kennyS: "CS is all about confidence"

LucasAM
February 6th, 2016 14:43

The first quarterfinal match ended with EnVyUs knocking out Cloud9 in two maps. We talked to Kenny "kennyS" Schrub about the team's struggle on their T-side in Mirage during that match and how he is feeling going into the semifinal against Astralis.

Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was instrumental in the team's victory over Cloud9 during the first of the two quarterfinal matches going to be played today, posting the series' highest rating. He took a few minutes to talk to us about the team's confidence and what the team need to do to regain it.

 

So the map you chose in the veto was de_mirage, on which your T side seemed a bit off, did you choose it because Cloud9 are weaker there, or were you confident going in? 

First of all, we knew Cloud9 was not that good on Mirage, and we’re usually well prepared on it, we play a pretty good T side. This time we just didn’t play it the way we’re used to. We lost a lot of clutch situations, which is the most important part of a game when it’s so tight. I think our biggest problem this LAN is we’re not playing the terrorist clutch situations like we should. 

You guys force bought a lot on your T side, several times having a mix of tec9s and AKs, which seemed to play a part on how that part of the match developed...

Well, on Mirage especially we have some fixed strats in which having a tec9 doesn’t really matter, and it might even be a bit better sometimes. A strat we have on A, for example, in which we run into jungle. So I would say Cloud9 were just really strong in their positions and they have great individual skills.

You have had some strong showings this tournament against the American teams, has Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt’s calling changed your role at all?

No, it’s the same as when Happy was calling. The thing is CS is all about confidence. It’s hard to gain confidence, but it’s really easy to lose it. When I’m confident I can play a good game. I just need to be more consistent in how confident I am and I think I can reach the level I should have, maybe.

Speaking about confidence, it seems the team has been struggling a bit since you won the major in Cluj. What’s the atmosphere in the team? You guys brought on Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez to work on the psychological part of the game, in what ways is that helping?

It’s pretty normal that when you’re winning everything, the team is fine, and when you start to lose trouble comes your way and hits you in the face. And you have to face it. Basically, we needed an external view of the game, and Maniac does this very well. Maniac is also really good at pulling people together, he’s kind of a like a psychologist, so I think to get that confidence back we just need to at least get through the semifinal, which hasn’t happened since Cluj. We lost in semis two events in a row, so we need to regain confidence as a team. If we win a tournament I think it’s going to get much easier after that.

You’re meeting Astralis in the semifinal, what’s your take on the match-up?

Astralis is a top 5 team in the world. It’s always a tight and tough match between two top 5 teams. We have played Astralis something like five times at events and we beat them every time, so we’re kind of their nemesis. They look in great shape lately, so we just have to forget what happened before [this game]. If we want to win we have to fix the mistakes we made in the matches against CLG, Cloud9, and Dignitas. If we fix them, I think we will beat them.

Don't miss kennyS's next match as EnVyUs face-off against Astralis in the semifinals of the Game Show Global eSports Cup 2016 in Vilnius, due to be played after the current quarterfinal match between G2 and CLG concludes.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1359
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
n1
2016-02-06 14:41
Yes
2016-02-06 14:41
n1
2016-02-06 14:41
n1
2016-02-06 14:41
b1
2016-02-06 14:41
Kennys boost me to global pls
2016-02-06 14:41
KennyS few days ago kennys was lem. Now maybe supreme idk.
2016-02-06 15:33
#71
India anxF 
He was LE when he started streaming last week.
2016-02-06 18:03
#9
Australia xeLaa 
k
2016-02-06 14:41
Nice
2016-02-06 14:41
ok
2016-02-06 14:41
k m8
2016-02-06 14:41
n1
2016-02-06 14:41
ok
2016-02-06 14:41
I guess they're not confident then.
2016-02-06 14:41
#19
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Maldives YQKKE Q_Q 
yes
2016-02-06 14:41
lollll
2016-02-06 14:41
it is all about confidence
2016-02-06 14:41
#25
Australia cgde 
cs is all about private cheats
2016-02-06 14:41
Don't worry. I'm keeping an eye out for you guys. :]
2016-02-06 14:51
#36
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World nouman 
good job exposing KQLY
2016-02-06 14:51
#27
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Germany 1criT 
It's impossible to be first with this notification system...
2016-02-06 14:42
#31
Australia cgde 
but.. but... Can we disable it? Every time I log in I feel like someone hates me and wants to go me but it's just c9 getting smashed again :(
2016-02-06 14:43
#76
Australia cgde 
IT'S THAT EASY
2016-02-07 00:04
the notification system has some flaws :)
2016-02-06 14:48
#53
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United States 7hai 
how did the first comment come then though?
2016-02-06 15:41
123
2016-02-06 14:42
k
2016-02-06 14:42
Nice
2016-02-06 14:50
what a load of shit lmao
2016-02-06 15:03
Great words from the legend himself.
2016-02-06 15:07
Nice try asian baguette
2016-02-06 15:08
Yes, CS and shooters have always been about confidence.
2016-02-06 15:10
he's 100% right.
2016-02-06 15:11
not even a video? can this fucktard please learn english so i dont have to read everything?
2016-02-06 15:14
#46
Czech Republic jYrY 
"Maniac is also really good at pulling people together, he’s kind of a like a psychologist" yeah its not like he has a major in psychology or anything...
2016-02-06 15:19
haha I reacted on that too
2016-02-06 15:20
#77
Australia cgde 
Hope you have a good lawyer, mate
2016-02-07 00:08
what
2016-02-07 00:41
lol, good point
2016-02-06 15:22
#50
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United Kingdom Areashi 
good point, if he does indeed have one.
2016-02-06 15:24
what a schrub
2016-02-06 15:47
"CS is all about confidence" - 100% true
2016-02-06 15:49
pathetic
2016-02-06 15:50
#57
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World Tillt 
It's even more about confidence when your strategies are shit
2016-02-06 15:50
true cs is all about confidence that's why almost every cs player you meet no matter how shit they're share the attitude of how he's some of kind of a god tier player and everyone else is shit. the biggest problem of the morons playing this game isn't a lack of confidence but an excessive cockiness without any backing
2016-02-06 15:53
Easy to lose confidence? Come on, confidence isn't magic, it's a feeling you get when you're aware that you have all tools neccesary and prepared to succeed. You're one of worlds best if not best awper, what's there to hesitate and doubt about your own ability?
2016-02-06 15:59
it's exactly what i was thinking if you lose your confidence so easily, maybe it's because he's not putting enough effort in his training
2016-02-06 17:02
#62
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Brazil hugoooo 
Life is all about confidence. Every aspect of life requires confidence, in order to suceed.
2016-02-06 15:59
you smart you loyal you a genius
2016-02-06 16:10
zz
2016-02-06 16:00
explains why all those shit players on mm who are confident they should be a better rank are all pro, oh no wait, theyr actually shit, despite their confidence. since when did believing in yourself actually make you the best in the world
2016-02-06 16:24
#72
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Netherlands norchaa 
looks like he found his confidence back :o
2016-02-06 19:28
I thought first that it said in the active thread box: "kennyS: CS is allah"
2016-02-06 19:31
#75
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Romania rockNoob 
dabOo was here
2016-02-06 22:41
#79
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
And about cheating also
2016-02-07 00:43
#80
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Brazil spaark1 
indeed my friend! you're totally right kenny
2016-02-07 06:10
CHEATER!!!! STOP TALKING!!!
2016-02-08 16:59
#88
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Kazakhstan somewhere 
tl;dr
2016-02-10 12:14
maybe for emotional kennys
2016-02-10 12:22
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