SAW and FTW trade two in Portuguese shuffle

The two best Portuguese teams have retooled their lineups following the end of ESEA Season 41.

SAW and FTW have made large changes to their lineups, changing two players and head coach each. The side of SAW saw the departures of Renato "⁠stadodo⁠" Gonçalves, Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor, and Rui "⁠vts⁠" Soares from the main lineup. To fill the player shoes came both Michel "⁠ewjerkz⁠" Pinto and João "⁠story⁠" Vieira from FTW, while arki took up the reins as the coach.

For FTW, the aforementioned ewjerkz and story departed for SAW, while Cristiano "⁠D10S⁠" Marques Sá Carvalho moved to an assistant coach role. As part of the trade with SAW, stadodo joined alongside coach vts. To fill in the final slot, the squad picked up Francisco "⁠kst⁠" Fragoso, who most recently played for fnatic Rising.

arki will take the role of coach for the first time

SAW turned many heads earlier this year at the Europe Regional Major Ranking event for PGL Antwerp, where the team was one series away from qualifying for the Major after beating Unique and fnatic.

FTW has also had a big recent success, as the team qualified for the main stage of ESL Pro League Season 16 through the Conference stage. The lineup made an impressive lower bracket run, defeating Sprout, ORDER, and Illuminar to become the first fully Portuguese team to qualify for EPL.

Both teams are set to debut their new lineups in Circuito Retake Season 4, kicking off on July 9. Here are the new lineups for SAW and FTW:

SAW
Portugal Ricardo "⁠rmn⁠" Oliveira
Portugal Christopher "⁠MUTiRiS⁠" Fernandes
Portugal Tiago "⁠JUST⁠" Moura
Portugal Michel "⁠ewjerkz⁠" Pinto
Portugal João "⁠story⁠" Vieira

Spain Omar "⁠arki⁠" Chakkor (coach)

FTW
Portugal Diogo "⁠DDias⁠" Dias
Portugal Rafael "⁠arrozdoce⁠" Wing
Portugal André "⁠Ag1l⁠" Gil
Portugal Renato "⁠stadodo⁠" Gonçalves
Portugal Francisco "⁠kst⁠" Fragoso

Portugal Rui "⁠vts⁠" Soares (coach)

