freak: "You can’t rush the process"

We had a chance to catch up with Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir to talk about the changes in Cloud9's leadership, Stewie joining the team, and their first matches of the tournament.

The morning was up and down for Cloud9 as the team lost their first game against G2, not being able to stop Richard "shox" Papillon and company from taking the last two maps of their three map series. The North American squad did go on to win against method in the elimination match to secure a spot in the quarterfinals despite their play not being particularly solid against the underdogs. Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir runs us through it.

The match with G2 was tough, and then in the match against method you were maybe a little bit shaky, especially at the end of the first map when it looked like they might be coming back...

freakazoid: The thing about G2 is that we let them get back into it on Cache, and on Train we actually made a good comeback. While we were making the comeback I swear I was like "guys, we can win, we can do this!" and I literally got no feedback after that. Everybody was just dead silent. So it sort of showed the communication was kind of down. We're more of an emotional team, so when we're rolling, we're all hyped, but when we’re losing, we're all kind of "uuughh."

It looked almost as if you had too much respect for your rivals, the second things got a bit out of hand you weren’t taking as many duels, you pulled back and let them play their game, whereas Cloud9 should maybe play for those duels.

freakazoid: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player. The problem is when our mindset is play not to lose instead of play to win and impose our will on teams. Then we struggle. If we play to win, we play well, and if we play not to lose, [we don’t], because those are two completely different things. You’re worried about what the other team is going to do rather than what you’re going to do. We have to focus on ourselves rather than on the other team. We proved we can hang with the best teams last year, so we just have to get back to just being mentally tough.

Had Jake "Stewie2K" Yip coming on board been in the plans for a while, or was it something more spur of the moment?

freakazoid: Stewie was more spur of the moment after Sean left. We had our eyes on a couple of players and so far he's exceeding expectations, in my eyes at least, and I think he can only grow as a player since he's new to the game. Especially as a professional player. With experience he's going to continue to grow and get better, so I think he was definitely worth it as a pick-up.

At the same time Stewie2K came in, Sean "seang@res" Gares left, meaning your leadership shifted and Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert is doing the calling now. How has that change worked out for the team?

freakazoid: With Sean we had a set direction, pretty much. He wanted certain things done his way. We played more off of his style and we were more set on what to do when he called something. With Jordan we have a bit more freedom working off of each other and since we all played at the top level for a while now, and Stewie is new but he’s picking it up quickly, we kind of just use communication and work off of our individual plays. Obviously it’s a bit of a struggle right now, but I don't think it's a reflection of how good we are at the moment.

I hate to make excuses, but jetlag is being a bitch for me right now, and for the rest of the team. It's hard. I don’t even drink energy drinks and I’ve had three of them already, and I'm still dying.

So with Jordan there's a bit more freedom, while with Sean it was a little more strict. But it's good to use both styles, we need to just figure it out. It's going to take us a good six months to sort everything out.

So are you going to keep the loose style?

freakazoid: Right now it's loose because we haven't had time to go over stuff, or we’re going over it right now, but at the same time we're trying to figure out different play styles and roles. For instance Stewie came in as an entry fragger, I'm an entry fragger, so we're still trying to figure that whole thing out and switch up styles, making every one of our players more well rounded and being able to do everything so when we get in certain situations we can do anything we want instead of just being one dimensional. That's the big thing for us now, being loose but having a set style, too, and being stricter with each other.

So what are the goals the team has set for the near future and even throughout the year? 

freakazoid: We haven’t really talked about goals. We obviously have high expectations for all of us individually; we all just want to win. That’s our main goal. Obviously you'll lose along the way, too, and that's just what's going to happen with a new play style, new calling, and a new player. We can say all this stuff and make excuses but we're not going to do that, we're going to try our best and work hard, get better, and try and be first in everything we play. That should be everybody’s goal. If it’s not then you probably shouldn’t be playing at a competitive level.

We have to give it some time, figure it out. You can’t rush the process and say it’s not going to work after a month or two. 

You can catch freakazoid and the rest of Cloud9 play the last match of the day against the loser of the Astralis vs. G2 match, which is currently under way, for a seed in tomorrow's quarterfinal matches.

