AZR looks for new IGL challenge as he enters free agency

The 29-year-old is now open to exploring new opportunities in the market.

Australian In-game leader Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward is now a free agent after finding a mutual agreement with EXTREMUM for the termination of his contract, the player announced on Twitter. This marks the end of the 29-year-old's seven months stint on the bench of the Russian organization following their decision to shift the entire roster in October 2021.

Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai is now the last remaining member of the roster on the organization's book, with everyone else being acquired by different teams or leaving by mutual consent.

Another player has joined the post-Major shuffle

EXTREMUM announced their original roster in January of 2021 after acquiring the core that had previously represented Renegades and 100 Thieves, with the addition of Hansel "⁠BnTeT⁠" Ferdinand. The team failed to get going, having amonths of mediocre results which culminated in their failure to qualify for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, and the team being benched and transfer-listed.

"As of today and finding a mutual agreement with EXTREMUM, I am now officially a free agent," announced the Australian on Twitter. "My competitive spirit is still at a very high level and I am more hungry than ever to lead a team as IGL to reach new heights," he added.

EXTREMUM are now just:

New Zealand Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai (benched)

Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1093
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1016
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
pog
2022-05-24 12:55
1 reply
#8
NAF | 
Asia aref81
spunj asked for this post
2022-05-24 12:56
Sad, gl in fnatic tho
2022-05-24 12:55
4 replies
#157
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Sweden dogtown
no chance they go that low LOL.
2022-05-25 12:10
3 replies
Dollar to performance azr is miles ahead of alex
2022-05-25 12:13
2 replies
#160
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Sweden dogtown
alex is trash, AZR is trash. He was trash since 1.6
2022-05-25 12:18
1 reply
#170
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Australia Sify
nah
2022-05-26 00:44
#3
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Denmark slacking
Bye karrigan
2022-05-24 12:55
20 replies
#44
sdy | 
Indonesia Friedge
oh u misspelled aleksib
2022-05-24 13:16
19 replies
oh u misspelled dexter
2022-05-24 13:39
18 replies
#81
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Romania Coxmin
guys i think u misspelled nitr0
2022-05-24 14:08
17 replies
#83
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Brazil diixon
guys i think u misspelled hooxi
2022-05-24 14:13
16 replies
guys i think u misspelled art
2022-05-24 14:22
15 replies
#94
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Lithuania ashas
guys I think you misspelled snappi
2022-05-24 14:32
I started to think you guys misspelled chopper
2022-05-24 14:32
13 replies
#100
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Canada Kupo
I think you're all insane if you think AZR is a tier 1, hell tier 2 player....
2022-05-24 14:54
Guys I think you misspelled bombla
2022-05-24 15:13
10 replies
guys I think you misspelled hampus
2022-05-24 15:39
9 replies
+1
2022-05-24 15:40
guys I think you misspelled acilioN
2022-05-24 15:44
7 replies
guys I think you misspelled nafany
2022-05-24 16:04
6 replies
guys I think you misspelled tabseN
2022-05-24 16:05
5 replies
guys I think you misspelled apEX
2022-05-24 17:29
4 replies
#146
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Europe dip6o
Guys i guess you've meant Fallen
2022-05-24 21:57
3 replies
guys I think you misspelled cadian
2022-05-24 22:13
2 replies
guys i think you misspelled stewie2k
2022-05-25 05:32
1 reply
#163
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Philippines sijibats
I'm not going to get banned if I comment a different sentence right?
2022-05-25 14:43
#124
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India misfeit
Guys i think you missed glaive
2022-05-24 16:48
AZR the aussie goat is back
2022-05-24 12:55
dont do it fnatic!!!!!
