Twistzz: "ENCE just have a very unique playstyle"

The Canadian star was glad to have a chance to review the team's mistakes.

Following their historic victory at the PGL Antwerp Major, FaZe came into IEM Dallas as the strong favorites, which became even stronger once the likes of Natus Vincere and Heroic dropped out of the American tournament.

FaZe encountered little resistance in their first two matches, sweeping aside Encore and dispatching Vitality in two maps. However, when it came to facing ENCE for a spot in the semis, FaZe struggled to get a T side going and fell in three maps to a resurgent Janusz "⁠Snax⁠" Pogorzelski.

Twistzz says the team is playing more individually

We sat down with Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken after FaZe's loss to discuss the match against ENCE and the event so far. He gave insight into the trouble of dealing with the play-style of their international counter-parts as well as how FaZe plan on keeping their level up even without abundant time for preparation.

Starting off with the ENCE game, all three maps had 11-4 halves for the team on CT, then there was a comeback that came after that. Do you think this game is a good example of how CT sided the game is right now?

Not really, I think this is just an example of what happens when a team doesn't have the best communication and has a slight off day. I feel like our T percentages across all maps is usually 50% or more, so I think it was just a massive off day. To be honest, if there was a game that we lose out of every tournament that we played I would rather it be this one cause we're still in the event.

Following up on that, you guys are already locked into playoffs, do you think this is something you guys can easily brush off and move on and focus on the next stage?

I think we'll definitely brush it off. The good thing about this is today, we actually had some mistakes in our gameplay and we haven't had much of anything to really review. We can look at games that we win but it's not the same mistakes in the games that we win. But this time around we actually have something to review and I think it's good for our team.

You also lost to ENCE in a BO1 at the Major, do you think they have a good read on what you like to do?

I think they just have a very unique playstyle. As Snappi said in his HLTV interview before, "if the rush doesn't work, just rush harder" It can be very frustrating to play against, I feel like they've taken this FURIA-esque style and applied more structure and teamwork to it. They have good players on the team. The stand-in, you saw what we did at Katowice with a stand-in you know. Sometimes it helps because you have no pressure anymore on the team really. And they lost their best player so could say it's like they're going to just try and have fun at this event. They play good CS.

You already spoke on this, but ENCE did really power up a lot recently. Second at EPL losing to you, playoffs at the Major, do you think there was something specific to help them unlock this next level or is it more of an accumulation of all of their players hitting good strides?

They've been together, minus maden, but the core has been together for a while I'd say. Obviously over time the core gets really really strong individually or there are weaknesses in the core eventually down the road. For them, they have really good players individually it can be hard to play against and to be honest when I watch ENCE play I feel like they play the style closest to our team, so it can be hard to play a team that kind of mimics in the flow of the game, you know? They are very good playing with momentum. Not many teams can capitalize on momentum but I feel like us and ENCE really know how to nail it down.

Twistzz compared ENCE's style to FURIA

This event in general has been a little bit cursed so far with all the teams pulling out and stand-ins and stuff, do you think the event lost any prestige with all the asterisks on it?

The public is clearly kinda saying the event sucks or whatever, you know? The only thing that is weird about this event, besides all the teams dropping out, is that it's instantly after the Major, there's not really a gap. It can be hard for the teams that came from the Major to go here, if they didn't go far in the Major, per se.

There's not a lot time to adjust stuff...

Yeah, exactly. For us, we have the mindset of: come here, do our best, enjoy the moment, play on the stage again, the crowd is always a blessing, and try our best to win. It's not like we're so harsh on ourselves if things don't go our way.

A lot of teams generally have a period of fall-off after they win a Major, is this something you have been concerned about at all? If so, have you done any work to counter that effect?

I think the most that we can do is play individually. Especially when we come to North America and we know our practice won't be like we can get in EU. You can get instant scrims, even the tier three teams in EU are gonna give us a good practice, and in NA you can't say the same, especially when the teams that are usually are in NA are in this event as well, so we don't want to scrim someone that we could play against eventually.

I think that's a difficult thing, so the most we can do is play individually and just talk as a team. I think what we try to do the best is give ourselves more breathing room, do more outside of the game stuff, because it can become a bad thing to play so much Counter-Strike on the road. I think for my teammates we're just happy to be here like I said before.

