JW released from fnatic: "It is time for me to start writing the next chapter"

One of the most iconic players to wear the black and orange jersey has departed the organization.

Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell has officially entered free agency, having been released from his contract with fnatic following three months on the bench. The three-time Major winner spent nearly eight years with the organization, practically his whole CS:GO career, but will now be looking for new opportunities.

"I will work hard on my game, try to stream some, and try to play in as many qualifiers as possible until I know what is next for me," JW wrote on Twitlonger, hinting at more Counter-Strike action, but leaving the doors open for a change of scenery.

"In the end, it's been one hell of a ride but nothing lasts forever - and it is time for me to start writing the next chapter."

JW is set to explore his options

During his tenure in fnatic which lasted from 2013 to 2021 — aside from a six-month stint in GODSENT —, JW won three Major tournaments, placed on the ranking of the top 20 players of the year three times, secured three MVPs, and claimed trophies at a total of 22 notable LAN events.

"A pretty emotional but also pretty exciting day," JW said on Thursday as he left fnatic in the past, thanking "everyone who has been a part of the journey". He gave special credit to current fnatic CGO Patrik "⁠cArn⁠" Sättermon, as well as the trio of his initial teammates Andreas "⁠znajder⁠" Lindberg, Jonatan "⁠Devilwalk⁠" Lundberg, and Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist: "That friendship is something I will always remember and I'm sad I didn't care about it more some times."

A chance to rekindle the friendship with flusha might be on the cards for JW, as the 26-year-old has been signed up for the IEM Winter Open Qualifier #2 with GORILLAZ who have seemingly concluded their cooperation with Kevin "⁠HS⁠" Tarn.

Meanwhile, fnatic are searching for an AWPer to take over the role in the team after the benchings of both JW and Jack "⁠Jackinho⁠" Ström Mattsson in the last three months. Following a short stint with Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield, the organization decided to give an opportunity to fnatic Rising sniper Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău to play with the main team.

fnatic are now playing with the following lineup:

Sweden Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson
Sweden Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin
United Kingdom Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin
United Kingdom William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman
Romania Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău (stand-in)

United Kingdom Jamie "⁠keita⁠" Hall (coach)

Sweden Maikil "⁠Golden⁠" Selim (benched)

Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
893
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Estonia Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Jack 'Jackinho' Ström Mattsson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
147
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.70
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
742
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1682
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1879
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1817
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1059
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
United Kingdom Jamie 'keita' Hall
Jamie 'keita' Hall
Age:
29
Team:
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
91
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Patrik 'cArn' Sättermon
Patrik 'cArn' Sättermon
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.73
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.10
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
GOAT
2021-10-14 18:14
7 replies
#6
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India OOFmiester
JW Finally VAC Banned 😔 👍
2021-10-14 18:14
4 replies
Isnt JBOT retired since 2016?
2021-10-14 20:02
2 replies
you are so weird and not funny
2021-10-14 22:07
1 reply
you are so funny and not weird (and sexy!)
2021-10-15 00:23
Dreams come true VAC finally ban impactless 0.8 rating bots
2021-10-15 07:43
#165
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United Kingdom FNC_TOP_1
+1 GOAT -1 GRETA IS PUPPET
2021-10-15 02:55
#170
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Denmark Cleandog
GG JW
2021-10-15 05:42
valorant?
2021-10-14 18:14
22 replies
Nah he said he likes csgo too much to seitch
2021-10-14 18:15
11 replies
that's nice, I bet a huge salary will change that opinion tho
2021-10-14 18:21
10 replies
valulrant prize pools be like
2021-10-14 18:52
9 replies
are valorant prize pools big? I was primarily considering the huge salaries that people are reportedly being offered to switch to valorant
2021-10-14 18:57
8 replies
#74
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Czech Republic Ventraks
highest valorant prizepool was $700k, and its all money from riot, so I think no if we compare to CSGO
2021-10-14 19:01
1 reply
prize pools are smaller but the salery is way higher just like with LoL vs Dota
2021-10-16 00:24
in comparison to CS they're pretty small a lot of the bigger tournaments have similar 1st place prizes for spring sweet spring stuff in cs lmao
2021-10-14 19:15
1 reply
lmao thats hilarious
2021-10-14 19:18
Nah... LoL for example is way bigger then Dota 2 but prize pool in Dota 2 is like 10-20x what LoL offers.
2021-10-14 20:18
2 replies
lets be real though. League is only way bigger than Dota because of Korea. Korea alone carries that game and the e sport in general. They love their league and Overwatch. Valorant tends to not be the same over there.
2021-10-14 20:39
1 reply
+1 Very true
2021-10-14 22:57
no they aren't big. wait till the valorant bubble bursts and see what happens with the game. especially in NA, it's just the latest fad/trendy game to play. all riot does anyway is just take popular games to begin with and make it dumbed down and easier and release them.
2021-10-14 20:38
#14
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Nepal askyee
he's playin tomorrow with gorillaz so imho it's gonna be that
2021-10-14 18:15
7 replies
very interesting, however I don't think that team is gonna win anything
2021-10-14 18:21
4 replies
#35
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Nepal askyee
naah, i dont think so too. Sergej and JW might be good if only jw finds his form again. Flusha is decent as a igl but I dont think they are gonna be top team with sunny and supra. Too little fire power
2021-10-14 18:25
3 replies
#50
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Ukraine alexftw
sunny is firepower himself
2021-10-14 18:33
2 replies
#57
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Nepal askyee
ahh, how could i forgot that ;/
2021-10-14 18:43
And its noce to see these guys keep on playing even if Gorillaz aint a top 10 team..
2021-10-14 18:52
#80
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
LET SFUCKIN GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-10-14 19:06
1 reply
#101
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Nepal askyee
