es3tag on joining Complexity: "Everyone on this team wants to win, and that's what I want to do"

The Dane spoke about what made the Complexity offer stand out and discussed his reunion with two former Heroic teammates.

Complexity were one of the few top teams to make changes in the off-season. Having struggled for deep runs throughout all of 2021 so far, the Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer-led squad decided to pull the plug on the roster that had remained untouched since Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage came into the team in October, changing not only a player but also the coach during the summer break.

Jamie "⁠keita⁠" Hall was the first to be cut from the lineup, and he was quickly followed by William "⁠RUSH⁠" Wierzba, whom many had expected to be on the chopping block following a run of underwhelming form. Complexity brought in two former teammates of blameFLuis "⁠peacemaker⁠" Tadeu and Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen, who had shared several months with the Complexity in-game leader under the Heroic banner in the first half of 2019.

blameF's dedication was one of the selling points, es3tag says

The reunion sees es3tag find a new team after an extended period on the sidelines, having been left teamless following the sudden disbandment of the Cloud9 "Colossus" in March. We spoke to the Dane at the time while his career was still up in the air, and although the original interview never made it to air due to ongoing talks with organizations who were interested in him, we have gotten the chance to catch up with the 25-year-old again now that he has chosen his new home.

Looking back at these last couple of months when you were out of action following the disbandment of Cloud9, you talked about being a bit bored and wanting to get back into it as soon as possible. How much pressure did you feel to join a new team soon?

There was definitely some pressure in terms of me just wanting to get back in there and start playing again, but I must say that one of the best opportunities came around with Complexity, so it wasn't like "yeah, I just need to join something now." I'm actually really happy with where I ended up and the teammates that I got. I know blameF from the past and I'm really excited to play with him again, and I'm sure we can do great things with this lineup. Like you said, I really wanted to get back into things with CS:GO, playing again, because honestly playing regular FACEIT and stuff is not super fun to me. I always liked playing at the highest level, where you can elevate each other as players, and that's where I want to be. I'm really excited to be back.

You spoke about wanting to join a team that's going to compete at the top and be vying for the No. 1 spot. Were there any other options in terms of teams that got in touch?

There were a couple. I'm not going to mention any names, but there were a couple of other offers that I was considering. But I'm 100% sure that I took the best that I had. We'll see where it takes us, I'm really hoping for some trophies, but it all depends on how practice is going to go, of course.

What made the Complexity offer stand out? What made it interesting and why did you end up deciding to go this way?

I think one of the things is that I knew blameF and his work ethic, and I really respect the number of hours that he puts into the game. I know I'm joining a team where this is not going to be just a stroll in the park, people are going to work really hard, and they want to win trophies. I spoke a lot to Jason Lake before signing, and you know, if you've ever seen the guy on a Discord call cheering on his team or being at an event, you know that guy wants to win no matter what. And that's what I'm here for, as well. In the beginning, I saw the jks interview, and all he wants to do is win, he's had a long career and now he wants to win. Everyone on this team wants to win, and that's what I want to do. I want to cement myself at the top, and this is how I'm going to do it, with a bunch of people that have the same mindset and goals.

You're also going to reunite with blameF and peacemaker. How does it feel to get back together with your former Heroic teammates?

I only have fond memories of playing with blame. I think he's a really cool dude, and same with peacemaker, actually. I feel really bad for his reputation because I think it's been in the shitter, but I think he's actually a great coach in many aspects. Especially the tactical one, I think he's a huge reason that MAD Lions at that point got to where they were. I don't see why he has the reputation that he has, to be honest. But I've been friends with peacemaker for quite a while, so maybe that's just me that sees who he really is, you know.

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Complexity sign es3tag

You previously highlighted the Xyp9x roles as the best fit for you and expressed your hopes that you'd stop switching around and stick with something that you're comfortable with. Are you going to be able to do that with Complexity?

