Cloud9: Won't be happy unless we win

In one of the last two interviews prior to the major, which is set to begin tomorrow afternoon, Cloud9 breaks down all things ESL One Cologne.

We only have about 18 hours left before action begins in Cologne's MMC studios, but we still have two more interviews left for you to check out, including Cloud9 and Titan.

In the following pre-interview, Cloud9's trio, Sean "seang@res" Gares, Mike "shroud" Grzesiek and Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham, as well as manager Tres "stunna" Saranthus, break down all things ESL One Cologne:

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne? Are you going to or did you bootcamp beforehand or have you only been preparing online? Have you focused on anything in particular? (e.g. teams, specific problems at recent events)
Sean Gares:We took a few days break following the North American qualifier then we hit practice hard. We’ve been bootcamping at the nfaculty house for the past week and have focused heavily on creating new tactics. In addition to this, we’ve done a lot of research to both the teams in our group and the stronger ones outside.
Is there anyone who you think is underrated and could surprise in Cologne? 
Michael Grzesiek: I personally think the polish team eBettle is underrated and show promise after playing them a few times during our boot camp. They also already beat HellRaisers and Titan in the qualifier, and could definitely surprise in this major.
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? 
Sean Gares: Personally, I wouldn’t be “happy” unless we win the event. No matter what stage of the event you lose, you will always think about all of the little things that you could have done differently. With that being said, I think a semifinals appearance would make us “satisfied”... after the sting of the loss wears off.
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?
Sean Gares: During our bootcamp it seemed as though NiP were one of the strongest teams in the field. I think they could definitely make a deep run in this tournament. Outside of NiP, I think VP, TSM, and Fnatic are all teams that have a great shot of top four. Matchups in the quarter finals, or group redraw, will determine the fates of every team listed.
What do you make of the change in 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? 
Sean Gares: I think the change is pretty pointless. It makes the major a bit more exciting for existing fans, but it adds such a confusing element for new fans. As someone who hasn’t played a single game of Dota in my life, I truly think that they have a much better format. 
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?
ANSWER
What are your thoughts on your group? Can you go through each match-up and say how it is likely to play out?
Sean Gares: Our group is extremely tough because of the styles of VP and Mousesports. Both teams have excellent tactical backings with extremely talented aimers. Despite our prior problems with these teams I can certainly see us advancing clean from our group. We’ve put in tons of work to make sure we’re familiar with their playstyles and will be ready for any tricks they try and throw our way!
Yet again this major has not seen a prize pool change, even though the sticker money is likely to get bigger, would you like to see it get increased? 
Tyler Latham: Overall prize pool increase would be great; however, I think it’s important that Valve realizes that they should branch away from traditional team stickers and into new territory. I was really hoping that in addition to the player signatures that Valve would have elected to use “sprays” instead of stickers.
Lately the outrage against certain weapons has decreased (e.g. CZ-75 at the beginning of the year, Tec-9 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?
ANSWER
Do you think the new anti-doping 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?
Tres Saranthus: The new set anti-doping measures, in my mind, are long over due in gaming. The use of performance enhancing substances in competition have been prevalent for years in gaming and not just in Counter-Strike. I wouldn’t say that this has been blown out of proportion, but inevitable when you think of the growth and advancement of our sport.
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?
Tres Saranthus: The travel between events definitely has an impact on these players. In the stretch where we went to those 6 events back to back, we had little to no time to prepare in between cities outside of verbally unless an option came on the table early at a venue or with a sponsor. When you consider online leagues, it really does make it difficult to compete in all of the leagues you’d like to given the travel schedules. We reluctantly dropped CEVO this season but it was something we had to do based on the upcoming travel schedule.
You had a run of three back-to-back finals at ESL ESEA, ESWC and FACEIT Finals and a 3rd-4th finish at CEVO Finals, do you think there’s a chance at a run for the title in Cologne? Do you think now could be the moment for North America to show they are a contender on the biggest stage possible?
Tyler Latham: If all goes well we definitely have the chance to make a run into the finals if we play to the best of our abilities. We’re overall confident in playing any team in this event and we have the chance to win something big for North America.
How has the summer been treating you, travelling back and forth from the EU to North America? Has it been draining? Do you think that puts you at a disadvantage with teams that play mostly or only in Europe?
Tyler Latham: It’s been quite a journey for us, we’ve gather plenty of experience in and outside the game. Mostly the only disadvantage we have now is that teams will be extra careful with us and they will be scouting our plays, thankfully we’ve gotten a bootcamp and we have re-stocked our inventory.
The addition of fREAKAZOiD really seems to have made the team come closer, when with Semphis and ShahZaM there didn’t seem to be the same closeness and understanding outside of the game. Is this level of comfort a factor in-game as well? Could it in part have been one of the reasons for C9’s recent run of good form?
Sean Gares: Personally, Ryan adds such a fantastic element to this team. He is a fearless entry fragger that will listen to any command I give him ingame. In addition to this, he adds an factor of simplicity when I try to overcomplicate easy problems. He keeps me level headed and always is motivating the team to keep focused. Lastly, adding Ryan has made our team so much more enjoyable out of game. The atmosphere on the team feels perfect outside of game, which has translated to our ingame play. We are a TEAM, and not all “teams” can say that.
What final thoughts do you have on ESL Cologne and going forward into the last stretch of the 2015 online and offline seasons? Any shoutouts?
Tres Saranthus: Well the major is something that we have kept on the front burner this entire time, but it’s been important for us to take one tournament at time and we will continue to do so. The tournaments following this one are to be taken just as seriously and we know that as this game continues to grow that the relentless travel schedule will continue. There are big things in store for CS:GO coming and we are happy to be at the forefront of it all and pioneering our way through it, alongside the other elite teams. 
I’d like to take this time to thank the ones who continue to push us along on our goals and aspirations. Cloud9 CS:GO has came out strong in the past few months and for the fans that have been there since Day 1 should have nothing less than a huge smile on their face and we hope to keep it there. Also, we can’t forget to thank the sponsors who put us here in the first place: G2A.com, LogitechG, HTC, Loot Crate, Intel, HyperX, BenQ, ZAM, Alienware, & LoLwiz. Oh hey, Mr. Mira you rock too.

