nitr0: "Super confident on Cobble"

We sat down with Nick "nitr0" Cannella to talk about Liquid upsetting Natus Vincere in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals ahead.

After grabbing second place in their group yesterday with a convincing win over mousesports, Liquid were assigned to Natus Vincere for the quarter-finals.

Despite losing Train following a underwhelming Terrorist side, Spencer "Hiko" Martin and company took Nuke thanks to a seven-round offence and closed the series out with a dominating performance on Cobblestone.


nitr0 and the whole of Liquid have a lot of confidence with this lineup

In the following interview Nick "nitr0" Cannella talked about the entire quarter-final series and the potential fnatic match-up tomorrow, and gave us a different perspective on the Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev subject.

In an interview that I did yesterday with Hiko, he said that you guys practised a lot against Na`Vi in the last couple of days at the bootcamp in Amsterdam, did that help you prepare and understand the match-up better?

Well, people say scrims don't matter, but obviously it gives you like a false confidence, but we were winning every scrim at the bootcamp against the top-tier teams and it really gave us confidence, we felt super good with this lineup. Playing Na`Vi a lot helps, you know their tendencies, they're obviously not going to scrim just to see what you do, they're trying to practise as well. So I would say yeah, we played them a lot and it really helped for the quarters.

The veto ended up on two maps you are very comfortable on and Nuke, I would assume Cobblestone was the best case scenario for the third map...

I would say yes, Cobble was the best third map we could've wished for. We're prepared for them on every single map, but obviously our most comfortable map is Cobblestone. 

What was your thinking behind picking Nuke?

It comes back to scrims and practice, we beat them on every single Nuke, it wasn't even close, like 22-8, 21-9. We just had so much confidence on that map, we practised it a lot in the bootcamp and we just knew we could beat them on it.

Going into Train, you had this great CT side, first of all why do you think you were able to get up to 10 rounds and second of all, why did T side fall apart?

We've been working a lot on Train and especially on the CT side, because it's such a CT-sided map. And even towards the end of the bootcamp, we were focusing on our T side. Our CT side lacked towards the end, I think we were 5-0, but the rounds we won weren't convincing enough, so we got our money broke and they started doing fakes on us. We started over-rotating, they came back a little. T side, we just tried everything we had and it wasn't working. Our team environment was kinda bad because we were completely out of ideas. They were the better team on that map.

I imagine you were pretty confident with seven rounds as T on Nuke, firstly is Nuke really as CT-sided as people believe it to be, and were you comfortable with the Terrorist side?

I think Nuke is very, very CT-sided right now, especially since the teams don't really know what to do on T side. It's really hard to take upper, because there are so many angles where you can't see the CTs but they can see you. Our seven rounds on T side was like the best thing ever, honestly, the rounds that we won were close, very close, and we probably shouldn't have won a couple of them, and thank god we did. Seven rounds is really good and we were confident on our CT side.

Hiko had multiple great rounds, does he always do this well on the upper site with the auto-shotgun and overall?

Hiko was playing out of his mind on Nuke and Cobble, he was really good on Cobble. He won us a lot of rounds. He kinda coined the shotgun thing, but it's honestly really good, you get so much money from getting kills and they're mostly one-shots. As a dedicated upper person, you don't really rotate as much, you have vent rotators, outside rotators, so his job is take care of hut and squeaky, and the shotgun is perfect for that. He's so hard to kill.

Going into Cobblestone, you had a super good first side, what happened there?

We were just super confident on Cobble, we're really comfortable on that map. It just felt like everything was working, they couldn't find their groove. It felt like we were controlling the whole game throughout the whole map. GuardiaN couldn't find any opening picks like he usually does, it felt like every time he tried to change up his playstyle we were already ahead of him. For example on Cobble, I remember one of the rounds where we just flashed over to B and he got caught off-guard, one round he was caught off-guard in mid and got spammed through the wall. So he was probably frustrated and I think we played perfect CS on the first side.

Towards the end of the map Na`Vi got the forcebuy and a few rounds, did it ever cross your mind like "this is happening again"?

Obviously it's in the back of all of our heads, I'm not gonna lie, it is. But, I was way more confident that we would close it out, because Josh is a really good motivational speaker throughout hardships like that. He's also a super-solid player too, especially on the latter half. In the end we won a forcebuy in the last round, so...

I wanted to get a bit of a different perspective on s1mple, because I really only talked about this with Hiko, where he said that there was a lot of bad blood between him and peacemaker, how has overall been your experience with s1mple and how do you think you were able to overcome that and do well here?