I'm going to get most of the roles that I had back then in Astralis, like most of the support roles. I'm going to be basically taking most of the roles that RUSH had. It's a bit of a mixed bag, some of the roles I haven't really played that much, and some of the other roles are basically just Xyp9x roles, so I'm hoping that it's going to fit me really well in this team. I'm just really excited to get back into practice and really see how it's going to mesh with me and see how many trophies we can pull in before New Year's.

Complexity have been in a rough spot lately, having trouble making it deep into tournaments. How do you think the team will be able to turn things around with you on the roster?

I think Complexity for a little while now has just been needing some new blood. And I'm going to be that new, fresh air that they needed. I think they've always been capable of winning big tournaments, I just think it's a case of running it down as the five-man lineup that they were. I think I'm just going to bring in some fresh air, everyone is going to be really motivated, and hopefully that's enough for us to bring home some trophies. That's why we're all here.

How quickly are you going to be able to hit the ground running? What are your personal expectations when it comes to if the team will be at a competitive level already at ESL Pro League?

It's really hard. I would love to say that we're just going to go on a honeymoon and just destroy everything, but that's sometimes not how it is. It's really difficult to say, but I would hope that within the next two or three months we're going to start winning trophies and still do really well at some of these runs that we have in the next month or two. That's at least my expectations, and I'm sure everyone's going to work really hard towards that. I don't think it's just the dream scenario, I think we're going to do it.

What is the preparation going to look like for Pro League?

We're getting a bootcamp in. It's just going to be a CS grind from day one, and nothing but living and breathing CS:GO for a little while there. It's nice to put a face on the guys you're going to play with. Although I've seen them at events, it's not as if we've ever really talked with jks and poizon, I don't really know them that well, so it's going to be really nice.

es3tag's official debut with Complexity will take place in the ESL Pro League Season 14 group stage. The team have been placed in Group B, also featuring G2, Virtus.pro, OG, Renegades and SINNERS, with the opening round of the group pitching Complexity against the Australian squad on August 21.

Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1167
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
United Kingdom Jamie 'keita' Hall
Jamie 'keita' Hall
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
84
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1360
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
702
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
Good luck :)
2021-08-09 19:38
I like es3tag!
2021-08-09 19:38
#5
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Bulgaria onegrit
cool
2021-08-09 19:39
no chance
2021-08-09 19:39
4 replies
#23
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Austria Ostmark
biggest nochance fan here can confirm
2021-08-09 19:49
2 replies
#91
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Norway 2kayn
can confirm I'm confirm
2021-08-10 00:38
1 reply
#139
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Germany freqyep
can confirm I'm can
2021-08-10 14:40
Damn the old Fnatic logo
2021-08-09 20:51
Nice!
2021-08-09 19:39
Who does not want to win lmaoooo
2021-08-09 19:40
4 replies
OLD IBP
2021-08-09 19:46
3 replies
#41
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Denmark KING_VITO
+111
2021-08-09 20:22
#69
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Norway 2kayn
ey pimp u didnt have to do me like that, u didnt have to do me like that...
2021-08-09 21:49
Rekt
2021-08-10 06:21
#9
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Poland s1mp_le
"I would hope that within the next two or three months we're going to start winning trophies" disband in 3 months confirmed
2021-08-09 19:40
7 replies
C9 all over again?
2021-08-09 19:49
+1
2021-08-09 20:38
ur age and IQ are close to identical
2021-08-09 23:30
4 replies
#86
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Poland s1mp_le
flag checks out
2021-08-09 23:39
3 replies
Omg u are cringe
2021-08-09 23:41
2 replies
#116
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Poland s1mp_le
dude, you are from fucking Denmark
2021-08-10 10:50
1 reply
Okay? U jelly kid?
2021-08-11 21:04
#10
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Argentina Willy_CV
COL Top 1 this year
2021-08-09 19:40
5 replies
#70
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Norway 2kayn
X D
2021-08-09 21:50
4 replies
#103
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Indonesia lumayan
Why u XD at the obvious one
2021-08-10 05:36
3 replies
#126
 | 
Norway 2kayn
bad bait, didn't laugh /close
2021-08-10 12:29
2 replies
#133
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Indonesia lumayan
how is it a bait lol
2021-08-10 12:45
1 reply
#183
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Indonesia Shane007
Indon Pog
2021-08-24 11:03
gl hf
2021-08-09 19:41
#12
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Europe Putin69
This will end like OpTic. The Danes will just speak danish instead of London language
2021-08-09 19:41
2 replies
The difference here is the Danes at least respect their teammates. K0nfig clearly wants to marry jks.
2021-08-09 21:53
1 reply
lol true
2021-08-09 23:25
Col bootcamp POGGERS Good luck mr Esetag and the boys
2021-08-09 19:43
-JKS -Poizon +Magisk +acoR )))))))))
2021-08-09 19:43
2 replies
lmao
2021-08-09 21:19
Farlig whiffs less than acoR
2021-08-10 01:02
#15
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Spain Nepomu
You are not winning shit with poizon as your awper
2021-08-09 19:43
top 40 end of the year KKKKK
2021-08-09 19:43
Pric3tag most overrated player ever
2021-08-09 19:44
Big upgrade from RUSH
2021-08-09 19:45
#19
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Denmark Pabuna
Who doesnt wanna win
2021-08-09 19:45
Let's goooooooooooooo Can't wait to see CoL play again fuck
2021-08-09 19:46
2 replies
#50
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Russia pochesun
2 more weeks
2021-08-09 20:42
1 reply
Wait ah fuck they're that late in the event? Shid
2021-08-09 21:47
Everyone tells you the same sentence but all lose vs S1mple.
2021-08-09 19:49
So Jks isn't getting kicked confirmed
2021-08-09 19:50
1 reply
unfortunately neither is poizon
2021-08-09 19:51
oh no no no no
2021-08-09 19:53
ava eh memo
2021-08-09 19:55
bot3tag irrelevant player that will achieve... nothing
2021-08-09 19:57
8 replies
Why do you spend time writing in here if he is irrelevant player, one thing is for sure he makes a lot of money, in Poland it would be 10 people's salary a month. You come from a low life in Poland, Nobody knows you, you probably live at home with your mother ,,, it is you who is a loser and is nothing.
2021-08-09 21:12
7 replies
wow, triggered so hard cuz I just rated a player XDDD its like saying pashabiceps with bot movement made more money than your whole family
2021-08-09 22:24
6 replies
Nah he just rated ur country, which indeed is trash
2021-08-09 23:18
5 replies
WOW.How rude of Danes.
