navi chokes hard as usual in the most important games, Somple performs only in one gate matches and dissapears when his simpact is crucially needed to win.
2021-02-26 18:00
5 replies
#125
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Ukraine W1ldHunt
Do Russians hate s1mple because he's Ukrainian or because he plays like shit sometimes? Dunno what to expect from you.
2021-02-26 18:02
4 replies
I dont hate S1mple at all actually and i love Ukraine tbh, i just despice the overwelming majority of their supporters for being arrogant, toxic and dumb. I also hate Russian translations because they are biased as fuck, every single clutch they won is because of their unreal skills, every single clutch they lost is because of opponents luck and their own mistakes, so i have to watch eng stream as a long time Liquid fan (since 2016). And the third reason is that Navi is considered top 1 team by many people in cis, that is not true either. All things considered, you can realize why i dislike Navi.
2021-02-26 18:11
1 reply
#231
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Ukraine W1ldHunt
Now I understand.
2021-02-27 12:00
Russians hate NAVI cuz it's Ukrainian and they hate S1mple also for this reason. Russians started the hate against NAVI since their existence Russians are butthurt towards Ukraine, cuz it's better
2021-02-27 11:45
1 reply
#232
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Ukraine W1ldHunt
I see it, but it's actually sad that they are so butthurt about us all the time.
2021-02-27 12:01
sh1 > s1
2021-02-26 18:00
Oooooh fuck. Deserved
2021-02-26 18:02
#126
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Ukraine W1ldHunt
Welp, RIP
2021-02-26 18:02
#127
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Russia mimqui
Nice Gambit/
2021-02-26 18:02
weird, its just NAVI to lose and that fans just disappear
2021-02-26 18:06
Thank u!
2021-02-26 18:08
#137
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United Kingdom ChuMatrix
expected
2021-02-26 18:08
Man, what a bummer for NaVi. It seems the "win one tournament once a year and then fucking die" curse is still alive.
2021-02-26 18:10
1 reply
still consistent top1/2/3 team
2021-02-27 11:45
lol
2021-02-26 18:12
yeah ok
2021-02-26 18:15
Wow
2021-02-26 18:18
Ez4Sh1ro GOD
2021-02-26 18:20
Why are people are saying that sh1ro is better than s1mple, because is not, and Navi is not afraid of Astralis, we beat them at blast 2-0, I don't know why you guys are so toxic
2021-02-26 18:21
XAXAXAXAXAXA
2021-02-26 18:22
#158
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Albania aplasa
???? bruh
2021-02-26 18:24
shiro top1 2k21
2021-02-26 18:25
sh1ro next s1mple
2021-02-26 18:26
#161
mir | 
Russia ErleN_
EZ KATKA
2021-02-26 18:26
expected
2021-02-26 18:28
the truth is that NAVI is not that great of a team, they surely can pop off individually and make up for it but I always felt they lacked sinergy
2021-02-26 18:28
#166
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Poland xBenek
Wasn't this obvious tho? I said 2-0 for Gambit before the match even started. Gambit have 3 (now 4) wins in a row, they are just insane lately.
2021-02-26 18:30
#167
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Ukraine z3m4
Good Job Gambit I hope Spirit or Gambit or VP wins this tourney NaVi must work hard for better result
2021-02-26 18:31
Nice GAMBIT by hobbit
2021-02-26 18:33
#172
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Spain LoLaZo
gg s1mple top2 xDDDDDDD
2021-02-26 18:40
save perfecto from this bot team
2021-02-26 18:50
Great showing from Gambit!
2021-02-26 18:52
#176
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Poland SebL
Gambit still got some mistakes to fix, but it's going really well. NaVi has got work to do aswell, they made a lot of mistakes in this match.
2021-02-26 18:58
#177
God | 
Russia amc20
And people said that losing to Liquid would make it easier for Navi to make it to the finals
2021-02-26 19:02
When mibr lost to this team last year, everyone made fun of them. I think the crowd is now aware of how strong this team is.
