Imperial take final Legends Stage spot over forZe

Imperial wielded their experience to their advantage, bullying the young forZe squad throughout the series.

Imperial defied all expectation by completing their march through the Challengers Stage, defeating forZe 2-0 to wrap up a fantastic run that seemed to grow in momentum with each passing game.

As for forZe, they will be left rueing the fact they were sat with a 2-0 record and a map up against Vitality in their first attempt at qualification, but their inexperience seemed to cost them in the high-pressure moments as qualification slipped through their fingers.

FalleN led by example, posting an impressive 1.61 rating

The series began on Overpass, the pick of Imperial, and the veterans came out looking fired up. Starting on the offense the Brazilians went on a tear, their methodical default picking apart forZe and finding round after round. Even when the Russian squad made rounds close, their inexperience showed, as panicked decision-making cost them in key moments; it seemed like Imperial were bullying their young opponents. forZe did settle somewhat as the half wore on, and managed to grab a few towards the end of it to get to a 4-11 score.

Imperial won the second-half pistol to make the result a forgone conclusion, and forZe managed to grab only a single T round as the Brazilians completed the stomp, finishing the map 16-5.

Mirage, the pick of forZe, was up next, but the Russian squad were not to find much more joy than on Overpass. This time forZe started on the defence, but they once again had a woeful start, losing the pistol and falling to a 1-5 deficit before coming alive. Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko earned them a string of rounds with his AWPing, but ultimately Imperial seemed to have the read of the forZe T side, and they comfortably recovered to run the half to 10-5 in their favour.

forZe on their CT side again couldn't handle the slow-paced Imperial defaults, and this time the Brazilians didn't let a single round slip as they comfortably brought the game and qualification for the Legends Stage home, finishing the game 16-5.

