Twistzz: "I felt that jks' time on Complexity was an inaccurate representation of what he can do"

The Canadian rifler was key in influencing FaZe to pick Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage as their substitute for IEM Katowice.

Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool joined a special edition of the HLTV Confirmed show on Sunday to share their thoughts on FaZe's recent win at IEM Katowice, with the second half of the show featuring discussion about recent news and some more general topics as the panel watched a handful of Europe RMR open qualifier matches with the two players.

The pair of FaZe riflers also talked about playing with jks in Poland after he stepped in last-minute for ropz and Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard, as well as how that move even came to fruition, with Twistzz particularly having a strong voice in the team to influence picking the Australian player as their substitute.

The two superstar riflers spoke to HLTV about playing together on FaZe

"I really had to convince RobbaN and Finn [karrigan] that he [jks] was still the best fit for the team," the Canadian rifler explained. "They wanted to take one of the Danish players that were still playing the game, like Bubzkji, and there's one more name, but I really had to convince them that jks was still the best option.

"I didn't care that he didn't play the game for two months, and I actually felt that his time on Complexity was an inaccurate representation of what he can do as a player, I think the system that Complexity had was just bad for him, so I really wanted him to have a chance in our team."

Twistzz also praised jks' work ethic when it came to filling in last minute. "He did the most that he could. I sat next to him in the practice room and he was watching ten demos a night, constantly in the server getting used to the positions that rain plays on CT side. He was even spectating our scrims that we were still playing with rain, spectating him the whole time just seeing what he does.

"As a team, we did the most that we could, and I think for jks himself, he did more than he could, he put more than 100% effort into the game to make sure he could fill the void that rain was leaving."

jks became the first Australian player to lift a Big Event trophy

The unexpected tournament victory and finding immediate success on FaZe is also a marked improvement for ropz, who had been laboring away on MOUZ for a year since Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's departure, unable to elevate the team to any notable level of success.

When asked by Zvonimir "⁠Professeur⁠" Burazin whether playing on that lineup killed his motivation at all, ropz responded by saying he had known he would not remain with MOUZ for a number of months, expecting to depart the team ever since that iteration of the lineup was put together; however, he also stated that he was always putting work in with the team, and that he was now more motivated than ever to take home titles on FaZe.

"We all know there are going to be some tough matches in the future," the 22-year-old Estonian said. "We're going to lose, that's inevitable right?

"We all know that we need to learn from those matches, we're not going to always win like we do now — I have a 100% winrate in FaZe, which is insane —, we will lose some important matches in the upcoming months, but it's key that we keep believing and building the structure that we have. If we just continue to playing and practicing the way that we have, I think there's no limit for this team."

You can watch the whole HLTV Confirmed episode with Twistzz and ropz on YouTube, or listen in audio form via popular podcast apps.

