SmithZz: "Format good for big teams"

We grabbed Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux for an interview about G2's match with TyLoo where the French-Belgian team had to come back, the new Swiss system and more.

Much like many of the favourites, G2 were able to win their first match against TYLOO and grab an important win.


SmithZz's G2 finish day one with a win

We caught up with Edouard "⁠SmithZz⁠" Dubourdeaux right after the match to talk about their comeback from 1-7, the preparation overall, the system and more:

Let's kick it off with the usual, how was your preparation before this event seeing as you just came back from the US?

We didn't play so much. We were at ELEAGUE just before this tournament, so we basically came back and pracced about two days on the internet, and that's it.

How much were you able to look into the specific match-ups in those two days? You obviously played TyLoo, what did you think about the match-up?

We didn't look at anything, I just read an article, I don't remember when. They were playing stacks, and that's all we knew about them. That's why we had a really rough start, because we needed to analyze them, but when we knew approximately how they played, we countered them.

It was 7-1 and then you took the timeout, what did you talk about during it and how did you fix what you weren't able to do before?

We just basically said that we are playing really bad. Our communication was not good, but yeah, it's what I said, they react really fast, I think they really hate fakes or something. They are quickly 4-5 in zones we are attacking, it was quite obvious, but normally it's not in the meta. We just said OK, let's play a bit slower, a bit unexpected and it was easy.

Everyone I asked said you were likely the best team at the event, who do you see as your potentially biggest opponents?

I think there's a lot of teams who can beat us if we are not on a good day. We showed good results, but we still have the same problem, if we don't enter the match, we can lose to anyone. It can be really hard against any team here.

The format is very new, hasn't really been used in CS before, what are your thoughts on it? How is it going to change the qualifier?

I think it's really good for big teams, you have to lose three times instead of two, so it's a huge advantage. After that, the randomizer depends partially on luck, you can face mousesports, EnVy, or lower teams. There is still a random part and I don't really like it, but for anti-stratting and stuff like this, it's really nice, because you don't know who you play, only the first round. It's really good.

