ELEAGUE Group A final interviews

Cloud9 and Luminosity answered questions following their three map thriller in the ELEAGUE Group A final which ultimately saw the Brazilian team win 2-1.

The ELEAGUE Group A final between Cloud9 and Luminosity delivered many unexpected variables for CS:GO's television premiere: overtime, long dormant players rising, and numerous comeback scenarios.

Although it was 2:30 AM by the time the players got around to answering questions put to them via the media, we have managed to collate some of their most interesting responses below in the interests of the general public. The questions were asked from members of various press organisations.

Cloud9

At what point were Luminosity able to turn the game around on Cobblestone and force overtime?

Andrew "Irukandji" Timmerman: I think it was...it must have been 13-11, it came down to a 2 v. 2, or a 3 v. 2 maybe, but we lost the round and they got it back to 13-12 and our money was kind of shot so...I think they hit B then, we had four guys there and somehow shroud got caught with a smoke out or something so that was unfortunate.

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: I'd say we read them pretty well on Cobble but even then we were quite exposed to them. Even if you're ready mentally, you have got to be ready, everyone's got to be tidied up.

Stewie, when you were added to Cloud9 you were a big focal point of criticism. What has the transition been like from people doubting you to being on a star level and having your name chanted?

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip: I try to focus on the people who support me. I get a lot of support off the camera, I feel like that's where a lot of the support comes from. So I try not to focus on criticism a lot and for those who criticise, they know that I can actually compete with these guys now so that's pretty good. So basically I try to focus on positives rather than negatives.

Were the strengths identified in the group final preview, such as being a playmaker for n0thing and being an entryfragger for Stewie2K, present in today's games?

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: I saw your write-up on both of us and I think it's true...Stew definitely opens up a lot of rounds when he's able to get out there. And me specifically as a lurker, when I seem to open up rounds I get a high success rate since I'm getting leading kills.

At the same time as you saw on Cobble, Tyler came in with the kills so with the stats it's sometimes hard to say who will open up rounds for the team.

Stewie, on Dust2 the commentators said you seemed frustrated and were making aggressive misplays and getting hasty. How true is that?

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip: I wouldn't say it was hasty. I really didn't pay attention to the scoreline. Luminosity are a hard team to beat and the way they play is so surprising sometimes. I try to help my team set the pace against them so it's in our control.


Cloud9 see a bright future ahead of them

How proud of your team are you and what's next for Cloud9?

Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert: I'm definitely pretty proud. The amount of preparation we've had, I don't think we can be too upset. Luminosity has developed their team for the past year and I'm definitely looking forward to getting that momentum back for us.

A lot of people that questioned our hunger to win should know that they're wrong now because all we do is sit in a house together playing this game trying to put NA back on the map.

Brazilians are a good representation, it doesn't matter where you live, and I'm happy that they've taken some of that prestige away from us. I think we're all as North Americans, and as Cloud9, ready to take that stigma [of not trying] away from our team because we know we can compete with the best, as was seen tonight. We just have to keep that attitude and stay focused.

Luminosity

How did it feel to lose Mirage?

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: They played super well. The thing I'd like to mention is that we made a mistake on the round where it was 5-2, we lost it due to a silly mistake and things fell apart after that. But n0thing had one of the best games of his career in my opinion as well.

Zews, what was it like going up against Irukandji on Cloud9?

Wilton "zews" Prado: I mean against him specifically I can't say. But against the overall team we came into the first map a little weak and they just completely played out of their minds. Their post plants were perfect, they had perfect flash timings to catch us off guard and get the best situations possible.

And on Cobblestone, we had an advantage at times but we weren't able to think clearly and gave away a lot of rounds and they definitely deserved to see the series go to a third map.

What did you guys say going into Dust2 to keep your focus?

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo: We've played many tournaments and it's new for us, this kind of situation where we're down. We just reminded ourselves to keep strong and have a good mentality...

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: But what I said was, "we will wreck them." We went to the third map to wreck them. Unfortunately we lost a lot of rounds on CT because we wanted to finish 16-1 and we couldn't. They played so well at the end.


Luminosity kept it cool following the stunning loss on Mirage

coldzera, did the tattoo affect your play and/or was it a distraction?

Marcelo "coldzera" David: No *laughs*.

It didn't affect my gameplay at all. I underperformed on Mirage but that's not because of the tattoo and I picked it up afterwards.

Was the match against Cloud9 harder than you guys expected?

Fernando "fer" Alvarenga: I didn't expect it to be that hard and they definitely surprised us. On Mirage, we did some mistakes and they exploited connector a lot and props to them since they had a lot of well timed stuff.

One thing I'd like to say is that we haven't had a lot of time to refine our Mirage because of attending tournaments. We didn't practice it all this past week so it's been like three or four weeks since we've been able to go over Mirage.

Is the strongest Luminosity we have seen or are there improvements to be made?

Lincoln "fnx" Lau: We still have a lot to improve and especially there are some mistakes we spotted that we need to correct. And we also need to keep practicing because to keep the number one spot in the world is very difficult.

Are you guys satisfied with Dust2 especially since you've lately been getting better at it?

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: We started really playing Dust2 against North American teams and getting better at playing it so that's why we left it for the third map. And it was pretty lucky that we didn't win the knife round because our T-side was super good and we wanted to play as CT if we won the knife round.

Did you guys have a talk about how to stop Stewie at some point in the second half of Dust2?

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: No we don't usually have talks about how to stop specific players, the only time we did a talk was after the Mirage game because of the mistakes we had made so I talked to the guys afterwards and told them "Guys we lost this game because of those mistakes" and we focused on playing more disciplined afterwards.

