nitr0: "What separates me from our past IGLs is the ability to micromanage everyone"

We sat down with another semi-finalist of ESL One New York, Nick "nitr0" Cannella, to discuss the change in leadership in Liquid and their wins versus as well as Astralis.

Liquid started their journey at ESL One New York with a tough loss to Astralis, where they were up 13-10 but ended up conceding six rounds in a row.

nitr0 shed some light on their new psychologist's role in the team

The North American squad then took down and grabbed their revenge on the Danes, making it to the semi-finals, where Liquid will square off against SK once again after ESG Tour Mykonos.

Starting with the change in leadership, from what I gathered it was your decision to take over, what was your point of view on this and why did you make that decision?

Going into the player break, we were obviously having some problems within the team, and once we decided on our roster for the future, then I really thought that we needed to change something, because we weren't having the results that we wanted.

So I decided to just start in-game leading, I've done it in the past and it was kind of successful. In the past, we didn't have as much firepower on the team, and whenever I'm in-game leading, it's hard for me to frag, obviously it still happens today, but now we have better fraggers on the team, we don't need my firepower.

What have you taken from your previous experiences as a leader and what did you bring over?

I think what separates me from past in-game leaders on this team is the ability to micromanage everyone, which affects my gameplay, which is why I struggle whenever I in-game lead. But I think that's what the team needed, especially during mid rounds, it helps the groove of the team in the mid and late rounds.

Touching on Mykonos, obviously a very good showing from you guys, making it to the finals and beating SK on the way, did that bring a lot of confidence your way?

Oh yeah, it definitely brought a lot of confidence, beating the number one team in the world was definitely a confidence booster, that's a given. Making the final of the tournament, we haven't made the final since ESL One Cologne 2016, so it definitely feels good to be back.

Was it a big disappointment to eventually fall to mousesports in the final?

We didn't have expectations of winning the tournament going into it, but it was definitely a disappointment, we definitely thought we could win, especially after beating SK in a BO3, but they were the better team that day, so grats to them.

Going over to this tournament and your first match against Astralis, there was a point where it looked like you were going to close it out, what happened in that game?

I think it was a tactical error, what happened in the game was, we had a decent CT side, we won the pistol and they eco'd us and then it was 1-7, and then we paused, we started double AWPing, we came back and got an 8-7 half, that was good. Then the T side started, I think we lost pistol, eventually we started getting a few rounds together, then we just started losing the anti-ecos, I think we lost two or so, and that's what really started their consecutive rounds and they just closed it out on us.

I went back and checked how long it's been since VP's current five lost to a North American team, and it was at ESWC 2014, so they clearly have some sort of knowledge of what to do against NA teams, or their style fits. You played them recently in Greece, what made the difference this time, is there anything you found out about VP?

I remember at IEM San José, we beat them, but they didn't have Snax, they had MICHU... I think we definitely have been improving a lot on our Mirage, we lost in Greece to VP, a detrimental loss, and we fixed our mistakes. Right now, we're just building upon the foundation of Mirage and it's really working out right now, we beat VP and Astralis...

It's a work in progress, but VP is definitely a NA team beater or whatever, they play with no respect and that's what catches people off-guard in NA, but we knew from playing them in Greece, we just knew what to expect this time, and we just played our game and won.

Touching on the rematch with Astralis, we should talk about Mirage, what did you guys fix for the second time?

We sat down with our psychologist, Jared, and we talked about our mistakes, and actually, our attitude has been super good lately, and on Cache, we've played Cache in the past but we've been vetoing it, but we decided to play it because our Nuke was weak. Our communication was on point and that's the only reason we got that many rounds, so that was the key today to winning, our communication.

You mentioned the psychologist and I've heard him being mentioned before, what does he bring to the table, can you explain what his role is?

He brings I guess you could say the best out of people, he reads people, we talk to him in one-on-one sessions and what not, talk to him as a team after we lose. He acts as a leader, kind of, he brings out the best in people, and he has a little theory that he calls the A game and C game, and C game is your fundamentals and what you do innately and inherently, and whenever we beat these top teams, we're in our A game. That's his job, is to bring out our A game consistently, so we can be a consistent top team.

Tomorrow you'll go up against SK again, they're obviously going to make adjustments from the previous series, how do you think you'll be able to deal with that in the semi-finals?

We're just going to do the same as we did in Greece, we're just going to try to be the better team that day. We obviously know they're super skilled and we play them all the time online, so we're just going have to prepare and talk to each other, and talk about what we're going to do as a team.