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne? Are you going to or did you bootcamp beforehand or have you only been preparing online? Have you focused on anything in particular? (e.g. teams, specific problems at recent events)

United States Sean "seang@res" Gares: We took a few days break following the North American qualifier, then we hit practice hard. We've been bootcamping at the n!faculty house for the past week and have focused heavily on creating new tactics. In addition to this, we've done a lot of research on both the teams in our group and the stronger ones outside.


"We are a TEAM, and not all teams can say that." says seang@res

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? 

United States Sean "seang@res" Gares: Personally, I wouldn't be "happy" unless we win the event. No matter what stage of the event you lose, you will always think about all of the little things that you could have done differently. With that being said, I think a semi-finals appearance would make us "satisfied"... After the sting of the loss wears off.

You had a run of three back-to-back finals at ESL ESEA, ESWC and FACEIT Finals and a 3rd-4th finish at CEVO Finals, do you think there's a chance at a run for the title in Cologne? Do you think now could be the moment for North America to show they are a contender on the biggest stage possible?

United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham: If all goes well we definitely have the chance to make a run into the finals if we play to the best of our abilities. We're overall confident in playing any team in this event and we have the chance to win something big for North America.

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

United States Sean "seang@res" Gares: Our group is extremely tough because of the styles of VP and mousesports. Both teams have excellent tactical backings with extremely talented aimers. Despite our prior problems with these teams I can certainly see us advancing clean from our group. We've put in tons of work to make sure we're familiar with their playstyles and will be ready for any tricks they try and throw our way!

What do you make of the change in 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? 

United States Sean "seang@res" Gares: I think the change is pretty pointless. It makes the major a bit more exciting for existing fans, but it adds such a confusing element for new fans. As someone who hasn’t played a single game of Dota in my life, I truly think that they have a much better format. 

The addition of fREAKAZOiD really seems to have made the team come closer, when with Semphis and ShahZaM there didn't seem to be the same closeness and understanding outside of the game. Is this level of comfort a factor in-game as well? Could it in part have been one of the reasons for C9's recent run of good form?

