shox: "I'm giving way more responsibilites to the players so that I can focus more on myself"

Striker
January 14th, 2018 22:45

Richard "shox" Papillon gave us an interview after G2 became the first team to clinch a spot at the Major via the Main Qualifier, defeating Vega Squadron in a nail-biting match on Overpass.

G2 have made their way to the next stage in Atlanta with a 3-0 record following a close encounter with Vega Squadron, in which the Frenchmen had to fend off a scary comeback attempt after a 12-3 lead on the CT side.

shox discussed the scary Vega Squadron meeting

We then grabbed Richard "shox" Papillon for an interview about the match, as well as the role change he went through ahead of the tournament, and G2's chances in the next stage.

Overpass got a little bit too close for comfort, with the CT side going very well but it took you such a long time to get back into it as Terrorists, tell me about the issues that you faced throughout the second half.

Everything was kind of easy as CT, we could read them perfectly and we were hitting shots, so everything was cool. Coming up to the T side, we knew exactly how they would play, how they would try to push us and stuff like this, so we knew and we said how to counter it. I don't really know, honestly, because it's not in my area, I'm playing at B, I would have to check the demo with SmithZz and see how we took so many kills and stuff like this, because we were waiting for it, but this is definitely something that won't happen twice.

Apparently even if we knew how counter it, we just did it at like 50%, maybe players getting too much confidence because we were already 12-3, maybe the fear to win which sometimes can happen, I don't really know where it comes from, the only thing I know is that we'll make sure it doesn't happen twice.

Can you explain the call you made in the last round of regulation with such little weaponry, was the A attack based on something you saw throughout the game?

The thing is, we knew that when they were playing against pistols, they were playing on the site, really passively. We already had the same situation in practice and we knew if we just did our execute with pistols that it would work, and that's what we did and it worked.

Did you get worried in that 4v1 situation at the end?

Yeah, definitely! You see one dying, you see two, you're going like 'what the f*ck', then he's throwing a smoke, I can't help my teammate, I'm saying 'nooo, please!', but it's okay, we managed to make the overtime. I knew when we were in overtime with a lot of money we could even play with a double AWP setup as T, which can make it easier to control the whole map. I knew it would be way easier since we had the money.

I talked to apEX about your role change, going back to lurking, can you give me your point of view on that decision as well?

I changed the team style like three times during last year because I tried to find a solution where everyone in the team can agree with how we play, with everyone fitting in it. When I look back at what we did, it wasn't the best solution, because in my opinion the best solution before thinking about your teammates is that the captain has to be comfortable with how he will lead and how he will play.

Coming into 2018, I made everything clear for the team, we will play like this, this is how I see CS, this is how I want to play, and if you trust me and agree with that then let's go together. People were okay with that, we had some difficulties at the beginning, because I'm giving way more responsibilites to the players so that I can focus more on myself. We had a great bootcamp, now we are 3-0, everything is going great so far, we'll need to see how it goes now in the group stage.

Tell me about the in-game leading side of it, obviously you don't have as much of an insight into what your teammates on the other side are doing, what are the challenges that come with that?

The thing is that it's apEX and NBK who basically just lead their side and I trust them 100%. During the mid call, if they want to make a mid call, they are totally free to do that, unless I really don't want to do that then I'll say no, because I have another thing.

So I still have the main voice and I'm leading in all the rounds, but how they take an area, if they want to push, if they want to play slow, if I don't give specific directive because of a specific team, they are free to do anything.

Everything now resets, you're through to the next stage, what are you going to do in the next few days that you have off?

Because we only played like one map in three days and we had Christmas holidays, we have been playing CS for only about 10 days, we'll try to find practice for all the off-days to get at least four or five maps per day to make sure we're ready when we come to the group stage.

Based on how you've done so far, how are you guys feeling about your chance of making it to the playoffs? It's been quite a long time...

It feels good, especially if we lost this match, it would have been really hard because there are a lot of big teams at 2-1. So things can go really weird in the Swiss system when it comes to this. We are happy, now I guess the main objective and of course we'd be really happy if we make Legends, something that we haven't had in two or three years in France.

