ottoNd back in action with HAVU

The former c0ntact AWPer makes his return after a year on the sidelines, joining HAVU alongside 19-year-old Sm1llee.

HAVU have announced two new players to round out their roster, Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo and Joona "⁠Sm1llee⁠" Holmström, which closes out the team's lineup for the coming season as the Finns will kick off 2022 with a match against Looking For Org in the Elisa Invitational Main Swiss Stage on January 20.

The incoming duo will take the places of Lasse "⁠ZOREE⁠" Uronen and Jemi "⁠jemi⁠" Mäkinen. The former was a longtime member of HAVU, having played for the Finnish organization for over three years while averaging a 1.13 rating during his tenure with the team, and the latter a one-year signing who struggled to find form and was momentarily moved to the bench mid-season before being reinstated to the starting five.

ottoNd returns to competition after a year on the sidelines

The newcomers join after HAVU's lacklustre finish to 2021, in which the Finnish squad fell from a 14th place peak in the world ranking at the beginning of the year to the environs of the top 30 by the half-year point and a lowly 56th place before changes were announced in December.

ottoNd will be taking over AWPing duties in the Finnish side, which he already played for in 2018 before going on to gain top-flight experience during his days with CR4ZY and c0ntact, which included participation at the StarLader Major in Berlin — where he ended with a 1.13 rating — and three DreamHack Open grand finals, one of which ended in victory at the Rotterdam stop in 2019.

Sm1llee comes in as an unproven prospect, having spent 2021 plying his trade for hREDS, where he accrued a 1.01 rating in a year that saw him start out with a lot of events in the red and end with a much better personal record, including a 1.21 rating at the Elisa Invitational Winter Regionals and a 1.10 in his team's two ESEA Advanced Season 39 playoff matches.

"After parting ways with ZOREE and Jemi we needed a dedicated AWPer and a rifler. ottoNd was an obvious pick for us as he brings experience and very needed controlling AWP-play to our team," says coach Taneli "⁠disturbed⁠" Veikkola.

"For the last spot we have Sm1llee. He's an up and coming 19-year-old talent who has raised interest in the Finnish scene, putting up good numbers on the board during his time with hREDS. Joona is a perfect fit for us role-wise and has an incredible aim to work with."

HAVU are now:

Finland Olli "⁠sLowi⁠" Pitkänen
Finland Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen
Finland Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila
Finland Otto "⁠ottoNd⁠" Sihvo
Finland Joona "⁠Sm1llee⁠" Holmström

Finland Taneli "⁠disturbed⁠" Veikkola (coach)

