NIP revamp academy roster

It's three in, three out as the Young Ninjas roster gets a shake up.

Linus "⁠LNZ⁠" Holtäng, Love "⁠phzy⁠" Smidebrant and Anton "⁠Sapec⁠" Palmgren have all been released from Young Ninjas it was announced today as the NIP organisation look to bring in fresh blood for their academy project.

Young Ninjas experienced some modest success with the aforementioned players on the lineup, the pinnacle being a
third place finish in the BLAST Rising 2021 event. Said placing also saw them rise to their peak world ranking, #35.

phzy achieved some very respectable results with the main roster

Ninjas in Pyjamas also made use of their academy project to bolster the ranks of the senior squad throughout this time, with both LNZ and more recently phzy getting game time with the main roster. The latter managed to place 2nd at IEM Winter and top four at ESL Pro League Season 15 during his tenure.

"The natural evolution is letting some of them get more experience elsewhere," NIP COO Jonas "⁠calc⁠" Gundersen said of releasing the three players.

Sapec already has found himself a new home, having played with Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell's Hellslayers roster since March.

Moving forward, Young Ninjas will be bringing in 17-year-olds Adam "⁠adamb⁠" Ångström and Max "⁠maxster⁠" Jansson and 15-year-old AWPer Adrian "⁠7EMPORARY⁠" Mehrara. "We believe this trio is very eager to ascend to its true potential," said Technical Director Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers of the incoming youngsters.

Young Ninjas are now:

Sweden Erik "⁠ztr⁠" Gustafsson
Sweden Adam "⁠adamb⁠" Ångström
Sweden Max "⁠maxster⁠" Jansson
Sweden Kalle "⁠Ro1f⁠" Johansson
Sweden Adrian "⁠7EMPORARY⁠" Mehrara

