adreN named new Liquid coach

The coach with whom the organization won seven international titles has retaken his old spot behind the North American team.

Liquid have announced the addition of Eric "⁠adreN⁠" Hoag, who has been named as the team's new head coach after the North American side parted ways with Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole on Monday. The 31-year-old returns to the organization for a third stint after spending the last nine months playing alongside the likes of David "⁠DAVEY⁠" Stafford and Erik "⁠fl0m⁠" Flom in Mythic.

adreN previously played under the organization in 2015-2016 before transitioning to the role of a coach as he rejoined Liquid in late 2018. The team went on to win seven titles over the course of the following eight months with the veteran behind them, including five consecutive trophies as well as the second Intel Grand Slam season, and became the No. 1 side in the world for 18 weeks in a row.

adreN returns for a third stint with Liquid

After having been released from the organization in mid-2020, which saw Liquid replace Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella with Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince and bring in moses as the new coach, adreN reunites with some of his former teammates at a time when they are undergoing another transitional period following their decision to transfer in-game leadership duties from Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip to Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo.

"You don't always know what you have until you don't, and I think that is the case with regards to Eric," Liquid's co-CEO Victor Goossens said in the announcement. "What he brought to the team strategically was just incredible. Now that we have the roster that we have today, we feel strongly that Eric is the coach for us to take us to the next level."

"My expectations this time joining Liquid are going to be a little bit different than when I joined in 2019," adreN added. "In 2019 the team was coming off a lot of success already and a great 2018 year, and coming into that team I was expecting us to be the best. This time around, the landscape in CS is a little bit different. The goal is the same as always, but I think it's going to be a lot harder this time to establish that No. 1 spot."

With their old coach back, Liquid will be hoping to stabilize after they initially showed promise once the Brazilian took over the reins before their latest European campaign ended with the team eliminated in the first round of playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 13 and in last place of the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown at the hands of Dignitas.

Liquid's first official showing with adreN will take place in the first North American Regional Major Ranking of 2021, cs_summit 8, which will run from May 20-30 and feature FURIA, Evil Geniuses, EXTREMUM, and four qualified sides.

The North American team's roster is now the following:

United States Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski
Canada Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic
United States Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip
United States Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince
Brazil Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo

United States Eric "⁠adreN⁠" Hoag (coach)

