NEO: "Bootcamp after Cologne was probably the most serious we've ever had"

After closed out day two at PGL Major Krakow with a 16-11 win on Cache against fnatic, we quizzed Filip "NEO" Kubski about the team's confidence following poor results, their change in leadership and matches in Poland so far.

With wins over Vega Squadron (16-2 on Nuke) and fnatic (16-11 on Cache), are now sitting in the 2-0 pool, one win away from qualifying for playoffs at the Major.

Leading got a little overwhelming for NEO after such a long time

After the Swedish match-up, we got a hold of Filip "⁠NEO⁠" Kubski to find out how their struggles affected their confidence going into the Major, what changed since Cologne, and how's matches went:

Given your recent results and the poor period that you've had this year, what was the mindset and the confidence you had going into the Major?

The confidence was pretty shaky for us because of the results. But like TaZ said at some point, there were lots of mental games on our side, so it still feels like we came stronger here than in Cologne. Krakow is the goal for all of us and we've all been focusing mostly on that tournament. So it's all good.

What has changed since Cologne, then? I imagine you haven't had much time to fix things in-game...

Well, actually, after we lost in Cologne, we stayed there because of the football game for like five days. And that was probably the most serious bootcamp that we've ever had with this lineup. Everyone was so motivated to give 100%, so that gave us a lot, and obviously Snax being the in-game leader now, he's gaining experience from every game. I guess Cologne gave him a tough lesson and we're learning.

Who did the decision come from to change leaders, was it you who didn't feel up to it anymore?

I think it was my decision at some point, I decided to step down from that spot. I was leading for most of the time and after doing that for a while, it gets a little bit overwhelming, so I just needed a break from that. Snax stepped in, he's doing an awesome job, he's that great player, he can be a sniper, entry, be the star player, and then in-game leader, so that's all great.

Having Vega Squadron as your first match-up, do you think it helped you warm up, get your confidence up at the beginning?

From one perspective, yeah, but on the other side, we've practiced them a lot and they've shown some great CS in the past. It's not like they're a bad team, it seems like they're just not experienced probably, you can see their shaky performance here at the Major. Maybe their expectations were too high, or they wanted it too much, I'm not sure what happened to them, but they are a great team and they can play really well, so it's not like we felt it was an easy game for us. We just gave our 100% in the first game and now the second, and we'll do that with every game from now on.

Touching on the veto in that match, were you surprised Nuke came out?

Of course, that was their mistake, I think. On any other map, their chances would have been so much better, but yeah, that was a huge mistake. They probably already know that and they've learned their lesson.

Going over to the fnatic match on Cache, you had a great start going up 12-3 on the CT side, but then you had problems getting into the second half, can you go through the Terrorist side and your struggles there at the beginning?

We lost the pistol round because dennis made some amazing headshots, he was holding B by himself and he just defended it himself. But then I think we had some good rounds, but we couldn't close them, we had good openings, or we took the site but couldn't defend it. It felt like it was our mistakes that were made on the map. At some point we took A site but couldn't defend it, then we took B site and went too aggressive, I rushed CT spawn and tried to take too much area on the map. It was our mistakes and finally we made it, we corrected that and defended well after taking the A site.

Your next match-up will be Gambit in the 2-0 pool, can you go through the match-up, do you have a good idea of what they have in store?

I have honestly no idea what's going to happen, they've been a totally different team in practice than in official games. Among top teams, we make fun of Gambit. They're even close to getting kicked from the practice channel for pro teams, because they don't care about practice, it's not sure if they fight each other during the practice or if they don't care at all, they were late for every practice. It's like they're just a different team offline, who knows what to expect from that match-up.

Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
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So, GG Virtus Pro. :) I told you they'll come back stronger, and here they are. Good luck
2017-07-18 01:49
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2017-07-18 01:49
11 replies
Cool? Month ago you would say ,,Vp suck,disband" but now you are vp fan
2017-07-18 01:56
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Czech Republic KLothbrok
Of course we said that, because they were just bad and not even me had that feeling that something is wrong in that team. Boot camp was the problem. ;)
2017-07-18 01:59
9 replies
Always with VP not sometimes. You fucking traitors
2017-07-18 02:00
6 replies
its hltv
2017-07-18 02:13
2017-07-18 02:13
easy going boy
2017-07-18 02:48
Always. Through best performances through worst shit. Fan = Supporter. Seasonal fan = fucking flag that goes the direction wind blows = a fucking traitor Fuck seasonals. Be faithful in worst moments believing in team or fuck off.
2017-07-18 02:50
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Germany jonko
Same Lol I've been supporting them since they are and Never stopped cheering for them... I knew that the slump is not gonna reach the major ;)
2017-07-18 14:17
Singapore Nephalith
Believin' since 2006
2017-07-18 09:51
Backstabber! You go where the wind blows. People like you would sell their mother if that was in their favour. Disgusting. You can't be trusted.
2017-07-18 02:52
1 reply
The most true words i have ever heard ++++++++
2017-07-18 02:58
They've won 2 bo1's so far, lets see how they do against a top 4 team in a bo3.
2017-07-18 02:17
3 replies
Top4 team.. you mean FaZe for example?
2017-07-18 04:19
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2017-07-18 08:48
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Poland Kuszotke
kek x2 faze top 4 lol
2017-07-18 17:01
United Kingdom trtr098
defeating vega and a dying fnatic doesn't prove anything...
2017-07-18 02:32
5 replies
I think the same....
2017-07-18 02:57
3 replies
Slovenia Pitr_d_K
2017-07-18 09:30
2 replies
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mancow
True tho, only Coldzera is showing up, rest of SK is great but Cold is stealing all the light, might effect the team differently where others hinder in form because of colds constant presence, or it makes everyone easier to do their job if Cold is doing all the fragging. VP on the other hand is some kind of cryptonite for SK now while SK is kinda unbeatable for Faze etc...
2017-07-18 10:45
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I think also Fallen make a great job as a igl, dont look only at KD
2017-07-18 12:29
2017-07-18 03:24
Easy for VP
2017-07-18 06:57
1 reply
2017-07-18 09:39
Brazil RauleS
2017-07-18 01:48
so gambit arent bad online, they literally just dont give a shit LOL
2017-07-18 01:50
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CIS Merlas_mtk
same like vp
2017-07-18 01:57
Ofc they don't. Winner of this ESEA season even don't got a chance for qualifing for EPL, as far as I remember.
2017-07-18 07:48
Brazil romp
2017-07-18 01:51
What practice channel? What is it ?
2017-07-18 01:55
10 replies
probably discord
2017-07-18 01:57
it is the practice channel for pro teams
2017-07-18 02:09
Friberg made a Facebook page back in the day where pro teams could book practice with each other. Don't know if it's still the one they use.
2017-07-18 10:11
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Poland cr0p
i bet there were groups like that way b4 facebook but they have been using mIRC or smthing like that, it had open channels for normal players to search for a game and closed channels where "pro" teams were invited
2017-07-18 11:40
6 replies
mIRC was where it was at! Quakenet ofc!
2017-07-18 12:12
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Poland cr0p
yes, its not like it came with facebook and friberg WTF :D
2017-07-18 14:19
I'm oldschool ;-) Been there with mIRC back in the day.
2017-07-19 18:24
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Poland cr0p
well u should have mention that in ur first post :D not only facebook
2017-07-19 18:37
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But he was asking about the aforementioned practice channel from the interview and not how they used to arrange practice. I highly doubt mIRC is a thing for pros anymore - I could be wrong, but my guess is they've moved on and are using other media that may be better suited for this.
2017-07-20 11:58
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Poland cr0p
yes they probably moved on its not like its still 2000 :D just the word "channel" suits more to IRC and "group" stands for facebook imo.
2017-07-20 12:09
