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Former Titan member Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez has joined EnVyUs in a coaching role for their CS:GO team.
The 25-year-old has been out of action since September, when he was replaced by Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom on Titan's starting roster as the French team looked to overcome a poor run of results.
At the time, Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez declared that he would continue to play on a professional level and vowed to "bounce back and come back stronger." But as weeks went by, the Swiss continued on the market, and he eventually turned to casting, working as an analyst at IEM San Jose and at the FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals.
Maniac will now continue his career by coaching EnVyUs, the biggest domestic rival of his last team. The DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca champions have not had a coach since leaving LDLC, in which they worked with Emmanuel "MoMaN" Marquez, a former Counter-Strike and StarCraft professional.
Contacted by HLTV.org, Maniac revealed that his analyst work convinced him to take up a coaching role but stressed that he will not put down his mouse just yet.
"I think the few experiences I had as analyst made me realise that I really much enjoyed stepping back and thinking of the bigger picture in the game," he told HLTV.org.
"Thinking that my abilities could help EnVy become the best team in the world is very appealing for me.
"I am not saying I won't ever play professionally again. But I want to explore this path for now and I want to see EnVy sitting on the throne."
EnVyUs will be in attendance at the SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals next week, but Maniac will not be standing behind the team there as he is part of the tournament's on-air crew. In the future, his analyst appearances will be restricted to events in which EnVyUs will not be competing.
Below you can find an interview with EnVyUs managing director Mike "Hastro" Rufail, who sheds some light on the decision behind signing Maniac as a coach.
This is the first time that the team will have a coach since leaving LDLC. Why now?
I believe there were a few instances in 2015 where we let some games slip away that we should have won. Better preparation probably could have prevented some of those losses. In addition, the players can now have someone in Maniac to guide them or give them a fresh perspective. This job is very specific and the talent to do it is very, very rare. Now that Maniac is available, it makes complete sense.
What made you go for Maniac? Was a request from the players?
Like I said above, the type of coach we consider capable for our team is very rare. 1) We needed a French speaker. 2) We needed someone with a professional level knowledge of the game. 3) We needed someone who can mentally prepare the players. Maniac provides all of those things. The players were responsible for making the request to bring him on board as a member of the team.
Maniac is a very experienced player, but in his last team, Titan, it was Ex6TenZ calling the shots. What will the extent of his involvement in the team’s practice routine and during LAN appearances be?
I think his duties will evolve, but right now we plan on having him behind the team at every important LAN we attend and with the team in daily practice routines.
Next week, the team will be attending the StarSeries finals, where Maniac will be working as an analyst. Will he be coaching the team in Minsk already? How will this work in the future, if Maniac continues to work as a caster?
Mathieu had already committed himself to the StarSeries finals as an analyst so he will be performing his role there as so. Moving forward, his analyst/casting jobs will be limited to the LANs the team decides not to attend.
After winning the Cluj-Napoca major, the team had modest showings at the FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals and at the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals. What happened? Do you think that the team needed a break after such a long year?
We were one of the busiest teams in all of eSports last year so I do think the players needed a break very much. However, I also think we just needed some small changes fundamentally and psychologically. That is a big part of why we are making this change.
Maniac > NA
Shox and kennyS are 2 of the 3 best players in GO's history , the only 3 real god super super stars in GO's history
ska is in top20 just to please u.s ugly niggers and that's it , he doesnt deserve it.
yup, that's how you know you're salty. Lmfao Titan did JACK SHIT this year without kenny you idiot. Titan went out in the group phases too. So what's your response to that baguette lover? Haha you already lost this argument. All of envy and titan won't be in the top 20, so that defeats your argument of all frenchies being better than NA. Try again baguette lover
ps: no n.a team is better than Titan ahaha, you wish you had gods like shoxie and geniuses like Ex6tenz.
