kioShiMa: I just wanna lift the trophy

We grabbed Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey on the quarter-finals day of IEM Katowice to talk to him ahead of FaZe's semi-final against the winner of Immortals and North that is coming up tomorrow. The Frenchman shared his thoughts on [t,6667,eu,429,695,3741,4959,8183]'s performance in groups, the mr3 tiebreakers, and the semis ahead.

FaZe skipped the quarter-finals with a first place in Group A, which was decided through a rather original set of tiebreakers played in overtime settings among FaZe, Astralis, and Immortals.

kioShiMa likes the tiebreaking format

We grabbed Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey for an interview during his day off to talk to him about the group stage, the tiebreaking format, and the upcoming semi-finals:

The only team you lost to in the round-robin stage was Astralis, how do you feel about your showing in groups overall?

We feel pretty good because we didn't have that much time to pracc, we only had three days or something because I was away for a few days. So we did fairly well, even against Astralis, I don't think we did that bad because we lost seven clutches or something like that in a row with one or two left alive, so the result doesn't really reflect what happened in the match. It could've been closer or even a win, we don't know, we just lost too many situations that we shouldn't lose.

In the end, you had to go through the mr3 tiebreakers, that's new, what do you make of that format?

I like the format, because it's kind of the same as the Major format, the Swiss, I think, because you need to make so many mistakes - even if it's just best-of-one. If you're a good team, you're gonna have the good maps, because you practice a lot of maps, so you need to do so many mistakes to not pass the group stage. Even the tiebreaker, I like it, it's something new, it's intense and that's what players want. The only thing I didn't like is that if there's a three-way tie again, they just take the round difference. So why would you do this and then take the round difference? Just keep going, even if you last five hours, just keep doing the tiebreaker again and again. For me, I like it, and even for viewers, they would love it as well.

What about the way they do the veto, where all teams end up playing the same map, do you like that as well or is there another way this could be done?

The thing is, I didn't really follow the veto, but that was so hard to understand, they were explaining so many things. Every team vetoes two maps in a certain order, so you need to pracc five maps to be fine in that tiebreaker, because you only veto two maps and can end up on five others. You need to know that other teams are really good on those maps, so it's kind of fun how it finished, I mean I liked it, it was funny.

Staying on the topic of the tiebreakers, you ended up playing Train again versus Astralis, which is what you played in the regular portion of the group, and ended up winning in the first set - was there anything you noticed from the first match and adjusted for the tiebreaker?

The thing is that we started CT and we tried to surprise them with a UMP rush. Didn't work out, but it's not that bad, because even if it doesn't work, you are able to buy two rounds after. That was a good thing for us. We knew we didn't have to change anything, as I said, we lost many, many clutches in the regular match. Our play there wasn't that bad, so we just did it again but better.

Talking about that buy in the first round, that is naturally the result of the $10k startmoney settings as normally you can't buy three rounds in a row if you keep losing, would you rather have the $16k option?

I don't think it's better, I like the $10k because you need to take some hard decisions sometimes, you can do that half-buy and try something risky and then you can buy in the rest. If you do a risky buy and you win it, it's only a bonus for you, you can buy in all the rounds. You just won a free round, money-wise that's how it's going to work. I don't know, I like the $10k.

Lastly, going into the semi-finals against North or Immortals - who would be the better match-up?

To be honest, I don't know. I don't care who I'm playing against. If you wanna be first, you need to beat everyone, so whatever opponent you meet, you need to win. I don't care who I play against, I just wanna win and lift the trophy again.