United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
716
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1411
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
790
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
703
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
ofcourse you can
2016-02-05 19:09
goal is to become number 1 stream team
2016-02-05 19:13
-noodle + pasha nr 1 stream team
2016-02-05 19:15
and as sub izak and phantom lord
2016-02-05 19:54
#140
GuardiaN | 
Sweden kvNr 
-noodle +summit
2016-02-06 02:23
thats the goal of every american team and its no joke, just look up shazam optic interview
2016-02-05 19:47
You cant rush the "systemcolapse" process, they'll fall apart too fast :>
2016-02-05 22:47
oh no you didnt
2016-02-05 19:09
#4
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Estonia syccc 
they almost lost to method xd
2016-02-05 19:09
"almost" result: 2-0
2016-02-05 19:12
#47
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Estonia syccc 
16-14; 16-11
2016-02-05 19:12
who cares
2016-02-05 19:13
#64
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Finland fr0zeNid 
You
2016-02-05 19:22
seancares
2016-02-05 19:35
I will gift you skin for making me laugh so hard
2016-02-06 00:09
kappa
2016-02-06 00:11
that's not almost losing.
2016-02-05 19:40
If fnatic beat c9 16 14, 16 14 youd be saying "2-0 easy"
2016-02-05 19:52
the bad thing is this is 100% true everyones point of view is so skewed
2016-02-05 20:42
#46
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United States GeT_ReiCh 
That what happens when you bring in a kid who frags worse than sg@res
2016-02-05 19:12
sgares was one of their best players at international lans tho
2016-02-05 19:13
#111
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United States lumpy seal 
+1 No one realizes this lol
2016-02-05 23:57
#67
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Europe Deus Bellum 
Not only that. they have no IGL, n0thing is not only a shit player with no will to improve but he's also a shit IGL.
2016-02-05 19:24
lmao
2016-02-05 19:09
brah
2016-02-05 19:09
expected
2016-02-05 19:09
Tis true yet they rush everything
2016-02-05 19:10
who?
2016-02-05 19:09
of course he can
2016-02-05 19:10
#28
jkaem | 
Czech Republic majoris 
expected
2016-02-05 19:09
Quite possibility one of the dumbest people to ever pick up Counter-Strike meathead.
2016-02-05 19:10
+1
2016-02-05 19:58
#103
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Netherlands raiiNen^ 
wrong person, soz
2016-02-05 21:01
he just wants to win b0yz lel
2016-02-05 19:10
#36
Norway Lykd 
1
2016-02-05 19:10
ez tier 3
2016-02-05 19:11
NA cs
2016-02-05 19:11
#40
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France StickyRice 
" Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player. " Sorry Freakazoid but only Skadoodle is a top tier player on your team. The rest of the team isn't top caliber.
2016-02-05 19:11
shroud too
2016-02-05 19:35
No
2016-02-05 20:13
no
2016-02-05 20:18
no
2016-02-06 01:58
#153
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African Union ArisA 
+1
2016-02-06 15:25
SO TRUE!
2016-02-05 20:30
no, hes right, they just dont put enough work in and dont play as a team, although stewie and freak are kinda shit ppl need to recognize c9 doesnt have an individual skill problem, they have a work ethic and team coordination problem they were even a tier one team for a bit which proves that clearly theyre capable... just need to get the mindset right, get a decent work ethic, and work as a team instead of playing pro games like pugs
2016-02-05 22:52
They were never a tier 1 team.
2016-02-06 01:26
they 2-0'd fnatic at great form, and made three tournament finals consecutively dont kid urself
2016-02-06 01:33
They only got in the finals of the EEPL S1 because of wins against EnVyUs (nearly dead) and CLG (expected win). They would have lost the final against fnatic 3-0 maybe if the admin didnt fuck the pause up. In ESWC they won 3 bo1 against keyd stars, f3 (with a stand in who didnt even speak russian) and boreal (tier 5 na team) in the group stage and 2 bo3 against Liquid (C9>Liquid to that time) and EnVyUs (who changed their roaster after that game) in the play offs. Of course they lost against NaVi after that. The faceit stage 2 run were ok I guess but were in the end just bo1 wins and a bo3 against a weak fnatic (they just barely won against a NiP which was even more shit than now. So yeah, 3 bo3 wins (2x EnVyUs (who were dead) and 1x fnatic (who were in a slump)). Not tier 1 for me.
2016-02-06 01:53
It's really hilarious how you say envyus was so clearly bad at the time yet they made it to the semis F3 had just beat NiP before cloud9 beat them, so clearly the standin that didnt speak english wasnt so bad Pretty sure the CLG and Liquid they beat were in great form and had upset EU teams to get to that place in the tournaments You have no reasonable criteria to say fnatic or NiP were weak at the time of faceit, cloud9 were the first to 2-0 fnatic in a very long time.
2016-02-06 02:21
