gla1ve: "Nobody is like zonic"

Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander talked to HLTV about Astralis' recent changes to the roster and coaching staff ahead of the team's campaign at BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021.

A hall of fame captain, gla1ve has been leading Astralis since 2016, powering them to a record-breaking four Major titles as well as collecting numerous trophies across his five-year stint with the Danish powerhouse.

Seen by many as an unsinkable ship, the Astralis squad that dominated 2018 and the better part of 2019 began to see their pieces drift away this year with the departure of superstar AWPer Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz to NIP in early 2021. Despite losing their most iconic player, Astralis moved forwards to PGL Major Stockholm with 4/5 of the all-conquering squad alongside Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald in a last-ditch attempt to recreate the magic seen two years prior but they would not see success.

gla1ve will lead the new iteration of Astralis at BLAST

The squad's elimination from the Major in the Legends Stage would mark the end of gla1ve's collaboration with long-time coach Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen and teammates Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen and Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif as the Astralis organization announced that the trio would not renew their contracts set to expire at the end of 2021.

To kickstart a new era for Astralis the organization announced the signing of Complexity's Danish duo of Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer and Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke alongside previous North coach and CS 1.6 veteran Alexander "⁠ave⁠" Holdt. Despite the new members' obvious ability on the server, replacing the departing trio was never going to be an easy task and as the new roster looks to leave its mark at BLAST Premier Fall Final, gla1ve sat down with HLTV to discuss the changes to the squad.

We are now looking at a new phase for Astralis but Rome was not built in a day. One of the first moves was to extend your contract with the organization until 2024. How does it feel to have a new long-term commitment with the team?

It feels right. Astralis has been my home for many years and coming to the office is like family. It means a lot to me to be a part of what is coming and to continue building on everything we have created. I don’t see myself in any other organization at this point, so the long-term contract means a lot.

As the team's captain and IGL, how involved were you in the decision-making process behind the rebuilding of Astralis over the last four months?

Ultimately it will always be the organization’s decision how to go forward, but I have had a lot of talks with the team and with the people in the organization. It has all been really transparent internally, and I certainly have given my input and thoughts. I am really excited about what is to come.

Lucky has been with the team since August now, how do you view his progress since joining and what do you think of his role moving forwards with the new squad?

Lucky has all the qualities in-game to make it big. As a young player and as a new player on a team like Astralis with all the attention from the outside, you need a solid team around you. Due to my parental leave, he has played in 3 different line-ups and that is not the optimal condition for a new player, to say the least. We will see a lot more from him over the coming months, I am sure. As a team, we will be in a much better place going forwards, and that will benefit all players

In October came the extension of Xyp9x. There was a lot of uncertainty over his future with the organization right until his extension, what changed?

I think it is only natural to check out your options and decide what is best for you. Everything going on in Astralis always seems to create big headlines, but for us on the team, we’re used to all the talk and you can only appreciate the attention really. Xyp is an important piece of the Astralis puzzle and he is someone who knows and bears our culture deep inside, so I am really glad he is here. It is obvious he is in a really good place mentally these days, and he brings a lot to the group.

Why part ways with dupreeh and Magisk? Was there no agreement reached to extend their contracts like Xyp9x?

You really need to ask them, but there are absolutely no hard feelings and only respect between us. I can’t say how much they have meant to me as players and as friends. They are a vital part of Astralis’ history and legacy and will always be, and, just like everybody else who has been on the team throughout the years, they will be welcomed with open arms when they drop by the office. I really wish them all the best and will always keep in contact with them all.

k0nfig and blameF were picked as their successors, why them?

From my point of view they are a perfect fit for what we want to build. They are both top players with the potential to be among the best in the world, they fit in perfectly when it comes to their new roles, and they bring a lot of new energy and hunger to the team. And they really, really have shown they want to be in Astralis, which means a lot to everybody. You never know before you’ve been tested for real on the server and it will take time to get everything right, but you can feel new confidence on the team already.

Will blameF help with calling?

I will be calling but blameF brings a lot of ideas and alternative solutions. You really feel his presence, but we don’t have a lot of time to prepare for the coming tournaments, so for now it is mostly me doing the calls. Over time his presence will certainly give us a new dimension, which will make us much harder to read.

k0nfig was looked at before Magisk in 2018, what has changed since?

