waterfaLLZ: "Against Flash, we were really nervous, because we knew that we could win"

January 13th, 2018 23:46

We talked to Quantum Bellator Fire's in-game leader, Nikita "waterfaLLZ" Matveyev, following his team's narrow win over Flash to find out more about the team and discuss their two matches at the tournament thus far.

Quantum Bellator Fire managed to give Natus Vincere a run for their money in the first half of Inferno on day one, although they ended up losing the opener following a rough Terrorist side.

On day two, they met with one of the other underdogs, Flash, on the same map and the Russian side clinched their first victory, turning around a crucial round towards the end of the match.

waterfaLLZ admitted Quantum Bellator Fire is feeling the pressure

We quizzed the in-game leader, Nikita "waterfaLLZ" Matveyev, about the team's roles and the qualifier, which is by far the biggest tournament his team has attended:

Let's start with the preparation, with this being the biggest tournament you've ever attended, what have you done before the Major qualifier?

Before the holidays we had a 20-day bootcamp in Moscow, we have our team house, and after the holidays we went to the team house again and bootcamped for three days, and then we left to America.

Was there anything special that you focused on?

We focused on the roles in the team, we tried to fix the best roles in the team for our players, we changed some stuff before the Major and the things in praccs were going better and better.

Can you explain the roles within the team?

I am the AWP and IGL, Kvik is an entry-fragger, balblna is like a support player, BoombI4 is the lurker and jmqa is a rifler, more of a support player as well.

Tell me about your first match with Natus Vincere, you were able to compete in the first half but dropped off in the second...

We knew that we are the underdogs so we didn't have that much pressure on ourselves, but for the three guys in my team it was the first tournament on a big stage, so they were a bit nervous. We managed to show some good CT rounds on Inferno, but we lost the pistol, we were in a 3v3 situation and it was a bit shaky, and after this we lost some stupid rounds, like it was 2v2 and one guy just peeked and didn't plant the bomb. After that, Na`Vi snowballed us in the economy and we couldn't come back.

In the second match with Flash, it got very close in the end, how were you able to close it out?

I don't know, actually, we won a full eco round, I had some idea and it worked. In this game with Flash, we were really nervous, because we knew that we can win against them. We had more nerves than against Na`Vi. You could see that sometimes there were very bad aim duels, it's really like f*cking serious, I don't know, I was nervous as f*ck as well.

How have you been able to deal with that pressure, then?

This tournament, first of all, is for getting experience for us, really, because no one is expecting anything from us. We got stickers by luck, they changed the system and we got this, so we are happy with that already, and our project Quantum Bellator is small, so we gained here to gain some experience against top teams.

Are you hoping to surprise some?

We were doing well in praccs against some teams here, so if we aren't nervous, maybe we can show some good results and upset some teams.

Russia Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' Matveyev
Nikita 'waterfaLLZ' Matveyev
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United States _SaltY 
Ez for qb
2018-01-13 23:46
Netherlands Deji 
wow u can write so fast
2018-01-13 23:47
2018-01-14 01:30
fnx | 
Austria I_love_Hltv 
2018-01-13 23:46
Qbf is trash
2018-01-13 23:47
Well, as FaZe.
2018-01-13 23:47
Dude im so pissed with FaZe omg, the "team that upset NIP" winning against the second best team in the world
2018-01-13 23:50
Spain Rekto_Plasm 
2018-01-14 01:09
United States ichibaNcs 
You can't even write luyteh, just stop.
2018-01-14 02:23
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United Kingdom Kansur 
2018-01-13 23:47
nice man
2018-01-13 23:47
Netherlands Deji 
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Brazil digozamaral 
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
I thought I was watching a minor tournament
2018-01-13 23:47
Romania hoodie69 
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Hungary StraYzie 
2018-01-13 23:51
Finland Smoonah 
nervous because can win?
2018-01-14 00:13
It's normal in a competitive setting. When you know you're most likely to lose you're not as invested as when you know you can win.
2018-01-14 01:15
Finland Smoonah 
ye exactly so if someone knew they were gonna lose the match they wouldn't be nervous, because they don't care... So I don't really understand the sentence :(
2018-01-14 01:25
"AGAINST FLASH, WE WERE REALLY NERVOUS, BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT WE COULD WIN" read the sentence again please. They knew that they could win so they were nervous.
2018-01-14 01:28
Finland Smoonah 
wouldn't that make you confident in winning? Don't know why would be nervous if knew could win the game really should just be ez katka and nothing more
2018-01-14 01:29
Can win != most likely. E.g. they know if they're focusing 100%, they CAN win. Have you ever taken part of high level/pro level in any type of sport? If not, I understand you don't get it.
2018-01-14 01:32
Finland Smoonah 
you're in T1 games?? PogChamp
2018-01-14 02:57
As a "junior" I won European Championship and unofficial World Championship in handball (the rest of team do now all play senior elite div. and a couple on the national team). And just for the subject's sake I've played various semi-pro level cs such as EPS. As for what goes on in the mind of an athlete, I think I know what I'm talking about.
2018-01-14 04:49
Turkey dogboi2001 
Finland and top sport. Lol sure
2018-01-14 03:31
This was not during my time in Finland, as for Turkey, you have enough with managing to buy a fucking toilet let alone sports equipment.
2018-01-14 04:50
Wtf does that mean ?
2018-01-14 00:31
United States ichibaNcs 
If you are most likely to win, you will feel more pressure on your shoulders. If you have never taken part of a pro level team, you'll probably not get it.
2018-01-14 02:25
thanks pro player
2018-01-14 13:14
No CS.GO experience needed at all to understand that statement. Just a few active brain cells. Nice attempt trying to seem special.
2018-01-14 23:05
2018-01-14 00:40
Russia skipster 
it's really like f*cking serious, I don't know, I was nervous as f*ck as well.
2018-01-14 03:39
United Kingdom oryp 
my boy boombl4 putting in work
2018-01-14 15:17
Malaysia K2tan 
lol flash gifted u guys the win 2x full eco round lost
2018-01-14 15:19
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