Shakezullah leaves Triumph

The team's future is left uncertain following the departure of the in-game leader.

Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman has parted ways with Triumph, the player has told HLTV.org, bringing about an end to his 15-month-long tenure with the North American organisation.

The 23-year-old averaged a 0.98 rating as a part of Triumph, a team that he was forced to rebuild from scratch on a number of occasions as players were recruited to other teams, or made the switch to VALORANT.

Shakezullah will take a step back from competition

Shakezullah was a key influence in the rise of both Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson and Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince in 2020, with both players crediting him for his calling ability and playing a key part in their development prior to them joining FURIA and Liquid. With them, Shakezullah topped ESEA MDL Season 33 to qualify for ESL Pro League.

With several players leaving the team in the last 15 months, including Rahul "⁠curry⁠" Nemani and Erik "⁠penny⁠" Penny, Triumph have been unable to reach their past level, playing second fiddle to the likes of Extra Salt, Bad News Bears, and paiN in the majority of events.

Despite their recent results, Shakezullah's departure from Triumph is a critical blow to the team as it leaves them devoid of a tenured in-game leader, a role that the region historically has struggled to fill at all levels. He may make one final appearance for the team in their ESEA Premier match against QcClan on Wednesday prior to taking his leave.

UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy and Brendan "⁠Bwills⁠" Williams have also announced their departure from Triumph.

Triumph are left with:

United States Austin "⁠Cooper⁠" Abadir
United States David "⁠cynic⁠" Polster

Canada Erik 'penny' Penny
Erik 'penny' Penny
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
228
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
United States David 'cynic' Polster
David 'cynic' Polster
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
356
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
United States Brendan 'Bwills' Williams
Brendan 'Bwills' Williams
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
498
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
726
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
United States Rahul 'curry' Nemani
Rahul 'curry' Nemani
Age:
18
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
258
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
586
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
272
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.61
United States Austin 'Cooper' Abadir
Austin 'Cooper' Abadir
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
711
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
EG take him
2021-05-26 01:00
37 replies
+111
2021-05-26 01:01
10 replies
9 replies
#67
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Canada wampus
his second tweet is kind of sad
2021-05-26 01:37
2 replies
Brazil killed triunph
2021-05-26 03:59
1 reply
Trump
2021-05-26 12:32
my sources say hes joining team liquid (shakezullah*)
2021-05-26 01:41
5 replies
Maybe team liquid in Valorant, never CS
2021-05-26 03:34
1 reply
Liquid in EU tho
2021-05-26 06:18
#151
SENSEi | 
Namibia XSX
LOL, I was wondering who can be worse than fallen. They could have taken Junior, but why take him when you can bring Fallen xd xd
2021-05-26 09:38
2 replies
#184
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Asia Torsyen
imagine furia taking fallen, liquid taking junior wil be much more logical for both team
2021-05-26 19:47
1 reply
Actually, this changes makes no sense... Fallen is AWPer but also IGL, Junior is only Awp
2021-05-26 22:27
maybe they will mr crappy
2021-05-26 01:01
2 replies
Maybe mr MasterMindofHltv
2021-05-26 01:45
1 reply
+1
2021-05-26 03:08
+1
2021-05-26 01:02
+1
2021-05-26 01:02
#37
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Canada AyyyJayyy
+1
2021-05-26 01:11
+1
2021-05-26 01:11
+1
2021-05-26 01:12
+999999999999999999999999999999
2021-05-26 01:13
#57
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Brazil loldougie
> 0.98 Against Tier 3 > Go to EG ???
2021-05-26 01:22
9 replies
I mean, EG tier 4 so yeah
2021-05-26 01:45
8 replies
#79
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Norway JakkeJ
NA is tier 4
2021-05-26 01:49
7 replies
#99
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Japan Peine
NA is so bad, it is a tier itself
2021-05-26 02:26
5 replies
#127
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Brazil loldougie
okay japan
2021-05-26 04:29
says the no scene who got clapped by V1 in valulrant
2021-05-26 04:49
funny coming no scene xd
2021-05-26 08:17
Muricans lvl10 is the name
2021-05-26 18:37
#185
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United States _intaKe
irony
2021-05-26 19:54
#160
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United States hurbok
better than nordavind cs xaxaxaxa
2021-05-26 11:46
#65
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Portugal Trisk3lion
+1
2021-05-26 01:28
#87
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United States 3manu3l
better than stanisbad
2021-05-26 02:00
1 reply
TRUE
2021-05-26 07:14
+50
2021-05-26 02:23
#103
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-05-26 02:40
#107
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Chile cristiaan
+1
2021-05-26 02:50
+10000 TO EG PLEASEEEE
2021-05-26 04:38
#2
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United States Bernie8817
WHAT???? RIP
2021-05-26 01:00
1 reply
welcome to valorant
2021-05-26 01:07
#3
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United States DEATHRAIN
rip he was the modern day FNS or daps
2021-05-26 01:01
1 reply
For real though, he fostered a lot of good talent
2021-05-26 01:05
unexpected, rip NA hunden :/
2021-05-26 01:01
7 replies
NA Hunden was Ocean
2021-05-26 01:20
1 reply
(was), shake is the modern NA hunden after the valorant plague
2021-05-26 02:07
shakezullah is too morally righteous to cheat though
2021-05-26 01:26
Shake is NA guardian
2021-05-26 01:40
3 replies
What? How?
2021-05-26 11:14
HAHAHAHAA +1
2021-05-26 16:58
+111
2021-05-26 18:39
#6
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United States Phamous3k
Damn
2021-05-26 01:01
#7
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United States ReyCuadrado
oh no :(
2021-05-26 01:01
Unexpected, disband soon?
2021-05-26 01:01
widepeepoSad
2021-05-26 01:01
I hope he gets a signing asap!
2021-05-26 01:01
Unlucky
2021-05-26 01:02
pls EG take him
2021-05-26 01:02
-stan +shake
2021-05-26 01:02
#15
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Argentina Frannnnnnn
telk me it's becuase eg picked him up, please
2021-05-26 01:02
#16
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Switzerland x676
expected
2021-05-26 01:02
#18
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North America kw13
Is EG actually doing it? If not rip shake you will be missed
2021-05-26 01:02
2 replies
#32
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North America kw13