I am not going into details as to our considerations back then, but he is definitely a more mature player now and probably more Astralis than he has ever been.

Why sign k0nfig despite him not playing an official game after the injury?

You really can’t tell he has had an injury, but if he does get better from where he is at now, the fans really have something to look forward to!

What is Bubzkji's role in this new lineup, if any? As reports of Astralis offering him out to other organizations have recently surfaced.

Bubzkji has been a great professional and helped out the team, even if he wasn’t playing in Stockholm. In regards to the reports, I think it has already been confirmed he is in talks with the organization around his future, and I don’t think it is up to me to speculate.

Xyp9x came back into the main lineup in Bubzkji's place ahead of the PGL Major

Why let zonic go and why choose ave to replace him?

Again, I don’t want to speculate on others' behalf, but I look forward to working with ave.

How is ave different from zonic?

I think I will give a better answer once ave has settled in, but I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that ave is a bit more analytical and withdrawn than zonic, but they share the passion for the game. Nobody is like zonic.

Will his one Major ban from Valve affect the team's objectives?

Not at all.

How is the new team working together so far?

A lot of energy, lots of positive vibes, a lot of ambition, and hunger to show what we can do. The first couple of praccs were kind of messy, to be honest, but we’re finding the roles, and already now you see the contour of how we want to play and I think the fans will enjoy watching us.

How will these changes help Astralis move forwards?

ave and the team around him will bring a new approach to the game, and both blameF and k0nfig will add firepower and maybe a bit more aggression, but if you ask how Astralis as a whole will move forwards, the team and players are important, but just as much, so is the culture. Over the past years, Astralis has built a very strong culture and a certain way to do things, and this is what we will continue to build on with everything the new people bring with them.

What is the vision for this new lineup?

Personally, I want to win another Major, at least one, and I believe this line-up can ultimately get to a place where we are real contenders for all big titles. We know it will take time and the way we work, we expect it to take 3-4 months to get everything in place, but it doesn’t mean we are not going to give our best to win every match we play. Overall we want to be among the best of the game and always be a contender for the biggest titles. Astralis is something special and we will work hard to show the fans that we’re here to make them proud.

Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1867
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1325
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1777
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
377
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1548
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1418
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
true
2021-11-23 17:07
22 replies
>ds?1
2021-11-23 17:17
21 replies
nobody likes Zonic*
2021-11-23 17:38
13 replies
#53
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United Kingdom __UKCS_FAN
I thought it said that at first too lmao
2021-11-23 17:49
3 replies
+1 gla1ve WTF
2021-11-23 17:52
#78
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Russia prefio
Me too haha
2021-11-23 18:23
LMAO ME TOO
2021-11-23 18:31
+1
2021-11-23 18:14
hltv.org/player/4588/nobody is like Zonic* Astralis' new coach leaked 🥶
2021-11-23 19:40
5 replies
you are not MIBR.
2021-11-23 19:53
2 replies
cmon mens(( it was at least a bit funny
2021-11-23 20:02
1 reply
+1
2021-11-23 22:10
+1, I chuckled
2021-11-23 22:51
lol
2021-11-24 07:51
me three
2021-11-23 19:45
-1
2021-11-26 17:06
what
2021-11-23 17:46
2 replies
weadnk?1321
2021-11-23 17:50
1 reply
#143
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Denmark AstHerMad
what
2021-11-24 13:20
#100
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Czech Republic BlastTM
ey i haven't seen you in a while :D
2021-11-23 19:27
3 replies
bans
2021-11-23 19:46
2 replies
#118
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Czech Republic BlastTM
ahh, unlucky
2021-11-23 19:55
1 reply
true
2021-11-23 20:04
hmmm
2021-11-23 17:07
yes
2021-11-23 17:08
#4
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Russia moorlize
pog
2021-11-23 17:08
I'll miss them so much
2021-11-23 17:08
I read nobody like zonic (
2021-11-23 17:08
9 replies
same, lmao
2021-11-23 17:15
same JAHAHAHHA
2021-11-23 17:23
+1
2021-11-23 17:27
+1
2021-11-23 17:56
SAME
2021-11-23 18:05
+1
2021-11-23 18:16
#105
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Denmark NipoCS
funny lol.
2021-11-23 19:35
gla1ve toxic mens))))
2021-11-23 19:46
Me too haha
2021-11-24 04:45
true
2021-11-23 17:08
then why u kick him ?
2021-11-23 17:08
7 replies
#9
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Austria Ostmark
lmao they didn't kick him, zonic left
2021-11-23 17:09
He left , he wasn't kicked
2021-11-23 17:09
they didnt, his contract is ending and he didnt renew. zonic has also said he hasnt been happy with the way the astralis org handles the team
2021-11-23 17:09
Idk when people will understand diff between getting kicked and leaving org
2021-11-23 17:13
3 replies
#64
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Czech Republic TECHNICKER
+1
2021-11-23 18:02
+1
2021-11-23 18:39
+1 I’m so tired of people writing “i CaNT bEliEvE tHiS OrG kiCkEd tHeiR bEsT pLaYeR, tHeY mUSt bE sO sTUpiD” when someone leaves on their own or gets released after choosing not to extend a contract
2021-11-23 19:00
#12
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Canada firtlast
no one shoots like gaston no one aims like gaston no one adjusts their monitor’s settings to shoot through smokes to win games like gaston
2021-11-23 17:09
1 reply
Meme still going stronk lul
2021-11-23 17:23
we are all unique gods children :()
2021-11-23 17:10
1 reply
no
2021-11-23 21:30
yea, i dont care
2021-11-23 17:12
gla1ve a true professional
2021-11-23 17:12
#16
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Poland sznycel901
true
2021-11-23 17:12
I love Gla1ves interviews so much, he gives as much info as he allowed, perfect media presence
2021-11-23 17:12
2 replies
+1
2021-11-23 18:20
"A lot of energy, lots of positive vibes, a lot of ambition, and hunger to show what we can do. " Sounds like something a pro footballer would say after joining team xyz. xd But mby this is how he feels so I won't say I don't believe him.)
2021-11-23 19:49
#19
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
Gla1ve literally talking shit about the Astralis org What a disgrace letting the best coach in the game leave.
2021-11-23 17:13
10 replies
didnt Xyp9x hint at that already at some point last year too ? dont understand why he decided to resign with them tbh
2021-11-23 17:19
1 reply
#36
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
Don't remember that Maybe it's because he isn't confident he can find a better contract elsewhere.
2021-11-23 17:22
i guess zonic wanted to be able to have more time to himself to be at home with his family and the org didn't agree with that, just like they didn't when the players asked for some time off, so he left. Didn't he already give some hints in late 2019 when he talked about possible retirement because of that problem? I bet he has much more freedom with his vitality contract.
2021-11-23 17:22
3 replies
#42
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
Well vitality also seems like a less scummy org Atleast appear to be fine.
2021-11-23 17:24
1 reply
I mean he signed a new contract so he could prolly negotiate things into that contract that gives him that freedom. zonic coaching on flex time from home office now. Pog