 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
31 - 33 -2 85.3 1.04
20 - 28 -8 50.2 0.72
20 - 30 -10 48.5 0.68
13 - 31 -18 51.7 0.59
16 - 35 -19 59.7 0.55
 Imperial K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 16 +23 93.7 1.61
34 - 19 +15 85.6 1.37
28 - 19 +9 82.4 1.33
33 - 25 +8 74.3 1.23
23 - 21 +2 61.0 1.02
Group Challengers Stage
3W - 0L
2W - 3L
0W - 3L
Russia Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
694
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
no fnx no major
2022-05-12 20:39
12 replies
NO FNX NO MAJOR BABYYYY!!! FNX vs b1t the clash of titans.
2022-05-12 20:41
8 replies
#35
fnx | 
São Tomé and Príncipe klis
b1t 1 major, fnx 2 majors
2022-05-12 20:43
6 replies
b1t 1 major played fnx 2 major played
2022-05-12 20:46
5 replies
#62
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Brazil flytw4tp
fnx magic
2022-05-12 20:46
2 replies
It was the most emotional moment so far. 360k people only on Gaules stream. These guys deserved a legend spot
2022-05-12 21:05
1 reply
#135
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Brazil RADGOK
<3 <3
2022-05-12 22:30
#154
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Brazil JoViih
3 major 2006 cs 1.6 keke
2022-05-13 00:09
1 reply
15 panamericano, 3 bbb, forget exploded
2022-05-13 02:40
LETS GOOOO VAMOOO
2022-05-12 20:43
#38
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Brazil lordwitd
+1
2022-05-12 20:43
Professor_CS will be so sad. He legit hates this team without any reason. I am so happy.
2022-05-12 21:10
Even if they dont get to the stage, they're already victourius. GL further.
2022-05-12 23:56
easy
2022-05-12 20:39
6 replies
Told you We got it! FNX 100%
2022-05-12 20:42
5 replies
Exactly! Where are the haters that were saying ez for forze yesterday? RESPEITA PORRA. Dont count brazilians out just yet. Portugal is cheering for brasil! VAMOS 💪💪
2022-05-12 21:49
4 replies
+1
2022-05-12 22:04
os Tugas também são Brasil Vamos FURIA! Vamos IMP
2022-05-12 23:33
#157
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Brazil Lok72
+1 haters why so quiet
2022-05-13 01:13
Forze bo1 abusers lol
2022-05-13 06:10
QUE OTA ?!
2022-05-12 20:40
no fnx no major
2022-05-12 20:40
#5
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Brazil MAARSHALL_
#CUPOM FNX NTC
2022-05-12 20:40
#6
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Caralho
2022-05-12 20:40
ez4imperial hltv.org/news/32781/opinion-why-the-big-.. let´s never forget this tho AHHAHAHAHAHAH
2022-05-12 20:40
9 replies
#20
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Brazil dio_scuro
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2022-05-12 20:41
#27
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Brazil batcompany
Xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2022-05-12 20:42
#46
fnx | 
São Tomé and Príncipe klis
yes fnx yes major, this article aged veeeery badly
2022-05-12 20:44
#52
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2022-05-12 20:45
aged like milk
2022-05-12 20:50
Why Striker why...
2022-05-12 21:48
"All four playing together would however equate to a retirement home" lmfao. aged well
2022-05-12 23:36
#153
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Brazil Largato
Striker, why so quiet? They even closed the thread, if it was open we would se a bunch of KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK in the comments today
2022-05-13 00:04
#158
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Brazil Lok72
thanks for jynx striker, just there to do tha heavy writing work and nothin else
2022-05-13 01:13
EU WHY SO QUIET? THIS IS THE LAST DANCE
2022-05-12 20:40
3 replies
#101
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Sweden skorpan
EU quite since all relevant teams already at the legend stage before this game :) Btw: Imperial Will go all the way !!!!
2022-05-12 21:09
2 replies
#159
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Brazil Lok72
HATERS WHY SO QUIET?? THIS IS THE LAST DANCE fixed for him, nothing against EU, NA is to blame xd
2022-05-13 01:15
1 reply
#169
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Sweden skorpan
haha, I'll join u on this one!
2022-05-13 01:23
#9
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India Relunk
fnx was the glue
2022-05-12 20:40
#10
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Brazil bruno_
MF IS FERGOD THE CAVE IS LINCOLN LAU
2022-05-12 20:40
3 replies
IF WE LOSE THIS SHIT...
2022-05-12 20:43
1 reply
U GON SUCK MY D...
2022-05-12 20:50
#179
