zews: "People criticise NA too much"

Coach Wilton "zews" Prado walked us through their semi-final versus TSM, current state of North American teams and the upcoming grand final against G2.

Luminosity have made another grand final at ECS Season 1 Finals following a semi--final victory over the surprise of the tournament, TSM, who especially made their mark on Cobblestone as their home map.


zews believes the criticism towards North America has been too harsh

After the Brazilians joined G2 in the last stage, we caught up with Wilton "⁠zews⁠" Prado for a chat about the semi, the upcoming finale and the current state of North American Counter-Strike:

Considering you've played against TSM in North America quite often and they seem to be getting good results against you, how did you approach the match-up?

TSM, we know they are a team on the rise for the last two months, they're one of the best NA teams in playing as a team, they mix up their style a lot. We knew it wouldn't be easy in any way, they got through some hard opponents, but we took it just like any other match. We knew that NA teams are scared of us for the most part, they have that barrier of confidence. Overpass is our home map, we took it quite easily, and Cobblestone was their pick and they played very well, but we pulled it off in the end.

How much homework did you put in for Cobblestone specifically, since it's the map they have done very well on both here and in ELEAGUE, how cautious were you about their Cobble?

We knew that since we took out Cache, of course they'd pick Cobblestone, which they were dominating at this tournament. To be honest, we weren't able to study them that much, but we knew from our online matches and practices that they have two defaults and they have to work on top of that. And we were able to take advantage of some their mistakes.

North American teams have recently shown a lot of promise, with Cloud9 some agree they're getting there, Liquid came up with this huge change and now TSM are on the rise. What do you make of the region's state right now?

I think people criticise NA too much, they had a period where they deserved the criticism, but they're learning, teams are making the necessary changes to evolve. And they're starting to play a lot more with the base fundamentals of CS where they don't rely so much on tactics anymore, and that's the way they should be approaching the situation. This tournament proved that, no one thought any NA team would go through and they'd be the first to go out, but they came out on top of NiP and Astralis, who are amazing teams topping the rankings and playing very well. If they keep it up like this, hopefully they'll be getting out of groups a lot more often.

Let's talk about Liquid a little bit specifically, s1mple will only stay for Cologne and then Pimp will come in, what are your thoughts on this iteration and the one with Pimp?

With a similar lineup Liquid went to the last major and they rocked it. s1mple didn't have the best performances at this tournament, but we all know how much of a superstar power he can bring to the team. With this lineup they should do pretty well for the Major, but when they get the full lineup, I think that with the help of peacemaker and everyone going by what he says, they should evolve really well. They picked Pimp for being one of those players who grow in the tense moments and that's what they need. And jdm is an amazing AWPer, he played really well, so I think Liquid will be the best NA team at least for a while along with TSM right now.

In the grand final you're facing your opponents from the last time you were in London for Pro League and there it was extremely close, do you have anything up your sleeves against the French-Belgian team?

I wouldn't say we have something specific up our sleeves, but we studied that match a lot, because we played all the maps, so we got to study a lot in that specific match, and we know where we made the mistakes. Hopefully we can take this without having all that crazy stress and going to overtime on the last map, because we can't take that anymore, it's too much!

Make sure to check out the list of all interviews we've done so far at ECS Season 1 Finals:

France Alexandre "⁠bodyy⁠" Pianaro: "[Veto] was perfect for us"
Canada Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen: "Comfortable playing NA teams"
Belgium Adil "⁠ScreaM⁠" Benrlitom: "We feel really good on Nuke"
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett on ECS and current state of talent
United States Spencer "⁠Hiko⁠" Martin: "jdm64 actually reached out to me"
Brazil Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo: "I don't believe in saving strats"
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
466
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
196
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
342
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
417
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
743
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
no
2016-06-26 19:21
1 reply
NA CS EleGiggle
2016-06-26 19:34
#8
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Sweden nicklaswade
too bad
2016-06-26 19:21
Gonna get smashed by G2
2016-06-26 19:21
#11
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Austria P0w3RfuL
lasf
2016-06-26 19:21
na cs
2016-06-26 19:21
ool
2016-06-26 19:21
t
2016-06-26 19:21
lol
2016-06-26 19:21
#16
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Brazil Flepo
true dat
2016-06-26 19:21
1
2016-06-26 19:21
#18
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United Kingdom 3Head
lul
2016-06-26 19:21
#19
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Poland aleks2805
19
2016-06-26 19:21
LPOL
2016-06-26 19:21
wow now he says it
2016-06-26 19:21
NA CS LOL
2016-06-26 19:21
#24
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World madman112
NA is fucking dhit LOL
2016-06-26 19:21
Uk Cs> NA CS 4Head
2016-06-26 19:21
NA CS 4Head
2016-06-26 19:21
Na is a joke
2016-06-26 19:22
#28
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Poland mamba99999
A Brasillian defending NA. I kekd.
2016-06-26 19:22
#29
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Germany 1criT
NA CS 4Head
2016-06-26 19:22
100% agreed! Thank you Zews, we appreciate that! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-06-26 19:22
4 replies
-loyal -smart -friendly -BRAZIL +dumb +gay +monkey +BRA71L
2016-06-26 19:30
2 replies
nice try my fan, we appreciate that, thank you! Don't hate us specially if u haven't scene!
2016-06-26 19:31
toppest kekkest
2016-06-26 20:02
#105
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Greece hekzy
Get rekt retard, G2-0 never forget. Greece > Brazil
2016-06-27 17:39
NA CS EleGiggle
2016-06-26 19:22
of course they criticise, they're all lazy fucks like shroud... this tsm team have my respect, guys like hiko, n0thing, elige, semphis, stewie and shit... they look like they really want to win. we dont have to respect anyone for free hahahah, hamburgers need to work for the respect, look at brs, people still try to disrespect us, but they can only by words, talking about countrys and shit, in CS they can't talk shit ;) stewie came out of nothing, everyone making fun of him because of pugs and shit, look at him now...
2016-06-26 19:25
43 replies
+1 just look brazil and lumonsity, come from nowhere with nothing just pure hard work and dedication and go to the top. NA just lazy dont care about winning just want their big salaries for playing.
2016-06-26 19:33
2 replies
just pure hard work? more like easy cheats
2016-06-27 09:46
i dont think they can reach the top even if they try, they're too bad.
2016-06-28 05:41
#41
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France Fran6k1D
stewie is toxic, fuck this guy, needs to grow like simple
2016-06-26 19:34
#45
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Germany 1criT
+1
2016-06-26 19:42
I agree! play with Skadoodle/shroud's depressive face every round must be horrible!!
2016-06-26 19:43
34 replies
+1 !! ska could be n1 awper, but he's so afraid of the world you know? hahahaha he loses to himself, look at fallen or guardian... when they get the awp they're like WASSUP MOTHAFUCKAS use awp like shotgun, open sites without fear etc... cs is a mind game too...
2016-06-26 19:45
33 replies
+1 ska is the most timid top 10 awper in the world without a doubt
2016-06-26 20:02
uses awp like shotgun, ok thats enough internet 4 u today monkey
2016-06-26 20:03
23 replies
you never saw fallens pov then =p fallen >>>>>>>> kennys
2016-06-26 20:07
