NEO: "Train pick felt like Christmas"

We had a chance to talk with the MVP of DreamHack Zowie Open Bucharest - Filip "NEO" Kubski, and got his thoughts on the AWP situation, the grand final and the incredible 1v5.

After a horrible display at StarSeries Season 2, the Poles presented the "plow mode" once again and dominated their opposition this weekend, with Dignitas being the only team that put up a good fight against Virtus.pro at Bucharest.

The whole squad ran to hug neo after match-winning 1v5

NEO was the MVP of the tournament, but also had the most memorable moment 

In the post match interview, Filip "NEO" Kubski talked to Striker about not making lineup changes and the strength of Dignitas, and uncovered that there is more to what happened in Kiev than what meets the eye.

You're known for not making lineup changes, but you do make more subtle changes in leadership and roles from time to time. Has anything changed prior to StarSeries or prior to DreamHack?
No, not at all. Since I think before MLG Columbus, I started leading the team and since then we haven't changed much. We've just been trying to improve strats and stick to the roles we have and it just seems to be working out.
What about the AWPing situation, any changes in that department?
I think we just gave up, we're a different team and we're not having a strict sniper in the team. It's up to the mood of whoever wants to AWP, it gives us advantages as well as disadvantages in some cases, but overall it's been working for us pretty well, we're more unpredictable than other teams.
Touching on the dignitas semi-final, the first map was super quick, but Cobble and Overpass went down to the wire, with the latter coming down to that 1v5 really, what can you tell us about those two maps and dignitas as an opponent?
dignitas is becoming a stronger team, you can see they have a strong lineup now and you can also see them improving, playing better and better. So we knew it was going to be difficult, we've been ready for them, I guess. Overpass isn't our strongest map, but we knew we can play it, we had to choose between that and Dust2, so there was an obvious choice for us. In the middle of T side on Overpass, I asked Snax to call instead of me, because I didn't feel comfortable doing it. He did that and it worked pretty well, we started winning some rounds. We played a solid game overall, but we gave up a few forcebuys, especially on Cobble, in the 14-14 round for example, that's just a mistake from our part and it should never have happened. 
The grand final was quite straight-forward, two fairly quick maps, anything you'd like to say on the topic of Cloud9?
They surprised us, first of all by picking Train and also picking T side after winning the knife round, that felt like Christmas. But that was the only match we didn't really know the opponent before the game, so we decided to play our own stuff. Before every other game we got ready, watched the opponent, here we had no idea what would happen. So we just played our game and I guess that's what caught them off-guard.
Lastly, it seems that whenever you have a bad tournament or a poor period, you come back so much stronger. That happened again after StarSeries where you went out in last place and now you won an event, albeit smaller, how do you always do that?
At StarSeries there was a story behind it, due to which we weren't 100% focused and weren't able to play our game. I'm not going to go into details of the whole story, but we kind of expected that it might happen and it did, so we didn't really feel like that changes anything. Coming here, we knew that was just a mistake at StarSeries and we didn't really look at the result there, we didn't take it to heart. We still knew we were a strong team.

You're known for not making lineup changes, but you do make more subtle changes in leadership and roles from time to time. Has anything changed prior to StarSeries or prior to DreamHack?

 No, not at all. Since I think before MLG Columbus, I started leading the team and since then we haven't changed much. We've just been trying to improve strats and stick to the roles we have and it just seems to be working out.

What about the AWPing situation, any changes in that department?

I think we just gave up, we're a different team and we're not having a strict sniper in the team. It's up to the mood of whoever wants to AWP, it gives us advantages as well as disadvantages in some cases, but overall it's been working for us pretty well, we're more unpredictable than other teams.

Touching on the dignitas semi-final, the first map was super quick, but Cobble and Overpass went down to the wire, with the latter coming down to that 1v5 really, what can you tell us about those two maps and dignitas as an opponent?

dignitas is becoming a stronger team, you can see they have a strong lineup now and you can also see them improving, playing better and better. So we knew it was going to be difficult, we've been ready for them, I guess. Overpass isn't our strongest map, but we knew we can play it, we had to choose between that and Dust2, so there was an obvious choice for us. In the middle of T side on Overpass, I asked Snax to call instead of me, because I didn't feel comfortable doing it. He did that and it worked pretty well, we started winning some rounds. We played a solid game overall, but we gave up a few forcebuys, especially on Cobble, in the 14-14 round for example, that's just a mistake from our part and it should never have happened. 

The grand final was quite straight-forward, two fairly quick maps, anything you'd like to say on the topic of Cloud9?

They surprised us, first of all by picking Train and also picking T side after winning the knife round, that felt like Christmas. But that was the only match we didn't really know the opponent before the game, so we decided to play our own stuff. Before every other game we got ready, watched the opponent, here we had no idea what would happen. So we just played our game and I guess that's what caught them off-guard.

Lastly, it seems that whenever you have a bad tournament or a poor period, you come back so much stronger. That happened again after StarSeries where you went out in last place and now you won an event, albeit smaller, how do you always do that?

