SmithZz: "We'd be happy with top4"

Our next interview ahead of ESL One Cologne is with Titan's Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, who sheds some light into the team's preparations for the major.

Titan enter the major with hope, rather than expectation, as this will be the team's first big test since acquiring Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux and Richard "shox" Papillon in a deal with EnVyUs that saw Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and Dan "apEX" Madesclaire head the other way.

The French team did not excel at the European offline qualifier, losing to eBettle in their group's Upper Bracket final before cruising past LGB in the elimination match.

A month has passed since the qualifier, however, and how are Titan's spirits heading into the event? Read on to find out what SmithZz has to say.

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne? Did you bootcamp beforehand or was it online practice only? Did you focus on anything in particular? 

We had a short but good preparation for this major. The team is still young, so we could never be truly satisfied with such limited preparation, but we have no regrets, we did our best. In terms of practice, we played online for ten days after the qualifier and then we went to Brussels for a bootcamp leading up to the event.

Is there anyone who you think is underrated and could surprise in Cologne?

I hope the Brazilians will find a way out of groups, they are really nice guys and they work really hard. I’m expecting good things from eBettle too, they were really strong at the qualifier.

What are your team’s goals and expectations for the event? Where do you draw the line of what you’d be satisfied or happy with?

Like everyone else, I guess the goal is to take home the title, but with our preparation we would already be happy with a top-four finish. Anything less will be forgettable. 


SmithZz thinks Titan can surprise in the group stage 

The level of teams has been levelling out recently, a number different names have been in the grand final at events in the recent months (EnVyUs, TSM, fnatic, Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, Cloud9), who will be the favourites to make it to top four in your mind?

I think the scene is really mixed now, all those teams can make top 4.

What do you make of the change to  the group stage format? Is it better to have a chance to play against more than three set teams before the playoffs? Is it going to be harder to prepare for such groups?

I really do not like the best-of-one format, and it is even harder now because teams have to play their elimination match against an opponent they will only know on the very say day. I guess it is an advantage for us because we are a young team, but it is not a format suitable for a tournament of this magnitude.

Train has been in the pool for quite some time, but ESL One Cologne will be the first major to feature it, how has it developed over the recent months? Was it figured out in terms of playstyle, strategy, etc.? Is the current map pool diverse enough?

It’s always nice to have new maps, but I think the new maps, cbble and overpass, are played as much as the older maps these days. Train is also played by almost every pro team at the moment, but I think it will it will probably be a decider map during this tournament.

What are your thoughts on your group? Can you go through each match­up and say how it is likely to play out?

I think we have the toughest group, but as I said before this best-of-one format will be an advantage for us during this event. We can surprise all the teams there, it’s gonna be hard but nothing is impossible.

Yet again this major has not seen a prizepool change, even though the sticker money is likely to get bigger, would you like to see it get increased?

I’m a big fan of Dota, and seeing TI get bigger and bigger year after year makes me a bit jealous. I think Valve are doing well when it comes to ingame features, and the player signatures and the team strickers are really well made. 

Everything around CS is growing, number of events, audience, prize pool... Majors should be THE tournament  every team is aiming for during the season. The first edition of ESL ESEA Pro League was bigger than this Major in term of prizemoney, so Valve should step up their game to make sure the Majors remain the biggest tournaments of the year.

Lately the outrage against certain weapons has decreased (e.g. CZ­75 at the beginning of the year, Tec­9 during the second quarter of 2015), are you satisfied with the way Valve balanced them out? Are there any weapons you’d like to see nerfed or buffed?

I am really happy with the changes, even if everyone knows the Tec9 is still really powerful. I still think there are many weapons that are too powerful, like the Scout, the autosnipers and the SMGs.


Can SmithZz and shox power Titan to success?

Do you think the new anti­doping measures being taken by the ESL are going to change anything from past events, has this been blown out of proportion since Semphis’ statements, or is it necessary?

