Jame jokes about Major victory: "Every tournament helped me win this Major and finally realize I’m not a failure"

The Major MVP, still processing his emotions after lifting the IEM Rio trophy, gave his take on the upset-filled tournament and his team's championship run at the event in Brazil.

Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali earned his third career MVP medal at IEM Rio, and his first at a Major. The 24-year-old, who alongside teammate Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev and coach Dastan "⁠dastan⁠" Akbayev won a Major for the first time in their second attempt, earned the accolade with a 1.30 rating in the Legends and Champions Stages.

Jame holding his first Major MVP medal

The Russian AWPer took some time after the tournament concluded to talk to HLTV about Outsiders' feat in Rio de Janeiro, where they went through an unlikely bracket to beat Heroic 2-0 in the final and lift the trophy. "Everything is breaking out and I can’t focus," the MVP said of his emotions right after the final, "I want to calm down and see things clearly."

It's your second Major grand final and the first time you take the trophy. How does it feel to finally get it?

The tournament was very long, it was tough suppressing emotions that long, especially in the final days. But now we can relax, everything is starting to break out, and I’m overwhelmed with emotions.

As I said, it's your second Major final, was having played one previously helpful?

Of course, every tournament helped me find something to win this Major and finally realize that I’m not a failure [chuckles], and that I’m capable of something in this life.

One thing is becoming MVP, but becoming a Major MVP is reserved to a select few. How do you feel about that personal accolade?

I didn’t think about it at all. I didn’t think about the prize money, the stickers, nothing — all of it was overshadowed by what we put into winning a Major. Everything else was of less importance. Now, I’m yet to process everything. Too many things, everything is breaking out and I can’t focus. I want to calm down and see things clearly.

How did you feel about the final match-up against Heroic. They have a very different style than yours, what did you think about that stylistic clash?

We didn’t have much time between the match and the moment we found out our opponent. We didn’t overthink it today, just treated it as an ordinary match, working with what we already knew. But overall, Heroic play well. Maybe they didn’t handle the pressure, or we just simply were better. They are strong enough.

The last time you played Overpass against Heroic they had a one-sided victory. This time around you did. Did you do anything special?

As a professional player, I can tell you a million different things that changed. Most of all, we started on the wrong side, now we were playing in a final of Major under a colossal pressure, so I felt like it was easier to play safe than to take initiative and play proactive.

You made big changes this year, especially losing YEKINDAR. Did you think you'd be able to win something as big as a Major so quickly after bringing on fame and n0rb3r7?

I didn’t expect anything of the sort. I don’t know, you have too many thoughts, especially when you’re close to the tournament. In your day-to-day life, you don’t think about winning a Major, but when it’s closer and closer, thoughts start to take over and you change your mind. But overall, we understood that we could do it in our heads, but not in our hearts.

We didn’t know how it feels to win a big championship. We didn’t have an experienced person, who would tell us that we could do it. In our hearts, no, but in our heads we knew we were not worse than the others.

You made a Major final, so you have some experience! Were you able to help some of your teammates with that?

Yes, of course. It’s not about the Major, it’s about maturity. You tell young people that things are easier than they seem, that no one cares about video games, that it’s just one of many games and you will forget it, that you will have kids, that you will stop caring, and your career will end in five years. You tell yourself such things to dampen the meaning of it all; people around it and money give it meaning. People and money. But if you ignore it, you can play CS without pressure. Then it's just a game.

It has been a crazy Major. We saw a lot of the favorites eliminated early and the only top five team you met was Vitality in the earlier stages. What do you think of the road you took?

I don’t think that anyone expected those semi-final match-ups. This is a Major, after all. It tells us that the entry level of the Majors has increased, so that even top teams can no longer handle it and start losing. And it wasn’t about one favorite, all favorites bombed out — it tells us that Major is the only tournament where you have to deal with real pressure, you cannot get an invite to this event. They feel that the pressure is highest and start playing worse. [In other tournament circuits], they know there will be more tournaments, so it’s easier to digest. But the Major is magical, people have a hard time dealing with the pressure.