2021-08-10 06:05
not really, i have been there a couple of times and poland is beautiful.
2021-08-10 10:52
nt abdul
2021-08-10 16:18
2 replies
Racist lowlife. Entire Europe use u as 21 century slaves
2021-08-11 21:06
1 reply
racist XDD go bomb something ahmed
2021-08-13 18:40
"everyone on this team wants to win, and that's what I want to do" seems like the bare minimum of what we expected of you
2021-08-09 19:58
1 reply
#38
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Brazil pasinato
truth
2021-08-09 20:08
oh ok i thought he wanna lose
2021-08-09 19:58
Just kick baitf
2021-08-09 19:59
just don't be pric3tag again man
2021-08-09 20:02
3 replies
#47
dav1d | 
Chile cap_
Looking forward to get baited by BaitF 😎👌
2021-08-09 20:37
1 reply
BaitF Our Lord will use him wisely 😎👌
2021-08-15 21:24
#101
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-08-10 04:17
forgot that he joined ngl
2021-08-09 20:04
#35
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Denmark bAllinh0
Hope, his gonna do well!
2021-08-09 20:05
#36
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Finland AliSabid
GL!
2021-08-09 20:05
What a legendary quote
2021-08-09 20:09
lul yea lemme make a team with my friends cus we wanna win so we gonna win 5head ye
2021-08-09 20:10
#42
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Australia rationale
-jks -poizon and col becomes danish :-)
2021-08-09 20:30
#43
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Finland HARD4ENCE
Good luck. Best possible fit to replace RUSH for this roster.
2021-08-09 20:32
"blamef's dedication was the selling point" lmao wat
2021-08-09 20:32
2 replies
What don't u understand about that?
2021-08-09 23:21
1 reply
Because BlameF has done little to nothing since JKS joined to change his playstyle, I'm sure he is hard working but sadly that doesn't always translate into good IGL
2021-08-10 04:14
Such a liar
2021-08-09 20:35
liar, baitf just gonna bait and pad his stats
2021-08-09 20:36
tier 3 team
2021-08-09 20:40
Ok mr.obv is there somewhere who wants to lose
2021-08-09 20:42
3 replies
IBuyPower))
2021-08-09 22:04
2 replies
#98
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-08-10 04:16
Okay NA doesn’t count 😃
2021-08-10 11:26
Good Luck ))
2021-08-09 20:45
Im sorry but u cant win anything :(((
2021-08-09 20:47
1 reply
#99
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
Mens(( why not
2021-08-10 04:16
good
2021-08-09 20:47
Gl ez tag
2021-08-09 20:47
#57
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Russia mshkoda
This roster looks powerful, interesting to see
2021-08-09 20:53
1 reply
#100
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1 i'll be looking forward to it :)
2021-08-10 04:16
#58
JK | 
Asia flipflop
Which team want to lose??
2021-08-09 20:55
Oh, NVM! :D GL!
2021-08-09 21:01
#60
 | 
African Union Simple0x47
I wonder if Astralis made him an offer...
2021-08-09 21:10
#62
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Ukraine futplxyer
I hope with es3tag CoL wont have colossal chokes like v mous last year and VP in IEM Cologne....
2021-08-09 21:17
and i was here thinking they wanted to lose
2021-08-09 21:26
es3GOD
2021-08-09 21:33
#68
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Chile esanchez47
#WECOL
2021-08-09 21:48
pric3tag back for more paychecks
2021-08-09 22:31
#75
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CIS Groot)
es3tag was the best in the C9
2021-08-09 22:39
2 replies
And good in astralis too
2021-08-09 22:58
1 reply
#153
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CIS Groot)
Of course)
2021-08-11 09:12
No shit. This whole time I thought every team wanted to lose. Well now I know there is atleast 1 team that wants to win.
2021-08-09 22:42
2 replies
#124
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Finland HARD4ENCE
What he means is everyone on the team is ready TO DO what it takes to win (as in, put in the effort). Yes, everyone in every team probably wants to win but in most teams it never translates into actions.
2021-08-10 12:13
1 reply
You can want something. But never be good enough to get it.
2021-08-10 16:18
yup complexity known for winning tournaments
2021-08-09 22:56
wow i thought they wanted to lose before, thanks for info!
2021-08-09 23:00
Shit news
2021-08-09 23:01
jks said almost exactly the same thi g
2021-08-09 23:18
ez3tag
2021-08-09 23:46
unbelievable
2021-08-10 00:16
ez4col
2021-08-10 00:22
coL is gonna win a major with this line up :)
2021-08-10 01:44
1 reply
#97
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
flair checks out anyway, glhf mens))
2021-08-10 04:15
everyone on this team wants to win -es3tag
2021-08-10 01:50
“Everyone on this team wants to win and me too”
2021-08-10 05:20
1 reply
#129
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Australia sm0go
"Everyone on this team breathes air and that's what I want to do"