Portugal Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Ricardo 'rmn' Oliveira
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Spain Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Omar 'arki' Chakkor
Age:
32
Team:
Portugal Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Renato 'stadodo' Gonçalves
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
776
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
Portugal Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Tiago 'JUST' Moura
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
885
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Portugal Cristiano 'D10S' Marques Sá Carvalho
Cristiano 'D10S' Marques Sá Carvalho
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Portugal Francisco 'kst' Fragoso
Francisco 'kst' Fragoso
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
146
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Portugal João 'story' Vieira
João 'story' Vieira
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
143
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Portugal Diogo 'DDias' Dias
Diogo 'DDias' Dias
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
106
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.74
Portugal Michel 'ewjerkz' Pinto
Michel 'ewjerkz' Pinto
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
106
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
Portugal Rafael 'arrozdoce' Wing
Rafael 'arrozdoce' Wing
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
114
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
Portugal André 'Ag1l' Gil
André 'Ag1l' Gil
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
105
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Portugal Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Christopher 'MUTiRiS' Fernandes
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1231
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
Portugal Rui 'vts' Soares
Rui 'vts' Soares
Age:
29
Team:
nice
2022-07-02 10:30
ez for arrozdoce
2022-07-02 10:30
13 replies
#41
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Romania ali_nah
kinda solid changes in how they thought of everything. good for them to keep playing with two relevant teams in tier2
2022-07-02 11:31
story and ewjerkz qualified to EPL with ftw but decided to go to saw lollll
2022-07-02 11:55
10 replies
like, i understand your POV, but we need to understand that playing along side mutiris, rmn and just is a dream for any portuguese player I am sure that story and ewjerkz always dreamed about playing with them
2022-07-02 12:24
8 replies
so what lmao - playing with 3 retired players VS - the chance to play against the best teams in the world and show yourself to Orgs who can give you a living salary
2022-07-02 12:48
6 replies
+1 plus they could always do it "later" lol
2022-07-02 15:07
#89
Snax | 
Portugal reNyX
if they went to saw its cuz they believe in the project they believe that epl its reachable with saw and they want the major not to play epl and retire...
2022-07-02 15:47
#90
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Portugal Naga11103
saw pay more and even though ftw are in pro league saw still is the bigger team in terms of reputation, imagine in football if braga finished ahead of porto and benfica the braga players would still move to either one of the teams, its a far more atractive offer
2022-07-02 15:47
3 replies
true kinda what happened ruben amorim with sporting braga finished 3 and he went to 4th place sporting
2022-07-02 16:26
2 replies
And then won the championship the year after. Who knows what will happen. Don't like this trade tho
2022-07-02 17:41
1 reply
i thinks thats what saw needed a new blood coming with wanting to make their name lets see what happen
2022-07-03 00:20
#106
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Brazil Snaipa_
Yes... but why? Lol they should be dreaming of playing with good players
2022-07-02 18:06
They pay more
2022-07-02 14:03
#63
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Foxj > world
2022-07-02 12:54
gl!
2022-07-02 10:30
#4
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Portugal karky
ez for sweetrice
2022-07-02 10:30
Extremely disapointed in how this ended..
2022-07-02 10:32
6 replies
Unless you wanted someone like Offset to join in on the shuffle or bring in spanish players, I don't see what more could have been done.
2022-07-02 10:36
5 replies
I prefered RafaxF and Shr to FTW and D1OS to stay
2022-07-02 10:37
4 replies
So to Offset and GTZ to join in on the shuffle, got it. Still, we don't know their contract, maybe buyout is too high, and as it is a trade, I would say that no one was willing to put money on the table.
2022-07-02 10:41
#17
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Portugal kurpyyy
Stadodo >>>>>>>>>>> Rafa Shr >>>>>>>>>> Kst VTS >>>>>> D10S D10S to analyst is a intelligent move I think is a downgrade to FTW, but now FTW have the beast player PT by Zywoo
2022-07-02 10:46
#43
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Portugal n0xiv4
D10s isn't coach because he is in college and might not be able to be with the team in LANs because of exams. He explained it on twitter. He will still help the team just like before