Sweden Fredrik "⁠slap⁠" Junbrant - Coach

Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
54
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
376
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1930
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Adam 'adamb' Ångström
Adam 'adamb' Ångström
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
43
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.72
Sweden Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Linus 'LNZ' Holtäng
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
320
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Max 'maxster' Jansson
Max 'maxster' Jansson
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
25
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
Denmark Jonas 'calc' Gundersen
Jonas 'calc' Gundersen
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.45
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.18
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Anton 'Sapec' Palmgren
Anton 'Sapec' Palmgren
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
426
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
Sweden Kalle 'Ro1f' Johansson
Kalle 'Ro1f' Johansson
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
245
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Love 'phzy' Smidebrant
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
447
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Adrian '7EMPORARY' Mehrara
Adrian '7EMPORARY' Mehrara
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
10
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.71
Hello there So.I wonder where will phzy end and Hellslayers
2022-04-26 18:23
31 replies
from main team to getting released by academy wtf
2022-04-26 18:24
14 replies
#64
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Asia 333awp
where verified
2022-04-26 18:56
it's so they can get picked up by real teams
2022-04-26 19:23
At least he got the stockholm quarter finalist pin and signature
2022-04-26 20:24
2 replies
#112
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Sweden sn1pie
That is LNZ
2022-04-26 21:20
2022-04-27 23:02
yeah that's so fucked lol
2022-04-26 23:17
8 replies
how so? Its to make sure he's not stuck in the academy roster and gets a real, probably tier 2-3 tbh, roster and gets the opportunity to actually get good. Maybe olof does a godsent, that'll be cool tbh.
2022-04-26 23:29
7 replies
I'd rather play more under an academy team as an 18/19 year old than be stuck and forgotten in t3 hell in teams like hellslayers, but that's just me maybe
2022-04-27 00:17
5 replies
Hmm You're not wrong. weplay is a great place for people to get their names out, but the thing is lnz and phzy are relatively known now by anyone that watched nip games in the last year, so they can probably get an alright team. Hellslayers is not bad tho, flusha + jw gives a lot of branding and could help sapec get good enough to go t1
2022-04-27 00:30
yes but phzy and lnz are well known by now and im going to say lnz was much better than ztr
2022-04-27 01:15
3 replies
He was, but I think ztr is the IGL, so they dont kick him.
2022-04-27 12:14
2 replies
ztr the igl of acadamy or main team? bc for main team im pretty sure that was hampus
2022-04-27 14:14
1 reply
ztr was the igl of academy + co-call in main roster. IGl are more rare than regular players. Lnz was a pretty boring player. Nip gave him good/easy spots and he was doing nothing spectacular.
2022-04-27 14:37
Maybe wait until they get offer
2022-04-27 00:34
#14
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Netherlands arTvamp
phzy to nip main roster.
2022-04-26 18:24
15 replies
#25
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Other Zollbit
Imo this is basically a confirmation device will come back. They would have kept phzy at nip if he was gonna play. Or es3tag will become main awper. In that case rip
2022-04-26 18:27
12 replies
#33
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Finland OGVilzu
in liquidpedia device is confirmed to play in dallas replacing plopski
2022-04-26 18:33
7 replies
fake news
2022-04-26 18:34
Sorry, but you can't use liquipedia as source in your school projects
2022-04-26 18:36
3 replies
#40
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Finland OGVilzu
+1
2022-04-26 18:39
+1
2022-04-26 19:02
+1
2022-04-27 01:03
I edited that in from my alt. 🙂
2022-04-26 19:17
it isnt
2022-04-26 21:21
"basically confirmation" XD
2022-04-26 18:53
DEV1CE WILL COME BACK ANY DAY NOW! MATCH MY DONATION!!!! Nah bro I think we are coping here. He retired.
2022-04-26 23:51
2 replies
#131
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Other Zollbit
Pug stomping faceit games for the rest of his days..
2022-04-27 00:00
1 reply
:DDD It's like a top football striker retiring at his peak to score 60 goals per season in a small town club playing in 4th regional league against fellas that show up to the match hungover.
2022-04-27 00:13
It literally says he's been released
2022-04-26 18:40
Dev1ce to academy confirmed HAHAHAHA I CANT POST THIS BAIT
