MLG Counterstrike Major – Interview with hastr0 from Team EnVyUs
Q: Starting a few months back, how did the team compare for this major? Was it different from other majors in the past?
A: It was a little different this time for the team. The way that the team prepared. The team elected not to do a live bootcamp, so we decided to just keep it online, let players stay at home and be comfortable before they came to the major. So, we didn’t have a really rigorous bootcamp schedule with the whole team in one location, but, I think that this is just a period of our team experimenting and trying new things.
Q: So tying into that, NbK gave a rousing motivational speech to the team on Wednesday. Even though NbK stopped IGL’ing in-game, has he remained an emotional leader that the team can rally around?
A: Nathan’s always been a who loves to give a pre-game speech. Even during 2015 — when we were #1 in the world at some points, #2 team overall across the year — Nathan was always the guy to hype the team up with a speech. So that’s a role that he hasn’t changed, and I don’t think he’ll ever change — just being that player with huge passion. I think that that’s something we’ll keep seeing from him.
Q: You’ve gone from being #1 in the world to hitting a bit of a slump. How did you guys handle the initial group stage loss? How did prep for elimination match?
A: The team was really excited and confident coming into the tournament. Happy even told me that he thought that they were ready for a semi-final appearance, at least. They thought that the team was playing really well in scrims, and leading up to the tournament, they were winning most of those scrims against other professional teams. So there was a lot of confidence coming in, but when we lost that first match to CLG… the team was really shocked, but at the same time, I don’t think that that is what caused them to lose against Gambit. I think the mechanical parts of the team are a bit broken right now. It’s like, even a nice car will break down, so even if you have a Ferrari in the garage, at some point you’re going to have to address a serious problem, take it apart and try to find the issue. So, after that first loss, they just kind of kept going with what they had.
Q: Talking about new experiences, how did DEVIL perform this week, in your mind? It was his first major, playing for a team that has a history of performing incredibly well at majors. Do you think that the pressure affected him poorly?
A: I actually don’t think the pressure was a problem for DEVIL. I don’t he think he necessarily played poorly, he played pretty well in fact. It was just that the team as a whole didn’t play well. You can’t put the blame on Timothée at all, you have to look at the team as a whole. I mean, I think maybe the inexperience got to him at a few points, just in terms of positioning on sites, certain angles he took against top teams, especially, Gambit are very tough. Both teams we played in groups are great teams, CLG obviously made a deep run in the tournament and Gambit has players who have been playing professionally for a long time. So, I think that it was just inexperience, and obviously with time we’ll be able to fix that.
Q: With the team losing, we’ve seen them use past losses as a building experience. Does the team have a good mindset of using this as an emotional or a building experience?
A: Yeah, so, I think the team is really just ready to leave and immediately get back to work. We’ve got Dreamhack Masters Malmö coming up in about 10 days, so we’re ready to go and hit that hard. But really our goal is to use the time after that and rebuild. Rebuild our strategies, rebuild our chemistry — everyone is going to work one-on-one with DEVIL. We have plans to have DEVIL to stay in his location and fly a different player to stay with him for a week and really build up that chemistry.
Q: So you just touched on this with the improved training schedule and more formalizing training partners… but what ideas do the team have for the future?
A: The big takeaway is that we’re just going back to a more structured training schedule. Just a lot more structure. We already had one in place, but this is going to be much more rigorous, the team is going to grind more. The players got a little comfortable in their situation of being settled at or near the top, but I think they understand that they really need to take things up a level now. I certainly think our team is about to really go hard.
Q: Any words for the fans of nV?
A: Yeah. Honestly, it was pretty shocking to see just how much support we had today. I 100% know for a fact that there were more people wearing nV shirts here today than any other team. Even the American teams! For me, that’s a big statement, that the fans would come out and support the team even though we didn’t make it to Nationwide Arena. To me, it was a just a huge shock to see so many of our shirts and jerseys at an American event. I just want to give a huge thank you to all of our American fans for being a supporter of a French team and of our guys. It’s honestly emotional, since we’ve built this team from a pretty small thing into a big team and it’s so great to have people supporting that. So just a big thank you to everyone.
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