koosta: Not hard to prepare for UYA

We caught up with CLG's Kenneth "koosta" Suen to hear about his team's matches so far, his return to AWPing and how he feels about Pujan "FNS" Mehta leadership

CLG put up a strong fight against the world's number one team Astralis in their opening match of StarSeries Season 3, but weren't able to close it out despite a strong lead. The North American squad got their first victory on day two, beating the Chinese squad UYA 16-3.

koosta feels that FNS's structure helped his AWPing

Following their day two match, we talked to Kenneth "koosta" Suen who shared his thoughts on the matches so far, team chemistry and the hardships of AWPing. 

You had a good start to the match against Astralis, you had a strong lead, 6-0, but in the end they managed to turn it around. What went wrong for you there and what were the breaking points for them to win that map?

We definitely started really strong, and I know that me personally, I didn't expect we'd come out with that many rounds that early. The one round that really let them come back into the game is when Xyp9x won a 1v2 against us on B. That broke our money, we had to double-eco and they came back to 6-6. We won the round to make it 7-6 and closed the half 9-6. We put ourself in a position to have a really strong half, but slight mental errors let them come back into the game.

They had a 2v3 clutch on B around 10-11 and closed it out after, what do you remember from the T side?

A lot of our issues during the map were the smallest errors, for example when nahtE got stuck on a wall trying to watch our flank, and they are so good that they can really capitalize on those rounds . We got punished for the smallest things.

After that, you were drawn against UYA. How much did you know about them, did you prepare and what were your expectations?

I didn't prepare personally, but our coach did, ImAPet, he watched a few demos. We got our map that we wanted, which was Cobblestone. I asked our coach a few questions and he told us what pistols they do and that didn't really change, and he told us about solo plays the guy on A does. Someone on twitter asked me if it was hard to prepare for them, I would say that's a no, they didn't really change too much and we were ready for it.

A lot of people bigged up their individual play and skill. Did you feel that in the game at all?

There were some rounds where they took B and they killed all of our B players really fast. But you can't really rely on that to win you rounds. I think the fact that our teamwork was better than theirs let us take a lead and hold on it.

koosta shaking hands with Astralis after getting 27 kills versus the Danes

Talking about you personally, you are back on the AWP but sometimes you still play with a rifle. What's the AWP dynamic inside the team?

Usually I'll buy the first map, and I told rickeh that he wants to AWP just to buy one. Sometimes I die and he has his AWP saved and I just let him save it and I pick up a rifle. It's not really that complicated.

Last year there was a period when it was talked about you not wanting the AWP anymore, with reltuC and hazed picking up the AWP in CLG. What changed from that time, from then to now, why did you go back?

I definitely had a lot of confidence issues back then and I thought that it would be good if I could just take a step back, play a simpler role and redevelop myself as a player. Once I started doing that, I got my confidence back and I knew the team had confidence in me so I asked culter and told im I want to AWP again.

From your point of view, do you feel that all of those drops in form hit AWPers a lot harder?

I would say so, because you have to hit the shots that you get the chances to hit. If you don't hit the easy shots or shots in general it can really take a toll on you and it's sometimes hard to ignore and keep it out of your head.

Can you compare FNS to other in-game leaders to leaders of other teams you've been in in the past year or two? What is different now, what does he excel at?

The biggest thing I like about FNS is that he really works hard to keep us on the same page. He introduced a lot of structure, I know what my teammates are doing and what they will be watching and things like that. That really allows me to trust how I play and go aggressive, compared to before and Liquid where we didn't really have this level of structure. It was a lot more loose and I think that's a harder environment to AWP. We didn't have that much chemistry because we changed players a lot and introducing structure kinda forces you to have chemistry, it helps you build it.

What are you feeling going forward, is there any pressure on you to perform, to get results?

