Happy: "Tier one teams don't make this kind of mistakes"

Another one of our elimination interviews is with Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer, who discussed EnVyUs' disappointing journey so far in September and addressed the criticism towards him.

After disappointing campaigns at DreamHack Masters Malmö and ESG Tour Mykonos, Envy' third event in a row, ESL One New York, yielded another last-place finish for the Frenchmen, who lost to SK and Natus Vincere in the groups.

Happy shed some light on maLeK's role in EnVyUs

We caught up with Vincent "⁠Happy⁠" Schopenhauer during the semi-finals day at the Barclays Center and quizzed him about the team's problems as of late:

You looked quite good going into the off-season with the win at DreamHack Open Atlanta, and right after the off-season it looked like you were on the upswing, but you couldn't really find your groove at three events in a row now. Tell me about the problems that are going on, what do you think is missing?

I think it's important to be honest and we have to say that it's been three weeks, three disappointing weeks. We put a lot of work into coming up after the vacation, we won DreamHack Atlanta, so we could build on that confidence-wise and also gameplan-wise. I don't know, we feel a bit lost right now, because it was not supposed to happen that way, we couldn't have done worse than we did at these events.

So we had a little talk after losing against Na`Vi, I was trying to get feedback from all of the players. Right now I'm trying to come up with a patch, a solution for the ELEAGUE Premier, we still have one more event, where we can do good things, so... With all that feedback, I'm trying to work on a solution, tweaking the system that we have been working on in the past few months. Obviously, we will not have a lot of time to implement it, because we will not get any practice, or not enough practice, anyway, to put things into perspective and try to make things right. It's hard on me and the coach to find the best outcome possible during ELEAGUE.

Speaking about the system, ScreaM recently said that he didn't really feel as good as he used to in G2, what do you think the problem is with him, does it have to do with the system or is it simply his individual form?

Actually, after the loss against Na`Vi, and it's not the first time we talked about that, we felt that we weren't playing well enough during Mykonos - Malmö was a bit different, so it really started in Mykonos where we talked for hours about why we're playing that way. When we analyze demos, every player says 'okay, there are so many mistakes,' and it's not supposed to happen, because we want to be tier one and tier one players, tier one teams, they don't make this kind of mistakes.

And everyone was able to spot all the mistakes they made and there are a lot of them, because strategy-wise, we get a lot of nice rounds, for example we got 2v2 rounds, we lost them, we lost crazy clutches, against Na`Vi for example won a 1v3, he also made an ace in a 2v5 on Cobble. We lost rounds because players made a lot of mistakes individually and they all say that, they all agreed on that, so right now I feel a bit lost, because I think players don't play up to par, they don't play the way they played during the first weeks, when we qualified for everything. And this is where I started to create a new gameplan, new strategies, and it relied on players not making mistakes, playing really well individually, but most of all not making mistakes. And we know the mistakes we make, we can't fix it, so I'm trying to find, as I said, a solution where mistakes don't impact us as much as they did during the three events we just went through.

Talking about your own role, you've been criticized a lot for the way you play, is there anything you'd like to say on this topic, do you feel a need to respond to this?

It's funny, because someone else asked me this a few minutes ago, and the best answer was: most of the people criticizing me right now, I think they're not watching the games, I've been doing a lot of different things, I'm playing different spots on CT sides, I'm playing more aggressively on T sides, I'm playing with the team on the T side. I know I've changed, it's not only me, the players told me so, the coach told me so, because I've been working hard on that.

But I've been focused mainly on my in-game leading skills, and right now this is how I'm working, I'm working on that because I feel my players don't give as much as they are supposed to give, so I'm trying to fix that in the best way I can, but sometimes when a player cannot or doesn't want to do something, I have to come up with a solution, a quick fix. And it's even harder when you don't have time to practice those things. To the people that are criticizing me, it's fine, I think it's a bit heavy, I think it's almost sometimes out of context, it's just like a running gag sometimes, actually. Anyway, I don't have time to care, so, whatever, just whatever.