expected they had to do that, but to be honest i didn't like his comment that they only focused on the Major. I mean after Vegas they started to play awful (except of few matches) I mean not playing infront of their homecrowd in katowice was a huge blow (went 2-3 out and 16-14 vs sh**roic), starladder big tournament, but they mostly play bad in starladder tournaments (except of season 1) and cologne was just awful - yeah it was before the Major, but 0-3 and not playing infront of a good crowd, was surely a bad thing.
2017-07-18 01:55
nice words about gambit lmao
2017-07-18 01:57
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2017-07-18 01:58
"Among top teams, we make fun of Gambit. They're even close to getting kicked from the practice channel for pro teams, because they don't care about practice, it's not sure if they fight each other during the practice or if they don't care at all, they were late for every practice. It's like they're just a different team offline, who knows what to expect from that match-up." LOL
2017-07-18 02:01
Poland kick_michu
2:3 VP out of major waiting room
2017-07-18 02:21
Gambit will win they r gonna b unpredictable and beast mode
2017-07-18 03:04
lmao Gambit i can just imagine them teamkilling each other in pracc matches and Zeus being mad af
2017-07-18 03:11
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This is actually hillarious :D Like: Dosia's sleeping, Zeus is trying to hang himself in spawn and Hobbit, adren and mou act Like the hobbits in LotR ;D
2017-07-18 08:28
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Trying to find the sites And plant the bomb like they tried to go to mordor And burn the ring
2017-07-18 20:17
Ofc they were going to show up on Krakow Major.... Cologne was just a warmup. Come on VP!!
2017-07-18 03:47
Malaysia phyzell
Whoever understood the bugs, will win the Major.
2017-07-18 04:03
France cedd
that last paragraph is gold
2017-07-18 04:13
And trw we gonna them
2017-07-18 04:20
2017-07-18 04:36
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Portugal lovessd
VP , if that's your most serious bootcamp you've ever had you're just a pathetic team that doesn't deserve to win. You're a total disgrace to your fans. Pro players , big salaries & not even training properly your boss should fire you
2017-07-18 06:43
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Slovenia Pitr_d_K
You can't be serious. I guess that you are just a mad 8yo
2017-07-18 09:34
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2017-07-18 10:12
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Portugal lovessd
i'm fucking serious to learn that they could be way more strong & aren't training properly. i want to see vp stronk with sk faze astralis
2017-07-18 11:06
so you are one of those kids who cant read whole post and just reads title, you have no right to speak
2017-07-18 11:43
Ez 9th major win for NEO
2017-07-18 06:52
Funny things said about Gambit's practise
2017-07-18 06:57
Austria Jieeniuz
people who believe this shit are just stupid as fuck. they were loosing every match since MONTHS vs all NOOB Teams.. and now when its major time where you can win such a high prizepool then they randomly start to win everything Xdddd cant even win ESEA premier without cheats.
2017-07-18 08:27
25 replies
Mad cuz Big going with 2-3? 4Head
2017-07-18 09:08
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Austria Jieeniuz
no because i know NEO was using supex0s old hack which kqly and sf used
2017-07-18 09:34
22 replies
2017-07-18 10:15
HAHAHAHAH someone pretending to be an insider in that old commnuity, gimme some proof german faggot, im pretty sure even i know 10x more than you and never heard of that. There were some accusations about vp as a team, nothing was ever proven or talked about later on lol stop being a moron ty
2017-07-18 10:15
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Austria Jieeniuz
you know shit :-)
2017-07-18 10:32
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hahahaha moron proof it you 13yo p2c user
2017-07-18 10:33
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Austria Jieeniuz
what should i proof? in supex0s workshop map you had to subscribe the map.. and when you had the hack you were able to see the logos of players who had subscribed the workshop map.. and i know from people who had this hack that there were all kind of logos (virtus pro, fnatic etc) :-))) thats enough. no need to proof more..
2017-07-18 10:53
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wow youre acutally really fkn 13yo and retarded first of all baking bread did not work like that 2nd you dont know shit about anything especially supexo dude i would have time i would smack you with a 3 site long txt but ur not fucking worth any more words as i see. " you were able to see the logos of players who had subscribed the workshop map" how dumb are you even do you really think that player would agree to smth like that are you a fucking moron just tell me dude its getting quiet funny im gonna give you one chance prove us all your point dude im really getting excited about you 13yo p2c user
