Stewie2K: "I think that practice in NA is getting better and better"

December 16th, 2017 21:50

After Cloud9 took the victory over Liquid in a domestic matchup, we had a short talk with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and heard about what they did since their last LAN event.

The North American squad Cloud9 has one win and one loss so far at the ECS Season 4 Finals, after dropping a lead in the opener against Astralis and then 2-0ing Liquid on the second day.

Cloud9 are trying to add a different style before the Major

Shortly after his team beat Liquid, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip answered questions regarding their LAN downtime, the off-season practice and their chances here.

You didn't play a bunch of LAN's recently, your last was the iBUYPOWER Masters, what were you doing in the meantime, what was the focus?

When tarik joined the team we struggled a little bit with in-game leading and we knew that he was kind of new to the role. During that time, when we had downtime between LANs, we tried to help him adjust to the way that we used like to call. We didn't want to shift it towards the way where we completely switch our style, we wanted to add it in as well so he is comfortable calling and he understands what to do.

We've been helping him a lot with that, so we are trying to add a new style before the Major and hopefully we can do that. And we are just trying to make him comfortable.

Now that the online stage of ECS finished, EPL finished, ESEA finished... In the past it used to be tough in NA to get good practice when the offseason starts. How is it now, can you still get good practice even though the leagues finished?

I think that practice is getting better and better when it comes to North America, I feel like the teams we play, they've been improving a lot. Even a lot of teams that aren't in Pro League, that play Premiere, I feel like they've improved a lot as well and that they are kind of catching up to the meta.

Tell me a bit about coming to this event, what were the goals and how is the team feeling?

We expected to make it out of groups here but we had a tough loss against Astralis and they beat FaZe, they are playing really well, so we kind of shot ourselves in the foot by not beating Astralis. I think that if we beat FaZe then we have a good chance of winning the finals, but if we lose we are obviously out. FaZe is the first step.

You mentioned the Astralis game, I think you started it 7-0 up, but they managed to have a very convincing win in the end. Can you tell me about that game and how it slipped away, in a way?

I think we gave them a little bit too much respect. When we were up 6-0 we played really fast-paced, we kind of won in a convincing manner. Now that we started playing a little slower and giving them a little respect they started pushing us, they started playing more aggressive, they got money for double AWPs and they started reading us really well. They brought it back on the CT side.

Our CT side, I think we struggled a little bit, we got eco'd, we weren't playing how we usually do. Giving them a little bit too much respect. I think that was the biggest problem for us.

The match we played now was obviously against Liquid. A domestic rivalry, what was the feeling going into the matchup?

Losing against Astralis on the first day kind of killed our vibe a little bit, but playing Liquid kind of revived us. We know that we always compete for the number one spot in NA and we know it's a big match for us to make it out of the groups, but I think it kind of spices it up even more when we know it's two of the best NA teams and both are trying to be the number one in NA. It meant a lot to us and I'm glad we closed it out.

United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
You will lose anyway
2017-12-16 21:51
denis | 
Germany ciRcA1337 
mouz #1
2017-12-16 21:52
Finland ginbay 
2017-12-25 23:04
Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
ez for faze
2017-12-16 21:51
2017-12-16 21:51
pipsoN | 
Russia m1k1_0 
Lol, he means Asian
2017-12-17 23:50
Poland Astoner55 
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rain | 
Slovakia verg1ll 
2 0 faze
2017-12-16 21:52
Serbia Bazy! 
2017-12-16 21:52
Germany remind00 
actually TL played better whole series 1st map C9 got lucky winning both pistols 2nd map C9 played good on CT but that was the only half out of all 4
2017-12-16 21:52
United States ARKTYC 
1.Pistols won't won you the halves and if TL would be better than C9 they would've either won the pistols either they lost them but eco/forcebuy'd C9. 2.Then how tf did they won that?
2017-12-22 15:37
0 chance without GOD Shroud
2017-12-16 21:55
kNgV- | 
Brazil vini_zan 
What happen with shroud?
2017-12-17 00:13
Retired to stream fulltime
2017-12-17 03:57
Still going to get rekt vs faze
2017-12-16 21:58
2017-12-16 22:11
kNgV- | 
Brazil vini_zan 
NA team can't get Control in NA-cs How they Will dominate ALL cS?
2017-12-17 00:15
Australia sadaddy 
2017-12-16 22:12
More EU teams are praccing in NA, that's a reason.
2017-12-16 22:16
The true is NA Scene is getting better And NA have 2 top 10 teams and 1 top 5
2017-12-16 22:29
Russia iGNISKEY 
Where is Asia? Seriously, these guys can make a super strong scene.
2017-12-17 12:04
true, but BnTeT won't be playing at the major.
2017-12-19 19:57
United States ARKTYC 
Talents wasted
2017-12-22 15:39
acid | 
Finland BillNye 
I wanna tape a little toy surf board under stewies hair
2017-12-16 22:35
we want video interviews these written ones are boooooooooooring
2017-12-16 22:40
NA //close
2017-12-16 23:42
2017-12-16 23:44
Yea better practice to still stay in tier3. Fuck off Shitwie.
2017-12-17 00:15
Germany Baaktus 
C9 is clearly one of the best teams in the world and the best team in Na. so why would u call them tier 3? Wtf
2017-12-17 07:11
2017-12-17 00:16
rofl sure if you only want to win t99 online games
2017-12-17 00:19
Brazil eoteamo 
lmao rekt against FAZE
2017-12-17 01:28
Brazil cadik 
2017-12-17 11:27
Europe H0wLinqDawN 
tarik igl? gg
2017-12-17 17:47
Switzerland Yabbahh 
Don't think its to due with pratice... it's more of a mindset and actually player effort.. NA players keep selling the same fish over and over again.. stop with the excuses and find ur flaws and shut up the people saying: muh EU>NA..... giving excuses is the main reason why NA teams and scene is progressing slower compared to the competitiveness of other regions... just my thoughts its not like any pro will read them anyways
2017-12-18 10:31
United States NA_BEST 
He's right NA is going to dominate in 2018 just watch. He will be best in 2018 not only in NA but top 1 world.
2017-12-18 10:34
Malaysia byaIi 
2017-12-18 17:35
Netherlands cock 
we wil watch, we will see ur prediction fail miserably
2017-12-18 18:06
Russia xavikz 
lol NA brain.... /closed.
2017-12-18 17:34
Netherlands cock 
i arent think that
2017-12-18 18:05
after their T sides this tournment c9 players should just keep quiet, and not stream, and work their asses off this is unacceptable.
2017-12-18 18:07
United Kingdom daneclaw 
"NA" "Good" Choose one.
2017-12-19 19:21
Twistzz | 
United States TLO 
Stewie is a joke
2017-12-21 11:44
Denmark beastd 
2017-12-25 20:36
Finland ginbay 
I must say no.
2017-12-25 23:05
worse and worse wasnt possible though
2017-12-25 23:05
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