France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
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Maps played:
2017-03-03 14:03
France Bouf 
wont happen
2017-03-03 14:03
Netherlands EliteBekkers 
Mad cuz Garbage2 can't even qualify.
2017-03-03 16:28
North America ksp52 
lol they call themselves the "superteam" LOL
2017-03-04 15:51
Netherlands EliteBekkers 
They are super at losing.
2017-03-04 19:40
mad cuz g2 lulteam is dogshit
2017-03-04 00:27
Germany AdiZen 
2017-03-03 14:03
Finland BIMMER_M3_E36 
I like bo1 format I wan to win
2017-03-03 14:44
2017-03-03 14:03
gl kio
2017-03-03 14:03
jOELZ | 
Finland Baconguy3 
ez for encore
2017-03-03 14:03
nt kio
2017-03-03 14:03
You will bro :)
2017-03-03 14:03
United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
not gonna happend :(
2017-03-03 14:03
Sweden ondys 
2017-03-03 14:03
2017-03-03 14:03
Ez 4 KioShiMa The ProbleM
2017-03-03 14:05
India TYZ4 
Good Luck my french friend. Or, as they say in France, Bon Chance.
2017-03-03 14:03
Bonne* chance :)
2017-03-03 14:38
Slovakia tincaller 
Not going to happen
2017-03-03 14:03
France FRxDuck 
2017-03-03 14:03
Finland JAEK 
ME too!
2017-03-03 14:03
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
oh yeah baby
2017-03-03 14:03
I really hope he will do that :)
2017-03-03 14:03
Australia naroan 
2017-03-03 14:03
Portugal dracø 
Faze is looking good. Gl Kio"theproblem"shima
2017-03-03 14:03
Norway Bjvf 
So many retards spamming a random letter to be first.. smh. Gl Fabien <3
2017-03-03 14:03
Brazil ftf123 
the problem lifting a trophy would be sick
2017-03-03 14:03
The best final i would like to see is Faze vs Astralis Please make this happen! :(
2017-03-03 14:06
Russia rainsjer 
best player in France, you deserve
2017-03-03 14:06
Liechtenstein Snufkin 
ezaf 4 the problem
2017-03-03 14:07
Finland ginbay 
Savage fazeup
2017-03-03 14:08
Nt kio
2017-03-03 14:10
3 majors for the problem
2017-03-03 14:11
Norway just_sAvage 
with those that made into bo3 i think faze is strong asf if they gonna fail give them some time and u will see... faze vs astralis/navi final
2017-03-03 14:11
it spossible
2017-03-03 14:12
But, there is a problem in lifting trophy...
2017-03-03 14:12
Denied by allu
2017-03-03 14:14
Europe FazetoGardian 
not happening with you in the team kio nice bait btw !
2017-03-03 14:15
Astralis 2-0 vs Navi and 2-0 vs Heroic. FaZe vs. Astralis final, with a Astralis 1-2 win.
2017-03-03 14:15
flusha: i just wanna lift the mouse
2017-03-03 14:18
2017-03-03 15:29
Czech Republic brkoslav 
Thats a problem.
2017-03-03 14:20
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Last chance, cuz you are getting replaced by ScreaM after this tournament.
2017-03-03 14:23
United States t1mb3r7and 
That'd be sick
2017-03-03 15:17
2017-03-03 14:24
France Sheld 
why wasn't mr3 used for group B aswell ?
2017-03-03 14:24
Head-to-head (first tiebreaker before the mr3) solved it - Heroic won against both Na`Vi and North, so they got first, North beat Na`Vi for 2nd place.
2017-03-03 14:28
France Sheld 
thank you !
2017-03-03 14:32
I just wanna lift the mouse*
2017-03-03 14:25
Faroe Islands _shubaN 
With NiKo, u will soon lift trophies.
2017-03-03 14:25
Denmark potatomato 
2017-03-03 14:26
sry kio, astralis got this one.. no vp no sk
2017-03-03 14:27
NikZe easy
2017-03-03 14:28
hope so
2017-03-03 14:30
Good luck kio, you can do it with Niko.
2017-03-03 14:45
sorry kio but you cant beat Astralis.
2017-03-03 14:45
Well, in case you do not succeed, you can ask flusha for help.
2017-03-03 14:50
its not gonna happen because final bo5. faze doenst have strong enough map fool for bo5 games. if bo3 they could win.
2017-03-03 14:51
nice dream tier2 player.
2017-03-03 14:54
3 majors for the probkem!
2017-03-03 15:01
2017-03-03 15:30
Imagine if they win but its gonna be Allu to lift the trophy.
2017-03-03 15:47
2017-03-03 18:31
Spain BrunoSB 
the problem
2017-03-03 16:03
Its gonna happend :)
2017-03-03 16:07
Portugal Death_Hack 
wont happen anyway
2017-03-03 16:08
Brazil Collee 
kio was the problem 4Head So happy for him, he's in a much better team now. These french teams are horrible and looks like they are not professional as well. Remember what Titan said after they parted ways with their last french lineup
2017-03-03 18:24
Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKoindahouse 
With karrigan as igl and if NiKo go Rambo mode it could happen' tho
2017-03-03 18:30
World hkzz 
To lift the trophy one must lift the mouse first
2017-03-03 18:47
kioShiMa: I just wanna lift the trophy papabicp: I just wanna lift
2017-03-03 23:30
"i just lift my mouse alot"
2017-03-03 23:32
shox | 
Canada dB- 
The trophy was the problem
2017-03-04 18:33
Not thsi time my friend
2017-03-05 13:45
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