Relyks: "We're playing our best CS"

One of our pre-interviews prior to CEVO Gfinity Professional Season 9 Finals is with the up-and-coming North American player, Skyler "Relyks" Weaver of Selfless.

Selfless are one of the eight teams that will participate in the $125,000 CEVO Gfinity Professional Season 9 Finals and they will be joined by two of their NA brethren in London, OpTic and Splyce.

They will be in the same group with SK, Dignitas, and Tempo Storm but groups were not revealed prior to this interview which means he couldn't comment on his group.


Relyks has now moved into more of a lurking position

Read below to see what Skyler "Relyks" Weaver had to say about the tournament taking place in UK, their team's recent form, and their climb to #20 on the Team rankings.

Have you specifically prepared for CEVO Season 9 Finals? Have you been watching opponent demos and scouting to prepare for the event?

We haven't exactly been preparing specifically for CEVO. Even now, I fly out in 5 hours and we don't know the full roster of attending teams and groups. But, it's more so that we found we were able to attend last minute as originally it conflicted with some ESL matches and we weren't sure we were going to be able to make it.

The tournament only features two teams that are in the top 10 rankings (Virtus.pro and dignitas). Do you feel like this is a good opportunity for your team to get good results and how far do you think your team can go? Do you think a deep run from you guys is likely?

I suppose from one perspective it's a good thing if there are weaker teams at an event, because it gives you a higher chance to place better but I don't really look at it that way. I think the harder the competition the better. It truly gives you a chance to test yourself versus the best. I wish that NaVi didn't drop out because it would have been awesome to be able to get to play against them. We know that we can beat the NA teams (and Tempo) because we've had good results against them before. The unknown is how we'd perform against VP, dig, or HR. I think that if we stay focused and play with confidence, a deep run is very possible.

What do you think about Nuke getting into the Active Duty maps and Inferno going out? Have you touched the new version of Nuke at all?

I think it's a little bit sad; we've seen some really intense matches at big tournaments on Inferno before. A lot of people used to think Inferno was a boring map to watch due to how constricted the choke points were, and with the previous round timers it was just watching CT's cycle utility to burn the clock. I think the extended round timers made it a bit more interesting and I think with some more tweaks, the map could be brought back to competitive play. I'd like to see how teams start playing the new Nuke and how the meta plays out on it, because it seems like Valve made a lot of changes to make it less CT sided. I've played the new Nuke here and there, but I doubt that any teams had put any practice time into it (at least prior to the announcement of the change).

As this tournament will only feature eight teams, the organizers decided to make group stage matches best-of-three while the semis and the grand finals are going to be played as a best-of-five. What do you think about this format and do you think this is a bit overkill?

I think it's definitely a lot of CS to be played. A lot of people seem to complain about BO1s in group play, especially if there is no lower bracket (because you can lose two BO1s and go home). Maybe because there are only 8 teams, they think they have the liberty to let teams play that much and not run into any problems regarding time. Hopefully everything works out.

How hard was it to lose Kenneth "koosta" Suen and how are Noah "Nifty" Francis and Mitch "mitch" Semago settling into the team? Why exactly did you pick them?

Losing Koosta was definitely disheartening, but we didn't feel like we were dead in the water. When we were Enemy, most people thought our entire team was based around him and without him we would achieve nothing (similar to KennyS in the old Titan). We were looking at our options among newer young talents that hadn't really had their chance to shine in Professional yet. We tried out several different players, but we found m1tch and Nifty to be the best fit. They had talent, hunger to win, the will to improve, and could accept critcism. (i.e. everything you look for in a teammate).

What is your squad's basic role breakdown with this lineup?

When we had Koosta and Lucky I used to be the 2nd in/support player but we've moved roles around a bit. Mainline is still the IGL, Nifty is the primary AWPer, Uber is the entry fragger, m1tch is now typically the 2nd entry/support and I've moved into more of a lurking position. Our roles aren't super concrete and shift around based on the round sometimes, but that's the jist! They're settling into the team very well.