Croatia Zvonimir 'Professeur' Burazin
Zvonimir 'Professeur' Burazin
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1540
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1183
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1307
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1943
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
#1
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines KipCarry
+1 #FAZEUP
2022-03-07 21:03
15 replies
#7
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Brazil _FaZeUP
overrated player
2022-03-07 21:04
9 replies
#42
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North America drac0zGOD
ratio then
2022-03-07 21:48
3 replies
+1
2022-03-07 21:57
#48
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Europe bernAA!
+1
2022-03-07 22:18
#58
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Canada JustLuke
+1
2022-03-07 22:59
#50
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Netherlands Datsun510
Nice opinion. One small issue. I am inside your home
2022-03-07 22:25
4 replies
#59
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Canada JustLuke
i love this picture
2022-03-07 23:00
3 replies
And a really nice dog too
2022-03-07 23:33
2 replies
tasty
2022-03-08 00:03
1 reply
The amount of ball-gags and strap-ons in your closet, though...
2022-03-08 01:07
"They wanted to take one of the Danish players that were still playing the game, like Bubzkji, and there's one more name, but" he does not even want to say N*toS*phix
2022-03-07 21:55
3 replies
#62
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Sweden Madrigals1
wasn't nato signed to stand in for heroic?
2022-03-07 23:08
2 replies
NatoStandIN
2022-03-08 00:36
1 reply
+1
2022-03-08 14:23
+1111
2022-03-08 00:10
Facts
2022-03-07 21:03
#3
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Netherlands daboiii
you dont say
2022-03-07 21:03
1 reply
+1 lmao no shit sherlock xd
2022-03-07 21:09
bruh
2022-03-07 21:03
#5
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France PaulST2
Thankjs
2022-03-07 21:04
#6
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Norway Tsgkristiz
TRUE, JKS IS A LEGEND <3
2022-03-07 21:04
2 replies
+jks -shox
2022-03-08 00:37
Dnahc nayillab
2022-03-08 22:46
#8
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Hungary anw_
jks is an okay player.
2022-03-07 21:05
30 replies
No, Spunj will make sure that he is seen as ropz level and then, maybe, he will fail the expectation since as a stand-in, he had much less pressure.
2022-03-07 22:02
29 replies
#51
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Hungary anw_
I think jks is an alright player.
2022-03-07 22:30
9 replies
Yeah a class b player in t1. At the level of bubzkji. Both were badly used. Just tried of the overhype. Why why ? Because of contracts, because he looked really average on col. Because he felt under not perfect condition. Because faze are still on the honeymoon, everything is fine, sky is blue.
2022-03-07 22:46
8 replies
bubzkji has never been as good as jks. not even close tbh
2022-03-08 00:22
7 replies
I don't agree. Both were way better on their previous team. Both were badly used and had to fill gaps. JKS had to play entry and support, while bubzkji had to play passive and fill xypex's roles. Tbh glaive and bubzkji were overlapping roles, while Jks and blameF.
2022-03-08 01:33
6 replies
#91
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United States leeneptune
jks has major experience, bubzjki tier 2 farmer, for all we know since they never played him he has the same level as lucky
2022-03-08 03:18
5 replies
Kennys has more major experience than JKS, does it make him a better player ? Stewie, 1 time major, does it make at the same level of JKS ? I said same level, Jks is more stable performer, while bubzjki can still deliver on a proper team. He was okay in t1 events with Astralis. Jks was okay in T1 events with COL.
2022-03-08 03:24
4 replies
#95
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United States leeneptune
jks was good in renegades, col was dying anway
2022-03-08 03:24
3 replies
true. I don't think bubzjki was a fluke in Madlions. They just bench him so many times in Astralis. He was responsible for their qualifier at the major, but still, he didn't play, while Dupreeh and Magisk were on their way out. Both were stucked in a shit show.
2022-03-08 03:27
2 replies
#98
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United States leeneptune
astralis org just sux rip bubz
2022-03-08 03:28
1 reply
I dont believe in the new project either. So yeah, Astralis and Liquid are challenging for the worst org contest.
2022-03-08 03:29
How can you downplay your own canadian player?
2022-03-07 22:47
12 replies
