stanislaw: Just need to break C9 curse

OpTic managed to take down FaZe in two maps to make the grand finals of ELEAGUE Season 2. Following his team's win, we talked to Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz to hear his thoughts on the series and the upcoming match against Astralis.

The televised semi-final between FaZe and OpTic went in the way of the North American team in the end, with Tarik "tarik" Celik and co. starting the series with a dominant 16-3 Train win before closing it out with a 16-12 scoreline on Overpass.

To learn more about the series and OpTic in general, we talked to the team's in-game leader Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz.

There was only a day since you knew who you were going to play today - how did you use the time, did you focus more on your game or what FaZe were going to do?

Like you said, we didn't have much time to prepare so we talked about our game. That's what we are trying to do a lot lately, just focus on ourselves and talk about our game plan and not worry so much about the other team. Because, the thing about worrying about other teams is you are just going to start getting in your own head - if they change their own playstyle then you have no backup plan so it's better to just focus on your own game.

You picked Train - how were you feeling coming into the first map, and especially after the rain 4k in the pistol - were you expecting it to go so smooth?

After the rain 4k we knew that that's a miracle round so we immediately forgot about it. We had an eco round and then got guns straight after that and started rolling all over them.

Can you talk to me about the game plan on Train, on the T side? You were hitting them with very fast rounds and then slowing down, was there anything special you were trying to exploit?

I know they probably watched a lot our Train because they knew we'd play it for sure. So I just wanted to catch them off guard and surprise them pretty much. I started calling a lot of aggressive stuff and fast paced stuff, and right when they think we are going to do it again I changed up the pace and slowed down. I'm sure they had no idea what was going on.

On Overpass you had a nice start and then they started coming back a bit. It seemed like you couldn't get a round if mixwell didn't get an AWP opening - is that something you're worried about at all?

In terms of late rounds it seems we still have a bit of trouble, like, when things are stressful we can really just breakdown. But it's good to have players like mixwell and tarik - and honestly everyone can open up rounds. So I think we have skill and the talent so that when things get tough and it's a really stressful situation, someone can step up and help us out.

stanislaw is confident in his player's ability to open up rounds 

Mostly the talk has been about tarik and mixwell on your team, but lately it's been RUSH also who we see stepping up greatly. What do you think, is there anything you changed to push him up a bit?

I don't think we've changed anything, it's just that RUSH has been playing insane. I don't know what is going on, he's been playing really well.

Moving on to tomorrow when you'll be playing Astralis, considering both semi-finals had the same maps and similar veto's, what are you expecting from that matchup, are we going to see another Train?

I'm not really sure what the maps are going to be yet, we have to go back and do our homework and see what they like to play and all that. We might see Train because we both like to play it, they just beat SK who are unstoppable on it. In terms of preparation we are just going to again just focus on ourselves and talk a little bit about what they do and go from there.

In general, how do you feel about the team right now? You've been having some good results, winning Northern Arena before, do you think that it NA at least, that you're getting to the top now?

I think that we are on the top of NA we just need to break that Cloud9 curse, whatever it is. I think that we are heading in the right direction - we are only a few months old with tarik, we are still ironing a lot of stuff out and improving a lot, but I think we can get there.

