G2: "The Titan curse is behind us"

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G2 have been placed in arguably the hardest group in Columbus, group D, which also includes Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro and Cloud9.

In the last minute we have one more pre-interview for you, this time with the entire team including the coach, who answered all kinds of questions about the major:

How have you prepared for MLG Columbus? Was there be a bootcamp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically?
NiaK: Hello! No, we haven't done anything revolutionary to prepare for this tournament. At the beginning of January, during the resumption of our trainings, we chose to work on the length, with MLG Columbus as our primary goal. The only specificity compared to our previous tournaments is that we had a week of bootcamp in the south of France all together.
I can tell you that I am satisfied with the work we have achieved, I have a serene team who did not cease to improve since the beginning of the year and who now owns the key to its destiny and is able to offer a beautiful game.
Recently teams have stopped bootcamping prior to big events or only do it for short periods of time, mostly for less than a week, why do you think that is? Is it as important nowadays as it used to be? What are the pros and cons for your team?
As you know, with Titan we have experienced the gaming house full-time. We took a step back regarding the positive and negative sides of living and training together. I would say that the most important thing is to have a real cohesion and maturity inside of the team ; this is what guarantees that the bootcamp will be efficient.
These are the reasons why we chose a 7-days bootcamp, in order to complete our preparation in the same atmosphere but without changing our habits. Everything went well, especially thanks to the optimal conditions we got – thanks G2, Alienware and BenQ – we will renew the experience !
There are many tournaments going on nowadays, usually at least two significant ones per month, does that make it hard for teams to be able to adapt and improve their gameplay significantly? Could it be part of the reason why CS:GO has become more based on individual plays rather than tactics?
Ex6TenZ: The tactical concept is very large but here I understand that you're specifically talking about about strats that may surprise. And, indeed, with the number of tournaments  there are currently, it’s very difficult to surprise with new tactics with a lots of stuffs as this takes time to practice.
But about the rest, we still have to be able to anticipate, to know the current meta and how to play against different teams to adapt well. CS is still tactical but less aesthetic.
Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the possible match-ups (Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, Cloud9) and tell us how you should fare in them?
ScreaM:  We have been working so hard lately on our team game and individual skill. Also analysing the game style of our opponents. I think the teams that we get don’t really matter, it's all up to us. If we play well, we can beat anyone and if not we can also lose anyone... We will focus only on ourself and play the best we can. I believe that we'll make it to the Playoffs.
Could there be a better system of seeding other than based on the last major and the qualifier? Current format practically ignores all competitions taking place in between the majors, which is five months' worth of events in this case…
SmithZz: I think it's nice to have that system for the Major. It makes it special, and all the teams give 300% to perform at their best level for this event. We always remember a Major winner because it's something more important than every other tournament.
What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?
shox: We don’t have any specific expectations or goals for ourselves concerning this Major, we just want to do our best and keep growing up as we are doing since early 2016. Clearly we want to pass the Groupstage and we would be really disappointed if we didn't. Going to the Semi would be a really good result at this point.
With how different teams have stepped up lately (LG and Na`Vi especially) and others are stagnating or even dropping off, who do you have as favourites to make the top four? And, on the other hand, is there an underdog who could surpass fans' expectations?
shox: I would say fnatic, LG, NiP and NaVi for the top four. Concerning the underdogs, mousesports are clearly the most dangerous.
Can anyone stop this seemingly unbeatable fnatic lineup (barring group stage losses), which has won the last six tournaments they attended? If so, who? How do you see your own chances against what has become one of the greatest teams of all-time should you meet them?
SmithZz: I think they are not unbeatable, no one is. But no doubt they will reach a top4 finish. I think LG or NiP could give them many problems at this tournament.
There will be four American teams in attendance (SPLYCE, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9), more than ever, is this the time to shine for North America? Which of them have the biggest chance to advance to playoffs and possibly upset one of the big names?
ScreaM: America can be proud, it’s amazing that 4 teams qualified for the first American Major! If I had to choose one between all four, I would say CLG! They are totally capable of beating EnVyUs and the other teams in their group. Otherwise, I don’t think any American team will go really far in the tournament.
Valve implemented the new timers shortly after the previous major - now that we have seen almost three months of competition with them, how do you think they affect each of the sides and the overall balance?
RpK: This update has quite modified the gameplay. Playing CT, the smoke-game is less efficient, so we have to bet more and do more choices to remain strong during the whole round. Playing Terrorist gives us more possibilities. About the bomb's timer, it helps CT to get a better backup organization. When you play Terrorist, you have to be more rigorous.
Ever since after joining Titan, the team hasn't been able to advance from the group stage at majors, will that be in the back of your minds while playing in Columbus? Has it affected your performance before?
RpK: Even if I have only known the “Titan curse” for a little while, it is clear that in the end, it was playing with our minds. Now we are better prepared and globally stronger, G2 gave us a new dynamic and this period is behind us.
You have been criticized for not being able to close out matches after getting to big leads, and your recent match with mousesports in the Malmö qualifier was another proof of that, where does the problem lie? What are you doing to fix it?
Ex6TenZ:  It is always difficult to finish a match but we discussed about this issue. When you achieve a very good first side, you have to play like it was a new game starting at 00-00 and with the same desire to make the  difference. I ask my players to pay a particular attention to the communication, be as calm as possible. These things have recently help us even though we lost against our recent bane, mousesport.

