YEKINDAR shines as Virtus.pro edge out Astralis to advance to IEM Katowice semi-finals

The Latvian put up difference-making performances on Overpass and Inferno to pull Virtus.pro through to the top-four stage.

In the first-ever encounter between the two lineups, Virtus.pro have defeated Astralis 2-1 to secure their berth in the IEM Katowice semi-finals, in which the CIS side will face Liquid on Saturday at 18:30 . Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis was the difference maker in the match, as he recorded a 1.37 rating and 99.2 ADR over the course of the series on the back of carry performances on Overpass and Inferno.

Having had plenty of success on the map throughout the tournament with three consecutive wins, Virtus.pro opted for Overpass as the opener and added a fourth to that list on the back of a dominant start on the Terrorist side. YEKINDAR was finding openings wherever he went, which left Astralis with no answers in the first seven rounds, and as the first half approached the closing stages the Danes struggled for momentum, clinching only four rounds.

YEKINDAR's solo quad-kill helped tip Inferno in Virtus.pro's favor

Success finally came when sides switched after Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz won a 1v1 clutch in the pistol round and Astralis got within three rounds of their opponents. The streak quickly came to a halt when Virtus.pro found early-round advantages, however, and the CIS squad went on to close the first half with the help of a 1v2 clutch from Sanjar "⁠SANJI⁠" Kuliev and a solo quad-kill from YEKINDAR.

Train saw Astralis get off to a much better start with five consecutive rounds on the offense after surviving a dangerous antiforcebuy. Virtus.pro didn't take long to recover and even took the lead after retaking the B bombsite over and over, before the Danish side switched it up and got away with a one-round lead by halftime.

With a second pistol in the bag, Astralis reached double digits but got broken immediately, as YEKINDAR's consecutive double entries gave Virtus.pro easy access to the A bombsite to equalize things and build up a massive economic advantage. Tightening up their defense, Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's side slowly chipped away at their opponents' bank until there was none left, which allowed the Danes to force the deciding map at 16-12.

Little separated the two teams on Inferno at first when the two sides stole rounds from one another off individual plays, with YEKINDAR, Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev, Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov and Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif all stepping up with big multikills. Astralis pulled away to lead 7-3 after several attacks towards A saw them get the advantage and force VP to save guns repeatedly, until Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali stepped up to the plate with a triple and YEKINDAR added another to make it an even game.

After switching over to the defense, Astralis hoped to retain their small advantage after winning a second-round forcebuy, but another massive play from YEKINDAR stopped them in their tracks and Virtus.pro never looked back. Only two more rounds went the other way, one courtesy of a gla1ve clutch, as VP managed to keep Astralis low on money when it mattered to close the series 16-11, 2-1.