If we are to believe what Semphis said, the introduction of doping tests can only be good to ensure the integrity of our tournaments.

With the proliferation of both online and offline events, and having had at least one big event every weekend or every other weekend for the past few months, and with many teams travelling around Europe and North America—or both—, how do you think it will affect teams’ performances?

It’s really hard to compete in every tournament. We have to be selective in terms of the events we attend or else we completely stop practicing and become full-time globetrotter. We have to find the right balance for the team, but also for the fans who follow us.

You went through a big change recently and you haven’t attended any tournaments since the qualifier. Do you think it puts you at an advantage, since other teams cannot scout your game?

Yes, I think it gives us an advantage, and, as mentioned before, the best-of-one format really helps as well. We have a lot of new things prepared, and we will have the element of surprise on our side.

Without giving too much away, how much of a change in playstyle are we going to see from Titan in Cologne after you swapped two very different duos?

Sorry, it’s a surprise !

All major runs of Titan have been very disappointing, why do you reckon that is and what needs to change for you to succeed this time?

I think we might have found the solution this year, but maybe it’s a curse, who knows? The answer will come on Friday!

It was public shox and Ex6tenz did not see eye to eye in the past. How are they working together now?

They have both matured and the past failures should allow them to understand each other further and get along better in the long run.

Below you can find a list with all the other interviews we have conducted ahead of ESL One Cologne. Check it out to see if you missed any:

United States Cloud9: "Won't be happy unless we win"
Russia Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin"We can reach playoffs"
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas"I want to win this really bad"
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer"We have a chance to win"
Sweden Mikail "Maikelele" Bill"LEGIJA is a great fit"
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson"Goal is always to win"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo"cold brought many changes"
Australia James "James" Quinn"Underdog status favors us"
Poland Piotr "peet" Ćwikliński "We don't feel any pressure"
Canada Pujan "FNS" Mehta"Having the same core helps us"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács "Facing Titan will be hard"
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1789
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Poland Piotr 'peet' Ćwikliński
Piotr 'peet' Ćwikliński
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Australia James 'James' Quinn
James 'James' Quinn
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Russia Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Georgi 'WorldEdit' Yaskin
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1203
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1535
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1584
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
n1
2015-08-20 00:26
gl
2015-08-20 00:26
With Ex6TenZ thats impossible
2015-08-20 00:27
you hate him
2015-08-20 00:37
I have no reason to hate him whatsoever, he hasnt done anything to me, i'm just pointing out facts, he is shit in majors and hasnt achieved anything in a year
2015-08-20 00:41
#94
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United States mmotorcycle 
imo it's rpk that's trash most of the time
2015-08-20 03:38
I wonder how good he'd be if he played since the beginning of GO.
2015-08-20 07:40
#7
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
SmithzZ not even Top 4 of his team and Maniac is on his team NoKappa
2015-08-20 00:27
+1 I fucking lol'd
2015-08-20 00:32
insecure much
2015-08-20 00:27
HF
2015-08-20 00:27
They should be happy with top8 ?
2015-08-20 00:27
Top 16 Kappa
2015-08-20 06:39
no team with 3 tier 2 players will get into top 4
2015-08-20 00:27
#79
smooya | 
United Kingdom Kripps 
Which are tier 1? Shox+?
2015-08-20 01:53
shox and maniac based on his preformance at the qualifier
2015-08-20 01:56
#122
smooya | 
United Kingdom Kripps 
i agree with that, but i don't imagine many other people do
2015-08-20 11:16
yea probably not :l but popular consensus is not always right
2015-08-20 11:25
"Sorry, its a surprise!" HUNDEN comes in and 1v5 titan
2015-08-20 00:29
Nonono the surprise is that they have Hunden and he'll 1v5 the other team
2015-08-20 00:59
Dream on, be happy with top 16 :DDDDDDDD
2015-08-20 00:29
#116
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Europe crosst 
FINLAND SCENE XDDDDDDDDD
2015-08-20 09:01
jOELZ and gang could easily win the whole major.
2015-08-20 14:09
#144
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Europe crosst 
joelz, blasdfa. others not
2015-08-20 15:22
#20
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
When Shox is in the mood, he could carry a team of 4 hundens, so chill out guys and let's see what titan does.
2015-08-20 00:29
#92
Kaze | 
Malaysia Swattax 
But 4 HUNDENs are too op
2015-08-20 03:26
No tsm interview?
2015-08-20 00:29
#22
Iraq mohh 
nice
2015-08-20 00:30
Titan getting past groups? In your dreams
2015-08-20 00:33
it would be a surprise for them if they make it out from groups doe
2015-08-20 00:32
I brain farted, thought that this was an EnVy interview
2015-08-20 00:32
#62
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Macau fAKEs2j 
If they can't out with kennys and apex, why they would past with shox and smithz?
2015-08-20 01:07
cuz source legends, cuz old trio omgomgomg all the blind fanboys.
2015-08-20 09:06
wow so much drama in casual noob game lmfao
2015-08-20 00:30
The surprise titan can make is go out from gourp stages one more time AGAIN :!
2015-08-20 00:31
ez titan
2015-08-20 00:32
top4? haha xD
2015-08-20 00:32
Goodluckkkkk
2015-08-20 00:32
#34
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Portugal dascouves 
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2015-08-20 00:35
Gl titan!!! Show us something cool
2015-08-20 00:37
#37
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Europe DeusCUTE 
lmao, they ain't getting it tho
2015-08-20 00:41
"The first edition of ESL ESEA Pro League was bigger than this Major in term of prizemoney" wat? 250k both tournaments?
2015-08-20 00:42
500k per season... So yes the prize pool is bigger.
2015-08-20 00:46
#52
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Czech Republic H!T 
there was some money involved in the regular season i believe and they might also got travel support, idk
2015-08-20 00:51
Wasn't that just for the lan? I know teams also got payed based off their placing in the online season.
2015-08-20 01:37
That's only the prize for the lan finals. There is a prize purse for the online phase and also travel expenses. Both events have a total of 500K given out, so a million combined.
2015-08-20 02:14
Loool Top 4? Troubleys planetkey would have better chances to make Top 4 then ShiTan
