coldzera: "With boltz, we have the system again that gives fer and me more freedom"

Striker
October 28th, 2017 22:55

At the end of the semi-finals day of EPICENTER, we interviewed one of the finalists, Marcelo "coldzera" David. One of the big stars of the tournament walked us through the Astralis series, explained what the difference between felps and boltz is, and shared his thoughts on fer's playstyle.

SK became the first finalists of EPICENTER earlier today following their win over Astralis, as the Brazilians grabbed Train 16-11 and pulled off a comeback from a 6-14 deficit on the Terrorist side of Mirage.

SK is looking to take revenge on Virtus.pro for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas

The first semi-final was one of the main topics of our interview with Marcelo "coldzera" David. The best-rated player of the tournament up to this point also talked about the difference between João "felps" Vasconcellos and Ricardo "boltz" Prass, as well as the Fernando "fer" Alvarenga effect:

First of all, on Train, it looked like you were in control throughout the first half, you didn't let Astralis get consecutive rounds, but tell me what happened in the second half where they had a streak of six rounds before you closed it out?

We won the pistol in the second half, but the first weapon was not good for us. They punished us with Xyp9x pushing on B, so they broke our hold. In the second and third round we didn't have a good hold, so they punished us a lot every time, we started with four every time.

The beginning of the game was hard, but when we paused, we were talking about how we could not be punished when they were playing aggressive. We started playing faster and we tried to catch Astralis when they tried to punish us. We started to do this and we almost closed the first round when we rushed ladder to mid, we lost the clutch, but afterwards we had a good eco and punished them. After this eco, we started playing fast again and that's why we closed the match.

I think the veto was quite predictable, that you were going to pick Mirage, but was there any consideration for Overpass in the discussion beforehand?

We had a discussion the night before the game and we were thinking they would pick Overpass. But at the same time we were in doubt, because we beat a lot of good teams on Overpass, but we lost it to them a lot of times.

So for us, the good scenario would be that they pick Train. I don't think it was a correct choice for them, we play really good on Train, I don't think anyone likes playing Train against us offline. When they picked Train, it was really good for us, and when we went to play Mirage, we knew we had a great chance to beat them.

Now that you touched on Train again, with felps it looked like you were a bit shaky on it, do you feel like you've got it down better with boltz? 

In the beginning, when felps joined our team, I had doubts because our team was going to be too aggressive. We have fer who plays really aggressive every time and when we brought felps, we lost a little bit of our passive parts and that's not in the system.

We have a system that works really well, so when boltz joined, we have this system again that is step-by-step and gives more freedom for fer and especially for me. When felps joined, I stopped doing a lot of good things I used to like to do so that he could try it. But he didn't play inside the system, a lot of the time it was random. He tried to do it, but it was random.

I don't think it was working really well, so when boltz joined now, he does the passive part of the system and I do the aggressive part but step-by-step. I can control the team more, for example on Mirage I can control everything.

So the balance between aggressive and passive components is now better?

Yeah, when we want to play aggressive, we have a good setup for fer. And if we want to play passive, we have a good setup for me, so it's really good.

Getting into Mirage against Astralis, that was such a different story, being down 4-11 in the first half. Talk me through the comeback, what was the key to turning it around on the T side?

Talking about the first half, the beginning was hard for us, they won the pistol and in the first weapon round we lost a 2v5. It broke our economy really hard. They have a lot of strats about just going A and use some modifications of this, sometimes they put two mid, sometimes they use a full execution, sometimes they do a fake. I think they played really well from my perspective.

In the retakes we played really well but never finished the round, sometimes one stayed alive, two stayed alive, sometimes we made a mistake and lost the round. In general, they were winning 8-0 but the rounds were pretty close.

You even broke them after getting just one round...

Yeah, when we won one round, we broke them for two rounds. The half was pretty good for us, I think 8-0 to 11-4 is good, because they had control of the game. And on the T side, we won the pistol and we started to take some space.

When we paused when it was 14-6, we knew they were playing not to punish us on mid but to try to punish us on the sides of the map. We understood that and just one guy started to put pressure on mid solo and we started putting more people on the sides of the map. And we started punishing them for it, so that's why we started the comeback.

This is something that has been talked about quite a lot recently, that fer is such a hard player to deal with even if you know what's coming. I think we saw some of the best examples on Mirage now against Astralis and on Overpass versus FaZe. Why is it so hard for teams to deal with fer, what makes him so successful in that aggressive style?

I think when we had felps, fer stopped being so aggressive, because he knew if he dies, felps will try to play aggressive too, so it wasn't good. So I think now he has more freedom and he plays the style he loves to play. fer is really good because he takes space every time, so I think he's more confident now in doing this.

