valde on why he hasn't joined Astralis: "I'm not the one you should ask that question"

The Dane confirmed interest from a number of notable teams and explained why he chose to go with ENCE on the latest episode of HLTV Confirmed.

Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså joined HLTV Confirmed on Monday to discuss his recent addition to ENCE, touching on how practice with the new team has been going thus far and explaining what prompted him to pick that team out of the options he had during the off-season.

"I did talk to a lot of teams, probably seven or eight different teams, but at the end of the day I had to choose carefully," valde said. "For me, I prioritized the team that I felt was the best competitively, and ENCE at the end of the day felt the best for me."

valde will take up more star positions for ENCE

Milan "⁠Striker⁠" Švejda questioned what it was specifically that made ENCE's offer stand out given their recent changes, and valde explained that they were one of the best teams on LAN in the first half of the year, with the changes doing little to dissuade him as it was the structure of the team itself that appealed to him.

"Role-wise for me it also made a lot of sense, to a point where I could get more into some of the action spots compared to being a more supportive player," valde added. "The main thing was the roles, and then obviously the players on the team." He also clarified that he would not be much of a secondary in-game leader, but would have an active voice on the team given his roles and positions, offering Marco "⁠Snappi⁠" Pfeiffer insight from other points on the map and suggesting different options to end rounds.

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valde also touched on rumors and reports of offers from Astralis and Evil Geniuses, stating that he did have talks with Astralis but it "didn't work out" and that he wasn't "the one you should ask the question" as to why he didn't join. A move to the North American team was also on the table but fell through because the organization had to meet certain obligations regarding the number of European players they could have, as they would need to play in the European RMR upon valde's addition as they would no longer have a North American core.

In the latter half of the show, the Danish rifler discussed recent news with the panel and delved into the Group A results from ESL Pro League Season 16, as well as gave his thoughts on G2's roster changes ahead of the start of Group B.

"I think it's an interesting change," valde said of the loss of Audric "⁠JACKZ⁠" Jug and Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen, and addition of Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage and Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen. "I do agree with you that I think it's really a problem for a top team if they have such a weak spot individually. I'm not saying he [HooXi] should be a 1.00 rating or above, but I think you should be able to hold your own and not have that weak spot in other people's minds, which they feel like they can exploit.

"That's a real problem that I can see for them because when you go up against a team like NAVI or FaZe, it is just going to be rough firepower-wise, but I do think they looked a little bit better as a team overall. In a group like this, I don't feel like they can afford not to qualify for playoffs."

For other episodes of HLTV Confirmed, highlight videos from recent tournaments, HLTV Peek recaps of recent news, and much more, head over to our YouTube channel.

Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
808
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
Czech Republic Milan 'Striker' Švejda
Milan 'Striker' Švejda
Age:
-
Rating 1.0:
1.30
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.90
DPR:
0.64
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1230
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1037
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1591
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
France Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Audric 'JACKZ' Jug
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1109
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
ence>astralis btw
2022-09-06 23:18
23 replies
#41
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Other roeJ_fan
astralis are not crazy enough to invest into a 27yo gamer. that may be their mistake tho, who knows
2022-09-07 00:13
21 replies
#48
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Poland f3nce
gla1ve is 27, xyp is 26, astralis is crazy enough
2022-09-07 00:22
18 replies
WOW xyp9x is only 26?? i thought he was like 29 lmao
2022-09-07 00:48
17 replies
hairline says 46 lmao
2022-09-07 00:49
13 replies
yeah his face/hair def not doing him any favors
2022-09-07 00:55
8 replies
#76
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Ukraine I_say_Ok
Answer: because he is washed up
2022-09-07 03:16
7 replies
and yet he has more btchs around him than all hltv users together
2022-09-07 07:53
6 replies
+1 but average peanut brain hltv user wont ever realise this bro ‎😃‎😃
2022-09-07 11:42
#108
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Ukraine I_say_Ok
is life success measured in female dogs
2022-09-07 12:15
2 replies
Based
2022-09-07 12:18
1 reply
#110
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Norway Gjellan
Based
2022-09-07 12:39
how do you know? you one of them?
2022-09-07 17:03
1 reply
I wish I was daddy xyp
2022-09-07 18:27
VIOLATION LMFAOOO
2022-09-07 09:22
#107
 | 
Poland f3nce
Approximately 25 percent of men who have hereditary male pattern baldness start losing their hair before the age of 21. By the age of 35, approximately 66 percent of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss.
2022-09-07 12:10
2 replies
#125
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Finland OttoRocks
sauce: some bold guy coping
2022-09-07 15:24
1 reply
#128
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Poland f3nce
my hairline seems to be receding so I believe the sauce
2022-09-07 19:46
#53
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Poland f3nce
dupreeh is 29
2022-09-07 00:51
2 replies
dupreeh looks old tbf
2022-09-07 02:57
1 reply
#111
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Norway Gjellan
Nah
2022-09-07 12:40
#91
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Singapore 2200DPI
astralis are crazy enough to invest into a semi-washed IGL and 3 new inconsistent players.
2022-09-07 07:57
Valde is better than everyone in denmark lol
2022-09-07 12:56
yes
2022-09-07 11:19
#2
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United States zovint
hes not rdy for tier 1
2022-09-06 23:19
7 replies
#40
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Europe jigglep33k
will he?
2022-09-07 00:12
#42
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France ignorefAN
Top 20 player "not ready" for t1 LUL
2022-09-07 00:13
3 replies
#66
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Romania Ghostpawn
top20 player in 2018
2022-09-07 02:33
2 replies
#84
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France ignorefAN
Yes
2022-09-07 07:06
yes
2022-09-07 11:29
#99
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Japan Dracielia
Regardless i'd consider ENCE to be T1 while Astralis is an inconsitent mouse which shits from T1 to T2 ever so often. He made the good choice even if faith was at hand lol.
2022-09-07 10:09
#105
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Estonia Kukkel
like headtrick?
2022-09-07 11:56
#3
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United States notawaffle
astralis poverty org
2022-09-06 23:19
37 replies
#11
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Denmark Jigs99
XYP9X is better than Valde and he is more experienced player. That's why Astralis didn't pick Valde.
2022-09-06 23:28
36 replies
xyp9x is a washed paycheque rider, this isn't 2018-19 anymore
2022-09-06 23:32
13 replies
#14
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Denmark Jigs99
Come back when he will win Fifth Major bro. Then we will talk.
2022-09-06 23:39
11 replies
they almost didn't even qualify for rmr LOL you're delusional
2022-09-06 23:42
#18
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United States notawaffle
typical astralis fan, living in the past
2022-09-06 23:42
You clearly a delusional fan, brah. X9pex is being a trash player for yeaaaars now. And fix your english, get out of the internet
2022-09-06 23:43
6 replies
your English was far worse than his ngl
