Sources: Stockholm still a priority for 2021 CS:GO Major

The event organisers remain hopeful of bringing the Major back to the Swedish capital.

The organisers of PGL Major Stockholm remain committed to hosting this year's Counter-Strike Major in Stockholm, HLTV.org understands. Concerns have been raised about Stockholm's ability to stage the event after Valve announced that it is considering alternative European locations for The International 10 following an impasse with Swedish authorities over holding the showpiece Dota 2 competition in the Swedish capital later this summer.

The plans to hold the Counter-Strike Major in Stockholm in the fall have not been affected by this development as of yet, sources said. And bringing the event to the Swedish capital for the first time remains a priority for PGL, which has hosted several CS:GO events in the past, including the 2017 Major in Krakow.

Despite TI10 concerns, plans for PGL Major Stockholm are still on

Valve revealed on Monday evening that moving TI10 out of Stockholm is a strong possibility after the Swedish Sports Federation voted against accepting esports into the organisation. The game developer's request to have the Dota 2 tournament reclassified as an elite sporting event was subsequently declined by the Swedish Minister of the Interior.

Without the official recognition from Swedish authorities, Valve explained, anyone seeking a visa to enter Sweden, "including players, talent, and staff", will likely be denied due to the international travel restrictions put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International - Dota 2 Championships as planned," Valve said. The event is slated to take place at the Avicii Arena — the same venue that will host the CS:GO Major — from August 5-15, with a whopping $40 million prize pool on offer.

PGL Major Stockholm will take place from October 23 through November 7, with the playoffs being held in front of a live audience. It will mark the return of CS:GO Majors after a two-year gap caused by the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced Valve and ESL to cancel plans to hold a Major in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in 2020.

Counter-Strike fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of in-person events after over a year of mostly online action. IEM Cologne, scheduled for July 6-18, is expected to be the first top-tier CS:GO tournament to be held on LAN since the coronavirus pandemic started. It will be held in a studio environment with 24 teams in attendance and will have $1 million up for grabs.

The qualifying process for PGL Major Stockholm is in full swing in all six regions (Europe, CIS, North America, South America, Asia and Oceania). The 24 participants at the event will be determined by the Regional Major Rankings (RMR), with each region hosting at least two RMR events, including one on LAN, according to Valve.

PGL Major Stockholm will be the 16th Major in CS:GO history and the third to be held in Sweden following the 2013 and 2014 DreamHack Winter events in Jönköping. It will have $2 million on the line — a record prize pool for a Valve-sponsored CS:GO tournament.