He knows that if he dies, someone can trade, because we have setups so that we can trade now. We have good aggressive setups, when he dies we put pressure on another side of the map together and we trade kills. So I think he's more comfortable.

Regarding the best-of-five final tomorrow, did you ever expect to meet Virtus.pro again after what you did to them on the first day, when it wasn't even a contest?

I was expecting G2, because G2 is a good team, they beat us every time. But for us it's going to be a good match, because VP won when we changed a player last time at DreamHack Las Vegas and now it's our time for revenge.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
949
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
633
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
KOSOVO JE SRBIJA
2017-10-28 22:55
#8
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World pcmasterrace 
nice
2017-10-28 22:55
#18
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Japan Th3Koala 
Nt faze
2017-10-28 22:56
#22
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World pcmasterrace 
nt weeb
2017-10-28 22:56
#11
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Japan Th3Koala 
NO
2017-10-28 22:56
STFU
2017-10-29 13:41
#12
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Norway bouncerul 
SK|BOLTZ
2017-10-28 22:56
I hope so my friend, felps is a very good player and a good person too, but the way boltz is playing I could see the old SK rising once again.
2017-10-29 00:01
#85
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Netherlands MerpNL 
Too bad vp will make their rise daster and beat them in the finals <3 Jk i just hope so xD, its gonna be a great match
2017-10-29 00:29
Boltz is a SK player, for sure... he will only waits the finish of ECS/EPL and other league he need to play for immortals and then the "loan" will come to an end
2017-10-29 00:41
Last time IMT Played on ECS/esl pro league he wasnt playing with them...
2017-10-29 01:37
O Think It is because he was going to Rússia
2017-10-29 01:39
Ohh yes probably
2017-10-29 01:48
felps in tears
2017-10-29 13:41
HAHAHAHAHA
2017-10-30 14:35
+1 confirmed
2017-10-29 08:30
if your mom is virgine .
2017-10-28 22:59
#30
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Poland Piterauke 
SRBIJA DO TOKIJA
2017-10-28 23:02
TAKO JE BREE
2017-10-29 13:40
#43
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Slovenia KEMI1 
ahahahahah siri noge a ne mrznju !
2017-10-28 23:16
#50
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Croatia MrMate 
Nt fakeflagger
2017-10-28 23:24
cry ustasa
2017-10-28 23:46
#59
2017-10-29 13:40
Go fuck your own sister serbian trash
2017-10-29 12:10
gypsies like shqiptars fuck their sisters fuck off gyspy trash
2017-10-29 13:40
Srbsko dzubre
2017-10-30 01:44
cigane muslimanski sve ti jebem
2017-10-30 17:21
KOSOVO JE SRCE SRBIJE!!!!
2017-10-29 13:39
#2
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Serbia REMAIN_Hello 
NIC
2017-10-28 22:55
NEW IORQ CITY
2017-10-29 00:08
#3
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Brazil WWWWWWW 
A
2017-10-28 22:55
-felps
2017-10-28 22:55
#5
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Brazil Kova69 
OMG ! SK IS BACK
2017-10-28 22:56
#133
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Hungary Corc 
They were always good so...
2017-10-29 08:29
#6
FalleN | 
France nyygma 
Ayye EZ SK.
2017-10-28 22:55
new cheats? new sk.
2017-10-28 22:55
#64
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Kkkkkkk
2017-10-29 00:02
boltz is good on sk imo
2017-10-28 22:56
wow
2017-10-28 22:56
COLDGODTOP1
2017-10-28 22:56
SIGN HIM UP!!!!!!!
2017-10-28 22:56
#15
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Brazil wGabe2k 
ok
2017-10-28 22:56
#16
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Brazil fuNNa 
GODZERA
2017-10-28 22:56
#17
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United States Venom_ 
Who is hyped for Pasha vs fallen in final
2017-10-28 22:56
daddy pasha has been so impressive, but so has fallen. either way its gonna be one of the best finals we've had in a long time. vp are back imo. sure one good tournament, but taz as igl has made a big difference.
2017-10-28 23:19
#96
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United States Venom_ 
2 respectable teams head vs head gonna be lit
2017-10-29 01:00
#147
TaZ | 
Poland DraggerPL 
Also neo is back with 1.6 :D sk with boltz is so powerfull and vp is back on track with form. Sk should pray that snax is not gonna comeback to his old form today :D
2017-10-29 11:47
Holly shit, the old papaBiceps is playing like a god, I'm a SK fan, but I'm happy to see this guys playing and having fun like this. Congratulations VP #RunSK
2017-10-29 00:04
Yes, hurts me see players like them out of the big ones
2017-10-29 00:42
#113
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Brazil LangBR 
Dreamhack revenge! Same situation, SK with a new player Godbiceps vs godzera and fallen it will be such a funny game
2017-10-29 04:10
#19
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Denmark Xipingu 