2022-05-24 12:55
21 replies
+jks +azr?
2022-05-24 13:10
18 replies
#43
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Sweden axelious
Sign Azr just to get Jks.. POG
2022-05-24 13:15
17 replies
#58
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Actual 300iq move but I think Jks will join OG with Yekindar
2022-05-24 13:32
16 replies
#78
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Denmark 12inchNRG
Yeah as if OG have the type of money for that roster move. People keep talking about OG making these big acquisitions of elite players like the team has G2, C9 or Liquid money. OG is a grassroots org, they aren't getting yekindar as a big org can offer him 5 times as much money.
2022-05-24 13:59
15 replies
Just from money won they are the second biggest team in esports you dummie esportsearnings.com/teams
2022-05-24 14:07
#82
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Asia 42gami
what do you mean isn't OG one of the richest org after all that TI wins?
2022-05-24 14:13
2 replies
#106
mSx | 
Latvia CVJMZ
They have but that doesnt mean that they gonna spend huge money on CS team, sad but thats true
2022-05-24 15:11
#118
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Denmark 12inchNRG
Ti money goes mostly to the players, even if the org collected the entire prize pool they'd still be poor compared to teams like G2, Liquid and C9.
2022-05-24 16:02
#97
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
OG has way more money than you think
2022-05-24 14:38
10 replies
#117
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Denmark 12inchNRG
No they don't, which VCs are pumping money into them?
2022-05-24 15:59
9 replies
Maybe you should Google search about notail and OG's Dota 2 winnings and stuff
2022-05-24 17:04
8 replies
#133
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Denmark 12inchNRG
Lol i figured youd say that. That's nothing and those are personal winnings.. maybe the OG org gets 10% of those winnings so like $5 or $6million which is fuck all. c9, g2 and liquid are literally worth 100 times more. Other big teams like Complexity are backed by billionaires. OG don't have any big VCs backing them. Out of the tier 1 CS orgs OG and Ence are by far the poorest, they can't compete for salaries with other orgs they need to build teams with up and coming talent or experienced players who aren't as expensive. There is no chance that OG can even remotely compete for a free agent like Yekindar, he is the biggest free agent right now and will have serious offers from probably every wealthy team.
2022-05-24 18:41
7 replies
Yes because you have NA orgs like faze, c9 or liquid, doesn't mean that Yekindar would join some of them, he would probably take a cut to join a promising project maybe on fnatic or whatever team, but built around him not an already established team I will prove to you why -Faze literally has the best roster possible they won't change players for at least 1-2 years, or untill rain/karrigan retires -navi is a good option but do they want to pay Russian orgs? Idk -g2 looking shaky rn, they are literally either finalists or don't make playoffs at all -vitality that team is a dumpster fire it needs a complete revamp but won't happen since most of the players got new contracts and apex and misutaa still have something like half a year left, but if they commit they can make a good roster which is unlikely for the moment since they just made new roster changes like 5 months ago, maybe by the end of the year -c9 is literally finished and doesn't have a spot for him -interz +Yekindar is so dumb since there will be role clashes with ax1le and Yekindar doesn't want to be a support player -liquid needs to drop everyone except NAF and completely rebuild, but won't do it as long as EliGE is there since he is the one who brought back nitro and is the player that needs to be replaced imo the most alongside shox also there will be role clashes and he will probably end up like twistzz, in a bad environment wasting his prime playing support for a t1.5 na team -NIP they still do Swedish rosters even if they could afford something way stronger if they shifted to international -fnatic tbh I wish they would just go back to Swedish, or Danish, their international teams are horrid, if not they could probably afford him and are a good alternative if they build a decent team and not something like they used to have -coL I don't think I need to say anything about this team -mouz never pays for buyouts (similar to astralis) but gives great salaries to keep their players. That's all the big CS orgs that could buy him other than Navi or Vitality I don't think he should join any other, unless some team like fnatic or a completely new org like TSM or 100T or T1 offer him a huge salary and a chance to build a team around himself.