2022-09-06 23:54
3 replies
#112
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Norway Gjellan
+1
2022-09-07 12:41
1 reply
#115
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North America ares4458
+1
2022-09-07 13:17
Cant find any mistake besides 'youre clearly' . Can you help me, daddy?
2022-09-07 13:34
What is it with irrelevant Canadian losers and being massive spergs on hltv lmfao. Get a scene or fuck off from hltv
2022-09-07 07:34
1 reply
SICKE. NOT CANADIAN
2022-09-07 13:27
#54
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Poland f3nce
my man this ain't happening pretty soon
2022-09-07 00:52
i love astralis but damn im not this delusional lmao
2022-09-07 02:15
2022-09-07 02:19
14 replies
#21
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Denmark Jigs99
You bunch of Astralis haters, read before using your stupid brain. I didn't say he will win next major but he will win his fifth before his retirement. Time will tell.
2022-09-06 23:46
13 replies
he wouldn't even be in a tier 1 team anymore if astralis didnt extend his contract
2022-09-06 23:53
2 replies
#24
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Denmark Jigs99
looks like you are new here. His contract was extended for 4 years.
2022-09-06 23:51
1 reply
forgot to add *if*
2022-09-06 23:53
#23
jks | 
United States 3van
How are they hating if they are looking for Astralis to improve? A hater would want Astralis to be bad.
2022-09-06 23:49
1 reply
#26
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Denmark Jigs99
How are they looking to improve Astralis ? Xyp9x 's recent performance was Amazing.
2022-09-06 23:53
i didnt reply to your comment about him getting a major, i replied to the one saying xyp is somehow better than valde which is clearly entirely false
2022-09-06 23:51
7 replies
#30
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Denmark Jigs99
Ohh really ? You are saying that Valde has more Achievements and more experience than Xyp9x ? Use your brain before typing.
2022-09-06 23:55
6 replies
so xyp > s1mple cus he has more achievements and experience? thats a shit argument and you know it
2022-09-06 23:56
5 replies
#33
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Denmark Jigs99
You literally compared an Awper with a Support player. You need good sleep bro. Your brain is not working.
2022-09-06 23:58
4 replies
when the support player has a .96 rating this year (he had a 1.12 rating in 2018) playing against tier 2/3 opponents (and hardly qualifying for the major) and the awper is having an off year and still has a 1.28 rating against tier 1 opponents maybe there is a bigger problem than just xyp's roll
2022-09-07 00:00
0/8 or what? You cant be that stupid...
2022-09-07 00:01
2 replies
#38
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Denmark Jigs99
Astralis roster changed 4-5 times in months and you are comparing that with 2018 roster performance. You can't even write a proper reply with your stupid brain. Go get some help before writing.
2022-09-07 00:06
1 reply
"Fell off" is the term you're looking for. I'll use it in a sentence for you: Xyp never fell off if I just completely ignore how he played previously.
2022-09-07 01:58
no he's not
2022-09-06 23:54
2 replies
#32
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Denmark Jigs99
As i said , Time will tell.
2022-09-06 23:57
1 reply
it won't
2022-09-07 13:29
0/8
2022-09-07 00:35
#67
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Romania Ghostpawn
xyp is better for his role, but valde can easily replace k0nfig as entry
2022-09-07 02:33
1 reply
#80
Xyp9x | 
India NinX
+1
2022-09-07 06:55
"More experienced" Acting like valde is a rookie that just came out of an academy team to play tier 1 cs, not someone whos been at the game since 6 years ago and play multiple of tier 1 lans
2022-09-07 08:43
#4
 | 
Canada SparklMastr
maybe flamez and niko had the furniture discussion 1 on 1
2022-09-06 23:19
Better this way tbh.
2022-09-06 23:20
#6
ANa | 
Poland brochu
coz you are overrated by reddit fwords
2022-09-06 23:20
big brain glave likes to hav bot players so that his own stats looks better so, he choose toothless awper
2022-09-06 23:21
2 replies
And still has lackluster stats
2022-09-07 04:16
1 reply
Gla1ve has very decent stats for an "igl" + he isplaying entrt for the team
2022-09-07 13:12
ask someone else the question
2022-09-06 23:22
3 replies
but who asked in the first place?
2022-09-07 00:56
2 replies
#81
Xyp9x | 
India NinX
OG and Astralis org. He hinted that more in Thorin's podcast.
2022-09-07 06:55
Striker was the Asker but I demand him to have Astralis be the Askee (the one to be asked)
2022-09-07 14:28
Encw is better why he should wasyte his time with inconsistent knfig and baitF
2022-09-06 23:22
1 reply
#90
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Singapore 2200DPI
+1
2022-09-07 07:56
I wonder how ence players should feel after this. Clearly he would much rather join Astralis lol.
2022-09-06 23:27
7 replies
#15