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1240
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1320
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
#1
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United States kriksB
based
2022-11-14 00:22
8 replies
deserved
2022-11-14 00:24
3 replies
jame time
2022-11-14 03:12
small org > big org 4 sure
2022-11-14 11:01
1 reply
VP is way bigger than heroic
2022-11-14 14:12
haters mad
2022-11-14 00:24
#11
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North America drac0zGOD
goat
2022-11-14 00:24
#34
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Brazil Necro_Spa
jame just goated
2022-11-14 00:36
On what?
2022-11-14 08:11
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
You were never a failure GOD JAME
2022-11-14 00:22
3 replies
HAVUJA
2022-11-14 00:23
1 reply
#14
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Finland Cucumber))
HAVUJA!
2022-11-14 00:25
#233
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United States DarkFX
Definitely not a failure but indeed a flukester
2022-11-14 20:41
#3
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Austria byewire
goat
2022-11-14 00:23
xd
2022-11-14 00:23
ok
2022-11-14 00:23
based
2022-11-14 00:23
#7
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Albania Zhurma
god
2022-11-14 00:23
unban tr3vl
2022-11-14 00:24
Gigachad
2022-11-14 00:24
God Jame
2022-11-14 00:25
goat
2022-11-14 00:25
#17
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Canada Bak2BED
YOU WERE NEVER A FAILURE
2022-11-14 00:26
It’s Jame Time
2022-11-14 00:26
Yes, of course. It’s not about the Major, it’s about maturity. You tell young people that things are easier than they seem, that no one cares about video games, that it’s just one of many games and you will forget it, that you will have kids, that you will stop caring, and your career will end in five years. You tell yourself such things to dampen the meaning of it all; people around it and money give it meaning. People and money. But if you ignore it, you can play CS without pressure. Then it's just a game. GIGACHAD.
2022-11-14 00:27
18 replies
great teaching! expected from Jesus
2022-11-14 00:29
1 reply
Most 5Head interview ever.
2022-11-14 01:16
#36
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Brazil Gravelord
Probably the smartest thing I've ever heard from a CSGO pro.
2022-11-14 00:36
8 replies
+1
2022-11-14 00:46
+1
2022-11-14 00:47
+1
2022-11-14 01:16
#185
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Sweden tjevy
+1
2022-11-14 09:47
+1
2022-11-14 11:04
Jame deserved this win!
2022-11-14 12:09
+1
2022-11-14 15:39
#226
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Brazil Maujubudo
+1
2022-11-14 18:35
The real gigachad
2022-11-14 00:37
1 reply
Living proof.
2022-11-14 01:17
Jesus preaching
2022-11-14 00:45
1 reply
+1
2022-11-14 01:17
#113
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CIS I_D_R_C
King James should have labelled this in his new bible.
2022-11-14 02:59
GOD JAME
2022-11-14 09:10
holy shit, based.
2022-11-14 10:26
Jame god I never stopped dreaming!
2022-11-14 00:28
Jame owns Rio de Janeiro
2022-11-14 00:28
#22
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Australia poppyxox
i love this mindset “ Yes, of course. It’s not about the Major, it’s about maturity. You tell young people that things are easier than they seem, that no one cares about video games, that it’s just one of many games and you will forget it, that you will have kids, that you will stop caring, and your career will end in five years. You tell yourself such things to dampen the meaning of it all; people around it and money give it meaning. People and money. But if you ignore it, you can play CS without pressure. Then it's just a game.” takes a little bit of the magic away but man it pays off in these scenarios, you can make a proper living for yourself and mature as an adult rather than stay ingame forever
2022-11-14 00:29
1 reply
#151
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Yugoslavia bigtito
I've thought about this before and while it's a little depressing it rings true in letting go of all the stress and just playing your game. Everyone at some point daydreams about winning/achieving the big "thing," whatever that is for you personally. You picture all the lights, confetti, fans, people you love being proud of you, a big trophy, hugging your teammates and coach, thanking everyone who's helped you on your journey, ect.. But if this dream always lingers in the back of your head it makes playing under the lights that much more daunting. You have to sacrifice a bit of your passion to zoom out and say "I don't need to achieve this, I'm just grateful to be here and have the opportunity. It's ok if I don't win today." That can really hurt to let go of your daydreams but it gives them a chance to be reality.
2022-11-14 06:54
#23
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Brazil luciohecht