I remember talking to ScreaM about maLeK, and he said that one of his roles was putting RpK into the right positions, for him to have more of an impact. What else does he do for the team? Does he work with all of the individual players this way, or is he more on the strategic side?

Not too much on the strategic aspect, it's more about... well, he does a lot of things. Sometimes things are not exactly connected, so, for example, what I wanted him to do at first was to get players individually in shape. When you're playing a spot, you have to know a lot of things, you have to know a lot about the meta, you have to know a lot about the opponents you're going to play, tricks you can use to beat them. And we really focused on RpK and I think it really showed how good it can be with certain players. I think RpK has been our best player, or the most consistent player throughout 2017, actually.

But it's not only about RpK, sometimes we have those big team talks, we are talking about how we're supposed to play the game, what we can improve on, what should be done to get us rounds, to grind some rounds. Me and him, we're really trying to go in-depth with the players, we are really trying to explain the philosophy, get our players mentally prepared as well, because I think we are lacking in mental strength a lot. And it's tough on me, because I don't really have that problem, so I don't really know how to counter it. But yeah, we are working, and he's working on a lot of different things, because we have a lot of small problems that need to be fixed. So yeah, overall, he's doing a lot of things.

France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1099
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
I always had said they were onliners. Well Guess what
2017-09-16 23:52
2 replies
#69
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Indonesia deomega
+1
2017-09-17 01:08
they suck online now too
2017-09-17 10:30
k
2017-09-16 23:52
NIce!
2017-09-16 23:52
1
2017-09-16 23:52
l;
2017-09-16 23:52
#10
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African Union hdlmb
LUL
2017-09-16 23:52
Dont worry happy you will improve!
2017-09-16 23:52
Yy
2017-09-16 23:52
Happy, seriously?
2017-09-16 23:52
#18
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United States Cartman_
2nd!!!!!!!1
2017-09-16 23:52
#20
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Estonia MorsAlbum
no u didnt
2017-09-16 23:52
+zywOo +fxy0
2017-09-16 23:52
#22
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Algeria FATALSki
zzzzz
2017-09-16 23:52
Tier 1 LUL
2017-09-16 23:52
Envy confirmed tier 2
2017-09-16 23:52
#25
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Portugal dracø
they do tho, everyone is making shit mistakes everywhere
2017-09-16 23:52
xD
2017-09-16 23:52
#27
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Yugoslavia HLTV_BOSS
4Head
2017-09-16 23:52
t1 teams should't have baiters either
2017-09-16 23:52
7 replies
hahaha hapy alwayz baiter lol XD Looks like you don't know how valuable a lurker is to any team, when it's well performed. I posted a big comment about this a few days ago that I've in. Copy but it seems like you're too stupid to understand it.
2017-09-17 00:18
Did you even read the interview? rofl
2017-09-17 01:09
5 replies
happy was a terrible lurker though , i didn't read the interview but i noticed that Happy was more of the 2nd man in in cobbles against SK and XMS was lurking (THAT was a GREAT hit). I honestly have no clue why redditor casual newfags who made hltv accounts are commenting shit about XMS .... do you just check the stats and not watch vods??? the dude is out of this world.
2017-09-17 03:29
4 replies
Xms is great, probably has the highest skill ceiling on this team, but he just bombs one out of five games, he really needs to fix that and work on his consistency. Happy is more valuable than you think, the issue is basically every team has specific strats just to counter Happy. It's hard to play when you're being anti-stratted that hard...
2017-09-17 03:31
3 replies
+1 on XMS About Happy though you are wrong but i understand why you believe that, if you watched him play in 2015 it kinda feels like anti-lurking was idealized against him, but in reality, it was developed to counter hard lurks like him GTR and Flusha, to be honest Happy has always been a terrible lurker, looking back now, most of his insane clutches were actually very bad plays which he just got away with because his aim and movement were super stellar at that point in time, it was obvious that he was gonna be shit once his skills went down.