Finland Lasse 'ZOREE' Uronen
Lasse 'ZOREE' Uronen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1653
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
909
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1241
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Finland Joona 'Sm1llee' Holmström
Joona 'Sm1llee' Holmström
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
136
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
821
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Finland Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Finland Jemi 'jemi' Mäkinen
Jemi 'jemi' Mäkinen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
334
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Spain x676
lul
2022-01-17 17:01
17 replies
#4
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Peru BIG_NUMBA_1
yes
2022-01-17 17:01
14 replies
#10
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Finland giliuss
''lul'' ''yes'' Some thrilling debating going on here
2022-01-17 17:02
12 replies
represents the move pretty well
2022-01-17 17:08
3 replies
Otto gud. +sargaj +aleksigod +joelz Ez top1 2022-2055
2022-01-17 20:15
2 replies
joelz on LAN? i arent think that
2022-01-17 20:32
1 reply
I was dont know this details
2022-01-28 12:28
yes
2022-01-17 17:52
#98
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Germany JonnyEGood
perkele
2022-01-17 17:58
5 replies
#129
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Netherlands arTvamp
How about adding Doto on this roster?
2022-01-17 19:32
4 replies
#131
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Netherlands arTvamp
or Sergej?
2022-01-17 19:35
3 replies
xseven, aerial, otto, have had major experience, maybe it is better to get a new talent. maybe a second finnish team can have sergej and doto
2022-01-17 19:53
or Allu
2022-01-17 20:28
1 reply
#147
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Netherlands arTvamp
Ottond better then allu.
2022-01-17 20:59
not so thrilling cuz it's missing a few "kekw" and a a few "0/8"
2022-01-17 19:04
#128
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Netherlands arTvamp
Woohoooo YES NICE!!!
2022-01-17 19:30
Not even hltv cares about sm1llee poor guy
2022-01-17 17:10
I don't understand getting rid of zoree
2022-01-18 01:17
#2
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Sweden quacke
nice
2022-01-17 17:01
#3
lolli | 
Belarus pop21k
zoree is better + ratio
2022-01-17 17:01
10 replies
0 impact awp bot
2022-01-17 17:05
9 replies
just a shit year for him
2022-01-17 17:08
8 replies
#49
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Finland Veeti777
He is like 40 years old how many good years you think he still have?
2022-01-17 17:19
7 replies
who knows, it all depends on him and his motivation
2022-01-17 17:21
6 replies
so stfu then xD?
2022-01-17 17:21
5 replies
no, enjoy another mediocre team with ottond who hasnt touched CS for the last 2 years
2022-01-17 17:22
4 replies
#71
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Finland ThaMuse
He was just with col at a tournament? Very highly doubt your "hasn't touched cs in 2 years"
2022-01-17 17:29
2 replies
#73
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Finland ThaMuse
nvm that was a year ago wtf
2022-01-17 17:30
1 reply
#123
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Estonia Sn4pzhat
yeah time flies
2022-01-17 19:22
#173
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Finland no0ne1
he has kept his level on point
2022-01-18 06:54
Expected by snake ottond
2022-01-17 17:01
4 replies
did he do anything to be a snake?
2022-01-17 17:14
snake how
2022-01-17 17:21
LMAO xD Ohhh, my gut...
2022-01-17 17:36
what
2022-01-17 19:03
#6
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Finland giliuss
Cant wait to see
2022-01-17 17:01
1 reply
Solid tier 2 team
2022-01-17 18:07
First as always
2022-01-17 17:02
Great player, great team Looking forward for this
2022-01-17 17:02
8 replies
+1 I'm happy for otto I just don't know why HAVU haven't brought sunny and sergej
2022-01-17 18:46
7 replies
Probably because contracts maybe
2022-01-17 19:40
1 reply
Yeah, probably
2022-01-17 22:14
#149
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Poland Crai9Xen
probably because they already have enough firepower
2022-01-17 21:23
1 reply
lol
2022-01-17 22:14
because firepower sunny havent performed anywhere good since mousesports and that was i dont even remember when
2022-01-18 00:54
Even tough Sunny would not have contract with gorillaz why would havu sign him? He's washed an cries about everything. Sunny ain't worth it anymore. Sergej maybe yes but idk if he has the dedication to grind and be at his prime level, but he has the potential.
2022-01-18 12:21
1 reply
True words bro
2022-01-18 22:20
#9
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England DB_R20
ok who cars
2022-01-17 17:02
wow nice
2022-01-17 17:02
GODtoNd
2022-01-17 17:02
sheesh
2022-01-17 17:02
jemi>>sm1llee
2022-01-17 17:02
lets fucking go
2022-01-17 17:03
Should've gotten Sergej instead
2022-01-17 17:03
2 replies
pay money for kid who lost motivation vs free kid who is hungry to grind
2022-01-17 17:27
Nah Hesburger bought him out of his contract.
2022-01-17 17:37
lets go!!
2022-01-17 17:04
sick player
2022-01-17 17:04
#19
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Russia mshkoda
Nice, good luck!
2022-01-17 17:04
insane potential in this team... xseven just need to get back to top like he was at the start. hes playing the best roles.
2022-01-17 17:05
1 reply
Idk I miss the old suppprt player xseven
2022-01-18 01:56
#22
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Brazil setsz
finally
2022-01-17 17:05
#23
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Finland AliSabid
Lets go mens!)))
2022-01-17 17:06
#24
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Finland Stonkamies
Otto is even more chad now wtf.
2022-01-17 17:06
#25
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Brazil Tieta
Good move