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Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
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Other anarh1st47 
2016-12-03 08:08
y u so fast
2016-12-03 08:08
Other anarh1st47 
a lot of years of practic
2016-12-03 08:09
Russia npo_Nrpok 
"stanislaw is confident in his player's ability to open up rounds" it's "players'..." because it's plural.
2016-12-03 11:10
CIS Ansoro 
??are u fuck u??
2016-12-03 11:43
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2016-12-03 14:00
Sweden Ain0k 
volvo 940 turbo top 1 automobile, cyka
2016-12-03 08:09
volvo is besterest car
2016-12-03 08:18
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Toyota makes best cars, fckng noobs!
2016-12-03 11:51
shut up! u cant deny Lada is the bestest car ever made
2016-12-03 12:53
pronax | 
Russia ShaDyTH 
ENCE motors makes best cars
2016-12-03 14:26
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
Volvo is Chinese owned now, Ahmed. Go brag about Saab Oh wait. Sold to us. Ikea shopping cart best Swedish car Kek
2016-12-03 17:18
Modern day volvo is shit, I prefer Audi (quattro really useful during winter), smaller Mercedes or even BMW over them. 940 was built in Sweden :)
2016-12-03 19:01
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
was Audi isn't remotely Swedish though
2016-12-03 19:44
So what Audi isnt Swedish? Still great.
2016-12-03 19:44
2016-12-03 08:08
what curse homie
2016-12-03 13:02
lol they will never beat C9 on lan.
2016-12-03 08:11
United States Styles_ez4c9 
hmm obviously you should have some confidence but you'd have to be a dumb nigga to think there is some "curse" and c9 isnt just better
2016-12-03 08:14
2016-12-03 08:15
theyre not though
2016-12-03 09:41
They are though.
2016-12-03 10:06
CIS Ansoro 
it's like VPvsFaZe, i wouldn't say FaZe is better
2016-12-03 11:45
lol but C9 > Optic. Also, thats a bad analogy because VP barely lost to Faze in ONE b03. C9 completely demolished Optic like they were jokes in the last two LANs they played against each other.
2016-12-03 18:19
2016-12-03 16:40
OpTic is 10 times better than clown9
2016-12-03 16:41
North America bloodwolf1710 
Lol they haven't even beat a top 5 team yet case sent quite at that level to be considerd a top 5 team yet they have had the easiest way to a final like ever the only challenge was faze so they can't really be considerd better than c9 in my opinion
2016-12-03 08:18
He didn't say they were.
2016-12-03 10:14
North America bloodwolf1710 
He said I think we are on top NA
2016-12-03 11:28
Cloud9 isn't top 5. #runSKG
2016-12-03 11:53
f0rest | 
Russia SokoLov 
hahah c9 beat them 16-0
2016-12-03 08:21
2016-12-03 08:42
No they didn't?
2016-12-03 10:13
c9 curse rofl
2016-12-03 08:29
when will HLTV start to understand the simple thing that written interviews are boring. Video or RIOT.
2016-12-03 08:48
shut the fuck up immigrant
2016-12-03 09:13
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
I much prefer written as I can read it anywhere rather than blasting it out of my phone's speaker during lunch break or using all of my data to watch a video.
2016-12-03 10:12
Norway Mickey Mouse 
2016-12-03 10:26
France Gugus_Patacus 
2016-12-03 10:32
Wait what? Is netherlands a third world country? Data caps? LUL #runSKG
2016-12-03 11:54
Russia npo_Nrpok 
Yeah I love video interviews because it's so convenient to be able to ctrl+f nvm u can't ctrl+f in videos smartass
2016-12-03 11:38
Indonesia Tuvny1 
How to be a true NA player: 1. Can't beat a certain team (Cloud 9 in this case) 2. Make excuses (Call it a curse) 3. ???? 4. Profit Ez 4 NA logic... LOL can't beat a team so instead of saying we aren't good enough or admitting the team is better they make an excuse.
2016-12-03 09:37
They've only played them once on LAN. Beat them online many times i know online doesnt matter but whatever. I have no clue what stan was saying.
2016-12-03 10:15
Nah they played them twice, once at Esl pro league finals and the second time at DHW.
2016-12-03 11:27
North America bloodwolf1710 
Ya both bo3 and they smashed optic
2016-12-03 12:39
Canada Zebski 
then optic beat EU teams. (Envy, Fnatic, mouz, astralis, faze, g2, heroic, etc.) C9 drop out in groups.. c9 is good, but not as good as optic on lan..
2016-12-03 15:46
C9 has beat most of those teams too. The difference is C9 has beat top 5 teams and won a LAN with good teams in it.
2016-12-03 17:24
sorry but c9 is clearly better than optic. if c9 is "not as good" as optic on LAN then why did they get smashed by C9 in both LAN b03s? Also, C9 beat all of those you mentioned (except fnatic because they never went against each other) + more teams like SK, NiP etc. So nt optic fanboy.
2016-12-03 18:14
Canada Zebski 
Optic wins Eleague, c9 out in easiest group