In tournaments s1mple is a completely different player, he doesn't argue, he's a really good teammate at tournaments. He's just really difficult to deal with in practice, let's say peacemaker tries to change up a strat, and he's like "We didn't practise this, we shouldn't do this". And he comes up with all these arguments, and obviously they're both stubborn. In tournaments he's just a different player, he's just really good and doesn't argue, because he wants to win.

We have this last quarter-final coming up and it'll be between fnatic and Gambit, but the obvious storyline here is fnatic, in case that happens, how do you see your chances?

I'm gonna go back to scrims and results in scrims, we were destroying them in scrims, it doesn't really mean anything but like I said it's false confidence. So we're gonna be super confident, just like we were today against Na`Vi, just go in with a great mindset and use our raw skill and teamwork, and hopefully knock them out.

Do you think you're gonna have to be a little lucky with the random draw again? 

I'd say no, their map pool is almost the same as ours, so I think it'll be fine.

Check out the list of interviews we have conducted so far at ESL One Cologne to see if you've missed any:

Sweden Viktor "vuggo" Jendeby: "We're always slow starters"
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin: "s1mple really wants to win"
Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov: "Knew exactly how NiP play"
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen: "I feel like I won an event"
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell: "Came in with fresh minds today"
Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović: "nV match was a team effort"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "Confident playing T side [on Cobble]"
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov: "We wanted revenge for MLG"
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "I expect us and G2 through"
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "Tech pause was good for us"
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "gla1ve is really good at adapting"
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1176
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
Aleksib | 
Bangladesh 696969 
ez drops
2016-07-08 22:04
#2
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Norway insy 
lets fucking go liquid, win the major
2016-07-08 22:04
#25
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Brazil diixon 
4 sure, Liquid > SK, Fnatic...
2016-07-08 22:12
i always thought liquid would be the team to end the sk run. Sk went on this crazy run as a result of liquid choking and now liquid are gonna end what they started.
2016-07-09 01:04
#28
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Italy Growl 
Reach finals? Maybe. Win it all? Really doubt it. either way no matter who wins in semis we are gonna have a sick final Sk - fnatic or sk - liquid or fnatic - vp or vp - liquid These are all sick matches i want to watch so bad
2016-07-08 22:13
You just fucking hit the nail to the head. I'm so pumped up to see the finals, because they are gonna be amazing no matter what :)
2016-07-09 01:02
final will be vp vs liquiddddd
2016-07-09 05:21
the most unlikely but prob the best xd
2016-07-09 11:44
1
2016-07-08 22:04
davay go major final
2016-07-08 22:04
#5
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
n1
2016-07-08 22:04
#6
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Brazil chococaine 
gl!
2016-07-08 22:04
#7
s1mple | 
Latvia inconaks 
nope
2016-07-08 22:04
no
2016-07-08 22:04
#9
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
LETS GO LIQUID
2016-07-08 22:04
#10
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Brazil DileBani 
SK GAMING > ALL OTHER TEAM
2016-07-08 22:04
Found the retarded monkey
2016-07-08 22:06
#33
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Brazil DileBani 
where finland this major? dont see
2016-07-08 22:15
Atleast we don't have blatant cheaters like cheatzera. And learn to englishh speka monkey shit
2016-07-08 22:17
#43
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Brazil DileBani 
yeah sure because cheat dont invented yet in your 3rd world coutry.. coldzera > allu
2016-07-08 22:17
Allu was in major final. Where was your cold? Nt monkey
2016-07-08 22:19
#48
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Brazil DileBani 
becouse SK wasnt there , they give mercy to allu. now where allu? no were retard
2016-07-08 22:20
Allu play for ence. Only real old schoolers know that org. Not some sk new school shit.
2016-07-08 22:21
#52
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Brazil DileBani 
even Immortals > ence fckin finland muslim , your no namer
2016-07-08 22:23
Go back to your favela monkey.
2016-07-08 22:24
#55
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Brazil DileBani 
stfu muslim and go lose in csgo.
2016-07-08 22:27
Hes fakeflagger. Dont get baited
2016-07-09 07:36
he's already b8ed
2016-07-09 11:52
Stfu monkey retard nigga
2016-07-08 22:11
#22
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Brazil DileBani 