2022-01-17 17:07
goat is back!
2022-01-17 17:07
otto gonna go for the sigma grind
2022-01-17 17:07
2 replies
I think you know what you are talking about
2022-01-17 17:38
1 reply
oh yeahhh B)))))
2022-01-18 01:06
#28
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Europe KubusiekxD
ottoNd Pog
2022-01-17 17:07
hello otto mens
2022-01-17 17:08
havu is back!
2022-01-17 17:09
#34
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Somalia goner
Welcome back
2022-01-17 17:10
#35
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Finland Emvi
Let's go! Havuja
2022-01-17 17:10
#36
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Finland spurku
GodtoNd is back! LET'S FUCKING GOO
2022-01-17 17:11
ZORREE ????? him > bottond
2022-01-17 17:11
#38
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Spain shrimpony
rip sergej and jamppi.. Much better signings. Zorre is better then otto btw..
2022-01-17 17:12
17 replies
Sergej available only after HAVU secured signings and Jamppi has no reason to switch back
2022-01-17 17:13
10 replies
#47
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Spain shrimpony
"not avalible" thats funny. You mean besides cs being a better game and his ban being dropped?
2022-01-17 17:19
9 replies
sergej has a contract and rumors of him being let go only appeared recently. Jamppi makes a shitton more money in liquid valorant
2022-01-17 17:20
7 replies
#64
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Spain shrimpony
Yes, if only players could switch teams while having a contract. That would be wonderful wouldnt it? And im really taking a contract seriously by an org that hasnt even announced their involvment with the team after 10 months..
2022-01-17 17:25
6 replies
HAVU doesn't want to pay buyouts, and a player can't just break the contract when they want to
2022-01-17 17:27
5 replies
and havu cant pay salary what sergej asked for,
2022-01-17 17:32
#88
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Spain shrimpony
Havu can offer a buy out. Ofc they dont want to, not a single org wasnts to. But they do it because if they want the good players badly enough there is nothing else to do but pay or end up with a worse team. And no, but he can bench himself giving the "org" (that no one has seen..) a clear message that he wants to leave. And in the end they rather make money of a buy out then to pay salary for a player who doesnt even play.
2022-01-17 17:40
3 replies
HAVU can't afford that + Sergej's wages tho
2022-01-17 17:47
2 replies
#93
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Spain shrimpony
Its cool that you know how much money havu have to spend, and the details of sergejs contract with the completely unknown benefactor.
2022-01-17 17:52
1 reply
#179
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Finland JammuCSGO
likewise
2022-01-18 10:19
jamppi literally said he got offers where he would have earned more in cs than valo so probably some tier 1 orgs like g2 and he still didn't switch
2022-01-17 17:58
Why would sergej downgrade? Gorillaz are going to be: sunny sergej oskar chrisJ supra T2-T1 potential.
2022-01-17 18:10
5 replies
#105
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Spain shrimpony
What do you mean downgrade? What a fucking joke. Gorillaz have been massivly underwhealming, been playing terribly if im being honest. And yes the 12th and 13th member of this 10 month old team will be the saviors.
2022-01-17 18:15
4 replies
i thought he was joking, but i'm still scratching my head at who is this mystery organization behind gorillaz. in all honesty it is my suspicion that there is no actual org and it is flusha's pet project that pretty much failed under his leadership. (flusha would be the hypothetical org owner)
2022-01-17 19:06
3 replies
some speculated that gorillaz org would reveal after a good tourney finish, but after getting 16-0 by mouz nxt there is no hope
2022-01-17 19:59
2 replies
flusha has gotta be the owner of this mystery org. if it was actually some business entity of relative importance, then they'd have made the announcement. idk i have no proofs or anything, but flusha as the owner wouldn't really be popular with his tax history. everyone would quickly point to that. maybe this is why he never came forth.
2022-01-17 20:11
1 reply
true
2022-01-17 20:25
#39
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Finland samuuu38
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
2022-01-17 17:13
#40
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Finland AksuNd
HAVU #1 EZ 4 MAJORS PREPARE FOR THE HAVU ERA
2022-01-17 17:13
gl with toxic sm1llee
2022-01-17 17:14
4 replies
not toxic at all, hes fucking beast who just wants to win.
2022-01-17 17:20
3 replies
flair checks out
2022-01-17 17:31
1 reply
just changed it cus im sm1llee fan
2022-01-17 18:11
literally yells death wishes and flames teammates in every faceit game hes on.
2022-01-17 20:07
Lets gooo otto!!
2022-01-17 17:16
Good to see ottoNd back :)
2022-01-17 17:17
happy for him!
2022-01-17 17:18
#48
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India aR__
otto is back 😎
2022-01-17 17:19
#57
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Finland notits
pog
2022-01-17 17:23
#58
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Finland Lindeni
Lets fucking gooooo, my ban is gone and ottoNd being gone is gone!
2022-01-17 17:23
#59
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina sqmke
Nice!
2022-01-17 17:23
good for him, seems like a good fit
2022-01-17 17:24
sergej/sunny/zehN/doto >>>>>>>>>>>>> sm1llee
2022-01-17 17:24
4 replies
#65
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Russia heha
+1
2022-01-17 17:26
#76
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Finland Stonkamies
No shit, but it is not like havu did not want them. They just did nto want to join havu. (Doto might have been late tho)
2022-01-17 17:32
1 reply
would be a good option for ZehN
2022-01-17 17:48
+1
2022-01-17 17:33
Finally