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Brazil zDjent
+1
2022-05-13 04:32
ezzzz 32-10
2022-05-12 20:40
Gabriel 'FalleN' Torpedo
2022-05-12 20:40
Fnx...
2022-05-12 20:40
#14
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Brazil luigimeec
well deserved!!! GO BRAZIL
2022-05-12 20:40
#15
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Brazil calmaria1
ez
2022-05-12 20:40
#16
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Ukraine d3adLY
norwi life game vs bne, and then so bad, deserved
2022-05-12 20:40
EZ
2022-05-12 20:40
#18
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Brazil Jordan21
What a nice game , I hope Imperial go to the stage
2022-05-12 20:40
2 replies
#24
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Kosovo riari69
SRY BUT BNE WILL TAKE THAT SPOT :p
2022-05-12 20:41
1 reply
#118
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Brazil Jordan21
They can take it too man, challengers stage is over lol. I'm talking about the arena
2022-05-12 21:26
#21
 | 
Brazil Frez7y
*IMPERIAL TAKE FINAL LEGENDS STAGE SPOT DESTROYING FORZE
2022-05-12 20:41
1 reply
#160
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Brazil Lok72
what a shit title wtf, hltv biased afterall were against us from the begining gogo dust.com.br
2022-05-13 01:15
no fnx no major
2022-05-12 20:41
#23
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China RADNIKEY
TODAY IS DIA DE FALLEN CARALHOOOOOOOOOS
2022-05-12 20:41
deserved destroyed
2022-05-12 20:41
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov 13 - 31 Alexandr 'shalfey' Marenov 16 - 35 Over 2 maps....unacceptable.
2022-05-12 20:41
13 replies
#96
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United States BigDudley
They choked
2022-05-12 21:01
12 replies
Worse man...somthing else happened like wtf. They looked nervous even going in
2022-05-12 21:45
11 replies
probably death threats in their dms even before game started
2022-05-12 22:23
1 reply
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk maybe true tho
2022-05-12 22:56
#133
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United States BigDudley
I didn’t even watch the full match thinking this would be an easy w for forze. The way they’ve been playing it should have been a guaranteed win even if not easy
2022-05-12 22:23
7 replies
Yah..would have saved Thorin a headache this evening if they won it lol
2022-05-12 22:26
6 replies
#161
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Brazil Lok72
who?
2022-05-13 01:16
5 replies
If Forze won Thorin wouldnt have tweeted, saving him a headache.
2022-05-13 01:17
4 replies
#166
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Brazil Lok72
as if I care, thorin wouldnt be even noticed today if he wasnt so jealous and dumb, hope he rests in irrelevance as it is since now
2022-05-13 01:18
3 replies
You okay?
2022-05-13 01:37
2 replies
#171
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Brazil Lok72
stop baiting thorin
2022-05-13 01:38
1 reply
Huh?
2022-05-13 01:40
#162
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Brazil Lok72
they were outplayed since round 1, got exploded and one on 10 hp from the start, clearly some team did have work on antitatical and another were pretty confident aim-wise but not
2022-05-13 01:17
Forze played scared. Props to Imperial for looking sharp and not giving their opponents a chance to recover.
2022-05-12 20:42
WELL DONE BOYS
2022-05-12 20:42
very expected
2022-05-12 20:42
#32
fnx | 
Brazil zAAra
what a sapecada
2022-05-12 20:43
#33
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Canada go1x1n00b
last dance top 3 material. s1mple and karrigan watch out
2022-05-12 20:43
these guys have something
2022-05-12 20:43
Unbelievable tbh, Forze played Vitality and Outsiders toe to toe and got destroyed by last dance.
2022-05-12 20:43
You say on map 2 forZe started on defense but they started T
2022-05-12 20:45
2 replies
#61
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Brazil MrLucas
They started ct on Mirage
2022-05-12 20:46
1 reply
#100
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United States BigDudley
They started t on mirage. They were down 3-0 on the t side to start it before putting their first round on the board
2022-05-12 21:06
#41
 | 
Brazil danluchesi
Engole seco
2022-05-12 20:44
#42
 | 
Brazil nulo100
EZ4MY IMPERIAL FORGET CUPOM FNX
2022-05-12 20:44
no fnx no major
2022-05-12 20:44
#44
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Indonesia cleostar