2022-05-24 19:02
6 replies
#169
Petra | 
Poland 138|
bruh you just said og has a lot of money cuz dotka OG team won the international 2x times. Players are rich, not the org.
2022-05-26 00:18
5 replies
The org gets some of the money also, not sure how much but they do
2022-05-26 04:18
4 replies
#172
Petra | 
Poland 138|
small %. Your logic is still dogtier. Players are rich, not the org. They do have cool sponsors like redbull and bmw but bruh, they are notin compared to c9 or other amerikansky orgs
2022-05-26 11:43
3 replies
Never said they are richer than American orgs but if you read #135 you would know why no bigger org won't sign Yekindar, except maybe g2
2022-05-26 12:17
2 replies
#174
Petra | 
Poland 138|
"og has way more money than you think" no, they dont.
2022-05-26 12:17
1 reply
Yes, the person above mentioned they are grassroot org which they aren't, never said they are the richest org but they aren't broke and that's a fact
2022-05-26 12:19
#96
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Russia fnatic_fan
+1
2022-05-24 14:36
lmao +1
2022-05-25 12:55
Aussie CS axaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2022-05-24 12:56
10 replies
flair flag name
2022-05-24 12:59
#19
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Australia Sify
stfu pepsi
2022-05-24 13:00
5 replies
Love u too
2022-05-24 13:02
3 replies
#102
jks | 
Australia Kree8
When was the last time a korean team has done anything substantial in csgo? Genuinely curious.
2022-05-24 15:04
2 replies
Honedtly I’d imagine in 1.6 with wemadefox, MVP.PK had a lot of potential in GO, but didn’t do anything that I’d consider substantial.
2022-05-24 19:40
1 reply
#150
jks | 
Australia Kree8
I remember mvp more for SC/2. But yeh its been a bit, D!E clan in 1.6 was it korean? Thought wNv was but its chinese.
2022-05-25 01:13
XD good one
2022-05-24 14:16
lol where south korean pro scene?
2022-05-24 15:55
2 replies
So easy to bait you guys))
2022-05-24 19:40
lol what if he had a danish flag? KEKW or 100% of the danes would never comment something like that?
2022-05-25 06:10
#7
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New Zealand SkirmishX
king is back
2022-05-24 12:56
1 reply
#67
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Australia Skycap
"Oh yeah, it's all coming together."
2022-05-24 13:36
#9
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Turkey bizonSX
AZR + jks + 3, then majorrrrrrrrrr!!!!
2022-05-24 12:57
#10
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Somalia goner
Yesssssirrr
2022-05-24 12:58
Sasha, help this guy youtu.be/7XnU7V7pFuM
2022-05-24 12:58
Good to see him staying in CS
2022-05-24 12:58
#13
Cla | 
Sweden Atmos_
King!!!
2022-05-24 12:59
glgl
2022-05-24 12:59
#16
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France marponche
Couldnt be worse than AleksiB
2022-05-24 12:59
1 reply
if anyone could, it would be AZR
2022-05-24 13:10
#17
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Cant get into IGLing any team looking to make changes, Fnatic, EG, OG etc Whats Gratata upto these days ?
2022-05-24 13:00
12 replies
i dont think even aussies care tbh
2022-05-24 13:06
1 reply
#46
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i dont expect Aussies to either, he is Kiwi
2022-05-24 13:17
#45
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Sweden axelious
Mezii Krimz Azr Jks KennyS or Mhl I'd be in for it
2022-05-24 13:17
5 replies
#48
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Not bad actually unless if KennyS for real. MHL is a good option.
2022-05-24 13:17
3 replies
#51
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Sweden axelious
KennyS for merch sells Nicoodoz and I would actually believe in it
