bodyy: "There is no super team, there is just hard work"

October 10th, 2017 15:30

We caught up with Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro ahead of G2's first match in the ELEAGUE Premier playoffs and quizzed him on his team's preparation for the knockout stages of the $1 million tournament.

G2, who are currently ranked second in the world, booked their spot in the playoffs after finishing second in Group A following a defeat to Natus Vincere and victories over Renegades and Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's men.

This will be the first offline appearance from the Frenchmen since then as the DreamHack Masters Malmö champions failed to qualify for ESL One New York, September's biggest event, and did not take part in ESG Tour Mykonos.

G2 are one of the hottest teams in the world at the moment

With G2 due to take on Cloud9 in just a few hours, we sat down with Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro and picked his brain on matters concerning the team's preparation for Atlanta, their current standing in the ESL Pro League table, the longtime Train permaban, and more.    

You enter the playoffs as the No.2 team in the world. How does it feel to be this close to the top? Are we finally starting to see the ‘super team’?

We are the second best team in the world in  the ranking, but I feel like we still have a lot to prove since we did not perform at the most recent Major. It obviously feels great to be that close to the top position, but we are not going to be satisfied with that. Our main focus has always been to improve as a unit, to have five good players here to improve and to put in great performances. There is no super team, there is just a lot of work.

How have you prepared for the playoffs? You had a bootcamp in Berlin, what aspects did you focus on in practice?

We have had four weeks of practice since the group stage. We recently had a bootcamp, and we just worked on the aspects we have recently struggled with. This week has been really beneficial for the team. 

This will be the first time that you will face the new Cloud9 roster. What do you think about the North American team and its new roster? Do you think they are stronger than they were at the Major, where you beat them in overtime?

This new Cloud9 roster has really good individual players. I do not think they have had that much time to prepare their tactics as they would have liked, since the team is very young, but they can rely on their skill, so they will give us a good fight.  

Your group was topped by FaZe, who looked incredibly strong at ESL One New York. What is your opinion about them?

FaZe have been looking incredibly strong recently, even though they lost some matches in the past few days. I have not watched many matches of them, but when it comes to the few practices we have had against them, all of their players are very complete, with tremendous skill, and to beat them you will have to be in really good shape and make as few mistakes as possible. 

You are currently in the bottom places in the ESL Pro League. What do you think that is going wrong there? Is it a tournament you are not prioritising at the moment?

We have always had rough starts in the ESL Pro League online phase, but I believe we will pull ourselves together and get as many wins as it needs to qualify for the playoffs. It is a competition that is a priority for us, but we have been practicing a lot and those late matches have been getting hard to handle. Right now, those weeks with long practice hours are over, and we will redo our agenda to be fully focused on the matches we still have left to play.

Do you think that playing online has been an issue? If so, why is that?

I don’t think it has been an issue, we know that a few teams are more aggressive online and do more things in this sort of matches, but you just have to adapt to that. 

Will the Frenchmen add another title to their trophy cabinet?

Looking at the past three months, you have only played Train once. At ELEAGUE Premier, you banned this map outright in all three matches. Are you taking any steps to integrate this map in your pool, or will you keep it as an automatic ban for the time being?

Leaving Train out was a good thing, our stats have never been good on it, even during the previous G2 lineup, and we have not found a way to get better on the map. We are not trying to improve on this map at the moment, we are focused on Mirage and I think it will continue to be one of our best maps in the upcoming tournaments.

You will not take part in WESG or in ESWC. In the former’s case, it clashes with Bast Pro Series. But in the latter’s case, what was the reason? Is it hard for you to pass up on opportunities to represent your country or to play in front of French fans?

We had to make a tough choice. WESG is taking a lot of time with its multiple qualification phases, and even if the prize pool is amazing, we are looking at the competition first. BLAST Pro Series provides a solid guarantee in terms of field of play with its invited teams, and I must say that its innovative format is really interesting as well. We are looking forward to being in Copenhagen.

It would have been great to play ESWC, but we have decided to be fully focused on the major tournaments for the second half of 2017 and to get proper practice time at home. We played in front of a French crowd at DreamHack Tours, and I have to say that it was an amazing experience. We would definitely love to come back in 2018. 

