Stewie: "Lack of motivation our biggest issue"

Striker
June 3rd, 2017 20:20

In our next interview from Dallas, Texas, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip talks about Cloud9's issues in the past few months, busy weeks ahead, and Mike "shroud" Grzesiek's retirement plans.

At ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, Cloud9's struggles to make it past groups at big events continued, as they only won one of their five matches in Group A.

The entire team came by the press area, so we jumped at the chance to talk to Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, who explained his team's problems and commented on Mike "shroud" Grzesiek's retirement remarks on his stream:

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Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#1
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United Kingdom pickles 
cool
2017-06-03 20:20
#7
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Europe Pl4yed 
AKA Shroud
2017-06-03 20:21
#69
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Indonesia GOD_BnTeT 
well, at least they beat G2 in this tournament it's such an achievement
2017-06-03 21:27
Not really Even Tricked beat G2 on inferno And wasn't that the only game C9 won? Lol
2017-06-03 21:31
#76
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Indonesia GOD_BnTeT 
in case you didnt notice, it's sarcasm brother yeah, C9 are just on Tricked level, Stewie = HUNDEN lul
2017-06-03 21:33
I was thinking that you might've been sarcastic but you never know on this site especially Wouldn't be surprised if someone actually thinks now that C9 is a good team because they ran over G2 in the group stage and now G2 is in the grand final
2017-06-03 21:37
Well the logic checks out. C9 beat G2 and 9 is greater than 2. So C9 essentially wins EPL if G2 wins.
2017-06-04 03:24
+1
2017-06-04 03:24
+1
2017-06-04 00:05
#59
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United States kdpetr0 
No shit they are going to lack motivation. They are having one of their veterans talking about leaving, so they feel like shit. Shroud is a dick for doing that to his team.
2017-06-03 21:07
#102
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Canada !Maple 
He's not a eick for doing so. He said on his stream that he wants to play one more solid year and give it his best before he retires. Everyone's twisting his words and making such a big deal out of it. It's stupid drama, Stewie has to grow up and not deal with this shit. This world is such a sad place, everyone's depressed and the only way they make themselves feel better, is to start drama.
2017-06-04 08:27
#113
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United States triggacsgo 
Why would Stewie have to grow up? He laid it out there and cleared the air... he did nothing wrong there.. your comment is completely baseless.
2017-06-04 20:28
Shroud LUL
2017-06-03 20:21
#3
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Mongolia Tendies 
Ffs
2017-06-03 20:21
shroud > stewie2k
2017-06-03 20:21
Cool
2017-06-03 20:21
#8
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France Fran6k1D 
shroud
2017-06-03 20:21
#9
Sweden fued 
kick shroud
2017-06-03 20:21
n1
2017-06-03 20:21
+1
2017-06-03 20:21
#13
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United Kingdom tomtmh 
SHROUD QUIT STREAMING PLEASE
2017-06-03 20:21
Shrouds retirement plans bring down the teamspirit and motivation 100%
2017-06-03 20:22
#31
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United Kingdom FullSpe3d 
exactly, why not just kick him now?
2017-06-03 20:30
I think shroud should have kept his mouth shut about his plans and kept playing and when he felt it was time to retire he shouldve told everyone then and not now. Announcing it now makes is really weird for his teammates. Maybe c9 will kick him or he will retire soon idk.