Source: trust me bro
2021-06-22 14:06
32 replies
Let's see
2021-06-22 14:07
8 replies
olofmeister i love you
2021-06-22 14:43
7 replies
why not major in rio???
2021-06-23 03:19
6 replies
Valve owes Rio a major man, would love to see it happen.
2021-06-23 09:32
why major in rio???
2021-06-23 15:44
4 replies
So brazil can win something in 2021
2021-06-23 17:38
3 replies
Only thing Brazil is top 1 In is how fucked they got from covid
2021-06-23 17:41
2 replies
idk man i live in a area barely affected by that, i hope they move the major from the shithole that rio is and host in my 10k people town
2021-06-23 22:44
1 reply
That would actually be pretty awesome, Major in the sticks. I live in a town of 1200 ;)
2021-06-24 14:22
I wish them luck with that
2021-06-22 14:07
19 replies
#21
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CIS SUNIX16
WHY WOULD YOU WHO THE FUCK WANTS MAJOR NO ONE WANTS MAJOR
2021-06-22 14:08
18 replies
entropiq dosent
2021-06-22 14:10
1 reply
Damnnnnn
2021-06-22 16:32
I want major
2021-06-22 14:10
1 reply
Don’t we all
2021-06-23 17:41
#35
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Sweden Nagnetics
not suprised hearing from an entropiq fan, everyone wants major
2021-06-22 14:12
8 replies
botuu fan waiting for major xd did you know he wouldn't get there?
2021-06-22 14:48
7 replies
#83
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Sweden Nagnetics
you know that they are right? its so much time to qualify xdd. i know that u dont know cs when u favorite team is FaZe kekw
2021-06-22 15:00
6 replies
#125
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Norway JakkeJ
His name checks out though. If it matters, I'm a FaZe fan myself but I've given up, they could have s1mple and still bomb out last place every tournament. Cursed team.
2021-06-22 19:42
5 replies
#126
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Sweden Nagnetics
hope faze gets better tho, but faze have been strugling hard, feels bad man
2021-06-22 19:45
4 replies
#127
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Norway JakkeJ
I've been a fan of NiP and FaZe since 2014 and 2015 respectively (Kinguin with Rain and Maikelele), it's been a rollercoaster. At least NiP is showing signs of life again! FaZe, not so sure they will ever get this lineup to work.
2021-06-22 19:49
3 replies
#128
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Sweden Nagnetics
Nip has been on form in the more recent matches but still not right there, could defo be top 3 in a couple of months
2021-06-22 20:12
kinguin with Rain, maikel and Jkeam = dream team
2021-06-22 22:50
FaZe just sucks so much
2021-06-22 23:31
#55
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Serbia LtN))
wtf
2021-06-22 14:30
#77
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Slovakia TheAdamco
Everyone want major
2021-06-22 14:48
#122
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CIS SUNIX16
BLAST >>> PGL I HATE VALVE JUST PICK BLAST ALREADY!!!
2021-06-22 19:02
1 reply
Highest bidder gets the major, Blast apparently doesnt want it or does not have enough money, idk why are you crying
2021-06-23 00:42
8/8
2021-06-23 08:42
Exactly. It doesn't matter if they are "hopeful". Only thing that matters is, if they are *sure*!!!
2021-06-22 14:09
1 reply
That's correct. I don't wanna be pessimistic/cynical, but can't believe it unless I see it.
2021-06-22 14:16
came for this comment lmao
2021-06-22 14:33
#2
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Poland brays
lets go
2021-06-22 14:06
3 replies
FAK STOCKHOLM TOO FAR TO GO I WANT TO WATCH A MAJOR ONCE IN THE ARENA.
2021-06-22 14:28
2 replies
then go to stockholm lul
2021-06-22 23:31
1 reply
Not possible. That is just sad. Maybe 2022 any place closer.
2021-06-23 00:14
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
Phew
2021-06-22 14:06
bot gaben
2021-06-22 14:06
ez4olofm
2021-06-22 14:07
#6
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Russia ToughGuy
Nice
2021-06-22 14:06
#7
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Finland Eestu
pog
2021-06-22 14:06
aint gonna happen mark my words
2021-06-22 14:06
#9
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Australia Australis
Helsinki 2021 LES GO
2021-06-22 14:06
4 replies
+11111
2021-06-22 14:08
+1
2021-06-22 14:09
Moscow 2021
2021-06-22 14:23
#81
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Finland Noukiya
1+ Major at the hartwall arena would be pog
2021-06-22 14:56
Csgo > dota hltv confirmed
2021-06-22 14:07
2 replies