Haha. Twistz is the Canadian one. Really canadian, pretend to be nice, but he is like elige or stewie. Stewie is at least honnest. Jks look like a really guy, good asset, it's t1 is pretty stacked and he is not a vocal player who can help tactically. He is krimz at lvl 2 with spunj spell around him.
2022-03-07 22:54
this guy is fake flagging or french canadian (an idiot). u can tell from his english that he isn't a native speaker.
2022-03-08 03:22
7 replies
I'm not fakeflagging, you're right. I just don't like twistz. JKS is a nice guy, he deserves a spot in t1. I'm not jumping on the hype train at the same time. Twistz is just proud to be right again and he's pretending to be the nicest guy in town.
2022-03-08 05:02
I'm more tired of Twistz BS PR than JKS hater. Twistz is always find a new way to insult his ex-teamates, to insult NA cs in general or pretending to be the nicest guy in CS. Fine, things went great for you. Grow up and move on. Things like : "They approched me , I refused". He is talking about the team atmosphere, but don't name ppl and let others guessing". Basically, he is acting like a mature guy, but he is acting more like your ex who want to prove you that she become a better person since she left you. Basically, I feel that he is a fake nice guy, like Trudeau, our PM. Avoid topics and act like a cool guy.
2022-03-08 05:56
5 replies
insult his ex-teammates? when exactly did he do that? he has praised many of his old teammates, nitr0 and seangares to name a few, and he is great friends with NAF. I don't think he has ever, at any point, insulted his ex-teammates
2022-03-08 07:30
4 replies
I'm mostly referring to this interview : youtube.com/watch?v=oaYVORpKFto He is always in the middle : blaming stuff, talk against some players without naming and pretend to be the good guy (Elige is our starplayer, we need to help him). He wanted to kick a player (which player ? (Stewie, Elige, Grim). Why are saying that if you cannot talk or don't talk about the guy ? At the end, he said that he wanted better position in Liquid (in Faze, he is playing elige roles), but at the same time, he sacrificed for his teammates. He is hypocrite and is always pretending to be a nice guy. I give you an example with Karrigan. If karrigan wanted to get his "revenge" on his previous kick, he could say : someone wanted to kick me. Doing that, he is hurting directly niko's reputation. Like I said, Twistz is a teenager, acting like a man.
2022-03-08 15:41
3 replies
Agree with you a hundred percent. Liquid had way too many egos in it's core. Stewie had strong opinions and was like a vocal stoner/jock, elige is a drama queen or makeup girl who gets mad when he doesn't get his way and makes the atmosphere awkward, and twistzz is that kid in the corner that says his opinion and is mad when no one listens to him. Nitr0 held them all together but when he left it all went to crap.
2022-03-08 23:07
2 replies
I don't want to downgrade any toxic behaviors of stewie or elige, but twistz's pr is bs . Moses was not a good coach, he even admit it, but in this interview, he is acting like he was the one who listen to him.
2022-03-09 00:06
1 reply
*downplay not downgrade
2022-03-09 00:19
Dude is def fakeflagging, look at his comment. It's straight up like google translate
2022-03-08 03:26
2 replies
#92 is right about my nationality.
2022-03-08 04:59
1 reply
french canadian?
2022-03-08 07:29
#66
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United States kami917
Ropz level? Definitely not. But still a really good player, would be top 20 again in the right team
2022-03-07 23:44
4 replies
For me, JKS = NAF = Elige = Bubzkji (idkwhat don't agree), but I feel it is the same kind of level. Like I said earlier, Jks look like a really guy, good asset, it's t1 is pretty stacked and he is not a vocal player who can help tactically. For me, he is krimz at lvl 2 with spunj spell around him. I'm not asking to kick Krimz from fnatic. So, I still believe jks is a good player.
2022-03-08 01:31
2 replies
#115
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United States kami917
For me its NAF>Elige>jks>bubzjki JKS would have to get back on a team and perform consistently for me to have him higher than elige. I think NAF is all around a better player than JKS. Obviously NAF is a hybrid on ct side but in terms of game sense I think NAF has the edge, and is the same level rifler as jks.
2022-03-08 10:56
1 reply
+1
2022-03-16 20:05
+1
2022-03-08 14:26
I mean jks was a hltv top 20 player and the reason renegades ever were relevant in tier 1 cs. He's not ropz level but he's bloody good with the right team setup
2022-03-08 09:38
Very true
2022-03-07 21:05
#10
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Austria Ostmark
they took jks over nato and it worked well for them, 200iq by twistzz
2022-03-07 21:05
#11
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United Kingdom mussel25
Canadian brotherhood
2022-03-07 21:06
2 replies
Exactly!
2022-03-07 21:06
xD