2022-07-02 11:44
esse comentario tem q ser troll no cap
2022-07-02 18:00
SAW destroying FTW
2022-07-02 10:33
1 reply
#15
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Portugal Tio_Lindo
what? Stadodo it´s a fucking monster
2022-07-02 10:45
saw destroying best pt team bcs they got bigger fanbase and money fu saw
2022-07-02 10:35
16 replies
it's not like the players didn't want to join them, right?
2022-07-02 10:43
15 replies
players ofc want bigger paycheck like everyone want more money for their jobs , that not change the fact that saw destroying best pt team cause of money , but i think ftw can been best team in portugal and with this roster if stadodo been confident and kst step up
2022-07-02 10:45
14 replies
idk if saw can get into major it was worth it
2022-07-02 10:47
#20
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Portugal kurpyyy
is not for money dude, FTW gonna play with the best players PT of all time, they want to evolve, and if they want to evolve they need to play with Mut and Rmn
2022-07-02 10:50
12 replies
ofc is the money too bro :) propably x2 the paycheck the get into ftw , and overall with this roster won best PT players , you can evolve and with your first group of players when you are doing so well , but yeah i get the point mutiris = GOD
2022-07-02 10:52
11 replies
#26
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Portugal kurpyyy
And they're teenagers, they just want to make mom and dad proud.
2022-07-02 11:04
7 replies
how much pt orgs pay the players ? saw something like 5k ?
2022-07-02 11:05
6 replies
#30
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Portugal kurpyyy
Don't know, but i think is less than 3k Maybe 1.5k-2-5k euros, i don't have this information
2022-07-02 11:09
5 replies
saw got a bootcamp ? i mean you know arena only for them
2022-07-02 11:10
4 replies
#32
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Portugal kurpyyy
Yes, they make like one/two bootcamps on 6 months
2022-07-02 11:11
3 replies
good for your scene :) hope you qualify for major this time , i was so upser with the luck of jame in the last sec
2022-07-02 11:11
2 replies
#34
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Portugal kurpyyy
Thanks, i hope BNE qualify to major too <3
2022-07-02 11:12
1 reply
i hope too :) so good small countries with not so big scenes do such a things i wish more little countries grow and qualify for tours
2022-07-02 11:16
it is not, the FTW CEO said that in terms of money they could provide the players the same amount that SAW. This season FTW had more earnings than SAW. source: fraglider.pt/equipas-de-csgo-portuguesas..
2022-07-02 12:29
2 replies
30 k earning propably not even enough for pay the 5 players for a year bro , the earning have nothing to do with the contracts that a team can offer
2022-07-02 12:30
They also make income on betting against and on themselves and ad revenue. SAW has revenue from the trash watch company and possibly others.
2022-07-02 15:10
Good luck to both
2022-07-02 10:35
#9
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Portugal kurpyyy
Little downgrade for FTW SAW ready for qualify to major
2022-07-02 10:35
1 reply
#65
Ax1Le | 
Portugal KSED
On paper this doesn't seem like a downgrade for FTW tbh, but the chemistry of the old squad might be hard to replace.
2022-07-02 13:09
arki become coach nice
2022-07-02 10:45
portuguese cs KEKW
2022-07-02 10:47
4 replies
#21
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Portugal kurpyyy
na cs KEKW
2022-07-02 10:50
3 replies
NA = 1 major 1 grand slam Portugal = 1 choked qualifier KEKW
2022-07-02 10:53
2 replies
NA = 1 lose 1vs5 on matchpoint PT = 0 lose 1vs5
2022-07-02 11:17
NA Population: 579 million (2016) PT Population: 10.31 million (2020) 57x more people yet barely any scene.
2022-07-02 15:12
-arki +story again... i thought they tried it last year already and didn't like it
2022-07-02 10:50
2 replies
#109
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Portugal estripa
different situation, in that one they kept stadodo in even tho he was the awper and arki left while stadodo took a rifling role, now two new players joined, i think story will have more space to play now alongside ewjerkz with him
2022-07-02 20:42
1 reply
I see, thanks portuguese guy
2022-07-03 16:27
#23
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France Diodele
change decent sniper stadodo with bot story so smart by saw...
2022-07-02 10:51
5 replies
#58
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Portugal n0xiv4
stadodo didn't feel confortable with SAW since a while ago, he was much more restricted than he wanted to. he wanted to quit since a year / a year and a half ago
2022-07-02 12:29
3 replies
From the interviews he gave it seemed it didn't want to leave. Are we allowed to post yt links in the comments?
2022-07-02 15:13
2 replies
#96
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Portugal n0xiv4
He didn't want to leave because the team itself was good, but the chemistry between them was flawed for a while. I saw it on his stream
2022-07-02 16:47
1 reply
#115