man I am so happy for them they have a historic roster and finally experience talked against inexperienced forze. also forze is finally got exposed. they have had the easiest path so far to get here.
2022-05-12 20:44
1 reply
#165
 | 
Brazil Lok72
odds 2.8x on imperial, and isnt even original forze is the academy one, world going crazy
2022-05-13 01:18
nice one boys!
2022-05-12 20:44
LET'S GO BOYSS!!! THIS IS BRAZILLLLLL
2022-05-12 20:44
RESPECT THE OLD SCHOOL
2022-05-12 20:45
#49
 | 
Brazil westzera1
BRAZILIAN STORMMMMMM
2022-05-12 20:45
#50
 | 
United States Jxcek
YES!! MY PICKEMS ARE SAVED!!!!
2022-05-12 20:45
LETS GOOOOOOOOOO
2022-05-12 20:45
#53
 | 
Indonesia nouser
Did they get exhausted after going 2-0 then losing two BO3s with first maps won or what?
2022-05-12 20:45
#55
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
Lesgoooooo!!!!
2022-05-12 20:46
#56
 | 
Norway TheDEA
GGWP
2022-05-12 20:46
#57
 | 
Brazil hugoooo
What a terrible title... If it was forZe winning with double 16-5 I can imagine the kind of adjectives you would've picked
2022-05-12 20:46
4 replies
Playing the victim hahahha
2022-05-12 20:49
3 replies
after what Strike said about this project, they should use the best adjectives they could find.
2022-05-12 21:10
1 reply
ok
2022-05-12 21:12
#126
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Brazil hugoooo
Being realistic
2022-05-12 21:51
Fallen fer fnx eternal CHAMPIONS 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
2022-05-12 20:47
GG IMPERIAL love to see it
2022-05-12 20:46
2 replies
Brazil loves Guatemala my friend
2022-05-12 21:10
Guatemala remembers me malbs and we all love him <3 amazing player
2022-05-12 21:21
BRAZILZIL
2022-05-12 20:47
#64
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Australia rationale
The best match from the Challengers Stage by far! I'm really impressed by Fallen and Imperial! There's very little chance they will place in the top 4 but seeing them qualify is just insane.
2022-05-12 20:47
very nice
2022-05-12 20:47
SUCK IT UP HLTV!!!!!!!!
2022-05-12 20:47
easy for imperial forget
2022-05-12 20:48
#68
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Brazil lucasy1221
fallen <3 <3
2022-05-12 20:48
no fnx no major
2022-05-12 20:48
no fnx, no major, brazil legends!!!
2022-05-12 20:48
Im not brazilian, but i would like to say Impeeeeeeeeeeerial ! 🌟 go go guys, GL further 🙂
2022-05-12 20:49
Go IMP!
2022-05-12 20:49
#74
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Sweden S3bluen
I'm all for it! Love seeing them back together :)
2022-05-12 20:50
"paycheck stealers" "won't win anything" "will never qualify for the major" "lol, imperial easy 0-3" "lucky, but will never get to legends stage" lol at the hltv thread specialists
2022-05-12 20:49
2 replies
Yeah.. I saw a lot of that the last days hehehe.. but honestly, most of us didn't see this one coming.. a 2 month team and look at that hahaha But the passion we put in this, maaan oooh maaan.. btw, I really hope to see BIG on the stage at the next one because the new lineup has a TON of potential
2022-05-12 21:24
+1
2022-05-12 23:40
no fnx no major gz brazil fnx showing since 2006 wat a beast of a player he is
2022-05-12 20:50
#80
SPUNJ | 
Albania F4lKs
no fnx = no major fnx = 🏆
2022-05-12 20:50
Nice
2022-05-12 20:50
#82
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Portugal dracø
no fnx, no major. with fnx, ez major. So happy to see this guys pushing through. Sad for forze tho, they had it in their hands and let it slip, for sure they'll bounce back and come back stronger next major tho
2022-05-12 20:51
3 replies
#90
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Poland Tongus
The moment they choke to Outsiders it was done
2022-05-12 20:57
1 reply
#127
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Portugal dracø
Outsiders did it to dignitas, saw and forze. All 3 were on the brink of winning and outsiders managed to outlast them. I know it takes a lot of composure but fucking hell it is frustrating af :<
2022-05-12 21:52
+1
2022-05-12 23:41
yeeeess!! im so happy
2022-05-12 20:51
#84
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Brazil g_hard
GG WP! EZ4IMP #GOIMP #IMPURRA LEGENDS!!
2022-05-12 20:51
OPINION: WHY THE BIG BRAZILIAN REUNION IS A BAD IDEA
2022-05-12 20:52
1 reply
I remember this ridiculous and shitty topics... Lolllll
2022-05-12 23:42
It's simple, Imperial is top 16, in 3 mouths of project. Who doubts this guys are lunatic.
2022-05-12 20:53
3 replies
#91