How have you prepared for MLG Columbus? Was there a bootcamp prior to the major or have you only been practising online? Is there anything you focused on specifically?

France Jérôme "NiaK" Sudries: Hello! No, we haven't done anything revolutionary to prepare for this tournament. At the beginning of January, during the resumption of our trainings, we chose to work on the length, with MLG Columbus as our primary goal. The only difference compared to our previous tournaments is that we had a week of bootcamp in the south of France all together.

I can tell you that I am satisfied with the work we have achieved, I have a serene team who did not cease to improve since the beginning of the year and who now own the key to its destiny and is able to offer a beautiful game.


Have G2 slain their demons after joining up with a new organization? 

Recently teams have stopped bootcamping prior to big events or only do it for short periods of time, mostly for less than a week, why do you think that is? Is it as important nowadays as it used to be? What are the pros and cons for your team?

France Jérôme "NiaK" Sudries: As you know, with Titan we have experienced the gaming house full-time. We took a step back regarding the positive and negative sides of living and training together. I would say that the most important thing is to have a real cohesion and maturity inside of the team; this is what guarantees that the bootcamp will be efficient.

These are the reasons why we chose a 7-day bootcamp, in order to complete our preparation in the same atmosphere but without changing our habits. Everything went well, especially thanks to the optimal conditions we got – thanks G2, Alienware and BenQ – we will renew the experience !

There are many tournaments going on nowadays, usually at least two significant ones per month, does that make it hard for teams to be able to adapt and improve their gameplay significantly? Could it be part of the reason why CS:GO has become more based on individual plays rather than tactics?

Belgium Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans: The tactical concept is very large but here I understand that you're specifically talking about about strats that may surprise. And, indeed, with the number of tournaments  there are currently, it's very difficult to surprise with new tactics with a lots of stuff as this takes time to practice. But about the rest, we still have to be able to anticipate, to know the current meta and how to play against different teams to adapt well. CS is still tactical but less aesthetic.

Do you feel comfortable with the group that has been assigned to you? Can you go through each of the possible match-ups (Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, Cloud9) and tell us how you should fare in them?

Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom: We have been working so hard lately on our team game and individual skill. Also analysing the game style of our opponents. I think the teams that we get don't really matter, it's all up to us. If we play well, we can beat anyone and if not we can also lose to anyone... We will focus only on ourselves and play the best we can. I believe that we'll make it to the playoffs.

Could there be a better system of seeding other than based on the last major and the qualifier? Current format practically ignores all competitions taking place in between the majors, which is five months' worth of events in this case…

France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux: I think it's nice to have that system for the Major. It makes it special, and all the teams give 300% to perform at their best level for this event. We always remember a Major winner because it's something more important than every other tournament.