United States Sean "seang@res" Gares: Personally, Ryan adds such a fantastic element to this team. He is a fearless entry fragger that will listen to any command I give him in-game. In addition to this, he adds a factor of simplicity when I try to overcomplicate easy problems. He keeps me level-headed and always is motivating the team to keep focused. Lastly, adding Ryan has made our team so much more enjoyable out of game. The atmosphere on the team feels perfect outside of game, which has translated to our in-game play. We are a TEAM, and not all "teams" can say that.

How has the summer been treating you, travelling back and forth from the EU to North America? Has it been draining? Do you think that puts you at a disadvantage with teams that play mostly or only in Europe?

United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham: It's been quite a journey for us, we've gathered plenty of experience in and outside the game. Mostly the only disadvantage we have now is that teams will be extra careful with us and they will be scouting our plays, thankfully we've gotten a bootcamp and we have re-stocked our inventory.

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

Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek: I personally think the Polish team eBettle is underrated and show promise after playing them a few times during our bootcamp. They also already beat HellRaisers and Titan in the qualifier, and could definitely surprise in this major.

The level of teams has been evening 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?

United States Sean "seang@res" Gares: During our bootcamp it seemed as though NiP were one of the strongest teams in the field. I think they could definitely make a deep run in this tournament. Outside of NiP, I think VP, TSM, and Fnatic are all teams that have a great shot at top four. Match-ups in the quarter finals, or group re-draw, will determine the fates of every team listed.


n0thing has stepped up and should play a pivotal role in Cloud9's results

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

United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham: Overall prize pool increase would be great; however, I think it’s important that Valve realizes that they should branch away from traditional team stickers and into new territory. I was really hoping that in addition to the player signatures that Valve would have elected to use “sprays” instead of stickers.

Do you think the new anti-doping 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?

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus: The new set anti-doping measures, in my mind, are long over due in gaming. The use of performance enhancing substances in competition have been prevalent for years in gaming and not just in Counter-Strike. I wouldn't say that this has been blown out of proportion, but inevitable when you think of the growth and advancement of our sport.

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?

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus: The travel between events definitely has an impact on these players. In the stretch where we went to those six events back to back, we had little to no time to prepare in between cities outside of verbally, unless an option came on the table early at a venue or with a sponsor. When you consider online leagues, it really does make it difficult to compete in all of the leagues you'd like to given the travel schedules. We reluctantly dropped CEVO this season but it was something we had to do based on the upcoming travel schedule.

What final thoughts do you have on ESL Cologne and going forward into the last stretch of the 2015 online and offline seasons?

United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus: Well, the major is something that we have kept on the front burner this entire time, but it's been important for us to take one tournament at time and we will continue to do so. The tournaments following this one are to be taken just as seriously and we know that as this game continues to grow, the relentless travel schedule will continue. There are big things in store for CS:GO coming and we are happy to be at the forefront of it all and pioneering our way through it, alongside the other elite teams. 

I'd like to take this time to thank the ones who continue to push us along on our goals and aspirations. Cloud9 CS:GO has came out strong in the past few months and for the fans that have been there since day one should have nothing less than a huge smile on their face and we hope to keep it there. Also, we can't forget to thank the sponsors who put us here in the first place: G2A.com, LogitechG, HTC, Loot Crate, Intel, HyperX, BenQ, ZAM, Alienware, & LoLwiz. Oh hey, Mr. Mira, you rock too.

Here's a list of all pre-interviews we have conducted so far prior to ESL One Cologne, check it out to see if you missed any. As mentioned above, only one more interview is coming up later tonight, which is with Titan's Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux.