Over this year you guys have won Katowice, Pro League, and then the Major. Do you think a win here in Dallas would be enough to declare a FaZe era or is there more that needs to happen first?

I don't think this tournament would help create a notch in the era. Obviously it's a win that contributes to the Grand Slam, but I think there's much more prestigious events that come after this like Lisbon and whatever else follows — Cologne. Usually there are more bigger events throughout the year, so I would say — not to talk bad about the event — this event isn't on par with the other ones that will be coming up.

Looking forward to the playoffs, what's the preparation gonna be like going into the quarterfinal, you will either get C9 or Liquid? Will things differ between the team you get or what's going to be the mindset going into that?

I think the preparation will be the same for either opponent. Like we usually do, just see if there are any flaws in the gameplay to capitalize on. C9 is a team that is kind of under pressure right now to get results, so they are going to be hungry to win for sure. And I'm sure Liquid wants to do good on home soil. I think it's just review our loss, get stronger, and make a nice playoff run.

Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
2109
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1355
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Yep
2022-06-02 11:28
8 replies
rekt by Snax lul
2022-06-02 11:45
3 replies
#31
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England Triturn
lose to ence in groups = win event
2022-06-02 11:49
2 replies
+1
2022-06-02 11:53
#88
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Latvia laiziolas
Yes bro they will
2022-06-02 13:24
ence unique playstyle: "snax go kill"
2022-06-02 11:47
2 replies
apparently u're right
2022-06-02 11:57
so?it is unique
2022-06-02 13:48
I really like this man
2022-06-02 21:50
Cope
2022-06-02 11:28
5 replies
they are coping hard
2022-06-02 11:41
+11111
2022-06-02 12:01
#100
NiKo | 
Singapore cwRr
Yes faze is coping really hard with 2 big titles and a major in 2022. Fucking braindead comment
2022-06-02 13:43
2 replies
only braindead comment is you, this was a FUCKING joke
2022-06-02 13:45
1 reply
#119
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United States RyoGTO
HILARIOUS :D
2022-06-02 20:15
#3
broky | 
Latvia GOATKY
FLUKENCE
2022-06-02 11:28
32 replies
malding
2022-06-02 11:38
18 replies
FLUKENCE FANS after another group stage fluke getting so cocky in a mickey mouse tournament, very interesting
2022-06-02 11:39
17 replies
had it been the other way around you would be saying 'EZ FAZE UP' or some cringe shit
2022-06-02 11:48
16 replies
malding
2022-06-02 11:51
5 replies
#17 LMAO I don't care about either of these teams I just hate cringelord plastics like yourself
2022-06-02 11:55
4 replies
I am a fan from 2018 LMAO but sure cope more
2022-06-02 11:58
3 replies
lol so u a fan from when they scammed kids to get a roster haha
2022-06-02 12:02
2 replies
chasing the bag got to respect it
2022-06-02 12:17
1 reply
+1
2022-06-02 16:11
yeah cause when faze win they win major, not group stage games.
2022-06-02 11:55
9 replies
u missed the point massively
2022-06-02 11:55
8 replies
faze fans dont consider winning against tier 2 teams having a hot month a important win.
2022-06-02 11:57
7 replies
God you really are a moron
2022-06-02 13:01
imagine simping this hard over grown men playing a video game lul
2022-06-02 20:24
4 replies
i think youre on the wrong website
2022-06-03 09:15
3 replies
so hltv is not for cs fans, its only for cringe simps?
2022-06-03 16:16
2 replies
Yes
2022-06-03 16:17
1 reply
ok, atleast you own who you are
2022-06-03 16:18
+1 you just owned them
2022-06-03 09:15
seems like you lost 5$ from bet and dont know how to buy bread?
2022-06-02 11:55
7 replies
Polish flag spotted
2022-06-02 13:28
6 replies
i mean, baltics arent any better lets be real
2022-06-02 14:13
3 replies
#134
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Lithuania marusgg
? Lithuania > Poland > Estonia >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Latvia
2022-06-03 09:19
2 replies
Nu truputi per patriotiskai cia
2022-06-03 11:45
1 reply
#137
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Lithuania marusgg
? explain Lithuania dominatina baltics jau for a long time
2022-06-03 11:47
Still better than latvian lmao
2022-06-02 16:12
1 reply
Copium
2022-06-02 16:12
Cope harder
2022-06-02 12:01
4 replies
with that name idk who is coping more after the major
2022-06-02 13:28
3 replies
Cope harder
2022-06-03 09:14
2 replies
Cope by saying cope
2022-06-03 09:14
1 reply
2022-06-03 09:17
#4
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Serbia XD___