Matchpage
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26th February 2021
16
Overpass
10
12
Train
16
16
Inferno
11
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 57 +18 99.2 1.37
55 - 41 +14 74.0 1.14
55 - 50 +5 74.2 1.12
41 - 48 -7 57.8 0.91
38 - 43 -5 51.3 0.91
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 45 +10 72.3 1.18
51 - 50 +1 70.1 1.04
54 - 57 -3 73.5 1.03
47 - 58 -11 75.0 0.95
32 - 55 -23 50.3 0.69
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
957
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1468
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Uzbekistan Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Sanjar 'SANJI' Kuliev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
611
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1037
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1646
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
880
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
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#1
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Finland Cucumber))
GOD YEKINDAR MONSTER TALENT
2021-02-26 22:33
32 replies
#7
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Brazil VlNl
BOT
2021-02-26 22:33
14 replies
#19
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Finland Cucumber))
VINI is a god YEKINDAR is a god let's accept the facts
2021-02-26 22:34
12 replies
#30
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Brazil VlNl
VINI is a BOT YEKINGDAR god
2021-02-26 22:35
11 replies
#32
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Finland Cucumber))
men wtf(((
2021-02-26 22:35
4 replies
so happy for yekindar
2021-02-26 23:08
2 replies
FURIA -juninho +YEKINDAR make that happen neymar
2021-02-27 01:13
1 reply
bruh
2021-02-27 12:42
Sucking twinkie - DENIED
2021-02-27 06:53
LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LIQUID LEGENDS WILL WIN IEM
2021-02-26 22:37
4 replies
#44
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Brazil VlNl
lets go liquid!!! dumdum tss dum dum dum dum
2021-02-26 22:37
ok
2021-02-27 01:33
CIS ERA BOYS NA I THOUGHT BAD NOW KEK
2021-02-27 07:17
#192
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Denmark Bagjo
Lets see what happens.
2021-02-27 17:21
2021-02-26 23:30
#98
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Europe chespiZ
Wow top teams dead
2021-02-26 22:58
Yes very good men
2021-02-26 22:33
#17
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Chile cristiaan
edited to be the first comment, good move
2021-02-26 22:34
4 replies
#26
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Finland Cucumber))
This was maybe my 2nd time ever doing it idk for some reason i just never do it
2021-02-26 22:35
3 replies
#47
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Chile cristiaan
I didn't understand anything, but good move
2021-02-26 22:38
2 replies
#56
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Finland Cucumber))
just saying i don't usually just post a small word to be first
2021-02-26 22:39
1 reply
#125
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Chile cristiaan
oh yea
2021-02-27 00:11
didnt expect this from Astralis...
2021-02-26 22:36
3 replies
#40
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Finland Cucumber))
me neither but VP is good
2021-02-26 22:36
they are in bad shape
2021-02-26 23:34
they are washed up
2021-02-27 01:41
#57
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2021-02-26 22:39
#69
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Denmark ASTRALlS
fluke
2021-02-26 22:44
2 replies
#71
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Finland Cucumber))
yeah what a fluke from Astralis they shouldn't even have won a single map!
2021-02-26 22:45
1 reply
Xyp9x really bad this year
2021-02-26 23:09
#104
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Australia jks_top1
mens its you
2021-02-26 23:07
1 reply
omg mens is me))
2021-02-26 23:17
#182
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Slovakia starlyy
agree
2021-02-27 12:57
Based
2021-02-26 22:33
nt astralis. virtus pro played very well
2021-02-26 22:33
#4
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Chile cristiaan
CIS ERA
2021-02-26 22:33
YEKINDAR future top 1
2021-02-26 22:33
7 replies
Zywoo still rhz best
2021-02-26 22:34
5 replies
good fight in 2-3 years time
2021-02-26 22:35
3 replies
#50
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Russia typalCraZy
Don't forget about s1mple, ropz, sh1ro, mir, degster...
2021-02-26 22:38
2 replies
Top 1 in a few years will be a great battle
2021-02-26 22:39