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
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
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
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
United States Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Tres 'stunna' Saranthus
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.64
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.30
DPR:
0.54
APR:
0.09
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
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Go C9! Nice interview.
2015-08-19 20:41
Go C9!
2015-08-19 20:49
#6
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Ukraine FaZe_UW0TM8 
nice
2015-08-19 20:42
noice
2015-08-19 21:44
lmao
2015-08-19 20:42
you are gonna cry because mouz and vp is going out in group
2015-08-19 20:42
You should learn how groups work. Only 1 goes out of each group then the groups get redrawn So technically all three of them could be in the quarters.
2015-08-19 20:44
Thank you for posting this! I didn't actually know the groups were like that :P
2015-08-19 20:50
THANK you then mr america fan nr1
2015-08-19 20:51
dude thats fucking stupid but thanks
2015-08-19 23:49
The system in itself is stupid, but VP, C9 and Mouz deserve to get out of groups over a Kinguin or LG if the old format was kept.
2015-08-20 00:56
"Deserve" l0l
2015-08-20 06:27
Are you trying to say that those 3 teams should not make it out of groups or are you just retarded?
2015-08-20 06:31
i don't want to ruin ur dreams but....
2015-08-19 20:43
Implying Choke9 could ever win a major.
2015-08-19 20:43
"Could ever"... You are quite the pessimist! Well, I suppose hater is more appropriate because this is not a statement of belief so much as a statement of hope. You hope they never will.
2015-08-19 20:56
i think that they will go out in the quarter final. Maybe they can get to the semis depending on the brackets
2015-08-19 20:59
I'm mostly a Cloud9 fan, they're the one good team in Cologne I actually wish would win, but past results have shown how insurmountable the experience and psyche gap between some Euro teams and C9 seems to be. I'd love to watch C9 beat VP in a grand final, but is it really likely?
2015-08-19 21:36
Except the tenor of your statement is that "Choke9" (as you call them) "could" never win. That's unknown at this point. They're certainly not favored and they could go out in groups and never get to the playoffs, but they have played well against the top teams and if they can win a map or two, it is possible. Likely? No. But, if there is any possibility, this exceeds never.. which is what you were claiming.
2015-08-19 22:00
#116 youre the kind of fan any athelete wishes they could have behind them!! Constantly talking shit about a team they "claim" to support. Youre leaps and bounds above those peasants who actually LIKE their favroite teams and root for them reguardless of what anyone else thinks of them. But i bet you were the kid in school that smoked a cigarette or shotgunned a beer or took that bong hit because everyone else did, right?
2015-08-20 00:08
> Constantly talking shit > One post in HLTV Choose one. Also, your comment makes no sense, you should've stayed in school instead of going off to Assumption Academy. Fans criticise teams, fanboys suck them off.
2015-08-20 02:08
Fanboys are ok because they're cheering for they're own team and nothing is wrong with that. but fangays on the other hand
2015-08-20 02:52
#101
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Europe DeusCUTE 
Kinda like the brazilian national football team could ever win a world cup.
2015-08-19 21:20
Except they did, five times. I would love to watch C9 beat the Euros so we could have the tastiest tears in CS history, but there's too big of a psychological barrier for the Americans to win. Keep praying.
2015-08-19 21:33
there's no "psychological barrier". it's just that anti-strating can only get you so far and when 2.5/5 of your players lack the skill to compete with the fnatic's and tsm's of the world, you aren't going to win tournaments
2015-08-19 22:22
implying shitty ass LG could
2015-08-19 21:42
#178
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United States tattiman789 
Better than luminosity by a fucking long ass mile
2015-08-20 02:13
Dont worry, be happy
2015-08-19 20:44
Grzesiek: I personally think the Polish team eBettle is underrated
2015-08-19 20:44
#47
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
confirmed bias
2015-08-19 20:51
