Liquid knock Astralis out of BLAST Premier World Final

The North American roster are ending their time together on a high note as they guarantee themselves a top four finish to close out the year.

Liquid have secured themselves a spot in the lower bracket final of the BLAST Premier World Final after beating Astralis in a two-map series, coming out on top over Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's side following wins on Dust2 and Mirage. The North American roster will look to continue playing spoiler to opposing teams in their last ride together as they will next take on Natus Vincere on Saturday at 19:30 .

Astralis end the year on a sour note, having initially made a strong impression at the BLAST Premier Fall Final only to crash out of IEM Winter in 9-12th place and now have their World Final run cut short following losses to two dead lineups in the form of Vitality and Liquid. In a post-match interview, Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer commented on the team's lackluster T sides, something which he hopes will improve in 2022.

FalleN's AWPing was key in closing out Mirage

Liquid got off to a blistering start on Astralis' map pick, Dust2, multi-kill rounds from Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski and Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo being key in their side pushing up to a 6-1 lead. Wins on the T side for the Danish team were few and far between as they were unable to crack through Liquid's defenses, and further multi-kills from Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince added to a dominant half for the North Americans, who led 12-3 heading into the side swap.

Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth added ten kills to his tally as he scored back-to-back aces in the pistol and ensuing anti-eco, hoping to get Astralis back into the map. However, it was only a handful of rounds that went the way of gla1ve's men before their fate was sealed, the massive lead of Liquid proving far too large of a gap to close as they took things over the line, 16-9.

It was another early lead that kicked things off for Liquid on Mirage, although this time it was only a 3-1 margin before Astralis began to claw back into it, managing to steal away the lead at 7-4. A runaway half it wasn't to be though, and Liquid kept the scoreline close after a crucial 2vs5 recovery helmed by a quad kill from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic helped them close out their T side down by a single round.

A triple and quad kill from blameF helped Astralis to extend their lead as the second half got underway, but it wasn't long before Liquid began to put up a strong defense. FalleN's AWP was key in shutting down site hits from the Danish team, but Grim and NAF also secured critical frags as Liquid gained momentum, taking back the lead before the Brazilian sniper found two stellar shots in round 29 to help Liquid take the series over the line.