2022-05-24 13:20
2 replies
#53
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Nicoodoz not bad either! But it can go down the Acor way in Mouz. Nicoodoz hasnt played out of Danish teams either i think
2022-05-24 13:23
1 reply
#63
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Sweden axelious
Yea that's true I guess. Kinda was the same with Farlig even if he was decent
2022-05-24 13:33
#70
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Denmark Rubix__
+1 looks good
2022-05-24 13:45
valorant i think
2022-05-24 13:33
1 reply
#66
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Pakistan LoOuU2
rip
2022-05-24 13:35
currently he is in australia, no real news about him he's just chilling atm
2022-05-24 13:58
1 reply
#76
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Ah I see. Ty!
2022-05-24 13:58
AZR
2022-05-24 13:00
2 replies
#21
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Russia zykeNj
S1mple
2022-05-24 13:01
1 reply
Its gotta be s1mple, right?
2022-05-24 13:04
#20
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Russia zykeNj
Finally!!
2022-05-24 13:01
-boom +AZR
2022-05-24 13:01
5 replies
#32
JK | 
Asia flipflop
azr can even learn russian to play with his love.
2022-05-24 13:07
4 replies
maybe learn ukranian
2022-05-24 13:34
3 replies
"but bro ukranian is russian :((((((((((((((("
2022-05-24 13:50
2 replies
lithuanian is latvian
2022-05-25 16:41
1 reply
i was quoting retards but you didnt get it..
2022-05-25 17:27
go to fnatic brother
2022-05-24 13:02
Who
2022-05-24 13:03
2 replies
#28
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Brazil hugoooo
... really?
2022-05-24 13:05
name checks out…probably watching cs for no more than a year
2022-05-24 13:11
Krimz, Mezii, JKS, AZR, AWP?
2022-05-24 13:04
4 replies
#57
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Russia zykeNj
deko xD
2022-05-24 13:28
2 replies
He would honestly be a smart investment for Fnatic, 1Win kinda suck after getting Flamie anyways.
2022-05-24 14:47
1 reply
#101
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Russia zykeNj
Yes it is. And around people like AZR krimz jks he would be a noraml guy being not as we can see him on streams xD
2022-05-24 14:56
#129
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Argentina nymeros
awp device
2022-05-24 18:06
fnatic AZR let's go
2022-05-24 13:05
NAVI AZR+JKS
2022-05-24 13:07
just get him fnatic
2022-05-24 13:07
#34
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Romania hazelnuut
G2 , do not let this chance slip
2022-05-24 13:08
1 reply
#68
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Australia Skycap
+1
2022-05-24 13:36
G2 AZR ? :D
2022-05-24 13:09
AZR s1mple s1mple s1mple s1mple
2022-05-24 13:09
MOUZ +AZR +jks
2022-05-24 13:09
2 replies
jks for who? (dont you fucking dare say bymas, hes been looking good)
2022-05-24 13:51
1 reply
-bymas
2022-05-24 22:43
#41
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Finland AliSabid
GL!
2022-05-24 13:12
#42
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Poland Astoner55
AZR is 29??? I was sure that he was around 25-26.
2022-05-24 13:13
1 reply
#105
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Russia zykeNj
He do sports so that's why
2022-05-24 15:08
VOX EMINOR
2022-05-24 13:17
gl, very poor fragging IGL, bad run with EXTREMUM even tho roster was promising 29 years old... I think it is time to hang up the mouse bro
2022-05-24 13:18
4 replies
#87
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Australia Sify
he was good fragging igl tho
2022-05-24 14:19
#120
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Denmark 12inchNRG
He was a very good fragging igl in RNG/100T
2022-05-24 16:05
clueless
2022-05-24 16:14
Bot Swede knowing nothing as per usual
2022-05-25 05:21
#50
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Sweden skorpan
Krimz Mezii AZR Jks mhL
2022-05-24 13:19
1 reply
tier 1 ModCheck
2022-05-24 13:27
#52
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Belarus danteY
AZR: s1mpe
2022-05-24 13:23
imagine he pulls a karrigan and wins a big tourney if he gets picked up by a big org.
2022-05-24 13:24
g2
2022-05-24 13:26
#59
CeRq | 
Australia NoLeS
Save EG
2022-05-24 13:32
OG time
2022-05-24 13:33