I think they're underrated as well.
2015-08-19 20:57
Fleshleaves: I personally think the Polish team eBettle is underrated
2015-08-19 20:59
Yes, I read that. What part are you concerned over. I thought eBettle was Polish. Aren't they? Or, are you just making a point that he's biased because one of his parents is from Poland? He could done better by saying VP. You're from Canada (I'm guessing by the flag you present). Would you necessarily answer this as Cloud 9? He gave his justifications of why he thought this.
2015-08-19 21:05
do u need someone to draw it for you? shroud has a polish surname, what does that tell you?
2015-08-19 21:34
Dude. I got that from the start. I have a Polish last name. It doesn't mean I'm biased towards Polish teams just because that's where my ancestry and surname are from. A persons surname doesn't say shit about where their loyalties lie when it comes to their favorite teams. Like Shroud, I live in North America. We were both born here. We both root for NA teams. It doesn't mean we don't also root for EU teams (I like NiP and TSM, for example), but it certainly doesn't tie us down a particular nations teams. I also have ancestry in England, France, and Germany. It doesn't mean I have to go for Penta or EnvyUs.
2015-08-19 21:57
the way bananatugger phrased it made it seem like shroud's biased, sense of humor dude, you lack it
2015-08-19 22:24
It wasn't even remotely funny and serious answer was justified. BTW i am from Poland and i think guys from ebettle are overrated.
2015-08-19 22:52
i found it funny and u guys didnt w/e
2015-08-19 23:00
xD
2015-08-19 20:44
Sprays inc
2015-08-19 20:45
Soooo you'll be sad coz you don't gonna win anyways.
2015-08-19 20:45
Do you know they're not going to or you don't think they will, or do you just hope they don't?
2015-08-19 20:58
#113
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World mackzim 
i dont think c9 will reach semis or final, imo they will choke in quarters-finals, but i would love to watch c9 x nip in final
2015-08-19 21:32
If anyone is going to "choke," sadly, its gonna be NiP. Theyve become pros at it. I hope they dont butshit gets crazy at majors.
2015-08-20 00:13
Another retarded C9 fangay
2015-08-21 16:14
The new set anti-doping measures, in my mind, are long over due in gaming. The use of performance enhancing substances in competition have been prevalent for years in gaming and not just in Counter-Strike. I wouldn't say that this has been blown out of proportion, but inevitable when you think of the growth and advancement of our sport. Perfect PR, coming from the team who was using adderall in the first place.
2015-08-19 20:46
A year ago in one tournament.
2015-08-19 20:59
haven't said more than that mate. just found this elaborate answer funny, and also that Cloud9 was the only team with sponsor shoutouts at the end.
2015-08-19 21:04
But the suggestion on these boards is that they're continuing to as an entire team and have been this whole time. I'm not sure sponsor shoutouts is necessarily a bad thing, considering they're the ones signing paychecks to the team management. It's not like sponsor shoutouts aren't common.
2015-08-19 21:07
The fact that you think Cloud9 was the first team to take adderall just shows your insurmountable ignorance. People have been getting high and playing in tournaments for a VERY long time now. Over 10 years i should say. C9 just got put in the spotlight cause Semphis gossips like a woman.
2015-08-20 00:16
I'm not ignorant, I'm trying to stop the CONTINUED, NEVER-ENDING accusations by people claiming that the ONLY way Cloud9 can win is because of doping... somehow thinking that C9 would be the ONLY team to have used advantages. The root of this comes from hate of NA teams, and a wish that NA were inferior. I'm sure this stems from a feeling they have that the US is pulling all the strings and leading them around by the nose in political and economic matters.
2015-08-20 00:55
siiigh
2015-08-19 21:18
Good luck <33
2015-08-19 20:45
So no mouz interview. ty gob.... TY VERY MUCH!
2015-08-19 20:47
#194
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Australia evaD3 
I don't think there is a renegades interview either... Unless I'm blind
2015-08-20 09:50
Nope Looks like some teams dont want to give and interview..
2015-08-20 10:00
Cloud 9 are bloody bad
2015-08-19 20:47
it's true
2015-08-19 20:47
to the bone m8
2015-08-19 21:45
C9 are like 10x worse than the top UK team. Oh wait....
2015-08-20 00:18
3 kliks philip is better than the whole of c9 combined