2017-06-03 20:38
#45
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Austria db42 
either he stays if they make it to the major or he leaves after minor
2017-06-03 20:45
#15
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France Meerkat_ 
Still don't understand why shroud made it public
2017-06-03 20:21
because NA brain, what did you expect
2017-06-03 20:29
#32
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France Meerkat_ 
Good point
2017-06-03 20:30
ok kick shroud
2017-06-03 20:21
winning tons of cash is not enough :D Loving the game is not enough :D well seems like u guys should retire or leave the org :D
2017-06-03 20:21
lmao shroud such a c u n t
2017-06-03 20:21
Shrood
2017-06-03 20:21
maybe a lack of salary helps =)
2017-06-03 20:21
#22
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Other VladimirLucas 
tell shroud to retire, he's not worthy of being called "pro"
2017-06-03 20:22
#23
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Estonia swag420weed 
-75% salary then. Trust me C9 CEO
2017-06-03 20:22
#36
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Poland morosek 
so what? the biggest issue called shroud will earn money from streams anyways
2017-06-03 20:35
#42
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Estonia swag420weed 
Ban streaming. Ez
2017-06-03 20:39
oh you mean shroud saying he hates cs and wants to retire doesnt help team motivation. NOT SHOCKED
2017-06-03 20:22
Either take C9 by the reigns and be the alpha or wait til a team like OpTic and Liquid need a new aggressive player and bail the fuck out
2017-06-03 20:22
#26
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Brazil gphziN 
kick shroud then
2017-06-03 20:22
aha then pick me up i´m motivated gettin paid for playin a video game lets goooooo
2017-06-03 20:22
lack of motivation? what a joke scene.
2017-06-03 20:27
#29
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United States KpleeZy 
C9 should disband so Stewie can go to OpTic
2017-06-03 20:29
#33
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Germany Gloin 
LACK OF MOTIVATION? C9 kick those lazy fucks already!
2017-06-03 20:30
#34
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
shroooood like a shrimp
2017-06-03 20:31
this is the shittiest thing one can say as a competitor your only goal is to win, be better, if you are not even motivated for it you are not a professional and might aswell retire right away from competition pathetic
2017-06-03 20:35
With that age and lack motivation... incredible.
2017-06-03 20:36
#39
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North America ksp52 
ikr, they literally get paid to lose and all they do is run defaults
2017-06-03 20:37
#70
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Europe Pl4yed 
+1 fucking insane how shit NA has been since they lost 4 of their best players, now their "best" are crying about lack of motivation
2017-06-03 21:29
c9 arent top1 NA > Liquid > Optic choose one
2017-06-03 23:04
NA was getting good mid to late last year before C9 started struggling and Stan left Optic. The problem is the best players are split up among 3 times. Make a single good team, or even two good teams out of those 3 and I'm sure you get maybe both teams going deep into tourneys consistently.
2017-06-04 01:12
#112
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North America ksp52 
dude americans have huge egos, they will never get together to win
2017-06-04 19:13
#38
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North America ksp52 
as if getting lots of money every month isn't enough motivation.
2017-06-03 20:37
#41
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United Kingdom OBLewis 
JOB in life is to practice playing video games in your home for 4-5 hours a day, and have no motivation kk
2017-06-03 20:38
oh really ? lack of motivation some pussy ass team with skadoodle ,shroud ,n0thing on the team ofcourse there isn't motivation because these are players who get the pay check to play not to win . sooner you realize it , sooner you win
2017-06-03 20:42
they need freakazoid type of guy to motivate them
2017-06-03 20:56
and to remove those 3 players too LUL
2017-06-03 20:56
#44
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France mintzz 
You have the chance to play pro on a video game, being greatly paid for it aswell and you pull this shit out? If someone is pulling the whole team down, you kick him out. Your goal is to win and if you have the mentality of a loser, you have nothing to do there. Skill isn't everything.
2017-06-03 20:44
na cs right now is in a hard spot where there are hardly new players coming up, and for a team like c9 they need a really skilled guys, they sure dont want to pull out another fucking Slemmy
2017-06-03 20:55
#67
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France mintzz 
Maybe, but they could look outside of NA aswell. I'm sure there must be some potentially talented people in NA. Can it get any worse than shroud right now? Sometimes it's better to have a highly motivated new guy who makes mistakes (but improves) rather than a washed up guy who does nothing but pull everyone down.