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
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France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
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dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
2017-10-10 15:31
Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
great words from bodyy
2017-10-10 15:43
Whats faze clan if no superteam.
2017-10-10 15:31
Norway plusdeceit 
A good team
2017-10-10 18:37
Sweden WhisperingEye 
2017-10-10 15:31
2017-10-10 15:31
* shows FaZe *
2017-10-10 15:31
f0rest | 
Serbia NitrouZ 
well said
2017-10-10 15:31
2017-10-10 15:31
United States paine445 
Grind never stops *cue student athlete meme* csgo now legit sport lul :0
2017-10-10 15:33
felps | 
United States skurr 
Faze says kek
2017-10-10 15:32
Portugal anomelyxd 
kick bodyy xd
2017-10-10 15:36
Sweden lagcats 
faze is nutty atm
2017-10-10 15:37
shox | 
Norway fen0m 
G2 will stomp c9
2017-10-10 15:40
Captain Obvious
2017-10-10 15:43
shox | 
Norway fen0m 
2017-10-10 15:43
Loled only if kennys carries
2017-10-10 16:46
shox | 
Norway fen0m 
He will. + all of g2 players > c9 players
2017-10-10 17:05
Where you at homie? 2-0ed lmao
2017-10-10 22:33
Korea chog5469 
2017-10-12 02:38
North America Foxaika 
2017-10-12 04:28
Other VladimirLucas 
nt body, excuses already LUL
2017-10-10 15:42
2017-10-10 16:49
Brazil MommyStealer 
they created the team saying "we are the superteam, we will be top1 forever", and now they are coming with excuses.
2017-10-10 15:44
exactly, haha
2017-10-10 15:57
they didn't say any of that, their fans did
2017-10-10 16:00
Brazil MommyStealer 
So why they are denying a superteam if they dont said superteam in the first place?
2017-10-10 16:04
he isn't denying anything he's just clarifying the delusional fans
2017-10-10 16:06
Poland dolb 
Nah I'm pretty sure G2 announced the French superteam ;)
2017-10-10 16:21
idk if G2's social media guy wrote that at some point but the players themselves never called the team a superteam
2017-10-10 16:23
Pretty sure nbk did then retracted the statement months later
2017-10-10 16:51
Indonesia FinZzz 
Link? Do you have proof?
2017-10-12 04:22
Wahhh so uninformed. Your "superteam " is crap and your only salvation is claiming it was never a superteam lmao
2017-10-12 05:24
They didn’t. It’s an expression that their fans gave since early 2016, since there actually was the rumor that show & KennyS would play together.
2017-10-10 17:29
No superteam came from the french journalist "nel" who gave the news first, before the annoncement, before the major they were playing with their previous team. But even him said "french superteam" coz it was and still is 5/6 of the best french players.
2017-10-12 13:41
No one spoke about "Superteam" its neL on twitter who leaked the new G2 at the time and called them Superteam, then everyone started to say this word. G2 didn't call themselves "Superteam", and they don't want to be called like that.
2017-10-10 16:15
JW | 
Vietnam jRAYMD 
so for u they create a team with the best fench players but they never want to be a superteam? lol
2017-10-10 16:45
Idk if your dumb or what but "Dont want to be called", and "Dont want to be" are not the same thing.
2017-10-11 17:24
Greece hekzy 
They didn't say they were a superteam. Nor did the fans, as #37 says. It was HLTV, and then both haters and fans jumped in the wagon. The tean never claimed to be a superteam.
2017-10-10 16:18
Nbk did then he toned it down in a future interview months later after being crap
2017-10-10 16:53
Greece hekzy 
Prove it or I'll kill you.
2017-10-10 16:54
Indonesia FinZzz 
Typical BR brain at work. Nothing new.
2017-10-10 18:16
Can't be superteam without Lebron James and Tom Brady
2017-10-10 18:21
India nicebaitm8 
2017-10-10 15:46
Belgium Thorminatorem 
I love hard work
2017-10-10 15:47
2017-10-10 15:47
Macau Bent0 
i lol'd so hard to this
2017-10-10 15:50
2017-10-10 15:56
PS. NV > G2
2017-10-10 15:57
Denmark Xipingu 
2017-10-10 16:23
Snax | 
Spain Arzheus 
superteam? xdddddddddddddddddddd
2017-10-10 16:02
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
hard work , 2 words that VP forgot a long time ago
2017-10-10 16:12
Considering the past results between them, will likely come down to map veto and whose players are clicking, if Kenny or stewie are on fire the other team doesnt have a chance
2017-10-10 16:19
Brazil lopanBR 
A good man .. saying wise words .. Congrats bodyy
2017-10-10 16:19
Denmark Xipingu 
Finally someone killing the superteam nonsense. Thanks. +1
2017-10-10 16:23
Of course there isnt super team with you in team Boddy.
2017-10-10 16:23
i also wanna be "folly" focussed, teach me padawan00b body.
2017-10-10 16:46
Europe LegacyMLG 
Body: there is no super team there is just teamwork.. hmm thats why you always do stupid stuff and remain bottom fragger. KYS faggit
2017-10-10 16:48
That’s a bit silly to say that. Looks like you don’t even understand roles in CS:GO and the importance of being a support player. What it only bothers to you is who’s top-fragging and bottom-fragging. Bodyy does a really important job at being the bait for the other teammates, filling any role he could find. He can be really impactful at times, especially always on a single flash at Banana on inferno, or at Monster on Overpass (look last NaVi-G2 on EPL, at 14-15 in favor of NaVi on Overpass, he gets 4 kills on a single flash).
2017-10-10 17:51
Indonesia FinZzz 
He is a faze fan bro dont mind him. Probably had just started cheering on faze recently cause they did well.
2017-10-10 18:18
United States tediousmcgee 
-bodyy +Happy/Ex6tenz Happy or Ex6tenz takes over igl from shox Number 1 team
2017-10-10 17:33
Hardwork! Hardwork! HardLUL
2017-10-10 17:40
2017-10-10 19:08
2017-10-10 18:20
xaxaxa what a joke
2017-10-10 18:39
most NA team its better g2 sucks
2017-10-10 18:40
Why do they hype boty like that, dudes trash yet they show him everywhere they can lmao
2017-10-10 19:29
China Yanick 
/Botdyy /Superteam Choose one
2017-10-10 21:08
hard work xD
2017-10-10 22:32
-bodyy +happy
2017-10-10 22:34
Proceeds to lose to c9 LUL
2017-10-10 23:23
New Zealand JK_77 
damn right there is no super team
2017-10-11 02:06
Ez for bodyy oh wait...
2017-10-11 12:06
Netherlands Deji 
hahaha he says that when he was bottomfragging and lost every match LuL
2017-10-11 17:27
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