2015-08-20 08:47
Prepare to be very unhappy.
2015-08-19 20:47
"During our bootcamp it seemed as though NiP were one of the strongest teams in the field." Zeus said that NiP is winning vs everyone atm online NiP winners of ESL One Cologne 2015
2015-08-19 20:48
Yeah swedish onliners, expected
2015-08-19 20:52
Pretty funny coming from a german. I giggled a little tbh.
2015-08-19 21:00
Thank you mate. I love to make you giggle, it's so cute! :-)
2015-08-19 21:05
They are always in form before majors, ALWAYS! and always in the final, so nothing new. The thing is now they have a really super skilled Envy, a TSM looking for revenge and fnatic that will stand in the way in the semi finals or even before that, so even if they are in super form those matchups will all be 50/50 and all comes down to form for the day. Plus teams like Cloud9, VP, Navi and Kinguin on a good day can beat any team in the tournament. It all comes down to if f0rest and GT will have "good days" and if allu can be more consistent then he has been. Most exciting major so far thought, never been this high level of teams before.
2015-08-20 09:12
i think f0rest will be the MVP of this tournament he has been sick on his stream vs pro players maybe its just cuz i love him :)
2015-08-20 12:05
i wonder what will they say if they go out in groups.
2015-08-19 20:47
Nip top1 confirmed
2015-08-19 20:49
GL american
2015-08-19 20:50
Then to avoid disappointment you can start being sad guyz
2015-08-19 20:50
eBettle top8 confirmed by shroud
2015-08-19 20:51
C9 <3333333333
2015-08-19 20:51
nice read
2015-08-19 20:51
C9 still dreaming after adderall was banned...lol :D
2015-08-19 20:53
Thanks for daily laugh
2015-08-19 20:53
DROP IT
2015-08-19 20:53
Be my private dancer
2015-08-19 22:13
#56
Ex6TenZ | 
Norway orcaM 
Prepare to be dissapointed... I expect c9 cs roster to drop harder than the twin towers.
2015-08-19 20:55
:c
2015-08-19 21:24
#112
Ex6TenZ | 
Norway orcaM 
Im sorry mate... but whenever a NA team says they are strong, it goes to their heads and they just "LETS GOOOOO!!! MURICAAA!!!!" and they get fked :(
2015-08-19 21:30
First i was like wtf?! A murican? Laughed pretty hard then. ty mate
2015-08-19 23:07
Wow nip will win this major easily Everybody saying that theyre goods Lets go
2015-08-19 20:55
Psyche!! NiP are the choke kings now!!! They took it from VP.
2015-08-20 00:20
c9 vs kinguin finals, you heard it here first
2015-08-19 20:55
Funny
2015-08-19 20:56
cant see c9 beating vp or ms
2015-08-19 20:56
it's still bo1 so they still have a chance if they lose against mouz...against who will they play next? I think vp is the one who advances first than it comes down to mouz and c9
2015-08-19 21:02
No Interview frm NiP?
2015-08-19 20:56
Who knows? They didn't say this was the last interview. They said there's one more.
2015-08-19 21:01
only one more interview is coming up later tonight, which is with Titan's Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux.
2015-08-19 21:05
:((((((( riperino friburguino
2015-08-19 21:09
why no interview from NiP, renegades, TSM and mouz ? they didn't want to be interviewed or what ?
2015-08-19 20:57
Sean "seang@res" Gares: During our bootcamp it seemed as though NiP were one of the strongest teams in the field. HYPE
2015-08-19 20:58
#68
jOELZ | 
Finland stubey 
they wont get out of groups but ok then
2015-08-19 20:58
Clown9 winner of cologne kappa
2015-08-19 20:59
to all those -freak guys "Sean "seang@res" Gares: Personally, Ryan adds such a fantastic element to this team. He is a fearless entry fragger that will listen to any command I give him in-game. In addition to this, he adds a factor of simplicity when I try to overcomplicate easy problems. He keeps me level-headed and always is motivating the team to keep focused. Lastly, adding Ryan has made our team so much more enjoyable out of game. The atmosphere on the team feels perfect outside of game, which has translated to our in-game play. We are a TEAM, and not all "teams" can say that. " NO STFU and die <3
2015-08-19 21:04
#80
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Brazil markkrj 
Well, won't be happy at all.
2015-08-19 21:02
gl
2015-08-19 21:04
why u want to be happy , he is baiting only
2015-08-19 21:08
Lol they will lose vs vp and mouse
2015-08-19 21:08
well, you won't be happy because you won't win
2015-08-19 21:08
so this means no nip in pyjamas interview?
2015-08-19 21:10
Well they definately have high hopes, i dont think they make it top4.
2015-08-19 21:11
#94