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Dust2
16
13
Mirage
16
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 38 +1 78.2 1.09
37 - 41 -4 76.3 1.07
31 - 35 -4 64.3 0.91
25 - 36 -11 55.7 0.79
20 - 39 -19 42.0 0.62
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 31 +9 93.3 1.26
38 - 26 +12 68.9 1.21
36 - 32 +4 74.9 1.10
36 - 31 +5 71.0 1.09
38 - 32 +6 73.7 1.08
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
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Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.60
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1495
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1865
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.61
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
815
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
GG
2021-12-17 23:29
15 replies
Bye bye Lucky
2021-12-17 23:29
14 replies
#9
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United Kingdom ChuMatrix
Adios
2021-12-17 23:30
11 replies
#33
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Norway CRINGEMAN
Device, welcome back prodigal son
2021-12-17 23:41
8 replies
Is Gla1ve the worst awper ever?
2021-12-18 00:12
7 replies
#53
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Germany JonnyEGood
guy who famously only made impact by UMP shooting through smoke and IGL, should never be awping unless he has the undying spirit of MSL sucked into himself for some reason
2021-12-18 00:19
6 replies
Or the Fallen from back in the days
2021-12-18 01:36
that last sentence got me hard 😂😂
2021-12-18 05:21
1 reply
Technically his whole comment was a sentence
2021-12-18 08:53
“Only made impact [as] IGL” Only made impact as singlehandedly changing the meta by the use of HE’s and utility in general, making his team win four majors. Have some respect bro…
2021-12-18 10:57
2 replies
I don't see how that correction changes his point, still doesn't change the fact that he really shouldn't be awping
2021-12-18 12:04
And that achievement is not made as a IGL? Or do you mean to tell me that was achieved as a awper?
2021-12-18 15:25
#69
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Romania GreenStain
Yytfd
2021-12-18 00:47
Oh ok
2021-12-18 13:46
dont hate on my boy Lucky
2021-12-18 00:18
It was not luckys fault at all honestly they need to give him back the awp
2021-12-18 10:58
#2
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Germany mrzxea_cs
EZ
2021-12-17 23:29
#3
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Estonia simondoggo
Pog
2021-12-17 23:29
nice
2021-12-17 23:29
trash talking stewie best stewie
2021-12-17 23:29
2 replies
#122
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Poland bart0sz
+1
2021-12-18 09:01
+1
2021-12-18 12:41
-xyp -gla1ve +acoR +birdfromsky
2021-12-17 23:29
9 replies
+1 goat birdfromsky
2021-12-17 23:31
1 reply
Good
2021-12-18 16:13
acoR as rifler
2021-12-18 00:01
Bruh
2021-12-18 00:09
#54
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Germany JonnyEGood
+birdfromsky -gla1vefromnoobistan
2021-12-18 00:20
GOAT from sky
2021-12-18 00:37
#125
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Hungary saxxo
Ofc, acoR, the worst player in his team as an awper and birdfromsky, a 28 years old whose get 1 or 2 years at top in the professional csgo scene:D
2021-12-18 09:56
stopped reading in +acor
2021-12-18 12:28
omg no, lol
2021-12-18 14:31
#8
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United Kingdom ChuMatrix
Expected
2021-12-17 23:29
#10
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North America BoDaddy
incoming another vitality navi final
2021-12-17 23:30
#11
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Brazil Brunoow13
ez4FALLEN
2021-12-17 23:30
3 replies
+1
2021-12-18 00:38
Fallen god
2021-12-18 03:09
Fallen Furia?
2021-12-18 14:32
Lets go Stew
2021-12-17 23:30
Ez for vintagw fallen, high impact
2021-12-17 23:30
#15
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Scotland Par4dox11
PRESENTE
2021-12-17 23:30
#16
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Brazil MAARSHALL_
presente!!
2021-12-17 23:31
1 reply
Presente
2021-12-18 03:10
#17
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
LAST DANCE PRESENTE
2021-12-17 23:31
What a fuck men
2021-12-17 23:32
Grim had most impact this series. Love watching him play
2021-12-17 23:32
5 replies
Enjoy watching him this last match/matches because that trash is gone.
2021-12-18 02:29
4 replies
>trash >2nd best player behind elige nt
2021-12-18 03:30
3 replies
True, NAF is not trash
2021-12-18 05:43
0.95 HLTV rating, yes Grim is trash good for liquid to get rid of him