#76
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Ukraine IAFNN
hpw tf mir can be good in 2-3 years if he is now 25 yo?
2021-02-26 22:46
ZyWoO can stick to not making it out of groups and padding his mvp at rmr events
2021-02-27 08:48
#55
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Brazil Anarchybr
No sh1ro or ELIGE First
2021-02-26 22:39
YESSIR
2021-02-26 22:33
ez vp
2021-02-26 22:33
#9
shox | 
Russia Dianov
GOD
2021-02-26 22:33
YEKINGODDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-02-26 22:33
#11
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Pakistan LoOuU2
The CIS era really is upon us. Liquid the last hope of rest of the world.
2021-02-26 22:33
7 replies
#34
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Kazakhstan Tezzy_N1_
ahahahaah, like words from movie, but I hope that won't happen, CIS teams deserve everything they achieved
2021-02-26 22:36
1 reply
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i agree with you on that. Withthe amount of talent in the region, CIS domination had to be foreseen and inevitable. The online play just pushed the narrative further. Personally , i hope Spirit wins!
2021-02-26 22:37
#43
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Europe legal2333
mens))
2021-02-26 22:37
3 replies
#66
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Pakistan LoOuU2
someone seems to be happy today mens))
2021-02-26 22:44
2 replies
#72
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Europe legal2333
Yes mens, pretty much of it))) hope vp wins Katinho
2021-02-26 22:45
1 reply
#80
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i hope Spirit does! But i too see VP taking it.
2021-02-26 22:48
#144
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Indonesia segopecel
plot of any hollywood action film
2021-02-27 02:04
#12
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Netherlands staticNL
Astralis are getting worse by the tourney. yekindar is a sick player though
2021-02-26 22:34
#13
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New Zealand Iuca5
CIS TAKEOVER :O
2021-02-26 22:33
Buy more ak47 skins with kato stickers astralis noobs HAHAHAHA
2021-02-26 22:33
1 reply
#86
arT | 
Brazil SH1NoOB
dude that ak isnt owned by dupreeh the last time it was for sale, it was bought for 150k, obviously he didnt buy it.
2021-02-26 22:56
Xyp9x lmao
2021-02-26 22:34
#18
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Ukraine z3m4
CIS CS LESGOOOOOO botstralis fans molding xDDD
2021-02-26 22:34
4 replies
they laughed at NaVi today
2021-02-26 22:36
1 reply
They have nothing left to prove unlike Navi
2021-02-26 22:46
their cries are molding into a beautiful vase!
2021-02-26 22:38
Astralis 4 majors, pls remind me how much have Navi and VP lets say combined
2021-02-27 14:35
#20
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Serbia hitomi79
Nice
2021-02-26 22:34
Hello to NAVI + Astralis bettors
2021-02-26 22:34
this kid yekindar is a fucking god
2021-02-26 22:34
6 replies
Not kid already old (21) zywoo sh1ro 19
2021-02-26 22:35
5 replies
doesn't matter, sh1ro baits like s0mple yekindar full control
2021-02-26 22:36
4 replies
Yekindar baiting even harder. You can continue living in denial tho
2021-02-27 08:49
3 replies
0/8
2021-02-27 08:59
How can he bait when he has equal entryfrags like arT nt
2021-02-27 09:48
1 reply
he is better form of art. he is not stupid +w guy, he has better aim and he is not awp abuser
2021-02-27 12:19
GG wp
2021-02-26 22:34
imagine putting your hopes in liquid of all teams to beat the CIS at this point lmao
2021-02-26 22:35
#27
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Jordan Zereeni
Gg
2021-02-26 22:35
#28
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Brazil Anarchybr
JAME can’t be on top 5 this year if he just disappears on big games like this one Great game tho, unfortunately Jame had to throw that 1v1 in the stupidest way possible just to fuck my Under 26.5 bet Gg VP
2021-02-26 22:40
2 replies
#48
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Kazakhstan Tezzy_N1_
+1, gg from vp, winning from team like Astralis without Jame means a lot
2021-02-26 22:38
#52
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Europe legal2333
Winners aren't judged
2021-02-26 22:39
U dont even need jame to perform to beat lulstralis LMAO So bad XD
2021-02-26 22:36
YEKINDAREDEVIL LETS GOOOO
2021-02-26 22:36
ez for the latvian prodigy
2021-02-26 22:36
#46
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Europe legal2333
EZ
2021-02-26 22:38
EZ
2021-02-26 22:38
onliner
2021-02-26 22:39
5 replies