In EEPL they just had to beat LG with ptr who were like 0-17 against eu teams. In ESWC they had to beat some NA teams to go to the playoffs in bo1s and SK in a bo3. Even a dead EnVyUs was able to do that. F3 met NiP in the playoffs. C9 met F3 in the group stage. NiP was like I said back then more shit than today so C9 was back then better (at least for me). CLG and Liquid (which didnt had Hiko) were expected wins for C9 because C9 was until sgares left them the best NA team. CLG upsetted fnatic maybe because they were able to hear the casters (watch their pov demo) Of course I have a reasonable criteria. NiP didnt beat any tier 1 team for 3 months. They were on their lowest point ever but still able to almost beat fnatic. Its not like Cloud9 wasnt good in the summer. They were good because they antistratted tier 1 teams. But just 3 bo3 wins against tier 1 teams isnt enough to be a tier 1 team.
2016-02-06 04:40
Very true
2016-02-06 15:09
ofc excuses
2016-02-05 19:11
"Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." LOOOOOL best joke ever xD
2016-02-05 19:12
eslgaming.com/worldranking/csgo#/ plz help me, i dont see any singapore teams on this list
2016-02-05 19:16
And? Mad c9 fangay
2016-02-05 19:23
Not a fangay, but also not a blind, braindead shit talker
2016-02-05 20:17
nt fangay
2016-02-05 20:24
nt city wok
2016-02-05 20:25
u w0t m9
2016-02-05 20:25
u kno wat this is i.imgur.com/DH15C5h.jpg
2016-02-05 20:29
I aren't click that
2016-02-05 20:30
He has to live in Singapore. That's his punishment.
2016-02-05 20:16
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player."
2016-02-05 19:12
#88
United States Acw 
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player."
2016-02-05 20:16
#114
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United States lumpy seal 
They do. Skill is the only thing that got them these results. You think they had strategy lol?
2016-02-06 00:00
What results lol? The only meaningful results came from sean anti-stratting the fuck out of everyone. That's true going all the way back to dreamhack winter 2013
2016-02-06 01:59
#135
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United States lumpy seal 
No I'm saying the results from past day. They came close to beating G2 2-0 first b03, but ended up losing 1-2 after closely losing train. Their strats were garbage, but what won them rounds was just pure skill and aim battles.
2016-02-06 02:03
#136
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United States lumpy seal 
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a delusional c9 fanboy. I know that c9 is not very good right now. I'm just saying that each of their players has a high skill ceiling :P Also Freakazoid is mega underrated. You can also tell he's gaining experience, and is making less mistakes.
2016-02-06 02:04
G2 lost to CLG, so I wouldn't get too excited about almost beating them
2016-02-07 06:22
#159
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United States lumpy seal 
Yes, but G2 played much stronger vs. C9 than CLG. RPK and Smithz were ON FIRE vs c9.
2016-02-07 21:06
cant forget about scream
2016-02-08 07:41
So, basically, C9 went full tilt, has had no practice, and still managed to pull through. Not bad.
2016-02-05 19:12
I can rash b noop
2016-02-05 19:13
against g2 he chooses to burst instead of spray and then dies. imo he bursts for headshots in too closw distances which to me attributes to his deaths
2016-02-05 19:14
We have the skill to drop Skadoodle the AWP and hope he wins the game for us.
2016-02-05 19:15
haha i fkn LOLED haha
2016-02-06 00:17
You mean like rushing to find a 5th and picking up a Tier2k pugstar? GGWP [*] Cloud9
2016-02-05 19:15
1+ lmao [*]
2016-02-07 11:14
#58
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Philippines gicama_ 
it's funny coz stewie is known for rushing..
2016-02-05 19:16
man those jerseys are fucking sick
2016-02-05 19:19
Lol just said the same thing. They look fire.
2016-02-05 19:50
this team is doomed to fail lol
2016-02-05 19:19
#63
World TuaD 
"we all want to just win". Reminded me of thorin's video. :)
2016-02-05 19:21
they aint rushing the process since 2014
2016-02-05 19:22
-stewie +adderall
2016-02-05 19:33
pugmasters 2016
2016-02-05 19:38
clown9 adderall9 gg
2016-02-05 19:43
#77
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Ireland PattonIRL 
"We can say all this stuff and make excuses but we're not going to do that" "I hate to make excuses, but jetlag is being a bitch for me right now"
2016-02-05 19:47
Man those new shirts are pretty sick.
2016-02-05 19:50
#84
swag | 
Finland tr0llu 
but stewie can rush
2016-02-05 19:59
I like NA teams and C9, but I only hear NA players say things like: "I don't want to make an excuse, but...............etc.............." Everyone has the same conditions, its not even something that needs a mention in the first place.... and more than that when you say something like: "I dont want to make an excuse" you actually are making an excuse just by saying "I dont want to make an excuse", but anyway, its all good.... And for those who might say conditions are not the same cause coming from NA is different then from somewhere closer in Europe still doesnt change anythng, cause still when EU teams fly to NA to play ESEA finals, CEVO and such ocne again you dont hear EU players talk much about jetlag and such even though it took em 11-15 hours to get there.... We know you have jetlag, its not a surprise, so keep your personal issues to yourself... gl C9, hope they get through...