+1 Even though Dota 2 tournaments have way higher prize pool than CS:GO tournaments, CS:GO is more loved by people than Dota 2.
2021-06-23 06:08
Dota mappool: 1 Yikes no thank you.
2021-06-23 08:52
#11
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Finland iBait
Good to know OG is still going to be able to lift the trophy in Sweden!
2021-06-22 14:07
2 replies
#18
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Japan la_la_land
Name
2021-06-22 14:08
haha nt, name checks out
2021-06-22 23:32
Nice, volvo please don't cancel major
2021-06-22 14:07
nt valve
2021-06-22 14:07
BIG will win
2021-06-22 14:07
2 replies
NO BUG NO BIG
2021-06-22 14:09
+1
2021-06-23 08:52
just move the major to Jermanie
2021-06-22 14:08
Ultimate chad move by the Swedish government if they allow the CSGO major but not TI.
2021-06-22 14:08
3 replies
Dota cucked by based sweden
2021-06-22 14:09
#129
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Sweden BengisK
probably going to happen since PGL major is scheduled 2.5 months after TI, restrictions will be lifted by then, but not before TI.
2021-06-22 20:31
+1 dota blows
2021-06-23 08:52
Gaben my lord u are so amazing
2021-06-22 14:08
Only in the CIS now there are no strict restrictions on the virus. The question is only in Kiev or St. Petersburg
2021-06-22 14:09
1 reply
#189
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Sweden Tac2
No restrictions doesn't mean that your country doesn't have problems. European Championshop right now is a mess
2021-06-24 16:12
Translation: PGL and Valve try to make an appeal but it will be denied. After a month, we will hear about the new place where the major will be held.
2021-06-22 14:09
2 replies
it could be held in albania for all i care. just don't fucking postpone it.
2021-06-22 14:17
1 reply
+1
2021-06-22 15:26
#30
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United States Rayduh
Please change to USA we can have major here
2021-06-22 14:10
4 replies
Not happy with how it ended in Boston?
2021-06-22 17:19
3 replies
#117
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United States Rayduh
Wtf? USA major = easy wins for NA
2021-06-22 17:22
2 replies
There been 3 majors in USA and we've had 2 in Sweden. So it's for our third time now.
2021-06-22 17:23
1 reply
#150
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United States Rayduh
yes but Swedish government don't allow major? So they can't have it in Sweden?
2021-06-23 03:20
Ok
2021-06-22 14:11
#33
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Tunisia Zayd1111
Major moved to Tunisia check hltv
2021-06-22 14:11
#34
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Hungary Gulaash
Hungary, maybe?
2021-06-22 14:12
#36
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Im ok with it as long as cologne does happen
2021-06-22 14:13
*sees that Avicii Arena is a thing that exists* man I miss Avicii
2021-06-22 14:14
4 replies
Legendary arena, Finland won ice hockey world championships there for the first time in 1995
2021-06-22 14:35
3 replies
ok
2021-06-22 23:33
#142
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Finland 5way
name checks out
2021-06-22 23:50
1 reply
+1
2021-06-23 00:03
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
2021-06-22 14:18
Insane, the Swedish Healthcare has around zero control over the Covid19 Virus, and are crying for outside help to manage it. PGL should serious find another country to host the event, anything else is gambling with other people´s life.
2021-06-22 14:18
6 replies
#43
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Poland Hanse
Nice try potential major host
2021-06-22 14:19
That's not true whatsoever though lol Statistics on people with Covid in the Swedish healthcare system: svt.se/datajournalistik/corona-i-intensi.. 69 people receiving intensive care and 240 people receiving normal care across the entire country.
2021-06-23 14:43
4 replies
2021-06-24 00:41
3 replies
Why are you linking me Danish sources lol? I gave you the data, you have no argument whatsoever.
2021-06-27 12:58
2 replies
Its Danish articles yes but based on people from the Swedish healthcare crying for help its not my problem you cant handle the truth about your countrys situation
2021-06-27 16:09
1 reply
I gave you the data, you have no argument whatsoever.
2021-06-27 17:52
#42
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Poland Hanse
Ah so Dota2 is favourite child
2021-06-22 14:19
#44
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Lebanon Dogman69
just host it in Belarus or something where nobody cares
2021-06-22 14:19
#45