2021-12-18 10:50
Grim 0.91 vs top 5 opponents (72 maps) 0.96 vs top 10 opponents (136 maps) 0.98 vs top 20 opponents (216 maps) 0.98 vs top 30 opponents (267 maps) 0.99 vs top 50 opponents (421 maps) You can D-ride him all you want. He's trash.
2021-12-18 11:30
-Lucky incoming, but who will step into? u think new awper or some solid rifler?
2021-12-17 23:33
3 replies
Watch device get transferred back lol
2021-12-17 23:36
1 reply
Actually not impossible lol
2021-12-18 00:38
farlig mosf likely
2021-12-18 04:37
PRESENTE
2021-12-17 23:34
Please welcome dev1ce back, guys :)
2021-12-17 23:35
Complexity blamef and k0nfig > astralis blamef and k0nfig. Xyp and gla1ve pass their prime
2021-12-17 23:37
-gla1ve + device
2021-12-17 23:38
Ez
2021-12-17 23:38
#29
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United States kalimbo
Expected
2021-12-17 23:39
GG Asstralis.
2021-12-17 23:40
#34
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Brazil Anarchybr
PRESENTE Please win tomorrow Liquid 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 It would be so nice to see this roster playing a finals 🥺
2021-12-17 23:41
NaVi next?
2021-12-17 23:43
3 replies
2-1 navi im sorry
2021-12-18 00:04
2 replies
thats what im expecting even as a liquid fan
2021-12-18 02:01
1 reply
unfortunately we have to be realistic but with that 1% of "what if..."
2021-12-18 18:06
#37
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Portugal dracø
This past tournaments goes to show how strong this teams could actually be if they had put aside their differences and actually focused only on playing the game. No ego, no drama, just skill.
2021-12-17 23:45
27 replies
They looked promising until they lost that 1v5 against refrezh. I think that made them really hate each other
2021-12-17 23:48
23 replies
promising? liquid is the 3rd best team is CS history
2021-12-18 00:11
22 replies
lol
2021-12-18 00:31
#77
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Brazil hugoooo
KEKW
2021-12-18 00:56
US brain much?
2021-12-18 02:00
16 replies
what team would you put in front of liquid?
2021-12-18 02:20
15 replies
1) Astralis 2) Current Navi 3) Lg/Sk 4) Then maybe Liquid and only maybe
2021-12-18 03:19
1 reply
don't foget about Fnatic, Faze (2018), damn even Gambit (Online)
2021-12-18 18:07
1. Astralis 2. fnatic 3. LG/SK 4. Na'Vi. 6. NiP 7-9. Liquid/LDLC/EnVyUs
2021-12-18 04:39
5 replies
>Nip >fnatic nice EU copium, objectively 2019 liquid would blow their heads off in every aim duel
2021-12-18 06:07
4 replies
mentally disturbed. every 2019 player would blow a 2013-2015 player head off. game changes. players improve. its about legacy and the domination these teams did have back then
2021-12-18 06:31
1 reply
who says its about legacy, best in history should be about who is objectively the best in the game through its history. that means not just tournament wins but the eye test on how good their actual gameplay is
2021-12-18 20:11
In that perspective Wayne Gretzky was a horrible hockey player because he would not fit in 2021?
2021-12-18 15:19
1 reply
dont know who that is, but if its a great player from a long time ago who's skills are not good now then you cannot call him the greatest in history. he'd be a legend ofc but it is unfair to players that have surpassed him to call him the best to ever do it
2021-12-18 20:15
Astralis NaVi Fnatic NIP Virtus Pro SK LDLC To mention a few...
2021-12-18 13:25
6 replies
LOL absolutely delusional
2021-12-18 18:53
5 replies
How you figure that?
2021-12-18 19:19
4 replies
astralis navi liquid fnatic sk vp nip delusional if you think peak fnatic or sk would even get a round on peak astralis navi liquid
2021-12-18 19:28
3 replies
Teams and players get better every year so top teams today will probably beat teams back in the days. But that's not the point really. Besides, if we gonna use that meta discussion then Liquid is HARDLY top 3 since they are barely top 10 today. Not saying Liquid was bad but they never dominated like some of the teams back then.
2021-12-18 20:54
2 replies
you must not follow professional cs very closely. liquid has a different roster than when they won the fastest grand slam in counter strike history
2021-12-18 20:55
1 reply
Liquid had a good run in 2019. The only difference since then is -Twistzz and -Nitr0 (+Grim and +Fallen). And Twistzz left earlier this year. Sure, Twistzz was a good player but the downfall started long before he left. It's not like he carried Liquid. And to be honest, Fallen is a better igl and awper than Nitr0 ever was.
2021-12-18 22:17
good joke mate 8/8
