Gravitas: "We're really disappointed"

Gravitas speak exclusively to about being placed on the waiting/reserve list for ESWC Cheonan Masters.

With American Counter-Strike aiming to once again become competetive globally, it is Gravitas who lead the way by dominating the US scene.

KODE5 USA in Dallas was attended by the top teams in American gaming, including Evil Geniuses - who have had high expectations placed on their shoulders. Yet, despite this high expectancy, it was Gravitas who came out on top at this event. And it was also Gravitas who finished top out of all the American teams at the Extreme Masters III Global Finals in Hannover earlier this month.

With this in mind, many expected that Gravitas would be attending the ESWC Cheonan Masters, ahead of their American counterparts Evil Geniuses and x3o. However, just the opposite has been announced, as x3o and Evil Geniuses have been selected to attend the event, whereas Gravitas have been placed on the reserve / waiting list, along with Crack Clan.

After Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen spoke out earlier, we decided to speak to some of the Gravitas members, to see if they felt the same way. Here is what Ben "Ben" Hui of Gravitas had to say:

"We're really disappointed. Especially if you compare our past year performance to the other two US teams: WCG USA representative, won kode5 usa, top placing at esl etc. And then the fact that x3o just replaced 2 players - so both teams [x3o and Evil Geniuses] have yet to prove themselves - and everyone knows how Evil Geniuses have done at every event this year - but I won't get into that."

When asked what makes Evil Geniuses appeal to event organizers, ben replied:

"Because of past accomplishments which should not carry over to 2009 thats all in the past."

Alex "Vansilli" Nguyen, Gravitas manager and esports broadcaster added:

"Wow I mean, I just read about the news now of the list of invited teams and I would agree with lurppis that some of the choices are rediculous. On the other hand, it is an Asia Masters so it's only normal for them to have more favoritism for Asian teams for I am sure the teams selected must have a huge Asian following."

After his initial shock reaction, the reality of Evil Geniuses being chosen over Gravitas began to sink in:

"What I would disagree about the most is the choice of Evil Geniuses over us. That my friend, is quite the bull****. Maybe they held on to the fact that three of those players won the ESWC for the Americans in 2006, but just like lurppis said, they haven't accomplished anything since then. It seems as though ESWC neglected those who actually have still been playing Counterstrike 1.6 over here in North America - when the others sold out to Source. I find it quite unfair that these players think they can just come back and toss aside all the other teams that have still been playing and working hard to be the new #1 in North America.

When asked about what he though of x3o being chosen ahead of Gravitas, Vansilli stated:

"Now I totally agree that x3o was chosen as one of the American teams invited, because that is a team that has been working hard.Maybe they (ESWC) omitted the fact that when they compared the x3o that competed at WCG in Germany, and the x3o that played at ESL last year, the x3o players were players from Gravitas. So maybe they've really only looked at the team accomplishments more than the players when comparing us and x3o. 

Even if the Gravitas team should of attended, I'm not taking away the credit that the current x3o team deserves this as well. I don't know if losing mehLer was such a good idea - but we'll see how they do with their new lineup.

But we definatly should of been there with them above Evil Geniuses - who have been dominated by teams and pugs since their return to 1.6."

Gravitas may still attend the ESWC Cheonan Masters event should one of the other teams drop out - something which all of those involved with Gravitas are hoping for.