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Slovakia Pribi
at this point idc where the major gon be just let us have one
2021-06-22 14:20
4 replies
They could host it in Latvia, the hockey championship went fine and pretty much the same location as Sweden, also cheaper to hang out for multiple weeks
2021-06-22 14:26
3 replies
#51
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Slovakia Pribi
they could, but i know it was strict for the hockey championship, or at least it was complicated kinda, after they allowed spectators
2021-06-22 14:27
2 replies
Yeah it was kinda strict and also limited space for viewers (in the 10k arena only 2k people could be at one time due to restrictions of distancing) and so on. Also the ticket prices were hella high due to limited seats
2021-06-22 14:32
1 reply
#67
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Slovakia Pribi
yea I remember hearing the prices it was crazy. I literally got all the group stage matches in 2019 for the price of one match this year, but then again it makes sense
2021-06-22 14:38
There is literally 0 reason to not have Major with a crowd at this point somewhere in Europe. Every other esport and sport has Events with crowds Major is 4 months from now most of Europe is gonna be fully vaccinated at that point Major must take place
2021-06-22 14:22
#48
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Russia hatake42
it seems to me that TI10 will take place in Bucharest / Cologne / Katowice / Copenhagen
2021-06-22 14:23
1 reply
COLOGNE PİLİSSSSSSSSSSS
2021-06-22 14:43
Clown politicians destroying esports. *Pretends to be shocked*
2021-06-22 14:27
1 reply
+1
2021-06-22 23:34
3rd world country cant get their shit together
2021-06-22 14:28
8 replies
Lol third world country with the economy twice the size of yours.. why are finish people our biggest immigrant group?
2021-06-22 15:47
7 replies
Well that was because they went there during the 50s and 60s. And idk my teacher was from sweden and he would constantly talk shit about sweden.
2021-06-22 16:00
6 replies
hes an idiot then.. Swedens politics is shit and also our immigration policy but put that aside its a great country and I love living here
2021-06-22 16:07
5 replies
Well yea he was mostly shitting on the politics and stuff like making fun of Swedes. He also had a saying that I really loved "Det ända bättre I Sverige är att snus är laglit, annors är allt annat bättre I Finland"
2021-06-22 16:21
4 replies
yea politics still suck here, im starting to think its corrupt since they dont get any better
2021-06-22 16:36
3 replies
same with USA, if you put all of the bad shit about USA aside it miraculously isn't shit! /s
2021-06-22 23:35
2 replies
I went to college in Santa Barbara, and I loved living in the states, friendly people, great parties and food
2021-06-22 23:38
1 reply
yea California is a great place, but shit is expensive there
2021-06-22 23:38
Super Africa
2021-06-22 14:30
Come to Brazil
2021-06-22 14:30
4 replies
Rio De Janeiro major was denied so I wont come to Brazil.
2021-06-22 15:36
2 replies
thats sad, in russia would be awesome too.
2021-06-22 15:43
1 reply
there was no major. Sadness in Russia is real
2021-06-22 15:44
monkaS
2021-06-23 08:58
Sweden needs to realise that esport is the new shit
2021-06-22 14:33
#62
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Poland baba_booey
Sweden needs to realise that coronavirus pandemic is about to end
2021-06-22 14:34
trust me bro
2021-06-22 14:35
lets go valve please cs in lan
2021-06-22 14:37
#66
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Canada gatssbyy
ez win for Cloud9!!!
2021-06-22 14:37
#68
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Finland Noukiya
Expected tbh swedens dota scene is pretty weak compared to china and russia Not that finland is doing any better sice jerax retired
2021-06-22 14:39
what a shame. The Swedes are offered to resume competitions after the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not want to ... The resumption of competitions after the pandemic is an unambiguous story in cs: go and in any other sport, and a new chapter in the existence of mankind.
2021-06-22 14:41
Get your f shit together Sweden or we as hltv corps will invade u in no time.
2021-06-22 14:42
#71
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United States nba890
olof back at home ez major
2021-06-22 14:42
Nah, they be forced to move and Sweden will never have a tournament held there again since Swedes so stupido.
2021-06-22 14:43