What expectations and goals have you set for yourselves at this event? What placing would you be satisfied with and what would be unacceptable?

France Richard "shox" Papillon: We don't have any specific expectations or goals for ourselves concerning this Major, we just want to do our best and keep growing up as we are doing since early 2016. Clearly we want to pass the group stage and we would be really disappointed if we didn't. Going to the semis would be a really good result at this point.

With how different teams have stepped up lately (LG and Na`Vi especially) and others are stagnating or even dropping off, who do you have as favourites to make the top four? And, on the other hand, is there an underdog who could surpass fans' expectations?

France Richard "shox" Papillon: I would say fnatic, LG, NiP and Na`Vi for the top four. Concerning the underdogs, mousesports are clearly the most dangerous.


"No expectations or goals, we just want to keep growing up" says shox

Can anyone stop this seemingly unbeatable fnatic lineup (barring group stage losses), which has won the last six tournaments they attended? If so, who? How do you see your own chances against what has become one of the greatest teams of all-time should you meet them?

France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux: I think they are not unbeatable, no one is. But no doubt they will reach a top4 finish. I think LG or NiP could give them many problems at this tournament.

There will be four American teams in attendance (SPLYCE, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9), more than ever, is this the time to shine for North America? Which of them have the biggest chance to advance to playoffs and possibly upset one of the big names?

Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom: America can be proud, it's amazing that 4 teams qualified for the first American Major! If I had to choose one between all four, I would say CLG! They are totally capable of beating EnVyUs and the other teams in their group. Otherwise, I don't think any American team will go really far in the tournament.

Valve implemented the new timers shortly after the previous major - now that we have seen almost three months of competition with them, how do you think they affect each of the sides and the overall balance?

France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy: This update has quite modified the gameplay. Playing CT, the smoke-game is less efficient, so we have to bet more and do more choices to remain strong during the whole round. Playing as Terrorists gives us more possibilities. About the bomb's timer, it helps CT to get a better backup organization. When you play as Terrorists, you have to be more rigorous.

Ever since after joining Titan, the team hasn't been able to advance from the group stage at majors, will that be in the back of your minds while playing in Columbus? Has it affected your performance before?

France Cédric "RpK" Guipouy: Even if I have only known the "Titan curse" for a little while, it is clear that in the end, it was playing with our minds. Now we are better prepared and globally stronger, G2 gave us a new dynamic and this period is behind us.

You have been criticized for not being able to close out matches after getting to big leads, and your recent match with mousesports in the Malmö qualifier was another proof of that, where does the problem lie? What are you doing to fix it?

Belgium Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans: It is always difficult to finish a match but we discussed this issue. When you achieve a very good first side, you have to play like it was a new game starting at 00-00 and with the same desire to make the  difference. I ask my players to pay particular attention to the communication, be as calm as possible. These things have recently helped us even though we lost against our recent bane, mousesports.

You can go through the following list for our previous pre-event interviews in between matches in case you missed any:

Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "Getting to semis is our goal"
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski: "Want to break the NA streak"
United States Cloud9: "Not content with summer 2015"
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist"LG & NiP our biggest threats"
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas: "Slowly grinding back to form"
Ukraine Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy: "Gambit is the underdog"
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov: "We bootcamped for 10 days"
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 Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1248
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
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
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
n1
2016-03-29 20:18
Hope G2 can reach the playoffs
2016-03-29 20:19
we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from UNITED KINGDOM!
2016-03-29 20:37
friendly UK pick one u cunt
2016-03-29 20:59
The Curse is still there, right at the moment they got placed in this group, it is almost over.
2016-04-01 05:37
#2
 | 
Nepal blackieJESUS 
lets go rapeking
2016-03-29 20:18
ez
2016-03-29 20:18
Nice read
2016-03-29 20:18
E
2016-03-29 20:18
gl g2, make daddy proud
2016-03-29 20:19
f
2016-03-29 20:18
cool story
2016-03-29 20:18
1
2016-03-29 20:18
a
2016-03-29 20:18
#12
Norway exzu 
ez faze #VAPE
2016-03-29 20:18
#13
India =_= 
1
2016-03-29 20:18
awww
2016-03-29 20:18
deeeeeem
2016-03-29 20:18
k
2016-03-29 20:18
#17
 | 
Libya Ayudaaa 
ez
2016-03-29 20:18
n1
2016-03-29 20:18
gg
2016-03-29 20:18
srsly?
2016-03-29 20:18
n1
2016-03-29 20:18
ye
2016-03-29 20:18
#23
 | 
Norway Bakudi 
1
2016-03-29 20:18
b
2016-03-29 20:18
#25
China o_O 
<3 RPk LETS GO
2016-03-29 20:18
#26
 | 
Australia DabBoy 
nice
2016-03-29 20:18
nice guys
2016-03-29 20:18
a
2016-03-29 20:18
#29
 | 
Finland Juups 
moi
2016-03-29 20:18
U WILL NEVER WIN ANYTHING
2016-03-29 20:18
Just like NA 4Head
2016-03-29 20:32
#31
 | 
United States ferdog 
I aren't think that.
2016-03-29 20:18
1
2016-03-29 20:18
Wow, they've jinxed their game so hard... All-in VP
2016-03-29 20:18
#119
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Paraguay HighAIching 
ay lmao
2016-03-30 15:02
Kappa
2016-03-29 20:18
Sure thing
2016-03-29 20:18
#37
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
i believe!
2016-03-29 20:19
#38
 | 
Norway suprah1M 
ScreaM's body Kreygasm fullhomo
2016-03-29 20:19
g2 please don't break my heart
2016-03-29 20:21
blame the org kek
2016-03-29 20:22
#41
France Azuu 
Are you happy to be yourself
2016-03-29 20:22
WE BELIVE BOYS ,CMON
2016-03-29 20:23
#43
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
i aren't think that
2016-03-29 20:23
k
2016-03-29 20:23
#45
Ex6TenZ | 
Brazil LeTANK 
Kreygasm
2016-03-29 20:23
Titan curse? There was no Curse , you were just shit.
2016-03-29 20:23
Its not a curse your team is just bad
2016-03-29 20:24
#49
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Sweden godname 
G2 lets gooo
2016-03-29 20:24
#50
 | 
Greece hekzy 
We need an interview with NBK.. Seriously we need to know what happened to the major champions...
2016-03-29 20:25
#51
 | 
Germany 'ezpz 
G2 the only reason why I'm watching this major!
2016-03-29 20:29
G2!
2016-03-30 01:03
#53
 | 
Sweden Swedz 
I aren't think that
2016-03-29 20:33
need VERYGAMES back
2016-03-29 20:36
Lol Scream has really good gens it seems. He can be big as fuck
2016-03-29 20:45
gl g2
2016-03-29 20:49
GO GO G2
2016-03-29 20:49
First do, then talk, ok NiaK? I will laugh really much if your team fail as usual, and your words about the curse is gone blablabla will sound even more retarded than they do right now.
2016-03-29 20:50
WTF.. SCREAM STEROIDS
2016-03-29 20:56
#61
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Russia razorVJ 
Why everyone talks about NiP like they are top3? They are shiiiiieeeet. Beating Flipside doesn't make them good.
2016-03-29 20:57
NiP would have been a contender but they are not playing with their main lineup. Pyth couldnt get a visa so they are using their coach Threat who hasnt touched the game for like 10 months cause he was in Japan busy with school work.
2016-03-29 21:09
#67