2022-04-26 19:13
oi
2022-04-26 18:22
hmm
2022-04-26 18:22
#4
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Latvia UnfriendlyV
irrelevant i guess...
2022-04-26 18:22
#5
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United States GVoidV2
downgrade
2022-04-26 18:22
6 replies
Doesn't matter, the whole point of Young Ninjas project was to develop young talent, and give other young talents a chance.
2022-04-27 10:32
5 replies
#157
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Sweden saamuel
yes but tf is temporary and maxster???? hope phzy sapec and lnz finds a good team...
2022-04-27 10:52
3 replies
Did you mean who they were? If so, they are young talent who NIP wants to develop into better players.
2022-04-27 10:54
2 replies
#159
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Sweden saamuel
Never heard about them before... I know adam is pretty good but not the other 2 new guys
2022-04-27 11:11
1 reply
#163
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Kazakhstan Juuzou_
Exactly the point i guess?
2022-04-27 12:41
#166
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Serbia DjapeZ
Yeah but whats point of making talents and bringing them to scene if u arent gonna transfer them to main squad or sell them to some org
2022-04-27 15:49
#6
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Hungary Reypx
More teams like this it needed :D
2022-04-26 18:22
#7
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Poland mimsonqq
they need better awp
2022-04-26 18:22
rip
2022-04-26 18:23
here we go again
2022-04-26 18:23
who who and who?
2022-04-26 18:23
1 reply
#115
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Sweden GMNEIN
That is sort of the point with academy rosters
2022-04-26 21:34
#13
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Germany mysterE
JW new gaming org roster
2022-04-26 18:24
Phzy deserves better
2022-04-26 18:24
Guess they will join smth like Savage or other lower-tier Swedish team. All of them are decent and promising young talents. Hope best for them, especialy LNZ
2022-04-26 18:25
1 reply
Savage already has draken I don't think they will bring in phzy, maybe lnz, but most likely they will be playing in the new jw roster
2022-04-26 19:37
#18
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United States notawaffle
i guess you could say that the old young ninjas roster was 7EMPORARY
2022-04-26 18:25
1 reply
Nice
2022-04-26 23:48
#19
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United Kingdom JupiterACE
phzy really deserves more respect
2022-04-26 18:25
ztr deserves better team
2022-04-26 18:26
#22
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Estonia nokkiii
phzy stood his ground against T1 and it was decent, hope he can get a team in the top 25-30 rankings and try to reach true T1
2022-04-26 18:27
#23
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Finland Khroni
Holy shit NiP loves fucking over their academy players for literally no reason Feels bad for LNZ doing ok and still being cut for Plopski then just let go Feels really bad for ztr for getting shafted with an unneeded roster change after already being dumped from an NiP that looked better with him
2022-04-26 18:27
7 replies
#34
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Sweden gNeJS
TBH i think its the players that wants this. An academy team is suposed to bring new talents in to the scene Now when players like phzy and sapec has established themself within the scene, its some other guys turn to try and do the same.
2022-04-26 18:33
1 reply
+1
2022-04-26 19:06
isn't this the point of academy teams tho? to help them gain experience and stuff before being in an actual team then release them and the cycle goes on
2022-04-26 18:37
this comment is 60iq points and its only because you spelled the words right.
2022-04-26 18:41
Ztr really had it it the main roster, he was hyping the boys up in the online era and it was nice seeing this little guy pop off sometimes, although, most of the time he wasnt even 1.00 rating
2022-04-26 19:15
1 reply
I thought ZTR did the worst out of the three of them; himself, lnz and phzy
2022-04-26 21:13
#148
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Czech Republic Evis1337
Ztr was the biggest bot lol. Can't even get to 3k without queuing with lvl 3 smurfs
2022-04-27 07:14
#26
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Czech Republic forseti12
Why would they remove LNZ and phzy after giving them tier 1 experience, feel like it could have been decent team with them.
2022-04-26 18:29
1 reply
Everyone they removed had been called up to the main roster at some point, really hope they manage to find a team.
2022-04-26 23:19
#28
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CIS Dude_Love
gl "Love"
2022-04-26 18:30
Lets go 7emporary!! One more guy that i coach is now in the right way!!!! Few other players also soon will come :) Just keep grinding Adrian!!
2022-04-26 18:31
8 replies
Ok but who tf are you?
2022-04-26 18:55
4 replies
Me just a cs:go coach ;)
2022-04-26 18:58