You have sneakily made your way into our rankings and are ranked #20 at the moment. Your good online form has been a factor but do you think you can take it even further in a LAN environment?

I think it was surprising to many the form that we started to play in considering the loss of Koosta. Actually, in my opinion, with the addition of m1tch and Nifty we were probably playing the best CS we had ever played as a team. This will be both m1tch and Nifty's first LAN (Nifty has been to COD Lans on console but never CS). Hopefully they can quickly adjust to the LAN environment and we can all play with some confidence and I think we'll be fine.

Acquiring players from overseas is getting more and more popular. What are your thoughts about these transfers and the current state of the North American scene?

I think it was simply a matter of time before this trend came to CS (compared to other eSports). I think it's even more likely due to the apparent difference in salary and money orgs throw around in NA compared to EU (as far as I've heard), which would make it tempting for European talent to come overseas to play. I think aside from s1mple, it really hasn't changed the landscape of NA CS that much (and he's already gone). Two UK players were picked up by coL, but they haven't really achieved great results. The next one to watch is mixwell, who seems very talented but I don't know if it's been long enough to see how much he influences OpTic's success.

Despite your better track record than some of the invited teams in both ELEAGUE and ECS, you guys were not invited. How do you feel about this situation?

I tweeted some of my opinions on this (as did many people). There seemed to be a particular outrage with Tempo Storm not being invited directly into either league. I do think it's unfair. It's all decisions made from a business perspective on which orgs will draw the most traffic and have the biggest following versus what teams will make for the best CS to be played/watched (at least that's what I think). There isn't much we can do about it at this point except keep trying to grow our org and keep playing good CS and hopefully catch someones eye. I hope in the future that this process of thought and decision making changes.

What goals have you set as a team for yourselves in the short term (2-3 months)? Will you be attending any LAN tournaments in the upcoming weeks?

Our schedule is actually extremely busy. We're attending the CEVO Gfinity Pro-League Season 9 Finals this Thursday-Sunday. We fly back the following Monday, then we all fly out for Dreamhack Austin the next day. That's the weekend of the 6th-8th. Then we attend the NA Minor on the weekend of the 20th. So within a month, we'll be attending 3 seperate LANs and there might be a bootcamp somewhere in there. Our goals are to play as best we can in these tournaments we're attending, but one of the biggest is to win the minor so we can attend the major qualifier and give ourselfs a shot to attend the next major.

Before we end our interview, is there anything you want to say to your fans and shout-outs you want to give?

I'd like to thank everyone who has supported my team and I. Whether it was since we were Enemy, or you're a new fan of Selfless, thank you for all the tweets, forum posts and love. It means a lot to us and is amazing to see. I'd like to thank my teammates and our org, Selfless Gaming, for the support we get as well. Last but not least, I'd like to thank my family and girlfriend for dealing with my crazy eSports life and supporting me even though sometimes it means little time spent with them. Thanks for the interview!

While you are waiting for the tournament to start, be sure to read Michal "stich" Malachowski's article previewing the $125,000 LAN finals. We have one more interview to come, this time with Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas and Damian "daps" Steele, so keep your eyes peeled for that one as well.