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Finland Dragonpig 
Gl to c9!
2015-08-19 21:12
i will laugh at them after they got crushed by mouz <3
2015-08-19 21:12
shroud and hunden approved eBettle, too ez for them
2015-08-19 21:18
What a retarded statement
2015-08-19 21:24
haha too bad they will do a titanic in the groupstage (and yes titan aswell for salty muricans)
2015-08-19 21:30
AHAHAHAH GOOD JOKE
2015-08-19 21:36
#118
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Cyprus Swishh_ 
will there be PoVs?
2015-08-19 21:37
they forgot about Kappa
2015-08-19 21:38
#124
tweNty | 
United Kingdom Ruzkij 
FREE DOPE
2015-08-19 21:42
c9 vs nip would be a dream final
2015-08-19 21:44
EZ
2015-08-19 21:46
You will never be happy then :D_DDDDDD
2015-08-19 21:47
Nt c9
2015-08-19 21:52
"We are a TEAM, and not all "teams" can say that." Hurray!
2015-08-19 21:54
C9 vs NiPples in Pajamers in finals confirmed.
2015-08-19 22:17
#234
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Sweden mr-gusse 
Maybe if they create a 2-team tournament themselves. They will both go out in groupstage, C9 already out, NIP to follow later on
2015-08-21 16:15
Good luck1
2015-08-19 22:18
#145
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United States y0rk 
win it all boys
2015-08-19 22:40
These guys are too confident, they think this major is like the other small events with less matches to play and less teams and think they can get to the finals rofl I'll be surprised if they get past quarters
2015-08-19 22:55
news after esl one: Cloud9 isn't happy Read it here first
2015-08-19 22:57
#151
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Chile pr0per 
good luck cloud9!
2015-08-19 23:04
#155
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Estonia swag420weed 
So sgares says: "NiP stronk!" NiP champions 2015, sgares confirmed
2015-08-19 23:10
go adderall
2015-08-19 23:18
"Outside of NiP, I think VP, TSM, and Fnatic are all teams that have a great shot at top four." Where is Nv?
2015-08-19 23:43
#172
EliGE | 
United States CiToX 
Bold statement...
2015-08-20 01:27
Well thats... optimistic... to say the least
2015-08-20 01:46
#176
Brazil lc 
4ever sad
2015-08-20 01:59
All these salty Euros
2015-08-20 02:35
I remember at one of the previous majors (Cologne or Katowice) everyone was saying IBP was doing beastly in scrims... they went out in groups
2015-08-20 03:16
stunna confirmed retarded. cut that deadweight loose
2015-08-20 06:54
Mad euros mad, confirmed. most replies out of all the interviews and mostly nerds going out of their way to shit talk LOL
2015-08-20 06:58
It's sad because I can't take Sgares' positive comments on Freakazoid seriously. Seangares said even better things about Shahzam when he was on Cloud9, and see how true those words were.
2015-08-20 06:59
gl
2015-08-20 12:02
omg typical american megalomania talking... other teams have either real chances or just saying, we are happy to get out of the group stages... but no, the americans just need to declare the world domination thing... zzzzz
2015-08-20 12:14
#200
TACO | 
Netherlands ericaltm 
classic american ego
2015-08-20 13:41
Then they will go home not being happy. they have 0 chance of winning this event!!
2015-08-20 14:56
gg na
2015-08-21 14:53
OH BOY
2015-08-21 14:53
rip c9 [*]
2015-08-21 14:53
ayyy lmao [*]
2015-08-21 14:53
c9 [*]
2015-08-21 14:54
bump hehe
2015-08-21 14:54
sad cloud9 is sad
2015-08-21 14:54
gtfo
2015-08-21 14:54
[*] nice try
2015-08-21 14:54
[*]
2015-08-21 14:54
[*] rest in group stage
2015-08-21 14:55
#220
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Turkey Shanon 
[*]
2015-08-21 14:55
#221
Australia BCP 
XAXXAXAXAXAXA
2015-08-21 14:55
lol
2015-08-21 14:57
so sad
2015-08-21 14:58
[*]
2015-08-21 14:59
[*]
2015-08-21 15:00
D E P R E S S I O N OVERLOAD
2015-08-21 15:01
[*] I'll write a prescription for your anti-depressants right away. :>
2015-08-21 15:01
hahahahaha
2015-08-21 15:50
your name is the sound my ass makes when I fart
2015-08-21 15:51
[*] RIP [*]
2015-08-21 16:12
#233
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
go cry in a corner clown9 foxj outplayed every single one of c9 while he was the worst player for kinguin in that match
2015-08-21 16:14
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2015-08-21 16:52
[*] JOKE9
2015-08-21 20:29
Ayyy lmao
2015-08-21 20:31
joke9
2015-08-21 20:32
hahahahahaha
2015-08-21 21:44
#244
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Serbia whoa!! 
RIP
2015-11-17 08:57
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