2017-07-18 11:01
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Austria Jieeniuz
just shut up you have no fucking clue about what you r saying. thats how it was with the logos :-)
2017-07-18 11:37
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thats all you got 13yo shitkid nt have fun trying to be an insider i believe in you
2017-07-18 11:41
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Austria Jieeniuz
i just checked out your steamaccount. you have no one in your steamlist who might have any knowledge about that shit what you are talking about. and like i said i know people who used his hack you cocksucker
2017-07-18 11:53
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i dont have any people that cheat or have anything to do with cheating in my steam only good friends and people i play myself with im not a faggot my friend im just saying that ik many things from sites i was on and know some coders personally i would really love to see your 13yo face that calls me a cocksucker send an image in here of you man please ill do the same ill even come to your city and well talk i would love that only because you little shit kid played with dukii you think you know everything ? 13 yr shitkid dukii is a fucking retard and lier my dumb and naive friend
2017-07-18 12:01
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Austria Jieeniuz
dukii? i didnt play with duki and im not 13 .. im 25 and i would smash your bitchface
2017-07-18 12:25
11 replies
send me a picture of you rn with ur hltvname on it i beg you little motherfucker please
2017-07-18 12:26
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Austria Jieeniuz
no ty .. why would i? internetrambo
2017-07-18 12:28
9 replies
dude im literally offering you that you send a picture on here of you and ill do the same if you want and i would even come to you or somewhere close to you if i would be sure you live there you little moronic piece of 13yo shit i really wanna see that 25 yo guy thats calling me a internetrambo man
2017-07-18 12:30
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Austria Jieeniuz
just give me your phonenumber then ill give you everything of my location and you can come my friend
2017-07-18 12:31
6 replies
add me on steam
2017-07-18 12:33
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Austria Jieeniuz
ich adde keine nonames du hurensohn schick per privatnachricht
2017-07-18 12:35
4 replies
talk english you moronic faggot
2017-07-18 12:35
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Austria Jieeniuz
fucking fakeaccount not gonan reply anymore. your windows is in german and you act like you cant speak gemran fucking moron
2017-07-18 12:38
2 replies
add me on steam or write me a pm im gonna give you my number
2017-07-18 12:38
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Austria Jieeniuz
fick deine muddi du pussy. ich brech deine knochen du lutscher
2017-07-18 14:42
Austria Jieeniuz
und warum redest du nuttenkind englisch wenn du eine deutsche schwuchtel bist. gib mal deine nummer und ich vergewaltige deine sippschaft du kleiner bastard
2017-07-18 12:33
2017-07-18 15:33
Poland Oleczeq
gl Neo
2017-07-18 08:38
great job VP :-) and GL to next matches
2017-07-18 09:21
Its nice to see old veterans playing like this!
2017-07-18 09:50
Lol vp baited everybody by saying that they arent feeling too good about the major, vp always shows up to the majors!
2017-07-18 10:24
Poland mamba99999
"They're even close to getting kicked from the practice channel for pro teams" :O
2017-07-18 11:18
rekt polanders 16-0 ez adren
2017-07-18 12:52
"I have honestly no idea what's going to happen, they've been a totally different team in practice than in official games. Among top teams, we make fun of Gambit. They're even close to getting kicked from the practice channel for pro teams, because they don't care about practice, it's not sure if they fight each other during the practice or if they don't care at all, they were late for every practice. It's like they're just a different team offline, who knows what to expect from that match-up." is neo retarded?
2017-07-18 12:53
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2017-07-18 13:33
Cry is free
2017-07-18 20:20
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Brazil tegin
2017-07-18 16:12
better start play +16H AIM map 11-20 against Gambi Mr legend
2017-07-19 00:02
United States y0rk
I kind of miss Virtus.Plow, but I really do think a lineup change is needed at some point. Go younger.
2017-07-19 03:52
VP need new blood. - TaZ / Neo / Pasha + Michu
2017-07-19 18:38
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