France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
#1
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Austria SPatrick_ 
yes
2018-01-14 22:45
#2
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Austria SPatrick_ 
first
2018-01-14 22:45
#7
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Austria Kayjurrbye_CS 
gratuliere
2018-01-14 22:46
#8
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Austria SPatrick_ 
danke Lebensziel erreicht
2018-01-14 22:46
No. SPatrick_ was first. You are second
2018-01-14 22:52
#3
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
sosat
2018-01-14 22:45
Shox best player of G2
2018-01-14 22:46
and of 2018
2018-01-14 22:50
#14
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Europe Andro7789 
+1
2018-01-14 22:52
+1
2018-01-14 22:53
#28
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
+1
2018-01-14 23:15
+1
2018-01-14 23:37
#5
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Other VeryGoodGuy 
ddas
2018-01-14 22:46
#6
ppk | 
Brazil tesaotesuda 
Yes pls
2018-01-14 22:46
GJ shox!
2018-01-14 22:47
#10
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Kazakhstan tomik0 
Gg
2018-01-14 22:51
yaass
2018-01-14 22:48
#13
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Denmark Poopoohead123 
So now its nbk and apex igl?
2018-01-14 22:51
#17
Xyp9x | 
Romania Old_Guy 
"So I still have the main voice and I'm leading in all the rounds, but how they take an area, if they want to push, if they want to play slow, if I don't give specific directive because of a specific team, they are free to do anything."
2018-01-14 22:54
This explains a lot, no one wants to igl on the team so even their star player is half assing the job.
2018-01-14 22:56
#22
Xyp9x | 
Romania Old_Guy 
I like to think of it more like a "hive mind" where everyone has a say in how the round will be played but shox still has the final word, this allows shox to focus on his own gameplay while making sure everyone knows what they're doing
2018-01-14 22:57
#21
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Denmark Poopoohead123 
Thanks i didnt see that part i just skipped looking for the answers
2018-01-14 22:57
#23
Xyp9x | 
Romania Old_Guy 
Np, you're welcome
2018-01-14 22:57
#18
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Europe Andro7789 
gj shox keep doing what your doing We need you to carry some of the Games not all because we apex and Kenny aswell but gj #ShoxieJEsuS #VEGA_SQUADRON_ARE_OP
2018-01-14 22:54
And Nbk and bodyy
2018-01-14 23:19
#35
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Europe Andro7789 
who?
2018-01-15 00:29
"I'm turning into Happy"
2018-01-14 22:54
#24
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
good
2018-01-14 22:58
#25
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Canada Surzz 
finally shox is focusing on himself. now this team can be the destructive team they could have been awhile ago.
2018-01-14 23:01
#26
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France smatchcube 
The Vega squadron strategy was really easy to predict at some point. As shox said they were always playing aggressive against full buy and they were playing on the sites agains pistols. So easy to read for an experienced player like shox.
2018-01-14 23:11
#27
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Poland mamba99999 
expected
2018-01-14 23:11
#29
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
you didnt deserve the win,shouldnt be you doing that interview but wtv
2018-01-14 23:17
#48
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United States eu4ia_ 
How does a team not deserve a win if they earned it?
2018-01-15 04:23
#50
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France KryzzZie 
Poortugal brain don't mind him m8
2018-01-15 09:13
#30
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Finland Smoonah 
because it's all about me
2018-01-14 23:17
At the same time, they won on luck with a score of 14 15 with cz, what he says lol. After that I can safely say that the g2 is overrated shitty bagetos.
2018-01-14 23:21
#36
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Europe Andro7789 
yoooooo calm down boy
2018-01-15 00:30
u don't agree that they won a lucky round with cz? looked at ur profile and realized that ure a 20 year old idiot gl baguette.
2018-01-15 00:41
#39
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Europe Andro7789 
was it lucky or just a bad round by vega?
2018-01-15 00:44
cuz second half they sucked with rifles. so u understand LOOOL?
2018-01-15 00:48
#41
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Europe Andro7789 
So when it whent OT and g2 won the first 3 rounds of OT was it luck too? and then they lost 1 i guess they where unlucky that round and most of the rounds of the 2nd half and at the end they won one more lucky round. Is that what your saying boy?
2018-01-15 00:53
lol talking about the last round of regular time, and here overtimes... buy brain. HAHAHAHAHA OVERTIME I understand ur logic, ure a glor who in every possible way defends his shit team. gl with TOP 1 OF THE WORLD hahaha
2018-01-15 01:02
#43
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Europe Andro7789 
Says G2 shit Team ok lets see G2 3-0 Qualified Won vs Flash 16-11 Won vs Misfits 16-5 Won vs Vega 19-16 Ok lets see Faze now Faze 2-1 ohhh wait they were favorites right Won vs Liquid 16-14 LOST vs Vega 16-6 Won vs Quantom 16-6 So in that case G2 better than Faze confirmed gl whit TOP 1 OF THE WORLD hahaha (if you have a team to cheer for)
2018-01-15 01:08
FAZE SHITTY TO0. SK = BEST TEAM IN DA WORLD and i'm not a fun sk BUT G2 = SHITTY EZPEEZYTEAM
2018-01-15 01:12
#45
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Europe Andro7789 
SK was a good Team but its 2018 you need to wake up its over for SK and Faze already proved that they are not gonna do shit this year either so Its a ez year for G2 if you belive it or not
2018-01-15 01:17
if I need ur opinion I'll ask ur mom
2018-01-15 09:36
Russians are really patriotic i see
2018-01-15 00:31
" The thing is, we knew that when they were playing against pistols, they were playing on the site, really passively. We already had the same situation in practice and we knew if we just did our execute with pistols that it would work, and that's what we did and it worked. " Its becoming harder and harder to find a burger than can read. Poor USA :(
2018-01-15 08:11
Should have been this way from the beginning
2018-01-14 23:24
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Malaysia BrandonLS93 
Nice! Happy that G2 qualified! #G2ARMY
2018-01-15 02:08
Coming into 2018, I made everything clear for the team, we will play like this, this is how I see CS, this is how I want to play, and if you trust me and agree with that then let's go together. People were okay with that, we had some difficulties at the beginning, because I'm giving way more responsibilites to the players so that I can focus more on myself. We had a great bootcamp, now we are 3-0, everything is going great so far, we'll need to see how it goes now in the group stage. -shox 2018
2018-01-15 02:28
#52
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Finland ginbay 
Yea I saw it
2018-01-15 11:43
#53
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Sweden zZzlatan 
still haxing shockie?
2018-01-15 17:54
Selfish
2018-01-15 18:51
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