2017-09-16 06:03
3 replies
United States Cario
nice micromanaging 16-5
2017-09-16 21:04
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Turkey vortex1g
NA logic at it's finest 0/8 btw
2017-09-16 22:16
Sweden zl1ze
nice micromanaging 16-14
2017-09-16 22:56
oh OK
2017-09-16 06:03
4 replies
ok why not kick botislaw then?
2017-09-16 13:35
3 replies
He's actually been performing a lot better lately due to the change
2017-09-16 17:12
2 replies
United States x2dtu
8 kills in 29 rounds is a huge improvement for stan
2017-09-16 20:02
1 reply
(-This ny tourny lmao, he's been doing shit here)
2017-09-16 20:28
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2017-09-16 06:03
China LeBronGames
stanislaw isnt IGL? kick him then, low impact fragger
2017-09-16 06:04
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United States y0rk
2017-09-16 06:11
Brazil davidzor
2017-09-16 06:12
vote kick
2017-09-16 06:18
African Union ArisA
They fucking win against Astraliis and you want them to kick him, he can be a good support player. Fucking NA brains. Not everything about frags, moron.
2017-09-16 07:44
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United States H4wkx
2017-09-16 08:14
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Canada Surzz
+1 finally someone that isn't braindead
2017-09-16 08:40
Indonesia FinZzz
He is from NA bro what did you expect?
2017-09-16 09:01
from what I have seen Stan´s lurking is on point, so they just tried to change the roles of Nitr0 and him
2017-09-16 09:07
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2017-09-16 13:48
well here's the sad thing, NA usually focuses on frags instead of the actual game, if you played competitively in csgo and played from or in NA. you'll see that people are usually just trying to get frags .-.
2017-09-16 20:13
Brazil hugoooo
WOW So, he's the IGL... and stan is still not able to kill anyone!? And still, Liquid managed to pull their best shape ever (without s1mple)?! Some crazy shit is happening with Liquid right now, they better win something before everything go back to normal.
2017-09-16 06:16
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Liquid managed to pull their best shape because Twistzz is a god. He and Elige are carrying so hard
2017-09-16 06:19
major finals > this garbage, liquid will never be as good as they were with simple.
2017-09-16 06:52
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Brazil hugoooo
I wouldn't be so sure about that, Liquid just won bo3's over SK and Astralis, two top 4 teams.
2017-09-16 07:43
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Yes it's quite impressive but remember they could of won a major if they didn't choke, they weren't even the weaker team in those matches (talking about both majors they played with s1mple) they just made some ridiculous mistakes and SK made some incredible plays and that's how they choked away the wins, but they still looked like the stronger team in those matches for the most part hope you understand, Liquid didn't even qualify for the last major so it's really hard to judge them when they have a little hot streak going vs. their performance over the entire year without s1mple think about it.
2017-09-16 07:45
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They should have won mlg columbus semi final sure, but they got outclassed in the cologne final by sk no way did they look like the better team.
2017-09-16 13:48
actually Liquid couldve maybe won 2 majors if they playing consistently and didnt choke hard, like they couldve made history by becoming the first NA team to win a major and nearly made that happen but ended up falling to the roster of SK TWICE..
2017-09-16 20:16
SK has somehow still been the best in the world after loosing several tournaments, even to fucking mousesports (mousesports beat liquid in the final of that one) Astralis lost to Gambit several tournaments in a row, and are still up there aswell. This current ranking is broken, so yeah liquid is doing well, but not top 4 contender well.
2017-09-16 17:11
United States ViKaLiBuR
Nitr0 isn't the best player, but ever since he took over the IGL role, Stanislaw has been more aggressive, Jdm has been more consistent, and EliGE and Twistzz has been more destructive. Nitr0 has also been good, not a household name, but I understand now that not everyone has to be the '2014 Friberg' to be a star player. Team Liquid has all the pieces to beat SK again, and whoever wins in group A... Good luck to them. I honestly want Cloud 9 to go to the finals so that we can finally settle on which team is the best team in North America. #TLGO
2017-09-16 06:21
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I've wanted to see C9 VS. Liquid for so long now, it would be a good game :) if they both make the finals that would be like a dream come true
2017-09-16 06:34
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United States ViKaLiBuR
Plus both teams would probably be at their best. Cloud 9 is a fresh team with RUSH and Tarik, and Team Liquid has the momentum from their second place finish at Mykonos and their victories over SK, VP, and Astralis. Fingers cross.
2017-09-16 06:35
lul typical na fluke don't worry they will lose to better teams when it matters most like in the semis and more important tourneys like majors qualifiers. liquid is the type of trash team that goes on 1 run a year and then is shit for the rest of the year and even will miss the majors. every shit dog has its lucky day where everythings going well for them, too bad they have probably the worst inconsistent professional awp player playing in tier 1/2 and when he has his more typical normal days and then has to use rifles and became a bot cause his teams losing, team shitquid will be back to playing 4 vs 5 and losing like the loser na culture ingrained in them. fools gold as usual
2017-09-16 06:58
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United States ViKaLiBuR
I don't think any team is saving strats for majors at this time of the year.
2017-09-16 09:00
cry is free europoor the truth hurts when you find out that NA is better than you in everything
2017-09-16 22:15
Nitr0 has been the worst player in Liquid for solid 7 months, im glad hes the igl now and can be the bait for everyone else, finally the iberian rat put his ego aside and played for the team , now you see how they are when fully activated. i'd still say that they are not at their peak, they will be even better.
2017-09-16 15:10
Time to kick bot Stanishlaw ???
2017-09-16 06:51
France Evocat
What's the point of keeping Stan if he's not igl anymore... Just swap him with naffly, should be beneficial for both teams
2017-09-16 07:55
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Stan is a very good lurker and gets smart frags, very impactful even at the bottom of the board
2017-09-16 15:19
frags dont mean everything buddy
2017-09-16 20:17
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Canada Surzz
2017-09-16 08:43
Malaysia phyzell
Stanislaw did well yesterday, he's a good lurker and know how to pressure opponents when his teammates are taking passive roles.
2017-09-16 08:43
United States y0rk
I'm liking everything Liquid has been doing the past few events. Now just to get over the top and win one.
2017-09-16 08:58
Nitro was fucking shit even when he wasn't IGL anyway, so might as well.
2017-09-16 12:41
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Canada Surzz
wasn't shit, but expected from someone that just looks at stats.
2017-09-17 00:48
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