20 replies
pls just unplug internet cable already
2016-06-26 20:08
19 replies
expected from baguette fanboi =*
2016-06-26 20:09
18 replies
lel dont know difference between french and dutch flag xdddddd now stfu retarded monkey
2016-06-26 20:10
17 replies
don't care, yous have no arguments, keep talking shit =p fallen > kennys
2016-06-26 20:13
16 replies
cuz no point in arguing with monkey, also kennys > favelalen obviously
2016-06-26 20:19
15 replies
kennybot never won against lg =p EZ fallen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> kennybot
2016-06-26 20:21
14 replies
pls stop making urself more retarded using =p favela monkey
2016-06-26 20:22
13 replies
again, no argument back = talking shit... REKT
2016-06-26 20:23
12 replies
favela monkeys normally dont understand arguments but mkay ill give some anyway cuz u begged 4 it hltv.org/match/2299538-envyus-luminosity.. kennys kd: 1.2 favelalen kd: 0.98 also, youtu.be/QC11wt67RWU?t=36s kennys > monkeylen anyday now pls go get your favela family some drinking water at the water well
2016-06-26 20:32
11 replies
who cares about stats? thats why people like you are retards, watch the game, see fallen's rotations, he never will be in the same place, also impact kills, clutches, and he's igling at the same time... won the game ez with 3 day line up... REKT fallen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>kennybot
2016-06-26 20:34
7 replies
pls you are embarrassing yourself. u gave so many shitty arguments already that my brain hurts. but ok ill forgive you monkey, i understand the favela didnt learn u to give reliable sources 4 ur opinion now pls stop rekking ur own ass otherwise ill whoop yours let me tell u one final time: KENNYS (CSGOD) > favelalen easily
2016-06-26 20:39
6 replies
i didnt read the whole text but stats does mean shit bro
2016-06-26 20:47
omg, so if scream have more hs % than coldzera means he's better than coldzera? (example) stats dont mean shit... fallen >>>>>>>>>> kennybot
2016-06-26 20:57
2 replies
Scream is better than Cold... So is shox... also boddy... Also keeny prime is better than fallen prime. Thats a fucking fact
2016-06-26 23:42
1 reply
#99
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United States stotte
kennyS prime was when the AWP was ridiculous and very versatile / lethal. FalleN's prime is post that stage, where he's still using it with great versatility and in a way that most AWPers (including kenny) cant
2016-06-27 15:00
Fuck dumb!!, FALLEN>>ALL
2016-06-27 17:19
1 reply
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Brazil adre221
so your argument is racism and only one match? thats weak
2016-06-26 21:47
2 replies
talking about weak, ur brazilian friend didnt gave a single argument
2016-06-27 17:36
1 reply
#111
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Brazil adre221
so I'll give one to you: FalleN is a sole reason LG is where they are right now, he is the best IGL and awper in the world, consistantly competing with coldzera to be the no1 player in the team against tier1 players, while envyUs and kennyS is on a terrible slump and can't win against even tier2.
2016-06-28 08:15
Man you is so racist ..stop with this and accept LG>>ALL
2016-06-27 17:22
1 reply
its not racism, its stating simple facts
2016-06-27 17:38
Awping takes mental strength. You need to have the confidence to take a duel with another awper or rifler. It may look easy but when you get beat over and over again because of your teams lack luster performancd you lose the motivation. Look at e-league on cobblestone. Ska was playing like he did in the summer c9 dream run. Shrpud and slemmy brought them down. If those two got like e more kills each co eouldve advanced in e-league not lg
2016-06-26 23:41
7 replies
holy fuck you're a complete retard, you have 0 clue what you're talking about. typical nazi
2016-06-28 05:42
6 replies
actually i know a lot more than you. Awping takes mental strength. Listen to all the casters talk about awping, you fucking Muslim ass terrorist! I am right, you are a fucking autist.
2016-06-28 14:55
4 replies
XD little redditor noob newfag, Muslim? this is a U.S Flag, retard. this is my smurf account, you're a former CoD and BF player. im a cs veteran, mentality confidence and feelings are SOOO overhyped by little newfags like you, strategy, discipline and SKILL are by far much more important than fucking "mental strength" you fucking dramatic wannabe movie-life casual shit bag. this is why you're the white version of U.S in Europe, gg germany, only ragey cheaters and triggerbot coders in your country, you suck without hacks. ps: I am from Argentina.