Again, this is what happens when you replace bots with good players. Boltz >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Felps. Welcome back SK. :)
2017-10-28 22:56
#20
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Nepal Mury1611 
sign boltz, imm saks
2017-10-28 22:56
#21
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Brazil diixon 
So... SK TOP1 again inc.
2017-10-28 22:56
TEXT INTERVIEWS SO BORING LOL
2017-10-28 22:56
Sure, why am I supposed to read? Am I in school?
2017-10-29 07:15
#24
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France Baitor 
lol coldzera bashing felps
2017-10-28 22:58
#77
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Brazil wittyusername 
Not at all, he even said Felps tried to play according to the system but it didn't work out. It's not that felps is a bad player, he just doesn't fit SK.
2017-10-29 00:15
yes, thats the problem
2017-10-29 08:05
#170
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France Baitor 
+1 felps is so bad that he cant even fit in the system designed to fit everyone
2017-11-01 20:57
#26
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
THX PROFESOUR GOOD READ
2017-10-28 22:59
Oi!
2017-10-28 23:01
#29
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
xd Striker best <3
2017-10-28 23:02
#35
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Oh btw "pulled off a comeback from a 7-13 deficit" is wrong, it was 6-14
2017-10-28 23:06
#67
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
coldzera doing interview by himself?
2017-10-29 00:07
#27
World $oft 
ok give Boltz to Brax
2017-10-28 22:59
#31
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
fer and I* Dumb players, get an education.
2017-10-28 23:03
With or without an education he makes in a month what ur daddy struggles to make in a year, retarded pig.
2017-10-28 23:13
How many languages do you speak?
2017-10-28 23:16
Considering he pretty much learned English in a single year, I reckon minor mistakes like that one deserve some leniency.
2017-10-28 23:21
#48
TACO | 
Canada Gilligan 
They don't have good English. Imagine you trying to learn Portuguese...
2017-10-28 23:22
#60
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Brazil mizaistom 
You said exactly what I think. 1+
2017-10-28 23:52
+1
2017-10-29 00:28
Don't try it... I'm trying for 26 years and still saying shit xD
2017-10-29 00:44
#66
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Brazil Mirekz 
you realize that striker was the one who wrote the article right?
2017-10-29 00:06
#70
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
yeah, striker was translating from Portuguese, so calm your tits down
2017-10-29 00:09
#71
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Brazil Mirekz 
so, he translated it wrong how is that cold's fault?
2017-10-29 00:11
#73
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
it was joke xd sometimes is better to let the interview without corrections, so you wont lost the track about who he really is
2017-10-29 00:12
#79
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Brazil Mirekz 
lol are you retarded? in portuguese the title would be "com o boltz nos temos o sistema novamente, que da a min e ao fer mais liberdade" there's nothing wrong, with that, the translator is the one that needs to adapt it to english, that was a mistake made by strike coldzera had nothing to do with it.
2017-10-29 00:19
#82
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
it wasnt translated, just coldzera is still learning english
2017-10-29 00:27
#86
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Brazil Mirekz 
it was 100% translated by someone coldzera speaks a bit of english but he wouldn't be able to write like that, his english level is like pasha's english, Fallen or someone else translated it for sure, and striker was the one who wrote the article so the title being wrong is on him.
2017-10-29 00:30
The title was slightly changed compared to what he really said (you can actually see the difference in the interview itself). In any case, none of this was translated, coldzera's English is perfectly fine.
2017-10-29 09:24
#146
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
thanks for info Milan :) love your job
2017-10-29 10:27
na fan, na scene, na comment
2017-10-29 06:00
#151
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
*Markeloff* Go back to 2010.
2017-10-29 12:47
yes he sucks
2017-10-29 13:13
just like na scene
2017-10-29 13:14
#32
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Yeah, SK is performing much much better with Boltz.
2017-10-28 23:05
pretty bold statement
2017-10-28 23:05
#98
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Germany Ofenmeister 
Pretty boltz statement
2017-10-29 01:38
+1
2017-10-29 08:07
I see what you did there and I like it
2017-10-29 09:03
How much more freedom you want cold ? 4 supports sk is literally build around him. pff
2017-10-28 23:06
nah dude i feel like sk is built more around fer's cheeky pushes
2017-10-28 23:14
#52
fer | 
Chile siag 