“Hopefully good news soon” on his goodbye tweet 👀👀
2021-05-26 01:08
#156
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Has to be Got not be if they aren't getting Alex.
2021-05-26 11:32
#20
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United States TrashPanda
-Fallen incoming
2021-05-26 01:02
8 replies
#24
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United States NABOT
no
2021-05-26 01:04
7 replies
#108
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Chile cristiaan
fake flagger
2021-05-26 02:52
6 replies
#111
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United States NABOT
nope. so many people call me one
2021-05-26 02:59
5 replies
#115
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Chile cristiaan
bc u are
2021-05-26 03:10
4 replies
#116
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United States NABOT
bc I'm a big fan of brazillian cs, but I'm borned and raised in Los Angeles
2021-05-26 03:21
3 replies
#121
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Chile cristiaan
this Los Angeles maps.app.goo.gl/Mbi4Sgz5yoH7xwUS7 Keepo
2021-05-26 03:47
2 replies
#123
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United States NABOT
haha no seriously, I am from LA. I'm 14 y/o so couldn't even go to BR if I wanted. Born in Santa Monica
2021-05-26 03:59
1 reply
#129
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Chile cristiaan
nice dude
2021-05-26 04:31
#21
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United States B0b3rT
Bro please don’t tell me triumph is getting fucked now too. I hope this is like eg or someone wanting to make a move
2021-05-26 01:03
#22
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United States b00tles
-stanislaw +shakezulla finally? dudes the only good na igl left, eg definitely should take him
2021-05-26 01:03
7 replies
Ptr’s also pretty good
2021-05-26 01:04
6 replies
#34
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United States h4gg4rd
+1
2021-05-26 01:10
Ptr old tho shake isnt
2021-05-26 01:10
3 replies
ptr is 30 but looks 16 while shake is 23 but looks like a 40 year old dad
2021-05-26 01:20
1 reply
HAHAH WHAT HE'S 23 HOWW
2021-05-26 01:36
#118
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United States stotte
ptr's age works in his favor because he has experience against tier 1 teams while Shakezullah's experience is limited.
2021-05-26 03:38
+1 but they have cerq so for eg this is one of the only ones. Except tarik IGL:)
2021-05-26 01:18
wtfffff I hope he stays in cs or else I’ll be sad :(
2021-05-26 01:03
noo :(
2021-05-26 01:05
wow.
2021-05-26 01:06
#29
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Australia B_Tannen
Off to Valorant.
2021-05-26 01:07
1 reply
I hope not
2021-05-26 01:11
cause we are the aqua teen make the homies say ho and the girlies wanna scream
2021-05-26 01:07
#33
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Brazil rehbobina
if EG don't take him... just disband
2021-05-26 01:08
interesting to see if EG takes him and what happens
2021-05-26 01:10
the karrigan of na
2021-05-26 01:11
1 reply
#119
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United States stotte
karrigan is tier S worldwide. Shakezullah is like tier 2 in terms of NA IGLs
2021-05-26 03:38
#41
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Hungary szia
sad imo how triumph has fallen
2021-05-26 01:12
EG or Liquid, I suppose
2021-05-26 01:13
Pog EG actual IGL time
2021-05-26 01:16
Sad day for Triumph, hopefully Shakes can come back with a new team to rock NA CS again soon
2021-05-26 01:17
#47
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Mongolia Kloss
-Poizon + Budget Guardian
2021-05-26 01:18
Just don't switch to Valorant please. People give up too easily nowadays.
2021-05-26 01:18
3 replies
#120
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United States stotte
Mate Shakezullah is one person who actually has the right to give up. Dude was building good NA teams out of his ass just for the players to get poached or leave for Valorant. The current NA landscape is not tennable for small orgs like Triumph. They tried their damndest, so thank you to Triumph org and Shakezullah
2021-05-26 03:39
2 replies
#157
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Pakistan LoOuU2
+1 He tried all, he gave it all. No other top NA team come to him while kept picking his trained players. He has the right to leave this and go enjoy life in the other game but I too hope it doesn't happen.
2021-05-26 11:34
Nah I know but teams like Triumph could be the next Extra Salt. I meant by giving up because it’s literally 3 games into the premier season and it seems like they all gave up. Or one person did and the rest followed. I feel bad for him. I get people getting picked up by other teams but to leave your team to goto another game is lame imo. There’s still potential there. I hope he doesn’t switch but it’s just sad to see people switch or leave. He did join BNB roster on esea and they dropped alter. Feel bad for alter so we will see where This goes.
2021-05-27 21:53
#51
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Estonia Eduzera
-stan +Shakemullah now
2021-05-26 01:20
Finally
2021-05-26 01:21
#55
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United States hellokappa
rip guardian
2021-05-26 01:22
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-05-26 01:22
Noooooo bro. I'm gonna miss you