tbh if they change supra and maybe sunny it can be quite a good team
2021-10-14 19:41
he isn't that washed yet
2021-10-14 20:44
1 reply
He was averaging a rating of around 0.75 at one point this year. That's pretty washed lol.
2021-10-15 05:27
In t3
2021-10-14 18:14
End of an era
2021-10-14 18:14
#5
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Chile 1cristiaan
glgl
2021-10-14 18:14
#7
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Finland Karppanator
JWonderchild, oh how I loved to hate you in 2014-2017.
2021-10-14 18:14
3 replies
same, now I'm sad
2021-10-14 19:02
#127
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Argentina Saazu
The team you loved to hate!
2021-10-14 20:36
RIP best aggro awper in Europe
2021-10-14 23:34
gg
2021-10-14 18:15
Gorillaz flop incoming
2021-10-14 18:15
Valorant
2021-10-14 18:15
#12
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Belarus ChecksOut
Jw bestest
2021-10-14 18:15
1 reply
+111111
2021-10-15 08:07
JW FNATIC BANNED CHECK HLTV
2021-10-14 18:15
#15
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Norway jatakk
gl
2021-10-14 18:15
#16
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Sweden GooseDot
GOAT
2021-10-14 18:16
1 reply
PIG
2021-10-14 20:08
#17
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Finland xBleu
deserved
2021-10-14 18:16
End of an Era
2021-10-14 18:17
legend
2021-10-14 18:17
#20
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Sweden MalcomReed
LETS GO CMON KING
2021-10-14 18:17
JW to Astralis
2021-10-14 18:18
JW FOREVER BESTEST PLAYER IN OUR HEARTS <3
2021-10-14 18:18
New chapter = JW Pregnant ?
2021-10-14 18:20
6 replies
JW PREGNANT CHECK HLTV
2021-10-14 20:12
5 replies
HLTV CONFIRMED ?
2021-10-14 20:22
4 replies
#133
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France Hillfear
HTLV PREGNANT???
2021-10-14 20:58
3 replies
NO HLTV FATHER
2021-10-15 04:34
2 replies
HLTV PREGNANT CHECK JW
2021-10-15 08:04
1 reply
Wait what ? :O
2021-10-15 13:51
gl wonderchild
2021-10-14 18:21
GOAT of all GOATs
2021-10-14 18:21
legend
2021-10-14 18:22
gl legend
2021-10-14 18:23
#30
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Brazil Karlogaria
Legend, an unique style
2021-10-14 18:23
Weird that Fnatic didn't give Smooya more. Smooya played the official fine but who knows if Smooya is still toxic behind the scenes
2021-10-14 18:23
2 replies
#38
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United States xcalibot
smooya still in contract with moviestar rider. most likely moviestar is asking too much for smooya
2021-10-14 18:26
he has contract with MR
2021-10-14 18:28
legend
2021-10-14 18:24
Fnatic should try with regali in my opinion this is the right decision
2021-10-14 18:24
#36
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Russia HuyePlot
he'll find a new team, respect to GOAT
2021-10-14 18:25
JW free agent, check HLTV
2021-10-14 18:25
the end of an era
2021-10-14 18:27
Knock knock
2021-10-14 18:27
6 replies
who's there?
2021-10-14 18:29
5 replies
JW
2021-10-14 18:31
2 replies
JW Who?
2021-10-14 18:33
1 reply
JW FAK YOU 🔪🔪🔪
2021-10-14 18:38
KennyS
2021-10-14 18:33
1 reply
#95
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Netherlands JUNG13
KennyS good but not the best (JW best)
2021-10-14 19:26
lemondogs,galaxy racer,dignitas,etc.... the choice is yours!
2021-10-14 18:30
1 reply
Hardly.. No way Dig would kick hallzerk for jw, wtf are you thinking? Same goes for gxr. Unless you refer to him as a rifler. A case could be made for him over dezon in that case. But unlikely.
2021-10-14 18:52
#44
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Portugal OwnedBro
Dignitas incoming
2021-10-14 18:30
2 replies
no chance in hell he will ever replace hallzerk
2021-10-14 18:35
1 reply
#152
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Portugal OwnedBro
Im just joking ahah
2021-10-14 23:13
gl
2021-10-14 18:31
#48
JK | 
Asia flipflop
He'll always be a legend
2021-10-14 18:33
JW's book hitting the print soon. The placeholder title is: "How I lost all relevance after the AWP nerf made it harder to use as a shotgun"
2021-10-14 18:36
2 replies
They already made a movie about him: Babe - Pig in the City
2021-10-15 07:11
1 reply
incredible how much good makeup can help people look decent on screen.
2021-10-15 15:39
GL legend!
2021-10-14 18:39
flushie and wonderchild reunite poggers!
2021-10-14 18:39