and what’s the trouble with that? he is the best player in the world, is kinda obvious you will play for him. watch barcelona, they all play for messi.. there is a reason behind it: a star needs a team to cover him.
2017-10-28 23:29
#78
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Brazil wittyusername 
Fer doesn't support Cold and neither does FalleN, actually many times Coldzera protects FalleN like on Train. Every player on SK is part of their system clearly.
2017-10-29 00:17
#112
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Brazil mibrzera 
nt gold nova
2017-10-29 03:47
#36
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Brazil toxicGOD 
Inhuman reaction !!!! #ferGODTOP1 #ColdzeraTOP1 #SKTOP1 #itsgonnabeEZboys
2017-10-28 23:07
thse idiots kicked Boltz and now theyre happy to have him as standin, ok Steel was shit but Boltz didnt deserve the kick...
2017-10-28 23:11
#69
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Brazil Mirekz 
well it worked pretty well at the time, they won 2 majors with fnx and taco + other tourneys, now boltz got better than he was when he got kicked so he deserves another chance.
2017-10-29 00:08
#76
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United States floobie 
Sometimes players that don't deserve the kick gets it, that's life. None said anything coz it worked well, they destroyed everyone with fnx and taco. Boltz went out, got a shitload of experience on his backup and now he's much better then what we was, ready to take part of team and make it a all time contender again. Coldzera is just no words, he literally plays this game on a different level when he's inspired and with this setup he gets really more dangerous.
2017-10-29 00:14
in that time boltz deserved the kick
2017-10-29 00:23
Deserved, in that times he was playing really bad. Now he found his game, is a consistent player
2017-10-29 00:33
#101
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Brazil hugoooo 
He deserved, he was sucking on every lan before he was kicked. And guess what? The players that replaced him and steel made LG the best team of the world, uncontested best team of 2016.
2017-10-29 01:47
#39
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
top 1
2017-10-28 23:13
#41
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Brunei Szycha52 
GO GO SK
2017-10-28 23:14
good read, good to hear boltz makes it easier for fer and cold. boltz also very reliable, great aim and passive player.
2017-10-28 23:15
take care cold of what are you saying, the others teams are reading
2017-10-28 23:20
#72
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
exactly my words, but also teams are watching demos so i wouldnt be so worry about it
2017-10-29 00:11
lol coldzera basically destroyed felps
2017-10-28 23:23
boring interview
2017-10-28 23:26
reported
2017-10-29 00:25
#53
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Romania NETworkzera 
GOLD COLD
2017-10-28 23:33
#54
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Israel raaVz 
The System xd
2017-10-28 23:37
what?
2017-10-29 08:15
#55
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Brazil magicodecapa 
great interview
2017-10-28 23:39
felps was the problem
2017-10-28 23:42
#57
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Brazil mizaistom 
Godzera!
2017-10-28 23:42
#58
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Brazil beaviz1 
fermonster and coldzera <Hyperx>....hahah...> all team
2017-10-28 23:44
#61
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Greece her-1g 
Boltz was too good for imt tbh. He changed very much since.luminosity days! I believe SK have the right elements right now.
2017-10-28 23:56
but Boltz just is playing the Epicenter Felps will play ECS, ESL and Major SK never will win more events its all
2017-10-29 08:17
why he can't compete in the major-esc-esl?
2017-10-29 14:25
#62
TaZ | 
Poland VPfAnb00yY 
VP will still win EPiCcEnTER
2017-10-29 00:01
after hen1 in old immortals boltz was the best player
2017-10-29 00:13
top1zera SK should quickly add boltz to team. Then again another SK era beginning.
2017-10-29 00:15
#83
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Brazil VAC0 
I imagine coldzera requiring felps to enter in the fucking system. youtu.be/aLLxGbpNYTo?t=1m51s
2017-10-29 00:35
good one
2017-10-29 02:24
SK BACK TO TOP 1 #RUNSKG #FERTHEBRAZILIANFER #CRYISFREE
2017-10-29 00:31
but Boltz just is playing the Epicenter Felps will play ECS, ESL and Major SK never will win more events its all
2017-10-29 08:18
#89
s1mple | 
Iceland cy_ro 
felps random +1 for cold
2017-10-29 00:39
but Boltz just is playing in the Epicenter Felps will play ECS, ESL and Major SK never will win more events its all
2017-10-29 08:19
#136
s1mple | 
Iceland cy_ro 
maybe fox stand-in? boltz will sign w/ sk in 2018 for sure
2017-10-29 08:58
#90
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Best of luck to felps moving forward but it was clear that he wasn't fitting into SK as smoothly as many (myself included) had predicted. I'm happy for boltz, he deserves this second chance but I'm sad for steel, left in the darkness yet again.