2016-06-28 16:26
3 replies
its an afghan flag. Boy you are dumb. I've never playe BF before in my life, only CoD i played was MW2. So with what you are saying take Guardian with amazing skill. Have his team lose 20 games in a row then put him against the "best awper" in the world, whoever that would be after him. He will wiff so many shots and not have such a huge impact as he would if his team wasn't on a downswing in this scenario. Also, I don't live in Germany, this is where my family was born. Trust me meantal strength does play a role in you performance, even if it is a small amount it still affects your play.
2016-06-28 16:38
2 replies
"trust me mentality is important, it's all like a movie, feelings over skill and discipline and strategy" fucking newfag casuals, lmao germans are the top2 fakest people in the planet. im fakeflagging btw, but there isn't much of a difference between afgha and u.s in terms of race, virgin.
2016-07-01 07:07
1 reply
Lol, it took yo 2 days to come up with a shit response. Also the U.S. is completely different from Afghan. Fucking suicide bomber wannabe. You will never fuck anyone in your life but yourself. Also do you want my used condom from last night, little sand fag?
2016-07-02 03:21
tell me what you think is wrong in my comment because it is all correct.
2016-06-28 14:56
+1
2016-06-26 19:48
#98
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United States stotte
n0thing? LOL all of the pros hes ever played with note that he just dicks around and doesn't take CS very seriously. The others I can agree on
2016-06-27 14:57
1 reply
but that's his level... is different, shroud for example, he performed good in the past... but watch pov of him, he plays exacly like on stream lmao, is not like n0thing is a star and is underperforming lol
2016-06-28 00:18
NOT ENOUGH!!!
2016-06-26 19:29
Zews Op
2016-06-26 19:30
Brazil protecting his small brother NA from bullying. Kind of cute.
2016-06-26 19:31
1 reply
I LOLED
2016-06-26 20:52
NA CS 4Head
2016-06-26 19:33
One simply doesnt criticise NA "too much"
2016-06-26 19:33
Zews lol what a legend? " If they keep it up like this, hopefully they'll be getting out of groups a lot more often" meaning: They will never win an international tournament, but they will hopefully get out of the groups!!!!lol
2016-06-26 19:40
1 reply
everyone has to begin somewhere :D
2016-06-26 19:55
criticise? noooooooo
2016-06-26 19:41
#48
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Hungary khetshke
TRIGGERED
2016-06-26 19:46
+1, NA can play, only noobs say they can't
2016-06-26 19:46
another great interview, thanks striker!
2016-06-26 19:55
win matches = dont judge NA so much lose matches = the org loses team
2016-06-26 19:58
#70
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Romania fluxz0r
why didnt he said this before na teams showed that they are strong? ya.. thats what i thought..
2016-06-26 20:25
it's just a meme bro geez
2016-06-26 20:30
Indeed
2016-06-26 20:35
na coach
2016-06-26 20:38
NA CS 4Head
2016-06-26 20:52
#80
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Brazil hansenbr
repect
2016-06-26 20:53
NA CS IS A JOKE
2016-06-26 20:55
#82
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Brazil oskadopLis
.
2016-06-26 20:57
Actually He's right, TSM starting to prove more and more, C9 improving with Slemmy and Liquid...great team too, They just need more time with Peacemaker...
2016-06-26 21:39
Not all cs, only Clown9 . They are bigest joke in cs history :-) :-)
2016-06-26 21:51
#88
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Finland Suppp
88th
2016-06-26 22:02
na sucks
2016-06-26 22:09
EU CS EleGiggle hehe xd
2016-06-26 22:21
he read hltv threads too much lol
2016-06-27 05:26
#95
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Luxembourg alex24
expected from NA pleb who was just bought by EU org now they`ll say they are not NA anymore...
2016-06-27 07:02
NA CS EleGiggle
2016-06-27 07:12
i am sorry what? the worst region for cs being criticized for being bad? where is the issue?
2016-06-28 05:38
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