2021-05-26 01:23
#59
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Europe elefiveS
he looks like guardian
2021-05-26 01:25
Sad, I hope he finds another team or stays around the game, if he goes to VAL I don't blame him but I'm sure he could still do some good for the NA scene in CS
2021-05-26 01:26
If he joins EG then I might have to change my name. ez top1 by 2021-2022.
2021-05-26 01:26
#63
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France Haibara
NOOO GUARDIAN
2021-05-26 01:26
-snakeislaw +shakezullah?
2021-05-26 01:28
Snakeislaw about to get kicked
2021-05-26 01:37
#70
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Brazil Chiquiim
F for Low odd Guardian
2021-05-26 01:40
#71
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United States Rayduh
Also, the entire team of Triumph just disbanded over Twitter. Everyone is a free agent (motm, bwills, Cooper, cynic)
2021-05-26 01:40
3 replies
#75
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Canada dAnk7
unreal
2021-05-26 01:43
NA CS teams and disbanding over twitter is a combo i don't like
2021-05-26 01:44
1 reply
WHERE ELSE ARE THEY GOING TO DISBAND? I think the worse part about NA is the stupid fking community and fans, not the players.
2021-05-26 06:22
#72
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Eg pls? Feels unlikely but i hope
2021-05-26 01:41
pain, all i feel is pain
2021-05-26 01:43
#80
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North America drac0z
cynic it's time
2021-05-26 01:50
#81
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North America joeS
I knew changes were gonna have to happen again but a whole disband? :( wtf
2021-05-26 01:52
shakezulla and guardian to g2, triple kovac + stepbrother
2021-05-26 01:53
#83
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Hungary Doybik
I hoped he would retire from Triumph :(
2021-05-26 01:53
Triumph picking up the BNB lineup maybe?
2021-05-26 01:54
unexpected
2021-05-26 01:58
#86
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United States 3manu3l
no way F
2021-05-26 02:00
#88
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China HEIDASHUAi
Good Luck GuardiaN
2021-05-26 02:00
keeping cynic and cooper is really good, would be nice if they picked up some of the BNB guys (ptr, jonji) and maybe wiz from RBG
2021-05-26 02:02
stanisbot should retire and shakezullah will replace him
2021-05-26 02:07
#92
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Asia Blitzer
EG take him
2021-05-26 02:12
#93
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Canada _penguins
Extremely sad for NA cs. Best of luck to Shake and the rest of the boys!
2021-05-26 02:15
#94
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United States Jeebur
pain :(
2021-05-26 02:19
-stan -shake
2021-05-26 02:21
This is actually just part of a long plot by Triumph to pick up the BNB guys. A real, "if-you-can't-beat-them, buy-them" situation
2021-05-26 02:23
#98
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Japan Peine
+Valorant
2021-05-26 02:26
U ll be missed Guardian :(
2021-05-26 02:28
mens((((((((((
2021-05-26 02:28
Triumph disband?
2021-05-26 02:29
#104
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Chile cristiaan
NOOOOOOO 😭😭😭
2021-05-26 02:45
gl NA guardian
2021-05-26 02:46
well there you go....
2021-05-26 02:49
Please be to EG… I said it before if Triumph disbands/goes to Valorant NA CS is 100% officially dead.
2021-05-26 02:53
Disband? monkaS
2021-05-26 02:58
PRO VALORANT PLAYER
2021-05-26 02:59
#113
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Slovakia Daev0n
I hope he won't transition into Valorant. The dude seemed like a really smart American IGL. Something I don't say a lot.
2021-05-26 03:07
Best case scenario for NA cs: Shake left to go to EG, Triumph rebuilds around cynic and cooper with some combination of hext/walco/tweiss/djay/v1c maybe?
2021-05-26 03:52
#125
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United States xiquo
lol
2021-05-26 04:00
#126
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Norway TheDEA
Very sad news mens))
2021-05-26 04:05
Unlucky and very sad. Hope he gets a team so he doesn't switch to valorant (i wouldn't blame him tho)
2021-05-26 04:29
expected
2021-05-26 04:50
uh oh
2021-05-26 05:06
that's an official RIP for Triumph. pour one out.
2021-05-26 05:12
- Stanislaw + Guardian's brother
2021-05-26 05:12
1 reply
#200
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United States Rayduh
no this is just GuardiaN
2021-05-29 07:18
NA scene is almost dead, there's only 1 T2 team left and it's Bad News Bears omegalul
2021-05-26 05:31
7 replies
#152
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Slovakia Daev0n
Also Pain
2021-05-26 09:48
6 replies
#153
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Austria SplasJ
Pain is Brazilian though
2021-05-26 10:47
4 replies
#155
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Slovakia Daev0n
Playing in NA tho.
2021-05-26 11:15
3 replies
#161
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Austria SplasJ
Yes but still brazilians
2021-05-26 11:53
2 replies
#162
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Slovakia Daev0n
Who are playing and living in NA.
2021-05-26 11:54
1 reply
#170
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United States Phamous3k
I mean... Is EG & Team Liquid EU since they’re playing & living in EU? Heck, add Extra Salt Pain is very much an SA/Brazilian team.
