n0thing: "[sgares] is calling again"

We interviewed arguably Cloud9's most explosive player, Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert, to find out how he expects his team to fare at DreamHack Winter.

Cloud9 are fresh off two group stage exits at FACEIT Season 2 Finals and ESWC 2014, and are looking to bounce back with a fourth playoff appearance in four majors.

The team has been bootcamping in Europe for nearly a month and should be in tip top shape come tomorrow. Find out below how Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert feels going into this major.

n0thing's Cloud9 have had a rough trip to Europe so far

How well prepared do you feel for DreamHack? Did you change a lot of things in how you play or simply focus on refining your current style? Did you take part in the official Inferno Online bootcamp, considering the problems having all teams on-site might bring?

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: I feel pretty well prepared, and yes, we have changed a lot of things. Sean is calling again since ESWC, so we had to take a step back mentally and get back into what he wanted to call. We have changed a lot of things, but at the same time even though we've been here for a month, we've also practiced all the maps here to make ourselves more well rounded. I think you will see our old (simplistic) style on some maps, whereas others will have a bit more flare with grenades...

We are here at the Inferno Online bootcamp and yeah it can be annoying to have teams spectating you, but we haven't caught any of our group play opponents spectating us, so we've done a decent job so far...

What’s your stance on the stickers? Were you surprised at how much money teams made from them for ESL One Cologne? Do you think more of the money should be allocated towards prizes? As things stand, the Legends capsule pays (per Cologne) more than winning the event.

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: I was pleasantly surprised, obviously, at how much money the teams made. It is really helpful for the player/organization structure that has always been in place, seeing as now the organizations get a more guaranteed ROI for said events. I think the sticker system should be maintained, and I think they already made a change this time allowing you to directly purchase the teams sticker, non holo, for a specific price. If anything, I wouldn't mind an increase in prize pool for an event, or perhaps keep the $250k majors and have them culminate in a larger world championship each year :D.

Regardless, I'm more happy with the financial opportunities than ever before in my CS career, so kudos to Valve for getting more involved as we go... I'm sure you're aware of the various ways Valve could raise money via the community. In my opinion, doing some crowd funding for the prize pools of major events, as they have done for DotA, would be a pretty awesome test.

How do you expect your group to play out? Can you talk about each of the teams in your group in detail, what you expect from your potential match-up against each of them, and how do you expect to fare?

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: fnatic... Cheating? I don't want to believe it just yet, because they have shown to be a great team. Regardless, they have insane teamwork and their formula is simply too widespread to easily beat... Great AWPer who makes random plays with an OP pistol, great team players who make big individual plays, and an in-game leader who seems to know how to make everyone comfortable while maintaing control... We gotta come out hot, and not let too many rounds slip in a row at any point!

HellRaisers... I expect some fast and well coordinated tactics... I thought they didn't have any organization until watching demos of them. I can tell you have to be prepared for their early entries on their offense and the occasional late round coordination. Seems they have a good blend of both and we have to win our individual battles to shut them down.

Bravado... Don't know much about them... Won't get a chance to scrim them since they are in our group, but I've heard good things about their skill... Seems they face a similar problem as the Australians, with even more isolation from competitive play. Even our community doesn't have much practice, but theirs literally has zero. It sucks for them as they are not only pretty cool, but knowledgeable about the game as well.

Our recent article “Major problems” brought up multiple issues such as the online qualifiers (cheating, DDoS), inconsistent format (best-of-one groups) with very few matches, etc. What is your stance on the qualification system and the tournament format? How would you like to improve the majors?

Jordan "n0thing" GilbertThe DDoS/cheating is absurd, and I'm probably not the best person to discuss how to work around it. I hope we can rid our high level play of such problems altogether. If possible, it seems having all qualifers on LAN would be the best option, and staying away from BO1 would be nice as well. Round-robin BO3's for group play would be pretty fun, but it would obviously double the time it would take to complete group play, so that's a problem for the organizer to handle.

sgares has returned to the in-game leader role in Cloud9

Another big issue for debate right now is the CZ-75. Suggestions for it have ranged from altering its rate of fire and damage, to even making it an SMG while upping its price. Do you think it should be changed, and if so, how would you recommend Valve do it?

Jordan "n0thing" GilbertI don't know. A part of me has already accepted the fact that "ecos" aren't really economic rounds anymore, and it's just another round of the half. This aspect is lame and sometimes makes me want to remove the gun from the game, but even the Five-SeveN is pretty beastly when combined with the power of smoke grenades. It might be interesting to add a few clips of ammo to the CZ, call it an SMG, and charge like $1200 for it.

Obviously going into the event the favorites are fnatic and LDLC, but so far the favorites have never won a major. Is there someone else who you think could surprise us and win it all? Who do you expect to place in the top four?

Jordan "n0thing" GilbertI don't really have an opinion on any surprises... Everyone is so prepared and practice results are so mixed. I expect fnatic, LDLC, Virtus, and NiP to fight hard as usual. I also think HellRaisers can be dangerous if we dont contain them early! Our American friends have been playing well in scrimmages, but that might not represent much, so we will see! I wish everyone luck and hope for some good games in a fair and balanced environment. 

What do you make of this cheating scandal? Were you surprised players might have been cheating at tournaments, or did you expect it? Do you believe the players caught cheated in LAN tournaments, and do you believe more players cheated who simply haven’t been caught, yet? 

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: Very surprised... It was like the craziest thing to read on HLTV.org in a long time. I believe that the players banned could have easily cheated in LAN tournaments, but I guess I'll wait for the forum "investigators" to provide more examples of this :D.

In terms of players not caught yet - and from the looks of these flusha clips - it seems very possible with some odd mouse movements highlighted, but still, its not 100% positive. With how many potential cheats there are rumored to be, seems there would also be more cheaters that aren't found yet.