1 reply
Yes poggers!!
2021-10-14 18:51
The weirdest part of this article was not realizing that Smooya already played his matches.
2021-10-14 18:42
excited for this move
2021-10-14 18:46
Was expecting him to join up with flusha again. Its gonna be interesting to se what happens. GL!
2021-10-14 18:47
ABSOLUTE LEGEND OF COUNTER-STRIEK
2021-10-14 18:48
The Swedish legend
2021-10-14 18:49
#62
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United Kingdom FlyingPig
GL JW~! Welcome regali~!
2021-10-14 18:49
1 reply
Why are you talking about Delpan in a post about someone else?
2021-10-15 00:55
Is he primarily awp? Sometimes i see that as a disadvantage when finding new teams. Only one position to fill and you’ll be a scrutinized real quick if not performing. As a rifler you can take on different roles. But big risk big reward I suppose
2021-10-14 18:50
#65
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Czech Republic sobrez
valorant ?
2021-10-14 18:51
JW_3_MAJOR_S0MPLE_0_MAJOR
2021-10-14 18:54
JW RELEASED CHECK HLTV
2021-10-14 18:56
JW GORRILAZ incoming.
2021-10-14 18:57
Hes bad as well so
2021-10-14 18:58
New chapter? Is he writing a book?
2021-10-14 19:02
REGALI POG
2021-10-14 19:04
Next chapter of retirment*
2021-10-14 19:05
1 reply
+1111
2021-10-14 19:12
I'm sorry this guy is a legend of the game, but he looked awful once Fnatic came crashing down. His aggressive type of playstyle was just getting shut down, he looked like he couldn't adjust to new meta's. I really respect JW for his career and what he accomplished but I feel like this will be a Guardian situation where he was once a legend but nobody wants to take a chance on a has been if theirs fresh blood on the market. Not a lot of Swedish AWP's out there, but I would rather take Nawwk or honestly even Jackinho then JW.
2021-10-14 19:06
2 replies
#123
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Azerbaijan Talley
true
2021-10-14 20:23
Yes. And this Gorillaz project is doomed to fail, I just hope flusha realizes before it's too late
2021-10-15 07:14
All the best!
2021-10-14 19:07
plz not val
2021-10-14 19:12
#85
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Germany X5ander
JW to Gorillaz. Reunite with Flusha. :O
2021-10-14 19:15
RIP JESPER WONDERCHILD, ALWAYS LEGEND
2021-10-14 19:20
time to reunite: Senõr Vac Wonderchild and schneider to up Sweden again.. lets see `´
2021-10-14 19:21
he will have to do an Oskar and start from the bottom with a group of Swedish talent... no chance someone picks him up in Tier 1
2021-10-14 19:23
1 reply
Name XD
2021-10-15 07:14
gl in the future
2021-10-14 19:23
leggoooo
2021-10-14 19:24
"i miss playing with flusha"
2021-10-14 19:26
1 reply
+gorilazz
2021-10-14 19:38
#96
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Sweden bag0fdicks
JW era is about to begin. The only question is, which players is he gonna carry?
2021-10-14 19:28
1 reply
+1
2021-10-14 22:38
#97
syrsoN | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina dc4
coach maybe ?
2021-10-14 19:31
its sad to see
2021-10-14 19:38
JW to be a stand-in for astralis at major
2021-10-14 19:38
Finally, Fnatic fans can start dreaming about winning something. The guy has been dragging the entire squad down for the last 2-3 years. They could have become the old days' NIP (with GTR and Forest) but now there is a slight hope for them to become like the new NIP.
2021-10-14 19:41
JW Vac banned check hltv And btw would be the youngest major winner/mvp if it wasn't for kjaerbye
2021-10-14 19:41
JW OLE! You the top, man! Don't post and won't post threads anymore until you find a team! Not big support, but as much as I can give!!!!
2021-10-14 19:44
Gl regali
2021-10-14 19:44
JW was already THE JW when I got into cs:go in 2015 GL LEGEND!
2021-10-14 19:52
#107
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Romania xypperz
jw>kennys
2021-10-14 19:52
working at warehouse or commentator?
2021-10-14 19:52
#109
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Russia DomRemi
*oink* *oink*
2021-10-14 19:54
so he will become a writer now?
2021-10-14 19:58
They guy that will always be in my mind from mostly his AWP battles with kennyS that were insane between 2014-2015
2021-10-14 20:00
#112
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Bulgaria radofjc
SADGE!!!!
2021-10-14 20:00
#114
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Latvia TIBR0X