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Romania styl3noxe
pretty much the dream of most of the danish players + it would make a lot of sense.However, i believe valde is kind of a wasted player and now that he would play some better roles i hope he can show everyone what a incredible player he is.In Astralis he would be a supportive player as well so...
2022-09-06 23:41
Imagine having the opportunity to play for the greatest Org in CSGO history and still speak your native language, I believe ENCE players are aware that if Valde received a proposal, he would play for Astralis
2022-09-07 00:08
5 replies
#69
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Romania Ghostpawn
astralis as a org management and leadership is worse than a tier7 management, winning 3 majors and everything you can image in cs in 2 years+team sponsors and after some months with pandemic situation run out of cash so bad to extent xyp contract with 4 years and can't buy nicoodoz from cphf
2022-09-07 02:41
4 replies
It would be very interesting to see Valde at Astralis, a great upgrade compared to Xyp9x
2022-09-07 02:43
Thats interesting take, do you really think they have actual money problems and not only problem with being cheapskates? I mean it would make some sense that Astralis as public org in stock market would have had to use more convinving and money during covid to keep the process running.
2022-09-07 02:45
2 replies
#73
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Romania Ghostpawn
it was a report in danish press and that say the y ran-out of money in 2021 win.gg/news/astralis-report-shows-it-los..
2022-09-07 02:51
1 reply
The problem for Astralis is not the money, they just put published their best financial report in the orgs history (they're up 5 mio. Dkk from their cs team alone so far this year) and expect for the first time to cut even / make a profit at the end of the year which is very good for an eSport org. The problem is Astralis is run by a group of investors who are involved in a many businesses at once and they treat Astralis the same way as any of their other businesses. They essentially look to always take the best financial decision which for the most part means spending nothing on buy outs unfortunately
2022-09-07 07:49
ENCE is just better
2022-09-06 23:33
#20
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Romania styl3noxe
So they actually thought about kicking xyp.I really wonder what happened, and in a way what s in xyp's mind in this situation, i mean how does the thought of almost being replaced and the org not wanting you anymore affects you xD
2022-09-06 23:43
3 replies
well you can see what happend , he got better , when vlade benched himself , xyp out of nowhere became really decent again , he is still decent until this point , weird how pressure of losing your job changes a player (for xyp it did really good) , i would imagine this would happen to farlig but nahh , bro is vibing with 0.60 rating while being talked down to as the shities awper in T1 and only a place holder for device once he comes back
2022-09-07 14:37
2 replies
#122
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Romania styl3noxe
yeah but you think that s the reason? i mean he got better but still valde is a upgrade from every point of view.The only thing i can think of is that he is pretty old so i guess if xyp got better there is no reason no spend money on him
2022-09-07 14:58
1 reply
all the point of views we see , OG prob wanted a shit ton of money , knowing astralis need a change , they tried to overprice him , failed to do so , xyp prob brings more then just firepower , in somee of astralis comms , you can see him make calls based to help team8 (blameF eco ace on nuke T side ) and prob has so much more outside the team and is more of a mark/face to the team esp in denmark tldr ; vlad was too old and expensive to invest in , xyp is old , no money wasted besides his salarey and is doing his supports well enough to stay on the team
2022-09-07 15:05
Nicodoz free (when the entire CPH lineup was on sale) and Astralis didn't buy him, Valde showing interest in joining Astralis and they didn't buy him, I really don't understand Astralis management
2022-09-06 23:59
8 replies
#47
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Brazil Vicmar
They want to spend as little money as possible on buyouts
2022-09-07 00:17
7 replies
Nicodoz was without buyout, and Valde was placed on the OG bench at the time.
2022-09-07 01:55
6 replies
What are you talking about? You said it yourself, when the CPH Flames team was on sale. Of course that they had to pay a buyout… same with valde.
2022-09-07 06:42
4 replies
None of the CPH players got buyouts, they were moved to the transfer market right after the Major and Fnatic being smart got Nicodoz and Roej as fast as possible. And about Valde, he was moved to the OG bench by decision of both parties, surely if Astralis showed interest in him OG would prefer to sell him than pay 50% of salary for a player of Valde's level to stay in the bench...