GODJame I LUV U
2022-11-14 00:29
Bro people always liked Jame even for his endless savings, he's a good player he always was I'm not surprised he won a Major it was about his Time thats all and it finally came after all these years like s1mple's, karrigan's, broky's and many.
2022-11-14 00:29
2 replies
Savings its a meta. if you save awp you gonna have money for drop 100%
2022-11-14 02:47
1 reply
+1
2022-11-14 17:31
wholesome
2022-11-14 00:29
Jame MVP
2022-11-14 00:30
gigachad
2022-11-14 00:30
You will be very welcome back in Brazil, legend. 2 events here, 2 wins, you are insane as people and as player. Congratz
2022-11-14 00:31
7 replies
+1, you're welcome here, Jame and friends
2022-11-14 03:30
unfortunately, this will probably be the last major in Brazil ever after all the controversy with the crowd
2022-11-14 11:46
5 replies
#207
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Brazil Axelom
I mean . . . every analyst, caster and cs go content creator pretty much all agree this was the wildest crowd ever seen in cs go. The match FURIA x NAVI is going to be remembered for a long time as the loudest cs go LAN match ever held.
2022-11-14 13:34
This Major did very well in terms of visibility, the Grand Final being with 2 teams not so hyped by the community hit 1.1 million viewers, if it were 2 hyped teams it would beat records. In the future there must be another Major in Brazil
2022-11-14 19:42
3 replies
No, cuz idiots spitting on players
2022-11-15 08:57
2 replies
ESL says otherwise hltv.org/news/35070/intel-extreme-master.. Get ready for more Majors and Big events in Brazil, stay mad
2022-11-15 09:35
1 reply
Why should I be mad? Players will be mad, because its fucking disgusting what you´re doing over there.
2022-11-15 19:22
Fluke
2022-11-14 00:32
JAME <3
2022-11-14 00:34
Well played Jame. You earned it.
2022-11-14 00:35
#33
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Latvia laiziolas
Wholesome person. You cant hate person like Jame. Gongratz to him and yo yo yo.
2022-11-14 00:35
1 reply
+1
2022-11-14 01:21
#35
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France Evalion
"It tells us that Major is the only tournament where you have to deal with real pressure, you cannot get an invite to this event. They feel that the pressure is highest and start playing worse. [In other tournament circuits], they know there will be more tournaments, so it’s easier to digest. But the Major is magical, people have a hard time dealing with the pressure." Fact.
2022-11-14 00:36
3 replies
#59
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United States cybonics
Couldn't word it any better.
2022-11-14 00:51
#97
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United Kingdom sashat77
Very true and outsides don't get any invites, they have to work for every tournament. This helped them a lot
2022-11-14 01:47
#170
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Switzerland nierg
Not giving out invites is also the main reason I consider the major to be the most important tournament in CS. ESL and BLAST give automatic invites to whatever team pays the most money. Important teams like eg. C9 don't have slots and dangerous upcoming teams don't get chances to spar with the top teams. I think these "leagues" present a significant downgrade for the competitiveness of the scene.
2022-11-14 08:35
Deserved. Finally. Call him an onliner now.
2022-11-14 00:37
3 replies
#142
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India psn46
Onliner
2022-11-14 05:33
He never was?
2022-11-14 06:25
Nobody called him that
2022-11-14 14:06
I like him for showing the world how broke the game of CSGO is, as the meta has never been more viewer hostile as it is atm. Not his fault in any way.
2022-11-14 00:38
2 replies
Elaborate?
2022-11-14 12:11
1 reply
He perfected the meta into a somewhat boring playstyle (seen from a viewers perspective). It is not his fault that the framework/game invited him to do this. He just did what it takes to win.
2022-11-14 15:36
#41
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Brazil MrLucas
god Jame
2022-11-14 00:39
#42
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Brazil darkfroid
Literally god
2022-11-14 00:40
OMILDE
2022-11-14 00:41
#45
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Brazil syncme
2022-11-14 00:42
Hello guys, Good job to ousiders winning a major, and good job to all other teams that made it there, on another note I want advice on which maps to redeem my two tokens that I got playing the pick ems? which maps have the most valuable skins? please and thank you mens))
2022-11-14 00:44
4 replies
#50
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United Kingdom spxrkk
mirage and dust have most valuable skins
2022-11-14 00:44
1 reply
thanks bruv
2022-11-14 00:53
#171
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Asia awisbuwat
take cache bro supa rare
2022-11-14 08:39
#209
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Australia Tunt
