sgares: "dignitas are my favourites"

We caught up with Cloud9's Sean "sgares" Gares, who talked to us about the team's struggles at DreamHack Winter 2014, as well as their run of group stage exits, his opinion on other groups' results and predictions for playoffs.

Cloud9's run of group stage exits has been prolonged after losses to both HellRaisers and fnatic, which made it a third time in a row after FACEIT Finals and ESWC 2014.

The team's in-game leader, Sean "seang@res" Gares, gave us his input on what he thought went wrong for them here at DreamHack. He went on to talk about a lot of different topics, including coaching in CS:GO, Bravado and his expectations for the remainder of the tournament.

We still have two more interviews coming from day one at DreamHack Winter 2014, first of which is going to be Mikail "Maikelele" Bill who sat down with us before facing ESC, followed up by Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács after qualifying for playoffs.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
966
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
First
2014-11-28 03:02
6ixth
2014-11-28 03:04
m1
2014-11-28 03:02
haha
2014-11-28 03:02
n1
2014-11-28 03:02
Rip
2014-11-28 03:03
This interview is longer than C9's journey in DHW.
2014-11-28 03:04
#27
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Lithuania Slim Flug 
ummm.. nop
2014-11-28 03:37
It's a joke
2014-11-28 03:44
+1
2014-11-28 08:18
true, and truely sad :(
2014-11-28 09:38
+1
2014-11-28 13:30
Nice
2014-11-28 03:04
#9
Germany Solin 
its so funny only muricans always say how they were winning scrims, when nobody fking cares about the score and most teams actually try to practice instead of going for the win.
2014-11-28 03:05
actually c9 goes for strats and practice too.. what they meant is that they were able to hit shots and compete fairly easily vs them.
2014-11-28 03:19
Yeah that was the one thing that was a little weird. I feel like you're not talking about scrim results publicly...one of those unwritten rules in pro cs.
2014-11-28 03:38
plenty of teams talked about them in the pre-interviews, for example hyping up iBP
2014-11-28 04:07
#11
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
Denmark flag closest to Canada flag. Kappa
2014-11-28 03:05
Sgares is American... so the closest to US flag would probably be..... Wow.... I have no idea lol
2014-11-28 03:48
#52
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
Still the Denmark flag.
2014-11-28 04:16
Polish flag probably.
2014-11-28 07:05
Malaysia?
2014-11-28 08:15
5:48 rage?
2014-11-28 03:25
Has seangares come out yet?
2014-11-28 03:30
You're probably a lot more homo than he is. I don't blame you with that gay radar scanning HLTV though. It's gay instinct.
2014-11-28 03:35
nope he has a really cute girlfriend, someone's jealous of his looks.. U
2014-11-28 03:51
I feel the guy, he looks so depressed, must be heartbreaking to lose after investing so much time. Good interview, awesome responses as always comming from Sean, such a great guy. Stay strong my man.
2014-11-28 03:33
Hopefully they'll stick together and move forward. They're definitely one of my favorite teams.
2014-11-28 03:36
The thing is, I don't see a better mix of players than cloud9 at the moment. iBP DaZeD version was the only team that could match up c9. Obviously they c9 wouldn't be picking either DaZeD or steel. So yeah, they should stick together, but this must be so hard after failing 3 times in a row :-(. I love the guys though, even semphis!
2014-11-28 03:40
A few of them just seem to be way off their game, mainly Hiko and shroud, and was n0thing before he got back into his groove a bit. C9 basically turned into what iBP was.
2014-11-28 03:42
What's really costing their players is that loose style they have. If your players aren't super hot, they will have a hard time winning games. But this is really hard for a team to entirely change your playstyle :-(.
2014-11-28 03:45
#62
cArn | 
Vietnam milandini 
+1
2014-11-28 06:04
#28
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
As much as I liked sgares, he sounds like such a sore loser. No grace in fnatic defeat, makes excuses, doesn't acknowledge they played well, doesn't think they can win the tournament(even though fnatic rekt them HARD).
2014-11-28 03:38
Do you really think there is someone left in the pro scene who wants fnatic to win anything more? Delusional much please.
2014-11-28 03:41
#45
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
You think fnatic are cheating at DreamHack? Delusional much?
2014-11-28 04:04
Wait, so that's what you made out of my comment? LOL, you're dumb as fuck.
2014-11-28 04:14
#57
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Well, it's pretty obvious you're implying that. Bottom line is that c9 got buttraped by fnatic at a LAN major where there's no chance to hack. And sgares thinks "we didn't lose many rounds, really, we lost the wrong rounds". Well, that's just how CS works. He puts Na'Vi and NiP in the 3rd wave of teams with a possibility to win DHW, but doesn't mention fnatic who have been winning every tournament and had just destroyed them.
2014-11-28 04:31
So? Everyone has his opinion, maybe he just thinks that since fnatic struggled against HR, they won't be able to make it to the finish line. It's not because you were beaten by someone that you have to necessarily say that they'll win the tournament. However, it's true that this whole interview felt like he was trying to justify their defeats.
2014-11-28 08:24
#79
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Hiko has already confirmed that "a couple of his teammates" think that flusha cheats. Hiko and n0thing have said they think flusha is clean. The 2 people are allegedly sem and sgares. That perfectly plays into his saltiness and and bias.
2014-11-28 08:57
#85