the legend actually 2015 we want that years back elts make jw back top
2021-10-14 20:07
#116
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United States Teztyment
I'm eagar to see where he lands. This guy is a legend for sure.
2021-10-14 20:10
Next Chapter: The Retirement Home
2021-10-14 20:12
jw pregnant check hltv
2021-10-14 20:15
#122
OK | 
Montenegro Dalyn
regali show your skillz
2021-10-14 20:22
JW released check hltv!!!!
2021-10-14 20:24
Going to see what other team will pick him up so he can suck.
2021-10-14 20:24
Lets fucking reunite with flusha! LETS GO!!!!!!
2021-10-14 20:27
#131
RpK | 
Sweden hayliN
breaks ma heart <\3
2021-10-14 20:45
F
2021-10-14 20:49
WonderChild <3
2021-10-14 21:00
TRUE GOAT, GL JESPER <3
2021-10-14 21:10
#136
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Poland SebL
Defienietly the end of an era, really sad honestly, but yeah, like he said every chapter has it's end, I'm looking forward to seeing him coach or maybe even play still if he wants to, GL in whatever you choose next wonderchild :)
2021-10-14 21:29
2 replies
No, it’s over. Anyone over 25 is worthless.
2021-10-15 00:36
1 reply
#190
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Poland SebL
Anyone over 25 is worthless? Hobbit is 27 and is one of the best players in CIS.
2021-10-15 16:19
legend ofc, but finally tbh
2021-10-14 21:36
yeah, retire
2021-10-14 21:50
we will miss you JW!
2021-10-14 21:59
JW out of fnatic, what a day((
2021-10-14 22:01
4 replies
#143
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United States Rayduh
JW and Golden both to flusha's team?JW and Golden both to flusha's team?
2021-10-14 22:07
3 replies
flusha wants to igl... that was the problem in fnatic before that made flusha leave xd
2021-10-14 22:09
2 replies
#146
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United States Rayduh
fnatic is better with UK lineup
2021-10-14 22:10
1 reply
rn they are yeah but that wasnt your point)
2021-10-14 22:11
#141
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United States Rayduh
GORILLAZ
2021-10-14 22:07
#142
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United States Rayduh
JW and Golden both to flusha's team?
2021-10-14 22:07
The only reason Sergej stayed in Gorillaz was cos he had insider info that JW would come as main awp once his contract end/or gets released. This is clear now!
2021-10-14 22:45
its time for you to retire oink oink
2021-10-14 22:50
don't let the door hit you on the way out
2021-10-14 23:16
Jw not in fnatic anymore check hltv((((( gl in future bestest player)
2021-10-14 23:34
#156
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Albania WokeUp
JW I love you
2021-10-14 23:41
#157
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Argentina Saazu
JW to gorillaz incoming!!
2021-10-15 00:03
GL in future !
2021-10-15 00:06
1 reply
wtf are you talking about? You don’t need “luck” to be a cashier, janitor, or plumber and raise a family. This old man has literally zero marketable skills.
2021-10-15 00:44
GL pig
2021-10-15 00:50
i don't want this guy to fail but i also want smooya on FNC so......
2021-10-15 02:51
#166
JW | 
Switzerland Titan))
JW Bestest
2021-10-15 03:30
#168
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Brazil Exfm
Knock knock
2021-10-15 04:34
2 replies
come in
2021-10-15 08:11
1 reply
Would you spare a moment to talk about our lord and saviour Jesus?
2021-10-16 00:34
#171
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United States h4gg4rd
Gorillaz +JW
2021-10-15 05:47
another member for gorillaz
2021-10-15 05:50
JW actually pregnant wtf
2021-10-15 06:46
This article is a year late
2021-10-15 07:19
-lnz +JW !!!!!!!!
2021-10-15 07:51
I Remember 2014-15 fnatic was Always the final boss
2021-10-15 10:05
its like onepiece but usopp's next chapter
2021-10-15 10:35
#186
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Australia WreveAU
Welcome to tier 7 JW, enjoy your stay
2021-10-15 15:12
1 reply
#187
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Nepal sasukeee
lmao 😂
2021-10-15 15:22
#188
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Nepal sasukeee
Time to join Flusha and his gorilazz team 😂
2021-10-15 15:23
1 reply
yes
2021-10-16 00:28
Would like to see magisk dupreeh jw golden and xyp. Magisk and jw rifler dup awp xyp support and golden igl.
2021-10-16 20:42
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