maybe
2022-06-02 11:29
1 reply
no
2022-06-02 12:05
cope
2022-06-02 11:32
influENCE
2022-06-02 11:32
COPIUM enemy just played better COPIUM we actually dont suck
2022-06-02 11:33
1 reply
XD
2022-06-02 12:04
big apple was too big
2022-06-02 11:33
1 reply
too stronk
2022-06-02 11:35
EZ4ENCE haha.. Gl to Faze into playoffs!
2022-06-02 11:34
copium
2022-06-02 11:35
#12
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Denmark NaggingMum
Twistzz: "It's a good thing we lost" COPIUM
2022-06-02 11:35
1 reply
HAHAHAHAHAHQHQHQQ
2022-06-02 12:04
cope
2022-06-02 11:36
Ence just better
2022-06-02 11:42
expected for Faze not to tryhard after winning major :D Snax not washed up after all pog
2022-06-02 11:42
4 replies
cope lol
2022-06-02 12:04
3 replies
Im like both teams no need for copium here
2022-06-02 12:06
2 replies
Bruh they were tryharding like always
2022-06-02 12:10
1 reply
Yes ofc they tried as hard as they could. Otherwise fuck them for getting payed the big bucks and phoning it in. However. They just won the most prestigious tournament they could win. If you think they put as much time and practice into this tournament as they do most big Lans. Then that's just not the case. They clearly did more celebrating and less preparation. 60 hours a week of practice to 50. Stuff like that. I mean rain looks completely different only one tournament apart
2022-06-02 14:38
Ence use jamppi cheat
2022-06-02 11:43
"you saw what we did at Katowice with a stand-in" yea i guess jks is comperable with a 45 year old IT teacher looking snax who didnt play tier1 cs in like 6 years karrigan and rain performance back to normal so now they lose, why is he trying to sugarcoat it?
2022-06-02 11:44
4 replies
#52 but Snax is GOAT still
2022-06-02 12:04
3 replies
-boombl4 +snax another major for navi
2022-06-02 12:56
2 replies
#89
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Poland moonspell1
Snax can't speak klingon
2022-06-02 13:27
1 reply
#93
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Sweden skorpan
Ofcourse he can! But not russian!
2022-06-02 13:34
Snappi goat
2022-06-02 11:44
nice twisterview
2022-06-02 11:46
Snax huge for faze
2022-06-02 11:46
#28
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Russia Drapery
Na excuse
2022-06-02 11:47
1 reply
+1
2022-06-02 12:10
#35
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Kuwait seca34958
really? why not just admit that Ence were better?
2022-06-02 11:52
1 reply
+1 copium is on another lvl
2022-06-02 12:03
so thats means snappi > karrigan
2022-06-02 11:55
COPE
2022-06-02 12:02
#56
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Asia LimGardz
when you mess snax on nuke
2022-06-02 12:04
Such copium djesus
2022-06-02 12:10
1 reply
+1
2022-06-02 12:22
it's called EZ4ENCE
2022-06-02 12:11
1 reply
2022-06-02 12:22
After reading this interview i dont think they will go that far. They do not tryhard this event for various reasons which is understandable therefore i expect c9 to at least give them very hard time
2022-06-02 12:13
6 replies
COPE LMAOOOOO
2022-06-02 12:22
I don't know, but it sound like an excuse. Those Players are paid to represent an Org and just say, we didn't really try because the event is not important. After losing. Imagine saying to your boss " i'm not really trying, this project is not important" after fcking something up LOL. If this was really the case, i would find it weird for the org to just allow that kind of mindset. But as long as they win the next major, its fine i guess?
2022-06-02 12:31
4 replies
I get what you mean but its not like they are playing valorant mid toutnament like s1mple or avoiding practice or whatever. Post major slump has always been the case in cs. They are still preparing as always according to twistzz and i dont see a problem that they do not consider this tournament super important as long as they act as professionals which they do
2022-06-02 12:44
3 replies
same would go for ence though. They also played the major. Thats why i said it sounds like an excuse... Last 9 maps between the Ence/Faze are 4:5. they seem pretty head to head, so why not play serious.
2022-06-02 13:23
2 replies
because they want to avoid burnout which is way worse than chilling for 2 games and not tryharding. As a fan sure i would like them to play every tournament as it was the major but this is not possible. Xyp and glaive had taken a break cuz of burnout and havent been the same since then. Its like in football, you cannot use Ronaldo in every match and expect him to play his best everytime. I know sports and esports are not the same but you get the analogy. ENCE, G2 and the other teams might care more about Dallas because some of these players have never touched a t1 trophy or at least for years like niko.