Even Russia recongnizes esport as a sport, but Sweden doesnt? lmao
2021-06-22 14:43
As a Swede I'm seriously dissapointed in the government for more reasons than this but this just shows the world how much bullshit comes out of those politicians. Gotta remain hopeful, I'd love to go to the capital to cheer on my favorite teams as they compete for a major win.
2021-06-22 14:45
#79
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Finland FlNLAND
Imagine prioritizing far east over any other place WeirdChamp
2021-06-22 14:50
1 reply
Bruh, Sweden is good for Finnish fans.
2021-06-22 14:55
$40m prize pool GG
2021-06-22 14:56
I remain hopeful for KQLY comeback to Titan.
2021-06-22 15:12
#85
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France Uexo
I just want a major
2021-06-22 15:14
pgl khulna 2021
2021-06-22 15:15
#87
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Chile cristiaan
cmoooon
2021-06-22 15:15
Doubt it very much. But we will see..
2021-06-22 15:19
LIQUID EZ
2021-06-22 15:27
ONLINE MAJOR PLS
2021-06-22 15:28
Copenhagen then instead
2021-06-22 15:34
Too bad if it gets cancelled, Sweden has very high vaccination rates and in September (hopefully) every adult over 18 will have had a chance to get both shots, so its would be a pretty safe event from getting coronavirus
2021-06-22 15:37
4 replies
Safe from Coronavirus, not safe from immigrants
2021-06-22 15:45
3 replies
Wow what a hot take. If you seriously walk around in sweden and are afraid of immigrants every were then you must be the biggest pussy in history lol
2021-06-23 19:40
2 replies
I don't have to walk around sweden to be afraid of immigrants
2021-06-23 21:00
1 reply
tbh i would rather have Major in Copenhagen, only 20 minute train from where I live and the city is great
2021-06-23 22:24
source:joe m.
2021-06-22 15:40
Guys relax, the prime minister of Sweden have been voted off (happened yesterday). Soon we will have a new government that will be more reasonable.
2021-06-22 15:53
1 reply
#190
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Sweden Tac2
You are a Swede and still don't understand what Riksidrottsförbundet (Swedish Sports Confederation) is? Do you really think it was Löfven that took that decision? Nothing changing there...
2021-06-24 16:24
Dubai is open lessago
2021-06-22 16:34
PLS DONT POSTPONE IT
2021-06-22 16:48
if you want first Major after covid at Scandinavia, I personally prefer Copenhagen I hate Stockholm
2021-06-22 17:06
2 replies
why hate stockholm? its one of the most beautiful cities in europe imo
2021-06-22 18:43
1 reply
Copenhagen 2021, ez pz major
2021-06-22 17:18
3 replies
Hosted by Blast ofc
2021-06-22 17:18
2 replies
"simple" will raise a major in your country, do you agree with that?
2021-06-22 23:35
1 reply
Navi wont even reach playoffs but nt
2021-06-23 01:36
FOR DOTA2 TI ALSO ?
2021-06-22 17:20
yay
2021-06-22 18:02
Jakarta major 2021 check hltv
2021-06-22 18:31
Can literally have a major next month if they wanted too in Texas, Florida, Boston, and Chicago or any other major city that is fully opened.
2021-06-22 19:19
Portugal major 2021. They let the Champions League final to happen in Porto, so ez choice. 😅
2021-06-22 19:38
#130
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Finland 0lter
nice gang violence time yes yes ! Sweden immigrants best we love our somalis!
2021-06-22 22:24
I would prefer Finland to be honest. Big Swedish cities are too dangerous nowadays, there is a very high chance that fans will get robbed, or worse.. basically any other European country would be better.
2021-06-22 22:56
14 replies
Lol you are exaggerating this so hard. Go to any big Swedish city and see people everywhere in the streets. Going to work, their friends or shops. If what you are saying is anywhere close to the truth then nobody would be able to walk the streets pretty much. America has a higher crimerate than Sweden and you guys have a lot of tourism
2021-06-23 01:45
2 replies
I went to visit my girlfriend's family in Malmo as he is Swedish, got robbed in Mollevangen after returning from a bar. Great experience. I would never expect something like that in Sweden, it was an eye opener. I get that you fight for your country, but shit like that must happen often.
2021-06-24 00:13
1 reply
Yea but im talking about Sweden in general. You mention Malmö which is the most dangerous city and Mollevangen is famous for crime. Sorry that this happened, im embarrased that this has happened to our country, the politicians are corrupt I feel and you cant trust them. Seems like people are waking up more to this now. I still stick with what I said above though.