2022-03-08 02:01
Twistzz stating the things in a Canadian way. We actually still dont know what jks can do. He happened to find a good rhythm and chemistry in Faze & a lot of players get lucky in that sense. But if jks wants to prove he is an extra ordinary player, he has to go against all the odds against him. We need more ozzy prodigies in the scene though.
2022-03-07 21:10
3 replies
imo sterling is most likely to be the next star coming out of OCE
2022-03-12 12:28
2 replies
Who else should we keep an eye on
2022-03-16 20:05
1 reply
in terms of ones that are probably less known, I'd say asap and chelleos on paradox are also ones to keep an eye on
2022-03-21 04:33
#14
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France marponche
And jks time in FaZe was also an inaccurate representation of what he can do.
2022-03-07 21:06
26 replies
yep, he was even better on 100t/rng
2022-03-07 21:09
24 replies
#18
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France marponche
Nah, he was the star player in a weaker team.
2022-03-07 21:10
22 replies
u clearly werent watching cs until recently then
2022-03-07 21:11
20 replies
#21
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France marponche
What isn't factual in my comment?
2022-03-07 21:12
19 replies
he was a star player in a team that was top8 and top4 in 2019 majors, not some "weaker team"
2022-03-07 21:13
18 replies
#25
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France marponche
And ENCE + AVANGAR made grand finals, who the fuck cares? With ropz, twistzz and broky playing like this, FaZe would have won with many differents stand-ins.
2022-03-07 21:15
17 replies
avangar core is now VP, still a top6 team, and ENCE was a consistently good team until the allu/aleksib thing, dont really get ur point, a team that was good at the time was simply good, and jks 1.14 rating certainly helped them win
2022-03-07 21:27
During IEM Katowice Main Event - jks - 1.14 Rating, 1.13 Impact (Shuffling multiple roles) Ropz - 1.14 Rating 1.19 Impact Twistzz - 1.15 rating 1.01 Impact Genuinely impressive how you manage to be so confident, yet so wrong
2022-03-07 21:29
2 replies
+1 hes dumb
2022-03-07 22:23
#60
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China Rynaki
+1 also RNG/100T was a consistent top 10 team throughout 2019 and the first half of 2020, by no means "a weaker team"
2022-03-07 23:01
#68
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United States kami917
This is completely wrong. JKS played on par with twistzz, ropz, and rain. Nato, bubzjki, Olof, no one would’ve performed in a stand in role the way JKS did. For fucks sake he’s a lurker and was winning 57% of his opening duels on 25% attempts, which is fantastic for an entry. Only NiKo, yekindar, maybe dupreeh and rain have the same or more success on higher attempts. So no, no they wouldn’t have with different standins.
2022-03-07 23:49
10 replies
#70
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France marponche
I wont forget you fanboys when he will go back to his average level, if he even manages to get a team lul
2022-03-07 23:56
9 replies
Good arguments. You say he was carried. We show you stats. You say he has easy roles, we point out he filled in for rain and ropz both totally opposite players. lol
2022-03-08 00:24
8 replies
#80
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France marponche
I never said he got carried, I said you could put dozens of players instead of him and FaZe would have won the event. Don't care about your stats, I watched the games and who stood out. Waiting for his future team!
2022-03-08 00:37
7 replies
#83
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United States kami917
Yeah you must be blind then
2022-03-08 01:01
6 replies
#84
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France marponche
FaZe flair, opinion disregarded.
2022-03-08 01:01
5 replies
#102
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Australia Aleclol
at this point you've just given up
2022-03-08 03:56
4 replies
#116
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France marponche
Australian flag, opinion disregarded.
2022-03-08 13:14
3 replies
lmao
2022-03-08 14:54
#129
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Australia Aleclol
'Opinion disregarded' This is HLTV not Tiktok.
2022-03-09 04:04
1 reply
More like Twitter, but yes same thing
2022-03-11 09:02
avangar must be so shit, i hope they arent the #6 team rn
2022-03-08 03:24
1 reply
#100
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France marponche
Comparing AVANGAR in 2019 to a roster three years later... nice brain you got!
2022-03-08 03:30
In a weaker team by what metrics? Renegades were playing in the same tournaments as faze (elite tier 1)
2022-03-07 21:14
#45
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Argentina Joedash