2017-06-03 21:24
Then kick the people without proper motivation? Its not so hard LOL
2017-06-03 20:45
#47
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African Union pepejerky 
kick shroud confirmed
2017-06-03 20:46
#48
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France StickyRice 
C9 always comes up with the worst excuses ever, they are like the brazilian but with 0 (or close to 0) success in the international scene.
2017-06-03 20:47
lack of motivation??? are you fucking kidding me? thousand of people dream to become a pro and those guy are lacking motivation LMAO!! If i would be C9 CEO i wouldn't pay those bitches that for sure
2017-06-03 20:47
dude its typical NA problem, they get paid a ton of money and are fine with it cause they dont have to win.
2017-06-03 20:52
ye true dat , i remember hiko saying in itw that their salaries were upgraded while their results were still shit XD
2017-06-03 20:55
#50
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Germany J0shi 
yeah because shroud doesn´t give a fuck
2017-06-03 20:50
#53
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Brazil Marcola 
lol, aparently qualify for the major is not enough motivation, quit cs and get a job in MC Donalds if u'r not happy
2017-06-03 20:55
#57
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France Kabby 
Lack of motivation more like lack of skill LUL
2017-06-03 20:59
what happened with shroud?:D tell me pls
2017-06-03 21:10
#61
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Slovakia HanSoloBerger 
Ofc. they are not motivated it hey get 25k $/per month and they are just living like some rich kids and don't care about CS.
2017-06-03 21:12
ye nice ofc not motivated when they get 20k dollar/month for just playing no need to win or do good, none of them actually wants to win they just want the money
2017-06-03 21:19
#64
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United Arab Emirates PogChamp1337 
tier9 clown9
2017-06-03 21:20
#65
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Sweden godname 
Shroud Motivation* LUL
2017-06-03 21:22
#68
JZFB | 
Australia legesex 
Expected from streamer
2017-06-03 21:25
#77
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Canada uhJake 
Idk why Shroud would say this right before they have to defend the biggest NA accomplishment in CSGO
2017-06-03 21:35
The diference EUROPE vs USA is the mentality, same in sports. Mixwell always say the same in interviews. CSGO or Sports: USA = TV SHOW, like the theatre, cinema, etc is a spectacle, just like NBA or NFL, no real sport. yankees Spectators with hot-dogs looking the phone. EUROPE/OTHERS = SPORT COMPETITIVE, you want win always and will do everything. All matches are a battle.
2017-06-03 21:45
You think the NBA, MLB and NFL are not competitive sports? Those players spend there whole life to get a shot to play like pros. NFL and NBA about 100 players get drafted, but mlb only 2000 players get drafted. You must be really dumb to think "NA" sports are not "real sports" LMFAO
2017-06-06 03:35
I wonder for how long Stewie and Autimatic are going to bother with their teammates, especially Shroud and Ska. They are the problems, n0thing is a pretty solid veteran role player. It´s pretty easy to say they should kick them, but it´s a difficult situation for them since there isnt really any team to go to, maybe an Optic - C9 shuffle is coming up?
2017-06-03 22:01
#82
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United Kingdom MFDOOM 
thats n0things excuse? lol???
2017-06-03 22:08
I'd love to see mixwell and tarik in for shroud and Ska.
2017-06-03 22:10
i wanna see RUSH and mixwell
2017-06-03 22:38
tarik is a sellout pro lol wtf are u smoking
2017-06-05 03:57
#85
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United States FatNick 
KICK SHROUD FFS
2017-06-03 22:38
#87
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United Kingdom JME_ 
NA lack of motivation, water is wet
2017-06-03 23:05
#88
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World RNGJesus 
Getting paid to play a videogame for a living is not enough.. ok. Shitty excuse...
2017-06-03 23:13
"lack of motivation".... i would fucking fire the Team. They get paid so much.... Yet show no Interest in getting better Disgusting
2017-06-03 23:57
#91
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Germany No_Kappa 
meanwhile brax has motivation for the 5 of them.