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France Diodele
this explains a lot
2022-07-03 15:07
1.02 decent sniper lmao
2022-07-03 13:25
I'd rather see ftw staying together and saw adding adams and martinez. Then stadodo would make another team with kst and shr maybe. But this can workout aswell, although I'm not so sure about story being good enough for saw
2022-07-02 11:09
No more boomer team :(
2022-07-02 11:18
FTW even stronger now no?
2022-07-02 11:18
9 replies
Stadodo on point and playing with confidence is way better than story imo. But -ewjerkz is a huge loss, he was by far his best player imo, so they would always downgrade there. Adding kst means arrozdoce will switch roles most likely, and stadodo may igl aswell, that's still being discussed among the team according to him. Idk if we can say ftw is stronger at the moment, but they have potential to get there
2022-07-02 11:24
6 replies
Well then time will tell. I hope they can reach full potential. They look promising!
2022-07-02 12:06
#72
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Portugal OwnedBro
Arrozdoce will igl
2022-07-02 13:47
4 replies
Arrozdoce? Hahahahhaha, they have Ddias and stadodo, and they already said ddias was probably igling
2022-07-02 14:01
3 replies
#82
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Portugal OwnedBro
From what fraglider says arrozdoce will be the captain, but yeah doesnt make sense to me
2022-07-02 15:05
2 replies
Captain isn´t the same as igl bro. Igl is a rola. For example, ftw IGL is ddias but he isn´t the captain.
2022-07-02 16:40
1 reply
#94
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Portugal OwnedBro
Ok my bad then
2022-07-02 16:46
#44
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Portugal n0xiv4
I think so yes, except -ewjerkz. Ewjerkz carried a lot, but +stadodo gives experience and a huge AWPing improvement. I think stadodo will destroy when they face top 100-top 70-top 50 teams if he finds his 2020 form again, now that he'll certainly have more freedom
2022-07-02 11:45
1 reply
I think they will be more comfortable with better awper which will lead to better results.
2022-07-02 12:09
wow nice whooooooooooo whooooooooooooooo
2022-07-02 11:21
#42
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Latvia YungPan666
rip both teams
2022-07-02 11:35
is kst good? if so, ftw might be even better than before. ewjerkz is better than arki but story was a bot last time at saw
2022-07-02 11:49
1 reply
#50
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Portugal ImCooL
He did strugle yes. But I think it was due to him playing a different awping style that he never was good in. Pretty sure now he will play on his favorite positions and he will be better.
2022-07-02 12:06
#46
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Portugal ImCooL
Im curious to see what will happen to the pt scene with this changes. In terms of changes. I think stadodo is rn a better awper than story. Though story has a lot of room for improvement so Saw will absolutely have a solid awper in the team. Ewjerkz is a big addition to Saw and a big loss to ftw. Kst is a solid addition as well and though I think he wont be as good as ewjerkz he will do a good job anyways. In the best of cases we will have 2 pt teams in the top 30 in the worst case is just more of the same.
2022-07-02 11:54
huh FTW still have a better lineup now ahaha
2022-07-02 11:54
WTF
2022-07-02 12:00
#53
sh1ro | 
Portugal vynsZ
If they wanted to fight for going past their peak, they should've gone Iberian. Ewjerkz ,along arroz doce, are by far the most exciting news for PT scene but Saw needed an awper , so unless they would adapt a new player into an awper (something that most times goes horribly wrong) to get those 2, they should've gone for perhaps ideally Adams and Martinez. Ideally to create the "Iberian superteam" (kek) it would be + sunpayus +mopoz (but Saw definitely wouldn't have the funds, so there would have to be Movistar and Mut and rmn wouldn't be going there ever again so... )
2022-07-02 12:19
I think it would be better for both the players and the organization if they played the EPL first and only exchanged after that. but still gl to everyone
2022-07-02 12:24
2 replies
They can´t change after that, because its already in the new season.
2022-07-02 13:59
1 reply
oh...
2022-07-02 14:15
Why don't they take MartinezSa? Dude, you can't miss with him
2022-07-02 12:28
1 reply
#113
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Portugal vazdost28
because he is known in Iberian scene as an onliner, he isnt used to playing on LAN, abd therefore as SAW want to succeed both on and offline he wouldnt be the best fit, plus we dont really know if he can handle communicating a mix of portuguese and spanish, as they did with arki on the lineup
2022-07-03 05:35
rip ftw, just had an amazing run and ruined by some pt oldfags. mark my words, both teams now dead
2022-07-02 12:34
Good luck
2022-07-02 12:53
wasnt stadodo the best one of them
2022-07-02 13:02
2 replies
Maybe in the early times, but lately no.
2022-07-02 13:58
I don't think so - JUST is for me their best player.
2022-07-02 15:16
#66
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United States zovint
