It has been an interesting year for G2 Esports in CS:GO. They finished second in what turned out to be the last LAN event of the year, IEM Katowice, losing 0:3 against NAVI. Then came the online era, where great results intertwined with very underwhelming performances.
Second at ESL Road to Rio Europe, outside of Top 10 in ESL Pro League. Second at DreamHack Masters, and 9th at cs_summit 6. And then, most recently, a Top 4 finish at ESL One Cologne Europe, where they got eliminated by the future winners of the event, Heroic.
After the situation with the coach bug arose, the win was taken away from Heroic as their coach, Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen, was found to be abusing the bug. Before the allegations were made public, Gameinside talked to Kenny “kennyS” Schrub after their performance at the ESL One Cologne last month. Including about their games against MIBR and Heroic, as well as kennyS’ first international team event at Prague Challenge back in 2013.
It wasn’t the best game for you individually against Heroic. In your opinion, would you say you are not at your best right now?
Yes. I see that I am underperforming in some areas. But I also see that we are winning, so it’s not that bad, and it’s not important for me to be at the top in frags. My role is to help the team be better as a whole. I am never completely satisfied with myself, but I can be happy with the results of G2.
Talking about your match with MIBR. Why was it so easy?
I think it’s a mix of that we played well and they played pretty poorly (laughs). We prepared well. The chemistry in the team is better now than it was before. We continue to develop. We had a very productive bootcamp in all respects.
If you go back in time about six months, it would be hard to imagine that G2 would be struggling so much against teams like Heroic. Is this due to the fact that you need to play online and are not used to it?
First of all, they have made a lot of progress during this time. Heroic is a good team now. It won’t be a surprise if they win the whole thing. Winning against them is not easy. This is one of the best teams in the world. Even in the groups we lost the first map to them. Of course, we didn’t play that well on it, but they also played very well.
We won then because we are a better team, of course. But it was not an easy game. Playing against Heroic is no easier than playing against teams from the top ranks. This is one of those teams that just became really good lately.
Let’s digress from ESL Cologne. Let’s talk about other things. Quarantine has brought many changes to the lives of all people. How has your life changed in connection with these events?
In France, the quarantine began in May. I live my life as I have always done, in general. If I need to put on a mask, I do it, but in general, little has changed in my life. We are free to choose what we want for ourselves. And I don’t really want to change anything, so I can say that I was lucky, because I didn’t have to do anything.
Many captains and coaches in Dota 2 note that due to the quarantine and lockdown, many top teams train much less than before. How do things stand with this in CS?
For us it is quite the opposite. I play twice as much as I played before the pandemic. This whole COVID-19 situation forces us to play more than we did before. Before the player break we had practically no free days when we did not train. Much more than we are used to.
When we last saw each other in Denmark, you said you were watching Netflix. What TV shows and films do you prefer? Give some advice to our readers.
I’m currently watching the One Piece anime. For a while, I didn’t watch Netflix because I watch One Piece. I’m not watching anything but One Piece right now. But there are a lot of good shows to watch.
Have you watched Avatar: The Last Airbender?
No, I haven’t seen it.
Do you remember such a tournament as the Prague Challenge ? You played with OverDrive there, neo …
Yes of course.
Share the impressions that you felt when you simply destroyed NAVI.
First of all, it was a long time ago. I was 18 and barely spoke English. I had very little understanding of what neo, TaZ and OverDrive were saying. We had three people who spoke English fluently and two people who did not understand anything at all. We hardly spoke in the game. Nevertheless, we beat two top teams. It was a very good tournament, these are very cool memories for me.
In the grand final of the Prague Challange against NAVI, apeX and I played one of the best games of our career. Why did we win? A lot of talent, but also the atmosphere that we had. Those were very good times. We were just trying to show our best. And we did.
You did even more. You literally disbanded the NAVI roster.
That happens sometimes as well ( laughs ).
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