Cheers to all the guys at Gravitas for this. Great people to interview! And to Nix for helping me with my terribad formatting =[ *Edit* I see no Martin mentioned? xD
2009-03-25 21:48
"But we definitely should of been there with them above Evil Geniuses - who have been dominated by teams and pugs since their return to 1.6" LOL. Finally, someone in the business says it out loud. Freakin' A!
2009-03-25 21:46
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hes telling the truth, eh?!
2009-03-26 16:48
2009-03-25 21:54
FalleN | 
Portugal proak
2009-03-25 22:15
for now, Gravitas looks stable and strong. they prooved themselves and they deserve to get this spot more than EG and x3o. sorry to say, but EG are nothing but shit, arrogant players with no skills left, they are just full of attitude. EG - go home.
2009-03-25 22:41
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Thats ET not EG. xD
2009-03-25 22:46
Now let's wait to see what Nebojsa has to say about it.
2009-03-25 22:43
Yep, would have to agree on this one. USA teams picked are way beyond Gravitas.
2009-03-25 22:49
I wonder if ESWC takes professionalism into account when deciding which teams they should invite...
2009-03-25 23:01
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you think EG was professional didnt frod say that euro teams are a joke and the current american teams are garabage and the EG would wreck the euros teams? ya ya he did say that
2009-03-25 23:07
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I don't want to sit here and argue but to twist his words that far is just ridiculous. He made a comment in reference to the team knowing how to beat Europeans... He didn't even say they would beat them, he simply referred to the fact that the team has done it in the past and thus knows what it takes... That's hardly the same as calling out a specific team and bashing on them with typos while attempting to belittle them.
2009-03-25 23:11
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you work for EG....
2009-03-26 00:00
EG is shit, I think that's all that needs to be said.
2009-03-26 19:24
Well, I am curious when ESWC did say that achievements could have something to do when it came to the invitations. And as stated, EG hasn't achieved anything big, really, in a good while. Even though I like seeing x3o play, I'd rather see Gravitas in the ESWC Asia Masters
2009-03-25 23:28
No spamming in this thread? i gotta say, lurppis thread is one heck of a fight - Majority of hltv users vs Nebojsa :D so funny to read
2009-03-25 23:46
3 replies
Epic thread of the year tbh.
2009-03-26 00:11
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NOOOOOOO....someone edited the lurppis thread, and now all the precious posts are gone...who could have the cold heart to censor such perfection in thread-posting? back to the topic - It is unlikely that any of the 'certain' teams would decide not to go, since they knew what they were doing when they signed up, right?
2009-03-26 00:20
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I can definately see teams dropping out. Probably a day before the event though, but hopefully not, and it will be enough time for Gravitas to replace them. For example, I can see ex-MYM having more financial worries and not being able to attend.
2009-03-26 00:25
crack clan and Gravitas have wright !
2009-03-26 02:21
let me guess, the clan name of CC and Gravitas looks ugly, not like EG and X3o, such as MYM MTW Sk also.
2009-03-26 02:39
Brazil fzZ
2009-03-26 06:27
Well I think that really Gravity-Gaming had access to the list of teams rather than waiting.
2009-03-26 07:49
1 reply
I lol'd at Gravity-gaming:D
2009-03-26 16:48
screw the american teams
2009-03-26 12:45
1 reply
speak out loud :=D
2009-03-26 16:44
yes, GG has reasons to be disappointed :'(
2009-03-26 13:37
EG < Gravitas. is doing jsut as well as EG.usa. theres a problem
2009-03-26 15:44
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GG is the only top team in NA for now. but EG will catch up, it takes time to recover for playing in CGS.
2009-03-26 16:46
I think we should take strength to speak
2009-03-26 15:50
The difference between them and lurppis is that they use a much gentler tone and that's respect.
2009-03-26 16:48
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Well yea, but lurppis caused a crazy discussion and I think that's exactly what he wanted. :) Of course he could've used a "gentler" tone but that wouldn't have raised such a tumult, now would it? :D
2009-03-26 21:43
5 replies
He caused thread of the year at until they removed some posts..
2009-03-26 21:45
4 replies
Yep :D
2009-03-26 21:48
3 replies
But Nebojsa is possibly the most arrogant person I've ever seen.
2009-03-26 21:49
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Oh I totally agree with you. All he ever does is argue and he always seems to think he's right.
2009-03-27 12:31
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Yes, I can agree that lurppis isn't the one you maybe look at as an angel but the way Nebojsa treats him is insane. :P
2009-03-27 18:15
GG > o_o o_x x_o > EG
2009-03-27 02:18
"What I would disagree about the most is the choice of Evil Geniuses over us. That my friend, is quite the bull****." ... Does this guy love the smell of his own farts or what, get over yourself, EG are better, so are x3o, and personally i'd also pick the new WinOut side over GG too. Yes GG won US KODE5 finals, but thats the nature of tournament play, anyone can win on the day, i don't think it speaks that greatly for each of these team's skill level And finally, GG won ONE game at EM III finals, don't be deceived by 'they were the top US team'.. because whilst yes, technically they were, it completely shields the fact that all 3 US teams were utterly shocking... well not so much that, theyre just not in the same league as euro cs at this point in time, sorry to say.
2009-03-30 19:57
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