XANTARES released from BIG contract

The player has been let out of his contract early, allowing him to pursue the option of competing in a Turkish lineup.

BIG have announced that they have released Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş from his contract, making the rifler eligible to join a new project ahead of the start of the season. The announcement comes two weeks after XANTARES stepped down from BIG active roster, following Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade's addition to the team during the tournament break.

The German organization confirmed that XANTARES will continue his playing career in a Turkish lineup, adding more fuel to the talk of a domestic superteam headlined by Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker and XANTARES coming together soon.

XANTARES' German journey has officially ended

"Today we are saying thank you and goodbye to XANTARES. We made the decision to fulfill XANTARES' wish and to prematurely dissolve his still-active player contract. Thereby, we would like to contribute to helping XANTARES continue his playing career with a Turkish team," said the organization's CEO Daniel Finkler about the player that spent three years donning the BIG jersey. XANTARES was due to spend the rest of 2021 with BIG as well, having signed a one-year extension in 2020.

"From the bottom of our hearts, we wish him all the best and much success with his new team and would like to thank him on behalf of everyone for his achievements and successes with BIG. The same goes for our outstanding Turkish community. Thank you for your fantastic support throughout the years," Finkler concluded.

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woxic set to return to competition

XANTARES leaves BIG with an MVP medal from DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Europe, titles from highly competitive events such as cs_summit 6 and DreamHack Masters Spring 2020, and an eight-week stint as a part of the No. 1 team in the world.

With woxic and Buğra "⁠Calyx⁠" Arkın out of a contract for over six months and XANTARES entering free agency, the core trio of a rumored Turkish superteam is now free to join forces. The project has seemingly been in the works since June when the 22-year-old AWPer announced his return to competition with a five-man squad "ready to compete and grind", but the specifics about woxic's new team remain uncertain.