2017-10-29 00:41
but Boltz just is playing in the Epicenter Felps will play ECS, ESL and Major SK never will win more events its all :\
2017-10-29 08:20
I'm not surprised that Boltz managed to slot in so well, seems like a smart enough player to realise what gaps he should fill in for a team + I think he's really good actualy. I think with Boltz onboard they can dominate again.
2017-10-29 00:52
#110
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Yes adding boltz was really smart.
2017-10-29 02:07
but Boltz just is playing in the Epicenter Felps will play ECS, ESL and Major SK never will win more events its all :)
2017-10-29 08:20
Can you shut the fuck up already? Stop spamming that idiotic comment. Do you enjoy displaying your stupidity in public? They will have to play for 3 months in 3 tournaments with Felps - big deal. They will probably play in Oakland and Blast Pro with Boltz, so they have quite the chance to win those with Boltz. And even with Felps... if the dude comes back fresh they can go far as well.
2017-10-29 08:49
#95
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Brazil LucaS10 
SK fnx style proven!
2017-10-29 00:54
#100
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Brazil AfKW 
Boltz gave so much comfort for SK key players playing passively now Fer can run all the map looking for information without be scared of a disadvantage situation cuz Felps cant survive teen seconds
2017-10-29 01:40
but Boltz just is playing in the Epicenter Felps will play ECS, ESL and Major SK never will win more events its all :)
2017-10-29 08:21
#103
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Brazil ANDRE11 
And with cold and fer more free, other teams, you are in trouble
2017-10-29 01:49
#104
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
well said bro <3 Thanks HLTV, we appreciate ur job, nice interview! Godzera <3 love u bro, let's achieve one more title tomorrow/today! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-10-29 01:52
#105
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Brazil ANDRE11 
What "kreygasm" means?
2017-10-29 02:05
“Kreygasm” is an emoticon featuring a portrait of Twitch streamer Kreyg, which is often used in chats on the video streaming service to indicate an intense feeling of elation or pleasure.
2017-10-29 17:12
#165
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Brazil ANDRE11 
Thanks bro <3
2017-10-29 18:38
#106
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Finland kommunisti 
Good insights. Very nice interview.
2017-10-29 02:22
#109
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Sk is gonna take the number 1 throne from faze in a couple months. I think they are now perfect as a team.
2017-10-29 02:07
how can you have more freedom? are you locked in auschwitz? Maybe that will give you more freedom?
2017-10-29 03:32
#115
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Brazil PropsY 
That was literally the worst comment I've read in this website so far, congratz.
2017-10-29 05:01
#119
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Brazil Cuckaroto 
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2017-10-29 06:40
If coldzera were european there would be statues of him in all tournaments venues
2017-10-29 04:58
+1
2017-10-29 05:33
#116
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Brazil cadek 
GODZERA
2017-10-29 05:05
Coldzera só faltou chamar o cara De lixo, passou a entrevista inteira alfinetando o felps, com toda certeza eles não se entendia nos treinos.
2017-10-29 06:49
BR interpretion , BR brain omfg LUL Cold says: Felps is a great player but Boltz is more compatible with SK system. Felps need a new team compatible with your style, not SK.
2017-10-29 08:25
inb4 they lose to VP and put the blame on Boltz.
2017-10-29 07:26
So basically he is saying that felps couldn't play passive role and wasn't smart enough to play aggressive in tier 1. That's the difference between tier 2 and tier 1. The whole felps thing just shows that it's more important to pick the right kind of player rather than just look at stats and try to pick the "best" player.
2017-10-29 08:58
Coldzera punisher
2017-10-29 09:10
#144
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
lol coldzera bashing felps so hard... I wonder if felps ever fucked cold's gf like fnx did with fer's
2017-10-29 09:38
#145
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Poland Coldharbour 
That's a nice interview with a lot of in-depth analysing the game.
2017-10-29 10:24
coldzera toxic eco fragger
2017-10-29 12:12
SK is really good now. GL to them.
2017-10-29 12:40
That "punish" word tho...
2017-10-29 13:24
#161
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CIS amatera5u 
felps was the problem LUL
2017-10-29 13:57
sk always winning something from new roster. after a while not winning anything they add some1 new again. same scripts
2017-10-29 14:00
#166
FalleN | 
Brazil JNM 
Run SKG
2017-10-29 18:38
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