kennyS: "We won Cobblestone because of SmithZz"
For his contributions to G2's victory at DreamHack Masters Malmö, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was awarded with the HLTV.org MVP medal. Following the award ceremony, we talked to the French sniper about his team's run at the event in Sweden.
An overall great performance from Kenny "kennyS" Schrub peaked in the playoffs and especially the grand final, where he was the main man behind G2's victory over North. Over the course of the tournament, kennyS had a 1.22 rating, earning himself his fourth MVP award of the year.
Let's jump straight into it, can you give me a bit of your feelings on this matchup and winning the tournament?
Coming to this matchup we felt confident obviously, because we have been playing really through the whole tournament. So yeah, I think the feeling is that we are really happy, obviously, especially happy about not only the win, but how we played throughout the whole tournament.
Tell me about Cobblestone, it started pretty rough for you, MSL was playing great, they were getting a lot of rounds. How did you manage to come back into that game?
To come back into that game… I think we won that game entirely because of SmithZz. We took a timeout, he made the suggestion, we actually did the suggestion, for two rounds in the row and we won both of them. Then it gave us the chance to have a better game plan. Those two rounds made us win the game, so Cobblestone was entirely because of SmithZz, so thanks to SmithZz.
Can you tell me what he called? What was the adaptation?
He called a three-two B, on plateau and drop. So basically he called it and we did it for two rounds in the row and we won both of them.
In the semi-final you played against NiP, and that was a matchmore or less between you and draken, both playing very well. So tell me about that matchup and playing against him?
It felt really great actually, I really love playing against draken because I feel like I'm playing against myself. I think I might have a bit of an advantage on him because I probably have a little bit more experience. Since he is playing like me—he is almost the same—I could predict a lot of his moves.
But despite the fact that I have probably killed him more than he killed me he actually had a great game. And I'm very happy that an AWP player like him is in NiP. And also I'm kind of proud, because I know he kind of likes me and he is the same player like me, so that makes me kind of happy.
We saw that bodyy has something on his arm, and didn't have such a great tournament statistically. Is there anything going on, any problems there?
I don't know, I feel like we all played well in certain moments, bodyy did as well. But yeah, he has something that bothers him in his wrist, that why he has the thingie there. Basically, he feels some pain sometimes, but I think he is going to fix it. And whatever the statistics are during this event I think that we all played well and did our job.
This tournament has a different coaching ruleset, and as you said SmithZz helped you out. What do you think about these rules and would you like to see them at other tournaments as well?
Well, of course we want more freedom for the coach and as I said we won Cobblestone because of SmithZz. So once again, obviously we want that kind of rules because it works out great for us, SmithZz is really important to us.
Any last words, you won the MVP, you won the tournament, is there anything you want to say?
Thanks to HLTV.org for the award again, I think it might be the fourth this year. I'm really happy again. Also, I'm really proud of my team, my teammates because it was really hard before the break. We have been through a lot of pain, especially at the Major, so I'm happy that we can bring it back. So thanks to them, thanks to G2, thanks to everyone, the staff and stuff.