#62
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Australia crewy
LFG lads, the GOAT is back.
2022-05-24 13:33
FNATIC AZR DEXTER JKS ACOR? AND LURK MAYBE DAPS OR STEWIE?
2022-05-24 13:34
Aussie dream: Azr jks Vexite (teach him to entry) w0nderful some random player that can be support with good stats
2022-05-24 13:49
4 replies
#130
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United Kingdom nebulaxox
+1 vexite got high potential
2022-05-24 18:15
1 reply
yeah, and also that lineup would have a good balance between hungry youngsters that finally could show their potential and experienced players
2022-05-24 18:18
Chelleos?
2022-05-24 20:38
1 reply
i havent actually ever heard about him um, then: Azr Vexite Jks chelleos? someone who can support: mezii (was a support in c9) / valde or jabbi (won't happen sadly) etc.
2022-05-25 12:17
kawaii
2022-05-24 13:57
Wohoo karrigan effect
2022-05-24 13:59
fnatic, OG or MOUZ pls
2022-05-24 14:00
-dexter +AZR
2022-05-24 14:14
#86
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Philippines stiwa5k
Fnatic dont even
2022-05-24 14:17
#88
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El Salvador Bredalow
-aleksib +AZR
2022-05-24 14:19
PLEASE SPUNJ BRING US THE AUSTRALIAN LAST DANCE. IT WILL BE BEAUTIFUL. I PROMISE I WILL BUY A JERSEY SPUNJ (fnx of the team, COUPON SPUNJ IN ALL AUSTRALIAS STORES) AZR (igl) JKS (fragger) Grati (awp) jkeam/naf (honorary australians after their time on renegades/100t)
2022-05-24 14:21
1 reply
Spunj as fnx is a funny concept. I like it LOL
2022-05-25 01:32
i dont think that there would be a team in top 30 that would sign him, its kinda too late
2022-05-24 14:26
1 reply
EG 100% would and maybe fnatic or mouz aswell
2022-05-24 20:18
FNATIC KRIMZ MEZii jks AZR device
2022-05-24 14:27
1 reply
Can win Pinnacle cup
2022-05-30 08:09
Rng? Order? Like i dont think Azr is capeable to lead international roster.
2022-05-24 14:28
1 reply
#98
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El Salvador Bredalow
why not english is his native language
2022-05-24 14:43
#103
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Israel uffiez
azr -extremum +retirement
2022-05-24 15:05
fnatic or mouz?
2022-05-24 15:06
he was washed af in online era, hope he can come back in decent form
2022-05-24 15:13
#109
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Singapore 2200DPI
Fnatic +AZR +Grat +(one more guy fits their role system) would be nice.
2022-05-24 15:32
azr to fnatic with jks
2022-05-24 15:35
EG AZR
2022-05-24 15:47
#115
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Croatia dinnkksss
please reform another australian team like 100T it would be so nice for the whole cs scene
2022-05-24 15:49
#123
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United States cybonics
LFG AZR
2022-05-24 16:22
#125
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African Union mikecool
fnatic, mouz, og? lolz
2022-05-24 16:50
Gl
2022-05-24 17:17
OG seems like an option
2022-05-24 18:17
aussie cs return to greatness
2022-05-24 18:41
New EG Roster +AZR +JKS +Nifty +Autimatic +Brehze
2022-05-24 19:57
#140
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France d0py
come to brazil
2022-05-24 19:58
Fnatic (if they decide to leave ALEX 100%) or EG would be good options (tho EG needs more than a new IGL), dunno how likely is fnatic one tho
2022-05-24 20:08
He could coach og academy mby :()
2022-05-24 20:46
he was receiving free paychecks for this long??!?!?!?!?!
2022-05-24 21:09
FNATIC +YEKINDAR +AZR +JKS
2022-05-24 22:15
Krimz rifle mezii rifle AZR igl SHiPZ rifle h4rn awp
2022-05-25 03:43
Cool dude hope he finds a home
2022-05-25 03:51
AZR:s1mple
2022-05-25 12:51
#164
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Philippines sijibats
-boombl4 +AZR in the name of love
2022-05-25 14:44
#165
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Australia PingersAU
Despite being a massive fan of Swedish CS and FNATIC being my favourite org over the years only for the roster to go to shit... The potential FNATIC: + AZR IGL + jks Rifle + Gratisfaction AWP The thought of that really gets me going... Yeah the boys!
2022-05-25 15:06
Gratisfaction 1v9
2022-05-25 17:29
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