2016-02-05 20:23
Yea only NA players make excuses. 10/10
2016-02-06 01:39
tbh respect for freakazoid, he had a really good performance and a lot of entries. along with skadoodle he made it competitive
2016-02-05 20:14
#113
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United States lumpy seal 
+1 Congrats on win and good fight vs. Astralis. G2 top8 at least imo
2016-02-05 23:59
Freakazoid confirmed as the new manager of the Philadelphia 76ers
2016-02-05 20:23
you can't rush the process but you can always RUSH B NO STOP
2016-02-05 20:39
ska plays better after a break. Good for him, he's a t1 player for sure. n0thing is slow as fuck and his 1st shot accuracy is garbage. shroud is a career t2 can crusher. stewie2k has no idea how to support his teammates. Constantly positions himself in no mans land, and doesn't win 1v1 duels when enemies run into his crosshair. freak will always be freak. I don't like how he gives up free frags by rushing out with 0 support. Where's the communication?
2016-02-05 21:03
In this case Loose means sloppy... sloppy play makes you lose rounds.
2016-02-05 22:19
WHY DOES CLOUD 9 ALWAYS SOME HOW USE AN EXCUSE FOR THEIR PERFORMANCE?? STOP BEING LIL BITCHES AND START PUTTING IN THE HOURS PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF YOUR FUCKING EXCUSES, AND I DONT EVEN LIKE NA CS BUT I WANT AN NA TEAM TO ATLEAST BE TOP5
2016-02-05 22:27
#112
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United States lumpy seal 
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2016-02-05 23:58
yet he made an excuse? lmao
2016-02-06 00:19
#137
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United States lumpy seal 
You know what he meant. He hates making excuses, but you do have to acknowledge jet lag. Jet lagged people have been shown to have 20% less cognitive function than their normal state, and also have longer reaction times than normal.
2016-02-06 02:05
lol
2016-02-06 05:37
you can't rush the process just like stewie cant run through smokes
2016-02-05 23:43
In 6 days you will have had this roster for a month. You didnt have any LANs to go to nor did you have any online tournaments other than a qualifier for this LAN where swag stood in. So you shouldve had nearly a full month to practice together, how long exactly does it take to get good. Should we check back in 3 months to see if you hit your peak. It took 2 months to get to 3 LAN finals after the last roster change.
2016-02-06 00:05
ofc you can, just rush bi dont stap
2016-02-06 00:16
#122
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Norway billson 
Please more video interviews :)
2016-02-06 00:37
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player."
2016-02-06 01:27
This is kind of true, seeing as they do have the raw talent, they just seriously lack coordination.
2016-02-06 01:44
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player."
2016-02-06 01:42
Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player. LOL. Delusional.
2016-02-06 01:45
#130
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Sweden SteAmeX 
freak: "You can’t rush the process, but you can rush B-site!"
2016-02-06 01:50
People are bitching about NBKry. What about Cry9?
2016-02-06 01:55
rush what process, its freak and nothing that are playing like shit not stewie
2016-02-06 02:12
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player."
2016-02-06 02:43
As long as people watch them on twitch its all good. Change igl for second entryfragger. It all makes no sense.
2016-02-06 02:49
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." "Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player."
2016-02-06 06:56
Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player. I ARENT THINK THAT ROFL
2016-02-06 07:12
"Abadir: Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." na jokes best jokes
2016-02-06 15:24
I thought the freakazoid pick up a year ago was good, but I didn't realize how stupid this guy really is. Complete delusional. C9 is on a downward spiral.
2016-02-06 16:38
"You’re worried about what the other team is going to do rather than what you’re going to do." I thought Freakazoid was smarter than this. Jesus, what a dumb fuck. It is obvious that you do need to be worried about what you are going to do, but you ALSO need to think on what the other team is doing and is going to do.
2016-02-06 16:45
"Honestly, we have the skill to match any team in the world player for player." No you don't, not to mention especially not you. Secondly, if you guys somehow suddenly became EU team, living and playing there, everyone would see you guys like just another random tier 3 team. Get over your self egocentrical noobs.
2016-02-07 17:00
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