I know going into the tournament I didn't have any pressure to do anything at all, for me personally. As long as I'm satisfied and think I played well, if we lose, then we lose. Everyone in the team knows what they need to do, if we play like that...I think that you saw from the Astralis game that we can get some nice wins in. I think the Astralis game gave us confidence that we can play at that level and compete.

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United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
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Maps played:
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Savage Kooster xDD LUL
2017-04-05 14:10
Faroe Islands EviL_DenmarK 
2017-04-05 14:10
xeta | 
World 1rks 
asian knows what asians do
2017-04-05 14:11
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Australia balworg 
koosta with the roast
2017-04-05 14:12
Portugal dracø 
Ez 4 kosta, 3rd best chinese player
2017-04-05 14:13
United Kingdom trtr098 
who're the other 2?
2017-04-05 14:14
Stewie and autimatic
2017-04-05 14:17
Portugal dracø 
2017-04-05 14:59
World Sins 
EleGiggle Not hard to prepare for UYA EleGiggle
2017-04-05 14:15
Turkey vortex1g 
hey kid you must learn to plant the bomb before underestimating a team
2017-04-05 14:17
did you even read his answer you fucking baboon?
2017-04-05 16:25
Turkey vortex1g 
no i just read headline
2017-04-05 16:41
Poland crouzzz 
rekt by asian LUL
2017-04-05 14:19
Faroe Islands _shubaN 
BM lul
2017-04-05 14:20
China LeBronGames 
he played the worst Chinese team Tyloo would have rekt him
2017-04-05 14:23
Well said. And i think it probably came out wrong but Koosta seems to mean more that 5Power was very predictable
2017-04-05 14:27
Why does koosta look so angry?? Look at his face. He wants to kill Kjaerbye LOL!!!
2017-04-05 14:30
who doesn't want to kill kjaerbye tho
2017-04-05 14:48
allu | 
Finland Fherrera 
lmao bm your not that good either :)
2017-04-05 14:33
'didn't even have to call' 2.0
2017-04-05 14:34
UYA got rekt by their brother FeelsBadMan
2017-04-05 14:37
koosta always mad/worried look at that face man
2017-04-05 14:47
he has PTSD from playing in liquid
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World jzderf 
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Germany ToxlC 
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bm koosta
2017-04-05 14:52
Koosta he doesnt remenbwr soing bot stuff on liquid
2017-04-05 14:58
koosta | 
United States kooster 
Englando is very difficult kind of the speak
2017-04-05 16:24
Detected chineese fanboy of na cago koosta scene sorry for my bed england
2017-04-05 16:26
koosta | 
United States kooster 
the england is the speak bed
2017-04-05 16:28
RpK | 
Iceland pumtac 
kooster trashed his brothers lul
2017-04-05 14:59
France AnTr3aS48 
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XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
try to do this agaisnt fancy1's team and then talk sith
2017-04-05 16:19
koosta | 
United States kooster 
Bro, he's not talking shit. Flash Gaming is prob top 10 in the world soon. -kaze +savage top 5
2017-04-05 16:29
United States y0rk 
UYA is too predictable confirmed. Easy wins from here on out.
2017-04-05 16:33
Completely depleted. I lost all my respect I had for koosta.
2017-04-05 16:38
Korea yuh 
read the interview and not just the clickbait title, before u comment
2017-04-05 16:55
Don't take it too seriously, bro.
2017-04-06 16:42
BnTeT | 
Indonesia kitsugi 
2017-04-05 16:39
Says the guy who can't fucking plant bombs
2017-04-05 16:57
United States sayNt 
Who's the editor on this piece? Multiple errors...
2017-04-05 17:29
Ez 4 kooster the real KennyS
2017-04-05 18:26
Estonia Delan0 
I like the current clgs attitude in general. Its their first LAN with this lineup. If they can play without stress its just an added bonus. Koosta hasnt been the meme koosta for more than 6 months now. Even when clg was utter dogshit he still made some nice plays. Too early to tell but maybe they can make things more competitive in NA at least.
2017-04-05 20:11
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