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1392
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1399
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
31
Team:
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
United States Erik 'fl0m' Flom
Erik 'fl0m' Flom
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Canada David 'DAVEY' Stafford
David 'DAVEY' Stafford
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1374
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
welcome back!
2021-05-04 19:04
20 replies
Poggers, i think he will do well in Liquid, maybe they will make more roster changes?
2021-05-04 19:06
10 replies
this is a terrible move if moses didn't leave on purpose
2021-05-04 19:45
2 replies
+1
2021-05-04 20:14
Why?
2021-05-05 11:28
LULquid still needs to kick Stewie2k and Grim
2021-05-04 21:31
5 replies
stop itt lmao 0/8
2021-05-04 21:31
2 replies
Men))) I edited it xD I dont want to get banned for a silly bait ^^
2021-05-04 21:39
1 reply
tbh i don't think that jon e would ban you for that men))) but better do this
2021-05-04 21:40
-grim +tarik
2021-05-07 08:05
1 reply
hahah laugh guys its a joke!!!
2021-05-14 21:06
#163
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Serbia MyLaN19
Naah cap organisation wouldnt let that happen
2021-05-05 14:10
The bad AdreN
2021-05-04 19:06
1 reply
#88
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Spain LoLaZo
nt
2021-05-04 19:57
I guess 3rd times the charm
2021-05-04 19:06
classic -adreN +adreN
2021-05-04 19:33
1 reply
+1
2021-05-04 20:10
+1
2021-05-04 19:43
It's a little sad to see teams just trading the same players and coaches over and over again and not bringing in fresh new names
2021-05-04 23:17
2 replies
+1
2021-05-04 23:51
+a good number
2021-05-05 11:56
#2
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United Kingdom ulan
yo idc
2021-05-04 19:04
2 replies
#20
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Canada JC_123
+1
2021-05-04 19:06
nobody asked
2021-05-13 00:38
#3
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Brazil S0N1CANGEL
Now Liquid will be good again
2021-05-04 19:04
#4
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Finland Eestu
POG
2021-05-04 19:04
pog
2021-05-04 19:04
#6
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Ecuador LONE_8122
cool!
2021-05-04 19:04
#7
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United Kingdom MorrisonMan
expected
2021-05-04 19:04
#8
ZywOo | 
India aR__
expected
2021-05-04 19:04
adren god
2021-05-04 19:05
GL
2021-05-04 19:04
#11
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Germany Droidd
lesgoo
2021-05-04 19:05
#12
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Brazil Brunoow13
O PLANO
2021-05-04 19:05
1 reply
#149
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Brazil lepapaz
did you say O PLANO?
2021-05-05 04:38
expected
2021-05-04 19:05
expected, gl to adreN!
2021-05-04 19:08
4 replies
AdreN is the guy with golden teeth, it's adreN.
2021-05-04 19:07
1 reply
true lmao, i will edit mb
2021-05-04 19:08
#34
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Germany Droidd
he left k23 for this?
2021-05-04 19:09
1 reply
shhhhh, you didn't see anything my friendorinho....
2021-05-04 19:14
nice
2021-05-04 19:05
#16
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Brazil F_FOR_MIBR
expected
2021-05-04 19:05
#17
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Singapore Jaredlkj
nice one lol
2021-05-04 19:05
#18
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Brazil enxofre
Here's adreN.....
2021-05-04 19:05
#22
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United Kingdom Brxdman
Welcome back!
2021-05-04 19:06
rip joka steve and moses bromance
2021-05-04 19:06
?? adren isn't even a good coach so why
2021-05-04 19:06
6 replies
#30
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Canada mdawgie
ya he is
2021-05-04 19:08
wtf, they achieved their peak with him???
2021-05-04 19:15
1 reply
their peak was just everyone in their team slapping everyone
2021-05-04 20:50
#56
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United States 3manu3l
underrated coach
2021-05-04 19:16
What has moses achieved with this team? adreN is far better, at least now liquid has a proven coach.
2021-05-04 19:58
1 reply
tl tilts way too much and moses is better at controlling this plus they are in EU with gambit and the cis teams whom are better. adren is just tactics and doesn't help control emotions which tl needs as elige , fallen and stewie are prone to tilting
2021-05-07 18:59
#27
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United Kingdom egaP_CS
expected
2021-05-04 19:07
idk y i just remember his face from starladder vertigo pick agains astralis lmao
2021-05-04 19:09
3 replies
We all do
2021-05-04 19:13
#110
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Lmao that was gold. He knew at that exact moment they were fucked. Nitr0 tried his best to laugh it off.
2021-05-04 21:35
#181
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Poland kruky
top kek
2021-05-07 00:57
GL
2021-05-04 19:09
Budget adren
2021-05-04 19:09
Now just: -Bot2k -Grim
2021-05-04 19:10
That's a certified pog
2021-05-04 19:10
Sussy baka😂🥶
2021-05-04 19:11
expected
2021-05-04 19:11
expected
2021-05-04 19:11
surprise, now -stewie + cold hehehe
2021-05-04 19:11
1 reply
Only roster move that could make them worse
2021-05-04 19:14
Ez 5 events
2021-05-04 19:12
#44
NAF | 
Canada Dubsyy
actually great coach... time for Liquid takeover part 2
2021-05-04 19:13
back to tier 2 noiss RIP NA CS
2021-05-04 19:13
5 replies
#59
EliGE | 
Philippines Drxy
So 2019 was a fluke?
2021-05-04 19:20
4 replies
Most likely, team was all aim no brain, landing insta headshots