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1498
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
888
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
843
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Poland Cryzilian
Finally. What a bot!
2021-08-13 17:01
5 replies
wtf, thats uncalled for, how is this gonna look if they dont delete and ban you now? not very professional
2021-08-13 17:02
2 replies
#32
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Poland Cryzilian
Cause i called him a bot? hahaha
2021-08-13 17:05
Very pro
2021-08-13 17:05
#18
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Slovenia Rheniel
WTF THIS IS HISTORIC
2021-08-13 17:02
#27
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Maldives M4CK1NHO
MAD!?
2021-08-13 17:04
wow gl
2021-08-13 17:01
18 replies
#7
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India OOFmiester
I aren’t think that
2021-08-13 17:01
5 replies
#31
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Finland sant3rii
good gl
2021-08-13 17:04
Bottares lul
2021-08-13 17:23
1 reply
-1
2021-08-13 18:55
#122
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Denmark Zetix02
So unexpected
2021-08-13 17:56
#205
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Slovakia AJKT_Andy
long time no see this classic comment
2021-08-14 10:39
#48
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Russia zj2
why? free money by selling him
2021-08-13 17:11
11 replies
#55
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Turkey yeeGeT
he has been with the team for years. It's a gesture.
2021-08-13 17:13
7 replies
+1
2021-08-13 17:16
Not really, he only have 3 months left of contract with BIG and no org would buy him out as its smarter to wait it expire. BIG acknowledge this so they can release him few months earlier to save up cash they would have to pay out in his wages and get good PR because they released a player that wanted to pursue his desire to play with his fellow countryman. Everyone wins on that, but thats not kindness, its business
2021-08-13 17:51
4 replies
#142
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Brazil Anarchybr
+1
2021-08-13 18:20
#190
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Finland Nollegee
+1 well said!
2021-08-13 20:28
#196
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France cedd
actually no its to let him compete with the turkish lineup and sign a new contract before this big contract expired
2021-08-13 22:55
+1
2021-08-14 06:12
+1
2021-08-13 18:22
i don't think the turkish team could afford to pay for his buyout +rep for big just release contract so he could play for turk superteam
2021-08-13 17:30
1 reply
Because super teams have always turned out to be super.
2021-08-13 18:30
noone would pay for 3 months anyway lol...
2021-08-13 17:53
#3
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Sweden frizzahh
Sad
2021-08-13 17:01
#4
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Albania Zhurma
ikr
2021-08-13 17:01
Nice
2021-08-13 17:01
YEAH
2021-08-13 17:01
ns
2021-08-13 17:01
Expected
2021-08-13 17:01
deserved
2021-08-13 17:02
15 replies
#72
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Germany I_Am_Jerm
why deserved? He did good in big
2021-08-13 17:22
6 replies
not good enough, clearly
2021-08-13 17:22
5 replies
+1 not good enough
2021-08-13 17:40
Gade????
2021-08-13 18:15
2 replies
#162
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El Salvador w7tv
lmao big back to tier 4 EU
2021-08-13 18:52
1 reply
Not true for big, definitely true for xantares
2021-08-15 14:16
#178
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Germany I_Am_Jerm
I mean kito and Tizian fought to reach a rating over 1.0 while XANTARES just almost constantly a rating of 1.10+
2021-08-13 19:26
flag checks out as there is no player whose from isr*el
2021-08-13 17:30
7 replies
flamez?
2021-08-13 17:58
3 replies
he's not even tier 1 player
2021-08-13 19:20
2 replies
By that logic Xantares certainly isn't either
2021-08-14 02:57
1 reply
wtf ahahahahahah nice choke
2021-08-14 11:27
#202
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Turkey RENNNDER
(f)ucking racist
2021-08-14 06:00
2 replies
maybe instead of defending my own player you dog??
2021-08-14 11:27
1 reply
#210
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Turkey RENNNDER
siktir git arap sevici
2021-08-14 16:36
lol who cars who cars ez 4 ence
2021-08-13 17:02
1 reply
#74
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Yeah, really EZ
2021-08-13 17:22
#13
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Russia INESSOR
F
2021-08-13 17:02
#14
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Turkey WagaBond
OOOOOOOO Thanks gods its happening