Dust 2 or mirage if you plan to sell or invest. If you're opening them however I highly suggest looking at all the blues and picking which ones you like the most, as that's what you'll most likely receive.
2022-11-14 14:04
God jame
2022-11-14 00:44
great person, great player, great hair, i love you Jame, you were never a failure
2022-11-14 00:44
GOAT JAME
2022-11-14 00:46
>wins a major >tells everyone 'it's just a game'
2022-11-14 00:49
2 replies
#66
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Russia bar0v
Based
2022-11-14 00:59
Expected from the enlightened chad jame
2022-11-14 09:32
Jame god
2022-11-14 00:50
#62
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Russia mshkoda
What a man what a god😎
2022-11-14 00:54
#65
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CIS TheBigSAM
>calls himself a failure >proceeds to show that even outside the game he is an extremely smart guy GIGACHAD AND GOAT JAME EZ4VP AND ALGA OUTSIDERS
2022-11-14 00:59
2 replies
i heard he has genius iq or smth. Could be just rumors tho
2022-11-14 03:08
1 reply
Yekindar talked about how intelligent he is
2022-11-14 14:07
god himself
2022-11-14 01:08
joke major, joke time
2022-11-14 01:08
GOAT him and norbert dont seem to be phased at all by the major pressure. They just handle it like any other game and that led to them making the right decisions in all the games up until the finals.
2022-11-14 01:11
JAMEGOD
2022-11-14 01:12
congratz ; deserved 🌟
2022-11-14 01:14
No wonder Yekindar told the tale of Genius JAME! He handles the pressure in the smartest way possible. JAMEPAIN!!! Congrats!!
2022-11-14 01:13
and how is this a joke?
2022-11-14 01:13
Will players and dastan get all the prize money, since they “don't” represent VP?
2022-11-14 01:14
2 replies
players usually get almost all the prize money regardless
2022-11-14 01:25
They are still getting salary from VP.
2022-11-14 02:20
#82
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Germany at0myq
unban tr3vl!
2022-11-14 01:16
#87
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Brazil 1NTEL_
Jame god
2022-11-14 01:20
God Jame. Best IGL in the game at the moment.
2022-11-14 01:20
Jame enjoyers rise up
2022-11-14 01:23
I want Jame to be the father I never had, he speaks so wisely all the time! But for real, deserved win and mvp, he played so well and it's so nice to watch his understanding of the game, especially midround calling is insane.
2022-11-14 01:28
#94
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Norway Gjellan
He can joke? I thought robots don't joke
2022-11-14 01:32
Deserved. You can say whatever you will about the major itself, but Outsiders completely earned it. Grats mr jesus
2022-11-14 01:35
BASED JAME
2022-11-14 01:38
stoic chad jame, 'yup,' after winning a major
2022-11-14 01:48
jame the king of rio
2022-11-14 01:52
JAME THE REDEEMER
2022-11-14 01:52
Very well deserved! Brazil Loves You, Jame 🤍
2022-11-14 02:10
Enjoy!
2022-11-14 02:21
SHESH, coldest mf
2022-11-14 02:24
#107
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Brazil baea808
god Jame
2022-11-14 02:25
good work kid now go get a fuckin haircut already
2022-11-14 02:28
4 replies
#116
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Brazil GsV
i think that haircut it's his mark already, everytime you see that haircut, you will remember of the smartest player in the world, JAME
2022-11-14 03:01
3 replies
That's true. In the world of celebrities some work to differentiate themselves by their silhouette... That's why Russel Brand wore his hair so high for all those years.
2022-11-14 03:18
2 replies
#176
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CIS TheBigSAM
He hides his ears with this haircut
2022-11-14 09:00
1 reply
Omg hes an elf
2022-11-14 09:21
Jame thanks everyone for support instagram.com/p/Cg7atC9Lh6S/?utm_source=.. GG BB
2022-11-14 02:37
1 reply
Those comments tho...
2022-11-14 03:11
#110
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United States MAX___
Deserved, smart guy
2022-11-14 02:45
Jame the hero of CSGO
2022-11-14 02:52
#114
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Brazil GsV
how you could hate this guy, Jame it's incredible please Europe, show some love for this guy, he said he never felt that in Europe, c'mon, they don't even have shirts to sell for their fans, i know some people would say they had a easy run, but jame and outsiders deserve it we love you jame <3
2022-11-14 03:00
15 replies
in Europa, he is a meme for a good reason
2022-11-14 04:52
14 replies
No bro, in Europa German CSGO is a meme for a good reason.
2022-11-14 06:43
9 replies
Tell me a very well know german CSGO meme. That is used frequently as "jame time"
2022-11-14 07:14
8 replies
#159
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Japan Ixlide
"jermens by s1mple"
2022-11-14 07:47
1 reply
not csgo exculsive related to write it jermans not frequently used as jame time thanks for proving my point