wheres mouz this major? im dont see them
2016-07-08 22:12
Am i from germany ?
2016-07-08 22:12
#29
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Brazil DileBani 
you flag is germany.. retrard
2016-07-08 22:13
#31
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United States Gyr0 
NT Favela monkey. He is ScreaM not Hitler.
2016-07-08 22:15
#35
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Brazil DileBani 
diabetes says me monkey, nice try. dont generalize hes german but no hitler
2016-07-08 22:16
i hope that was b8 if you really think thats germany i feel sorry for you
2016-07-09 01:12
That's the Belgium flag though. I would see how you could mistake Romania for Belgium but Germany?
2016-07-09 01:41
Yeah damn Favela thinking thats Germany, very sad
2016-07-09 01:50
#77
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Brazil DileBani 
retard fbi CSI flagger
2016-07-09 16:43
#76
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Brazil DileBani 
thats germany flag u fucking hamburger. go eat bacon and stop browser this threads ok?
2016-07-09 16:42
bad b8 monkey retard
2016-07-08 22:15
#37
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Brazil DileBani 
ok germanistan retard
2016-07-08 22:17
nigger
2016-07-08 22:17
#50
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Brazil DileBani 
ok ok go cheat in game german
2016-07-08 22:20
He's from Belgium, not Germany. The flags have the same colors except Belgium has vertical lines while Germany has horizontal lines.
2016-07-09 01:18
#75
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Brazil DileBani 
what fuck your talking about? its german flag.
2016-07-09 16:40
do u make 32k cents a year?
2016-07-08 22:12
#30
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Brazil DileBani 
i can buy your whole familia
2016-07-08 22:15
How much
2016-07-08 22:17
#44
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Brazil DileBani 
1 cent your sister garbage
2016-07-08 22:19
ok cool send me
2016-07-08 22:20
#53
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Brazil DileBani 
Filho da puta
2016-07-08 22:24
No one understand you that's why everyone thinks brazilians are monkeys just calm the fuck down and enjoy the tournament without blame each others
2016-07-08 22:59
#60
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Brazil DileBani 
i could say now generic NA insult but im not "monkey", so im wont.... i just make true comment and all get mad..
2016-07-08 23:08
W0o0o0ooooOOoOooo
2016-07-08 22:04
#14
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
Fnatic just have to ban that map and essentially guarantee their way through to the final
2016-07-08 22:05
Fnatic is great on cobble and it's not like Liquid can't win other maps, they just did against navi. I would assume fnatic bans nuke.
2016-07-08 22:11
#38
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United Kingdom DarkOmen 
I still wouldn't take the risk of ending up on cobble as a decider. I'd probably even go as far to say liquid are the best team on that map currently.
2016-07-08 22:17
#42
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Italy Growl 
Nuke ban coming from miles away. Fnatic will leave cbble for sure. I think they will ban d2. Liquid maybe ban train and cache. For liquid to win it should be nuke - mirage - cbble winning it on cbble
2016-07-08 22:17
#62
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United States Scrub_Disney 
Probably cache liquid looked good on train ct side then got Cloud9 syndrome on T side train
2016-07-09 00:33
why would they ban their best map?
2016-07-08 22:33
#16
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
s1mple #CSGOD
2016-07-08 22:06
@nitro`&hltv video = i gonna watch that big text = tldr or bye
2016-07-08 22:08
really? i cant be bothered to watch a 10 minute video but if its text i can read in a minute then ill read it
2016-07-08 22:11
video >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> text your opinion isnt worth anything.. let the europeans make decisions cuz if NA do it its bad, just like your cs
2016-07-08 22:14
lost to VP on cobble?
2016-07-08 22:11
Liquid can't represent NA CS because of s1mple and Peacemaker. NA CS still doomed.
2016-07-08 22:12
#46
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Brazil mth^ 
stfu kid
2016-07-08 22:20
Post edited 2016-07-08 22:20:03
2016-07-09 07:23
funny how 1 person boosts so much their confidence lolz
2016-07-08 22:15
#59
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
+999999 lmao s1mple
2016-07-08 23:00
inb4 every team they play now bans cbble
2016-07-08 22:17
nah..fnatic will ban nuke vs them
2016-07-08 22:42
after that last kill on nuke I would be confident too
2016-07-08 22:20
#61
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good luck tomorrow boys, please, confident and focus! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2016-07-08 23:21
#72
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Singapore Trisha 
Im still ripping skins from na'vi :/
2016-07-09 09:00
fak
2016-07-10 19:53
rip
2016-07-10 19:54
#80
FalleN | 
Brazil akatosh 
nt nitr0
2016-07-10 19:56
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