2015-08-20 00:43
Not surprising that cheats win bro
2015-08-20 00:47
I dont think you understand what he said...
2015-08-20 01:18
They'll be happy to get top 8 LOL, there all literally trash except shoxie
2015-08-20 00:44
TOP 4 rofl. More like group exit once again.
2015-08-20 00:44
X@X@X@X@X@X@
2015-08-20 00:45
Another pro hyping LG omfg im gonna die
2015-08-20 00:46
#47
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Brazil yxkz 
THE hype is real cant wait
2015-08-20 00:47
#50
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United Kingdom tomtmh 
brazilian steel is beast
2015-08-20 00:49
#80
Brazil lc 
And u are the batman
2015-08-20 01:54
Let's see
2015-08-20 01:19
expected
2015-08-20 00:49
Ex6 is great igl but became so slow to aim/kill ( he should retire ) Maniac just turned on his carreer lately playing full time cs ( too late brah just forget the game keep going to university ) Rpk never came back to his form, he should actually retire too Smithz is inconsistent he should practice more more more Shoxie is the fukin legend, alone i believe he can pulls them out to playoff especially i feel like he want to revenge from envyus and face them to prove happy how much he was wrong. Despite i would like to see a good titan, i am not confident about their chances. Discuss
2015-08-20 00:51
i arent eat ur baguette
2015-08-20 00:52
why brah, i give you some cheese, swedish love france and french people, i mean scandinavian girls gets wet when listening to french language maybe you are mad of this ? Get rid of your nationalism and let us fuk ur sisters and daughters, i give u french pussies
2015-08-20 00:57
I think his brain dieded
2015-08-20 11:43
ex6 should be coach. I dunno well but the problem with titan is that theres no one to replace ex6, maniac or rpk i think
2015-08-20 01:13
there are many players in france, just give a chance to young talents, it's my opinion.
2015-08-20 01:16
+1 this. I know everyone keeps saying he should retire and that his aiming skill is not up to par anymore, but it's not like he's taking up someone else's seat.
2015-08-20 01:24
Yes he can continue leading and giving back his experience.
2015-08-20 02:24
Did you even read my point? Of course he can do that. What I'm trying to say is that sure he could retire but why would he if there's no obvious replacement to take his spot?
2015-08-20 06:10
bias is real
2015-08-20 03:24
Indeed
2015-08-20 03:27
#53
chrisJ | 
United Kingdom Harribo 
When's there gonna be a mouz player interview?
2015-08-20 00:51
Can you read?
2015-08-20 09:07
No I can't read, sorry
2015-08-20 13:40
Anyways, it was the last pre-tournament interview.
2015-08-20 13:44
true about the format
2015-08-20 00:55
#60
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Czech Republic CerTas 
lol'd
2015-08-20 01:02
i am excited to see titan play, i wish them more succes than envy :)
2015-08-20 01:03
rofl
2015-08-20 01:20
#70
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United Kingdom NoelG 
kek
2015-08-20 01:22
Even these guys know that semis would be a miracle with Ex6 on the roster.
2015-08-20 01:32
gl
2015-08-20 01:57
They'd be happy to get out of groups, because they wont even qualify for the next major if they get stomped in this one.
2015-08-20 03:23
GL EnvYus
2015-08-20 03:52
I hope the Brazilians will find a way out of groups, they are really nice guys and they work really hard. How fallen make so many friends in french scene '-' nbk and now happy
2015-08-20 03:54
#99
Spain Ayrr 
top4? lol, don't ask for more if u make it to the playoffs mate.
2015-08-20 04:20
drop smithzz for fxyo.
2015-08-20 04:20
good joke mate nice one GL beating fnatic and navi
2015-08-20 04:28
No surprise
2015-08-20 04:31
Shoot for the stars
2015-08-20 07:03
"i think we have the toughest group" and hes playing in the easiest lmao
2015-08-20 07:13
fnatic (top1) Na`Vi (top3-4) Titan eBettle Easiest group? Ok, troll is real with this one. I guess: EnVy LG Kinguin FlipSid3 is the toughest for you xD
2015-08-20 09:55
lmao i forgot smithzz is on titan not envy now
2015-08-20 11:35
wtf? They literally have the hardest group.
2015-08-20 11:24
shox is so fuckin sexy omg
2015-08-20 07:19
hahaha read only the title but...hahahahaha happy with top 4 rofl lmao what a pro thing to say hahaha its like they know their team is bad or something lol top kek haha
2015-08-20 07:34
ahahaha nt smithzz
2015-08-20 08:01
ez for fnatic
2015-08-20 09:01
top 4 of group stage confirmed
2015-08-20 11:04
#125
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France daniel19 
good luck TITAN, i'm behind you =)
2015-08-20 11:31
I'd be so happy if they would beat EnVyUs and kick them out from tournament to get to the semis. GL Titan, im behind u!
2015-08-20 11:45
Keep dreaming
2015-08-20 13:40
#137
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France rsi_rise 
GL Titan <3
2015-08-20 13:49
top4 for titan ? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
2015-08-20 15:08
#147
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Brazil AL1en 
top 4 hahaha
2015-08-20 20:41
Nice try titan !
2015-08-20 21:08
No top 4 for BOT Smithzzz
2015-08-21 19:14
I feel sad for Shox
2015-08-21 19:16
rip
2015-08-21 19:16
RIP =[
2015-08-21 21:03
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