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Poland bigmilk01
still 0-3 in my pickems in legends
2022-05-12 20:58
2 replies
Lunatic
2022-05-12 21:10
But you're dumb right man, we'll give you a "discount"... hahahaha
2022-05-12 23:44
LET'S GOOOOOO, WHO IS SAD ISN'T MORE!
2022-05-12 20:54
Lol
2022-05-12 20:55
#92
 | 
Finland schusz
unlucky for forze, but after 2:0 they must take last win over outsiders i think
2022-05-12 20:59
Imperial é Brasil! God FalleN
2022-05-12 20:59
braziliam storm is coming... #GOIMPERIAL
2022-05-12 21:00
yeah manitooooooooooooos
2022-05-12 21:00
1 reply
Hermanosssss
2022-05-12 23:45
366k on Gau stream. how sick is that
2022-05-12 21:01
2 replies
#98
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Brazil Jonatan155
a mistery hahahaha
2022-05-12 21:03
Brazil LOVES CS my friend, we breathe CS, we love CS, and CS loves us hahaha (and watching the games on gaules stream is even better, he knows how to instigate the fans...)
2022-05-12 23:47
PRESENTE
2022-05-12 21:11
Lets goooo manitos
2022-05-12 21:12
3 replies
VAAAAMO MANITOOO
2022-05-12 21:25
queridos hermanossssss, un abrazo para Argentina.... (los stickers de 9Z quedaron hermosos... 👍🏻 )
2022-05-12 23:49
+1 +rep
2022-05-13 05:22
caralho vcs sao fodas ntc
2022-05-12 21:13
#110
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Brazil brutAo
All HLTV questions about why the core of LG/SK is back were answered today?
2022-05-12 21:15
QUE EMOÇÃO VER ESSE TIME JOGAR!!! SEM FNX SEM MAJOR!!! PRESENTE!!!
2022-05-12 21:15
1 reply
+1 irmão IMPERIAL 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
2022-05-12 23:50
NO FNX, NO MAJOR! NTC
2022-05-12 21:16
CHAAAMA... The veterans showing what they can do... Honestly, we all expect them to not play this major, but our hope was always alive.. we all expect that no way they could reach legend status but the hope was there once again... And ofc, like always in Brazilian's life, IT NEEDS TO BE THE HARDEST WAY.. BUT HERE WE ARE BABYYY.. WOOOO
2022-05-12 21:18
370,000 people watching the game on stream do gaules simultaneously 😯😯😮😮😮👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
2022-05-12 21:22
1 reply
370,000 equals more than "5 Maracanãs" packed... omg 😯😮
2022-05-12 23:53
if this is a dream dont dare to wake me up 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
2022-05-12 21:26
Congrats and GL guys! No FNX, no major!
2022-05-12 21:29
#121
 | 
Brazil leit1m
BELEEZAA, LAST DANCE, LAST DANCE, LAST DANCE!!! #GOIMP
2022-05-12 21:31
Belezaaa, Last Dance, Last Dance
2022-05-12 21:46
#129
 | 
Brazil Semeon
where is EG Astralis Dignitas? Go wash up Duncan Thorin! #goimp
2022-05-12 22:04
I was cheering for LD. Forze has many majors ahead of them, imperial not really, so i am glad it ended up this way, this time. Forze need more experience and they will be fine.
2022-05-12 22:10
FUCK MY LIFE
2022-05-12 22:11
#136
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Albania HariSBABA
forze so bad
2022-05-12 22:56
nice game!! let's go!! hey thorin, you stink!!
2022-05-12 23:41
1 reply
Thorin he's an idiot, as s1mple said... 😃😃😃
2022-05-12 23:55
#147
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Brazil guidbe
Now that we have 3 NA teams in Legends Stage, next Major NA will get 03 spots on legends?
2022-05-12 23:48
2 replies
#168
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Brazil Lok72
no, LEGENDS is in fact the top 8 from playoffs, only furia made last major from Americas, so we got 1 spot, if we want three, we gotta have Imperial, Liquid and Furia on playoffs next next phase
2022-05-13 01:20
1 reply
#173
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Brazil guidbe
TY i forgot about that.
2022-05-13 01:42
I guess forze forgot to practice again?
2022-05-13 00:24
Lmao forze is run put of luck after playing easy opponent throughout the rmr
2022-05-13 00:38
No fnx no major!!
2022-05-13 01:17
THE LAST DANCE IS REAL, TO THE SADNESS OF HLTV.ORG
2022-05-13 01:19
happy day for brazil
2022-05-13 01:43
Ez Fallen. 1000iq
2022-05-13 01:53
Wonderful showing from Imperial
2022-05-13 03:24
#180
 | 
Brazil Firelesk
Gg imperial Coupon fnx forget
2022-05-13 05:07
Imperial 0-3 Ez 4 pickem
2022-05-13 07:19
hey Striker, hey Thorin. (: Now that you've got the attention of brazilian community on internet (one of the most engajed communities in the esports world) I hope you stop saying shit about SA scenario and look for the drastic phase you guys are living in NA.
2022-05-13 14:58
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