lol, VP(ex avangar) was way better in Lan, and u saying them onliner?
2021-02-26 22:42
4 replies
True true... I remember avangar beating astralis multiple times on Lan... and many other tier 1 teams...
2021-02-27 01:51
3 replies
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH, Avangar and Astralis met 2 times, and it was 2-0 for astralis 2 times
2021-02-27 12:11
2 replies
I was obviously being sarcastic...
2021-03-01 01:26
1 reply
oh, sorry, didnt get it right
2021-03-01 12:13
Why have bubski in the line up if you're not going to use him when a player (Xyp9x) is obviously struggling? Was perfectly clear from the two first maps that it wasn't his day.
2021-02-26 22:40
2 replies
+1
2021-02-26 22:46
Bubzkij is entry he should be changin Dupreeh or Magisk
2021-02-27 14:36
ofc he shines? when he is using third party software, and there so called "tech pauses" Lets see what ESL have to say about him or Virtus.pro after the turnament.
2021-02-26 22:40
#59
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China HEIDASHUAi
Ez for YEKINDAR
2021-02-26 22:40
sanji played really good aswell even tho not many kills
2021-02-26 22:40
1 reply
#177
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Philippines Kithya
+1 he got so much impact
2021-02-27 11:48
#61
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Philippines Kithya
THE PLOW IS BACK
2021-02-26 22:41
EVILLLLLLL
2021-02-26 22:42
gg unlucko(( happy for yekindar do))
2021-02-26 22:42
Beast, his moves made the game
2021-02-26 22:42
+xyp9x -issaa +ropz OG top 5
2021-02-26 22:44
Virtus alga
2021-02-26 22:44
So can we call this team virtus plow now?
2021-02-26 22:44
1 reply
when they win Katowice, definitely
2021-02-27 04:27
love me some salty astralis fans tears crying they're cheaters and will be shit on lan LMAOOOO godkindar laying down the hammer man<3
2021-02-26 22:45
rip good kato grand final today
2021-02-26 22:47
1 reply
Fool, we're blessed with the most explosive and exciting teams to watch. No boring chaps left.
2021-02-27 02:03
GGWP to Astralis! What a sick game!!! Let's fuckin GO VP.GODS GODKINDAR GODAME GODSTER GODJI GODKERT GODESTAN
2021-02-26 22:47
#81
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Poland SebL
I can't believe that VP are in the semi-finals, honestly I didn't expect them to go through group stage, but they did, and I'm happy for Jame. GL moving further. I think it's one of the biggest upsets of this year so far that VP actually managed to beat Astralis here, honestly I expected Astralis to win this tournament, and they lost in quarter-final against VP, it's insane. They are going to be back in next tournament for sure, the team is still great but jesus, they shouldn't lose this honestly.
2021-02-26 22:48
4 replies
There's fucking gambjt and spirit there and you talk about VP
2021-02-27 05:12
3 replies
#188
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Poland SebL
Gambit and Spirit were both more expected to make the playoffs for me than VP.
2021-02-27 16:04
2 replies
0/8
2021-02-27 16:50
1 reply
#195
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Poland SebL
How could I bait while saying my opinion? LOL
2021-02-27 20:17
Number 1 and 2 in the world already out xDD
2021-02-26 22:48
#83
ropz | 
India icle
ALGA AVANGAR!
2021-02-26 22:49
where EYESTA? xDDDD
2021-02-26 22:53
Monster YEK
2021-02-26 22:53
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-02-26 22:54
#89
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Japan ang9r5193
Sanji disconnecting xDD
2021-02-26 22:54
gg
2021-02-26 22:54
#91
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Sweden Trkmag
rakt in
2021-02-26 22:54
god
2021-02-26 22:56
VAKINDAR
2021-02-26 22:56
#94
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Germany ChRiZOwow
75 kills. This kid is insane
2021-02-26 22:56
bad times for all CIS haters but stay strong my mens cuz this is just the beginning))
2021-02-26 22:56
2 replies
dont stop to believe!)) when times are hard outside of the monitor, at least we have such joy for the whole region)
2021-02-26 23:06
Really hope so these teams win a lot of titles this year. They have so many talented players EU teams should consider sign some in the near future.
2021-02-27 05:16
Pog
2021-02-26 22:56
ALGA AVANGAR
2021-02-26 23:03
#100
keeN | 
Kazakhstan Dosss
Yekindar top 1 Buster top 2 2021 Alga Kazakhstan, Alga Latvia xd
2021-02-26 23:03
1 reply
what means Alga ?
2021-02-26 23:26
HLTV always focusing on the best player rather than the team in the headline. Especially when their cherished Astralis get dominated.
2021-02-26 23:04
#102