Who do you consider your team’s star player? Hiko is consistent, shroud has arguably the most potential for growth, and you have high peaks but are inconsistent. How do you plan a team around such a scenario? 

Jordan "n0thing" GilbertLike you said, Hiko seems to have the most consistent stats, shroud goes insane, I have my moments, but I don't think we've taken the traditional approach of basing all of our strats around that one player... Maybe this is a fault of our team and we need to make more strats around players roles, such as how NiP does for GeT_RiGhT... But we seem to have different stars on different maps.

Cloud9 face a tough task early on in Jönköping as they will take on HellRaisers tomorrow at 13:00, followed up by a match against either fnatic or Bravado.

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Ukraine twil 
2014-11-26 13:22
World Soupy 
2014-11-26 13:25
C9 vs NiP finals
2014-11-26 16:47
i do want to see a new team in the finals this year
2014-11-27 01:55
United Kingdom NipXe 
2014-11-26 13:22
doesn't matter they will fail anyway
2014-11-26 13:22
2014-11-26 13:28
At least we have 2 teams in the major
2014-11-26 13:53
Fuck Yea
2014-11-26 14:05
Yes, because you did so much a work for that team to get into major. You can't dick ride your national teams just because you live there.
2014-11-26 15:04
Yea, also in football and other sports, I hate how fans say "we" instead of "FCB" or NiP
2014-11-26 15:18
This pretty much. It's great that there is C9 and IBP in major, but if you didn't do shit to make them there don't dick ride them. It's just plain stupid and make you seem retard.
2014-11-26 16:09
What's funniest to me is that "fans" say: "We won the match" & "They've lost the match".
2014-11-27 10:09
This is a community made up of players that all compete with each other from time to time in some capacity even if it's just a pickup game on ESEA. So yes we have invested time into helping these players even if its as crash dummies.
2014-11-26 15:40
United States sxg 
+1 i have played many esea games with the IBP AND c9 guys over the years. that is our teams they represent us as a whole.
2014-11-26 16:36
Just because he's implying that, nationally, we(NORTH AMERICANS) have 2 teams in attendance in no way indicates he believes he helped in getting them there. If you say that, you are relating to the players because of location, not because of anything else. Don't argue just to argue, it makes you look like a child.
2014-11-26 19:15
2014-11-26 21:58
You forgot gun shots, shitty beer, and country music.
2014-11-26 22:09
lawl:D But you still have a point.
2014-11-27 02:07
2014-11-26 15:22
as they always have at majors
2014-11-26 14:18
Mad cuz 3DFat didnt qualify? LOLOLOL Finland sucks.
2014-11-26 15:47
Bulgaria Keepo 
nice every team is feeling prepared good 2 know
2014-11-26 13:23
hope they play well
2014-11-26 13:23
gl <3 russia supporting
2014-11-26 13:24
[sgares] is calling again = sgares bottom fragging again :P Anyway good luck :)
2014-11-26 13:25
c9 <3
2014-11-26 13:29
luko | 
Slovakia Lagerko 
they have great chance here, the camp must them help so mutch. Best 4,maybe.
2014-11-26 13:30
2014-11-26 13:30
2014-11-26 13:30
Brazil Collee 
2014-11-26 13:33
lurppis gotta love those brackets.
2014-11-26 13:36
2014-11-26 13:36
Flusha, how do you feel about the cheats? I swear I no chraterino. keepo
2014-11-26 14:06
ZywOo | 
Latvia `DinGo 
2014-11-26 14:32
World bror 
2014-11-26 13:39
hope to see them in the top
2014-11-26 13:43
<3 n0thing n0thing is l0ve, n0thing is lyf
2014-11-26 13:50
Gl cloud
2014-11-26 13:53
2014-11-26 13:55
nice Maybe less forcebuys
2014-11-26 13:55
rip clown9
2014-11-26 13:55
y u do dis :(
2014-11-26 14:38
C9 ez win
2014-11-26 14:07
match was moved by 1 hour?
2014-11-26 14:07
Brazil bandicoot 
"they have insane teamwork and their formula is simply too widespread to easily beat..." offcourse, when 80% or 4/5 of the team is actively using aim assists and custom aimbots, their "gamesense" and teamwork will be unbeatable
2014-11-26 14:07
This is bs, everytime the same questions. Lurpis you are a lazy cunt :p
2014-11-26 14:11
Hahaha you laxy count.
2014-11-26 14:26
I wonder if the trilogy will happen and we get another QF with NiP and C9. With anoher bullshit win from nip.
2014-11-26 14:24
The title had me believe that sgares was harassing someone over the phone or something. Had to think it over a second time.
2014-11-26 14:39
Norway p9ge 
How much do teams get from stickers?
2014-11-26 14:52
I believe the quoted amount was ~120,000 usd for the "Legends", and something less for the "challengers"(cannot remember, perhaps 50-60Kish). Therefore more than the eventual tournament winner (100K to first place).
2014-11-26 16:21
c9 must win HR <3
2014-11-26 15:35
Mexico Moxw 
my 2 fav teams facing each other x_x gonna be hard to watch
2014-11-26 17:43
lets go my boy! :DD
2014-11-26 19:24
"n0thing: "[sgares] is calling again"" damn you sgares, always calling mid-interview
2014-11-26 19:32
Brazil duz. 
"Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: It might be interesting to add a few clips of ammo to the CZ, call it an SMG, and charge like $1200 for it." +f**king1
2014-11-26 21:00
Austria hyb1 
n0thing ! ++
2014-11-26 21:51
Despite they win the tournament or not, I am betting on HellRaisers in the match that's about to start in a few hours. Loose that please :P
2014-11-27 08:52
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