2021-12-18 02:37
Astralis Fnatic Navi Nip Ldlc/Envy LG/SK That's 6 more successful team tags how could possibly liquid be top3?
2021-12-18 04:30
Nice joke haha.
2021-12-18 13:08
It's a shame to see it end like this, when clearly they could train for the 2022 major and actually manage to make it deep into that tournament, maybe even quarters.
2021-12-18 00:39
2 replies
#90
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Sweden Juuzou_
No, it won't work. They all play without pressure knowing it doesn't matter. So somehow this gives them a way to win up until now. Don't really think they can take navi. The internal stuff won't be fixed cause of some good bo3's
2021-12-18 02:06
1 reply
Playing with pressure vs. without pressure is literally inside their heads. I don't mean it's easy to overcome, but it's much easier than a player underperforming in aim consistently (Lucas1) or not being able to play strats properly (flamie).
2021-12-18 05:08
Gla1ve awper goat. Best role change ever
2021-12-17 23:46
1 reply
+1 jks hehehe
2021-12-18 00:29
#40
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Chile 1cristiaan
EZ Clap
2021-12-17 23:54
20-39 Give me a fucking break man
2021-12-17 23:57
unLUCKY
2021-12-18 00:02
ez for fallen
2021-12-18 00:04
BaitF with meaningless frag as usual
2021-12-18 00:06
IS ANYONE SURPRISED? EZ for NAF
2021-12-18 00:11
1 reply
Cant agree more... it was obvisous win for liquid... astralis wont make anything without an awper. Farlig... acor... kennys (ahahq)... hen1, ... phzy maybe
2021-12-18 00:16
#55
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Europe nikyyy
3 years TL has been losing to Astralis, time after time after time. 3 fucking years. No matter what. Now, Astralis' so called "fixed" team is losing to TL 2 out of 2 times. RIP Astralis.
2021-12-18 00:23
NAFalleN too strong for Astralis.
2021-12-18 00:22
Astralis kinda dead with Lucky on riffle and Gla1ve awping, obviously if they dont get solid awp they're done
2021-12-18 00:24
9 replies
#75
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Brazil Elakk
gla1ve ego is to big and thinks this is working
2021-12-18 00:55
it is done
2021-12-18 01:19
Not that Lucky is a bad rifler or so, but Astralis need an awper. They already have rifle power in K0nfig and Blamef. I'm pretty sure Device is on his way back home now his girlfriend cucked him.
2021-12-18 02:05
6 replies
Unlikely, contract etc
2021-12-18 02:11
Farlig to astralis. Im really wondering why is gla1ve awping he's obviously trash idk if he doesnt see or care
2021-12-18 10:54
2 replies
He is full of himself... Farlig is an ok awper but he is already 22 and not likely to develop that much. I think Lucky has more potential then because he is also a good rifler.
2021-12-18 13:29
1 reply
Yea i dont say lucky couldnt be a dealbreaker awp, he just should get his shot, literally everyone can see that gla1ve is awful.
2021-12-18 13:49
Is that true? Source?
2021-12-18 14:52
1 reply
I have no other source than common sense. He moved to Stockholm because of girlfriend. Why would he stay now that he got cucked? He had a better career in Astralis. Astralis need an awper and really have no good replacement. I doubdt NIP will ask for more than they gave for Device, so for Astralis it's break even moneywise and awper problem solved.
2021-12-18 15:14
-gla0ve +MSL
2021-12-18 00:26
Liquid disbanding is a stupid idea.
2021-12-18 00:37
9 replies
#72
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United States NABOT
+1
2021-12-18 00:49
#74
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Australia rationale
It's a last hooray so they are playing more loosely just like Vitality. What they are showing now is not representative of them as a team. There's a high chance Vitality or Liquid will win this tournament. This changes nothing. Everything has already been set in motion.
2021-12-18 00:50
6 replies
if liquid or vitality win this blast, it would be funny
2021-12-18 01:06
5 replies
#82
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Australia rationale
I'm looking forward to Vitality lifting the trophy. Liquid still tilt a LOT. Elige just cannot get past it, it seems. They almost lost mirage today and could have lost the series as a result of it. Luckily fallen stepped up in a massive way. I remember he killed three in one of the last rounds and there was no replay. WTF?
2021-12-18 01:17
4 replies
Elige seems to be the unspoken problem in every statement I've seen from Liquid'd camp in the past year. Maybe he's the one who should be on the way out.
2021-12-18 05:04
3 replies
#160