2022-01-17 17:24
niceeee
2022-01-17 17:25
#67
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Finland Paleale
Good luck !
2022-01-17 17:27
finally+ and doto when?
2022-01-17 17:28
gl OTTO
2022-01-17 17:28
otto getting more handsome
2022-01-17 17:29
godtond
2022-01-17 17:30
#79
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Damn, It's been a while I've heard ottoNd name hopefully, things work out for him in HAVU, Let's go ottoNd 👊
2022-01-17 17:35
I forgot he existed
2022-01-17 17:35
1 reply
#95
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Europe S0me_dude
+1
2022-01-17 17:55
#81
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Norway Tsgkristiz
who?
2022-01-17 17:35
#83
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China HEIDASHUAi
Pog
2022-01-17 17:37
Who
2022-01-17 17:40
#89
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United States BombTaco
no zehn :(
2022-01-17 17:46
wtf smilee but not zehN
2022-01-17 17:46
1 reply
he's 30 years old already, better to try out young players
2022-01-17 18:55
LETS GO OTTONT =DDDDDD edit: Best news of 2022
2022-01-17 18:05
POG FC OTTOND
2022-01-17 18:00
I are like this news :)
2022-01-17 18:08
#104
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Poland parsnip
forgot about this guy gl to him
2022-01-17 18:13
Doto, zehn and x(god)arte were available but then they choose Sm1lee. Well, maybe they know more than i do
2022-01-17 18:31
about time! welcome back otto =)
2022-01-17 18:33
welcome back
2022-01-17 18:43
#113
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Finland Wojtekoo
Sm1llee legend<3
2022-01-17 19:05
#115
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United States Zedsamcat
DESERVED FOR BOTH
2022-01-17 19:06
#116
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Sweden skick4d
FINAAALLLYYY
2022-01-17 19:11
Good t2 team hope they can grind to t1
2022-01-17 19:16
#119
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United States Teztyment
I remember ottoNd. He was a pretty good awper. Good luck men
2022-01-17 19:17
#120
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United States Teztyment
Finland is such a great country and people. I love their culture. I live in CALI, USA and would move to Finland in a heartbeat. It's not even california anymore its more like little mexico. There is more mexicans here than americans. Not only that but mostly are ILLEGAL immigrants. yikerz. We should be following Finland's country and their education system.
2022-01-17 19:19
4 replies
uhm this is about ottond man? he is back in a team?
2022-01-17 19:22
3 replies
#125
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United States Teztyment
yeah no shit sherlock
2022-01-17 19:23
2 replies
well not really with that comment
2022-01-17 19:28
1 reply
#127
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United States Teztyment
Can you not read or you just blind?
2022-01-17 19:30
finally, he is back!
2022-01-17 19:21
nice
2022-01-17 19:23
N I C E
2022-01-17 19:33
If ottoNd gets in shape, they can go top 20-30 assuming that sm1llee isn't a complete bot
2022-01-17 19:42
I still remember ottond's performance against Astralis on d2. It was game of his life.
2022-01-17 19:51
Nice job. Havuja perkele!!
2022-01-17 19:55
#139
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Finland OttoRocks
havuja
2022-01-17 20:07
Happy for him, I hopped that long time ago
2022-01-17 20:58
#148
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Brazil guelzy1
almost forgot this guy good luck
2022-01-17 21:20
Gorillaz confirmed after this Sunny Sergej Supra Zehn Doto After 5months supra kicked and some awp replace him
2022-01-17 21:28
4 replies
#152
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Finland JammuCSGO
sergej is out from the project twitter.com/nuoriiikka/status/1483038901..
2022-01-17 21:36
#153
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France r0ckT
Jampii back from valosh*t and we good
2022-01-17 21:39
supra speak finland or is estonia enough?
2022-01-17 23:13
1 reply
estonian for sure not enough, and doubt he speaks finnish
2022-01-18 09:34
#151
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Finland JammuCSGO
Very nice, not sure is sm1llee better than jemi though
2022-01-17 21:34
2 replies
#154
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France r0ckT
sergej should have been with havu and remake an ENCE power without allu the snake
2022-01-17 21:40
1 reply
#181
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Finland JammuCSGO
yes, but he departed the GORILLAZ project just before this announcement. 100% they had already signed sm1llee. He also might be under contract idk.
2022-01-18 12:33
Finnaly some decent roster! This team will do damage 4 sure! <3
2022-01-17 21:54
otton washed up now
2022-01-17 22:37
GOTTON POGGERS
2022-01-17 22:45
#160
ropz | 
Finland wormi
glhf
2022-01-17 23:11
ottond very nice but havu didnt learn anything signing a random youngster from tier 4? :D really hoping this lineup deliveres
2022-01-17 23:28
1 reply
#182
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Finland JammuCSGO
yes.
2022-01-18 12:34
#163
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Denmark Randomij
Good for Otto Not good for Lasse
2022-01-18 00:27
#166
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Singapore 2200DPI
PogU
2022-01-18 01:13
#169
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Ukraine Christoo
Who?
2022-01-18 01:56
#170
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Philippines B3nk4i
Damn i forgot about ottond, surprises this didnt happen sooner.
2022-01-18 05:21
1 reply
#175
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Canada AyyyJayyy
+1
2022-01-18 07:42
INSANE CRAZY PLAYER
2022-01-18 06:45
NEXA HUNTER OTTOND LES GO
2022-01-18 06:45
#174
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Canada AyyyJayyy
pog
2022-01-18 07:42
Washed
2022-01-18 09:31
all in
2022-01-19 05:12
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