Both teams never played against real tier 1 teams and neither won a tier 1 tournament tho
2022-03-07 21:58
He was individually even better on Renegades/100T
2022-03-07 21:26
#15
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Canada Sneksist
JKS he is the Australian player but the FaZe he is the Canadian stars.
2022-03-07 21:08
facts
2022-03-07 21:11
"...I think the system that Complexity had was just bad for him", couldve been said even without 2 last words
2022-03-07 21:13
2 replies
Agreed. Dunno why they had him as a support player but either way it didnt suit him at all. Will be interesting to see if any teams want to take him now that he's "tapped everyone on the shoulder" so to say
2022-03-07 21:25
morskoy knows cs
2022-03-07 21:27
BaitF ruined him
2022-03-07 21:17
#27
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Russia zykeNj
True
2022-03-07 21:22
complexity was a mistake for everyone
2022-03-07 21:26
I agree no one can shine when there is baitf
2022-03-07 21:27
Great post HLTV Robin KOOL goat
2022-03-07 21:30
#37
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United States zovint
Or it was just fluke run with faze
2022-03-07 21:34
3 replies
Flag
2022-03-07 21:47
two time top 20, major quarterfinalist, major semifinalist, first person to come from Australia to do all this. Its all a fluke. got it
2022-03-08 00:25
#109
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Spain moorakami
jks is the best Australian player ever. I don't think it's a fluke. Sadly there is no place for him in FaZe.
2022-03-08 07:16
lol no shit the complexity system was bad, not just for him. no one can do well with baitF
2022-03-07 21:35
baitF team ruiners
2022-03-07 21:36
Baitf
2022-03-07 21:36
#47
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Chile esanchez47
feels bad man
2022-03-07 22:06
JKS learned CS from OCEAN when he was a young boy in Canada
2022-03-07 22:45
factos
2022-03-07 22:51
"They wanted to take one of the Danish players that were still playing the game, like Bubzkji" tbh I would've wanted to see him play more than to see faze win the trophy
2022-03-07 23:07
2 replies
I somewhat agree. I like the personnality of bubzkji. He is a bit arrogant and he is a bit smart ass.
2022-03-08 02:15
Astralis has been very clearly a terrible org ever since it became publicly traded. More concerned about image of the team, than the team itself. No sympathy for anyone who signed for them
2022-03-08 19:44
#63
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Sweden dogtown
So hes basically saying Blame is a sht leader.
2022-03-07 23:09
3 replies
yes, yes he is
2022-03-08 00:49
I think Blame has good and bad qualities as an IGL, the problem is theirs strictly better IGL's out there which is why he's better being a secondary caller and lurker behind an IGL like Gla1ve. The problem with JKS on COL was that he had spent his whole career as a star lurker for the Aussie teams and then had to completely change his role to accommodate BlameF, this became even worse when K0nfig left and Cold came in because the team lost it's only aggressive entry and brought in another lurker. They legit made Poizon entry because nobody else would, JKS was forced to be way more aggressive then he was use too. Karrigan was smart enough to use his strengths where he could.
2022-03-08 05:16
#133
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China vs3veN
To be fair he said the system doesn't work for jks doesn't mean the system is bad. There might be players who can work really well with the system there, just not jks
2022-03-13 19:59
#67
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Finland AliSabid
jks deserves a team asap
2022-03-07 23:45
twistzz throwing some shade to blameF
2022-03-07 23:56
1 reply
i mean yeah the community was super high on him because they showed so much potential at one point... hes done basically nothing impressive since then other than lms every round and call strats around himself
2022-03-08 03:41
G2 would have won if rain played G2 would have won if ropz still sick but this all happened cus of niko curse
2022-03-07 23:58
Baitf as igl ... That's why
2022-03-08 00:46
rip rain then?
2022-03-08 01:21
anyway jks is acronym of Just in Kidding Savage
2022-03-08 06:31
#112
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United States caliprep
JKS is a solid player, but I think rain i still better.
2022-03-08 08:29
Sign him please
2022-03-08 09:31
Wait, ropz had a 100% winrate? Lose to NaVi didn't count? MOUZ, take jks quick.
2022-03-08 14:23
I mean we all know BlameF is the one to blame
2022-03-08 17:51
jks overall very solid player if a team can use him correctly he'll be a core piece of a great roster
2022-03-09 14:38
#134
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Chile Nemesix9
Road to major krew, come on FAZE UP !!!!
2022-03-14 14:13
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