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Russia razorVJ 
Not sure what your point is, but I am well aware of the NiP situation.
2016-03-29 21:11
Why did u mention them beating flipside? They dont think NIP is good cause they beat flipside with Threat. They think NIP is good cause of recent performances with Pyth.
2016-03-29 22:25
Just by talking about the curse you automatically bring it back. Thats how it works. rip g2
2016-03-29 21:01
#64
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Sweden MasturB 
rpk is beast
2016-03-29 21:08
SmithZz <3 LET'S GO G2
2016-03-29 21:46
#78
H1ber | 
Finland Dagyhy 
ye
2016-03-30 03:10
FEELSBADMAN NOTLIKETHIS BIBLETHUMP GONNA CRY NOW TITAN CURSE
2016-03-30 03:11
#71
Australia Ap0c 
Perfect way to Jinx yourselves....idiots haha
2016-03-30 03:00
#90
United Kingdom Alth 
A man who believes in superstition calling other people idiots, oh HLTV.
2016-03-30 03:56
#72
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Serbia Suckleus 
yes
2016-03-30 03:01
Haha way to go G2. You can't say that the curse is lifted when you're getting demolished
2016-03-30 03:02
RIP G2
2016-03-30 03:03
VP 16-1 G2low
2016-03-30 03:05
seems like it's still here 16-1 Kappa
2016-03-30 03:06
#77
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United Kingdom wtfprototype 
totally behind you, no more curse 4Head
2016-03-30 03:08
#79
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El Salvador belaC 
Have G2 slain their demons after joining up with a new organization? EleGiggle ofc not
2016-03-30 03:11
It's true that you are no longer cursed. You're just bad. Nothing supernatural about it.
2016-03-30 03:11
#82
Ex6TenZ | 
Brazil LeTANK 
LUL
2016-03-30 03:12
XD
2016-03-30 03:15
ayyyyy
2016-03-30 03:21
LMAO
2016-03-30 03:23
16-1 behind us now guys
2016-03-30 03:28
16 - 1 16 - 1 16 - 1 16 - 1 16 - 1 16 - 1
2016-03-30 03:44
KEK
2016-03-30 03:46
16-1 "Titan curse is behind us"
2016-03-30 03:56
The fucking brick wall is now in front tho
2016-03-30 03:59
#97
 | 
Estonia MorsAlbum 
lmao +1
2016-03-30 04:50
#100
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China Sk3y 
lmao +2
2016-03-30 04:59
3 +lmao
2016-03-30 05:12
#92
 | 
Brazil Mirekz 
i aren't think that
2016-03-30 04:34
this is so sarcastic
2016-03-30 04:42
You mean ironic?
2016-03-30 12:35
yes
2016-03-30 18:37
and hltv can you remove this page from the website? it looks so...pathetic after the first match
2016-03-30 04:44
and ex6ence can you retire?
2016-03-30 04:45
#96
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Estonia MorsAlbum 
how much buddy
2016-03-30 04:48
how much for wat?
2016-03-30 04:52
Finalmouse ScreamONE - 16 EleGiggle
2016-03-30 05:11
srsly? nooooooooooo
2016-03-30 05:12
#106
EliGE | 
United States mehrfth 
THIS IS SO AWKWARD
2016-03-30 05:17
16-1
2016-03-30 07:55
are u sure? i think it is not a curse, you just suck a D
2016-03-30 09:09
#109
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Switzerland coolstorybro 
exi6tenz curse still remains xD
2016-03-30 12:32
g2 sucks cuz no KQLY
2016-03-30 12:37
16-1
2016-03-30 13:48
#113
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
What happened with french CSGO teams? They really suck at the moment, but they used to be good :/
2016-03-30 13:56
Maybe there's some kind of baguette crisis in France? Can someone google baguette-chaos, baguette-crisis or something?
2016-03-30 14:37
#115
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Poland DominnX26 
16-1
2016-03-30 14:39
Kappa
2016-03-30 14:40
titan was rekt from papa
2016-03-30 14:49
#120
Kaze | 
Malaysia Swattax 
Why The Fuck You Lyin?
2016-03-30 15:30
#121
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Poland matblo 
ez
2016-03-30 16:05
Now we starting to have a more serious curse ... just kiddin :D
2016-03-30 19:33
#124
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United Kingdom wtfprototype 
4Head totally 4Head behind 4Head titan 4Head curse 4Head
2016-04-01 05:36
lol n1 cocky frenchies
2016-04-01 05:37
#127
North America jlo 
Lol totally beat the Titan curse can't even get out of groups XDDD
2016-04-01 06:44
g2 sucks but clown9 is really bad
2016-04-02 16:40
mmmmmm, no its not.
2016-04-01 09:39
xDDDDD
2016-04-02 16:39
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