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Australia rationale
He's perhaps the best riflers from the US ever but he needs a psychologist to tilt less or not to tilt at all. Also, I've felt like he wants a second voice in IGL'ing and it looks he's not given this opportunity.
2021-12-18 16:14
2 replies
EliGE shutting up and just playing is the best for Liquid. Letting FalleN do like the way he wants and having stew as a 2nd caller is everything Liquid needed since the beginning
2021-12-18 17:46
1 reply
+1
2021-12-18 21:13
I think that the biggest problem of this team is between communication and mental. Grim is a very good player, but cannot play well under pressure. Stew / Fallen feud about being IGL hurts the team too. Elige sometimes seems tilted, i dont know. The only player that i cant talk about is naf, guy just plays his game.
2021-12-18 12:36
#68
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Denmark NaNDO4j
presente
2021-12-18 00:39
#70
 | 
Australia rationale
There's very little chemistry in the new Astralis squad. Roles are not well established. gla1ve awping instead of a dedicated awper doesn't sound like a good idea and it shows. Xyp9x looks lost too often.
2021-12-18 00:49
2 replies
#86
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Argentina nymeros
I think that's because Lucky is floating as Rifler and collide with Xyp
2021-12-18 01:41
1 reply
Lucky is like the biggest baiter of all time, he even baits Xyp when they are in 2 vs X situations. Imagine baiting the best clutch player of the last 3-4 years only to fuck up afterwards.
2021-12-18 10:41
This "team" is done. Now it's the right time to finally disband
2021-12-18 00:49
#73
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Finland AliSabid
Rip
2021-12-18 00:49
#76
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Brazil hugoooo
FalleN still has it, I hope he manage to make the Last Dance work, somehow
2021-12-18 00:55
Lucky should go back to tricked, or join ectastic
2021-12-18 00:58
EZ FOR NAFFALLEN
2021-12-18 00:59
#80
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Brazil guelzy1
+12 FUCK TRASH HATERS, THE PROFESSOR IS TEACHING SOME CLASSES
2021-12-18 01:02
ez
2021-12-18 01:36
gla1ve is disgusting with awp
2021-12-18 02:13
WAHLEN
2021-12-18 02:33
#97
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United States snakedrake
I feel bad for lucky man is crazy struggling in tier 1
2021-12-18 02:44
1 reply
The whole team is struggling as a unit. It's a disgrace seeing how many rounds they lose on bad teamdicisions.
2021-12-18 15:30
Ez 4 fallen
2021-12-18 03:11
what’s the point of licking lucky's ass if he's not capable of using rifle And AWP meanwhile discarding bubzkji completely? Liquid deserve it.
2021-12-18 04:22
1 reply
bubzkji has way more impact than lucky, imo.
2021-12-18 04:42
the library
2021-12-18 04:29
Astralis without home crowd KEK
2021-12-18 04:32
so this is why gla1ve wanted to awp KEKW. remember lucky was the reason they made the major with his awp
2021-12-18 05:10
#115
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United States GiantDays
AMERICA WINS AGAIN
2021-12-18 05:48
Liquid is not only dead team but also deadly team. They play as team without hesitate to take risks.
2021-12-18 05:50
the fluke comments are awfully quiet
2021-12-18 05:52
#120
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India tym2die55
Most Indians are just followers. They bandwagon the best teams and talk trash as if it makes them smarter. This generation of Indians is really stupid. Just look at it from a football perspective. Most Indians are Messi d riders…
2021-12-18 08:08
NA CS saved?
2021-12-18 09:20
bye bye Astralis
2021-12-18 09:37
Why let gla1ve AWP? i dont uderstand
2021-12-18 10:00
#127
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United States g4l4xy
dead team still alive let's go
2021-12-18 10:19
-Lucky + main AWP when?
2021-12-18 10:39
1 reply
When you stop being delusional and understand how CSGO works
2021-12-18 11:16
dEaD tEaM btw
2021-12-18 11:03
don't invite them. dead already
2021-12-18 12:05
1 reply
None of them were invited
2021-12-18 12:18
- Glaive + Fallen pls
2021-12-18 12:31
1 reply
Wont help anyone
2021-12-18 14:51
pain, losing to liquid😥
2021-12-18 14:51
Gla1ve was always carried by zonic. Always.
2021-12-18 15:37
Astralis was a good team... PRESENTE.
2021-12-18 16:57
It was a great last run for Liquid. I don't think they can beat NaVi again, but let's see .. curious to see how 2022 is gonna go for the Last Dance, Liquid, Stew and Grim
2021-12-18 17:48
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