2021-08-13 17:02
#15
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Chile cristiaan
EZ 4 TURKISH SUPER TEAM
2021-08-13 17:02
F
2021-08-13 17:02
Wholesome move by BIG
2021-08-13 17:02
10 replies
Absolutely, Big(no pun intended) respect to them
2021-08-13 17:07
+111
2021-08-13 17:08
+1, so classy
2021-08-13 17:14
+1
2021-08-13 17:28
+1
2021-08-13 17:46
+1
2021-08-13 17:49
nah not rly...his contract was till end of this year so they would not have money from him anyway. so they at least got rid of his 4 months salary
2021-08-13 17:57
#120
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United States thespecht
+1
2021-08-13 17:55
+1
2021-08-13 19:43
+1 true
2021-08-13 20:13
İts coming👀👀
2021-08-13 17:03
he is trying to become what fallen means to br scene but to turkish
2021-08-13 17:03
6 replies
fallen is pretty smart tho none of these guys wont come near to fallens mind for the game
2021-08-13 17:04
5 replies
you're right fallen is a bussinessman, you never see him in controversy and stuff while xantares was banned from twitch for saying curse words some days ago
2021-08-13 17:08
4 replies
#94
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Serbia XD___
"you never see him in controversy and stuff" chaos/mibr situation? mibr/furia situation?
2021-08-13 17:32
3 replies
#128
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Chile cap_
Mibr and Furia situation was actually Fer's fault
2021-08-13 18:05
he actually never said anything bad about chaos situation
2021-08-13 18:11
1 reply
twofaced toledo..
2021-08-13 19:07
ARRRRHHH I'M HAARRRRRDD
2021-08-13 17:03
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS FUCK YOU GERMAN CS
2021-08-13 17:03
14 replies
german cs > turkish cs
2021-08-13 17:06
2 replies
XANTARES > GERMAN CS
2021-08-13 17:11
1 reply
BOTTARES OMEGALUL
2021-08-13 23:28
toxic fan checks out
2021-08-13 17:08
3 replies
#69
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Europe robo1234
Nice move to remove kebab, guys. You are getting rid of these so-called fans.
2021-08-13 17:21
2 replies
Most turkish fans are quite nice but there are also these retards that every country has
2021-08-13 20:52
1 reply
#208
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Europe Mstrio
Like germans too
2021-08-14 11:55
why fuck germany? big released him early so the "super turkish team" doesnt have to wait till his contract ends or to buyout him. it was really nice from them
2021-08-13 17:12
1 reply
these are retarded kids from Turkey, most of them are racist and toxic.
2021-08-13 17:16
They literally helped him to move turkish team by releasing lil boi
2021-08-13 17:26
#107
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Turkey TiksavLee
you're disgusting dude, you're just embarrassing us. I would like to thank my German friends and the BIG team. I have had good and bad memories for 2 years as a fan. I wish good luck to BIG and the new Turkish team to be established.
2021-08-13 17:41
Hahah saying fuck you to the Org that just released Xantares almost 4 months earlier so he can join another team. GL with your turkish "super team" that will most likely not even play in tier 2
2021-08-13 18:39
Dude, German CS made the classiest act by letting XANTARES go instead of making him rot on the bench like KennyS. The only thing that I'm sad about this Turkish dream team is that fuckers like you will appear more on HLTV with your broken-ass English.
2021-08-13 18:44
1 reply
Yeah BIG really wholesome 100 by letting him go 4 months early so they would cut on his salary because no org would buy him for the money they would ask anyway.
2021-08-13 19:08
#25
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Turkey Dumbars
GOD LİKE THAT
2021-08-13 17:03
Wow unexpected that they'd release him for free. Very nice move by Big
2021-08-13 17:03
BIG is one of the best orgs tbh, they’re fucking great to their players. they just let him go out of kindness. Good luck to Xantares next project, I hope both sides will have success with how they continue now
2021-08-13 17:04
2 replies
Hätte ihnen nichts gebracht ihn länger zu halten. Woxic hätte die Summe nicht bezahlen können weil soweit ich weiß noch keine Orga hinter dem projekt steht. Trotzdem korrekt ihm da keine Steine unnötig in den weg zu legen
2021-08-13 18:41
1 reply
yeah thats pretty much the point: IF this team does not have an org yet they probably would have to delay their plans until 2022 and IF they have an org then that org does not need to pay the buyout anymore. i think no matter how you turn it its a very nice move of BIG, i can imagine xantares is not a cheap player
2021-08-13 19:47
Nice
2021-08-13 17:04
F
2021-08-13 17:05
Good luck
2021-08-13 17:05