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Russia AR4ER
GG VP!
2021-02-26 23:05
#106
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United States B_A_
I like polar bears
2021-02-26 23:09
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA
2021-02-26 23:10
vp era
2021-02-26 23:14
Congrats VP
2021-02-26 23:17
this guy is unreal.
2021-02-26 23:18
all titans have fallen
2021-02-26 23:26
#115
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Brazil pooternd
ez4vp
2021-02-26 23:29
#116
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Brazil hugoooo
"edge out" hahaha
2021-02-26 23:30
#119
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World Beard43
Yekindar_is_a_good_guy
2021-02-26 23:46
9v1
2021-02-26 23:46
YEKINDAR > s0mple
2021-02-26 23:49
1 reply
it is not proven. sh1ro > s1mple
2021-02-27 09:37
Online
2021-02-26 23:52
#123
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Switzerland zeKxa
3/4 CIS on top of the world
2021-02-27 00:03
so ez
2021-02-27 00:12
yekindar and ropz to navi ezzz
2021-02-27 00:13
YEKINDAR is a fucking monster, hard entry almost all the time and he just gets away with it because he always knows when to fall back to not get killed just to repeek at the right time to get another kill.
2021-02-27 00:22
Expected from better pros
2021-02-27 00:27
Astralul without smoke bug kekwwwww
2021-02-27 00:54
#GOGOVP (except against liquid))) YEKINDAR GOD
2021-02-27 00:57
3 CIS teams under the last 4 and Navi isn't one of them. wtf
2021-02-27 01:20
1 reply
The era is here
2021-02-27 05:11
I'm saying, the astralis era is coming to an end, it's over ... Go VP
2021-02-27 01:25
2 replies
Its over since 2019
2021-02-27 05:18
#151
keeN | 
Kazakhstan Dosss
4 years is enough for them, it's time to go on vacation
2021-02-27 05:26
I'm so done with betting cs. NaVi and Astralis costed me 500 euros today
2021-02-27 01:26
#137
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Czech Republic stollson
everybody praise yekindar, but dont forget about buster - many great plays in this match!
2021-02-27 01:33
1 reply
timur did his thing 🔥
2021-02-27 18:22
device let himself get knifed omg nubb. Not #3 in the world at all.
2021-02-27 01:43
It's crazy to know how 3 of the 4 teams left in Katowice are from the CIS The CIS era is here boys😁😁😁
2021-02-27 02:00
:( Content
2021-02-27 05:23
#152
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Denmark PeeedE
Yekindar is so Good, holy f*ck
2021-02-27 05:31
Well played Virtus. pro ♨️
2021-02-27 05:41
Soon s0mple out of top 3 CIS)))
2021-02-27 07:14
YEKINDAR brokyy Bymas degster Shiro All of them are beasts, like actual beasts in EU whether it be fpl or pro matches.
2021-02-27 07:25
1 reply
broky + bymas are too inconsistent with their performances.. Being a beast in 1 out of 10 games is not enough, but it will come with time when they get older and more experienced
2021-02-27 16:11
FUK JAME
2021-02-27 07:37
#159
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Indonesia Manayar
devastating loss, astralis appeared weird though. ggs.
2021-02-27 07:48
bruh
2021-02-27 07:59
astralis washed up
2021-02-27 08:25
Thanks to Zeus for YEKINDAR
2021-02-27 08:34
EUtards are so butthurt and insecure that they put all of their last hopes on NA team. Expected from the weakest region where betas live and can’t even afford to get an onlyfans subscription lmao
2021-02-27 08:50
2 replies
EUtards are so butthurt and insecure that they put all of their last hopes on NA team. Expected from the weakest region where betas live and can’t even afford to get an onlyfans subscription lmao
2021-02-27 09:02
cringe boy
2021-02-27 16:09
#170
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Denmark twinseN
Wp Vp Astralis wasnt online on inferno like they didnt care hmm But gg Vp
2021-02-27 10:05
#173
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Germany tide_side
YEKINDAR is a beast. All tourney favorites are out. Let's see who is the new champ. From all teams Spirit looks strongest to me, but hard to say.
2021-02-27 11:05
waiting to see yekindar on lan
2021-02-27 11:21
1 reply
Not gonna happen any time soon unluki
2021-02-27 11:44
YEKINDAR IS BEAST
2021-02-27 11:43
Ahh how the tables have turned:D
2021-02-27 12:16
HAHAHAHHAH
2021-02-27 14:25
#187
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Indonesia cleostar
these lucky bots gonna get destroyed by liquid soon
2021-02-27 16:02
1 reply
boys crushed everyone from lower bracket winning 8/9 maps to reach semis and you are saying they lucky? give me a break :D
2021-02-27 18:19
god
2021-02-28 17:58
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