2022-09-07 06:57
3 replies
Being "moved to the transfer market" doesnt mean they dont have a buy out. Just like headtrick from navi now also has a buy out.
2022-09-07 07:51
2 replies
The case of Headtr1ck he has an active contract with NAVI, they would not let him leave for free because he is a young talent, CPH even before the last Major would have announced the complete lineup for 500k, showing an interest of sale. And yes, Sprout managed to take Zyphon out of a team that was Top 8 in the last Major with an active buyout, people on this forum are very innocent...
2022-09-07 08:05
1 reply
Very innocent?? Lmfao wtf are u saying hahaha. Both roej and Nico had made an agreement with fnatic before the major. In an interview with jabbi on dust2.dk he revealed that they were told about them joining fnatic during the major. All these players were bought out, perhaps for a smaller amount but they were bought out while still being in contract with CPHF. Same goes for Valde, there were even reports on jaxon.gg stating that Astralis had dropped signing Valde because of the price oG wanted for him.
2022-09-07 12:01
both still under contracts org dont like losing players for free , just look at CoL and JKS
2022-09-07 14:38
for Hooxi.... guy spent years playing as IGL with people who needed lots of micromanaging and his teams frequently over performed. Guy didn't have any practice with his own aim and people overstate just how easy it is to learn to aim as compared to learning the rest of the game. Aim is the easiest part, even on last match you saw hooxi hitting spray transfers after few hours of dm. So I actually have faith in that project as he seems to have a good mind for the game, he knows how to react, he's fired up which G2 needs, has pocket strats, knows how to get the best out of situation. Aiming is the easy part, he never had 4 stars around him so he can spend few hours to get his aim up to serviceable. Yes, his rating sucked but XTQZZZ would not grab him to keep him at that rating. And at the risk of getting mass reported I will repeat it - aiming is the easiest part of CSGO to learn to make it good. That's why we have 10 000's of players ready for Tier 1 but there's like 5 IGL's who are tier 1.
2022-09-07 00:11
4 replies
Facts Especially when you have the likes of Niko, Hunter, Money and even jks, surely they can all give him a tip or two in regards to his aim, movement, positioning, etc
2022-09-07 00:15
+I feel like Karrigan is a great example of my theory as he has clearly improved individually around Twistzz and Ropz
2022-09-07 00:15
lmao
2022-09-07 00:16
#95
BzOo | 
France JBzOo
Very smart bro. Ofc hooxie gonna level up. And maybe become a monster cause he got one advantage : He gonna start his aim focus against T1. Si he will never see à difference t2 to t1.
2022-09-07 09:05
Cold!!
2022-09-07 00:14
I remember his breakout period in the summer-fall of 2016 - snappi him gla1ve MODDII fR1$ha representing heroic.. they even beat astralis once on LAN (iirc) too bad he never lived up to his potential..
2022-09-07 00:37
3 replies
wasn't his potential top 20 in 2018? not that bad,
2022-09-07 02:20
2 replies
he should have been Xyp9x 2.0 - either at Astralis or at a different org or in NA.. too bad he never quite achieved his potential
2022-09-07 02:24
1 reply
true, but ofc snappi is good igl and has worked with valde, so i think this ence should work out well
2022-09-07 02:29
#55
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Finland AliSabid
chad
2022-09-07 00:53
Astralis management again proves how incompetent they are.
2022-09-07 01:53
2 replies
#82
Xyp9x | 
India NinX
+1
2022-09-07 06:56
1 reply
So you think Astralis should've gotten Voldemort?
2022-09-07 15:20
It wouldn't make sense for Astralis to sign another 27 yo player, not a good investment. They only need an awper right now.
2022-09-07 02:34
2 replies
#71
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Romania Ghostpawn
and a consisten k0nfig
2022-09-07 02:44
1 reply
Exactly
2022-09-07 03:16
SPINX role is difficult. Let see how valde can do it .
2022-09-07 06:55
Valde will fail like he always does
2022-09-07 07:06
Btw Snappi said in hltv.org interview that THERE WILL BE CHANGES role wise. Soooo some of the positions might be same but not all. Dycha/maden also take some spots. We will see next week. /closed.
2022-09-07 08:08
All these roster talks will affect which team made the right move by winning the major and staying at the top rest of the year. ENCE team was a top 3 contender like 1st half of the year, need to see where they will place in the 2nd half of the year.
2022-09-07 09:49
fair enough
2022-09-07 10:02
Good for valde
2022-09-07 11:15
Whooxi catching strays
2022-09-07 11:29
Who do we ask then
2022-09-07 21:42
#130
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China Joe_King
astralis management is simply awful, its pretty well known by now
2022-09-07 22:40
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