This coming Tuesday kicks off Group B of ELEAGUE Season 1 and although HLTV.org will not be present on-site for the second group, we will still make sure to gather statistics, match summaries, and demos for your pleasure.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Andrew 'Irukandji' Timmerman
Andrew 'Irukandji' Timmerman
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.79
Maps played:
13
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
493
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
good read
2016-05-28 11:07
Okei
2016-05-28 11:19
who cares?
2016-05-28 12:48
mixwell does
2016-05-28 18:06
lurppis doesnt, he sucks
2016-05-29 13:09
ARE YOU MAD?
2016-05-29 13:11
no, just realist XDDDDDDDDD
2016-05-29 13:13
CUZ IM NOT
2016-05-29 13:13
We have jOELZ fukboiiiiiiiii
2016-05-29 13:44
wtfff ok bro u win kk? GOD jOELZ
2016-05-29 13:44
<3
2016-05-29 13:52
Nice meme!
2016-05-28 11:07
asd
2016-05-28 11:07
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Cyprus Swishh_ 
n1
2016-05-28 11:07
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Norway Hydropanic^ 
c
2016-05-28 11:07
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2016-05-28 11:07
#8
CIS N-Y 
noiced
2016-05-28 11:07
#9
India rathi 
no
2016-05-28 11:08
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Asia hisimonyang 
.
2016-05-28 11:08
#11
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Finland Doom_69 
k
2016-05-28 11:08
LUL
2016-05-28 11:08
sorry pornhub (Estonian flag guy), no video interviews after all :/
2016-05-28 11:08
You just wanted to comment 'pornhub' didn't you? :)
2016-05-28 11:20
#26
Monkey | 
Brazil Cupinxa 
stich I'am your fan <3, can you pls sign my profile <3
2016-05-28 16:00
#28
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
thank god, text interviews are much better
2016-05-28 16:18
#14
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Austria Phil_1337 
N1
2016-05-28 11:11
Ffs
2016-05-28 11:16
Guys, so what has happened to Cloud9 at eleague - they're out? And only 1 team per group is going to the play-offs?
2016-05-28 11:42
#20
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Spain Alser 
cloud9 will go to the last chance qualifier, where there are 2 available spots for the playoffs
2016-05-28 12:34
oh ok ty, so there will be 6 teams that placed 1st in their groups in the quarters, plus 2 more teams out of those that placed 2nd in their groups? how will that last chance qualifier be played, I mean, what format they chose for it?
2016-05-28 12:36
#22
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Spain Alser 
This video explains it: twitter.com/el/status/735873827247259648 It's pretty complicated The LCQ will contain 6 teams that ended 2nd in their groups + 2 teams that ended 3rd-4th but did very well in the round robin stage
2016-05-28 12:40
ty
2016-05-28 12:42
#23
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Serbia whoa!! 
They can still qualify through last chance qualifier or something.
2016-05-28 12:41
ez for ence
2016-05-28 12:27
#27
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Brazil mth^ 
Cool
2016-05-28 16:17
#30
World wez- 
while I do appreciate these interviews, I really don't enjoy it as much as video interviews. Just me?
2016-05-28 18:17
I preffer it written. Maybe in the eleagie site there are the videos
2016-05-28 18:45
Nothing is quite a nice guy. That's why everybody here in Brazil loved him when he travelled to our country.
2016-05-28 18:56
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Thank you HLTV, WE APPRECIATE THAT! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-05-28 20:49
CONSIDER IT APPRECIATED
2016-05-28 21:19
#38
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Latvia VEVAISMYNAME 
'we loyal' ..... signed contract with SK while in LG these comments make me hate brazil :D
2016-05-29 11:54
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
whatever... u are not brazilian and never see one contract! you never won a major and don't understand anything about it!
2016-05-29 11:57
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Latvia VEVAISMYNAME 
dailydot.com/esports/fallen-csgo-respons.. Fallen is the only smart and loyal brazilian there ever will be.
2016-05-29 12:07
1. You will never see a contract as well 2. You also never won a major
2016-05-29 13:31
#48
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
sorry if u haven't CSGOScene and never see ur country won one major... accept, it's better to you!
2016-05-29 13:40
Who cares? My favourite team I aalways root for won 3.
2016-05-29 13:44
#52
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
lol
2016-05-29 13:45
I dont understand why you always try to talk about the scene of the people who are responding to you. Do you simply have no arguments?
2016-05-29 13:45
>"Guys we lost this game because of those mistakes" and we focused on playing more disciplined afterwards. Yea right. Luminosity were playing a highly disrespectful game on Dust2 with hardly any discipline. They just straight up won the aim duels. It was more on Cloud9 playing bad on CT side than LG playing great. These LG players are starting to let their success get in their heads and they are starting to lose me as a fan. I hated EnvyUs when they were cocky aholes and LG is starting to become the same.
2016-05-29 01:01
and this part is just ignore? QUOTE How did it feel to lose Mirage? Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: They played super well. The thing I'd like to mention is that we made a mistake on the round where it was 5-2, we lost it due to a silly mistake and things fell apart after that. But n0thing had one of the best games of his career in my opinion as well. UNQUOTE
2016-05-29 03:40
that has nothing to do with their in-game discipline and disrespectful playstyle. They were running out of mid, upper tunnel, etc. solo and just got the frags on many of the rounds they won instead of the surgical execution we are used to from LG.
2016-05-30 05:28
is there a video with this interview?
2016-05-29 03:38
#39
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Latvia VEVAISMYNAME 
go to school and learn to read :(
2016-05-29 11:56
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