2021-06-24 00:20
That's not even remotely true. Don't buy everything you read online (or MSM for that matter)
2021-06-23 10:45
2 replies
Sweden is scary My sister lives in Malmö and somebody was bleeding and dying on the ground but people didn't help him cause they said he is from a gang.
2021-06-23 12:38
2021-06-24 00:13
Haha what are you on about? I live in the central part of Sthlm and feel very safe. Also have a lot of friends in the different police departments around Stockholm and they would strongly disagree with you. There are some smaller areas in the suburbs with a higher crime rate. Those are no-go zones and you wouldn't accidentally just walk in there. It would be at least 20-30 minute drive if you are curious on how people from troubled socio-economic areas live.
2021-06-23 15:20
7 replies
There is no point in trying to convince him, Q told him this and Q can never lie because he has a twitter account and knows how to use MS paint. I grew up in a so called "no-go zone" shit is so exaggerated. Worse than ever for Sweden, still preschool compared to US or SA.
2021-06-23 20:58
6 replies
So you have no issues in Sweden, just because you say so. Also no idea who or what is Q. I am talking from my own experience.
2021-06-24 00:16
5 replies
Do the words "shit is so exaggerated" or "Worse than ever for Sweden" confuse you? How do you get that to "there are no issues"? My clear point was there is still less crime here than most countries including your own. Sorry about your personal experiences but are we measuring crime statistics only based on things that have happend to you? You're telling me there isn't an equal chance to get robbed in litterally any US city?
2021-06-24 00:28
4 replies
If you like numbers and statistics so much, here is one for you - Sweden's crime index is highest (#1) in Europe, followed by Ukraine. My point is that there are safer options in Europe. But I am sure that Sweden's major will be top anyway. Have a nice day and open your eyes.
2021-06-24 00:51
3 replies
Yet again you failed to read anything I said or provide any form of argument against what I said. Do you always ignore what people say and make it up by yourself? "Worse than ever for Sweden, still preschool compared to US or SA." Where do you see Europe in that sentence? Open my eyes? You don't even get the irony do you?
2021-06-24 01:03
2 replies
You are cute, however numbers don't lie. You can't talk your way out of the fact that your country is becoming a shithole. Peace.
2021-06-24 11:51
1 reply
You clearly won the discussion when you resorted to anger and insults, the obvious signs of intelligence and a winner. I hold no grudges even though I have had the exact same experience in your country. Pretty silly to judge an entire country of one experience. Best of luck to you.
2021-06-24 12:35
fuck sweden sports organization all my homies hate sweden sports organization and the minister of the interior too
2021-06-23 02:20
1 reply
I dislike just all top politicians. They got there by getting rid of their integrity, They don't believe in a lot of what they say, but do it because it's their job. It should be so much more to be politician. It should have a lot of restrictions to it to avoid the politicians being manipulated / changing themselves so much they have no idea who they are. Low wage, restricting future job offers is what I would do right from the get go. Politicians should be a lifestyle, almost like a monk. Fully dedicated to the cause, incorruptible.
2021-06-23 19:21
So excited, we need to have more countries have major. Have we had majors in France or UK before?
2021-06-23 08:52
#159
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Estonia mr_abdul
Valve should honor ropz with major in Jõgeva
2021-06-23 09:37
RIP device dream of winning his 5th major on his new homesoil. It seems near impossible. But it could be funny if astralis won it. Then device can see his 5 majors win dream being replaced by being one of two players to win 4 majors, the other being magisk.
2021-06-23 19:09
Sweden is a joke for anything.
2021-06-24 08:28
Wait 40 million prize pool ? That's insane , wouldn't that make it the largest prize pool esports tournament to be held ? as that shitty fortnite world cup's prize pool was 30 million. Please tell me if im wrong i'm not sure
2021-06-24 12:15
We really need this major to get the hype back
2021-06-25 12:50
ez 4 astralis
2021-07-11 22:32
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