2 replies
Oh i looked, very nice. Did you start coaching south african teams because you moved there or are you doing it remotely? :)
2022-04-28 00:38
1 reply
Doing it remotely got good offer but after half a year i will continue with EU teams
2022-04-28 10:20
Check his bio
2022-04-26 19:01
lmao
2022-04-26 20:41
#118
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Bulgaria Bulg1us
omg, are you really from Bulgaria? btw good job, you really are a good coach
2022-04-26 22:40
1 reply
haha Yes i am :D
2022-04-27 10:29
#30
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Oceania xJ7
I really don't understand NiP's academy philosophy.
2022-04-26 18:31
3 replies
I mean, when they needed players they used them, nip is a complete roster already even without device, it's not like mouz where the team was so lackluster they could afford to bring permanently in both JDC and torszi. And those two are far superior to anyone in nip academy.
2022-04-26 19:39
2 replies
#93
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Oceania xJ7
But don't you think they'd at least want to try to win the academy leagues and other tier 2/3 tournaments where their main team doesn't play? By that logic, LNZ, phzy, and ztr should be an incredible core with loads of experience to win all of these tournaments. Based on what you're saying, you think they only use their academy team as a buffer for their main squad?
2022-04-26 19:41
1 reply
Yeah it's weird. If they had monesy on their academy team do you think they would cut his contract and tell him to get experience somewhere else?
2022-04-26 21:42
this very nice))
2022-04-26 18:31
#32
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France cedd
i hope they got signed already and not just dumped on the street
2022-04-26 18:32
#36
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Sweden gNeJS
What happened with Susp???? I thought he was suposed to join.
2022-04-26 18:35
3 replies
True, he did play some games with them. I’ve read on HLTV that susp wanted to explore other options, hehe. His brother Adam is on the team though…
2022-04-26 18:46
2 replies
#54
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Sweden gNeJS
Alright thanks. I wonder what other options, i suppose it has to be something like Savage or similar, hope he doesnt go international.
2022-04-26 18:50
1 reply
Sent you a pm
2022-04-26 19:15
Watch plopski get demoted to young ninjas once devve returns
2022-04-26 18:37
expected from hicham "scammer" shachim or whatever his 2nd name is
2022-04-26 18:40
3 replies
Chahine. What did he ever do to you?
2022-04-26 18:43
2 replies
fifflaren exposed this scammer 2 years ago
2022-04-26 18:47
1 reply
Believe me, I jumped on the same bandwagon when I heard the allegations. Who doesn’t want to support the original squad? But if you’re willing to do your research I’m sure you’ll find it as hard to dislike Hicham as I did. Have you read the report from ESIC? This one: drive.google.com/file/d/17TvBL6P58-q9GuA..
2022-04-26 19:09
How tf is phzy getting released i hate this org
2022-04-26 18:40
2 replies
Are you blind? To get experience elsewhere. He will surely find a higher rated team than an academy team
2022-04-26 22:53
1 reply
he should still be on the main roster, he wasnt bad enough to justify making es3tag the awper again
2022-04-27 03:04
LET’S GO MAXSTER!
2022-04-26 18:40
where device?
2022-04-26 18:43
ez for 7EMPORARY
2022-04-26 18:43
#49
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United Kingdom wellhyper
Bizzare they are letting phzy go, he had some blinders in the last tournament. O_O
2022-04-26 18:43
5 replies
If you consider that the goal of YN is to give life to the swedish scene it’s not that strange that they’re bringing in new players. Phzy is ready for T1-T2 in my opinion.
2022-04-26 18:48
4 replies
T2 for now i would say. Very inconsistent but can take over games. We have to keep in mind that NIP is a sick team, no matter the 5th as long as he is decent tbh. I mean they looked good with es3tag awping, just remember what happened with es3tag in c9 (not saying he was to blame)
2022-04-26 19:29
3 replies
True, true. But he’s young and will keep on improving. Hopefully he’ll get a shot in a decent team. Fna’ic?
2022-04-26 19:31
2 replies
If fnatic goes swedish again maybe... But i highly doubt that. They already have a hit or miss awper who is incredible when hes having a good game. I think phzy and mb lnz will go to a swedish t2/t3 lineup
2022-04-26 20:04
1 reply
Ooh, them in Gamerlegion would actually be sick. That’d be great! (Sorry Sean)
2022-04-26 20:07
Thought it's device for a sec
2022-04-26 18:47
I HECKIN LOVE 7EMPORARY
2022-04-26 18:50
-7emp +dev1ce
2022-04-26 18:51
1 reply
#170
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United States Flanderzz
0/8
2022-04-28 07:35
It seems like they literally just wanted players who were younger, how dumb
2022-04-26 18:51
1 reply
#53 :)
2022-04-26 19:11
#58
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Czech Republic Devidee
7emporary is 15 damn
2022-04-26 18:52
phzy to nip?