2022-11-14 07:49
BIG
2022-11-14 08:18
BUG clan
2022-11-14 08:53
3 replies
nope
2022-11-14 08:55
2 replies
From 2-0 to 2-3, cope harder
2022-11-14 09:42
1 reply
your best Canadian player g0t 0-3 cope harder
2022-11-14 09:54
k1to 0-17 sorry
2022-11-14 14:07
#229
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Brazil GsV
it's fun that a German says Jame it's a joke, the most remarkable thing Germany it's remembered in CSGO it's that your best team lost using a bug, to Brazilians
2022-11-14 19:21
3 replies
7-1 bye
2022-11-14 20:43
2 replies
#236
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Brazil GsV
like I would care about that LoL
2022-11-14 23:23
1 reply
Idc if you dc. Cuz just owned
2022-11-15 03:13
#115
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CIS I_D_R_C
very smart and candid interview.
2022-11-14 03:01
Jame the CEO of rawness
2022-11-14 03:02
Owns fraudky for sure
2022-11-14 03:11
what a smart guy
2022-11-14 03:18
GOAT!
2022-11-14 03:18
king
2022-11-14 03:47
#129
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China Maons
we are not outsiders! Let’s go!
2022-11-14 03:58
good job Jame
2022-11-14 04:19
The true gigachad
2022-11-14 04:21
Thank you Jame! Amazing performance and a wholesome person. Russians do know how to make a great show in CS. Can't get enough of Zeus, Sh1ro, Boombl4, Chopper and king Jame. What a great time we are living.
2022-11-14 04:28
based,haters mad
2022-11-14 04:32
1 reply
+1
2022-11-14 08:16
Imean the whole finals was a joke
2022-11-14 04:33
#136
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Indonesia seeth7
in jame we trust
2022-11-14 04:38
King Jame saves!
2022-11-14 04:43
#139
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Brazil drydden
Jame is undefeated in Rio, two trophies already, what a legend
2022-11-14 05:02
GOAT
2022-11-14 05:18
I just hope that we don’t see Jame Time in the whole scene, it will be so bad to watch teams being smart lol
2022-11-14 05:55
1 reply
Lol agreed
2022-11-14 08:11
IT"S JAME TIME
2022-11-14 06:03
Welcome to the hall of legends
2022-11-14 06:30
Deserved
2022-11-14 06:31
#152
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Brazil zSkiies
OUR VILLAIN GZ JAME
2022-11-14 07:04
hahah what a joker
2022-11-14 07:19
He has the best mindset of all the players I've read an interview of. A classy player. I'm glad it pays off for the guys sacrificing so much for it.
2022-11-14 07:37
Jame seems like a really intelligent and genuine guy. Happy that he won major MVP, he deserves it.
2022-11-14 07:45
#161
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Russia 6tuf
most sincere and very intelligent young man. congrats!
2022-11-14 07:50
Ez jame
2022-11-14 08:00
He did some dirt, buried some bodies. The winning team has to "supply" the MVP - otherwise ART did some wicked things, too. And kscerato appeared in some PRO Player nightmares, fo` sho`.
2022-11-14 08:15
hes kinda hot huh
2022-11-14 08:21
actual jame time
2022-11-14 08:42
Congratulations
2022-11-14 08:51
Yekindar was a problem
2022-11-14 09:09
1 reply
sanji and buster were problem
2022-11-14 09:51
let's go
2022-11-14 09:10
#188
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Russia cripdogg
Finally i can be proud of my country mates, it's so hard to do nowadays. Peace and love for everyone
2022-11-14 09:56
1 reply
+1
2022-11-14 14:43
"But overall, we understood that we could do it in our heads, but not in our hearts. We didn’t know how it feels to win a big championship. We didn’t have an experienced person, who would tell us that we could do it. In our hearts, no, but in our heads we knew we were not worse than the others." THIS IS POETRY expected for a +200IQ IGL
2022-11-14 10:17
Most shit major ever. GG
2022-11-14 10:36
Deserved
2022-11-14 11:59
His mentality is something that even some previous major winners don't have. Deserved af from him, what a player (and overall a man).
2022-11-14 12:04
#201
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Russia mshkoda
CS god
2022-11-14 12:07
#204
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Finland 5way
What an absolute gigachad, respect Jame <3
2022-11-14 12:33
I've taken the piss out of this player in the past for his playstyle, however nothing but respect for him after reading this. You are no failure, MVP
2022-11-14 13:41
Bro this guy is awesome, he stayed quiet all this time but he is a legend !!!!!!!!! jajajajaj what a funny guy
2022-11-14 14:12
Legend
2022-11-14 15:39
#219
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Vietnam El0nMusk
Hope someday sh1ro will get the achievement like him Jame has more disadvantages than sh1ro, like talent, smart, teammates…but he really got the finished line
2022-11-14 15:39
so fucking based
2022-11-14 18:11
#228
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Slovakia Adwarin
cg northeastern Jesus and his followers GL & HF VP
2022-11-14 19:04
gigachad
2022-11-14 19:35
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