Our last interview from DreamHack Open Tours is with the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, who shared his thoughts on G2's victory and their confidence moving forward.
The two close maps were just some of the topics we talked to Kenny "kennyS" Schrub about in the following interview, in which he also discussed G2's near future and what the victory brings to the team.
Let's first talk about the semi-final with mousesports, where you dropped Cache despite a big lead at the beginning, and shox felt like you guys threw it away…
Yeah, actually, we were all upset about it, really frustrated. We were leading like 10-2 and we just started playing greedy and stuff and our execution started being really bad. Basically we did throw away Cache I would say, but overall we played well in the semi and final. We struggled at the beginning, but at the end we just got better and better.
Now that you mentioned the struggle at the beginning of the tournament, which happened in Austin as well. I talked to NBK about it and he said that the players weren't embracing their roles, what is your take on it? Do you agree with that?
Yeah, I can agree with him, but overall I would say that our lack of preparation these past three weeks due to personal issues was something really bad for us. We actually played not that much lately, so you feel it individually and you feel it as a team. So that's kinda our biggest problem right now, but after Tricked we had a talk as a team and I think it went well and that's why we managed to bounce back.
Talking about the final, again, the first map was very straight-forward but then on Cobble you had a lot of issues at the beginning…
HellRaisers played really well, they adapted really well to our Cobble. They knew our game, so they countered it pretty well. Thanks to shox, we managed to win some important clutches, really crucial. It could have been worse as T, we managed to win five rounds so it was kinda okay. After we won the eco after losing the pistol we really started believing in ourselves that we could come back, and we did.
With your first victory in the bag, what does this mean in terms of confidence going forward?
First of all, it feels really good to win here in France, the crowd was insane. We didn't want to disappoint them like we did on the first day, so that's important for us. And, of course, it's not the biggest tournament but it's always important to win because you gain confidence. Even though we're not at our best level, we still managed to win, so that's really great.
What will happen with G2 during this next month, will you go back to practicing as much as you can after you struggled to put in the hours lately? What will be the focus of the team?
In a couple of days, shox and I will leave to Romania for the HTC 2v2 tournament, but yeah, we're gonna pracc even harder because we didn't have practice lately. That's gonna be like that.
We're slowly approaching the PGL Major, where does G2 want to be by the time you get to the offline qualifier and potentially the Major itself?
We're gonna have to gain confidence from ESL Pro League if we manage to qualify, from Cologne, if we play well I think we can reach semi-finals all the time, that's kinda the objective right now. But you never know what can happen. In terms of the Major, we just want to qualify first of all, and to gain confidence as a team to feel good about ourselves.