2021-05-04 19:26
3 replies
#109
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United States Wafftop
Wins a win, and that was during the utility heavy era, get dunked
2021-05-04 21:35
2 replies
youre arguing with a zeus fan lmao zeus 0aim and 0brain LUL
2021-05-04 22:48
Actually if you wanted to be honest with yourself, you'd likely admit that there success coincided with Astralis breaks in competition as well as the heavy krieg/Aug meta pre-nerf. I'm a Liquid fan though so I think it was pure skill/strats/setups. ;-)
2021-05-05 00:28
expected
2021-05-04 19:14
He is a good coach Now -grim
2021-05-04 19:14
6 replies
It’s coming soon probably, I wonder if they’re trying to strike a deal with eg
2021-05-04 20:02
5 replies
#116
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Canada CAFRi
are you thinking of a tarik pick up when you say "strike a deal with eg". or someone else?
2021-05-04 21:56
Rumor is -grim +brehze
2021-05-05 13:16
3 replies
Where’s the rumor coming from?
2021-05-05 17:29
2 replies
His ass
2021-05-10 15:33
1 reply
+1 exactly, Something in my gut tells me.
2021-05-17 21:03
#53
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Romania dmyiwnl
welcome home king
2021-05-04 19:15
#54
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United States drac0z
les go
2021-05-04 19:16
LIQUID NO 1 AGAIN NOW??
2021-05-04 19:16
#57
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United Kingdom Dinoblitx
LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-05-04 19:17
And bring nitr0 back now plz
2021-05-04 19:17
#61
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Venezuela Jorge_
Liquid was in downhill recently, but now it's gonna go in a total freefall. I'm sorry for Liquid fnas.
2021-05-04 19:25
4 replies
You really think +adren -moses gonna affect the team that bad?
2021-05-04 20:00
1 reply
#169
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Venezuela Jorge_
Not at all, just baiting for burgerbrains like #128
2021-05-05 20:11
1 reply
#168
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Venezuela Jorge_
your point?
2021-05-05 20:11
#62
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Chile cristiaan
nais, gl
2021-05-04 19:26
#64
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Finland Ghrale
He is printing that liquid cash though, respect the hustle
2021-05-04 19:27
again xd
2021-05-04 19:29
adren is awesome, gl.
2021-05-04 19:31
left from K23 for this...
2021-05-04 19:31
expected
2021-05-04 19:33
expected
2021-05-04 19:33
lmao
2021-05-04 19:35
nice but rip mythic((
2021-05-04 19:35
5 replies
#76
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United States Gonginator
They will forever be in Premier unless they do an actual roster overhaul. Losing Keiti set them back a bit since she was 1 of their main fraggers. However, if Mythic were to give some up and coming Advanced and/or Premier players a chance, they could possibly qualify for Pro League next season.
2021-05-04 19:41
4 replies
I don't think that's a problem for them, it streamer team so being a top team in the world not rlly an option and I think fl0m doesn't like to travel to events a lot. Also, they want to develop talent.
2021-05-04 19:50
3 replies
Gotcha - my apologies for the misunderstanding haha. I thought that you had meant "RIP Mythic" as in they will never make it out of Premier at this rate.
2021-05-04 22:17
2 replies
another places created for a pugger who can develop now I guess))
2021-05-04 22:18
1 reply
I suppose that's the one good thing that Mythic has going for them lol.
2021-05-04 23:08
TL: "Crap...it's been 8 months with Moses and we aren't number 1." Also TL: "Got it, lets bring in the guy that was doing shitty before! We are geniuses, quick make up a twitter meme to smooth this over"
2021-05-04 19:36
-adreN +adreN -adreN +adreN -adreN +adreN
2021-05-04 19:39
1 reply
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2021-05-05 03:08
#75
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Russia ToughGuy
now kick washed up fallen and bring tier1 awper and liquid might be top5
2021-05-04 19:41
Wtf type of last name is Hoag lmao
2021-05-04 19:44
1 reply
:hogan:
2021-05-05 17:40
How does liquid only give Moses a few months to prove his worth yet stewie is still on the team after years of awful performances? I’m happy for this adren move but it’s so obvious stewie has to be replaced
2021-05-04 19:45
2 replies
#155
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Netherlands JUNG13
Moses had 8 months man... ENCE guys were together for half this period when they reached major final
2021-05-05 11:48
Stewie can't be replaced, there are very few people on the planet that's fine with playing bitch roles while still being able to do well, while ALSO being a hype-man for the team that keeps everyone up.
2021-05-05 13:42
#83
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United States Vespurr
Now -Grim +Twistzz -Fallen +nitr0 Major easy
2021-05-04 19:47
2 replies
#87
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Brazil Joaopgo2
Kakakakaakkaakakakakakakakkakakakaka this line up has existed for a long time and dont get any major
2021-05-04 19:55
You're likely memeing but if you're serious, I'd put money in for a crowd sourced buyout of nitr0s 100T contract to bring him back home!!!
2021-05-05 00:32
hope adren brings back his empty strat book!
2021-05-04 19:50
1 reply
#130
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Romania dmyiwnl
bruh remember the peanuts he did at dreamhack hahahah
2021-05-04 22:53
Welcome back, I guess.
2021-05-04 19:59
#98
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Argentina BlanKsT
Welcome back adreN! Hope Liquid win many trophies as they did in 2019 :D