That's very nice of BIG. I doubt the turkish org would have been able to buy him out of his contract.
2021-08-13 17:06
Na'Vi XANTARES when?
2021-08-13 17:06
1 reply
never
2021-08-13 17:30
Very nice for big or just wise cuz paying 4 months bench player salary knowing that no org will buy him atm
2021-08-13 17:08
2 replies
Afaik not all teams pay benched players full salary. But iunno how it is with BIG. The generous thing here is that they don't ask for a transfer fee & just released him from contract. Meaning that if woxic & friends wanna team up they don't have to pony up $$$.
2021-08-13 17:14
1 reply
Even not full salary it big money faze wanted him but he said no that big deal with big
2021-08-13 17:43
#41
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India aR__
It's happening rhe Turkish Super team
2021-08-13 17:07
Well nice to see a csgo org being nice and trying to help players, and not just let then sit a not play for months..
2021-08-13 17:11
1 reply
+1
2021-08-13 17:14
Turik
2021-08-13 17:11
expected
2021-08-13 17:12
IT'S HAPPENING AHHHHHHHHH
2021-08-13 17:12
when will he join w0xic?
2021-08-13 17:12
9 replies
#57
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Italy real_bob
this weekend or next week. imoR w0xic XANTARES Calyx xfl0ud
2021-08-13 17:14
8 replies
i'm very anxious about it
2021-08-13 17:19
#70
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Turkey yeeGeT
unfortunately not xfl0ud. 5th player is ISSAA which will cause a language barrier... Dunno why they did this ://::/:/
2021-08-13 17:22
6 replies
source?
2021-08-13 17:29
2 replies
#85
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Turkey yeeGeT
wait 3 hours :D
2021-08-13 17:30
1 reply
damn :D :D I wish them good luck
2021-08-13 17:30
then why did he quit flusha project? does he have an even better offer on the table?
2021-08-13 17:34
2 replies
Maybe 6th player?
2021-08-13 18:16
1 reply
6th player in 2021 lul
2021-08-13 20:12
#52
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Turkey yeeGeT
thank you for not making us wait for another 4 months. thx big thx <3 <3
2021-08-13 17:12
This turkish team will be a intresting team
2021-08-13 17:13
1 reply
+1
2021-08-13 17:17
Turkish CS will always be a joke
2021-08-13 17:16
4 replies
#64
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Italy real_bob
wtf :D we are the best aimers in the world
2021-08-13 17:17
1 reply
yes aiming mayo sauce onto kebab
2021-08-13 17:31
Turks will always be jokes
2021-08-13 17:23
#163
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Turkey ShooGTr
not this time m8, not this time
2021-08-13 18:53
Dortkardes asina sicerm
2021-08-13 17:19
1 reply
Wtff
2021-08-13 17:35
#67
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Finland Hidrobr
#GoTurkısh
2021-08-13 17:20
1 reply
#144
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Turkey taseyNN
💪yes
2021-08-13 18:21
Soon might get a news saying "OG to release ISSA" if the further rumors are true, but I highly doubt cause I think it will be a complete Turkish only lineup. Great job by Berlin International Gaming, expected from Jermans and Tabsen's countrymen
2021-08-13 17:21
4 replies
Bro you were gonna tell me a fun fact about Pakistan but the thread got deleted and I couldn't see it, can you say it again?
2021-08-13 17:36
3 replies
Oh yea I noticed it's gone Anyway the fun fact about Pakistan is that our mother tongue is called "Urdu" which is a Turkish word meaning "Horde", referencing to the fact that Urdu isn't a tongue in itself but rather a mix of words from other languages.
2021-08-13 17:48
2 replies
Daamn, that's cool So what languages are in Urdu? Arabic, Farsi?
2021-08-13 17:58
1 reply
Arabic , Farsi, Persian, Turkish and great many other languages!
2021-08-13 18:22
let's go turkish superteam, i wish you luck!
2021-08-13 17:22
expected
2021-08-13 17:22
Thanks for releasing him so we can laugh at "super team" faster KEKW
2021-08-13 17:23
xantares - woxic - calyx - imoRR who is the 5th 🧐
2021-08-13 17:26
5 replies
There is rumours about issa joining in. I wish tarik joining this team as a igl
2021-08-13 17:33
4 replies
Tarik joining would be nice. They have great firepower but they need an IGL/Support. ISSAA joining would be a bad move since they would have to communicate in English
2021-08-13 17:34
3 replies
Yea but i think tarik doesnt wanted to join in thats why they have choosed issa. Team has a lot of firepower but lack of game sense will hurt them in the future
2021-08-13 18:12
Tarik will go back with auti +stan. Maybe with ethan
2021-08-13 18:18
1 reply
#150
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Brazil Anarchybr
Any sources on this ? Those players did not get well on Valulrant?
2021-08-13 18:27
New Turkish SupperTeam Incoming ;)