2022-06-02 13:36
#107
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Switzerland gkbmagic
faze won the major, kato, and Pro league, obviously there will be a slump at some point either this tournament or the next one. Ence have not won anything, and they are very close to winning and so their hunger right now is more than Faze. Naturally, they will tryhard more than Faze, which we saw last night. Twistzz acknowledged that Ence play a very unique game style which is true, and which is why Ence is ranked the next best team in the world.
2022-06-02 14:28
This has meme potential if they fail vs C9
2022-06-02 12:15
3 replies
+1
2022-06-02 12:21
1 reply
Did you just came out of your cave as a fake snax fan and wait for everyone to reply to this thread and shittalk faze with all your power? I've seen you in almost every comment, you should reconsider your priorities
2022-06-02 13:40
Even if they don't fail, they will very likely lose this event
2022-06-02 12:45
Hope c9 rekt them 2-0
2022-06-02 12:23
#76
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Ukraine naviis
EZ4ENCE Also faze are not good team they just had good day
2022-06-02 12:34
14 replies
#108
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Switzerland gkbmagic
haha after winning Kato, Proleague, and Major (defeating Navi 2-0) definitely faze are not the good team, Navi is lol
2022-06-02 14:29
13 replies
#115
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Ukraine naviis
yes faze already are not good team. rain karrigan and ropz cant get kill against ence 7 19 BOTTIGAN Cried after the game botz has 7-20 score in the game what a bad
2022-06-02 17:50
12 replies
#118
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Czech Republic Devidee
CRY navi are finished
2022-06-02 19:50
11 replies
#138
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Ukraine naviis
KEKW look at this bot faze fans are malding again
2022-06-03 12:09
#139
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Ukraine naviis
FAKE TOP 1 BOT FAZE LOST TO ENCE KEKW
2022-06-03 12:10
9 replies
#149
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Czech Republic Devidee
NAVI ARE FINISHED (next time navi should get at least a map againts ''top 1 bot FaZe'')
2022-06-03 18:01
8 replies
#154
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Ukraine naviis
faze lost to c9 EZZZZZ
2022-06-04 08:55
#155
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Ukraine naviis
Literally BOT FAZE
2022-06-04 08:55
6 replies
#156
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Czech Republic Devidee
WHERE NAVI IN 2022 ?
2022-06-04 09:25
5 replies
#157
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Ukraine naviis
There was a war thats why navi and gambit eleminated from the tournament also navi was top1 gambit was top2 but they eleminated rapidly from the kato. if there is no war. navi still top 1. faze literally bot team. and u saw that faze lost to c9. cuz c9 waking up slowly.
2022-06-04 11:01
1 reply
#160
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Czech Republic Devidee
no one cares about that are they winning in 2022 NO
2022-06-04 11:33
#158
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Ukraine naviis
And u guys can continue to be malding
2022-06-04 11:01
#159
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Ukraine naviis
Also navi was top1 for 2 years and they had a era. but faze never had a era :)
2022-06-04 11:02
1 reply
#161
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Czech Republic Devidee
2 years LMAO remember gambit onliner era ? no ? they never had an era
2022-06-04 11:35
"ENCE just better" ;););););););););););););););););););)
2022-06-02 12:37
third last question, first paragraph: "especially when the teams that are usually are in NA are in this event as well" there's one "are" too much
2022-06-02 12:49
Unpopular opinion: I respect both Faze and Ence, looking forward to the rematch in the GF.
2022-06-02 12:52
1 reply
#96
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Sweden skorpan
I’m signing up for the minority then!
2022-06-02 13:37
#85
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Sweden extol88
Ence have a special style, and snaxmaster is extemely unpredictable to play against :)
2022-06-02 13:13
ENCEcuses? GOAT igl not able to read ENCE or what?
2022-06-02 13:22
And that playestyle is called " pug cs" Faze always struggle against that playstyle...
2022-06-02 13:27
#94
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Sweden skorpan
Wow … seems like everyone here just read the topic and commenting based on the feeling of that sentence …. Actually a really interesting interview with great analyze/take on a bunch of subjects. Though twistz was all about aim, but his answers are clearly showing that there’s brains behind it as well :) Ty for this interview hltv.org and well done twistzz!