2016-12-04 01:40
so? C9 wins ESL Pro league beating SK, Dignitas, NiP etc... All top 5 teams. Who did Optic beat to win Eleague again? Oh, thats right Chokestralis, Faze, and Mousesports. Not to mention they never won a single map against C9 on LAN. Sure man... Optic > C9.. HAHAHA ok
2016-12-04 02:04
Canada Zebski 
c9 lost in the easiest group with mouz and faze? The two teams optic beat to get to the finals
2016-12-04 02:04
Did you see how narrowly they lost? It was just unlucky for them. Doesn't prove anything. It could have gone either way.. It would have been C9 vs Optic.. and guess who would have won :> A lot better than getting 0-2'd badly by C9. :)
2016-12-04 02:05
Canada Zebski 
So its bad that optic got "lucky" but "unlucky" for c9. With the way optic played these 3 days c9 wouldn't stop them
2016-12-04 02:19
Lol talk to me when Optic wins against a top 5 team in a B03 on LAN, including C9.
2016-12-04 02:29
Canada Zebski 
listen c9 fanboy, c9 arent top 5.
2016-12-04 02:50
I never said C9 was top 5. All I said was that C9 > Optic. Which is a fact mr "<3 RUSH" LOL
2016-12-04 04:52
You are a dumb troll.
2016-12-04 01:20
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
He's talking about C9 losing 3 finals as a curse you absolutely illiterate moron Your logic: hurr durr I can't read so I'll make shit up
2016-12-03 17:20
Lol pretty sure you're the illiterate one here. By C9 curse, he obviously meant that they keep losing to C9 on LAN. And by breaking the curse (beating C9) they can solidify their top place in NA. Lol at you, you illiterate moron.
2016-12-03 18:17
There are some curses you can never break, cloud9 is their kryptonite in NA, regardless of how good optics results are the past weeks against other teams.
2016-12-03 09:54
So turok > shrood in streamers fight? Well see i guess, but i am starting to be fan of these guys if i have to cheer for someone from NA.
2016-12-03 10:18
Thailand aduyeah 
Cloud9 is better than OpTic, period. Cloud9 has beat SK in Bo3 to win a title while OpTic beat mousesports and FaZe who aren't even Top 5 just to reach finals. Even if they win Astralis tomorrow, even Astralis isn't Top 5 right now. And not the mention, Cloud9 has crushed OpTic on the last 2 Bo3s on LAN. So no, stanislaw, there is no curse.
2016-12-03 10:24
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2016-12-03 11:00
first final since like january? talks shit, n1 noob
2016-12-03 11:04
Optic needs to beat some top 5 teams to even think about claiming the top NA spot.
2016-12-03 12:37
Astralis right now with their form, certainly look like a top 5 team even though rankings shows otherwise, I think Optic really can be top 10 if they continue playing like that.
2016-12-03 12:39
nice gz turok the penaut brain for finally reaching a final
2016-12-03 13:32
Lol top of NA? What a joke, the only reason they're playing well is because FaZe way underestimated them, RUSH and mix well and tarik are actually fragging, and they're the most inconsistent people in Na
2016-12-03 15:01
"Underestimated"? That seems like biggest excuse right there. I doubt optic prepared anymore for FaZe than FaZe did for them. And after getting rocked on train and using 4-5 timeouts. At what point can you still say they underestimated them? Kio on overpass pushing by himself on T and on CT with no refrag possible. Optic teamwork was way better and on top that, they won the aim battles. Optic might have trouble playing Cloud9 for whatever mental-block reason, but I'd bet on Optic to beat Astralis way before I'd go for Cloud9
2016-12-03 15:44
You're not very smart. Cloud9 best SK, Na'Vi, NiP, dignitas - OpTic have beaten who, fnatic, mouz, and FaZe? You're not a very good baiter. Also, calling timeouts is nowhere close to meaning that they respect their opponents FYI.
2016-12-03 15:50
Dont argue with an idiot, everyone always loses.
2016-12-03 17:50
Hmm let me see... Optic beat Fnatic FaZe Mouz NV in a bo3 and a bo1 G2 in bo3 Annnnd SK in bo1. That's not going too far back..
2016-12-03 16:13
Argentina [Darkaren] 
This would be such a historic moment if Optic manages to win against Astralis (and Astralis after defeating SK and NIP) It's like both teams need this so much, but imo i want astralis to win, it's like they need this way more than Optic, as Optic still has a lot of time to work together, they're just starting, while Astralis has been looking for a title for a long time.
2016-12-03 19:08
c9 is higher ranked and rapes optic every time they play head to head. What is stan smoking lmao.
2016-12-03 19:35
United States FatNick 
Optic can't even win a map against c9 on lan, that not a curse they are just better than you.
2016-12-03 21:49
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