2021-08-10 12:35
Every team wants to win bruh
2021-08-10 05:42
#107
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Finland giliuss
It could totally work out, im hoping for the best
2021-08-10 06:12
player "we want to win" HLTV comedians "every team wants to win hahahahaha" peak comedy
2021-08-10 06:49
2 replies
#110
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Russia ToughGuy
name checks out
2021-08-10 06:54
player "we use oxygen to breathe" HLTV comedians "every person uses oxygen to breathe hahahahahah" his fans "player "we use oxygen to breathe" HLTV comedians "every person uses oxygen to breathe hahahahahah" peak comedy"
2021-08-10 07:41
#112
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France sAeR
es3tag can you MM with me ? I want to win too 😉
2021-08-10 07:51
so what hes saying everyone on his last team didnt want to win xD
2021-08-10 08:53
2 replies
Hahahahha
2021-08-10 12:31
cloud9 didnt even try
2021-08-10 12:42
gl winning with poizon
2021-08-10 09:00
es3tag LUL
2021-08-10 09:18
Interesting... A pro team that wants to win. How rare!
2021-08-10 11:03
2 replies
usually they just want to throw games actually
2021-08-10 12:35
1 reply
Good point mens
2021-08-18 11:15
#119
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United Kingdom shaun3h
Usually you would go to a gypsy medium to have them curse people but Poizon is probably running around every fortune teller he can find trying to bless Device with a long happy relationship because god knows if that ever goes sideways Complexity know he can be got now & not necessarily just to a top team. And if that happens jks better have an up-to-date CV. Full Danish Complexity lineup in the next 6-12, what do ya reckon boys?
2021-08-10 11:18
new strory
2021-08-10 12:07
gl boys!
2021-08-10 12:42
#134
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Germany who|cars
after 4 month retired/temporarily out
2021-08-10 13:09
poizon is not good enough for a Tier1 awp responsability.
2021-08-10 13:10
What a unique and special quote from Es3tag: "everyone on this team wants to win, and that's what i want to do". Great insight into the Complexity team who apparently have players that want to win.
2021-08-10 13:55
1 reply
Very very cool!
2021-08-21 00:09
#138
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Italy Skye620
Tldr: i signed with a team that wants to win
2021-08-10 14:09
#142
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Mongolia dennek
damn didn’t think danes could be toxic asf before reading the comments
2021-08-10 16:28
1 reply
Danes are super toxic online. They are two faced just like Brazilians
2021-08-10 16:31
Not gonna be winning trophies with jks on the team…
2021-08-10 16:32
4 replies
jks and Es3tag are by far the two most accomplished players on the team. Es3tag major winner, jks major semifinalist carrying Gratisfaction.
2021-08-10 16:34
3 replies
es3tag major?
2021-08-11 18:00
major semifinalist? almost every good player has at one point been a major semifinalist
2021-08-12 00:51
1 reply
Not a single player on CoL has been except jks. I thought Es3tag did for some reason but I was wrong. It's just funny to say you can't win with jks when jks has won more than everyone else on the team
2021-08-12 00:56
No Shit..the guy say he comes in the team for only winning...what a surpise !
2021-08-10 16:48
1 reply
yes xd
2021-08-12 12:54
#147
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Turkey sedo7
why would you want to win, thats weird
2021-08-10 16:49
astralis will be back to top1 soon
2021-08-11 06:37
-poizon +s1mple best team of all time
2021-08-11 10:13
Colossus clown.
2021-08-11 10:20
haha.
2021-08-11 12:03
#161
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Hungary F1z3s
cool
2021-08-11 23:25
#164
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United States Woehey
This fool will accomplish nothing without the help he had on Astralis. No wonder Clown9 failed. A whole team of bots from around the world.
2021-08-12 04:18
because other teams want to lose... omegalul topic of this thread
2021-08-12 12:54
1 reply
Yeah its pretty cringe lol, "this team wants to win" like wtf haha
2021-08-12 22:16
#173
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Denmark utzibushi
I really liked es3tag on Heroic, and I'm also a fan of complexity. So I'm excited about this!
2021-08-15 20:58
#175
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United Kingdom b00ka
what kind of retarded quote is that lmao
2021-08-17 17:11
1 reply
Just in case you thought they were intentionally this shit
2021-08-21 00:10
Col is my 2nd team, guys are great, hoping for the best
2021-08-18 04:35
God tier quote
2021-08-21 00:10
Then win something relevant
2021-08-23 09:18
Insane quote from estag it makes me think about life
2021-08-23 13:47
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