2021-11-23 19:51
i don't think its about freedom but more that he disagreed with some of the managements decisions like letting es3tag leave and stuff like that
2021-11-23 22:13
Not his or Astralises fault Zonic, magisk and Dupreeh decided to go for the money instead of staying loyal. They all (at least magisk and zonic) got offers and refused them, but Vitality is throwing money at them. After all Zonic wrote the shittiest book ive ever fucking read filled with grammar mistakes and overall just very poorly written just to cash out.
2021-11-23 18:00
3 replies
They wont get more money in vitality unless they start winning like astralis did i 18/19. Careers move on, deal with it.
2021-11-24 07:26
2 replies
They 100% offered a lot more money than Astralis. Vitality are right now spending big money in all esports to improve, they spend several million dollars on their new league roster. And your last part makes no fucking sense, the players dont suddenly get new contracts because they start winnning lol
2021-11-24 17:09
1 reply
Except the main roster doubled their income in tournament earnings alone. Lets take their salaray of 30-40k$ a month for 4 years - between 1.4m$ and 1.9$. The main core then earned about 1.8m$ per player of the same period. No fucking sense? they doubled their salary because of winning.
2021-11-24 19:15
#20
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Japan Misteear
yes
2021-11-23 17:14
noice
2021-11-23 17:15
Nice interview, wishing Astralis the best.
2021-11-23 17:15
Nobody is like gla1ve either <3 Exciting times ahead for the team and I believe in Lucky as well. He is a huge talent and so smart <3 And to see blameF and k0nfig in this team is just awesome. Gl
2021-11-23 17:19
Man, they really asked some.. lets say tricky questions, glaive handled it like an absolute pro tho. Looking forward to seeing astralis dominate again.
2021-11-23 17:16
3 replies
All that Astralis PR training paying off, no wonder he resigned. They got him brain washed!
2021-11-23 18:06
2 replies
hunden fan omegalul
2021-11-23 18:13
1 reply
DOG DID NOTHING WRONG
2021-11-23 18:14
wtf
2021-11-23 17:17
true,Zonic is not me,so he is right
2021-11-23 17:18
1 reply
Flair
2021-11-23 18:26
karrigan: "give me one year and we will be a top team and win titles" --> lul gla1ve: "we expect it to take 3-4 months to get everything in place" --> let's see :D
2021-11-23 17:19
But Threat and NIP are multiple steps ahead
2021-11-23 17:20
1 reply
They were 5 steps ahead, maybe with astralis making 3 roster changes they will only be 2 steps behind from now on
2021-11-23 19:30
true
2021-11-23 17:20
why did i read it like "nobody likes zonic"
2021-11-23 17:20
1 reply
this
2021-11-23 17:21
Gla1ve rekt the HLTV questions
2021-11-23 17:21
I read "Nobody likes zonic" XDDD
2021-11-23 17:23
1 reply
+1 me too xd megahate would be fun next day: zonic: gla1ve has fake hair
2021-11-23 17:32
im like zonic woop woop
2021-11-23 17:23
ngl he spittin
2021-11-23 17:26
#44
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Estonia rokuomi
Gl to 40yo xyp9x
2021-11-23 17:27
#46
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Asia flipflop
I'm very excited to see zywoo under zonic
2021-11-23 17:28
#47
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Europe Zwenix
No body is like someone esle
2021-11-23 17:30
come to NA gla1ve pls
2021-11-23 17:32
#51
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Brazil hugoooo
HLTV baiting? hahaha
2021-11-23 17:44
#55
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Switzerland xilef321
Gonna be really interesting to see how they develop tactically with Gla1ve and BlameF on the server and ave and Lomme behind the team. So much tactical knowledge, if they can find their form individually they'll for sure compete for trophies very soon!
2021-11-23 17:50
1 reply
Yeah and k0nfig brings in some of the hype energy that was lost with zonic's departure. They have a good chance of making top 5 within 5-6 months
2021-11-23 18:23
lmaoooo, this article title
2021-11-23 17:51
2 replies
#58
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Russia KICK_ZEUS
lol i read it as 'nobody likes zonic' ahah
2021-11-23 17:53
1 reply
+1 same
2021-11-23 17:57
why they dont like him (((
2021-11-23 17:58
I glanced at the title and for a split second and my brain read it as "nobody likes zonic"
2021-11-23 17:58
#66
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United States Rayduh
Lmao I misread this for sure
2021-11-23 18:05
At least he didn't say Ave is 5 steps ahead of zonic, like some other ungrateful player did.
2021-11-23 18:07
8 replies
devve?
2021-11-23 18:19
7 replies
Obviously. I mean I guess he said that to make NiP players feel better, but it felt like a cold-blooded stab to his former team in my eyes.
2021-11-23 18:22
6 replies
In mine too. That was a sad moment and both zonic and gla1ve made the same sad emoji on twitter afterwards. They didn't deserve that
2021-11-23 18:24
3 replies
Yeah. I really hope Astralis finds their groove with Lucky. Idk how k0nfig's wrist is, or how xyp9x is gonna perform, but in case they're in form, we only need Lucky to step up. I wanna see Gla1ve and the team smash NiP out of the park, at least once xD.