2021-08-13 17:30
finally
2021-08-13 17:30
Class move by BiG, nice gesture to a player who helped them reach #1.
2021-08-13 17:31
respect to BIG clan! they could have said no and not release him...
2021-08-13 17:31
Most overrated player of all time easily
2021-08-13 17:32
finally let's go :D
2021-08-13 17:34
Nice gesture by BIG mens)) can't wait to see XANTARES + woxic
2021-08-13 17:35
BIIIIIG RESPECT TO BIG CLAN, thanks for everything! #GoBIG
2021-08-13 17:38
Maybe Woxic is part of MSL's team. Tbh MSL leading a team of Woxic, Smooya, Xantares and a good support player would be dope, though probably Woxic probably wants to team up with ISSAA, and that's not a good player at all, let alone a good support player.
2021-08-13 17:39
2 replies
rumours say that MSL is with JUGI, fessor and aizy. i dont remember the 5, but it was also a danish player.
2021-08-13 18:39
1 reply
That sounds disappointingly mediocre, hahah.
2021-08-13 22:28
#108
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Turkey razendd_
2021-08-13 17:42
2 replies
Pog
2021-08-13 17:50
#152
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Turkey taseyNN
💪EZ
2021-08-13 18:29
Crying rn
2021-08-13 17:44
BIG mistake ! Gl with the new team !
2021-08-13 17:45
So dissapointed with all Turks that are happy with their countryman losing his team... Good luck Xantares, hopefully OG picks him up.
2021-08-13 17:45
1 reply
#155
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Turkey glitchmob
he's already in a turkish team, turks are happy because of it. best players of turkey united for a so called superteam.
2021-08-13 18:39
#121
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United States iamZNDR
woxic and XAN starting new turkish c9 confirmed
2021-08-13 17:56
#126
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United Kingdom FlyingPig
Xantares and smooya to GORILLAZ! ! ! Plz! ! !
2021-08-13 18:03
Wow big news
2021-08-13 18:03
Outstanding Turkish community OMEGALUL
2021-08-13 18:05
#130
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Turkey PhauX
Finally it's happening
2021-08-13 18:05
thank you BIG CLAN
2021-08-13 18:08
so BIG released XANTARES because of his mysterious Twitch ban?
2021-08-13 18:16
GL Xantares
2021-08-13 18:25
Time for messi to Leave B1G And join to Vitality
2021-08-13 18:25
#151
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Brazil Anarchybr
Poggers, he’s so mechanically skilled it’s almost unfair GL to the Turkish super team
2021-08-13 18:28
When the best player for the best "german" team isn't even german so they get kicked. Ok.
2021-08-13 18:32
1 reply
#165
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United States 3manu3l
the problem is not his skill, but communication
2021-08-13 18:55
damn xantares really wants to believe in this turk team
2021-08-13 18:48
gl
2021-08-13 18:51
#166
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Chile cap_
Respect for BIG for realising him and not keeping him on the bench for 3 years. GL Xantares tho
2021-08-13 18:57
imorr also left Sangal mens)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
2021-08-13 19:03
another one switching to poker sadge
2021-08-13 19:07
big top 30 again
2021-08-13 19:09
Damn nice
2021-08-13 19:09
GL Xantares
2021-08-13 19:12
hmm... I'm wondering why the goodbye is thicker than thank u...
2021-08-13 19:15
#176
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Europe pose1
new team %10000 Xantares Woxic Calyx imoRR xfl0ud
2021-08-13 19:24
#177
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Ukraine XBOCT111
GL to XARANTES
2021-08-13 19:24
#179
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Turkey ersinnoo
BIG really BIG
2021-08-13 19:31
New team on the scene
2021-08-13 19:35
#181
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Hungary szia
Goodbye my brother :(
2021-08-13 19:42
BIG is very kind and great org, best wishes to BIG <3
2021-08-13 19:47
#185
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United States Rayduh
Nice
2021-08-13 19:50
#186
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Turkey samilari
POG
2021-08-13 20:10
G2 should've done same. Instead they keep paying their bench player
2021-08-13 20:26
Wow
2021-08-13 21:06
OMEGAKEKW
2021-08-13 21:14
Xantares not in big, something to get used too
2021-08-14 02:10
#200
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Ukraine Boryslav
Good luck XANTARES for your future.
2021-08-14 05:45
Good luck Xantares!
2021-08-14 05:50
GOODBYE THANK YOU
2021-08-14 09:57
#209
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Europe Mstrio
Big Without Xantares is like Barcelona without Messi
2021-08-14 11:55
I feel thank you!
2021-08-15 04:37
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