2021-02-26 19:03
4 replies
#193
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Brazil hugoooo
People made fun because they lost to Wisla Krakow and CPH
2021-02-26 20:02
3 replies
And Gambit. If you no remember, i remeber. In that time was called gambit youngsters
2021-02-26 22:01
2 replies
#210
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Brazil hugoooo
Not only I remember but I watched both their win and their loss to Gambit, and literally 90% of the hate/jokes were because of defeats to teams I said, Gambit was already on a much better level than those other t3 teams mibr lost, so people didn't make much fun because of that loss. If it makes you feel better to believe in what you said, whatever.
2021-02-26 23:41
1 reply
Just as you think I am wrong, I also think you are wrong. It doesn't make me feel better or worse. I am indifferent to that. But, this is what I remember
2021-02-27 13:55
#179
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United States inflict
Only team to beat gambit? THE GOAT NA IGL TARIK “tarik” CELIK
2021-02-26 19:05
#180
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Russia mshkoda
Gj
2021-02-26 19:05
Nice to see gambit becoming such a good team now. With hobbit being the only player on the team with a lot of experience playing top teams. They got good pretty quick
2021-02-26 19:09
shiro top1 2021
2021-02-26 19:17
Hobbit 1 Major, s0mple 0 Major
2021-02-26 19:40
s1mple trolling with krieg wtf, what a throw. Start of the year looked good for NAVI but once again they fail when it matters. IMO the defeat vs Liquid must have destroyed them mentally in this tournament. NAVI will be back, sometime somewhere, when u least expect it OMEGALUL
2021-02-26 19:41
"electronic top 5" KEKW
2021-02-26 19:46
Damn, this is a surprise to me lol.
2021-02-26 19:47
#192
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Brazil hugoooo
When s1mple don't get +30, Na'Vi is just a normal team
2021-02-26 20:02
#198
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Hungary szia
HOBBIT 1 MAJOR >>>>>> S0MPLE 0 MAJORS LMFAOOOOO
2021-02-26 20:28
s0mple
2021-02-26 21:16
Navi Best team, The ignorant Nerds claimed ... Navi Will win Katowice 2021, The Fan-bois claimed ... Simple, “Bestest player”, Will rekt Gambit The delusional fan-bois Roared ... How did that work out ??? LOL
2021-02-26 21:33
3 replies
Both sh1ro and Yekindar outshined him
2021-02-26 22:29
2 replies
How did Yekindar outshine s1mple? Doesn't make sense what you're saying.
2021-02-27 05:19
1 reply
it does ^^ tournament wise
2021-02-27 18:54
#209
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Russia Sa1to
i mean navi Number 4 even in CIS LMAO
2021-02-26 23:32
terrible navi disband my predict is over
2021-02-27 00:44
#214
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Brazil Fauchard
disband NAVI s1mple need to be streamer
2021-02-27 01:03
4 replies
+1 trash team
2021-02-27 04:44
3 replies
Even VP eliminated Astralis. Why so mad? :D
2021-02-27 05:17
2 replies
hahaha a fakeflagger crying rivers :D go back to cis kiddo
2021-02-27 07:12
#235
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Brazil Fauchard
VP is in a good way Navi never had an era
2021-02-27 14:38
#216
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
sh1ro bestest
2021-02-27 02:38
ez 4 Gambit! hard 4 trash pomple and the rest. #freeelectrobot!
2021-02-27 04:45
#223
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Finland Grograman
expected
2021-02-27 07:28
1 reply
+1
2021-02-27 08:06
NaVi just being nice and letting other teams win Katowice since they already plowed through the playoffs last year. Respect.
2021-02-27 09:28
Fucking online cs with CIS onliner cheaters LMAO. Both CIS onliner GOATs wont ever repeat these results vs astralis and navi. They wouldnt even reach group stage lol. No rapsberry pi aimlock - no CIS onliners
2021-02-27 15:37
fluke onliners
2021-02-28 19:13
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