2021-11-23 18:28
2 replies
Oh, would find that very satisfying ngl :D
2021-11-23 18:30
new vitality smashing nip would also be nice for zonic tbh. let's say both teams take turns trashing nip
2021-11-24 01:45
link?
2021-11-23 20:38
1 reply
Device's first HLTV interview after joining nip
2021-11-24 02:57
#69
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Finland AliSabid
yes
2021-11-23 18:08
I hope they succeed, except for the times when they play against g2
2021-11-23 18:20
Zonic goat Danish player
2021-11-23 18:24
I thought it said "nobody liked zonic" and some drama was about to happen, very dissapointed
2021-11-23 18:24
#83
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France Barburo
Keep him then.
2021-11-23 18:25
see u at blast fall final
2021-11-23 18:26
HLTV baiting ---> Gla1ve rekting .
2021-11-23 18:27
I feel like Lucky could be what hold this team back for a little, I know he probably has the talent to be Tier-1 player one day, but tbh. I think it will take him a lot more time to get to that place, and at the moment I consider him just a pretty bad AWPer. blameF and k0nfig are great player but I don't see them fitting in the place of dupreeh and Magisk, I think this team will go through a huge rebuilding process and I'm pretty sure that it will take them a lot of time to find the right roles and positions for everybody. I can understand why did Astralis sign k0nfig although he had a break, I mean he was just insane before the break, and if he will play atleast 80% of what he did in coL he still can carry Astralis probably. I think ave is a decent pickup as a coach, he surely knows a lot about the game, but ofc. he is not on level zonic, because not many ppl are, and ofc. he isn't an upgrade, but seems like a solid pickup. I think Astralis needed some fresh look and young blood in their team, I hope it'll work out but I can see that roster fail dramatically. But I hope for the best. GL Astralis!
2021-11-23 18:31
who anybody would be like zonic? maybe zonic is like somebody, gla1ve so selfish
2021-11-23 18:34
everyone reads "nobody is like zonic" as "nobody likes zonic" but im here reading "titles" as "titties"
2021-11-23 18:52
2 replies
I read "nobody likes zonic". I guess I'm not in a good mood today. ))))
2021-11-23 19:03
1 reply
+1 same
2021-11-23 19:10
isnt it toxic to say something like that? I mean ok, you don't like zonic. But why speak for everyone?
2021-11-23 18:53
"We are now looking at a new phase for Astralis but Rome was not built in a day." Rome burned down in one day though... important to remember.
2021-11-23 18:58
#99
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Poland Hanse
Bro <3
2021-11-23 19:23
I read it as "Nobody likes zonic" LMFAO
2021-11-23 19:28
1 reply
same hahahahha
2021-11-23 19:31
#104
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Germany Kit_su
I am like zonic
2021-11-23 19:31
I guess not only me read this as "NOBODY LIKES ZONIC"
2021-11-23 19:35
1 reply
Apparently a lot of people misread that. :D
2021-11-23 19:38
Love Gla1ve's interviews. :D Insightful, honest, fair, friendly - Wishing Astralis all the very best. <3
2021-11-23 19:38
#109
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Norway Snaids
Hey, this is pog.
2021-11-23 19:39
#117
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
i like zonic, wtf :(
2021-11-23 19:55
1 reply
He also has a deep appreciation, but the title is a bit confusing huh?
2021-11-24 08:18
Clown, obviously he can't that the lineup is dead, xyp9x has been dogshit for 1 and half year the fact that he is on the team tells where this team will go. Konfig's has had surgery done on his wrist because he broke it, who knows how he will do. Glaive has a family and newborn child, thats why he is satisfied in signing for Astralis and staying in denmark for most of the year. This team is dead, they are all just there for the paycheck, sad to see glaive not go to Vitality with dupreeh, Magisk and Zonic because those three actually want to compete on the highest level.
2021-11-23 21:00
I only ask, please magafakas for once, read past the topic. No one is hating zonic here.
2021-11-23 21:20
#128
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France PP_Bizon
Biggest thing I took from this interview is that 74% of hltv needs glasses
2021-11-23 22:12
Some people on the comments thinking that Gla1ve didn't like Zonic but if you read again carefully he said that no other coaches is like Zonic. Zonic was a world class coach for Astralis won 4 majors so what Gla1ve said is a FACT.
2021-11-23 23:32
Yeah we will see how Astralis' future gonna be. They made tremendous history of cs go.
2021-11-24 04:54
Everybody is like Zonic
2021-11-24 08:07
1 reply
In what way?
2021-11-24 08:17
Good luck goat
2021-11-24 08:17
#142
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Europe skelteR
GL
2021-11-24 12:00
gla1ve: "Nobody is like zonic", wtf is this kid dumb?? AVE was the IGL on the LEGENDARY mTw. this kid doesnt know SHIT about CS IGL´s legends, what a ret4rd.
2021-11-24 19:19
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