2017-06-04 00:16
#92
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United States TruthEmbargo 
LMAO lack of motivation??? how can they not be more motivated? They got a great organisation, lots of money, no pressure because no one expects them to win the tournaments. THEY'RE ON EASY STREET.... /facepalm this makes me sad, people take everyone for granted nowadays
2017-06-04 00:22
I agree, they need more salary for more motivation
2017-06-04 00:41
#97
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Australia ovaD 
This is actually pathetic
2017-06-04 07:01
I think Shroud is having personal issues. I do have that feeling too. It is like I don't want to do anything. I think he is also suffering that. Or maybe he stressed out because C9 hasn't showed good results for a while. Don't just blame c9. Everybody have issues. Let's just wait for the next announcement. I know C9 needs somefix. Ska is doing really bad after surgery. Autimatic has some huge up and down performance. Stew make some silly mistakes but that is just his play style. I don't know about Nothing. No comment for him.
2017-06-04 07:59
Well I don't watch streams but I think I am getting clear. It is just c9 needs fix. n0thing needs better strats. Ska needs consistency awping. Auti needs reduce those up and down? Idk. Shroud just needs to leave. Entire c9 needs some fix. Not just only one.
2017-06-04 08:36
north american competitive gaming = hollywood
2017-06-04 08:43
makes more money than the majority of the world ----> no motivation..........spoiled brats
2017-06-04 09:56
+1
2017-06-04 09:57
lots of people with high paying jobs get worn out after a while
2017-06-04 15:07
lol isnt he like 18? after a while? are u kidding me? The whole team is still young kids except nothing, who is like mid 20s.....how are u tired of it already?
2017-06-05 08:56
he could be 10 years old if hes playing for 10 years hes gonna get bored
2017-06-06 21:09
just kick shroud and add someone with motivation. Motivation will go up by 20% in an instant
2017-06-04 16:19
#111
Korea yuh 
cs is dying
2017-06-04 17:11
LUL, people crying as if this team is only one with issues like this, I bet there are many teams that have had similar issues, training might not seem that interesting anymore when u do it so long and team does bad etc. It is just normal thing honestly but then some changes might be needed if you can't find your motivation back as it could help team to get back on the track having some new hungry players...
2017-06-05 08:57
#118
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India otgps 
I would love a text transcript to read
2017-06-05 18:23
#119
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Argentina ivanpb 
earning money from playing a videogame and still not motivated xD
2017-06-05 18:33
-shroud -n0thing +valde +FNS plz
2017-06-06 03:37
+brain -shittalk Nice to see you all have so much life experience... as if making a shit tons of money would have anything to do with their motivation. Getting money is no motivation... I get paid very well at my job (still not like a cs pro) but sometimes I have no motivation because the work got boring or because some other reason. Maybe the game got boring for 'em or they just can't enjoy it anylonger. We are only having that opinion because we all would like to be a pro-gamer but in the end we will never know how it feels to be a pro-gamer... all this tons of shit-talk about any player... e. g. this thread... I really hope for him he never reads the comments below the HLTV news. Everyone is only negativ and shittalking about everything... EACH SINGLE NEWS... tons of shittalk and only a few decent comments. Most of you are playing the game and the most of you should know that it looks much easier while speccing and it's not nearly that easy when you play yourself. That's why they use coaches to improve... they are able to see more clearly because they just dont play and watch passively. You still think you know everything better and that you would do better, even when you never will go out of your low-mid level (just an example, BUT I know... you dont deserve your rank... it's always your m8s faults normally your rank would be so much better!) Sad community... ;)
2017-06-06 16:37
#124
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United Kingdom dezmondo 
while i agree with you to some extent, these players need to step back and take a look at the opportunities they have and the lifestyle they have. for most people it is only a dream to travel the world playing in esports. if they are not motivated because they arent enjoying the game then they should step down. not keep anchoring their team.
2017-06-11 04:25
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