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United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver
Skyler 'Relyks' Weaver
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
772
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Mitch 'mitch' Semago
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
694
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
EZ FOR ENCE nice post relyks!
2016-04-27 20:19
#39
Mexico hu5h 
RELYKS BABE
2016-04-27 20:20
ez tempo
2016-04-27 20:21
#73
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Europe Instabait 
Who the fuck is tempo?
2016-04-27 22:40
Is a team which is in Group A with Sk, Dignitas and another NA tier 3 mm team.
2016-04-27 23:54
#77
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Europe Instabait 
NA is a team shortcut?
2016-04-28 00:25
who?
2016-04-28 20:16
#83
 | 
Europe Instabait 
He
2016-04-28 20:37
havent seen
2016-04-28 20:53
#91
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Europe Instabait 
KQLY vacban seriously? Nooooooooooooo
2016-04-28 21:49
who again?
2016-04-28 22:10
#94
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Europe Instabait 
John Kowalsky
2016-04-28 22:28
Worst feeling being nr2-
2016-04-27 20:19
#3
Aleksib | 
Bangladesh 696969 
n1
2016-04-27 20:19
y
2016-04-27 20:19
x
2016-04-27 20:19
nt
2016-04-27 20:20
a
2016-04-27 20:19
xD
2016-04-27 20:19
d
2016-04-27 20:19
NIce
2016-04-27 20:19
l
2016-04-27 20:19
#15
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Finland Doom_69 
1
2016-04-27 20:19
,
2016-04-27 20:19
#17
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Other ZmajOli 
LUL
2016-04-27 20:19
#18
apEX | 
Brazil nove 
k
2016-04-27 20:19
#19
s1mple | 
Lithuania Lu/K/G 
eas
2016-04-27 20:19
1
2016-04-27 20:19
selfless cs best cs
2016-04-27 20:20
asd
2016-04-27 20:19
n1
2016-04-27 20:19
#24
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Sweden MasturB 
ok
2016-04-27 20:19
#25
FalleN | 
Guatemala Zerkuhh 
n1, Selfless top NA inc kappa
2016-04-27 20:28
radical
2016-04-27 20:19
d
2016-04-27 20:19
kurwa
2016-04-27 20:19
#30
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Finland Lehtori 
EZ FOR ENCE ESPORTS
2016-04-27 20:20
nt
2016-04-27 20:19
#32
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Finland Rutku 
.
2016-04-27 20:19
0.0
2016-04-27 20:19
#34
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Iceland PrTz1 
ok
2016-04-27 20:20
#35
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Spain StarkForce1 
WHat.... a lot of text... sorry hahahha
2016-04-27 20:20
1STTTTT
2016-04-27 20:20
#37
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Poland dreamShow 
GO GO SELFLESS!
2016-04-27 20:20
Tbh a great player t1 bound
2016-04-27 20:20
#41
fox | 
Portugal ZendeR_ 
Lol
2016-04-27 20:21
well if this is the best CS you cant deliver u won't go far my friend
2016-04-27 20:21
#44
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
nt, matchfixer
2016-04-27 20:21
#45
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Sweden MasturB 
cod kid nifty
2016-04-27 20:21
cool
2016-04-27 20:26
good kid
2016-04-27 20:27
your best cs is eu,s worst cs, go home noob.
2016-04-27 20:28
why so angry :-DDDDD eu always so quick to talk shit
2016-04-27 20:57
im pissed because there are dozens of tier2 eu teams who play way better then half the NA tier1 teams, yet you noobs get spots DONATED, only because you are on a different continent. LAN spots should be given to the most skilled teams, regardless their homecountry.
2016-04-27 21:54
The truth has been spoken.
2016-04-27 21:59
#87
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
Another eurpoean retard spotted
2016-04-28 21:34
ever heard of business?? even if the tier 2 eu teams are way better (which they are not get over yourself) the na teams bring in a larger audience. larger audience = more $$$. but you wouldn't understand cuz you're prob some european 12 year old lmao
2016-04-27 22:03
i do understand the financial part, just been waiting for a pancakefaced fat fuck like you to point it out, so here you go: forever behind NA, forever behind.
2016-04-27 22:47
#88
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
Dont listen to him, there are a lot of retarded Europeans here.
2016-04-28 21:34
#86
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
You do realize their t1 teams beat fnatic, lg, vp, nip, mouz, g2, ect.... You are just being retarded like the rest of the egotistic Europeans
2016-04-28 21:33
Yeah... Let's compare the NA wins vs EU wins. Oh, wait...
2016-04-28 21:43
#107
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
That still doesn't matter, the point he said was that eu cant beat na, which they clearly can! Stop being so egocentric. They are truly on par
2016-04-29 02:40
relyks is a herb..this dude was the biggest scumbag on esea.
2016-04-27 20:28