2017-09-17 03:33
2 replies
I can't deny Happy used to be a lot better than is currently, but those anti-strat tactics were made to stop Happy. Why do you think Happy and NV become so bad after Cluj Napoca. Because Happy kept bailing nV out (dropped 44 kills against G2 on Inferno to save nV) and people got sick of it and anti-strated him...
2017-09-17 05:23
u should get some demos to watch how happy plays for his team and watch seangares in youtube channel talking about happy's role , his role is still valuable even now, he changed a lot of his play lately which gives better results. and one important thing, u have to realize that since the rise of LDLC, happy himself brought his style of lurk to contributed new meta at that time which still effects to many teams even now. so the word u said that he's always been a terrible lurker is not true at all.
2017-09-17 07:11
#29
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Turkey CHAMPTZ
despite everything, we still love you Happy.
2017-09-16 23:52
#30
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Liechtenstein Snufkin
feelsbadman
2017-09-16 23:52
Happy is a great IGL... hope he will have some success again soon
2017-09-16 23:53
bench happy and give ex6 a new chance if happy is given contracts left right and center why not good ol ex6 after 18 months. It's sad cause france has so many sick players but only 3 igls that we know of
2017-09-16 23:53
4 replies
#44
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Netherlands raiiNen^
Isn't that the case in most countries though? Many sick players but low amount of IGl's. Sweden, USA, France, Denmark. They all can be listed in that section
2017-09-16 23:59
so you want to replace happy with ex6tenz just because Happy's players in the team are shit and not up to par? Man you're a fucking retard.
2017-09-17 00:29
If you add Ex6 nV will be garbo online and offline. Happy is working hard to fix the mistakes, give it time...
2017-09-17 01:10
Btw Ex6 is not a french IGL
2017-09-17 01:37
no
2017-09-16 23:53
#34
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Other mekkicsgo
but ur are not tier1..
2017-09-16 23:53
3 replies
Thats exactly what he says in this interview
2017-09-16 23:57
2 replies
#42
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Other mekkicsgo
I didnt read because i thought he was baiting
2017-09-16 23:58
1 reply
"I didn't read" that's not an excuse, he literally means in the title that they're not tier 1
2017-09-17 00:19
ScreaM need better team!
2017-09-16 23:54
2 replies
More like team needs better ScreaM.
2017-09-17 00:10
1 reply
+1
2017-09-17 00:33
.lol.
2017-09-16 23:55
#41
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Sweden Div-\
Come on Vincent, you can do this.
2017-09-16 23:58
Always love reading Happy's interviews, he seems like one of the most pragmatic professionals in the scene
2017-09-17 00:03
#48
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Belgium bioZARRRD
If he wants to come up with gameplans that don't rely on player mistakes, he should talk to ex6. He always gets the leftovers and makes it work
2017-09-17 00:05
3 replies
Ummm... Have you seen LDLC lately? Rofl
2017-09-17 01:12
2 replies
#74
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Belgium bioZARRRD
He doesn't really have the players to do much tbh. If he had the players that play in nV atm it would be a different story
2017-09-17 01:13
1 reply
He has the skill to beat teams like Spirit Academy and North Academy, yet he consistently loses against the worst teams. At least nV is in tier 1 events very consistently and are still a mid/high tier 2 team... LDLC are top 40...
2017-09-17 01:16
Shitty baiter, cant igl for crap -CrappyV +sEx6TenZ
2017-09-17 00:12
2 replies
retard.
2017-09-17 00:29
0/8 I don't even know where to begin with this one...
2017-09-17 01:12
#58
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Netherlands raiiNen^
Idk why Envy takes the gamble and sign Kio and Ex6 for xms and Sixer. Give ex6 a chance as IGL and let Happy frag again like he did earlier. They don't have a lot to lose anyway. Scream,Kio,RPK,Happy and Ex6 sounds like a good package. I don't know if there is any internal issues between these 5 though, just assuming everything is fine. That team seems to have much more potential than the current Envy roster.
2017-09-17 00:22
6 replies
