Making it to the next level and qualifying for the Minor are the two most important things for the Romanian Nexus, according to Cristian “sXe” Nita.
Coming out of ESL Southeast Europe Championship: Season 7 victorious meant a lot for the Romanian champions Nexus Gaming. For once, it cemented their position as one of the best teams in the region. They overcame the Balkan KlikTech and Bulgarian HEADSHOTBG to secure a first-place finish and nearly $3,000 in prize money.
But even more importantly it served as a proof of concept for the newly gathered roster. With very little practice together, the team overcame their opposition and won the whole event. For Cristian “sXe” Nita that meant a successful return to Nexus Gaming after nearly a year competing for other teams.
Nexus has secured themselves a Top 4 finish at the ESEA Season 28 Advanced Division, consequentially qualifying for a 16 team Premier Relegation tournament. Seven of the worst performing ESEA Premier teams will battle it out against nine lower league teams for four spots in the next season of ESEA’s highest league.
There, Nexus will have to overcome the likes of Virtus.pro, Movistar Riders, PRIDE, ENCE, and many others to take that next step towards international recognition.
To find out just how important it is for their team to secure this victory, we caught sXe for an exclusive interview.
Vie: How did you start playing CS? At what point did you realize you wanted to play it competitively?
I’ve been playing CS since I was 6 years old. My father got me into CS, he used to play 1.5 and 1.6 all the time with my uncle and so from there on it just kinda grew on me. I only played 1.6 just for fun, but then CS:GO came out and I got really addicted to the game. Slowly I sought competitiveness and so I wanted to pursue this stuff.
Vie: Then I guess your father isn’t really against your career in esports?
My family has always been very supportive of me and my career. For myself, it has been really easy to perform whenever because of all their support.
Vie: You went through the ESL SEE Championship in a very convincing fashion. Were you happy with your performance there?
Well, after I joined the team I knew we would win it because our synergy was tremendous considering we have played together in the past. The tournament was a great practice for us and we enjoyed playing it a lot.
Vie: There seems to be less and less competition in the whole SEE region for you guys.
Our competition in the whole SEE region is based on two other teams actually, Valiance and Windigo. We will practice really hard in the upcoming weeks to prove that we can be the best team in this region. We will start with a bootcamp in the next couple of weeks and then we will move into a more permanent one, once Nexus finishes our brand new bootcamp location.
Vie: Both Valiance and Windigo had some success internationally, with Nexus somewhat lagging behind. What was keeping you back?
Well, first of all, we needed a serious organization in order to improve and some serious support, like the other Balkan teams had. Now that we have them there is no excuse for us not to make it to the next level anymore.
Vie: The last time you were on Nexus you reached #47 in the World ranking — a record high result. I know some teams really chase a higher rank but Is that at all important for you?
We want to go to a Minor, then to a Major, rank is not that relevant to us. It counts of course but not that much. We care more about results and frankly, going to a Minor is our next goal.
Vie: Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I would like to thank all my fans for supporting me and everyone that supports Nexus. And don’t forget guys — 10k bots a day keeps bad aim away.
Follow sXe on Twitter @sXeCSGO.
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