you should fight him at cevo lan bro
2016-04-27 20:56
favorite player, good interview
2016-04-27 20:38
#54
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World asbi 
Orly
2016-04-27 20:41
#55
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Turkey Mustafa- 
yea okay skip please
2016-04-27 20:43
stfu kebab selfless > space soldiers
2016-04-27 20:55
#60
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Turkey Mustafa- 
space soldiers beat them so easy wtf are you talking about LOL
2016-04-27 21:00
mad cuz space soldiers aren't going to any good LANs =}}} only playing tier 3 teams to boost hltv rating xantares = overrated nob
2016-04-27 21:10
Like tierless is any better, both teams suck a T3 dick.
2016-04-28 20:39
#89
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
Same with fnatic atm XD
2016-04-28 21:36
I can't deny it :D + Olof not playing for so long worries me a bit :/
2016-04-28 22:17
#106
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
hell, when he comes back I know what im doing... Going all in against them when they have like 90+ odds for his return. I don't think he will be the same when he comes back...
2016-04-29 02:38
Yep, it will take a while for him to go back to form
2016-04-29 11:38
#121
s1mple | 
Germany N0vaa 
no, what i'm scared is that he will never be the same
2016-04-29 13:36
#56
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Greece tzonis 
looking forward to seeing them play, they have potential
2016-04-27 20:45
#61
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
ha, best cs, gotem
2016-04-27 21:03
It's a bit dumb to say people were assuming they'd be a dead team without koosta rolling with them anymore; they were performing wonderfully with him and even now especially without him.
2016-04-27 21:06
#63
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Norway namsayin 
na style.
2016-04-27 21:07
adderall
2016-04-27 21:15
#67
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Russia Ou7bReaK 
selfless harm
2016-04-27 21:42
gl selfless <3
2016-04-27 23:43
#79
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good words... Good luck boys, but not against, my country, ok? #TSWIN! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-04-28 05:52
bump, cuz they're trash
2016-04-28 18:08
#81
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Iceland PrTz1 
nice CS man! selfless CS, best CS
2016-04-28 19:19
Their Best Cs must be to suck a bag of dicks while creepin on eachother
2016-04-28 22:57
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2016-04-28 22:58
BEST CS [*]
2016-04-28 23:35
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2016-04-28 23:42
impressive results against SK they just got
2016-04-28 23:44
rip
2016-04-28 23:45
Imagine if they were not
2016-04-28 23:46
#103
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Sweden Trojka03 
Lol, Selfless played 4 Maps this LAN vs EU and only managed to win 15 rounds, on 4 maps! "Relyks: "We're playing our best CS" I'm sorry, but please stop giving the same amount of spots to NA and EU in tournaments. Seriously though, who pays these guys? And WHY?
2016-04-28 23:47
ur mad dey bedder den u
2016-04-29 00:50
#109
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Sweden Trojka03 
Not at all, these guys are pro's it would be weird if I were better than them in CSGO. But if you take Dap's and Mixwell's interview on hltv from yesterday into consideration, especially the part from Mixwell how he is surprised that NA players practice less than half the amount of time even smaller EU team do, and they refuse to practice during daytime, but still get paid good money compared to EU teams (not tier 1 teams ofc), and then that team shows up to a international LAN, playing like Selfless did today. That's just wrong on so many levels.
2016-04-29 03:36
Relyks: "We're playing our best CS"
2016-04-29 02:47
ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy LMAO
2016-04-29 03:47
'our best cs' 4 rounds against SK
2016-04-29 03:52
NA best
2016-04-29 06:17
#112
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Germany GeoRg___J 
why is NA even trying ? go back to cod please
2016-04-29 04:07
you cant say where the road goes
2016-04-29 04:17
#114
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Kuwait HAHAHAchild 
nice joke relyks
2016-04-29 04:57
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2016-04-29 04:59
#116
Netherlands cB 
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2016-04-29 06:01
We're playing our best CS
2016-04-29 06:18
#120
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Tunisia le_batrix 
I dont even wanna see your worst if this is your best
2016-04-29 11:41
LOL "our best cs".... game over dude. game over.
2016-04-30 00:22
really lol
2016-04-30 12:57
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