Btw c9 and Titan are ranked 10 and 11 respectively on Gosugamers. So what's your argument now? LOL
Skadoodle made it into the top20, and only Shoxie from titan made it to the top20. Where's the rest of titan? LOL. Behind SKADOODLE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. NICE ARGUMENT SALTY BAGUETTE
So your question is stupid as fuck. Of course I don't think Seangares sucked, but he obviously wasn't as good as the frenchies. But also, not ALL of the frenchies are better than NA like YOU said. So don't even try and twist the argument u salty baguette. Shroud, Ska, n0thing, Swag, and Hiko are all players that i'd say are better than the rest of Titan, except for Shoxie, but shoxie isn't even that good anymore. You think everyone on Titan is better than those players I listed? Keep dreaming baguette
Titan is better than any U.S team , Titan did beat C9 and NiP.
C9 went 0-2 in almost every major
Ska in top 20
rpk, ex6, smithzz, and scream not in the top 20. Lel
C9 still ranked 10th, Titan ranked 11th.
Enough said. Idk why you're so defensive against frenchies. Who cares anyways
Ska has choked every single major and important even, the 3 final run he was being helped by shroud and n0thing.
If anything , Shroud deserved top20 more than ska , but he didnt deserved top20 either because of how he performed at every major.
also, if we are going by your logic, 1 single player from the best n.a team got top20 , and 1 single player from the worst top team in france got top 13 , if anything , that just proves that Titan is better than c9 if i use your logic, "no north american player got to top 20 except ska, and ska got to the bottom at best"
So no one in Cloud9 is better than Shox by logic.
A player from the shittiest french team is better than all of your shitty c9 :>
Ska is better than some envyus players, does that mean c9 is better than envyus? LOL No. You're just being so stupid and salty hahahaha
You were already wrong about Titan, you'll be wrong about Envy too, mad baguette fanboy xD
if Kio makes it to the top your gonna be proven completly wrong :>
which I already proved wrong XDDDD
And then I asked you which french team is better than Titan other than Envyus. And you didn't reply XDDDD
Way to dodge man. Mannn it feels good to win arguments man, I love it
That has nothing to do with what we're talking about. Again, you're dodging the question. You said "Worst french team is better than the best NA team"
Who is better than Titan other than Envyus? Hm? LOL. Can you answer the question? Hahahahaha. And c9 is already ranked higher than titan and Ska is better than the rest of Titan other than Shoxie. So your arguments are shut down kiddo. Feels good to win :D
In u.s all of it is low level, their highest level is worst than the lowest france level.
no team from u.s is better than the lowest team in france so by logic, france's best team is much better than u.s best team
Not ALL of france though you idiot. Only Envyus and shoxie basically. No other french players, they're all irrelevant. Ska was ranked higher, so ALL of France is not better than ALL of the US. You are wrong and you have no more argument. Salty baguette. You lost the argument :')
end of the story, u lost, #XPOSED
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Btw good luck Maniac, i think you fit the position very well :)
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u really thought it was realistic that he would play for some tier4 shitter team where he makes less than a beggar on the streets of berlin?
likewise he was never good enuff to get on a team much better than penta, so coaching envy is by far the best thing he could have hoped for.
coaches are worthless
ESL Cologne 2015 - de_dust2 from 15-8 to losing in OT.
If nV won d2 they would have won Cologne 2015 but they didn't.
ANd ALSO WHY 3dfx IS NOT ALIVE ANYMORE?
Hope they will achieve their goals!
what can maniac contribute to envyus
"Maniac joins EnVyUs"
and dissapointed "as coach"
I'm sure he could use these skills to be an amazing coach
Still NiaK > MaNiaK
Step 1) join a pro team
Step 2) play like a silver and underperform all the time
Step 3) get kicked
Step 4) fail as an analyst
Step 5) become a coach
Mastermove pick-up for nV, they will absolutely benefit from Maniac's abilities to analyze the game and coach the team. And overall he's just a great guy that definitely deserves this opportunity. Wish him all the best.
EnVy: +Maniac as coach
Hellraisers: -Schneider + Zero
CLG: +Stewie +Akis
TSM: +Semphis +Autimatic +FNS +Fugly
Cloud 9: +Tarik
New team: Pronax, Twist, Schneider, Devilwalk, Pauf
Increased happy strats.
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Maniac is very aware and "sympathic". It's a good thing, but right in the game it's just a subtop player, but I'm quiet sure he could be fine.
Moman is better player than him? Go play with kangaroo and drink fucking car oil in your desert of retards thx
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