At StarSeries there was a story behind it, due to which we weren't 100% focused and weren't able to play our game. I'm not going to go into details of the whole story, but we kind of expected that it might happen and it did, so we didn't really feel like that changes anything. Coming here, we knew that was just a mistake at StarSeries and we didn't really look at the result there, we didn't take it to heart. We still knew we were a strong team.

Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
ez
2016-09-18 20:38
Please refrain from hunting for first comment and focus instead on reading the news. Irrelevant and offtopic comments will be deleted. This behaviour is not welcome and will be severely moderated.
2016-09-19 08:56
#47
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Luxembourg alex24 
finally!! great to hear that on hltv
2016-09-19 09:05
#51
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Switzerland dpL^ 
+1
2016-09-19 15:21
Please refrain from hunting for first comment of first comment branch Kappa
2016-09-19 17:03
Semistupid suggestion - why don't you just remove timestamp and #commentnumber (but keep it to your knowledge) OR assign random number between 0 and 9999 to every comment? OR mix of what I said?
2016-09-20 00:25
he's back boys.
2016-09-18 20:38
#27
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Poland DzonPrice 
He don't have to kill as much as snax for example. But when he's on fire,he is unstoppable. That's Neo.
2016-09-18 20:51
#8
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Australia 100T_TOP_100 
Nice, I love Virtus.pro members so much they have some of the best personalities and give the feeling to us viewers that they are like a family and not just some team that plays together.
2016-09-18 20:40
#10
RUSH | 
Canada Zebski 
VP eZ
2016-09-18 20:38
xmas comes early up in romania
2016-09-18 20:38
#14
Brazil Sp4x 
After a horrible display at StarSeries Season 2 Nice start
2016-09-18 20:39
#45
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Australia Ohnorepo 
I think everyone that follows some of their social media expected them to fail at StarSeries, Pasha and Taz landed only 80-90 minutes before their first game there. The team had almost no time to discuss strats or even warm up. They had a media day or something.
2016-09-19 05:13
#15
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United States darth_mac 
This was good
2016-09-18 20:38
LUL
2016-09-18 20:38
EZ FOR NEO
2016-09-18 20:38
lmao
2016-09-18 20:38
#20
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France StickyRice 
Thank mr C9 for that pick xD
2016-09-18 20:38
Everytime Virtus.Pro get stomped is like Christmas.
2016-09-18 20:39
#22
ScreaM | 
Dominican Republic casxd 
Dumb decision by Cloud9 to pick train they overthink the things.. They should pick Cache instead but gg
2016-09-18 20:39
actually, they shoulda picked dust2. any half decent dust2 team could beat VP on it easily. they have proven many times that since 2014 they have always been shit on that map.
2016-09-18 21:23
Fallen: "Nuke pick felt like Christmas"
2016-09-18 20:44
surprised it didn't come from favela
2016-09-18 20:45
#33
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Slovenia umadbrah 
I loled
2016-09-18 21:13
not really the same tbh.
2016-09-18 21:24
not a video one :(
2016-09-18 20:49
#28
LUq | 
Poland dnbk1ng 
CSGOD
2016-09-18 20:51
EZ 4 SANTA CLAUS9
2016-09-18 20:51
Neo, FalleN, hooch, maniac, f0rest. The nicest five of CS:GO. Good read.
2016-09-18 21:07
#39
NiKo | 
Poland RedN1ne 
Fallen ? xD
2016-09-18 21:33
Apparently he is not good at CS, but also at acting.
2016-09-20 00:38
neo savage
2016-09-18 21:22
GOD NEO is back, 1vs5 ace LUL youtube.com/watch?v=hsG4UexIdHQ&
2016-09-18 21:23
#44
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China Ava1ondraGon 
That was awesome!!!
2016-09-19 05:02
"but also had the most memorable moment" What moment?
2016-09-18 22:31
Maybe the 1v5? Get brain
2016-09-19 00:59
#53
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Japan kitzune 
The Clucth Ace! dude did you not see it?
2016-09-19 17:09
#1
2016-09-19 02:09
igl take mvp, how often is that?
2016-09-19 12:41
neo is not an "often" player,he never was
2016-09-19 13:57
?
2016-09-19 14:14
#54
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Japan kitzune 
"At StarSeries there was a story behind it, due to which we weren't 100% focused and weren't able to play our game. I'm not going to go into details of the whole story, but we kind of expected that it might happen and it did" Anybody knows what he is talking about?
2016-09-19 17:11
#57
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Poland Cazzorel 
Taz said the whole organisation of tournament in Kiev was bad. They hadn't enough time to prepare to matches. One thing is also interesting. They get message that they have to go two days before tournament to give interviews or photo session which as it turned out weren't necessary.
2016-09-20 00:44
great read
2016-09-21 21:42
still christmas atmopsher Nijoo in VP on de_train against tier1 teams like SK Navi during ESL NY on this map ?
2016-10-02 14:30
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