lol, after a few months Kio would be back at complaining about playing with french players and loses motivation, gets kicked for a 3rd time. Also you can't put Happy into a situation where he doesn't lead, he has been an igl for years and having 2 igl's in 1 team is just stupid, they'll have argue about strats during the game and it will fall apart.
2017-09-17 00:31
3 replies
#64
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Netherlands raiiNen^
Idk if kio is that extreme but if that's the case you can just leave Kio and look for another 5th, maybe keep Sixer as the awper. Having a player that has been IGL'ing for years isn't much of a problem imo. He had some succes when he shared his leadership with Shox in LDLC, ofcourse that ended up badly but atleast they had some. Look at Envy now, they have legit 0 succes so it's worth the risk imo. You can clearly see that the current envy roster is dead. They make some progress and then end up falling to the same mistakes they made months ago lol.
2017-09-17 00:38
2 replies
they have 0 success because Happy stated that the players are performing as they should, Scream obviously unable to have star performance, RpK is being forced to be a star player (which he isn't) by Malek and well...we all know Sixer is bad and XMS is on and off like Apex in G2...adding ex6tenz wouldn't make a difference in the team, except cause arguements in the team between 2 igl's because Happy and ex6tenz are 2 completely different igls.. btw Shox is a crappy leader, he doesn't know how to strat and let's players work together based on past experience and individual knowledge of the game.
2017-09-17 01:38
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#84
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Netherlands raiiNen^
I never said anything about Shox's leadership in particular lol, neither did I say he was a good leader. I guess we got different views on the envy roster and the changes needed tho, but that is totally fine;)
2017-09-17 01:48
+1
2017-09-17 00:32
Kio is the problem, doesn't it ring a bell about their "internal issues" ?
2017-09-17 01:39
"This kind of mistakes"
2017-09-17 00:39
#66
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Malaysia phyzell
When things are good, don't change the settings til it becomes bad. Teams keep changing their strat calls for unknown reasons. The team will then get confused and become tired easily.
2017-09-17 00:48
yo les noob
2017-09-17 00:54
#68
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France cedd
get rid of sixer and xms, get kio and and get ex6 to lead. Let happy focus on his frags. then i think you have a great recipe. ex6 has been playing well for a year now, and its safe to say LDLC have been doing well strategically to stay in EPL considering they really dont have a lot of firepower. Zywoo would be a great addition but too young for now to play EPL so have to wait on that and let him mature as a player as well.
2017-09-17 00:58
15 replies
I feel bad for Sixer, he'd be a solid secondary awp, people give him too much shit, he was forced into awping. I still think he should be cut, but he doesn't deserve the hate...
2017-09-17 01:14
12 replies
#77
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France cedd
nobody deserves hate because of how they play, I agree. but he has almost no impact in the game against Tier 1 teams. I think he is on the tier level of LDLC and tier 2/3. He is just bringing down scream, happy and rpk. There are a lot of young talent who are main awpers.
2017-09-17 01:28
9 replies
The third best primary awp is To1nou, and lets be honest Sixer is better than To1nou by a long shot... I think Sixer is their only option.
2017-09-17 02:28
8 replies
#96
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France cedd
Happy can primary awp if he wants to. sixer is just an ok t3 quality hybrid, doesn't excel in any role.
2017-09-17 03:11
7 replies
Happy is probably the 2nd best awp in France, Shoxie has lost his magic with the awp and NBK is an okay 2nd awp... Happy should be the primary awper, but he's already doing so much for the team.
2017-09-17 03:14
6 replies
#98
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France cedd
which is why ex6 coming in to IGL would enable him and enable the whole team as a whole. ex6 has a big history with rpk and scream, and know how to make them succeed.
2017-09-17 03:15
5 replies
Scream was literally useless under Ex6 after Valve nerfed his ADADAD playstyle... Rpk was the worse than Smithzz when he was under Ex6. You can say Ex6 is a good IGL, but saying either of those players were good under Ex6 is just not true...