2021-05-26 14:11
#158
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Pain is Tier 1 NA atm.
2021-05-26 11:35
gg
2021-05-26 06:08
valorant??
2021-05-26 06:09
vaLULrant killed the NA scenario of CSGO
2021-05-26 06:20
1 reply
#171
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United States Phamous3k
Valve is to blame as well. Orgs were leaving before Riot came in the scene.
2021-05-26 14:13
F
2021-05-26 06:54
WHO leaves WHO?
2021-05-26 07:55
I feel like there is good potential to rebuild team around those two who left. But we will see i guess... And yes, Valve and event organizers overslept whole situation in NA and valorant really did damage there, shame one them.
2021-05-26 08:38
Evil Geniuses should take him.
2021-05-26 08:42
#150
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Cambodia Angkor
Lmao what a mutt
2021-05-26 08:49
Save cooper man ffs
2021-05-26 11:41
#163
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Croatia lucubista
triumph fix Cooper cynic RCF HexT CLASIA
2021-05-26 12:08
1 reply
#186
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United States stotte
There's no IGL in this team.
2021-05-26 20:36
poor Cooper tryharding in cs unlike his scene, he deserves a decent team
2021-05-26 12:31
1 reply
#168
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Ukraine Dert_
cooper is bad and just trying to make profit from degeneration of NA
2021-05-26 13:59
Triumph 2-man roster nice
2021-05-26 12:49
#167
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Ukraine Dert_
BOT player BOT team
2021-05-26 13:58
2 replies
BOT Dert_
2021-05-26 14:02
1 reply
#173
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Ukraine Dert_
BOT Delusional_Extra_Salt_Fan BOT Reply
2021-05-26 15:25
Unexpected
2021-05-26 14:40
#174
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Brazil Anarchybr
Maybe Triumph is signing BNB?
2021-05-26 15:41
1 reply
hopefully
2021-05-26 16:33
#175
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Brazil JgzMcz
-fallen +shakezullah Confirmed.
2021-05-26 16:05
1 reply
#199
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United States Rayduh
Shakezullah on Bad News Bears now, they cut alter
2021-05-29 07:17
Can't keep carrying those bots forever. GL in the future shake!
2021-05-26 16:33
#179
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Poland Pete229
nooo ;(((
2021-05-26 17:45
Another day another NA trash disband
2021-05-26 17:48
2 replies
Stop calling your teams trash Have some pride
2021-05-26 18:24
1 reply
Hard to have pride in Fluke scene kekw
2021-05-29 07:15
Sad for Triumph, he was a good leader, so maybe FURIA.Shakezullah, junior looked much better under him and they need a new good IGL.
2021-05-26 23:32
18 replies
so just kick arT or what are you saying?
2021-05-27 01:20
9 replies
No no, keep arT, but let him focus on Entrying fully, and make Shakezullah an IGL, i think that just might be interesting.
2021-05-27 14:09
8 replies
so who would you kick then?
2021-05-28 15:39
7 replies
I mean KSCERATO and arT stay for sure, so you basically can choose between the 3 of VINI, yuurih and junior, you could try kicking junior and making arT an AWPer, maybe that would work.
2021-05-29 01:52
6 replies
I don't think kicking junior after such a short time is a good idea, but i get what you are coming from, he has been underperforming
2021-05-29 08:59
5 replies
That's why I think bringing Shakezullah as an IGL is a good idea, because junior performed the best when he was playing under Shakezullah.
2021-05-29 17:37
4 replies
stop commenting
2021-05-29 19:03
3 replies
Why?
2021-05-29 19:04
2 replies
ure just throwing names around without understanding anything lol
2021-05-29 19:05
1 reply
Well I think that I know quite a bit about the game so thank you but I will still comment :)
2021-05-29 19:07
#198
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United States Rayduh
Shakezullah on Bad News Bears now, they cut alter
2021-05-29 07:17
7 replies
Official?
2021-05-29 17:36
6 replies
#206
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United States Rayduh
not official, but i have insider friends, it's definitely going to happen though
2021-05-29 17:40
5 replies
That's interesting, but honestly I don't know if Shakezullah is what BNB needs, ptr seems to lead this team insanely well.
2021-05-29 18:36
4 replies
#208
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United States Rayduh
i agree on that one, not quite sure about the decision.
2021-05-29 19:00
3 replies
Seems weird, but we will see how it works, alter has been underperforming, and maybe if Shake takes IGLing then ptr will get some less pressure on him and Swisher maybe will play a bit more ,,free''.
2021-05-29 19:01
2 replies
#213
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United States Rayduh
i am always sad when someone gets benched
2021-05-29 19:06
1 reply
Yeah ofc., but you know how it is, maybe he will perform better in another team, and BNB will perform better with Shakezullah, I always try to think like that.
2021-05-29 19:08
rip na cs
2021-05-27 00:41
who left who?
2021-05-28 12:53
1 reply
#197
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United States Rayduh
he's on Bad News Bears now
2021-05-29 07:17
SNAKEZULLAH
2021-05-29 07:23
we dont care
2021-05-29 07:41
1 reply
I care :((
2021-05-29 19:08
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