2021-05-04 20:15
#99
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Peru ndrearg
Nice
2021-05-04 20:29
#100
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United Kingdom fluxify
gg
2021-05-04 20:40
Actually not surprized had a feeling it could be adren again
2021-05-04 20:40
#102
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United States fatburger
liquid has to make the worst roster changes out of any team
2021-05-04 20:46
honestly if they couldve got zews would be even better
2021-05-04 20:50
1 reply
#111
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Zews and Fallen aren't on the same page anymore afaik
2021-05-04 21:36
Let's go, welcome back Coach.
2021-05-04 21:30
gg
2021-05-04 21:37
#113
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Pakistan LoOuU2
I dont know man, his tactics and starts weren't bad to replace him in the first place but it was his seemingly unprescence while being behind his teammates which made him look bad. He would rarely ever talk, Liquid rarely ever took a timeout when loosing rounds with him and he just showed no emotions. I hope that changes.
2021-05-04 21:38
5 replies
Emotions is weakness Logic and rationality is the way to go
2021-05-04 21:59
3 replies
#118
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i understand that but you have to show some emotions and react to the situations accordingly , he didnt at all. Kept a straight poker face throughout didnt matter whether Liquid were stomping or getting stomped.
2021-05-04 22:01
2 replies
Maybe they didnt want to get apex’d and told him before matches to just stfu
2021-05-04 22:09
1 reply
#125
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i honestly havent ever saw Adren outside of Liquid so i dont know how naturally he is on streams and his streaming team but maybe that was the case. no one has the capability to mald like Apex though , lmao
2021-05-04 22:24
they have fallen now for the "keeping the team together" role
2021-05-04 22:49
#120
oSee | 
United States fyi
So obvious to bring back adren he is by far the best strategic mind in the NA scene ever since steel left for valorant.
2021-05-04 22:10
#121
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United States Vespurr
CONGRATS ERIC!! (btw Eric is adreN, i can use his first name because we are tight like that. yeah i know top players but its not a big deal to me lol)
2021-05-04 22:13
6 replies
This comment is cringe asf. As if we wouldn't have deduced the wierd HLTV forum flex on our own, you somehow felt the need to explain it to us which only made it more cringe. Well done.
2021-05-05 00:36
5 replies
#144
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United States Vespurr
it's copypasta...
2021-05-05 01:30
2 replies
Can't hide behind that bud
2021-05-05 06:13
1 reply
#151
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United States Vespurr
what?
2021-05-05 06:22
Do you have autism?
2021-05-05 13:14
#184
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
? content
2021-05-07 19:01
underrated, liquid top1 soon
2021-05-04 22:18
AdreN left K23 for this....?????
2021-05-04 22:55
Gl Adrenaline
2021-05-04 23:06
daddy
2021-05-05 00:21
#138
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Albania aplasa
ma boy is back
2021-05-05 00:28
#142
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United States jr0d
BiP
2021-05-05 00:56
#143
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Hong Kong Opekp
AdreN Join liquid an Save NA
2021-05-05 01:03
Facepalm
2021-05-05 01:50
#148
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Philippines sijibats
moses' role is to add points so liquid gets invited to tournaments while adreN is the one who help the team win.
2021-05-05 04:17
welcome back
2021-05-05 08:55
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
2021-05-05 11:08
hmm
2021-05-05 12:32
AndreN welcome back.. U was one off the missing personalities in cs. great to have u back on squard Liquid!! To get them
2021-05-05 12:38
#161
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Australia Spyddrz
-grim +nitro EZTOP1
2021-05-05 13:17
Great move for Liquid, he is the coach they need, with his game knowledge I think he can be one of the best if not the best coach in CS:GO. Let's go guys.
2021-05-05 15:14
#167
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Turkey yeeGeT
moses back to casting plms
2021-05-05 18:45
#170
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United States xiquo
ez money for Adren bruh
2021-05-05 20:48
#171
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Iceland caverat
they need change players
2021-05-05 20:59
should have gotten Dead from mibr ez cheats wallhai
2021-05-06 11:39
gl Kazakh legend
2021-05-06 12:35
#176
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North America finessee
Kinda expected.
2021-05-06 13:15
#177
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Sweden greger001
Gratz Adren Named
2021-05-06 15:39
#178
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Canada free_ropz
Great now he doesnt need to play with bot Fl0m anymore
2021-05-06 15:43
Problem wasn't Moses like it won't be adren it's fallen and stewie .
2021-05-06 21:14
#185
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Brazil AntiNIP
I hope they replace Grim He is not good for Liquid imo
2021-05-08 19:09
I have a opinion: in the majority of teams, a coach is useless. Just because there's not many good coaches out there.
2021-05-09 18:30
#187
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Poland Kycek223
this will be the return of # 1 hltv
2021-05-09 20:09
expected
2021-05-10 01:48
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