2017-09-17 03:17
4 replies
#100
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France cedd
The nerf on Scream had little to do with ex6. When rpk played under ex6 in csgo, rpk had just started playing csgo for the first time, he was bad yes. rpk under ex6 in cs:s was the best player in the world for quite a long time.
2017-09-17 03:19
3 replies
CSS, yeah Rpk and Shox were the best. But, CSGO isn't CSS, Ex6 used to be a beast individually and a beast IGL in CSS, CSGO isn't the same game... I feel like a lot of people underrate Happy and overrate Ex6, if Happy wasn't around France would have zero majors.
2017-09-17 03:20
2 replies
#102
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France cedd
I never said they were the same game, my original point is ex6's form is much better today than in titan/vg, he brought a team like LDLC to pro league in Europe... and has stayed there for a year now. You have to give him some credit. I don't think he's overrated today... I never underrated Happy, just especially from this interview, it really sounds like things aren't working out from the gameplan he wants the team to accomplish. I want definitely want to keep Happy on the team, he's looking better now than he did for most of this year and last year.
2017-09-17 03:23
1 reply
Ex6 isn't a bad IGL at all, in fact he's good against decent teams, but he consistently fails against tier 4-5 teams. Ex6 can't counter teams that don't play with any respect or structure.
2017-09-17 03:24
He's good at holding a site with an AWP if he's got someone covering him. He's a really good secondary AWP option but unless Scream or Happy step up massively with the AWP and become the primary, Sixer is always going to look terrible.
2017-09-17 01:54
1 reply
This basically, and I think Happy and Scream and even Xms are better than him on the awp, but those three are so valuable on rifles...
2017-09-17 02:29
#89
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Austria db42
ex6tenz plays well against t2.5, t3 competition. nothing will change vs t1-t2 competition compared to when he got kicked form g2 because he was useless. I feel like while xms still lacks certain aspects, at one point hes going to be the most complete player on this team, his individual skillevel has a big peak level even vs T1. I feel like if sixer isnt hitting shots he doesnt fit into the system happy talked about. which sadly is often enough, especially on t side. While Zywoo would be nice i dont think he would be a good replacement for what sixer is in the team rolewise, his playing style doesnt really fit into either LDLC nor nv.
2017-09-17 02:10
1 reply
#95
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France cedd
hltv.org/stats/matches/mapstatsid/52737/.. 2-0 godsent, 1-1 North just in the last week... hltv.org/stats/players/matches/7166/Ex6T.. his stats are so much better than they were in the Titan/VG days... his strats are what make LDLC win, not firepower. it's obvious to me he's a t1 IGL. A lot of teams would kill to have an IGL like ex6, in his current form.
2017-09-17 03:09
T1 teams require T1 players, Happy. =>
2017-09-17 01:38
This is not a Tier 1 team lol wtf
2017-09-17 01:45
2 replies
#85
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Netherlands raiiNen^
He never said they were, read the article before you make another retarded statement
2017-09-17 01:49
He never said they were, read the article before you make another retarded statement
2017-09-17 01:49
At least he's honest
2017-09-17 01:50
Keep trying Happy, I still believe in NV.
2017-09-17 02:30
envyus tier 3 probably
2017-09-17 02:45
#94
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Argentina dieguitwow
omelette du fromage.
2017-09-17 02:49
Tbh i think best fix for now is to replace sixer and maybe rpk or scream. Its hard to choose which one is better one to drop. And replace them with ex6tenz and to1nou. I don't think there is better awper atm in france/belgium than him if u don't include kennys. Happy to lurk and kevin calling
2017-09-17 03:40
my heart is bleeding witnessing his decline over the past 2 years... happy shooting ragdolls and tilting opponent BEST TIMES
2017-09-17 05:29
Tier 1. NT happy
2017-09-17 09:21
1 reply
Read the interview
2017-09-17 16:50
Tier 1 AHAHAH, he baits even at interviews.
2017-09-17 13:32
1 reply
Read the interview
2017-09-17 16:51
- sixer -happy +literally any awper from gold nova mm +ex6
2017-09-17 15:32
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