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Poland Marvelm 
I also think flusha cheats. Does this make me salty?:D
2014-11-28 10:38
#87
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
No, but if you can't see that fnatic played a good game against c9 yesterday, that definitely would make you salty.
2014-11-28 11:02
#89
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Poland Marvelm 
Well, he never said they didn't. He could be right with the excuses.
2014-11-28 11:30
No, it isn't.
2014-11-28 14:47
who cares about fnatic anymore
2014-11-28 03:43
fnatic fanboy detected
2014-11-28 03:51
#47
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
VP fan here and I (used to) like everyone at c9, but there has to be a limit to bullshitting and witch hunting.
2014-11-28 04:07
stop calling it a witch-hunt. we have evidence to back everything up and a lot of pros have already stated publicly that flusha cheats. only thing lacking is a ban either VAC or from ESEA or ESL
2014-11-28 04:14
#53
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
There are "evidence" clips from yesterday as well, just saying.
2014-11-28 04:20
oh yeah i forgot to mention that. cant believe he had the balls to cheat now at LAN and i dont know how its even possible. it must be in his mouse or some shit
2014-11-28 04:27
#55
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Players can't use their own peripherals either. twitter.com/bpierce78/status/53791450594..
2014-11-28 04:28
must be something else then.
2014-11-28 04:28
#58
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Of course. Let's not even consider the possibility that fnatic are legitimately at a very high level right now.
2014-11-28 04:32
never once did i say fnatic sucks without cheats or anything like that. anyone but a blind fanboy would say flusha cheated. hes obviously a great player even without the cheats, because its not like he can use it all the time it would just be way too obvious. But he does use it in key moments like that 1v2 against na`vi in cologne that won them nuke. watch it if you dont believe me, blatant two aimlocks to locate the last two players
2014-11-28 04:41
Stop using words like "blatant", "obvious", "for sure" when nothing has been proven yet. Majority of pro scene? Only few pros have expressed their doubts regards of Flusha cheating, MOST of the pro scene are waiting for the proof before badmouthing.
2014-11-28 08:29
A VAC ban isnt proof to me if thats what you meant. I have more "proof" that flusha cheated than i have on KQLY. We still dont know anything about KQLYs ban or if he even cheated. Obviously he admitted to it but if he could have pulled the i`m innocent card.
2014-11-28 09:55
So you found around 10 suspicous situations out of around 20k played rounds?He has to be cheatin
2014-11-28 08:33
Im sorry but how can you have grace losing to an obvious cheater that should have been banned 2 weeks ago?
2014-11-28 03:56
#46
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Sure, fnatic are "obviously" cheating at DreamHack. At this point, with these many precautions and checks, if they are STILL cheating then they almost deserve that 100k for just being that fucking brilliant.
2014-11-28 04:06
+1
2014-11-28 08:30
You know what? fnatic win, cheat on, ban the fucking hackers; fnatic loose, cheat off, noobs without cheat, fuck off~
2014-11-28 05:42
#61
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Yup, that's how the community sounds like, right now. I was 75% convinced that flusha was cheating, but the team's performance has looked solid. Sure, they lost to HR, but it was an incredibly close game and it had more to do with HR being total beasts and playing good CS than fnatic being bad.
2014-11-28 05:52
dude theyre obviously a great team even without hacks, the hacks just made them unbeatable.
2014-11-28 07:10
"KRiMZ fan club" stopped reading here
2014-11-28 09:47
#88
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Been like that since February. Not essentially fond of the fnatic team.
2014-11-28 11:04
I feel like with the fnatic defeat, sean's annoyed that c9 wasn't allowed to play the way that the wanted to, fnatic controlled the pace of play throughout the whole game, and it's tough to combat their plays.
2014-11-30 02:52
I think the boot camp may have given other teams too much insight into Cloud9. Their advantage always seems to have been the fact that other teams never really knew what they would do.
2014-11-28 03:46
I think it just comes down to nerves
2014-11-28 03:52
Sean is so sexy *.*
2014-11-28 04:11
#63
Hong Kong xkay 
Watched only hr vs cloud9. They made way too many mistakes / unnecessary plays and they deserved the loss. HR didn't even do anything special.
2014-11-28 06:38
i take my betting advice from sean gares, thx mate
2014-11-28 07:07
why does interviewer have eyeliner, WHY DO ALL THESE GUYS WEAR EYELINER??? I NEED TO KNOW THE REASONING BEHIND THIS.
2014-11-28 07:17
I don't think that's eyeliner at all, it's the black bags that form under one's eyes from sleep deprivation. I know it well, as do many people from up north.
2014-11-30 02:31
awwww :(((((((( please win some stuff soon c9!
2014-11-28 07:58
iBP + C9 Mix up inc
2014-11-28 08:13
Maybe interview flusha and fnatic ?
2014-11-28 08:46
11:23 NEXT VAC BAN WAVE!!!!!
2014-11-28 09:12
#84
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Belgium Circle 
He doesnt even mention fnatic in favorites part =)
2014-11-28 10:05
#86
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Poland Marvelm 
Good, hope LDLC 2:0es them.
2014-11-28 10:40
this reporter is so retarded.
2014-11-28 13:50
As if havening played them before doesnt mean they can destroy you later. Hellraisers played extrememly well, I am yet to see a C9 member to admit that.
2014-11-28 14:51
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