2022-04-26 18:52
LNZ and PHZY both really promising players, why would they release them for some random nobodys??? Are they only releasing them so that they can join other teams?
2022-04-26 18:54
lnz>>>half of “t1” players
2022-04-26 18:55
yea certificate from academy = no more paychecks cya
2022-04-26 19:01
Good for phzy. He is too good to stay on the academy roster. And NIP probably dont want him on the main roster because of device. I hope he gets a chance on a top 20 team.
2022-04-26 19:03
1 reply
tbh they 100% know dev1ce isnt coming back, they just won't say it
2022-04-27 01:23
Fnatic get phzy and LNZ
2022-04-26 19:07
1 reply
They really should.
2022-04-26 19:12
hahahah i won't say who but one of these kids is the most toxic kid i have ever played with in Swedish pro league. One of them will get kicked in 1 month 10000% Pls pics ASAP so i can see the kids face
2022-04-26 19:14
1 reply
who is it?
2022-04-26 19:45
#77
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United States KentaKinte
bring back nilo mens
2022-04-26 19:13
1 reply
#151
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Sweden axelious
Yea srsly! Where did he even go? Joel and Nilo in this team and it looks great
2022-04-27 09:00
#80
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Ukraine SwissRolls
phzy wasnt even bad
2022-04-26 19:17
#83
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United States Zedsamcat
2nd youngest lineup, 1st is navi jr
2022-04-26 19:20
#85
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Chile 1cristiaan
who cars
2022-04-26 19:24
1 reply
#86
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Sweden 1gloss
GOD 7EMPORARY
2022-04-26 19:25
7EMPORARY is only a temporary part of this roster, haha get it? haha
2022-04-26 19:26
1 reply
comedy gold
2022-04-26 19:49
why not add device
2022-04-26 19:34
Gl
2022-04-26 19:46
#97
Noks | 
Estonia Kukkel
that ztr guy looks promising.
2022-04-26 19:49
#99
honda | 
United States Bioax
7EMPORARY hahahahaha
2022-04-26 20:06
7emporary bot
2022-04-26 20:15
phzy is a best in making
2022-04-26 20:17
they release phzy.. Are they d.. drunk?
2022-04-26 20:37
2 replies
probably no plans for him in the main rooster and he wants to play for a real team
2022-04-26 20:48
1 reply
must be, because thats just throwing a tier 1 awper out of the window
2022-04-26 20:58
NiP 9 man roster incoming
2022-04-26 20:37
phzy is a top talent. Why kick? lmao
2022-04-26 20:47
6 replies
Absolutely and LNZ showed great potentiel as well in my opinion. I think they must be disappointed not being promoted and that triggered their departure somehow.
2022-04-26 21:10
because its about developing players not win the major
2022-04-26 22:41
4 replies
Then why not put him on main roster or sell him? He was very clearly a good fit for the team
2022-04-26 23:22
3 replies
#138
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Russia SexeSnek
ah yes lets have 7 man roster when device is on contract and esetag is awping decently. phzy still needs a little practice, he isnt entirely ready for a team who is a title contender
2022-04-27 01:04
2 replies
Device is benched and it would have made more sense to replace esetag with phzy
2022-04-27 02:36
1 reply
Yes, because they would have a player who they brought in not even half a year ago be a bench warmer instead of playing. Jesus, do you even think before you post my dude...
2022-04-27 07:24
NOT SO EX 4 FUZY
2022-04-26 21:21
I thought NIP won IEM WInter????
2022-04-26 22:08
1 reply
#136
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Serbia ways1
2nd to Vitality
2022-04-27 00:55
#126
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Italy real_bob
HAHAHAA 7emporary
2022-04-26 23:26
Wow really?
2022-04-27 01:05
#144
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Ukraine Bidus
Hellslayers. ...what a shit and cliche name. Embarrassing.
2022-04-27 03:26
5 replies
jw made that name like 15 years ago chill lmao
2022-04-27 09:02
4 replies
#172
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Ukraine Bidus
It's still shit as it used to be. Nothing changed here.
2022-05-06 01:54
3 replies
well yeaah no shit
2022-05-06 12:18
2 replies
#174
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Ukraine Bidus
Well, yeeeeeah. That shit indeed. Inte Sant?
2022-05-14 22:50
1 reply
:D
2022-05-14 22:51
#146
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Brazil hugoooo
Weird move
2022-04-27 06:05
wow lnz and phzy were actually pretty good, hope they get real team :)
2022-04-27 07:49
#153
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Sweden royahl
Good luck LNZ and Phzy, wish you the best. It will be interesting to follow the new roster under ztr's lead (especially maxster and adamb imo).
2022-04-27 09:03
#156
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Sweden hxm__
imo ztr's time is up drop him
2022-04-27 10:36
ztr KEKW
2022-04-27 11:13
#161
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United Kingdom tomtom94
Yes 7EMPORARY <3
2022-04-27 11:27
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