France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
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KPR:
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DPR:
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I agree.
2016-06-09 23:37
n1
2016-06-09 23:37
ez
2016-06-09 23:37
2 replies
u again
2016-06-09 23:59
1 reply
i have notification so when there is a news i just click on it and type "ez" so it doesn t get deleted :) edit : and for messages too
2016-06-10 00:01
HH
2016-06-09 23:37
Nice iview
2016-06-09 23:38
BOT Smithzz stfu please
2016-06-09 23:37
k
2016-06-09 23:37
1 reply
w0w
2016-06-09 23:59
ez
2016-06-09 23:37
G2 is the new Astralis, most overrated team on HLTV.
2016-06-09 23:38
5 replies
they are coming back, their time in Titan wasn't the best, let's see how they play in the next few tournaments. Astralis as TSM was a good team but they choked in important moments so i agree.
2016-06-10 00:07
astralis isnt overrated though
2016-06-10 00:09
1 reply
#56
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Belgium kaebboy
nrg got 4 times at least 16-12 against them + 1 overtime lol...
2016-06-10 10:55
yep
2016-06-10 14:13
You've spelled NiP wrong...
2016-06-10 19:13
ax
2016-06-09 23:37
#13
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Japan enos
dd
2016-06-09 23:37
#14
 | 
Czech Republic zeldak
dat london
2016-06-09 23:37
smithzz big player
2016-06-09 23:37
lamers ^
2016-06-09 23:37
That means its not good for Smithzz
2016-06-09 23:38
1 reply
ayy
2016-06-10 00:33
Author made a mistake. "I think it's really good for big teams, you have to lose three times instead of "too"
2016-06-09 23:38
4 replies
I thought smithzz just wrote his answers to him, and that they used unedited raw material from the interview subject
2016-06-09 23:46
3 replies
Maybe. Who knows it's hltv xD
2016-06-09 23:49
Nah, it's recorded and transcribed, it was my typo
2016-06-10 11:43
1 reply
Ah, no problem :D
2016-06-10 11:49
too maps
2016-06-09 23:41
EZ
2016-06-09 23:43
valve puts more effort into major qualifier groups than the actual major groups someone explain this lmao
2016-06-09 23:47
1 reply
it's valve, what do you expect lmao
2016-06-10 00:08
you have to lose three times instead of too typo
2016-06-09 23:49
#35
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Reunion ramowarr
bot smithzz
2016-06-10 00:17
SmithZz <3
2016-06-10 00:19
Since when is this guy relevant?
2016-06-10 00:31
5 replies
Since when is any gamer relevant?
2016-06-10 10:56
since '07, son.
2016-06-10 17:47
3 replies
Source was relevant?
2016-06-10 18:16
2 replies
retard.
2016-06-10 19:05
+1 rekt
2016-06-11 23:43
indeed it is good for the best teams but it is petty shit for middle of the pack teams. too much rng
2016-06-10 00:34
#45
ZywOo | 
France 1zn0
The bot has spoken, LOL
2016-06-10 00:58
#46
JORDAN | 
Jordan LBJ
SmithZz >>> BOT device
2016-06-10 01:12
#47
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Russia YQKKE Q_Q
which format does he talk about?
2016-06-10 01:21
2 replies
2016-06-10 02:24
1 reply
#51
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Russia YQKKE Q_Q
ty
2016-06-10 02:25
the best <3
2016-06-10 01:26
OH looks like bots can have interviews too =D
2016-06-10 03:13
#61
sakal | 
Hungary sakie
go go smithzz :) you guys can do it!
2016-06-10 11:49
#62
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Poland mamba99999
G - 2 - win.
2016-06-10 12:05
#63
m0NESY | 
Hungary powi
Im actually interested in G2, but cant read the interview because of bot smithzz. I so dont fuckin care about what he is sayin :/
2016-06-10 12:08
2 replies
#65
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Estonia jossd
oke i will say it myself then Let's kick it off with the usual, how was your preparation before this event seeing as you just came back from the US? We didn't play so much. We were at ELEAGUE just before this tournament, so we basically came back and pracced about two days on the internet, and that's it. How much were you able to look into the specific match-ups in those two days? You obviously played TyLoo, what did you think about the match-up? We didn't look at anything, I just read an article, I don't remember when. They were playing stacks, and that's all we knew about them. That's why we had a really rough start, because we needed to analyze them, but when we knew approximately how they played, we countered them. It was 7-1 and then you took the timeout, what did you talk about during it and how did you fix what you weren't able to do before? We just basically said that we are playing really bad. Our communication was not good, but yeah, it's what I said, they react really fast, I think they really hate fakes or something. They are quickly 4-5 in zones we are attacking, it was quite obvious, but normally it's not in the meta. We just said OK, let's play a bit slower, a bit unexpected and it was easy. Everyone I asked said you were likely the best team at the event, who do you see as your potentially biggest opponents? I think there's a lot of teams who can beat us if we are not on a good day. We showed good results, but we still have the same problem, if we don't enter the match, we can lose to anyone. It can be really hard against any team here. The format is very new, hasn't really been used in CS before, what are your thoughts on it? How is it going to change the qualifier? I think it's really good for big teams, you have to lose three times instead of two, so it's a huge advantage. After that, the randomizer depends partially on luck, you can face mousesports, EnVy, or lower teams. There is still a random part and I don't really like it, but for anti-stratting and stuff like this, it's really nice, because you don't know who you play, only the first round. It's really good.
2016-06-10 12:35
#72
Ex6TenZ | 
France p2l
Show some respect to SmithZz, he's a major winner. How many majors for palinka drinkers ?
2016-06-10 17:59
-smithzz .... But would you rather play with friend or random faggot
2016-06-10 14:56
IDC, IDR. who tf cares about this silver aim noob? xD
2016-06-10 16:44
n1
2016-06-10 18:07
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