Swaps don’t work
2022-07-02 13:11
POG we have two decent teams now!!!!
2022-07-02 13:16
Francisco "⁠kst⁠" Fragoso , this guy was predestinated to play cs .
2022-07-02 13:18
1 reply
Bro's name is literally Frag
2022-07-02 13:54
i hope it works out otherwise rip portgualé
2022-07-02 13:28
1 reply
portgualé))))
2022-07-02 21:36
#70
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Portugal Lost_fly
rip ftw its was good while it lasted
2022-07-02 13:45
#71
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Indonesia LosD
they tryna join NBA offseason KEKW
2022-07-02 13:46
I think is good trade for both teams.
2022-07-02 14:03
#79
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Spain kE01
interesting
2022-07-02 14:08
gl to both teams
2022-07-02 14:58
#88
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India SKS_1337
lmao they just gave up stadodo the best portugese for what? stttory??????????????????????????
2022-07-02 15:19
7 replies
#95
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Portugal n0xiv4
2022-07-02 16:46
6 replies
#97
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India SKS_1337
if i was SAW i'd do everything to make my stadodo comfortable. idk if FTW is good enough for stadodo. he might end up hard carrying all the time and lose motivation.
2022-07-02 16:51
5 replies
#98
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Portugal n0xiv4
I agree with you, but MUTiRiS for some reason doesn't Stadodo said he was tired of playing B inferno or A vertigo and not being more around the map with the AWP. If you watched SAW's games you would see that we were one of the only teams in tier 2 where the awper has a minor role, having the riflers more importance, which made no sense
2022-07-02 17:02
4 replies
#99
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India SKS_1337
imo stadodo > mantuu. mantuu is atleast getting the positions and missing. stadodo isnt even getting the positons
2022-07-02 17:03
3 replies
#100
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Portugal n0xiv4
Idk, my answer to that would be biased because I'm portuguese haha But stadodo had huge showings in 2020, against FaZe and Virtus Pro hltv.org/matches/2344705/saw-vs-faze-dre..
2022-07-02 17:25
#120
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Portugal Naga11103
In my opinion and by watching almost every saw game, i wasnt expecting stadodo to leave but he was underperforming for a while in saw because in the begining of the team he was hardcarrying with the awp and in the last days saw would rarely play with awp and would get negative scores in terms of kills and for a star player you cant have that. And if you want to be a good team in this meta you need an awp on the game (has you can see by astralis downfall since device left) so the change is understandable. I hope he gets is form back with the awp on ftw because we all now and even mut said after stadodo left that there was not a better awper in pt scene than prime stadodo
2022-07-07 10:39
1 reply
#121
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India SKS_1337
true.
2022-07-07 11:59
#91
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Finland AliSabid
nice!
2022-07-02 16:24
#101
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Brazil Myballs
FTW won this shuffle for sure
2022-07-02 17:30
ArrozGOD team will always be on the rice
2022-07-02 17:58
Question: what in the world could be wrong with D10S ?
2022-07-02 18:00
2 replies
nothing, vts just a more experienced coach. D10S now have the opportunity to learn directly from a better coach.
2022-07-02 20:23
#119
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Portugal Naga11103
D10S is in university so could not carry full time with ftw, but i think he will continue working in the team but vts will be full time coach. Thats what i read
2022-07-07 10:28
Good to see the portuguese scene moving :)
2022-07-02 18:11
This is very interesting to see, nice changes to spice it up. Would be awesome to have both teams consistently in the top 30 but if it even happens it will take some time. For those interested: these two teams will most likely play each other for the first time a week from now in OMEN Retake Season 4, which will show up on hltv soon.
2022-07-03 04:19
#117
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Luxembourg burnwow
actually a pretty strange swap .. portugal never had a team playing any tier1 csgo tournament like pro league... ftw core had a lot of potential together... why change???? i heard a lot of good things ab them even just from pracc's. sad but good luck all .
2022-07-03 22:11
1 reply
#118
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Portugal Naga11103
Saw is the team with best players on paper, the more reputation and more money even though most of the portuguese comunity didnt want saw to break ftw apart its a understandable switch from the ftw players and for saw as well because before ftw there was no good option on the pt scene to swap any of the players on the team. In the end i just hope both of the teams get better and not the oposite
2022-07-07 10:21
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