2022-06-02 13:36
their first loss after winning the major, suddenly they got communication problems?
2022-06-02 13:38
Snax too stronk
2022-06-02 13:38
Fans of all other teams malding rn, they are so mad that their team cannot win an event cuz of FaZe. They think they have a chance :D
2022-06-02 14:20
Great interview!
2022-06-02 14:38
Copium We just won a major don't care if we lose Unique playstyle baffled apparent best igl ever
2022-06-02 15:32
Twistzz the man said it. Faze and ence have a somewhat similar playstyle so it was an all out brawl, and ence with their talented players came out on top that day. They played a beautiful game of cs, very fast paced (faster than even furia sometimes) and it wasnt one dimensional either. Its a unique ence playstyle, not furia's and "if the rush doesnt work just rush harder" who doesnt like that kind of entertainment when we're used to watching slow passive defaults, 1 minute saves, and waiting until 20 seconds left to make a move. Ence threw that out the window, and didnt waste any time on the clock. At the end of the day cs is about the gunplay, utility/tactics are secondary, although that was on point from them as well. Good thing is faze isnt out of the tourney yet, id like to see what theyll do the rest of this tourney.
2022-06-02 19:15
1 reply
#124
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United States RyoGTO
+1 FaZe just didn't look so prepared (as Karrigan alluded in his interview at the beginning of the tournament), and ENCE + snax seemed to have something to prove. I think we may see a slightly different story in the playoffs and I am hoping FaZe find their footing to make the grand finals entertaining and competitive.
2022-06-02 22:31
faze lose non-elim match 1 time and hltv loses their shit completely. goes to show how good they are.
2022-06-02 21:49
#125
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Puerto Rico JasminLee
THAT ENZE MATCH: its not that Snax or ENCE is playing good, FaZe is literally throwing harder than ever They don't bother check all corners, use basic smokes and go one by one to sites instead of going together like all other pro teams in Ancient (and they picked ENCE's strongest map when they had better maps to pick) FaZe never THROW game this hard I would be mad if I wouldn't bet 600€ on ENCE.
2022-06-03 04:38
3 replies
they picked ancient which is snax fav map... just because spinx isn't there doesn't mean snax doesn't know the map. On nuke snax knows like thousand wallbangs and enjoys vent diving which is different than spinx which tries to take outside and secret
2022-06-03 09:13
2 replies
#151
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Puerto Rico JasminLee
Read again what I write: I don't disagree that Snax is good Problem was that FaZe took like 10x more unnecessary risks that they usually DON'T take and they made them lost the game Winning Major made Karrigan arrogant (thinking he and they can do anything without normal safe play that all other pro teams use) and that backfired for whole team
2022-06-03 23:57
1 reply
Honestly to be honest every team after winning major takes it too far. Karrigan thinks he s goat IGL but thats not true, nobody is GOAT igl unless he earns it. Those who work hard can try to grab the title, not the one's that push this self-claim, for me honestly this title is kinda non-existant because CS Is luck based and tacticly based your teammates can help you so much and sometimes its actually good because if the chemistry is there, you can achieve everything even with bad igl or one bad player i mean look everyone hated boombl4 and he in 2021 went stonks with NAVI and won major then they started deteriorating dropping nuke and then won Blast at the end of the year, but that made them kinda lazy in a way and then the war finished them off. Just like Astralis which had 3 star players now we have 3 superstars in players instead of only "stars" but that doesn't change that you have to try and gain chemistry. The fact FaZe won major looks to me like everyone as a whole team just gained too huge overconfidence like Liquid after winning grand slam to literally losing to ENVY
2022-06-04 00:05
#145
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Iceland suriel666
Copium lol Twistzz: "We're just a FluKe Clan"
2022-06-03 15:42
#152
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United States zovint
please cloud 9, please kick faze out of this tourney and show that you guys r not onliners. please.
2022-06-03 23:57
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